How to Form Fabulous Family Relationships

By Nancy Blakey There are a thousand ways to raise a happy and healthy child. I have seen strict parents and lenient parents do it. I have watched intact families, single parents, rich and poor, manage to instill a sense of purpose and meaning in their children. There is no grand formula, no one set […]

Shake It Up with a Beachside Shelter Hot Dog Roast

Roast hot dogs on an open fire when cabin fever has set in. State Parks all over the Northwest have fireplaces in shelters where you can pack up the supplies (don’t forget the s’mores), and spend the afternoon in your warm rain gear to roast the dogs and walk the beach afterwards. The key is […]

Tender Mercies: The Joys of Being Sick

Many years ago the impossible happened: I was struck down with influenza. Nick, our then thirteen year old, dragged himself home from school. He had it too. I can’t be ill! I’m the one who keeps the family rolling. Greg is in Alaska, I have a sick child! In the morning I attempted to dress. […]

Gliders, Gravity, and Wings to Fly

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut It was the third day of apocalyptic rain and everyone’s mood matched the low gray skies. I struggled through an endless list of things to do and found myself looking out the window sighing, wishing everything […]

Silly Slime

I haven’t had much time to be a creative, fun mama this week and decided we needed to start the weekend with a bang. Silly slime (commercially called Gak) is one of those projects with huge bang for the time buck. It’s gooey, runny, solid, scary, fun, slimy and incredibly addictive to play with whether […]

Building Better Brains: Snowman Counting Project

By Paula Solis Krock This is a fun snowman-counting project you can make with your child and enjoy all season long. Cost $5! You can find these cute little felt stickers almost anywhere. I found these in the $1 section at Target. For a few dollars, you can buy a handful of snowmen, or snowflakes […]

10 Ways to Teach a Child to Clean Up

Most parents understand the importance of encouraging creativity in their children. It opens their eyes to opportunity and problem solving. Creativity increases a sense of wellbeing and allows one to envision a rich future. But the challenge of hands-on creativity is in the aftermath. There are messes and clutter. We are tired, and it’s not […]

Kids Craft: Hand Painted Umbrella

This wonderful project makes a great gift too! What you will need: acrylic paints in several colors (acrylic paint cleans up with water) paint brushes old shower curtain to cover the table cups of water umbrella Place the shower curtain over the table you will be using.  Open the umbrella and wedge it securely to […]

Let There Be Light! Easy Tin Can Lanterns

   This project was one of my family’s all time favorites.  Once used extensively in Colonial America, these lanterns provide a relatively safe way for your child to carry a candle (under adult supervision of course!). Let there be light! What you will need: empty clean tin cans hammer and nail towel for each can […]

The Rich Territory of Mistakes: 10 Ways to Raise Fearless Kids

Being a perfectionist is no fun. In fact it can be downright paralyzing. Fear of failure limits life to safe choices where there are no mistakes, and with it no new ideas or answers. The good news is, it is a learned behavior. The bad news is, it is a learned behavior. There can be […]

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