Toddler

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Praise Kids

Want to increase your child’s self-esteem? Make her more resilient and willing to face challenges? Stop praising her. That’s right, stop the atta-girl, you are so smart and strong. An intriguing longitudinal study on parent praise by Carol Dweck, a Harvard researcher, shows that too much positive feedback can backfire and hijack the very attributes […]

Ask a Mama: Taming Toddler Aggression

I am having an issue with my 18 month old. A few weeks ago she started to do something that has me a bit concerned–when she is around other toddlers it seems she doesn’t know how to handle her emotions and tries to kiss, hug, or if they ignore her, she will pinch or hurt […]

Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough

What better project than one you can not only play with, but also eat? This is a multi-sensory project that kids of all ages enjoy. Bring out the cookie cutters, scissors, a garlic press, spoons and bread knives. Your child can make pretend pancakes or cookies laid on a cookie sheet. What you will need: […]

Easy Fall Leaf Tiles

  By Paula Solis Krock What will you do with all the beautiful fall leaves coming our way? I wanted to figure out a way to save each and every one of them! Just like my preschoolers who collect rocks and put them in their pockets, I have a thing for fall leaves; they’re stunning–I […]

Finding Love and Magic at a Rummage Sale

It was my idea of a great rummage sale. I skipped the tables with crowds around them and headed for the empty corners where creative possibilities were disguised as junk. I found old transistor radios and alarm clocks to take apart, horn rim glasses and a long blonde wig for the dress up box, a […]

Recipes for Summer Fun

  Summer is here! To encourage your “No Bummer Summer” I am going to offer up some recipes for summer fun to kick off the season. Frugal Dad had some great ideas on his website, and here are three fabulous summer fun activities we use over at The Lake Washington Toddler Group: Sidewalk paint Use ½ […]

Life as Plan B

I was at the kitchen table writing when our 4-year-old son appeared from his nap smiling sheepishly. “Ben! You cut your hair!” I tried not to scream. He had taken the scissors from an earlier project to bed with him and gave himself a magnificent reverse Mohawk—all the hair on top of his beautiful blonde […]

Go Outside and Play! 8 Fabulous Ideas for Kids

I grew up in Idaho with four sisters and brothers, and a father and mother who wouldn’t take no for an answer. On summer days, after our chores, my siblings and I were herded out the back door. Play, my mother ordered. And we did. We had no choice. We played baseball and had lemonade […]

An Easy and A Hard Way to Travel with Kids

One day many years ago I was listening to NPR when a fascinating piece came on about zebras. Even though their distinctive stripes make them stand out on the African plain individually, collectively their patterns merge, making it difficult for a predator to visually isolate just one and pick it from the herd. Alone they […]

Summer Berry Muffins

The summer is packed full of fresh produce here in the Pacific Northwest, and berries are plentiful! In my house it is a crime to let one single berry go to waste. To come up with a no-fool plan to save every last berry, I use this wonderful Summer Berry Muffin recipe. This recipe is […]

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