How to Combat Bullying: It Begins at Home

   By Paula Solis Krock Earlier this week I shared with you about the great Emily Post and The Post’s legacy of the Golden Rule; Be the person you want your child to be. (The Emily Post Institute, 2017) I polled friends and colleagues and came up with the top three things we wanted our […]

Manners 101

By Paula Solis Krock If you have never heard of Emily Post, she was a strong voice of etiquette in the 1920’s, writing about things such as social graces and manners for children and adults in all walks of life. Her family still carries on her 100-year legacy via The Emily Post Institute, , where […]

Boredom Buster: Prop Boxes!

By Paula Solis Krock A Prop Box is a plastic square box you fill full of pretend play props to encourage your child’s imaginative play, vocabulary, pre-literacy skills and social and emotional development. A Prop Box is labeled, and stored away for use when your child needs an imagination boost! Don’t leave these out for […]

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 […]

10 Reasons to Stop Saying Good Job

I thought I was helping our 5-year-old son when I praised him for tying his shoelaces into knots and tangles. He had been working on the whole bow-tying drill with some frustration for days and, well, I wanted to encourage him for his efforts. “Well done, you tied your shoes!” I said to him as […]

Exercises You Can Do with Baby

by Bridgette Blakey Those last few months of pregnancy had me itching to start exercising again. I went from running a half marathon to not being able to touch my toes (or see them for that matter). I was so excited to give birth, heal, and jump back in the saddle again. Way easier said […]

Beat the Heat: 10 Ideas for Kids to Play Outside

By Paula Solis Krock It’s August and it’s hot! Beat the heat with these 10 ideas for young children. Paint brushes, buckets and water: young children love to paint anything! Give them a bucket and some water and let them get to work on sidewalks, deck railings, themselves! Homemade popsicles: Whip up some homemade popsicles; […]

Pool Play! Outdoor Water Games

Is there a better combination than sunshine, a swimming pool and children in the summer? The following games will add to outdoor water fun, with several of the games possible in a wading pool for younger kids. Paper Cup Race What you will need: 1 plain small paper cup per child Felt tip markers Jelly […]

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 […]

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