Month: October 2018

The Gift of an Uncomfortable Moment: Building Childhood Resilience

When my daughter was three years old, for some reason that’s unbeknownst to me, she decided that what people do with Halloween candy is…donate it. Who was I to argue with her thoughtful idea? So, for the past two years, we’ve gathered up her loot and handed it off to a grateful recipient. I somehow …

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Preparing for the Inevitable: The Importance of Trusting Play

“Mommy, let’s pretend this isn’t a train tunnel.” “Okay, what is it?” “It’s a tomb.” Well, hello, conversation stopper. She paused for effect, which is a good thing, because I certainly didn’t expect that. After a moment to process and very consciously trust that children’s play serves an important purpose for them, I mentally cringed …

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Whole-Grain

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest we rename this season “Pumpkin-Fall.” And if you’re anything like me and want delicious pumpkin-flavored treats year-round, we can also rename Winter, “Snowy Pumpkins” and Spring, “Blooming Pumpkins.” What about Summer, you ask? I want to hear what you think we should call it. That …

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Traveling with Kids: Top Five Products to Promote Creative Thinking

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Telling Our Kids What TO Do: Three Ways to Build a Child’s Self-Confidence

At one of the schools I have the pleasure of visiting regularly, this week’s craft table featured what the teacher appropriately called the “paper guillotine,” along with some glue and paper. At one point, an unsuspecting adult walked over and saw the setup. She inquired, only half-jokingly, “Oh, is this the table where you slice …

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Homemade Almond Butter: Delicious and Versatile!

Awhile back, seeing that my kiddo loves almond butter like some kids enjoy candy, I ordered a whole bunch of it. Although I was happy about its relative health benefits and versatility compared to many other “treats,” I wasn’t entirely keen on the added ingredients, the (oftentimes) plastic packaging, and the cost. So, I decided …

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How I Clean My House–and Six Fun Strategies that Engage My Child’s Help

I was in the kitchen making homemade almond butter (yum!). My five-year-old walked in with her cup of water and announced, “Mommy, let’s pretend you’re working in a bakery!” That sounds about right, considering how much time I spend cooking. She added, “I’ve brought my cup of water for any of your customers who want …

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