From the category archives:

Preschooler

How to have the best day ever with my two-year-old

April 10, 2014

If you ever find yourself saying, “Look there’s a choo choo!” whenever you see a train — even to an empty car, then I’d bet good money that you have a toddler with a train fixation. Or is it just me who points out large vehicles to only myself? I’ve noticed that Sawyer’s passions are […]

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Frozen birthday party ideas

April 9, 2014

Last night I made the possible mistake of inviting my kids to help me brainstorm what a Frozen-themed birthday party might look like. This morning I learned that Scarlett took that as a cue to start making her guest list — and her birthday is not for three months. Though I may have signed up for […]

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How I taught my children to go to bed and stay there

April 2, 2014

If you’re a new babysitter or the generous host of a sleepover, I might sneak over and give you a tip for managing my sons at bedtime: remind them of their Sleep Rules. Apparently, the ritual in my house is not the norm in every house, so Whitney asked me to explain the what, how, […]

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Immunity-boosting smoothie ideas for spring

March 19, 2014

This post was sponsored by PediaCare in celebration of Spring. The experiences are my own. My two-year old is suspicious of every food. Really. It took us three times offering ice cream for him to try it (ICE CREAM!) and forget about vegetables. If it doesn’t look like a cracker, he won’t put it in […]

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Goldieblox: Does it work?

March 5, 2014

Aimed to attract girls to play patterns that encourage building and problem solving, the stuff engineering is made of, new toy brand Goldiebox came to market about a year ago. I watched the Kickstarter video in 2012 and loved the idea. CEO Debbie Sterling is a young engineer from Stanford who wants to disrupt the […]

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Yes, I love to play fetch with my crazy active children

January 30, 2014

There’s a scene in the movie Knocked Up in which the parents mock the “clueless bachelor” for playing fetch with the kids (around min 1:45 in this preview for those with no patience). Well, screw that; there’s no shame in inventing games that get children to chase things that are tossed for them. Little people […]

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What I keep learning from Too Small to Fail

January 8, 2014

Over the past few months I worked with Go Mighty as part of the Too Small to Fail initiative. Along with a whole bunch of smart people, we’re working to close The Word Gap that affects far too many young children by taking little steps that have a big impact. So what did I do to help close the Word […]

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Personalized paper doll set

December 10, 2013

My stepmom, whose creative gifts have been documented here before, made this adorable paper doll set for Scarlett’s birthday. She had Scarlett pose for a photo in her bathing suit against a wall. She printed the results on photo paper and cut mini-Scarlett out to create the “doll”. Then, she hand drew clothes on white […]

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Project Night Night, a kid-friendly charity

December 9, 2013

On our Bay Area website, 510families.com, we recently featured a family that did Project Night Night. But this sweet charity is available nationwide so we wanted to share the message more broadly. Our guest blogger is Rebecca from ThisFineDay. Project Night Night has become an organization close to my heart. A reader tipped me off […]

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5 activities to make long bad-weather days bearable

December 2, 2013

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… For parents of stir-crazy kids, I think the atmosphere inside the house is more frightful. Sure we could sit on the couch and watch six movies, getting up only to refill our water bottles, but that would not burn off any energy the kids need to use up, and […]

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Activity #120: Try Potching

November 27, 2013

I read about this creative activity for toddlers on Flexible Parenting and my stepmom (aka Grandma Leslie) introduced Julian to the kitchen counter at her house, way before it would have occurred to me. Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your toddler climb up. Fill the sink with warm soapy water, […]

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Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

November 21, 2013

I love a kid-sized kitchen and the creative ways that my children can stay focused with their pretend desserts and imaginary pasta dishes (while I make a real dinner they may or may not even taste).  I have been soooo close to purchasing a miniature kitchen for my boys the past couple years, but something […]

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