From the category archives:

Big Kid

An embarassingly unmagical, un-pinnable day

All day at home with the kids

I wasn’t the worst parent in the world yesterday, and I say that for my own benefit. My kids were fed, safe, received love and attention, exercised and read, and in general, they — and I — have nothing to complain about. But I did complain yesterday, and so did they. It rained for the […]

Easy chalkboard paint projects

How to paint a chalkboard "bubble" on the wall

While my kids were out of the house one day, I got a little crazy crafty and painted their bedroom door. It was previously all dark wood, which I didn’t like anyway, so I painted the trim white and the inner panel with black chalkboard paint. I was influenced by my Internet friend Amy, who […]

Must-read: Tinkerlab, a hands-on guide for little inventors

Tongs and a muffin tin: preschooler fun

I love following my friend Rachelle on Instagram because she is always doing simple, yet brilliant, things with her kids. Last year she started tagging her Instagram photos with the hashtag #creativetable to indicate a practice of putting a few compelling materials on a blank table as an invitation for her daughters to “tinker.” Some […]

Father’s Day “do-together” gift ideas

Father's Day Gift Ideas with a focus on stuff dad can DO with kiddos

Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring this post about Father’s Day gifts. Observations of holidays like Father’s Day run the gamut from pancakes instead of cold cereal for breakfast to shiny new tablets wrapped in red ribbons. At least I’ve been led to believe this by all the Father’s Day advertising I’ve seen in recent weeks. […]