Do Easy Pregnancies Make Easy Babies?
I remember when I was pregnant with my first child. I was in a “pregnancy bubble,” feeling like I was the first person ever to be pregnant. My mother-in-law who is Korean told me about an old wives tale back in the old country was that a calm pregnancy will result in a calm child. I was fairly content as work launching a new website for an online temp agency for accountants. It was another kind of bubble holed up in a conference room 8 hours a day with developers, project managers, and web designers. The pregnancy went smoothly but the marathon of sitting resulted in hemorrhoids. Read more…
DIY Playdough Recipe for Kids
This is an old recipe from my first preschool. My middle daughter used to LOVE to play with playdough but she didn’t like the stinky smell of purchased playdough. Mix a batch and store in an air-tight container for hours of fun. My kids would make this (with the help of a teacher or parent volunteer) in preschool when they were 3 years old. They love to stir (just do it off the stove) and adding the food coloring is magical for them! And there is nothing better than warm playdough! Read more…
Best Books for Moms on Nursing Your Baby
I came across this great list from a blog dedicated to breastfeeding out of Dublin, Ireland. The author, Nicola O’Byrne, is an expert in the field. Here’s her bio:
I’m an international board certified lactation consultant working in private practice in Dublin since 2005. Previously I worked in paediatrics and neonates as a nurse. Im married with 5 children ( aged 6months to 13 years old)… Read more…
Installing an Infant Car Seat Correctly
This week is Child Passenger Safety Week, so in honor of that, here are two links to make sure that your most precious cargo of all is safe. Read more…
Preschool is Where We Learn Social Skills We Need in Life
NPR has a feature on why preschool is the best job training program. Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman found that the soft skills necessary for success in the workplace — things like “being able to pay attention and focus, being curious and open to new experiences, and being able to control your temper and not get frustrated” — were skills that were learned, not in high school or college, but during preschool! Read more…
Things You Should Never Say to a Child
I found this great article on CNN.com and I’m afraid that while I don’t say all of these 9 things, the two I do say (#1 and #8), I say frequently.
So, as penance, I am posting on this to remind myself to stop it! If you need to know the rationale of why these 9 Things are no-nos, the full article is here and there is extensive explanation for each one. Actually, I say #9 too. Read more…
Learning ABCs with ABC Picture Books
I found that a great way to learn letters was to play games with magnetic letters. I deconstructed various toys to create an “alphabet game” using squishy magnetic letters (but any magnetic letters in the shape of the letters will do) and a magnetic fishing pole. My son (about 12 months old at the time) would fish letters out of a bucket and stick them on a magnetic board. If he got them wrong, I’d find the correct letter and put up next to the letter. We’d talk about how is it the same and how is it different. Read more…
Personality: Nurture or Nature?
My Mom Friend sent me this story today. I had heard that a child’s personality locks down around 3 so I was glad to see that this study gave me a few more years to mold my kids. Well, actually, it’s too late for my older two but I have another year for my youngest. That reminds me to wrestle away my iPhone/iPad/DSi/TV/computer from his hands. I’m running out of “influence” time! Read more…
My oldest is a budding artist and while I have failed to support this interest with extra curricular activities to improve her skills, I have finally seen the light and enrolled her in a week of real art camp. Not the arts and crafts variety. She draws daily such that I tend to push activities that are opposite to art to round her out: math, reading, music, languages, and sports.
My mom friends are more on top of things.
One mom friend suggested an excellent art book from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as a birthday present. Hey, I did buy her the book (and it’s excellent). And I took her to the Eric Carle Museum. But now I am trying to be more supportive. We bought a family pass to the Museum of Fine Arts to increase our trips from annual to quarterly. I put her in camps that have more interesting and in depth art offerings. And I keep these books around the house. Most of them at least.
p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:
Art Activity Books
45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter
10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids
Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading
Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids
Art Books for Kids Honorable Mention
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art by Michael Bird, illustrated by Kate Evans
I got this book for my 16 year old, Grasshopper and Sensei, who is arty and just completed the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program this past summer. She and I are both drooling over this book. Beautifully illustrated on every page, this book brings the artists and major paintings that they created alive! Each story covers the artist’s life but in a way that draws the reader in because it’s a story and not a straight up (boring) biography. You can flip from chapter to chapter to read about particular artists or periods of art as you choose, or read it from start to finish in historical order. The beauty of this book is that it works for a wide range of ages. It also works beautifully as a read aloud for art history, either at home or in an art class. My daughter and I have read a lot of art history books for kids and this one is by far the best one we’ve ever run across. This is worth the investment! [art history chapter book, ages 6 and up]