Jul 16, 2015
It's that time again! Yay for summer and more importantly, summer reading fun! That Book Mama here and I'm back again to tell you about some great books for summer. As always, I'll tell you about some of my top favorites and also include a “Bonus Book” just in case you have already read everything I suggest. I know you'll find something here to help get you through the long days and hot summer nights.
Jun 12, 2015
Manners matter and a great way to teach your children is by hosting a tea party.
I want my daughter to know how to invite friends over, set a table, make people feel welcome and be able to prepare an afternoon for friends. I want to teach her to love showing hospitality. We typically throw together random tea parties in a matter of minutes at our home. They don't have to be fancy, the main ingredients are tea, friends and an open heart.
Jun 11, 2015
When our family has game night, it’s less of a scheduled tradition and more of an impromptu moment. We’re still in the season where we have to work though those interesting dynamics: a preschooler who has no affinity for the rules of board game, and two slightly older children whose competitive spirit makes for interesting wins (and losses).
May 30, 2015
I’m not the kind of mom who will plan out all our summer days in 30 minute increments, (although I did do that last summer…for about 2 days. Fail.) Anyway, this summer I’m coming up with a few ongoing activities that will help us have something to think about and keep up with. We’re not going on a vacation, so these will be something to talk about when they do return to school!
May 8, 2015
A while back we posted on our blog the Top 10 Summer Fashion trends for kids, but today we are back to celebrate the MOMS!
May 4, 2015
Mornings are hectic. If you cook at home, making sure everyone gets a satisfying first meal can be a hectic daily chore. Start treating breakfast like you would dinner, and make up foods in advance for the week (or for two). You and your family will hit the door, filled up and ready to roll, and you might not be quite as harried as normal.
Apr 27, 2015
Playing dress-up isn’t just for girls: Boys need some character clothes as well. Dressing up as someone (or something) real or pretend is a wonderful tool for young children’s social/emotional development and imaginary play. Setting aside a variety of clothes that can be used for special outfits also comes in handy for Halloween costumes, school and church programs, and events at school. Costumes can be kept in a big box, an old trunk, or in the bottom drawer of a dresser. Pull those items for rainy days and snow days and bring on the fun.
Apr 23, 2015
It’s easy to find fun family activities for bright and sunny days—but what about those rainy ones where it’s too soggy to go outside? We like to make up fun games to play indoors. Sometimes we even get great snacks to go along with them!
Create Something Awesome
Carnival Games—I like to get these big cardboard display boards and use them to make carnival games. They’re white on one side so I can draw or write anything I want, and they fold flat for easy storage.
Apr 20, 2015
It's almost here…summer!
With that comes the annual clean-out-the-kids-closets-to-see-what-still-fits marathon. It's amazing how one week your kid's clothes seem to fit just perfectly and the next week they appear to be wearing crop tops with their little belly buttons showing and their shorts look like they should be playing on a 1960 basketball team. Let's hope short shorts on men and boys never make a comeback.
Apr 17, 2015
Chances are, those modern day children of yours have been given a great education on the importance of recycling. Do they also know how to reuse everyday materials around the house? Before setting out bins for curbside pickup or making the weekly haul to the recycling center, check to see if your family can waste less (and save money!) by using household odds and ends in all kinds of cool ways.