Monthly Archives April 2014

Raising Confident Children

I want to raise strong confident girls. I take the simple things that Baby Bear does and make them meaningful and special. The is a prolific artist. That does not mean that I take everything that she makes and plaster the house with it. I do put up some of the artwork on her magnet…
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Vocabulary

“Dad, don’t rub Mom’s shoulders. You’re not a butler.” “I ‘m a husband. How do you know what a butler is?” “I know it’s like a servant.” “I think you just like saying butler because it has “but” in it.” “No I don’t… BUTT-ler. BUTT-ler. BUTT-ler… It is pretty good.
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Activities with Toddlers~Smelling Spices

Baby Bear and I taught Mini how to smell spices. Things you will need: Spices of all different types for your child to smell Be sure to demonstrate what you want your toddler to do. Be very obvious that you are smelling and coach them to use their nose and sniff. Mini didn’t understand what…
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Check Up

“Mom? What did the nurse call the pee again?” “Urine.” “And that’s the same word as all pee?” “Yes.” “And I go in the cup?” “Yep.” “Because they just want to see if I can do it?”
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No Language Barrier

The language that Andrew is so easily able to pick up and master no less than amazes me. I totally have to watch what I say, because he WILL pick it up. Like today. “No, Danny! Stop it stop it! No push! 3, 2, 1, outside!” Think I count down a little when someone isn’t…
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Avocado Salsa Salad- Fresh AND Refreshing

I love avocado season, when the prices drop from 1.09 and up to…. 3 or 4 for 1.00! I always buy a dozen or so and go on kind of an avocado binge- I make guacamole, put it in my DIY Sushi– and, perhaps most frequently, this avocado salsa salad. I call it a salsa salad, because I…
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When in Doubt, Bake it Out

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately: personal stuff, household stuff, kid stuff.  It’s a heavy burden to feel responsible for the well beings of so many people and things.  The way my head works, it’s far too easy for me to get caught up in the moments and feel immediately overwhelmed.  I have…
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Man in the Moon

“Hey, Bob there’s a lunar eclipse tonight.” “What’s that?” “It’s when the earth is directly between the sun and the moon, aligned exactly.” “Cool.” “Yeah, it’s happening around 2:30 in the morning. Should we all get up to see it?” “Well Mom, you can set an alarm for yourself but I need my sleep. I’m…
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