Get Your Toddler to Cooperate

Get your toddler to cooperate

Toddlers are driven to explore the world. As they develop their sense of autonomy, they gain confidence and a sense of self-worth that will serve them well throughout their lives. While this sounds wonderful, and we definitely want our kids to develop these skills, this hard-wired desire to explore and make choices often results in […]

Five Big Dump Trucks Song & Free Printable

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We are fortunate enough to have two big construction projects going on in our neighborhood. B is thrilled to be able to observe cranes, dump trucks, excavators and front loaders so close to home! To build on his interest, I decided to look for a truck song to sing with him. I found 5 Dump Trucks […]

Play the 2-in-1-out game: An Easy Way to Declutter

an easy way to declutter

Back in January of 2014 I wrote a post called Kids, Minimalism and Creativity. I was in my second trimester then, and resisting the urge to collect too many baby items. I kept in mind that our home is small, and that having less toys actually supports children in their creativity. A couple of years later, we’ve done […]

3 Green and Speckled Frogs

3 green and speckled frogs

3 Green and Speckled Frogs is a fun, traditional counting song. It was always in the rotation at day care – now I share it with B. Watch the video below to learn the song so you can share it with your kids! Then, check out the 3 Green and Speckled Frogs Activities at the […]

Why I Don’t Pick up My Toddler When He Falls

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I’ve watched a lot of kids learn to walk, to run and to climb. It’s always been a bit nerve wracking. I’ve held my breath as toddlers teetered and kids momentarily lost their balance at the top of the play structure. I’ve treated plenty of scrapes and bruises. Still, nothing could have prepared me for watching […]

14 Quick & Healthy Snacks for Toddlers

A boy tries one of the many healthy snacks for toddlers.

Toddlers are picky eaters by nature, and it can be oh so easy to rely on the rice cakes, puffs and other convenience foods that they seem drawn to.  These are not necessarily bad  foods to be eating, but they sure don’t offer much variety! About a month ago, as I served Baby B the […]