Buying gifts that foster a love of reading and support growing literacy skills doesn't mean the kids won't be excited about their presents. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite picks, including some fun new picture books titles you will find under our tree this season.
I suspect that just about any boy mom will tell you that the dinosaur phase is inevitable and will make a significant impact on just about everything in your home. With my oldest the dinosaur phase did not really hit until he was about four years old, making my middle guy just a little over two years old at the time. Dinosaur fever has spread fast and furiously in our house, affecting the younger siblings earlier and earlier. I can't say that dinosaurs are one of my favorite topics and growing up one of three girls didn't exactly give me a ton of exposure to this phenomenon, which is why I've compiled a list of our favorite dinosaur resources for those parents who find themselves with dinosaur enthusiasts of their own.
I have always been a morning person. Sleeping past 7:30 am was considered late even before having kids, which is why I am always up for an early morning adventure. Before kids it was all about the early morning run or long walk with the dog and now that my youngest is almost twenty months old I am enjoying these summer weekends of planning a morning outing at the last minute. This week it was a trip to a local sunflower maze!
Another week on the farm and probably our favorite visit yet! The boys were able to take advantage of time in the Learning Garden this week where they helped water growing crops, pull garlic and beets, and explored in an enclosed dig area. The farm is bustling when we arrive and there is usually at least half a dozen other children (usually more) visiting for pick at the same time. The sense of community is real on the farm and our visits have quickly become the highlight of our summer schedule.
Our time on the farm is quickly rising to the top of our summer event list. We've been fortunate to have beautiful weather each visit and once we step on the farm it immediately feels like we are miles away from reality. I immerse myself in the activity just as much as the boys and we are all seemingly forced to slow down a bit. The boys arrived eager to see which vegetables would be available this week and their familiarity with the area and pick up process was fun to watch, especially since this was only our second week of the season.
I have learned a lot as a family about the importance of cooking with fresh ingredients and eating less processed foods since Adrian's diagnosis with life-threatening food allergies. I have always preferred to eat all-natural or organic products, but have been forced to cook differently in the past four years in order to accommodate Adrian's diet. While not everyone eats with the same restrictions, in many ways we have all benefited from Adrian's diet. Most notably we all eat more foods in their natural form and have learned about healthy alternatives to incorporate different food items with unique nutritional value.
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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