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!
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.
Summer is approaching faster than you might think. Before you know it the kids will be wrapping up the school year and eager to make the most of their time away from the classroom. Are you ready?
Various types of reward charts are commonly used with children to help improve behavior by motivating with an incentive. Many of the families I work with find this system to be highly effectively, however, some struggle with the approach. How do you know when it is truly effective for your child? And, what about instilling the notion of intrinsic motivation?
Discussing ways to be kind is an ongoing project in our house. How can we play with kindness? What does it mean to treat another with kindness? These are complicated concepts for adults, let alone children, and it takes consistency and modeling to break these ideas down for young children.
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 and design ideas based on our adventures building a home from the ground up.
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