Outdoor Rules to Live & to Teach

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“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~ George Santayana Go Outside Every Day Yes, every day. Better yet begin and end the day with fresh air. The best way to wake up and to unwind from the day. Do Not be Afraid Get dirty. Be welcoming of critters. When I heard one of my [Read On]


I am the Mother of Sons

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I am the mother of three boys. This role is special. It is unique.  I will be loved, very loved, by my boys.  I will be a queen, most of the time, in our home. I accept all this loveliness. Yet, ever since learning our third healthy baby is a boy, I have had to [Read On]


Children’s Book Lists

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“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” ― C.S. Lewis Here are 20 book lists for children and parents! The list cover a broad range of topics from holidays to mindful parenting. Please share your opinion with me. Also, send along recommendations to [Read On]


Easy Ways to Encourage Reading at Home

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(Image courtesy of Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos.net) My 3 year old has entered his sensitive period for language. He can’t get enough of books. Our 4.5 year old has always been an avid devourer of books but with our second, I wasn’t sure we would see the same passion. We didn’t for a long time. [Read On]


How to Survive Watching a Child Get Crushed on the Playground

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I know. I am not alone. Maybe experiencing your child get crushed on the playground is some sort of initiation to the next level of parenting toughness, or maybe it is just a cruel way of reminding us parents that we made the decision to bring this child into the world…so we must allow him [Read On]


How to Encourage Early Math Skills

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I am completing my Montessori Math album. As I review the brain research behind why and how to teach mathematical thinking to young children, I am drawn back to an article written by Mary Schneider of Woodinville Montessori School and MEIPN. She succinctly describes why we cannot “teach” math to young children and how we [Read On]