Keeping Up With Kids: Creative Ways to Harness Their Energy

We’ve all been there at the end of a lazy day where we just chill out and take it easy. All is well until you realize the children have also been right there with you, and they now need to do something, or they’ll explode. While there are the traditional ways of having kids blow […]

How to Keep Your Kids Busy on a Rainy Day

With school nearly out and summer almost in session, finding activities to keep your children busy on a sunny day can be a challenge. On a rainy day, it’s a miracle. Rather than playing video games and watching cartoons, spend some quality time making art with your kids that you can later frame and mat. […]

Lazy Weekend? Fun Activities to do With the Kids

Do you have a lazy weekend with the kids planned? With summer fast approaching there will be plenty of days of the kids complaining, “Mom, I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!” With ample time on their hands, children often run the household, whether parents want to believe it or not. Ed Young should know, […]

The Gift of Boredom

Some friends of mine stopped by the house, and we sat in my living room for about fifteen minutes, chatting. They had their seven year old with them, a little boy who once would have been described as “precocious.” While the adults caught up, the son sat on the couch, kicking his feet and staring […]

Limiting Choice Can Improve Sanity

I’m going to come right out and admit that I had a meltdown on Saturday. I had just picked up the older boys from a friend’s birthday party and was relating to them how their father and I had taken apart the trailer in their absence. We were expecting to just replace the wood, but […]

A Cure for the Common Blah

My weekly post is up at Forever Parenting.  Got any suggestions for beating the winter blahs?  I’d love to hear them! For the half of the planet that’s in the depths of winter, this is the time of year when the cold, dreary days can really get to you. Add to that the after-Christmas letdown, […]