As a Kiddo

On Plans and Preschool

I had no plans to do any formal schooling this year. I’m a firm believer in learning through play and don’t think preschool is strictly necessary. But as hot, sticky summer days turned into cool fall ones and her friends started heading to school, my daughter begged to do school. So we are – just a couple mornings a week. We’re all thriving with the additional structure and having...
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16+ Clutter Free Gift Ideas for Young Kids

Our daughter turns five at the end of this month so we’ve been thinking through what we’ll get her. We loosely follow the want, need, wear, read philosophy so we’re thinking along those lines. But with Christmas something like 98 days away (AHHH! My eyes!), I thought I’d share a longer list of clutter free gift ideas for young kids. Because I, for one, love when people give us...
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As a Family

Money Talk with Preschoolers

“Is it in our budget to get me a toy today?” my four-year old inquires. Yay! She’s absorbing something underneath all that squirming. Talking to our kiddos about money at a young age sets them up for a healthy relationship with finances in the future. Here’s how the conversation is taking place at our house. Around two years old, our daughter started asking why Daddy had to go to work....
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As a Kiddo

Some Thoughts on Preschool

I originally published this post on July 13, 2012. Our daughter will be five this fall, but my thoughts on preschool are largely the same. Because of when our daughter’s birthday falls, she won’t be starting kindergarten for one more year. While we considered a nature based preschool for next year, we ultimately decided the best thing for our family is for her to stay home again this year....
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Babies & Toddlers

8 Tips for a Big Move With Little Kids

DON’T DO IT! Oh, that isn’t helpful? Okay, let me try again. It’s not going to be easy but hey, sometimes we have no choice. I’ve been there, done that (once with an almost two year old and once with a 5 month old and four year old) so here are some tips that focus specifically on the kids’ aspects of moving. 1. Let Up on the Rules Consider...
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Babies & Toddlers

Handling Anger Toward Our Kids

If you never get angry with your kids, that’s great. I mean that in a completely, non-snarky way. Some people don’t struggle with anger, and I’m glad. I rarely struggled with anger…and then I had kids. I think it has something to do with sleep deprivation… My four-year old is a particularly delightful, energetic and opinionated smart cookie, if I do say so myself. Yet sometimes I get very...
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Want, Need, Wear, Read: Christmas 2013

We try to keep gift-giving simple with our kiddos which is why last year we started following the want, need, wear, read model of giving gifts. Since our kiddos are four years old and seven months old, we will only follow this pattern with our four year old this year. Our little one will be plenty happy trying to put wrapping paper in his mouth: no presents necessary. Here’s...
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