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Children Under 7 Have No Concept of Time: Helping Kids Understand ‘Time’.

Have you ever said to your kid, “We’re leaving in five minutes!” The time comes and they totally blow you off? Or, they legitimately ask you 399 times in the car “are we there yet?” even though you told them that the GPS says 10 more minutes?! Or, thirty seconds before you leave the house, they get involved with imaginary play? Even though you’ve been telling them all along that we’re leaving “in a few minutes“?

It’s because young kids have a very limited concept of time. For babies and young toddlers, you can just about forget about it. They live so much in the present moment, every moment to them is new and fresh. This is why kids can be crying one minute and laughing the next. It’s very beautiful, but can be super frustrating for us adults who are stuck in the world of time!

Don’t you remember, as a kid, how long everything felt? I remember summer vacation feeling like an eternity! And long car trips were torturous because I thought I might die of old age before we ever reached our destination. Or, the reverse. I would go out to play in the backyard, and get lost in time, playing with sticks and leaves and mud. Read the rest of this entry

Kid Acting Defiant? How Power Reversal Games Can Save You, Without Using Punishment

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My daughter, Margo (4 1/2), had been acting so difficult for the past few days. Really, annoying her sister and me to the max. Refusing to leave the playground when I needed her to leave. Refusing the shower. Refusing to go to the toilet, even when I knew she was busting. I wasn’t being over-anal either, she was actually driving everyone insane! Read the rest of this entry

Why Are Kids Getting Into Trouble For Being Kids?

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My girls had asked for permission to get wet in one of the fountains at the playground. I told them it was ok because we had a change of clothes in the car. Read the rest of this entry

What’s Eating at Picky Eaters: Naturally Getting Kids to Eat

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For some parents, getting their children to eat something healthy is a worry on a day-to-day basis. There’s nothing novel about my ideas on getting kids to eat well, and there’s no gimmicks, bribery, sneaking healthy foods, or magic, but it works. Many children have the ability to self regulate their food intake to maintain a healthy body and mind, however, for other kids it can be quite a challenge. Here’s a few ideas that you probably already know, but maybe have forgotten about. Read the rest of this entry

4 Fun Yet Powerful Ways to Get Toddlers and Preschoolers to Cooperate

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I’m pretty laid back when it comes to letting my kids be free range. But, there are certain times when I just can’t let them play with something… and sometimes I absolutely need to get something out of their hands or I have to get them to do something or we need to leave somewhere. Teeth brushing, getting dressed, leaving the playground, etc. You know the deal… can be a huge struggle. But there are few little tools that I’ve found hugely useful over the years. No bribery. No punishments or rewards. No sticker charts… Just fun! Read the rest of this entry

Why I Totally Let My Kids Binge on Nasty Junk Food for Easter

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There was a knock at the door and in came my neighbors with two big bags of chocolate Easter eggs for the kids. Not the healthy organic kind. Not the ethical fair trade kind. Two big bags of nasty Cadbury Crunch Easters eggs, the kind that we would never actually buy. We smiled, said “Thank you” and proceeded to devour the nasty chocolate. The first bite of that stuff is a little bit revolting, especially if you don’t eat it very often. It’s really acidic tasting and almost burns your throat going down… But, then, you eat more and more and after a while, it’s all you want to eat. You eat so much of it that you can’t even feel your taste buds and you totally loose your appetite to eat any real food. Sound familiar? Read the rest of this entry

The Most Curious Incident of Gender Stereotyping That Made Me Sick To My Stomach

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Little Johnny started to reach for Margo’s pink doll, being pushed in the doll stroller. “NOOOOO!!!! JOHNNY!!!! THAT’S A GIRL’S DOLL!”, yelled his mother. At first, I was sure that Little Johnny’s mother meant it was “*THE* girl’s doll” (I knew that English was her second language), so I just smiled and said, “Oh, it’s ok, he can play with the doll, Margo won’t mind.Read the rest of this entry

What You Ought to Know About Your Kid’s Bath Toys

Innocent looking bath toys? Thank again!

Innocent looking bath toys? Think again!

I’m a science teacher… I know that if you take a swab of anything (even a relatively clean surface) and grow a culture of it, you’re going to get some pretty gnarly stuff sprouting in a petri dish. I’m not a germ-a-phobe… but I have to say, my  kid’s bath toys have been suspicious to me for a long time, so I did a little research and found out why. Read the rest of this entry

Tired and Touched Out With Your Kids? Twelve Ways to Bring Back the Love

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Energy reserves start to plummet into oblivion and the room starts to spin.  The demands from my kids get louder and more persistent… I look at the time… “SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!!!”, I scream in my head!  I know all of the things I ‘should’ be doing, to be a caring, attentive and loving parent… but it’s just not happening.  My body is there, but in my mind, I want to be crashed out in bed with the covers pulled over my head…  Do you know the feeling?! Read the rest of this entry

Year in Review of a Stay at Home Mother: Don’t Mind Me, I’m Raising Some Kids

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Thanks… because I like eating already-been-chewed food (not).

Something awesome happened to me this year and you’ll never guess what it was.  No rad overseas holidays.  No life-changing events (like births or illnesses).  I didn’t win the lottery.  I didn’t find out I was pregnant with quadruplets.  There were no profound life realizations.  I didn’t learn a new sport or win anything.  I didn’t find a ‘job’ and I still haven’t paid back my student loans (oops).  And,  I certainly never got around to cleaning out that pesky guest bedroom closet! Read the rest of this entry