Loving the Environment for Kids: 5 Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring

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Share this: (NOTE: I first wrote “Loving the Environment for Kids: My Top Five Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring” as a guest post for The Everyday Ecologist in June 2016. Since it’s no longer available on that website, I’m republishing it here with a few updates while I’m traveling. Enjoy! – Flossie) What do your… Continue reading Loving the Environment for Kids: 5 Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring




How to Protect Your Kids From Tick Bites: What Works Best?

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Share this:Summer is just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere. Are you ready to protect your kids from tick bites? In the United States at least, fears of Lyme Disease from tick bites have recently eclipsed warnings about mosquito-borne Zika. Local and national news outlets have been covering the Lyme threat for several months. They’re… Continue reading How to Protect Your Kids From Tick Bites: What Works Best?




Why You Won’t See My Kids’ Faces Here

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Share this:Some of you may have been wondering why, for a parenting blog, photos of my children are noticeably absent. I’ve been wanting to write for awhile now about why you won’t see my kids’ faces here, but honestly, I’ve been afraid to do so. However, this absence has been weighing especially heavy on my heart since… Continue reading Why You Won’t See My Kids’ Faces Here




How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent

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Share this:I’m now just over two months into my bullet journaling experiment. For those of you who’ve thought about bullet journaling – either to become more efficient and organized, or to help you juggle your competing to-do’s – yes, it’s made a huge difference in those areas. But I’m also surprised to discover another upside: Bullet journaling has… Continue reading How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent




When Should You Teach Your Kid To Budget?

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Share this:When’s the right time to teach your kid to budget? I vaguely recall my parents mentioning budgeting before college, which is when I became responsible for handing over a check each month at the bursar’s office. Nothing drives home the importance of budgeting like making sure your earnings will cover next month’s tuition payment. We’ve all heard of –… Continue reading When Should You Teach Your Kid To Budget?




Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions and Goals

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Kimmie made a Happy New Year card for her homeroom teacher, Mr. Hellag.

Share this:Happy New Year! I’m in the middle of several weeks of enjoying holiday and vacation time with my family. Hence, in lieu of a longer post, I thought I’d share seven-year-old Kimmie’s resolutions and goals for the new year. Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions Kimmie actually volunteered some personal new year resolutions to my mother… Continue reading Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions and Goals




Bucket-Filling For Your Kids

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Share this:Do your kiddos practice bucket-filling on a daily basis? Have you even taught them about bucket-filling yet? You probably have, and just don’t realize it. But in this season of celebrating miracles and light and goodness, many of us are focusing in our families on bucket-filling anyway. Even if we don’t do so in the… Continue reading Bucket-Filling For Your Kids




Overheard at Bedtime: The Fuzzies Economy

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Share this:Overheard at bedtime the other night, a half-hour after lights-off, as I’m trying to get Kimmie tucked in: Kimmie: “I’ve got to have a talk with Huckle’s teacher.” Huckle, a stuffed-animal incarnation of the Richard Scarry character, is Kimmie’s bedtime buddy. Oh, crud I think to myself – did she overhear me saying something along… Continue reading Overheard at Bedtime: The Fuzzies Economy




Big-Kid Nightmares? Try Big-Kid Massage

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Share this:Have big-kid nightmares got your household missing more sleep than you’ve missed since you had a newborn around? That’s how our house has been feeling lately, since Kimmie went back to school. For example, take last night. It’s around 9pm. My husband and I had just wrapped up our nightly planning meeting and settled… Continue reading Big-Kid Nightmares? Try Big-Kid Massage




Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow

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Share this:So the kiddos have been back to school for a few weeks now. How’s the back-to-school anxiety level in your household? In ours, it seems we’re still sorting through back-to-school anxiety, with mixed results. Your back-to-school anxiety checklist Have you noticed any of these back-to-school anxiety symptoms in your child(ren) since they resumed classes… Continue reading Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow




Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt

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Parenting while disabled this summer means lots of time icing my leg.

Share this:Parenting While Disabled. There’s a loaded topic. I’m icing my left knee as I type this, having recently reentered the land where I can’t trust my body. Meaning that self-care is my top priority. This land doesn’t mesh well with caring for small children. In the United States, there’s growing awareness of the challenges of… Continue reading Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt




Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!

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Share this:(Updated 6/3/2017: While Everyday Ecologist goes through a website makeover, I’ve republished Loving the Environment for Kids on my own site. You can find the full post here. Enjoy!)  Hope you’ve been filling up your families’ summer tanks with memories that will last a lifetime. I also hope some of those memories involve the… Continue reading Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!




How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep

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Share this:Maybe you’re a first-time parent of a less-than-one-year-old. Maybe your kiddo is going through a sleep cycle shift. The switch to summer vacation and longer daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere can leave even veteran parents wondering how to get your kid to go to sleep. And as seasoned parents know, you will find… Continue reading How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep




Teach Your Kid To Ride A Bike In One Day? Really?

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Yes, you can teach your kid to ride a bike in a day - this photo is proof - but success is not guaranteed.

Share this:So you want to teach your kid to ride a bike. Maybe you’ve even heard of the “one day” method, and been suspicious – as I was, when I first stumbled across references to it online. Perhaps you’re wondering, as I did: does it work? Can you really teach your kid to ride a… Continue reading Teach Your Kid To Ride A Bike In One Day? Really?




Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks

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Share this:Do you always feel overburdened? As if you’ve got too much on your plate, because responsibility for the entire world somehow landed on your shoulders? Would you like to free up a few brain cells for something else? If so, then it’s high time you turn over some of that responsibility to your kiddos.… Continue reading Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks




On (Not) Being Responsible for Everything

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Share this:If you’re a mama who’s continued to hold down a high-powered position post-parenthood, without dropping balls on the job or at home too often, my hat is off to you. Parenthood has a way of thrusting a whole new level of being responsible onto unsuspecting grownups (holy cow, did they just let us walk… Continue reading On (Not) Being Responsible for Everything




Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December

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Share this:Do you need a few good holiday hacks? I know I do. Barely a week in, my December is already bursting at the seams. My to-do lists keep getting longer, and some things (like this post) never get done until weeks later than I’d planned. What’s on your plate this month? Too many kids’… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December




Do you need NO November?

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Share this:So it’s days from Halloween last week, and I’m dashing out to bulk up our candy supplies for trick-or-treating. Just one problem, though: I had a hard time finding the Halloween candy, thanks to all the Christmas displays already out in full force. Funny, I had the same problem when finishing back-to-school shopping –… Continue reading Do you need NO November?




Sneak Some Math Into Your Preschooler

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Share this:Plenty of mamas with elementary education degrees have created super posts and printables that can help you teach your preschoolers math, all based on sound educational theory (for example, see here and here, and even here). As a mama with no formal training in this area, I’ve stumbled upon a different approach. Many preschoolers… Continue reading Sneak Some Math Into Your Preschooler




Math for the Diaper Set: Six Ways to Get Started

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Share this:My husband teaches math for a living. To kiddos much older than ours. Because of this, I wasn’t surprised when my friends began asking me, years ago, what we were doing to teach the girls math. Truth is, when the girls were still infants and toddlers, I was the one with them most of… Continue reading Math for the Diaper Set: Six Ways to Get Started