Parenting an Introverted Child

parenting an introvert

“How come you never pick her up?” my friend Kristen asked, looking at my four-month-old baby, Ani, sitting on the floor. We sat sipping ice tea in my living room. “Oh, you don’t know her yet,” I said. “Watch this.” I scooped up AJ, and she immediately began to cry. I put her back down on the floor and she stopped just as suddenly. “See? She doesn’t like to be … [Read more...]

Harry Potter Potions Class Experiments

Fun harry potter potions

If you have a Harry Potter enthusiast in your house, you'll want to try your own Harry Potter Potions Class and Experiments, either for a birthday party or just for fun. I'm thrilled to be joining Rae Gun's annual Harry Potter blog hop. Go here to see all the posts about Harry Potter from bloggers around the web. SCROLL DOWN FOR AN AMAZING HARRY POTTER GIVEAWAY!! Harry … [Read more...]

Emotional Intelligence Activities for Kids

Activities for Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Kids

Because it's an assignment from school, I've been reading aloud Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves to my 13- year old daughter. It's been exactly what she needs. It's helping her label not just the emotions that are floating around her adolescent brain, but is providing strategies to improve both her emotional self-awareness and emotional … [Read more...]

Writing Workbooks for Kids

Education.com Creative Writing Workbook

How are your kids doing this summer with writing? If you want to sneak in a little writing each day, try the Education.com writing workbooks. We haven't tried these, my kids are doing other writing activities (see this list of ideas for writing) but if your kids enjoy prompts and workbooks, you might consider these options. The workbooks are written by teachers and only … [Read more...]

The BEST Java Programming Class Online for Kids

coding class for kids from Youth Digital

My 10-year old daughter loves Minecraft. Now she's learning how to program her own Minecraft server in Java thanks to Youth Digital's excellent Server Design Java Minecraft programming class online. I'm so so so blown away by how amazing this online class is, you guys!! And I'm not a newbie with this, either. I've taken online classes and taught online classes. Hands down, this … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading 2015

chapter book recommendations for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade

It's mid-summer and I've already got another long list of good books for your kids to read. New! Hot of the presses! I love new books, as you can tell. :) So if you need new chapter book ideas for your summer reading, check out these reviews. Hopefully something will stand out to you that will interest your kids. Happy reading! 16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading … [Read more...]

Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books

Disney's Desendants Books

written by Annika Taylor Get ready for the Disney Channel's newest movie, The Descendants, by reading all the Descendants books first. The Descendants movie is coming out this summer, 2015, but the books are already here! Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books Isle of the Lost Isle of the Lost is a prequel to the Disney movie, Descendants. It takes place … [Read more...]

WackIt Ball Backyard Game Review

backyard game

WackIt Ball is a new backyard game for one or two players. My kids think it's totally fun. I think it's loud (don't play it when the neighbors are still sleeping) and great for hand-eye coordination! WackIt Ball Backyard Game Review To play, thread a wiffle ball through the cable. You can attach the cable to poles, trees, fence posts, etc. We used a post on our back porch … [Read more...]

These Learning Card Games Will Make Kids Think

Super Genius Educational Card Games for Kids

Blue Orange just released a new learning card game series called Super Genius. The card games remind me of Spot It! but are harder and more educational. They'll make your kids THINK! And by think, I both reviewing known concepts and learning new ones. For us, it's review and practice of multiplication facts. (Those darn facts are tricky to remember!) But it could also be … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

Happy Birthday Cupcake review and activities

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities The latest picture book from Terry Border, creator of the photography site Bent Objects is HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! and it's a mouth-watering adventure using everyday-object photography. (Also, don't miss his previous book, Peanut Butter & Cupcake!) Never Before Seen Photograph from Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Cupcake wants … [Read more...]