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Tiny Chefs

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Jul. 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM
For me, there is nothing more fun (or messier) than cooking with my kids. I've been doing it with both of them since they were each about a year old, and I've learned a lot since then. Here's what I know: Why cook with your kids? It makes them invested in what they're eating. If they made it, they'll more than likely want to eat it.It's creative!It's one on one time that you'll both remember forever.It teaches them a valuable, life-long skill. How can you get your little ones involved in

Learn By Example

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Jul. 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Do you think creativity can be taught? I think a little yes and a little no. What I'm 100 percent sure of, though, is that creativity is contagious, and that one creative person can inspire creativity in another. The more your kids are exposed to things like art, music, dance, and theater, the more likely they'll be to find a form of creativity they love. My sons have fairly creative parents--my husband's a musician and actor, and I'm into music, photography, dance, crafts, and writing--but

Little Rockstars

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Jul. 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM
When I'm having a bad day, there is nothing that can cheer me up faster than the sound of my girls singing along to their favorite song. And the same goes for them: if the little one is having a tantrum, we sit on the floor and sing her favorite songs from school. It calms her down instantly. If the oldest one wants some time to herself, she goes into her room and turns on her stereo. Music is everywhere in our house. Their taste ranges from Disney tunes (lately: Tangled, Brave, Beauty and the

The Electronic Toy Dilemma

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Jul. 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM
My 3-½ year-old daughter Lucy is obsessed with horses. Obsessed. She rode one last June in Colorado and has talked about that horse every single day since we came home. She has a wooden rocking horse that she keeps in a "stall" (a radiator in our living room), tied up with "reins" (our dog's leash). She brushes him, "feeds" him, rides him, puts him to bed...you'd think that hunk of wood was a real, live animal. When I was combing through the holiday toy ads that seem to fill my mailbox and n

Play Silly-Wrong

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Jul. 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Preschoolers love being silly. They love wearing socks on their hands and making their stuffed monkeys say "moo." Being silly by being wrong is a fun way to build their confidence in knowing the right answers, and it's a great way to exercise their creative little noggins.   It's easy to be silly-wrong whenever and wherever you are (point to an airplane and say "Look at that fish!"; let your kid see you try to put his jacket on your body), but if you're looking for something just a bit m