quality time

I’m writing this post while my son is crying in his room, in a time-out because he threw a box at his sister’s head. Seriously.
(Time out in our family isn’t a punishment, but a calm-down period… he was too worked up and upset to even have a conversation, and hitting and flailing, so there was no calmly waiting for him to be ready to talk.)


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It’s that time of year again…

I’m feeling so thankful I don’t live in an icy tundra, as I see my friends in more northerly climages posting snow pictures on facebook. It hasn’t started snowing here in Maryland quite yet…


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Is your family gearing up for a winter road trip? Here are 10 ways you need to be sure to prepare!


3 No-Carve Pumpkin ideas for Halloween

This year for Halloween, I wasn’t quite ready to let the kids go at their pumpkins with knives, even those kid-safe tiny pumpkin carving ones. And besides, if you keep your pumpkins whole, they won’t begin to rot like they do when you cut them, so you can enjoy them for a longer time! The


If You Made a Million Book Penny Cleaning Activity

Want an “If You Made a Million” Activity to do with your kids or students? Try this penny-cleaning Montessori work. With extensions for art & science.


Pre-K "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" Craft Activity

My 4 year old loves to do her own little craft projects. She draws, does “scribble-scrabble writing”, traces, cuts, rips, glues, and explores the materials on her own. But sometimes, she comes to me asking sweetly, “Mama, may I have an activity?” And of course, I’m more than happy to set her up with something


On the move - what bedtime with a 2 year old REALLY looks like. (Video)

Winding down with classical music, quiet cuddles in a dark room, a kiss goodnight before tucking the blankets around the kids…

That isn’t MY real life.


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From the first days of my kids’ lives, I was their teacher.

I taught them that their little movements and sounds had meaning.

I taught them that their needs would be met, no matter what.

I taught them to recognize their bodies’ signals about hunger, thirst, and potty needs.

I taught them that this world is their world.


Montessori Toddler Paper Punching Activity

In our house, the playroom is for imagination, for open-ended toys, for free exploration. We have dress up clothes (mainly play silks and scarves), building materials (wooden blocks or legos), musical instruments, and other pretending toys. In the rest of the house, the kids tend to gravitate toward helping with real-life chores, like cleaning surfaces


Let Them Join You. It's Worth It.

It takes more planning. More time. More setup and cleaning afterward. It takes attention and effort to teach them skills and techniques.

But it’s worth the extra effort.


Dear Mother being pampered on Mother's Day

Dear Mother Being Pampered on Mother’s Day, To all of the moms out there who are being celebrated, I hope it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! I hope when the alarm clock (aka the waking toddler) goes off, your husband jumps up and allows you to sleep in. I hope you enjoy the breakfast in bed


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One thing I’ve REALLY been enjoying in this house is having the kids work on projects on the other side of the counter, while I cook (if Anneliese isn’t already in the kitchen cooking with me). So having lots of little projects to grab is really really helpful.



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