Friday, June 26, 2015

Why Sleep Away Camp is the BEST!

So, pretty much my post is over at TODAY Parents this week!

If you've ever been nervous about sending your kid to sleep away camp, far be it from me to calm anyone's nerves.

But still, here's a little something that might make you feel better:

Seven Ways Sleep Away Camp is GREAT for Kids

And since you're over there might as well click on the "vote" for me.  Because why not, I ask you?!?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Do You Want to Get Staples in Your Head AGAIN?!? (15+ Picture Books that Help Teach Manners)

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"Sit down in your chair! Do you want to get staples in your head AGAIN?!?!"

"Food needs to stay in your mouth!"

"You don't reach into other people's plates for food! You eat the food off your OWN plate!  This is MY plate!"
This is every single meal of my life these days.  And yet, somehow I already grew two kids into near adulthood who are pleasant to eat with, so I know that one of these days a meal with the Head of Demolition will consist of something other than barking direct orders while attempting to swallow.

I frequently turn to picture books to help teach manners.  It has the advantage of distance: children can discuss good or poor manners while not in the thick of things, so they can learn at a time when they're not busy feeling defensive or blamed.

For example, upon seeing David flee down the street naked in the book No, David!, the Head of Demolition offered a clear verdict on its appropriateness:

"I wanna do DAT!"

She knows what she wants, at any rate.

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