“Beefing up” reading aloud to your kids

Duane passed along some smart, simple twists on reading aloud: Maybe this is what everybody's doing anyway, maybe not. But when reading (or singing) to your kids, especially the younger ones, pause periodically on the meaningful words and see what happens. Chances are very good that they can complete the thought for you, having memorized […]

DIY artwork for your kids’ bedrooms

Betty adorned her children's rooms on a budget: I'm a SAMH and a hacker myself, but didn't know it until I visited your website.  I'm a proud mother of three rambunctious, feisty and VERY energetic children under the age of five.  Having three children curbs my spending habits on everything, and decorating is one of […]

Teach kids their ABCs while they wash their hands

Jennifer shows how easily one can slip bits of learning into everyday routines: When I toilet trained my kids, I started singing the ABC's with them while they washed their hands.  By the time toilet training was done, so was learning the alphabet! Tags: Parenting, Potty training

Small-footed moms: buy Keens in kid sizes

Olivia nabbed a bargain on Keen sandals (super-popular with Portland feet): I went to REI and snagged some Keen sandals….in a kids' size 6.  I usually wear a Women's size 8. Instead of paying $70, I bought them for $36!  The fit works fine for me (kids' sizes run slightly narrower) and the color selection […]

Small-footed moms: buy Keens in kid sizes

Olivia nabbed a bargain on Keen sandals (super-popular with Portland feet): I went to REI and snagged some Keen sandals….in a kids’ size 6.  I usually wear a Women’s size 8. Instead of paying $70, I bought them for $36!  The fit works fine for me (kids’ sizes run slightly narrower) and the color selection […]