Fun Projects + Activities

Having fun with your kids is the whole point, really.

We've got lots of ideas, including:

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13 June 2013

One mom's DIY approach to summer: "structure, not scheduling"

The summer plan is structured, not scheduled. Sounds lovely, but what does it really look like, day to day?

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12 June 2013

Summer project: homemade merit badges

You know you want one. I do. I'm gonna suggest this Etsy tutorial to my almost 10 year-old daughter as a summertime project.

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11 June 2013

Swimming with kids: tips for making it easier

In my new post at The Accidental Expert, I've combed though our "day at the pool" hacks and added a bit more wisdom of my own.

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10 June 2013

Summer vacation: the big picture

Two links I hope will help you think differently about summer, especially if you're feeling panicked about the months ahead.

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27 May 2013

How do minimalist parents handle summer?

Christine and I will be discussing summertime strategies for minimalist parents on NPR’s Tell Me More tomorrow, 5/28.

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24 May 2013

Reading + links for your weekend

It has been an odd week around here. I've been in a low-level funk ever since returning from Mom 2.0 Summit, which makes no sense. Frankly, it pisses me off because really, why? (Especially in light of the happenings in Oklahoma, it feels pretty spoiled. Donating to the Red Cross...

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21 May 2013

20 May 2013

How to grow a petting garden (sponsored)

If your kids are as attracted to soft, fuzzy things as mine were at that age (and still are), you will love this easy garden project...perfect for a summer afternoon.

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14 May 2013

Mother's Day disappointment? Honest advice for next year.

At Etsy: Mother's Day Card: Shark Attack, by Emily-Bell From Mother's Day fail? Lessons learned -- and honest advice for avoiding disappointment next year: "I hate Mother's Day." This, from a friend I ran into on the walk home from school. I appreciated her candor but couldn't help feeling sad....

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16 April 2013

Spring cleaning is more fun when it's outside

An excerpt of my new post at Babble, "Screen wean! 8 fun and useful outdoor 'chores' to coax your kids outside."

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22 March 2013

Easter and Passover hacks

If you're looking for some last-minute Easter or Passover activities and crafts, here they are.

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22 March 2013

21 March 2013

20 March 2013

Tissue box as stomp rocket storage system

A stomp rocket is my favorite birthday present choice for a 3- to 7 year-old with a warm weather birthday. This hack from Whitney Moss of Rookie Moms and 510 Families puts a tissue box to work storing the rockets.

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12 March 2013

Homemade sidewalk chalk

My cousin shared this homemade sidewalk chalk recipe on the Parent Hacks Facebook page.

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