Let Them Play!!

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It seems like every time I turn around, people are putting their kids in school at an ever younger age. When I was little, kindergarten was a gentle introduction to schooling and some kids might have gone into pre-k beforehand, but it wasn’t necessary. Nowadays, kindergarten is becoming more and more like 1st grade and pre-k is almost a necessity if you want your kid to have a gentle introduction to schooling. Heck, pre-k 2 and pre-k 3 are even becoming more common.

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Gendered Clothing?

With my oldest officially entering toddlerhood, I’ve been thinking a lot more about how gendered children’s clothing is, and how utterly ridiculous it is. While I was only dealing with infant clothing, I of course noticed it in regards to the color and designs (example: dragons vs ladybugs) of the clothing. Once the child is old enough to walk and talk and have opinions, the difference in “boys’ clothing” and “girls’ clothing” is startling.

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Day in the Life

This morning actually started earlier than usual. Iris woke up every two hours last night which is not usual for her now that she’s 4 months. The last time she woke up, around 5:30ish, Arya woke up crying as well. (That has unfortunately been happening more often than we’d like recently.) My husband went go lie in her bed with her while I finished up with Iris. Not long after that, Arya joined me in bed while Richie got ready to go to work since he had some out of town extra training this morning.

As soon as the sun came up, Arya was ready to start the day, so I got up and made me some coffee. I filled her snack cup with cheerios, gave her some almond milk, and put on her choice of tv show, so I could finish getting ready. Today’s choice was Sid the Science Kid. Once I was dressed and had breakfast served for both of us, she was excitedly talking about leaves.

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Homeschooling a One Year Old

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Let me start off by saying that there are those who don’t consider what I’m doing to be homeschooling. Many just look at it and say, “Oh, that’s just how you should be parenting your child.” No, there are many ways to parent your child. In my opinion, if you have actively looked into preschool activities for your child, and you wish to consider it homeschooling, by all means, call it homeschooling.

We didn’t actually start actively “homeschooling” until our little one was about 17 months old. Before that, she was more likely to put things in her mouth than to play with them in almost any other way.

That being said, here’s what you are all wondering: What do I do to homeschool my one year old?

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My 10 Favorite Supplies for Creating Toddler Activities

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I’ve been crafting for pretty much as long as I can remember. That means that I, like many other crafters out there, HATE throwing away supplies that I even suspect I could possibly use in the future. It drives my husband crazy. However, he complains slightly less now as that means I have many things around the house already that I can use to create various activities (usually involving fine motor skills) for our 19 month old.

Even if you aren’t a crafter like me, you probably already have many of these items around the house as well:

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Halloween Activities for Toddlers

All of these activities can be done while staying on a strict budget!

When you’re a stay at home mom, it’s very easy sometimes to just find yourself spending slightly too much time in the living room with little ones occupied by the TV. I know I’ve caught myself sliding back into this habit as my due date approaches (less than a month to go!).

When I find this happening, I almost always look for some fine motor skills activity I can make for my toddler than will help her practice her fine motor skills (among other skills hidden in the activity), and (many times) busy her enough that I can actually get some things around the house done.

Here are some of the activities that we did this year. My daughter is 19 months old and did most of these easily after little instruction.

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