Family, mindful parenting, occupational therapy, Parenting

From Hindrance to Helpful: Jobs for Kids at the Campsite

We've just returned from five days camping, and now that I've recovered, I can sit down and write this story that's been on my mind. This is a story about how my six year old was pushing allll of my buttons, and could have easily resulted in me blowing my top at him, but instead… Continue reading From Hindrance to Helpful: Jobs for Kids at the Campsite

Parenting, Personal, Starting school at six

Ode to the Preschool Years

Here's to not living by the ringing of the school bell. Here's to the slow mornings, the late starts, trying to make it to kindy on time, yet being waylaid again by yet another dead bumble bee that needs examining and carpets of fallen kowhai blossoms and fuzzy pussy-willows. Here's to the hours of play… Continue reading Ode to the Preschool Years

Christmas, creative play, Early childhood development, Family, Fine motor development, hand eye co-ordination, Indoor activities, open ended play, Parenting, Screen free activities, Traditions, visual perceptual skills

Open Ended Toys and Shopping Small: What Our Kids are Getting for Christmas.

I thought I'd share what my kids will be getting for Christmas this year. Not because anyone's asked. But because I'm a blogger, so that's what I do. This year I had a couple of goals in mind for gifts for the kids: Open ended play items: meaning toys that can be played with in… Continue reading Open Ended Toys and Shopping Small: What Our Kids are Getting for Christmas.

Christmas, Crafts, Eco-lifestyle, newsprint roll, Toys

Save Money and Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas

Are you looking for ways to have a sustainable, eco-friendly Christmas? Then look no further... I've compiled my top tips - tried and true! They'll also probably save you money - BONUS. Because we all are feeling the pinch at this time of year, right?! There's no denying that our modern day consumeristic society comes… Continue reading Save Money and Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas