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Kids Parenting

Why we are trading presents for experience this holiday season

With the holidays approaching, we decided to change how we celebrate in a big way. We celebrate Christmas, and while the older two kids are past the Santa phase, the youngest is just now at the point where she is getting excited about Christmas and Santa and presents. However, with this change in dynamics, we …

Homeschool Kids

Fairy Garden Fun

The key to making this fun has been telling a story as we have been creating this garden. Miss Crankles is small, but she has a big imagination and loves being told how the fairies are going to visit the garden at night and stay in our little fairy houses and swing on our fairy swing. Adding whimsy to your life can make you feel like a kid too. Telling her the story and seeing her excitement makes me want to believe that maybe at night while I sleep, the fairies will play in the little garden we made.

Kids

Why do all my kid’s Barbies live in a nudist colony?

Recently, Crankles has become obsessed with all things Barbie! Granted, some of this stems from Sissy having a large collection of them and Crankles wanting to be like Sissy. The large reason is because she recently began torturing us with Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. (Yes, I realize my first paragraph has probably caused some …

Kids Parenting

What ADD Feels Like

I am in sensory overload. I can’t stand the volume of my thoughts, let alone the volume of her voice. I am not saying that I hear voices, but someone who truly has ADD, not the myriad of people who are getting over-diagnosed, knows what that feeling is like. When the thoughts in your head are running so very quickly that at times it is like your own brain is shouting at you, it is difficult to tolerate external sound. I have times where I sit in my house once my daughter has gone to bed and just turn everything off and have silence.