Rainy Day Play

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

We definitely enjoyed the run of great weather we had to start the month of May around here…did you?  We played outside in our backyard, went to the park multiple times, went to our local children’s museum and had an awesome experience watching the swallows zoom up, over and around the pedestrian bridge nearby as well.  We also had a fun backyard barbecue with our Grandma Great on Mother’s Day where we learned how far each of us could kick my daughter’s new purple ball! In our house, when the weather gets nice we try to spend a lot more time outside enjoying it. Continue reading

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Same Old, Same Old

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Do you have a favorite routine in your day?  Perhaps it’s your morning coffee…or sitting down with a good book after a long day at work.  Maybe your favorite routine is just sitting back and doing nothing during the very few precious minutes you get during the day when somebody is not asking you for something.  Whatever your favorite routine is I’m sure that if something keeps you from enjoying that routine your whole day gets thrown off and it can be really hard to focus or enjoy much of anything during that day. Continue reading

Safe Sleep

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

October is National Safe Sleep Awareness Month. Make sure to check out the Hub’s Newsletter for more information on what safe sleep looks like, and as with everything, please consult with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions. As I see these posts about safe sleep, I can’t help but think about where my daughter is now with sleeping. She may still call herself a baby, but we are now having to think about taking off the front gate of her crib to make her precious resting place a…toddler bed! Continue reading

The Summer of Bruises and Band-Aids; Teaching our Kids Self-care

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

This has been a summer made up of bruises and band-aids in our home. For  a while there it seemed like the “owies” just wouldn’t stop! We’ve lost count of the amount of cuts, scrapes and “owies” my son has had, and in the month of July we’ve had eight trips to the doctor/dentist between the four of us!  It has definitely been a painful month and one where we spent most of our “vacation” time trying to recuperate and get healthy. Thankfully there were no major “owies” and we managed to learn a few lessons along the way. Continue reading

Protecting That Beautiful Smile

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

You know what’s really cute?  Seeing your kid smile and get excited about brushing their teeth!  You know what’s even cuter?  Watching your four-year old grab their toothbrush and bring out the little one for his 16-month old sister as well!   Continue reading

5 Easy Indoor Activities For Kids

***Our spotlight today is brought to you by our friend Ashley Cunningham author over at Building Healthy Legacies. We love doing life with her and her family of three boys! Today she shares with us how she keeps those boys entertained and active during the winter months!*** Continue reading

(Don’t) Play With Your Food

This post was first published by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

You know the question is coming…yet you’re hoping…hoping this time will be different. You’re hoping you can avoid the fight, hoping for a calm, peaceful meal where everyone eats everything you’ve prepared. Yet, just as you expected…the question comes: “Mom/Dad I’m full, can I get down?” You look at their plate and see what you always see…fruit and anything with sugar gone without a trace…veggies, grains and other healthy food clearly untouched. How can they be full? Continue reading