Toddlers

Baby Tag

Find a way to include the little ones in big kid games

Baby-Tag

When Kubla learned to crawl, he would want to join the games of his older cousins. But it’s hard to play soccer with a baby on the field. We needed to find a new game.

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Space Trivia Duck, Duck, Goose

Kubla and I have been reading about the Solar System.  He’s in a space phase, soaking up astronomical trivia. One day we’re on the beach, taking a break from swimming. “What is the largest planet?”

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Guitar Is My Destiny

Fostering Passion with Loving Connection

Guitar Is My Destiny

Kubla loves music.  We always have music playing in our home.  He loves to find ways to make music with his toys.  For awhile, we have a family piano lesson, but it doesn’t stick. When

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Maybe his butt fell asleep?

Turn frustration at other people into a game

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Kubla was waiting in line for the swing. The other kid just wouldn’t get off. He asks politely if he could have a turn. The other kid ignores him. I try to convince my boy

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I am not a baby’s marionette

Change the rules of the game

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Like most babies, Kubla loved to drop things and make me pick them up. Like most parents, I quickly got tired of being a baby’s marionette. One day I decide to change the game. Kubla

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There’s no ‘right’ way to play

Stop reading the instructions and start kidding around

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When Kubla was a toddler, he showed no interest whatsoever in stacking blocks. Knock down blocks—absolutely. Make rockets or dinosaurs with his blocks spread flat on the ground—sure. But his creations rarely get more than

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Let it go

Discretion is the better part of parenting

Let it go

Time for dinner.  Kubla is doing his best to ignore me. “Kubla, I said it’s time for dinner.” Silence.  Another call to the table.  He’s in a combative mood. “I want to watch TV.” Normally

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Why am I so bored?!

What a fascinating question

Why am I so bored

Touring Kubla’s school, I see a poster in the teacher’s lounge, hidden from the students: Curiosity is the cure for boredom. There is no cure for curiosity. I commit it to memory.  It’s my go-to

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