Older Kids

Green Eggs and Tofu

Read a favorite book and change a recurring theme

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Kubla was the star of every book we read as a toddler. Other family members made cameo appearances. Curious Kubla and his friend the Dad in the Yellow Hat is his favorite series. He loves

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The problem with screens

And the smaller the screen, the bigger the problem

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Kubla usually doesn’t have trouble turning off the TV. It’s a challenge to peel him away from YouTube videos. God help the poor soul who tries to take a smartphone out of his hands. With

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Clear the plate of someone you love

End dinner with an act of love, not with a chore

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“Don’t forget to clear your plate.” Is that really how families want to end dinner? With a chore? That word, chore—makes me think of Cinderella not being able to go to the ball. What do

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Pick up your popsicle stick

Is your goal to just not make things worse? Or to make things better?

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It finally stopped raining. The sun warmed the playground. Someone brought popsicles. The kids finish their popsicles. They stir the muddy puddles with the naked sticks, making whirlpools. Their curiosity wanes. They throw the sticks

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Do it together

Why watch your child play when you could play together?

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When Kubla and I go to the park to play, we both go to the park to play. I don’t just tag along to keep him safe. I play with him and his friends (tag

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Let’s look for Mom

Get them moving and acting on their fears, instead of feeling controlled by them

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As a toddler Kubla was very attached to Liping. He couldn’t bear to be away from her. Kubla and I are playing with blocks. I hear the dreaded question,“Where’s Mom?” “She’s doing some errands. She’ll

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