Pick up your popsicle stick

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

pick-up-your-popsicle-stick

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?

Do-it-together

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

Let’s-look-for-Mom

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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Family Dance Time!

Nip your little couch potato in the bud

Family-Dance-Time

Kubla had been watching TV for too long. “Kubla, will you play with me?” “I want to watch TV.” “Don’t you want to play with toys?” “No, I just want to watch something.” His show

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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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