If you happen to be blessedly unfamiliar with the 17 year cicadas, let me enlighten you. They are a species of cicada (yes, those big googly-eyed bugs that make that only exist in order to make that annoying sound so you know it’s hot all summer long) that has evolved to emerge from the ground in force on a 17 year cycle. Unfortunately for us, that doesn’t mean they only come once every 17 years. Each brood comes every seventeen years, but there are overlapping swarms of these things.
Jack and the Beanstalk simply couldn’t be a more perfect foil for hands on storytelling. First of all, Good Ol’ Jack doesn’t listen to his mother and mass chaos ensues. If you can’t make that work for you, then you just aren’t trying very hard. Secondly, he grows a giant beanstalk that turns out to [...]
Wired Momma took on the milk shamers last week and I, myself stepped into the ring to defend the Mom on an iPhone. These are just tiny, little, barely noticeable skirmishes in the larger Mommy Wars. I’m here today to call for peace talks. The tendency to consider mothers public property and to snipe their [...]
Updated: Now that I’ve seen the mother bird, I know this is actually a Northern Cardinal’s nest! See more posts about her at Back Yard Science. Our back yard is a bastion of kid-friendly landscaping. By which I mean… it’s full of holes the kids have dug, the hedges are pruned for ideal hiding spots [...]
Look at the baby, and repeat as necessary. Seriously, everything else is covered by “it depends,” which would have been number four if they’d asked for four tips. When you get to “it depends,” there will always be someone ready to give you advice whether you want it or not, so you’re covered.
Let’s just remember: Tomorrow is another day. Today, we all made mistakes. Tomorrow, we will all do better.
Once you and your kiddo have finished reading Old MacDonald Had a Dragon, he’ll want to carry the theme mouse/cookie style. Here are some ideas: Start with some Farm Printables and follow up with a visit to a nearby Pick Your Own farm. Play The Farmer in the Dell, and then visit a local farmer’s [...]
A constant source of friction in my family is that I’m not a fan of screen time for my kid. I’m not exactly “pro” screen time for other kids, but my kid in particular has always had trouble regulating his mood after watching anything on a screen. Predictably, this is a problem because he LOVES [...]
Before I had kids, I would never, never, NEVER have touched this thing. I might have looked it up to see what it was or I might have killed it just to be on the safe side. I am not what you’d call a “bug lover.” Unfortunately, it’s mutual, and anything that bites or stings [...]
Imagine the jubilation when the kids found an Eastern Box Turtle in the yard this morning. Unfortunately for him, they had given him a ride around the yard and several turns on the slide before we realized that what they had was really and truly a turtle, and rescued him. (And yes, we made everyone [...]
There are five phone numbers that should be programmed in your phone, your spouse’s phone, your house phone, and any other phone you might pick up and use in an emergency.When things go sideways, the last thing you’ll want to do is wait for Google to find them for you. Poison Control When your child [...]
doingstuffwithkids.com Announces Website Re-launch and Official Release of First eBook to Amazon Kindle
doingstuffwithkids.com announced today the re-launch of its website, just one week after the release of its first publication to Amazon Kindle: Doing Fun Stuff with Little Kids by Tracey McKeown.