Benefits of reading aloud to children

The many benefits of reading aloud to children (This post was originally published on www.gilbertcreations.com and has been re-posted here, with changes) Parents, caretakers and educators have long known that reading aloud to children increases bonding, encourages brain growth, strengthens vocabulary and a helps foster a curiosity for the world around them. We all know […]

Posted April 2, 2017 by Heather in Children, Parenting / 8 Comments

Picking up OTHER people’s children.. triggers

Do you pick up OTHER people’s kids?   Triggers We all know we have triggers – moments or actions that inspire a primal and automatic reaction within us. It could be something like hitting or spitting, or even something as simple as a snarky tone and eye roll. We all have them, and we all […]

Posted March 27, 2017 by Heather in Life as a Mom / 3 Comments

5 FREE (or almost free) places to take your kids near Los Angeles

While an afternoon spent at the local park is often the best kind of entertainment, sometimes you or your children are looking for something more. If you live near or around Los Angeles, like I do, here are 5 FREE (or almost free) things you can do with your children this weekend! 5 Free Places […]

Posted March 23, 2017 by Heather in Parenting, Travel / 0 Comments

Out sick, But I’ll be back soon

I have been sick for over two weeks, with the last week knocking me flat. My previous post, “A shout out to my children” mentioned it briefly, but this sickness has ravaged my entire household. All that said, I wanted to stop by and say that I will be back soon, honest. I’ll be back. […]

Posted March 18, 2017 by Heather in Life as a Mom / 0 Comments

Shout Out to My Children

A miracle happened in my house the other day. Not the angels singing kind – but close. My girls, at only 4 & 6, found a core of empathy and actually took care of ME. This is my shout out to my children. Our entire household has been swept up in a sickness so diabolical […]

Posted March 14, 2017 by Heather in Life as a Mom / 1 Comment

10 Things To Appreciate About Your Child Today

In the give and take world of parenting, frustrations and arguments happen – ones that often distract us from the joy of parenting and can leave us angry, distraught and engulfed in a cycle of “if only they would…”. Kids are pre-programmed to push our buttons, sometimes jamming them so hard that it inspires the […]

Posted March 10, 2017 by Heather in Children, Fun Stuff, Life as a Mom, Parenting / 1 Comment

Why can’t you give cough medicine to a young child?

We are currently experiencing the 4th recent bought of sickness in the household – a lovely, bouncing effect that attacks each and every member of the family. My youngest at only 4 years old, is suffering large, body heaving coughing fits that result in vomiting, accompanied by yet another ear infection. Fever, chills, aches – […]

Posted March 7, 2017 by Heather in Children, Parenting / 5 Comments

How to clean old marker or crayon off your walls

Old Marker or Crayon marks on your walls? How to FINALLY get them clean! We’ve all been there.. our charming child is quietly drawing with markers or crayons when suddenly they realize those wide open white walls are a perfect canvas for art! While I can’t really blame my youngest Picasso (seriously… walls kinda DO […]

Posted March 5, 2017 by Heather in Hack, Parenting / 0 Comments