Games for Babies

Playtime brings out the child inside all of us. Get inspired by these creative games to play with Baby. Let your imagination run wild!

Finding the Fun in Parenting

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

- Mary Poppins

I know that Mary Poppins was teaching Jane and Michael Banks the importance of cleaning up their nursery when she bestowed this nugget of wisdom, but I like to think the advice is extra pertinent to parenting. Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed as a mom. With a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old, things get a little crazy from time to time, and there are definitely days where this feels like the hardest job in the world…actually, I think it really just might be. But, lately I’ve been working on reframing things and changing my perspective and looking for the elements of fun to be found in parenting.

Finding the Fun in Parenting

How We Reward Our Toddler for Good Behavior

Over the summer, my husband and I became very frustrated with our parenting. We were experiencing lots of the symptoms of the “terrible twos” — whining, fits, hitting, not sharing, etc. As much as we tried to work on these behaviors with Ingrid, it felt like we were just harping on her all the time. We decided we needed to give her some positive reinforcement. We needed to let her know when she was doing the RIGHT thing. We needed to encourage and reward her for her good behavior.

We came up with our Happy and Helpful Chart, a visual way for our toddler to be reminded of her good behaviors. To introduce it, we talked about the things that always help us have a good day. We all agreed that we had better days when we were all happy and helpful, and that there were a few things that helped us to be that way. Those things were sharing, listening, cleaning up after ourselves, riding safely in the car, and staying in our beds at night.

The Power of Pretend

I have decided that 18 months is — by far — the coolest age of toddlerhood. Judah’s world has begun to take shape in whole new ways such that as a parent, I’m genuinely amazed at how quickly and creatively he’s taking it all in. Words, numbers, even letters! His little brain is practically moving at the speed of light. It is magical to behold.

But my favorite part? Watching him play pretend — and even playing pretend with him.

DIY Discovery Bottles for Baby

As a mama to three little ones, I am constantly thinking of fun things to do with my kids. I’ve got a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 7-month-old, so it can be difficult to find activities or projects that are appropriate for all three of them.

We just got our hands on a new book that is sure to keep the winter boredom away, and found the perfect activity for all of my girls to enjoy – Discovery Bottles! My older girls made these discovery bottles using some odds and ends from our craft supplies and the baby had so much fun playing with them when they were finished!

Click through to see how to make your own Discovery Bottles for baby…

10 Halloween Crafts & Activities for Kids

October is here, which means we can officially start celebrating Halloween! My girls are feeling festive and are quite excited to begin doing Halloween-themed arts and crafts! I scoured the internet and found the most adorable Halloween crafts for kids of every age!

From pumpkin play dough to spooky tic-tac-toe, your little ones will LOVE these Halloween activities!

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