Community Wisdom: Tricky Parenting Issues

My Community Wisdom series offers articles and quotes from the Internet community to help you in your parenting journey.

These articles are intended to inspire, encourage and maybe challenge you a little. There is no right way to parent and all parents have to decide what is right for their family. Still it is my hope that I will be able to offer you some wisdom from the on-line community to help you forge deeper relationships.

This month’s topic is DEALING WITH TRICKY PARENTING ISSUES.

It’s not always easy this parenting job. Is it? Sometimes you have to tackle issues that are really hard. Oftentimes there are no easy answers.

Community Wisdom: Dealing With Tricky Parenting Issues

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Having Fun With “Leonardo the Terrible Monster.”

Having Fun With "Leonardo the Terrible Monster." Reading a book is an easy way to build connections with young children. The great thing is that you can also use the book as a springboard into all kinds of activities and play. To show you what I mean let me introduce you to one of my favorite picture books, Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

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Toys Your Children Can Make For Themselves

Great Toys Children Can Make For Themselves
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Have you ever spent good money on a fabulous toy only to have your child play for hours with the box? Children are naturally creative and have fantastic imaginations. They can make toys out of anything.

When I was a child some of my favorite toys were the ones I made myself. My parents did not have a lot of money, so we had to make do with the basics. Still my mom was really great at encouraging us to make our own toys.

  • Why don’t you make a puppet theater out of this box?
  • Do you think you could turn this shoe box into a dolls house?

I would spend hours and hours making puppets and crafting doll’s houses.

I love this kind of open-ended play.

  • It stimulates the imagination.
  • Helps children solve problems
  • And discover that they can make their own fun
  • It is also really inexpensive.

A few weeks back I saw a great post from P is For Preschooler about making toys from shoe boxes. It inspired me to put together my own list of toys that children can make for themselves.

Most of these projects are really simple, but there are a few that may need some adult assistance. They would all make great family projects – hint-hint.Continue Reading

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