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Free Kindle Book: No Child Left Unwrapped: Understanding and Honoring the Gifts Every Child is Born With

The owner of Olive’s school shared this tip with me today: No Child Left Unwrapped: Understanding and Honoring the Gifts Every Child is Born With by Shelley Francis is available for free on Kindle this week. I haven’t read it yet, but she recommended it and you don’t have to tell me free twice! Even […]

ADHD and (No) Screentime

I was writing a post about why years 6 and 8 have been the best yet, but then Charlie had a mini meltdown this week. It was easy to pinpoint the cause — we just got back from a weekend trip to El Nido where he had copious candy from a Halloween party, tons of […]

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Parenting Like a Librarian

I liked this post on Offspring about how to parent like a librarian, which means surrounding your home with a wide range of things that may spark your child’s curiosity, but letting them explore their natural curiosity at their own pace. The simplicity of this idea resonated with me because we’ve been taking a similar unschooling approach […]

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A Simple Trick for Getting All the Toys Cleaned Up

Since I solo parent most of the time, and because my kids are a little older (7 and 8), I’ve implemented a lot more house rules in recent months to help maintain my sanity. One rule that has been really successful is the “basket of stuff.” My bedroom is on the first floor and Charlie […]

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Olive’s Art Themed 7th Birthday Balloon Bash

The 7th birthday is one of the biggest birthday celebrations in the Philippines, with many parents renting out banquet halls in hotels and having wedding-sized affairs. The 7th year is considered especially important because that’s when children here start first grade, when they are old enough to be held accountable for their actions, and when […]

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Chores for Kids

Growing up I didn’t do many chores because moms pretty much do everything for you in Korean culture. Mr. Bee, on the other hand, grew up doing chores of all kinds, and I am all aboard that train when it comes to our kids! We haven’t been successful setting up a chore routine so far […]

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25 Ways to Avoid Raising a Picky Eater

I originally wrote this post on avoiding raising picky eaters 6 years ago, and I think it’s still relevant today. Charlie and Olive are now very nearly 7 and 9. They still aren’t big eaters and have days where they eat like birds and days where I wonder how they fit so much into their tummies, […]

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