Scientifically Terrific: They Might Be Giants

The following is by music reviewer Jennifer Brown.

School is officially in.  For many of you, you’ve been in back-to-school mode for so long it no longer has that new pencil smell or feel.   If you need something to shake up your school days a little, then look no further than one of my favorite bands whose educational lyrics had me hooked way back at my first review:  They Might Be Giants.

Their latest release for children Here Comes Science was on my wish list for 2010, and it’s proven to be a terrific addition to our music collection! They Might Be Giants doesn’t disappoint with their brain powering lyrics.  This album’s collection of songs set out to expound our knowledge about the world of science. [Read more…]

Parenting Resources: My Favorite Websites

The following was written by editor Kara Fleck.

On Mondays in September I’ve been sharing with you some of my favorite parenting resources.  I’ve shared with you the podcasts I listen to, the books on my bookshelf, and this week, to wind down the series, I’d like to share a few of my favorite websites for parents.

As I’m sure you can guess, blogging is a form of media near and dear to my heart.  Before I was the editor of Simple Kids, I was a huge fan of this blog as well as Simple Mom. I love editing and writing for this space, and I hope that shows.

As a blog reader, as well as a parent, I know that your time is precious. You’ve got important things to do.   It is an honor to me that you make Simple Kids a small part of your day.  Thank you!

I feel really blessed that I write with a group of people throughout Simple Living Media who I know are the real deal when it comes to their niche and content.  If I wasn’t a part of SLM, I would still be a reader.

In addition to the SLM blogs, I read quite a few other parenting blogs, though like you, I have to be selective about my time spent on the computer.  This is just a sample from the sites I read and enjoy; those that I feel are worth carving out some time for during my day.

The Parenting Passageway

The tag-line for The Parenting Passageway is “peaceful parenting in a hectic world.”  Carrie is a licensed physical therapist specializing in Neonatal Development and Feeding and Pediatric Physical Therapy. She writes about breastfeeding, gentle discipline, homeschooling, homemaking, and Waldorf education – and just about everything in between! [Read more…]

Weekend Links

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Keep up with all of the Simple Living Media blogs by subscribing to Simple Living Weekly. This week’s issue is  brought to you by the good folks at Chasing Green, a site dedicated to sharing the simple message that ordinary people can positively impact our world in their everyday lives.

Homemade Play Dough and Silly Putty: Easy Crafts for Busy Parents

The following is by contributor Christen Babb of Nurture Baby.

Are there certain times of the day when you are not able to give your children your undivided attention? I confess to having those times.  For example, times when I’m preparing dinner or nursing my six-month old son, I can’t have both eyes on my three year old.

The thought of dragging out the entire craft drawer to keep her company while I’m preparing dinner (read: disastrous kitchen table at 6 pm) makes me break out into hives, but giving in and turning on the television for a couple hours doesn’t make me feel good either. 

So what’s a mom to do?

We’ve put together some easy recipes for homemade play dough and silly putty as a remedy for those “in-between” times.  These handcrafted, squishy globs will foster your toddler’s imagination, inspire creativity,  hold their attention, and here’s the kicker, do so with a minimal mess.

My three year old daughter can sit at the table and safely squish away while I’m preparing a meal for the family. She currently likes to make “pretend waffles for the whole family” as seen in photo above. [Read more…]

Parenting Resources: The Natural Child

This month, on Mondays I’m sharing with you some of my favorite parenting resources.  Last week I introduced you to my favorite podcasts and this week I want to share a book from from my personal bookshelf that has helped to guide my steps on this parenting journey: The Natural Child by Jan Hunt.

The Natural Child

The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart by Jan Hunt was one of the first parenting books I picked up after my first child was born.  My mom subscribed to Mothering magazine for as long as I could remember and so editor Peggy O’Mara’s familiar name and endorsement in the forward was comforting to me while scanning the shelves at the bookstore.

It is a book about attachment parenting, yes, but also about creating a  nurturing environment and parenting with trust

As a new mother, Jan Hunt’s words were reassuring to me.  My newborn’s crying wasn’t because I was doing something wrong or incorrectly or because she didn’t like me but because babies cry:  my infant daughter was simply acting her age, being a normal newborn.  What a relief that was during that fragile emotional time!

Today, this book confirms for me my belief that I need to allow my kids to be kids and not rush them through childhood.

Some of the choices that my husband and I have made in our parenting have been different from those in Hunt’s book.  However, so much of the content of the short, easy to read chapters speaks right to my heart as a parent. It is a book I re-read and highlight and underline and mark the pages of.

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