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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Sunday Showcase: Link Love

We’re getting ready to settle in for a day of library book reading, football watching, and some Autumn decorating projects here at the Fleck house. Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday, too!