Rainy Day Drawing Fun

Rainy day painting | SimpleKids.netI’m so pleased to welcome Melissa Camara Wilkins as a guest poster.  Enjoy! – Kara

We love rainy days. Six kids and one mama all wearing thick socks, sipping hot chocolate, listening to the tap-tap-tapping of rain on the skylight. It’s charming… until it’s been going on for three days in a row, we haven’t set foot outdoors, and we’re starting to go a little stir-crazy.

That’s when we know it’s time to break out our best rainy day activity ideas. Here’s one of our favorites:

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FREE Resources for Moms: The Mom Conference (updated)

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Are you a perfect mom? Ha, yeah, me either. Sure, we want to be bulletproof for our families, but we all know that none of us are perfect. Fortunately, there’s a FREE, ONLINE event coming up that will help you be even more perfectly un-perfect!

I’m looking forward to joining Desi Ward, host of The Mom Conference and creator of The Unconventional Kitchen, at her FREE, ONLINE event, The Mom Conference April 7 through April 14 (please note the new name and the new dates. Thanks!)

At the event, over 30 mom bloggers will teach you their tricks, tips and secrets.

As Moms, I think it is important that we share our strengths because we all know that at times motherhood can be overwhelming. You know the whole idea; “I’ll do your laundry if you do my dishes?

At The Mom Conference, we’ll gather together to learn from each other.

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Storytelling Ideas and Story Starters

Storytelling can be intimidating, right?  Some parents worry that they won’t know what to talk about, how to craft the story, that it won’t be interesting enough to hold their child’s attention. Let’s face it: in this animated, electronic, mini-series world it can feel like we’re in a tough competition for our kids’ attention.

Sometimes, even if storytelling does come very naturally to us, by the time bedtime rolls around, we’re simply too tired from a day of parenting to come up with something creative and engaging on the spot. I don’t know about you, but I often think of the perfect thing to say after the moment has passed and this happens when I’m put on the spot to tell a story sometimes, too.

So, most parents rely on books, which are totally wonderful and you’ll never catch me being down on reading to your kids. No way!  Full bookshelves, reading the classics and discovering new favorites with your kids is a terrific thing.

However, I think we miss a valuable opportunity for creativity, self-expression, and an opportunity for bonding with our kids if we never branch out into storytelling and make up our own stories to tell our children.

Plus, making up stories is a great excuse for silliness and who doesn’t need more of that in their life?

I know that “tell me a story” can be a phase that parents begin to dread.  But, the truth is, this is one of those areas where I think parents tend to over-think the task. We worry too much about perfection, but no elaborate plots or theater degrees are needed.

Children love simple stories and they love it when we are the ones telling them.

So, today I am going to share some very simple ideas for storytelling and give you a few story starters, too.

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5 Simple Ways to Invite More Rhythm to Your Days

5 Simple Ways to Invite Rhythm into Your Daily Life | SimpleKids.netReaders, I’m so happy to share this guest post with you today that was written by my friend Kathy Stowell.  I think you’ll love what she has to say about adding rhythm to your days. – Kara

Maybe it’s the half-Latina in me but, ay carumba, I love rhythm! But it wasn’t always this way.

I resisted rhythm at the beginning of my parenting journey because of my mom. A full-blooded Latina, she really pressed upon me the importance of a strong daily rhythm with a new-born babe in the house.

Unfortunately, at the time, she used the word ‘routine.’ Something about that word repelled me back then and I resisted. So I went about my happy, ‘no rhyme or reason’ ways. But, as it turns out, Mamisita was right. Embracing a strong rhythm to our family’s days offers a whole host of benefits.

Luckily, I noticed this in time for the welcoming of our second child four years later.

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Happy St. Patrick’s day! And our visit to Piney Acres Farm’s Irish Roots family day

Happy St. Patrick's Day from SimpleKids.net

Hello there!  If you’re here looking for this week’s parenting video, I’m afraid I’m having some technical issues.  I hope to have things resolved soon so I can share this week’s inspiration with all of you. I suspect it is simply of a matter of what my old boss would call fixing the nut behind the wheel, so as soon as I figure out what I’m doing in this fly by night vlogging operation, I’ll share.

In the meantime, I thank you for your patience with me by wishing you and your kids a happy St. Patrick’s day and by sharing a few pictures from our visit to Piney Acres Farm yesterday for their Irish Roots family celebration.

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