Encouraging Open-Ended Play

Since tomorrow has the possibility of being a "snow day" here in south Texas (really, it is going to be an "ice morning" that'll probably shut down the schools) I thought I'd post this idea to keep the kids busy. My  friend, Amie, a mother of three year old twins, originally posted this idea on Facebook. Amie is a child development specialist so she has a ton of ideas for encouraging play--which we all know is how children learn. Some of the best play is what is called open-ended: it doesn't … [Read more...]

Rediscovering the Creative: Making Pillows from Tea-Towels

One of the most difficult things in parenting young children, especially when you have multiple young children, is nurturing those creative pursuits—those passions—that you used to do. I used to sew and create things. And, while I've tried to get back into it. . .well, you know how it is A couple years ago, I met a women who is a poet. After her third child was born, she felt like she was losing her soul. The part of herself that she was most in love--that part with was being overrun by … [Read more...]