Archive for March 2012

Spring Cleaning: Purging Toys for Week 1 of the Simple Mom Challenge

Spring Cleaning: Purging Toys for Week 1 of the Simple Mom Challenge
TOYS. Legos, puzzles, half-chewed Jenga blocks, stuffed animals, doll houses, crayons, activity books, action figures, naked Barbies, card games, dinosaurs, purses, dress up clothes, Polly Pocket, baby bottles, thousands of Playmobil pieces, Matchbox cars, paint, stamps… Pulling out the mass of toys from our disheveled hall closet was a little overwhelming. With a sudden urge... Read more »

Mom Fails Second Grade Everyday Math.

Mom Fails Second Grade Everyday Math.
Second grade math for my oldest child, Cassie, would have gone a lot smoother if only she had asked a neighbor for help instead of me. Our school district, Oswego 308, adopted the controversial Everyday Mathematics program developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.  The program is controversial because it is so very... Read more »

Spring Cleaning: Take The Simple Mom's "Project Simplify" Challenge

Spring Cleaning: Take The Simple Mom's "Project Simplify" Challenge
Purging. Like music to my ears, I love any word related to the simplifying of life. Spring cleaning makes me smile and this year, the PWAP gals are participating in the Project Simplify Challenge with Simple Mom, Tsh Oxenreider! My kids are getting older and have graduated from Thomas the Train to Spiderman and baby... Read more »
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Am I Raising A Hoarder Or Am I Just Paranoid?

Am I Raising A Hoarder Or Am I Just Paranoid?
Quirks. Everyone has a trait which may seem peculiar to some, while others find these qualities amusing and cute. I noticed it about a year ago; my 2-year-old, Anne, gathering “special” items and placing them in “special” bags. “Isn’t that sweet,” I thought, as Anne collected small animals and stickers, tucking them away in her... Read more »

The Lorax: A Children's Movie or Wake-up Call for Adults? Five Meaningful Things To Do With Kids After Leaving the Theater

The Lorax: A Children's Movie or Wake-up Call for Adults? Five Meaningful Things To Do With Kids After Leaving the Theater
In less than 24 hours, I will see The Lorax! Since my first glimpse of the movie trailer for The Lorax in October, I’ve been counting down the months, weeks and days until its release.  http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php#/splash My children have been looking forward to the movie theater popcorn saturated with butter-flavored oil. Tomorrow evening, I will... Read more »