A question can come up when preparing for twins and again once they are born. Do you dress them alike, or not? You can hear some strong opinions on this one. I heard from people to absolutely never dress twins alike. You will ruin their quest for individuality. I’ve also heard of course you should dress twins alike-they need to feel the connection to their twin. I think the actuality of what should happen falls somewhere in between. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.
We are diving into another blog bookkeeping topic today! In the blogging world there is a lot of talk about monetization. Everyone likes making money. Some people blog with the express interest of making a profit, while others view it as a happy bonus if they make some extra cash. Does how you run your blog matter? Well on a blog level no, it is up to you. But come tax time yes. It does matter. Hobbies and businesses have different tax requirements. So the question is then: Is my blog a business or a hobby?
It’s a BFBN swap day! Today I am over at Mama’s Organized Chaos. If you have been following Katrina’s blog you have read about April Rey. I know I was touched by her short sweet life. It can be hard to see a friend go through something so heartbreaking. How do you deal when you are standing on the sideline of grief?
Here today I am lucky to have Natasha from Let’s Be Brave! Ben has started preschool and I, of course, want to hear all the details of his day. The only problem is getting those details out of you. Natasha has an awesome list of questions to help get all the fun information out of our kiddos!
I’m all about creating a dialogue with our kids. School is such a big part of their lives right now so there’s ample opportunity to talk about it. Some kids, like my oldest, is super chatty about school and will tell us every single detail. For other kids, it takes some prodding because simply asking, “How was school?” just doesn’t cut it. You need questions that are specific and require more than a yes or no answer. Below are 30 questions to ask you kids about school to get them talking!
We are reaching the end of our major changes when it comes to dealing with picky eating. We aren’t done handling the situation, but we are setting up our healthy habits and are ready to live the solution. So far we have looked at how we got into the picky eating club, we took some time to reset and regain peace at the table, and we worked on adding in variety. Now it is time to hammer out the rules of the table as we are going to follow them. For our family that means we are focusing on considering food and table manners.
I am so happy that DadRage is back! His review of Doc McStuffins was spot on, in my opinion. Today he is taking on another favorite. This is a show that he and I actually saw for the first time when our oldest niece was just a toddler. We got a kick out of it then. Fast forward to having our own kids and watching it a bit too many times, and, well, you can imagine some opinions and theories were tossed around. If you are unfamiliar with these kids shows, DadRage has ever so helpfully reviewed them for you. And if you are familiar with them, well, you’ll understand where he is coming from.
As always, this is meant in humor. We are not judging the kids that watch these shows, or the watching of tv in general. The reason he can write these reviews is we watch them too.
Picky eating can be so frustrating, both for parents and I believe for the children stuck in these habits. If your table has become a battle ground it is time to end the war. I hope that if you have been following along with this series you took a chance this past week to just stop fighting for a bit. The goal of this break is to stop the cycle of fights, tears, and anger that can come with picky eating. Now that you have had a chance to reset we are going to look into adding variety into meals and creating structure around meals. Picky eating needs a multi-front approach, and adding variety and creating structure will help.
Time for more books! If you have read any of these leave a comment and let me know what you thought about them! This month I read a fascinating nonfiction on flavor, a dark thriller, a fashion pseudo mystery, and a young adult book that has wide appeal. (Amazon links are affiliate links. Gotta keep the kids in science supplies.)
The start of a new school year always makes me want to get organized, despite the fact that I haven’t been in school for longer than I’d like to admit. I know I’m not the only one because I have been seeing a ton of getting organized posts lately. And I want to talk to my fellow bloggers today. It’s time to face what most people want to ignore- your bookkeeping. Now is the perfect time to start to gather up all that information you have been putting off dealing with all year. I know it sounds daunting, but I have a simple system that can get your blog bookkeeping in order in no time. (And a handy cheat sheet to print out!)
Welcome back to the picky eating chronicles. My goal with this series is to take a look at picky eating and find a real, workable, healthy solution to it. This isn’t a quick fix situation. Eating is something we do our whole lives, and I want my kids to find it enjoyable while still being able to make healthy choices. I want our meal times to be pleasant and not battles. My hope is that our whole family will benefit from these changes and this style of eating. For this step, I am aiming to regain my child’s trust at the table and find the good habits we do have.
Fall is finally upon us! Okay, it’s still stupid hot here. But school has started and it is acceptable to start thinking of changing leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween. So I’ll say fall is here. This is an awesome time of year to add in some STEM projects. I know, I know. You’re busy. School just started! But these don’t take long, and they don’t require a ton of stuff. Here are 5 five minutes fall activities to do with your kids.