My Love Affair with Oliver Jeffers

OK…So it wasn’t exactly a love affair. I have never actually met the man, and I am happily married. But, I am in love with Oliver Jeffers just the same. It started the other night… While browsing through YouTube videos, I came across one of the most delightful children’s books I have ever seen. “How to Catch a Star” is a sweet tale about a boy who loves stars so much that he wants one of his very own. It is absolutely magical, and I fell in love immediately. I rarely buy picture books on impulse, but this was in…

Quotes and Anecdotes from a Spirited 4 Year-Old

April 05, 2013“Better eat, Mom. I’m eyeballin’ your food…” April 02, 2013After several days of discussion, Edison finally conceded that “misappear” was actually pronounced “disappear”. He sighed heavily, put his hands together, and said, “Do you know what this is? This is my heart.” Then he opened his hands just a bit and said, “Now, […]

How a Preschooler and a Turkey Wrap Led to Pink and Purple Hair…

It started with a turkey wrap… A few months ago, Edison requested a turkey wrap for lunch. I am not sure where my preschooler heard about turkey wraps, but it seemed healthy enough and we happened to have turkey and tortillas, so whatever. On the way home from school, I asked him if he liked his lunch and he said he liked the turkey wrap but did not want to have them at school any more. Apparently,  when he pulled it out of his lunch, a kid said “eeeeeew!” Inside, I was livid. How dare some kid make fun of…

Dog Days of Summer with my Spirited Kid

They call them “The Dog Days of Summer” because ancient folks believed that the Dog Star, which is in close proximity to the sun, was responsible for the hot weather. I thought it was because my dog did nothing but lie around for a month or two. Either way, the hot weather has done little to slow down my spirited child. We have been practicing swimming, hiking around Old Man’s Cave, and playing in the basement. Life is busy, but good… – Mom-E

Galway to Graceland, Ukulele Style

So, I know this post doesn’t look like it involves activities for preschoolers, but I swear it does. The ukulele is the perfect starter instrument for a 3 year-old. It is the right size, teaches music appreciation, fine motor skills, and you name it. Edison is already starting to get the hang of strumming, and I just got it today. My friend, River, turned me on to the baritone ukulele which has 4 strings that are tuned just like the highest strings on the guitar. So, if Little Man can get the hang of the ukulele, guitar would be a natural transition.…

Welcome to Spring, Parents of Spirited Kids

Well, it is that time of year again…Cabin fever and spring fever have combined into the crazy fever that makes parents of spirited children sweat. But, we are making the most of it with some constructive and educational indoor activities. We have been reading a lot. (Check out my 3 year-old’s favorite books.)  When I can get him to sit still, I try to get him to do some alphabet tracing activities. Other than that, we have been cooking, playing games, and practicing cleaning skills. Life could be a lot worse. – Mom-E

Easter with a 3 Year-Old

This is the first Easter where my son was aware of the holiday. In order to prepare, I did a lot of fretting and frowning. My biggest issue…What is up with the bunny? With Santa, there is a fairly standard mythology. Even folks that don’t celebrate Christmas know that Santa has a white beard, delivers presents, and has a bunch of reindeer. The Easter Bunny is not so standardized. Does he lay the eggs? I does he deliver a basket AND hide eggs? My post on FaceBook yielded great information, some very helpful and some just plain funny. We decided…

Diary of a Spirited Child Mom: The Seashell

03/07/2012  The Incident Report said: “Edison was in the bathroom washing his hands when he started crying that he had put something in his ear and wanted Mommy and Daddy.” Edison described the incident to every nurse and doctor with 4 sentences: “I was outside playing. I washed my hands. I took a shell from the box. I put it in my ear.” When the school first told us, it was kind-of funny. Such a 3 year-old thing to do. But, when we picked him up and realized that we could hardly see the shell, let alone remove it, it…