Daring to be Perfectly IMPERFECT Parents and Kids: Twisted Advice!

When I first started writing this Positive Parenting Series, my intention was not to come off as an expert or even as a “perfect parent” who’s doing everything right.

I just wanted to share with other perfectly imperfect parents all the strategies that I have been finding over the last few years that are working for me and my family to help maintain sanity while trying to raise an emotionally healthy and happy child.

Over the last few years though, I’ve heard some really twisted advice touted – and it inspired me to write a tongue-in-cheek letter that I hope will get you laughing – and thinking!

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Earths Elements for Kids: An Earth Day Activity Roundup

Welcome to a very special edition of the Love to Learn Linky – it’s our Earth Day Linky!

Because I strongly believe that kids today need to have an appreciation for our natural environment before they can truly understand why we need to take care of it, I have rounded up a variety of amazingly fun kids activities centered around learning about our air, water and land. 

Earths Elements Activities for Kids

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Teaching Kids How Toilets Work: Earth Day Activity

It’s a strange activity topic for Earth Day. I know. But a fascinating one really when you get into it! For some reason, my son “Onetime” is really interested right now in water and how it comes into our house, what it does, how it leaves, and where it goes when we’re done with it. And of course, the most interesting water-user in our house is the toilet!

Join us today to look at how we have been investigating how toilets work and you will definitely come away with some great activities and ideas for helping to CONSERVE water at your house too – perfect for Earth Day – or any day!

Earth Day How Toilets Work

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Water Pollution for Kids: Fun Science Activities

I was on my stomach, in the mud, hanging at a 45° angle reaching down the side of a creek bed, to a spot below me that I couldn’t see – trying to grab a dirty water bottle stuck in the muddy bank, half submerged in water…all for my 3 1/2 year old environmentalist son. How did I find myself here you might ask?

Well – I guess it has something to do with all the clean water activities we’ve been doing at home lately. We have been investigating water pollution, where clean water comes from, and how it gets cleaned at water treatment plants!

Today, I’m going to share with you some of the fun “Water Pollution for Kids” activities we’ve been doing. You might want to try these too with your kids!

Water Pollution for Kids

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My Antidote for Unrealistic Parental Expectations

I’m a PERFECTIONIST.

I don’t think I’ve always been that way, but I certainly have been for most of my adult life. And I’m going to wage a bet that you are too (at least a bit!) or you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

My motto is: work hard and play hard. I want everything that I do to be my very best effort. Good isn’t good enough. Or at least, that’s how I used to be…

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DIY Cardboard Rocket Ship and Space Play Ideas

Welcome to another week of the Love to Learn Linky! This week – we’re all about Rocket Ships and SPACE!

We’ve got a simple tutorial for a cardboard rocket ship which you can easily make in under 15 minutes for spacey imaginative fun, space book recommendations for young children, and 15 out of this world ideas for space-themed play!

Easy DIY Cardboard Rocket Ship

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Earth Day Sensory Bins

Taking care of our environment, conserving energy and water, and learning about pollution are all ongoing topics in my household.

In my opinion, kids are never too young to start to learn about the importance of recycling, turning off lights when they leave the room, or turning the faucet off when brushing their teeth.

My 3.5 year old son, “Onetime” has shown particular interest in learning about clean water and electricity and where they come from. I think a lot of his interest began last year when I created two different Earth Day Sensory Bins for him to explore – which I’m going to share with you today!

Earth Day Sensory Bins

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18 Non-Traditional Easter Egg Hunts

Welcome to another week of the Love to Learn Linky! This week – we’re all about non-traditional Easter egg hunts for kids.

Non-Traditional Easter Egg Hunts for Kids

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Kids Easter Blog HOP HOP HOP

Doesn’t it seem like Easter is super early this year? Maybe it’s just because my family had an extended March Break vacation, or quite possibly because there is STILL SNOW on the ground here in Ontario! Ack! What is going on with the weather?

In any case, there are still a few more days left until this wonderful holiday weekend and if you are looking for some ideas or activities to make Easter extra-special for the kids this year, this is the post for you!

Easter Blog Hop

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5 Ways to Say NO That Won’t Cause Kids to Meltdown!

Do you dread saying the big N-O word because it causes your child to have a meltdown? Or do you find yourself saying NO to your kids in every other sentence (and they never listen anyway)?

Of course, it’s our responsibility as parents to keep our kids safe, to stop them from hurting others, or just sometimes to stop them from being plain obnoxious!

But when the word NO is overused, it quickly becomes ineffective.

And if you’re avoiding using it because of your child’s strong reactions, I’ve got some terrific ALTERNATIVE ways to say NO for you today!

Ways to Say No

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