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Kids and parents both need to have fun sometimes, whether its enjoying a family movie night or catching a podcast while driving to school.

This is the place to talk about your favorite forms of family entertainment including sports, games, books, and fun activities with your child.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Thursday

Swim floaties for toddler less than 30 lbs

I’ve been researching and can’t find swim floats for toddlers that weigh less than 30 lbs. I was able to find life jackets for as young as infant but my son (15 months) is terrified of wearing the life jacket as it’s hard to move his neck and see with it on. While I intend on holding my son in the pool this summer and he’s signed up for swim lessons, he’s a very independent child, he’s quite st... More

Parenting books recommendations

Anyone have any parenting books they recommend? I am a sham of 4 boys ( 6 and under) I recently ordered How to talk so little kids will listen... anyone else read this book? Any other parenting books catering to dealing with toddlers and not lose your mind? Tia

  • Sara
    Yesterday

    I second Positive Discipline for Preschoolers; also loved Janet Lansbury’s No Bad Kids- and even better (since I never have time to read anymore!) is her podcast, Unruffled. It has dramatically changed how I parent, and is in nice focused short chunks around a specific topic each time. I recommend that one for any parent or caregiver of young children!

  • Arleasha
    Yesterday

    Thank you all for such good recommendations!!! I am so glad I asked this question!!! I am jotting down every last recommendation!!! Thanks again!!! You mommies Rock👍👍👍

Bedtime routines

Hi! I have a 15 month old girl and she has been given a bottle in her crib to help her fall asleep. I’m trying to get away from that. I’m thinking of trying a new routine like a bath then a bottle and read to her then brush her teeth and put her down but I’m curious as to what everyone else does. I really want to incorporate books because she won’t let me read to her unless she has a bottle

  • Sanam
    Thursday

    My son is 20 months and has refused any other type of sippy cup. Our routine is read two books, bath, bottle during bath, then brush his teeth and then he goes to bed. He used to get a bottle during his nap also, but we cut that one out. I prefer he gets a solid serving of milk at least once a day. My doctor said it was fine as long as we brushed after. Good luck!

  • J
    Thursday

    we had to switch up the order of things so he wouldn’t fall asleep while feeding. it took a few days but he adapted.

Anonymous posted in Family Life Tuesday

Rant: Easter family issues

My family gets together every Easter for lunch at my mother’s. We basically get together for the main holidays and every few months for birthdays. This year, my sister’s kids were going to be at their dad’s. Their dad is now letting the kids go with my sister on Easter. Rather than going to my mom’s, they are going to her boyfriend’s family get together and skipping my mom’s. My sist... More

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    It sounds like the issue is her boyfriend? Is it just him that doesn’t want to go to your family stuff or do you think it’s her too? My husband isn’t a fan of my family gatherings... my family knows it and they don’t really bring it up to me anymore because they know it’s a sensitive topic. If anything, they’ll just say “hey, we really miss having you at these events. What can we change so you ... More

2.5 yr old isn't asleep.

So my 2.5 yr old has always gone to sleep like clockwork. Even tonight right on cue he declares bedtime and we went through his ritual and said goodnight. But tonight he keeps getting up. He's not fussing or making noise. He is just sitting quietly in his room reading with the light on. If I go in he turns the light off and gets in bed. Then he is up again 5 minutes later. I am just really ... More

  • Cathy
    Tuesday

    I think he might be going to bed too early? He just might not be tired. My son is two months younger than yours. We have a bath at 7. In bed by 8. Asleep by 9. Remember, the older they get, the less sleep they need. Also try to keep him active in the afternoon to help him crash. He could also be awake since it’s still light out.

  • Amanda
    Tuesday

    @ Cathy I was going to push his bed time back but he stopped napping altogether. Does your son still nap? We have an hour of quiet time in the afternoon instead now. I don't think it's because it's summer. He has blackout curtains in his room because it kept him up when he was younger. Update: he did it again. Did not nap today either.

Ali posted in Holidays Monday

Easter traditions

What are your fun Easter traditions? My kids will be the only kids at our family get together this year (other than my 13 y/o nephew). I want to make this a fun one for my littles!

  • Jackie
    Tuesday

    You can also do a pin the tale on the bunny. Or even draw eggs with different colored tops and bottoms and have the kids match them up with the plastic eggs

  • Annie
    Tuesday

    My family does a simple egg hunt. You could have the kids dye eggs to be hidden. Since we have a big age range (2-8 yo) and allergies, we keep the candy simple (M&Ms, jellybeans).

Encouraging independent play

My son is an only child. He does not play well by himself. I always have to play with him or watch him do the playing. If I step away to do some “adulting“he’s begging that I watch this, look at this look at that. I try to mix up His toys but he is a child that really needs someONE to play with not things, I think. He’ll be an only child so he needs to learn independent play. How do I encou... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Monday

    He will definitely at moments need social Play. But there are also ways to encourage independent play. The hands on as we grow blog (handsomaswegrow.com, a pop up will show up in a few seconds inviting you to the challenge) has a week long challenge coming up next week that is focused on independent play, they give you an activity each day to try. My personal advice is it’s a combo of rotating... More

Anonymous posted in Holidays Apr 13

Easter Egg Content Ideas for 2 yr olds?

I’ve never done an Easter egg hunt as a kid or put one together. I see that most people put candy in the eggs for older kids. Ideas for 2 yr olds? I’ve gotten some suggestions like stickers, goldfish crackers, Cheerios, and stamps.. what else?

  • Julie
    Monday

    Also, Joanna is right!!! I have an in law who nearly suffocated on one of those plastic eggs as a child, she put it in her mouth and there were no holes!!!

  • Jess
    Thursday

    I bought a $0.99 pack of larger eggs and put some hot wheels cars in them. Also some tiny rubber ducks that you can find at a party store or dollar store.

Anonymous posted in Parties Apr 10

Friday the 13th birthday party?

My daughter’s birthday this year is on Friday the 13th. We are big Halloween fans in our family so I want to incorporate some of this into her party but still keep it girly. Any suggestions?

  • Dana
    Apr 12

    My daughter was born on the 13th we talked about doing this when it falls on a Friday! Does she like Vamparina? I’d watch some episodes of that to get a few girly spooky ideas. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 12

    Thank you all for the wonderful ideas! She’ll be turning two so it will have to just be spooky - not scary. I’m excited! Thanks again!

Activity for introverted 5 y/o

I would really like to get my son involved in an activity. He does not like group sports due to the sensory overload. It is not a good fit for him right now. I think he would do well in music lessons or karate where it is a more individual experience... my main goal is to build his confidence. Anyone else have any activities their introverted child has done well in? Is 5 old enough ... More

  • E
    Apr 10

    Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts?

  • Laura
    Apr 10

    Harmony Road music (classes). They’re small group classes, and my son loves them! He’s 5, and I think there are 6 kids total in his class.

Sensory play ideas for baby who eats it all

My 7 month old is an epic chewer - EVERYTHING goes into her mouth as she explores. I'm vigilant at home to keep choking hazards out of reach, but I want to start taking her out to the park and trying some sensory play activities but how do i let her semi-independently explore and learn without swallowing rocks and sand and trash? Any advice? And what were your favorite play activities in ... More

  • Destinee
    Apr 07

    My daughter loves rainbow spaghetti! You cook a box of spaghetti noodles, drain, add a TINY bit of oil and stir. Then you divide it up and add the food coloring you like, lit it dry for an hour in parchment and let her go at it! I usually do two boxes of noodles and divide it into four colors and put it in one of those long plastic totes made for storing clothes and put a cheap plastic shower c... More

  • Lauren
    Apr 08

    My lo loved the jello dig. I put toys in jello and let him have at it.

Krystal posted in Parties Apr 04

Wedding guest colors

So, I'm attending a wedding soon. I know the traditional rules are to not wear white so I selected a pink sheath. However, I recently found out from the brides mother that the wedding dress is actually a blush pink... the same shade as my sheath. Would it still be appropriate to wear? Or should I return it?

  • Mama
    Apr 10

    I wouldn’t wear it. The bride picked that color to be unique 🤷🏽‍♀️ sorry 😖

  • Erin
    Apr 11

    I feel like it’s not expected of you to know that info. There will likely be a lot of blush pink dresses there...

Interesting video on the benefits of risky play!

Thoughts? Would you let your kids play with tools? https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/videos/2019/2/21/XXX-XXXX4/risky-playground-design

  • Anne
    Apr 05

    Wonderful!!!!!! There is so much evidence that giving kids more credit for learning risk management pays off. The example I think describes it best is the old fashioned porcelain tea sets. When they were popular, how many girls were reckless with them?

Dumbo

Has anyone seen the new Dumbo movie yet? I’m wondering if it is too sad or scary for a 2 year old.

  • Joanna
    Apr 03

    Common Sense Media is a good resource. It recommends 8+. I'm not taking my almost 5 yo. He gets very emotional during movies. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/dumbo-0.

  • Tj
    Apr 03

    Thanks! My son will sit through entire movies or otherwise fall asleep. My local theater does Mommy & Me showings so the place is empty and the turn the volume lower for kids. After reading the Common Sense reviews I don’t think it’s a fit for his age.

Hi. Has anyone enrolled their toddler into a soccer or basketball camp/class? Was it worth it?

  • Natasha
    Mar 31

    Many thanks for everyone who took the time out to reply. It’s exactly what I needed to make my final decision. Parenting ain’t easy 😊!

  • T
    Apr 11

    Yes imo, kids need to be active, engaged, & learn new skills. He’s in t-ball now & said he “loves it”! He did soccer in the fall. Next up is swimming in May.

What’s the best way to teach your 5yr old how to add and subtract?

  • Joanna
    Mar 27

    Games! Like Chutes and Ladders, making sure you pause to rephrase it: I spun a 6. I'm on 24. 24 + 6 is what? Hmm. 30! My 4 yo loves to keep score when we play Uno. He does the math and then asks Alexa to check it for him.

Reading books

my 17 mo refuses to let me read to him. Once he sees a book he will look at it and try to tear at it or eat it and will not stay still for me to read. He will also take the book away and throw it! How can I get him to sit still so I can read to him

  • Kristen
    Apr 01

    Some babies just aren’t into it. There other come a time they will be ready. My son is just now starting to like us reading to him and he turned 2 in January.

  • Stacey
    Apr 12

    If we are reading a story that is not interactive (lifting flaps or doing actions) we give our son a "distraction book". Usually a feel the things book that has things he can touch and play with while we read the actual book we picked to read.

Won’t let me read books

My 2 year old always says “no mama, no book” when I open a book. He will do his best to close it (including sitting on it if I resist). He always wants to to play cars or something else, which I’m cool with, but you know, all the blogs and guidance say read to your kids daily. I’ve tried reading aloud while he plays as well as just sitting silently with a book, but it’s as if he is jealous of t... More

  • Tracy
    Mar 28

    Make sure that you are demonstrating that reading books is something that adults do for entertainment, meaning don’t read books on your phone. Get real ones and read them while he plays. Magazines count too because honestly small kids don’t play long enough for you to get through more than a page or two. Also spread his books around the house. Have some in his room and in the living room. Make ... More

  • Karla
    Mar 28

    Don’t force it, if you do, he might end up resenting it. Reading a book is not about the act of reading, it’s about the interaction and learning language. So if he doesn’t want to do it, that’s fine. Look for other activities that promote interaction and communication. If he wants to play with cars, play with him or broadcast what he is doing. Broadcasting is a great way to promote language de... More

Ideas when sick

So the stomach bug has taken over my entire family and we are going on about day 8. It has been horrible!! And now I am very sick and the last to get it. I am a stay at home mom with my 13month old and 3 1/2 year old. What ideas does anyone have to pass the time and the pain at home to get though all this? My 13month old doesnt know any better and he is all over the place...my 3 1/2 year old wi... More

  • Olivia
    Mar 21

    This cold and flu season is THE WORST, isn't it? I empathize with your pain. Do either of your kids like to color? I went back and forth about buying Crayola Color Wonder products as they are more costly than standard washable pens and paint BUT they allow my daughter to get creative without me worrying about the potential mess she's making. The pens only work on the accompanying paper.... More

  • Jessie
    Mar 21

    That’s rough, I’m sorry! I’m a stay-at-home mom, and we unfortunately don’t get any sick days. For your 3 1/2 year old I’d suggest a tablet where they can switch through different shows on their own. For your 13 month I suggest Baby Einstein or Mother Goose Club. Anything that has a lot of singing. I know it’s suggested that kids shouldn’t be in front of a screen all day, but hey, mommy needs a... More

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