How to Talk to Little Girls

As the mom of an almost five-year-old, I love this article. How do you talk to little girls without immediately placing importance on how they look?

Almost every day I feel like my daughter hears, “You look so cute! I love your dress!” or something similar — from strangers, from friends, from ME! I read this article and it really brought home how important it is to talk to little girls about issues that are far more important: how they feel, what they like to do or what they do well.

Check it out:
How to Talk to Little Girls
www.huffingtonpost.com

How do YOU initiate a conversation with a little girl that does not revolve around looks? Let’s hear it.

The Summer Doldrums (Already?!?)

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Ok, it’s the end of week one (for us) of summer vacation and I am already going crazy.

Unlike many our friends, my kids are not registered in a gazillion day camps, accelerated classes, swim/tennis/golf lessons, cooking demonstrations, etc. Our lack of organized activity means a few things: a) I’m a very lazy person when it comes to arranging our schedule, b) I incorrectly thought we might all enjoy a quiet, relaxing summer together just lounging around the house, and c) I will now have to spend the rest of the summer dreaming up things to do to arrest the never-ending comments of “I’m bored,” “We did that yesterday,” and “That’s lame.”

So, my fellow procrastinators, I found a few helpful links online of activities to do with your kids this summer, and most of them even have some kind educational aspect to them (to make up for not enrolling your childresn in any “use it or lose it” summer sessions.)

Check out Squidoo for picnics, art projects, games and more – from things you did as a kid (and forgot about) to new ideas, here’s a great list of over 100 activities to do: http://www.squidoo.com/kidssummeractivities

Education.com is a great resource for ideas:http://www.education.com/activity/ and when you’ve done all the activities ten times, take the easy road and just print out some worksheetshttp://www.education.com/worksheets/ and throw on some good tunes.

If you have any fun summer activities that don’t require advance reservations and a lot of planning, please do share!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is around the corner, and we’re gearing up to surprise all of the dads around here with something besides a tie.

Although our first choice is a homemade (or kidmade) card or gift, we’ve decided to share a few of the sites we’ve found for the variety of dads we’re shopping for — and most are offering shipping deals for expedited gift delivery!

Preppy Dad : the most conservative flip-flops we could find.

Rocker Dad : ideas include leather jackets, amplifiers, posters…need we say more?

Sports Dad : name a jersey, it’s here.

Outdoors Dad : we’ve yet to find another site with this abundance of army green colored things

Hard-to-shop-for Dad : he either already has it or doesn’t need it. Finallysomething he’ll like.

Geek Dad : from Star Wars to Angry Birds, geeky stuff abounds.

Please share with us your go-to sources to shop for the dads in your life!

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