Getting a Deeper Read with Children’s books- Sunday Parenting Party

Creating deeper reading experiences

For the past few weeks, we’ve tried an experiment at home with our books.

We’re big fans of books.  More books = More reading.

While this maybe true, we certainly found that we also noticed that the reading wasn’t what we were expecting.

We would find piles of books and keen children looking through them, flipping pages, reading parts and sharing the books with each other. All good success criteria for us as parents. Yes the children are engaging in books.

Taking a pile of the books I knew one of the children were reading I ask some basic comprehension type questions about who were the characters, what problem happened? how did they solve it? What was interesting or funny? Show me your favourite bit? Okay, not all those questions every time or for each book but a few of these or others.

This was different to our usual cuddle and read sessions.

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3 Things You Must Do Before the Children Return- Sunday Parenting Party

Looking after ourselves so we can look after the children- 3 things to do before the children return.

When the children stay at a daycare, the carer, nursery or family member for a session, there are so many things you plan on getting done.

Why is that?

We could rest. We could get some mama self care time. We could sleep.

We often pick up the laundry, tidy an area, go shopping, work, blog, interview– you name it we’re cramming it into that space.

I want to share three things we must do before the children return.

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4 Tips for Meal Time Bliss- Sunday Parenting Party

4 tips for meal time bliss

Gathering together for breakfast or dinner time is a busy and loud activity. Is it in your house?

There needs to be lots of conversation about who is collecting the cutlery and all the things that’s needed for the table. We need to know what we’re all eating and where we are eating. The list goes on and on.

With so many different activities, many self directed there is a good chance there will be tension, dissatisfaction and upset creeping in with the added time crunch meal gatherings can become really stressful and emotional. We were not experiencing much meal time bliss.

With three opinionated boys setting the table, sitting down to a meal starts with mellow and good intentions but once we’re all there there’s often a hint of frustration as an uninvited guest at the table.

It’s hard to not to jump into the discussions and often I do find I’ve become the referee. Kids have a wonderful memory of how many times they last put the table mats on the table verses their brother and how many times they put on the glasses.

These types of squabbles were escalating in our house and really didn’t make going to the table a nice experience.

Sitting across the table from frustrated and moody children, some wailing and others refusing to sit next to another because they didn’t get to do the activity of their choice. Who wants to start dinner with a rant and being frustrated themselves?

We’ve tried some ideas out recently that have eased this somewhat or maybe shifted theses feeling. Read on our  4 Tips for Meal Time Bliss

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8 Kid and Play Activities Newsletters you should know – Sunday Parenting Party

 

Enjoy these 8 kid and play activities newsletters bringing some inspiration to the play we do

Where does our inspiration come for the kid and play activities we share with our children?

Sometimes we can be all out of ideas and when that happens I turn to my trusted source of play activities.

You can sign up to most blog posts by clicking the subscription information on each site but these links below are sharing more than the blog posts from the past week. We all have archives and you can search for keywords but sometimes you just don’t know what you’re thinking of and just need to see a few ideas and it gets you thinking of an idea for your child.

Each of these newsletters below have been writing play activities for a long time and do them with their children. Pop on over with the links to sign up to the ones you see here and you’ll have lots of activities and ideas to keep you on those I’m not sure what to do days.

Share them with your friends. Often Nurseries, playgroups and daycares centers are looking for ways to encourage play and these ideas are perfect to share with your local place.

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How to be attractive to new followers on Pinterest

How to attractive to new followers on pinterest

Pinterest housekeeping

Over the years we’ve been collecting Christmas ornaments in a box.

The box has got bigger each year as the children make more, more goes in at the end of the season. Each year it is a surprise what we have inside as things slip down. We have no real system other than, if it’s Christmas it goes in the box.

Pinterest can get like that sometimes.

All the different pins and new boards. You can end up with your boards in a mess. It’s a bit like the Christmas box. Except- no one needs to see inside our Christmas box but everyone looks at your pinterest boards.

If it’s pretty hard to navigate through your boards or find pins who will follow you?

If you’re looking to connect with people then you need to show your best first.  Get a little organized and do a little Pinterest housekeeping. We want to see who you’re about really quickly. We make our choice in seconds. Follow these simple steps to become more attractive to new followers on Pinterest.

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Expressing gratitude- Sunday Parenting Party

I’m sure you’ve got a lot more to be thankful for than you realise.

No really. Today’s two posts with the Sunday Parenting Party have a focus on expressing gratitude.

expressing gratitude

 

We’re linking up parenting posts that involve us as parents. We keep the Sunday Parenting Party free of activity based posts and instead focus on helping each other as parents through giving and seeking advice and sharing things that worked.

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Not choking on advice- Sunday Parenting Party

Welcome back to the Sunday Parenting Party. We’re linking up parenting posts that involve us as parents. We keep the Sunday Parenting Party free of activity based posts and instead focus on help each other as parents through giving and seeking advice and sharing things that worked.

 

Not choking on advice

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Changing a small thing- Sunday Parenting Party

During this last week I’ve tried to wake before the children. It’s something I know helps and just having that calm and overview of the day helps. It didn’t stop me from sending two children to school in uniform on casual day. But it did help in other ways. This week I’m attempting to write a to do list for the next day before the day begins.

As with many things, it’s often the little changes we make that have the biggest impact. This week I’m looking back on the Sunday Parenting Party and have found two gems for you. This is the last party of  2012. Come back in 2013.

I would also encourage you to visit the other hosts of this party who have written amazing posts reflecting on the terrible school shooting news in Connecticut.

Here are two articles I enjoyed from this past weeks Sunday Parenting Party.

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Family and Mom reflections – Sunday Parenting Party

 

 

Each week I have a lovely time reading through the parenting articles you post. It’s always hard to choose a few posts to highlight.

 

Today we have a few reflective posts about family and being in plain sight.

Establishing new traditions and new ideas especially tricky with a young ever changing family. Yet these two post this week share how it can be done albeit with a few changes along the way.

Here are two articles I enjoyed from this past weeks Sunday Parenting Party.

 

Get in the Picture

Are you guilty of being behind the camera?

I know I am.

This December let’s make a conscious effort to take more pictures.

Christmas Trees, Kids, and Memories

Don’t you love seeing how other people celebrate with their tree. Is the Christmas tree a giant new toy or something to sit nicely in the room?

Coming to a new understanding how it can be both.

 

Would love you to pop on over to both these parenting posts and have a read.

In the meantime, link up your parenting articles below. If you’re mentioned below feel free to grab your featured button from the sidebar.


Seeking solutions- Sunday Parenting Party

Seeking solutions during the hoilday season

We’re entering into that crazy busy season when so much of what we do and are is on auto pilot.

Each week I have a lovely time reading through the parenting articles you all post. It’s always hard to choose a few posts to highlight.

Today I wanted to pause and encourage you to enjoy the season. There are plenty of crafts, plenty of shops and plenty of things to do.

But there’s only one time that your child is at this stage and age.

My youngest son came and sat next to me the other day as I was catching breath and taking a break. He just gave me a hug and rushed off.

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