Festivals for children October 19 2013

I love this book! I refer to it over and over - to inspire and reconnect me with the seasons.  As a child I yearned for more ritual in my life. I looked forward to any annual events or celebration that happened every year.  This book offers simple ways to celebrate the year as a family. So many great ideas!



Simple, well-illustrated instructions demonstrate how to make children's clothing, toys and gifts using natural materials. Organized by seasons, the craft activities include knitted Easter chicks, spring flower fairies, summer leaf prints, cosy slippers and pumpkin lanterns, Christmas calendars and indoor 'dens'. Small toys such as a tooth fairy purse can be made in an hour or two, while bigger projects can be enjoyed over a weekend or longer.

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Simplicity Parenting September 15 2013

I refer to this book for my own life! Anxiety seems to be a common emotional component for adults and children. I struggle with it as well, and this book has inspired me as a teacher to simplify and slow down.  I am grateful to Kim John Payne for this very readable and wise book!


Simplicity Parenting

Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Simplicity Parenting offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change:
• Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload.
• Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed. 
• Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
• Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation. 

A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of raising children.

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