Homemade Play Dough - Pinterest in Real Life

It looked like it was going to open up and pour one afternoon this past week, so I thought it would be a good day to make some play dough.  The kids always love playing with any type of dough or clay.  My favorite homemade play dough is the kind you make on the stove.  It lasts forever!  I had some extra jell-o and decided to see if there were any play dough recipes that included jello.  I found this one from Create.Craft.Love. and decided to give it a try.

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Mommy Reality

I sometimes think that social media sites like Facebook make parents feel like they’re inadequate.  It’s hard to remember that people tend to post only the best times, and don’t post when their kid is having a meltdown or when they’ve stayed in their jammies all day and eaten cereal for dinner. I’ve tried to post when things aren’t going so well, to inject some reality into my Facebook feed. For example, last year I posted about when I had to leave an full shopping cart at Target because my son was in the middle of a (completely age appropriate) tantrum. I managed to not spill my Starbucks coffee while holding a squirming preschooler. That was my reality that day, and I wanted to let other people know that it’s okay and it happens to all of us.  

 

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Processing Coping Skills

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been writing about different coping skills for children. I’ve discussed physical coping skills, calming coping skills and distracting coping skills that can help kids deal with big emotions and feelings. This week, I wanted to focus on processing coping skills.  There are going to be times when kids need to work through challenging experiences and tough feelings. Here are some ways for kids to actually start processing their thoughts, behaviors and emotions:

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Kindness Wall

Our kids tend to get along pretty well, and even when there’s an argument, they can get past it pretty quickly.  However, at the end of the summer and for the first week of the school year, our kids seemed to be more cranky and less patient with each other than normal. I’m not sure if it was because their bodies hadn’t adjusted to the new schedule or if they were just tired of going all day.  All I knew was that I wanted to change how they were acting toward one another.  I wanted them to focus on showing kindness to one another.  When I was a School Counselor, I helped start a Kindness Wall of Fame at my school.  Every time any adult saw a child do something kind, the adult could choose to give that child a star for being a kind member of our school.  I decided to implement our own Kindness Wall at home.

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4 Things I've Learned Playing With My Kids

Since I stopped working full time outside of my home in June 2013, I’ve had more opportunities to watch my kids play.  Over the last several months, I’ve been blogging about play, which has made me acutely aware of what happens when I’m playing with my own kids.  I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I’ve discovered through this process, and this is what I’ve learned.  

 

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