Monthly Archives: May 2018

Effective Parenting

If you are anything like me, which I can bet you are, you are always looking to improve. Whether you are looking to improve mentally, physically, emotionally, or in this case — as a parent. My children will be home for summer break in a few short weeks, and by weeks I mean TWO. Since I am fortunate enough to run a small-business and a non-profit I am home most of the summer in order to be with them and avoid using child-care, I just work from home. I am also fortunate enough to bring my children in to work with me. However, just like every other parent in the world my children get bored, they act out, they are loud — after all, they are CHILDREN.

I know that this behavior is normal, but thee are ways to combat them. During the summer when I am home with them I try to be understanding of all of this, and their inability to completely handle and express their emotions and frustrations. But it can be hard for me too. I am busy, I am still working even though they are home to play. Tensions can run high for all of us. So every year I try to do a small “brush-up” on child development, I try to learn a few coping mechanisms to get us through with minimal blow-ups. 

This year I found this little reminder. I wanted to share it with all of you in case you too need a little reminder sometimes in order to get by. This summer I plan to utilize some of these. I know that there will still be hard days, but that doesn’t make them bad days. See I am already being optimistic!

Toddler Games: Lego Duplo Ring Toss

My littlest is home with me all day long. When his siblings are away we try to find a little time each day for just the two of us. I do not spend the whole day entertaining him, but I try to find little chunks of my day to dedicate to him.

Sometimes it is just reading a book, or coloring, sometimes we do craft. But sometimes we like to have a little fun. When I was perusing Pinterest the other day I found a bunch of little ideas for playing with his Lego Duplo blocks.

We love Legos. My oldest is even in a Lego Robotics League at school. So we try to stay creative with our Legos and not just build the same things over and over. When I saw this fun little game that uses the Lego Duplo blocks I knew we had to try it.

It was great fun, my little man even got to build the towers as tall as he wanted before we began playing. All I needed was a few pipe cleaners to use as the rings. Luckily I usually have more than a few lying around. I really enjoyed watching him get so excited every time he tossed the rings. He was even more excited when he hooked the rings! This fun activity can also help build your little one’s motor skills and improve their eye-hand coordination. Give it a try, it is a simple and fun way to play. Checkout Stir the Wonder for the full tutorial and be sure to check out their other fun ideas!

Tank Tops: Tiny Whales

Summer is almost here. Here in the desert it is already HOT. SO we have already broken out our summer clothes. Swimsuits, sandals, shorts, and TANK TOPS! I love a good tank top. It can be so comfortable, so cool, and so easy to wear. Tiny Whales creates some really sweet tank tops for boys. This summer The Boy’s Store has all the tank tops from Tiny Whales. We have even uploaded a new Tiny Whales size chart because we know, boys grow.

Boys’ Sun Your Buns Tank Top by Tiny Whales: This medium grey tank top is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon. It features contrasting white binding and has a perfect for summer graphic: Sun your Buns. Complete with burger buns. This cheeky tank is perfect for lounging at home, playing at the park, or checking out the surf at the beach.

Boys’ Not a Tourist Tank Top by Tiny Whales: This medium grey tank features contrasting red binding, and is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon. It’s graphic: I’m Not a Tourist I Live Here, is the perfect summer vibe. If only we really could live at our favorite vacation destinations all year long, or that summer was a perpetual season.

Boys Local Tank Top by Tiny Whales: This light grey tank features contrasting navy binding and is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon. The graphic: Local, will let you blend in at your favorite vacation destination. Being a local is great, they know all the great surf spots, the best food places, and how to avoid being stuck in long lines.