Talking to Your Kids: Ways to Open up Conversation

Do you ever feel like you know very little about your kids? I spend more time with my kids than I spend doing anything else in my life. Yet, I don’t always feel as if I know them deeply enough. What are they feeling, what are they thinking? How was their day at school? I mean I ask them this everyday, but I get those blah-blah answers that get us nowhere.

I have done a lot of reading on the subject and have discovered other ways to get my kids to open up, by using open-ended questions and asking them leading questions I have discovered so much more about their day and what they are feeling and thinking.

I joined a 5-day parenting challenge with Nina at Sleeping Should Be Easy, and we did a lot of research and practiced using special questions that helped to open conversations with our kids. She even has an ebook that helps stressed parents manage their time.

We are enjoying learning more about talking with our kids — instead of to our kids — and it has been helpful to find ways to be more productive as a family. Be sure to check out her ebook and try some of the open-ended questions with your kids. Even just using a few of them on the way home from school pick-up has changed the openness between my oldest and myself. I now know more about the first grade than I ever knew before!

Summer Time Fun: Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Summer is quickly approaching, which means long days and late nights. We love to spend as much time as we can outdoors in the summer. Life in the hot SoCal desert can mean a lot of very hot afternoons retreating to pools or air conditioning, however, we love to escape back outside as the weather cools and the sun goes down. This means a lot of meals spent outdoors and evenings enjoying the cooler night air.

We try to keep the kids busy and playing. For the most part they ride bikes, play with friends, and create adventures on their swingset or explore the yard like they are on safari. Sometimes we plan activities to do with them, and one activity I love to participate in is bubbles. We love to create large and unpoppable bubbles. We have even created bubble snakes. One we haven’t tried but are excited about this summer are glow-in-the-dark bubbles.

The kids participated in a Glow-run at their school one year and glow-in-the-dark bubbles was one of the “hazards” they ran through. The school followed this fun recipe and we are very excited to try it as well. The school used a bubble blowing machine but we plan to use wands and bubble blowing shooters. Whichever way you choose to create your bubbles we are sure they will glow with incredible fun.

Thank you to RVKid.com for the incredibly cool and easy-to-follow recipe. Glow on!

Boys Underwear: Boxers and Briefs

Our house has been in the midst if potty training this year. Our youngest, three, has gone back and forth with the desire to use the toilet for several months. In the last few weeks we have found a fantastic rhythm where he finally seems to be fully ready to give up his pull-ups/diapers full time. It has taken us a lot to get to this point, we had quite the regression near Spring Break. But now that he is ready to commit full time we have run around purchasing new underwear. One thing he loves is to wear boxers like Daddy. Thank goodness The Boy’s Store carries a fantastic selecting of boys underwear.

Boys Briefs by Trimfit: These trimfit briefs are great for boys. We love that they are tagless since we hear far too often that the underwear is itchy when there is a tag.

Boys’ Boxer Briefs by City Threads: these simple boxer briefs are just perfect for that little man. they are super soft with a fabric waistband for comfort. They are available in baby blue, orange, black, navy, red, denim, gray, green, road gray, and white.

Boys Boxer Briefs by Trimfit: These trimfit boxers are loose and comfortable for the little man that wants to be super comfortable. Available in a set of stripes, solids, and a football helmet pattern.