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Summer STEAM fun!

This summer we have been TRYING to have lots of fun while still staying ready for school next year. It has been a balancing act, mostly for Mommy. Let’s face it, summer is one of our only times to slow down in the entire year. So while Mommy wants to keep these kids sharp, focused, and ready for next year Mommy also wants to sleep in and lay by the pool or swim and do handstands too! But I have tried. And trying is the best.

This month we wanted to share with you a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mechanics) activity that we tried. I found this awesome tutorial at Little Bins for Little Hands. This great activity teaches it all. It is a fun artistic endeavor that allows kids to learn by doing. It also is a fun activity that lets kids explore through play. Which is a win-win in my book. This simple Kaleidoscope lets kids learn how to build, design, and complete a task. It is fun, artistic, and creative.

STEAM fun

We loved working on these together. The kids each had a very different kaleidoscope than their siblings. Even though we made them all together everyone made their own unique design. Then we took them outside to see them work in bright light, shaded light, and back in the house with no light. It was a lot of fun and very simple to accomplish. Now I feel as if I have helped them to hone their STEAM skills and I didn’t sacrifice my fun time for summer.

be sure to head on over to Little Bins for Little Hands for the full tutorial, and be sure to check out their other great fun activities that teach through play!

 

Summer Survival: Parent Car Hacks

We normally discuss things that make life easier with our kids, but sometimes what makes life with our kids easy is our sanity. Now I don’t know about you But I LOVE my car. I am in my car a LOT. Especially when the kids are home for the summer. We go places to get out of the house and avoid boredom, we go on family trips, and we go back and forth to summer activities like swim lessons and playdates. My children destroy my car on a daily basis. I have learned to pick it up a little everyday. Get toys, food wrappers, books, etc out when I drop them off somewhere. But with them home all summer I find it more difficult to keep it clean because they are always with me.

I recently stumbled upon a few ideas that are helping me to keep my sanity this summer by ensuring my car is a lot more organized and I am a lot less stressed. I found this great blog post on I Heart Arts and Crafts and I am so excited to share it with you. Be sure to head over and check out her secrets to keeping your car clean this summer.

One of my favorite ways to keep my car clean is to keep a little vacuum with my all the time, after all kids + food = mess. I love this little guy from Amazon. I use it ALL the time!

I always feel better when my car isn’t such a mess. It is the same with my house, if it is organized I feel less stressed, and if I am less stressed I can spend more time enjoying my kids. I hope that some of these tips are helpful for you too! No one wants to be stressed on summer break!

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. effective parenting

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!