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Our children should definitely have something they are passionate about... the level of attention to detail and the focus that comes with that is a priceless teaching tool

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14 Chances

I am just reading through a post Melisa Nielsen wrote about temperament and parenting styles and hence the title of this post - 14 chances.

Why do we sometimes lose our temper as parents?

It is all about learning how to set boundaries as a parent, for the child, and being willing to stick to them.  I think many parents today could benefit from such a thought.  It is like the mom at the grocery store who tells the child umpteen times (maybe fourteen?) not to do something, or else.....  The child very well knows that the parent is not really setting a boundary.  These are empty threats.

How much better for our children to hear fewer words, but ones that hold real meaning.

Easier said than done.  I know.

I think such an approach helps us to keep our cool as well.  No need at all to lose one's patience or temper, because the child has not been allowed to wear away at our patience.


When I grow up....

As we were going for a late evening walk, looking for fireflies, ds looked at me and suddenly asked, Mommy, when I am big, will I remember being little?  It really struck me, as he was nearly sad in his questioning.  He found a little pebble, and asked me to keep it, so he could remember being little.

Line and Form with String

I decided to introduce some more complex forms, and thought to use string (or modeling clay) to make this easier.  We used a different color for each part.  It enhanced our ability to 'see' the form, an essential part of what form drawing is all about.

Farewell to our Goldfish

Dd took this photo.  We had this little goldfish for about four years.  I was surprised to learn how long they could live, although in the end, he took a turn for the worse, probably ammonia buildup in the water.

Indoor "Snow" Activity

I have had the Earthways craft book for about 5 years, but I can be SO slow (sometimes) in putting plans into action.  I have even had the ivory snow for this particular project since last winter, so finally, (FINALLY) we got around to doing this craft!

The little ones helped a bit whipping the 'snow' but as it took a VERY long time to do, I moved to the electric mixer, and even then it took a very long time.  I wound up adding a bit extra soap powder to the mix.  After quite some time, I had to call them back to the table.  We gathered some of our finds from our nature walks, pine-cones  seeds, pine needles and so forth, and created a snow scene.

This was a major accomplishment for me.  I don't know if anyone else suffers from this sort of "syndrome".  HA!  I am so often in-gathering and taking in information and hoarding books! yes hoarding them, that it is often difficult to actually 'do' all the ideas I see and would like to do.  (Talk about a need…