Kid Crafts: All About Me

When my daughter was a toddler I cut out a huge letter D from construction paper and let her paint it. I mounted it on another piece of construction paper with a photo of her in the center of it. She loved to look through the book and tell me who she saw in the photos. She was learning about shapes so there was also a square, circle and triangle she had decorated.


Homeschooling Lowers My Mommy-Handicap

But don’t think that our day is so structured that we don’t enjoy each other. If you think that, then you are missing my point. Being with my kids this much allows me to share myself with them better than I would if we were separated 9 or 10 hours a day. Physically being with each other naturally provides those opportunities to talk about uncomfortable subjects or create a wealth of common memories. While others have a tight bond with their kids despite the daily separation, I know that homeschooling lowers my handicap because I finally have a clue what to do with my 5 kids.


The Five Minute Allergy Window

I knew Karl’s symptoms were serious and we had only minutes to get treatment. I’ve read all the literature and thought I was prepared but I had never given my son an EpiPen injection and was terrified. We just got off the phone with the allergist who told me Karl was in a serious situation and I’m in the middle of rush hour traffic.


The Basics of Parenting Styles

Parenting: the double-edged sword everyone has a solid opinion about until they find themselves in its midst.  Pre-children, I would walk through the mall with my boyfriend and we would chuckle at the exasperated parents trying to handle their yelling, whining, crabby children.  “That will never be us,” we agreed.  We knew we would tolerate nothing less than respect and congeniality from our future brood.
I have now been walking the [...]


Kids Crafts: Paint Away the Winter Blues

Winter is upon us and my children do not want to play out in the cold for very long. They say they are bored. How do I keep them busy? One thing that is always well received here are fun, often messy craft projects. They provide a creative outlet and often an interesting sensory experience. I honestly don’t have enough frames or refrigerator door space to display them all so [...]


Small Hands of a Child Can Have an Impact

Children Can Make A Difference In The World Today
Parents have always had the toughest job in the world, but raising children to have a caring conscience can be an even bigger task in today’s, often cynical, world. It can be challenging to decide how to encourage children to think of those less fortunate. However, the holidays are arriving quickly, which is a great time to begin including children in volunteering.

When [...]


Grow Your Own Lucky Sprouts

Found this great craft idea at www. and had to share their  idea here at HippyMom .  It’s a great fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day and allows your son or daughter to enjoy a craft while learning how sprouts grow.
Lucky Sprouts
Find luck this St. Patrick’s Day by growing your own Lucky Sprouts.

What You’ll Need:
Compressed sponge
Plate or pie pan
Quick-sprout seeds, such as cress or alfalfa
Plastic wrap
Markers (optional)


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Come Dream With Me: Confessions of a Pisces

A lot of what you read about the star signs is pretty cliché. Pisces are supposed to be intuitive, dreamy, and spiritual. We’re also known for a few (*ahem*) less desirable qualities like laziness and escapism. And to be honest, a lot of those generalizations are true. But you really can’t grasp the full essence of who we fundamentally are simply by reading about “Pisces Traits” in a book or [...]