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Show and Share – A-Z Items for your kid to bring

Show and Share A-Z Items

(Photo credit: Sarah Hoag with Sarah Hoag Photography // @SarahHoagPhotography)

I love Harley’s preschool. She’s only two, but she’s learning so much there, and it’s fantastic. It’s way more than babysitting, it’s a real school environment with circle time, friends and socialization and all that other good stuff. Of course, it also means that we get put on the spot to bring things into class for show and share now, and they are currently working their way through the alphabet.

We had a bit of a scramble when I got the message. What could we send in that starts with an A? An apple – I didn’t have one in the house! My mom and I sent each other a series of hilarious messages including asbestos, anesthesia and aluminum foil. She finally came up with a winning suggestion, but I realized that I need to start thinking my way through the whole alphabet now and setting things aside that Harley can bring in for show and share (when did it stop being called show and tell??) for the next 25 weeks.  So, in case you’re going through something similar, here’re some ideas for each letter of the alphabet. Also, I mention some animals in my list below – I refer to stuffed toys or figurines or whatnot, not actually expecting your kid to bring an alligator or car to school. Continue Reading

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What kind of geek am I?

What kind of geek am I? Zoe at E3

If you’re following me on Instagram (and of course you are, right?), you’ll know that I was at a photoshoot last week. I can’t wait to tell you a whole lot more about the event and share some of the pictures I get from the incredible photographers who were there. I also went to a girl geek brunch, which was a ton of fun and really nice as a way to meet some cool ladies who might someday form part of my Arizona social circle. But it made me ponder more about my geek cred, and what makes me a geek or what kind of geek am I?

I guess the reason for this is two-fold. The photoshoot was great and a wonderful reminder that I’m a creative being, and that this corner of the internet is unique. I remember looking for geeky mom blogs when I was knocked up and not really finding them, which is part of how I decided to start my own. One of the cool ladies at the event said she loved my niche, and that I should go even geekier… I think I knew what she was trying to say, too. But does that then make me fall into some kind of mom-geek-gatekeeping? Continue Reading

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Baby led weaning follow up: What my two-year-old eats

What my two-year-old eats

As parents, I feel like we have so much to worry about. How to get a kid to sleep, or nurse, or eat, or learn, or talk, or potty trained. And there are so many techniques, so much advice out there. But in the moment, it’s hard to know which version will be best for your kid, which is why I thought I’d do this baby led weaning follow up and share what my two-year-old eats.

I’ve written on the topic a bunch, and if you want to go back and read my rant about people pushing me to give her solid foods before it was time, you can do that over here. I also wrote about a force-feeding incident, why baby-led weaning is good for development, and even that awesome moment when Harley finally seemed to find her appetite. You are welcome to read those words, but don’t worry, we’ll start from the beginning and then get to the update part. Continue Reading

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6 Skills Your Child Learns from Reading That Aren’t Literacy

6 Skills Your Child Learns from Reading That Aren't Literacy

I often write about how important reading is to me, and as a part of how I’m raising Harley. All the studies say that babies, toddlers and kids who are read to for at least 20 minutes a day perform better in school. But this goes beyond test scores and even beyond teaching a kid to read, because there are many things our kids learn – skills from reading that aren’t literacy.

This might seem a bit counterintuitive. I mean, the whole point of reading to kids is to teach them to read and get them literate, right? Well, not exactly. There’s a whole lot more that goes into it, like having a healthy bedtime routine. But there are also specific skills that kids use for the rest of their lives that can start with simply reading together. Continue Reading

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Videos for Toddlers: Dora the Explorer

Dora The Explorer

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Even before we gave Harley her own tablet, we were looking for video content for her. The reality is that screen time isn’t 100% evil, and honestly, sometimes we all need time to zone out – her in front of a video and me without a two-year-old demanding my complete attention. That said, I still like to encourage her to watch things that expand her mind, teach her something, or are generally worthwhile. She found Dora the Explorer all by herself because toddlers are terrifyingly brilliant creatures, and here’s what I think about it. Continue Reading

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