November 24th, 2015 | Posted in
Science Fun, Traveling With Kids
*This is a sponsored post about a mission I deeply believe in.
Poets have been saying for generations — if you want to feel good about your fate and the fate of man, get off your duff and out into nature. Science supports the poets. Researchers have studied the effects of nature on our brains and the evidence is conclusive: spending time in nature is good for our hearts and our minds.
In fact, it’s not just good, but really, really good. It improves our mood, lowers our blood pressure, and significantly boosts our vitality. Did you know we’re even more caring and generous when exposed to nature? No doubt thanks to all those lovely endorphins at work. So given all the lovely things Nature does for us, isn’t it time we did something for it?
November 10th, 2015 | Posted in
This post is a departure from parenting and cute crafts, although considering how long I’ve been straying from those types of posts, maybe it’s not a departure at all. Today, I wanted to talk about how I pay the bills.
I often get asked how I’m making “it” work. “It” meaning blogging/freelancing. Before I delve into how I’m making it work, I should probably share a few things for context. Over the years, I’ve experienced every variation of employment…
November 5th, 2015 | Posted in
Tonight I dyed my daughter’s hair purple. She didn’t have to ask for permission, but she did ask for help. She’s 13 and an art student, so she can get away with things like that. Plus, I think one of the perks of having a teen is watching them explore and play in ways you can relate to—unlike, say, trying to play Polly Pocket, or Dora, or whatever it is kids are into these days.
September 29th, 2015 | Posted in
Bold Brilliant Beautiful You, It's a Process
Recently I wrote about something that’s helped me through some rough times. Today, I wanted to share something that has also helped immensely: a few calming breathing exercises.
September 18th, 2015 | Posted in
Bold Brilliant Beautiful You, It's a Process
Earlier this year, I was in a rough state. I’m in a better place now, so I thought I’d share some things that helped in case they may help you. This is not to replace therapy or medication or say I’m in any way an expert in anything. This is a I’m down here in the mud thing. I’m inspired by my friends who gave me the gift of their experiences when I needed it most, so I want to pay that forward.
September 14th, 2015 | Posted in
Art School, Creativity, Family Ties, Ideas and Inspiration, Kids DIY, Parenting
Time is such a funny thing for kids to wrap their heads around. As kids get older they learn about sequencing and chronology. The elementary school years offer wonderful opportunities for this idea to be reinforced. What happens first, next, and last? Today, we have a fun timeline project that helps kids look back at their life and put events in order.
August 31st, 2015 | Posted in
Features, Parenting, The Tween Years
*Quick heads up: This post is about sex. Read at your own level of comfort.
I was 11 years old when George Michael told everyone he wanted our sex. I remember it clearly. As soon as George’s first note hit our car’s antenna, my mom turned the station. She was lighting fast. I still marvel at her reaction time. How did she know? But even with deft censoring, my curiosity was piqued. I had already heard the song somewhere—either at a friend’s or on the bus or anywhere pop music was played—so I wondered why my mom turned the station so fast. Why didn’t she want me to hear about wanting someone’s sex? And what was sex anyhow?
Experts agree we should start talking to our kids about sex at younger ages than we think. But how young are we talking here? My husband and I were forced to have the talk when our daughter heard from a kid on the bus how babies were made. “He said it’s when the mom and dad rub their private parts together.” She was in first grade. I know, some of you are feeling very uncomfortable right now.
August 28th, 2015 | Posted in
Ahhh! How cute are these socks? They’re called Pals Socks and they’re intentionally mismatched friends. Think dragon and unicorn, t-rex and triceratops, space robots and earth robots. I think the whole concept is fantastic and fun. I even love their hashtag #defeetthenorm.
Since I love these socks so much that I thought you’d love them too, I asked Pals Socks if they’d offer you guys a discount. They said, “Heck yeah!” So they’re offering Classic Play readers 20% off their purchase using coupon code “classicplay” at checkout. Happy back-to-school shopping!
ps. they have adult sizes too.