... And his younger brothers. My 7 year old boy would love a French penpal. He does not speak French but says he wants to learn (and I was reasonably fluent 15 years ago- it would come back!). He loves Minecraft, guitar and Karate.I think he would be equally delighted by other nationalities really, so do get in contact...SarahSee More
From 'the boy who harnessed the wind' by William Kamkwamba. Which is about how he grew up in rural Malawi and invented his own wind turbine. He is talking about looking up English words he found in the physics books he was borrowing from the library. About how though the words were hard the concepts just made sense."It was as if my brain had long ago made a place for these symbols, and once I discovered them in these books, they snapped right into place" p156I thought that was a rather neat…See More
"Quick thought - my computer time is up! But my boys (4 and 6) like to style their hair with bubbles and look in the mirror - crazy spikes etc. Then the deed is done and the rinse is not such an issue - I'm just VERY careful not to get it…"
"No, not a game, and I am sympathetic.
I want to make sure I am giving my children enough help through situations which even *I* find complex.
I think Jack finds the sense of conspiracy against adults difficult.
"I would just speak plainly and in a friendly way to them. If they say they're getting water and they get crisps, you could just let it go, and talk to your kids about it later when the other child is gone. You could talk…"
I could use some thoughts on dealing with other people's children. Families we all like and enjoy being with, but who are more traditionally patented.I have had several situations recently where a friend's child has (pretty transparently- they're young) lied to me, tried to manipulate me or to go behind my back to get something. I'm really not used to this, my children don't always agree with me but they say 'no' to my face and then we work out what to fo together.I can also see that it makes…See More
"I can't remember where I originally saw this idea, but you could fill a basin with rice and beans and let them play in it. Use measuring cups, spoons, bowls, etc...
Another thing they can paint on would be foil, plastic or glass jars. You could…"
"Two activities that tend to keep my two gripped (son, aged 5 & daughter, aged 2 - both 'high energy') when all else fails are (1) painting with toy cars, (2) 'thoop', and (3) 'crazy sandwiches'. To explain the first…"
"What would I do without my iPhone?!
We spent the afternoon making stop-frame animations with (using an app I downloaded) toys/pipe cleaner heroes/ live actors. As photographer I get to stay very still! The face/body paint idea is in my…"
"Some lead to slower thinking too. Harvest Moon, I would've said. Still. But lately I've been playing Plants vs. Zombies, and Marty and I talked yesterday about how much that will help little kids grow up making better decisions about money…"