Nurture Her Nature

Online Gaming Starts Earlier Than You Think

This past week, Riley spent her first spring break at Girls, Inc. They had a really cool itinerary filled with various exercises and sports, including a trip to aerial yoga and a CrossFit gym. It was a week of workouts I have to admit I was a bit jealous of, and I was certain that she would come home with a new activity that she had fallen in love with. What would it be? Lacrosse? Soccer? Yoga? (more…)

The Library: A Single Mom’s Best Friend

Story and I live about a half an hour out of town. While we are in love with our house, yard, neighbors, and neighborhood, living out here can be rather inconvenient (no pizza delivery!). To avoid the back-and-forth as much as possible, we try to group our errands and outings in town, but sometimes there are significant time gaps. Our go-to for these in-betweens is the library.

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A Love of Reading

When Story was younger, not much younger though, I was obsessed with her learning to read. She loved books — rather, she loved being read to. She especially loved audiobooks (the ones Ali hates, with the character voices). Her vocabulary was quite advanced for her age, due to being read to all the time, I’m guessing. However, she had no interest whatsoever in learning how to read. And when Story has no interest, her mind goes everywhere else. I just knew I was going to be the only editor in the world with an illiterate child. (more…)

Love Was in the Air

Love was in the air this week. After all, it was the week of Valentine’s Day. For us, the activities of caring started the weekend before when the girls both brought home their list of classmates to make valentines for –- all 52 of them. It was a daunting task, but the girls were eager and I was prepared. (more…)

5 Fun, Educational, and Safe Websites for Kids

It’s that time of year — too cold to play outside, too icy to go anywhere, and too long stuck in the house. On such days, Story makes a good argument for playing on the computer. While I allow for some time spent on stupid YouTube videos (you know which ones I’m talking about, moms), I insist that she involve her brain somewhat if she is going to be staring at a screen for a while. Following are our top five favorite educational websites. Check them out. I guarantee you’ll learn something too! (more…)