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Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Were you obsessed with making and playing with paper fortune tellers when you were a kid? Did your fifth grade teacher send you into the hallway because you made a whole bunch and passed them out to your class during reading time? Oh, that was me.
I’ve already made these with my kids, and now a new book takes the whole fortune teller phenomenom, also known as cootie catchers, to colorful and epic new levels. The book Fold Me Up: 100 Paper Fortune-Tellers for Life’s Pressing Questions by Michelle Taute might be for grown ups, but the kids and I made a few together anyway. We giggled. You’ll find fortune tellers that help you decide whether to have another cocktail and make important decisions based on what Mr. T would do. (Mr. T from a show called The A Team–you know that, right?)
Below, the authors created a custom fortune teller just for Parents.com readers. It’s called, Have You Lost It? I already know the answer to this question, but I’m going to print this out (see below) and play with it anyway. Why spend my morning working when I can solve all of my problems while having fun?
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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Shaun Gallagher taps into his creativity as a dad and his fun inner scientific geek in his new book, Experimenting with Babies. He writes: “As a child, I loved tinkering with my Radio Shack 50-in-1 science project kit. Now that I’ve got two young children of my own, I’ve made them my science projects, and I’m having more fun than ever.
Back then, I wired rudimentary circuits to activate a buzzer or light up a diode. Nowadays, I experiment with ways to help Ben, 1, and Joel, 3, learn new skills that light up their faces. But my parenting approach isn’t all trial and error. I take cues from the work of infant-development researchers, who have used the scientific method to reveal helpful, and often astounding, new insights into how babies grow, learn, move, speak, and behave.
In Experimenting With Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid, I’ve taken published academic studies from various fields of infant research and adapted them so parents can perform them on their own babies, with no special equipment needed. The projects are simple and completely safe — in fact, I’ve tried a bunch of them on my own boys — and they’re sure to increase your fascination with the coolest science project you’ll ever get to conduct experiments on: your own baby.
Try this one:
The In-Plain-Sight Switcheroo
Age: 6-24 months
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Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
I have to get in a cab ASAP or else I’m going to miss the awesome Kathryn Budig, yogi and writer extrodinaire at the Yoga Journal Conference. Yesterday she was handstanding and singing really happy songs at the same time. She not only inspires me to take my yoga up a notch, she also writes awesome recipes like this one about green smoothies. I’m going to write up some tips and tricks for moms from lots of yogis I’ve met there next week. Stay tuned!
The Yoga Journal conference in Florida (theres one in New York in April) is a yogis paradise. And yesterday, someone even gave me a free pair of red yoga pants. This is totally win-win.
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Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Don’t sell yourself short, says Bob Deutsch, Ph.D., sociologist and author of the new book The Five Essentials: Using Your Inborn Senses to Create a Fulfilling Life. He finds that we’re too scared to try new things, and we miss out on life big time. He thinks we’re doing the same thing to our kids at playgrounds. Over-protectiveness actually hurts them more than it helps.
Check out his essay below:
“Our species is now under threat. Not from aliens and not from zombies, but from those who oversee our schools’ playgrounds.
A couple of playground injuries have prompted one Long Island, N.Y. school to ban balls and require teacher supervision for games like tag. Haven’t these “protectors” of kids ever heard of evolution, creativity, and even Mark Twain, whose chosen name connotes living at the cusp of safety and risk? (more…)
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Friday, October 25th, 2013
If you’ve ever wondered where Fairy Godmothers come from, twin sisters Heather Fujikawa and Heidi Andrews are here to answer all of your questions. They’ve created a new children’s book series, Fairy Birds: Fairy Godmothers in Training. The book is adorbs. Your kids will love it, and you will appreciate the message, too. The twins explain it all in their essay below.
Thanks Heather and Heidi!
“What do you do when Nordstrom wants you to expand your fashion accessories brand into a clothing line and MTV calls you to meet for a potential TV opportunity all in one week? You decide to do neither and write a children’s book, of course. Well, that’s what we did anyway.
Over three years ago we made up our minds to create something that could encourage internal beauty instead of external beauty. The question that came to mind was ‘Where do Fairy Godmothers Come From?’ and we decided to answer it in an illustrated children’s book series called Fairy Birds: Fairy Godmothers in Training. Our goal is to teach children about positive attributes like giving, loving, and kindness. That stuff is true beauty.
In our six-book series, little Fairy Birds go to Fairy Godmother School to learn the secrets of how to become a Fairy Godmother. Each time the young Fairy Birds learn a quality of a Fairy Godmother, they grow a colorful feather. Lesson upon lesson, feather after feather, the little Fairy Birds’ wishes come true.
In the first book that just launched, the Fairy Birds go on a soaring adventure to grow their first colorful feather, the pink “Givie” feather that flourishes when they give to others. The book is full of infectious illustrations, delightful color, fashionable characters and a solid message—to just give a little–that we hope captivates children everywhere.
Our goal is to inspire little readers to not only read the message of the book but to run with it. At the end of each one is a package of Givie Heart confetti that the reader can sprinkle every time they give. These Givie Hearts have been seen sprinkled on a homemade card for a parent, sprinkled on a tea party created for a friend and sprinkled as a walking path to help a baby brother learn how to walk. We’ve had plenty of guinea pig readers join in on small acts of kindness from California to Texas and Paris to Italy.
We hope from the first book of the series that children get inspired to give and that they find out just how fun it is to do small acts of kindness in and around their own homes and communities.
Check out our Fairy Birds website to play with interactive ways to give with DIY giving blog posts and short giving videos. Real life Fairy Birds can make a difference. See what we’re talking about. Check out our video after the jump.”
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