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Here you will find simple, fun ways to engage your children. This blog offers ideas for fun with children in mind, including art projects, games, books, snacks, and more. There will also be the occasional parenting article, or tip as I stumble upon something that makes life easier.
If you are taking a look around, some of my favorite popular ideas are:
-<a href=”http://www.pleasantestthing.com/2012/07/lego-learning.html” target=”_blank”>Logic and Learning Game</a>s with Legos
-<a href=”http://www.pleasantestthing.com/2012/07/7-ways-we-keep-in-touch.html” target=”_blank”>7 Ways We Keep In Touch</a> with family whom we do not get to see as often as we would like.
-<a href=”http://www.pleasantestthing.com/2012/06/watermelon-iced-tea.html” target=”_blank”>Making Watermelon Iced Tea</a>, and practicing measurement skills.
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<h3>A little bit about me:</h3>
I believe that there are as many styles of parenting as there are parents. I am not an expert and make my share of mistakes. The 4 guideposts my husband and I use in raising our children are:
*Play is the foundation upon which all other learning is built
*Reading ignites the spark of curiosity
*Our unplugged and undivided attention connects us with our children
*A cuddle and a smile make just about anything better.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem, “The Swing,” inspired me to name this blog the Pleasantest Thing. The opening stanza to this poem has always resonated with me: <b>”How do you like to go up in a swing/ Up in the air so Blue/ Oh I do think it the pleasantest thing/ Ever a child can do!”</b> I feel this poem captures the joy of childhood and the feeling of wonder I see in the eyes of my boys each day. My hope is that this blog explores ways to keep that wonder growing.
A few of my guest posts and features include:
<li><span style=”line-height: 15px;”><a href=”http://mylifeandkids.com/taking-care-of-laundry/”>My Life and Kids – “Taking Care of Laundry”</a>
<li><a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/rainy-day-indoor-activities-little-kids_n_2049529.html”>Huffington Post – Indoor Activities To Do With Little Kids</a></li>
The quote that best describes me: “You can never make a cup of tea large enough nor a book long enough to suit me.” (C.S. Lewis). I am generally found with a cup of tea in hand.
I dread the closing chapters of books because I have to part with the characters.
My husband and I officially met on move-in day during our sophomore year of college. (I say officially because he claims we were introduced our freshman year.) We lived on the same floor- 2 doors down from each other. I used to walk all the way around the hall to avoid walking past his door first thing in the morning before I showered and got ready. I’m happy to report that now, even after several years of seeing me first thing in the morning, he remains unfazed.
I worked part-time as a lawyer when my oldest son was a baby, and then went back to work full time for a bit. After my littlest guy came around, I decided it was time to stay home full-time with my favorite job. (Well, my favorite job apart from the hour between dinner and bedtime stories!)
I hope you enjoy your visit. With apologies to Stevenson – Oh, I do think playing with my kids is the pleasantest thing ever a mom can do!
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