Play with Purpose

How to cook with toddler and the tools you need

Cooking with Toddlers + the 11 Essential Tools to Get Started

My toddler is also my sous chef. The truth is, having him prepare dinner with me is easier than having him hang on my leg. Not only can toddlers be helpful, but they can also learn a whole lot in the kitchen. Research shows that toddlers learn best through incidental learning. Incidental learning is learning that happens naturally in ...

A System to Limit Screen Time

It had been a very long day. I was potty training a toddler and surviving with an infant taking 45-minute naps. As bedtime grew near, the toddler told me, "Mama, I give you hug." I welcomed his sweet embrace. He pulled my ear close to his mouth and whispered in his softest 2-year-old voice, "I ...

How to Choose a Preschool

When it came time to choose a preschool for our first child, I took it seriously. I have a hard time delegating out important tasks--this includes educating my children. Because as a parent, I believe that I am the first teacher and our home is the first classroom. At least this was the case in the beginning.  Do ...

Why I Got Rid of The Toys

This Spring I shared with the world why I got rid of my wardrobe. But long before I tackled my closet, I decided to get rid of the toys. I vowed there would be no more stepping on Legos in the middle of the night and tripping over blocks. Too many toys are a safety hazard ...