I read Next Avenue which is a site devoted to topics on aging, longevity, vitality, estate planning, generally anything people in the last third of their lives might find relevant. The more I read their articles, however, the more I see things that could easily interest anyone, at any age of adulthood. After all, we’re all aging and why wait to learn some of this good stuff? Like, ways to make life easier. [Read more…]
Now that you have built your loom, using the directions in the previous post, Build a Simple Frame Loom, you’re ready to help your kids learn frame loom weaving! The videos in this article demonstrate setting up or warping, weaving, and removing a weaving from the loom. All three links are at the bottom of this post.
Keep in mind that kids focus on process when they do art – not always product. Sometimes what they do isn’t what we would think to do, but that’s OK. Just let them experiment and solve problems. Help them with the techniques and skills and try not to make suggestions about how they actually choose to do their weaving. Fun is the name of the game. [Read more…]
I just finished reading Free-Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy. At first, I wasn’t going to read it, thinking, “Yeah, yeah, I get it. Kids need to be outside more, in calming fresh air. It helps them sleep, and do better in school. Less screen time is always better. What more is there to say?”
Well, for some good reason, I bought the book and read it anyway. Whoa! Am I glad I did! This book isn’t just about giving your kids more freedom. It’s also about giving yourself a break from all the worrying that seems to define good parenting these days.
Problem solving starts early in life and every one of us has had the problem solving dilemma of a booger. In the nose. Now on the finger. Now what! First you try the secretive flick. Flick flick. Still there. Flick. Flick. A little change of strategy, more force. Still there. Now you are moving to the roll-a-tiny-booger-ball strategy. Roll it up enough that it starts to dry a bit and go back to the flick.