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Enjoying the after-Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/26/2013 - 1:45pm

T'was the day after Christmas and all through the house... the children were happily playing with their Christmas gifts. Making rubber band bracelets and bead creations, roller skating, playing tether ball, riding a stick horse... It makes a parent's heart glad to see their kids enjoying their gifts.

My 4-year-old had repeatedly asked for a stick horse for Christmas, and when he unwrapped it he exclaimed, “It's just what I wanted!” We nailed that one! Today he happily rode his horse down the street to Grandma's house.

Discovering my son's new Christmas wish list... after I'm done shopping

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 9:38pm

This week I essentially finished my Christmas shopping for my children (yay!). After observing their preferences, asking their input, and generally looking for cool toys for them, I was feeling pretty good about my selections.

So this morning my son saw a commercial on tv for these little Lego type toys that change into robots or something. He was pretty excited about them. He dashed off to his room to write them on his “Christmas wish list.”

The magical, accidental clean up success of the day

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 7:43pm

Today I looked around my house and just didn't feel like asking my kids one by one to pick up their randomly scattered belongings that needed to be put away. I am all too familiar with the asking, followed by the checking to see if it is done, followed by the reminding, and so on. At some point I get distracted and forget about what the kids were supposed to do. I am sure they would not use this sequence to their advantage. Right?

How to clear out some toys, free up your schedule, and enrich your kids all at the same time

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 9:08pm

What would you think if I told you that you can enhance your child's development and self-control by taking away their toys and cutting out their scheduled activities? Well, sort of...

I read a fascinating article today about the importance of unsupervised, improvised play for kids. It is based on the research of Howard Chudacoff, a cultural historian at Brown University.

Too many stuffed animals... plus one

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 1:56pm

Our home is being overrun with stuffed animals. Just ask my husband, who has vowed never to buy the kids another stuffed animal. Ever. So this week, of course, I took my youngest to Build-A-Bear where he used his birthday money to buy a new dog. (Sorry, honey!)

How do you battle the accumulation of kid clutter in your home?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:53am

How do you handle all of your kid's toys and trinkets? My children tend to be on the pack rat end of the spectrum. They love their stuff. When asked if we can get rid of something, they immediately protest. They will cite the importance of that particular piece of plastic based on its connection to their preschool teacher, for example.

So I have a dilemma. As more stuff comes into our home, other stuff must move out. Do I make the kids decide what to pass on to others or do I decide while they are not home?

Have Supper with Santa and help Toys for Tots

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 10:10am

Sweet Tea Grille, Located off I-95 in Port Wentworth Georgia is hosting Supper with Santa on December 18th , 2012 from 5PM until 8PM to benefit Toys for Tots. Santa will be at the event to take photos with children and to hear what they want for Christmas. Sweet Tea Grille will donate a percentage of their proceeds from this night to Toys for Tots and will also be collecting toys at the event to donate to the organization.

The mysterious entertainment value of an ottoman

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:52pm

Today I thought I would rearrange some furniture in my house. Nothing major – just a couple of ottomans. So I moved one ottoman in front of the sofa in the living room as a kind of casual take on a coffee table that doubles as extra seating. I wasn't entirely sold on the idea, but thought it would be good to give it a test run.

Fish tanks without the hassle of live (or dead) fish

Fish tanks without the hassle of live (or dead) fish

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 3:02pm

My kids are crazy about animals. Therefore, we have a lot of small plastic animals – you know, the kind that come in those tubes at the craft stores. We can throw a handful of plastic animals into a small box or bag and away we go. Portable entertainment!

Can rearranging toys make them more fun?

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:32pm

I'm having the carpets cleaned tomorrow, so I've been busily moving as much stuff off the carpets as possible. Thus, toys and small pieces of furniture are in different places than usual.

What surprises me (pleasantly) is how simply moving a neglected toy to a new location seems to give it new life. Suddenly my kids are playing again with toys they had apparently forgotten. Perhaps it helps them to see things in a new light.

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