Our Favorite Fine Motor Toys and Tools

Watching Grace navigate kindergarten this year has given me a newfound appreciation for occupational therapy. It's not just the handwriting, it's opening a crayon box, drawing, turning pages of her math book, opening snack containers, using the restroom...the list goes on. Fine motor skills equal independence, friends. So give your little ones some opportunities to... Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Gross Motor Toys

Once Grace started walking, I'll admit that we focused less on gross motor development in favor of working on other skills. Often, I'd check off the physical therapy box at the playground, with obstacle courses set up around the house, or during free play . When we have decided to add a new toy to... Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Board Games

Board games offer a fun way to spend family time while teaching children many valuable skills. Beyond counting, color identification, literacy, and hand-eye coordination, board games are a screen-free way to learn how to follow instructions, engage in problem-solving, promote teamwork, increase focus, and teach kids how to be gracious losers. We have an overflowing... Continue Reading →

Picture Books that Celebrate Uniqueness

About a year ago, my daughters started noticing other peoples' uniqueness: what does it mean to be blind? Why does he use a wheelchair? That friend looks like Grace! When they inevitably ask "Why?" after I address their inquiries, I have adopted a script to which they chime in on response: “Because we're all....” “Different!”... Continue Reading →

How to Get Your Child to Wear a Mask

Masks! Love them, hate them, or protest them, the CDC recommends that, in addition to keeping six feet of distance from others, people over the age of two should wear them to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Great! I wear a mask when I go to the grocery store (the only place I venture)... Continue Reading →

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