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our current reading list

November 23, 2017

My house is filled with a lot of crap. It’s true. My kids have way to much clothes, toys, too much stuff. But one thing I will never mind them having more of, are books. If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for the children in your life but can’t think of what to buy: give the gift of reading. No parent will be unhappy with more books. Here are some of our favorite at the time being. There are “mommy picks” but I’ve also included those cheesy rhyming books randomly bought on grocery shore shelves too. Because sometimes it’s not the educational books your kids love, it’s a book of a little yellow duck that has them truly captivated. And that’s okay too! Here it goes!

  1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, rhythmic and melodic. A book about the letters of the alphabet climbing a coconut tree. Simple, brightly coloured, good choice to familiarize little ones with letters.
  2. A Little Stuck, we love Oliver Jeffers books. Mommy appreciates the gorgeous artwork and kids will love naming random objects and the repetitive sounds. It’s simple, silly, and short. Good for toddler’s limited attention span.
  3. Little Blue Truck, the boys loveeee this book! It’s their top pick at bedtime. Great rhyme and rhythm. Good introduction to farm animals and the noises they make.
  4. Green Eggs and Ham, a beloved Dr. Seuss classic. It’s probably the longest book the boys will actually want to sit through. Max will still request this book even though we’ve read it a million times.
  5. Good Night I love You and other Caroline Jayne Church books, these were among the first books we read to the boys. Easy reads for getting them ready for bedtime.
  6. What Do you Do With a Problem?, definitely more of a mommy pick. Beautifully illustrated and a great message about turning your problems into a positive opportunity. A bit mature for younger readers but I read it to them anyways!
  7. A Cuddle For Little Duck, we found this book on a random walmart shelf. Max loves the story of a little duck going about doing little duck things. He requests this book often and even demands it be put into his bed!
  8. Peppa Pick Bedtime Box Set, another Max and Loggie pick. They are obsessed with Peppa Pig and these books are exactly like the show. Sure, it’s not that well written and borderline annoying but the boys love these books and I aim to please.
  9. Goodnight Moon, another classic. It’s calm moods and sleep inducing prose usher in bedtime. Even though as an adult reading it, the book is kinda creepy. Like why is there an old lady in the corner saying hush?? And why are there mice in the room??
  10. We Are Better Together, a cute book teaching names of various objects.
  11. Construction Alphabet, because my boys are their father’s sons and anything that has the word construction in it flies by really well with Steve.
  12. Finding Nemo and Dory, First Look and Find book, this isn’t a reading book but more of a “Where’s Waldo” for babies. The boys love pointing out items in the legend and have the other find it. And at three years old, they still open this one. To make it more of a challenge, we’ve started counting the fish and discussing what colour they are etc.
  13. Bright Baby ABC, Numbers, and Animals books, along the same vein as the find and look books. These help with building vocabulary with its large pictures and different scenes. My kids love them.
  14. Are you My Mother? I loved this book growing up and hopefully it will become one of my children’s favourites.
  15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, another very popular kid’s book and Loggie’s favorite.

Books I plan on buying the boys this christmas:

  1. Here We Are, Once Upon an Alphabet, Heart in a Bottle – all by Oliver Jeffers
  2. A couple more of those Peppa Pig books I promised the boys.
  3. Little Blue Truck leads the way and Little Blue Truck Christmas
  4. Please, Mr. Panda

I randomly follow Eva Chen, an Instagram fashion writer and former magazine editor and she just released a list of books her daughter loves. I stumbled upon the link as I was writing this and felt it was very relatable. Follow her on IG, she has the cutest kids! Here’s the link to her list. http://mailchi.mp/evachen212/hooray-childrens-books

Happy Reading!

Kids Motherhood

developing Max’s fine motor skills

October 20, 2017

Max is very easily frustrated when he can’t figure how to do something with his hands. Coupled with the fact that it’s hard to understand him through his whining, has made for a difficult situation. I don’t take developmental milestone charts too seriously. Kids are kids, they are learning at different rates, some will be faster, some will take more time. It’s unhealthy to get wrapped up the percentages your kids are supposed to be at or comparing them to other children who seem to know much more. But, with that said, I have noticed Max’s fine motor skills aren’t quite up to speed. When I recognize a “problem”, I will try to find ways to help. If he is frustrated all the time, it’s not fun for anyone involved.

Here are a couple fine motor activities we’ve been working on at home and that he enjoys. Hope this gives some ideas to help develop fine motor skills. Even if there is no reason for concern, these are fun activities to add to your playtime rotation! As always, if you are concerned about your child in any way, little or big, contact your Pediatrician and start the conversation. No worry is ever invalid when it comes to your own babies. Continue Reading