Unwanted Behaviors : Acting Out

Henry acting out? No…. That never happens.Ha. I wish that was a true story. Henry whizzed through the terrible twos with just a lot of energy, not really being terrible. The threes have been another story. It has been very common to see a full-blown tantrum over the tiniest thing. What I have come to […]

Baby Play : Baby Food Jars

Baby food jars and lids.  Simple entertainment for a baby. And it’s something almost every mom has on hand. Henry asked to get these his ‘grain bins’ back out and George can’t stop playing with them. [Henry hasn't been the happiest about that either.] Ignore the numbers on the jars and lids, those were for […]

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It’s Playtime! : Play for Boys

Now to be fair and unbiased, there are many ways to play that both boys and girls like. And dressing up and art are for the boys, too. But there are some things that every boy loves. Cars, vehicles, dirt, to name a few. I’m always on the lookout for things to do with boys. […]

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Pipe Cleaner Activity to Keep Kids Busy

I know Henry’s fine motor skills have never been his strongest trait. So, I do sneak in some fun here and there that works his fingers, such as the Dandelion Hat and Colored Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment. But this activity was not intended for Henry at all. I set out this colander and some pipe […]

Pretend Play : Play Dough Pizza Bites

After sharing 34 ways to create, pretend and learn with Play Dough last week, I stumbled upon Play-Doh’s website and came across Play-Doh Playdates! A bunch of pizza ideas! I loved the Pizza Play Dough idea that I shared from The Imagination Tree, so I thought Henry would love to make his own and have […]

Raising Kids is Tough : Gender Awareness

More of those Unwanted Behaviors have been answered! This time its a pretty touchy topic but one definitely to be aware of. Is your child becoming a little too aware of his/her private parts, or worse, others? These hands on experts have given their professional and personal answers to help deal with or accept those unwanted behaviors […]

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It’s Playtime! : Preschooler Games

As a child I loved games! Maybe its the competitive part of me. I loved [and still do] a challenge. I hope [to a certain extent at least] my kids have this same competitive drive throughout childhood and into adulthood. Games that are age appropriate for a preschooler are sometimes hard to come by. To […]

Raising Kids is Tough : Adult Differences

Every Monday through September, we’ll be going through some Unwanted Behaviors. I’m very excited for this part in the series, because I often wonder what is expected of my child at his age, or how to cope with certain outbursts. And boy, the experts have some great answers to share! These hands on experts have given their […]

Month Review : Thanks Sponsors!

August has been another amazing month here on hands on : as we grow. The first part of the Raising Kids is Tough : Eating Battles series was a success! Lots of questions came in throughout the month as well, and we tried our best to answer them on Facebook as well as from the experts […]

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Simple DIY Calendar for Preschooler

My preschooler doesn’t really like preschool. What do I do? I decided to create some structure to our day. I created a simple calendar of the week, so Henry can see what days he has preschool. As well as seeing what he can do when he gets home from preschool! [That's my hope, to get […]