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Mar
3
2015
Mar 3, 2015
Posted in: A Kid's POV, Thoughts

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Kids see a lot more than we give them credit for. Unlike us adults who tend to miss the subtleties of life, children are often observational learners. They watch, they observe, they take notes, and often times, they come up with some pretty neat conclusions.

Perfect example: what do you see in the pic? You see a measuring tape, right? Or, maybe you call it a ruler but it’s definitely an apparatus used to measure the length of an object. – Continue Reading

Feb
20
2015
Feb 20, 2015

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Today my big kid and I watched our first episode of Lego Chima, Legends of Chima. It was a random episode and we sort of understood the plot but we spent most of our time becoming acquainted with all the different characters.

In this episode, we saw Laval, Flinx, Lavertus, the Phoenix tribe, Mungus, the ‘horned heads’, Cragger, and a number of other Lego Chima characters. It was fascinating to see them all come to life and to see the storyline unfold.

After the episode was done, my big kid spent quite a long time digesting what we watched. We talked about the different plotlines, noted that Laval and Cragger are friends in this episode but that in the past they had been friends but then became enemies, and laughed at how funny Lavertus was….or is he? (you may not understand that last comment unless you know Lavertus and that he often ends his statements with comments like “or am I?” “or did I?”). There was a lot of discussion, from the voices and personalities of each character to the actual timeline of the story.

Later on this evening, my big kid made the following comment, “But I think this is the only episode I’m going to watch.”

Puzzled, I asked why. – Continue Reading

Jan
29
2015
Jan 29, 2015

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The hubby and I have a strong belief: knowledge is power. Give children knowledge, give them the space to think for themselves, and let them make cerebral connections independently whenever possible.

Why?

Because being able to think independently is a key part of life.

Recently, I went to a workshop on mental health and learned a great deal. I’m no expert so let me paraphrase a few things I learned about mental health. I learned mental health is a state of being, that we all need to focus on our mental health much like we do our physical health. I mean, we all try to eat a little better, exercise a little more, so why wouldn’t we do the same for our own mental well being?

That’s a gross oversimplification of the workshop but I was eager to talk to my big kid about it and get her take on the topic. Her insight and openness surprised me and inspired me.

What do you think “mental health” means?

I came home and did the usual family stuff and when there was a moment to chat I told her about the workshop. I then asked her, “What do you think ‘mental health’ means?”

Without skipping a beat, she replied, “That’s like having a healthy brain.”

I was floored, such a simple statement yet so true and so well summarized. It then lead us to a much longer conversation about this great video I watched during the workshop. It’s a fantastic video featuring Kelly McGonigal, a Psychologist who talks about stress. I learned that stress really isn’t the bad guy per se but HOW we think about stress that can ultimately lead to the demise of our health.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kid picI talked to my child about stress and how it’s neither bad nor good. My child then pipes in, “Yeah…it’s an emotion like being sad. There’s nothing good or bad about it.” When we get ‘stressed’, our heart beats faster, our breathing quickens but there’s no reason for us to think of them as having a negative impact on our health. As I learned from that video, thinking that stress damages our health is actually what DAMAGES our health! It makes the blood vessels in our heart constrict and does so much more but only when we THINK it’s damaging. I told her about the power of our thinking, how it impacts the physiology of our heart, and the importance of oxytocin as a stress hormone that compels us to seek others in times of ‘stress’.

I was amazed at how quickly my child was able to grasp the message beneath all that talk. She chimed in throughout the conversation and really seemed to embrace this new mindset. If I can equip her with the skills to see those sudden faster heart beats and quickness of breath in a positive light, as the body’s way of energizing it for movement, imagine how different life will be for her in the future.

Gosh, I could ramble on and on but to really do this topic justice, I just really want you to watch the video.

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Things to do: watch the video and make a positive change in your life. PLEASE!

Nov
19
2014
Nov 19, 2014

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Sometimes, the best games aren’t ones that come in an expensive looking fancy smancy glitzy box. Sometimes, the best games don’t cost millions of dollars. Sometimes, the best games are ones that require very little equipment. Sometimes, the best games just require a whole lot of creativity. Add a little inspiration from a book, add some paper, and a pen, and you’ve got perfection.

What am I talking about?

No, I’m not just rambling (I save that for other days  🙂 ). I’m talking about a doodle game my daughter came up with inspired by a book series that she currently loves. We had a few minutes before dinner, she asked if we could play, and I agreed. She explained how the game worked: your randomly draw a scribble. The other player then looks at the scribble and turns it into something else.

Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s not.

– Continue Reading

Nov
13
2014
Nov 13, 2014

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Some foods you just love. You could probably eat your favourite food all day long. On this particular day, I had just finished making a fresh batch of cornbread. The entire family got their fair share. My daughter and I finished our pieces of cornbread first and then there it was.

Dad’s piece of cornbread sitting on the table.

It just sat there completely unattended.

You know that’s dangerous.

My daughter spies said piece of cornbread and springs into action. Taking her fork, she starts carving out chunks from the middle of the cornbread her eyes on dad’s back for any sudden movements that he might turn around. There I was, sitting on my chair laughing silently as we teamed up to try and eat as much of his slice of cornbread before we were caught.

It was hilarious.

You can see the damage we did with the hubby’s slice of cornbread. It was all in good fun since there was still plenty of cornbread to go around. It’s fun little moments like with loved ones that make all the daily grind worth it. Taking the time to share a laugh, a prank, a giggle, a cheer, you can’t buy that kind of stuff with money.

Things To Do: make time for family time, however small it may be!

 

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Aug
24
2014
Aug 24, 2014
Posted in: A Kid's POV

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Yes, August is almost over. It’s Sunday, August 24th, 2014. For many families, the new school year will begin in the next 2 weeks. That’s a lot of pressure for everyone!

Since it’s the Sunday before it all begins, why not have my big kid writer do a little post. Here she is. Take it away, Jenny!

Hi there, it’s Jenny. Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about things that are happening this time of year. So, first I’m going to talk about school which will be starting soon. Do you have your back pack ready? Starting school is very fun indeed to meet your new teacher. School teaches you lots of new things too.

What have you done this summer? Have you done lots of physical activity because I think I have. I went biking, skateboarding, walking, and I used my scooter a lot (I tried to say scootering but apparently, it’s not a word?!). I went to the park, I went swimming, and I got to hang out with friends and we went to lots of birthday parties and we went to a few weddings too (I got to be a flower girl!).

thingsthatwedo.com pic - birdsWe’ve done a lot of cooking too. We made a new carrot cake (yum), chocolate cake, tomato rosemary muffins, a whole lot more.

Reading? Still my favourite. My current favourites are Junie B. Jones, The Black Lagoon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Matilda, and Calvin and Hobbes. I also really like doing Mad Lib books because you can fill in words and make sentences like “My mom ate 10 purple bananas.”

Hope you all enjoyed your rainy summer (hahaha) which was more like Spring and Spring was more like Summer. I’ll talk to you all later.

Jenny

 

p.s. See that picture of the fly? I took it this summer. Isn’t it GROSS? Look at its beady red eyes!!!!

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Jul
21
2014
Jul 21, 2014

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What do you see? Do you see a couple of paint lids and a paint brush? Yes, most adults would see this. Now, if you’re an 8 year old child, you see an experiment. Rewind to last night and both paint lids contained water, leftover from a painting project. As my big kid was in the midst of tidying up, she asked if she could leave the water in the paint lids.

I, as the curious parent, asked, “Why?”
Big kid response, “I’m going to do an experiment to see what happens to the water overnight.”
Her prediction: that the water would evaporate.

This recent experiment was fueled by the work she was doing in school. Her class had just finished doing a unit on the water cycle and at that moment she wanted to do her own water experiment so of course, I agreed.

Sure enough, the water is no where to be seen the next day thus providing further evidence that water does indeed evaporate. More importantly though, in this one small instance a child’s scientific curiosity was nurtured which may lead to subsequent scientific discoveries and opportunities for child directed learning.

Enough said. 🙂

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Jul
18
2014
Jul 18, 2014

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My darling child was rummaging through her pile of stuffed animals one fine day and made a discovery – she has her very own Hobbes. Actually, as she puts it, technically it’s her toy tiger but he sure could be Hobbes if she so chose it to be so.  Not her words exactly, but you get the idea.

You see, this is what I love about reading and books. Books are like the world’s best fuel for creativity.  Before Calvin and Hobbes, that poor Tiger lived amongst her pile of stuffed animals. I can’t even remember how she got that toy but she rarely goes near it.  Since Calvin and Hobbes, that same toy Tiger has found new meaning.

But, it goes beyond Calvin and Hobbes. Reading is an avenue to learn about new concepts and new information.

Confession: we went to our local book store today and yes, we bought more books. There was this huge sale and we just couldn’t resist!

Sigh…books, they really are the BEST.

Jul
4
2014
Jul 4, 2014

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Hello all! As promised, here’s my big kid’s post on a children’s book titled, “There’s a Frog in my Throat”. Read below and enjoy!


From Jenny:

My name is ct5bo. I live in a tissue box. I have 20 million brothers and 2,000 sour keys. I like to only eat keyboards with the letters ‘huioytrf’ and I only like to sleep in something that smells like ‘giddy up’.

Okay, that ISN’T true! My name is not ct5bo! My name is Jenny and I’m going to post about Gah! ‘There’s a Frog in my Throat!’. I don’t have a frog in my throat but there’s a book by Loreen Leedy and Pat Street called “There’s a Frog in my Throat”. It is about idioms. Idioms are these sayings like ‘she clings like a barnacle’ and ‘hogwash!’ – Continue Reading

Mar
20
2014
Mar 20, 2014

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Hi, it’s Jenny from ThingsThatWeDo.com and I am going to talk about books that I love (or hate). So, first if you have forgotten I love to read and draw and write and play with my stuffed animals and…maybe I should stop using all these ‘and’s. That’s all you need to know about me for now anyways.

So, let’s get a roll on.

– Continue Reading

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