Living with a Kid

Living with a Baby, Living with a Kid, Living with a Toddler

unsolicited tips from unwise parent: Five Ways to Motivate Your Kid Without Reaching for Your Wallet

Here are five things you can do to encourage helpful, motivated behaviors from your own young humans:

  1. When your kid asks a question, answer it! If you don’t know the answer, speculate with them. Don’t just let them be the ones asking “why,” ask them your own questions back.

    • Keeping a dialogue open with your kid on the most earnest and playful questions they have will lead to a willingness to tackle more difficult conversations later on.

    • Your kid feeling heard means your kid will let you know when they feel unheard or misunderstood.

    • Two-way communication isn’t important to every parent; it’s important to me, though, because I believe that saying, “because I said so,” as a response to a kid is insulting. It’s not helpful to only talk and not listen. Model that.

Living with a Kid, Family/Life

Summer Reading , Television, and Movies: Recommendations From a 5-Year-Old

My intention with today’s post is to share content that Iris enjoys consuming. A time capsule of jpegs with brief notes. Please share your own kid’s lit and video favorites. If your kid’s favorite videos are of people opening eggs on Youtube, I’m so sorry. Unless that’s a thing you love, too, in which case, share it in the comments and do it with gusto(I WONDER WHAT IS INSIDE THIS KINDEREGG!).