Waldorf-Inspired Perpetual Calendar

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I have been sitting on this project for over two years. TWO YEARS! It has been sitting unfinished in my closet for a loooong time, along with a few other projects. At about 35 weeks pregnant, I had an intense nesting urge. And part of my unnatural nesting energy went to finishing projects that were long overdue, including this one. Now, I only call this a Waldorf calendar because I use traditional Waldorf colors to correspond with the dates. But, really, it’s just a nice, easy piece of artwork that is natural and attractive, especially to children.

Aubrey started Kindergarten this year and has been enthralled with the concept of time. Whether it’s minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, she wants to understand it. It has been particularly fascinating for me as a mom to watch my daughter wrap her head around such an existential notion as time. And to help her, I wanted to give her some beautiful, concrete tools to track time. One of these aides is the perpetual calendar – a collection of wooden blocks with the days of the week, months, and days written on each face of the block to correspond with the day. I bought this set of blank calendar blocks from Michaels.calendar blocks.jpgThe first thing I did was sand the blocks and holder. They were pretty rough! I made sure to sand the edges and corners a bit, too. After all, my kids will be handling these every day! After the blocks were all smoothed out, I took out my watercolors and painted each side a different color to correspond with the days of the week and the months.

I wanted to use rainbow order for the days of the week to help solidify this order in my children’s minds. However, traditionally, the Waldorf colors for days of the week are not in rainbow order. I ended up using a modified color pattern but if I were to redo this project, I would just do rainbow order. Here is how I recommend coloring the days of the week. The traditional Waldorf order is in parentheses for reference.

Monday – Red (Purple)

Tuesday – Orange (Red)

Wednesday – Yellow (Yellow)

Thursday – Green (Orange)

Friday – Blue (Green)

Saturday – Purple (Blue)

Sunday – White or Rainbow (White)

For the month blocks, I used the Crayola watercolor palate with 16 colors. These are the colors I used for each month. Again, I don’t know if I matched the “Waldorf” colors exactly, but that was the inspiration.

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After the blocks dried, I used a wood burning tool that I got from Hobby Lobby to etch the words and numbers onto the wood. This part was so intense between trying to write properly and trying not to burn myself. Handwriting has never been my strong suit (ironically, I’m the daughter of a very accomplished calligrapher) but I did my best. I know that my children will appreciate seeing MY handwriting on something I created just for THEM. So, while not the most beautiful penmanship, it is deeply personal and I hope my children will appreciate that. They’ll look at it and see the love I etched into the blocks (maybe… they’re not really that sentimental). Additionally, I think using a wood burning tool was overkill. I could have easily used a pen or something else to write with.

For the numbered day blocks, on the first block, I etched 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. On the second block, I etched 0, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9. This will give you all the numbers you need to create every possible day combination. I opted to leave the background of these blocks natural but there’s no reason not to paint them if you feel so inclined.

And that’s it! All you need to do is present this to your children, give them their first lesson by setting it to the correct day together, and then let them change it each day and learn a little bit more about how time works!

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D.I.Y. Montessori Munari Mobile

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With a new baby just weeks away (and with the high price of Montessori toys) I opted to construct my own Munari mobile. In the Montessori world, there is a series of mobiles to interest newborns. The first in this series (can be used from birth to week 7 or 8), is called the Munari mobile. It’s a delicate balance of black and white shapes and rods. I decided to save some money and do it myself. It was definitely more complicated than it originally appeared but my husband helped out and we got it done in one afternoon.

First, I purchased this on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1461649492

It included SOME instructions. I say “some” because a lot of it was guesswork and there was some math involved. I made a list of the supplies I needed and found them all at Hobby Lobby or had them around my house. I gathered:

  • A 4mm thick dowel
  • A clear, glass Christmas bauble (the one I found was 66mm wide so I used the template for the 70mm mobile)
  • Clear “illusion cord” or fishing line
  • Card stock
  • Black and white paint

I also needed a drill with a teeny tiny drill bit for pilot holes, a hand saw for cutting the dowel, a thumbtack, and a small, flat paintbrush for making those lines on the dowel.

First, we (my husband, really) measured and cut the dowel into three pieces according to the instructions in the Etsy template. I painted the longest one white, the medium one black. The smallest one was painted white and then I used my flat paintbrush to carefully make black stripes across it. You can also use black electrical tape if you don’t want to hand-paint it.

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Next, I printed out the shapes onto card stock and carefully cut them out and glued them together per the instructions. I opted not to laminate them because I didn’t want there to be a big reflection as they spun around. It’s a little more delicate without that protection but since it really won’t be touched anyways, I’m not worried about it. And with the two pieces of card stock glued together, it actually ended up being very sturdy anyways.

Then, I took the thumbtack and put a hole at the top center of each of the shapes where I wanted it to hang. I gathered the bottom two shapes (according to the picture and tied some fishing line to each one. Then, I had my husband drill pilot holes equally on both sides of the black/white striped dowel. I fed the other end of the fishing line through the holes and wrapped it around the dowel and through the hole several times before tying a knot. I did the same thing with the other shape, ensuring they both hung at the same level.

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After that, I took a piece of fishing line and tied it around the middle of the dowel to see where the dowel balanced. I carefully moved the line across until I could hold the fishing line and the dowel would be balanced. Then, I marked the spot, untied the fishing line, and drilled a pilot hole on the spot, making sure it was in line with the top of other holes. Then, I knotted the fishing line on, feeding it through the hole and around the dowel several times to ensure its security.

Next, I grabbed the black dowel and the last paper shape. I put a pilot hole equally on either side of the black dowel. On one side, I tied on the black/white striped dowel, and on the other side, I tied on the last shape, making sure the bottom of the shape lined up with the tops of the other two shapes. Then, I found the balancing point of the black dowel and drilled a pilot hole at that spot and threaded fishing line through, knotting it securely.

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Then, I got the white dowel. I drilled a pilot hole equally on either side of the dowel. On one side, I tied on the black dowel and on the other side, I tied on the glass bauble, ensuring the bottom of the bauble lined up with the top of the shape on the black dowel. Then, I balanced the white dowel, drilled a pilot hole at the balancing point, and threaded fishing line through. This time, though, I threaded a big loop of fishing line so that it would hang from a hook.

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It was pretty tedious but very rewarding to lay on the floor while my husband held the finished product above my head. I actually marveled at the mobile! It bobs and weaves with the airflow in the house and is mesmerizing!

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How I Gently Potty Trained Our Two Year Old

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I’m typically an attachment parenting, Montessori-type momma but after a quick internet search on “Montessori potty training” and “gentle potty learning,” I realized I missed the boat in age requirements.  Apparently, anything after age two is considered potty training, not potty learning. Whoops. My son was already 26 months. So, I searched Amazon for resources and found a book called Potty Training in 3 Days that was free. Free sounded like a pretty reasonable price to me, so I downloaded it and began to read. In all honesty, I didn’t read the whole thing. Halfway through, I realized a few things. 1) This book was not written by a mother, but rather a “potty training expert.” Okkkkay red flag. 2) She believes children are manipulative (but I really believe her method manipulates children, not the other way around). So, halfway through the book, I gave up. It did, however, leave me with enough information and motivation to get started finding my own unique method to potty training. I scoured the internet for natural and gentle approaches to potty training and gleaned enough information and ideas here and there to piece together a potty training/learning method that worked for us. Here is my advice based on the unique combination of tips that allowed me to potty train my son in one weekend. I don’t guarantee that your child will be potty trained in one weekend if you take my advice. Just use what resonates with YOU and leave the rest. Your child will potty train at their own pace and there’s no need to rush it.

Before You Get Started – Your Mindset and Shopping List:

  1. Potty training is totally natural and normal (which is why Montessori and natural parenting teaches you NOT to treat it like a big deal) but my mommy brain just screams “Oh my gosh my baby is growing up!” It is a big deal and a big transition to go from diapers to a potty and, in my thinking, that deserves a celebration! So, I tried to treat it both ways. I didn’t withhold my excitement when he used the potty for the first (or third… or eleventh) time. I kept my reaction as natural as possible. And for us, excitement (not necessarily over the top) was natural for this new skill.  I was equally as excited when my son crawled and walked and talked for the first time, though all these things are natural parts of growing up, too.
  2. Make potty a constant conversation. Read lots of new, special books about potty training before you start.  Keep them close to you the days you start potty training. We also watched the Daniel Tiger episode Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty on repeat, pretty much. My son was obsessed with the episode for about a week before we started training. On the day of training, I found a Bear in the Big Blue House potty episode and he loved that, too. Make the whole potty training weekend all about potty. Our favorite books are:
    • The Potty Book for Boys and The Potty Book for Girls by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
      • These books are essentially the same book with either a boy or girl main character. They do a really fantastic job of explaining the potty journey from diaper to underwear and all the bumps that occur in between, as well as the reasons why it’s better to be in underwear. The whole book rhymes, too which is a major plus. It is pretty long, which is good for keeping their attention while they sit and wait on the potty.
    • Potty by Leslie Petricelli (unisex)
      • This book is mainly illustrated, with comic book type interjections. My children love it and spend lots of time staring at the pictures, as if coming up with the story line in their head as they go along. Very cute.
    • The Potty Train by David Hochman (boys)
      • Now, this is my least favorite of all the potty books we have, but my son loves it. Maybe it’s the engaging illustrations or maybe it’s the trains. I don’t know, but he wants to read it again and again. It’s short and sweet.
    • Diapers are not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick (unisex)
      • This book speaks directly to the child, rather than using a story to explain potty training. Both of my kids love this and read it again, and again, and again.
    • Princess Potty by Samantha Berger (girls)
      • My daughter absolutely loved this book. It’s a very cute, girly depiction of potty training that enchanted her (and me). It’s like a fairy tale version of potty training, complete with a happily ever after. It also included a paper crown and stickers, which we never really used for it’s purpose but nevertheless was fun to have.
    • Pirate Potty by Samantha Berger (boys)
      • This book did not disappoint! It was just as adorable as the girl version my daughter had. It tells an adorable story of a little pirate boy and surprised me with its wittiness. It included a pirate hat to adorn with stickers, which is always an appreciated bonus!
  3. Invest in lots of training pants and underwear. I had about 10 pairs of Under the Nile training underwear from my daughter’s potty training days. I also had about 6 pairs of Carter’s underwear on hand. The night before we started potty training, we went to Target and my son picked out some Paw Patrol underwear. He loves Paw Patrol.
  4. Stock up on juice, water, milk, salty snacks that will make your kid thirsty and juicy snacks like watermelon and cucumber that will fill up their bladders. The more chances your child has to use the potty, the faster this process will go.
  5. Stickers. Yes, it’s a reward. But, we needed the rewards to get started. My son is strong willed. He won’t do anything unless it’s his idea. Well, I learned that bribes work, too. I didn’t have a hard and fast rule about when he was awarded a sticker. Sometimes it was like “Hey, I’ll give you a sticker if you sit on the potty” or “Yay you went potty!!! Do you want a sticker?” I never made the reward an expectation so I didn’t have to wean him from wanting a reward later, when going to the potty became a normal aspect of life. I just used the rewards to get us started and I didn’t withhold the stickers even if he didn’t comply. It was more of a bonus.
  6. We use a Baby Bjorn Smart Potty. I like that it is close to the ground for my son to be in an optimal position for relieving himself. It is also super easy to clean because of its simple design. I have heard great things about the Baby Bjorn toilet trainer, if you choose to use the toilet from the get go. That one doesn’t slide around on the seat and it fits most toilets.

How to Get Started

  1. Pick a weekend or a couple days in a row where you’ll have some extra hands around the house. You’ll want extra hands to help with siblings, cooking, and cleaning while you follow your child around and don’t take your eyes off them for a couple of days. It is honestly exhausting, but it’ll pay off!
  2. Once the diapers are gone, they’re gone.  Go through the house with your child and throw them all away together (or pretend to throw them away but donate or save for another child). This way, when your child asks for diapers, you can honestly remind them that there are no more diapers. Buy different diapers than your regular ones for nighttime, like a nighttime training pant.
  3. I don’t recommend going bare bottomed. Training underwear allow them to feel wetness. And wetness is a very good teacher. This is why, again, you’ll need to invest in a lot of underwear. Every so often, feel the underwear with the back of your hand. If it’s dry, say “You’re still dry!” and if it’s wet say “It’s wet! You went pee in your undies. Let’s change them and next time, put your pee in the potty.”
  4. Start by using training pants during the day and diapers at naps, outings and nighttime. Then, as your child is ready, take away diapers at outings, then naps, then nighttime. We whittled away the diapers altogether within the first three days. I was confident that if we went out, the Under the Nile training pants would catch any accidents. My son took the training weekend to quit naps so that wasn’t an issue for us, but on the second night, we offered my son a diaper before bed and he said “No! I wear undies!” and fell asleep. He nursed 5 times that night and still woke up dry. The night before this, he had a full diaper when he woke up in the morning. I am now of the opinion that if you put your child in a diaper, the diaper will be used. Nighttime accidents will happen, but they’re just that – accidents.

How to Speak Potty

  1. Explain EVERYTHING. Better yet, show them. Show them how you go potty in the toilet. Tell them how they’ll be using their very own potty, too. I even took wet and dry undies and let him feel both. I explained “These undies are dry. These are wet. Dry undies are comfortable and wet undies feel cold and icky! So, keep your undies dry! You do this by putting all your pee in the potty!”
  2. Don’t get personal about it. Be very matter of fact. Say things like “It is time to go potty” and “You need to sit on the potty for one minute” instead of involving yourself: “Let’s go potty,” or asking your child questions: “Do you need to go potty now?” If they still refuse, give them options: “Would you like to go potty on the blue or pink potty/upstairs or downstairs/while reading a book or singing a song?”
  3. Do NOT under any circumstance leave your child alone. This is when accidents happen! Looks for signs your child needs to go potty – grabbing, dancing, getting upset for no reason, crossing legs – you’ll get familiar with your child’s unique signs. Although you’ll want to be super alert and aware of your child the first few days, don’t offer the potty to your child too frequently. You don’t pee every 30 minutes, neither should your child. You’ll get a feel for how long your child can go in between going potty, keeping in mind how much your child has had to eat or drink. You don’t want your child to be trained to pee every 30 minutes nor do you want your child to be interrupted from playing/learning so frequently by potty training that they develop negative feelings about going to the potty.
  4. Accidents will happen. It is important not to get emotionally involved in this. Stay calm. “It looks like you had an accident. Your undies are wet because you peed in them. Let’s change your undies and clean up. Next time, put all of your pee in the potty so your undies stay dry. Dry undies are much more comfortable than wet undies.” Whatever you say, keep it short and sweet. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to say all these things. Then, take your time changing them. Sit them on the potty to see if they have to go a little more. Then, when you put new undies on them, remind them “Dry undies! MUCH more comfortable.” You may go half the day or longer before any pee goes in the potty at all. That’s fine. Persevere. Remember, you threw out all the diapers and there’s no going back. Your child is learning what it feels like each time they have an accident.
  5. It’s a big change to go from peeing anywhere and anytime you want to going potty on a potty in a bathroom. To ease that transition, for the first couple days, we kept the potty nearby, in whatever room we were playing in. I even (gasp!) let my son set his potty down right in front of the T.V. I paused the show in one minute increments so he could concentrate on what he was doing. This was short term only. I’m talking just the first day or MAYBE two. At times when the potty isn’t being used, it is kept in the bathroom. That way, your child knows where the potty is SUPPOSED to be and that removing it from it’s usual location is an exception to the norm. I do NOT recommend keeping a potty in other rooms than the bathroom full time. I also don’t recommend doing this if your child is fine sitting in the bathroom for a while. This was a last-resort, rule-breaking exception for us. But, it worked and it didn’t do any damage.
  6. Again, it’s a big transition. Let your child help as much or as little as they want. Some kids thrive on “I do it myself.” They want to pull their undies down, sit down, wipe, dump the potty, flush the toilet, and wash their hands with minimal intervention. Some kids will want your help as much as possible.  Follow your child’s lead, moving towards independence.
  7. More than anything, ADAPT! Do what works for YOUR CHILD. You’re the mom and you know best. Trust your instincts. Trust your child. Trust them when they tell you what’s working and what isn’t. Don’t force them. This is a special time and may also be a rough time for them. Be gentle. Love them. Have fun. Let it roll. Remember that this too shall pass. In just a couple days, things will be easier. Don’t give up or you’ll just put you and your child through this again at a later time.

A Crudité Platter Your Kids Will Love

Last year, I attended a cooking demonstration where the presenting chef prepared and served some wonderful vegetables. They were unnaturally bright, perfectly crispy, and unimaginably flavorful. These vegetables were definitely not yo momma’s veggie tray! Thankfully, he let us in on the secrets to replicating these crave-able veggies at home.

Secret #1

The vegetables were BLANCHED! We all couldn’t believe it since they still looked and felt raw – the refreshing crunch of the carrot was still very much intact. But, the process of blanching did a few things to dress up the produce. First, it gave the vegetables a bright, fresh color. The carrots were super orange and the broccoli was a vivid green. The second thing it did was enhance the flavor, which brings me to the second secret.

Secret #2

Season the boiling water AND the ice water! This chef recommended using salt, pepper, a spice, and an herb to flavor the water. Specifically, he used salt, pepper, garlic powder, and sprigs of fresh thyme. It was an absolutely delightful blend of flavors but you can experiment with a variety of seasonings if you keep his formula in mind. (If you don’t feel comfortable enough in the kitchen to experiment with different flavors, I highly recommend this book to give you tried and true blends of flavors.) I have enjoyed blanching with fresh dill.

Secret #3

The last secret is pretty simple. When you blanch a bunch of different vegetables at once, start with the lightest color vegetable and work your way to the darkest one. For example, start with cauliflower, then carrots, then broccoli and green beans, then beets. If you don’t you may end up with a discolored platter!

Here’s a few vegetables for your crudité platter that will blanch well:
  • Cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Snap peas
  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash
  • Beets
  • Celery

When in doubt, it’s better to undercook rather than overcook the vegetables or you’ll end up with a mushy platter.

And here’s a few more vegetables to add that don’t need any preparation:
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumber
And don’t forget to choose a dip to serve with your platter:
  • Ranch
  • Caesar
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki
  • Baba ganoush

If you’ve never blanched vegetables before, it’s a lot less intimidating than it sounds. Basically, you just bring a pot of water to a boil on the stovetop. Add about a tablespoon of kosher salt per gallon of water. Add your other seasonings to taste. Then, get a bowl of ice water and season it as well. If you don’t want to add seasoning to the ice water, make sure you at least add salt. Then prepare your vegetables and add them to the boiling water. Cook for the specified amount of time, then quickly transfer them with tongs or a slotted spoon to the ice water bath. Allow them to cool completely in the bath for several minutes before spreading them on paper towel to absorb any excess water. Continue the process with your other vegetables, working from the lightest colored ones to the darkest until you’re done. That’s it! You can keep them in the refrigerator for up to two days until you’re ready to serve.

Amaretto Cream (Faux Clotted Cream)

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As an American and an afternoon tea aficionado, on my bucket list was to eat scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream (a British afternoon tea staple). However, there are some serious hurdles to overcome as an American in search of clotted cream. I wanted to make my own but it is nearly impossible to find cream with a high enough fat percentage to turn into clotted cream. And then, the real downside, is that the process of making clotted cream can be unsafe for pregnant women. And I was a pregnant woman until recently. So, I went in search of a pasteurized way to make a clotted cream taste-alike. I still haven’t ever tasted real clotted cream so I have no way to compare my recipe to it but this stuff is so good that I don’t care to search any further. Plus, it’s super easy and quick to whip up. Who can argue with that? I served this at my birthday tea party and my guests couldn’t get enough! I’ll leave this recipe with open ended measurements so you can make as much or as little as you need.

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Faux Clotted Cream

2 parts mascarpone cheese

1 part heavy whipping cream

1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Almond extract to taste

In a bowl, whip together mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add almond extract (start with just a dash, taste, and add more if needed – a little goes a long way!). Whip briefly to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Spread on top of scones and strawberry jam. Note: British scones are much different than their American counterpart. British scones are likened to American biscuits so feel free to pop open a can of biscuits to bake if you don’t feel like making British scones from scratch.

Enjoy!

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Afternoon Tea for Kids – The Beginner’s Guide!

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About a year ago, I instituted a new element into my children’s homeschooling routine. We started having an afternoon tea! Why? Well, first because I’m smitten with the idea of drinking caffeine from delicate china and nibbling on sweet treats. Second, there always seems to be a lull in the afternoon when we get simultaneously sleepy and hungry. And lastly, because I thought it would be a good way to teach my children manners and self control all while doing something together as a family. At the time, Ben was almost two years old and I wanted an activity that naturally helped him to practice his fine motor skills. What better way than to give him expensive, fragile china and a hot drink he had never tried before? (Thankfully, he still hasn’t broken any china to this day. Well, one of my teacups broke in an unfortunate Hatchimal accident, but that was really the Hatchimal’s fault.) Aubrey was three and a half and loved anything dainty and princess-y. She was all about any situation where she could dress up and pretend to be royalty so this was really a good fit for her. And so it began. We had afternoon tea daily for quite a while.

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Baby Bennett during one of his very first afternoon teas! He was about 23 months old.

But eventually, the novelty wore off and we tapered our afternoon tea’s down to once a week. In the process of moving to a new home, our tradition waned even more. But, occasionally, the kids would beg for tea. On birthdays, we opted for tea parties. We even visited a southern tea house once, which was so much fun but way too pricy for something we could do ourselves at home! So, I have recently reinstated tea time in our home and here’s how we make it work and you can, too.

Have Reasonable Expectations

First and foremost, save this for a day when you feel like you can conquer the world. You know yourself. If you’re already at the end of your rope, maybe today isn’t the best day to sit your kids down with drinks they can spill and cups they can break, especially if they’re not used to that kind of responsibility. Save it for another day when you can be sure they’ll have nothing but a positive experience. Have something ready to clean up spills. Be prepared to lose your china. Yup… it might break. Hopefully, it won’t because your children will see how precious it is and use it carefully. But, accidents happen. If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your china, then buy some that you can replace. Goodwill is a treasure trove for old china (I’m a huge fan of Royal Albert and so were many people who have now given their china away, so I can easily find matching replacements of my Old Country Roses china pattern very cheaply).

Give Them an Example

If this is the first time you’re sitting your children down with tea or with plates and cups that can break, they’ll need a short demonstration on how to properly use the items. As a Montessori-esque family, I prepare my kids by demonstrating things first. Silently show them how to carefully (and SLOWLY) pour their tea (or you can do this for them), spoon a scoop of sugar (or use tongs to transfer a sugar cube) into their cup and stir slowly and silently, being very careful not to make any clinking noises with the spoon. Sometimes, I ask them “Could you hear my spoon?” and they shake their heads ‘no’ and I nod and move on. When my tea is prepared, I demonstrate how to pick the teacup up off the saucer, take a silent sip, and place it back on the saucer as carefully and quietly as possible.

Be sure to give them examples for other parts of the afternoon tea, too! I remind my children that they are only allowed to touch the food that they will put on their plate. Any food they touch becomes theirs. I may also give them short lessons on manners, like how to place a napkin in their lap, how to wipe their mouth properly, how to excuse themselves from the table, etc. You shouldn’t do all these lessons at one tea time, though. You don’t want to overwhelm them with rules. This is still supposed to be fun!

Have Kid-Friendly Options

You don’t have to make tea time extravagant (I mean, you can if you’re up for it) but the main idea here is to relax together in the afternoon. So, have options that your children will enjoy. We prefer to drink actual hot tea but, essentially, you can put any drink in your teacups. One of the main reasons we opt for real tea is because it gives them the opportunity to practice their fine motor skills with scooping, tonging, and stirring. It’s also a great opportunity to try new things – there are endless varieties of tea! But, we often drink fruity herbal teas that my kids have always loved.

As for food, you can make this as simple or as fancy as you want. Traditionally, though, you should serve finger food. This could mean finger sandwiches, a platter of fruits or veggies, or perhaps some cookies. The options are really endless.

Do Something Fun!

Make tea time a time for your kids to look forward to! You could have a special poetry book to read some poems from and discuss (this is our household favorite). Or perhaps have some conversation starters. My favorite is to go around the table and say the “high and low,” meaning the best and the worst, part about your day. You may even want to play a game at the table like I Spy, Would You Rather?, or Simon Says or read a chapter from a book. Just do something that will help you all interact as a family and enjoy the time together.

Make it a Tradition

I challenge you to make this a ritual for your family. Choose to do this on a regular basis, whether that means daily, weekly, or monthly (but if you do it monthly, make it extra special!). Once you see the joy of togetherness that tea time brings, you’ll want to keep it going!

Cheers!

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