photo credit: purlbee.squarespace.comMy oldest son is losing his teeth left and right. It's a big kid milestone and a big parenting milestone (mostly with Mom doing a lot of this: "Ohhhh, mah baaaay-beeee is growing up." Sigh. Look at baby pictures. Sigh again.)
I've been saving cute "tooth fairy" ideas for the past year, because I love all things crafty and cute, and I also am very into creating family traditions. The tooth fairy pouches to your left? So, so sweet. And very simple to make.
But as to what goes IN the tooth fairy pouch? That's questionable.
Our tooth fairy leaves coins. There's something magical about finding shiny change that the kids can jingle and hear "clink" when they drop their booty into their piggy bank.
How much? It has varied. The first tooth brought in two bucks. It was a big deal when my little guy pulled out that miniscule, sharp bead. The tooth fairy wanted to share the joy. (Um, "ohhhh, mah baaaay-beee.").
Plus, this particular rookie tooth fairy was unclear on the going rate for teeth.
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Jul 29, 2009 8:35 PM EDT
photo credit: purlbee.squarespace.comMy oldest son is losing his teeth left and right. It's a big kid milestone and a big parenting milestone (mostly with Mom doing a lot of this: "Ohhhh, mah baaaay-beeee is growing up." Sigh. Look at baby pictures. Sigh again.)Read More »from Parenting Poll: What's the going rate for the tooth fairy?
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Fri, Jul 24, 2009 11:18 PM EDT
Booklights from PBS Parents @ BlogHer 09I just took through the exhibit hall at BlogHer 09 in Chicago and one of my favorite finds? These adorable PBS parents booklights, which are helping to promote the site's new blog, Booklights. (Get it? Pretty cute.)
If you need some help finding books for your young readers, or need ideas to help foster a love of reading in your children, you should definitely take a peek at Booklights. The bloggers offer really useful tips and insight, and their book picks so far have been wonderful.
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Fri, Jul 24, 2009 6:23 PM EDT
You lose track of time when you're talking to Rick Springfield, especially when it's a subject he loves. (He's kind of dreamy, so you want to talk for a long time.) And he really loves his two sons, and loves being a dad.Read More »from Daddy Dish: Rick Springfield on parenting mistakes, child stars and how to raise a gentleman
A few months ago I posted part one of a video interview I did with Rick Springfield where we chatted about his new children's lullaby album, "My Precious Little One." Since then, I've been trying to whittle down the rest of the video into a single "part 2," but I spent an hour with the guy and seriously, I've been having trouble paring down the footage because I want to share it all.
So. I'm posting three video clips where Rick talks about child stars, raising a gentleman, Rick's rookie parenting moves, and the difference he sees in parenting now versus back in the day. (We met at a coffee shop in his hood in Malibu; please pardon the background noise.) To view part one of the interview, click here.
(Side note: I'll be posting some outtakes and snippets
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Pets – Mon, Jul 20, 2009 8:07 PM EDT
Wild thing...I noticed my dog's leash is getting a little worn and ragged, so I took a little Etsy stroll to search for a new one.
I found this adorable eco-friendly green leopard leash (US$28) made by anniessweatshop. It's an inch thick and 4-feet long, which is perfect for walks. The leash is made from renewable or repurposed material and can toss it into the washing machine and dryer for easy cleaning.
And it has a matching collar. Cute!
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 17, 2009 6:37 AM EDT
photo credit: thewritestart.typepad.comI've tried a handful of ways to keep my kids' writing and art supplies organized such that they are easy to access and easy to hide when not in use. As we start preparing for the new school year, I'm already thinking about what to do with their workspace.Read More »from An easy way to organize your kid's writing and art supplies
Jennifer from The Write Start created a "carousel of creativity" by using a simple and inexpensive Lazy Susan from Ikea (US$8). Colored and regular pencils, markers, watercolors, crayons and other supplies are housed in canning jars.
I dig this idea because it keeps all the supplies in one spot. You could easily add a few more jars for counting buttons, erasers and maybe a glue stick/ruler (the essential "trifecta" for early grade school kids). And? You can quickly put it away when homework/crafty time is done.
How do you store your kid's writing and art supplies?
photo credit: skiptomylou.netI've somehow managed to avoid this thing called "moon sand" from entering our home. Don't hate me.Read More »from Crafty mamas help their kids make...DIY moon sand
But you? You should totally try this DIY moon sand project with your kids (insert wicked laugh). Outdoors. Away from any door leading into your home.
I kid, I kid.
We'll be making Skip to My Lou's DIY moon sand next week during a summer camp slump. The supply list is simple: corn starch, colored sand (I found this at Michaels) and water. And take note of the photos in the tutorial--it's really important to keep the moon sand contained to avoid a curse fest during clean up.
More crafty mama ideas on Shine:
Crafty mamas help their kids make...cardboard masterpieces
Crafty mamas can try making...a DIY color book for little ones
Crafty mamas help their kids make....homemade playdough
Crafty mamas help their kids make...wooden robots
Crafty mamas let their kids make...make postcards out of cereal boxes
Crafty mamas help their kids send... a message in a bottle
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Jul 15, 2009 9:41 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesMany woman and couples dream of starting a family and having their own babies. But are they going to extremes without thinking of the future ramifications of fertility treatments and having multiples?Read More »from Fertility abuse: Are we crossing the line in the quest to have kids?
According to news reports out of Spain, 69-year-old Maria del Carmen Bousada, the oldest woman in the world to give birth, has died. Her twin sons are two years old, and it appears that Bousada's brother, Ricardo, will help raise the kids.
Bousada gave birth to her sons, Pau and Christian, when she was 66 years old. She came to the U.S. to receive in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment because she apparently could not receive fertility treatments in Spain due to her age.
Bousada went to Pacific Fertility Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif. for treatment and she lied about her age, saying she was 55. The clinic claims she falsiified documents to hide her real age. Nonetheless, the clinic still conducted fertility treatments on what they assumed was a 55-year-old woman who had been menopausal
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Tue, Jul 14, 2009 7:36 AM EDT
photo credit: brent ward/sf chronicleThe 80th MLB All-Star Game starts at 5pm PST on Tuesday (July 14th). I always remember watching the All-Star Game as a kid, and the excitement of seeing my favorite players from both leagues take the field.
Players who've made the All-Star teams are the best of the best with a mix of fan favorites. If you're going to watch the game with your kids, I want to point out a few players that you should highlight to your kids. (Can you guess which league I want to win?)
- Tim Lincecum, pitcher, San Francisco Giants. I grew up in San Francisco and the Giants are my boys. I can't be more thrilled to see Tim Lincecum as the starting pitcher for the All-Star Game. The Cy Young Award winner is pure excitement on the mound and hands down, the best pitcher in baseball. He throws at 98 miles per hour and it's impossible to not watch his body mechanics when he pitches. (Hey, there's a reason they call him "The Freak.") Plus, he's just a nice guy.
- Albert Pujols, first base, St. Louis
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Mon, Jul 13, 2009 8:33 PM EDT
Photo Credit: AFP/Pool/File/Gabriel Bouys)Last week I wrote about Michael Jackson's father keeping his eyes out for any entertainment potential in his grandkids, Prince Michael II, Paris, and "Blanket." Comments so far definitely share my need to cringe upon hearing that tidbit of info. But what surprises me were the Shine user comments saying that Michael's sister, Janet Jackson, should be appointed guardian of his kids.Read More »from Why do people think Janet Jackson should be the guardian of Michael Jackson's kids?
Shine user Siri said, "Sadly, the only person in this family I'd like to see get custody of all "3" of these children is Janet."
Rawrkaylaa added that, if it's not Janet, "Diana Ross should get those kids."
Another Hockey Fan said, "...Janet seems to make the best parent choice for the kids."
And more Shine users chimed in to agree.
I'm not sure Janet Jackson is even on the table as an option to be the guardian of Michael Jackson's children. But I do wonder why folks think she's the next logical choice.
Is it because during his memorial, she stood by the kids and showed off her maternal comforting skills
Big ideas come from little minds. And it's important for parents to foster curiosity and a love of learning at an early age.Read More »from A smart workspace for your little genius
My preschooler recently started asking if he could have a desk in his room. He doesn't have homework, but he's spent a fair amount of time seeing his big brother at his desk doing math, writing stories, or pretending to be a librarian. (It's an elaborate game where we all "check out" books the old-fashioned way...with date stamps and slips of paper. Did you do that when you were a kid? I did.)
I'm on a quest to find him a suitable workspace that is "his." I spied this very hip children's desk over at an equally hip new website, Mamaista. It's called the P'kolino Klick Desk and I must admit, I really, really dig it because it exudes a retro vibe and looks like a real school desk (but with so much more pizzaz). The seat has ample storage for art supplies and books. When pushed under the desk, it's super compact. I could see this easily looking sharp in a living