How I taught my kids about the Chinese New Year

January 31 makes the start of the Chinese New Year and the start of the lunar year.  This year is the Chinese Year of the Horse.  There is much history and tradition behind the Chinese New Year which can be found in the link below.

While I am not Chinese, and do not celebrate this is holiday, it does remind me of a book I read aloud to my children.  It is written by Kevin Henkes and titled “The Year of Billy Miller”. 

the Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
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Homemade Play Dough

Over at Paging Fun Mums there are LOTS of fun activities for kids of all ages.  I just started following Louise and Jenni this week, and I’ve already tried two activities (play dough and putty) with great results!  The kids had lots of fun with no fighting for over two hours!!  

Their ‘Soft as Cloud’ no cook play dough was suiting for this imperfect mom of four!

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School Isn’t Just for Kids!

A lot of times stay-at-home parents are stereotyped as ‘having it easy’.  It’s thought that we sit at home watching television and eat fattening food until our little angels come in the door from school.  That’s humorous.

Recently in the last few months, my oldest son said he wish he didn’t have school and could sit at home like me all day; that mommy hasn’t had a lot of school and mommy’s okay.  What?!?

And my oldest daughter has said that she wants to be like me when she gets older – have a husband and kids, and stay at home all day.  Again, What?!?

Wow.  I didn’t know I had it so easy. 

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Popsicle Fiasco and Other Loud Noises

I HATE loud noises such as outbursts, screaming, or loud, unnecessary crying/whining.  Anyone that knows me can you tell you that.  And when I make the statement, “I cannot stand screaming/crying/whining; I do not have the patience or ears for it” I usually get a baffled look from the other person.  The confusion is usually,

“How can you hate those noises when you have four kids?”

Easy.  I just do.

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