Swings and Sharing

We are very fortunate to have three swings in our preschool’s outdoor play area.  Swings take up a lot of space so it can be difficult to fit them in and yet, they provide so much enjoyment.  The challenge with swings is sharing.

Often, once a child is on the swing that child does not want to stop.  It is way too much fun. And there lies the problem.  We have 15 children and 3 swings.  And we have several avid swingers in the group. We can set a timer but then the adults are helping and the goal is self–regulation so how do we get there?


Here’s an excellent example.  Today was a gray windy day and when A decided to get off the swing I commented, “Thank you for sharing the swing with your friend, he looks really happy to get a turn; I am so proud of you.”  Then I gave her a hug.

Child’s response: ” That’s because I’m a nice girl.  I share sometimes.  I share on windy days.”

Notice I didn’t say “Good job!” or “Well done!” or give any praise.  I just thanked her, hugged her and told her I was proud.  Then she happily came to her own conclusion.

Will she share the swing next time?  I guess we have to wait for a windy day 😉

“Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.” -Benjamin Spock

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Surprise in My Mailbox

A very pleasant surprise showed up in my mailbox this week!  I received a hard cover copy of Jon Klaassen’s story, THIS IS NOT MY HAT.  And did you know it has won a Caldecott award?  It turns out that this is my prize from Wordy Wanderings’ short story contest from the end of March… Yay! I’m sure my preschool class will love it… can’t wait to read it to them; plus my story, Friendship Soup.  They will go well together.




About this book: Do not turn your head away from the illustrations for a second or you will miss the whole point of the story.  Definitely a great book for young children who are visual learners. I love how the illustrations show the ways that camouflage works for animals who need to hide from prey AND predators who use the camouflage to hide as they wait for their food and then…..look out!

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It’s Saturday Morning… Pancakes For Dinner, Anyone?

Welcome to my Saturday morning pancake feature in honour of my picture book  Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker which will be released in 2 more days!!!!  If you read this book to your child, they may ask for pancakes for dinner so I thought I better share these recipes just in case.  Visit CBS Minnesota for details. And be sure to check out my book by visiting my author website for more information.  You can purchase a copy of the book through amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.

I declare it’s pancakes for dinner week—and here are my top 5 of your outside-the-box non-traditional pancakes!

via Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Pancakes For Dinner — WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Mum’s the Word: Book Release

Good morning ! Sharing this one for all the mums out there who need to know they’re not alone or perhaps just need a little inspiration to keep going.  Good luck Lis and Tracey!

Mum’s the Word by Lis Norman & Tracey Samios – Two Mums’ take on life with kids. Real anecdotes, inspiring, funny & heartwarming stories. 1. What inspired you to write your book? The idea for our book came whilst reminiscing about when our kids were younger. Realising the older you get, the more you forget,…

via Interview with Authors – Lis Norman & Tracey Samios — Mum’s the Word Blog

Saturday Morning Pancake Feature…Happy Easter!

Hello Lovely Readers!  Welcome to my Saturday morning pancake feature where I share a pancake recipe from another awesome blogger out there.  This recipe is from Lauren Sanchez at Sweet and Southern Lifestyle.  I’m celebrating the upcoming release of my picture book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker on April 24th. I like a healthy pancake recipe and this one is made with oats and chia seeds so check it out!

Oh my goodness thank goodness the weekend is here and we all got to sleep in today. Am I right?! I am glad I am with family and enjoying myself instead of at a desk right now. But who knows maybe some people would rather be at a desk on this lovely Saturday! Anyways, you […]

via Healthy Pancakes FTW  —