Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love making costumes 👻👻👻 for the kids and walking the neighborhood to see all the decorations. People get so creative this time of year! It’s like a celebration of our creative spirits. Rarely do we take time away from our busy schedules to create mystery and story in our front yards. This year will be different. I’m not making costumes this year. The first time in 15

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Are you thinking of adding a painting easel in your home? Or are you frustrated with the amount of space the easel takes up in your house? Many of the easels designed for children are bright, garish colors, plastic, and oversized. Who wants that as a centerpiece in you family space? Today we want to share an alternative to an art easel in your home. Children love to paint and draw, and giving them a

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In my Family Friendly Interiors work, I often encounter families who want to create a playroom just for the children.  When I hear this, I strongly urge them to reconsider.  A room designated just for toys often goes unused.  Children like to be where the action is.  They like to be around their parents, even if they are playing parallel to their parents, they like to be near.  Humans are social animals and we enjoy

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My career as an educator started many years ago in a toddler classroom.  I had yet to get my Montessori training, but I was doing my best to understand what I was to do and why the children were doing what they were doing.  I remember the lead teacher explaining to me that I was to get each child to sit down by themselves and work with one activity at a time. In a class

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One way to create the perfect space to inspire concentrated play for your child is to have the right table and chairs.  This is an important feature that can not be overlooked.  It is difficult to purchase and item knowing that your child is just going to outgrow it.  However, it is important to keep in mind that the correct size table and chair will support your child’s natural intellectual and movement development, just like

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