Tag Archives: arts and crafts

Scenes from Saturday + Leaves & Short Sleeves

I am developing a working model for talking to teenagers: the goal of every conversation is to get to the next conversation.

Lower the stakes. Avoid old man opinions. Deal with consequences or accountability later. Avoid Dad judgement. Think of the future. Focus on listening. Make sure I have the opportunity to talk about it later.

I should note this does not in any way curtail her judgement or eye rolls or thoughts on flash cards, but she did start her biology cards without being prompted this week, so…

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Metrowest Places: The Kids Place

My girls really like arts and craft projects. Our basement (when we can limit it to the basement) is full of construction paper scraps, capless markers, crayons, play-doh, glue sticks and craft kits. I find glitter and beads in the strangest places. How did glitter get in the master bathroom shower? How?! 

Once in awhile, typically when I don’t have the energy to open up the paints or face the prospect of a big cleanup, we will head out to a studio and let them do most of the work. Not the painting, decorating or other fun bits, but the set-up, clean up and generally messy parts. You know, the parts that get left to Mom or Dad. One of the girls’s favorite local places for projects is The Kids Place in nearby Needham. Continue Reading