I love to read self help books and in particular for the last couple of years I have been reading a ton of parenting books. It started when Tater Tot arrived, which coincided with Big D turning 3 years old and some serious “asserting his independence” behavior. I continue to read the occasional book as a new title catches my eye or just as a refresh on my parenting skills arsenal. What have I learned from all these books?
Summer is almost over, but there is still time left to squeeze in a weekend camping before the weather turns. Camping with small kids can be a daunting idea, but can also be amazing. Kids LOVE the novelty of camping, it is a fun weekend together as a family, and totally worth all the effort, and yes, there will be some effort put in. Here are are my tips for taking small kids camping, surviving, and actually having fun:
When you are traveling, you tend to meet fellow travelers, hear about their stories, sometimes our kids play together (sometimes not). A couple years ago, Big D and I were up early (the time change always gets us) and playing on the beach in Maui and met a lovely woman, whose husband was also in Maui for work. We got to talking; she was from Seattle and I asked her what she did. She set told me she was a stay-at-home mom who quit her job when she had kids. I asked her how she had made that decision and what her two kids, now grown up, thought about it? She told me she hoped that her boys recognized that she had sacrificed her career to spend more time with them.
We love hiking with our little ones and one of the best parts of San Francisco is its easy access to beautiful hikes. Hiking post-kids is not quite the same as hiking pre-kids, but still can be a lot of fun. Here are my top tips for hiking with kids:
It’s summer and the cooking is fantastic. Farmer’s markets are overflowing with delicious looking produce and some of my favorite fruits and vegetables…tomatoes, corn, peaches, yum! Here are a couple of my favorite recipes that I have been cooking at our house.
Grilled Shishito Peppers
For super easy entertaining, we love to start the evening off with grilled shishito peppers. They are really easy to cook, kind of fun to eat and don’t fill you up before the main meal.