This is Such Hard Work Mama

One morning I decided that K-man and I would do something different before preschool, you see normally we spend a lot of time coloring but I have a lot of puzzles for the kids and they never do anything with them. I wanted to give puzzle time a try with my little handsome preschooler, but that was more of a funny experience than a fun one.

Puzzle Time with Preschooler

I started our puzzle making time like I always do when I do a puzzle on my own, dumped all of the pieces out on the table and proceeded to pull out all of the border pieces. For me, putting together a puzzle is easier when you complete the border then work on the inside. For K-man this was just frustrating.


K-man attempted to place pieces of the puzzle together but he wasn’t having any luck without his Mama trying to be supportive and show him maybe these two go together and so on and so forth. The puzzle making was a slow process and finally K-man pipes up and says “this is hard work, Mama. Coloring is a lot easier”.

Coloring With Preschool Son

And so I gave in and we decided that coloring was indeed a lot easier and more fun for my preschool son.  Maybe we will try puzzle making another day.

Fun Time with Preschooler

It’s usually pretty easy to entertain my hyper four year old son during the mornings before preschool …

Painting with Preschooler

Being that I am and have always been a crafty sort of person, I have a huge supply of various paints, craft supplies and newspaper for times like today when the four year old requested that I paint with him.

Using Recycled Items for Crafts

I recycle my cardboard, paper and plastics. This comes in handy on days when the kids want to do any form of crafting. Seen in picture above, we were painting a cardboard box that was from our recycle bin and using the newspaper from recycle pile for protection of the dining room table. The paints are courtesy my daughter’s supply. Shhh don’t tell her.

Proud Preschooler

And when that project was all done, K-man moved onto construction paper making legs, as he called them. Taping construction paper into what is really a circle and stuffing them with crumpled up newspaper. Not quite sure what those will be used for, but he is happy so that’s all that counts!

What are some crafty ideas you have that my family can enjoy?


Kids Who Prefer One Parent Over the Other

I firmly believe that every child, even as an adult, has a favorite parent, not really because they are their “favorite” by normal definitions, but because it’s the parent that they can relate closer to, maybe it’s the parent they are just more comfortable talking to, or maybe it’s the parent who is more fun. Whatever the reasons, I firmly believe we all have that “favorite” parent and my kids are no exception.

The older two kids pick and choose, having moments in their lives when they favor Dad over me or me over Dad. There isn’t really a rhyme nor reason to it, it’s just how it is. And that is okay. The youngest, however, is a Daddy’s boy big time. That is by far his favorite parent. It’s not that he doesn’t love his Mama, because I know he loves me very much, but for some reason he is just more of a Daddy’s boy. And that is okay.

Even though I am okay with that and can accept it, I will admit it can hurt my feelings at times. Such as when I go to the school and am waiting outside so happy to see my little boy after a couple of hours away from him and he doesn’t appear to return that same level of feeling. Preschool is new this year, so being apart from my youngest for a couple of hours four days a week for school is hard on me at times. I miss him.

Sadly, most days it doesn’t fully appear that he misses me. At the school when the children from his preschool class walk out of the school doors, each runs happily to their parent(s). Excited to see their parents and talk about their wonderful time at preschool. My son, does not do that. There is no big happy smile to see Mama. There is no big hug.

There is a back pack thrown at the ground or at me. A serious look. And off he goes running for the car if I don’t get his hand quick enough. It does make me a tiny bit sad, but I know when we get home he is smiling, telling me all about his day. Happy to curl up on the recliner with me and share what happened in school. I just wish he was like that right after school. He is not. And it hurts my sensitive heart to not have that happy, excited to see his Mama child after preschool lets out.

Does your child have a “favorite” parent? One that he/she seems to prefer over the other?

Let’s Ride the Rails @chuggington DVD

Young trainees nationwide honked their horns when Chuggington made its DVD debut from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Let’s Ride the Rails.

If you are not familiar with Chuggington by now, then you should be. Chuggington is a series that airs on Playhouse Disney every morning for your preschooler to enjoy. You may learn more about Chuggington and their trainees by visiting

This DVD is a must have for any family who already is in love with Chuggington and those who may not have cable at home, meaning now you can get to enjoy Chuggington the way my family does even if you do not have the Disney channel at home. Teaching fantastic social skills and the idea of sharing as well I can honestly say this should be a show all preschoolers at least get to experience sometime.

I am a mom who enjoys seeing cartoons that teach my children something about life and Chugggington certainly does this. I hope you will take a moment to check out this DVD, at a suggested retail price of $16.98 and available on for around $11.99 you can not go wrong.

Run time is 62 minutes, not rated and genre is Children’s.

Disclosure: I am a Chugggington Conductor, product provided for free. All opinions that of my own.


CLOSED By The Book: How To Take Care of My Kids

by the bookToday I start off the event All I Wanted for Christmas with an ebook giveaway and a special 25% off discount offer for everyone on the hardbound copy of By The Book: How to Take Care of My Kids. I had a chance to review this ebook and absolutely loved it!

When you purchase the book you have an option of two different covers, which is pretty cool, how many books offer you that?!

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