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25+ Activities to Improve Pencil Grip

“Help! How can I help my child hold a pencil?”

This can be one of the trickiest habits to correct.

WHY?

Because children do not always want to be helped.

Go figure. Here we are, teaching them to be independent thinkers, and then swooping in to correct everything.

My three-year-old is full of independence and absolutely does not want mom to rearrange his marker. GASP! Doesn’t he know I am a preschool mommy blogger?!

So what do I do? I find subtle ways to have him practice. These activities suggest he rearrange his grip to create lines and movements in order to complete the task.

And you can do this as well.

Here’s How.

9+ Stress Management Ideas

Oh, hey there! Guess who else sometimes feels defeated and exhausted?

ME!

That's right. Some days get the best of me.

I am tripping over Picasso Tiles , the boys are on their 12th snack of the day because they are staaaaarviiiiing and laundry is on its third wash. Nope, no mildew smell over here. We are smooth sailing. (Don't tell my husband I admitted that.)

Sound familiar? 

Most of these things can make me want to hop in the car and peel out of the driveway.

I wouldn't even go very far. Probably just around the block a couple times listening to the birds as the windows let ALL the air in. 

But we all know. That just isn't possible.  

These little people inside need me to be home. They need me to be present.

And so, I try to find little ways that I can make myself happy so we can all hang together in harmony.  A little for me, and a piece for them. 

I call these, "Mom Needs a Minute" stress-free life hacks.