The Simple Things

I was out in the community today at the Olympia ‘It Takes a Village Parenting Expo’ and I was reminded of how simple things can make a big difference. One in particular is the crinkle cutter. It is a ‘knife’ of sorts that can chop slices of veggies or fruits but it is not sharp. It is a great training tool for learning kitchen safety techniques such as – ‘one hand on the handle, one on top’, without the stress of a sharp blade in the hands of a 2 yr old. My son LOVES to chop veggies for soup and enjoys the soup more for having participated in its creation. Children tried it out today and parents wanted to know where to get it. I got mine at Bella Luna Toys (I found this picture, above, at montessorriservices.com). A small cutting board goes well with the cutter and would make a lovely gift. I also know a fun little rhyme for this activity: “Chop, chop, choppity chop. Cut off the bottom and cut off the top. What there is left we pop in the pot. Chop, chop, choppity chop”. Enjoy!

Family Resourcing

truce teachers.org

As a teacher, I was so excited to come across this website. How could I not have heard of it before? If you are interested in reducing screen time, family play ideas, and advocating for healthy childhood – check it out! www.truceteachers.org

Scholarships Available!

Our Facebook fundraiser collected $450 in scholarship funds! Thank you again to everyone who contributed. These funds are now available to future participants who are committed to attending the workshops but need financial support. If you have a group of 4 or more adults who would like to create a workshop, please contact me to discuss the details. The next public workshop is scheduled for the spring of 2019, pending minimum registration requirements. Check out the ‘Why Simplify’ post below to read more about the workshop benefits.  

Why Simplify?

Parents who take steps along this pathway to simplify their homes and their schedules, to introduce more predictable rhythms, and to filter out concerns which children are not yet able to cope with, find that their children: 

  •  Are calmer and happier 
  • Do better socially and emotionally 
  • Are more focused at school 
  • Find it easier to comply with family rules
  •  Become less picky eaters

These parents also find that they themselves: 

  • Have a clearer picture of what they value as parents
  • Are more united with each other in their parenting
  • Have more time and energy for connection, relaxation and fun! 

 

Welcome to Home Rhythms!

Hi, my name is Fehlya, pronounced (Fay-Leah), and I’ve created this website to share new Simplicity Parenting workshop info. for the Olympia, WA area and to post parenting ideas that I hope will be helpful to you. I have a busy 15 month old, so it will take me some time to get everything going here but there is SO MUCH I plan to share with you, so please check out the current pages and keep in touch for more to come!