Cartoon Network has so many shows that hit ages 6 and up. The leading edge and most popular show is Adventure Time. Our favorite show in their lineup is Regular Show. It’s as manic, strange and creative, but is grounded in reality just a little bit. Really, it’s the story of Mordecai a blue jay, Rigby a raccoon who take care of the park with their friends who are even stranger, so take ‘grounded in reality’ with a grain of salt. It happens on Earth, but each episode balances friendship, alternate realities, work and more in a creative mash-up that makes you laugh, even if you’re (much) older than their intended demographic.
There are some great all age comic books hitting stores today. Penguins #3, Adventure Time #36 and Princeless Pirate Princess #1 (say that four times fast) among others come out. Personally, we’re excited about Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors #3, Abigail and the Snowman #2 and taking a look at the Super Dinosaur trade paperback volume #4
The links will take you to Things From Another World and will save you 10% or more on comics. If you want to head out to your local comic book store and pick these up today then dig the link and find out where yours is located.
I’m about half way through and am really enjoying the book. The reading level and material is appropriate for ages 8 and up. It’s thicker than most YA books that an 8 year old would read, but accessible and a good jump up from Wimpy Kids.
One difference I’ve noticed in my communication with our five year old is that I’m asking more questions and giving them more choices. Offering more choices is sales or communication 101. However, the exact phrasing of the questions can lead people to different feelings and outcomes. It’s helping us prevent some pre-school meltdown.
This book was also a good reminder that children process emotions very differently than us. Sometimes they can’t or don’t process emotions and are simply irrational. Parenting update: children are sometimes irrational. In My Heart is one of those books that’s a great bedtime story that can also teach kids about being better people.
Apraxia is what I thought of as speech delay. In reality I’ve learned that it’s a neurological condition that makes it difficult to do certain motor functions, like speech. As parents, we became somewhat alarmed when he turned two and a half and wasn’t saying too much. By then we had switched doctors, for a couple different reasons and had him evaluated by a couple specialists. But really, have you ever heard of Apraxia? If nothing else it sounds like a metal band from Europe, ironically that I would probably listen to on Spotify.
The Sandbox isn’t a ‘museum’ per se. Rather, it’s an activity house with some great rooms that have varied activities for children to do. We spent three hours there without looking at our watch. The only barometer that we used was our stomach started to rumble when it approached lunch. The Sandbox is located just off Pope Avenue in what looks like a single family home that is neatly packed away with hundreds of crafts, books and other activities to keep children 1-8 occupied for hours.
Chuck’s brother also appears in a couple episodes. He’s a dirt track racer and teaches the boys lessons about sharing, life and such. As a parent, this character is great for the kids because it’s peer to peer teaching, which is a quicker way of learning than parenting.