Melissa and Doug Cleaning Set. This is a cute and functional set. My girls love to play house with it and they also love to use the brooms to help me clean the bathroom & kitchen. It’s solid and the stand makes it easy to put away.
Spend Save Share Money Bank. I got this for my oldest. The piggy bank has three separate compartments one for spending one for saving and another for giving. It is incredibly cute and has been an easy way to teach money management skills.
Night Sky Book My girls love this book! It has 34 glow in the dark constellations. The maps are arranged by season and it even tells you a bit about the mythology behind the formations.
and its perfect companion . . .
is this glow in the dark star set . My girls (with my husband’s help) have created several constellations on their ceiling. They had a blast. I love that it takes up no extra space in their bedroom, it had a lot of play value in it’s building and they still love having the lights turned out at night so they can see the stars.
Toysmith Critter Cabin. This is a sturdy bug house that has lasted us two years without any problems. My girls have successfully raised 3 caterpillars in it this summer and were able to observe countless other little critters.
Who says you have to buy toys anyways. All children love flash lights and they’re very handy to have around the house.
Our wash machine and our dish washer broke down – on the same day. It’s pretty easy to keep up with the dishes but the clothes pile quickly. So to catch up with the extra work, I’ve canceled school and declared a home economics day complete with handwashing clothes. The girls are rather enjoying it and are playing Laura Ingalls.
Women and Morality Women are not little, emotionally driven, amoral faeries that men must repel or appease in order to survive. Women can attain virtue- should attain virtue and like men will have to stand before God and face judgment. Women however, have different duties than men and seem to approach morality differently as well: “I would say not that women are amoral but that their morality is teleological (utilitarian) rather than deontological. . . women do not generate their own morality internally, but rather, typically, adopt the morality of the crowd. The second point is that putting women in positions of religious authority is obviously liable to lead rapidly to the promotion of moral error. . . Incidentally, studies have shown a truly extraordinary correlation between a father’s religious practices and those his children eventually adopt, and very little correlation with the mother’s.”
It’s a lot of fun watching my girls take care of Mr. Bach- they are extremely diligent and have even picked out music for him to listen to. He is settling in nicely and the girls are eager to finger train him, which shouldn’t be too hard considering he is a hand-raised Budgie.