March Materials List

Here is the general materials that we will need for March. Be sure to check out individual activities and weekly plans for more detailed directions. You can find links for all of these on the Spring Activities page.  You will find both color and black and white printable versions of this list are below.

March Materials

March Materials Color

March Materials B&W


Why Real. Meaningful. Family?

My blog is called Real. Meaningful. Family.

Let me tell you why…

The Real in ‘Real. Meaningful. Family.’

As I brainstormed concepts that I wanted the blog to be about, the first thing I kept coming back to was real. Real research, real advice, real activities, real life, and real with ourselves. I found myself getting to the end of a day feeling guilty because I hadn’t spent enough time with my kids. So, I’d try to fit all of my Pinterest-level cleaning, decorating, crafting, cooking, and time with my kids into an even stricter Pinterest-schedule. But until I got real with myself about what my priorities are, got rid of the stuff that didn’t matter, and got real about what I could accomplish in 1 day, it didn’t work. When I sat down and decided on the 5 or 6 things in a day that were my priority, it started to fall into place. So, what does this all mean for ‘Real. Meaningful. Family?’

Real means developmentally appropriate. In a society that has been overtaken by academic learning, ABC’s and 123’s, this is a bright spot of developmentally appropriate learning that can, and should, be embedded into your child’s regular life. Toddlers and Preschoolers are not “taught;” they experience, feel, hear, try, experiment… That’s what I will give you — opportunities to add new and simple experiences into their world and real advice and suggestions of ways to tailor those experiences to your child and your family.

Real research… not hearsay, old wives tales, or information clouded by media opinion, but the real scientific information that parents should know. All too often I hear of parents making important decisions based on false and/or misleading information, and it is my goal to eventually present current research information to make better, more informed decisions.

My real self; I’m a mom of 3 with a PhD; I’m not a photographer, chef or professional journalist.  I don’t have an editor (unless my husband counts) and I don’t have a housecleaner… my floors and windows get messy just like everybody else, and you might occasionally see that in my un-professionally staged photos!

Real information and practical advice for you to ‘get real’ too. ‘Getting real’ with myself, my priorities, and what I want out of my day has been so freeing! No longer do I feel guilty about the things that I’m not accomplishing (things that don’t really matter) and I’m able to focus on the things that do matter!

The Meaningful in ‘Real. Meaningful. Family.’

I couldn’t create a blog for moms, dads, children, and families without the content having long-term value. Time together needs to be special and set apart. Learning needs to happen in a natural way. And research and ideas need to be adaptable to your family. This, to me, is meaningful. I want the activities to offer you and your children a special time with one another, and I intend the research and information to be content you can apply to your own family. Life is short, the time that our kids are little is even shorter, so let’s make each day meaningful!

The Family in ‘Real. Meaningful. Family.’

I started all of this for my own family, and now I want to share it with yours! The family is an integral part of society with probably the hardest, but most important task of raising the next generation! By combining real and meaningful concepts, my goal is to add a deeper purpose to your life, your relationships, and your family to make it all stronger.

Welcome to Real. Meaningful. Family!

Parents today are more overloaded with and overwhelmed by information than they’ve ever been! Between parenting books, weekly advice e-mails, food blogs, parenting blogs, educational blogs… everyone is an expert and has an entirely different opinion it seems! If you are like me your head spins trying to decipher everything you read. It is my goal to help wade through all of the information and find what works best for you and your family. I am a mom with a PhD in a child development field, and I want to use that experience and practical knowledge to help you get the most out of your family. I know you are striving to do the best and find the best information when it comes to raising your children.

I have three goals for this blog:

  1. To present a fun, developmentally appropriate plan of activities for you to do with your growing toddlers!
  2. To relay research findings directly to you.
  3. To create a positive space with information that is real and easy to apply to help your family and relationships be full of meaningful opportunities.

Please, take a look around my site. Check out the About section, and Dr. Emily’s Story to learn more about why I started this blog and what I want it to become. And in the Toddler Activities section is a brief explanation about the activities as well as current activity plans!