Our 10-year-old asked, What's so cool about this fence? Here's what I think - in random order: 1. It's in downtown Chicago. Do you expect to see a fence like this? 2. I like how the curve of the gate compliments the curves of the posts. 3. Beyond the fence is a native garden which is cool because those plants will thrive and help storm water run off and 4. This fence is less than 3 feet high - making it magical for all the children that walk past it. While some of these materials wouldn't be my first choice when designing for a toddler environment the scale and aesthetic provides great design inspiration.
Dear Earth, Thanks for the flowers. Sorry us humans aren't taking better care of you. It's not you. It's us. xo ❤ 🌼 🌎
This is one of my favorite photos from our trip downtown Tuesday. There was an orchestra playing in the amphitheater while we were there (An unexpected and magical bonus!). Sometimes I need extra motivation to leave The Island of the western suburbs. Once I'm downtown I remember why I fell in love with Chicago in the first place. ❤
Under the belly of The Bean.
It always amazes me how something so glorious can grow from such a modest seed. The children sprouted this beauty in May. Now it's over 6 feet tall. The busy bee you may see has been harvesting pollen for the past 3 days!
Acknowledging and validating your child's emotional state is a learned skill that pays limitless dividends on your family's quality of life and your child's emotional well-being. The best way to start is to state what you observe the next time they experience an increase in emotional intensity (our Toddler friends provide many opportunities throughout the day 😊). Example: I see that you are crying. Are you hurt? Or You seem frustrated. Would you like me to help you? Stating what you observe removes judgment and allows you to meet your child's immediate emotional need(s). It also provides comfort and removes the potential feelings of shame associated with bad emotions (anger, fear and jealousy for example). We can't fix another person's emotional state but we can help them navigate through what they're experiencing. Emotions are important, they're part of who we are and they deserve our attention. Sending you Peace, Love and Joy. xo Whitney
I picked these beauties up at the Oak Park Farmer's Market this morning. Do you see the heart? There is joy all around us! I feel so fortunate when I happen upon it. xo
Today is Benji's 7th Birthday. We're so thankful his first family brought him to The Animal Care League in Oak Park instead of abandoning him. He's the best dog ever and we love him a bunch! Happy Birthday Benji! Long live the underbite! Love, Your Humans