Kids are people too. They have thoughts, feelings, desires and dreams…just like we do. They experience love, fear and rejection…just like we do.

We do them a disservice when we treat them like they’re not people, like they’re completely different than us. Sometimes we dismiss kids or talk about them like they don’t understand, but the reality is that kids are just like us (only smaller), and they understand more than we think.

Kids are just like us...only smaller

Happy 75th Anniversary, Batman! Celebrate 75 awesome years of crime fighting, justice and bat-tastic adventures with a free downloadable iPhone cover.

I’ve turned my minimalist Batman – inspired poster into a printable iPhone cover…for FREE!

Simply print, cut and insert into a clear case like this one for the iPhone 5/5s  or this one for the iphone 4/4s and you won’t need a bat signal to call for Batman because he’ll already be on your iphone!

If you like this Batman iphone cover and want some cool Batman wall art or greeting cards, click over to my Etsy shop and place an order today! You can own an entire set of 7 DC Justice League wall art prints (including Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and Aquaman), for one awesome low price.

Download the iPhone 5/5s version or the iPhone 4/4s version. Enjoy!
(You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print these files)

Free printable Batman iPhone cover

In our home, we love reading and telling stories. These are a few of the books we’re enjoying this week.

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1. Snow by Roy McKie & P.D. Eastman
This book is a cute way to introduce a child to snow (which is very rare in the San Francisco Bay Area). From snowball fights and skiing to fort building and snowman making. It’s perfect for enjoying with a cup of hot cocoa or while wrapped up in a warm blanket.

2. Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia and her school friends discover more than they expect to, in this funny story about the great (and not so great) outdoors.

3. Claude at the Circus by Alex T. Smith
Claude and Sir Bobblysock’s adventures continue in the second title in this adorable series. When Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes leave for the day, our two heroes take a walk in the park. They get caught up among a group of joggers, have an ice cream, and take a nap in the flowerbed. But when a woman calls for help, they find themselves rescuing a runaway baby buggy with the baby still inside! After their daring success, they are invited by The Amazing Alan to come see his circus. When the performers struggle with their acts, Claude and Sir Bobblysock must save the show.

4. Nothing by John Agee
Otis has an antique shop crammed to the gills with stuff. So he’s delighted when someone comes in and buys it all. Next day, Suzie Gump arrives, the shop is empty, full of nothing, and Suzy loves it-and takes it all. Suzie has set a trend, and soon everybody is craving nothing-the stores are full of it. It’s only when there’s not even a towel for drying off after a bath that Suzie realizes she may have gone a bit too far.

Telling a crying child to “stop crying” only makes him/her cry more. Yelling it out of frustration or anger is even worse. (I know. I’ve tried.)

This works: gentleness, compassion and understanding. Hugs work. Prayer works. Acknowledging the pain works. Listening works. Fresh air works.

I’ll remember this the next time I need to comfort a crying child.

Kids don’t exercise…they play.

They run. They jump. They climb. They crawl.

KidFish spends the day trying to move as much as possible. I, on the other hand, spend the day trying to move as little as possible. I like sitting, resting, reading and surfing…the internet, that is.

What if I looked at exercise the way KidFish does?

What if it wasn’t something I did 30 minutes a day for 3-4 times a week, but something I did all day, everyday?

What if I didn’t worry so much about exercising and just started playing?

I bet I’d be a lot healthier and happier.

I want KidFish to love reading, so we’re reading lots of interesting, creative books. These are a few of the ones we’re enjoying this week.

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1. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
This book is based on an old French tale about three hungry soldiers who come up with a way to get the townspeople to provide them with a feast.

2.  The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders by Jack Prelutsky
Whimsical rhymes about people and animals, set in such far-flung places as Tuscaloosa, Tucumcari, and the Grand Canyon.

3. The Empty Pot by Demi
A tale about hard work, courage and honesty.
When a little boy named Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.

4. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.


Hi! My name is Loni (a.k.a. MamaFish). I'm a maker, mother and Mrs. and I'm on a mission to cover the world with smiles! This is where I write about fun stuff for kids and the grown-ups who love them. Read more...

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