September is here and that means summer is coming to an end. When I think back on my summer of learning, exploration and growth, my favorite adventure by far was berry picking with my family. (Blueberries and strawberries are my favorite fruits.) I loved seeing how they grow and tasting them fresh off the bush/vine.

Both blueberries and strawberries grow low to the ground so KidFish was able to pick them herself! Bonus points for activities that KidFish can do without much help.

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Sometimes my job as a mom is to step in, to help and to direct.

But sometimes the best thing I can do is to just get out of the way and let KidFish explore, struggle and figure it out on her own.

The hard part is knowing the difference.

The next time I start comparing myself to the mom with a pinterest worthy playroom or the mom with a career and a six-figure salary, I will remind myself that motherhood is not a competition.

There is no trophy for cleanest house and no blue ribbon for “craftiest mom.” There isn’t even a reward for the mom with the biggest bank account.

Instead of comparing and competing, I’ll try encouraging them and celebrating their accomplishments. It’s highly likely that the very moms I compare myself to need more encouragement than I think. We all do.

Motherhood is not a competition

It’s almost like Cheerios followed PapaFish around and compressed his life into a 2-minute video (even the awesome dance moves at the end).

PapaFish, you are a wonderful husband and father.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GYxH2-WeZY

Click here to see the video.

I love a good story. Thankfully, so does KidFish. These are some of the books we’re enjoying this week.

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1. My Dad, My Hero by Ethan Long
A cute story about the bond between a father and son. Dad doesn’t have super powers but is still a hero.

2. Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
6 ½ stories about 2 surprising friends.

3. Mooncake by Frank Asch
One fine summer evening a hungry bear decides that he would like to taste a piece of the moon and builds a rocketship to get there.

4. A Dragon in a Wagon by Jane Belk Moncure
A story about a girl who decides to read a book and has adventures in different methods of transportation.

*****Leave a comment and let me know what books/stories you enjoy.*****

Every child is a scientist.
Every child is an engineer.
Every child is a musician.
Every child is an artist.

Mixing food and water? That’s science.
Stacking blocks? That’s engineering.
Banging on a bucket? That’s music.
Scribbles on paper? That’s art.

When we evaluate a child’s output against our preconceived ideas, sometimes we unintentionally tell them that they are not scientists, engineers, musicians and artists.

The danger is that some kids might just believe us.

Pizza and smoking manhole covers remind me of childhood because those two things were in every episode of the 90’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

To celebrate the TMNT reboot coming out this Friday, I’ve turned my minimalist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – inspired posters into printable iPhone covers…for FREE!

My favorite was Michelangelo, but there is no need for you to pick a favorite because I’ve made an entire set of iphone covers.

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 your phone will be equipped with turtle power!

If you like these Ninja Turtles iphone designs and want some cool TMNT wall art, click over to my Etsy store and order a set today! I’ve got a special promo of the whole turtle team for one awesome low price. Cowabunga, Dude!

(You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print these files)

Download the iPhone 5/5s version or the iPhone 4/4s version. Enjoy!

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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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