Young kids love animals. They ask for pets and promise they’ll take care of them. But do you know who usually ends up taking care of them? Parents. I can barely take care of a house plant, so books about pets will have to do for now.

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1. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle by John Skewes
Larry Gets Lost in Seattle is an interactive, highly visual children’s story about a young boy (Pete) who goes to Seattle with his family and is temporarily separated from his cute little dog, Larry, while sightseeing. In his search for Pete, Larry encounters many Seattle landmarks and cultural attractions before the two are reunited.

2. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun.

3. A Fish Out of Water by P.D. Eastman
What happens when you feed a fish too much? Read this book and find out!

4. This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!

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Whenever I need a laugh, I play a BuzzFeed food tasting video. The sniffing, the poking, the licking, the commentary and the reactions of delight and disgust make me laugh every single time.

It’s funny when it’s a grown-up in a video. It’s not so funny when it’s my three-year old at the dining table.

The next time KidFish does it, maybe I should lighten up because what she’s doing is completely normal. Trying new foods can be strange and scary, just ask any of the people in these videos.

For those of you reading this via e-mail, click here to watch:
People try food of the future
Americans Try Korean Side Dishes
Americans Taste Test Australian Food

Being spontaneous does not come naturally to me, especially since I have two young kids. I like having a plan. I like being prepared. I like following a schedule. So, when I said, “Yes!” to a spontaneous trip to the beach, everyone was surprised (especially me).

Live in the moment. Let go. Get dirty. Get knocked over by waves. It’ll be okay. You know how I know? Because that day I laughed harder than I had in months.

Planning and preparation are good, but so is spontaneity.  The reality is that I need a little bit of both in my life. I can’t plan everything and I can’t be prepared for everything. Even if I could, I don’t know if I’d want to because some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments are unplanned.

Be Spontaneous. It's good for the soul.

Right now there are dishes that need washing, clothes that need folding, counters that need wiping, carpets that need vacuuming, garbage that needs dumping and food that needs cooking. There are a lot of things that need to be done, but sometimes the best thing I can do for me and my family is to just go to sleep.

No sleep makes mama a grumpy lady and if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Kids drop things. Kids spill things. Kids break things. It can be very frustrating, especially when they do all three on the same day. But, remember, adults drop, spill and break things too. Sometimes we even manage to do all three at the same time!

The next time KidFish drops, spills, or breaks something, do this: take a deep breath and remind myself that kids are just like adults, only smaller. That means responding to the situation the same way I would respond to an adult…with grace, understanding and a helping hand.

Diapers leak. Blowouts happen. Mid-change accidents are a frequent occurrence…especially with baby boys. The hardest part about it, though, is figuring out how to take off a wet, dirty onesie without getting pee or poo on baby’s face or hair.

It’s possible with this trick: instead of pulling the onesie up and over baby’s head, pull the onesie down off baby’s shoulders. (It’s especially easy with onesies that have envelop neck folds.)

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Click here to see a video demonstration.

I’ve already used this trick 3 times in the past 24 hours. I hope it makes taking care of your little one a little easier! I know it has for me.


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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