What happens when you turn your back for a split second on your toddler in an Israeli shuk (outdoor market)? She creates her own sensory play station!
Did you know that there are companies that will purportedly teach your child manners? I could've sworn that making sure kids know how to say please/thank you, how to sit and eat at a table and other social niceities was actually included in the parental job description!
I seem to remember my parents threatening during my angsty pre-teen years that they would send me to such a program…but it sounded more like an empty threat than an actual slice of reality.
I understand that many parents are getting busier and busier and often don't have a tremendous amount of time to spend with their offspring, but…farming out the teaching of manners to someone else just seems rather uncouth.
Did you know that, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five are read to at home on a daily basis?! I don't know about you, but I find that a pretty terrifying thought.
Since 1998, over 50 organizations along with parents and teachers all over the country have come together on Theodore Guisel's (aka Dr. Seuss) birthday to celebrate the importance of reading and to motivate children to read. According to the National Education Association, the government organization which sponsors Read Across America 45+ million children and adults are expected to participate nationwide this year!
It's white out conditions outside even though it's almost March and my son has a snow day from preschool. Argh.
Luckily, Purim is this weekend so we have a perfect indoor activity on this pre-Purim Friday–baking Hamentaschen!
I posted this recipe a year ago, but here it is again–an oldie but goodie.
You can find recipes for prune and apricot filling on my older post 🙂 If you want to use prepared jam, use preserves–otherwise your filling will leak out of your cookies and make a mess!
Gloria Kobrin's (aka Mommy) Hamantaschen
makes about 36 smallish cookies
3 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder