I Spy: A New Year’s Game (and Day 10 of 7+ Giveaways)

Everyone knows all best games get expansion packs from time to time.

Like Catan: Cities and Knights.

And Ticket to Ride: Europe.

But you may not be aware of this critical piece of information: Completely Unheard Of Games get expansion packs, too!

Like Space Hulk Death Angel: Deathwing Space Marine. ( <– this is a real game)

And Rogue Trader: Citadel of Skulls ( <– also a real game), which, as far as I can tell, is a role-playing game about parenthood where “the great beast” is clearly Sleeplessness, as in “a great beast has awakened, hungering to fulfill its dark purpose. Before you and your fellow Explorers can attempt to seek it out and ultimately destroy it, you must uncover what and where it is. Finding the answer is a nearly impossible undertaking…”  ...  read more

Convo With My 5-year-old Sons, Illustrated With Otter Socks

Convo With My (then) 5-year-old Sons,
Illustrated with Otter Socks

Once upon a time, I took my twins to the zoo.

We saw otters.


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Otters are cute.

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Otters are playful.

Otters are funny. 

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My boys LOVED the otters.

My boys wanted to take the otters home.

We looked at the otters along with lots of other families, moms and dads laughing at the otters’ antics and then at their kids as the little ones tried to copy their furry mentors. ...  read more

I Spy: A Thanksgiving Game (UPDATED With Drawing Winners)

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, friends. And if you’re not from the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving Eve, anyway; I promise to eat extra helpings of all my favorite foods for you over the next few days. It’s part of the international service we like provide here at the 5 Kids blog. You’re welcome.

Late last night, Greg moved our couch to make room for the long Thanksgiving table.  ...  read more

Some Parts of This Story Are True

It’s not that I mind having a unicorn around, it’s just the enormous mounds of poo I have to shovel, you know? Because let me tell you, contrary to popular opinion, unicorns do not poop rainbows and kittens which, when you really stop to think about it, is half sad and half oh thank GOD because I do not need literal buttloads of kittens running around here. Unicorns poop poop, friends. And, yes, it’s laced with glitter, but, as my friend Katrina always says, glitter is the herpes of the craft world – you can try to clean it up, but it never really goes away – and that is not a good thing...  read more

10 Rules for Peeing: A Primer for Kids


1. No playing in your brother’s pee stream.

“Only play in my own pee stream? Got it, Mom.”

2. No playing in your own pee stream.  No playing in pee streams in general. Under certain circumstances, and using your own equipment, exceptions can be made for activities like peeing straight down into snow and then measuring for comparison. I mean, I’m not a monster. ...  read more

Cat Sick and the Power of Vulnerability: Fiona Merrick on Parenting and Imperfection


Welcome to our Monday guest post series on Parenting and Imperfection.

Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend and penpal, Fiona Merrick, the smart and witty writer behind the delightful blog, Writing in the Sky. Like me, Fiona utterly fails at niche writing, dabbling in a little bit of everything, which always keeps me entertained and coming back for more. Also, I admit to a certain, extreme level of glee every time Fiona documents her sons’ mishaps with talcum powder or icing sugar; I just feel so understood when I see her home riddled with mess, though, you know? ...  read more

Vomit Lift-Off

We went from “I feel sick” to Vomit Lift-Off in 1.5 hours today. I consider this a victory.

I mean, it’s not a family record or anything. We’ve had middle-of-the-night and out-of-a-dead-sleep yarfing episodes that carry a zero-to-TAKE-COVER rating, so there’s no real competition left there. It’s just, I don’t know, when there’s a kid who’s sort of generally blah without any other overt symptoms and I have to make The Call — send him to school or keep him home — it sometimes takes a while before I get any real feedback. ...  read more