My Top 10 Posts of 2012

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2012 has been an awesome year of learning and growth for the kids, for me, and for In Lieu of Preschool.  Here’s a look back at 2012!

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A Countdown of My Top 10 Posts of 2012

#10 – The Top 10 Reasons to Think Twice Before Having Kids {David Letterman style} — a comical, yet often painfully real list that will hopefully bring a smile to your face!

#9 – I Got Dressed all by Myself: Organizing Your Child’s Closet to Promote Independence — describes how I organized my little girl’s closet so that she can get dressed completely by herself!  She LOVES it and me, too!

#8 – Thinking Ahead to Thanksgiving: The Tree of Thanks — a look at a fun and meaningful meal time tradition we started in our family during the month of November

#7 – FREE BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 1 Mat and Book 2 Sam – the first post in a series where 6 bloggers, including me, team up to present you with FREE printables to go along with BOB Books, beginning readers for kids!  As of the end of 2012, I have had to make logo changes on all posts and printables, so at this time, only Set 1, Book 1 is currently available, but by January 7th, the first six books will all once again be available and we will be back on track to release one new set per week!!

#6 – A Fun and Easy Way to Paint Pumpkins – a fun look at pour-painted pumpkins; so easy a young toddler/preschooler can do it and the end results are so amazing!!

#5 – 25 Ideas to Get Your Child Ready to Write – a list of 25 activities to help prepare your young child to become a writer; lots of these are actually activities that OTs recommend and use with kids in therapy.

#4 – If You Know a Little Girl, You Need to Read This! (especially if she’s cute) – inspired by an accident that happened at our house that made me reflect on a parenting “error” I’ve been making; designed to provide you with some food for thought!

#3 – “Hush” Bottles: the Calm Down Solution – THE coolest DIY glitter bottles ever and they work great for calming kids and as timers.  Enough said. 🙂

#2 – Something Borrowed: Rainbow Pour Painting – Can you believe my preschoolers painted these?  I adore how they turned out and the process is so easy!!

…and drumroll please!!!!  The #1 post from 2012 is…

#1 – What I Should Have Written in my Baby Book – It’s so funny this post is my numero uno because I collected all the comical and memorable things my kids have said and done just for my own personal collection, and then on a whim, decided to post it so I wouldn’t lose the file.  I guess I can assume you liked it, too! 🙂


Looking forward, I am ecstatic about what’s to come in 2013!  There are so many things I cannot wait to share with you, including my very first children’s picture book that is currently in the process of being illustrated!!  I also have a few eBooks in the works, and plan to soon officially launch the parent site of In Lieu of Preschool — Parent Teach Play where I will be able to share an even greater variety of activities with you for a broader range of ages!  

Stick around because there is so much more good stuff to come!!

Happy New Year!!!

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!