Molly Shaw Wilson

After moving from NYC to Portsmouth, I lived without a kitchen for six months, pregnant with a toddler, while we rehabbed our house! I'm a pediatric occupational therapist and work part time while caring for my two boys - 8 and 5. I have my own private OT practice here on the Seacoast, called Training Wheels. My husband's family owns an apple orchard and he travels a lot for his day job--life is crazy but we love it!

5 Tips For Getting Kids Outside – It’s More Crucial Than Ever Now

I think back to the spring (pre COVID-19) when I relished in getting kids to play outside, and screen free, from the moment they got off the bus until dinner. We stopped at the...

Wait, Am I Homeschooling My Preschooler?

All of the recent changes in our back to school plans have me feeling blindsided and whip-lashed. I don't know what I have been doing for the past 5 months, but I'm not prepared...

Managing Anxiety in my Children During COVID-19

All of these extended stay-at-home orders, school changes, uncertain summer plans and predictions for the fall leave my head spinning. As an adult, I can talk it out and find outlets for directing my...
Social Distance Summer

Social Distance Summer? Weekly Theme Ideas for Summer at Home

So back in January, I planned our summer - those weeks felt crazy when we had to register for the Seacoast summer camps. Ours was going to be the perfect mix of camps, downtime,...

Ideas for Homeschooling with Multiple Kids from a Pediatric OT

Professionally, I am a pediatric occupational therapist, but right now I am a home school mom. Read how we are coping with this "new normal" here. In trying to keep up some academic rhythm...

DIY Toddler Toys – Why Pom Poms are My Greatest Investment

My friends laugh at my toddler's toys. But secretly - I know they love them. My weirdo toys keep their children occupied for a few minutes, and aren't annoying electronics with NOISE. Yes, they are...

Creative Play Ideas with Packaging and Junk Mail: Recycling Bin to the Rescue

You're probably doing a lot of online shopping right now. This means that your recycling bin probably needs to be emptied more often than what the trash guys schedule allows. Before you throw it...
Homeschooling during Covid-19

Homeschooling During COVID-19: A Pediatric OT Weighs In

Now that we are on the verge of school closing throughout the nation, we are all faced with this challenge: homeschooling during COVID-19. I'm not gonna lie, I've considered driving to Florida so at...
kids outdoor activities on the seacoast

A Roundup of Seacoast Outdoor Education Programs

Getting kids outside in nature is so important, but can feel so hard right about now. I don't think I was cut out for this NH winter weather when we moved here. But I'm...

Best Outdoor Toys for Winter

For Christmas this year, I want gifts that will inspire children to play outdoors more regularly. In this cold NH weather, it's easy to fall into this routine of getting off the bus, warming...
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