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October 28th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Creating Halloween Memories

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Think back to your childhood….

What did you dress up as?

What was your most memorable costume?

Did you go on any Halloween “field trips” with your family?

How did you celebrate Halloween at school?

Did you carve pumpkins while you were growing up?

What were some of your favorite Halloween memories?

How did your family make Halloween a special time?

Did you like going to haunted houses as a child?

What was your favorite candy to get when you were growing up?

Take some time tonight at dinner to talk about what Halloween memories you have from childhood, then turn it around on your kids and see how they answer the questions. What are their favorites? What memories are you making that will stick with them? Life is about enjoying experiences and making memories! Spend this week making some good Halloween memories!

 

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October 24th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Halloween Songs and Rhymes

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Little kids love to sing songs and say rhymes. Here are some fun ones for Halloween!

Spooky Loo

Here we go spooky loo, here we go spooky light
Here we go spooky loo, all on a Halloween night
You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out,
You give your hand a shake-shake-shake, and turn yourself about.

(Follow with left hand, foot, head, whole self)

Ten Little Round Pumpkins

One little, two little, three little pumpkins
Four little, five little, six little pumpkins
Seven little, eight little, nine little pumpkins,
Ten little round pumpkins

I’m an Acorn

I’m an acorn small and round
Lying on the cold, cold ground
Everybody steps on me;
That is why I’m cracked, you see!
I’m a nut (x x)* I’m a nut (x x)
I’m a nut! (*tongue clicks)

Three Green Goblins

Three green goblins danced on Halloween.
One was fat, one thin, one was in-between.
One green goblin danced on his toes.
Up he jumped, down he fell, he bumped his funny nose!
One green goblin danced through the town,
Right side up, upside down, round and round and round.
One green goblin danced beneath the moon,
Ha-ha-ha, he-he-he, he sang a goblin tune.
Three green goblins danced on Halloween,
One was fat, one was thin, one was in-between.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Pumpkins, pumpkins in the patch,
Pumpkins, pumpkins on the vine
There are five, round and orange,
I’ll pick one and it is mine.
(Four, three, two, one)

I’m a Witch

I’m a witch-ch-ch
I’m a witch-ch-ch
With a pointy hat on my head
I jump on my broom and I sweep the sky
While the children are in bed.

To the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”

Halloween candy, tastes just dandy,
Bubble gum too, is fun to chew,
I went Trick-or-Treating, then I started eating,
Ooo! I’m sick! Call the doctor quick!

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said, “Oh my, its getting late”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air!”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”
Oooo went the wind and out went the light
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

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October 10th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

DIY Girls Costumes

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My mom always made costumes for my sister and I for Halloween. On the night before Halloween she would quickly craft two costumes out of almost anything! Thank goodness nowadays we have things like blogs and Pinterest to fuel our imaginations! Here are some fun costumes I found while scouring the web for girls costumes.

Tightrope Walker

Dr. Suess – Sam I Am

Animal Costumes

Mermaid

Elsa from Frozen

Owl

Sock Hop Girls

Unicorn

Cupcake

S’mores

Jellyfish

Cabbage Patch Doll

Felt Cupcake

Rapunzel

Wonder Woman or Bat Girl

Easy Halloween Makeup for girls

Plus, you can make practically anything into a costume when you make a tutu. I saw a ghost with a white t-shirt, princesses, pumpkin queens, clowns, superheroes and more!

What fun ideas have you made?

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September 29th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Teaching Children to Give

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As the holidays approach, it is easier to incorporate giving into your life and teach children to do the same. Here are some ways that you can give every day, all year long!

Giving comes in so many forms. It can include money, gifts, food, and service. Here are a few ideas to help your children become more charitable.

Help Neighbors

  • Rake leaves
  • Take their dog for a walk
  • Spend some time chatting with them
  • Cook them a meal or dessert

Donate Clothing or Toys

Go through items you no longer need and give to friends or family going through hardship, or drop off at a place that distributes to the needy.

Stop Collecting Birthday Gifts

Instead of actual gifts being brought to parties, ask for guests to bring items that can be donated. Include your child in picking a favorite charity.

  • Pet food – Humane Society or Rescue Mission
  • Books – Shelter or School
  • Winter Items – Shelter for Kids
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Non-Perishable Food Items – Food Pantry

Help The Elderly

Teach your children to help the elderly complete tasks that have become more difficult to them, whether it is yard work, window cleaning, etc.

Complete Random Acts of Kindness

This can be something as simple as putting an extra coin in a parking meter, to something like buying a meal for the person behind you in the drive thru. Teach your children to lead with a giving heart where they are always thinking of others.

Deliver a Smile

Giving doesn’t always have to be to poor or needy people. You may know of a family that just needs a smile. Surprise them with basket of goodies, a special drawing or card, or even just a hello as you pass them in the store.

Giving is easy – spread some joy around!

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September 22nd, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Adjusting Negative Attitudes

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All kids complain, pout, or get angry at some point or another. In the morning, at the store, sitting at the dinner table, anywhere!!  It’s okay to complain every now and then, but constant complaining needs to be dealt with. .

“That’s mine!”

“I want that, NOW!”

“I don’t like that!”

“That’s unfair!”

“Leave me alone!”

Sometimes, little ones are just trying to test the limits and may outgrow the “phase.” This negativity can permeate your entire family and other children can pick up the habit. Here are some ways you can help them adjust their attitudes.

  • Explain that sometimes complaining is helpful, but most of the time it isn’t. Teach them constructive ways of showing their emotions and explaining how they feel.
  • Enlist everyone in the family to help change a negative attitude in one child.
  • Show them how they are acting and when they start complaining, do it back to them. Change your tone to the tone they use. My kids hate it when I start whining to them! Sometimes they don’t even realize what they’re doing.
  • Challenge them to not complain for a whole day or even just a whole hour. Then try to do it for longer periods of time!
  • Pick one problem to work on at a time.

With a little bit of persistence you can make an impact on your child and their negativity. Attitudes affect everyone in the family, so it’s important to nip issues in the bud.

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September 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Rewarding Kids’ Good Behavior

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One of the best ways to have children behave appropriately is by focusing on rewarding them for good behavior. I find that my kids LOVE to receive little “extras” and it motivates them to think about their actions. Positive reinforcement can often yield better results than punishment.

Here are some great ways to reward behavior:

Give Praise – This goes without saying, really. Simple things like saying “Thank You’”, “I Love You”, and “Good Job”, can sometimes go a long way.

Special Items Or Toys – Have a box filled with little trinkets for the children to select from.  When they acheive something we have been working on, or when they go out of their way to do something nice, they get to choose an item from this box as a reward.

Sweet Treats- Reward them with a piece of candy or another treat that is out of the ordinary. This isn’t the best thing to do right around bedtime, but every now and then i let my kids have ice cream in the morning when they’ve behaved well!

Reward With Activity – Use favorite activities or special trips do as a reward. A bounce house place, the zoo, a museum, miniature golf, the water park, etc. are great options for letting kids know they’ve been behaving well.

Give Your Child More Privileges – Kids love to do what they’re usually not allowed to, especially when older children and parents can do them. For example, children love to stay up past their bedtime. Allow them to stay up later usual, watch a “big kid” movie, etc.

Show With Affection - Reward them with some extra snuggle time on the couch or even a big hug.

How do you reward good behavior?

 

 

 

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August 13th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

First Day of School Treats

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The first day of school is a day filled with excitement and nervousness. It also is the perfect day to come together with your child after school to talk. Celebrate with some special treats! Your child will most likely be hot, tired, excited and most of all starving!!

Peanut Butter Sushi

Frozen Grapes – String some grapes on a stick and freeze. This is great for the child that is overheated!

S’mores Brownies

Crudite Platter – If your child loves veggies, cut some up and serve with their favorite dip!

Waffle and Peanut Butter – heat up a waffle in the toaster and cover with peanut butter.

Muffins

Smoothie

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Cookies

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August 1st, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Displaying Medals and Trophies

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With two boys who are actively involved in sports, we have to anticipate that sooner or later, medals and trophies will be won and the kids will be eager to display them. My son recently earned his first medal in a soccer tournament, and I wanted to find a fun way to display it so he can remember his accomplishments.

I took a regular towel bar found at your local hardware or department store and attached it to the wall. Then, I looped the medal over it so it hangs nicely. A quick and easy way to display! As you can see, I have displayed his trophies on a shelf underneath as well. I think I might even add some type of quote or word art about hard work or success to finish it off!

It’s important to remind your kids that with some hard work they can accomplish so much!

How do you organized/display your kids’ trophies?

 

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July 24th, 2014 at 10:27 am

Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

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When school is out during the summer, it’s the perfect time to ready a list of crafts that will allow your kids having fun and being creative! Some of these crafts can be made from materials found in the great outdoors…have an adventure with your little one to collect the items before you make it. You can also make it educational by using it as a way to teach your kids about animals and nature.

 

Sandpaper Starfish from Meet the Dubiens

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Paper Plate Tropical Fish from Crafts By Amanda

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Nature Collage Suncatcher from Hands On As We Grow

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Turtle Herb Planters from Reading Confetti

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Tissue Paper Fish Bowl Lanterns from Juggling With Kids

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Beaded Wind Chimes from First Palette

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Glow-In-The-Dark Hanging Jellyfish from Craftiments

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Seashell Turtle from The Chirping Moms

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Hand and Foot Print Lobster from Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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Styrofoam Cup Sea Crabs by Crafts By Amanda

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June 30th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Teaching Kids About Recycling

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We all think about the future and what will be left for our children or grandchildren to deal with. According to the EPA, Americans produce about 4.3 pounds of waste per person, per day. For a family of four, that is over 6,000 pounds of waste each year! About one third of this can be recycled or composted. Are you throwing paper, glass, plastic and metal into the trash? Think about and teach your kids to recycle these items!

An easy way to teach kids to recycle is to create an area in your home with different colored bins. Place tags or identifying pictures on the containers so your children can recognize them and what materials should go in each one. Encourage them to recycle cans and make a plan for how to use the money you’ll get when turning these items in! Consider creating a recycling savings jar to save up for a special family treat.

Take a field trip to your local recycling center. Show your child how the different materials are collected and recycled. Take about how not recycling items can impact the environment, and what items need to be recycled separately, like computers, batteries, lightbulbs, and old medicines.

The more your children understand about recycling, the more likely they are to make it a habit.  Check out some of the online recycling games below:

Ollie’s World

Meet the Greens

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