The Perfect Wish ListDec. 14th

The holidays are moving fast! Buying gifts can be quite daunting. How many toys does a kid need?! The truth is, they don’t need as many as we want to get. They are happy with very few things and it’s less overwhelming. We spend less, which means not stressing as much over our financial lives. 

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We recently came across a genius way to get the perfect wish list. Pint Sized Treasures has the best way to give and receive during the holidays! Why haven’t we thought of this before?! You can feel good about giving and not spoiling. This theory lends the true meaning of the giving. Let’s hope the kids will learn to embrace this way;)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

GratitudeNov. 13th

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Thanksgiving is always a time for reflection. It’s a time to feel the warmth and comfort of family and friends. We tend to express what we are grateful for and what we intend to do to make life positive and happy. We honor those who are no longer with us and cherish those who are. Here are a few things you can do with kids to teach them about gratitude.

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Make a list of things to be thankful for, right on your placemat or paper tablecloth.

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Create a jar of gratitude. Come up with some conversation starters and write them on a piece of paper (cut it into a fun and festive shape.)

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Decorate rocks with grateful messages. Give them to people at your gathering or have each person write one. You can even spread them in the garden or place them around the house afterwards.

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Paint clothespins and write something you are grateful for on them and make a garland or wreath to display your messages.

However you decide to show your gratitude, have fun, be creative and enjoy your Thanksgiving! We wish you all a very special holiday!

Inspiring KidsJun. 4th

Every so often, we run across stories of the amazing kids. We all do our best to raise our children and make them the kind of people we want to see in the world. These kids are leaving an impression on the world and civilization. We want our kids to be smart, kind, successful and lead happy lives. It’s so refreshing to come across articles that highlight kids who are really making a difference.

Helping the homeless:

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THE FULL STORY HERE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/03/girl-builds-homeless-shelters-washington_n_7488460.html?ir=Parents&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000037

All in the family:

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READ MORE HERE http://www.people.com/article/family-road-trip-helps-others

Incredible drive: 

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/child-amputee-doesn-t-let-disability-deter-her-dance-430257731587

A Leap for Legos:

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ARTICLE HERE http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/boy-invents-low-cost-braille-printer-made-of-legos-for-blind-415105603573

 

Pink or Blue?Feb. 13th

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Don’t you find it interesting when you find out the answer to a question you never thought to ask? Did it ever cross your mind how we all assume pink is for girls and blue is for boys? Yeah, us either;) People are so quick to buy pink fro little girls. It’s like your brain can’t imagine what other color to get. Everything is floral and pink…for girls. Boys things are almost always blue and have some kind of “boy” image. A truck…a dinosaur…these are things that stamp “boy” on an item. We all think this way, but some of us make a conscious effort to break the mold. It wasn’t always this way. In fact, it used to be just the opposite. Here’s an interesting article about how we all came to believe that genders have a color code. http://jezebel.com/5790638/the-history-of-pink-for-girls-blue-for-boys

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ResolutionsJan. 12th

It’s the time of year, when we all make our resolutions for the upcoming year. As adults, we want to lose weight, get fit, become better people or find that perfect work/life balance. Did you ever think of what kinds of resolutions your children can make? Here’s a look at some age-appropriate goals from preschool age, to teenagers. All info. in this blog post is provided by American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Photo credit: www.supermommy.com

Preschoolers

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  • I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong. 
  • I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.I won’t tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones. 
  • I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths. 
  • I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help, or when I’m scared. 
  • I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.

Kids, 5 to 12 years old

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  • I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only at special times. 
  • I will put on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports. 
  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike. 
  • I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
  • I’ll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
  • I will never encourage or even watch bullying, and will join with others in telling bullies to stop. 
  • I’ll never give out private information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
  • I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
  • I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use. 

Kids, 13 years old and older

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  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only at special times. 
  • I will take care of my body through physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods. 
  • I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.  I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.
  • I will help out in my community – through giving some of my time to help others, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
  • When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend. 
  • When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
  • When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
  • I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without forcing them to do something or using violence. I will expect to be treated the same way in return. 
  • I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs or alcohol.
     
  • I agree not to use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt. 

    American Academy of Pediatrics, 12/14

– See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Healthy-New-Year-Resolutions-for-Kids.aspx#sthash.Cn93Qu7S.dpuf

Creating TraditionsDec. 16th

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Family is so very important, whether you have a traditional family, non-biological family or your family is made of friends and other family members. Tradition is what keeps family bonds strong and can be passed on.

I’m sure you can think of some traditions in your own family. Some people have Sunday dinners. Maybe you have a certain day of the week that the kids choose a movie or a menu for a meal. Whatever the tradition, it’s the meaning behind it that counts. It means strengthening ties between family members, providing a source for identity, it offers comfort and security, teaches values, connects generations, creates lasting memories and so many other things.

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Holidays are a great time to establish traditions. Visit your local tree farm and pick out a tree. Decorating the tree together or making cookies. Take a trip to the local hotel and see the big Christmas exhibit. Find out where the best light displays are. See a holiday production. Attend a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, create ways to celebrate your faith or heritage in a fun and festive way. I’ll bet you can recall holiday traditions that you have carried into your own family.

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Here’s a very insightful and uplifting article about creating tradition. Enjoy the read and have a wonderful holiday season!

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/10/09/creating-a-positive-family-culture-the-importance-of-establishing-family-traditions/

A Beautiful WorldNov. 18th

As children, we saw the world through different eyes. Everything was magical and we saw things without judgement. As we get older, the world looks a little different. In these times of so much craziness, let’s remind ourselves of the beautiful things. The world has so much to offer, so let’s see the world through the eyes of children.

National Geographic Kids posts kid’s photos on their My Shot photo section. Kids take photos and share them. We thought they were beautiful. Experience the world through their photos. http://kids-myshot.nationalgeographic.com/

Sample photos we loved:

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Photo by: Music Maker http://kids-myshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/23551

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Photo by: Holy Cow http://kids-myshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/25995

Here’s an Instagram account that shows the world through the eyes of a 2 year old.

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Follow @insta2yearold to see more photos from this child’s perspective.

Full article on insta2yearold:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/07/insta-2-year-old_n_6117002.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

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Google images of children’s artwork. So simple and loving. This is what the world needs more of. Live simple, love lots and see the world with wonderment.

Teaching GratitudeNov. 4th

Gratitude is something we could all take a lesson in. It’s easy to let life’s distractions interfere with our moods and how we see the world. When we become parents, we want to teach our kids everything and hope that they will become better people than we are. One of the most important lessons in life, is to learn to be grateful. But, how can you teach your child to be grateful? We found a study by The Greater Good at Berkeley University. 

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Thanksgiving is approaching…believe it or not. Here are some good tips for fostering a grateful child.

1. Model and teach gratitude

2. Spend time with your kids and be mindful when with them

3. Support your child’s autonomy

4. Use kids’ strengths to fuel gratitude

5. Help focus and support kids to achieve intrinsic goals

6. Encourage helping others and nurturing relationships

7. Help kids find what matters to them

To read the full article click here: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/seven_ways_to_foster_gratitude_in_kids

 

Positive KidsAug. 18th

The world is changing and people are changing. Do you ever worry that your kids will become wrapped up in the wrong things? I think we all have this worry. With so many negative things going on in the world, it’s nice to know we can still encourage our kids to become positive, kind and compassionate people.

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We took the liberty of finding a few helpful articles. Take the time to read these and pat yourself on the back for being an involved parent. Yes, you can change the world…one small person at a time.

Washington Post article: Are You Raising Nice Kids?

Parenting.com article: Raising a Compassionate Child

NY Times article: Raising a Moral Child

Positively Yours,

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