Stay Connected With Friends and Family – Creative Projects for Children

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As people go into lockdown or self-isolate around the world, it’s especially important to stay connected with family and friends. If your children are home from school right now, here are a few ideas to keep them virtually connected to friends and family members and encourage their creativity in the process. Children’s Creative Project Menu … Read more Stay Connected With Friends and Family – Creative Projects for Children

Phonics/Vocabulary Activities for Active Kids Stuck at Home

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Phonics/Vocabulary Activities for Active Kids Stuck at Home It’s only the first day of school closures and your kids are already going crazy cooped up in the house. You’re trying to work from home and get them to complete school work at the same time. I get it! Your children need to be active, but … Read more Phonics/Vocabulary Activities for Active Kids Stuck at Home

3 Ideas to Get Children Writing and Brighten Someone’s Day

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Your local school has just closed. Now, you’re stuck at home with your kids for the unforeseeable future. Your children may be feeling anxious and unsettled. Or, they may view this as an extended holiday and time for playing video games and watching TV. You don’t want your kids watching TV all day, but you … Read more 3 Ideas to Get Children Writing and Brighten Someone’s Day

Establishing Routines for Children Will Make Your Life as a Parent Easier

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Establishing routines for children does not need to be challenging. And, when you do it effectively, it’ll make your parental workload so much lighter. Imagine how you’d feel if you woke-up and found your child fully dressed with his/her bed made and teeth brushed. This is what happens when you establish routines at home with … Read more Establishing Routines for Children Will Make Your Life as a Parent Easier

Why Kids Need Routines – And Parents Do, Too!

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“Children, like the rest of us, handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine. A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives.” – Dr. Laura Markham, Aha! Parenting.com When I was a teacher, I wrote our … Read more Why Kids Need Routines – And Parents Do, Too!

Teach Kids To Be Kind With This Fantastic Resource

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Yesterday, my youngest son bounced into the kitchen with a big smile on his face. “Ollie filled my bucket!” he said. “He gave me his Altaria EX Pokemon card.” Now I don’t know my Pokemon characters as well as I should (other than Pikachu), but I could tell Altaria EX must have been a good … Read more Teach Kids To Be Kind With This Fantastic Resource

How to Declutter Kids’ Toys and Teach New Skills at the Same Time

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It’s one week after the holidays (or a child’s birthday party) and you’re staring at the mountain of new toys that has suddenly invaded your living space. Just looking at all it stresses you out. You asked the relatives to tone it down this year, but Aunt Joanne and Uncle Bob insisted on spoiling your … Read more How to Declutter Kids’ Toys and Teach New Skills at the Same Time

How to Motivate Children to Learn New Skills Without a Daily Battle of Wills

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How do you motivate your children to learn a new skill? And, how do you get them to practice?  It’s not easy. I play the piano. Every time someone hears this, I get the same response. “I took piano lessons when I was little, but I quit. I wish I’d stuck with it.” The truth … Read more How to Motivate Children to Learn New Skills Without a Daily Battle of Wills