Teach the Joy of Giving Year Round

Every now and then we have the ME, ME, ME Monster creep into our house. This can happen any time of the year, but it seems more common around a big holiday. When this happens, I love to turn to a book for help.We recently used the book, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein, to help remind everyone that when we give and share with others we can all be happy. You can, of course, twist this around to adapt for any upcoming holiday like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, etc. The more we talked about it, the more I realized how important it was for us to remember and practice these principles year round. Sometimes we just ...

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Go Fish with a Math Twist

Each year my son's school throws together a night to celebrate math and play games. We always come home with a new handful of games that we love to play and that encourage him to practice math. The added perk is that his little sister gets a lesson in math, too, as she tries to join us in all the games. A game we have been playing recently is a version of Go Fish with a math twist. What You Will Need:Deck of cards with numbers (UNO, Phase 10, Regular face cards - remove any cards with letters because that may get a little confusing) At least 2 players that know their numbers 1-10Directions: Go FishTo be able to play this ve ...

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Being Thankful: A Thanksgiving Craft

Every year we have a little family tradition of each child making their own "Thankful Turkey". The kiddos love making their own "Thankful Turkeys" and as they are getting older, it has been fun to see them read and write on their own feathers. After they are finished these turkeys are a great table decoration and allow us to have some fun conversations about what each child is thankful for.What You Need:An eager creator Toilet paper roll (1 per turkey) Colored paper Glue Scissors Crayons, markers, or colored pencils Googly eyes, buttons, or anything else to make eyes (optional) Paperclips (optional) – to help ...

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Emergency Preparedness for Kids

We've taught our children the dangers of smoking, drugs, talking to strangers and not to play with matches. These are all great lessons but do they know what to do in case of an emergency. Emergencies can range from things like a natural disaster to being locked out of the house to getting out of a house fire. These situations should be discussed so everyone knows the correct plan of action if something should arise.Plan an Escape. Create a map of your home and all of the ways out of it. Make note of windows, heights to the ground and obstacles such as hard to open locks or large furniture. Practice different scenarios with your entire f ...

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Teaching Children Manners

In these days of distractions, electronics and hectic lifestyles some of us parents might have lost the importance of teaching basic manners and etiquette. Quickly picking up after our children is often easier than waiting for them to do it. Excusing behavior because of their age is faster than explaining why some comments are better left unsaid.Below is a list of basic manners needed to stand out in a crowd and to be the child that other children and parents want to be around. Starting some of these at a young age makes them second nature and your children won’t need much reminding to practice them.When you ask for something, alwa ...

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