Summer Water Safety: A Must Read for all Parents!

Summer Water Safety: A Must Read for all Parents!

May is Water Safety Month and the perfect time to talk to your kids before gearing up to visit the pool or beach this summer! My husband & I disagree about a lot of things -- like who's the best canoe paddler (it's me ;) and whether ...
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12 Inspiring Outdoor Activities: The Lorax & Ecology for Kids

12 Inspiring Outdoor Activities: The Lorax & Ecology for Kids

Use The Lorax and these fun outdoor activities to teach ecology and inspire your kids to change the world! Today we're combining a few of our favorite things -- books & nature -- to kick off some early Spring exploring.   In honor ...
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5 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside to Play

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside to Play

  We played outside all the time when I was a kid!  Seriously, those had-to-be-called-in-to-eat type of days.  Even on school days, I remember walking home with friends and talking about what we'd do that afternoon before ...
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DIY Cleaning Caddy for Household Cleaning

DIY Cleaning Caddy for Household Cleaning

Trying to get kids to chip in more around the house?  This DIY Kid-friendly Cleaning Caddy will motivate them to help out!   Every summer, we have an odd sort of tradition in our family – our kids learn a new skill with rega...
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Books that Inspire Kids to Learn

Books that Inspire Kids to Learn

Many thanks to Hallmark for sponsoring this post and helping to create communities where all children have the chance to grow up as healthy, productive & caring persons.  All book choices and thoughts are mine alone. Today's b...
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Tips for Helping Kids Meet New Friends

Do you know how every kid has some special talent -- a skill that just makes you go "Wow!  Where did they learn that?!"  It's that thing about your child that impresses you, makes you proud and causes you to stop and think how it...
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14 Crafts for Your Thanksgiving Table

These beautiful & easy ideas are the perfect kids crafts for the Thanksgiving table! When I think back to holidays past, my favorite things for kids to do on Thanksgiving Day was helping to get the table ready for the meal! I always ...
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Teaching Kids about Veterans Day & Remembrance Day

Talking to kids about unhappy moments can be tough -- BUT it's a necessary thing in life.  Educating them about Veterans Day, Remembrance Day and war is one of those occasions -- it's not a pleasant topic to discuss but one that needs...
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30 Service Projects for Kids & Families

Looking for volunteer ideas or service projects to help others this holiday season?I’ve written before about what I want my kids to love about November and understanding how to help their community, serve others and be grateful for all th...
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Tips for Keeping Kids Safe while Playing Sports

I recently received an email with a question that caught my eye -- "Worried Your Kid Is Going To Break...Something?" "Hell Yes!"  was all I could think because we have kids who are prone to injury. Anyone who knows our family is not...
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DIY First Aid Kit List {with free printable!}

DIY First Aid Kit List {with free printable!}

Use this free printable First Aid Kit list and quickly know what to include in your own medical kit for the car, classroom or college student!We are currently packing up my oldest and getting him ready for his first year at college this wee...
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A Perfect Back-to-School Volunteer Project for Kids

It's very important to me that our kids are introduced to volunteer opportunities. Whether it’s a random act of kindness (such as helping someone take back their grocery cart) or a long-term commitment with a local charity, volunteer work...
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A Secret Club for Kids -- Activities to Help Siblings Get Along

Try this creative idea fOne summer, our kids decided they wanted to start their own club.A secret club."One that only has kids allowed Mom -- you can't come in, okay?"It's one of those times as a parent when you're excited for the creativit...
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18 Clothespin Math Activities & Games

Math is one of those topics that many kids find easier to learn if they can DO something with it. Instead of just working problems on a worksheet, learning becomes hands-on when you sort coins, pull out the tape measure or build items ...
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Recycle End of Year School Supplies for Back to School

Have your kids started their countdown for the last day of school yet? The clock is quickly ticking away at our house! And I adore that last day of school -- all the excitement about summer, the hugs for the teachers, our special end of ...
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