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7 Life Skills to Teach the Kids for the Holidays

Wouldn’t it be great if the kids were able to do more for themselves during the holidays?! 

I know, most parents think it would be great if the kids could do more for themselves all the time but I think it’s extra nice if it happens during the busiest time of the year. 

So we rounded up a few ideas about how to help the kids be more independent from some wonderful activities shared at the Discover & Explore Life Skills linky last week.

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Teaching Kids about Helping Others with #SimpleGiving

During November, we will be sharing a number of ways that kids can learn about gratitude and share ideas for giving to others.  I’m thrilled to be part of the #SimpleGiving Champions for Kids campaign sponsored through Collective Bias® and to share my ideas about how families can support local schools and children this month.

Giving to others is such an important life lesson.  And as parents, it’s up to us to model and teach this skill to our kids. 

No pressure really, kids have this amazing gift of knowing when to reach out to others.  I see it all the time when a young child gives someone a hug or kiss, when friends at school help others to carry their heavy backpacks or in the excitement you see on a child’s face when they’ve made a special picture or gift and just can’t wait to bless the recipient with their wonderful work.

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Fun Ways to Learn about Community Helpers

It’s so important to introduce our kids to the amazing people in our city who keep our community safe and healthy.  Kids need to learn who they can go to for help and also a little about the work of community helpers. 

There were some excellent ideas for play & learning shared at the Discover & Explore linky this past week.  Here are a few of my favorite activities for fun ways to learn about those who serve and protect us —

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Build a Personal Digital Library for Your Kids


I am being compensated by Bookboard for sharing my thoughts on their digital library.  As always, all opinions are my own — I only share programs that we really love and can highly recommend!


Last month, we signed up for a free trial on Bookboard, a digital library for our iPad. 

And this month, I’m sharing all the details so you can get your own FREE trial subscription for this wonderful service!

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A Season of Giving: Share Compliments

I do so love the holidays!  Yes, I know they get crazy and busy (and I never seem to get all the baking done that I would like to) but it’s a time to connect with family and reflect on all the joy that we have in our lives.

And for our family, it’s also a time to give to others.  Some years, we adopt a family and help provide them with a meal; other years, we’ll adopt an angel from a tree or donate toys to Toys for Tots.  There are so many ways to give back and make the season a joyous one for others.

 

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Are You Raising Curious Kids?

Are you raising curious kids?  You know, kids who love to ask questions, search for the answers and learn new things?  If so, BRAVO! Curious kids are the result of ‘thinking families’ — You must be a ‘thinking’ family!

Thinking families encourage kids to ask questions.  When your child asks ‘why’ or ‘how’, thinking families enjoy the exchange of ideas and the hunt for ways to answer the questions.

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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