Making Valentines Day about the kids

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If you have read my blog over the years, you know how I feel about Valentines Day. I take this opportunity to make my children feel special.  It is all about them, from the moment they wake until they go to bed. I just shower them with all these cheesy gifts or crafts of love.

Don’t get me wrong I show them love all the time, but for some reason this holiday is always a big deal and them just knowing I love them or the fact that I show my love all the time is not enough, they need a gesture. So this holiday has become all about them.

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How to talk politics with your child

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Politics has spread beyond just adult conversation in these days. Our children have more questions and they are being introduced to political talk early on, be it at school, on social media, or among friends and family members.

How do you help your child understand the changes that are going on around them?

My children are of all different age groups and I know that they have become very opinionated about what they have heard “around town”. How I choose to talk to them about politics has to be appropriate, unbiased of my own opinions and thoughts, and informative but on their level.

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5 New Year’s Eve Party Activities for Kids

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If you are a parent of young children, you are already trying to decide if you are going to party with or without your children, when bringing in the New Year.

Now, if you are anything like me, you already feel the guilt of leaving your children with someone else at this momentous time. I mean, welcoming in a New Year without the joys of seeing your children destroying your home, acting delirious because they are sleepy but need to stay awake, or the best one yet bouncing off the walls because they have had too much sugar so late in the evening.

Okay, decision made, I’m staying home to bring in the New Year with the kiddies. I mean they are the first faces I want to see when 2017 comes ringing in.

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5 ways to put an end to tantrums in public

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The dreaded tantrum. In the store, on the plane, at a restaurant, at drop off, at a friends house, or the best one yet, at the movies.

You would like to think that our children love us enough to have tantrums at home or in the car on the way to the public area, but no, that does not give them the attention they so desperately need.

Is it unfair to think that our children have us wrapped around their little fingers at least 80% of the time? I mean there are some parents who would say 99% of the time and then there are our parents of the year who would say only 10% of the time.

Well, hello, I am that 80% of the time parent. I mean I would like to think that I have the upper hand, but my child has strategically planned when to have those moments of

I need attention, I don’t care if it’s good or bad attention, just give it to me now.

Realistically that’s all a tantrum is, the ability to have the upper hand and get what you want at the exact moment you want it.

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Kindergarten Readiness, 5 ways to prepare your child for Kindergarten

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Most times when Christmas break approaches parents of preschoolers and Pre-k children began to wonder if their child will be ready for Kindergarten, in the fall. It is not premature to think about the readiness of your child, and how much more time is needed to prepare them for SCHOOL. It is a nightmare that every parent faces, unless you are that parent that has a child who adapts in any and every situation. Kudos to you and your nice life. To everyone else I know that anxiety.

I have a large family so I did not think about how ready my child was until the end of their pre-k year of school.  I procrastinated over the summer and three weeks before school started I got serious.  I wish I had paid attention and prepared long before then.

The mother part of me, thought I had dropped the bomb, but the teacher part of me knew it was not rocket science, just some patience and organization.

Now, kindergarten readiness does not just mean academically ready, because there are many children who never set foot in a structured learning environment until kindergarten or even 1st grade.

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Early Intervention EI,why it’s important.

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If you are a parent with a child birth through three it is important to know about the benefits of Early Intervention EI.  This is a federally and state funded program for families who have children born with delays in areas of their development.

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In some cases children are born with disabilities or some delays in their development which would qualify the family to receive Early Intervention services. These delays may be seen by a doctor, caregiver, or the parents.  When you are aware of your child’s delay there is help.

The EI program is available in all 50 states. Your doctor would more than likely be the one to refer you to the EI agency in your area or you can search for your local agency on your own and make an appointment, where your child will be evaluated.

What services does the EI program offer?

  • Developmental Therapy
  • Developmental Therapy with Hearing
  • Developmental Therapy with vision
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • There are other services that are not listed depending on the state

These therapies are also offered as part of the public school system once your child transitions to regular school (depending on the state).

What is EI role?

EI’s role is to show you how to help your child develop in their everyday setting. Whether that is in your home, your child’s childcare center, or at the agency. They are with you every step of the way. They will evaluate your child and help your family with transitioning your child into regular schooling after the child’s 3rd birthday.

This is a wonderful opportunity for your child and your family.  Look into it today!

Some websites that might help

ParentCenterHub

DHS Illinois

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