Outdoor Chalk Writing

Day One: Chalk Writing Outdoor chalk is one of the greatest tools invented (in my opinion).  The thick chalk is great for beginner writers, it helps build fine motor skills. Now with outdoor chalk, you can encourage your child to write their name and any sight words they may know. The greatest gift to a  Kindergarten teacher is for your child to write, identify, and spell their first and last name. I don’t expect your child to write out their full name outside on the sidewalk, for all the people we may not trust to see, but writing their first…

Keeping Our Children Safe

We drill in our children’s heads the tools to be safe. We tell them to avoid strangers and report bad people on the internet and still, sometimes that is not enough. Criminals or those who prey on the innocence of little kids and some older kids are just that, criminals. They know how to manipulate and convince our children that they are friendly and non-threatening.  Sometimes I wonder if the constant lectures and news reports about your children being hurt is enough to convince my children that strangers and some that are not, are bad people.

Making Valentines Day about the kids

  If you have read my blog over the years, you know how I feel about Valentine’s 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…

How to talk politics with your child

  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…

5 New Year’s Eve Party Activities for Kids

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…

5 ways to put an end to tantrums in public

  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…