Saturday, March 30, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Parenting, April Activities
APRIL 30—National Honesty Day
George Washington, often recognized as exceptionally honest, was inaugurated on this day in 1789. Open a discussion about honesty with your child. Remember though, that a child of four still has some developmental limitations for processing certain things. For example, he is beginning to know the difference between right and wrong, is showing a growing ability to distinguish real-life from make-believe, and will tell tall tales, but cannot always distinguish between honesty and dishonesty. This is very normal. So, knowing this, Ask him or her to explain to you what telling the truth is and what telling a lie is. Gently correct any misconceptions. Remember that the most effective means of teaching your child to be honest is to model honesty yourself!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Parenting, Sleep Routines, March Activities
March 31 - Easter, National Sleep Awareness Week
One of my favorite childhood traditions was the annual cousin sleepover and Easter egg hunt. We waited anxiously for my aunt to give us the green light to start the hunt. We sprinted all over the house finding the chocolate eggs. Here are 15 Creative Ideas for the best Easter Egg Hunt ever.
Bring out your inner bunny. It’s time to do the Bunny Hop!
Everyone needs that perfect Easter Bonnet to wear for all the festivities. My favorite is the paper plate variety. Paper plate easter bonnet
While you are creating the perfect bonnet, enjoy Bing Crosby singing Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade.
We all—adults and children—need an adequate amount of restful sleep to function at our best during the day. One way to help children drift off to dreamland is to provide them with a routine that signals their active day is coming to an end.
Children will really look forward to bedtime when it includes reading a book all about them. On several pieces of 81/2 x 11 paper, write a story about your child’s bedtime routine. For example, “After dinner, (child’s name) plays a quiet game. Then she puts on her pajamas. Her favorites are the ones with stripes. Next, she brushes her teeth.” etc. Ask your child to illustrate each page. Then stack the pages, punch three holes (equally spaced) along the spine, and tie the pages together with yarn. The last page of the book should read, “Then (child’s name) finishes reading his special bedtime book. He kisses Mommy and Daddy good night, closes his eyes, and goes to sleep. Sweet dreams, (child’s name)!”
Sunday, January 27, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Parenting, February Activities, Languages
FEBRUARY 21 – International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the UN to promote the preservation and protection of all the languages in the world. Today, so many languages are being lost through assimilation, globalism and policy. And along with the loss of language goes a loss of cultures and heritage.
Take a few moments to introduce your child to the languages spoken by your ancestors. Sing them some songs and tell the the stories of your families. Look up the holidays celebrated and see how your family celebrations and rituals are the same - and different from the ones your ancestors celebrated.
Make a book together with some of the words from the languages spoken by your ancestors. Write down the names of the places where they lived. Put a map, showing your ancestral home along with pictures of the place in the book. And, don't forget to put in pictures of your relatives. It's a gift that lets a child know where they came from.
Sunday, December 30, 2012 by Jeremy Tellier
Parenting, January Activities
JANUARY 25 – A room of one’s own day, opposite day
Take this opportunity to make it a day for teaching your little one about opposites. This can be done by marching, left, right, left, right. You can also do bending exercises, up, down, up, down. Use your imagination-you get the idea, Don’t you? Yes, No, Yes, No?
Even when kids share a room, it is still nice to feel like they have a room of their own. Encourage kids to put up pictures or other personal items on "their side" of the room to personalize. Personalized throw pillows and comforters will also help define personal space. But the ultimate room of your own can be found at Digital Dollhouse. Decorate your own Victorian home with hundreds of beautiful furnishings. Be careful mom, while you might sign up with your child, adults can become seriously addicted to this home decor extravaganza.Digital Dollhouse
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Shelley Miles
Recipes, September Activities, September Holidays, parenting
SEPTEMBER 28– National good neighbor day, Ask a stupid question day
I have always been told that there is no such thing as a stupid question. But, most of us have experienced not wanting to appear stupid by asking a question. Use today, Ask a Stupid Question Day, to encourage your kids to ask questions both at home and at school.
This simple act will help them keep their natural curiosity and remain active, information seeking learners.
Do you know your neighbors? Take the time on National Good Neighbor Day to say thank you and let your neighbors know that you appreciate them. If you have the time, bring over some cookies or brownies, or fresh fruit from your tree. Your neighbors will surely appreciate it.
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