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New Year's Eve 2016!

New Year’s Eve Fun!

New Year’s Eve is a great time to reflect on the past year, think about the new year and just plain have fun. Here are some ideas for things to do while you’re waiting for that stroke of midnight: Talk about this past year. What are you thankful for? Go back over all the amazing things you did and congratulate yourself for all you accomplished. What are you most proud of that you did? What was your biggest lesson learned? Plan next year. What do you plan to do during the year What vacations would you like to take? What activities would you like to do? What new sport, craft, language would you like to learn? What unusual thing do you hope happens next year? Predict next year. Can you think of any goofy things you think might happen next year? Get out those family games! Now is a great ...
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We Need to Talk

We Need to Talk: Communicating with Your Child’s Teacher

One of the most important things you can do for your child in school is to communicate well with their teacher. The teacher will typically let you know how they prefer to communicate with you – by telephone, email, or even text. Feel free to let them know your preferred method of communication as well. Teachers are usually very happy to work with you, as they value that communication as much as you do. Try to make it to open-house night and conferences. The more face-to-face time you have with your child’s teacher, the easier it is to develop a relationship that makes it easier to talk when the tough conversations come up. Speaking of tough conversations, always try to remember that what your child tells you happened in school may be a misinterpretation or simple confusion. For instance, your child may come home crying that they didn’t get to ...
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Back to School

5 Tips To Make Back-to-School Time a Breeze!

It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, but going back to school can also be a great experience if everyone is well-prepared. Here are some tips to help your child get back into the school routine: About a week before school starts, begin getting back to regular bedtime and wake-up time. You can start slowly, by adjusting in ½ hour increments. If you wait until the night before school starts, the quick change can make for a rough morning. Have the kids help make a schedule. Let them help decide what time they will need to go to bed to get enough rest, and what time they will need to get up to get ready in time. These are time management skills that will serve them well as working adults. Create a place to organize school supplies and to do homework. Most likely over the summer any place that ...
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Five Inexpensive Ideas for Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

When the kids are home for the summer, it’s not always easy to keep them entertained, especially if money is tight. So here are some ideas that you can do that won’t break even the smallest budget: Scavenger Hunt - Make a list of items for your child to find, and have them check them off the list as they find them. They can be things around your house or your neighborhood, and items or tasks such as finding a red bicycle or finding a street sign that has four vowels in it. Have “Game and Cookie Night” - Have the kids help make a batch of cookies, then everyone can sit down and play board games together while enjoying their delicious treats! Go on a picnic - It’s easy to forget the simple things. Make simple sandwiches and snacks and head outdoors to your own backyard or to a ...
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Raising Responsible Children

Do you worry about how to raise your children to be responsible adults?  Well, don’t worry, it’s really quite easy. Children want to feel like an important and necessary part of the family.  You can show them they are important and capable - and teach responsibility - at the same time.  This is where family chores come in. No matter what age your child is, there is a chore that is appropriate for their developmental stage.  Even as toddlers, they can help you by doing things such as picking up their toys.  As they get older, they can help set the table, feed the dog, take out the trash. If you make learning these chores fun for your child, they will learn them faster and easier. When teaching the toddler to pick up toys, make a game of it.  When they are setting the table that is the perfect time ...
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