10 Activities to Take the Gloom Out of Rainy Days

10 Activities to Take the Gloom Out of Rainy Days
We all know the nursery rhyme rain, rain, go away, come again another day. I'll be the first to admit that rainy days get me down, but it doesn't have to be that way. I'm here to share both indoor and outdoor activities so that you and your children can make the most out of rainy days together. Outdoor Activity Ideas: Dance in the rain- this is a really simple, but fun way to spend a little time out in the rain. Play some music or sing a song tog...
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5 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Summer Break

5 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Summer Break
Summer can be a fun and exciting time for families! There are so many activities they can do together, it feels like the options are endless. At the same time, summer break can sometimes feel stressful. Changing from a structured school schedule to extra free time can be overwhelming for kids (and parents). With a little bit of planning and a few tips, you can make the transition to summer a smooth one. 1. Keep a schedule Keeping a schedule durin...
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Screen Time Series (2): Alternative Activities & Managing Multiple Kids' Screen Time

Screen Time Series (2): Alternative Activities & Managing Multiple Kids' Screen Time
Imagine that you are at home with your children. You're scrolling through your social media feed while your spouse is working on their laptop. Your toddler and preschooler are watching a children's program on the television and your school-aged child is playing a game on your tablet. Suddenly the power goes out, taking the precious Wi-Fi connection with it. What do you do? How can you keep your family "entertained" without the screens that are re...
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Spring Time Nature Crafts

Spring Time Nature Crafts
Are you tired of being stuck inside? Are you ready for spring? You are not alone! It is exciting to have warmer weather right around the corner. Children may be tired of being inside and parents are running out of ideas and activities for their children to do indoors. Here are a couple of fun and easy things to do on a beautiful spring day. Nature Collection Pick a nice sunny day to go to the park or walk around your neighborhood to do a nature c...
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What You and Your Child Can Do for Valentine’s Day This Year

What You and Your Child Can Do for Valentine’s Day This Year
Most years, my parents would go out for dinner and have a romantic date while I took care of my siblings. As the oldest of all my siblings, I've always tried to come up with fun activities to do for Valentine's Day. But most of the time, we would just end up watching TV together. For the most part, children who celebrate Valentine's Day mostly celebrate it in a classroom setting by writing valentines and buying candy to pass out. And that's where...
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Last Minute 4th of July Crafts and Snacks

Last Minute 4th of July Crafts and Snacks
If the 4th of July snuck up on you this year like it did for me, you'll likely need some last-minute ideas on how to entertain your children and make the holiday special. There are so many fun and creative ways to celebrate with your kids that don't require copious amounts of time and money. Crafts: Holidays are exciting for your kids! Crafts are a great way to work on your child's fine motor skills as well as give them an outlet for creativity. ...
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DIY Valentine's Day Fine Motor Skills Craft

DIY Valentine's Day Fine Motor Skills Craft
We use our fine motor skills every single day, from getting dressed to eating to writing. Fine motor skills require the control of small muscles in our hands. These muscles can be strengthened and improved each day. Not only are these important skills to develop for daily activities but they also include a host of other benefits such as improving academic readiness and fostering independence. Doing developmentally appropriate activities with our ...
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DIY Halloween Luminaries for Kids

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Kids
Holiday traditions bond families together. Whether we realize it or not, our traditions give us a sense of belonging, importance, and security. Regardless of the changes occurring in our lives, we know that these family rituals will stay constant! Halloween will probably have a lot of changes this year. Many of us are missing getting together with family or even trick-or-treating. This is an excellent time to create a new tradition: start creatin...
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Fighting Boredom: 20 Boredom-Busters to Jumpstart Your Child's Imagination

Fighting Boredom: 20 Boredom-Busters to Jumpstart Your Child's Imagination
The famous words of my childhood summer days were, "I'm bored." Often my mom would reply, "Read a book." Quickly I would snark, "No, I don't want to." The times in children's lives that are most unstructured, such as during a break from school, are the times we hear the word "bored" the most. About a month ago, I wrote a blogpost on " Alternatives to TV Time ." There I outlined the importance of self-directed independent play in child development...
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Guest Post: How to Make a Free, DIY Terrarium

Guest Post: How to Make a Free, DIY Terrarium
There are numerous benefits to having plants or "green space" in your home. For example, green space has been shown to decrease stress, anxiety, blood pressure , and can even purify the air in your home. Building a terrarium is a perfect way to bring green space into your home and enjoy the benefits that come with it. It's also an activity that can be enjoyed and accomplished at any age. When I created my own, my 2-year-old joined me and helped c...
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It's Okay to be Bored

It's Okay to be Bored
During this time of the "Stay home, Stay safe" directive, You or your child (or both!) might find yourself feeling bored. Just know it's okay to be bored! In fact, we need people to get bored. It's while we're bored that our minds are free to create. Creativity is the heart that moves us forward into newer brighter ideas for the future. Boredom also provides the building blocks to build relationships and confidence. So what is actually happening ...
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Guest Post: Say Goodbye to Nature Deficit Disorder With These Ideas for Outdoor Family Fun

Guest Post: Say Goodbye to Nature Deficit Disorder With These Ideas for Outdoor Family Fun
Please note: This article was submitted prior to the CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19. Please observe all safety measures as they are currently outlined, including social distancing.  Have you heard the term " nature-deficit disorder " and wondered what all the fuss is about? Don't worry - this isn't a disorder that can be diagnosed medically, but it is something we should all be aware of. That's because our health and well-being suffe...
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Guest Post: Kid Friendly DIY Herb Garden for Your Kitchen

Guest Post: Kid Friendly DIY Herb Garden for Your Kitchen
Finding meaningful activities to share with the kids in your life can be a challenge. With so many attention-grabbing screens to compete with, it might even be intimidating to suggest something like gardening. But make no mistake! Kids can get every bit as excited about growing plants as they do about a video game or TV show. The secret is to keep things simple, engaging, and — most of all — fun! A Perfect First Garden Indoor herb gardens are an ...
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Alternatives to T.V. Time

Alternatives to T.V. Time
I remember babysitting my young niece not too long ago. All evening she asked, "Cars?" This was code for, "Could we watch the movie Cars?" Soon I turned on the TV and sat with my niece as she watched intently. I became intrigued as I started to notice she did not take her eyes off the TV. She, like many of us, had watery eyes due to the amount of focus she put on the screen. This experience caused me to think about what she could be doing instead...
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Guest Post: Family Volunteering Tips

Guest Post: Family Volunteering Tips
  As I was growing up, my parents were always looking for ways to help support our neighbors and community. Whether it was cleaning up yards for people in our neighborhood or helping pick fruit at the local orchards, my parents signed us up to help. While I complained about this a great deal at the time, looking back on it helps me understand more about my parents and our family values. It also helps me understand how important it is for eac...
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Guest Post: How to Get Your Kids to Dig Gardening

Guest Post: How to Get Your Kids to Dig Gardening
  Looking to get your kids connected with something besides a small screen? How about communing with nature in the form of a garden? In this era of satisfaction on demand, watching and waiting for something to grow can be incredibly valuable for kids. It also gives them an excuse to get outside and get a little dirty. Another plus? Gardening can help picky eaters expand their food horizons. We know kids are more likely to eat food they've he...
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How To Keep Your Child From Falling Behind During Summer Break

How To Keep Your Child From Falling Behind During Summer Break
Summer break is one of the most exciting times to be a kid; a time to forget about the most demanding part of life-- school. But does a summer break without learning really help children in the long run? A report pointed out that, on average, children forget the last month of learning from the previous school year, with some areas reporting a greater loss of 25-30% of the learning of that same year! The greatest loss of learning was measured to b...
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Guest Post: What is Roblox?

Guest Post: What is Roblox?
You may have seen kids playing a blocky adventure game lately, or seen new toys while out shopping. Perhaps you thought it was Minecraft, or some kind of LEGO game. What you saw was most likely Roblox, a multiplayer online game that has been out since 2006, but grown leaps and bounds in just the last couple of years. In fall of 2018 it grew to over 70 million active users each month. Roblox is similar to LEGO and Minecraft in that it is a game cr...
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Guest Post: What Are the Health Benefits of Arts and Crafts Projects for Children?

Guest Post: What Are the Health Benefits of Arts and Crafts Projects for Children?
As children grow up, besides their usual everyday activities, arts and crafts form an essential part of their formative years. In schools these days, keen importance is placed on helping children discover and explore their creativity through arts and crafts projects, primarily. Arts and crafts do not only bring out the creativity children; health-wise, there are other benefits that children can gain from arts and crafts to boost their physical an...
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Children's Card Games on the Go

Children's Card Games on the Go
I love to play games, especially card games. There's just something about being surrounded by others and enjoying the conversation as you strategize your next move. I'm the first to admit that not all games are child-friendly. But with a little creativity, you can involve children in many games, even if they aren't able to comprehend the strategy involved. Games are fantastic for those times you find yourself waiting. For example, have you ever f...
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