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Manual Labor After School

When most of my peers and I were young kids, it was a common thing to see kids performing manual labor for their family and community. Nowadays, kids do very little but play video games and watch tv or take part in after school activities- all centering around their enjoyment. A casual poll amongst our friends shows that at home, parents do all the

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Death and Dying

Our children have been fortunate up to now to never have experienced the death of a close family member or human friend. When our elderly family dog passed away, our son was devastated, but seemed to grasp about our dog’s frail body giving out. Recently, a puppy we fostered for the shelter became sick and passed. This wasn’t as easy to explain. Death and

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Independent Play

This past week, I noticed how my husband really plays with our kids.  He actually participates.  With him, play time is scheduled- part of the after school routine. He is absolutely right to ensure playtime happens; we both do.  I realized he models play to our kids so that they can play independently when they are with me, the less playful parent. I have

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Free After-school Classes

Now that kids are back in school and mostly settled into their routines,enriching and fun after-school programs are a priority to find for most families. Let’s face it. Since after-school activities take place in the afternoons of school days, they can really help working parents with childcare until they are done with work. Even though this is our primary motivation for having our kids

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Forts

Every year my son gets involved in building a fort indoors. Since he’s always built them with blankets, chairs, sheets, clothespins, folding chairs, boxes, cushions etc, it’s always been a safe activity he could enjoy without us hovering. This year, he announced he wanted to build his fort outdoors, with actual wood and nails. Our first instinct was to be worried, but then we

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Activities to Develop Visual Skills

Developing visual skills includes visual memory, eye and movement coordination and pattern recognition. There are a lot of ways to help this development in your child via activities and games. Here are some examples of activities to strengthen your child’s visual ability, depending on their age and ability. -Playing with manipulative toys like Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys,  Lego and stacking blocks -Hammering nails into

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Activism

There is still plenty of time this summer for our kids to learn and participate in social and environmental activism. By helping, changing a life, making a difference, kids can learn how good it feels to get involved in a meaningful way and give back. Activism is not just for adults. Children of all ages can bring about vast change in the lives of

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