Avoiding Brain Drain During Winter Vacation

For thousands of school children, a magical time has arrived:  Two weeks of winter vacation! This time of year is wonderful for spending time with family and friends.  Whether you’re baking cookies, telling stories, or just relaxing, these two weeks are a much needed break for many people.  But what about your brain?  Is it taking a break too? Research shows that a stimulated

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Give the Gift Of Time

I only have two children and I find it hard to make sure that I spend some alone time with each of them each day. During the holiday break, we have an opportunity to five the gift of time – special time to spend together. Give the Gift Of Time We parents know spending quality time with our children is one of the best

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Christmas Traditions Around the World

If your family celebrates Christmas, your children are probably counting down the days. At our house, my son put up three different calendars in three different rooms. He wants to be sure we don’t miss it! During the holiday, we follow a lot of Christmas traditions as well as some of our own. But there are many other interesting and meaningful Christmas traditions out

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Plan a Progressive Dinner

If you’re looking for a fun family activity for the holidays or any day, organize a progressive dinner. It’s not only an enjoyable way to spend an evening, but you’ll get to know your child’s friends and their parents better as well. A progressive supper involves a meal made up of several courses – all at different locations. Because you’ll be progressing along with

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Grandparents Book

We love our grandmas! I’m so glad my children have gotten the chance to know both grandmothers so well. By the time my oldest was only six months old, my father passed away; my husband’s father was already gone before we had even started dating. Still, I want my children to know the kind of men their grandfathers were — men who wanted to

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101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home

While perusing a home furnishing store with my sister, I came upon a neat little book by David Bordon and Tom Winters: 101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home. With four children of my own, the title alone drew me to open it. What were these 101 things, and had we actually done any of them? The List Upon first inspection,

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Handprint Crafts

Children grow so fast, and having a record of their handprints is a fun and memorable way to record special times and holidays during those early years. Handprint crafts also make great gifts for grandparents and neighbors. Here are two of our favorites: Handprint Wreath Whether you have one child or a houseful, you can make beautiful handprint wreaths for any occasion. Supplies posterboard

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Illustrated Poem

  This project is easy to do and yields beautiful results. Your child might even give his or her illustrated poem as a gift to a grandparent or friend. Here’s what you’ll need: Favorite Poem printed on heavy paper, such as cardstock. Plain white paper to draw on (computer paper is fine) Pencil and Eraser Black drawing pen Soft pastels – These are the

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Make a Mailbox

Children love getting mail, even if there’s no stamp on it! With this simple but fun craft, children can make their own mailbox to hang outside their bedroom door. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Shoe box Scissors Acrylic Craft Paint (This comes in small bottles and can be found at Wal-Mart or arts and crafts stores for about $1.00 each) Paint brushes Container for

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The Story of Ferdinand

One of our favorite books (and probably one of yours too) is The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. In the story, a little bull in Spain loves to sit under a tree and smell the flowers while all the other young bulls fight and butt each other.  When they all are grown, the other bulls dream of fighting in

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