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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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Kids Construction

Building projects are an awesome way to stimulate logic, expand imagination, develop spatial reasoning skills and teach kids problem solving. Experienced parents would agree that construction and building toys are absolutely necessary to unlock the imagination and encourage your child’s unique creativity. Construction toys can range from blocks, like Lego, to cardboard bricks to magnets. Children get to be in charge with these toys-

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Bug Watching

One of the most fun past times is watching bugs in their natural environments. Even the initial search is an adventure.  Play the great bug search satisfies kid’s exuberant curiosity and wonder for hours on end. All bugs are interesting but ants in particular are so busy they are endless source of entertainment and education. As your child watches the ants,  he can learn

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Family and Consumer Science

Family and consumer science, or home economics, is the study of nutrition, cooking, parenting, interior decoration, textiles, gardening, and other practical aspects of home management. These skills have long been attributed as a requirement to the feminine gender only and have in the last twenty years or so completely fallen off the map. I realized this when I realized our local schools do not

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Summer Jobs

If your child wants to make some cash this summer, do not discourage them.  Kids as young as 13 year olds can make money by putting in some effort in finding a quality job. Prepare your child by providing the following life-long advice: -Always apply in person before noon. If he or she applies in the morning, it shows motivation -He should dress like

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Mosaics

We went to a friends house whose every surface had mosaics on it. It was colorful and unexpected. My son was very interested because he had never seen anything like it before. If you are not aware, a mosaic is a picture created with lots of small tiles.  However, it can be made with any type of material. In this friend’s house, shells, metal,

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Letting Kids Decorate

My ten year old wants to pick his bedroom’s paint color. He also wants to decorate the walls himself. While I want to encourage his creativity and give him some control, I find I am nervous wreck! Kids decorating is a fine line to walk for a parent. Between kids having some say while not ending up with an unsightly space, what’s the compromise?

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Importance of Napping

My son learned about mammalian species and how they are polyphasic sleepers. This means  to sleep for short bursts throughout the day. Though we, humans are part of of this group, the majority of us sleep only one time in the day.  We are monophasic sleepers, driven by society needs. Always busy, driven by schedules. This may be why napping is such a need,

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