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Camping with Kids

Prior to having kids, I loved camping.  Now that my kids are more independent and one is almost out of diapers, we have started taking part in my favorite pastime together.  Camping is mentally, emotionally and physically rewarding. The benefits to children are even more so.  The quality time spent with family and the one on one attention they experience on such trips is

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101 things to do….

101 things to do…. As summer approaches, I try to start making a plan of possible activities to do with my kids and visiting nieces and nephews.  I find this list is just the thing to have on hand when the kids utter the dreaded phrase,”I’m bored!”.   Its amazing when kids say they are bored while they are surrounded by toys and gadgets

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Learning Fire Safety

We spend a lot of time teaching our children about the dangers of the world- not to talk to strangers, what to do if they are lost etc. When I received a flier from our local fire fighters about fire safety, I realized I had not imparted important fire safety tips or an evacuation plan to my kids. Being prepared for incidents such as

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Constellation Afterschool

One of our favorite past times is stargazing. However, it’s hard to keep track of all those constellations.   Although, he’s been taught all about constellations, the retention has always been minimal. He will remember little bits and pieces, but not enough to mark as proficient. I think the reason is that he learns best by doing something -an activity-related to what he’s learning.

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Flower Arraging for Kids

A friend of mine has three girls and recently they took a flower arranging class together. What fun! I have been looking for something new to do with my son, but would this new project be too “girly” for him?  I figured the only way to find out was to try.  His Aunt’s birthday was coming up so I suggested we make a flower

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Kids Get Stressed Too!

The other day, my son mentioned his stomach felt funny. Instantly, I thought,”oh,no, stomach flu!”. I am glad that I took the time to ask him some questions before I doused him with echinacea.  It turns out he was feeling stressed about an upcoming test.  I explained that stress or worry can make his body feel sick, like with a stomach ache or headache

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Tennis

I’m always wary of exposing my son to the hyper competitive afterschool sports available.  From parents yelling at their kids, children learning bad sports behavior etc, it can be a volatile environment at best. I have been lucky to find a great sport that seems to bring out the best in coaches, kids and parents- tennis! There are a lot of benefits that playing

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Craft for Boys

I don’t know what it is about the word crafting but my son runs away when asked to join me. However, no more!  I have stumbled onto enticing crafts for boys. These craft ideas are engaging and take more than five minutes, making them a good afterschool activity that he really enjoyed! Marshmallow Shooter   Gather up some balloons, plastic cups, mini marshmallows and

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Kid Friendly Research Sites

So it’s after school and your child has a report due tomorrow. He needs to research but you have things to do, so you can’t sit and supervise the search online entirely. What to do? The web can be dangerous for kids. Parental controls don’t always work. Direct supervision has always been imperative. Nowadays though, kids researching on the web could not be simpler

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