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Indoor Energy Burners

It’s raining almost every afternoon here.  It’s the season. It makes it very hard to help my two children get all the physical activity they require to be happy and be able to fall sleep at a decent hour. They need to bounce, climb, jump, roll and run. Following are some fun ideas to help children burn off energy indoors. -Mini trampoline in front

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4-H Club

A lot of the kids in our community are part of a 4-H program. I never knew what everyone was talking about but now that we are thinking about taking part in a local club, I want to share what I found as this definitely falls in the category of fun and educational afterschool activity. The 4-H club is a national youth development program

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Training the Dog Can Be Fun

We are a pet friendly family. We have dogs, cats and fish. These animals have been with us for quite sometime. Actually, the majority of them are elderly so the days of spontaneous play are rare. For this reason, my son tends to overlook them as a source of fun. Always on the quest for new activities, I try to strike up conversation with

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Reconnect With Your Family

This month has been horribly hectic!  It feels as though I have not stopped to breathe much less connect with my family. Yesterday, as I drove home from the last errand, I caught sight of my son in the rearview mirror, looking a little lost, and a bot forlorn. I realized in the chaos of the day, week, month, I had neglected to make

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Meetups – Where Can You Meet?

In the ever lasting search for playgroups, friends or people with common interests to spend time with, I came across Meetup, an online resource which makes it simple to connect with other people in our community. Meetup is the largest network of self-organized clubs and community groups online. The site makes it easy for anyone to set up a local group or find one

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Beyblades

My son is obsessed! Obsessed with Beyblades! I hear the spinning sound in my sleep. But, I don’t mind. This hobby has plenty of benefits, the least of which is it keeps him busy for hours. Beyblades is a Japanese manga series which focuses on these kids who battle each other using highly powerful spinning tops called “Beyblades”. The toy line incorporates the Beyblades

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Improvisation

Child’s play is creative improvisation. I watch my son play in repetitive themes-aliens versus humans, cop and robber, etc all the time. The common denominator? improvisation. Every single time, my son creates new characters, dialogue, stories for the same games, making them unique and special every time. Play then helps our children understand on a personal level ideas and concepts. For example, A child

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Being Productive

As a parent, sometimes I feel negligent of my child because I don’t enroll him in at least one activity after school. Most of my son’s friends spend every afternoon at one or two activities. Even as they are actively engaged, I have heard these children utter the words that make parents cringe: I’m bored! As parents, we are obsessed with having children that

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Fun that is “Bigger than a Breadbasket.”

Do you want the opportunity to amaze your family and friends?  If the answer is yes, then log on to www.20q.net and prepare to be flabbergasted! This is an online version of the classic game that older generations can remember playing on the long car trips to their grandparents’ house.  The difference is that instead of a person asking the questions, now a super-smart

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