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Archives for August 2008

Babysitting Activity: Meatballs

by Bea August 28th, 2008| Elementary
I was babysitting about a year ago for a family of two. The daughter was 8 years old while the son was 6 years old. When I arrived at the house, I was surprised to see that their parents had planned for me to make the family's meal for the

A Delicious Family Activity

by Michele August 27th, 2008| Elementary
On this past Sunday, we took a leisurely hike at a nearby lake with two of our children. During the hike we discussed dinner for the night, a new meal we wanted to try. Both kids were excited about this meal and immediately asked to assist with cooking. The kids

Back To School, Back To Homework

by Lisa Stauber August 26th, 2008| Elementary

Back to school means more than fresh notebooks and new crayons. With a new teacher comes homework assignments! Each teacher has her own homework policies, and many also send home forms to be

How Far Is Too Far?

by Louise August 21st, 2008| Elementary
I know that every parent wants to bring his child up with a healthy lifestyle. While this is a good idea, I must stress that you do not take this thought too far, specifically in the case of food. If you're
not careful, being "too healthy" with your child might actually

Tips in Parenting a Shy Child

by Rosanne Lorraine August 19th, 2008| Helpful Hints

Shyness may seem endearing at times, but it also presents a lot of drawbacks for a person. Most people are shy when they are kids, but they learn to outgrow this shyness through exposure and social interaction. However, there are kids who carry their shyness through adulthood. Their lives

Baby-talking to Your Child

by Bea August 14th, 2008| Infants/Toddlers
If you want your infant to be a genius baby who starts to speak your language super early in his or her life, do not baby-talk to him or her. All of that "goo-goo-gah-gah"ing to your baby is not going to help. In fact, it might even confuse the kid!


Summer Idea for the Kids

by Michele August 13th, 2008| Elementary
"I'm bored!"

Are those typical words in your house? At this point in the summer, it seems likely that many households are resounding with that same sentence. Although the kids won't admit to wishing that school would start soon, they have become bored with the laziness of summer.

To help solve the

Blueberry Picking

by Michele August 13th, 2008| Elementary
Living in New Hampshire, blueberry picking is a summer tradition. In my childhood home our backyard was bordered by woods. Walking deeper into these woods, I was able to find wild blueberry bushes. I have many fond memories of summer mornings, dressed in a long-sleeved shirt and pants, with one

Easing Back To School

by Lisa Stauber August 12th, 2008| Elementary
School will be starting soon. Are you ready?

I'm not just talking about new crayons and backpacks. Children need time to adjust to a new routine. Start helping them get ready for a smooth back-to-school experience today. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Sleep. Many children stay up later

Preschoolers, Chores, and Helping Mommy

by Lisa Stauber August 5th, 2008| Infants/Toddlers

Your baby is growing up. He can walk, talk, and stack blocks. He's fully capable of helping out now, too!

Giving preschoolers chores is good for their self esteem. They become contributing members of the family, and most little ones love to help out. Imitation comes

4 Types of Parenting Styles

by Rosanne Lorraine August 5th, 2008| Elementary

Parents inevitably leave an impact on their children's social, emotional, and mental development whether they are aware of it or not. Parenting is a highly complex undertaking that involves many individual behaviors that work together to influence the child. But looking at specific behaviors in isolation may be deceptive.