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Autumn Birthday Parties

by Louise September 15th, 2009 | Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, Games, Parties
Autumn bdaysDo you have a child with a birthday that falls in the autumn? Here are some party ideas that work wonderfully in the autumn for many ages:

Pumpkin picking and decorating: Get a few parents to help you carpool the children to a nearby farm. Then, let them each pick out a pumpkin of their own. (To avoid spending too much, mention a maximum weight or show them an example of the perfect size.) At home, have some decorating supplies (paint, glitter, glue, googly eyes), and you'll have many decorated pumpkins that can double as party favors. Older kids could try
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Jobs For Young Teens

by Jacob P. June 30th, 2009 | Academics, Arts & Crafts, Helpful hints, Money, Teen Perspective, Teens, Work
picWhen I first joined the Wasabi Media Group team, I needed money rather badly to buy stuff, for a decent amount of spending money for a YMCA trip I am doing summer, and other usual teen money needs. Since I have began working a steady job, I have gained plenty of money.  I think jobs are good for teens, but for young teens, finding a job you legally can work at is hard.

In New Hampshire (where I live), the law basically says that if you are under the age of fourteen, you cannot get a job and if you are under
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Teaching Your Child to Write

by Gumer Liston May 5th, 2009 | Arts & Crafts, Helpful hints, Learning, Preschool
picI learned to write long before I started going to school because my mother taught me how to do it. Now that I have a child of my own, I would like to do with him what my mother had done with me. I started teaching my son to write when he was very young, when he was only two years and a few months old. Of course, he did not learn because his motor skills were then not good enough for the complex task of writing.

After seeing that it was too early for him to hold and manipulate a
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Summer Idea for the Kids

by Michele August 13th, 2008 | Arts & Crafts, Eating, Entertainment, Sports
"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 problem of boredom, here are some suggestions for family fun:

  • Pick fruits at a pick-your-own farm, and then create some recipes with them.

  • Go to a minor league baseball game.  Our sister site, Buzzer Eagle, highlights all of the benefits.

  • If it's a rainy day, bake cookies, then watch a holiday movie
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Potty Trained!

by Melissa April 2nd, 2008 | Arts & Crafts, Infants/Toddlers, Preschool
This week I have been celebrating my three-year-old daughter's completion of the potty training process. It has been almost a year since she first she had shown interest in using the potty. As a matter of fact, she even had gone all by herself many times and was almost potty trained at the age of two...and then her baby brother was born. Then she decided that diapers and pull-ups were cool. She especially liked the pull-ups that had pictures on them that disappeared when they got wet; she liked making the pictures disappear.

We had tried
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Snow Day!

by Michele March 28th, 2008 | Arts & Crafts, Entertainment
hot cocoaSpring has arrived according to the calendar. However, I awoke to the announcement of no school today due to snow. So, on this fine Friday morning, the children are playing inside while I type away beside the fireplace.

Now that there is no school, the clamor begins for electronic entertainment. "Can we use the Wii?" and "Can we watch a movie?" are among the favored questions of the morning. While some time spent with these devices is okay, I am not thrilled with the idea of children staring at a glowing screen for 10 or more
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