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3 Benefits: When a Child Entertains Himself

by Lori Sciame April 4th, 2017| Elementary, Entertainment
I have a cousin who is continually exhausted. It's not because she works too many hours, or that she has an elderly parent to take care of, or even because she has a dozen children. She is worn out because she has not taught her only son how to
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TV as Family Entertainment: Elementary Years

by YPI Editors September 8th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
There's something so delightful about the elementary years, although it isn't obvious while you're in the midst of them. Your children are old enough to have a tiny bit of independence, yet they also welcome time with mom and dad. Since they're still young, small things are exciting: a later
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Beat the Heat With Water

by Tania Cowling July 6th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
Your kids can quench the “sizzle” of summer with water. So, whether you have a swimming pool, wading pool, or just the garden hose, your kids can spend hours of fun and “beat the heat” this season. These wet and wild activities and games will make your outdoor time a
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Two Ideas to get Kids Active in a Crazy World

by Joe Lawrence May 4th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
It still amazes me that kids today have to be reminded to be active or that being active is not a “norm.” However, once we can show children how to find enjoyment while being active, they gain many benefits.

I remember growing up and never being in my house unless it
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Kids and Cameras: Go on a Photo Walk Together

by Tania Cowling March 30th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
How can taking a walk around the neighborhood become a special event? The secret is to take along a camera! It doesn't have to be an expensive one - it can be a simple digital, a disposable, and the Polaroid is coming back. The use of a camera will help
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Too Much Screen Time?

by Joe Lawrence January 27th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
“Kids today are on these electronic devices too much,” said most parents. However, few parents are doing much to change this.

The average child is behind a screen of some sort for two to three hours per day. This equates to a full year before they reach the age of seven.
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I Am Not to Be an Entertainer to My Children

by Joe Lawrence November 11th, 2015| Elementary, Entertainment
“How are we going to keep the kids entertained while we <insert scenario here>?” is a question we tend to ask ourselves often. I wonder if our parents cared as much about how to entertain us as we do today. In hindsight, I would say they did not.

It never
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3 Ways to Make Libraries Exciting for Children

by Joe Lawrence September 9th, 2015| Elementary, Entertainment
Libraries are somehow hanging on during the Information Age that we are in nowadays. Just because it is an archaic establishment does not mean we can’t try to make it exciting for our children.

Let’s be honest, libraries are not as useful as they once were 30 years ago. In
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4 Low Tech Ways to Entertain a Child

by Lori Sciame September 2nd, 2015| Elementary, Entertainment
Keeping an elementary aged child entertained doesn't always require high tech gadgets. While iPads Sony PlayStations, and Kindle tablets will certainly keep a child this age occupied, they don't stimulate the imagination in the same way that low tech places (and items) do. Plus, low tech entertainment options almost
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No Sweat Olympics: Active Indoor Games for Kids

by Tania Cowling June 10th, 2015| Elementary, Entertainment
Summer weather can often be so hot and humid that no one wants to be very active. These no-sweat active indoor games for kids do not require high-energy output, but are exciting and fun. Living in the south, these activities kept my kids engaged in easy competitive and skill
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4 Hacks to Instill Love of Reading in Your Child

by Ronald A. Rowe March 18th, 2015| Elementary, Entertainment
Reading doesn't have the attractive lure it used to have. With video game consoles, handheld electronics, the internet, and 200 cable channels the idea of sitting quietly with a good book is a hard sell.  But it is important that we do what we can to instill a love of
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