Art supplies are wonderful and versatile. What other items offer fun play, creative expression, and learning all in one…for very inexpensive prices?
With art supplies children have the world at their fingertips. There is so much that can be done, be made, be transformed…but with toxic ingredients like lead showing up in kids’ products you want to be sure that the creative supplies are not only fun but safe for the little ones.
Stubby Pencil Studio offers the biggest selection around that I have found, of eco-friendly, non-toxic art supplies and old fashioned games and toys.
Perfect items to stuff in Easter baskets. I have a crafty family. All of us are DIY handmade type people, so craft supplies are always on hand; however because we are so crafty we tend to go through them pretty fast. Or they mysteriously disappear.
That is either thanks to my budding magician toddler whose disappearing sippy cup act beats anything Copperfield could offer, or it could be the invisible troll that also loves socks, not sure.
Anyway, we always need new crayons, paints and sketchbooks that rapidly get filled with wonderful ideas and beautiful works of art. (continue reading…)
Terra Wellington has written a great guide for any mom (or dad) interested in going green. From energy savings to green vacations you’ll get information, tips and ideas to help green your family in this detailed and well written green family guide, The Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home.
Wellington doesn’t preach, instead she offers useful advice, green ideas, helpful tips and much needed information that will break through all the confusion and greenwashing going on today. She even includes handy little icons that let you know how beneficial the green aspect is and how much it is going to cost. Icons include those for health benefits, time savings, money savings, free stuff, and expenses that range from under $50 to over $1,000. (continue reading…)
It’s no secret that Hanukkah’s irresistible draw of presents makes it a child’s favorite holiday. However, sometimes, the real significance of Hanukkah gets lost especially when kids become preoccupied with gift expectations. Here are some simple suggestions that can help your family develop a new and more meaningful approach to the holiday of Hanukkah.
Break away from the monotonous Dreidel song. Here are some funky, playful, CD’s with a touch of the traditional. (continue reading…)
Approximately half of the pre-school children do not have breakfast with their parents on most mornings. Parents set the food on the table in a hurry to finish off the household chores in busy morning time. Dozens of scientific studies have demonstrated an impressive list of benefits associated with eating together as a family.
The nutritional benefits alone are dramatic. Each meal at home is healthier than a meal on go. The meals on go also lessen the enjoyment and fun time that kids can actually spend with their parents. As kids eat more at home with parents, they naturally begin to eat whole food grains, dairy products, fruits and vegetables than their peers do. They are more likely to achieve the nutritional benefits derived from the food. They eat less deep fried foods and drink fewer sugared and carbonated drinks. (continue reading…)
Choosing a child care center is a very important decision, and your decision as a parent will influence your child’s comfort with and response to the new settings. While selecting one for my baby, I looked at lists of qualities and requirements for a good child care place after visiting many of the child care centers over a month’s time. I was not in a rush. The final one was visited at least a 5 times before I left my child there for the first time. After all, it is for my beloved son! And now I feel so satisfied and happy that he loves to go there and enjoys his time with the caregiver and other kid. The caregiver, Ms. Nancy, is a very good and loving lady. That day I was getting late for a meeting and in rush I just forgot to pack his lunchbox. And when I rushed into the door of the center I realized my mistake. By that Ms Nancy came over to greet my son Naunidh. She noticed my harried look and questioned what the matter was. I said sheepishly, “I forgot Naunidh’s lunch at home.”
Ms Nancy assured me that she would take care of this. She said that she would arrange for some fresh fruits, peanut butter, whole grain toast, strawberry yogurt (he loves it!), crackers and milk of course.
I was so relaxed. I consider child care centers as a family support system, which proved so true this very morning.
Thus, it is very important to find a quality child care for your child. I remember that the people at the center where my son goes now were very polite and easy going. I asked them many questions and they answered all of them. They even allowed me to observe them in action, which made me believe that it can be good place for my kid. (continue reading…)
Lately on the news I have seen numerous stories about children taking their lives due to school bullying. It upsets me but I have never done anything about it since it does not affect my children nor do I believe my children to be bullies. But after watching this video, I decided to reach out to my parent readers and ask if they would help put a stop to child bullying by speaking to their children about it. This is something we never think about or maybe don’t give it enough thought. We tell our children not to talk to strangers, look before crossing, what to eat, but do we ever tell them not to be a bully? Do we ask them if they have been bullied? No, our children learn to deal with it. But they don’t really know how?
This is a subject we have never discussed on the site nor do I feel I need to share my opinion but as a parent, I feel we have an obligation to each other, to help each other raise healthy, happy children regardless of their sexual preference. It’s heart breaking to hear young children taking their lives. This video is really not about a child’s choices but rather the bullying and the lasting effects it has on our children. We as parents should teach our children to respect each other, to be kind to each other and to live in harmony with each other even to those who are different. Not all children are the same. Some are strong, some are outgoing, some are quiet, some are smart, some are artistic, some are athletic, but all children were bought into this world loved. (continue reading…)
Halloween is yet another hurdle one has to maneuver regarding food allergies. It can be “tricky” but it is important to have a plan that covers school parties, trick or treating and beyond. In order to make this celebration a not-so- scary one, check out a few of these suggestions.
- Attend the party to insure proper safety.
- If you can’t be there, speak with the teacher in advance. Bring in safe snacks that your child can eat.
- If you don’t want your child to feel left out by eating something entirely different, you can provide a safe snack for the entire class instead. (Check out Dr. Lucy’s cookies, www.drlucys.com). Each individually wrapped package comes with three cookies and is very tasty.
- If you are friendly with any of the other parents, encourage them to bring in safe snacks, i.e. apples, grapes etc.
- If the class receives goody bags, encourage room parents, and/or the teacher to fill them with small prizes instead of candy/food. Pencils, erasers, small activity books, key chains all make great gifts. (continue reading…)