A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents

I stumbled upon The Logan Family Blog, while on Pinterest, and just had to share her post about A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents by Dr. Kevin Leman. 1.  My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball.  My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you. 2.  … Continue reading A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents

Senses: Smell

This is the fourth part of our senses series, smell. We have done sound,  touch, and taste. Below are activities, printables, and book suggestions all about the sense of smell. Activities involving smell Bake/Cook something.  Compare the individual ingredients to all of them combined. Compare different spices. Guess what it is.  Solely rely on your sense of smell to guess what it is. Create scratch and sniff … Continue reading Senses: Smell

Senses: Taste

This is the third part of our senses series, taste. We have done sound and touch. Below are activities, printables, and book suggestions all about the sense of taste. Activities involving taste Bake something.  How does it taste before you eat it or after. Bite into a lemon.  Is it sweet or sour?  Does adding a little sugar make it any sweeter? Bite into a piece of chocolate.  Is … Continue reading Senses: Taste

5 Facts to Keep in Mind as a Parent

Previously we talked about 10 Rules to Live by for Parents, well here we talk about 5 facts to keep in mind as a parent. You are not Super Parent:  All parents want to do it all and look good while doing it.  Sometimes that is not possible. Just as you expect your children to do the best they can,you need to expect that too. … Continue reading 5 Facts to Keep in Mind as a Parent

Inter-generational Activities

My children are blessed to have 5 great- grandparents, 8 grandparents, and Aunt and Uncles, and this doesn’t include the suto-Aunts and Uncles.  But sometimes the generation gap can cause families to not spend time with each other out of having nothing in common.  Below are some classic activities that know no age and everyone can enjoy. Reading and telling stories:  Let your older generation … Continue reading Inter-generational Activities

Tips on Preparing a Stimulating Activity

Infants, toddlers, and children learn using all 5 senses.  They have a very short attention span, so when preparing an activity it needs to be stimulating. They love to use more than one sense, so create an activity that will use 2-3 senses. Children love to get involved and interact, make sure it is something that they can participate in. Create it based off of your child’s … Continue reading Tips on Preparing a Stimulating Activity

Born to Serve, Not to Shop

The real evil of materialism is not the pursuit or things.  It is, rather, seeing and treating other people as things and therefore putting things ahead of people.  Youngsters with a habit of thinking and acting this way are headed toward trouble later in life: substance abuse, professional problems, marital break-up, a life dominated by impulse and unrestrained egoism.  What can parents do with their young … Continue reading Born to Serve, Not to Shop

Encouragement: The Prime Motivator

Encouragement and Praise When we praise, we send a restricting message (“You’re only worthwhile when you do things well”) But when we encourage, we respond to a wider range of behavior, effort, and improvement. Some children interpret praise as “To be worthwhile, I must do what you want.” When we encourage, we lead children to take responsibility for their own feelings of  worth. Praise is … Continue reading Encouragement: The Prime Motivator

Scolding your Children

Remember when scolding to attack the behavior, not the child.  Instead of “You were a bad girl” change to “You did a bad thing”.  The behavior was bad but the child is intrinsically good and would benefit from separation of behavior and person.  Let’s fill out children’s head with the belief that they are good people who sometimes make mistakes (just like us!). Angela DiCicco Continue reading Scolding your Children

How to Save Money on Childrens Clothes

I have been told many times not to spend a ton of money on clothes because children grow out of them so quickly or wear them out.  I understand now that they are only in the same size clothes for at most a season, so paying a lot of money every season can really break a budget.  I have a few tips to save money … Continue reading How to Save Money on Childrens Clothes