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Have you ever been in a grocery store with young children, and for whatever reason, they have a total meltdown? Or do you have older kids who lose their minds when you tell them to turn off the game console? If not, congratulations, you won the offspring lottery and should write a book! But we’ve likely all experienced tricky situations in which we needed to help our children calm down. Kids are full of energy, and more than ever, we need to help teach them how to direct that energy in appropriate ways.  We live in a fast-paced, highly digitalized technological world. Between cell phones, smart devices, and social media, we are constantly communicating and trying to keep up with all the technological changes. As a result, we often find ourselves and our children in stressful situations. Stress can cause a variety of emotional responses. As we get older, we…

Knock Knock… Who’s there? A Mom… A Mom who? A Mom looking to make her kids laugh and have a little fun each day.  That was not the best punch line, but who doesn’t love some good knock-knock jokes? There are so many studies out there that describe how humor is an excellent benefit to children’s development. Humor helps with self-esteem and creativity and is also a great way to help reduce stress. What better way than to add a little humor to your children’s lunchtime and at a time when they may need it most? How about putting a little joke or special note in their lunch while they are at school? Below are some great ideas for adding funny jokes to your children’s lunchbox.  Many websites offer free printable lunch box jokes, or you can create your own with white cardstock. Finding free lunch box jokes is the…

Are you planning a fun road trip with your family but feeling a little nervous about the long car ride with little children? Are you looking to minimize tablet screen time? Well, don’t worry! After having done several long trips with my young children (both alone and with my husband), I have some great options that will help keep your little ones occupied.  TLDR: You’re a mom and very busy, so if you do not have time to read this article, go and order the LCD sketch screens and a bunch of water coloring books from Amazon right now. If you need to add another item to get the same-day delivery, throw a busy board in your cart.  Different activities such as sensory toys, reusable stickers, and dry-erase boards are the best travel toys. I also love magnetic puzzles, busy books, and any small, manageable, mess-free activity. Sometimes, even a roll of blue painter’s tape and…

As a parent to younger children, do you ever find yourself needing a little bit of quiet time to finish a project or meet a deadline for work but it’s a Saturday morning at home? Maybe you have a 5-year-old that you would like to find some fun independent activities for them to enjoy during solitary play times. We have created a list of our favorite independent activities that help with a child’s development and in becoming independent learners.  During school days, young children are spending time learning and socializing in the classroom. However, during the evenings and weekends, it is hard to watch a young age child strobe out of the house participating in sports or other activities with friends while parents are sometimes consumed with adult responsibilities, even if it’s just taking a break for their mental health. Therefore, raising self-sufficient kids is a benefit to both young…

Let’s get one thing straight…. Your young kids do not care about how cool your car is, how much money you make, what you do for a living, that big sale you made, planning the kitchen remodel, or making the grocery list……these adult topics mean nothing to your kids whether they are little or older.  They have one thing in common, they just want to spend time with YOU! Your time is now, and it is already beginning to dwindle. Think about it.  Between all the millions of things you have to do as a mother, wife, cleaner, friend, organizer, chef, volunteer, advisor, and teacher….  spending time with your family members ranks extremely high on your list and even higher on your children’s list. A great thing and easy activity to schedule is a family fun activity or a family night activity. “But…..  I am so busy and just trying…

The question of how much screen time is too much is becoming a growing concern for parents! As we depend more on technology and our own devices than previous generations, technology is also more accessible to young children every day. As mamas, we want to do all that we can to ensure that screens aren’t raising our kids, but we also want to give them a little freedom. And, to be honest, we have all had those moments as parents when we needed that parental break from reality, right? What if there was a happy medium? With a few carefully placed time management strategies, you can help your child become less screen-craving and rekindle your child’s ability to engage in screenless play. While technology can be a good thing. the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child not be in front of a screen for more than 2 hours…

Fall is the favorite season of many people throughout the world. Not only is it the season of everything pumpkin, but even nature also celebrates this time! From the cool, crisp breezes filling our lungs with refreshing air to the palette of colors on the trees as the leaves change, fall is a time of wonder and beauty. What better way to celebrate the changing seasons than by engaging in some fall leaf activities with your kids and family? Below are just a few ideas to help you and your little ones fully delve into the joy that fall and autumn leaves can bring! Leaf Art Projects There is nothing to soothe the soul like creating something artsy! One easy and fun leaf art project to do with your kids this Fall is to make a picture of leaf rubbings. Let your little ones collect their favorite leaves from the yard and lay them…

Hiking is a favorite pastime for people of all ages. It is a wonderful way to absorb some natural vitamin D and get tons of fresh air. Added bonuses are getting exercise while enjoying the beauty of the natural world around us. Going hiking with kids however can be somewhat challenging if you have never done so or are not properly prepared! We have compiled a list of some of the most important things to do in preparation.  Also, there are some ideas for keeping the hike fun and engaging for everyone no matter their age! Length of Your Hike When planning out your hike with kids, one of the first things to determine is the length of the hike. While young kids always seem to have a limitless supply of energy, hiking may use different muscles than they are used to. A good way to decide how long your hike should…

This is one of those times of the year when parents almost dread the fact that their kids are out of school. Why? It’s because they have to find something to occupy their time, especially if they still have to work every day. For those who can take the time away from work and spend it with the family, I want to encourage you not to dismiss the idea of a staycation, even during Spring Break, and here’s why. Traveling during Spring Break is EXPENSIVE Tourism is at its peak during Spring Break, so the hotel, entertainment, and hospitality industries look to make a lot of money from travelers. This drives up the prices of everything from gas to food prices. Yes, there are deals out there, but they are usually “get them when you see them” and can run out very quickly. You can create a staycation experience that…

There’s something oddly calming about a simple act of splashing water everywhere, isn’t it? For kids, water play activities present the perfect opportunity to actively explore with all their senses, enhance fine and gross motor skills, and have fun while doing so.  Babies can start playing with water right out of the womb. As they grow older and consequently, develop better hand-eye coordination, you can introduce them to a whole new bunch of engaging water play activities involving STEM toys, water guns, sprinklers, sponges, etc.  If you are looking for water play ideas that are a perfect combination of learning and entertainment, you have landed on just the right page. Here are 8 wicked good water play activities kids won’t be able to stop playing –  Water Relay Race How about kicking off the list with something the whole family can enjoy? Relay races are fun and adding a sprinkler…