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Read to your Kids; It’s a Good Thing

2015 November 04
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Children love snuggling with those special people in their lives to have stories read to them. They enjoy the closeness that comes from the time spent together and they learn so much about the world around them through books. Through books, children learn good communication skills, they learn the rhythm and cadence of language and they learn higher level thinking skills. 

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5 Fun Fall Crafts to do with Your Family

2015 October 21
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Leaves are changing colors, school has started and the pumpkin spiced latte at Starbucks is back; clearly fall is here. This is the perfect time to create some wonderful seasonal crafts with your kids while making lasting memories at the same time. 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Helpful Ways to Encourage Independence in your Children

2015 October 07
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From the time children become mobile, they are on a quest for independence. It is our job as parents to nurture that need while providing them a safe and encouraging environment. By doing this, our children will grow up to be confident, independent adults.

 

 

 

 

 

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Show Grandma and Grandpa You Care All Year

2015 September 21
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Grandparents can be very important adults in a child’s life. Each September these wonderful family members are honored with their own special holiday. But even if you missed Grandparents Day this year, it’s not too late to let Grandma and Grandpa know how much they mean to the family. Here are some Grandparent gift ideas for the holidays, birthdays or any other time you want to let them know you are thinking about them. 

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Is Your Toddler Ready for Preschool?

2015 August 19
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Preschool is a wonderful place for children to gain basic reading and math readiness, but more importantly, it’s a chance for them to learn social skills. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your toddler for preschool...

 

 

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Make Family Hiking Fun

2015 July 29
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Whether hiking in the mountains of Colorado or through the redwoods in California, getting the whole family outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine is a wonderful way to spend time together. As adults, we appreciate the time outdoors, but kids may not see the point in walking through the woods, just for the sake of being on a walk. With a few helpful hints from some experts, you will find hiking with the kids can be an enjoyable experience for everyone. 

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Helpful Ideas for Cooking with Kids

2015 July 15
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The kitchen is the heart of the home where your family gathers for mealtimes. Inviting your kids into this space to cook with you is a fun way to get them involved in meal prep, fill time on a rainy day and it provides your kids with lifelong skills. According to a study done by the Children’s Food Trust, kids who cook are 50% more likely to cook 5 meals a week as adults. Plus, they are more likely to try new foods if they helped cook them.

 

 

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Four Ways to Have Fun with Water on the Fourth

2015 July 02
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Unlike oil and water, kids and water do mix. With the heat of summer now upon us and the 4th of July weekend coming up, it’s the perfect time to grab some buckets, toys, sponges, paintbrushes and head outside for some fun in the water. Here are some easy water activities your kids are sure to love, plus they will stay cool while doing them. 

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Fun With Science: Dancing Raisins

2015 June 17
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Science doesn’t have to be boring or complicated. This fun experiment is easy for kids of all ages to do, it teaches them about the gas carbon dioxide, and it also makes an engaging centerpiece for the table. A perfect activity for a rainy day or when you are looking for something different to do. 

 

 

 

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Capture School Year Memories

2015 June 02
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The end of any school year is filled with field days, concerts, projects, school trips, parties and many other activities, so once the last day finally arrives life settles back down. Even with all the craziness, it’s important to remember this milestone of your child finishing another school year. There are fun ways to document this achievement and create a unique keepsake in the process.

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