Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday full of love and family. But with a house to clean, a meal to cook, and a long to-do list, it can also be a stressful day. Keeping the kids occupied and happy is crucial to your success. Check out these great suggestions to help them (and you) have a great Thanksgiving. Let Them Help With Cooking This is a no-brainer. You have work to do preparing for the meal and house guests. And the best way to keep an eye on your kids while you work is if they’re in the kitchen with you. [...]
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Coming up with fun ideas for Autumn birthdays can be tough. After all, it’s hard to compete with the non-stop fun of summer and the building excitement that grows as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas. But there are some great ways to celebrate. Check out these four party ideas for your child’s fall birthday. Apple Orchard Apples are a staple of the fall harvest season. And with so many different recipes based on the delicious fruit, it’s no wonder people get excited this time of year. With that in mind, why not throw a caramel apple party. Similar to an [...]
Walking door-to-door collecting candy from neighbors has been a favorite kid activity for generations. In today’s world, however, it’s not always an option for some families. And this often creates to need for parents to start their own traditions to keep the kids entertained, safe, and happy on Halloween. If this sounds like your family, here are four fun trick-or-treating alternatives to help show your kids a scary good time this Halloween. Plan a Scary Movie Marathon Transform your living room into a spooky dungeon with black lights and spider webs. This will get everyone in the Halloween spirit and ready to [...]
It’s really nice when your child is in school all day long. You get a break while they get to have fun and open their minds to new ideas. And when a day comes along where your child is not in school, it means so much to make the day special. Whether it’s a professional day for teachers or a school holiday, here are a few ideas for when your child has a day off school. Go for lunch Your child is probably a bit tired of having the same ham and cheese sandwich for lunch five times a week. [...]
If you have kids, you’ll know that when they’re active they’re happy and healthy. Being active means their bodies can better regulate themselves and they’re also being given the chance to learn so much around them. Here are a few simple ways to keep your kids active. Walk to school Depending on how far away from school you live, walking is the easiest way to keep your kids active. If you’re not sure about how you or your kids will handle the walk to school, it’s best to just give it a try. Map out your path, give yourself plenty [...]
The nights are cooler. The mornings a bit longer. It’s time to get kids back on a bedtime routine and ready for school. Transitions can always be tricky for kids, especially younger ones. How you react to the coming school year can greatly affect how your children perceive this change. If you’re wondering how to celebrate going back to school with kids, we’ve got a few ideas to highlight this important milestone. One final hurrah Summer means endless opportunities for adventure. Why not celebrate going back to school with kids by giving them one last adventurous day. Plan a day [...]
Birthday parties need a bit of planning to succeed. They only come around once a year, but they can still take parents by surprise. If you need to put together a party but want as little hassle as possible, here are four of the best places for kids birthday parties. Playground and Park Need a place where the kids can burn off all that cake energy? A playground is the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party. Sometimes birthday parties can have a pretty big guest list, and if you have kids of different ages or abilities, or even if [...]
The time between the end of school and the start of school is a long time. And while these months should be full of fun and excitement, they can also be full of learning. In fact, whoever said learning can’t be fun? Chances are you already providing loads of learning opportunities with your kids, without even being aware of it. If you’re not sure, here are five tips for summer learning for kids. Keep it natural If all of a sudden you stop your kids when they are in the middle of fun, creative play, to do worksheets, then chances [...]
Summer is wonderful! The sun is shining, the days are long, and there are endless possibilities. But as any parent knows, once that mid-afternoon sun hits, it can be hard to find the right activities. To help you keep your kids cool in the summer heat, we put together four simple ideas everyone will love. Get wet You don’t need a backyard pool, or even a lake, to get wet in the summer. Even a plain old garden hose will suffice. Set up your sprinkler on the lawn and have a jumping contest. For younger kids, a water table is [...]
You’ve probably heard the phrase STEM by now, as it is the current buzzword when it comes to children’s education. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Basically, while arts are still vitally important, it was recognized that the more scientific aspects of life weren’t always being incorporated in the educational curriculum, especially when it came to girls’ learning. The areas in STEM can seem a bit overwhelming to parents, but we’ve put together this handy guide to help you incorporate STEM into your child’s summer. You can still learn while having fun! Science Who doesn’t love a good [...]