Can you believe Valentines 2017 is behind us? And the results for the cutest and the most hysterical videos have been rounded up. Check out our favorite kids, moms, dads, and whole families as they take part in the celebrations of Valentine’s Day. Get ready to belly laugh and awe! Oh, and a little bit of WOA!!!
Beauty & Purity with Houseplants and Toddlers
I love a pop of green and nature indoors. I love it so much that parts of our house look like jungles and it almost looks like a toucan just might peek out to say hello. Indoor houseplants provide beauty, fill up your home with warmth, and, if you pick the right ones, provide your home and family with clean, purified air while removing toxins. Yep, you read that right… they clean the air for you!
Carbon monoxide (that sneaks into your home, especially if you have an attached garage), formaldehyde (comes from things like insulation and carpet adhesive just to name a few), trichloroethylene (for most people almost all TCE exposure comes from indoor air), and benzene (that can originate from outdoor air and also from sources indoors such as building materials and furniture, attached garages, heating and cooking systems, stored solvents and various human activities) are just a few of toxins often found indoors. But don’t fret. Adopting some indoor plants with good intentions can help you purify and clean the air in your home.
When I am selecting friendly houseplants for toddlers, I like to be sure that the plants of my choosing are non-toxic, are easy to take care of, and can withstand a bit of neglect because, let’s face it, plants are great but far from the most important thing that I think about throughout the day.
Additionally, getting your tot involved in caring for the plants will teach them responsibility, compassion, and a love for nature.
What is Independence in Children
Independence is defined as possessing freedom from outside control and instead having the ability rely on oneself.
As our children grow up, it is our job as parents to make certain that they are equipped with the necessary tools to lead a happy and satisfactory life. Independence is a huge part of that. Those of us who bear the unmistakable cloak of independence display undeniable courage, sheer strength, and deep intelligence.
Independence teaches hard lessons and hands out a dose of satisfying accomplishments.
Through independence, we are able to learn, grow, and deepen our souls. We are able to teach and provide for the future. We are able to truly be ourselves, through and through. Teaching it, will ensure that our kids will go forth knowing their worth, their strength, and not be swayed by pressures of todays society.
All that said, a little voice inside me whispers, “Nooooo, never let her go!!!” You too? Welcome to the boat. 🙂 Okay, where were we? Oh right — independence. Here we go… [Read more…]
I am always on the hunt for natural, green, organic – the list goes on. If you follow my blog, you already know that I’ve become just a but mad since having my daughter. So I can’t tell you how excited I was to come across these magnificently adorable trio of plush organic toys.
If you’re a mom with health and organics on the brain and your little one loves colorful and fun stuffed animals, check out the horse, lion and (yaaay) own in all their cuteness and click on your favorite to get yours now! They also make great gifts 😉
Ready? Set? Go Mad!
Day outing with a baby and you’re running around, sweating, grunting, pulling at things here and there. It’s time to leave and here you are running into the house for the 3rd time for something you forgot barely able to breathe. And even then, once you’re finally out, you realize… there’s something missing. Ah, the life of a mom (love it)!
I finally had to do it. Actually, write it down. A checklist.
Three Major Benefits of Checklists in My Life
After a few months of rigorous checklist keeping I’ve found the folliwng to tbe true:
My stress level is way down thanks to the
1. Don’t buy toys to grow into.
Play is how kids learn about themselves and build self-esteem. So buying a toy that’s beyond their years will only frustrate them. While it’s tempting to buy the biggest construction set, it’s a much better idea to start with a smaller, more manageable set that they can do more successfully. If you’ve ever found yourself doing all the building, you know what we’re talking about.
The idea is to bring home age-appropriate toys and games that will build your child’s sense of confidence as an active learner. The same goes for games that are too lengthy, or crafts that are too complicated. Also, no matter how smart your 2-year-old may be, it’s really important to heed warnings that a toy is “not intended for a child under 3.” That usually means there are small parts that could present a choking hazard.
- Don’t ignore the child’s interests.
Know your child: Some kids like to pretend with their whole bodies, so costumes would be a great hit. Other kids like to play with miniature play settings, like garages or dollhouses. If your child hates board games, try one of the active games on our list this year. The idea is play to their strengths and interests. It’s also important to share the list with relatives who may not live nearby. No one wants to give a “dud” of present.
- Don’t bring home the same type of toy.
While “Frozen” may be big this year, bringing home everything related to any one movie or theme will become boring pretty quickly. The idea is to bring home a variety of playthings that will last long after the holidays are over. Take a look at your list — does it have construction toys, props for pretend, art supplies, sporting equipment and other fun playthings?
When talking to toddlers Remember Four Important Things
Toddlers are often speaking a familiar yet alien language. At times it seems like we are communicating while at other times we’re backpedaling rapidly. I’ve come across a great post about some great ways to make the communication and bond between you and your toddler meaningful and bountiful. Follow these 4 simple ways to make everyday chatter some of the most important chats you’ll ever have with your little one.
#1 Talk normally
Don’t baby talk your little human. He wants a real conversation. They are striving to learn our language. So use short, concise sentences and words and watch his lexicon explode. This works especially well when you get down on their level. Bossy is certainly much quicker to calm down after an outburst of some sort if I get to her level and look her in the eye.
#2 Turn a negative into a positive
Instead of saying no to a treat tell them when and under what circumstances they can, for example.
Be sure to reward your kids for their attempts at doing good as well as their great accomplishments, and you’ll quickly find that even the most obstinate little minds will fall in line.1
#3 Give them real choices
A good example is, “Would you like this or that? red or blue? eggs or waffles?” Kids feel better about being a part of making a decision of things to be done and this is a great way of making them part of the team.
“Would you like this or that? green or blue? apples or banana?” Kids feel better about being a part of making a decision of things to be done and this is a great way of making them part of the team.
#4 Acknowledge their side
There is nothing like not being understood and yet being told what is goof for us. I definitely don’t appreciate this approach in my daily problem solving. Neither do kids. Take a moment to understand where she is coming from and let them know how you’d feel in a similar situation before you proceed to possible solutions or lessons.
By responding with patience, empathy and understanding, you can encourage your kids to learn self control, build self-confidence, do better in school and get along with others.2
Fond Fall Memories
When I was a kid one of my favorite activities was to go into the woods with my mama and gma to go pick mushrooms and collect leaves. I loved it all; the crisp weather, the seemingly extra blue skies, the color of the fall. I could collect things for hours and often, I did just that. With my pockets full of pine cones and acorns and my fists an autumn rainbow of leaves I excitedly hurried home to arrange a fall scene of my own.
Now, in my 30 something with my own little girl I am excited as ever to relive those days. Though my baby girl is too little to do any collecting of her own, I am thrilled to continue the tradition and help her create her first memories of this magical time of year where the trees area golden and auburn hues, the weather is perfect for hoodies, and the air is filled with intoxicating burning wood warming up our homes.
What makes it incredibly interesting is that there are no rules but one – if it catches your eye, bring it home and make it last. I am obsessed with the color of the leaves this time of year as well as the diverse and plentiful tidbits that make fall so special. So, let the fun and bonding begin (and never end)! [Read more…]
What Exactly is Learn with Homer?
Learn with Homer is a … well, simply put, it’s an iPad reading application for kids 2-6 years old and covers subjects like vocabulary, music, reading, art, rhymes, science, story time and more. It engages your child to in learning by taking logical and specific steps in training the hungry young minds in incredibly intereting and captivating ways.
It’s even better than TV!
-Learn with Homer user
Why is it So Darn Successful?
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