National Teacher’s Day is a great time to really show appreciation for our young children’s teachers and their education. I believe we owe teachers our respect and gratitude by choosing to honor them with thoughtful and eco-friendly gifts. Homemade gifts by you and your children are always fun to make and fun to give, especially when they are practical as well. Bath Salts. After a long day of teaching, what better than to enjoy a long soak in the tub and wash the stress away. Combine 1/2 ... Continue Reading
National Teacher’s Day is May 8th. Here are some green, homemade gifts to give the teacher in your child’s life.
Learn how to effectively teach your child manners from a young age.
As parents, we have all been there. We've reminded our child, for what seems like hundreds of times, to remove their elbows from the dinner table. We've felt embarrassment creep up our face while watching our child throwing a temper tantrum at the front of a crowded grocery store. We've felt the evil eye scrutiny from the mother of the child whose toys your child just stole away from him. So, how do we get our children to understand that manners are not just important, but something that should ... Continue Reading
Tips and tricks for teaching finances to your children.
All too often today, children are clueless when it comes to finances and budgeting - but I want my children prepared. My husband and I have set down guidelines to help teach lessons about money and spending. We also use everyday situations as real life examples. For instance, when we go shopping we discuss the pros and cons of purchases and talk about how debt accumulates. I don't want my children to fall into the trap of overextending themselves on credit cards. Here are a few tips ... Continue Reading
Teach and give permission to our children to say “No” when the situation demands it.
Is it ok for your child to say “No” to an adult or parent? As moms concerned about raising polite children, the gut reaction is, “No, it’s not.” But that may not always be the case. In an interview with Oprah, Elizabeth Smart’s Dad made a statement about how we teach our children to respect adults so much, we don’t give them any permission to say no if they feel uncomfortable and scared. So how can we teach and give permission to our children to say no when the situation ... Continue Reading
Learn the do’s and don’ts of teaching stranger danger to children.
It’s blatantly horrifying. Seven-year-old Brittney Baxter was standing in the toy aisle of Wal*mart when she was scooped up by (allegedly) Thomas Woods, who covered her mouth and attempted to take her. While we can wage a debate as to whether she should have been alone in the toy aisle of Wal*mart in the first place, the one thing that can be conceded is her parents prepared her well for such a moment. "They [Brittney’s parents] always tell me to scream, kick, and then get away and go ... Continue Reading
Knowing your young scholar’s “time of learning” style will help you to motivate and promote academics.
Every child has a style of learning, but in this article we're going to talk about their use of time. Does he rush through his work at the last second, plan a project from start to finish before actually beginning it, or perhaps she plods meticulously through her homework at a steady pace? Here we'll discuss why it matters and how can you work within this time-style of learning to both motivate the child and her on task. The Rusher Is your student the kind who puts everything off until the ... Continue Reading
Ways to teach your kids to give during the holiday season.
The holiday season is by far my favorite time of the year. It's not just the excitement of taking a bite into holiday meals, decorating the perfect tree, or sipping that first cup of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows that bring me pure joy; It's finding new ways to teach my kids how to give. Here are some creative and inexpensive ways your kids (and you too) can give this holiday season: The giving jar. Have your kids throw any loose change they find into a jar throughout the year. ... Continue Reading
Teach your child to read using music, manipulatives and more.
Nothing impacts a child’s life more than the ability to read. According to UNICEF, the statistics are frightening, "Nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book …." As your child’s first teacher, you are well positioned to give your child the early reading skills he or she needs to succeed in life. This is how I taught my child to read. While I am no expert and am not a teacher, I successfully taught my child to read so that by the time he started preschool, ... Continue Reading