Daily Archives April 22, 2015

10 Slam-Dunk Crafts For Little Kids — And Bigger

10 Slam-Dunk Crafts For Little Kids — And Bigger Kids Too!

by: Chris Yates

Crafting with young children really isn’t about creating something in particular. Most young children don’t have the foresight to see what a project is going to be.
For young children it’s more important that they have the opportunity to play and experiment with art. Kids need to use as many of their senses as possible to get the most out of crafting. This allow them to try new sensory experiences, as well as learn causal relationships.
These are my 10 favorite crafts for little kids based on all that AND the ‘fun factor.’
1. Finger painting: Finger painting is a wonderful activity for kids. It lets them ‘feel’ the craft as well as be creative. You don’t have to have finger paints to do this activity with kids...

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Elephants and Teenagers

Elephants and Teenagers

by: Rachel Lower

Something eerily familiar happened in KwaZulu-Natal’s Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park in Africa recently.
The adult elephants were taken away and the orphaned youngsters were left to fend for themselves.
The youngsters started the path to sexual maturity. The young boys were going into lengthy ‘musths’, as a dog would go into heat, much longer than a normal elephant in a normal setting.
The boys ganged together. They started raping and killing white rhinos, an endangered species. They were displaying extreme aggression. The park authorities were very concerned.
Someone had the idea to bring in ten adult bulls to “straighten out” the gang of elephant thugs.
Sure enough, the mature males put the band of so called ‘delinquent juveniles’ in their place...

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I’m Sorry! Blame-Game or Accountability?

I’m Sorry! Blame-Game or Accountability?

by: Sharon Ellison

A powerful tool for health as we approach the new year can be to focus on giving and/or receiving only real apologies when we want to heal a rift with a family member, friend, or co-worker. We hear apologies all the time, but I don’t think many of them are sincere. An apology has to be real to heal.
Trang Lei spent the day helping Martha buy furniture and art for her remodeled living room, but Martha never even offered to buy Trang Lei’s lunch and so she felt unappreciated. Later when she told Martha she felt hurt, Martha said, “I’m sorry. I was just so excited about what I was buying that I didn’t even think about it.” Trang Lei did not feel better. In fact, she felt worse.
What was wrong with Martha’s apology?
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Baby Clothes – Daywear, Nightwear And Special

Baby Clothes – Daywear, Nightwear And Special

by: Roy Thomsitt

When choosing and buying baby clothes, parents can be faced with many choices that, in the baby’s younger days, can seem quite confusing. Striking a balance between practical and cute, fashionable and comfortable, need and impulse, and night and day can all play their part in affecting decisions on what baby clothes to buy, and in what quantity.
All of these difficulties in choosing baby clothes are made worse by the fact that babies grow so quickly. You do not necessarily buy to fit now, but fit for the next few months if at all possible.
When buying the first baby clothes, and even with follow up shopping sprees as the baby grows, it can be helpful to remember a simple division rule, a rule of three...

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Preparing A Layette For Your New Baby

Preparing A Layette For Your New Baby

by: Roy Thomsitt

First of all, in case you do not know, what is a layette? Well, the definition of layette is quite simple: a kit consisting of a complete outfit (clothing and accessories) for a new baby.
Whether your new baby is going to be your first or fifth, taking that baby back home from hospital requires a lot of preparation. It is far better to have the essentials ready to make for a smooth return home with your new arrival. The last thing you will want to do in those first few days after the baby arrives is to run around buying any little necessities that you forgot. You will undoubtedly feel much more at easy, and able to concentrate on the baby, if you have everything prepared well in advance.
If you can get everything you need for the layet...

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Surviving Colic

Surviving Colic

by: Tammy Pinarbasi

Colic is basically uncontrollable crying in a healthy baby. It can come as early as two weeks and last as long as three months. Typically they will cry for hours at a time and may do this a few times a week. If your baby is crying like this and appears ill of course seek medical attention. If you think your baby has colic but are worried or not sure don?t hesitate to seek a diagnosis. Crying is the only way a baby has to communicate and the crying doesn?t always mean colic. If your child is hungry or tired this can definitely produce a crying baby. Check to see if your baby is comfortable. Take into consideration your baby?s personality some babies just like to be held. If all else fails there is a chance it is colic...

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The Real Dangers to Kids Online and How to Avoid T

The Real Dangers to Kids Online and How to Avoid Them

by: Joshua Finer

Did you know

1 out of 5 kids has been sexually solicited online
1 out of 4 kids has been sent a picture of naked people or people having sex online
that May 21, 2002 there was the first death of a child linked directly to an Internet Predator?

Parents’ biggest concern about the Internet used to be pornography, but there is definitely a greater fear today.
You have probably taught your child not to talk to strangers, and in many situations, they would remember this. But the Internet is different.
Due to the Internet’s anonymity, strangers are talking to children all the time...

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Garage Sales Aren’t For Wimps

Garage Sales Aren’t For Wimps

by: Alyice Edrich

This month I learned a very valuable lesson about myself. I do not like to host garage sales, but I love the money that comes from getting rid of my “junk.” Yep! You heard me say it, “JUNK!”
By definition junk means to me: used stuff, in good condition, that one person no longer wants but another person has been looking for at a good price.
I’ve always been an avid believer in donating my used stuff to a charitable establishment that could put the money to good use. Since I had gotten my fair use out of the objects, I saw no reason to try to sell them in hopes of reclaiming some of the money I spent. So when my friend asked me to host a multi-family garage sale with her I very strongly said, “No thank you. It’s not worth my time...

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Oh Baby! Choosing the Right Baby Name

Oh Baby! Choosing the Right Baby Name

by: GranMamma

Naming a baby is no easy task. However, the following tips will help you give your baby his or her very first gift.
1. Religion: For some parents, religion plays a major role in choosing a baby name. Roman Catholics traditionally choose saints’ names. Jews traditionally choose Old Testament names. Names of deceased relatives are often chosen. Protestants often choose both Old and New Testament names.
Interesting Fact! : The majority of the people in the Western hemisphere have names from the Bible. The New Testament is a more popular source of names than the Old Testament.
2. Number of Names. You have many options when it comes to the number of names you choose for your baby...

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College Savings Reward Plans – Making Them Work fo

College Savings Reward Plans – Making Them Work for You

by: Tim Paul

You are probably well aware that college costs are soaring and that the need for parents to build college savings has never been greater. You may also be aware of various loyalty reward programs (such as Upromise and BabyMint) that pledge to help build your college savings by paying back a small percentage of the amount you spend using their credit card and/or buying certain products. Companies offer these programs because, in the aggregate, they know they will lead to higher spending on their products or services. Smart consumers learn to maximize earned rewards without altering their spending habits.
Reward programs can help build college savings. That’s the good news...

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