Packing School Lunches for Picky Eaters: 4 Easy Tips

If you are the parent of a picky eater, then you already know what kind of challenge it can be, as some studies show that a large percentage of children do not get the nutrients they require; however, picky eaters may be at even more of a risk. For example, if your fussy eater skips lunch, the lack of nutrients and carbs may negatively affect their performance in class. If you are feeding a fussy eater, there are a few steps you can take to … [Read more...]

12 Summer Activities That Encourage Kids to Discover and Explore

It’s important for your kid’s brain to take a break during summer, but that doesn’t mean they have to stay inside playing video games and watching TV for 10 hours every day. The summer is a time for exploration. It’s a time of freedom, creativity, and imagination. During the summer, the world is the classroom. There are no books because you’re doing the things you’d normally read about. Here is an activity for each week of the summer that will … [Read more...]

Family Activities To Beat The Summer Heat

7 Activities that Help You And You Little One Beat the Summer Heat Every parent knows that summer can be a lot of fun. They also know that summer inevitably comes with children complaining about how hot it is outside. Don't listen to the complaints anymore. Instead, try these seven activities to beat the heat! Go to the Beach/Pool Let's start with the most obvious option to cool off. Put the kids in their bathing suits, pack some … [Read more...]

ROBOTS-4-U.com Summer Camp Promo: 55% Off

Have you started lining up summer camps for your kids?  Each year I work on a camp schedule for both of my boys and they look forward to it every year.  My ten year old has already started asking about his camp schedule so I've been looking into new adventures for him and came across the ROBOTS-4-U Summer camps.   This robotics / science camp is for both boys and girls & open to campers from age 7 to 14.  Hands on learning is offered in their … [Read more...]

Digital Media Academy Tech Summer Camp Savings

Summer is almost upon us.  Do you have plans for your children?  Don't let the summertime blues kick in, make sure your children are active and have plans for the summer.  Digital Media Academy Tech Summer Camps accept children from age 6 - 17.  DMA offers programs for their camps that focus on app development, 3D modeling, graphic design, computer programming, filmmaking and more.  Face it, technology is growing quickly and we need to prepare … [Read more...]

Tackle Large Amounts Of Dirty Laundry

  Summer is going to be here before we know it. That means the kids will be out of school and most likely running around your house keeping it nice and messy for you! That also means your laundry loads will probably double in size. Kids like to play outside, change their outfits, play inside, change again and then once again head outside and change before bed. As a parent myself, I tend to slack on the laundry. I do not mind doing … [Read more...]

School Project: Make A Kazoo

Bobby needed to make an item for school that didn't cost much money and was quick and easy to make.  Today everyone in the class will turn in their homemade items along with the instructions and the class will take a vote on their favorites.  The winning items will be made in bulk in their class and "sold" in a grade-wide sale. Bobby and I thought and thought about what he could do that would be appealing, quick and simple to reproduce.  Thank … [Read more...]

It’s Spring Break This Week

Has Spring Break hit your house yet?  It's in full swing over here at our house.  We've played at several parks, swam in the pool, hit the video games, played basketball, washed cars, watched movies and just enjoyed the time away from school. Yes, the water was cold, but the boys were excited about the warm Texas weather.  So after they had enough of the cold water, they hopped in the hot tub to warm up a bit.  Thank goodness the previous … [Read more...]

Skills To Practice Before Entering Kindergarten

There are a few skills you may want to work with your child on before they enter kindergarten.  Please note that children develop at different rates, but these are still fun to do with your child regardless! Work with children on dressing themselves.  If something happens with your child at school and they have to change their clothes, they will probably want to do it themselves.  This includes shirts, shorts, pants, underwear and … [Read more...]

Apple Tree Craft

Do you have a young child at home who loves arts and crafts?  Teach them how to make apple trees!  This is such a simple craft that requires barely any materials but your kids will love making them!  Please note that scissors are required for this craft, so use your discretion on what you will allow your child to do on their own. You will need: Green tissue paper A red marker Empty toilet paper tubes (or paper towel tubes if you … [Read more...]

Your Children Are Watching!

As mothers, we set the example for our children.  There are six things our children must see us doing: Expressing love.  We have the power to infuse our child with love and security in a world that is full of hostility and neglect.  They may see the ugly things happening outside, but they must know they are always safe and loved in our arms. Doing what we love.  When we become parents, our time is consumed with laundry, picking up toys, … [Read more...]

Bird Feeder Wreath Craft

Here is a fun craft that you and your child(ren) can make! Have you ever made your own bird feeder? I am sure you have heard about the pinecone and peanut butter feeders, but this one is a step up from that! This is a bird feeder wreath!  Photo credit:  www.todayshomeowner.com Here is what you will need: 1/3 cup of fresh cranberries 1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds 1/3 cup of almonds 4 cups of bird seed ½ cup of gelatin mixed with ¼ cup of … [Read more...]

Hotel Must-Haves With Kids

This past summer, we went to a basketball tournament with my teenage son's basketball team and stayed in a hotel in downtown Dallas.  Someone from the team locked down group rates for the parents, so we booked our room.  Once we got there, we realized that this was not the type of hotel that we had hoped for.  As a mom of a young child, we still look for "fun" hotels.  The parents that chose this hotel didn't have younger children and thought … [Read more...]

Travis’ Artwork Goes To District Art Show

Meet Dakota, she loves the boys!  She's chillin' out on the Bobby's top bunk in the picture above.  Last year our 14 year old son needed a still image to draw in art class, so he snapped this picture.  The teacher really didn't recommend drawing animals, but guess what?  Travis' artwork won an award and was placed in the 2015 - 2016 District Student Art Show after the school had his print professionally framed.   Here's his print, … [Read more...]

Internet Can Be Dangerous For Kids – Use Safeguards

My boys are ages nine and fifteen.  Both boys own smartphones and have access to laptops. You can see my youngest above searching images for me when it was time for me to choose a design for our new wrought iron stair railing.  He was thrilled about helping me, so I set him to work online to find his favorite designs. My nine year old uses his smartphone while at home for games and calling / texting one friend and our family.  I make sure that … [Read more...]

School Is Starting Back, Did You…

Many schools have already started back up for the fall session, but we've got one one more week left of our summer break before it's time to get back to school.   Getting ready for school to start back up can be very hectic, so I've included my personal check list  for your review. Things To Do Before School Starts Back Up . Back to school shopping for items that are needed NOW Shoes Clothing ( Backpack Lunch kit Books from … [Read more...]