For many Americans, Memorial Day has become an excuse to be off work and party. While there is nothing wrong with relaxing and spending time with family and friends over Memorial Day weekend, it is important that we teach our children about the meaning of the holiday.
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Friday, May 13, 2016 marked an interesting juxtaposition in our culture. Many of us think of Friday the 13th as a day to reflect on the superstitions and rituals that make our species so unique. This year May 13th also happened to land on Astronomy Day — a day to celebrate the extraordinary science and enjoyable pastime that has shaped humanity in profoundly positive ways.
When it comes to finding ways to get children involved in the community, many people draw a blank. Parents often think their child is too young, too irresponsible, or too busy to truly help anyone. However, the truth of the matter is, anyone can help their community, even if it is in a small way, and everyone should help in any way they can. Giving back is truly rewarding, and after donating their time and efforts your kids are likely to ask to do so more often.
Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 8, 2016. People everywhere will be buying chocolates and picking flowers to show mom just how much she is loved. Unfortunately, many times children — the people who should be showing the most appreciation — are left out of this holiday. Often dad will go out and purchase a gift and say it's from the kids, but it just isn't the same as giving something homemade from the heart.
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Springtime means gardens! Flowers, fruits, and veggies are starting to sprout and summer is just around the corner. As the weather begins to change, you are sure to want to spend time with the kids. Involving children in your spring gardening is the perfect way to get outside and spend quality time together. When you finish your planting, watering, and weeding, you can spend some extra time in your pretty new garden and try one or two of these spring activities for children.
Rainy days in combination with children cooped up in the house can be a prescription for aggravation for both the kids and the adults. However, if you have a plan in advance, these kinds of occasions can be fun and an opportunity to promote family bonding.
The snow has melted and the birds have returned from their winter homes. You don't have to go far to see the birds, you can find them right in your backyard or local park. Bird watching is an adventure full of fun for the entire family.
I can still remember when each of my children came home from preschool with the first piece of art they created - a painted hand print. Dozens more followed through elementary school. I thought I was being a great mom when I chose to store their artwork in an artist’s portfolio to give to them when they were young adults. Fast forward 10 years - I took a peek through their portfolios and was devastated to see so many of the pieces fading, yellowing, and breaking apart!
We all know that reading and writing are important skills for our kids to have. Literacy is the key to being successful in school, and later for being successful in a career. Not only that, but having good reading and writing skills will give your child a richer understanding of the world and a deeper enjoyment and appreciation for literature throughout his or her life.