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Category Archives: Fun activities for kids

Will preschool help your child be academically successful?


Preparing your child for school success includes outings like this!  School readiness is not just about letters and numbers! It is that time of year when parents are beginning to look at preschools for next year.  Sometimes I feel that there is more pressure on parents to find “just the right preschool” than deciding on …

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What I think every child should have in their play room…


How many toys does your child need?  Your child does not need lots of toys…just toys that will be used a lot! We have talked a lot about play and its importance.  Now take a look around, what toys do you have in your home that encourage play and all the benefits that come with …

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The Holidays are Approaching….Need Tips on Coping?


Tis the season of great joy, happiness, perfect family togetherness,…..not always!  The holidays are quickly approaching and for parents of young children this season can be wonderful, but also full of challenges.  If you are looking for the perfect holiday experiences, you are destined to be disappointed.  You can have a wonderful season with family …

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Trick or Treat….Safely!!


There are few more fun times for a child than Halloween!  Make sure the fun is safe fun!  Our little clown had a wonderful time! I was at Target today buying my Halloween treats for my little trick-or-treaters that will visit our house this next week.  (May be a bit early….I have a history of …

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Simple steps to prevent childhood obesity…we can do it!


We all have heard that childhood obesity is a major health issue in our country.  Children who are overweight will be more likely to be overweight adults and develop significant health issues.  We hear so much in the media about what to eat, what not to eat, how to cook, how much exercise we all …

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What is on your fall bucket list?


Fall can be full of fun family activities…what is on your fall bucket list?  This was a Love family tradition….a hayride at the apple orchard! Labor Day has passed, and that familiar feeling of “where did the summer go?” has come and gone.  Those autumn days are approaching and as much as I love summer, …

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Infants need play time too!


You are your baby’s first toy!  Play time is important for infants too!  Infants play by moving, by looking (especially you and that funny face), by exploring with hands, feet, and mouth, and by interacting physically (a little tickle), emotionally, and verbally.  The time your baby spends playing with you is invaluable.  You don’t have …

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How do you play with a toddler?


“I think of play as a toddler’s number one essential vitamin.  He needs large doses of it every day.  Play:  Thrills the senses.  Helps toddlers master movement.  Stretches the mind.  Stimulates language use.  Boosts friend-making skills.  Stimulates the immune system.  Builds self-confidence.  Improves nighttime sleeping.” Dr. Harvey Karp, MD  The Happiest Toddler on the Block                                                    …

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Cars and Planes….Entertaining Your Kids for Happy Travels!


So, you have your vacation booked, you are packed, and now you are thinking about how you will entertain your child in the car or on the plane!  Long trips are even longer when you have children who are fussy and bored!  We traveled to the beach each year by car, and took the occasional …

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Packing tips for traveling with kids…having what you need but keeping it simple.


Vacation season is here! With kids, gone are the days when you can throw a few things in a suitcase and go!  There is a bit more to pack with kids…it seems like you will need everything!  Making a packing list will help.  I often would start a packing list several weeks in advance and …

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