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Caring for Pets

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

easter childrenWhen looking back on some of the best memories of childhood, many people remember their family pet. Having a pet is a great way to teach children responsibility while also giving them something that will snuggle its way into their hearts and their most cherished memories.


What to Choose?


When looking for the right family pet, keep in mind what kind of training, feeding or space in the home will be required. Parents should know their limits because a pet is a time consuming commitment no matter what form it takes. Once parents do decide what kind of pet/pets they want, they should come up with a few options for the kids to choose from. Examples of smaller pets that require less care or training are turtles, hamsters, lizards or rabbits. Larger animals that require a little more care are cats and dogs. Have the kids choose what kind of pet they want and take the family on a trip to the pet store!


Explain Responsibility


Before purchasing a pet, explain to the kids that the pet belongs to everyone and that means that everyone can enjoy it but everyone should also take care of it. Make sure the kids understand that in order to have a pet they have to help take care of it. Once the pet and everything the pet needs is purchased, the first step is getting it settled. Have the kids help create a space for their new family member and make them comfortable. Once the pet is settled in, decide on a name and then set up some ground rules.


Active Responsibility


Parents have to be sure to follow through with requiring the kids to help with caring for their pet. Create a care chart so each family member can write their name on a different pet responsibility. Depending on what kind of pet it is, this can include several different things. Some examples are feeding, watering, cleaning cages, scooping poop, brushing or washing. If a child does not complete their responsibility, they should not be permitted to interact with their pet until their chore is complete.


The Joys


Having a pet can mean a lot to a child. A pet can be a best friend when they need it most, a snuggle buddy when it is cold outside, entertainment when there is nothing to do or an always faithful show-and-tell project. While every single one of these things is important, it is also important that a child understands what kind of role they play in their pet's life as well. Parents should explain to their kids that they are caring for another life and that is extremely important. Gentleness and kindness should be a key component when teaching children to care for their pets, so make sure they understand how to properly handle the pet while holding them.


The foundation of a child's bond with their pet should involve proper care around the clock, once that foundation is established, that bond can never be broken.

Must Haves for Fall

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Kids playing in autumn parkThe temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing and autumn is on its way. This year, help the kids choose the very best clothing for the fall season.


Bundle Up


Fall is the best time for bundling up in jackets, hoodies, flannel, hats and scarves. Make sure to get the kids a good amount of warm jackets for the autumn chill. Plaid is a must have for the fall season, especially when it comes to jackets. Denim jackets are also making a big comeback for both boys and girls. When buying jackets or hoodies, look for warm tones that embody the season. This can include deep reds, oranges, browns, yellows and cream colors. Try and stay away from the neon colors as those are better for summer.


Top It Off


Fall is the best season to have fun with accessories. Scarves are a huge fall fashion statement. Be sure to let the kids choose a few to pair with different outfits. Infinity scarves are extremely fashionable for both boys and girls. Plaid makes a lot of appearances on scarves as well. Hats are also a great fall fashion accessory. Wool and knit hats are great choices as well as headbands. For little girls, knit headbands with large flowers on top look absolutely adorable. The last thing needed to top off some new blue jeans and a snazzy plaid shirt is some new hook-and-loop toddler belts with warm fall tones.


fall2Fall Footwear


When it comes to shoes and autumn fashion, there is only one word that comes to mind. Boots. Boots are a huge fashion statement during fall and nothing is cuter than a toddler in tall leather boots. Slip-on fur boots or zip-up suede or leather boots are the top contenders. Hiking boots also look great on little boys with blue jeans. When it comes to boots, there is a lot to choose from, so take the kids shopping and let them pick out their favorite style.


Soft Materials


For both boys and girls, soft materials are often the best choices for fall fashion. Sweaters with buttoned collars for boys and large, blooming turtle necks for girls. Flannel is also a great choice for chilly days. For girls, sweater dresses on top of patterned leggings with a leather jacket, boots and a hook-and-loop toddler belt can come together to make the perfect outfit. For boys, pair together dark wash denim jeans with a plaid flannel shirt, hiking boots, a hook-and-loop toddler belt and a knit hat.


Chilly Autumn Nights


If the kids are going to be doing a lot of evening fall activities, such as hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking or sitting by the bonfire, make sure they are prepared for the weather. Purchase some good jackets that will keep them warm as well as some woolly scarves, hats that cover the ears and gloves or mittens. Keep the kids warm and fashionable this season.

Fall is a great time to have fun with clothes and layers. So, grab the kids, go shopping and have fun!

Playground Fun!

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

playgroundThere is no better summer activity than taking the kids out to enjoy the great outdoors and one of the best places for children to enjoy their summer is on the playground.


Safety First


Before taking the kids to the park to play on the playground, make sure to go over a few basic safety rules:


The first thing the kids should understand is never to talk to someone they do not know. It may seem like this is obvious but young children are naturally trusting and if someone that is friendly comes up to them, odds are they will not assume they are dangerous. So, make sure the kids understand that absolutely anyone that walks up to them could be a “bad guy” and that the kids should come straight back to their parent if they are ever approached.


Another thing parents should mention is playground etiquette. The kids need to understand that they have to share the playground with a lot of other children. Talk to them about waiting their turn, not being allowed to push or shove and to be friendly with the other kids around them. Make sure they also understand that if another child pushes them, they should come to their parent rather than pushing back.


The last thing to talk to the kids about with safety is staying where their parents can see them. If a parent has more than one child or if the playground is crowded that day, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of the kids the entire time. So, it is best that the kids also understand that they should not go anywhere that they cannot see Mommy or Daddy.


Child PlaygroundPlayground Attire


What a child wears at the playground can also create a safer environment. Obviously summer is hot, so shorts and t-shirts are usually the best choice. Try and steer clear of dresses or skirts, as those can often get caught and be a risk for injury. It is also best that kids wear closed-toe shoes. If they do wear sandals, make sure they secure in the back. Another must-have is a hook-and-loop toddler belt that will keep pants or shorts secure during active play.


Be Prepared


Kids are always going to get hurt every now and then, so it is best to be prepared for when it happens. Make sure to pack a first-aid kit with extra band-aids in a bag or purse when going to the park. Also, bring some wet wipes to use if a cut needs cleaned or if a child gets too dirty. Since it is summer, parents should also be prepared with a lot of water. Make sure the kids are stopping to get a drink often in order to guard against getting overheated. Other items to bring include, sunscreen, extra clothes, hats to block the sun and bug spray.


Kids love outdoor play and they love going to the park. It is important that they have that in their lives, but also that they know how to play while also staying safe.

Make It Festive!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

No child goes into a paint store and chooses the grays, browns or blacks. They choose the brightest, boldest color they can find. Rather than painting the house in cotton candy pink, parents can feed their children's desire for bright colors in other ways. One of the best areas to offer bright colors is in their wardrobe.


Go Color Shopping


Since kids are drawn more to color than fashion, let them choose their clothing based on the colors they like rather than the designs. Parents can combine their own fashion knowledge with their children's desired colors and come out with outfits that everyone will love. While shopping, have the kids keep a sharp eye open for colors that they like. Each child should look for five colorful items and choose two or three to take home.


Practice Color Coordination


Using a lot of color in clothing is a great way to teach kids about colors as well as color coordination. Before putting on their clothes in the morning, parents can have the kids say what color they are putting on, what other colors look good with that color and what combinations they can make. If children go through that process every morning they can learn their colors quickly and efficiently.


colorful childrens clothingObtain Color Variety


Learning color coordination can be combined with using a variety of clothing items and accessories. Having a colored shirt is one thing, but throwing in brightly colored hats, shoes and toddler belts is a great way to add a little extra splash of color to the mix. Let the kids match up their outfits and accessories as a way to further learn good color coordination.


Play the Matching Game


Parents can use articles of clothing and other colored items to create a color matching game. Have the kids put everything that is blue into one pile, everything that is green into another and continue until there are no colors left. This is a great way to learn a lot of different colors with a lot of different items.


Divide and Conquer


Another idea for parents is to color coordinate their children's closets and drawers. That way, as the kids get older and start learning to pick up their own things, they can look for the right colored area while putting away their clothes. Write out the color while also making a visual so the kids can learn both the color and the word. Parents can use this method to make cleaning fun as well as learn good color skills.


Go with the Seasons


With summer just around the corner, bright colors are the way to go. As the seasons change, change the colors to match. By having seasonal colors within a wardrobe, parents can use clothing to not only learn about colors but to learn about the changing seasons as well.


A child's eye is drawn to color for a reason. Colors are fun, bright and noticeable, just like children. Let the kids reach for color in their life by letting them wear it.

Outsmart Those Stains

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Stained ClothingBeing a toddler is a messy job and cleaning up after them is even messier. Eventually, every parent has to face the simple fact that their children's clothing is going to get messy. But they do not have to accept a stain on every article of clothing. There are several ways to prevent stained clothing without having to put the kids in a plastic bubble.


Provide Play Clothes


It will not always prevent stain-filled accidents, but it is a good idea for parents to invest in good, durable play clothes. If the kids are going into a situation where stains are more likely, such as playing outside or doing arts and crafts, having play clothes set aside can make a huge difference. This reduces the risk of nicer clothing items getting stained or ruined. Good play clothing options are durable jeans, plain t-shirts, sneakers and a good toddler belt.


Break Out the Bleach


White clothing is a mom's number one enemy. Bleach can whiten those clothing items and, often, remove stains. Parents should keep a close eye on the kids when it comes to bleach. Several kids have no problems, but sometimes bleach can cause allergic reactions within children. If it seems like it is irritating their skin or causing any other problems, do not use it. Another option in place of bleach is Baby Oxyclean.


Spray Before Washing


If a stain has found its way onto some of the kids clothing, make sure to take care of it before putting it in the washing machine. Using a good stain remover can help a lot when it comes to those tough stains. Sometimes a trip through the washing machine just is not enough. Spray the stain down with baby-safe stain remover and scrub it with an old brush. Often, that will take care of most problems.


Stained children clothingDo Not Dry Until They are Gone


If a clothing item has a stain, putting it into the dryer is the best way to make sure it stays there forever. After taking the clothes out of the washing machine, look at the area that has the stain to make sure it came out in the washing machine. If it is still there, try another round of stain remover and a second trip through the wash rather than putting it through the dryer.


Cold Water is Best


Warm or hot water often assists a stain with getting settled. Cold water is the best option for removing stains, especially when it comes to blood. Set the washing machine to cold or for really tough stains try to wash the clothing by hand with stain remover, soap and ice water. Using cold water also prevents the risk of any clothes shrinking in the wash.


Taking a few precautions on a stained clothing item is often all it takes to make the stain go away. But remember, stains are not the end of the world. If they no not come out, just use the clothing for paint clothes or play clothes.

Easter Egg Hunt!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

easter childrenEaster is just around the corner and it is time for parents to put together that all important Easter egg hunt! Kids all over the country look forward to hunting for those colorful eggs and tasty candies. There are several ways to put together an Easter egg hunt to make it fun for everyone involved and create a holiday to remember.


Be Prepared


Before starting an Easter egg hunt, parents should make sure their children are properly prepared. Make sure there are plenty of baskets or buckets to collect a lot of eggs. It is also important to get the kids dressed in the right attire. While the kids may look cute in their Easter Sunday clothes, eggs could be hiding in the brushes or down in the dirt, so make sure they are wearing play-friendly clothing. Another good option is an Easter-colored toddler belt, to keep pants, skirts or shorts secure during an active search.


The Plastic Easter Egg Hunt


A lot of parents prefer plastic eggs for their children's Easter egg hunt. Fill the eggs with their favorite candies and hide them all over the yard. Keep in mind the height difference and make sure to hide the treats where little hands can reach them.


The Real Egg Hunt


Another great Easter tradition for kids is dying eggs. While real eggs can be more fragile, some kids enjoy making their own eggs for the hunt. Help the kids dye a couple dozen eggs the day before, then hide them on Easter for the hunt. After the kids find all their eggs, reward them with a basket full of candy.


Color Coordination


Parents with more than one child often run into the problem of one sibling getting more eggs than the other. A good way to solve this problem is by using color coordinated eggs and baskets. This is also a great game if little cousins have come over for the holidays. Give each child their own colored bucket and tell them to search for the eggs with the same color. That way, parents can make sure that there is the same amount for everyone.


Easter Basket ChildrenEaster Basket Fun


In order to make the hunt even more exciting for the kids, help them decorate their own Easter basket. Parents can purchase ribbons, stickers, glitter, stuffed bunnies and Easter grass to help decorate. Each child can decorate their own unique basket for the hunt and fill it to the top with candy. Another great option for parents is to decorate the baskets themselves and surprise their kids in the morning.


Egg Goodies


The main thing parents put inside Easter eggs and baskets is candy, but there are several other goodies kids can enjoy as well. Several stores sell Easter bunny figurines and stuffed animals. Parents can also purchase play jewelry for little girls, small cars for boys, coloring books, crayons, balls and several other small toys.


While kids may believe in the Easter bunny, parents know that the true responsibility for a happy Easter lies with them. So, make it one the kids will remember!

Let’s Decorate with Paint!

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

children paintingOne of the best ways for parents to interact with their children is by creating hands on activities that they can enjoy together. One of the more popular options is arts and crafts. Not only do arts and crafts give children the opportunity to do something hands on, but they also help boost creativity.


When it comes to arts and crafts, the messier the better. That is why one of the best choices is paint!


Create a Messy Zone


Before starting on any painting activities, parents should create a “messy zone” where the paint has to stay. Areas such as the kitchen table covered with newspaper, outside on the patio or driveway, or on the kitchen floor are ideal for painting. Also, make sure the kids are dressed in painting clothes or aprons that can get stained. It is also good to secure clothing with a good toddler belt.


Wall-Worthy Art


Once the messy zone is set, help the kids make their own pictures to hang on the wall in their room. Squirt small bits of different colored paint on paper plates and let the kids create their masterpiece. They can use brushes, sponges, stamps or their fingers. Always be there to supervise and make sure no paint goes in little mouths, but let the kids create their own picture as much as possible. Once the pictures are painted and dried, parents can help their kids cover the walls of their room.


Print Painting


Child PaintingAnother painting option kids love is print painting. This will have to be done on the kitchen floor or outside on the driveway or patio. Purchase some large rolls of paper to spread out on the floor like a pathway. At one end, put bowls of colored paint, at the other end, put a bowl of clean water. Let the kids dip their feet into the paint, walk across the paper and then rinse off their feet at the end. After that, they can dip their hands in the paint to make hand prints. They can also write or draw pictures with their fingers as well. Once their project is complete, they will have a whole sheet of foot personal artwork to hang across the wall.


Wall Painting


No child should ever get into the habit of writing or painting on the walls. But, it is sometimes nice for a child to have a “free wall” in their room that they can paint however they want. Parents can lay newspaper down on the floor, give their kids some paint and brushes, and let them paint whatever they want. Make sure that the kids know that their free wall is the only wall they are allowed to paint. If they disobey, the privilege should be taken away. Over the years, parents can help their kids paint over previous creations so they can paint new ones as they get older.


Painting with the kids can be an inspiration for creativity, artistic talented and independent thinking. So, grab some brushes, break out the paper, pour the paint and get started.

Fun and Safe

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Baby Proofing your HomeOnce someone becomes a parent to a toddler, they learn all too soon how many hazardous materials there are in the world. While most individuals focus primarily on “baby-proofing” their house, they sometimes forget that even their child's toys can be potentially harmful.


In order to make playtime a safe time, there are several things that parents should look out for when it comes to the toys they give to their children.


Little Pieces


Little pieces are the biggest enemies to young children who want nothing more than to put everything into their mouth. Several toys come with attached wheels, buttons, and googly eyes that can become huge choking hazards. Rather than buying toys with small buttons or stuffed animals with plastic eyes and noses, look for larger buttons that cannot be swallowed or animals with sewed-on faces. Another thing to look out for is trucks or cars with large wheels and no screws keeping things attached.


Chewable Extras


Several children's books are made from cardboard and paper items. Those books often go into a toddlers mouth more than they are read and eventually, that paper gets soggy. Once a toddler gets soggy book pages in their mouth, they often swallow what they find. Try and find laminated books that do not fall apart when they get wet. Also, steer clear of books with actual pages while the kids are still young.


Transformed Choking Hazards


Some things, such as balloons, buckets or dress-up clothes are never seen as being potentially dangerous. However, these objects can easily transform into choking hazards and should only be played with with parent supervision. Balloons, if popped, can easily be swallowed by a curious toddler. Buckets can get stuck on a child's head, causing suffocation. Also, if the bucket has a handle, it can easily get wrapped around small necks. Dress-up clothes often come with ties, buttons or zippers, which can turn into choking hazards.


Homemade Hazards


crawling babySeveral popular homemade toys can be hazardous if not handled correctly. Anything containing liquids should be sealed tightly. If bottles are being used, use wax inside the lid in order to seal away any risks of leaks. Also, anything involving markers, crayons or paint should be closely supervised by parents in order to guard against anything be eaten. Try and purchase child-safety paint that will not cause physical harm if consumed.


Playtime Clothing


Kids love to run around and play. Not having the proper clothing while playing can be just as big a threat as unsafe toys. Make sure the kids are not wearing baggy clothing that could easily be tripped over or shirts that are too big and easily tangled. Keep bottoms secure with toddler belts, fastened with hook and loops, in order to avoid any choking hazards. It is best to set aside play clothes that can get dirty, torn or stained without any worries.


Playtime can be the best time of the day for both parents and children. Make sure it is both fun and safe for everyone involved by taking the proper precautions and making playtime something to remember.