Browsing articles from "August, 2011"
Aug 30, 2011
amanda

Learning to shop or shopping to learn …

A new school year is the perfect time for a fresh start. There is nothing like cracking open a new box of crayons. I can still picture choosing a color, brand new, with no dull to the point or writing in the first page of a blank notebook. Some schools offer a program where parents pay the cost of everything upfront and the school orders the supplies. If this is not the case, most parents are shuffling in and out of Target, Staples, and the like, with a supply list and a check out line a mile long. Children, on the other hand, simply reap the benefits of this task. Continue reading »

Aug 26, 2011
amanda

The week of weather

Our children are getting a packed lesson in different types of weather. A 5.8 earthquake in Virginia was felt in NY and NJ, among other places, and now Hurricane Irene is scheduled to hit this weekend. Safety is most important. As long as everyone is in a safe place, taking the right precautions with the necessary emergency items, I think this is a great time for some quality learning.  If you do not live on the East Coast, your children can still participate in these activities. Internet and television make us feel like we are exactly where these events are taking place. Continue reading »

Aug 19, 2011
amanda

Let’s get organized!

As Jack gets bigger, so do his toys. They grow in quantity and number but my house seems to stay the same size. Sometimes it looks like a toy store exploded in my living room. I know many of you can relate. When it comes time to clean up, I am attempting to make Jack part of the process.  He is still too young to help me put away his toys but I have been very diligent about talking to him when I am cleaning up. If there was a fly on the wall, it would definitely be laughing at me as it hears me telling my 11 month old that it is “clean up time” and “it is time for Jack’s toys to go back where they belong”. I am not naive to the fact that he doesn’t understand exactly what I am saying but what I know for sure is that he watches everything I do with watchful eyes. Continue reading »

Aug 16, 2011
amanda

It’s raining cats and dogs …

The past few days on the East Coast have been wet to say the least. I thought that the summer heat was done and the nasty weather had arrived, a few months too early. It got me thinking about the book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Based on my last recommendation with food taking shape of more interesting things, this selection takes this concept to a whole other level! Continue reading »

Aug 13, 2011
amanda

We are family …

Capturing special moments of our children through pictures and home movies is a must;  the first time they walk, eat solid food, school plays.  Along with these important milestones in their little lives,  we want to have a recorded history that involves family members. As parents, educating our children about family history is, by far, one of the most important lessons. Continue reading »

Aug 4, 2011
amanda

Wizard gumballs or brussel sprouts…

At an early age, we learn about the four basic food groups and the importance of eating healthy. This is sometimes forgotten or it falls by the wayside and then one day, you have children. All of a sudden, they become an integral part of our lives again. The problem is, kids would rather you forget like you did before. Continue reading »

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