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Difficult conversations important

Are parent and child conversations getting harder and more important than ever? Every stage of growth requires important conversations. Along the way your family has surrounded children with what … more

Fall beautiful time for finger painting

Fingers make the best painting tools. Bright colored commercial finger paint works just fine and washes out easily from clothes. It is even more fun to finger paint with products you have around the … more

Children learn good fridge raiding

There are many more “R’s” kids need to learn besides the basic reading, writing and arithmetic. There is also how to raid the refrigerator. Nutritionists hope they will learn to whip up … more

Marketing fruits and veggies to kids

“Yum. Here are some fruits and vegetables,” says adult to child. Young child’s mouth is sealed shut. “Let’s eat some salsa you helped chop up! Yummy!” Magically the mouth may open up with … more

Using weather apps and forecasts with kids

Weather observation helps children be alert for changes in their environment and  their need to prepare. Sometimes we underestimate what we can teach young children. Checking the weather forecast … more

Creating paper glass Chihuly art

Whenever it is too a cold, too wet to play outside or children are sick, grandparents can take out a few art supplies and try a new easy craft. It’s always good to be prepared. This craft is based … more

Kids have quite a bit of fun with puzzles

Children of all ages need lots of exercise and fun outdoor play but there are times when quieter indoor play is on the schedule. Reading with your children is always a very enjoyable and important … more

Playing and moving with drums helps relieve stress in kids, boosts mood

Young children are drawn to drumming sounds and love to move with the beats found in every culture. Just observe young children at powwows, band concerts, weddings, and parades. They are jumping and … more

Guessing games are great way to help young kids learn

Children love guessing games. A favorite activity to do with young children is called “What’s in the Box?” It’s something that parents and grandparents can do anytime, anywhere to get young … more

Learning skills with vehicles and figures

A great way to spend time with preschool children is playing with them on the floor. If it is difficult to get on the floor and get up again (common), sit at a table or snack bar that is set up for … more

Kids enjoy paper core projects

Families are often looking for ways to recycle and reuse materials instead of throwing them in the trash. Think of how many paper towel and bathroom tissue cores we throw each month. They can be used … more

STE(A)M activities: Children solve problems

STE(A)M teaching is a way of helping children think like scientists, technologists, engineers, artists (architects) and mathematicians as they solve meaningful and interesting real-world problems. … more

Gifting picture books to children is a good idea

Great books with no or few words and beautiful illustrations are fantastic for building vocabulary, love of books, writing and drawing skills. This is not too much praise, especially if they are … more

Helping children at Thanksgiving

Sometimes, young children feel lost in all the preparations, activity and loudness of family gatherings. With a little planning, families can set up a simple way to include children and keep them … more

New media use plan helps families

The latest journal of Pediatrics October 2016 (aappublications.org), has released new recommendations for technology use by children. The report “Media and Young Minds” relates how technology can be managed in the home (healthychildren.org/Media … more

Arachnids fascinate young children

Spiders are often over-feared and misunderstood. When a spider web and huge “Charlotte” appear in the yard you might turn them into family STEAM activities at home (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Adults and children can … more

Time to get ready for a new school year

When families prepare for the first month of school, they often include grandparents who provide before- and after-school care, when possible. Sometimes they are on call in case of emergencies or available on FaceTime or Skype for children to … more

Picnics can be fun opportunity for teaching

Summer is the perfect time for combining skills with a picnic. This easy activity filled with fun and learning is another way to have more time with children. more

Helping kids with math this summer

Teachers hope families will do a little math, reading and writing with their children this summer. When children master math facts they become so much faster at mental math and doing word problems. Daily summer practice for 10 minutes will help … more

A library is a local joyful place to take children

The library is a great place to take grandchildren when providing childcare. The visits are easy, inexpensive, and offer a fresh supply of books for the home stack. They provide an opportunity for adults and children to meet others with similar … more
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