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Fall 2014

Fall Family Apple Picking Do's and Don'ts
Fall Family Apple Picking Do's and Don'ts
Apple Picking Family Fun -Apple picking is one of the most traditional family activities in the fall, and many people flock to apple orchards and pumpkin patches to enjoy pick-your-own (PYO) fruits and veggies or visit farm stands. With the list...
Fall Camping a Weekend Get-Away for the Family
Fall Camping a Weekend Get-Away for the Family
 Everyone thinks of camping as the ultimate outdoor activity for June, July and August. Every year thousands of families enter campgrounds of all shapes and sizes to enjoy swimming, biking, hiking, kayaking, and a host of other recreational...
Teens - Fall - Autumn Fun Things To Do
Teens - Fall - Autumn Fun Things To Do
Get out there, no stress, just chillin and fun with your BFFS. Please add to our list, what's your favorite teen activity in the fall.Here is a list of 60 fun things to do for teens in the Autumn1.  Go apple picking 2.  Go pumpkin...

Parenting

On a Heart to Heart Level with Your Child
On a Heart to Heart Level with Your Child
By Sylvia Cochran - Christian Parenting - Better Parent-Child Communication. While in math two negatives do indeed create a positive, in parenting two negatives frequently result in a discouraged, brow-beaten, sullen or angry child. So how does a parent – who is merely human, after all – communicate with a child in the midst of...
Before & After School Childcare Choices
Before & After School Childcare Choices
By America's Nanny Michelle LaRowe - You've been looking forward to the time where you would no longer need full time childcare.The season where your daughter would be enjoying her time at school, learning new skills and making new friends while you could work and keep more of the funds you earn, since paying for full time day care won't...
10 Tips for School Success
10 Tips for School Success
 By Michelle LaRowe - America's NannySchool has barely started and many children are already having the back to school blues. As you prepare your children to start the school year off right, consider these tips for success. 1. Send your kids off to school with a super nutritional breakfast. Turkey sausage and eggs and cheese,...

Back to School

Early Childhood Skills Checklist
Early Childhood Skills Checklist
Introduce and practice these skills at home and school:• Share, take turns and listen quietly• Wait patiently and use words to communicate• Recognize and know your full name• Know your parents and/or caregiver's first and last name• Use toilet by yourself•...
3 Back-to-School Homework Tips Every Parent Must Have
3 Back-to-School Homework Tips Every Parent Must Have
by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.The ritual of back to school time is here once again. Some parents can't wait to get their kids out the door, while others don't want those lazy summer days to end. Regardless of how parents feel about a transition to a new school year, they all have one thing in common...
Praise for Homework Help
Praise for Homework Help
In Praise of Praise The Right Words Can Motivate Your Child by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed. Praise is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to homework. Research shows that by simply praising effort rather than intelligence, kids will develop greater motivation to keep trying, even when...

Recipes

Top 5 Tips and Recipes for Family Tailgating
Top 5 Tips and Recipes for Family Tailgating
Nothing beats a tailgate - a party, usually held near the trunk of a vehicle. The purpose of the tailgate party is to have a good time, but it also brings families and friends together who may not be attending the main event or sitting in different sections during the game. Drinks,...
Hearty Fall Soups: Corn Chowder, Minestrone and Broccoli Soup
Hearty Fall Soups: Corn Chowder, Minestrone and Broccoli Soup
Broccoli Soup 2 tbsp. butter2 tbsp. flour1 bunch (10 oz.) fresh broccoli1 sm. onion, finely chopped2 tbsp. butter1 qt. chicken stock or broth1/2 c. heavy cream, warmedSalt and pepper Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan, stir...
Fruits and Veggies to Buy This Fall
Fruits and Veggies to Buy This Fall
Plus Slow Cooker African Chicken Stew RecipeAt certain times of year, some fruits are, quite simply, yummier than others.  A lot of the time, fruits and vegetables that are not in season are not even sold in the grocery store, both because they are not being harvested and because the...

Healthy Families

Learn to Listen to Your Body
Learn to Listen to Your Body
By Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health  -One of the most important skills required to maintain one’s health is the ability to listen to what one’s body is saying.  The body expresses itself through what are called symptoms.  A symptom might be a headache, a sore throat, a fever, unusual or excessive fatigue, or any...
Fall is in the Roots
Fall is in the Roots
By Lisa Metzgar, PhD - Nutrition TidbitsFall is almost here and soon the veggie garden is full of root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, turnips, and beets.Root vegetables are a great source of many nutrients because they absorb minerals and other nutrients straight from the soil as well as getting them from their leaves that soak up the...
Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen
Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen
Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -       True listening is not always easy. It is a skill we develop. In this era of technological expertise and emotional unavailability, all too often there is more speaking than listening. We are not really conversing but merely exchanging gestures. For a genuine dialogue to occur, speaking...

Save Money

Daily, Weekly, Monthly:  The Life of a Dream Catcher
Daily, Weekly, Monthly: The Life of a Dream Catcher
By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA - Family Finance and BudgetAre you giving away money without knowing it?  If I were to call you lazy, you might immediately become defensive and tell me about all of the tasks that you’ve completed on your job this week; the hours you’ve spent grocery...
Fall Wardrobe Tricks to Save You Money
Fall Wardrobe Tricks to Save You Money
Family Finance and Budget By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA - Did you know that you can make it through the fall and winter without spending a ton on weather appropriate clothing? .Yes, you can and I am going to tell you how. Here are a few wardrobe tricks for both women and kids to...
Save on Fall Clothes for the Family
Save on Fall Clothes for the Family
Now that summer is slowly coming to an end and cooler temperatures are just a few weeks away – at least that’s what we’d like to believe -- now is the time to start focusing on fall wardrobe needs for the family.Rather than spend your weekends in brick and mortar stores searching for deals...
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Home and Garden

50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S
50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S
Looking for a place to retire that is affordable, has lots of activities nearby, a vibrant social scene and an abundance of cultural activies? A college town might just be perfect for you! Following are 2014 "50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S." ranked by cost from lowest to highest, and the colleges that reside in each ...
A New Look for the Bathroom
A New Look for the Bathroom
By Sonya Weiss - Decorating on a Budget - If you look at the photograph included here, it’s easy to see what went wrong in the decorating of this bathroom. First, the sink chosen is far too big for the space and it dwarfs the counter. Both the sink and the counter are out of balance. Secondly, the elongated toilet is also a detriment...

Family Fun

How to Know if you are an
How to Know if you are an "Over the Top" Grandparent
By Cherly Moeller - Family Funny Stuff -All of us have run into grandparents all too eager to show us pictures, slides, jpegs and endless other representations of their grandchildren. While these pictures are immensely interesting to the grandparents themselves, they can prove to be a "real snoozer" for the casual participant...
Ten Field Trips to Avoid
Ten Field Trips to Avoid
By Cheryl Moeller - Family Funny Stuff -  2.         "Inside a Real Landfill:  A One Day Tour of Leftovers from the 1980's." - 3.         "Amazing Sauerkraut:  A Hands-on Museum." -4.         "100...
Making Something out of Nothing
Making Something out of Nothing
By Jillian Bietz - Easy and fun crafts. -Junk drawers. Most everyone has one of some kind; whether it be a corner in a room or a shelf or a drawer; this is the spot where fragments from years past always accumulates. Somehow, all missing pieces of all kinds find their way here, and while it may be tempting to stuff the stash in a recycling...


 

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The Best Excuse for Not Cleaning: Preserving Kid's Handprints

Kid Handprint Art - Perfect Homemade Gift!

 

I had this moment of sentimentality the other day as I was cleaning the mirrors in our bathroom.  Though not a household job that ordinarily brings me to nostalgia, wiping little handprints from the glass actually made me tear up. Did I really want to make those handprints disappear?  There are only little for such a short period of time, after all.

 

I put down my cleaning products (not such a sacrifice) and decided that it was time to get messy.  My kids thought the lottery winnings were theirs, as they heard me initiate the idea to paint their hands and let them print all over large sheets of flipchart paper.

Once we got over the initial fun of wild hand-painting (the only thing more fun than mere finger-painting!), the kids got serious about design issues.  My four-year old used alternating purple, red, orange and yellow handprints overtop of a hand-drawn vase, to create a bouquet of "flowers."  My seven-year old drew grass all around her sets of multi-colored handprints and titled her masterpiece, "The Hand Garden."

After witnessing these works of art, I had the greatest idea.  The holidays are coming and wouldn't these handmade pieces be great as gift for family?  The children loved the idea of being able to make their own gifts.  Gifts straight from their little hands to the recipient.

To top it off, I also have two frame-able, keep-forever pieces of art featuring those sweet little prints that I really do want to keep around forever.  Just in case, I still have a few on my bathroom mirrors too!

 

 

By Signe Whitson, LSW.  As a mother of two little girls and working as a therapist for children, she has gained a wealth of knowledge for families.  She has been featured on Psychology Today and co-authored a book "The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools and Workplaces." 

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