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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
April 24, 2014 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. So how can you get the most out of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day?  Here are some tips to make the day go smoothly: Make sure your child wants to participate. First...
Spring Family Fun
Spring Family Fun
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - I'm excited because spring has arrived! The trees are turning green, my forsythia is bloomin' yellow, my saucer magnolia tree is covered with large pink flowers and my small orchard is showing its colors....
Spring Food and Recipes
Spring Food and Recipes
By Samantha Gianulis - Apron Strings When spring returns, the senses of the Earth and all of its creatures awaken. Creamy Lemon Rosemary Chicken Over Rice  Recipes - Yummy Family dinner!

Spring Gardening

Spring Gardening Tips
Spring Gardening Tips
It’s been a long time coming, but spring is finally on its way and we can all enjoy some much deserved sunshine. Now is the time to start preparing your garden for its main growing season. Here are some great tips to help your garden spring...
8 Great Benefits From Starting A Community Garden
8 Great Benefits From Starting A Community Garden
By Angela PricketteIf you are looking for a community-spirited project for your town, then you should consider a garden for everyone. Here are eight great benefits from starting a community garden.
Plan Your Spring Garden
Plan Your Spring Garden
Dreaming of spring, triggering an itch to get out of the house and into the garden. But while you are fighting a full-blown case of cabin fever, plant explorers and outdoor décor vendors are turning up a whole slew of new green goods.From...

Parenting

My 13-Year-Old
My 13-Year-Old "Know-It-All"
A Dad's Point-of-View by Bruce SallanThere's nothing new dealing with teens that think they know it all, but recently I've found that my 13-year-old is making me crazy with his attitude. I've got another teen at home - his 16-year-old brother,...
5 Tips for a Successful Doctor's Visit
5 Tips for a Successful Doctor's Visit
By America's Nanny Michelle LaRowe - Most every parent dreads having to take their toddler to the doctor. It's completely understandable when you consider the long waits, the possibility of going home with more germs than you came with, and the...
Raising a Child Who Wants to Change the World
Raising a Child Who Wants to Change the World
Christian Parenting By Sylvia Cochran -Should you encourage your child to change the world? It matters little if the parent is in favor of the current political climate or against it, with youth comes the fervor to change the world....

Food and Recipes

Spinach-Tomato Frittata
Spinach-Tomato Frittata
Healthy, Hearty Breakfast Recipes It's pretty common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but simply eating any kind of food for breakfast may not be enough...
Grilled Shrimp Homemade Barbecue
Grilled Shrimp Homemade Barbecue
The first day of summer is right around the corner, so it's time to round up your barbecue recipes.Grilling is among the most low-fat ways to cook meat because fat drips away during cooking. Nothing...
Kids Eat Healthy!
Kids Eat Healthy!
By Lisa Metzgar, PhD, Nutrition Tidbits -  Childhood obesity is an epidemic in this countr A client of mine told me a story about a child she had to operate on. This child was...

Healthy Families

 All the Answers Are Within Us
All the Answers Are Within Us
Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -  Many of us seek answers to life’s questions by looking outside of ourselves and trying to glean advice from people around us. But as each of us is unique, with our own personal histories, our sense...
too Little or Too Much Weight  Gain in Pregnancy Causes Child Obesity
too Little or Too Much Weight Gain in Pregnancy Causes Child Obesity
Gaining either too much or too little weight during pregnancy appears to increase the risk of having an overweight or obese child, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The Importance of Family Vacations
The Importance of Family Vacations
By Dale Petersen - Building  Health -With the approach of spring thoughts often turn toward summer vacations. When my children were still young and living at home we spent two weeks each summer exploring a section of the country. We...
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Life and Style

Best Ideas for Building Your Own Deluxe Treehouse
Best Ideas for Building Your Own Deluxe Treehouse
By Brooke Brooke Chaplan - Just about every kid and plenty of adults dream about having their own deluxe treehouse. Kids these days should learn more about how to build things themselves,...
Nature Lovers and Baby Animals: A Tough Summer Lesson
Nature Lovers and Baby Animals: A Tough Summer Lesson
By Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed. - Spring and summer are wonderful times of the year when all creatures in nature are enjoying the benefits of warm weather and plentiful food sources to grow healthy...
Family Photo Ideas, Themes and Tips
Family Photo Ideas, Themes and Tips
By Brooke Chaplan - Family Pictures: How to Prepare You and the KidsMany people don't take enough time to prepare for their family photo shoots, and as a result, they often...

Family Fun

Ten Signs Its Time to Clean Your House
Ten Signs Its Time to Clean Your House
 Funny Stuff by Cheryl Moeller - Ten Signs Its Time to Clean Your House1.   You hear your husband's muffled voice but haven't been able to spot him for 3 days.2.   The Orkin Man asks if he can spray you...
Finding a Summer Camp Last Minute:
Finding a Summer Camp Last Minute:
  For parents who put off looking for summer camp this year, don't worry!  There are still some summer camps with availability. Here are some tips on finding a summer camp at the last minute and planning ahead for...
Stress Free Graduation Parties and More
Stress Free Graduation Parties and More
 The graduation season is soon approaching and many parents and loved ones are looking for ways to mark the momentous occasion. Finding a stress free solution to celebrate the event can be easy and affordable with the following graduation...


 

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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."  But that is not all, along with running a blog on passive aggressive relationships, she shares her ideas with My Baby Clothes Boutique.   They bring her message to the parenting community as a way of giving back to the parenting community - their customers.  Next time you welcome a new baby into your life - think of them as the best place to find those newborn hats, beautiful flowered baby headbands, and so much more for your little prince or princess.

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