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Happy Easter
Easter Crafts - Easter Hat  - Bunny Cake - Printable Letter from...
Fun and Fanciful Easter Bunny Tracks
Fun and Fanciful Easter Bunny Tracks
By Jessica Ackerman - If your child is like most children, every year he or she probably...
Top Easter Crafting Ideas For Children
Top Easter Crafting Ideas For Children
By Matt  Rawlings - It’s time to turn our thoughts to the next religious celebration;...

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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...
Celebrate Patriot's Day 2014
Celebrate Patriot's Day 2014
Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate  Patriot's Day. Patriot's Day is a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle...
Family Activities to Celebrate Earth Day
Family Activities to Celebrate Earth Day
Learn about ways your family can be eco-friendly year around.Celebrate Earth DayMark Your Calendar  for Earth Day  April 22, 2014

Spring Break 2014

A Family Friendly Holiday Guide to NYC
A Family Friendly Holiday Guide to NYC
By Irina KirilorNew York is indeed the perfect holiday destination for most people, no matter their age or the season. Here are some family affordable things to do in NYC. 
10 Free Things To Do At Disney World
10 Free Things To Do At Disney World
 Florida Insider Reveals Free Family Fun at Disney world for Travelers and locals alike!
Spring Break Under 500 dollars
Spring Break Under 500 dollars
Let's plan a spring break getaway for only $500. time to get off the couch,  outside and having fun.

Parenting

The Christian Parent's Guide to Celebrating Earth Day
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Friend Peer Pressure
Friend Peer Pressure
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - When you think of negative peer pressure, you probably imagine a scene in the hall at school where one youth asks another to copy.Many times kids give in and loan the homework for fear of losing friends and not being...
Teaching Special Needs Children Healthy Habits
Teaching Special Needs Children Healthy Habits
By Kandace Heller - Most parents of children with a disability or special need will tell you that raising such a special child does have its challenges, but is also very rewarding. When raising special needs kids, it is helpful to learn...

Food and Recipes

Best Easter Recipes
Best Easter Recipes
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Take Your Kids Around the World with These Recipes (Without Leaving the Kitchen)
Take Your Kids Around the World with These Recipes (Without Leaving the Kitchen)
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Spring Cleaning
Spring Cleaning
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Healthy Families

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too Little or Too Much Weight Gain in Pregnancy Causes Child Obesity
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The Importance of Family Vacations
The Importance of Family Vacations
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Milk Power... Two Glasses a Day Tones   Muscles and Helps Keep the Fat Away  In Women, Study Shows!
Milk Power... Two Glasses a Day Tones Muscles and Helps Keep the Fat Away In Women, Study Shows!
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Happy Poetry Month - Poem A Lion Cub Named Lionel
Happy Poetry Month - Poem A Lion Cub Named Lionel
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April Fools Day - Pranks for Kids
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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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