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Family Travel and Vacations

Malahide Castle
Malahide Castle
On the way north from Dublin to Belfast we stopped at Malahide Castle. You could have a delightful day of it at the castle and gardens or just stay for a few hours as we did. There is a visitor’s center where you purchase tickets; it has exhibits, shops and a café. It is famous for the Avoca Store where they have made world famous throws since 1723.  The castle is situated on 268 acres of woods and botanical gardens. The garden is...
Do You Know What Pelicans Diving into the Ocean Means?
Do You Know What Pelicans Diving into the Ocean Means?
 You may have seen news reports about increased shark attacks this summer. If you're taking a family vacation to the beach in the coming weeks, and you're worried about letting your children swim in the ocean, check this advice from Florida's Fish and Wildlife Service before you go:  Don't go alone in the water. People swimming by themselves are more at risk.  Stay out of the water at high-risk ...
Visiting Dublin with Kids - Things To Do and See
Visiting Dublin with Kids - Things To Do and See
Dublin has old world charm with a modern vibe. The city truly is the heart of the Republic of Ireland. We started our visit in Dublin with a stay at the Fitzwilliam Hotel ideally located at Saint Stephen’s Green, a beautiful city park, in the heart of the city.  The Fitzwilliam has a modern flare and features the Citron Restaurant and a Bar - Coffee Shop.The Fitzwilliam is a five star hotel, and offers all the amenities including an...

School

Back to School Crafts
Back to School Crafts
Get ready for school with these fun back to school crafts!Back to School crafts are an easy way for kids to gear up for a great school year.Back to School Crafts and School Lunch Ideas:Back Pack Name Tag -Locker Magnets - Locker Mirrors -&nbs...
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...
Fun Way to Learn Math and Science
Fun Way to Learn Math and Science
FMA Live! Forces in Motion, a traveling hip-hop concert is heading to Northeastern U.S. middle schools this spring. the sohw hopes to  inspire students to learn and  have fun with math and science. This popular show is sought after and has been seen by 400,000 U. S. students and in...

Parenting

Preparing Your College-Bound Child for Living with Roommates
Preparing Your College-Bound Child for Living with Roommates
By Sylvia Cochran - College BoundAs though moving away from home were not difficult enough, your son or daughter may have to add ‘roommate’ to the college to-do list. As a Christian parent, you are bound to be apprehensive about letting junior move in with virtual strangers whose lifestyles and habits may be contradictory to your personal values. Is there a way to prepare the college student for choosing wisely when picking a roommate?...
Kids Summer Learning Projects and Activities
Kids Summer Learning Projects and Activities
By Patti Hermes - Parent to Parent - It started innocuously enough, with the Summer Reading List.The Reading List has been around probably as long as summer vacation has. Once upon a time, we brought home the Reading List on the last day of school in June, and promptly forgot about it. Maybe our local librarian had a copy and referred to it when giving us suggestions for our summer reading, but there was never any mention of it again...
Dos and Don'ts for Parents of Summer Campers
Dos and Don'ts for Parents of Summer Campers
By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC -The official start of Summer is almost here, and for many parents and kids that means summer camp. Many of us grew up with wonderful memories of summer-filled days at camp. Songs by the campfire, canoe races and a sundry of other events and new friends fill our minds with good memories. Today, sending your child to camp involves an understudy of camping knowledge and skill. There is an every expanding...

Healthy Families

Children of Obese Parents More Likely to Get Type 2 Diabetes
Children of Obese Parents More Likely to Get Type 2 Diabetes
The American Diabetic Association says that the evidence is clear that the children of obese parents are prone to obesity themselves, placing them at higher risk for type 2 diabetes. How and why this occurs remains a mystery but new evidence shows in utero environment in obese mothers may program a child's cells to accumulate extra fat or develop differences in metabolism that could lead to insulin resistance.   "One...
Summer Nutrition Tips for You and Your Family
Summer Nutrition Tips for You and Your Family
By Lisa Metzgar, PhD - Nutrition TidbitsSummer time means more outside time, more activity, warmer temperatures, and a yummy array of fresh produce.  Here are a few tips to keep you healthy and enjoying the summer months. Make sure you are getting enough water.  As the temperatures heat up, we will be sweating more and increasing our need for water.  Make sure you are drinking at least 64oz. of water to make...
Enabling, The Other E Word
Enabling, The Other E Word
By Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life - “Enabling” can be described as a behavior pattern of the significant people in the life on an addict or alcoholic. Enabling involves rescuing the alcoholic/addict from the negative consequences of his or her behavior. When the addict has negative consequences of his/her addiction removed, the significant other is enabling the addict to continue using.The significant other enables...

Recipes

Summer Side Dishes for Chicken
Summer Side Dishes for Chicken
Cold Asian Noodle SaladPasta, pasta, pasta. You can't go wrong. Yes there are plenty of carbohydrates, but you can make it healthy with whole grain and low carb these days. This salad is useful for parties and picnics, or just a quick meal at home. Cold Asian Noodle SaladGrilled...
Homemade S'more Ice Cream
Homemade S'more Ice Cream
S'MORES ICE CREAM For ice cream making machines. Combining two of the best things from summer - s'mores and ice cream.   * Adding chocolate syrup to the base ingredients (milk, cream, sugar, chocolate chunks/chips) will give this ice cream a chocolate appearance and...
Zesty Salsa Burgers: A Twist on Tradition
Zesty Salsa Burgers: A Twist on Tradition
Summer is in full swing, and with Fourth of July just around the corner, people are removing that grill cover and getting ready to feast. Fourth of July is a holiday for friends and family to come together, and the annual cookout is no different. Everyone who is entertaining guests is looking...

Features

Helping Teens with Back to School Stress

Helping Teens with Back to School Stress

As the start of the school year approaches, we spoke with Michael Levy, M.D., Consultation/Liaison Psychiatrist at Nyack Hospital, about the major sources of stress for teens at this time of year, and how teens and their parents can deal with them. #Teenstress Q: Why is the beginning of the school year so stressful for t...
U.S. Team Wins International Rocketry Competition

U.S. Team Wins International Rocketry Competition

 Sevn students from the Russellville City Schools of Russellville, Ala., won first place in the International Rocketry Challenge at the 2015 Paris Air Show on June 19. The U.S. team, sponsored by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), beat teams from the United Kingdom, who came in second place, and France, who took home third....
Parents are You Worried About Kids Brain Drain in The Summer?

Parents are You Worried About Kids Brain Drain in The Summer?

Stop kids brain drain this summer by getting your kids involved in summer reading programs. Most local libraries offer Summer Reading Incentive Programs.  To encourage kids to "Power Up and Read" throughout the summer, 13 favorite children's authors have written original short stories that kids can unlock as rewards.This  free...
Summer Tutoring - What Can You Expect?

Summer Tutoring - What Can You Expect?

A Note from the Teacher  -  By Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed -The expectations of many schools have become more and more demanding, even from the youngest grade levels.Because of this emphasis on achievement, many parents have enlisted the help of summertime tutors to keep their children engaged in learning, even during the summer months....

Home and Garden

Organize Your Dorm Room
Organize Your Dorm Room
Tips for setting up your dorm room and  keeping it organized!Cutting the college chaos makes it much easier to focus on your studies. More importantly being organized is empowering and it gives a person control over their own space.Access the structure and furniture in the Dorm RoomMost dorm rooms are really small and they come with fixed pieces of furniture like built-in desks and closets. Look at these elements and decide...
What is the best part of a relationship?
What is the best part of a relationship?
A recent survey found:  1. "Real" Open Communication: Conversations and the Cozy times with someone you trust and can talk to openly. Someone you can fight with and still be confident that both of you can express feelings, thoughts and curiosities and suspicions without paying a heavy price.  The best part in any relationship is communcation, honesty  Friendship...
A Boy's Backyard- How To Make the Most of  a Backyard for Little Boys
A Boy's Backyard- How To Make the Most of a Backyard for Little Boys
Little boys seem to have boundless amounts of energy and love to indulge in creative play.  So make use of elements you already have in your backyard such as a wide open grassy lawn and put up a soccer net.  Or with a little bit more time and energy, make some easy and fun activities for them to channel their enthusiasm and stimulate imaginative play.

Family Fun

Top Ten  Vacation Attractions to Avoid
Top Ten Vacation Attractions to Avoid
Family Humor by Cheryl Moeller -Top Ten  Vacation Attractions to Avoid1. Any roadside diner advertising, “Home Cooking” and “Free Oil Change.”2. Any medieval jousting match asking for your blood type and name of next of kin. 3. Any mule trip into the Grand Canyon selling only one-way tickets.4. Any tour of a nuclear power plant promising, “You’ll be the first on your block to glow in the dark.”5....
12 Days of  Fun and Easy Summer Activities for Children
12 Days of Fun and Easy Summer Activities for Children
By Kirsty Snare - Summer vacation is here, bringing 12 weeks of days just waiting to be filled with exciting new activities. We have put together a list of 12 fun, cheap and easy summer activities that any child will love - one for every week of the summer.
Humor: Summer Camp Stats
Humor: Summer Camp Stats
By Cherly Moeller - Family Funny Stuff  8: Kids in one cabin and one counselor.2: Percent chance that the camp nurse will have my immunizations record that I emailed her (always bring another copy).

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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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