Improve your child's listening skills with a few simple exercises.
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I even remember telling my husband a couple of years ago that our dog listened better than our then-four year old! But you don't have to speak as if you have an imaginary friend you're talking to when you're simply trying to get your child to hear you.
Improve your child's listening skills with simple listening exercises. Your child will become a better listener, which will also help save your sanity at the same time.
Of course, it takes time for kids to get in the habit of disengaging from the activity they're involved in and perking up those ears when you call them. But with a little patience, you can encourage them to improve their listening skills, which will help them at home and school.
Have fun with mom this Mother's Day.
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Although the numbers make it seem like Mother's Day is one of those commercial holidays created to increase spending, the day that honors mom actually dates back long before there was a greeting card store just down the street. Another fun Mother's Day fact is that the ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated their moms too.
There's so much to learn about Mother's Day. Recite a poem for mom. Tell her a joke. Surprise her with the perfect pancakes. This guide to Mother's Day fun covers the history, food, inspiration, humor and more. It's a great way to impress mom on the day that celebrates all she does for you throughout the year.
Happy Mother's Day!
Time with her favorite people is a great gift for mom.
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My husband even gets into the Mother's Day celebration. He and the kids work together to make breakfast for me, which is a nice change of pace, and he even hurries us to the car so we can go out for ice cream.
If you like non-traditional gifts like I do, you'll love Mother's Day ideas that break away from those predictable gifts. Number seven on the list is my favorite by far. Although, I could be persuaded to take advantage of the second one on the list too!
Host a Mother's Day party to celebrate mom's special day.
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Planning a party for mom is simple too. This Mother's Day party planning guide has you covered, from the invitations to the party food.
Just be sure you take care of the clean up after your Mother's Day party. Mom doesn't want a party if it's going to leave her with a sink full of dishes and going room to room with a garbage bag to pick up the trash!
Play outdoors in May during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
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Is another school year really about to be in the books? I feel like I was just shopping for school supplies yesterday.
On that last day of school, I'll be parading my older son around town to collect free stuff for good grades. Then what?
Fortunately, there are loads of fun things to do with kids in May. From food to fitness, we'll have plenty of activities to keep us busy until the school bell rings signaling the beginning of another school year.
Find a family vehicle that will fit everything you plan on hauling.
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While this will be our family vehicle, yours truly will be doing most of the driving. Kids need to get to their games. Mommy needs to pick up groceries. You're the mom taxi so it's important to find something that will suit your entire family's day-to-day needs.
You have to know what to look for in your mom car. We have our list of criteria and that automatically rules out a majority of vehicles.
Price is also a major factor. That sweet ride mom likes so much costs more than $50K so that was an instant scribble off our list. I like sticking to our family budget so my kids can go to college some day.
If you're thinking about cranking up the engine of another car, do your research. Buying the right family vehicle is a big decision you don't want to regret later.
Here's some help to get you started:
- Should I Buy a Used Car?
- Top 10 Cars for Moms
- Top 12 Cars for a Growing Family
- Top 10 Family Cars Under 20K
Enjoy a moment for yourself.
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- How to Get Kids to Listen
Make those tiny ears perk up when you speak so you don't have to keep repeating yourself.
- Create a Reading Space for Kids
Encourage a love of reading in your kids when you create a simple reading space they can call their own.
- How to Lower Your Cable Bill
Cut the costs of cable and keep your money in your wallet where it belongs.
- Best Wooden Swing Sets
It's time to get outdoors with a wooden swing set that will stand up to your kids and the weather.
- Gazillion Bubbles
If the kids like bubbles, they'll love a machine that produces more than 500 bubbles a minute.
- Mother's Day Fun
Mom's big day is quickly approaching. Have fun with this holiday that celebrates the special mom in your life.
- Throw a Party for Mom
Party time! Throw mom a party she won't soon forget.
- Mother's Day Ideas
Tired of giving mom flowers and a card year after year? These Mother's Day ideas break away from the typical gift ideas.
It's time to celebrate the graduate in your life.
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My little graduate is proud of his achievements, of course. He decided his kindergarten diploma should be hung on his bedroom door.
This is just the beginning of graduation season. It's that time of year where we'll all be getting invitations to graduation ceremonies for everyone from preschoolers to college students. That means it's time to start picking out those graduation presents for kids of all ages.
Get ideas now for the graduate in your life:
- Preschool Graduation Gifts
- Kindergarten Graduation Gifts
- Elementary School Graduation Gifts
- High School Graduation Gifts
- College Graduation Gifts
The Fresh Beat Band is just one live show going on tour this year.
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The Wiggles will be back this year for a global tour running through the end of 2013. Those perky Fresh Beat Band members Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout will also be hitting the road for another musical tour.
There's a whole list of kids' live shows that's continually updated so you and your family don't miss out on the new shows coming to a city near you. You can also review the live shows you've seen to share your experience with other families.
Just be prepared to fork over a lot of cash to get in on these new shows for children. Some shows offer reasonable ticket prices. Others can cost your family hundreds of dollars to attend an hour and a half live show.
Family flying is easier when all of you are prepared.
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They take one look at us and hope those vacant seats on their row don't belong to us. You can practically feel the gush of air they exhale as we keep walking past them.
My boys have been on an airplane before. They're really great travelers. I would like to think I played a part in how well-behaved these perfect little passengers are on planes.
Flying with kids is much easier when they know what to expect. We like to make a countdown to the big traveling day, set up our own security checkpoint so the kids will be ready for those daunting X-ray scanners and we even play airplane so the kids won't be scared.
I also make sure to pack plenty of plane activities for kids. From magnetic board games that are great for young flyers to new toys just for the airplane trip, my children have more to occupy them on a flight than I do. Read More...