practice mindful parenting in March

Practice Mindful Parenting in March Madness

The slower pace of winter is coming to an end. As we head into the month of March, we can feel life get busier with the coming of spring. From longer daylight hours to the discomfort of our “spring ahead” weekend (coming very soon), March brings an increase in parenting chaos. And so, this is a good time to think about the practice of mindful parenting in March. When our lives get busier and schedules change, we parents definitely feel the pressure. So as we move forward into springtime and its increased activity or changes, here are three ways to …

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Let’s Teach Our Kids to Stand Up to Bullying

We don’t like to think about bullying, and we certainly don’t want to think of our little ones as being capable of bullying. Yet, rather than decreasing over the years, bullying has increased in our society, and so has its drastic effects. Since International Stand Up to Bullies Day is coming up, we figured it’s worth looking at how to teach our kids to stand up to bullying and how to avoid being bullies themselves.    Why focus on this effort? It does seem that bullying tends to decrease as kids get older. But in the United States, one out of …

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Super Fun Learning Times with Gumdrops

Super Fun Learning Times with Gumdrops

Consider the humble gumdrop. With so many candy options available to us, we can forget the classic gumdrop. And believe it or not, there is actually a national day committed to gumdrops. Yes, February 15 is National Gumdrop Day. And here’s another fun fact: with all their varieties of colors and flavors, gumdrops can be a great learning tool. Since there are so many educational things you can do with gumdrops, let’s look at some super fun learning times you can have with gumdrops. Why learn with gumdrops? Well, it’s the middle of February, and it can become a time …

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Create Some February Fun with Signing Time

February is full of reasons to celebrate. And this is good, since for many of us, February is the last month of varying degrees of winter. After the colder weather, we can look forward to spring, but for February, it’s STILL winter. So, as we wait for longer daylight and warmer days, let’s appreciate all that February has to offer. Let’s create some February fun with Signing Time! February is of course known for Valentine’s Day. But it’s full of other notable days as well. February is Black History Month, which allows for tons of learning for our kids. This …

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Help Our Kids Learn to Adapt to Changes

Let’s Help Our Kids Learn to Adapt to Changes

It’s a New Year! The beginning of a New Year is a time that we all think about changes. As we consider what needs to change, we set new goals and resolutions, hoping that we can stick with these changes. And so, as we think about our own changes for this new year, let’s think about changes that we would like to help our kids make. Then, let’s look at how we can help our kids with these changes, and how that helps them learn to adapt to other changes they will face in their lives. We can use small …

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Choose a Focus for the Holiday Season

Choose a Focus for the Holiday Season

Here we are at the holiday season again! It seems that as a society, we are especially excited to jump into our holiday celebrations this year. And why not? We could all use a reason to celebrate and enjoy our days a little more. So as we head into another holiday season, let’s look at a few things we could add to make it a little more special for our families. And then let’s choose one as a focus for the holiday season.   It’s always fun to add a little extra during the holiday season. However, with all there …

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teach our children to be truly tolerant

Can We Teach Our Children to Be Truly Tolerant?

November 16 is the International Day for Tolerance. While many adults would say that they are open and tolerant, our news reports and daily interactions often say the opposite. How often do you consider the validity of a different perspective than your own? On this International Day for Tolerance, let’s consider our own willingness to hear a different perspective, and let’s think about how we can teach our children to be truly tolerant too.   Tolerance is a hot word in our world, but what does it look like for regular people in our everyday lives? Here are 3 ways …

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Grow Your Family’s Reading Habits This Month

November is known for beginning the holiday season with Thanksgiving. But did you know that November is also National Literacy Month? We all know that reading is a really important skill for our children. It’s also a really great way to keep our minds sharp as we grow older. So this is a great time to grow our family’s reading habits! Plus, My Signing Time has lots of beginning reading resources to help your kids. What is National Literacy Month? The point of National Literacy Month is to get families to enjoy reading together. There is a special emphasis on …

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signs to learn with our kids for Halloween

Signs to Learn with Our Kids for Halloween

The Halloween season is a perfect time to incorporate some new signs into your family’s vocabulary! With the changing weather, the fun costumes we’re planning, and the treats of the season, there are certainly plenty of words we can practice in American Sign Language. So let’s choose a few new signs to learn with our kids for Halloween. Halloween signs Firstly, over at My Signing Time, we have a short, free show to help you learn some typical Halloween signs. Head on over to My Signing Time to watch Signing Time Halloween Signs in our Watch Free section. In this …

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Ways to Teach our Kids Through Fall Fun

Ways to Teach Our Kids Through Fall Fun

We are well into the fall season, and you may have already enjoyed some fall activities with your family. There are so many iconic fall activities like picking apples, jumping into leaf piles, and looking at beautiful foliage. So while we are enjoying these fun fall activities with our kids, let’s look for ways to pull in some teaching opportunities as well. Let’s look for ways to teach our kids through our fall fun times. Learn with Apples Apples are a standard fall food, and fall is the best time of year to eat apples. While you fill baskets with …

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