Ways to Fight Your Kids' Summer Boredom

Ways to Fight Your Kids’ Summer Boredom

Here we are at the end of July. Summer camps are finishing up, and our kids have been to the pool dozens of times. There are only a few weeks until school begins, so parents of school aged children are getting into a school-prep mindset. While we parents are leaving our summer mindsets behind, our kids are not. They are still off from school, but they are probably getting bored. And while it can be good for our kids to work through their boredom, it’s nice to have a few ideas to help them. So here are 5 ways to …

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Learn Some Picnic Signs This Month

Learn Some Picnic Signs This Month

July is National Picnic Month, and the timing couldn’t be better. The middle of summer is the perfect time to get together with friends or to spend time in nature. It’s also a great time to escape to the mountains, the lake, or the beach. And of course, food is always a fun part of time with friends or a fun getaway. So while we enjoy picnicking this July, let’s learn some signs to use with our kids along the way. Here are some picnic signs to learn this month. Picnic Signs It makes sense for us to begin with …

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Look At the Night Sky with Your Kids

Tomorrow (June 30) is National Meteor Watch Day, and that got me thinking about learning astronomy with my kids when they were little. On our library trips, my kids would check out so many books about the planets, the sun, and the stars. One of my kids has an enormous book about the cosmos, and we still love to look at its amazing photos. Kids really do love to learn about the universe, and they are amazed when they are able to spot something in the sky. Since it’s National Meteor Watch Day, it’s a great time to learn about …

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3 Things to Teach our Kids During Children’s Awareness Month

3 Things to Teach our Kids During Children’s Awareness Month June is a fitting time for Children’s Awareness Month as the name for this month comes from the Latin word for youth. Those of us who are parents are certainly aware of our youth and the issues that they face. And yet there are always ways we can each grow and learn more. As parents, the children we can influence the most are our own. So let’s look at 3 things to teach our kids during Children’s Awareness Month. What’s the point of Children’s Awareness Month? The intent of Children’s …

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National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

It’s National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

What a fun summer theme to celebrate with our kids! National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! And this is something so simple that we can do so easily with our kids. The theme is quite straightforward: enjoy some chocolate ice cream today! Celebrating National Chocolate Ice Cream Day Well, there’s a tiny bit of trivia for your celebration. Chocolate ice cream has been around for more than 100 years! In fact, it became popular in the late 1800s. And here’s another fun fact for your celebration of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day: chocolate ice cream is the second most popular flavor …

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Learn Some Fun Family Signs Together

As we head into the season of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we’ll be helping our kids to plan and create fun gifts and activities to honor their parents. So as we work on these activities, let’s think of a few signs we could help our kids learn in the process. This family celebration time of year is a perfect time to learn some fun family signs together. Family Names The most obvious place to start is with family names. The People section of our free Signing Time Dictionary has instructions for signing several names for people in our communities. …

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Four Reasons to Appreciate Your Library Today

Today is Thank You for Libraries Day! And we sure are thankful for libraries. Libraries are such a helpful resource for our communities, for families, and for each of us as individuals. And while we tend to think of libraries as large collections of books, they offer a whole lot more. So on this day to celebrate libraries, let’s look at four reasons to appreciate your library! The obvious one – the books If you’re a reader, you probably already appreciate your library. What a resource! How could any of us expect to own so many books? But thanks to …

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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Our Kids

April 22 is Earth Day, and all of April is known as Earth Month. And this year’s Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet.” While this is mainly focused toward businesses and governments, there are ways that we can teach our kids both to invest in and to care for our planet. Whether your family is highly conscious of environmental issues or not, there are little things we can each do to take care of our world. So let’s look at a few ways to celebrate Earth Day with our kids! Large environmental issues might be a little much …

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A Few Fun Ideas for April Fool’s Day

Do you celebrate April Fools Day with your kids? It can seem frivolous or even inappropriate to celebrate a joke day when it is another dark time in our world. And yet, when we choose to live, to laugh, to enjoy life, it’s a way to fight the dark. When we allow laughter to continue, we are choosing not to let the darkness win. And this is important, not to let it take hold of us or drag us down. So let’s take this opportunity to laugh with our kids. Let’s look at a few fun ideas for April Fool’s …

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Let’s Celebrate Springtime with Our Kids!

Has it been a long winter where you live? Some of us began spring weather weeks ago, while some of us are still covered in snow. Either way, the official first day of spring is coming up, so it’s time to celebrate. Here are a few easy ways to celebrate springtime with our kids. Decorate Children love decorations, and springtime decorations are so cheerful. You can keep it simple or go all out. Younger children could make traditional paper chains in pastel colors. It could be fun to cut out flowers or even to make tissue paper flowers. If you …

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