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Go on a Seek-and-Find Adventure with Your Kids

March 10 is International Find a Pay Phone Booth Day. Try to say that ten times fast! Hunting for unusual items with your children can be lots of fun. And if the weather is improving in your area, it’s a great time to get outside and go on a seek-and-find adventure with your kids. You could search for phone booths or anything else you can think of. Some places already have fun things to search for with your family. So get online, get creative, and get outside to have a fun searching adventure with your kids. Adventures benefit our kids …

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squeeze in some end-of-winter fun

Squeeze in Some End-of-Winter Fun

Many of us are hoping winter will be over soon. Some of my friends in warmer climates are posting pictures of their early flowers blooming, and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. Where I live, we just had snow AGAIN. But no matter where you live, it’s still the end of February, so we have hope that winter will end soon. And this closing of winter is a great time to squeeze in some end-of-winter fun with your kids! Everyday life can get dull for our kids, and really, for us parents as well. When we can …

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National Love Your Pet Day is Coming Up

February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day. Pet owners do love their extra family members! This is a day to celebrate our pets and to show them some extra love. And it’s a perfect time to teach our little ones about our pets. They can learn to help take care of the pets in our homes. And while we’re at it, we could help them learn the ASL sign for their pet, and maybe for some other animals too! We often think of pets as cats or dogs, and we refer to them as our furry friends. But many …

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Hold Your Own Family Winter Games

Hold Your Own Family Winter Games

We’re in the Olympic season again! And while the Olympic games can be fun to watch, they also give us a chance to expose our kids to some new things. There are different sports that they may not have heard of, and there are different countries participating. The Olympics are full of good conversation starters and learning activities. To make it more fun, and to fight off the late winter boredom, you could even hold your own family winter games! In this Signing Time Blog post about the Summer Olympic games, we talked about enjoying a specific sport with your …

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Let’s Show Our Kids How to Become Loving People

As we head into the Valentine’s season, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hearts and candy aspect of love. Our kids spend time preparing sweet messages for their classmates and friends. And as adults, we do the same for our own relationships. This annual celebration of love is a good reminder to live out and demonstrate our love. But as we teach our children, could we go a little deeper with our teaching and our example? Can we show our kids how to become loving people? When our kids work on their Valentines, they often have favorites and …

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reboot our resolutions

Is it Time to Reboot Our Resolutions?

We’re at the end of January, and New Year’s thoughts are far behind many of us. The things that we were motivated and excited about a few weeks ago may have become successful new habits. Or it’s quite possible that those resolutions are long forgotten. Many of us do tend to slack off of our new resolutions pretty quickly. So now that we’re at the end of what we consider to be the resolution month, it might be a good time to reboot our resolutions. According to Discover Daily Habits, once only one week of January has gone by, 25% …

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Silly Learning Days to Enjoy in January

Winter days can get long, and it’s easy to run out of ideas to keep little ones busy and engaged. When you’re out of ideas, it’s fun to check for fun calendar days. It seems like most days are some kind of national celebration of something. So if you need an idea to create some fun for your kids, check the calendar. You’re sure to find a way to enjoy some silly learning days, and those can be the most memorable for your kids. Here are a couple silly learning days to squeeze in before the end of January. National …

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live out an attitude of acceptance

Live Out an Attitude of Acceptance with Your Kids

The celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his civil rights accomplishments is coming up. While King’s actual date of birth is January 15th, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act has set certain public holidays to be celebrated on the nearest Monday. So we will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17 this year (2022). There has been a good bit of controversy about the celebration of this day over the years, and some states have designated it as Civil Rights Day instead. But no matter where you stand on the celebration of this day, the idea of …

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Do You Know Your Child’s Personality Type?

We are all thinking about January 1st and New Year’s Day. But did you know that tucked right behind New Year’s Day, on January 2nd, is World Introvert Day? Now, of course, we’re not all introverts, but this got me thinking about personality types in general. We each see the world through our own personality lenses. So as parents, it’s pretty important to know our children’s personality types. Knowing your child’s personality type helps you to know how they interpret the world around them. And when we understand where our children are coming from, it helps us to be better …

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Holiday Traditions are Important for Children

Holiday Traditions are Important for Children As the holiday season winds down over the next week or so, it’s a good time to think through our holiday traditions. Your family may have age old traditions that you continue to celebrate. Or your family may have tried some new things to celebrate the holidays this year. Either way, it’s helpful to evaluate what works for your family, what traditions to continue, and what traditions to let go of. And in the process, let’s consider how holiday traditions are important for children. The Value of Traditions Are holiday traditions really important for …

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