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Make Sure You Read To Your Child

The joy and benefits of reading

Did you know that reading daily to infants stimulates early brain development? And as kids get older reading helps them build vocabulary, gives them stronger language skills and a much higher likelihood of doing well in school and graduating. Here are five ways to bring the joy and benefits of reading to your kids.

Choose Books for your Kid’s Interests

If your kids are fascinated with dinosaurs or ponies, let them pick books about these subjects, they’ll be much more likely to want to read about their favorite things. You can even go further by finding connections to similar topics.  For example if you child loves cars, then don’t stop at fictional stories about cars, think about choosing books about car racing, car designs  or racecar drivers.

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Valentine’s Day

Do It Yourself this Valentine’s Day with these fun ideas

DIY Valentine’s Day greetings that are made with love beat out store bought cards every time. Here are fun, easy and inexpensive ways for you and your kids to share the love with family and friends.

Stamp It
Stamping designs on plain paper is an easy way for kids to create their own Valentine’s cards. But instead of buying pre-cut rubber stamps, try stamping with things you have already available. Paper towel or toilet paper cardboard rolls are easy for little hands to hold and can be bent into the shape of a heart for stamping. Make a pretty bouquet of flowers with a bunch of celery. Just cut off most of the stalk, leaving a few inches of the base to use as the stamp. Even your little ones’ tiny thumbs can make an adorable heart stamp. Washable paint (Crayola makes one) makes for an easy clean-up.

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Happy Family

Resolutions? Try These Family-Friendly Ones in the New Year!

Lose 5 pounds. Join a gym. Our New Years’ resolutions often look like a dreary to-do checklist that’s usually forgotten within a few weeks. This year, let’s switch it up and make resolutions that help us connect with our kids. Here are a few ideas to inspire more happiness, fun, new discoveries and sharing in 2016.

Laugh More

Kids naturally laugh more than adults, and their silly giggles are contagious so let’s join in on the fun. Plus, laughing reduces stress and kicks in bonding hormones. It’s easy; for starters simply sing along to a funny song. Kids usually have a whole playlist in their heads, but if you need ideas check out Pandora’s free streaming of the kids station “52 Sing-A-Long Silly Songs”, with favorites like “Do Your Ears Hang Low”.

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