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Use Organization to Teach Life Long Lessions

Organization! It’s one of those words that many people find scary and youngsters don’t seem to like it at all. Yet, even a few bits of it can reduce stress for parents and kids too. Here are a few ideas that worked for our family and might help yours. Click here for the full article.
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School s Out

In our family, we discovered that making non-specific materials and tools available allowed our children to be creative. That kind of imaginary play worked, not only to keep them busy and productive, but to develop skills, thinking processes, and a sense of accomplishment. Click here for the full article.
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Kas Winters Puppets and Children

Puppets and Children—One Terrific Combination! by Kas Winters, Mother of Family Ideas™ Youngsters identify with puppets and playing with them is a special treat. Of all the workshops I’ve done with students over the years, the ones in which they create their own characters and put on a play using handmade actors get the very best reviews. Ideas for stories seem to come naturally once a child has a mouthpiece in their hand to do the talking. Click here for the full article.
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Watch it Grow

In these days of texting, electronic communication, digital entertainment, and computerized everything, children and others are losing touch with nature. Click here for the full article.
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Words for Families

Words are important for many reasons. When children learn to speak, they have a way to communicate with others. When they read and write they are able to learn and to share their ideas. Click here for the full article.
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Simplify Parenting

It seems to me that the media tells us that we “need” to spend lots of money to keep our children from being bored; and yet the “bored” word is used constantly by kids. Click here for the full article.
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The Fun and Art of Pumpkin Decorating

Pumpkin carving, painting, or decorating is one of those activities that can bring family members of all ages and description together for fun. Other groups of people such as teachers or leaders with students, scouts, teams, or specialty classes can have a good time decorating pumpkins too. It fun, a little messy, and can teach safety with using sharp tools, give the opportunity for creativity and pride of one’s work, and allow for memorable conversations between participants. Click here for the full article.
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Kas Winters Tell Me A Story

We associate bedtime stories with young children, but story time can be expanded and enjoyed by all ages in many ways and times of the day. There are many advantages to reading together. It creates a love of reading and learning Click here for the full article.
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Kas Winters Celebrate Fathers

Children and adults can both celebrate dads. If dad is available, take him out to dinner, have a bar-b-q, watch a sports game together or spend time enjoying a favorite activity of his, with him. (This might be as simple as a game of catch, playing music on an instrument, puttering to fix something, or tending a garden together.) Time spent with one another, where conversations happen is the key to making it special. Share special memories you have about time spent with your father. Thank him for all he’s done for you over the years. Click here for the full article.
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Teach Children to Benefit from Failure

The feeling we get when we fail at something is not usually a happy one. Often the first response of a parent is to try to “make it better” for a child. In society today, we’ve gone as far as making sure that “every” child wins and gets a prize. That does two things. First it diminishes the sense of accomplishment for those who have actually accomplished the goal. Second, those who really did not “win” usually know it inside. Click here for the full article.