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Free Resources for Brain Building Moments #WhatMakesASuperhero

Did you know that we, as parents and caregivers, are superheroes? It’s true! We are superheroes through the everyday moments we spend with our children.

Research shows that there is no time in life when the brain develops more rapidly than during the first five years. Vroom was developed based on the premise that every child is born with enormous potential, and every parent can help them realize that potential.

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Tufts Floating Hospital: Ryan Center for Sports Medicine Astounds

Tufts Floating Hospital: Ryan Center for Sports Medicine Astounds

This post was sponsored by Floating Hospital for Children as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Thank you for supporting brands that support my blog.

My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, has had FOUR concussions from volleyball. Who knew it was such a dangerous sport? After the four concussion, my close friend, Alison Foley, the Boston College Women’s Soccer Head Coach, told me we needed to find a concussion specialist for my daughter. I had no idea that such a doctor even existed!

volleyball injury

My daughter is the libero, a defense specialist. She’s in white.

On the day of my daughter’s appointment for a concussion specialist, we ended up at several of Boston’s hospitals, hopelessly confused, going to wrong location after wrong location. We started off in Longwood which was incorrect. The front desk concierge directed us to the South End. I ended up at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center which was an  amazing facility, but I was only able to admire it briefly because, again, I was in the wrong spot.

We needed to be at Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation which is an outpost based at Boston University. It serves the physical therapy needs of the general public and the Boston University community. Even though we were now running one hour late, we were grateful to get seen.

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Get Kids Gardening with Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables!

Get Kids Gardening with Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables!

This year on the first day of spring in Boston, it snowed.

The day after that, it hailed.

Spring comes slowly to Boston. Last year, I started my first vegetable garden with my kids. I waited until Memorial Day in case of frost. My husband built critter proof planters, complete with covers. It was squirrel, bunny, and chipmunk proof!

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Books for Kids to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Books for Kids to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

There’s no such thing as a bad dog, just a bad owner.

John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is tomorrow, April 30.  This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.

It isn’t always easy to adopt a pet through a shelter as I found when we were ready for a dog five years ago. Puppies were hard to come by in the pet shelters locally. The breeds there also weren’t recommended for families with small children.

It wasn’t always possible to meet the dog before adopting it. I think it takes patience and perseverance to find the right pet through a shelter, but it seems well worth the effort based on the rescue dogs and owners that I’ve met through the dog park. Pet shelters also turn out to be popular in Early Chapter Books this year.

How about you? Have you ever thought of adopting a pet from an animal shelter? What are you favorite books about adopting pets? Thanks for sharing! Read more…

Craftwhack's Tangle Art Book GIVEAWAY! 3 Winners!

Craftwhack’s Tangle Art Book GIVEAWAY! 3 Winners!

I think my most of my readers are familiar with Jeanette Nyberg …

We’ve done a holiday shopping guide together for the past few years …

She’s my daughter’s Art and Design School independent college counselor

She blogs at Craftwhack (with previous blogs Artchoo! and Tiny Rotten Peanuts) …

She’s got impeccable taste for the coolest stuff on the planet …

and

She’s really funny and fun!

Now, not surprisingly, she’s the author of a BRAND NEW amazing and fun art book for kids and parents:

Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids: A Silly Book for Creative and Visual Thinking by Jeanette Nyberg Read more…

#CollegeAveLoans New Parent Loan to Pay for College

#CollegeAveLoans New Parent Loan to Pay for College

My oldest is just two years away from going to college. Yikes! How did that happen so fast? She wants to go to art school so I’ve been researching art and design colleges for her. To get in, she needs to focus on her art portfolio. Winning art competitions will make her more competitive as well.

Rhode Island School of Design

Visiting Rhode Island School of Design museum with her about-to-turn-80 grandmother!

Our next steps are visiting art and design colleges. We’ll see a few when we go to California this summer for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday party, and we need to go to New York City to visit a few more. This summer, she will do the Pre-College program at Rhode Island School of Design.

teen art portfolio

My daughter at Mass College of Art Xtreme Week Teen Art Program. Read more…

Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens

Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens

It’s not uncommon to see my entire family including myself on a screen while waiting for our food at a restaurant. While it keeps everyone quiet, it annoys my husband to see us all on screens. He’s devised a series of restaurant games designed to get everyone off screens.

Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens

Chopsticks Messy Backyard

Chopsticks Messy Backyard

This is a simple game that you can do at any Asian restaurant. Simple rip up the paper chopstick holder into small pieces and place in the center of the table. Place a napkin in front of each player. Using chopsticks, move the pieces from the center to your napkin. The player with the most pieces wins. Read more…

House Monkey App for Chores

House Monkey App for Chores

The House Monkey App is an interesting idea. It’s an app that you set up for your family to track chores and tasks around the house. It has features to reward participation, and lets you create training videos to show someone how to do a task.

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For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

Want some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids? Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers have partnered to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes.

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000! Read more…