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Teach Kids Social-Emotional Skills with Povi

A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that early social competence was a consistent, significant predictor of outcomes in education, employment, criminal justice, substance use, and mental health. In fact, for every one-point increase in a child’s social competence score, he or she was:

  • Twice as likely to attain a college degree
  • 54 percent more likely to earn a high school diploma
  • 46 percent more likely to have a full-time job in early adulthood

While we might agree that social-emotional skills are THE key predictor for future success for kids, we parents might scratch our heads and ask how do we make sure our kids are learning these key skills? A new Kickstarter campaign for Povi might help. Read more…

Miracle-Gro Gro-Ables for Keeping Kids Outdoors!

Miracle-Gro Gro-Ables for Keeping Kids Outdoors!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My 5th grade son and his two buddies are inordinately fond of video gaming. My son can be on two screens simultaneously; playing a game while watching a YouTuber play a different game. That drives me nuts.

We, the moms, took action. We got them programming in Scratch and Java, put them in computer camp to learn Java through Minecraft, and set up a boys book club.

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My Teen Driver & Global Youth Safety Month

My Teen Driver & Global Youth Safety Month

Grasshopper and Sensei turned 16 years old recently and had to be persuaded to learn to drive. She has no interest. Why would she? Her dad and I are her personal car service. She’s terrified being behind the wheel of a vehicle that can do serious damage. And she’s right.

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A few weeks ago, a car crashed into the front of our neighborhood pizza place, killing two people and critically injuring five others. It wasn’t a teen driver, but did you know these stats:

  • Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens
  • Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not because they take more risks behind the wheel.
  • Other teen passengers are one of the biggest distractions for teen drivers. Just one teen passenger raises a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44 percent. Two passengers doubles fatal crash risk. Three or more quadruples crash risk.
  • Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight
  • More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained by a seatbelt.

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foster healthy brain development in children.

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.

Vroom Initiative and easy teachable moments Read more…

You Don't Have To Be Big To Be Strong Floating Hospital

Tufts Floating Hospital for Children & The Toughlings

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. Had I known about their Pediatric Concussion Care Program, I could have just stayed put.

Strength is contagious.

It’s been a long road to recovery for my daughter who has been quite stoic throughout it all. Many kids with serious illnesses also have this upbeat attitude. Floating Hospital’s “You Don’t Have to Be Big to Be Strong” video makes me emotional, but I can understand it’s why the doctors, nurses and staff work so hard, similar to our experience, in which they go above and beyond on a daily basis. It’s for the kids …

“They love without limit, so we fight without compromise.”

I love The Toughlings at Floating Hospital – a group of animals who are small but mighty, just like Floating Hospital kids. They remind patients that they’re big and strong. They can be found in the elevator banks throughout the hospital and stickers are available for patients in clinics. Their names are Buff – a badger, Elbo – an octopus, Mica – an ant, Cozi – a turtle, and Sage – an owl.

Toughlings, New England Floating Hospital

It’s this kind of child-friendly environment that helps kids feel strong when they might be scared. Floating Hospital has other amazing programs for the kids they serve:

  • Mini-horse visits to the inpatient floors monthly
  • Pet therapy dogs
  • Child Life Services: Helping children deal with the stress of hospitalization through play.
  • Services including tutoring, overnight privileges for parents, support groups, and play.

“Around here, there’s one group that’s tougher than all of us.”

You Don't Have To Be Big To Be Strong Floating Hospital

Cancer is tough. I’m tougher.

To learn more about Floating Hospital’s “You Don’t Have To Be Big To Be Strong,” see their website or follow them on Facebook.

How about you? Do you have a doctor or hospital that has really impressed you? Please share!

 

More parenting advice is shared by great bloggers on my collaborative Pinterest board: Parenting Share and Assist.

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

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

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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

Thank you College Ave Student Loans for sponsoring this post. Be sure to check out the College Ave Student Loans financial tools and parent loan options at collegeavestudentloans.com!

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…