car seat safety

Getting Your Child to Sit in Their Baby Car Seat (and Remain There)

Most kids like to be active, whether they’re a toddler or a baby just kicking, kicking and kicking again. One of the challenges you face as a parent is getting them to stay in those baby car seats when you’re out on a drive. They just won’t have it. Here are some tips to persuade them that baby car seats are a good thing so they’ll want to stay in them.

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Let the child prepare for the journey

Tell your child a little before you go that they’ll be getting into the car seat. This allows them to prepare.

Give the child some responsibility

Ask your child if they’d like some help getting into the car seat, or if they can manage by themselves. They’ll feel as if they have more of a say in the matter and resist less. Read more…

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…

Yoga for Kids: Rachel's Day in the Garden

Yoga for Kids: Rachel’s Day in the Garden

Giselle Kids Yoga Stories

I’m thrilled to be on Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow’s blog tour! I feel fortunate that Giselle moved a few years ago near me so we got to meet in person several times! Giselle is a certified kids’ yoga instructor and her line of books introduces yoga to kids.

I’m a huge proponent of yoga. It helps me from getting injured and it’s a little gift to myself when I practice. It also helped me when I had carpel tunnel from being on the computer too much. I can feel when my life is out whack too, because I will have trouble with balancing poses!

My kids have all tried yoga in various ways. My son likes yoga cards to do poses in bed in a silly way. It’s still yoga though! PickyKidPix says yoga is calming for her. She needs that! Grasshopper and Sensei is prone to injury because she has tight lower body. It’s either physical therapy or yoga, but yoga is for life! She gets the most benefit from yoga, but it’s also the most challenging for her.

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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.

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

Taking a Children's Book Writing Class

Taking a Children’s Book Writing Class

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to take a children’s book writing class so I signed up for one through my local community education program: Children’s Book Writing with Margo Lemieux. She teaches art at Lasell college but has also written children’s books. Interestingly, she has not yet illustrated her picture books. I found one of hers at my local library and it’s perfect for a spring diversity pick.

taking a children's book writing class with Margo Lemieux

Full Worm Moon by Margo Lemieux, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

Native American parents tell their eager children the story of the Full Moon Worm which brings the earthworms to the surface, helping prepare the ground for planting. They stay awake all night to catch this phenomenon, and thus the spring rituals of planting begin. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Kid Lit Blog Hop Now MONTHLY!

Kid Lit Blog Hop!

Hello! Welcome to the April 2016  Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, monthly hop, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

Kid Lit Blog Hop Now MONTHLY!

Simply make a post related to Children’s literature and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) If you are an author, feel free just to link to your blog. 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…