Archive for March, 2011

How To: Teach Your Child Compassion

Teach Your Child Compassion

I found this article by Carrie Snyder. Here’s an excerpt:

In a new book, The World Needs Your Kid, co-written by Craig and his brother Marc Kielburger, with Shelley Page, the brothers argue that any child has the potential to change the world. And that parents have a big role to play. Written in a light-hearted and easy-to-read style, the book is chockfull of practical suggestions that families can easily grab onto and do, while learning and putting into practice the “Three C’s”: compassion, courage, and community. Some suggestions apply more to older children and teens, and others work for families like ours, with children eight and under.  Here are our top 10 inspirations from The World Needs Your KidRead more…

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Adorable Finger Puppets that Snap to Purse

Finger Puppet and Purse Toy for Girls

These adorable finger puppets came in the mail and my kids, who are normally puppet types, could not keep their hands off them. And what is so great about them, besides being:

  • adorable
  • portable
  • creative
  • compact
  • versatile; can double as child’s purse Read more…

Stinging Nettle Tea + Local Honey = Pollen Allergy Cure!

All Natural Pollen Allergy Cure

I have discovered that though my favorite season in New England is Spring, I have developed an allergy to the yellow pollen that sticks to cars that is from the Douglas Fir tree which makes me love Spring slightly less.  I did get prescriptions from my doctor for Flonase and will use eye drops and Claritin when the weather is especially hot, dry and windy. Read more…

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Boston Literacy Fundraiser

Read, Romp + Rock April 8th at WBGH in Brighton

WHAT: Read Romp + Rock is a fun, hip social evening featuring a dance party with great music and delicious food and drinks. There’s also the signature “Celebrity Reader” raffle, which allows guests to win one-of-a-kind experiences with local celebrities, including David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Middle Grade Chapter Books by my 8yold Daughter (grades 3-7)

Best Books for 4th Grade

My middle daughter is so picky that she started her own blog on the things that she likes. Getting her a book she likes for me is an education in getting reluctant readers to engage. Tonight at dinner she asked me to blog on her blog to drive traffic to it. Smart kid. I told her that she needs to put up 4 posts first so that readers will know what her blog is about. This is her second post but I changed the book descriptions. If you want her opinion on why she likes these books, please read her post at Picky Kid Pix. (She’d be delighted with some traffic and she doesn’t mince words!). Read more…

How To: Learn Two or More Languages at Home

Tips on Promoting Two or More Languages at Home

Here  are some tips for those able to introduce more than one foreign language to your kids at home.  It’s from Cantarima, makers of foreign languages DVDs.

In today’s increasingly multicultural world, many children hear two or more languages being spoken on a daily basis.  Studies have shown that children that grow up with more than one language outperform their peers in verbal and non-verbal skills, and perform better on standardized tests.  Plus as they become adults, they will have competitive advantages in the workplace.  So how should parents encourage language development of two or more languages? Read more…

A Year of Blogging with CoffeeShopBloggers

Mommy Bloggers Self Help Group

It is shocking to me that it’s been a just over full year of blogging for me and our little group, the CoffeeShopBloggers, and I wanted to give an update on how blogging has affected our lives. A year ago, the economy was in the tank . Our paying gigs were slow and we had time on our hands which we were not used to. It was time to make an investment in ourselves, to allow ourselves to be creative again, and to push the envelope with this “social media” phenomenon which was scary to us because none of us have technical chops. Read more…

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SmartPhones: Turn Off Geo Location Button to Keep Kids Safe

Smart Phone Geo Location Button Safety

My Mom Friend sent me this NBC Action News video about how bad people can use the same technology that FourSquare uses to figure out the exact location of any photo (including room location in your house) you post online in which geotagging or location is enabled on your smart phone. Read more…

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Caught in the Act … of READING!

Getting Kids Reading

I am so excited to learn about these reading programs around the country that use service dogs as a rapt and non-judgemental audience for kids to read to. I asked my Twitter & Facebook friends to please send me pictures of their kids reading to pets. I think this is a great way to encourage reluctant readers to read. Read more…