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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…

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How To: Really Love a Child (poem) by SARK

How to Really Love a Child by Sark

From The Bowen Cookbook from 1994.  There was one “recipe” included by a parent that I thought you might enjoy.

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Top 10: Caldecott Winners 2000-2010 & My Caldecott Collection

Best Illustrated Picture Books: Caldecott Winners

I went on a quest to improve my Caldecott collection and bought these 5 books last month for a surprising sum of only $50 as they were all on sale at Amazon for nearly 50% off. We are all enjoying them now. Read more…

Funny Novel That Teaches Poetry to Kids

Hate That Cat? No! Love this Novel in Verse for Kids

It’s a poem.

It’s a novel.

About Jack who hates cats but finds he loves kittens. Read more…

DesignTrackMind Creates Child-Friendly Spaces

Child Friendly And Gorgeous Interior Design

When I started my blog a few months ago, it was rough going.  I’m not technical nor SEO savvy, so I constantly (daily!) plagued by problems and questions both technical and not.  And it was no fun trying to figure this out on my own, holed up in front of my computer.  So I started a blogging group with just a few moms at school in various stages of blogging or wanting to blog.  And it has been magic. Read more…

DVD of Spanish Children’s Songs

Spanish Songs for Kids

I asked So Smart! if they would send me their Spanish DVDs to try out and they were nice enough to send me Baby’s Beginnings: Spanish.  It so happened that today is our Spanish lesson day and I pick my tutor up from the subway stop near my house, so I was able to play the DVD in my car (of course, the screen is behind us so we can’t see anything) to ask her about the accents.  (That is all I care about; just get my kids to pronounce the words with a decent accent.)  Read more…

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Dog Walking Leash Attachment for an extra hand

Free Hand When You Need Walking Your Dog

Capability:Mom turned me on the FreeHand Safety Strap. We both use a retractable leash to walk our dogs because the dogs like the freedom but the leash gets unwieldy when the time comes to clean up the doggy doo doo. You do actually need two hands to pick up the poo so what to do with the leash (not to mention dog treats that I am also holding!). I am usually trying to hold the leash handle under my arm which doesn’t actually work that well, especially if my dog has a smell that he wants to pursue. Read more…

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Top 10: Favorite Duck Picture Books

Best Children’s Books with Ducks

What is it about ducks in picture books that always seems so appealing? Are ducks really so unusually clever as portrayed in these books? Or charismatic? Or just sweet and fluffy? I think all of the above is true! I found myself reading a pile of duck featured picture books to my son one night when he randomly brought me a small pile that included Duck for President and Duck on a Bike. And then I started the list in earnest.

Turns out that it’s quite hard to find 10 excellent duck picture books so I had to add Little Bear, technically an easy reader to get 10. I hope that is OK with you! I guess what is stranger is that I happen to own most of these books and yet, no one in my family enjoys eating duck. Maybe that is what happens when you attach to an anthropomorphic character as appealing as a duck. My family also does not like to eat chicken. I wonder if we have 10 excellent picture books featuring chickens … stay tuned! How about you? What animal picture books are you reading over and over? Dogs, cats, mice, ducks, chickens?… Please share your favorites!

 

10. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

A classic tale for Bostonians and any visitors with children about the ducklings that come to live at the Boston Public Garden. There are bronze sculptures at the Boston Public Garden, worn shiny on top by the bottoms of visiting children who love to sit and pose on them.

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