Fabulous Fourth Funsheet

 

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Fireworks, cookouts, parades – oh my! If we don’t take the time to teach our kiddos about our country’s history, they’ll think this is all the Fourth of July is about.

Got some downtime this weekend? Whether you’re in the car or waiting for fireworks, you can entertain the kids and make the holiday more meaningful with activities, trivia and even jokes!

Download my free Fabulous Fourth Funsheet for by clicking here.

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The Latest Trend in Mom Shaming – “Brexting”

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Parent shaming comes in all forms, at all stages, covering all topics. It starts during pregnancy – (mostly) well-intentioned family members, friends, even strangers, feel the need to comment on everything from what a pregnant woman eats and drinks, to how much she weighs. And there’s no winning – an expecting mother either puts on too much pregnancy weight or not enough.

Once the baby is born, parent shamers can have a field day! They pass judgement over feeding schedules, sleep training methods, tummy time, screen time, working moms, stay-at-home moms, and the list goes on. Now, there’s a new fad in mom shaming – “brexting.”

“Brexting” is when a mom uses her smartphone while breastfeeding. Some experts say moms are losing out on bonding time with their kids because of it. Other experts say it’s all about balance. Breastfeeding can take a long time, and if moms want a few minutes to relax, it’s okay.

Here’s the other thing – breastfeeding takes place all hours of the day and night. A 3am breastfeeding session can be lonely, and checking email or perusing Facebook can help a new mom feel connected to the outside world. Not to mention, a mom’s phone may be the only thing keeping her awake in the late hours of the night or early hours of the morning.

So, moms – shed the guilt of “brexting.” Breastfeeding is a long and lonely road. You’re doing a great thing by providing milk to your growing baby. If you want to watch TV, read a book or even (gasp) play a game on your phone, there’s no shame!

Forgot Father’s Day? Five Last-Minute Gifts You Can Make Right Now!

In case you missed it – Father’s Day is Sunday! No gift? No worries! I have five last-minute ideas that will save Father’s Day:

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You can make any homemade artwork look a little fancier with a special border – click here to print one out. For the little ones, you can make handprint or footprint designs. Bigger kids can draw whatever they like! (Hint: Print on thicker paper or glue onto construction paper if you’re using paint.)

 

 

 

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This is quick and easy, especially if you have some popsicle sticks lying around the house. We came up with adjectives for DADDY and GRANDPA, but there are so many options! Kids could make a list of what they love about Daddy, or anything they think of! A little hot glue and some ribbon and Dad has a door hanger or a keepsake for his wall.

 

 

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Another great idea with those popsicle sticks is a pen or pencil holder. Again, some popsicle sticks, hot glue and markers are just about all you need. You can make the bottom out of popsicle sticks or use a sponge. Dad will love seeing it on his desk and remembering how much he is loved!

 

 

 

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Kids say the cutest things! Download and print out this sheet and let kids fill in the blanks. (The younger kids can come up with their own answers, but may need some help writing it down.) This is a fun one to do year after year to see how their answers change.

 

 

 

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Let’s face it – what Dad wants the most is to control the remote control! You can make your own tag or print this one out. Add a little snack or treat and you’ve got a gift Dad is sure to love.

Let Learning Grow with Gardening!

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Kids love to dig in the dirt! And getting curious young minds to explore gardening can also be a learning lesson. I was on FOX 9 to talk about how having a little help in the garden this summer can help kids learn about math, science and patience. Click here to watch the interview.

Learn more about growing young minds through gardening by clicking the projects below:

Potting Plants

When to Water Chart

Flower Art

Parts of a Plant Flash Cards

Plant a Seed & Let Learning Grow!

Gardening with kids isn’t just about digging in the dirt! Getting young minds to embrace their “green thumb” can also be a great way to learn about math, science, art and patience! I was on WCCO, sharing some of my favorite kid-friendly gardening projects for National Garden Week (June 5th-11th).

Click here to watch the interview.

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Learn more about growing young minds through gardening by clicking the projects below:

Potting Plants

When to Water Chart

Flower Art

Parts of a Plant Flash Cards