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|Posted on March 16, 2018 at 6:37 PM||comments ()|
Enjoy creating memories with your child that you both will treasure for years to come! All of my best, Dyan
We are keeping up with holiday traditions this year. My daughter decided that she wanted to put out her special rainbow craft she made in preschool and every night we need to put out a gold coin for the #Leprechaun, make a wish and leave it for the #Leprechaun to eat.....she said we did that last year, I don't remember making St Patricks Day so involved, but she has insisted upon it.
So, that is what we have done every night before she goes to bed, we take a gold coin and set it next to her special rainbow, she closes her eyes and makes a wish. Really and truly a precious moment to experience!!
Yes, it is a lot of work to remember to open the coin at night (or morning) if I forget the night before, and dispose of the candy, but it is worth it. She loves the idea of putting out a coin and making a wish and hoping for that #Leprechaunmagic!
This one might not be for you, but I can't help playing a long. For many reasons,...she believes in the magic, it is exciting for her to do every night and it is something she looks forward to every evening. But, the most important reason of all for me, is I know these moments of believing in the fairy tales of life (Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny) will soon be coming to pass. So yes, I will go along with her and cherish each and every second of these childhood beliefs. I will believe in the magic and relish in her belief in the magic of the #Leprechaun. May your days be filled with the simple pleasures of life seen through the eyes of your child. May the magic of the #Leprechaun fill your home with joy. All of my best, Dyan
#maketime & #taketime
|Posted on November 29, 2017 at 1:53 PM||comments ()|
How To Help Your Child Cope With Cyberbullying In A New School
by Joyce Wilson
Moving is stressful at any age, but for children, the prospect of relocating and changing schools can be especially traumatic. Oftentimes, “the new kid” is subject to being picked on in the new school. To complicate matters, cyberbullying can be especially challenging for parents and kids alike. How do you help your child cope when bullying isn’t happening face to face?
Here are some tips and tools to help.
Being the new kid
Moving can be very stressful for children. Some experts recommend moving when there is already a planned transition, like after the school year completes or before entering high school. Psychology Today suggests that changes in the middle of the school year or in the middle of high school can be much harder. Here are some great suggestions for helping your child through the transition:
● Let your child know early on that you will be moving
● Let your child vent worries without judging him or her
● Have a going away party
● Allow your child to make some of the decisions relating to the move
● Help your child to keep in touch with old friends
During the adolescent years, kids are in the process of learning who they are as individuals, preparing to leave the nest, and are forging deeper friendships with their peers. That evolution has a big hiccup when a move is involved. If your child becomes the target of a bully on top of all that, experts say it can be emotionally devastating.
Tools in your toolbag
Some experts recommend a conversation about bullying to give your child some basic coping skills. The Los Angeles Times recommends watching this great video to open lines of communication with your child about bullying.
It also suggests three simple tips for dealing with bullies:
1. “That’s not cool.” If the bully is a friend, your child can use these three little words to address the issue.
2. Tell the school. Your child can approach a teacher or other school official with the problem.
3. Don’t laugh. Laughter encourages bullies.
Cyberbullying occurs when kids use technology to bully their peers. Bullies use avenues such as texting or social media to harass or embarrass victims. It has become so rampant that some studies show one in four adolescents is cyberbullied. It can seem overwhelming and complicated when the situation isn’t occurring in person. Here is how you can respond if you believe your child is being cyberbullied:
● Be supportive. Make sure your child knows coming to you is the right thing to do, and he or she is not to blame for the situation. Encourage your child not to fan the flames by responding to the bully. Be sure the school is aware of the situation and see if a counselor is available to talk with your child.
● Be protective. Record all of the evidence you can. If you have photos, screenshots, text messages, or voice recordings, save them. Then block the bully on all accounts and devices.
● Be comforting. Kids respond to your stress with more anxiety. Your fearful response tells your child there is something to fear. Instead, maintain a positive attitude and keep lines of communication open.
Less stress at home
Having a safe haven at home can help your child cope with stress. Here are some helpful tips:
● Get a calm start on the day, not rushed or chaotic.
● Be sure your child gets enough sleep.
● Instead of staying chronically busy, be sure you child is getting sufficient downtime.
● Talk with your child and offer advice, but don’t be critical.
● Set aside some alone time in a quiet space to disconnect from others and make time for yourself
Being the new kid isn’t easy, especially if targeted by a bully. Prepare your child with some basic tools, keep lines of communication open, and make sure your home is as stress-free as possible. You can help your child cope, even with a cyberbully.
Side note: I hope you enjoyed reading this information as much as I did. Thank you Joyce for sharing ideas on how to stop and cope with bullying. You can check out her website at teacherspark.org
Please #makethetime and #takethetime today to talk to your child about bullying.
No child should ever be bullied or bully.
It all starts at home by teaching your child to be kind and respect one another.
If we, as parents and caregivers, #takeastand together to stop bullying we can #makeadifference
Show your kids you care.
All of my best, Dyan
|Posted on February 13, 2017 at 2:01 PM||comments ()|
What we used:
heart shaped paper (foam, stickies or construction paper will do) pink, red or white
pom pom balls
decorative valentines day bags
couple pieces of candy to fill
heart shaped balloons
Enjoy making your #Valentines, whether homemade or conventional, just take the time to do it! It will bring excitement and joy to your child and create memories for you both, that you will cherish forever.
May love, happiness and joy fill your day this #Valentines. #HappyHearts to you! Dyan
#Thanksgivingcraft to treasure and keep - fun easy and inexpensive #grateful craft for #Thanksgiving
|Posted on November 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM||comments ()|
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|Posted on October 27, 2016 at 3:43 PM||comments ()|
#Halloween family fun at the library
Are you looking for something to do for #Halloween besides trick or treat? Check out your local libraries. Our local library always has something going on for the kids whether young or old. This year they have the usual trick-or treating at the library for the younger kids. They are also offering some other special activities on making Boo bubbles and paranormal activities for the older kids. I was interested to see what other libraries offer in other areas and there are some pretty cool activities and #Halloween Family fun! Some libraries offer a whole night of #Halloween activities with bouncy houses, face painting, games and other neat things to do with your family.
Others offer #Halloween crafts, story readings and teaching how to apply costume make-up. The events are not typically on #Halloween but a few days before or different activities offered throughout the month.
What a great and typically “Free” way to have some extra holiday family fun!
I came across some pretty neat websites for #Halloween activities that I thought I would share filled with activities that are fun and educational.
(Adult supervision required-remember safety first)
Go online and google your public library to see what activities they are offering for #Halloween Family Fun! And enjoy the time with your family learning, playing and spending time together! Your kid will also get another wear out of that Halloween costume. Make it a Boo….tiful day! All of my best, Dyan
|Posted on October 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM||comments ()|
Unfortunately, my husband was in the hospital last week. he is doing better though, not quite where he needs to be, but better.
A good thing that came out of being there is that I came across a book about #Halloween. "The Magical Tale of HALLOWEEN DUST by Patricia Cardello (http://themagicaltales.com/ ) the link is also on my check out these links page http://www.momskidsandfriends.com/Check-out-these-links.html .
This is a cute story about a brother and sister and their search for bravery on #Halloween. While I was browsing the gift shop at the hospital, this book caught my eye because it comes with a soft bag of halloween dust.
If you happened to see my family video on my video page, I mention that we like Happy Halloweens, not the scary Halloweens depicted in some books and movies. We like friendly ghosts and characters with smiles. Pumpkins brimming with happiness and the magic of all things good! This book was an instant must have for me!
My daughter is fighting to be more brave, not only at #Halloween, but every night she falls asleep. As many children around her age are the same way.
When we got back from the hospital, we immediately read the book that night. And even though, it wasn't Halloween yet. We sprinkled Halloween dust around her room, in her bed and on her hand. She then sprinkled a bit more to be sure she had enough bravery to fall asleep. To my surprise, (4 days and running), she has gone immediately to sleep. No I'm scared, No can you turn on just one more light, nothing, straight to BED!
I love this book, because I feel that it has helped my daughter have a sense of security in herself and bravery.
#Halloween is a week away. If your child is fighting with the same problems, run out and buy this book. It may help you as it has helped us. The author also has more books that relate to other holidays. And if she hasn't written one yet, I am hoping that she writes one for kids, just like mine, who are scared to go to bed at night.
#HappyHalloween!! May your child or children find the happiness in the holiday and leave the scary stuff behind. I'm sure with a sprinkle of magic dust and your help they will! All of my best! Dyan
|Posted on October 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM||comments ()|
|Posted on May 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM||comments ()|
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|Posted on March 28, 2016 at 3:29 PM||comments ()|
Don't know what to do with those uneaten hard boiled #Eastereggs still in your fridge? Instead of throwing them away, have another #Easteregg hunt, just for fun! Then throw them away. We typically do our traditional #Easteregg hunt with plastic eggs. No one really ever eats the hard boiled eggs, so we always do an "after" #Easteregg hunt with the colored ones. I feel at least we do get another use from all the time spent decorating the eggs, instead of just throwing the pretty eggs away. My daughter loves it and I don't feel as wasteful.
Will this be the last #Easteregg hunt of the year for us? Doubtful, we do them all the time. My daughter loves to hide them by herself and then have a pretend egg hunt. I hide them for her too. It is a great way for her to entertain herself, which being a only kid sometimes gets tough for her to do. She fills them up with different items from around the house, coins, fuzzy wuzzies, any trinkets she can find and hides them. It is a great way to have fun through out the year and to stimulate pretend play. So, will this be our last #EasterEgg hunt of the year? Absolutely not!! Have fun hiding those eggs whether real or pretend and may your children have fun finding them. All my best, Dyan
What we learn: Other uses for our once a year toys or games therefore instilling reuse, creativity, sizing objects...what will fit in what size egg, practice opening and closing the eggs learning patience...sometimes the plastic eggs are not so easy to close.
What we share: Inexpensive fun game time, a shared activity and plain #oldfashioned fun!