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How I Got My Toddler to Eat Healthy Food

June 22, 2018 at 12:29 PM / by Brooke Cobourn posted in Health, Cooking, Toddlers, Gardening, Farmer's Markets, Healthy Eating, featured

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12 Creative Ways to Save for Summer Camp

April 6, 2018 at 10:45 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in Adolescents, Day Camp, Entertainment, General, Health, Local Tips, money jar, parenting, parents, save, scholarships, Summer Camp, summer camps, teens, Tweens, ways to save

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Like most great things in this life, quality comes with a cost. Camp is no different and some parents must find ways to save. If you read our post 11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child, you probably recall that the financial piece is something that must be taken into consideration when you are choosing a summer camp program. Unless a program is advertised as free, chances are, it comes with a price tag and you've got to be willing to pay. The good news is that the government does recognize that these programs are a necessary expense, and has included them as qualified tax deductions for parents. For more information about this helpful way to put more money in your pocket, click here.

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10 Reasons Why Summer Camp is Great for Kids

March 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in Adolescents, cognitive, Early Childhood, emotional, General, Health, nature, News, obesity, parenting, parents, physical, relationships, screen time, self esteem, Soccer, social, sports, STEM, Summer Camp, summer camp activities, summer camps, Tech, teens, Tweens

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 Summer camp is great for kids for the following reasons:

  1. Summer camp helps kids build relationships.
  2. Kids gain experience doing things they may not get to do at home.
  3. They will have exposure to experts.
  4. They are physically active.
  5. Summer camp gives them a break from devices.
  6. They get to experience and learn about nature.
  7. Activities at camp helps to keep their brains active throughout the summer.
  8. Summer camp activities build self-esteem.
  9. Attending camp makes kids resilient.
  10. Summer camp educates the whole child.

 

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Sick Children: How To Know What's Best

January 24, 2018 at 8:55 AM / by Gabby F. posted in Adolescents, Early Childhood, flu, General, Health, illness, Infants and Toddlers, parenting, parents, resources, shots, sick child, sick children, sickness, symptoms, teens, Tweens, vaccines

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It's heart stopping.

The dreaded sound of your sick child screaming out for help in the middle of the night. You run to the kiddo's bedroom wondering what you will find when you get there. Whether it is an upset stomach, fever, or a sore throat, it doesn't change the fact that your child is sick. Do you call the doctor or wait? Should you take off work or hope that it will pass quickly? Is it a virus or something that requires an antibiotic? There are so many questions and as a parent, you want to do everything you can to make your baby feel better and FAST! I'm not doctor and I don't have a medical background, but the goal of this post is to let you know that you are not alone. I also hope to share some ideas for how to care for the little sickies in your family.

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Music: How Does It Help My Child?

January 8, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, children, Education, General, Health, instruments, Kids, Kwaddle, Music, musical, News, parenting, parents, play, sing, STEAM, STEM, Tech

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I love music.

It is truly the one thing that can melt away stress and make me a more pleasant person almost instantly. While I would've loved to make a career out of singing, that was never really an option for me so instead I dove into being an educator and mama. Because music is a constant in our lives, it didn't take long before my children took an interest as well. My oldest is undoubtedly a musically inclined child too. She has a great set of pipes and does pretty well with the piano too. My younger daughter also sings beautifully and will hopefully begin taking guitar lessons in the near future. Both of our boys also love to sing, but it is yet to be determined if that's the beginning or end of their talent. To me, music is a huge part of life.

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Featured Partner: Courtney Harris Coaching

January 3, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in child centered, children, coaching, Communication, communication with kids, Education, General, Health, Kids, parenting, parents, special needs, teenager, teens, therapy, trust

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This week’s featured partner is Courtney Harris Coaching.

Courtney is a Child-Centered Coach who specializes in working with pre-teens, teens (typically 11 – 19 year olds), and their parents. We know that mental and emotional health is very important for our children and teens. However, like me, you may not be familiar with what coaching is about so I took time to chat with Courtney to learn more about what coaching is all about.
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It's a Brand New Year!

January 2, 2018 at 3:15 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, children, Entertainment, General, Health, Kids, New Year's, parenting, parents, promise, read, reading to children, reading to kids, resolution, resolve

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For much of the United States, January 2nd is when life resumes business as usual. It's a brand new year and even though 2018 began yesterday, it seems to me that today is when it really begins. School schedules begin ramping up again. Work schedules have or soon will return to normal. Over the past few days, you may have been thinking about your new year's resolutions. Maybe you want to lose a few pounds, start pursuing a dream you've had, or something else. If you're a parent though, have you thought about explaining resolutions to your children? Better yet, have you made resolutions to benefit your children? I hope this blog is useful in helping you do both!

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Social Media: 5 Tips for Keeping Our Kids Safe Online

December 21, 2017 at 11:58 AM / by Gabby F. posted in Apps, cell phones, children, Education, Entertainment, General, Health, Kids, online safety, parenting, parents, social media, Tech

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I am someone who enjoys social media and appreciates the good that can come from it. However, I am fully aware of the dangers that my involvement in social media can have on my life. As parents, we want nothing more than to keep our children safe. In today’s world, that might be harder than just making sure they don’t get harmed by a stranger or hurt on the playing field. Access to the internet and more specifically social media can really open our children up to many new dangers. It is our job to not only be good role models for them, but to also equip them with the skills to stay safe online.

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Three Things I Learned by Volunteering at My Children’s School

December 18, 2017 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in Christmas, Christmas tree, Education, foster care, General, grief and loss, Health, holiday, Kids, parenting, parents, special needs, tree

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For the past two days, I had the privilege of volunteering at my children’s elementary school. In our small, rural community it seems that everybody knows everybody. However, after spending some time with the students, it became very clear to me that I don’t know as many people as I thought I did. While I won’t share any real names or personal information, I do want to tell you about the lessons spending time with these awesome kids taught me.

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Teaching a Baby To Sleep

December 16, 2017 at 8:37 PM / by Gabby F. posted in babies, baby, children, General, Health, healthy sleep, Kids, parenting, parents, sleep, sleeping

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Sleep is one of our most basic needs.

When we don’t get enough of sleep, our brains become foggy. As a result, we sometimes show a less desirable side of ourselves. Furthermore, our work and daily routines can become compromised. We aren’t able to extend the same clear thoughts and processes to a specific task. One thing that most new parents can easily find common ground on is the sleep debt that occurs after bringing a new child into the home. It is for that reason that I offer up what I believe are the four keys of teaching your baby or child to sleep.

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