Many Blessings on this Thanksgiving!

We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!

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Routines, And Why Your Kids Need Them

routinesHaving routines is so important for children and families.  Routines are like an anchor, keeping you and your family grounded, steady.
Routines can be simple, like brushing your teeth before you go to bed and reading a story.  Routines give children something to count on, something that makes them feel safe.  Routines lead to happier, healthier and better behaved children generally.
To set up routines for your family, start simple.  Some families need more structured routines, while others need looser, freer routines. Be flexible.  If something is not working, don’t be afraid to change it.   Make sure that you allow for some downtime.  Being willing to re-evaluate from time to time gives you the freedom to create a routine that meets the needs of your family.  Don’t over schedule yourself or your family.  That can just create more stress.
Make routines that fit your family.  Family routines are very personal and each household’s will be unique. The only “right” routine is the one which works the best for you for the place where you are today.  Don’t try to keep up with the “Smith’s”.  You will drive yourself and your family crazy if your routines don’t fit.
And lastly, plan and organize!  This can be tough if you are not the organizing type.  A family calendar is a great way to organize your family’s life.  For our family calendar, each family member has their own color.  The calendar is kept in a location where everyone can see it.
It is never to late to start a routine.  I think you will find that routines=family harmony!

Here are a few websites with more information about routines and a couple of Pinterest ideas for family calendars:

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/importance-routines-preschool-children/

http://pintsizedtreasures.com/why-your-kids-need-routines-25-days-to-a-happier-home-day-21/

 

 

Just for some Giggles!

I love dogs!  This is hilarious!  Enjoy!  Just click on the picture!

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Traveling with Kids

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Are you planning on heading out of town for a summer trip?
Are you flying or driving?  Traveling with kids can be an undertaking!  I have found that if I over prepare, we usually have a successful trip to and fro.  And by over preparing, I mean extras of everything.  Extra snacks, extra batteries, extra toys, and so on!

Depending on the age of your child(ren), how much can they be involved in the process.  Can they have a camera or are they able to journal about the experience?  Discuss your expectations with them ahead of time.  What should they expect to happen while traveling and how you expect them to behave.

Make sure they wear comfortable, layered clothing.  Cars and airplanes have variations in temperatures and potentially many people to accommodate.  Wearing a sweatshirt or light jacket they can pull off and on is great.  Recently I saw a family at an airport waiting to board their plane and they all had the same colored outfit on.  It was a family of 7!  I am sure it helped the parents and older siblings to keep an eye on the younger ones in a busy place like an airport.

Don’t give them lots of sugar!  Make sure that snacks are well balanced so they don’t get that “sugar rush” or “sugar drop”.
Do any of the kids need medicine?  Make sure it is handy at all times.  In case of delays or problems popping up unexpectedly.

And one of my favorite tips…have plenty of WIPES!  Even though I no longer have a child under 8, I have wipes in my purse, in the car and in my travel bag.  You just never know when you need them!  And usually when you do, you need a lot!

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Safe travels!