Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Kids, Parenting

The Giving Manger – Doing Good Things This Season

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The Giving Manger - Doing Good Things This Season

When you think back to Holiday memories as a child it is events and service we tend to remember over what was in our stocking or pile of gifts on Christmas morning. When you make giving back and serving others an event your kids are likely to carry that memory with them for years, even decades and to their own children. The event and new home tradition? The Giving Manger.

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It’s so simple yet the impact is great. It is a box and in that box is a book, a wood manger, some strands of straw and a baby Jesus. The idea is to build the manger using the straw so baby Jesus can lie peacefully. However, you cannot put straw into the manger until your child completes a service. For each good deed or chore they do to help you and others they get to lay down a piece of straw.

Once they have built a manger Jesus can be placed. The book really ties it all together as it helps the kids understand the real meaning of the Holidays and why we should serve others.

Let this year be the year we start a new tradition of giving back. Need ideas of service you can do with your family? Print a list here. Purchase on their website or on Amazon.

Kids, Parenting

How to Make your Child Comfortable during a Trip to the Dentist

As a parent, you know full well that you child’s health and well being depends on you. This despite the fact that it’s really difficult to get your kid to do something that will benefit him or her in the long run.

As a parent, you know full well that you child’s health and well being depends on you. This despite the fact that it’s really difficult to get your kid to do something that will benefit him or her in the long run. In this case, a trip to the dentist is one of those situations that has always been the most challenging to moms and dads everywhere. Nothing frustrates you more than seeing your child crying over the idea of having his chompers excavated by a man who has a collection of drills that are the stuff of nightmares. Obviously, the fear of going to the dentist takes its root (no pun intended) in seeing these tools. The drills and other sharp steel implements the dentist uses can make anyone feel scared about their next appointment. But then again, such a fear has always been irrational as it is only based on the eventuality of pain. A fear of the dentist manifests itself most notably in children who would scream and kick when they are told that a trip to the ice cream parlor suddenly turns into a roundabout trip to the dentist’s chair. Beyond this fear, however, going to the dentist actually does more to improve the total health of a child. More than ever, oral care has become a top priority among mothers and fathers across the globe, and this is mostly due to the confirmed benefits that a dental appointment brings about. With that said, parents should do more to make their kids feel comfortable during their next appointment. Don’t give out too much As much as possible, don’t give your kid any ideas about what it’s like to be strapped to a dental chair with their mouths wide opened and at the mercy of a mad scientist in a gown. Instead of doing that, try to talk to your kid as if you’re inviting him or her to play at the park. Don’t talk about the tools to be used or the processes involved as this will give your kid all the more reason to hate going to the dentist. Talk about good oral care If the first tip isn’t working, you can try a more different approach by talking to your kid about just how important it is to safeguard one’s oral health from bad things like cavities and gingivitis. Casually talk about how stronger teeth leads to a stronger body, and what your kid can do to keep it that way. Trust in the dental staff Like it or not, your kid will throw a tantrum the moment you suggest on going to the dentist. There’s basically nothing you can do from this point on - except of course to let the right dental professionals handle your kid with utmost care, making that he or she gets to have a more comfortable time in the chair. And you couldn’t really look far to find the right dental clinic for your kid. For instance, getting dental implants at Gaithersburg MD couldn’t be that much easier knowing that the place is chock full of dental professionals who are readily capable to make your child feel at ease during a procedure.

In this case, a trip to the dentist is one of those situations that has always been the most challenging to moms and dads everywhere. Nothing frustrates you more than seeing your child crying over the idea of having his chompers excavated by a man who has a collection of drills that are the stuff of nightmares.

Obviously, the fear of going to the dentist takes its root (no pun intended) in seeing these tools. The drills and other sharp steel implements the dentist uses can make anyone feel scared about their next appointment. But then again, such a fear has always been irrational as it is only based on the eventuality of pain. A fear of the dentist manifests itself most notably in children who would scream and kick when they are told that a trip to the ice cream parlor suddenly turns into a roundabout trip to the dentist’s chair.

Beyond this fear, however, going to the dentist actually does more to improve the total health of a child. More than ever, oral care has become a top priority among mothers and fathers across the globe, and this is mostly due to the confirmed benefits that a dental appointment brings about. With that said, parents should do more to make their kids feel comfortable during their next appointment.

Don’t give out too much

As much as possible, don’t give your kid any ideas about what it’s like to be strapped to a dental chair with their mouths wide opened and at the mercy of a mad scientist in a gown. Instead of doing that, try to talk to your kid as if you’re inviting him or her to play at the park. Don’t talk about the tools to be used or the processes involved as this will give your kid all the more reason to hate going to the dentist.

Talk about good oral care

If the first tip isn’t working, you can try a more different approach by talking to your kid about just how important it is to safeguard one’s oral health from bad things like cavities and gingivitis. Casually talk about how stronger teeth leads to a stronger body, and what your kid can do to keep it that way.

Trust in the dental staff

Like it or not, your kid will throw a tantrum the moment you suggest on going to the dentist. There’s basically nothing you can do from this point on – except of course to let the right dental professionals handle your kid with utmost care, making that he or she gets to have a more comfortable time in the chair. And you couldn’t really look far to find the right dental clinic for your kid. For instance, getting dental implants at Gaithersburg MD couldn’t be that much easier knowing that the place is chock full of dental professionals who are readily capable to make your child feel at ease during a procedure.

Best Buy, Education, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Kids

Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

It’s here! The 2017 Best Buy Holiday Toy Guide has all the hot toys that I know my son has on his wish list. Anthony is 9 and it is all about gaming and building for him. While looking through the Best Buy toy catalog that came in my mailings I saw a few of his wish list items that will be available through one of our favorite stores to shop at for the boys.

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Sphero R2D2

The best way to find out what he is looking for is to hand him the toy catalog and so I gave him a sharpie and told him he can mark the top choices he sees inside. His eyes lit up as he turned every page. I also saw a few toys we already own and love. I was excited to see the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube. Anthony was gifted this last year and we had a blast building his own bluetooth speaker. It still gets daily use and he loves showing his friends how he built it himself.

They also have the Sphero SPRK+ that he was given last spring for his birthday and loves to roll it around the house and program it. These 2 items I can speak for personally and should get a lot of use by the child you are gifting to.

Laser Tag

Anthony’s Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

What are Anthony’s top picks? The Nintendo Switch! That is what he has been asking for the most along with some games for it. He also circled the Recoil Laser Tag Starter Set. Our neighbor has this set and they played with it several times over the end of summer and he has been wanting his own. He also circled the Sphero BB-8 and R2D2 app-enabled Droids. His game room is Star Wars theme so he likes to build and display anything Star Wars related in the room on his shelves.

Want to see the entire guide for yourself? You can find toys that educate, focus on STEM and entertain for hours. Visit the Best Buy toy catalog!

 

Clothing, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Kids

Super Soft Kids Jacket Makes a Great Winter Gift

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Super Soft Kids Jacket Makes a Great Winter Gift

It is called the Appleby half zip fleece. Have you ever bought a thick winter coat and when you needed warmth, but not bulky you would take out the liner for your child to wear? My son has a snow jacket like this and wears the liner a lot more than the full coat. This fleece is like a super soft version of that liner. As soft and warm as it is, you can easily fit a coat over it as lightweight as it is.

appleby jacket

Anthony’s reaction to the jacket

I walked into the game room and told hime something came for him. He looked up and before he was even near it said, “Oh, that looks so comfy and soft, Mom”. He reached out to grab it and actually gave it a ‘hug’. Then told me to keep it with him so he can cuddle it in his lap while he finished his video game.

More about the Appleby Fleece Jacket

It is a 100% polyester, recycled and fluffy fleece with an elastic band cuffs and collar. It is very insulating and the perfect winter coat to keep kids warm. It retails about $50 on the Craghoppers website and it is also on Amazon. Anthony wears a size 10 and I ordered the 11/12 and it’s a great fit he can still grow into a bit. Look for winter coats for the entire family at Craghoppers.

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IXL Online Learning Program for Kids

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IXL Online Learning Program for Kids

IXL Online Learning Program for Kids

Every night since Anthony was an infant I grab a book, sit on a chair and we read. By the age of 2 I was pointing to letters and teaching him a focus letter a day. By 4 he was reading 2-3 letter words. He is 9 and an advanced reader. It sounds cliche to say a child who is read to is at an advantage, but it is true and we are proof. Never was I too tired or didn’t have time. Unless I am apart from him we read. Traveling? We looked up books online.

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However, the past few weeks our reading routine began to change. We started our membership at IXL. IXL is an online education site with different skill packages to choose from by grade from K-12. We are in Fourth grade and have the Core Subjects Package which gives up Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Anthony is addicted to the Social Studies section. A history lover at heart like his Mama!

He now wants to log on and choose a new learning topic to do together before we read. So at age 9 we learn AND read before bed and he is really into it. He loves that one on one time with me and I am not pulling him from playtime or relax time to learn. It is a time of day that works for both of us and it becomes fun.

Here we are doing a lesson. This one is

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Start your online learning today at IXL.

Education, Kids, Parenting

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