Summer Lessons for Your Preschooler

Another school year has come and gone, and it’s summer time already. When you made that last preschool run you may have been thanking your lucky stars that you don’t have to rush everyone out the door so early. But soon the dust settles and you realize you have your child home now – and they are bored. Every day at preschool they were playing with well-coordinated activities in a place designed for messes. Home is a bit different, and now you’re stuck trying to figure out what to do to keep your preschooler’s mind and body just as active as they were at school. 

You may be amazed at how much your child learned throughout the school year. But remember how when you were in school your mind would somehow lose much of what you learned during the school year, and your teachers would spend the first few weeks reviewing that material? It is the same for your preschooler – if they don’t practice the skills they learned this year they may forget them over the summer. Just because the school year is ending doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Here are some activities for you to do at home with your preschooler to keep their learned skills sharp throughout the summer. 

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WHERE TO GO THIS SUMMER: TRAVEL DEALS

It’s summer time, the time of year when family vacations are high on our list! Whether on a beach or a hiking trail, spending time outdoors and exploring the world is the perfect way to bond with your loved ones and build some incredible memories. If you haven’t yet planned or finalized your summer vacation, or are looking for some great last minute deals, we have you covered. Check out our list of great travel deals, featuring sun, sand, fun, and entertainment for every member of your family!

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Pushing through the hell week challenge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen. All opinions are 100% mine.

This past week, after reading the book Hell Week: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen, I undertook the Hell Week Challenge, doing my best to push myself and follow Larssen’s instructions to make improvements in all areas of my life. If you are curious as to what Hell Week is all about, read my first post, Take Back Your Life with the Hell Week Challenge. I wrote about the first three days of Hell Week here. Check those posts out if you haven’t already. I just wrapped up my Hell Week Challenge as a stay at home/work from home mom. Here is how I pushed through the Hell Week Challenge and why, after experiencing it all, I would do it again.

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Things I Will Tell My Daughter Every Day Without Fear

There are dozens of blog posts spiraling virally through the realm of the social media world lately about things that we absolutely should and shouldn’t be telling our daughters – things that will supposedly be detrimental to their emotional growth and development and drastically influence their educational, social and future career path decisions.

If you’ve seen any of these posts, they might have ignited a fear deep within you, leaving you questioning yourself and your simple day-to-day interactions with your daughter. One post passionately insinuates that you are setting your daughter up for a lifetime of unfulfilled potential by telling her that she’s pretty. Another suggests that telling her she is smart will boost her ego too much, and instill in her unrealistic fabrications of her intelligence, setting her up for disappointment and rejection later in life.

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Summer Family Bonding Activities #UNPLUGGED

While you dreamed of the prospects of summertime just a few wintery months ago, you might find yourself at a loss when it comes to actually coming up with fun things for your family to do now that it’s actually here. The kids are out of school, the days are longer, and the iPad chargers are working overtime. If you’re grasping at straws for ideas on how to bond with your family this summer, fear not! We’ve compiled a list of the best outdoor family bonding activities, completely unplugged, that will quickly become some of your family’s favorite memories for years to come. Whether you like to relax and chill or be active and playful, we’ve got activities for everyone!

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Bohemian Resort Wear by Rikshaw Design

Before you grab your passport and fly off to some dreamy destination, you have to pack your bag, and you are going to want to pack a few pieces from Rikshaw DesignRikshaw creates gorgeous pieces for women, babies, and kids that use hand block printed textiles for an artistic, bohemian style that is perfect for summer and vacation! We have some of our favorite Rikshaw pieces here to inspire you. 

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Date Your Son: 10 Ideas for One-on-One Time

There is no denying the bond between a mother and her son, and although they can’t stay babies forever, they can continue to be our buddies. One way to nurture your relationship is to set aside one-on-one time to do something fun together outside of the home. It’s a chance to get to know one another beyond the boundaries of our daily routines; an opportunity to laugh, talk, play and teach. 

Here are ten date ideas that any Mother/Son duo would love.

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5 Tips for Enjoying America’s Pastime

The hot dogs, cracker jacks and the sound of the roar of the crowd as your team cracks the bat – this is how summer memories are made. Baseball is known as America’s pastime thanks to the years of summer nights spent cheering for your favorite team. With over 80 home games per season, finding tickets is easy and taking the whole family out for a game is a fun way to spend a few hours.

Before you head out for a game, read our list of quick tips to prepare for the evening.

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Not Your Momma’s Playlist….

This is NOT your Momma’s playlist – except it is; it’s your momma’s and your momma’s momma’s. This is a playlist that spans generations, bridges gaps, connects our littles to our grandmas, all while keepin’ it real. We’ve compiled a playlist that goes beyond typical toddler tunes by encouraging kids to listen and learn music that spans generations. Because let’s face it, one more day of “Let it Go” and we all might be running off to a secluded ice palace.

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A Mom’s Hell Week Challenge

This post brought to you by Erik Bertrand Larssen.

The content and opinions expressed below are that of Daily Mom.
Last weekend, we announced that one of our writers would be taking the Hell Week Challenge based on the book Hell Week: Seven Days To Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen. Well, I am that writer. My name is Kristen and I have been with Daily Mom for a year. I am a stay at home/work from home mama. I am checking in with you all to let you know how the Hell Week Challenge has gone for me so far. If you want to get ready to start your own Hell Week, order a copy of this book from Amazon and you can get started next week if you are ready! If you did not read our original post, check it out here. It explains how Hell Week works.

Hell Week has seven rules to follow every day, and each day has a theme that will challenge you in a different area of your life. And by challenge, I mean, force you to take a hard look at yourself and dig deep to be better! So, go check out the first post if you haven’t already and then come back here and see how the week has been for me so far.

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Win It: Vida by Babyhome

When it comes to transporting baby (and everything that goes along), having a reliable and comfortable stroller is an absolute must! For easy trips through the city, running errands, working your way through the airport; we love having a stroller that not only provides a comfortable fit for baby, but also for the parent, not to mention is easy to maneuver and light enough to quickly pack up and store. For these very reasons, we are in love with the new Vida by Babyhome!

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A Twist on a Family Recipe to Fuel Your Fancy

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Friendship Dairies for IZEA. All opinions are 100% of Daily Mom.

Do you have favorite recipes from your childhood that you haven’t been able to recreate on your own? We all have meals and treats that we loved as a child that we crave every now and then. Growing up in Russia, my mom and my grandmother made me fresh cheese pancakes. Cheese pancakes are a Russian recipe, and they are so delicious. I have wanted to make them for my daughter for a long time, but the main ingredient, a fresh white cheese called quark, is so hard to find. I haven’t found it in stores near us, so I haven’t been able to make these pancakes. 

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Keep Film Alive! Capture your Summer the Old-School Way

Think back to summer camp when you were a child. Chances are your mom had stuck a few disposable cameras in your backpack and sent you on your way. You didn’t think twice before pushing the shutter button, and when the week was over, you couldn’t wait to get home and have your pictures developed so you could see what you actually shot and relive those magical moments. That was the norm. That was how people took pictures. You had hard copy images you could hold in your hand, and chances are, you kinda loved it.

This summer, go retro on your road trip, tropical escape, or staycation by popping those tiny tubes of 35mm film back into your bag. But in this day and age, of course things have advanced, including film, disposable and instant cameras, and accessories, so your film experience will be anything but old news!

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Smokin’ The New Season of Grilling

If you think grilling is the “thing” to do this summer, think again! John McLemore, a southerner through-and-through, was born an entrepreneur and accidentally became a cook. While testing cooking products designed by Masterbuilt, his family business, John and his brother Don, realized they had created a simple style of cooking recipes that are normally considered difficult.

He is the author of “Dadgum That’s Good!” and he’s about to show you the fool-proof way of smoking that will have your grilling days long gone no matter what season it is! 

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Daily Mom Spotlight & Win It!: Truly Custom Cards and Invitations by Basic Invite

There are so many special occasions in our lives. When you put together a Pinterest perfect party, you need an invitation that matches all the details you created for your event. A new baby needs to be announced in a beautiful way, not just with a Facebook post or a tweet. Where do you turn to for beautiful invitations or announcements? If you want something that is “truly custom”, you need to know about Basic Invite.

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