Posts Tagged ‘school-aged kids’

The Benefits of Keeping Recess in Schools

Duck, Duck Goose, Mother May I, Hopscotch, Dodgeball, Red Light, Green Light; do any of these games sound familiar? Of course they do. Many of us played these games and more during recess while in elementary school. Unfortunately, today’s kids are likely not to be familiar with these games. In fact, a lot of them may not even experience recess at school.

Over the past several years’, elementary schools have been significantly reducing designated recess time or completely eliminating recess from the academic day. Some school districts have even gone as far as to not include playground space in the construction of new school buildings. Is this trend of eliminating recess in schools good for our children?

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Fun in the Sun with Little Tikes

Summer is upon us and that means it’s time to get out and play! Warmer weather, longer days and no school means parents are looking for ways to get their kids outside and busy. Little Tikes is here to rescue you from hearing “I’m bored!” with their line of summer toys that will have your kids begging to go out in the yard and play! From small ones to big ones, these toys will bring smiles to all your kid’s faces by keeping them busy and happy all summer long.

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Ten Tips for Staying in a Cabin with Kids

Ten Tips for Staying in a cabin with kids

If you and your family love the great outdoors you may have thought of camping as a fun family vacation- but what if the idea of sleeping in a tent doesn’t really sounds all that wonderful? A good compromise would be to stay in a cabin! All over the country there are cabin rental companies that have cabins to fit any size family. Staying in a cabin allows a family to be immersed in nature and unplug some, but with some of the comforts of home (think: hot showers and a toilet!). This “happy medium” of sorts can be just what you need for the perfect family vacation- if you do a little preparation first.

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4 Ways to Simplify your Crazy-Busy Life

How many times a day have you felt overwhelmed and over-scheduled? Twice? Five times? A hundred times? Yeah, us too! Today’s moms are putting more and more pressure on themselves to live these Pinterest-worthy lives and thus are often left feeling over-scheduled, over-stimulated and over-stressed. In our efforts to live the ‘good life,’ we can easily find ourselves overwhelmed by seemingly endless choices, decisions and activities. If we can learn to simplify our lives, even just a little, we can begin to try to give ourselves time to remember who we are and what’s really important in our lives.

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Hilariously Honest Ways to Try and Get Your Kids to Eat

Motherhood, in some ways, is like a well-orchestrated magic act.  Clever rouses, schemes, fuzzy fabrics, glitter and glue hide our real motivation: surviving and hoping our kids turn out ok in the end.  These tricks-of-the-eye apply to the health and well being of our kiddies too.  Trying to get your kids to eat a healthy meal can be more impossible than finding the one, small particular green lego that your 6 year old wants from his huge bin of legos.  This is where mamas need to get clever.  Some moms are lucky and are born with fantastic eaters, but others are, welllll, not so lucky. It is that group of moms that have become experts in the three-ring circus act that most non-parents call “dinner time”. These slights of hand, imaginative stories and clever songs are what we use to survive the Battle of Dinner, night after night…and some of them are pretty funny. 

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6 Kids Craft Recipes from Kitchen Ingredients

“I’m BORED Mom!!!” At one time or another, we have all heard those words coming from our kids’ mouths. When boredom strikes at your house, look no further than your kitchen to find the answer! We love DIY crafts here at Daily Mom so we have gathered six simple kids craft recipes that can be made with ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. Many of these can be store bought, but they are really quite easy to make yourself and not only are they non-toxic, but they are FUN to make!

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A Parent’s Guide to Minecraft

By now you’ve heard of it and if you have kids over the age of 6, you could quite possibly be living it: MINECRAFT! It’s everywhere and all of the kids are talking about it. It’s by far one of the hottest games right now, available on all platforms from tablets, to the Wii, Playstation, Xbox and on your PC. By February 2014, Minecraft had been downloaded over 35 million times total: that’s a lot of blocks! If you are new to this world, you may be wondering “what is this game??“, “is it ok for my child to play?” or “I don’t get it!!” We have been there and are here to send a little rescue boat made of cubes to help steer you to shore and explain this wild world that your children are OBSESSED with.

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10 Kid-Friendly Ways to Show Thankfulness

Thanksgiving is almost here and during this time of year we try to focus on recognizing the things we are grateful for. Did you know that gratitude doesn’t always come naturally to kids? It’s something that we, as parents, need to teach them — so doing this should be at the very top of our parenting to-do list. Children who express gratitude are often kinder, more appreciative, empathetic, and happier. Grateful children also have an understanding that other people have needs and they look outside themselves. They often are more polite, usually better behaved and generally more pleasant to be around. We all aspire to have kind, well-rounded and happy kids, and teaching them gratitude is one of the first steps!

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Car Seat Guide: Evenflo SecureKid DLX Harnessed Booster

Choosing the right car seat for your child is one of the most difficult, but important, tasks one can do as a parent. With so many changing guidelines and an immense amount of products, it’s hard to know which one to pick- especially as your child grows. Once your child is in a convertible seat, the time will come when they are ready for a more “big girl or big boy seat.” But just because your child is ready to be forward facing does not necessarily mean they are ready for a full on booster with a seat belt yet. This is where the Evenflo SecureKid DLX Harnessed Booster fits in!

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School Year Fashions

Most parents look for a few important factors when shopping for school clothing: price, durability, style and versatility. It’s essential to find pieces that are going to hold up to the natural wear and tear of your child playing on the playground day in and day out, but we also want them to look cute, too! We found the best of both worlds here and have rounded up a great collection of unique school clothing and accessories that are not only stylish, but are also made well so they can be cute from the start to the end of the school year! These clothes and accessories are perfect for the school playground and beyond and are great to wear any day of the year.

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School Year Favorites

A new school year has begun! Pencils are getting sharpened, lunches packed and new crayons are ready to be used. Besides the supply lists, there are many items your kids may need or want to help them make the most of the school year, so we have searched high and low to bring you the (best of the best) fun school year favorites.  These products are designed to help your child have the best school year yet, and also LAST the school year. In addition to being well made, we have rounded up products that are made with quality and eco-friendly materials so both your wallet and the Earth will be happier. So whether it’s reusable containers, adorable stationary, or some of the latest tech gear, whatever you are looking for- we’ve got you covered!

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Our Favorite School Gear

If you ask any kid what their favorite new items to get when school time comes, new backpacks and lunch boxes will top the list! All kids love showing off their  backpacks to their friends on the first day of school and “Oooooh check out that cool lunch box!! Where did you get it?” is a hot conversation in the lunch room. As most seasoned moms of school-aged kids know, certain backpacks and lunch boxes may look fun and have your child’s favorite character on them, but often these bags will NOT last the school year. Constantly taking books and binders in and out of bags wears on the pockets, zippers and bottoms of bags and many a parent that has been suckered into buying one of these cheaper bags, often are buying a new one mid-way through the school year. This year, we have gathered some pretty awesome looking backpacks and lunch boxes that not only are super cute, but are made with quality and safe materials that will last through out the school year!  These backpacks and lunch boxes are great for not only school time but for any time! They are so well made, you kids will be begging you to take them to sleepovers, to their sports activities or even just to tote all of their gear to visit a friend.

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Simple & Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Back to school is here and that means back to packing lunches! If you a health conscious parent, you know that some school districts lunches can be laden with high sodium and heavily processed foods so packing your child’s lunch is often the healthiest option. Most of us parents begin the year with all sorts of delicious combinations and ideas and soon those fade away when as the days pass on and on and on. We want to help out with that by giving you some healthy options from each food group that you can pick and choose from to create simple and healthy lunches for your kids for each day of school.

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50+ FUN Ways to Practice Spelling Words

Spelling words are apart of every child’s curriculum and can be a challenge to study at home. Between tired kids, sports, extracurricular activities, reading logs and other homework, kids can be overworked as it is- but these words are important to study, so what’s a parent to do? When we were kids the common way to practice our new lists was to write them. Over and over and over again. Sure, this may have done the trick but it was B-O-R-I-N-G boring! Did we ever look forward to that? Probably not. These words are no less important to practice now then they were wayyyyy back then, but now -a-days we can come up with more fun and interesting ways to practice them!

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School Bus 101: A Parent’s Guide to Bus Riding

One of the hallmarks of school days is riding the school bus. Whether your child is riding the bus to and from school on a daily basis or just on the occasional field trip, riding the school bus for the first time can be both exciting and nerve wracking for kids and parents! Riding the school bus doesn’t have to be scary though! We are here to share some surefire ways to make your child’s bus riding experiences the best they can be!

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