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Creative Journals for Kids

Creative journaling is a great way for kids of all ages and abilities to express themselves and process the world around them. It also helps document big events and offers a unique way for your child to tell the story of her life’s journey. It can be fun to look back at journals from when …

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Creating Art Projects with Children

Looking for a fun craft to do with your child? Grab a piece of paper and look around the house for at least two different types of art supplies. Art supplies can include items such as markers, crayons, tissue paper, glue, feathers, toilet paper rolls, yarn, shoe boxes and magazines. Decide or discuss with your …

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Choosing the Right School for Your Child

As your preschooler approaches Kindergarten, you will need to find an elementary school that best fits the needs of your child and your family. Many, many factors will go into your decision—where should you start? First, remember that you know your child best. Think about writing an imaginary letter to your child’s future Kindergarten teacher. …

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Car Seat Safety

It is estimated that only 1 in 10 car seats are installed correctly.  We all want our children to be safe when riding in the car, but choosing the right car seat and making sure it is properly installed can be confusing.  Watch the following video on car seat safety to help you choose the …

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Proper Car Seat Installation

Child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts are all required by law in Wisconsin.  We all want our children to be safe but it can be confusing for parents and caregivers when it comes to choosing, installing and using a car seat correctly.  It is estimated that only 1 in 10 carseats are used …

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Easy DIY Toys to Make at Home

Do-It-Yourself or DIY projects are a growing trend in households everywhere. There are books, blogs and websites (such as the ever famous Pinterest) dedicated to the subject.  It even has its own TV network.  Aside from the trend, the DIY movement is focused on bringing people back to the basics of living simply in a …

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You Can Make Playdough

Children love playing with playdough.  It gives them an opportunity to use their imaginations, create their own sculptures and even strengthen fine motor skills.  Watch the following video to see how easy it is for adults and children to make homemade playdough.  Minimal effort is required for endless hours of fun. What is your favorite …

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How to Deal With Tantrums in Public

A child’s early years are full of developmental milestones. While a child’s first steps have us running for the camera, a toddler’s first tantrums have us running for the hills. Even worse is when these tantrums occur in public. Ideally, most of the work done to control tantrums will happen at home, where ignoring an …

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How to Give Positive Praise

In working with families over the years, I’ve learned that no matter what age or stage a child is at in his/her development, praise plays a key part in promoting any child’s social-emotional growth. Kids need to know their good behavior is appreciated and that they are doing well in the eyes of their parents. …

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