Quotes: William Shakespeare

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
― William Shakespeare

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Friday Fun! Free Coloring Page: Always Practice Good Manners

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Friday Fun! Free Coloring Page: Smiling Makes You a Superstar

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Friday Fun! Free Coloring Page: Be Kind to Animals

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Four Ways to Teach Your Children Mindfulness

kid meditating“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness is paying attention to what you are doing in the present moment without judgment. Children shouldn’t have to worry about the past or future. They should enjoy the activities that make being a child so magical. Teaching children about mindfulness helps them enjoy the wonders of the world and can also be beneficial when concentrating and staying focused in school.

Here are five activities to teach children about being mindful.

1. Mindful Eating
Turn off electronics at meals and enjoy mealtimes as a family. Teach children to slow down and chew their food. Enjoy the flavors, textures, feelings and sounds of food. If it helps, get a small timer and teach children to chew their food for a full 30 seconds.

2. Coloring Books
Find coloring books with a lot of details. Ask your children to focus on the details. Activities like this can prevent the mind from wandering as children are focused on the task at hand. Voila… mindfulness.

3. Take a Walk
Walk to school, the library, the store or just take a stroll around your neighborhood. Keep your children focused on the present moment by asking questions and talking about all the things you see: birds, grass, houses, water, people or whatever else is around.

4. Play Music
Children love to dance. Put on some uplifting music and dance around the living room. Ask your children to focus on each movement of their arms, legs and body.

Friday Fun! Free Coloring Page: Making Friends is Fun

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Friday Fun! Free Coloring Page: Be Kind to Your Elders

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Giving Back: Kid-friendly Volunteer Opportunities

Abstract heartsChoosing a volunteer activity can be a daunting experience. Many of us want to save the world, but struggle with the overwhelming task of taking on all of the world’s issues. If everybody volunteered regularly, the world would be a much kinder, gentler and happy place to live.

Actually, Mother Teresa said it best, “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

It’s important to instill these types of values in our children at a very young age. Volunteering is a great way to spend some quality time with your children while giving back to your community. It’s a win-win situation for everybody involved. Talk to you children about what they are interested in doing. Assess your family’s abilities and availability before committing to anything.

Ready to get started? Great! Here are some kid-friendly activities to get started volunteering today.

Nursing Homes
Visit your local nursing home or elderly care facility. This can be a lonely place for its residents. Your children have the ability to put a smile on the face of someone in need. Talk to a volunteer coordinator to discover the right way for your children to help. Some opportunities may include: bringing flowers, reading to adults, visiting with residents or helping with structured activities.

Homeless Shelters
Families joining together at homeless shelters can really make a difference. Organize a food drive and collect non-perishable food to donate to a shelter. Or, speak with a volunteer coordinator to find out if there are opportunities to help prepare and serve food at the shelter.

Animal Shelters
Contact your local animal shelter to find out about volunteering. Some opportunities may include: feeding animals, playing with animals, walking dogs or other activities. [Read more…]

Friday Fun! Free Coloring Page: Superheroes Eat Healthy

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Clear the Clutter in Your Home in Five Minutes Per Day

Start of the New Year with less clutter. Getting rid of the extra toys, old clothes, the contents of the junk drawer and other stuff can be a daunting task.  It doesn’t have to be time consuming if you take it one day at a time. Get the kids involved and learn to live with less.

Here’s how it works:

Daily Purge
Each day, each person in the household is responsible for getting rid of five things. By the end of January, you will have shed 155 items per person. Tackling one area of the house at a time makes this project easy to stick with.

If at the end of January, you are still bogged down with clutter, carry over this game into February, March or however long you need to continue getting rid of things. After a while, you can change the rules and get rid of one thing per day per person as an easy way to manage the clutter coming into your home.

Ideas to Get Started

  • Clear out old toys.
    The kids probably got new toys during the holidays, so ask each child to find five toys that are broken or toys they no longer use. Do this project for a few days if your kids are overloaded with toys.
  • Clean out the junk drawers.
    With three family members working on this project, it will be easy to throw out 15 items (5 per person) within a matter of minutes.
  • Slowly clean your closet.
    Always dreamed of finding the time to clean your closet? Make it simple by taking a couple minutes each day to get rid of five articles of clothing that you no longer need.
  • Empty storage bins.
    Open up a storage bin with unknown contents. Chances are if you don’t know what is in the bin, you likely don’t need it.
  • Clean out children’s closets.
    Your children’s closets are likely full of clothes that are too small, shoes that no longer fit and other items you probably didn’t even know were there. Spend two minutes to get rid of five things and notice the extra space.
  • Think of your own ideas too!

How to Get Rid of Unwanted Items

  • Sell items.
    Have a yard sale or sell your items on websites such as eBay or craigslist.com. Earn some extra cash for your junk.
  • Give Items Away
    Get rid of unwanted items by donating them. Donate them to a local thrift shop or organization that can use your old items that are still in in good shape. This will help someone else in need, reduce the amount of garbage that is going into our landfills and the act of donating also promotes reusing.
  • Recycle.
    Not everything is useful or is in good enough shape for donating. If this is the case, recycle what  you can.
  • Garbage.
    As a last option, throw out your old items in the garbage.

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