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

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By: Beth Swanson

Choosing 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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Crafts to do with Kids: Make Your Own Lip Balm

Use an old, clean eye cream container to store the homemade lip balm.

Stuck inside this winter? Use the time indoors to do something a little different this weekend. Teach your kiddos how to make their own lip balm from natural ingredients. It’s something they can create with you, so it’s extra special! This homemade lip moisturizer is easy to make, as long as a parent is there the whole time to guide the way.

Are you ready to get started? Ok, here is what you will need: [Read more...]

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