Teenage Girl

Low Teen Self-Esteem

Teenage GirlIt’s unfortunately too easy for teens to lose their self-esteem as they mature. See this list of just some of the things that can impair their self-image:

Low Self-Esteem – One of the Perils of Being a Teenager | Strong for Parenting Blog.

Perhaps the most important things we can do as parents to combat low self esteem is to treat our teens with respect and talk to them as adults, not as children. As hard as it can be, parents need to not be judgmental- everyone makes mistakes and the important thing is to learn from them.

Preschool Apps

Preschool Apps

Preschool AppsHere’s a mom’s top 10 recommendations for preschool learning apps for the smartphone or tablet. I really like her approach: since there’s almost no way around the fact that this technology is going to be part of their lives, harnass it to provide a learning experience rather than solely an entertainment experience.

Top 10 Educational Apps for Preschoolers.

There’s a lot of math and number/letter recognition that becomes fun when it’s interactive as it is on these devices. And far more beneficial in the long run than Angry Birds!

Animal Watercolor Silhouettes

Watercolor Silhouette

Animal Watercolor SilhouettesA different kind of painting that your older elementary school age child or tween may enjoy. The negative images can be animals as you see or anything they fancy, cut from a magazine or found online and printed on card stock.

DIY: Watercolor Silhouette | Pretty Prudent.

They’ll enjoy the challenge of getting their watercolor paint to spread in interesting and attractive ways on the wet ‘canvas’ (watercolor paper) to make the backdrop for the silhouette.

Even if your child isn’t going to be the next Rembrandt, exploring new art forms is an exercise in creativity and right brain thinking, both skills all kids needs to develop.

Preschool Books

PreSchool Book Ideas

Preschool BooksThis Pinterest Board has many good ideas for books for preschool kids. While geared to a classroom situation, books can be enjoyed anywhere, making this a good parental resource.

Head Start Ideas

Do check out the website that lists picture books by subject, so you can gear your reading to what’s going on in your preschoolers life.

A home with books is a home filled with learners.

Coin Rubbings

Coin Rubbings

Coin RubbingsThe kids will probably have never made a ‘rubbing’ before, so it will be new and interesting. Just take a variety of coins, fairly heavy white paper  and their crayons and colored pencils. Minimal set up and virtually mess free.

Art and Math Activities : Coin Rubbings.

After the art, have the child match the rubbings to the coins and write down the values of each. Move on to how many pennies in a nickel, etc. A sneaky way to get in a little summertime math.

Exploding Treasure Chests

Exploding Treasure Chests

Exploding Treasure Chests

Here’s a perfect activity for your preschool pirate party!

Pirate Science FUN: Exploding Treasure Chests – Fun-A-Day!

Make up your treasures ahead of time following the recipe and give the kids the vinegar and tubs or basins for the ‘explosions’ and the ‘squishing’. Perfect for an outdoor summertime Pirate Party where they can get messier than indoors.

This is kitchen science at it’s best and will be the big hit of your Pirate Birthday!


Their Brain and New Skills

BrainSome insights here into how our kids brains’ process learning new skills – and tips to help the process along.

A Child’s brain as they learn new skill.

It’s amazing how the brain functions much like a muscle– repetition creates strength, size, ease of doing.

But the BIG message here is that in order to learn new skills, kids NEED to learn to fail and it is an important part of the process of learning. They need to learn to fail EARLY, not later.

Magisto App

Magisto Movie App

Magisto AppIf you’re needing to share your kids long distance with relatives or just want to capture those special moments on your phone video, check out this app that makes it all a LOT easier to accomplish.

Easy and fun movie making with Magisto #MagistoMoms | Mommy Goggles.

It’s like a custom video editor that weaves your takes into a story, complete with music, and all simple to use. It’s the highest rated video creation app in Google Play, AND it works on the iOS, android and web platforms.

Check it out!



Number Rocks

Number Rocks Math Fun

Number RocksSneak in some summer math along with rock play! Paint the rocks together- any toy they’ve helped to create will be more ‘attractive’ and get used. You’ll probably have to add the numbers and symbols, but your child will still be invested in those rocks. Then, the math fun can begin.

Number Rocks Math Fun [Contributed by Fun-A-Day!] –.

There’s lot of ways to play with these that teach a range of math concepts: bigger and smaller, matching numbers to their meaning (the count of the symbols), putting numbers together to make bigger numbers ( a 2 and a 4 makes 24), and if you make enough rocks, simple addition and subtraction.

Before you or your child knows it, lots of math has been learned and practiced.