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Many years before my daughter with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) was diagnosed, I quit my job at a university to become a devoted stay at home mom.  My baby girl was just six months old at the time.  I traded my pantsuits for yoga pants, my morning Starbucks cappuccino for homemade coffee – that I would end up reheating several times, and talking to my coworkers about politics for singing “Baby Beluga” to my one and only audience –...

First thing’s first. The title is very misleading, but it got you to click on the link, didn’t it?  🙂 All parents know what grounding is. It’s what they do with their children who misbehave. Currently, my three year old is grounded from the iPad for hitting her sister. However, parents of children with anxiety may practice a different type of grounding. Grounding techniques are used for adults and children who exhibit anxiety. Anxiety can be terrifying...

“I see the questions in your eyes.  I know what’s weighing on your mind…”  You’ve been dying to know what my kids are giving out as Valentines, right?  (I know it’s not true, but humor me here.)  So… As many mothers do this time of the year, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking for cute homemade Valentine ideas for my children to make and give to their classmates, but then I got an Oriental Trading magazine in the mail and decided to take the more lazy approach this year.  I bought...

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year.  You know what that means…  Your kids won’t be in school and it is up to you to keep your little love bugs entertained all day.  Don’t panic.  I’ve got you covered.  Here are some kid-tested and approved Valentine’s Day activities and crafts I’ve done at my daycare.  Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day! Love Jumps Individual or Group Activity: Have your child use a stethoscope (a toy one will work just fine) to listen to their heartbeat and/or...

Celebrate Mardi Gras with your kids with these fun activities, crafts, and food! Mardi Gras Fireworks Show Group Activity: The colors of Mardi Gras are purple (for justice), green (for faith), and gold (for power).  For younger children, have them give examples of things that are those colors.  (Ex. “A frog is green.”)  For older children, have them give examples of things that represent the color meanings. (Ex. “A king has power.) Now give each child a purple, green, or yellow scarf and have them pretend they...

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