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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...

In today’s society, it is expected to have your child in some sort of extracurricular activity. Whether they play a sport or a musical instrument, join a group like the Boy Scouts, or get involved in performing arts, it doesn’t really matter what it is as long as they are involved in something outside of school. That is the way it seems to be where I live anyway, which is Silicon Valley. Some parents take it to the extreme though. For example, I know a few seven year olds who are in four extracurricular activities and just the thought...

Keep your children busy this holiday season with these fun and festive Christmas arts and crafts projects: ...

If your kids are anything like mine, they love to draw. Every day, they draw at least six pictures after school. While I do love filling my walls with their masterpieces, a change in art media would be nice for everyone’s sake. My kids have a chalkboard that they hardly ever use, mainly because I find chalk too messy and the kids get frustrated by how easily the chalk breaks, even the very thick ones. I also can’t stand that awful screeching noise the chalk makes on the chalkboard sometimes! Just thinking about it gives...

Instead of putting your child in “Time Out,” try creating a Calm Down Space for them.  My daughter has ADHD and as many of you parents of special needs children know, our children have a lot of feelings, which can result in a lot of emotional meltdowns. Even if your child doesn’t have special needs, having a calming and comfortable place for them to go to when they are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated is a very good idea. Where should the Calm Down Space be? Decide with your child where their Calm Down Space will...