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We will never forget the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We are continuing to pray for the families of those who lost their lives.

 

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Top 7 Ideas for Involving Kids In Setting New Year’s Goals

Making resolutions for the New Year can be a fun family activity as well as one led by child care providers or teachers alike, as well. After all, everyone has goals for improvements for the new year, and talking about them and then working to make sure they’re achieved is a great family or team activity. Here are ways to get started.

1. Check Out Kid-Friendly Sites Together
From sending an animated New Year’s Card, creating New Year’s desktop wallpaper, to playing an online New Year’s jigsaw puzzle or watching a fireworks show, there is a growing number of kid-friendly sites with a mission of fun. Some even feature goal-making games and ideas as well as explanations as to why there is a new year anyway.

2. Set Group Goals For Starters
Set a special “group goal setting time” for kids by cutting paper strips (big enough for little hands to write on–younger kids will need help from an adult), and have each child write three goals they would like to see achieved as a family/care setting. Have all the group goals read aloud and then combined with other contributions, and then set a list of achievable and agreed-to “top 5″ goals as the approved goals for the year for the family or child care.

3. Create A New Sharing Tradition
Kids only need to be able to talk for this one. Start with a special family activity (special meal, game night, park fun, family football, or whatever). Then, have each person speak of wishes they hope will come true in the new year for other members of the family. A sibling may wish that the brother earns a spot on the select baseball team or that a sister finally loses her two front teeth. The end goal is quality time and communication.

4. My Teenage Son’s Goal in Life Is to Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old Book

If you’re a fan of Pulitzer Prize-winning American humorist, Dave Barry, check out his book, “My Teenage Son’s Goal in Life Is to Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old–And Other Thoughts on Parenting.” You might as well start the new year off with laughter. This is a “should read” even if your kids are small…so you’ll know what you’ll be facing sooner than you expect!

5. A Kid’s Goalsetting Guide (for Parents)

Parents: Need help with helping your kids set goals for themselves? Here is a guide that will lay a path for parental assistance in getting kids to aspire to self-achievement.

6. New Year’s Resolutions vs. New Year’s Goals

About Guide to Management John Reh discusses the difference between setting New Year’s Resolutions vs. New Year’s Goals. The explanation is aimed more for business applications, but its advice is certainly applicable to all aspects of your life.

7. Goals for Care Providers and Parents
Parents and child care providers should take advantage of the new year to discuss goals they have for their kids (or kids in their care) for the new year. Providers, if you have parents who are late with pick-up or you’d like them to work with their children on potty training or table manners, a new year’s goal can be sent home in a positive way. Parents, if you’d like to make recommendations for activities or something relating to your child’s care, this is a good time as well!

From , former About.com Guide

Top Thanksgiving Crafts & Activities for Kids

You are serving dinner for 18, have a turkey to stuff, pies to bake, a table to set and a house to clean. (We’re stressed just imagining it!) How the heck are you going to keep your kids busy and out of your hair?

Check out this article from parents.com and see how to involve your kids in new holiday traditions!

Make a Difference with the Family!

Ever since I was a little girl, my parents instilled in me the importance of doing for others. We even grew up to deliver Meals on Wheels to the elderly on Christmas morning before opening our presents. My dad and I did this faithfully for at least 20 years after I graduated college. Faithful community service and giving helped us understand just how blessed we are, and that no matter the size of the deed, we can all do our part to help others in need. Community service is how we connect the world to make it a better place

 

USA Weekend annually sponsors Make a Difference Day where anyone can make a true difference in their communities, for their favorite charities, or with other organizations. Join the 3 million volunteers who will rally to make a difference in their communities this year on USA WEEKEND’s Make A Difference Day: October 22, 2011.

 

Read more about this phenomenal event and show the kids how they can make a difference!

 

USA WEEKEND proudly sponsors Make A Difference Day with HandsOn Network. Newman’s Own is a longtime supporter.

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world.

Everyone can participate. Find a need in your community and use the power of Make A Difference Day to mobilize your family, your neighbors, even your entire town into a day of action.

Thanks for Helping

More than 3 million Americans were out volunteering on last October’s Make A Difference Day. The April 8-10 issue of USA WEEKEND spotlighted the 10 National Honorees and three City Honorees receiving awards and $10,000 donations from Newman’s Own. That same week, the National Honorees were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Look at all the good!

Check out photos from Make A Difference Day events (and share yours!) in OUR PHOTO GALLERY

See what participants are posting to the MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY FACEBOOK PAGE

See what participants are posting to the MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY YOUTUBE CHANNEL and post your DiffDay videos

Follow Make A Difference Day on Twitter (@mdday) and tweet your plans for this year’s event using the hashtag #mdday11.

Thank you to our 2010-2011 Teammates and prominent participants for supporting Make A Difference Day!

 

Natalie Morales with her fellow runners at a "Back on My Feet" race event in Philadelphia. Back on My Feet

Natalie Morales finds volunteering uplifting

As a runner, I believe strongly in the physical and emotional benefits of the sport. That’s why I serve on the National Board of Directors of Back on My Feet, an organization that empowers homeless people to turn their lives around through running.

  • 6:37 PM, Sep. 29, 2011

 

Click the link below to read the entire article, then grab the kids and plan to make a difference this year!

http://www.usaweekend.com/section/mdday

Develop Your Child’s Writing

In this age of almost total electronic communication, school districts are seriously deciding whether to eliminate handwriting from their curriculums. Here’s an article from USA Weekend, July 28, 2011, telling how you can keep this important tool as part of your child’s learning.

 

To help your child's language and writing development talk about new words.
To help your child’s language and writing development talk about new words.  /  Juice Images/Getty Images

For generations, parents have read bedtime stories to their children, hoping to help them develop language, vocabulary and creativity. But new educational research shows that writing is as fundamental to a child’s development as reading. In her new book, Your Child’s Writing, Pam Allyn outlines the five keys to help kids write:

Word power. As children’s vocabularies grow, they are drawn to new words they hear. Help them practice using new words by writing notes to each other, creating a “word jar” with your child’s favorite words and talking about new words you hear in songs.

Reading aloud. This is a great way to teach kids grammar, syntax and other structures of writing. Try all genres: poetry, non-fiction, even picture books.

Identity. Just the way your child’s favorite color changes by the minute, so will her style of writing. As she tries out new ways of expressing herself on paper, expose your child to a variety of writing styles, then let her develop her own writing identity.

Time. Make writing time sacred and consistent.

Environment. Allyn says a writing environment is just as essential to developing a great writer as a solid vocabulary and grasp on grammar. To create the ideal writing environment for your aspiring writer, you’ll need a surface, writing tools, good lighting and a little bit of inspiration.

Talking to Children about Death

Within the last three years, the country has been consumed by the trial of Casey Anthony, accused and most recently acquitted of 1st degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The not-guilty verdict was shocking and devastating, to say the least, by much of the country.

The day the verdict came down, the ladies of ABC’s The Talk were visibly upset. Being a mother, one of the anchors talked about how her own children were as devastated and emotionally undone by the outcome as she was. She had, for all intents and purposes, immersed herself in the case each day since the beginning. Ultimately, her family was as emotionally rattled as she was.

So, how do we talk to children about death? How do we help them get through the feeling of loss?

Watch this ABC News Video for help on how to reach your youngsters and help them cope with their feelings.

Teaching Children the Value of Money

“Mom, Dad, can I have, can I have; I NEED it…but EVERYbody has one! I’ll be the only kid without one; if I don’t have it, I’ll just die!”

Parents/Grandparents/Nannies, how do you tell a child “No?” How do you teach them the value of money? Read these tips to help teach kids to respect you AND the dollar.

http://finance.yahoo.com/how-to-guide/family-home/12820

Are you expecting, have a baby, or a toddler? Don’t miss this exciting event!

 
 

Metro Detroit’s ONLY Maternity, Baby and Toddler Show!

Sunday March 20, 2011 10am – 4pm
Palazzo Grande
54660 Van Dyke Shelby Twp, MI 48315
 

 Expecting, have a baby or a toddler? Don’t miss this exciting Event!

  • The First 200 Moms will receive a BFF Swag Bag full of FREE products and coupons! Nanny Poppinz will provide FREE Childcare while you browse! Private Nursing and changing station will be provided. A nursing coach will be available for your nursing questions!
  • FREE Fun activities for the kids! Face painting, bounce house, baby crawling contest! Guest Appearances by Dora and Diego, Elmo and Abby Cadabby! Have your child’s picture taken FREE with their favorite character. See Stan the Magical Fireman for Fire Safety for toddlers.
  • Watch a Fashion Show, hear informative speakers! Dads-to-be enter our “Daddy Derby” contest. Have your child’s carseat professionally cleaned. Shop all the booths for unique products, gifts and services.

Loads of Family Fun: All under 1 roof for 1 day only!
Don’t miss it: All children’s activities are FREE!


Next Show → October 9 at Marriott Eagle Crest in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti


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