JOIN US FOR A FAMILY FUN NIGHT!

Date: Oct 22, 2010

Time: From 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm

Location: Sanctuary: New England Chapel in Franklin, MA

This workshop is designed for every parent who craves a little extra  peace & harmony at home.

Parents just want their kids to get along or, at the very least, stop fighting in the back seat of the car. Identical twin sisters and Bellingham moms – Heather Kempskie and Lisa Hanson – dare you to aim higher. With smart parental guidance and plenty of opportunities for sibling fun, you can achieve harmony in your home while setting the stage for a lifetime of closeness between your children.

This free event will provide childcare for those in need or FOR FUN! All children will have an opportunity to design crafts staright from the book!

  
For more information contact:
Amy Cornwell
amy@newenglandchapel.org

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Grandparents Day is Coming!

It hasn’t made the scene quite as big as say, Valentine’s day or Mother’s day but it is slowly becoming a “holiday” in the lives of many families. Grandparent’s day is on September 12th! There are many ways that you can celebrate this day. For starters, your children may want to create a “brag book” for the grandparents in their lives. Heather and I have used recycled CD cases as frames and have had the kids draw pictures of their grandparents to place inside.  We have also helped the children paint bird houses purchased at a local craft store. But perhaps it is important to remember how this whole day originated….

“The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.”

 Many nursing homes would love your family to visit, not just on Grandparent’s day but on any day. It will give your children an opportunity to brighten the day of elderly people who might not get visitors on a regular basis. Just call ahead to pick a good time and just be ready to smile and to listen.

Please read on for more guidelines for a successful visit…

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Summer Fun with Siblings: RESCHEDULED Wenham Museum for June 16

Lisa and I are excited to be heading north on Wednesday night to present The Sibling’s Busy Book : A Guide to Summer Family Fun
(Wednesday, June 16, 7 p.m.)
$5 per person, pre-registration requested

With summer vacation right around the corner, are you wondering what to do with your 2 year old that your 9 year old might enjoy too? Wenham Museum has invited us to share tips on how to make this a summer to remember with unique and simple ways to entertain your multi-age family while building strong, life-long sibling relationships.
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April Vacation Fun!

If you are a local Mom, Dad, Grandparent,  or Caregiver head out to Borders in Mansfield Massachusetts for a little springtime fun – This Monday, April 19th at 10:30!

We will have a table with stop-in do-it-yourself-crafts that include fun binoculars for springtime bird watching, an earth replica using a stuffed blue bag and green tissue paper and an awesome cherry blossom craft that will brighten any room in your house. These crafts were chosen to engage children from toddlers and up!

See you there!

Join us this Thursday!

Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.

A Sibling Workshop: For any parent who wants their kids to get along! Parents just want their kids to get along or, at the very least, stop fighting in the back seat of the car. Identical twin sisters and Bellingham moms – Heather Kempskie and Lisa Hanson – dare you to aim higher. With smart parental guidance and plenty of opportunities for sibling fun, you can achieve harmony in your home while setting the stage for a lifetime of closeness between your children.

Bellingham Middle School, Bellingham, MA

FREE

Local Moms Keep it Real

Lisa and I will be joining a group of stellar moms as speakers at “It’s a Baby & Family Expo” coming to Boston this weekend (March 20 & 21).

Whether you’re currently awaiting your first bundle of joy or adding a new member to your growing family, the “It’s A Baby & Family Expo” is the place to be for the latest in baby products and informative parenting experts. The expo focuses on providing parents with everything they need, from learning about the safest baby and toddler products, to gaining insight from child care professionals and even products especially for mom post-baby.

In addition to some great speakers (us and others!), the Parents and Kids magazine booth (where we’ll be presenting!) will also be hosting raffles – win a free family portrait session or a Goodie Basket for Mom, Dad or Baby. Plus, your child can have their photo taken to appear on a mock cover of P&K.

Here’s the line up of speakers!

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Countdown to National Siblings Day – April 10

Are you a skeptic? Can siblings really learn to love each other? C’mon, really? There are no guarantees – just ideas to help create sibling harmony in your home through play and guidance. Take a look at this drawing my 5-year-old daughter recently drew for her brother. Hearts and all!

In honor of National Sibling Day on April 10, we want to share a few of our favorite activities to help encourage sibling togetherness, halt sibling squabbling, and create lasting sibling memories.

We’ve also planned some events in the area – so definitely check out our Upcoming Events page for listings including sibling fun at “It’s a Baby & Family Expo” coming to the Bayside Expo Center in Boston on March 20 & 21.

Sibling fun should begin early and never end!

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