It’s Apple Pickin’ Time!

Ahhh…fruits and vegetables. I know I feed my children a lot better than I feed myself so I plan on using our Apple Taste Test Activity (see below) to reacquaint my taste buds with different types of apples. The activity will do much more than that though- it will teach your children about graphs and voting (isn’t that topic on our minds anyways?!)

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Sibling Workshops

Now that September has arrived, Lisa and I are back in full-gear and eager to book our calendars with sibling workshops. If you’re a member of a local PTO, Moms group or parenting organization, please consider us for your speaker program.

We offer a fun-filled interactive workshop on the joys and challenges of raising siblings. From how to introduce a new member of the family to strategies to eliminate those back seat brawls, we help parents with simple tips and open up a world of bonding, love and fun for your little ones.

Check out our workshop page for more info!

What your baby sister/brother would be saying to you if they could talk!

Are you wondering what your baby would be saying to you if he/she could talk?

“Wow! That looks good enough to eat.” That is when she is crawling towards the lego you dropped.

“Where have you been all this time?” This is when you pop up when playing a game of peek-a-boo!

“Will someone please change my diaper!’ This is when she smells stinky.

“I want to walk like he does.” He is taking about you!

“Wow! That looks good enough to eat!” That is when she is reaching for your pizza.

“Where are you going?” That is when you leave the room.

“I want that! I want that now!” This is when you take a way the lego!

“Please stay and play with me.” When you get up from playing with him.

“You are the coolest, funniest, kindest person I have ever met.” Everytime she looks at you.

Peace-keeping Sibling Activities

Looking for some calm in your household? Kids getting on eachothers’ nerves? Here are our top picks for activities to keep the peace between siblings:

1) Make believe library: It has to be quiet in the library, right? Gather up some books and comfy chairs (aka stack of pillows) and let them flip through the pages

2) Make homemade playdough: Let each child pick out the color they want (use food coloring to eliminate any sharing problems) and give them a few cookie cutters. Great way to use some creative juices and allow for some independent play.

3) Focus on others: Does a neighbor need some cheering up? Maybe you can bake a cake and deliver it? Is there a local pantry that could use a donation? Brainstorm together, gather what you need to brighten someone elses’ day.

4) Get in shape: Try some yoga positions to calm tensions down. Stretches work well too.Lead them in a few and join in. It may help you stay de-stressed too.

5) Get visual: One of my kids’ favorite peaceful activities is helping them imagine something peaceful. Have them lay down and close their eyes while you paint a picture of one of their favorite places and things to do. My kids love a beach scene with flying kites and all the ice-cream in the world.

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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Back to School Fun

Cool school days – Let’s pretend game – create a classroom at home.

Grab a table for the desks, a chalkboard and chalk (or a piece of cardboard with markers), some paper and pencils and host your own classroom!

This is a great way to prepare your older children for school and fill in the younger siblings on what fun is ahead of them.

Make sure to take a turn being the student!

Don’t Overlook The Best Business Partner – Your Sibling!!

Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal

Jessican and Ashlee Simpson

During the ’70s and ’80s, no less than six Sutter brothers reached the NHL.

The Jonas Brothers

Beyonce and Solange

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are just some of the most famous sibling teams out there. They combined their strengths, love and family bonds to rocket into stardom.

For this purpose – I chose some familiar faces but there are endless siblings that created small businesses, wrote books together or made inventions that changed the world (Wright Brothers!)

Think about the magnitude of this and all that may lay ahead for you and your siblings or the siblings you are raising!