As we prepare our kiddos for a fun day or evening of trick-or-treating, let’s also help make it safe for them. The American Red Cross offers us some common sense safety tips worth repeating: • Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street. • Look both ways before crossing the street to check [...]
With Halloween just around the corner, now is the time to make some moves on getting the kidos outfitted. Here are 8 steps to get them suited up and ready for fun by the time the 31st rolls around.
1. Make costume planning a family event and an opportunity for conversation. Ideas for costumes may stem from books, movies, toys, games or their imagination. Talk to children about their ideas and why they want to be whatever they pick.
Making costumes is easier than you think. Rather than buying pre-made costumes, my family prefers making our own. My children are part of the creative process, often selecting characters from their favorite storybook or film. Over the years, I have shared some of our simple costume creations on Kidoinfo showing how you do not have [...]
Here is a list of some local events—not about being scary and only eating candy but are all about the costumes, pumpkins, parades, friends, and fun activities. Please call to confirm all events before heading out since they are subject to change depending on attendance, weather, etc. For more events (more seem to be added [...]
Many people across the state are without power and dealing with down trees. The neighborly thing to do is to help however possible: Check on your neighbors, share food, and take turns watching each others children while families are cleaning up.
For some of us the start of the school has been delayed a day while others still go back the old-fashioned way—after Labor Day.
To enjoy the last days of summer, I have made a list of things to do with your kids to make the transition fun and a little easier. Drive carefully and best to call first to make sure places are open and ready for business.
1. Go to your favorite ice cream place.
I cherish having two older sisters for our many connections that go far beyond each of us having dark hair, great senses of humor, and a love for tuna sandwiches. It’s shared memories reaching back to childhood that formed the strong bonds we have today as adults. I feel fortunate to have sisters: people who love me unconditionally. This is why I am rattled to my core when my boys scream “I hate you!” to one another. And that’s why I invented Brother’s Day.
I admit, I was a bit taken by surprise the first Mother’s Day after I became a mother myself. Standing in the card aisle at CVS, I realized my shopping duties had just increased exponentially. I not only had my own mother and grandmother and mother-in-law, but I’d created grandmothers and great-grandmothers as well. Yikes! Being the type of person who isn’t thrilled with knick-knacky things that require frequent dusting, I wanted to come up with gift ideas that were both meaningful and useful in some way, and my favorites are the kind that my children participate in making.
I first did this project for my boys’ grandmothers six years ago with my then-three-year-old’s handprints on one side and his one-year-old brother’s footprints on the other. This time, my two-year-old daughter ran the show. (She went so far as to inform me that this was her bag, but she’d share it with me.)
I know many Easter (or Spring) Bunnies bring chocolate, but what else does the bunny bring? Our boys each have a basket in their favorite color, and here is a list of what’s been tucked inside over the years: Colored plastic eggs filled with goldfish, animal crackers, or chocolate eggs Seed packets Rubber ducks and [...]
Whether your children make valentines for their entire the class or a handful for their grandparents and best friend, giving (and receiving) a handmade valentine is super special no matter how big, small, simple, or detailed the heart is. Making a large number of valentines for your child’s class can seem daunting, but choosing a [...]
Wondering what to do with leftover scraps of wrap and ribbon? How about crafting crackers with the kids? Crackers, which resemble over-sized wrapped candies, are part of Christmas celebrations in many parts of the world. I thought, why not make some for Valentine’s Day and give them a fun name? Voila! Valentine Crush Crackers. Traditionally [...]