kids making Christmas cards with momMost kids love to make stuff and they love to give gifts – why not combine these two interests and let them make Christmas gifts? Think of the advantages of making Christmas gifts with your kids this year:
  • It will probably take less time than a shopping trip to the crowded mall.
  • It will save on your budget.
  • It will give you fun bonding time with your children and good holiday memories.
  • People love to receive items kids have made.
Here are some ideas for simple and easy gifts kids can make. Most will require at least some participation from you, although older children may be able to make some of these items on their own.READ More on Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

There are many ways to make Thansgiving fun and special and there are many Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids you can work with on with your child. If you are a parent, teacher, Sunday School teacher, or work around children in any other type of profession, you will be interested to discover that there are a large number of crafts available for all holidays – especially Thanksgiving! You can discover ideas for toddlers, school age children, and even teenagers if you find the right resources. In this helpful and informative guide, you will be introduced to many Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids that both you, and the child or children that you work with will find very entertaining.

Tree of Thanks

One of the most favored Thanksgiving craft ideas of today is creating the ever-popular “Tree of Thanks”. This is a tree that is actually composed of foam. This craft project typically comes in the form of a kit that includes several different colored “fall” leaves, and a tree base. This makes a great craft for children as young as preschool age. All you have to do is provide some markers that the children can use to write down certain things that they are thankful for, or what they considered to be “blessings” in their lives. In most cases, this kit comes with many additional pieces so that more than one project can be completed. This means that there are plenty of pieces for small classes, or groups!

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I found this poem which touched an emotion I would like to share. You see, I was adopted. As the poem points out, a mom is much more than simply 'blood'. The love a mom gives to her adopted or foster child is truely a love from the heart. It takes a very special, loving person to adopt or foster a child. To all those special Moms I hope you have the best mothers day or all.  Happy Mother's Day!

~ For All That You Have Given Me ~
For all that you have given me,
I can return but love. For you
Bound up the wounds I did not see
And gave me hopes and passions new.
I can return but love for you,
Whose unmoved faith my heart did move,
And gave me hopes and passions new,
And loved me till I turned to love.

Whose unmoved faith did my heart move?
The mother of my heart, not blood,
Who loved me till I turned to love.
And I became the soul I would.

The mother of my heart, not blood,
Bound up the wounds I did not see.
And I became the soul I would
For all that you have given me.
copyright by Nicholas Gordon
www.poemsforfree.com

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The Meaning of EasterThe Easter Bunny has made his residence at the mall and the chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and jelly beans can be found everywhere you go to shop. It’s Eastertime- a time when every kid looks forward to getting a great big basket full of goodies and toys.

It’s hard, especially in these busy, errand full days, to help make Jesus the focus of your family celebration. It takes a bit of ingenuity and time to make sure that your kids understand that Jesus is the center of this celebration and that his sacrificial death is the reason for the season that includes a giant bunny who brings eggs and goodies.
But how do we refocus?

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recycling - kids helping the earthIf you want your children to grow up to be environmentally conscious, you have to start teaching them while they are young. You can't expect them to just learn on their own. However, you'll find that there are a variety of great recycling websites and environmental sites out there where you kids can learn more about the environment and recycling, while having a great time. Wondering where to send your kids to learn more? Here's a look at 10 of the top recycling websites out there for kids that make excellent choices.

Website #1 – Kids Planet

Website Address: www.kidsplanet.org
This site has many great games for kids on the web of life, fact sheets on different animal species, and they provide excellent information on what kids can do to help protect and defend their own environment. They even have their own Wildlife Adoption Center on the site.

Website #2 – Kids for a Clean Environment

Website Address: www.kidsface.org/
The mission of this site is to provide excellent and education information to kids on environmental issues and to encourage them to work on improving the world around them. It provides information on how they can work in their own community and how they can work on recycling. READ More on 10 Best Recycling Websites for Kids

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Melissa and RylandA More4kids exclusive interview with Melissa Earnest. I hope everyone will enjoy this interview about a real important topic affecting many parents: Life with Autism

On October 2, 2013, Mississippi wife, mom and proud NRA member, Melissa Earnest was just that, a wife and mom. A noble full-time, over-time job, to be sure, but not many people knew her name. Then she posted a video on Facebook and suddenly the Earnest household was on the map and Melissa Earnest was a household word.

The now famous “Grabman Video” went viral with 86,000 shares on Facebook and more than 60,000 views on YouTube in just over three months. What has ensued over the course of those three months is the life of a young woman suddenly thrust into the limelight. Every aspect of her life is now scrutinized by people who don't even know her. But that hasn't stopped her from turning her new found fame into something good and as a way to help people. She hasn't been shy about sharing her thoughts on various causes and current events. But this transparency just seems to endear her more to her fans. She is the real deal and she has welcomed us all into her home and into her life.

It was during those first three months that she revealed something very personal. In those early months we learned that Melissa Earnest has an autistic son.

Sitting down and talking to Melissa Earnest is like chatting with an old friend. She talks about her 'Cinderella story' with still just a bit of shock. She admits to being scared with it first started. She said her first priorities have always been her faith and her roles as wife and mother. She originally started creating the videos on Facebook because she loves making people smile. The videos and interaction were a coping mechanism as she grieved over her grandmother and aunt being placed in separate nursing homes. She credits those two women with being her 'inspiration in life' and it hurt to see it happen.

When the 'grabman' video took off, she was blindsided. But good things have come out of it and parents have been able to see a doting mother who adores her children, a stay at home mom who is making it work. They are also seeing, through her son, that autism is indeed beautiful. This is her story.

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two upset pouting girls unable to resolve their problemsTeaching your child how to resolve conflicts is a necessary part of their emotional intellect, and critical decision making skills. Conflicts are a typical part of every life – whether simple or complicated. It is essential that we all are equipped with the knowledge of how to resolve conflicts. Conflict resolution should be taught to children at a very young age. While it is your responsibility to teach this very important lesson to your child, you are likely to find that it is quite challenging. This is why I elected to create this guide for teaching your child how to resolve conflicts.

1. The first thing that you should teach your child when it comes to resolving conflicts is that we are all different. We do not always think the same thoughts, believe in the same things, or act in the same ways. It is important that your child understands that these are the things that make us individuals and it is ok to have different thoughts, beliefs, and even act differently. We should teach them to appreciate the uniqueness in each person that we come in contact with. By teaching your child this, you are already taking the first step in conflict resolution before a problem even arises.

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