More than likely you have heard a whole lot in the news lately about the oil spill that took place in the Gulf of Mexico. Chances are that your children have heard about it as well. This is the perfect time for you to teach your children about the importance of taking care of their environment. Most kids that hear about the BP oil spill are concerned about this problem. Instead of just allowing them to stand by and hear the bad news all the time, maybe it is time that you allow your kids to get involved. Sure, it is important that they learn as much as possible about this disaster, but giving kids a chance to do something about this problem teaches them about helping in a crisis as well as empowers them to feel that there is something that they are able to do to help out.

The great news is that even if you don't even live near the areas that have been affected by this BP oil spill, you still can help out. You don't have to be right there to take measures to help. Recent news reports are telling us that this spill is covering miles and the cost of cleanup will be in the billions. Still, there are small things that you and your kids can do to make a difference. When many parents and kids start helping, it will make a huge difference in the way this oil spill gets cleaned up.

Collect Items for the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

You will find that the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, which is in Indian Shores, is in need of some items. They need more cash than they do volunteers at this point, and there are some particular items that they need. You may want to encourage your kids to work on collecting items that are needed by this sanctuary. Perhaps organize a local drive at school or in your neighborhood to collect items need. Some of the items that Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary needs include paper towels, bottled water, toothbrushes, Gatorade, moving boxes, bleach, gas gift cards, shovels, trash bags that are heavy duty, and kennels of all sizes. You can find out more about what they need and how to get these items to the sanctuary by visiting their site at More on Empowering Your Kids: Ways to Help With The BP Oil Spill

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We often fail to remember the carefree thinking of our childhood. Jessica, however, and her ‘Daily Affirmation' video, reminds us that we can still be whatever we want to be – no matter our age. As a charming, curly-haired four-year old, Jessica's viral video has her standing atop a bathroom vanity proclaiming her stance in life – "I can do anything good!" She continues listing a variety of things, as well as members of her family that she loves and how life, as she knew it at the time, was a wonderland.

It is rare that we see a child brimming with this level of enthusiasm and it makes all of us want to start our day just like her!

Jessica chants:

"My whole house is great. I can do anything good. I like my school. I like anything. I like my dad. I like my cousins. I like my aunts."

Here is her original video:

Now, if we lived our lives by these rules – anything would be possible. Her enchanting and bubbly personality inspires us to wake up and grab life by the horns. Adults are much more inclined to adhere to a tightly spun routine of time frames, plans, and budgets. As a child, however, the world holds infinite possibilities and absolutely no limits. Sadly, much of this perspective changes with experience and age as people tend to become disillusioned by a world they did not understand before. Nonetheless, we are, for the most part, surrounded by people we love and who love us in return – and this deserves appreciation. Lucky for us, Jessica was able to jolt us into consciousness!READ More on Jessica's "Daily Affirmation" Video, Then and Now

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Animals are an important part of our lives, and one way to teach compassion is to focus on how we can teach our kids how to be kinder to animals. Many kids love animals and kids that learn kindness to animals while they are young end up growing up to be adults that are kinder to animals and humans alike. Not sure how to get your kids involved in animal kindness? Here are a few excellent ways we can teach our kids to be kind to animals.

Plan Special Pet Pamper Time

One idea is that you can teach our children to be kind to animals by planning some special pet pamper time. Today one of the big problems with pets for kids is that kid have so much more going on that they don't spend much time with their pets. It's easy for kids to get caught up in their video games or surfing the web and they don't give pets the attention that they really need. To avoid this problem, try planning a special time when kids pamper their pet.

Pampering our pets doesn't have to cost a lot either. Encourage kids to spend time simply brushing their pet, giving their pet a bath, playing with the pet, or even just giving them a belly rub. Some special time pampering the pet will not only do wonders for your pet, but it will be a special time for our child as well. Do it this week and then consider making it a regular occurrence in your home.READ More on Parenting Tips of the Week: Teaching Compassion by Being Kind to Animals

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For many parents, bedtime becomes a harrowing experience. Kids complain about going to bed, they have to go to the bathroom 5 times before they settle in, or they always need a last drink. In many cases, kids use this to explore their power and to see if you really mean it when you tell them it is time to go to bed. Although bedtime may seem rough right now, creating a few bedtime rituals for you and your children may help. After all, their sleep is very important and you need to keep them on a regular sleep schedule. Instead of making bedtime a battle, the right routine and rituals can make this time special for you and your children.

Important Parenting Strategies to Remember to Get Your Kids to Bed

Before taking a look at some of the fun bedtime rituals you can enjoy with your children, there are a number of strategies that you need to learn that will help you eliminate battles and come up with a great bedtime experience that everyone will enjoy. With the following strategies, you can best come up with a routine that is going to work for your children. For us, we ended up with a combination of the bedtime strategies and rituals listed below.

– Strategy #1 – Come Up With a Bedtime Plan – The first strategy is to come up with a good bedtime plan. Remember that all children are going to be different. To figure out a good time for bedtime, watch your child to figure out when they are really tired. This way you come up with a good time that isn't too late or early. Make sure you plan out bedtime before it is late as well. Come up with limits, decide on a routine, and make sure you and your spouse are on the same page when it comes to the bedtime plan.

– Strategy #2 – Create a Special Routine – There are a variety of things that can be implemented into a bedtime routine. Create a special routine that will work for you and your children. This can include taking a bath, cuddling together, talking about the day, saying good night prayers, brushing your teeth together, story time, and more. Come up with activities that are enjoyable, and over time your child will become used to their routine, which will start getting them relaxed for bedtime.READ More on Creating Bedtime Rituals – Getting Kids to Bed the Easy Way

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grandma and grandkids having fun together

As we grow up and move away we realize how much we miss our Mother's. As a kid my mom was always there for me. Her presence and love meant more to me than anything, and still means more to me than anything. I will be hundreds of miles away and not able to see my mom this year. It is important that she knows how much she means to me, and that toughts of her will be in my heart this Mothers day.

With love this Mothers day from your son Kevin and your grandkids. Mom, I will miss you dearly this year, you will be in my heart and the hearts of the kids. You are the greatest.

Mothers day is a time to reflect and remember how special our Moms our. They have dedicated their lives to us and we need to let them know how much they are loved and cared about. Here is a special Mothers day poem for my mom and all moms on Mother's Day:


Mom You've given me so much,
Love from your heart
and the warmth of your touch.

The gift of life and you're a friend to me.
We have a very Special Bond

which only comes from God…
I'm sure you agree.

As a child I would say Mommy I Love You,

Now you're my Mother so dear
I love you even more
with each and every new year.

If I could had chosen,
I would have picked no other.
Than for you…to be my lifelong friend
and Precious Mother.

~Author Unknown~

From everyone here at More4kids, remember to make this mothers day extra special!

Grandma and kids

We all miss and love you Mom

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Hey Dads, this article is for us. I have been brainstorming fun ideas we can do for the women in our lives, and the mothers of our kids. Mother's Day is coming soon, next Sunday in fact, and it's time to start thinking of great ways that we can surprise mom this year. Sure, we could buy her a gift and she'd love it, but why not go the extra mile to make her day extra special. Dad and kids can get together and work to make Mother's Day exciting and relaxing for mom. If you are stumped for some good ideas, here are some great ideas to use. Pick one or combine a couple to show mom your love and appreciation on Mother's Day.

Give Mom a Spa Day

Every mom in the world could use some time for relaxation and rejuvenation. What better place to find this than at the spa. Get together and plan out a nice spa day for mom. Have it all planned out so that she is totally free to go off and enjoy her day at the spa. Not only will she enjoy all those pampering spa treatments, but she'll enjoy having a little time to herself. When mom comes back, she'll be a brand new woman.

Plan a Picnic for the Whole Family

Keep this a secret, I am planning on this one if the weather is nice :) Another great way to surprise mom for Mother's Day is to plan out a picnic for the whole family. Just make sure that dad and the kids do the planning. You don't want mom to have to lift a finger to make this happen. Decide on a nice place you can go on a picnic and then get everything together – the food, drinks, blankets, and anything else you'll need. If you can, hide everything in the car and then get mom in the vehicle and keep her guessing as to where you're going. When you stop at the park and pull out everything for a picnic, she'll be surprised and excited. Serve up mom some great picnic food and she'll be sure to have a blast. READ More on Mother's Day Surprise – Ideas for an Extra Special Mom's Day

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by Jennifer Shakeel

One of the toughest job requirements of parents is learning how to let your child grow up and be their own person. I say this to you as a parent struggling with this very issue right now. Our teenager is almost 15, starting High School and has morphed into this person we aren’t all the sure we like. (Smile and wink here.) It seems as though it happened overnight. One minute she was this perfect young lady who wanted nothing more than to cuddle with her dad each night watching their favorite show and do all she could to be just like me throughout the day. When I say overnight I am really not being facetious here.

So I wanted to offer every parent out there tips that my husband and I are using to cope with the growing pains we are experiencing in letting go, just a little.

Parenting Tip One: Realize that tomorrow it will be Different

We all remember what it was like to be a teenager. One day the latest pop singer was the person we dreamed about and tried to emulate… and the “next day” we had moved onto the skater guy that sits across from us in Math class that happened to smile at us yesterday. Part of the morphing experience I call it, is that our children are trying to discover who they are outside of us. What they like and what they don’t. It is a learning process that they need to go through.

Parenting Tip Two: Take a deep breath before you comment on the clothes

Now, as long as they are not baring all that they own, let them wear what makes them happy. If you want to use the stipulation that we use “This is what you will wear when you are out in public with us,” so be it. Compromise because you don’t want them to sneak things behind your back. And they will, no matter how wonderful your child is, they will if you stifle them to the point that they have no freedom.READ More on Parenting Tips: How to Let Your Child Be Who They Want To Be