family-2010-resolutionHappy New Years! A new year is upon us. It's a time when we all look back on the past year and start making resolutions for the new year. While you are probably going to make some personal resolutions for yourself, you may want to consider making resolutions as a family this year. Sure, times are tough this year, with the economic difficulties, but there are some great resolutions you can make with the entire family that will help to bring your family even closer together in 2010. Here's a look at some great ideas for family resolutions that will keep your family bond strong.

Spending More Time Together

One great family resolution that you can make as a family is to spend more time together. By time I mean quality time where family members are actively involved in one other. Our Family should be our main focus, and as we make this resolution, we will be teaching our kids about the things that really matter in life – family! Resolve together as a family that you'll make more time for each other. It's easy to get busy in life, busy with friends, mom and dad busy with work, and each of the family members rushing around here and there. It can be so easy to drift apart. Even if it's once a week or once a month, set aside some time to be together. Plan family nights and activities that you'll all enjoy or plan a family "date" night when you all set everything aside and enjoy time with each other. In the end, if you keep this resolution, you'll build your family ties and make them stronger.READ More on Family Resolutions – Making 2010 The Year of the Family!

While checking out some videos I found some great ones of kids dancing. I love how kids and music go together. These kids definitely have the moves and the first one of this young child break-dancing is truly amazing. You should have seen my kids try to imitate after watching these clips!

This young boy and girl definitely have the groove.

This next child is about 7 years old from a talent show in Milwaukee, WI. He definitely has the moves!

new-years-sparklersThere are many New Years games and activities for kids. While it is true that New Year Day marks the first official day in the calendar year, it is traditionally upheld as a holiday. This holds true for nearly every single country throughout the world. Individuals enjoy gathering together to remember times that occurred in the past, and sharing their hopes and aspirations for the future. Individuals that are considered to be Chinese, Roman, Jewish, Mohammedan, and Egyptian celebrate their New Year on a date other than January 1st. Here are some New Year games and activities that children will thoroughly enjoy.

The Resolution Guessing Game

One of the most exciting and fun New Years games and activities for kids is the "Resolution Guessing Game". Each child that is playing the game must come up with three different New Year's Resolutions. If the child is too young to write out their resolution, get an adult to assist them. The papers that the children used to write the resolutions should be collected and mixed in a container. You should pull out one piece at a time and read the resolutions on each piece. You should mark them out as you call them like "Number One" and so on. Each person must write on their paper who they think made the resolutions. An adult may help children who are unable to write well. At the end of the game, whoever made the most guesses wins.READ More on New Years Games and Activities for Kids

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Teen Girl Obsessing on Scale

Teen Girl Obsessing on Scale

The way that your teen sees and views himself or herself is integral to their self esteem. You should not dismiss or overlook your child's body image, especially if it is negative, as just a "phase." While it is true that just about every child experiences times where they feel that they are too fat, too skinny, too tall or too short, but when it begins to affect other aspects of their life, it is time to take action. There is a fine line and sometimes it can be difficult to spot a negative body image, but if you know what you are looking for, you can spot it and catch it before things get out of hand.

Spot the Signals of Poor Body Image

Poor body image is often connected to depression, but it can two different ways. The depression can be a result of the poor body image, or it can be the cause. Some signals are very obvious, but others may be more subtle. A smile can fool you so don't discount someone who laughs off things all the time. Humor can be a weapon to hide true pain and insecurity. A child who seems to constantly feel "fat" or "ugly" may have a problem with body image. Listen to the child remain aware of what they are saying as well as showing you.READ More on Body Image and Your Teens Self-Esteem

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December 25th, 2009

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Christmas is a time of families, new friends and memories. 2009 has brought many of those. Everyone at More4kids wants to thank all of our friends, new and old, and everyone who has blessed us and visited us throughout the year. Each and everyone of you is very important to us. Together we can make a difference and give a voice to those that need one.

Blessings and love over the holidays,

Kevin and Julie

More4kids

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by Stephanie Partridge

Technology is the proverbial dual edged sword.  On the one hand, it makes our lives so much easier by connecting us with information from a variety of places without requiring us to leave our homes.  It connects us with people who are across the world and makes communication almost instantaneous.  On the other hand, it separates us from other humans and we can easily find ourselves isolated from real life human contact.  It can promote a sedentary lifestyle and even take the place of books.  But there are hidden dangers to extended computer use that most parents aren't even aware of and it is impacting their own children and teenagers.

Recent statistics, coming from several different studies, show teens are spending anywhere from 11 hours a month online to 33 hours a month.  Social networks have overtaken email by just a hair, while texting is a preferred mode of communication.  Bottom line, teens are spending a lot of time on the computer and this concerns Dr. Jennifer Austin Leigh, or "Dr. Jenn."

Dr. Jenn is the founder and CEO of Honor the Gril LLC, an organization that is designed to teach compassionate parenting skills to mothers, enabling them to be more effective in raising their daughters.  With a doctorate in psychology and mother of four, Dr. Jenn has a private practice in New York and has authored several books aimed at helping teen girls navigate the often confusing, scary waters of boys, relationships and growing up.  Her website, http://www.parentingteengirls.com, offers practical, sound advice to both parents and teens.  One of her greatest concerns is the amount of time teens are spending on the computer – and the impact that it is having on them.

"There are both good and bad found in the use of social networking sites, "says Dr. Jenn.  "The harm I am most concerned about is the 'dehumanizing' of people and the negative effects that it seems to be having on face to face relationships."READ More on The Computer and the Teen Brain: Just What is the Impact?

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Parenting Expert Dr. Michele Borba

Parenting Expert Dr. Michele Borba

by Jennifer Shakeel

I have said before that one of the perks of my job is that I get to talk to some interesting and incredible people. Dr. Michele Borba is no exception to this rule. I was fortunate enough to be able to get some quality time with her while she was in Denver, Co for the day, in the midst of multiple television and radio interviews and her regular spot on the Today Show. Our time together was brief so I wanted to get straight to the point.

We were discussing her newest book, "The Big Book of Parenting Solutions." The first thing that caught my eye was that she claims this is the only book you will need to deal with any issue your child between the ages of 3 and 14 will have. My first question is always why this?

Q: What made you decide to become a child rearing expert, because that is what you are really?

A: I wouldn't say that I set out to be a child rearing expert. I have a very sincere love for children and I would say that I have been fortunate enough to have many experiences that naturally lead me to where I am today. I have worked with a lot of children and parents to help them overcome the issues that they were having combined with my own parenting issues and talents. I started writing books while I was in private practice. Those books where inspired by questions that parents I was working with had asked me how they could help their children.

Q: Why is the book dedicated to the age group 3-13?

A: I dedicated this book to that age group because that seems to be the forgotten time. There are thousands of books out about babies and there are equally as many dedicated to dealing with teenagers. There are very few that focus on the in-between years, and these are the formative years. Between the ages of 3 and 13 this is the time when children form their behaviors for life, what they consider to be right and wrong, ethics and all of their values. It is at the age of 3 that the conscience sets in, yet this is we as parents start to step back because of all the effort put into the baby time, we are parents tend to start thinking about the teenage years. This age, from 3 to 13 this when our kids are listening to us. After 13, it isn't that they don't listen… but we have to try harder the older they get.

Q: My husband says the same thing all the time. For parents that have children older than 3 but younger than 13 is it too late for them to get your book and use it now?

A: Absolutely not! While it is always better to start when they are young, it is never too late to start. You can get the book today and start using it today. I have broken the book up into sections to pinpoint what issue you need help with. You don't have to read the book cover to cover before it will help.READ More on Parenting Expert Dr. Michele Borba – A Moment in Time

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