Being a dad who is not a very good cook, I wanted to find something fun and nice I can do for the kids. This is what I found:

Just for Mom Fruit Salad – here is a recipe that Dad and kids can easily make for Mom and have fun doing it together.  

Ingredients:
1 can prepared lemon pie filling
12 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 – 15 oz. can tropical fruit salad, drained
1 – 15 oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained
2 – 11 oz. cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 cups fresh strawberries

Instructions:

Mix lemon pie filling and whipped topping together in a large bowl. Add fruit to mixture and chill in refrigerator from 4 hours to overnight. When ready to serve, top with fresh strawberries or fruit of your choice and whipped topping. Servings: 8

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family time is so importantPeople may wonder if kids have gotten off track these days. You hear it all the time from the older generations. They think that kids these days simply aren’t as disciplined and respectful like kids used to be. You may have even noticed a change in your own child’s behavior and have wondered what the problem is.

Before we get too analytical about your child’s behavior—whether bad or indifferent—we have to take a quick peek at our own lifestyle. Lets ask a few questions. Do we work a lot? Do we work too much? How often are we home? How many times have we engaged our child this week?

Everyone's circumstances are different. One thing I am not trying to do is point the finger at anyone by saying its all parents fault that we don't spend more time with out kids. In some cases it may be, but we have to be realistic too. In this economy our bosses are placing more of a demand on us and many parents have to work two or more jobs just to make ends meet. One thing to remember, in times of stress, our kids need us more than ever and we should try everything possible to help keep the connection.

So, do we spend enough time with your kids?
Well, of course there are plenty of great kids in this world, but the world has become a busier place. Everyone works so much that it is hard to just let go, clock out, and get your butt home so that you can spend some quality time with the kids. Sometimes our busy, hectic world reflects in our children. Kids who are listless, have no interests, or who do poorly in school likely have parents who don’t spend much time with them.

It is important to understand that half the battle of winning our kids over and helping them progress through life is just being there for them. They need to see our strengths, see our weaknesses and how we handle different situations. Our kids’ eyes are always on us, and it is up to us as parents, to lead them until they are able to do so themselves.

Here are some great habits to get into when trying in order to help spend more time with our children. READ More on Weekly Parenting Tips: How to Spend More Time with Our Kids

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Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.
 
boy playing baseballIt’s after April 15, the taxes are in the mail, and now it’s time to tackle the real challenge of spring — little league. Well, not exactly, but all over the country, kids of all ages are gearing up for the new season of sports from little tikes, to varsity players. Parents are approaching this rite of childhood with a combination of excitement and dread as they ponder the impending vicissitudes: the thrill of success, and the agony of defeat—not the euphemism, the real deal— registering in every fiber of their child’s being and right there for everyone to see.
 
Kids may start out with the best intentions and grip on their emotions picture— the Norman Rockwell crack of the bat, roar of the crowds— but with the first error (or perceived error) things degenerate quickly and it’s Jackson Pollock on a bad day. There’s the pre-game freak out, the post-game melt down, the throwing down of the glove, bat, or whatever the case may be, followed by the “I hate everything, everything stinks, I quit” self-recrimination rant that occurs once the doors auto-shut on the mini-van. 
 
Why is it that some kids can’t lose? Is it the parents, über focused on getting them on a Division One team in college, whose pressure makes it impossible for kids to accept anything else but beyond the best? While there is no doubt that those success-crazed parents gone wild don’t help and need to be benched themselves, usually they only broadcast in stereo the message going through a child’s own mind: winning is everything; losing is the end of the world as we know it.
 
It’s also clear that our culture is out of whack, witness the 5:00 am sports practices, travel tournaments for 2nd graders, and cut-throat competition for all. While rectifying these variables will certainly improve the outcome, it will not eliminate the problem of kids who fall apart in the face of defeat. Especially since many of these kids fall apart even with just the anticipation of defeat. So losing isn’t the real disaster for these kids, their relationship to losing, is the disaster.READ More on Kids and Sports: Eight Strategies to Teach Kids How to Handle Disappointment and Lose like a Winner
by Stacey Schifferdecker
Beating the morning rush
Are you a supermom? Tips on beating the morning rushWhen I was a kid, I always wondered why my mother was such a GROUCH in the morning. “Never,” I swore, “will I get mad at MY kids in the morning! They’ll never get on the school bus crying!” Well, I’ve managed not to put them on the school bus crying, but some mornings there is definite grouchiness in the air. What is the key to pleasant mornings that start the day off on a good note and still get us all to school and work on time? Here are some tips to help us all have better mornings:READ More on Super Mommy – Tips on Beating the Morning Rush

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toy safety and recalls 2009Kids love playing with toys, but what if they're playing with something dangerous? As a parent you want to make sure that you only allow your children to have toys that are safe. For this reason it is important that you keep up with the recent toy recalls, and already in 2009 there have been quite a few. Here we are going to update you with some of the newest toy recalls for 2009 and also provide you with some safety tips for toys that will help you choose only the safest toys for your children.

Tupperware Toy Maracas
Just a couple of weeks ago Tupperware did a voluntary recall on their toy maracas. There are small parts inside of the maracas and if the toy breaks, it poses a choking hazard to smaller children. The handle also may possibly be a hazard that may cause suffocation in small children as well. Both the blue and the red maracas that have yellow handles have been recalled. The company will provide you a gift certificate or refund if you simply return them to the company.

Good Neigh Bears
State Farm had some cute Good Neigh Bears that they were giving out through their State Farm agents. However, they have recently done a voluntary recall on these bears. There have been problems with the eyes coming off the bears, which can be a chocking hazard. If you received one of these bears, you'll want to get rid of them if you have smaller children. You can get more info by visiting State Farms website: www.statefarm.com.

Infantino Toys Recalled
Several toys from Infantino have been recalled on a voluntary basis. The Infantino Lil' Chef Set, the Infantino Tag Along Chime Trio, and the Activity Stacker have all been recalled. They have metallic fabric on them which has been reported to come off posing a threat to children. These toys have been sold at Wal-Mart, Babies "R" Us, Meijer, Target, and similar stores. If you have these toys, they should be taken away from your kids. You can call Infantino and they'll give you a replacement product from the company.

READ More on Toy Recalls 2009 – Important Toy Recalls You Need to Know About

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parenting setting some rulesYes, this is a fun topic. Trust me when I tell you that it is never too late to set limits, however the sooner you set them the better off you and your children will be. If it is possible to start training children in the womb I recommend starting there, but definitely as soon as they come out.

Now, I have friends that believe in letting children be children, that only through trying different things can they grow as people. I have other friends that have such strict limits on their children that I have yet to figure out how those kids breathe on their own. Then there are my other friends that fall in-between. My husband and I fall into that category most of the time. We believe that kids will be kids, but kids will never grow up to become responsible adults if they don’t have some guidance, but at the same time they have to be able to make decisions on their own and suffer the consequences in order to be responsible adults. So this week is geared towards that happy medium, to help you set limits so that your child/children will grow up to be responsible self reliant adults.

Establish a Set of Family Rules

You want to set rules for the entire family. Make sure that these rules are simple, and that there are not to many of them. For example, our family rules are simple: 1) Be respectful of others, 2) Be respectful of yourself, 3)Never lie, 4) Always eat dinner together, 5) Think before acting.

As our children have and are growing the details of each rule is expanded. But we have laid a nice foundation.

Talk to Your Children about the Rules

You can’t punish them for not following the rules if they do not know what they are or understand them. Have a family meeting, sit down and talk to your children about the limits you have set, why you have set the limits and what each limit means. Yes, we all grew up with parents or friends who had parents whose philosophy was “Because I said so.” Most of us turned out okay… but we all know that the first thing a child says is “Why?” I recommend having an answer for them other then because you said so. If they understand why they have to follow a limit they are more likely to stick to that limit.READ More on Parenting and How to Set Appropriate Limits

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Sesame Street LiveSesame Street Live Is Coming To Town!
At very special discounted prices!
 
There is one thing both my boys love, and that is Sesame Street. There is nothing like a live performance. The connection is amazing. I remember taking my youngest to the Backyardigans. At his age I was sure he would get boared, and want to run around. To our amazement he sat there glued to my lap, watching in wonderment. There is nothing more special and magical for kids than live entertainment, and we try to exposure our children to that as much as possible.
 
There is also not a better cause that PBS.  PBS provides unbiased news, entertaining stories and inspiring music, and educational TV shows you can't get anywhere else. More4kids is very happy to support them, and what better way to support KCET than taking your kids to see Elmo and friends coming May 31st, 2009 to the Nokia Theater in L.A. California.
 
For all our internet parents who live in the L.A. area here are the details and how you can save by getting your tickets today:READ More on Elmo and Sesame Street is coming to Los Angeles

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