Get out and Vote: Election 2008 Tuesday November 4th 

get out and vote on November 4thAt More4kids we are not only business owners, but parents as well. Like many of our readers we have been hit very hard this last year and the last several years. With so many families struggling and in desperate need for help in this economy, this year is more important than ever to vote. As parents it is also important to remember that we also vote for our children, and their future.

Let's try to cut through the rhetoric and the negative campaigning we have seen this year to get right to the issues. It’s important to understand where both candidates stand on the issues and feel confident in them to carry out their plans. Economy, Jobs and Health Care are in my opinion as a parent the most important issues this year.

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childrens board games With winter just around the corner you can’t take your kids outside or to the park as often as you would like. We don’t want our kids sitting around the TV or playing computer games all day. Preschoolers and those just starting school have more energy than most parents. It's just a natural fact. To help occupy them you may want to find games they can play indoors.

If you’re like most parents, you remember playing board games with your brothers and sisters, maybe even your parents. Back when I was a kid there were no computers. This was before nights where families played games together became known as “Family Fun Night” or “Family Game Night”. You may remember hours spent playing Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Boggle, or Sorry. Maybe your family had Operation for when you got older, then you most likely graduated to games like Monopoly, Scrabble, or Trivial Pursuit.

Those games are still around if you want to share them with your children, but you may also want to find newer games to play with them. Here are a few of the best games for preschoolers or those just beginning school that are recommended by experts and parents alike:

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a pumpkin patchPineapple Pumpkin Drink

Ingredients:

1 cup pineapple juice
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1 cup fresh pumpkin, peel and cut into small chunks
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

How to Make

Place the apple juice and pineapple juice into the blender.  Add the pumpkin chunks to the juice.  Blend until beginning to smooth.  Pour the honey into the blended mixture.  Sprinkle in the cinnamon and nutmeg on top.  Blend until all the ingredients are mixed together.  Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Best when served chilled.   

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Babies first HalloweenHalloween is a little over a week away. Time has been flying this year it seems. Halloween is a fun time but it is also important to make sure our kids stay safe. There are a large number of Halloween safety tips for children of all ages. This holiday creates a number of activities and festivities that put people out and about. Since this occurs, there is always the opportunity that an accident, sickness, or even a fatality may occur. This is why it is so important to take the time to focus on safety measures that can keep you and your children safe this Halloween. In this helpful and informative guide, you will learn many different ways that you can stay safe, as well as safety measures that are required to keep your children safe this holiday season.

Costume Safety Tips

When it comes to costumes, there are many different safety tips that should be considered. The following represents some of the tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to the safety of your children:

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Finding online grocery coupons, baby coupons and promo codesWith the slump in the economy, the housing crisis, and a market that continually is sliding in a downward motion, times are tight for families all over the country. Parents everywhere are finding that it is costing more and more to go grocery shopping each week and the budget is constantly tightening. For this reason, families are always on the lookout for a way that they can save money. Although shopping for the deals in your papers is definitely a great way to save, there are other ways to save that you may not have even thought of – using online promo and discount codes you can find and save everything from groceries, to clothing, or just about anything you can think of.

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by Jennifer Shakeel

boy talking to dad on computerNothing can compare to the feeling of being a mom or a dad. The sheer joy of helping to guide a little person’s journey into becoming a well rounded successful adult. You want to be there for every part of it, not wanting to miss a single step, or sadness or celebration. Unfortunately we live in a world where many parents are separated from their children more then they would like to be. This is due to work, being overseas to protect our country and even divorce.

For four years my husband and I raised our two children together even though he was working in another city and state Monday through Friday. To this day I still remember the joy that would fill our children when he would come home Friday night and the tears that would start Sunday morning and last until they fell asleep Sunday night because their dad had to leave in the afternoon. The upward rise of emotions as the week would progress because they knew he would be home after dinner on Friday. While for us that ordeal stopped almost three years ago, what we did for our children is still evident today.

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teenager socializing onlineThis can be a very controversial topic for parents. However, taken in moderation, and monitored properly, children can benefit and even learn from online games. There are many different online games for kids. For several years, parents have frowned upon the games that are available to their children. However, after many conclusive studies on gaming and children, researchers have established that online gaming may be beneficial (http://blog.wired.com/games/2007/07/study-online-ga.html). The benefits range from developing social skills in the virtual environment, increasing the ability of the child to successfully maneuver around and operate a computer, increasing emotional intellect, and assisting in the academic endeavors of the child. Here, you will learn about online games for kids who are productive, and educational. READ More on Benefits of Online Games for Kids

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