Earth Day and kids go hand in hand. This is a special day set aside to bring awareness to conservation efforts and help educate people on how to be more earth friendly. Parents can use April 22nd to teach their kids how to respect the earth and what they can do to make a difference.
One thing that most people do anyway is to recycle. If you don't, contact your trash service and request recycling pick up. Most trash companies will do this for free, but you may need to use their special recycling bin. Kids can learn to recycle in several different ways. First, teach them how to identify whether an item is able to be recycled or not. The easiest way to check this is to look for the recycling symbol on the item. Things like plastic bottles and newspapers are almost always recyclable.
by Pam Smith
Building a relationship with step kids may not always be an easy task. This can be especially true if you are dealing with older kids. Many step kids live with the notion that their parents will one day get back together. After all, they were once in love, why can’t they be again. Therefore, in their minds they only have enough room in their hearts for one mom and one dad. However, there are a variety of different steps you can take, in order to make your transition into step parenting a smoother, more enjoyable one.
One of the first steps to keep in mind is that you are not there to replace their biological parent. It is important that you understand your role as their step parent and share that with your step kids. In most instances, a step kid will be more receptive if they understand you are not trying to replace their mom or dad. Therefore, start your relationship off as merely their friend.
When you first begin your role as a step parent, it is important that you start slowly. Don’t jump into the situation head first. Instead, gradually work to build a relationship. The more time you take getting to know your step kids, the better your relationship will be. If you are the lucky step parent of younger children, come down to their level. Spend time playing games with them or going to the local park. Older kids may enjoy a shopping trip to the mall or a long bike ride.READ More on Building Relationships with Step Kids
respecting you, it is about you having respect for them, particularly for their privacy. By respecting your children, they will be more open and respect you.
- Day camp or overnight
- Type of camp – religious, sports, academic, Scouts, etc.
- Length of the camp (how many days, how many hours each day if it is a Day Camp)
- Whether any friends will be attending the same camp
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Parents always hope for the best when bringing a child into the world. When my son was born and I held him for the first time, I could not stop the tears. I wanted my him to be happy and knew that I would do whatever I could for my child and that I would do anything to help him achieve and reach his lifes goals.
The first step in this quest is teaching our kids about responsibility. This starts the moment the child is able to understand and do simple things to the time they reache the teenage years.
Here are some things that will help teach the teens about responsibility.