Enjoying Arts amd Crafts with your childArts and Crafts are a great way to bond with kids, especially when the whole family get involved. These days kids (and parents too) are so consumed with technology that they often don’t even know what making crafts means. Crafts can be a great idea for family time, especially in the winter when we don't go out so much. Here are some of the benefits and some ideas for your family 'craft' time.

Make a connection – If you are having trouble connecting with your child, try crafting with her. Find a fun craft that you know she will enjoy and block out some special time with her. Crafting together is an easy way to get one-on-one time with your kids and find out what’s going on in their minds.

Give emotional support – As you craft together, your child will probably be more willing to open up and talk to you about things that are on his mind. If there is something bothering your child and he opens up and shares his problem with you during your craft time, give him emotional support. Offer your advice and let him know that you are there for him, unconditionally. READ More on Bonding With Your Kids Through Arts And Crafts

When it comes to parenting, most moms have a sort of sixth sense. From the ver beginning with the birth of a child, or sometimes before, an immediate instinct; a signal if you will, instantly hones in on the baby’s every need. While there are some who do not have the ability to take on the role of parent; the majority however, do. The confidence to follow your own parenting instincts is an inherent trait, and one which we will explore in this article. READ More on Building Confidence To Follow Your Own Parenting Instincts

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Disipline is becoming a very controversial topic, especially with proposals in some states making spanking illegal and equating it to child abuse. Thats a whole debate for a seperate article. This article will explore alternatives to this type of discipline, alternatives that have worked very well for my family. Parenting effectively can be one of the hardest task any person can undertake, and yet many parents are quite oblivious when it comes to how to go about instilling discipline into their children. There are a vast amount of toddler discipline approaches which abound in our modern times, and many contain very helpful and important information. It is important to approach your particular child as a unique individual while at the same time laying the ground rules of who is actually “in charge” in the home. Children learn at a very young age how to manipulate and control their parents in order to get their way in a situation. Therefore, taking care of toddler discipline while the child is still quite young is a very important step to a child’s future life and well-being.READ More on Discipline And Your Toddler

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Author to speak locally on parenting book – Bryan College Station Eagle

4 Feb 2007 at 9:56am

Author to speak locally on parenting book
Bryan College Station Eagle, TX – 2 hours ago
Jim Taylor, author of Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child, will speak at St. Michael's Academy at 7 pm Thursday in the school's ….

Parenting programs are offered at schools (The Beacon News)

4 Feb 2007 at 5:34am

AURORA — Though encouraged by the city's decrease in homicides to four in 2006, the Revs. Dan Haas and David Engbarth — founders of the Prayer Coalition for Reconciliation — believe the community's dedication to snuffing out violence has only just begun.

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With Valentines day just around the corner, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipe ideas that are sure to delight your family and that special someone in your life.

Heart Cookies – fun to make for the kids!


1 cup butter
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar


In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla and mix well. Mix in the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Mix until smooth. Divide dough into three equal pieces.

Work with one dough piece at a time. Roll out on a lightly floured surface. Using cookie cutters cut out two equal sized heart shapes for each cookie. Then using a smaller heart shaped cookie cutter cut out another heart in the center of one of the heart shaped cookies. Spread the solid heart cookie with a little strawberry jam/jelly and place on cookie sheet, top with the second cookie (the one with the heart-shaped center cut out). The center of each cookie will reveal a red jelly heart.

Repeat process until all dough is used. Bake cookies at 350F for approximately 8 minutes or until golden and baked through. READ More on Valentine Recipe Ideas – Heart Cookies, Valentine Pancakes and more

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Whether you have a young child or not, kids sometimes need is a little encouragement and positive reinforcement to ensure they are on their best behavior. Using a rewards system for good behavior is a controversial subject. While some proponents believe it can be a good thing; others think it can be overused, thus having no affect at all. Here are a few positive reinforcement ideas for kids. If used properly and in moderation, can help you tame an unruly child. READ More on Parenting And Using Rewards For Good Behavior

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Kids and their petsChildren and Pets
You have probably heard the old saying, “A man’s best friend is his dog.” Well, not only does this hold true for man, but for a family as well. Let’s look at how having a pet can benefit your family and some tips on choosing the right one..

Do you remember when you were a child, and your parents took you to the local pound and you picked out your first pet. Or when your mom and dad brought home a little puppy dog? How did you feel? Exhilarated; excited, and when the dog licked your face and stuck out his paw; he touched your heart, didn’t he? This is no less true for families today. True, having a pet may start out as a gift for the kids who have been nagging you for months. But the truth is the pet is welcome by you and your spouse as well.READ More on Benefits Of Pets And Tips For Picking The Right One

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