Kids reading a magazine

Teach a child to read at an early age and he or she have a friend for life. Encouraging your child to read the best magazines for kids provides an alternative for computer games and TV. Time spent reading proves more enriching and rewarding.

A kids magazine will make a great gift for a birthday or for the Holiday Season. Here is our list of what we feel are some of the best magazines for children:

#1 Highlights – Ages 6-12

The folks at Highlights pledge "uncompromising excellence". For over 65 years, Highlights magazines have delivered Fun with a Purpose ™. Every issue contains 40 pages of: interactive entertainment, hands-on craft ideas, science and nature articles, stories, puzzles and games.

What's Different: Pediatricians and pediatric dentists, avid supporters of the magazine's platform, commonly make it available for their little patrons in the waiting rooms.

Our View: Here at More4Kids, we praise this classic magazine for providing abundant reading material instead of stuffing it with pictures, like the majority of children's magazines. Color pictures are included, but words arouse curiosity and ignite imagination.

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#2 American Girl – Ages 8-12

Originally launched in December 1992, American Girl has become the premier provider for promoting self-empowerment of tweens.

No stick-like models or boy celebrity crushes, just creativity boosters, girl-friendly recipes, contests, age-appropriate hairstyles, along with art and stories submitted by readers.

What's Different: American Girl signifies a wholesome lifestyle. Articles foster dealing with real life lessons like toxic friends, school bullies and more.

Our View: In decades past, kids learned values via "every story has a moral". We appreciate American Girl's non-preachy attitude in reviving moral stories.

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Elayna of G.A.B Girls

by Angie Shiflett

When we think of heroes and inspirational stories, we most often envision police officers, military personnel, firefighters, and even imaginary characters that possess superhuman powers and are often broadcasted on television through series and movies. The truth of the matter is all of these qualify as heroes, in the traditional sense. Based on what we know about heroes, we know and understand that they come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. We here at More4kids.info pay tribute to all of the men and women that are considered to be heroes and have inspirational stories; however, for the purpose and intent of this guide, we would like to honor our younger heroes with inspirational stories. Here, you will find 10 kid heroes that More4kids absolutely loves! We encourage you to share this guide with your family and friends as the holiday season approaches. Not only will these stories touch hearts and make a lasting impact on those that read them, they will also honor those children that are featured! After reading our first five kid heros, check out our next 5 in part II of Inspirational Kids.

Elayna Hasty

More4kids absolutely loves Elayna Hasty, who is known as a strong anti-bullying advocate and strives to assist others by sharing her personal experiences in various public speaking venues as a part of the non-profit organization that she founded, “Girls Against Bullying” Girls Workshop, often called “G.A.B Girls”. She developed the idea for the organization when she was just 9 years old, after personally experiencing severe bouts of bullying and watching other students in her school being subjected to bullying. The bullying surrounding her was so detrimental to those impacted that one of her friends left school and was homeschooled. It was, at this point in her life, that she knew it was time to take a stand against bullying and rally up the troops to make a difference in the world, and, that she did!

Since the year of 2010, Elayna Hasty has put in thousands of hours in community service. She works diligently to reach as many students as possible throughout the country. Her motto, “Encourage, Lead, and Empower”, has made a tremendous difference in the lives of those that she has touched. Elayna works to teach girls of all ages that they should be compassionate towards others, as well as themselves. She teaches the importance of having strong self-esteem, being a leader, and taking a stand against the ever-popular “Mean Girl Syndrome”. She teaches students to develop the courage it takes to make a positive mark in the world and overcome bullying. For more information about Elayna Hasty and her amazing work as an inspirational hero, visit the following pages:

GAB Girls Website:

http://gabgirls.wix.com/gabgirls

G.A.B Girls Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Girls.Against.Bullying.Girls/timeline

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Hillary_Clinton

Because of the importance the presidency has on families, you need to take the time to look at each of the individual candidate. No matter if you believe Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or even Ben Carson you need to know where these individuals stand on the issues. After all, if you vote for someone based on a single ideology, you have the potential to put someone in office that goes against families and their values.

In this case, we’ll take a look at Hillary Clinton and her stance on families, children, and other issues that will impact your home. All based on her previous voting history.

We’ll begin with things that have impacted families in general.

  • Was chairman on the Children’s Defense Fund. (10/07)
  • Helped to grow Arkansas Children’s hospital into a top 10 hospital. (9/07)
  • Believes new parents should be taught to promote healthy child development. (9/07)
  • Believes that child spacing and family planning is a human right. (12/06)
  • Stood behind a bill to ban children from renting violent video games. (12/05)
  • Voted to ban lead in children’s toys. (11/05)
  • All children, even those on welfare, should remain with their parents. (11/03)
  • Physicians should use caution when prescribing psychiatric drugs to children. (3/2000)
  • Parents should remain active in their child’s lives. (1/2000)
  • Pushed for early warning hotlines to help with suicidal and homicidal students. (7/99)
  • Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (8/98)

Hillary Clinton appears to have her focus on the best interest of children and families.

Hillary Clinton also had a stance on education. The following reflects her stance on this topic.

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stop bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States. This is a special campaign that was officially founded in the year of 2006 by the organization known as “PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center”. This campaign is held in the month of October. Its intent and purpose is to educate and increase awareness about all types of bullying in an effort to encourage individuals to avoid engaging in the practice. Traditionally, this campaign was celebrated only in the first week of the Month of October; however, in the year of 2010, it was expanded for the entire month. Since that time, numerous activities, educational events, and various forms of awareness take place throughout the entire Month of October in celebration of National Bullying Prevention Month.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Results in Devastation

Throughout history, the traditional view of bullying was that it was a “rite of passage” in childhood. Many people believe that bullying makes a child stronger, mentally. Many of these same adults grew up quoting the ever-popular phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but, words will never hurt me.” The reality is, it has been found that words DO hurt. In fact, bullying is a highly devastating condition. Many students will avoid social events, lose a desire in attending school, experience low levels of self-esteem, suffer from high levels of anxiety, and experience depression. Many kids have suffered so immensely from bullying and cyberbullying that they have either attempted suicide or have taken their lives. Bullying – regardless of form – is not socially acceptable. That is what National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States is all about –teaching people that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and educating people on how to help themselves and others if bullying is a problem.

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Making a Difference - Volunteer

Encourage Your Kids to Celebrate “Make a Difference Day” Today, Tomorrow, and the Whole Year Through!

Each year, on October 24th, millions of people gather to celebrate “Make a Difference Day” across the nation. The common mission of the volunteers of this day is to assist in improving the lives of those in their communities and other areas. Many contribute to charity, while others help individuals and organizations in their communities. While October 24th is considered to be the absolute largest national-based day associated with community service, as parents, we should encourage our children to celebrate “Make a Difference Day” today, tomorrow, and the whole year through! In this guide, you will be provided with information on how kids may make a positive impact on their communities and the world, as a whole.

Create Blessing Bags for the Homeless

Homelessness in the United States is quickly growing into a very challenging issue. According to statistics, well over 3.5 million people suffer from homelessness each and every single year. 35% of all the people that are homeless are families that have children. 23% of the homeless are those that are military veterans. 25% of the homeless are kids that are under the age of 18. 30% of the homeless are those that have become homeless as a result of being a victim of domestic violence. 25% of all the homeless have mental illnesses. Nearly all of the homeless suffer from some type of illness that directly relates to their lack of shelter, lack of clean water, and lack of food. If you want your children to make a difference in the world, you should start by encouraging them to make blessing bags for the homeless.

Blessing bags are simple to create. The products placed in such a bag are designed to address immediate needs. Basic supplies that will aid in providing the homeless person with hydration, nutrition, warmth, and toiletries are typically provided in the blessing bags. In most instances, a blessing bag may be created by using a large zipper-sealed see-through Ziploc bag; however, you may also place the items in other types of containers. Once the blessing bags are made, you should either place them in your vehicle, or, take a few with you when you go on an outing. Once a homeless person is spotted, you and/or your child may provide the blessing bag to the homeless. The following outlines a list of supplies that may be included in a blessing bag:

  • Bottle of Water
  • Bag of Quarters for Laundry and/or Water
  • Hand Warmers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby Wipes
  • Band-Aids
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Wash Clothes
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouth Wash
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Comb and/or Brush
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Energy Bars

Help the Elderly and Disabled

The next method that may be used to celebrate “Make a Difference Day” today, tomorrow, and all throughout the year is to encourage children to help the elderly and disabled in their neighborhood and/or community. Many older people and people with physical and mental disabilities live alone in the United States. While many may have children, relatives, and friends that are free to help them, there are millions that are alone. These individuals often need help in shopping, collecting mail, cleaning their homes, lawn care, and taking care of their personal needs. While children are not able to help in many of the tasks, there are several that they may be suited for that will make the older person’s or disabled person’s life much better. Examples include doing laundry, washing dishes, feeding and bathing pets, mowing the grass, and helping in preparing weekly meals. By helping an elderly or disabled person, your child has the opportunity to truly change their life.

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Halloween Baking

Halloween is more than costumes and candy. It brings opportunities to bake and bond with your kids. Cooking provides teachable moments, like measuring ingredients and answering questions, such as "why is butter yellow" and "how can I tell when cupcakes are done".

Even preschoolers can stir things and put cupcake liners in the baking pan!

Here are fun Halloween recipes:

Spiders on Orange Cupcakes

Nothing creeps out adults quite like spiders. Little boys think they are hilarious and girls will just giggle.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ – Cup cake flour
  • 1 – Cup sugar
  • 2 ½ – Teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ – Teaspoon salt
  • 2 – Eggs – separate and beat whites to stiff texture
  • ½ – Cup orange juice
  • 1 – Stick butter – soften
  • 1 – Teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Cream sugar, vanilla, egg yolks and butter in mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.

Add 1/3 dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Next pour in about 1/3 of the orange juice. Repeat sequence until all dry ingredients and orange juice are mixed thoroughly with creamed ingredients.

Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour batter into paper-lined muffin pan, filling about ½ full. Bake about 15 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 – Tablespoon butter
  • 1 – Cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ – Tablespoon milk
  • ½ – Teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Place butter in glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Add 1½ tablespoons milk and stir in balance of ingredients. If necessary add more milk to form glaze consistency.

Drizzle over cooled cupcakes to form a spider web pattern.

Spiders:

Black jelly beans, black string licorice (cut in 2" strips).

Use a black jelly bean for the spider's body. Poke 4 holes on each side of cupcakes with skewer. Fashion legs from licorice and stick in holes.

Tip: Gummy spiders make good alternative.

Spider Cupcakes

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Ellen Show

Every year the Ellen show an episode called Last Minute Costumes. The kids and I love watching it when it comes out and it gives is some fun ideas. Here are some of the shows from 2010 to 2014. What will your kids be this year? Maybe this will give you some ideas.

2010
This episode was totally adorable as kids show off their costumes to Ellen. Some of the costumes include Tyler dressed up as a bed bug, another Tyler, 7 year old playing a miner from Chilis. Isabella was a little political this year and dressed up as the 'Tea Party'. Ellen brings out 7 year old Sara and gives her an iron, turning her from a Chef into the Iron Chef lol.

2011
A group of adorable kids dropped by to collect some candy, and Ellen couldn't resist helping them with their costumes. If you've seen a hilarious Halloween costume, send it to us right here! My Favorite is Money Balls where in the end they roll this little boy away!!

Ellen did a second episode on Oct 31st which was totally adorable. This is a must watch :)
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