Archives for October 2015

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #43

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Welcome to Week 43 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. The foliage is slowly turning in my part of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves turn and the beautiful colors when fall puts on a show in the next few weeks. We’re starting or Lets Give Thanks  theme this week. We’re looking for fall and Thanksgiving posts, crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. 

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Fill Your Children’s Self Esteem Bucket

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As parents we are responsible for our children’s self-esteem. We have the ability to make or break our children.  I grow up in an alcoholic home.  Unfortunately, I remember being called names and hearing my mother call my dad names.  Furthermore, I remember those times like yesterday.  The memories and scars never leave. In most homes families look forward to weekends.  In my home they were dreaded. The hell raising started on Thursdays so there would be an excuse for drinking the remainder of the weekend. I vowed that I would never subject my children to this kind of behavior and I didn’t.

Fortunately, I took my responsibility as a parent seriously.  Because I was a single parent, it was doubly important that I ensure my child was well taken care of.  I made sure she had a high sense of self worth.  I worked hard to instill the following characteristics:

 Confidence – First, instill confidence in your children.  Also, help them believe in themselves and their abilities.  And make sure they know they can count on you for whatever goes right or wrong.  Demonstrating a positive attitude is a must too.

Compliments – Well done, you look pretty, handsome, great job, and I’m proud of you are great compliments.  Children should be praised often.  It will stay with them.

Unconditional Love –  Next, let your children know that you love them even when they make mistakes. It’s important that they know your love for them is unconditional.  As a result, they will always be safe.

Encouragement –  Always encourage your children to work through fear.  Always let them know that it’s okay when they fail.  And encourage them to try again.  Be their biggest fan and cheerleader.

Responsibility – Giving children chores and holding them accountable will help with their confidence.

Respect  –  Furthermore, teaching your children about respect is imperative.  Having a high opinion of one’s self will help children have esteem for others.

Finally, fill your children’s self esteem bucket regularly.  It will help define who they are as an adult; therefore, it will become a driving force in their success.  Communicate, compliment and praise often. Success and failure is a normal part of life, and children need to know that both will be experienced throughout their life.  Although they may get down at times, striving for healthy self-esteem should be the goal for all of our children.  So, what can you add to the self-esteem bucket?

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #42

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Welcome to Week 42 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. The foliage is slowly turning in my part of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves turn and the beautiful colors when fall puts on a show in the next few weeks. We’re still enjoying our Spooktacular theme this week. We’re looking for fall and Halloween posts, crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share on the season.

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Why Grandparents Raise Grandchildren

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The number of children in the United States being raised by their grandparents is astounding. The number has reached over 5 million or 7.7 percent of all children in the United States. It has been stated that the more children you have the greater your chances will be that you will be taking care of your grandchild at some time or another. The top reasons why grandparents raise grandchildren are: 

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5 Ways To Reuse Gift Bags

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Did you know that you can reuse gift bags from birthday, Christmas, baby showers and any other occasion. I replaced my wrapping paper with gift bags years ago. Check out my 8 Reasons to Use Gift Bags post. They’re easy to use, colorful, and come in a variety of sizes. I purchase mine from the Dollar Store, so we can throw in expensive too. 

I have saved tons of gift bags for reuse.  Here’s 5 ways that you can reuse your gift bags too:

1.  Reuse the bag for another gift giving occasion. 

2.  Donate to churches or other organizations that give gifts for Christmas or other occasions. 

3.  Use as a decorative piece for canning jars. The jars can be filled with Christmas candy, party mix etc. Just cut out a piece of the bag in the shape of the center of the top and glue down. Adds a nice decorative touch to the jar.  

4.  Use as gift tags. 

5.  Use to decorate scrapbook pages.

Try a few of our tips or come up with your own uses.  Ask family and friends to start saving gift bags for you. Having a few gift bags around for emergency gifting or when you’ve running short on time can be a life saver too.

Sunday’s Best Linkup #41

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Welcome to Week 41 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. Things have dried up and the sun is shining in my part of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves turn and the beautiful color fall put on a show. We’re still enjoying our Spooktacular theme this week. We’re looking for fall and Halloween posts, crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share on the season.

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Moscow Ballet Performs The Nutcracker

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I love the ballet. I’ve big a fan since my daughter starting dancing 25 years ago, and I am excited to share that the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to town!  The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker s coming to Baltimore Dec. 18-19! My Readers Can Save on Tickets Now with this exclusive offer from US Family Guide.  The Nutcracker is one of my favorite ballets, and we have a special offer for our readers for the ultimate holiday tradition.  The Nutcracker is the perfect holiday family outing. Right now you can receive the Deepest Discount of the Season (up to $30 OFF!) with this exclusive PROMO CODE for US Family Guide Readers: CODE: JOY  CLICK HERE for ShowTimes and Ticket Information. Order your family’s tickets today and fell free to share this exclusive savings with your friends.
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Disney’s – The Good Dinosaur

 

A TRIO OF T-REXES — An Apatosaurus named Arlo must face his fears—and three impressive T-Rexes—in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Featuring the voices of AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott as the T-Rexes, “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 25, 2015. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

A TRIO OF T-REXES — An Apatosaurus named Arlo must face his fears—and three impressive T-Rexes—in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Featuring the voices of AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott as the T-Rexes, “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 25, 2015. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Young children will be able to relate to Arlo.  Arlo has been afraid of everything since he was born.  He has two siblings, Libby and Buck.  He was the runt of the three.  Libby and Buck are successful on the farm, but Arlo’s timid nature causes him to have trouble adjusting to farm life.

Henry, Arlo’s father, tries to build up Arlo’s courage and gives him a task to help boost his confidence and self-esteem.  He puts him in charge of guarding their silo.  He helps Arlo set a trap.  It catches a cave boy, but Arlo doesn’t have the heart to kill him. Instead he sets him free.  Henry is disappointed in Arlo.  He decides to take Arlo with him to catch the cave boy.

During their journey, Arlo and Henry get caught in a flash flood.  Henry saves his son, but he is swept away and dies.  After his father dies, Arlo finds alone.  He becomes more responsible on the family farm.  One day he spots the cave boy in the silo.  He chases the cave boy, and they both fall into the river.  This time Arlo is swept far away from his home.  He must find the courage to face his fears and find his way home.

Save the date and head out to see the Good Dinosaur.  Until than enjoy the Good Dinosaur activity pack. Print, color and enjoy. Print the activity sheets here.

 

 

 

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Good Dinosaur coloring pages

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #40

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Welcome to Week 40 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best LinkupThanks to  Hurricane Joaquin, we’re getting lots of rain in my part of the world. It’s been raining for a week. I’m looking forward to sunshine and the beautiful colors of fall. We’re still enjoying our Spooktacular theme this week. We’re looking for fall and Halloween posts, fall crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share on the season.

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18 Colorful Fall Nature Hunt Ideas

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Fall has arrived, and it’s a perfect time to go on a nature hunt with the children.  It’s an exciting time of year. Leaves will be changing colors, pumpkin patches will come to life, and corn field maizes will appear. Children will be excited about Halloween and picking out their customs for the year.  Lets not forget about football season, tailgating and delicious recipes for parties and family gatherings.  

What’s even better, it’s still warm enough for the children to go outside and play.  A fall nature hunt is a great way for you and them to get exercise and explore nature. Plan a day of hiking, walking the neighborhood or spending the day at your favorite park is the perfect place to play a nature hunt game.  It can be a great opportunity for the children to ask questions and learn about nature. 

If you decide to visit the park pack a lunch filled with our fall snack items ideas.  You can enjoy each other’s company after the nature hunt.  Talk about a funny moment that you encountered during your walk.  You can also take pictures of the kids hunting for items or other scenic items that you find along the way.

While your walking and taking pictures look for the items on the Nature Hunt list. We’ve added different color leaves, pumpkins, a stick, acorn, pinecone and more.  They’re all  easy to find and common in all most areas across the country.  If you need materials for a fall craft project, this would a great time for you to gather items as you walk along too.  This can include fall leaves of various colors, acorns, pinecones and more.

 

Fall Nature Hunt Game
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Feel free to print on cardstock, and enjoy.  Download the Fall Nature Hunt Printable here.  You may also like:
 
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Game