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It’s Friday Humor Time!! – Most embarrassing things kids say about stranger

Today’s blog – Top 9 Most Embarrassing Things My Kid Has Said About a Stranger Who’s Standing About Four Inches Away From Us from nickmom.com!


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#9 ”WHO IS THAT LADY?”
#8 ”Did you hear that lady fart?”
#7 ”WAIT, IS THAT A LADY OR A MAN?”
#6 ”Why is the principal so fat?”
#5 ”WHY DOES THAT LADY HAVE HAIR ON HER LIP?”
#4 ”Why does that lady have butter all over her teeth?”
#3 ”When will the priest stop talking?”
#2″THAT LADY IS REALLY, REALLY OLD, RIGHT?”
#1 ”That man walking his dogs is a stranger, right, Mom? If he asks me to look at puppies, I will say NO!”

Cortsey: Nickmom.com

Best Deal of the Week

Back after the Diwali break, best deal of this week – if you are still looking for Halloween Costumes – don’t miss out on these deals:

1. 50% off on Koala Kids Halloween Costumes from Babies R Us
2. 35% off on all halloween costumes and accessories from Toys R Us

and more,

Check the deals HERE:

Some of our other deals are still valid -

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Free stuff for kids in October

If you live in Southern California and planning your October weekends, don’t forget to take advantage of this:

San Diego restaurants, museums and parks offer freebies for children

By: Nina Garin

Birch Aquarium, La Jolla.

Birch Aquarium, La Jolla. UCSD

Thanks to the San Diego Museum Council, the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Time Warner, kids will be admitted free at major museums, hotels and amusement parks throughout October.

Kids Free San Diego is a program that offers deals at restaurants, local attractions and even surf lessons. Happening at the same time is Kids Free in October, which offers free admission for children 12 and younger to most local museums.

Here’s a look at the top five deals starting Oct. 1 and running through Oct. 31.

Kids Free San Diego/Kids Free October

When: Oct. 1-31

Where: Various locations throughout San Diego

Online: sandiego.org and sandiegomuseumcouncil.org

AMUSEMENT PARKS

Legoland California and SeaWorld San Diego offer a free child ticket with a paid adult ticket. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have no limit on the number of free kids (age 11 and younger) they’ll let in per paid adult.

MUSEUMS

Two children ages 12 and under get in free to most San Diego museums with the paid admission of an accompanying adult. Some popular spots include the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (galleries only), the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Oceanside Museum of Art.

You must present a coupon that can be printed free fromsandiegomuseumcouncil.org.

RESTAURANTS

Have a Mexican feast at Casa Guadalajara in Old Town since kids can eat free from the children’s menu with the purchase of an adult entree. Same for the Cosmopolitan Restaurant, Dick’s Last Resort and various other spots. See sandiego.org for details.

Many hotel restaurants, including the Hotel del Coronado, are also offering free kids’ meals with adult purchase.

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Amtrak’s subsidized Pacific Surfliner makes its way past Torrey Pines State Beach. [U-T file] — Sean M. Haffey

ADVENTURES

Thinking of taking a train trip? On Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, there will be free rides for kids with paid adult fare, but you need to make reservations at least three days before you travel. Kids can also go sailing, take a Hornblower tour and explore Suzie’s Farm with a paying adult.

Museum Mash-Up Kick-Off Party

Celebrate the start of this free-centric month with a free party. The Museum Mash-Up will have hands-on museum activities, community performances, live music and more from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event takes place at Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Celebration Hall, 404 Euclid Ave., Lincoln Park. See here for additional details.

Read the original story HERE.

Values – How to pass them on and when?

A few days ago, when my older one was a little sick and had to stay back home from school – one fine morning, she woke up and first thing she told me was “Mom can you pray to god to get me better soon so I can go back to school” – This one came as the biggest surprise to me! We don’t do any daily rituals, nor any big ceremony on special occasion – don’t go to temple that regularly either – Having said that we do believe in the superior power, I believe the GOD or the superior power is within and as long as you have faith you don’t have to do the rituals!! This is just me, my family strongly believes in rituals – me I am nor for or against that!! I do believe that some of those rituals are strongly tied to our culture and are a good way to keep the kids in contact with our heritage but I probably don’t practice it!!! – Anyways going back to this little conversation I had with my older one – I did get surprise by her faith and belief in GOD -we have never had any discussion about the faith or any daily rituals strengthening the fact…And then I remembered, the first ever illness of my little one – nothing serious just a simple viral infection with lots of viral rash…. And I remembered how extremely uncomfortable she was and how that made my older one feel extremely sad!! At that point I told my older one “Don’t get upset, just pray to GOD to make her feel better and everything will be alright”…. I guess there that is where I introduced my older one to my belief and my faith in GOD – ever since I was a little kid or my brother was a little boy we always knew when we get sick we pray to GOD to get better… no complains just a request to feel better and how automatically those values are transferred over by practice to our kids!!

So “values” you probably can teach them to your kids, you can have a talk but I guess the best way to get them transferred is to practice them – this way you are not making it boring like a talk or a lesson but you are making it an automatic process! Kids observe and remember, if you ask them not to shout but you keep on shouting at them and people they are not going to learn what you taught them – they are going to learn what they witnessed! The same way if you are teaching them to stand up for their rights but are not practicing it they are not going to be learning to stand up for their rights but will learn what they witnessed!! That is why drama free parents have drama free kids!!

Values!!

Just practice your values to teach them to kids!! No Lessons required!

Just one thing to keep in mind, make sure you talk to your kids about the value that you are practicing and why you are practicing them – that way they will be able to relate to those and practice them their selves! Not always their values are going to match with your values, as they grow up and get introduced to more people they might find some other values more appealing and practice those, but if you have always talked to them about your faith and beliefs they will feel more comfortable talking about theirs even if they don’t match!!

For the parents like us, who were raised in a completely different environment in a different continent  - the value difference with kids is bound to happen but at this point keep an open mind about their values, may be you will end up finding a new “Value” to believe in!!

Having said that, don’t forget to practice the basic values in your daily life to make sure your kids practice them too – tell the truth, think about others feelings, try to help out and be affectionate to the people in pain, don’t be afraid of a challenge – take a leap of faith, whining does not solve problems – actions do, share, forgive and forget!!! These values build foundation of who you are and how you will be treated in life… so if you see any of those values missing in your kid – take a look at your self and make sure you are practicing them before asking your kid to do so!! And remember the values that they learn this way will be very strong and will be very hard to replace!! This way it is always the right time and age to teach the values to your kids, it is today – it was yesterday and for sure it is tomorrow too!!

 

 

Milestones!! – Do you celebrate each of them with your kids??

Today, one of the biggest milestone in our Toysshare journey, we have crossed 100 users nationwide!! While thinking about how to celebrate this milestone, I couldn’t help but compare it with the milestone that our kids achieve, how we wait for each and every single one and how as soon as one is achieved we move on and wait for the next one!! In this hurry of moving on trying to achieve the next milestone, are we forgetting the simple pleasures of celebrating this each individual milestones?

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Milestones – Reason to Celebrate!

As soon as the kids are born we start looking forward to the milestones, turning, crawling, walking, first words, solids, pre schools, kindergarten and so on… the list goes on – But today let us take a moment and think back do you remember the day your kid crawled for the first time or turned for the first time or walked for the first time? If you do let us cherish it one more time, and think how happy or excited you were to see that, do you feel the same excitement when they achieve another milestone now? Does the value of milestone decrease as the kids are growing up? Or do we as parents start taking it for granted?

For me – I distinctly remember the day when my older one started walking, but I don’t think I can say the same for my little one – Did I started taking the milestone for granted?? Or may be I am getting lost in between 2 kids and keeping track of each of their achievements? Should I put some efforts and make sure that I am appreciating each of this milestones the way I am supposed to… Or I just want my little one to grow up too fast and am ignoring the milestones she is achieving and just am in denial that she is growing up? Should I have felt the same way after my older daughter’s first ballet recital how I felt when she took her first steps? Shouldn’t I be as excited for her first full lap swimming as I was when she started on her tricycle? Is it just me or all parents go through this? Where the excitement decreases as the milestones increase? Or is it that you were equally involved in their earlier milestones and now that they are capable of achieving their milestones with less involvement from us may be it does not mean as much to us as it means to them!?

But whatever it is, from now on I am going to make a positive effort on appreciating and celebrating each of their milestones with them with all my hear – I think that is the best practice to teach them the small and simple joy at every corner of their life! And in turn teaching them the “Happy Living”!!

Would you like to join me in doing the same? Or are you already doing it? Please share your thoughts! – And if you are reading this and are not yet a Toysshare member, please join – it is a start of something new and you will be glad you are a part of it from early on!

Do you talk about your day with your kids?

My dining table is our sharing place, we try to eat breakfast and dinner at the table all together as much as possible! It is a great way to start or end our day, of course my little one hates sitting by her self and can not sit at the table through any meal but we still try :)!

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Dinning table – our sharing place!

It is a fun place to get the kid excited about their day, talk about what is happening in your day share their little joys and worries about their day…. and at the same time at the end of the day, it gives us the chance to talk about how their day went! What are they doing at school, who are their new friends and what is the activity that they are doing currently…. And it also give you a chance to talk about your day with them share your struggles and your joys with them – and tell them how happy were you when you struggled with something and then resolved it right… While I was growing up my parents made sure that we ate dinner at the dining table every day and talked about our day, they always kept me involved on what was happening in their life, their little and big struggles and also asked for our opinion – no matter how young we were! As I was growing up that gave me the strength and confidence that I can deal with real life problems – as I have seen them dealing with all the issues up close and have been a part of their journey through out! I would like my kids to have the same confidence as they are growing up – it is tough, sometimes I do question are we doing it right or not, but then the time spent with them during breakfast and dinner keeps me involved with them!

My older one has been a great witness of my startup journey, as I make schedules and put dates on items and then get them done and move forward… she has seen all of it, Not sure how much she understands out of it, but as she grows up I am sure she will be able to relate to it all…. My little one is too little to understand it all but I know she looks forward to the dinner and breakfast time, the time she gets to spend with all of us… after a while she gets out of her chair, goes behind her big sister’s chair and plays peek-a boo – it has become her routine now, and for her that is the way she shares how happy she is that she got to spend this time with every one of us!

And what I have learned during this time is – it is okay to get your kids involved in your struggles and how you are dealing with them as long as you can keep the drama out of it, and can show them how much fun it is at the end when every thing is resolved and done! By doing this you are automatically teaching them to talk about their issues and worries with you no matter how old they are – I remember even when I was a teenager my mom and dad were my closest friends and I used to be able to share everything with them! I think I learned that for them as they were able to talk about every thing with me – just keeping it age appropriate and non-drama!

Do you agree? Or you have a different point of view share your thoughts with us in our comments section!

Today’s blogpick – 27 School Lunch Tips That Will Keep You Sane

Today a blogpick – 27 School Lunch Tips That Will Keep You Sane, one that I found extremely useful…

From: buzzfeed.com 
By: Rachel Sanders

Make a big batch of PB&J sandwiches in advance and freeze them.

Make a big batch of PB&J sandwiches in advance and freeze them.

A great idea from Money-Saving Mom: These will keep just fine for about 4-6 weeks. Just take one out of the freezer in the morning, pack it, and it will be thawed and ready to go by lunch time.

2. You can also freeze individual portions of rice or pasta and reheat them before you pack lunch.

You can also freeze individual portions of rice or pasta and reheat them before you pack lunch.

Get the full instructions at Momables.

3. Put a rubber band around a sliced apple to keep it from turning brown.

Put a rubber band around a sliced apple to keep it from turning brown.

Alternatively: Don’t slice the apple. But this trick is pretty neat!

4. Freeze drinks the night before and they’ll double as ice packs.

Freeze drinks the night before and they'll double as ice packs.

The rest of the lunch will stay nice and cool, and the drink should thaw by lunch time.

5. You can also freeze a clean, wet sponge to use as an icepack.

You can also freeze a clean, wet sponge to use as an icepack.

When it defrosts, it’ll come in very handy for cleanup. Instructions here.

6. Have your kids pack their own lunches.

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You can stick a note to the fridge to remind your kids what should go in their lunch every day, and maybe lend a hand with trickier parts (like sandwich-making). But it’s easy to have them do their own assembly before bedtime every night. You’ll save time, and they won’t be able to complain about what’s in their lunchbox, because they put it there!

7. Make a snack station for your kids to choose from.

You can keep dry goods on the counter and perishables in the fridge. This tip from Real Simple saves time, helps eliminates the same-thing-every-day problem, and gives your kids some (but not TOO many) options to choose from.

8. Fill up reusable food pouches with homemade smoothies.

Try some of these easy smoothie recipes or just mix up whatever fruit, yogurt and juice you have around. Fill up a bunch at once and fridge or freeze until you’re ready to use.

9. Hard-boil a bunch of eggs at the beginning of the week.

Hard-boil a bunch of eggs at the beginning of the week.

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They’re an easy, prep-free way to add protein to your kid’s lunch, and will keep fine in the fridge. Pack with a little container of salt and pepper for dipping.

10. Make lunches at night, not in the morning.

Make lunches at night, not in the morning.

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It’s gotta get done one way or the other, but you’re a lot less likely to be frazzled (and thus pack a better, healthier lunch) when you’re not rushing to get out the door. You can also kill two birds by packing up leftovers from dinner.

11. Heat up soup or pasta in the morning and pack it in a thermos to stay warm.

Heat up soup or pasta in the morning and pack it in a thermos to stay warm.

No waiting in line to microwave it later. Just keep in mind that you may want to preheat the thermos and heat the food hotter than you normally would so that it stays warm until lunch time. Here are some helpful tips.

12. Mix homemade food with pre-packaged snacks.

Forget feeling guilty that you didn’t grind your own peanut butter and bake your own homemade pretzels, okay? That’s not a chill sitch, and there are plenty of individually packaged snacks you can buy that are perfectly healthy. Here are a few good suggestions.

13. Organize snacks for each day ahead of time.

Organize snacks for each day ahead of time.

You can buy divided plastic trays for a few bucks and set up snack stations in the fridge, with some variations day-to-day, at the beginning of the week. Then just grab and pack (with a sandwich) each morning. Get more info here.

14. Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes (and get rid of crusts).

Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes (and get rid of crusts).

Before you start with the “ain’t nobody got time for that,” let’s be clear: This takes literally five seconds. And it will drastically increase the odds of your kid actually EATING the sandwich you pack.

15. Cookie cutters are also a great way to jazz up fruit or cheese.

FACT: Food shaped like tiny hearts is considered 250% more delicious by children.

16. A lunch box with divided compartments cuts down on packaging and helps you remember all the components.

A lunch box with divided compartments cuts down on packaging and helps you remember all the components.

This one, shown over at Dinner: A Love Story, is called the PlanetBox.

17. On birthdays and holidays, wrap each part of the lunch in gift wrap.

On birthdays and holidays, wrap each part of the lunch in gift wrap.

This obviously isn’t going to happen every day, but it’s well worth doing a few times a year.

18. Make your own healthier Lunchables.

Make your own healthier Lunchables.

Are your kids furious that you won’t send them to school with Lunchables, aka pretty much the worst thing you could possibly feed them? Address the terrible injustice by packing up cute divided tupperware with real versions of all the same foods (plus some actual fruit or veggies, for good measure).

Check out how this homemade DIY pizza lunch stacks up to the storebought versionhere.

19. Most kids love peanut butter, so just send them to school with a bunch of different things to dip in it.

Most kids love peanut butter, so just send them to school with a bunch of different things to dip in it.

Here are some good ideas for what to include. You can pack everything up individually or use a handy divided container.

20. Same goes for hummus. EVERYTHING is better with hummus.

Same goes for hummus. EVERYTHING is better with hummus.

Tips for how to make this tray here.

21. Use up leftovers from breakfast.

Use up leftovers from breakfast.

Most kids will be pretty thrilled to have pancakes for lunch, so don’t throw those extras out. Get more smart ideas here.

22. Give food cute faces with stickers.

Give food cute faces with stickers.

A great trick for people who don’t have hours to spend on an elaborate bento box. Just wrap tightly in plastic wrap and stick ‘em on.

23. Always slice diagonally.

27 School Lunch Tips That Will Keep You Sane

Science says. Don’t question it.

24. If your kids aren’t into sandwiches, try skewers.

If your kids aren't into sandwiches, try skewers.

Get some easy ideas here. Who doesn’t love food on a stick?

25. You can use tortillas for almost anything — from quesadilla pinwheels to DIY mini pizzas.

You can use tortillas for almost anything — from quesadilla pinwheels to DIY mini pizzas.

Lots of good suggestions here.

26. If you want to add a cute note but don’t have time to draw something, use free printables.

If you want to add a cute note but don't have time to draw something, use free printables.

Listen, we can’t all be this guy. Print a bunch of cute notes or jokes and have a stack on hand to throw in. Here are lots of options.

27. Print out this list of ideas and keep it on the fridge to stay inspired.

Read the original story HERE.

Blogpick 08/21 – Why Access to Screens Is Lowering Kids’ Social Skills

Today’s blogpick- Why Access to Screens Is Lowering Kids’ Social Skills

Why Access to Screens Is Lowering Kids' Social Skills
Why Access to Screens Is Lowering Kids’ Social Skills
From: time.com
By Belinda Luscombe

Kids read emotions better after being deprived of electronic media

People have long suspected that there’s a cost to all this digital data all the time, right at our fingertips. Now there’sa study out of UCLA that might prove those digital skeptics right. In the study, kids who were deprived of screens for five days got much better at reading people’s emotions than kids who continued their normal screen-filled lives.

The California research team’s findings, published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviorthis month tries to analyze the impact digital media has on humans’ ability to communicate face-to-face.

As an experiment, 51 sixth graders from a public school in Southern California were sent to outdoor education camp, spending five whole days completely deprived of TV, phone and Internet. Contrary to the kids’ expectations, they survived just fine and actually had genuine fun.

The first pool of kids was then compared to another group of 54 sixth graders from the same school who had not yet attended the camp, but had spent the previous five days with their normal amount of screen time.

Both sets of students were given photos of people expressing emotions—sadness, anger, joy, anxiety and so on, before the camp and after the camp. Both sets of students were also shown video of people interacting and displaying emotions. The students who had been to camp got much better at discerning how the people in the photos and the videos were feeling after that five day period. They scored much higher at recognizing non-verbal emotional cues (facial expressions, body language, gestures) than they had before the camp, while the scores of the students who had not been deprived of screens did not change at all.

With online training courses being used for almost everything now, this new study may give teachers, parents and administrators pause on such widespread use of digital media in education. “Many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not many are looking at the costs,” said Patricia M. Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA and senior author of the study. “Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues is one of the costs—understanding the emotions of other people. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills.”

Lead author Yalda T. Uhls, a senior researcher with the Children’s Digital Media Center, said she hopes that people won’t merely take away the idea that all screens are bad, but that face-to-face time for young people is an important part of the socialization process.

According to a survey given to the study’s participants, the kids spent an average of four-and-a-half hours texting, watching television and playing video games during a single typical school day. According to Uhls, this is on the low end–many children and teenagers spend more than seven-and-a-half-hours a day interacting with a screen of some sort. And when interacting with a screen, they aren’t interacting with a human.

“You can’t learn non-verbal emotional cues from a screen in the way you can learn it from face-to-face communication,” Uhls said.

Read the original story HERE.

The sleepless night with your 4 year old

How do you handle when your kid can not sleep? How do you try to comfort him/her and get them back to sleep? Both my kids are great sleeper, but yesterday my older one had some little red bumps on her feet and they were very itchy! May be some bug bites, but that made almost impossible for her to get to sleep. Yesterday was one of the rare nights when she couldn’t sleep – and to tell you the truth, I actually didn’t quite get how to handle it… I gave her some Benadryl for symptomatic relief, put some powder and calamine lotion on it, told her a few stories, held her in my arms for the entire night but I still couldn’t comfort her enough for her to be able to get back to sleep until early in the morning at 4…

That meant just 3 hours of sleep for her before she had to get up and get ready for school – and I wondered how different could I have comforted her so she would have gone back to sleep earlier. It was a little easier when she was little try to put her in the car or swing and she will go back to sleep but this was different, she was old enough to concentrate on the problem area even after I tried to distract her by stories and tried to give her relief!! May  be a cup of warm milk might have helped, or may be her favorite soft toy, or may be a lot more TLC….

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Sleeping well when you are not well

She also so badly wanted to sleep as she did not want to be tired for her school the next day,  and may be that kept her up all night, the worry about the next day! May be we are inflicting those worries on our little ones, may be the worry in our mind about the next day is getting into their little brains as well – Are we conscious that our little worries about the changes in our  schedule are getting into our kids little brain in a big way? Are we making their little problems really big for them?? Are we handling those little schedule changes in our lives as good as our kids are handling the changes in their life with lots of excitement and a little bit of worry or are we getting stressed out about little things and bringing the stress out on our kids…. May be I just need to take a deep breath, relax and not worry much about it… And let her enjoy the extra TLC I am giving her for her discomfort without making her worry about the next day!! They adapt well and I have witnessed it time and again! And I am sure she is fine right now at school and having fun the same was she has had it for the first few days!!

Are transitions always tough for kids?

It is funny, how times change! I remember when we transferred my older daughter from her day care to her pre school, I remember a whole week or two before that – and every little detail about it! It was the first major change in her life after she had developed her own thinking – and now I realize that she had a lot of questions in her tiny little brain about this transition! She was a little scared, a whole lot shy and just not too sure on why was this happening! On top of that I was almost 7 months pregnant at the time so she was already preparing her self for one major change that was coming up… And she was in the middle of another major change that was already going on!! Now I am realizing it was a tough time for her! And it did take her a while before settling into this new environment, or more so she never probably did!! We took her of the preschool understanding her need to be close to her known environment and put her in a public preK program that was just for a few hours the following school year! This time it was easy! She was excited from day one, she talked about her day with me every single day (which she never did with her previous preschool)- on what she learned, who she sat next to how she handled conflicts and who she played with – it was like I had my carefree and happy little girl back!

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Happy Transitions

And now we are back again with one more transition – TK in a new school, but I must say she is handling it way better than I imagined, she is excited, happy the first day she came back from school she could not stop singing – yes she gets tired, as it is a whole new routine for her but she is looking forward to the next day! In the beginning I thought it would always be difficult for her to adjust to a major change – but now I am realizing it is the fear of unknown in the kids mind that makes the transition difficult, or the anticipation of what if – if you take your time in explaining and answering every single question or fear that they would have about the change it makes the transition much more easier! At the same time, do read into the clues – if they are getting into their shell don’t think it is just a personality change or a phase it does mean that there is something bothering them  - there is something worrying them and try to communicate a lot more at that time! What ever the age is! Sometimes they them selves won’t know something is bothering them, that is what happened with my 3 year old – but we traced it back, we figured it out even before her knowing it!! At the same time do give your little one the chance to settle into the change – sometimes adjusting and adapting to the new routine/environment/setup will take time but eventually they would happily settle in. But if you have waited long enough know that it is a time to change the routine again and this time, discuss it out with them and see if that would be a more desirable option for your little one or not! And may be the next time around it won’t be tough for them as they now know if something is not working out it is always possible to change it!