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Christmas Traditions: Decorating

Start some family traditions centered around decorating. Pick one or more of the following ideas. Family Collections Start a collection of angels, Nativity sets, Bells, Nutcrackers, Plates, Music Boxes, Cookie Cutters, Teddy Bears, Christmas Books, Father Christmas, Candles, etc. Add a new piece to the collection every year. Decorating the Tree – Serve same menu every year. Your choice from …

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St. Patrick’s Day Symbols and Blessings

St. Patrick's Day Symbols

Here is some common St. Patrick’s Day symbols to explore and perhaps do some of the fun stuff listed below each. St. Patrick’s Day symbols–Leprechauns Near a misty stream in Ireland in the hollow of a tree Live mystical, magical leprechauns who are clever as can be With their pointed ears, and turned up toes and little coats of green …

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Shamrock Cookies

shamrock cookies

  LeAnn R. Ralph is the author of the book, Christmas in Dairyland (True Stories from a Wisconsin Farm). She is working on her next book, Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam. To read sample chapters, other Rural Route 2 stories and to sign up for the free monthly e-mail newsletter, Rural Route 2 News, visit — …

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Stuff Crafts

St. Patrick's Day Fun Thing

Some fun and simple activities you can do with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day. Substitute other items if you don’t have what is called for. St. Patrick’s Day Pot-of-Gold Wind-sock Oatmeal box or plastic ice cream bucket with the bottom cut off (done by parent) Black paper or paint Green paper or paint Crepe paper or plastic tape in …

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Think Green

by Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes Together: Creating Family Traditions This month, our theme is Think Green. Spring is just around the corner. Even though there is still snow on the ground in many parts of the country, here in the South our daffodils have already begun to bloom. You too, can enjoy a little bit of spring …

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8 No Sew Kid Halloween Costumes

You want to make a costume for a child for Halloween, but you aren’t a seamstress. Never fear, here are some cute no sew kid Halloween costumes!  Get out your glue gun and create. Race Car Driver A real simple costume to make using a jogging suit, a cap, and some tape.  Find instructions at Real Simple. Jail Bird Isn’t …

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20+ places to donate your stuff

child's eye

Where do you donate your stuff? Cleaning out your storage or getting ready to move has left you with a stack of items you want to donate. With  HeroSearch.org, you can search for local charities that need the items you want to give away. You can also call local charities to see what items they will accept. Please read and follow the charity’s guidelines when …

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10 Tips for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums

mad toddler

A young child has temper tantrums; it is part of the development process. The child does not know how to deal with feelings of anger and frustration and lacks language skills. Fortunately, the tantrums will decrease as his vocabulary increases. Prevent Tantrums Preventing a meltdown is better than dealing with one.  Most toddler tantrums will be due to frustration. Recognize …

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Talking About Child Sexual Abuse

a crying child

One out of every ten children has been sexually abuse before they reach 18. There are probably children in your child’s school who are being sexual abused.  According to the research, 90% of these events could have been prevented. As a parent, it is important to discuss child sexual abuse with your family. Look for opportunities to frequently discuss key …

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Family Activities for Easter

flowers, Easter eggs

Crown of Thorns Insert toothpicks into a small Styrofoam or straw wreath. Every time a family member does a thoughtful or kind act they can take one of the toothpicks out of the wreath. Easter Banner or Flag Create a banner or flag that symbolizes Easter for your family. Instructions for a basic banner can be found at the above …

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