This summer, are you letting your young kids swimming at pools?

Water safety for kids is an extremely critical issue for parents to pay attention at especially when they have young children at home.

If you are keen to keep your kids safe while you enjoy your family time at the pool, here are some pool and water safety tips that you need know.

Watch this video now for the best tips from Kimberlee Mitchell, a Child Safety Expert to ensure the safety of your kids swimming at any pool!

What are the best pool safety tips that you practice? Share it with us in the comments section below now!

Using chopsticks to eat brings many benefits to us such as coordination training, effective weight loss and reduced risk of choking.

Therefore, it is a wise choice for parents to teach chopstick skills to their little ones.

Learning chopsticks however is a challenging quest to many adults. It gets even tougher when it comes to teaching chopsticks skills to kids due to their lack of fine motor skills.

If you are trying to figure out how to teach kids to use chopsticks, trying using some assistive tools to help you instead.

Watch this video now for the smarter ways to help you kids in learning chopsticks.

Teaching friendship skills to children is one important mission that parents need to take on to develop the social skills in their children.

This mission however could be especially hard for parents of introverted kids.

Even though some kids are born shy and introverted, social skills are still an important lesson to be taught to them.

Teaching friendship skills to kids will have a tremendous impact to our kids’ wellbeing. It happens so because kids who bond better with their friends can harvest better sense of belonging which help them to develop their emotional skills and reduce stress.

Watch this video now for how you can help your kids making friends if social skills do not come naturally to them.

As parents, it is our responsibilities to teach children the right values, various life skills, and the essential knowledge for them to succeed in life.

Out of so many things for kids to learn, it might be challenging for parents to set their priorities right when it comes to teaching their children.

If you are concerned whether are you missing out any important life lessons to teach to your kids, the following video is for you.

This video is a great guide to help you decide what to teach children and what are the things that they should have known at the age of 10.

Watch the video now and share it with your friends if you find it helpful!

10 Things Children Should Know By Age 10

10 Things Children Should Know By Age 10

Posted by David Wolfe on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Did you know that there are tens of thousands of kids go missing in USA each year?

A study of attempted child abductions has found that in 84%of the cases, the abducted child was able to escape thanks to their own actions, with 35% of them actively resisting and 49%running away.

To keep your kids safe, it is of utmost priority for parents to educate their kids and themselves about child abduction and some basic safety tips for kids.

If you are looking for ways to educate your kids on the basic abduction safety tips, here is a video for you.

Check out this video now for the basic safety tips for kids and parents in case of abduction.

Happy International Museum Day!

Are you planning to bring your kids to visit a children’s museum over the weekend? If the answer is “No”, you might want to reconsider it as you find out about the importance of museum for kids in the following article.

Researchers at the University of Arkansas found that trips to art museum did not just make children appreciate arts better. Higher levels of critical thinking, tolerance, and empathy, are also identified as one of the benefits museums bring to children.

Continue reading the following article now to find out more about the 10 educational benefits visiting a children’s museum can bring to your kids.

Via Mommy University: 10 Educational Benefits of Bringing Children to the Museum

Museums are community centers designed to inform and teach the public. When we ask what is the educational benefit of a museum, the immediate response is academic learning. Absorbing academic information, however, is scratching the surface of what museums offer families and specifically children.

It can be challenging to bring young children to a museum when they can have short attention spans, inability to read, and no prior knowledge of the subject. By introducing bite size trips to your children, it is actually doing more than just teaching them information on a subject.

10 Educational Benefits for Bringing Children to a Museum

Encourages a Love of History

Museums are the caretakers of history as much as they offer connections to history that can easily be overlooked in traditional classrooms. Whether you bring your child to a children’s museum, art gallery, or science museum, history has made a huge impact on the innovation they are witnessing. As parents we don’t have to be experts on subject matters, however reading out the plaques in the exhibit and motivating your child to ask questions will encourage a love of history.

Listening to Stories

While interning at the National Museum of the American Indian (NAMI), I had the opportunity to visit dozens of museums the summer I graduated from college. From the Museum of Modern Art to the Whitney to the Air and Space Museum to Holocaust Memorial Museum, I was able to walk through hundreds of exhibits and learn the importance of storytelling. Museums are full of stories, and it is critical for our children to hear those stories. Stories told at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. not only teach our children history but also encourage empathy.

Compare and Contrast

Museums offer opportunities for children to compare and contrast what is important for them which leads to higher critical thinking skills. An art museum will contain various types of artwork and as they stroll through an exhibit there will be differences in the style, subject matter, and techniques demonstrated in the artwork which can foster interesting conversations.

Encourages Questions

Visiting a museum opens the door for your child’s curiosity in the form of questions. Some of these will be questions that have answers, questions that should be encouraged, questions that make you think, and questions that may not have answers. All of these questions should be encouraged, and don’t worry if you don’t know the answers. Ask your child what they believe the answer is and listen to their reasoning.

Boosts Language Development

At Mommy University, we always look for opportunities to boost language development and it is no surprise that visiting a museum will assist in this process for not only your child but you as well. Visiting the Rubik’s Cube exhibit at Liberty Science Center last year, I was exposed to videos about non-linear problem solving which has now weaved itself into my vocabulary. For young children, boosting language development revolves around identifying words while for older children the exposure to new concepts and ideas will carry higher level vocabulary.

Encourages New Ideas

An interesting challenge we attempt each year is to visit a museum or exhibit that doesn’t immediately captivate our interest. We actually will walk through an exhibit that we lack prior knowledge. The purpose behind this is to expose ourselves as well as our children to new ideas and concepts. My husband and I will make a point to discuss what we see, how we interpret it, and ask our children questions. We are modeling for them how we interact with the exhibit and information but more importantly that we are open to new things whether we are familiar with it or not.

Museums Inspire

When you walk into a museum that contains the skeleton of an animal that is taller than your house and has not walked this planet in millions of years, your mind begins to wonder. When you walk into a museum that has a planetarium that provides light shows about the solar system, your mind begins to dream of the night sky. Museums inspire us to wonder, imagine and dream of possibilities that are beyond what we know.

Sparks Creativity

When visiting museums, we always stop off at the information desk for a list of activities that are taking place that day and attempt to structure our visit to include some of the scheduled programs. At Liberty Science Center, we have been lucky to see animals up close and interacted in programs on math in football. The Morris Museum incorporates stations at some of their special day events, such as Dino Day, where children can make their own fossils. The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts Art Splash in the summer where children can learn about what has inspired artists and through activities can have a deeper appreciation of art. Through museum programs and activities, children are exposed to opportunities that spark creative moments.

Fosters Family Bonding

In addition to exhibits that might appeal to your family, some museums like Montclair Art Museum have specific activities and days dedicated to families. Museums don’t just want to appeal to the more mature visitor because they know that children who enjoy museums will become adults who will want to return. Visiting a museum as a family also gives everyone on opportunity to get to know each other better and engage in meaningful conversations.

Creates Lifelong Learners

By encouraging your children to play and visit museums, it is creating lifelong learners. While most careers require a specific type of education, the reality in our changing world is that we need to be lifelong learners to continue to grow as the demands change. Museums encourage curiosity which is necessary for children to become lifelong learners. Museums seek out unique links and relationships that are not always readily present which offers us, the viewer, something new each time we visit. There is always the possibility for an “ah ha” moment to occur.

Travelling by train is a great choice for families because it is usually more affordable, comfortable and unforgettable.

Bring your kids on a train ride shall enable your family to enjoy the beautiful sights along the ride and of course create beautiful memories that would last.

Going on family train trips also mean that you are choosing a more environmental friendly mean of transport for your family due to the reduced carbon emission as compared to travelling by air or by car.

If your going on a long journey train ride however, kids tend to get bored over time as they stay on the train.

To keep your bored kids from turning to the screens on your upcoming family train trips, try playing these kids’ games with them instead!

Via Mummy Pages: 12 games to play during your next family train journey

Getting away for a few days is lovely, but entertaining kids on a train can be tough if you don’t like giving them iPads or portable DVD players.

Below are a number of games we regularly crack out during our family train trips through Ireland. We’re big fans of staycations and one of the perks of train travel is that the whole family can participate in the games as the grown-ups aren’t stuck concentrating on the road or reading maps.

1. Impressions

Everyone take turns imitating people famous actors, television characters, musicians or even their loud next-door neighbour. You can’t say who you’re mimicking or give hints; you can only rely on your acting ability. The first person to guess who’s being imitated gets a point and the first to 10 wins!

2. Dots

Fill a page with evenly spaced dots to create a grid (eg: 20 dots across, 30 dots down). Each player takes turns to join to dots together. Once they create a box, they write their initial in it and then get an extra go. Person with the most boxes at the end wins.

3. The Never-Ending Story

One person starts a story and each person in the group contributes 2-3 lines. It’s called The Never-Ending Story, but don’t worry – you’ll get stuck eventually and have to end it.

4. I’m Thinking of an Animal

One player thinks of an animal. The others tries to guess which animal it is by asking “yes” or “no” questions. The catch? You can only ask 10 questions. Whoever guesses correctly gets to think of the next animal. If no one guesses after the 10 questions, the first player reveals the answer and then thinks of another animal.

5. Name That Coin

Tell your child to close their eyes and then place a coin in their hand. They must guess which coin it is by feeling it, but they only get one guess per coin. The player who guesses the most by the end of the round wins.

6. 20 Questions

Player One thinks of a person, place or thing. Everyone else takes turns asking questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. After each answer, the questioner gets one guess. Play continues until a player guesses correctly.

7. I Spy

The directions are simple: one person spies something and recites the well-known rhyme, ending in a clue. Everyone else takes turns trying to guess the mystery item.

8. X and Os

This is a fail-proof activity and works for almost every situation that involves waiting, It can go on for as long as your youngster stays interested and works really well if there is more than one child. All you need is two players and a pencil.

9. Puzzles

If you want to catch up on some reading or have a chat with your hubby, puzzle books are a great way to entertain the kids. Each books comes with a number of games like word searches and word grids that will keep your child quietly entertained while putting their brain to work.

10. The A-Z Game

Pick a topic and start listing items in alphabetical order (eg: countries). The first person to miss a letter is out and you continue until one person is left.

11. Yes/No/Uhm Game

Avoid saying ‘yes,’ ‘no’ and ‘uhm’ as your train companions fire questions at you.

12. Hangman

Another pen and paper game that’s easily played on a train when you get the table seats.

Many studies have found that messy play for kids is one of the best ways to let them learn and develop. It was also found that messy kids are more creative.

With the findings of these researches, more and more parents are starting to embrace messy plays and messiness in kids to empower them in exploring their curiosity, creativity and imagination.

However, it is never easy for parents to put up with their kids’ mess.

If you need help to deal with your messy kids, check out this video now for the children hacks that will help your life way easier.

BLhacks – Children Hacks to make things a little less…

Children Hacks to make things a little less messy!

Posted by Madres Solteras on Friday, March 30, 2018

Do you tell children’s bedtime stories to your kids?

Researches have shown that parents who read bedtime stories to their children are able to bond with and enhance the creativity of their little ones at an early age.

Children’s bedtime stories will also help your children to harvest many other benefits including increasing their moral values, developing their social communication and cognitive skills, improving their attention and many more!

If you are unsure on where to start and how to tell a story to a child, the following article is for you. Try these tips today to spice up the story telling sessions with your children!

Via Nalibali: Easy ways to tell stories to children

People have told stories for centuries to explore ideas and make sense of their experiences. In fact, sharing stories is as natural to human beings as eating and sleeping! Some of the stories we tell today have been passed down from generation to generation, while others are new ones that we create ourselves.

Making time to tell your children stories can be fun and satisfying for everyone. It also lets your children know that you value spending this time with them. But storytelling has other great benefits too. Here are some of them:

  • Storytelling is a great way to teach children the life lessons you want them to learn. Great stories allow children to explore and think about love, hate, jealousy, kindness, power, good and evil.
  • Storytelling stimulates children’s imagination and their use of language.
  • Stories can transport and connect them to the lives of people they’ve never known, who come from long ago and places faraway.
  • Telling stories about your childhood experiences helps your children to connect with you.

So, how do you get going? Well, it’s always easiest to start with stories that you know. Also, think about which stories will interest your listeners and what is appropriate for their ages. For example: you wouldn’t tell a ghost story to three year olds, but teenagers might enjoy it! Build up a bank of stories to tell and then keep finding new ones by looking in books or on the Internet. Translate and adapt stories that may only be available in one language. Keep them in a special folder or a book.

Practise telling a story by telling it to yourself until you know it well. Then, as you tell it to others, remember that your voice and your body are your main tools! Use them to create pictures in the minds of your listeners by using:

  • interesting and expressive words
  • facial expressions, like scowling to show how angry a character is
  • gestures, like stretching out your arms to show how wide something is
  • expression in your voice that gives different characters, different sounding voices, like a soft voice for a shy character.

But, most of all, remember that if you enjoying telling a story, there is a good chance that your audience will enjoy listening to it!

Even though many children are lucky enough to become establish strong sibling bond with their brothers or sisters, it is common for siblings to fight. Sibling rivalry is unavoidable as long as there is more than one kid in your house.

Sibling rivalry usually starts when the second child is born. As the children grow to reach different phases of development, the way they relate to one another would be significantly affected by their evolving needs.

It certainly is upsetting and frustrating to watch your children fighting with one another. When a family is full of conflicts, the growing environment can sometime become stressful and toxic to the kids.

If your kids fight often, you might be worried about their sibling bond.

Check out the following video and article now for the sibling bonding activities you could try to improve the sibling bond in your little ones.

Via Playtivities: 20 Sibling Games to Bond, Compete and Cooperate

Activities for siblings that are easy to set up, can be played independently, help siblings bond, be a team member and even have some healthy competition. I picked our favorite sibling activities to share with you today. Honestly, they are life savers during colder weather when play time outdoors is limited.

Activities for Siblings

Lava game. It’s fun active game for at least 2 players/siblings. Let the kids jump from couch to couch without touching the floor unless it’s a pillow. The players must keep moving and try to hit and make other person touch the floor and melt (in lava).

T-shirt walk. Put both kids in one t-shirt and let them walk in the house. Ideally pick a room or place with less sharp furniture edges in case they fall. This sibling activity would be perfect to play in the backyard on the grass.

Pillow sumomo. We have played this so many times already. Find the rules here.

Apple roll. Give your kids an apple and tell them to roll the apple between their bodies without dropping it. Great team work!

Twister game is a classic, but perfect to play on a family night or on a rainy afternoon.

The ball roll. Let 2 kids hold long piece of cardboard with their hands and roll ball back and forward and try not to let it fall on the floor. The longer they will keep it on the cardboard – the better.

Freeze game. Perfect activity to lift up the mood in the house. Turn on favorite music and let your kids dance. Then stop the music, the kids must freeze until the music starts playing again. If anyone budges before you start the music again, they get a point.

Catchy Catch. Get a beach ball (balloon could work too) and toss it in the air. The players cannot touch the ball with hands and cannot let the ball fall on the floor. Advise them touch it with their noses, heads, feet, tummy.

Balloon pop. Ready for some loud fun? This sibling game is perfect if you have more players and bigger space to play in. Tie a balloon to the right leg of each player’s leg and leave a three foot long string. Then tell the kids that they have to pop each other’s balloons by stepping on them. Whoever is left with the balloon on their feet that is not popped – wins the game!

Balloon walk. Stand your kids side by side and but the balloon between their hips. Tell them to walk across the room without dropping the balloon (and without using their hands to help hold it). If they drop it, they need to start all over again.

Together we stand. Sit your kids on the floor, touching their backs and their arms linked at the elbows. Now tell the kids to get themselves up and standing without ruining the position (their backs touching and elbows linked). There will be some pushing against each other. To make the game more challenging leave some treats on the floor around the house for them to pick it up (while linked together). My kids had so much fun doing it!

Potato drop. This sibling activity is great for kids who are competitive and can handle the race. Put 2 bowls at the finish line. Then mark starting point across the room and give each child a potato. The task is to race while carrying the potato between their knees and drop it in the bowl at the finish line. They can’t use hands!

Touch my po-po (pom pom). This fun activity was created by my kids. I am not sure if they saw it somewhere, but they have been playing it for a while now. Attach pom pom to kids’ backs and tell them to try to catch each other’s pom poms. Lots of fun and laughter!

Beach ball towel game. Grab a beach towel and and a ball. Let your kids hold the towel stretched from both ends and drop the ball. The goal is to let the ball bounce on the towel on not fall on the floor. This is a great boredom buster activity for siblings.

Cardboard Slide Indoors. This is one of the favorite activities for siblings in our house up to this day. They play on it the entire day. See how we made our ultimate indoor slide.

Engineers. Let your kids explore with different ”building materials”. Let them build a tower together from what’s around the house. Then knock it down. How fun is that. My kids used pillows, trash cans, pots and pans, even their Lego blocks.

Blind Treasure Hunt. Place some treats around the house and blindfold one of the siblings. Let the other one (who is not blindfolded) guide the ”blind one” to the treat with words.

Spider Game. Tie some rope on the hall between the walls and let them get out of there.

Large Paper Painting – Tape some paper to a large piece of cardboard, put it on the ground outside and let the fun begin!

Scavenger hunt. Get these 30 free printable scavenger hunts for indoors and outdoors that are perfect for siblings. It’s great for teamwork practice.