Are you creating good childhood memories with your children?

Whether this is an "affirmation" post, a "reminder" post, or both, depends upon you. If you are reading to your children on a regular basis, then good job.  This is an affirmation post.  You know that you are doing wondering things for both you and your child/children when you take the time to read to them. If you need a gentle nudge because reading books has gotten put on the back burner, then this is your reminder of how important it is to read to your children. As the message above says (well, kind of anyway), sometimes it's less important what families read together than the fact that you are spending that "quality" time with them and creating some great memories.  My three children, who are all adults now, have so many memories of all the times we spen reading together when they were little.  The fact that the memories are good means that they were obviously enjoying themselves at the same time that we were creating bonds between us. However, we also know that the benefits of … [Read more...]

Looking for Free Books online this Fall?

If you need FREE books on Kindle for the kids, "Doggy loves Autumn" is probably just the book you are looking for! In this book, the second in the "Ella the Doggy" book series, you and the children can follow along with Ella the Doggy, as she keeps busy during the Fall season! Fall Outdoor Activities Ella is having lots of fun as the weather cools down in Minnesota. While on her walks outside, she notices lots of changes in the colors... and she keeps busy snacking on foods from the garden! Indoor Activities Inside the house, there is even more action as Ella sees her people family celebrating Halloween... and Thanksgiving! As a reminder, the following are some of the benefits of reading to children: Improved speech and language development Children learn how to pronounce new words Vocabulary expansion Children tend to do better in school Helps build a life long interest in reading Children learn how to listen Helps children grasp grammar and … [Read more...]

Reading – One of the Great Indoor Activities for Kids!

Photo: flickr.com/people/adwriter" It's a sad, but true fact. It's getting harder and harder to get children reading more books instead of doing other things, such as gaming. That's why it's so important to use reading as a mainstay for indoor activities for kids. In this new age of electronics and the allure of all the gaming possibilities, it seems many children are becoming virtually addicted to playing computer games.  Even on beautiful Spring and Summer days, my son would spend all his free time playing computerized games, it was left up to him. And now that the cold, winter months will soon be upon us, it often becomes even more challenging to entice our children to do productive things with their time - especially for a family who lives in Minnesota, as we do.  In our neck of the woods, there are way too many days that I can not send my son outside to do something, because it is physically just too cold. So, if our children have to be indoors on certain days, what's a … [Read more...]