The Hidden Benefits of Teaching your Children Respect and Kindness to Animals

Some might think I’m a tad on the extreme side, but I always discourage my kids from killing bugs or worms needlessly. No need to kill something just for the sake of killing it, are my thoughts. It is a small gesture but one my daycare children have come to appreciate.

I currently have no pets but yet in my suburbia neighborhood, we feed the chipmunks, squirrels and birds. I even have a couple of chipmunks that step inside my backdoor on occasion to eat out of a bowl or from our hand. The kids love to feed them from their hand. (Yes we always wash and sanitize after.)

The Good, the Bad and the Balance of Electronics and Your Family

Remember how inconvenient it was when the phone rang during dinner in the 80’s? Well, now we have the beeps of messages, bells and whistles of notifications, and for my husband, it’s the theme song from Big Bang Theory playing when he gets a call. I shake my head every time I hear it. Electronics certainly have their place and we will look at the positives, negatives and how we can have some balance with our techy world while still maintaining a great family life.

Participate; Don’t Just Spectate in Your Child’s Life

How many times have you heard it? ”Mom, watch this!”, “Dad, can we go to the park? “or “Mom, will you play cards with me?”

Our children love for us to be part of their experiences. But let’s face it, many parents are run ragged with work, meals, homework or after-school activities. We miss opportunities of participating in our children’s lives. We drop them off here and there with quick chats in between but how much are we actually partaking in their lives?