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THE EASIEST KIDS’ CRAFT EVER FOR UNDER $1: SIMPLE ORIGAMI BOX

I try not to appear too exhausted when my toddler trio (ages 2, 4 and 5) come to me seeking mommy's love and attention, and wanting to do some sort of special activity, just the 4 of us. Their little eyes and minds get so impressed watching mommy take a flat sheet of paper from her printer as I drag myself away from work tasks for a brief moment to also enjoy their always entertaining company. For days like this, I often turn to a quick and easy little origami craft which never ceases to amaze them; and once I have folded enough boxes for each of my littlest daughters, they happily take the boxes away leaving me with several quiet moments to answer a couple emails before I choose to forget work for the rest of day. If you are looking for a quick, easy, no-cutting, no-mess, no-clean-up craft to do with young and old children, check this little origami box out.

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20 GREAT CHILDREN’S BOOKS KIDS CAN ENJOY WHILE STUCK IN QUARANTINE

Good day to you! How is everything going? Have you found any creative ways to keep track of the days? Haha - me either! I have been getting some "me time" lately by waking up at 3am each day; the house is so calm and quiet because my 7 wild and wacky daughters are all peacefully in their beds asleep. Never thought I would become such a devoted morning person, but doing this has helped me keep my sanity and my businesses going with all the chaos that abounds! Of course, I can look forward to hearing bedroom doors opening by 7am, that means I have to be ready to tackle a full day of meal preps, learning activities, nap times, nappy changes, teenage girl tantrums and more. When I want to restore some sort of calm I choose a session of reading with my 4 youngest (8, 5, 4 and 2!) As we adjust to our "new normal"; millions of us around the world have had to "relearn" daily life in a sudden change of plans and events that none of us could have ever expected. And to add madness to mayhem we also have to ensure our children don't fall back a grade level academically while at home in our care. Based on the number of emails, messages and phone calls I get on a daily basis from a combined 30+ teachers between my  school-aged children - our children's schools are obviously in high anticipation that we return our children to school on par with our national curriculum and expected grade levels... no pressure there at all, right?.  Honestly, there are some days where I just have to skip the fancy, overwhelming home-school schedule and spend an hour of reading excitedly to my little ones. Simply reading has proven to have its way of keeping my girls focused and academically stable during all this global madness as we await the day they can actually return to school. If you are drowning under housework, home-school, working-from-home, meal prep, boredom and/or just trying to survive within your home's four walls with energetic kids everywhere - take a breather, read a few books, escape from the day's reality and spend some quality time. My girls and I have shared a short list of children's books we would recommend to you for your little ones and many of them are also free to download on kindle! 😉

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VIDEO: FUN HOME-SCHOOL LEARNING APP REVIEW – READING EGGS PROGRAM FOR AGES 2-13

Hi there! I hope you and your family are staying safe and also finding interesting ways to pass the time as everyone tucks away at home! If you are fortunate to be enjoying the toddler years like I am with my 2 year old and 4 year old - this will mean that you are also squeezing in a little pre-k learning during the days now that pre-school is out for a bit. If you are trapped behind the walls with the even-more-demanding-than-a-toddler teen - I am right here with you (I have 2 teens and a preteen, haha). With all sorts of things happening in my big family I have to ensure that my toddlers are well occupied with meaningful activities each day if I want to catch even 5 minutes without anxiety 🙂 For this reason exploring great learning apps is a must-do for me. Recently I signed my 2, 4 and 7 year old daughters up for the Reading Eggs online educational program - I have no regrets! If you are checking out activities for your kids, be sure to browse the features of this one. Readings Eggs has hundreds of things to do and every activity is a learning experience presented in a fun and exciting way; you can hear more about it and get a sneak peak here!

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VIDEO: MY 4 YEAR OLD’S INTERVIEW – “MONEY COMES FROM THE STORE” AND MORE

I am popping in to your inbox to wish you well and share some of what is happening in my home as we try to keep everyone happy and settled during our country's isolation period. Do stay safe and stay well! Take a moment to view this quick video of my 4 year old's cute interview.

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TALKING TO TEEN GIRLS: SEX AND SELF-WORTH

Talking to teens about sex is never an easy topic for most parents but it is one of the most important discussions we must have. In this short post I chose to share some encouragement for mommas who are preparing to or worrying about the day they have to open up and talk to their daughters about sex.

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HOME-SCHOOL FREEBIE: PRINTABLE ABC LEARNING CHART/PLACE-MAT

Bright, colorful and exciting ABC chart/place-mat for free download to be used to teach the alphabet and beginner's phonics with toddlers. Skip on over to my blog to download and please share with friends and family who may find this to be a useful learning tool as we all homeschool our kiddies now. Stay safe and blessed. Megs

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REMEMBERING OUR PAST: ESCAPING ABUSE, OVERCOMING WELFARE & MOVING FORWARD

When food ran low before our next voucher, I sat with my older girls (then about 7 and 6 yrs old) and apologized to them for our struggles, I held them and cried and made them promise not to make my mistakes - I told them they would only go hungry with me a few times but if they concentrate on their education then when they become women like mommy they will never be hungry again and they had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes and never have to make them. I gave God thanks that my life was the sacrifice for them to see what happens if you dont take your future seriously and commit to walking right...

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TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO READ: IT IS A TEAM EFFORT!

Being a fluent and confident reader is one of the greatest skills we can provide to our children.

At one point in human history learning to read was a priviledge that only royalty and nobility had access to.

As parents we must seize every opportunity to provide our child with the tools to become fantastic readers so that they are able to search out and understand written text and information.

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3 VALUES EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE TAUGHT BY THEIR MOTHER

So many mothers have lived that heartbreaking feeling of seeing your child hungry and having nothing and no way to feed them - even if only for one night, this feeling can tear a mother to pieces ...

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BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER: REDUCING THE RIVALRY

All in all I appreciate that differences are to be expected and all eyes are on mommy to see how she handles these situations and I am keen on admitting that my behavior will surely be mimicked by my girls so before I act on anything these days I stop, breath and try to remember to ask myself "would I want my kids to say/do this?".