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Should You Adopt? November is National Adoption Month

Should You Adopt? November is National Adoption Month

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? I’m reaching out to you, my loyal readers, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids, and the Ad Council to ask for your help in spreading the word about just how important it is for prospective parents to consider adopting older youth from foster care. There is a stigma about older kids that make people shy away from looking at them for … Read entire article »

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Chronic Absenteeism Is Real And Happening Every Day

Chronic Absenteeism Is Real And Happening Every Day

For most parents, back to school means as a parent you get a break from the crazy of summer. You know what I am talking about, right? A small voice in your head is sad that they are going back to school, but you are also celebrating that little bit of freedom that you are about to have because of it. School shopping is done; you have just dropped them off for their first day and … Read entire article »

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3 Easy Steps To Prepare Kids And Families For Disaster #GetReadyGetSafe #PrepStep

3 Easy Steps To Prepare Kids And Families For Disaster #GetReadyGetSafe #PrepStep

September is National Preparedness Month – Every second counts when it comes to helping children and families stay safe in disasters.  Do you and your family have a plan for when disaster strikes? Although we think “that would never happen to me” or “that kind of disaster would never happen here,” the truth is, we really never know when or where disaster might strike. And honestly, disaster has many different definitions. Children are the most vulnerable … Read entire article »

Filed under: Safety, Socially Conscious, Tips

You Want This Book! Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids

You Want This Book! Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids

“In order for the words on the pages of #UncommonKids to make a difference in the lives of families across the world, they need to be shared.” – Sami Cone In the world we live in today, it is getting harder and harder to teach kids compassion, love, and understanding. To be humble and kind, and to be grateful for what you have. In this amazingly written book by Sami Cone, she explains her journey, as … Read entire article »

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Have You Had #TheSmartTalk Yet?

Have You Had #TheSmartTalk Yet?

Have your children asked for a smartphone yet? Do you have concerns about online safety or cyberbullying? While my son often asks to borrow my iPhone to play games and watch videos, I was surprised when he asked for a phone for Christmas. He’s only seven. My husband and I felt he was too young to have a phone, but we wondered if we were out of touch. Several of his classmates already have phones, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Parenting, Safety, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious

November is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids, and the Ad Council are spreading the word and encouraging prospective parents to adopt older youth from foster care. The theme for National Adoption Month this year is, “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family.” That’s because older children and youth still have many big milestones in their life they need a family for. There are 415,000 children in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adoption, Charity, Parenting, Special Needs Children

Welcome to Wishenpoof

Welcome to Wishenpoof

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post via KidzVuz. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) Wishenpoof, the newest Amazon Original Kids Series, will be available for Amazon Prime members beginning on August 14th,  One of the perks of being a blogger is the chance to preview new TV shows, and my boys (ages 4 and 7) binge-watched the entire 13 episode run of Wishenproof during a recent vacation. Created by Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, Daniel Tiger’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, Educational, entertainment, Featured, Free, Free Trial, Kindergartners, News, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious, Television, Toddlers, Video

FIght Childhood Cancer with Alex’s Lemonade Stands

No one will disagree that children should not suffer. Kids fighting cancer are not only incredibly brave, but it’s insanely sad.  There can’t be much worse then watching your child suffer. In 1996, a 4 year old girl who had been stricken with cancer decided to fight back- with lemonade. About Alex   “Alexandra “Alex” Scott was born to Liz and Jay Scott in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996, the second of four children. Shortly before her first … Read entire article »

Filed under: Kindergartners, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Kidz Bop 27 Makes Car Rides Entertaining and Fun!

Kidz Bop 27 Makes Car Rides Entertaining and Fun!

  Whether we are on our way to school, a play date or the grocery store, my kids love to listen to music, a great thing, since I love music as well.  Let’s face it though; some of the stuff out there just isn’t friendly for little ears! Kidz Bop music makes pop music safe and accessible and is a staple in my car. Current favorites on rotation are “Shake it Off” and “All That Bass!”  Pop … Read entire article »

Filed under: entertainment, Kindergartners, Music, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers

Adopt US Kids Celebrates 10 Years and More Than 22,000 Children Adopted from Foster Care

If you have siblings, you know how important they are. No matter what happens in life, you know you have your siblings to rely on. Imagine being torn apart from them. Not being able to locate them. This is a sad reality for many children in foster care. I volunteered as a Foster Care Case Reviewer many years ago and the experience has stayed with me through my whole adult life. There are currently 402,000 children in the foster care system in the United States of America and nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption. This is a particularly sobering fact, especially during the holidays. As an extension of their award-winning National Adoption campaign, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are unveiling … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adoption, Parenting, Socially Conscious