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5 Tips for Indoor Gardening With Children

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By Connie Pelton

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“I’m bored!” Most parents have heard that dreaded complaint from their child in the winter when kids are cooped up in the house. You can chase away your child’s boredom blues by creating an indoor garden together. You’ll get a jumpstart on the spring planting season and keep your kids busy. A gardening project provides children with the right combination of skills and tasks to further their development. Here are five tips to help your little gardener bring a little bit of the outdoors inside.

1. Create a Windowsill Garden

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Windowsill gardens are easy and kid-friendly. By using containers, kids can watch seeds grow into larger plants. Seasoned gardeners suggest growing herbs by using a long, narrow container to fit your windowsill and to catch drainage. But any leftover container you have around the house, including butter or margarine tubs or plastic cups, will work as well. You can find seeds and potting soil at your local garden store. Herbs are great for windowsill gardens as they grow pretty quickly, and you have a wide array of choices. Mint, rosemary, dill, oregano, and thyme will grow and thrive as long as you keep the soil damp and give the plants some sun. Add some natural mulch to the top to keep the plants moist.

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Are you wondering if your preschooler is ready for kindergarten?

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Hand-eye coordination, hand strength and visual motor integration are important parts of the learning process for young children. Hand-eye coordination and visual motor integration allow your child to track the movements of their hands with their eyes. Once they enter school, it impacts handwriting as they use their eyes to guide, direct and contro...
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Is There a Difference Between Limit-Setting and Discipline?

In life, people use a lot of different words to describe the same thing. Discipline and limit-setting, for example, are two words parents like to use interchangeably. The question is – do they mean the same? The short answer – not really. As a parent, it is certainly in your best interest to know the difference between the two. This way, you can le...
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3 Musical Instruments You Can Make At Home With Your Children

3 Musical Instruments You Can Make At Home With Your Children
​ Children are huge fans of music; and they are huge fans of arts and crafts. What if you could blend the two together? What if you could sit down with your child and create homemade musical instruments together? With this guide, you can! In fact, here are three musical instruments you could make with your child. 1. Coffee Can Drums One of the easi...
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Guide to Childproofing Your Yard

Guide to Childproofing Your Yard
Everything changes when you have children. Suddenly the warm and comfortable home you know and love becomes a danger zone with all sorts of accidents waiting to happen. Suddenly, you need to baby and childproof things you didn't even know you could baby proof or childproof! For example, is your yard a safe and secure place for your child to play? W...
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The Sensory Diet: What You Can Do to Help Your Child

​ A sensory diet could be an important plan for your child and an official sensory diet can only be prescribed by a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant or Occupational Therapist (OT). A child that doesn't have the ability to process multiple sensory inputs in a functional way – because he/she has a sensory processing disorder (SPD) – needs a s...
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How Important Is Quiet Time For a Child?

How Important Is Quiet Time For a Child?
Quiet time is an essential part of every child's daily routine. It allows the parent/caregiver a chance to recharge and take a break. It is also a great time for older kids to read, finish school work, or take a nap. Babies need a nap, but with a baby aboard it can become essential for all toddlers. It might take a while to get the routine accepted...
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5 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

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Nothing is more stressful or heartbreaking for a parent than listening to their child cry when they leave them at preschool, with a babysitter, or at daycare. Unfortunately, separation anxiety is a real issue that most children deal with. The truth is, your child's entire life is consumed by being with you. You are your child's entire world. If tak...
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Fun Playdough Activities To Help Your Child With His/Her Fine Motor Skills

Fun Playdough Activities To Help Your Child With His/Her Fine Motor Skills
​ Developing your child's fine motor skills is important; it allows them to better explore their world, and of course, to make more intricate messes for you to clean up. But, finding age-appropriate and safe ways to channel their exploration can be a challenge. Thankfully, play-dough is an excellent tool, especially if you use a home-made recipe wi...
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The ABC's of Car Seat Safety

It's the first day back to work after you've delivered your child. You're already late, and you forgot to install the car seat the night before. Like most of us would do in this situation, you probably take a quick glance at the instructions, install the car seat quickly, give it a good tug, and put the baby in. It's no surprise that car seat insta...
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Fun Activities to Teach Your Child How to Use Scissors

Fun Activities to Teach Your Child How to Use Scissors
​ A few weeks ago, we talked about how to teach your preschoolers how to use scissors as well as how to get the right kind of scissors in your home. Once your household has mastered the basics of having scissors and using scissors safely in a home with a preschooler, the next step is really perfecting those skills. Here are some fun (and easy) acti...
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A Guide to Making Sure Her Mother’s Day is Extra Special

​ Mother's Day is a very special day that happens once each year. It is a day to honor, cherish, and love a woman (or women) in your life who have one of the hardest jobs in the world – being a mother. While giving a gift on Mother's Day is about a child giving a gift to his or her mother, a spouse, partner, or caregiver has to be involved in the p...
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How To Keep Your Kid's Clutter Organized

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From clothing to toys to school supplies, children come with a lot of gear. While most of what your children have around the house is necessary for one reason or another, failure to keep it organized will result in a chaotic and cluttered house. Furthermore, some parents have other obstacles to deal with when it comes to organization such as a todd...
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Benefits of a Quality Preschool and Pre-K Program

Benefits of a Quality Preschool and Pre-K Program
Spring is a great time of year for parents to start weighing their options for what type of program is best for their soon-to-be preschool or Pre-K child. There are many benefits to these early learning programs, and how they can prepare your child for Kindergarten. Enrolling in a preschool program will provide your child with an opportun...
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Fun Ways to Teach Your Child Numbers and Counting

Fun Ways to Teach Your Child Numbers and Counting
Numbers are used in almost everything that we do throughout life. Having a child that is having a hard time catching on with numbers and counting can be frustrating. With the right programs, games, and teaching materials, you can teach a child of any age about numbers and counting. There are 7 Stages to Teaching Numbers to Kids The general guidelin...
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5 Egg-Cellent Easter Crafts and Activities For You and Your Children

5 Egg-Cellent Easter Crafts and Activities For You and Your Children
Easter Sunday is right around the corner! Have you planned anything fun for you and your children to do together? Fortunately, there are tons of Easter themed crafts and activities you can do with your children. In fact, most of them are even budget friendly! Check out these 5 egg-cellent ideas below. 1. Make an Easter Egg Tree Easter egg trees are...
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Creative Ways to Get Your Child to Try New Foods

Creative Ways to Get Your Child to Try New Foods
"No" and "I don't want that" are every child's favorite things to say at the dinner table. For a parent, few things are more stressful than having a picky eater. In addition to either having to be comfortable eating the same handful of things on a regular basis or making an entirely different meal for your child every night; you also have to worry ...
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How to Keep Your Child Warm and Safe in the Winter

How to Keep Your Child Warm and Safe in the Winter
Winter is a scary time of the year when you have a little one to keep safe. This is especially true if you are the parent of a child that doesn't know how to talk yet as the lack of speech makes it difficult for your child to tell you he or she is cold. Fortunately, there are a lot of steps you can take to keep your babies warm. Use Several La...
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Ten Tips on Preparing Your Young Child for a New Sibling

Congratulations! Your dream of bringing another baby into the world has come true, and soon there will be an addition to your growing family. The news of a new baby on the way is a time of great jubilation and can be a whirlwind of events and emotions. Getting caught up in the excitement about the little one on the way is a good thing, but you must...
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Eating Healthy on a Budget for Families

Tips to Achieve a Healthier Family – Healthy Eating on a Budget. Eating healthy can be an expensive proposition for one to take on, not to mention trying to get the entire family on board. The cost of living for healthy eating can be one of the largest deterrents and killers of any diet program. Most of us can't afford to eat purely organic produce...
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