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What Do The Stars Say: April 2019 Horoscopes For Kids
Aries (March 20-April 19)
Happy birthday to all rambunctious little rams out there this month! There’s a solar eclipse happening at the beginning of this month, on April 8th, so get ready for a brand-spanking new cycle that extends beyond a decade! What does this mean for your kiddo, Mom? It’s time to start something new, something that may take time to gain momentum, but that your child wants to do — and possibly needs to do. They’ve got planetary alignment until October, giving them (with your support/help) the green light. Encourage your kid to hone in on their intuition, because they’ve got a good sense of what’s going on beyond themselves. Some would even say their psychic abilities are ramping up right now, and that’s a good thing!
TAURUS (April 20-May 21)
The solar eclipse in Aries lands on the 8th of April, which for little Taureans means the spotlight is on your kiddo’s health, pets, and extracurricular activities this month. With Venus also being square to Saturn around this time, it’s likely your little Ox needs a bit more TLC than usual. But don’t fret, Mom, this just means they need more time getting some R&R as well as Vitamin D from the sun (hint: Get outside with them). From now until October, you may notice your child thinking out of the box and trying new things, or doing things in new ways. Encourage creativity- it’s good for the soul!

GEMINI (May 22-June 21)
The theme for the little twins this month has to do with meeting new people and putting their energies behind friends in their social circle around this month’s solar eclipse. This is good news because from now until mid July 2019, Saturn enters the picture and wants all Geminis to really think about what’s important to them and to further develop their talents. Tie all of that to Uranus giving the twins more room to breathe and a little bit more independence, and you’ve got a kiddo itching to take flight — but all under your watchful gaze, Mom. Interesting and related sidebar: Geminis are able to get “into” places and situations others find nearly impossible. Perhaps that’s where they’re headed.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)
School, family, and friends are the center of attention for little crabs this month, especially around the April 8th solar eclipse. There’s some need to get up in front of others, perhaps at a public speaking competition or a class project that gets presented in front of peers and the teacher. Your kiddo will work hard to prepare, shelving their shy, introspective natures for the task at hand. And the eclipse brings help from others able to lend a hand, just when they need it most. Bravo, little crab! You can do it!

LEO (July 23-August 22)
There’s no better time for your little lion to start thinking of their “bigger” picture, aka, what they’d like to get really good at, than now. With the solar eclipse on April 8th, this is a phase of endings and new beginnings for Leos, so the timing is right to learn and even travel to learn. If your kiddo is a piano player, for example, or an athlete-in-training, the chance to connect with a really top-notch teacher may arise. Grab it with both hands, Mom — it will likely lead to something terrific for your kiddo! If nothing else, they cram more knowledge into their curious, bright minds and everyone wins!

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
One of the most challenging things for most little Virgos is to overcome their myriad fears (real, perceived or imagined) and concern over what others might think of them. They also realize that sometimes, they need the help of others to get things done. That bothers little Virgos sometimes, but Mom, you can remind them that giving and receiving help is all a part of life. It doesn’t mean your kiddo can’t handle things on their own. On the contrary. Your little planners like to organize, plant seeds, start new projects, and bring them to fruition. You can’t be a defenseless slouch and manage all that at the same time, so celebrate the wins, big and small. There are plenty of them!

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
Did someone, an adult or a friend, just tell your little Libra that they’re too talkative, Mom? Nope, that’s not it at all: they’re actually expressing themselves more eloquently than ever before. This month signals the beginning of a solid journey for the remainder of the year where the future looks mighty good. Just remind your deliberate little ones, Mom, not to get hung up on the minutiae, because right now, it’s about the bigger picture. You’ll notice your child being more focused for the remainder of 2019 with “ambitious” being the key adjective right now. Go for it, little Libra!

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22)
If you notice your kiddo is a bit more emotionally charged, restless, or impatient this month, that’s likely because the April 8th solar eclipse falls in Scorpio’s 6th house of health, Mom. You may want to consider looking into their diet, daily schedule, school routine, and/or sleeping habits. One or more of these may need some tweaking to get your little scorpion back to their more cheery, centered self. And if that doesn’t do it, maybe they’re worried about a family member or friend, and just aren’t saying anything to anyone about it. You know your child, so if a heart-to-heart is what’s needed here, go for it. You’ll both be glad you did.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21)
Uh-oh! Is your little archer starting to sniffle and cough this month, Mom? We hope not, but if they’re getting an early spring cold, do what you can to cut it off at the pass. Taking care of your highly active little one’s health is always a good idea, and that’s especially the case this month. Those health precautions should also include the spiritual side since these kids are some of the most intuitive around. Take time to do some yoga with your kid, if you’re so inclined, or enroll them in a class for kids, allow them to express themselves through art, storytelling or by keeping a dream journal. While you help take care of their physical bodies, these activities help keep their agile minds healthy, too!

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)
Apart from being big-time planners and thinkers, Capricorns, even little ones, have a knack for fully grasping the “bigger” picture and deciding that they’re the ones to change the world. And while this isn’t a bad thing, we need practical, get-it-done dreamers to make positive changes after all, this can also zap your little goat’s energy reserve. Especially when they start to forget about taking care of themselves and those around them. Help them shift their focus, even just a little bit, Mom, so that these lofty goals don’t overshadow some of the good around them. And yes, there’s a lot of good!

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 19)
April is gearing up to be a busy month for your little water bearer, Mom. They’ll find themselves constantly on the go, helping friends, classmates, and even siblings. Expect the social and school calendar to fill up quickly, especially around the April 8th solar eclipse. Your wise kiddo is sought after for advice, especially if siblings are in the picture. Take a minute though to ask your child to gauge their own “pulse.” Are their feelings more easily hurt this month, but they don’t want to show it? Could be that something is worrying them, so press the pause button on the flurry of activity, Mom, and get your child to sit down for a heart-to-heart. That ought to do the trick!

PISCES (February 20-March 19)
Good news and events come into your little fish’s life this month, Mom, through school or extracurricular activities. But your kiddo may think they’re still not getting the TLC or recognition they feel they’ve worked so hard for. That all changes once July comes, but right now, it’s about facing those nagging insecurities that can make things a slow slog for your sensitive child. With your help, Mom, now is about helping your child create the present and future they really want; no dream is too big or too small. It’s in them to achieve their inner-most desires, with a little bit of help from their friends.

March 21, 2019
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Head To Toe Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Looks On A Budget!

Has your little one been asked to be in the bridal party? It’s super sweet and exciting! But you might be worried about the cost…

Flower girl dresses and ring bearer tuxes can quickly become expensive. Traditionally, the bridesmaids and groomsmen pay for their own attire. In the case of flower girls and ring bearers, it will be their parents who are footing the bill. Luckily, we have many affordable options in a wide range of styles to match your budget.

For The Flower Girl

Dress Styles

The flower girl’s dress can include details that match the bride’s gown, such as lace, pearls, or a poofy skirt. You could also choose a fabric or color scheme that accentuates the bridesmaids’ dresses instead. From casual styles like knit or floral print dresses, to more formal choices that have lace skirts and sashes, we’ve got you covered. For a finishing touch, one of our cute cardigan or shrug sweaters can add extra detail and color to a flower girl’s ensemble.

Accessories

Depending on the age of your flower girl, a tiara or embellished headband can be a great accessory. For a younger flower girl, another option is to use fancy clips or bows to accessorize her hair. No matter the age or style, we’ve got options to add that extra special touch.

Shoes

Comfort is key here since the flower girl will need to concentrate on her task of scattering flowers down the aisle. A sweet and versatile pair of ballet flats or sandals will go with a wide range of dress styles. And don’t forget the ruffled socks or lace tights if you’re going for a more formal look!

For The Ring Bearer

Outfit Styles

Unless the wedding is a black tie affair, you can skip the mini-tux and go for a less formal but equally adorable outfit. A button-down poplin shirt, paired with a vest and belted chinos will look just as dashing and definitely be more comfortable for your little guy. The ring bearer traditionally doesn’t need to match the groom or groomsmen, so consider choosing an outfit with a bit more color or style.

Accessories

Add a little flair with a bow tie, suspenders, or even a casual fedora. We’ve also got belts and traditional ties for older boys who prefer that classic style.

Shoes

From casual canvas slip-ons to formal lace-up dress shoes, we’ve got it all. Flip-flops for beach weddings and sneakers or chambray slip-ons that go perfectly with both chinos and dress pants. You can find a comfortable shoe in any style that your little guy will wear long after the wedding is over.

And for the littlest guests who are too young to be part of the wedding ceremony but still want to party in style, check out our adorable baby girl dress and bloomer sets and tutu styles. Add a little flair with a classic eyelet hat or a flowered head wrap. For dapper baby boys, you can choose a poplin, plaid, or chambray bodysuit that tucks perfectly into woven chino pants or shorts. We even offer tiny bow ties, suspenders, and newsboy hats to complete the look.

This season, you’ll rock those wedding photos without breaking the bank!

February 27, 2019
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What Do The Stars Say: March 2019 Horoscopes For Kids
PISCES (February 20-March 19)
Happy birthday to your little fish, Mom! Uranus is in Pisces sun sign for the next seven years, which means creativity has been fully unleashed. This is the month to let your kiddo express their dreams and follow them along a new avenue or two. Be on your toes, Mom, because your kiddo will fare best if they’re open to surprises of the good kind. Here’s the best part for your birthday child: because they believe in “magic,” near miracles tend to materialize. Talk about the wind being at your child’s back. Enjoy the month, friendly fish!

ARIES (March 20-April 19)
Spring and Aries go together like a hand in glove. This your little ram’s favorite season for a reason — it’s the start of new things, new adventures and for some, their birthday month. Encourage your kiddo to look for the spring sunshine and keep good company because this month, those two factors will help them recharge their mental engines. This mental re-up leads to acing projects and schoolwork and leading by example. A+, little ram, and with your help, Mom, they can keep it up well beyond this month. High fives all around!

TAURUS (April 20-May 21)
Is your little ox looking at their reflection in the mirror and wanting a bit of a spring refresh, Mom? If so, don’t worry! Your beauty-loving kiddo just wants a fabulous new hairstyle, or to don a crisp new outfit. You can help them look their best, Mom, because for your kiddo, sometimes how they dress and look, affects how they feel. You may also notice that this month, your clever little one will be very good at finding new ways to solve an old or recurring problem. Encourage that resourcefulness, Mom — it’s good for your kiddo to realize they’re mentally agile.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21)
March is a bit of a tangled web for little twins, Mom. On the one hand, they’ll feel a little overwhelmed by the complexity of the world around them or the tasks set before them. On the other hand, your kiddo is able to cope with these changes, even if right now, they don’t think so. The twins will be most comforted by the support and love provided especially by family and friends. With your help, your kiddo will find a sense of inner peace and fulfillment because they’ll choose to act with honesty and wisdom in any challenge that comes their way.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Crabs big and small may find themselves at the end of a two-year tunnel that for many, seemed like a mountain of a challenge. Here’s the good news- the light is within view and your kiddo will take the decisions necessary, with your help, to get there. Your little crab may need help determining what’s just not worth keeping, so if some frustration creeps in around March 6th-9th, be there to offer a friendly shoulder to lean on, Mom. Another ray of sunshine: the New Moon on March 10th ignites your kiddo’s top-notch intuition and helps seed some new creative directions.

LEO (July 23-August 22)
Here’s the thing this month, Mom: Your little lion might be chasing the latest, shiniest thing right now- a toy, an experience, you name it. Here’s what you’ll need to remind them: “All that glitters” is definitely not always gold. Guide your kiddo to listen to their heart, or to the heart of someone older and wiser (you, for example). Your little lion-hearted child will find the way and make the best decision with this support. They’d also be wise spending some time this month focusing on schoolwork, friendships, and sharing. Yep, even that most prized, shiny “thing” they’ve already got.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
Those born under Virgo, possibly the most helpful sign of the zodiac, have a tendency to take on too much. Or make that way too much. Sound familiar, Mom? This month is all about balance for your little one. Friends and family may come out of the woodwork looking for your kiddo’s time, be it socially or otherwise. There will be so many things to do, your kiddo might even forget where they put their toys, stored their homework, or where they left the TV remote. This month brings important experiences to your kiddo, Mom, experiences that help shape your child for years to come. Buckle up for the ride!

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
You know your little Libra likes to make others happy, Mom. It’s a big part of who they are: keeping the peace, having loads of social know-how to maneuver most any situation. And this month is no different, except you may find your kiddo running in every direction trying to do too much all at once while trying to find their beloved balance. If your kiddo is a consummate “people pleaser,” remind them that happiness starts with the inner self. It’s OK for your child to put themselves first sometimes, and to grab a break. Show them the way and they’ll be all the happier for it, Mom.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22)
One of the hardest things for some Scorpios to do, big or small, is to let bygones, be bygones. If your little scorpion is holding on to a past hurt, Mom, work with them to let it go like a spring breeze. Keeping that kind of mental energy and pain around leads to stagnation and frustration at best. This month, your kiddo has it in them to release the old and accept the new with their characteristic sensitivity and intuition. This leads to waves of creativity, dreaming, playing and your child expressing their truth. The more they practice this with your help, Mom, the happier and more mentally powerful they’ll be. Listening to one’s “gut” is always a winning formula.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21)
This month, your little Archer could be hankering for just the right “look.” Perhaps it’s a new outfit, a new haircut, some earrings, or a watch. This is important because your clever kiddo understands that sometimes, the message they want to give is non-verbal. Putting together a well-crafted series of visual cues comes into play. And while these children are some of the most playful of the zodiac (that rarely ever changes), this month is a good time, Mom, to work on your kiddo’s ability to relax, rejuvenate, and heal by meditating or taking quiet moments to reflect. What they reveal or learn during those quiet times could be hugely important.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)
Your little goat has been hard at work all last month, and as you already know, Mom, it’s tough to get that kiddo off the proverbial treadmill once they start. But everyone needs a break, including your hard-working Capricorn! Get them to turn that frown, that might appear within the first ten days of the month, upside down. There’s immense creativity in these children; they just need to plan their goals for crystal clear clarity. That makes them happy and opens the path to greener pastures. No treadmills allowed!

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 19)
You know that little water-bearers are more free-spirited than hard-core planners, right, Mom? But this month, with Lady Luck throwing her dice all over the place and even technology being wonky (did your child lose their class assignment because the computer crashed? Yep, that’s what we’re talking about), it’s time to plan ahead. Encourage your kiddo to arrive early to appointments, get schoolwork completed ahead of time (and keep it away from the dog or cat), and dress for the weather. You’ll have a much happier child on your hands at the end of the month, even if at first, they resisted your plan-ahead program.
February 20, 2019
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Diaper Bag Essentials For Every New Mom

Perhaps the most overwhelming moment in any new moms life after baby arrives is that first trip out of the house. Whether she is heading to the doctor’s office, the grocery store, or even out to lunch for the first time, she’ll need to know how to pack a diaper bag. For those moms who like to be overly-prepared, there might be a temptation to pack too many baby items, making the diaper bag heavy and cumbersome. Other moms may not bring enough supplies.

This guide will help new moms pack just the right amount of essentials for a successful outing with baby!

Clean Baby Clothes

Between diaper explosions, spit ups, and drool attacks, babies go through many outfits in any given day. Make sure to pack some basic baby essentials like bodysuits, knit pants, or pajamas (if heading out in the evening) in case one of those unexpected moments happen and baby needs a full outfit change. Check which outfits you have in your bag before each outing to make sure they are the right size and that they coordinate. Purchasing mix and match items together will help keep baby from clashing.

Extra socks are always a good idea to have in the diaper bag…especially when baby is old enough to grab them off their feet! Have a couple of knit hats packed in the bag as well in case baby gets cold.

Pro tip: All well-stocked diaper bags include a few bibs and burp cloths!

Head-to-toe newborn and baby clothing bundles sets to pack in your diaper bag

Baby Blankets

Carry two swaddle blankets in your diaper bag. One can be used to put in between baby and any potentially dirty surfaces for playing or for diaper changes. The other should be kept clean. The clean blanket can be used to cover baby in case of bad weather or shield from the glaring sun, especially if baby falls asleep. A clean blanket will also come in handy if baby needs to nurse on the go, and you prefer to use a cover.

Diapers & Wipes

New babies soil their diapers… A LOT. Make sure to pack several disposable (or cloth) diapers and a large pack of wipes.

Pro tip: Wipes are also good for wiping down public changing tables and high chairs.

Toss a couple of waterproof bags in the diaper bag as well; you’ll use these for dirty diapers and any soiled clothing. If you use cloth diapers, make sure to have some extra liners and covers, as well as your wet bag for bringing home the dirty diapers.

Other Supplies

Other miscellaneous items to pack in a diaper bag include pacifiers, formula, fresh water, and bottles if baby is formula fed. When baby is old enough, some small snacks such as cereal or teething biscuits are essentials! For toddlers, a first aid kit with bandages and antibiotic ointment is also a good idea in case of minor scrapes.

While this list seems overwhelming, remember that most of these items are very small and take up little room. Having your diaper bag packed and ready before heading out of the house means you won’t be caught off guard by anything unexpected. With a little planning, an outing with baby will be an enjoyable and stress-free experience!

February 12, 2019
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From the Teachers Desk: Keep Kids Focused When The Excitement Fades

You and the kids have made it–you’re halfway through the school year! Making it to that milestone is a big deal, but it’s tough to keep the momentum and excitement going until the end of the year. Your lunches have gone from heart-shaped sandwiches and fruit on toothpicks to frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bags of chips. Those children who were lovingly opening their new binders to share the work they did, can’t find a thing in their disorganized backpacks.

Sound familiar?

If so, it’s time to shape things up and help everyone learn what organization and stamina can offer. Here are a few key tips to help the whole family get back on track and stay motivated about the rest of the year.

Plan For Seasonal Clothing

Kids seem to grow overnight and constantly need outfit refreshes, don’t they? This is a perfect time to go through their clothing and pack up items that don’t work for the season or don’t fit anymore.

Am I the only person who always forgets to buy snow pants and boots until it’s already freezing?! Get ahead of what you need by marking down what you already have and thinking about what you needed at this time last year.

Pro tip: Keep a hamper in the laundry room for donations. When it gets full, drop off the clothes to a consignment shop or thrift store.

Refresh Backpacks

Together with your child, take every single thing out of their backpack. Sort through the papers and put back any that are still needed. After making sure all items have your child’s name on them, set the binders and books to the side. Wash the backpack and hang it to dry. You won’t believe how much newer it will look! Then, reload it with books, binders, and new, sharpened pencils. Creating outer order can boost your child’s (and your!) inner calm.

Pro tip: Instead of throwing out other papers, put them some place until the end of the year…if it turns out a paper is necessary, you’ll still have it!

Post A Family Calendar

One universal calendar for the whole family is a great modeling tool for staying organized.

  1. Find a wall calendar (or make your calendar plus “to-do” lists) that brings you joy.
  2. Hang it in a well-traveled place, like your kitchen. Choose one color for every person in your house.
  3. Write down vacations, early dismissals, dentist appointments, and anything else you already know.
  4. Share the new calendar with your family and let them know they can add things on their own.

Pro tip: Add some countdowns to birthdays, summer vacation, or anything special coming up.

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Make Weekly Visits To The Library

Kids’ reading skills and tastes change significantly in the first few months of school. This is a good time to check in with them to see what they are reading in school now and what they’d like to be reading. Making a weekly visit to the library for a reading taste test supports reading for enjoyment and academics. Talk to local librarians about what’s popular now. Let them know why you’re there. Offering recommendations is what they do best. Let your kids bring home 10-20 books to try out at home. Best part: it’s free!

Pro tip: When your child shows an interest in a particular author or book, call the library to get the books ASAP. The faster your child gets the book, the more likely it will be read.

Stick To A Routine

Your schedule may change throughout the year. Kids do different activities each season or sign up for new classes after school. We know that children who have predictable schedules do better, so find ways to stick to your schedule whenever possible. For example, if you plan to be on the road at dinnertime, pack something easy to transport so their blood sugar is regular. This can help avoid behavior problems. Try to adhere to regular meals and bedtimes. If your child is behaving poorly, remind yourself to stop and reassess how to right the ship.

Pro tip: H.A.L.T. is a great acronym to remember. Ask yourself if your challenging child is hungry, angry, lonely, or tired and solve that need before getting mad at the behavior.

It’s important to keep your goals in perspective: Your child may not be a star student or a top athlete, but growth and consistency are always possible. Make sure to focus on the effort they put in and the commitment they show instead of the outcome. If you expect perfection, you’ll drive yourself crazy.

Choose happiness over perfection to stay strong all year long!

Kimberley Moran is the mom of two children and the step-mom to two young adults. She is a senior digital editor at WeAreTeachers.com where she helps teachers improve the lives of kids everywhere. She was a teacher for 15 years, working to make sure children were both seen and heard. She wrote the book, Hacking Parenthood: Ten Mantras You Can Use Daily to Reduce the Stress of Parenting, to help all parents simplify their lives and love raising children. She lives in Maine with her family.

February 6, 2019
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D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day Cards & Homemade Treats For Kids To Give Out In Class

Tired of store-bought Valentine’s Day cards? Looking for a simple and creative project that you can do together? Want your child to give out the most talked about Valentine’s gifts in the class? We’ve got you covered with cards and treats!

HEARTS OF EVERY SHAPE AND SIZE

First, the good news: Even the creatively-challenged can make great Valentine’s cards. We promise! Your kids can draw, paint, cut and paste, make stamps, or combine any of these to create custom-made cards. And remember, hearts can come in any color, so let your kids choose their favorite colors of paper, crayons, markers, or paint – there’s no need to limit their creativity to just red or pink.

Construction paper is the go-to when it comes to cutting out hearts. For a creative twist, use paper with various patterns/designs or have your child design their own with markers or watercolors on plain white paper. Make sure to cut various sizes and use the larger ones as the card. If the card is a dark color or has a busy design, select a lightly colored heart to glue into the writing space. On the rest of the card, give your child the creative freedom to glue small hearts or draw wherever they’d like.

MAKE YOUR OWN STAMPS

DIY heart stamps are a fun addition to homemade cards, and you can make them with empty toilet paper rolls, clean sponges, or wine corks. You can make a variety of hearts (one for each color of paint) by shaping toilet paper rolls into hearts. Depending on your child’s age and ability, they may be able to help make hearts out of sponges — remember to draw a heart on the sponge before cutting to avoid mistakes. For wine corks, this is an adult task as it involves an X-ACTO knife. First, draw the heart on the top (clean) side of the cork and then carve out the excess cork around the heart, removing a thin layer so the heart sticks out. To use your stamps, pour small amounts of paint into bowls, lightly dip your stamp in the paint, and press it firmly on the paper.

FOR KIDS WHO DON’T WANT TO MAKE HEARTS

If your child isn’t into hearts, especially when it comes to making cards for the opposite gender, tracing their hand onto construction or patterned paper is a great alternative. Fold fingers into a peace sign or the “I love you” sign and let their creativity flow as they create messages that correspond with the sign. You can make stamps with stars, X’s and O’s, or other shapes out of toilet paper rolls, sponges, and wine corks, using the instructions offered above.

ADD A CHOCOLATE-DIPPED TREAT

For a sweet treat to pair with the cards, have a little fun dipping snacks in chocolate! We recommend using melting chocolate in your favorite flavor(s) as regular chocolate is more difficult to melt.

  1. Before you begin melting, add a very small amount of vegetable oil (approximately one teaspoon per one cup of chocolate) to prevent the melted chocolate from hardening before you’ve finished dipping.
  2. Then, melt the chocolate in either a double boiler or the microwave set at 50 percent, stirring frequently. (If using a microwave, check at least every 30 seconds to make sure you do not overcook the chocolate.)
  3. Once your chocolate has fully melted, dip your food into the chocolate, sprinkle on your topping, and set it on wax paper to cool and harden.

Anything goes when it comes to snacks for dipping and toppings for decoration. Chocolate-covered strawberries are always a crowd favorite, and kids will also enjoy chocolate-covered marshmallows on a stick. If your child loves the combination of sweet and salty, dip pretzels or popcorn into chocolate. Baked or store-bought cookies (especially those that are heart-shaped) are also delicious when dipped in chocolate. When it comes to toppings, try crushed candy canes, any sort of sprinkles, or simply drizzle another color of melted chocolate on top.

P.S. – Don’t worry about perfection. Homemade cards and treats are always extra special.

January 29, 2019
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What Do The Stars Say: February 2019 Horoscopes For Kids

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 19)
Don’t be surprised, Mom, if your school-aged water-bearers are already busy forming their own, supportive “communities.” February is, for most little Aquarians, their favorite time of the year; it’s their birthday and their month to shine brightest. With the planet of love, aka Venus, entering Aquarius on the 2nd of February, take a moment to appreciate your kiddo’s singular way of seeing the world. These kids enjoy bettering the quality of everyone else’s lives — it’s one of their innate talents. This month, take some time to get them to focus on their own dreams and wishes. What makes them happy? This will help those little communities you see them building now, grow into something special that can be beneficial for everyone involved.
PISCES (February 20-March 19)
The beginning of this month brings with it a retrograde cycle, thanks to Jupiter’s visit in Pisces on the first of February. Your little fish may feel like retreating a bit from the world, but don’t worry, Mom, they’ll be right as rain once the Sun returns to Pisces on the 18th. There’s lots of planetary activity this month, with the communication planet, Mercury, paying a visit on the 16th, and Venus, the love planet, swinging past on the 26th, which means that your already intuitive kiddo’s sensitivity to how others feel will be heightened. Be there, Mom, to remind your child that it’s OK to feel how others feel, but it’s not on them to try and change it. This month’s mantra: Let it go – it’s healthy to do that and still be a good friend.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)
Hold on to your hat this February, Mom! Your fiery little ram has some big ideas they want to implement, and they’ve got both Mars, their ruling planet, as well as success-driven Capricorn behind them to ensure it pretty much goes down the way they’re thinking. We know, these kiddos are usually pretty “go with the flow” when it comes to planning, but this month, that’s all about to get a snow globe-like shake. Taking time to break down the “plan” for success is on the agenda, step-by-step, with a good dose of Capricorn determination and Aries conviction. This month, your little ram will be virtually unstoppable in a good way. Hang on for the ride!

TAURUS (April 20-May 21)
You know better than anyone, Mom, that your little Ox does not enjoy big (or often little) changes. It upsets their sense of stability and they may fight it, even when they know it’s better for them to take a new path. This month, with your gentle guidance, you’ll show them that it’s time to try something different, and yeah, something new that pretty much equals change. Here’s the upside: once you sell it to them, they’ll be fully on board, and with your support, they’ll take to this new routine like nobody’s business. Bonus: the New Moon in Aquarius is hanging out in your kiddo’s 10th house, which triggers this change and their acceptance of it. It’s go time.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21)
Has your little twin been a little off with family or friends this month, Mom? Have there been a few more disagreements than usual, or has your little one complained of someone not treating them right? This month, it’s time to literally clear the air with your little twin and vice versa. Mars, the planet of action, moves into the relationship area of your kiddo’s chart, and Virgo’s Full Moon moves into the house of family and home on the 23rd. By the end of the month, both your little twin (and you) will gain more clarity into what it will take to reconnect with those they have felt a bit “offish” toward. Give them a little push toward accepting (and giving) love and be supportive at this time. Once this hurdle is surpassed, you’ll all feel so much better!

CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Mars is making its way through various signs this month, including Cancer’s 7th house (aka the “relationship” aspect of this sign) around the 6th of February. Here’s what this means to your sensitive little crab, Mom: Mars is the planet of action, so expect your kiddo to start asking for what they really want this month, especially when it comes to family and friends. You already know your child isn’t prone to confrontation — that just makes them want to retreat into their shells and hide away. But with the added sense of security they feel from you, Mom, and Mars, they’ll be more assertive and empowered to stand up for themselves right around now. And believe us, this is a BIG deal for your child. Hang back and let them do their thing, always trusting that they know you’ve got their back.

LEO (July 23-August 22)
There’s a running theme this month for most signs, Mom, and right now, it’s all about relationships. Your little cubs are no exception. The sun, this sign’s guardian angel of sorts, moves into Pisces on the 18th, focusing its energies in Leo’s chart with others on deeply emotional, psychological, and even spiritual levels. If you find your kiddo is more straight-shooting and direct than usual, this is why. They’re asking for what they want/need and hoping those closest to them will help them along this path. You’ve both got this!

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
You already know your little Virgo is prone to a wee bit of over-analyzing, right, Mom? Around the 26th of February, that tendency gets a little shake-up with the help of Venus, the planet of love, moving through Pisces, Virgo’s relationship area. Pisces is the opposite sign of Virgo, so where Virgo tends to over-think things to an almost infinitesimal degree, Pisces listens to their gut and goes on faith that all will work out. So if you see your kiddo going for it, without the usual hours of inner and outer debate, pay attention to what they’re doing and why. It might be a great lesson in learning to embrace their instincts and accept that, sometimes, going with the flow is really not a bad thing at all!

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
This is a good time to level set for your little Libra, Mom, as Aquarius, that singularly unique sign, moves through Libra on the 2nd of February. Expect all of your kiddo’s more zany pals to get in on the fun; your kid loves to challenge convention sometimes after all. Jupiter, planet of growth, goes retrograde now, too, meaning that your child may re-evaluate all kinds of relationships. What’s working, what isn’t and how they’d like to change it may come up this month — and that’s a good thing, Mom. Libras are all about creating harmony and they show us that we are all teaching what’s most important for us to learn.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22)
There’s magic and wonder in your little scorpions this month, Mom. Guardian angel planet Mars moves through hard-working Capricorn on the 6th of February, which means your kiddo is able to tap into the energy of Capricorn as well as the intensity and get-it-doneness of Mars. Whatever your child wishes to build, create, or work on right now will be pretty impressive. If you see your kiddo is a bit introspective this month, that’s OK, too. They may be thinking about things they’d like to see change. Be there to guide them to that place full of light that makes them happy — it’s where these children shine brightest.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21)
Is your super active little Archer’s energy and natural enthusiasm waning right about now, Mom? You have Jupiter, this sign’s “protector” planet, going into a four-month retrograde cycle starting at the beginning of the month to thank for that. Your usually half-glass-full kind of kiddo may be feeling less than optimistic…but don’t fret. That’s just the planets’ way of getting people, both young and young at heart, to think about what their purpose is — what do they want their life to look and feel like? Big questions for little people, yes, but with you and your family’s help, little Sags will get some important answers that could lead to bigger revelations down the road.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)
Once every two years or so, Mars, the planet of “get it done, now!” steps into Capricorn’s sphere, and that happens again on February 6th this year. What does that mean for your little goat? It means your kiddo, when they choose a project that’s important to them, will be unstoppable. They’ll work hard to reach their goals without much delay or friction, and they may even find ways of doing things that shake up the usual, conventional methods and outcomes they prefer. Learning about innovation and using their talents is top of mind right now. High five those little goats, Mom! You all have a lot to be proud of.
January 21, 2019
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From the Teachers Desk: Helping Your Child Find One Little Word To Guide Them In 2019

This year, as an alternative to making resolutions, try helping your child find “One Little Word” to focus on this year. One Little Word is a simple opportunity to learn how to set intentions for the year to come. Choosing a word like “focus” or “persistent” is less intimidating than creating a long list of resolutions that children may find difficult to understand or remember.

Following this simple 1-2-3 process for choosing One Little Word and making it stick all year long is a great way to teach your children the value of goal-setting.

1. Ask Questions

Asking your child a few simple questions can generate an interesting conversation. Here are some questions to get you started in identifying One Little Word:

  • What do you want to work hard for?
  • What quality do you admire in others?
  • What is a strength you want to grow?
  • What is a challenge you want to work on?
  • What do you wish for?

After you brainstorm words together, help your child search a dictionary, thesaurus, or the Internet for synonyms. It may also help to do an Internet search for adjectives and verbs you may not have brainstormed.

2. Narrow it Down

Now that you have several words that strike a chord in your child’s heart or gut, you’ve got to narrow it down. Using index cards, write the following categories on each of them:

  • Home
  • School
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Hobbies

Then, together with your child, write down how each of the words affect or can help improve each of these areas. For example, if your child’s word is “persistence,” she’ll write sentences on each index card about how persistence can help her focus on each of the categories. She might write sentences like:

“I will be persistent at keeping my room tidy.”

“If I have trouble making friends this year, I will keep trying until I find a friendship that sticks.”

It will soon become obvious which word is right for your child.

3. Make Your One Little Word Stick

Discovering your One Little Word together will be exciting. The work you both have put into identifying a word that feels just right for guiding the new year will pay off if you come back to it throughout the coming year.

Try some of these great ways to make your One Little Word stick.

Decorate A Notebook With Your One Little Word

First, have your child decorate a notebook with stickers and markers to make it their own. Next, have your child write about the chosen One Little Word and what it means to them. Getting it down on paper can help keep it in focus more clearly.

Make Or buy An Item With The One Little Word On It

Consider buying a blank wooden sign and some paints so your child can paint the One Little Word on it. Be sure to cover the paint with glue or shellac to protect the paint. You can also find lots of customizable items on Etsy.

Use The One Little Word When Making Decisions

When your child wants to sign up for art classes or a hockey team, ask if it coincides with their One Little Word. For example, if your child chose “create” for his One Little Word, you might ask if a class he wants to take will help him create. This can really help keep the valuable One Little Word in focus.

Kimberley Moran is the mom of two children and the step-mom to two young adults. She is a senior digital editor at WeAreTeachers.com where she helps teachers improve the lives of kids everywhere. She was a teacher for 15 years, working to make sure children were both seen and heard. She wrote the book, Hacking Parenthood: Ten Mantras You Can Use Daily to Reduce the Stress of Parenting, to help all parents simplify their lives and love raising children. She lives in Maine with her family.

January 8, 2019
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We Asked, You Shared: 21 New Year’s Resolutions From Your Kids

Another year means another set of New Year resolutions to make and follow…and since your own list is probably the same as always (because we know ours is!), we thought it’d be funny to see what kind of goals your kids have for themselves this year! If you haven’t thought about your kids’ goals, it’s never too late to start. Check out these cute & funny kids resolutions from our parent friends on Instagram, and gear up your #goalgetters for a great 2019!

  1. Be potty trained before their 3rd birthday
  2. To have their own room
  3. To help mom and dad more around the house
  4. Get a glittery purse
  5. To find out where mom hides the candy
  6. More Slime
  7. To reach all her milestones
  8. Get to 10 Instagram followers this year
  9. Make new friends and get more Barbies
  10. To be an ambassador for The Children’s Place
  11. To finally have friends over for her 7th birthday
  12. Plenty of pretty dresses from The Children’s Place
  13. To be happy
  14. To pass kindergarten and work on her gymnastics & dancing
  15. Eat more broccoli!
  16. Focus more in school and talking less
  17. To lose more teeth to get money
  18. To start walking (because she turns one in January!)
  19. To collect as many “tiny toys” as possible (all the YouTube videos she watches has her crazy!)
  20. To create more
  21. To be featured as a baby model!
December 31, 2018
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How To Throw A Budget & Kid-Friendly NYE Party!

Happy (almost) 2019! Time sure does fly, doesn’t it?

While the idea of staying up past midnight is a distant memory (thanks to your adorable little alarm clock who’s up at 6:00 a.m. asking for breakfast) you can still throw a great New Year’s Eve party. But now, it’ll be for the kids.

Luckily, you can create a fancy affair without breaking the bank. Here’s how to plan a budget-friendly, kid-focused NYE party that’s fun for parents, too!

Glitzy Decorations

To create an affordable, yet glamorous look for your New Year’s Eve party, pick your favorite metallic – silver or gold. Purchase balloons, streamers, tablecloths, cups/plates/napkins/utensils, and confetti (if you can handle the mess) in that color. Hang streamers from the ceiling and decorate the walls with balloons to create a simple, yet classy look.

Save some ceiling space for your “midnight” balloon drop. You will need an extra set of hands for this project, along with a plastic tablecloth, balloons, confetti, and painter’s tape. To start, lay your tablecloth on the floor. Then, blow up enough balloons to fill the tablecloth – consider putting confetti inside for extra sparkle. Together, bring the tablecloth up to the ceiling and tape the corners and sides. If you’re using confetti, sprinkle some in. Leave a small gap somewhere so the tablecloth is easy to pull down later.

Sweets & Bubbly

Keep it simple and cost-efficient by throwing a dessert-only event with one impressive treat: a cupcake bar. You’ll need vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, vanilla and chocolate frosting, and cupcake toppings – small candies, cookie pieces, sprinkles, and fruit. Bake the cupcakes ahead of time, but don’t frost them. Place the frosting in separate bowls and fill either a cupcake pan or small cups with your toppings. Allow the kids to spread their own frosting and scoop their own toppings onto their cupcake.

For drinks, serve basics, such as water and lemonade, but have plenty of sparkling apple cider and plastic champagne flutes on hand for your countdown.

Activities To Ring In The New Year

What’s a New Year’s Eve party without 2019 glasses or headbands? Instead of buying completed ones at the store, let the kids get creative. Purchase inexpensive sunglasses and headbands, pipe cleaners, decorations – such as glitter, rhinestones, and feathers – and glue sticks. Before the party, cut some of the pipe cleaners in half and pop out the glasses’ lenses. Kids can add their own flair to a pair of glasses or a headband before making their numbers out of pipe cleaners. Then, use the pre-cut pipe cleaners to wrap each number around their personalized accessory.

New Year’s resolutions and 2018 reflections aren’t just for adults. Create pages for resolutions and separate ones for reflections. Leave these pages with plenty of white space so kids can use markers to customize them with decorative words and drawings. Resolution topics can include:

  • What I want to do
  • What I want to learn
  • What I’m looking forward
  • How I will help others

Some reflection topics are:

  • I am most proud of…
  • I am grateful for…
  • My 2018 best memories are…
  • My 2018 favorites (books, movies, activities, etc.)

New Year’s Eve Party Favors

For a positive start to the new year, send each kid home with a personalized wish jar. Before the party, cut strips of colored paper and label glass jars with each guest’s name. Ask every guest to write a New Year’s wish for each person and place it in their jar. Then, close the jars so they can read their wishes tomorrow.

The New Year’s Eve Countdown

Thanks to the Internet, you no longer need to wait until midnight for the countdown. Select an appropriate time, pour some sparkling cider into each glass, gather the kids under the balloon drop, and play a countdown video. At “one,” release the balloons and turn on the dance music. When the last kid has gone home, it’s time for the adult party. Put on pajamas, clean up, and get under the covers well before midnight. Your adorable little alarm clock will be at your door at 6:00 a.m. on January 1…probably asking for breakfast.

December 24, 2018
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