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Celebrate the 236th Independence Day with your children

Celebrate the 236th Independence Day with  your children

The 4th of July

Independence Day is an American holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence from Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4th, 1776. It is the National Day of the USA. It is America’s birthday. The 4th of July is commonly celebrated with fireworks as an explosive expression of the victory. The largest fireworks show is sponsored by Macy’s and takes place every year in the city of New York. It is also a celebration day commonly spent on picnics and barbeques during families’ reunions.

Together with President’s Day, Independence Day should be celebrated with respect. These days are part of the US’ history and we should be educated about them and honor them as part of our everyday life. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today, and we couldn’t do what we do. Read the rest of this entry »

How to explain catastrophe in Japan to your children

Earthquake, tsunami and radiation in Japan

Friday, March 11th, 2011, we woke up and learned about the earthquake in Japan, followed by a disastrous tsunami. Have you shared this tragic news with your kids or have you tried to protect them from this sad information? Read the rest of this entry »

The germiest public places

The germiest public places

Viruses can survive up to 18 hours on hard surfaces. Germ droplets from coughing and sneezing can travel up to 3 feet before falling to the floor. You know how often you touch high-traffic surfaces, like light switches or door knobs… You can control the presence of germs at home, but what about public places? Restaurants, grocery stores, doctor’s offices… How exposed are you to germs? Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching children about Presidents Day

Teaching children about Presidents Day

Presidents Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America. But how many citizens know details about this holiday? Or is a day off the only thing they have in mind? Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Valentine’s day, every day!

Happy Valentine’s day, every day!

Valentine’s Day is here! Like every year, we are preparing gifts, cards, diners and, again, the craziness of commercials is surrounding us. But what is Valentine’s Day all about? Read the rest of this entry »

The potty training experience

The potty training experience

When I first thought about potty training of my twin girls, different questions came to my mind… When is the best time to do it? What to use: a potty or a special adapter seat? How long will it take altogether? Who will master the skill first: Pola or Maja? etc. Many people say that the best time for potty training is the summer because it’s hot and the child can play around bare-bottomed. It’s also easier to get changed if an accident happens. So we followed suit and started the whole thing in the summer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Magic of Christmas

Christmas traditions

Originally a Christian holiday symbolizing the birth of Jesus, Christmas became extremely popular in non-Christian families for its traditions. Today, when you think of Christmas, you have in mind: Christmas tree, exchange of greeting cards, special food and gift-giving by ‘Santa Claus’. But there is something more magic in this holiday season: the spirit. With the Christmas decorations and holiday music, everyone is tuned to be merry and more cheerful! It is also a special family- and friends-oriented time. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas checklist

Christmas checklist

  • Did you switch to eco-friendly LED Christmas lights that could save you up to 90% on energy this holiday season?
  • Did you send out Christmas cards to family and friends?
  • Did you buy a Christmas tree?
  • Did you buy Christmas gifts and wrapped them up or mailed them out?
  • Did you make a list of all groceries you need for your Christmas dinner?
  • Did you prepare your past-Christmas shopping list?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, it means you are ready for Christmas! Enjoy!

Top 10 reasons to fall in love with your baby!

Top 10 reasons to fall in love with your baby

1. she is your little body

2. her life and who she is depends on you

3. she imitates your every step Read the rest of this entry »

Baby dance with Chicken dance Elmo

Baby dance with Chicken dance Elmo

Baby dance starts as early as… the very beginning. You dance with your baby when you lull her to sleep, when the baby cries and you want to comfort her. You dance to make her laugh. She observes you and when she is able to walk by herself, she starts to imitate you and dance by herself. Actually, babies love dancing. Whenever they hear music, they move their body, even if it is not into the rhythm. Sometimes it looks like they have involuntary reaction to the music. Read the rest of this entry »

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