Friday, May 27, 2016

Teaching Children to Apologize in a Few Easy Steps



A question I get a lot as a mom of five kids is how we handle apologies in our home. I don't think that apologizing even comes easy for adults, so it's something we've tried to teach our kids early in life. We focus on a few key character traits in raising our children like integrity, accountability, and selflessness. Learning how to apologize is something that can help kids develop these traits. Not only that, but it's a good habit to get into.

That being said, there can be a few things that go into apologizing. We try to allow grace in any situation. Adults and children mess up just the same. I also try to keep in mind that both parties may need a cooling off period before an apology takes place, so don't force an apology.

Another thing I've kept in mind is that I can't step in to every single little squabble that goes on. We don't sit back and let the kids beat on each other, but there are certain times where we want them to use their problem solving skills to solve conflicts themselves. Believe me, my oldest daughter thinks her brothers can just breathe wrong sometimes. ;-)


So, here's what we try to do in our household:

1.  Apologize and name the offense.

2. Offer a solution.

3. Ask for forgiveness.


Step #1 is important because it teaches the child to apologize and admit that they made the wrong choice. Sometimes this can be the hardest part. (Parents: I would also encourage you to give your child grace here. Don't berate your child over the choice they made. After they've realized it's wrong, move onto the next step. There's no sense in beating a dead horse.)

Step #2 helps the child think of a better choice for next time. This has helped our kids learn to respect others.

Step #3 gives the other child a chance to forgive and usually helps dissipate the situation quickly. I do not force my children to hug, since sometimes they are still mad. A quick hand shake can also do. 


A scenario might go like this: 

I'm sorry that I push past you. Next time I will try to be more patient. Will you forgive me? 
-or-
  I'm sorry that I accidentally hit you with the ball. I really didn't mean to. Next time I'll try to be more careful with where I throw it. Will you forgive me? 


Adapting this has really worked in our household. It's taught my husband and I to give our children grace and allows us to restore peace quickly. We've also noticed that we don't need to step in as much to break up squabbles, because they've learned to apologize on their own very quickly. As our kids have gotten older, this is a really important skill to learn.

I hope this might help you on your parenting journey! What are some methods of apologizing that work well in your household? 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fresh Baby Comic Book Design Plates & Cups Review and Giveaway

Check the bottom of this post for a giveaway!

Matthew is almost 9 years old. He enjoyed a breakfast of  eggs and mandarin oranges with water! (He's my dairy allergy kid.)

My kids love the new Comic Book Design 4-Section My Plate and 8 oz Dairy Cup from Fresh Baby! These 8 inch plates are designed for kids 6 and up, which are a really nice option to have for my bigger kids. They have outgrown the traditional toddler plates, but the doesn't mean they don't like their own cool kids dinnerware!

What's nice for mom and dad is that the plates with dividers for four food groups. This is a nice reminder of healing eating for kids with a diet of fruits, grains, vegetables, and proteins. The cup comes fill lines that are great, because I know exactly how much my kids are getting each day.




Fresh Baby Comic Book 4-Section My Plates 3 pack and 8oz MyPlate Dairy Cups are available to purchase on Amazon or the Fresh Baby Store. A portion of the profit is donated to the Partnership For Healthier America's Drink Up Initiative that encourages everyone to drink more water. Fresh Baby products are dishwasher safe, Lead free, BPA free, and Phthalate free.


More about Fresh Baby: Fresh Baby offers a variety of feeding products for babies, toddlers, and children. They offer healthy recipe ideas and more on their website. I also love that they support breastfeeding awareness!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!


One winner will receive a 3-pack of Fresh Baby 4 Section Comic Book Design Plates and a 2-pack of Fresh Baby 8 oz MyPlate Dairy Cups. Open to US Residents 18+. Use the Giveaway Tools form below to enter. For questions regarding this giveaway contact Farrah at farrahafm@gmail.com. This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment.



Disclaimer: This review and giveaway are sponsored by Fresh Baby. All opinions are honest and are my own. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mark Dubowitz: "Courting Justice" Book Review

"Courting Justice:
Landmark Supreme Court Case Can Offer Justice for U.S. Victims of Iranian Terror"



Terrorism and international relations are really a hot topic these days, especially during an election year. Mark Dubowitz's book offers insight into this important issue. This book outlines how the United States government & international partners entered into an agreement with the Iranian government where sanctions on the country would be eased in exchange for the country backing off on some of it's nuclear weapons development. While the intent of this deal was to ease the issue, it has only made it worse. Iran has a history of committing acts of terror against Americans. 

Dubowitz goes in depth in his book about this deal gone horribly wrong and notes how Americans who have been victims are supposed to be compensated. Subjects pertaining to international law can be hard reads, but this book is not the case. The language is professional, yet easy for the average reader to understand. For some one like myself who focused on international affairs in college, I would love to see it used in college and even high school classrooms

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com

About Mark Dubowitz Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, and nonproliferation. He is an expert on sanctions and has testified before Congress and advised the U.S. administration, Congress, and numerous foreign governments on Iran and sanctions issues.

Mark Dubowitz heads FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the co-author of fifteen studies on economic sanctions against Iran. He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy. He is a lecturer and senior research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where he teaches and conducts research on international negotiations, sanctions, and Iran's nuclear program.

 Mark Dubowitz has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Forbes, Slate, The Weekly Standard, The Globe & Mail, and The National Post, and appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, PBS, BBC and CBC. Before joining FDD in 2003, Mark Dubowitz worked in venture capital, technology management and law. He has a masters in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and law and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ellia Shares Huggies Little Snugglers and Natural Care Wipes Savings at Sam's Club

 

 This weekend, Baby Ellia, the boys, and I headed to Sam's Club to check out some of the Huggies diaper deals we heard about! It's no secret that I've only cloth diapered this baby part time, so I'm always on the hunt to save money on disposable diapers when we need them!



Huggies is at the top of the list in our household when it comes to disposable diapers and wipes. For several years, I was pretty strict on only using cloth diapers. But when Ellia was born last summer, I experienced several months of postpartum depression. Try as I might, the laundry would become overwhelming. The reality sank in that it was something I just couldn't handle at the time, so we decided to stick with Huggies diapers until I felt better. I had to be the best mom I could be for my family. This is real life, folks.



Since Huggies is a brand we trust, we used Little Snugglers on Baby E. It gave me peace of mind that my baby would sleep comfortably in a soft, cushioned diaper. When my friends and I talk diapers, we often bring up how we love the wetness indicator so it's easy to know when baby has peed. Sometimes every 2-3 hours for a change doesn't cut it, especially when you have a super soaker like Ellia! Even though Ellia is an older baby now (10 1/2 months), we can still use Little Snugglers diapers since they are available in sizes Newborn thru Size 4.

When you purchase any two Huggies Little Snuggles or Natural Care wipes at Sam's Club, you will receive a $10 e-gift card. Must purchase between 5/9/16 and 6/30/16.  Also, there is a $3 instant saving in club that helps save even more from 5/11/16 thru 6/4/16. Learn more about the deal here!


And since Miss Ellia is just too cute, here's my Instagram post of the outtakes from our little Huggies photo shoot!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Kids Academy Math App w/ Free Printable Worksheets Review

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Kids Academy Releases #1 Math Games: Singapore Math App for Android and Updates iOS Version of Math Games App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten!

Kids Academy is a well-known mobile app developer working in the sphere of children’s early education. The team combines all the expertise, creativity and truly remarkable skills to develop a wide range of best educational games and fun worksheets for kids. The great news is that the team just released the long-awaited update #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten - iOS version of the app.

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This best math app for kids in preschool and kindergarten offers a great variety of fun educational games for kids. Children will get a fantastic chance to:
• train their brains
 • enhance their attention and concentration 
• improve their cognitive skills
 • learn to follow instructions

While playing the fun math games, little mathematicians will grasp their numbers, addition and subtraction facts in a fun and enjoyable way. Kids will trace numbers, master their geometric shapes, practice skip counting and acquire other useful skills too. The cool math games by Kids Academy are based on the famous Singapore Math method. They help children visualize math problems and solve them in a simple way. You can find a number of best educational apps for children by Kids Academy featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada. This featuring is a reliable indicator of high quality and value of the fun educational games created by this team.

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NEWLY RELEASED

We have more terrific news from Kids Academy. Available mid-May 2016 is the long-awaited Android version of their cool #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App.

I love that this app allows me to adjust the age of the child. This makes the app easier to use with multiple children. I want my kids to have educational screen time that doesn't waste their time. Kids Academy does that by making learning math skills fun. They take it off the screen by providing worksheets that give kids extra practice. Hands down, best learning app out there.

FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS

But that's not all. You can also try out the impressive collection of free printable worksheets and educational games on Kids Academy website. View a great variety of pre-school and kindergarten worksheets by topic and choose the perfect printables for your little learners. Download and print out the fun worksheets and give your kid a wonderful head start on math, writing, reading and other useful skills.
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Click here to check out the Free cute worksheets for learning kids.