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Friday, March 27, 2020

Easy Arts and Crafts Kids Can Do at Home

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Hey! I hope that your family is safe despite the COVID-19 outbreak. It's not easy to stay home, but that is the best way to lower the risk of contracting the virus. Do yourself a favor - stay home and you will keep yourself and other people safer.

Now, because of the current situation, kids need something to do to keep them busy inside the home. I remember when my children were still very young (toddlers and preschoolers), I always look for some fun activities for them to do that would calm them down. You know kids - especially the boys - they always seem to be energetic and would like to play and move around.


But if I want them to quiet down a bit, I would give them something to do with their hands. Playing with some types of toys can work. But usually, simple art and craft projects will also do the trick. There are more benefits to doing crafts than just getting the children to slow down. It helps them to develop longer attention spans and better hand-eye coordination. The kids also learn how to follow simple instructions.

Little kids love to draw and color. So, with just a pen and paper, they could get busy for a while. See the drawing below? That picture on the left is my 3 1/2-year-old daughter's drawing.

Sooner or later, kids will get tired of drawing except if they really like drawing a lot. Well, not all kids (moms as well) are naturally artsy, so it's better to have other easy art activities for them to do. That is why I'm glad to find and share a site like Creative Fabrica. There are literally thousands of printables that moms can find here that some if not all kids would love to do. Let me mention some of them.

Monday, March 23, 2020

10 Things to Do When Kids Are Bored at Home


I'm bored. I want to go out. Those are the words of my kids since they can't go out of the house for two weeks now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, they have to be more patient because people, especially kids and seniors, are not allowed to go out for three weeks more. I told my daughter to make a bucket list of things she wants to do while the forced home quarantine and social distancing for everybody are still in effect.

One good thing that can turn out good for families during this time of crisis is having a closer relationship. Parents, while staying at home, can do things with their children. It's a perfect time to be closer to each other and get to know each other more.

So, whether it's just to drive the boredom away or to have a happy family bonding,  I have made a list of some ways to accomplish both. There are two parts in this post. The first part shares ideas about making gifts for other people. The second part shares some fun science experiments the kids can do at home.

Monday, March 16, 2020

When Is Working From Home the Best Option?


Since last week, our family has been staying at home most of the time (or 100% of the time) because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I've shared some Coronavirus Infection Prevention Tips on this blog about a month ago and it's sad that the number of COVID-19 infections is increasing.  The government has mandated a community quarantine in our region and school was suspended for a month. My kids are sort of enjoying an early vacation (playing and watching videos) but they do not just stay home doing nothing because they still have some homework to submit online.

As for me, since I'm a work-at-home-mom, my quiet work life is a bit erratic at this time because everybody is at home. It''s a good thing that I have flexible work time and I just work part-time to make sure I can meet family demands as needed.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

5 Tips to Finding Your Me-Time to Relax and De-Stress


God in His wisdom determined that one day in a week be a rest day with the Lord. It is indeed refreshing to spend time worshipping God together with the family and brethren at church.

But then, what about the other days of the week. How tiring and weary can your days be? For a mom who has a lot of never-ending (repetitive) chores, every day can be quite tiring. Moms take care of the home (and sometimes go to work also), but who takes care of her? As I always say, it's difficult if the mom gets sick because of her big role in the family. So, it is very important for a mom, no matter how busy she is, to learn to value self-care and schedule personal time.

Have a personal time to refuel your tank, mom. This allows you to give to your family and to yourself in equal measure.  Don’t hesitate to sit down for a while doing nothing. It's ok to relax in a hammock under a tree to get away from the stress of the day. Read a book for 30 minutes if you like reading or watch a TV program.

Here are a few more tips you might like to try to fit in much needed “mom” time in your day:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

How to Monitor Your Children's Internet Activity and Keep Them Safe

It's no longer enough to just regulate TV access of our kids nowadays. Many kids are more hooked on using the internet and their gadgets. Are your children always taking selfies and posting status updates on their Facebook page? Are they constantly playing online video games with people they know and don’t know? Kids are always connected to cyberspace, so parents need to be concerned about ways to implement online safety for kids.

Good things are accessible via the internet …

Thursday, February 27, 2020

How Do You Deal With Tantrums in Toddlers?


My 5 children are all grown up (meaning going to school ranging from 5th grade to college). But I could still remember the times during their toddler (2-3 years old) and preschool years when they, sort of, are having tantrums. Usually, they would engage in non-stop crying if they want something that they can't have. When I see toddler or preschool children of other parents who are "tantruming" - crying out loud, hitting, kicking, etc, I'm really glad that my kids are over that season.

Young parents get terrified when they are about to deal with the “terrible twos.” Be of good courage, you will outlive the toddler stage. Sometimes, it is frustrating when you can't understand why your child has a tantrum. But at this young age, it is a normal part of their childhood that they just think about themselves - how they feel, what they need and want.  Until they learn to share, they see everything including toys and food as belonging to them.

When your child is having toddler temper tantrums, there are different effects. You may feel embarrassed especially if your child is screaming and having tantrums in public. It feels like everyone is looking at you. What would you do? Would you just give what your child wants or you would do something else to diffuse the situation?

To help deal with toddler tantrums, here are a five tips that every parent should know:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

5 Coronavirus Infection Prevention Tips

As of this writing, there have been over 70,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (or COVID-19) cases and 1,800+ deaths, according to the Worldometers website. But it's not all bad news as over 13,000 people have recovered from the viral infection.

While the numbers are definitely worrisome, we should be calm about the situation and believe that it will also pass. At the same time, we should be careful to observe the safety tips that are being circulated by health experts through media. Doing so would significantly reduce the risk of contracting not just COVID-19 but also other pathogenic microorganisms like Ebola, SARS, Zika or even the seasonal flu virus.

How to Stay Safe?