Frecklebox is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on Tuesday, May 1st, from 9-10 PM Eastern Time. What does it take to get your kids to listen? Nagging? Reminding? Yelling? Time Outs? If Time Out and other “tried and true” discipline strategies aren’t doing the job in your house – this session is for you!
Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to get kids to cooperate without the slightest hint of fussing, whining or complaining. All you need is your computer. (No webcam required.) You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents RAVE about this session.
Everyone needs a break once in a while! Especially the parents. Being a parent is hard! So you have to reward yourself sometimes, but that can still involve your kids! Small, cheap vacations can give the break that any family needs, even if it’s only for a weekend! Some fun, relaxing places that can be great for an inexpensive getaway are going to a lake, the beach, or even a local carnival! All of these things can get your family away from reality for a little while, for some healthy family fun! Or even possibly a trip to the zoo, even if it’s for just a day! These kinds of getaways will improve not only your morale, but your kids as well! We’ll call them mini vacations, and these are fun and a great way to get family time together!
It’s getting to that point in the year where outdoor activities are back in! It’s hot enough that your kids want to be outside. Unfortunately, it’s also not quite that time where school gets out for the summer. However, that doesn’t mean that kid’s lives should completely revolve around school! Parents, get a little crazy. Get a little fun! Sneaking the kids out of school every once in a while will make your kids not only think you’re the coolest parents in the world, but it will also make them look forward to school again. Some fun activities could include going to the beach, the zoo, or even just the playground! All of these activities are not only fun and interesting, but they’re also cheap and budget friendly! Get into the spring spirit by having fun with your kids!
We all know that childhood obesity is being focused on everywhere. But no one seems to give us ideas, they just tell us how horrible of a problem it is and how it cannot continue. That seems like a bunch of pish posh. We can make healthy snacks fun! Children can be excited about food and still eat healthy! It’s all about the appearance. If it looks fun, it will be! Here are some ways to make healthy foods look fun.
The only things contained in this picture is celery, peanut butter, strawberries and a single animal cookie, but it looks so exciting! By making the design seem fun and entertaining, children will be more drawn to it! We just have to disguise the healthiness, and the kids will be none the wiser! Also, by incorporating the single animal cookie, it seems almost like a treat, but they will be eating all of the healthy parts with it!
Another idea of a healthy, fun snack are a twist on sliced apples. Apples are quite common, so they’re also not all that exciting. But what if we add a little something extra?
These teeth are not permanent, and will make your child’s mouth taste and look great! Not to mention, who doesn’t like slipping in a pair of fake teeth every once in a while? It’s like dress up and healthy snack all thrown into one exciting piece of fruit! Not to mention, all of it is part of the apple, so it’s easy and cheap to do! Or we could make string cheese stick figures! Or fun fruit faces on our plates! There are many other fun ideas for foods, and these are only a couple of examples. Instead of focusing on how frightened we are for our children when it comes to obesity, we can just change their whole idea of what healthy foods should look, and taste like! And let’s be honest, these would way more fun for us to eat too! We can eat fun things as adults too, it would make life so much more entertaining. So let’s break from the norm and start making fun snacks for kids and adults! Not only will it make eating healthy easier, but it will make it more fun and exciting as well!
Spring weather is crazy. Taking care of kids during the spring is crazier. The sickies are spreading like wildfire and this is the worst time! So how can we make it more fun for the parents and the kids? Here are some ideas, just in case you’ve run out! One entertaining option for both little girls and boys, are pillow and blanket forts! This will provide hours of fun, and could be imagined as a tent in the woods, a pirate hideout, or even a mysterious cave on a magical island! Not only is this free, but it can involve any family member (with an imagination that is)! Check out this awesome fort!
Make a sick day activity box! Or a sick day activity hat! Whichever your child will like the most! Write ideas down on paper and make sure all of them are silly, fun, and will be fun and appropriate for a sick day. Then your kid gets to pick (without knowing what) the idea by picking one of the pieces of paper! And no matter what, you have to do what’s written, no matter how silly it is! Some fun ideas could be making finger puppets and putting on a puppet opera! Singing included. Or maybe making popsicle stick houses, for popsicle stick figures! Or possibly do a treasure hunt around the
house, using any kind of treasure they want (toys, fake jewels, you name it!). Include any fun sick games and ideas you can think of, and this could keep your child going all day! Maybe one of the ideas in the box could be decorating the idea box. Each time your child is choosing, it’s a surprise, which only makes it seem more exciting!
Games and puzzles are always great when it comes to entertainment, so maybe surprise your sickie with a new puzzle or his or her favorite cartoon character or action figure! If they’re starting to get distracted, make it a challege, like “I bet I can finish my puzzle faster than you can finish yours.” Challenges are a fun motivational way to have your children stick to their activity! This idea can be applied to any sick day adventure or escapade, just make sure it’s positive and fun! Puzzles are a great way to entertain because they keep a child focused and are stimulating. They’re also fun, and can be found in all kinds of designs, which will be much more exciting for your children! There are many different cheap, fun activities that can be done on sicks days, we just have to think out of the box!
I was very surprised and happy when I received my new shoes and prominently displayed on the tongue is Made In America. I thought all athletic shoes were made in China.
Frecklebox products are all made in America except the tin for the lunch box. If anyone knows a company in America than makes tin lunch boxes I would to know about them. I would love to know your favorite brands that are Made in American. I am always willing to pay more for stuff made here.
Our friend Amy McCready posted this great link. It just talks about how to talk to your kids about chores. I know that I don’t always tell my kids to put away their laundry or clean their rooms the right way. Just takes a minute to make a difference in the way you do it with your kids.
My oldest child is now 20. I am posting a letter here that she wrote to herself when she was eight. I think it is adorable and she is now in college majoring in communications with a minor in creative writing. I think her writing ability surpassed mine when she was in 10th grade. She plans on writing a great novel and based on her predictions at eight I wouldn’t bet against it. For those of you with children in the early grades encourage them to write letters to themselves when they are older about who they will become. They will love it and it will bring joy to you also. Who knows some of them might even predict their future. The scary thing is my youngest has been saying he wants to join the military for about two years now. I will try to get him to write a letter about growing up to be an accountant……. Have a wonderful day. Mark
Here at Frecklebox, we are already getting excited for Valentine’s Day. And not just because we are counting on loads of chocolate being delivered to the office; but because we love to read, and there are oodles of awesome children’s Valentine books out there.
We thought we’d share a few of our staff’s favorite books to read to their kids for Valentine’s Day. Please feel free to add your favorites to our list!
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown: Charles Schulz The Ballad of Valentine: Alison Jackson The Valentine Bears: Eve Bunting Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink: Diane deGroat Love, Ruby Valentine: Laurie Friedman How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You: Jane Yolen Monster Boy’s Valentine: Carl Emerson
Ok, ok, we can’t resist. Our favorite personalized book would have to be The Valentine Magic Box by Julia Dweck — check it out