Brain Breaks for Kids
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Brain Breaks for Kids When Learning at Home

If you’re a parent it won’t come as a surprise when I tell you that a child’s attention span doesn’t last super long. In fact, the normal attention span of an average child is just 2 to 3 minutes per year of their age. When you toss in our current added bonus of dealing with a change in their learning environment due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, it can make learning, and teaching, challenging. One of the things that can help while adapting to this new normal are brain breaks. Keep reading to find out how often you should give them and get ideas from our list.

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How to Draw Videos for Kids on YouTube
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“How to Draw” Videos for Kids On YouTube

This week we were able to take some time to explore YouTube. One of the videos that was quite captivating for my daughter was a simple instructional video that taught her how to draw a familiar book character. She was so interested in it I decided to find a few more. Then I got my whole crew in on the action. Below is a list of our favorite “how to draw” videos for kids, found on You Tube, that will spark creativity right at your dining room table.

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Online Educational Resources for Kids
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18 Online Educational Resources for Kids

Whether your kids are on a break from school or you are wanting to supplement their schooling, these online educational resources have a lot to offer. Your kids can learn more at home in whatever subject they desire. Plus, with fun games, videos, and interactive tasks, gaining knowledge becomes a super fun activity.

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Easter Bunny Paw Prints
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Easter Bunny Paw Prints + Free Template

Learn how to easily make Easter bunny paw prints around your yard or neighborhood. Kids love discovering them and it makes Easter morning extra fun. I’ve even included the paw print template for you to print out and use. Keep reading to find out how we incorporate this hoppy tradition every year. Psst, we’re kind of sneaky about it too.

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Teenager
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14 Ways to Steal More Moments with Your Teenager

Raising a teenager is a struggle that I don’t think any parent is really ever ready for. Aside from having to navigate the bigger issues that life begins to present like peer pressure, dating, and the exposure to so many things, there is another very heart heavy struggle, time. As our kids enter high school we realize that our years, months, and days with them at home are dwindling far too quickly. So before college, before adulthood, and before we release them into the world we feel the urge to make the most of their adolescence, even if its hard. To give you some ideas here are 14 ways to steal more moments with your teenager and soak up this last stage of home life with them.

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Creative Crafts for Girls From Target

Let creativity run rampant today and everyday. I am a total supporter of DIY crafting with my kiddos. However, with our busy schedule, sometimes it’s easier to get a craft kit for them to do. It saves me a load of time and still gives their clever minds something to do. And because Target is a place our family frequently visits and orders from, it tends to be one of my go-to places to find creative crafts, especially for my daughter. Keep reading to find some of my favorite suggestions for creative crafts for girls that they will love to stay busy with.

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Home Decor Family Signs
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10 Home Decor Signs All About Family

Add to your home decor with a special piece that is all about the center of your life, your family. I’ve put together a small list of handcrafted signs that will make your home prettier and your heart warmer. Check them out below to see which one fits your family best.

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Foods for Kids
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Foods for Kids That They Can Make Themselves

We all wish that time would slow down with our kids, but there are some perks as they get older. Taking on more responsibility and helping out in the kitchen is a major win for moms who usually feel like a short order cook when it comes to preparing snacks and meals that are kid pleasing. Below is a list of foods for kids that they can make for themselves and give mom (and dad) a little break in the kitchen.

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Setting goals with family time
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Setting Goals During Family Time + Free Worksheet

What does goal setting have in common with wanting the best for your children? As a parent the things that I want most for my children are for them to learn lessons in their younger years that will carry through to their adolescence, and adulthood (scary how quickly that comes!). Two of the most significant things I feel that I can teach them are the importance of family, and finding their purpose. Those sound like really heavy topics, right? However, the good news is that those lessons will come in simple actions and examples, which is why I wanted to share how our family has turned setting goals and New Year’s resolutions into a family bonding tradition. I’m also including a free worksheet for you to download to do with your own family at home.

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Shepard on the Search
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Faith-Focused Alternative to the Elf on the Shelf

Sometimes in the hustle and the bustle of Christmas it can be challenging to focus on and teach the reason for the season. Between the gift buying, gift receiving, parties, events, and gatherings its easy to get caught up in life and forget those little details of why we celebrate. What’s even harder is remembering to talk to your kids about the meaning of Christmas and why we make it such a big deal. This year, instead of having an Elf on the Shelf visit your house (or maybe in addition to), invite the Shepard on the Search. Its a fun way to incorporate the message of Jesus’ birth into each day as we approach Christmas.

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