ThriftyFun News - March 18, 2005 - Parenting

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Volume Seven, Number 12 March 18, 2005


Today's TF News is about Parenting. You will find some new articles as well as numerous articles and tips we compiled from our archive. We are currently working on a Parenting topic site, we hope to have in finished soon.


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This newsletter contains:

  • Helping Kids Orgraning Their Own Toys
  • Color Coordinated Children
  • Teaching Frugality To Children
  • Teaching Teens the Value of Money
  • Make a Writing Time Capsule
  • Homemade Baby Food
  • Tips And Recipes
  • Tips For Expecting Moms
  • First Aid Kit for Diaper Bag
  • 7 Frugal Activities for Bored Kids!
  • Keeping Track Of Your Sippy Cups
  • What Are They Selling? Helping Your Kids Say "No!"
  • Use Hand Cut-outs To Teach Numbers
  • Tips for Encouraging Children to Write
  • Tips to Make Reading Fun
  • Tactile Learning
  • Cut the Costs of Your New Baby... Devour those Yard Sales
  • Inexpensive Ideas For Entertaining Toddlers
  • Protecting Your Children On The Internet

  • Get the Kids Outside!
  • Poem for Mommies
  • When Mommy's Your Name
  • "Pushy" Deaf Kid's Mom
  • What Does Baby Really Need?
  • Why Did You Do That? The Most Fruitless Question A Parent Can Ask.
  • Number 1 Key To Good Parenting
  • No Amber Alerts For You
  • Baby Name Trends: From Classic to Hip

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Helping Kids Orgraning Their Own Toys

To organize my girls smaller toys, I filled see through bins with the toys, took a picture with my digital camera of one or two of the items that were inside (for example) jewelry or little people. Then printed the pictures out on the computer. Then using contact paper I attached the pictures to the outside of the tub.


Now the girls know where things go (since they can't read yet) and there are no excuses when it is clean up time.

By Jennifer Cofer

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Color Coordinated Children

Someone I know, that's a single mom, has her kids color coordinated. Each kid has picked their favorite color and they have their own bath towels and wash cloths, clothes baskets and their own clothing hangers. So when Mom's not at home, they can find their own laundry to take to their rooms to put up or to shower with. She said this helps her out a whole lot. Maybe this could help you out, too.

By Terri H.

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Teaching Frugality To Children

One thing we have done in trying to teach our children to be frugal as well as teaching them the value of a dollar is to have them each deposit 1/2 of their paycheck from their part-time jobs into a savings account. It's an encouragement to them to see it grow as well as teaching them some frugality when they only have 1/2 of their paycheck to spend for the time between pay periods. You would be surprised how far my daughters can make $50 go!


By Robin

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Teaching Teens the Value of Money
By Rachel Paxton

It isn't easy raising teens in today's materialistic society. The older they get, the more expensive the things they want or think they need. If they don't learn how to manage their money at a young age, they won't be able to make it in the real world.

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Make a Writing Time Capsule

Here's a great project for children just learning to write. Make a Time Capsule. Have the child write their name or ABCs on a piece of paper and date it. Roll the paper and place in a paper towel tube. You can decorate the tube with paints, markers or fabric. Tape the ends closed and use a pen to mark a date to be opened. The start of the school year is a good time to do this project and have the kids open it on the last day of school. They'll be able to see how much their handwriting has improved and will have a real sense of pride and accomplishment at their progress.


By Cheryl from Missouri

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Homemade Baby Food - Tips And Recipes

Tips and recipes for making your own baby food. Post your ideas.

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Tips For Expecting Moms

Don't waste good money on diaper genie's and special diaper disposal systems. Start saving the plastic bags that newspapers come in and when you have a stinky diaper, put it in the newspaper bag, tie a knot and put it right in the regular trash. Make sure to carry some in the diaper bag also for when you are out.

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First Aid Kit for Diaper Bag

To make a first aid kit for your baby's diaper bag, take a cleaned out peanut butter jar, then put your tylenol, band aids, bottle of mommy aspirin, bee sting pen, alcohol pads, etc. inside. This is quick to locate and keeps the bag neater looking.


By Melanie

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7 Frugal Activities for Bored Kids!
By Cyndi Roberts

Christmas is over, but the kids are still home from school for a few more days. You're all tired of playing the new games, but what else is there to do? Try these fun, frugal activities!

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Keeping Track Of Your Sippy Cups

When taking my daughter to church or other outings, there were always people there with her same kind of sippy cup. I hated to write on the actual cup with a permanent marker so I used my label maker to print out her name and placed it on the lid of the cup. The label stays on even in the dishwasher so it lasts until it starts to fade and then I replace it with a new one.

By Jennifer Cofer

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What Are They Selling? Helping Your Kids Say "No!"
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Do you ever feel helpless in the face of the massiveadvertising campaigns directed at your children?

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Use Hand Cut-outs To Teach Numbers

To teach my little ones the concept of numbers I did the normal counting beans and other objects. A fun thing we did as a craft and a lesson was this. We traced both hands on construction paper and cut them out. Then we traced these several times and cut them out. I would have the child take one cut-out hand, and show me how many fingers we needed for the number one. They would use their glue stick to glue down the other fingers just as we do when we hold up one finger. It was so cute watching them figure out which fingers to glue down and how to do it. When we got to the numbers six thru ten they really had to think because they had to figure out which pair of hands they needed.When they had met the challenge we tacked their work on their personal bulletin board.

By Trigger

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Tips for Encouraging Children to Write
By Deborah Shelton

Want to encourage your child's love of writing? Or inspire one who would rather do anything but write? The answer may be as simple as finding the right pen. Just as your child may have had a security blanket or an impossibly dirty teddy bear that she refused to let you kidnap to the dark recesses of the washing machine, she may need a special writing tool that's all her own.

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Tips to Make Reading Fun
By Angela Billings

This list is for both young and old. I love reading and want everyone to love it as well. So I hope you will find at least one thing helpful in this list and that it will inspire you to come up with some of your own.

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Tactile Learning

It is really true what they say about some of us being sight learners and hearing learners and some of us use our hands to learn. If your child is having a hard time with their ABCs and 123's try this trick. Get your self an ABC stencil. Trace around the letters onto sandpaper and cut them out. Now run your child's finger around the letter as if you were writing the letter, This really seems to work for tactile kids.

By Debra in Colorado

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Cut the Costs of Your New Baby... Devour those Yard Sales
By GranMamma

Baby products are a huge market. However, these products are soon disposed of after being used. Why not save some money and get your baby products at huge discounts among your local yard sales.

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Inexpensive Ideas For Entertaining Toddlers

I recently became a stay-at-home mom of a 2 1/2-year old and a 5-month old. I'm looking for inexpensive things to do with them, especially things my 2-year-old can do with other kids.

We've already done things like a color and shape search at the store, but it's getting too cold to go to the park.


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Protecting Your Children On The Internet
By Darren Miller

If you are a parent, as am I, I think we can agree there is little else more important than keeping our children safe and protected. It's difficult enough keeping them safe from the unscrupulous people we read about in the news, but dealing with children and the Internet takes it to a completely new level.

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Get the Kids Outside!
By Rae Pica

Think back to your own childhood. Chances are, some of your fondest memories are of outdoor activities and places. Perhaps you had a favorite climbing tree or secret hiding place. Maybe you remember jumping rope or learning to turn cartwheels with your best friend or playing fetch with the family dog. Do you recall the smell of lilacs, the feel of the sun on the first day warm enough to take off your jacket, or the taste of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich eaten on a blanket in the park? Did you enjoy lying on your back and finding creatures in the clouds?

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Poem for Mommies - When Mommy's Your Name
By Jacey Reynolds

The telephone's ringing, the TV is blaring.
Sister is crying' cause Brother's not sharing.
There's a spill on the carpet that no one will claim.
There's no time for sitting when Mommy's your name.

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"Pushy" Deaf Kid's Mom
By Russ Miles

There are some things that we as persons, born on this planet, have no control over. Our own birth defects are included in that scenario. While there are those who believe that we ourselves choose what obstacles we must face and overcome in this life, prior to our earthly birth, I am not one who buys that. I did not choose to be born deaf.

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What Does Baby Really Need?
By Brandie Valenzuela

When it comes to what you "must have" for your new baby, everyone has an opinion. If you don't think so, just ask around. Your mother, mother-in-law, best friend, and neighbor will all have a different list. Sure, some of the items in their lists might be similar, but you will notice that for the most part, they are vastly different.

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Why Did You Do That? The Most Fruitless Question A Parent Can Ask.
By Saralee Sky

Picture this: You walk in to your family room. A moment ago it was a peaceful scene, with your two children playing quietly. Now all is chaos. Your 1 year old is squalling, milk and cereal dripping down his face. The dog is happily lapping up the puddle of milk and cereal that made it to the floor. Your 4 year old is standing there, a guilty smile on her face, her milky spoon still in her hand. And what do you do? You look at your 4 year old and demand, "Why did you DO that?" And what does she say? "I don't know." Or worse, "Because."

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Number 1 Key To Good Parenting
By Pam Jarvis

The numbers are chilling. Teen suicide and homicide rates have tripled from twenty years ago. There is a 50% increase in childhood obesity. Teenage pregnancy rates are the highest for any Western society. SAT scores have plummeted. 15-20% of kids are flunking kindergarten. Millions of children are medicated to be more "manageable" at home and school. One of the ongoing tragedies in our culture is that these problems are occurring in our most precious national resource, our children. Can these stats be turned around? Yes, and much of it can be prevented.

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No Amber Alerts For You

When my sons were younger, we had rules for them.

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Baby Name Trends: From Classic to Hip
By GranMamma

Goodbye Bertha, Hello Kaitlyn! The top baby names of today break with tradition and follow-up on new trends. Because choosing the perfect name can be a daunting task, many informative web sites have been launched with parents in mind.

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