Category: parenting

The Magic of the Holidays at Santa’s Wonderland Bass Pro Shops

The holiday season is in full force here in Michigan, the crisp wintery air, colorful light displays; it’s all so wonderful and cheery! Recently we have been enjoying Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops located within the Great Lakes Crossing Outlet mall here in Auburn Hills. Kids get to enjoy the...

7 Most Common Timeout FAQs

Making Timeouts Work For You: Common Timeout FAQs As noted in last month’s article “The Ten Absolute Timeout Musts,” timeouts work wonders, but only when used properly. To increase the success of  timeouts, Achieve Life Balance collected answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs). What Behaviors Do Timeouts Work...

I Only Buy 4 Gifts for Christmas

One of the best decisions I have made as a mom is to limit the amount of gifts I purchase for my children.  When my daughter was a baby, my wife and I decided to look up some holiday traditions to start for her first Christmas in 2011. We asked...

Recess is Important-No Matter the Weather!

When you ask an elementary aged student what their favorite subject in school is, inevitably the majority will say “recess” or “lunch.”  Occasionally you may hear “gym” or another special class. I know at the school where I teach (Library and Technology), there has been a shift to valuing recess...

Five Tips for Helping Your Child Build Resilience
Five Tips for Helping Your Child Build Resilience

Resilience, defined by the American Psychological Association, is “the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threat, or even significant sources of stress.” Children that are resilient have the ability to self-regulate, are able to seek help from those around them, can problem solve, and can form relationships with...

Paper Bag Snowflake Tutorial

These giant snowflake is so easy to make and would be a great project to do with kids. Materials 8 patterned or colored bags (I used a pack from the Dollar Tree) Some sort of glue or adhesive.  Double sided tape, staples, or glue would all work. Step one.  Glue...

timeouts for toddlers
Ten Absolute Timeout Musts

Have a young child? Chances are you’ve used timeouts. Timeouts are considered very effective and one of the few strategies recommended a by the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP).  However, timeouts only work when used properly-something most parents are failing to do! While three out of four parents use timeout...

Five Simple Steps You Can Take to Prevent Home Accidents

If you’re a parent to young children, you know how easy it is for them to get into things they shouldn’t. You also know how easy it is for them to experience falls, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and a variety of other injuries. As a parent, it’s natural to want to...

Michigan Alliance for Families FREE Workshops
Michigan Alliance for Families FREE Workshops

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018  FAMILY SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS With Kelly Orginski In  Partnership with Oakland PAC Saturday Learning Opportunity: For families of children with IEPs (Kids 13+ are welcome!)  9:00AM-3:00PM OAKLAND SCHOOLS 2111 N. Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford 48328 Register: https://www.smore.com/nyzet   The purpose of this session is to explore skills that...

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