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5 Fun Kids Lunch Ideas

Distract finicky eaters by putting together a meal that’s so much fun to eat, they won’t be thinking about whether it’s on their short list of “likes.” July 16, 2021 Fun foods don’t have to be deep-fried or full of preservatives. Just think bite-size, dippable, and varied when looking for kids lunch ideas. Natural foods aisles in many grocery stores have a lot of healthier products, such as snacks sweetened only with fruit juice or packaged with fewer trans-fats and preservatives. Here are five kids lunch ideas for health-conscious meals that are easy to prepare and fun. Whether your child is a try-anything eater or has the pickiest appetite ever seen, these lunches are sure to please. MONDAY: Deconstructed Sandwiches...

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Back-to-School Tips For Parents

As a child development expert, I fully appreciate how school — whether attending for the first time ever, starting at a new school, or returning to school after an exciting summer break— is a big step for a child’s social and emotional development. I can certainly tell you about how learning to share and moving from solo play to collaborative play are important developmental milestones. But what I didn’t fully appreciate until sending my own son off to preschool, was how emotional the experience can be for the whole family. While there are similarities we all go through, every back-to-school experience is unique and personal. Here are some strategies that have worked for our family and hopefully can be adapted...

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Bite-Size Affirmations: Free Printable Lunchbox Notes

Bite-Size Affirmations: Free Printable Lunchbox Notes Whether your child is a fluent reader or not, the HOMER characters on these classic notes with a twist will make them smile on the first day of school. These six free printable lunchbox notes are a sweet way to remind them that you are thinking of them when they open their lunchbox.  At HOMER, we’re always looking for ways to develop confidence in kids, so we’ve included a bite-size affirmation on each note this school year. Why affirmations? As important as it is for you to encourage and support your child, building self-confidence is empowering, especially in a new situation like back-to-school, it is also important they develop a healthy sense of self-worth and...

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At-Home Learning Area Kit

 Add a personal touch to your child’s learning area with these fun printable. What you need: These printable Crayons, markers, or colored pencils Scissors Glue Ribbon or string How to play: Ask your child to choose a study buddy from their favorite toys. Have your child choose their nameplate and write their name on it (with a little help if needed). They can pick a nameplate for their study buddy, too! Cut out the “Class in Session” and “Quiet Time” signs. Glue them together to create a flip board.  Punch a hole in the top, and use yarn or string to hang the flip board in a spot where your child can reach. Then, they can decide if it’s quiet...

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7 Positive Parenting Skills All Moms Need to Have

Want to be a good parent? Discover the 7 positive parenting skills that are crucial to raising a well-rounded, happy child.We’ve all questioned our parenting skills in one way or another.Maybe it was when your toddler was so upset she refused to get up off the floor and finally leave the park, or she wouldn’t eat dinner but threw a fit instead. It feels like all you do is yell at your kids, because that’s the only thing that seems to work.The worst is when they’ve finally fallen asleep from a long, draining day, and you’re filled with remorse, wishing you could wake them up and apologize. All this, on top of managing your household, getting errands done, and appointments...

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