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School Mornings Stress Busters

School Mornings Stress Busters

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Well, they are back to school. Added deadlines, obligations, responsibilities, and more. It happens every Fall and yet, we are always overwhelmed with of getting the morning going with less stressors. After all we have just left our “more relaxed” summer for them & you.

Here are a few tips to get you on the right track to less stress mornings. PLANNING is key!!

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Gingerbread House Workshops and Gingerbread To Go

Gingerbread House Workshops and Gingerbread To Go

Family * Together * Tradition It’s our favorite time of the year! This year especially we feel it is more important then ever to not only be together but to be together for joyous occasions and celebrate. Please join us for our yearly Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops held at the Manhattan Beach Art Center! These…

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Back to school…more paper…UGH!

Back to school…more paper…UGH!

Since there are more important issues to address with children, than their collection of papers, let’s use the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple silly) concept and make life easier for parent and child. Here are a few simple tips to get you started and to set up some good habits as the papers and the kids…

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School Begins at Bedtime

School Begins at Bedtime

Getting out the door and off to school can be stressful and a morning dread! The key is planning; not just by the parents, but kids can also help to create a more “peaceful” morning. Along with this is a great teaching opportunity re: organizing & planning skills from grade school on.

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Art: Process Vs Product

Art: Process Vs Product

Our kiddos make such treasures during preschool and elementary school. I have portfolios filled with finger paintings, drawings, collages, stories and more. It is so free, so expressive and so honest. I’ve recently stumbled upon my boys’ artwork and realized the works of art that really stand out to me are the ones that they…

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Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Morning routines are one of the most challenging times of day for families with children. Getting people up and out the door in time is a daunting task to begin with, and children are still getting the hang of things like time and focus and following verbal instructions, a skill deficit that could make the…

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Back To School….Easy Or Exhausting?

Back To School….Easy Or Exhausting?

Getting back to school, after an easy going summer, can be something families look forward to, or NOT! Kids look at it as getting back to hanging out classmates and friends they haven’t seen all summer and making new friends. Not looking forward to, may include getting back to schedules and homework.

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Kids In The Kitchen

Kids In The Kitchen

Kids, in a busy kitchen, at various ages can be a “help” or a “hindrance.” At an early age they want to be where you are, and many times that is in the kitchen. Unless they are in a high chair they are just running around and “getting in the way.” However, at the correct…

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The Art of Summer

The Art of Summer

Happy Summer! It’s my favorite time of the year and I again ask how can the school year go by so quickly!? As my boys continue to grow up, each summer I ask myself how can I provide the best experiences and memories for them. Each year it really varies. I know I need some…

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May Baskets—A Sweet Surprise!

May Baskets—A Sweet Surprise!

Looking for a fun family activity with an element of service and surprise? May baskets are a charming way to celebrate the coming of spring while spreading a little joy to friends and neighbors. Plus, kids of all ages can enjoy this activity! The concept is simple: on May 1st, the giver leaves a small…

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