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If you’re like me, you may not have a land-line phone in your house. Because of this, it never really occurred to me to teach my children phone manners like I was taught when I was a kid. Remember that?
“Hello, Heart residence,” “I’m sorry, she’s not available right now. May I take a message?”
I have taught them how to use my phone, and now they are teaching me things I didn’t know about my phone. Funny how that is. But I never really thought about teaching them politeness while using the phone until recently when I was listening to my son talk to one of his friends. Even though my kids don’t have their own phones, some of their friends do. I let them use my phone to talk to their friends and I have noticed some things that made me realize, I need to teach them. They will answer the phone with “Hello,” instead of just “Hey,” or “What do you want.” But the other day my son was talking to his friend and he just hung up. No “Goodbye,” or “I need to go, I will call you back.” Nothing. He just said what he intended to say and ended the call. Yep, definite mom fail. So this week, we are going to change this by focusing on phone manners.
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I really wanted to share this great opportunity with you. EdTechLens is looking for pilot testers for its new program, Rainforest Journey! From what I’ve read so far, you get one year free access to the program and all they ask is for you to take a few surveys. How great is that? Not only do you get to use this new program for free, but your opinions actually do count.
Once you sign up HERE you will receive an email with your log in information including a new password. It is set up into five different units and each unit has chapters and lessons plans already laid out. We haven’t gotten into that much yet, but so far I really like it. It is filled with beautiful pictures, has videos and I even set it up while signing up for it to have audio to read the lesson, which is great for young ones. Be sure to check it out.
One thing that kids love to do is be creative. My kids could spend hours with glue, construction paper, buttons, pipe-cleaners, markers, stickers and glitter making little crafts. Being creative can be beneficial to kids by teaching them patience, how to work through problems and how to stay focused. Since Valentine’s Day is less than a week a way, this is the perfect week to sit down, make some decorations and spend time with your kids. Click HERE to see what we made and to get instructions on how to make it with your kids.
This week let’s focus on teaching our kids a life long skill. My daughter is past the age of learning how to tie her shoes. Most of her shoes have Velcro, or are slip-ons, but she does have one pair that has laces and are her favorite. Every time I tie them for her it pops in my head, “I need to teach her.” However, we are usually in a hurry to get out the door and then it is forgotten about until the next time we are rushing to leave and I tie them for her again. Does this ever happen to you? So, this week we are going to focus on this for her.
For my son, well, he says he wants to learn to do different voices. So, we will work on that as well but we will mostly focus on learning different knots, to go along with his sister learning to tie her shoes.
What is a life long skill you can think of to focus on this week with your kids? It could be learning how to use a drill, how to brush their teeth on their own, change batteries or even how to change a light bulb.
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Wow! I just can’t believe it is February already! The holidays didn’t seem to last very long at all. New Years came and went in no time. We’ve already had three birthdays since January 1st. Now here we are, the first day of the second month of a whole new year. So let’s make the most of it!
I saw this going around FaceBook and it got me thinking. Almost every year, (at least I’m talking from my own experience) we set out to make that year the best it can be, but we write down pretty much the same goals as the year before. You know what I’m talking about: lose weight, be nicer, save more money. Sound familiar?
This year I want to try something new, and if you want to, join me. I’m setting up a Weekly Kid Challenge where every week I’m going to pick a different area with my children and focus on that for the week. Some things will be new, some things will be refining what they already know. We are going to go over table manors, learning a new chore, learning a new skill, being creative, plus many more goals that will help our family grow closer together and help them grow as an individual.