Lick ’em and Stick ’em [Homemade Stickers]

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I LOVE stickers! For so many reasons! They are fun, they are great motivators, they teach numbers, letters, counting, etc… the list goes on and on! But, the one downside to stickers is that they can go fast! Especially if you have a sticker lover in the house! Well, problem solved! This recipe for homemade stickers is SO simple and quick! And, I bet you have everything you need right there in your house!

What you need:

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2 Parts Elmers Glue
1 Part Distilled White Vinegar
Paint Brush
Pictures (Magazine cutouts, newspaper cutouts, pictures of your kids etc…)

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Raise Awareness |NEVER leave children unattended in a car!|

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It’s a story that we unfortunately have all heard. A child being left in a car and suffocating, suffering heat stroke and/or being critically injured or killed. I think we all have thought the same thing upon first thought. “Wow, that is terrible. It would NEVER happen to me. I would NEVER do that.” But, did you know that over half of the heat stroke deaths that occur are because the caregiver forgot the child was in the car? And approximately 30% of the deaths that occur happen because the child got in the car without a caregiver knowing and couldn’t get out.

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Finding out you have a child with a Disability….

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As dedicated as I am to Special Education I cannot tell a parent of a child with a disability that I fully understand what they are going through. Yes, I know their children well and I work with them daily. But, I do not know what it is like to be a parent of a child with a disability. While studying in College one of my professors taught a class on the grieving process that parents go through when they find out their child has, or will have a disability. She shared this story, “Welcome to Holland”, by Emily Perl Kingsley. This story put things into a little better perspective for me.

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Month to Month guide to Baby Babble and Toddler Talk

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One of the things I love the most about working with kids, is their language development! It is SO much fun to see them get so excited over new language. Within the last few weeks language around our house as completely taken off. From One word sentences to 2-3 word sentences in what seems like over night. So, I have been in toddler talk excitement mode all week.  Here is an easy Month to Month guide of where your child will be at each phase in the early childhood language department!

Birth to 6 Months

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Get your kids to eat! Mealtime strategies that WORK!

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One of the most stressful things in motherhood for me is when my son won’t eat!  Toddlers go through days when they will eat more like a teenager and days when they won’t eat a bit. But not to worry, typical children will get the nourishment  that they need. (Even if it doesn’t seem like it). There are some things you can do to make mealtime a little easier on you, and your little gobbler.

Do NOT allow child to graze.
Offer your child breakfast, lunch and dinner and two snacks in between. Allowing your child to snack all day will keep them feeling slightly full all day. They will feel less of a need to eat if they are satisfied all day. And grazing all day is not sufficient for your child’s nourishment. Don’t hold back if your child is hungry and needs a little extra snack!

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