July 4th is right around the corner and we’re all geared up for the festivities! And since the holiday is on a Friday this year, there’s 3 days to celebrate Independence Day. That means 3 times the food, crafts and all around fun!
Here are some yummy recipes for your 4th of July BBQ:
Does getting your kids to help out around the house feel like –well, a chore? Here are a few quick tips to motivate your kids to pitch in:
1. Call it a contribution.
Do you know the difference between a chore and a contribution? It’s the difference it makes to someone else. Calling it a “chore” makes it sound like a burden, while calling it a “family contribution” empowers kids. It reminds everyone that the duties of running a house smoothly belong to everyone, since everyone enjoys the privileges.
2. Show your appreciation.
Let your kids know the impact of their actions and what it means to you. No one likes unloading the dishwasher or dusting the living room, but when your kids know their efforts make a difference, they recognize they’re making a meaningful contribution and perceive the tasks in a different light. That means fewer power struggles and better cooperation from your kids.
3. Let them see the results.
Explain how your kids’ contributions help the family. “You really helped all of us tonight when you cleaned up the kitchen after dinner. That gave us extra time for our bike ride.” Through family contributions, each child will gain a sense of personal significance, as well as a feeling of belonging to a social group—namely, your family.
4. Skip the rewards.
Don’t hinge your kids’ allowance on the completion of household tasks or use other rewards to motivate them – that sets the expectation that they should be paid for things that should be family responsibilities. Be clear that these tasks are something we do because everyone contributes to the family.
5. Include everyone.
Even toddlers can do simple tasks, like passing out napkins at dinner time or making sure the playroom is picked up. It’s important to show each member of the family that their contributions matter.
When kids see that everyone in the family needs to pitch in, they recognize the importance of the tasks they’re asked to do. That builds confidence and increases cooperation, and helps create a smoothly running household!
What are your kids doing this summer? Spending time at the local pool or riding their bikes through the neighborhood? Eyes glued to a video game screen? Visiting relatives on a vacation? Whatever your family has planned when school is out, summer is a great time for kids to read!
Many local libraries have reading programs designed to keep kids interested in reading all summer long. There are national summer reading programs, too. Scholastic.com has The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge™. Kids can get reading lists and keep track of their progress online or through printouts provided by the site. The challenge ends on September 5th, giving kids plenty of time to start now.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge provides:
– Summer Reading Challenge 101 for parents
– Reading lists for all ages
– Reading challenge activities
– Online log-ins
– Printable lists, tally sheets and review sheets
Download our Father’s Day coloring page for the kids to color and present to dad on Sunday. He can proudly hang them on the fridge or take them to the office where he’ll see the kids’ creations every day.
Men can be tough to shop for, so the question of what to get him for Father’s Day often perplexes us. It’s especially tough if he’s already got everything — the perfect wife, adorable kids and man’s best friend!
What do you get your dad or husband for Father’s Day? My dad loves See’s Candies and lottery tickets, so I’ll get him both. I can picture him munching chocolates as he uses a quarter to scratch his way to millions of dollars!
S+K designed a fun collection called POPsicles and it features our fave frozen treats! The collection includes a lunchbox and journal and are perfect for good summer times. The journal fits in the lunchbox, making this darling duo easy to tote around to the pool or the park. Added bonus — they’re both covered with Popsicles and ice cream!
I’m a sucker for ice cream. And let me be clear, I mean ice cream of any kind. A scoop of strawberry on a sugar cone, a 50-50 Dreamsicle bar, an ice cream sandwich — if it’s frozen, I like it! I try not to eat it *too* often, but a girl needs a sweet treat every now and then, right?
Making frozen treats at home is easier than you’d think. You don’t need a lot of supplies and they’re a fun activity to do with kids. I’ve even made them with Dixie cups before I had ice pop molds — easy peasy!