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Impulse Purchases at the Check-out counters

temper tantrum (free clip art)

temper tantrum (free clip art)

One of the biggest reasons why I dislike taking kids shopping with me is the dreaded check-out counter trap. While waiting in line, or while checking out, the kids are bombarded visually with all kids of tempting candy or toys. The kids, already tired (and sometimes hungry) see these impulse purchase items and immediately start begging the parents to buy the candy or the toy. If the parent refuses to fall for this “buy now” trap, the kids often throw a temper tantrum. Nobody wants to see, or hear, kids throwing a temper tantrum, ever. The parents of the kids are tired from the shopping trip and just want to get out of the store, so they often give in to the begging.

This whole thing is a terrible trap for the parents, and is a very good reason to try to find a baby-sitter to take care of the kids while the parents go do the shopping.

Free Iphone Apps for Kids

My daughter loves the IPad and Iphone.  I went through all of the apps she uses and thought I would share them with you all.  I know I love FREE stuff and you probably do too.  I’ll work on updating it as time goes by to let you know what she likes what new apps we find.

Iphone Apps for Kids (Free)

  • Baby Flash Cards
  • Vocal Zoo
  • Alpha Tracing
  • My First Words Food Festival
  • Match Animals
  • Baby Piano (baby cortex)
  • Sound touch Lite
  • Drawing Den
  • Phone4Kids
  • Animals Free
  • My First Puzzles Snakes
  • My First Puzzles Toys
  • Up Fish
  • Cupcake Maker
  • Sundae Maker
  • Donut Maker
  • Cookie Maker
  • Pizza Maker
  • Cake Maker
  • Sandwich Maker
  • Pretty Pet Salon Seasons
  • Kid Mode
  • Toddler Puzzle Shapes
  • Kid’s Zone
  • Tozzle Lite
  • Doodle Fill (Also fun for mommy)
  • Fruit Ninja Lite (Also fun for mommy)
  • Frisbee
  • Mancala
  • Cut the rope (Also fun for Mommy)
  • Feed Me! (pencil bot kids)
  • ABC Touch (Photo Touch)
  • Photo Touch Farm Animals
  • Preschool Memory Match
  • ABC Phonics
  • BB Magic Lite (Bob Books)
  • Peek a bouncer
  • Kneebouncer vol 1
  • Occupy Baby
  • Dance Mickey
  • Chicks (Also Fun for Mommy.. think of the game lemmings)
  • Any Angry Birds (Also fun for mommy)
  • Pickin’ sticks (Also Fun for mommy)
  • Doodle Buddy
  • Tocuh N Paint
  • Glow Paint
  • Bubble Free
  • Sky Burger (Also Fun for Mommy)
  • Bubble Shooter (Also fun for Mommy)
  • Fuzzle (Also fun for mommy)
  • Toddler Teasers
  • Virtuoso (a piano app)
  • Scribble Lite
  • Matching Zoo

 

Crazy Outfits Kids Choose to Wear

I like to let Ladybug choose what she wants to wear to school.  Some days she matches and other days well let’s just say she is proud of her selections.  She’s even asked to wear some of her dress up clothes to school.  I’ll let her wear most anything she wants as long as it will not be a distraction to her or any of the other children at school.  I would not let her go to school in a pony costume or something crazy like that because I know all of the focus would be on the costume and not on learning.

I have seen some crazy outfit choices over the past years.  As long as she’s happy that’s really all that matters to me.  If she wants to wear a purple polk-a-dot shirt with a green skirt and hot pink leggings, then so be it.

It’s important to me that I give her choices and that she be allowed to have some control over things in her daily life.  Now, I’m not going to let her decide everything, just a few small things that will make her feel independent and like her opinion matters and that she can make a difference in her own life.

Garden Tools for the Little Lady

Ever since we planted the little flower pots in Lady Bug’s room, she has been asking about doing a lot of gardening. She told me that she wants to plant more flowers outside. Then she said she wants to have a super big garden with lots of food to eat.

She was soo excited that I took her to the toy store and bought her some little kid gardening tools. We found more than I thought we would. I got her a mini hoe, shovel, rake, watering can, and even a cute set of gloves with a matching apron.

I’m not sure that we’re going to have a “super big” garden like she asked for, but at least now she can have fun playing in the dirt in the backyard. Maybe we can turn a kiddie pool into a garden for her. I bet she would live that!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at Home with Kids

Earth Day is around the corner.  I’m teaching my daughter about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.  I want her to understand that it is our responsibility to take care of the Earth.  I plan to do a few projects with her based on each of those principles to explain and reinforce this concept.

So far I’ve come up with starting a compost pile in the backyard, for the garden, to help recycle and reduce some of the waste we would normally throw away.  I was also thinking it would be fun to have her sort the trash with me into the appropriate bins when we do recycling.  I’m trying to think of some fun ideas for reusing items that she would get excited about.  I can’t seem to think of any off the top of my head.  I’d love any suggestions any of you migth have that  I could do with my daughter.