Recently, there has been a lot of buzz centered around the movement “Tech Free Tuesday’s”. It seems there are a billions ways that technology can distract both adults and children every second of everyday… Let’s see, there is Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, video games, Netflix, cable, movies, etc.. etc.. etc… The list literally goes on and on!
Watson’s Furniture Store wants to help by sponsoring Tech-Free Tuesday, where you pledge to go tech-free – even for just a few hours in the evening – by signing up here. When you pledge, you’ll also be entered to win one of four $1,000 gift cards to Watson's! I have heard numerous radio stations in Cincinnati marketing this movement to "Take the Tech Free Pledge."
Volunteer! Playing with animals at the local shelter, visiting with residents in the nursing home, cooking and serving a meal at a soup kitchen – there are countless ways you can make a difference together as a family by volunteering your precious time and hard work. Did you know that you do not even even have to leave home to volunteer? You could spend the evening writing letters and assembling care packages for the troops with Operation Gratitude or clean out the kitchen cabinets and assemble donations for the local food pantry!
Spend an evening reminiscing and documenting your family memories together during a scrapbooking session!
There are plenty more GREAT ideas for ways you and your family could spend their Tech Free Evening at http://techfreetuesday.com/.
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With Mother-Nature FINALLY sending us some Springtime weather... I thought it would be a great time to post some activities that can help promote your children's Social and Emotional Development, while enjoying the beautiful outdoors!
The Kindness Tree Activity can assist children and parents together in exploring acts of kindness.
Make a "Kindness Tree" with your children, and show them how to make it bloom.
Have your children take photos of people who have been kind. Encourage them to make drawings to illustrate their experiences. Add these photos and drawings to your Kindness Tree or even create a book to commemorate all things kind!
With a group of children participating, your Kindness Tree will bloom even more! Help children read the flowers: Can they find their names? Can they find the names of their friends?
Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1 on PBS Parents Online Website: http://www.pbs.org/parents/arthur/activities/acts/kindness_tree.html?cat=development. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
It is important to remember, one problem solving session will not teach your child all of the skills needed for problem solving; it will take hundreds of learning trials and much patience.