Teaching Your Child Respect for Animals

Jun 26, 2015 by

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a change in my daughter’s behavior towards animals. She is beyond excited, eager and curious as to the kind of animals we meet, how they act and where they live. It’s a wonderful time for our family to truly begin explaining why animals exist and how beneficial they are to us.

Yesterday on our way home from doing errands, we stopped by our local farm to visit with some chickens and cows. She quickly perked up as I pulled into the driveway, followed by having a huge smile on her face, which totally made my day.

We pulled in and were greeted by chickens and bunnies. They were so adorable! The farmers noticed we were spending more than just few minutes outside, so they asked us if we wanted to meet their 4-day old baby calf. Yes please!

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The “Juggle Game”

Jun 12, 2015 by

My husband’s employment requires him to have some busy work periods throughout the year. This past month, particularly, is his busiest. For at least a few weeks his hours are morning – until midnight. Before children, it didn’t impact me that much. I could go out with friends, do some shopping and just relax at home. Now, with a three-year old girl, missing her daddy dearly, it’s a lot of work for me. Let me first get it out there by saying that single moms are angels, they work so hard and I couldn’t imagine how they do it all. They really are the best multi-taskers. Let’s give them a virtual round of applause, shall we?!

The first week of him working late was a big adjustment. Our three-year old was acting out and crying at night for her dad. It took me a few days to figure out how best to explain it to her, and I think our “talk,” coupled with her getting used to the fact that he’s working late has helped.

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Making the Most of a Mammogram

May 15, 2015 by

At 31 years old I went for my first mammogram and ultrasound from experiencing pain on my right side. Luckily, it was nothing to be concerned about, but I wanted to share with you my first experience. I hope that it sheds light and some humor for those who may be having one soon.

At 2:00 p.m. I arrived at the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s off-site building where mammograms and a whole host of other procedures take place. It was an enormous building, almost intimidating if you will. The words on the building read, “Hartford Hospital Cancer Center.” What a way to make patients feel optimistic or reminded of what they are going through. Have no fear, I did bring it up to Mary Beth, the wonderful, kind and friendly patient representative who took my insurance information.

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Connecting with your Toddler

Apr 24, 2015 by

Lately I have been trying to improve my “connection with our three year old girl. Even though responsibilities at home can cloud quality time with her, I’m trying my hardest to work on connection. It yields so many positive, long lasting benefits. Earlier this year when I accepted the “connection challenge,” I researched for hours, how I can better connect with her. Here is my list that I’ve tailored to fit our family:

– Accept a child’s temperament. Each child is brought into this world with certain temperaments. A majority of children can fall into one of these four categories; easy-going, challenging, “slow-to-warm-up kids”, and mixed temperament kids. The main point to make here is that a strong connection with our child depends on how well we adjust to their personalities and how adaptable we are

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How to Plan a Kids Party in Your Home That’s Quick and Easy

Apr 10, 2015 by

In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating our daughters third birthday! I cant believe how time has flown by.

Her first two birthdays were quite large. The first year we had it in the recreation room of my husband’s fire house. It was a great time, allowed a lot of space for kids to run around and let the adults take a tour on some pretty cool equipment. Last year we had her birthday at our town’s nature center. We had a lot more children at this party, but kids were entertained by the various animals and critters living at the Center. It was a sunny day and a great time had by all.

While her first two birthdays were fun and the photos clearly show a well planned and executed birthday (thank you very much!), they took a lot of time and perfection.

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