PunchBugKIDS http://www.punchbugkids.com Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Read Between the Lines: Ways to Help Your Child Become a Reading Success <p>Are today&rsquo;s children, teens and adults reading less?</p> <p>The answer is yes, according to the National Endowment for the Art (NEA)&rsquo;s 2007 To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Read-Between-the-Lines-Ways-to-Help-Your-Child-Become-a-Reading-Success/d/2866/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT 5 Steps to Planning Your Child’s Next Party: Your Quick Checklist <p>Whether you enjoy party planning or not, planning parties for our kids can be overwhelming and time consuming. Many of us, struggle to figure out how to find the time and resources to put all the pieces together to create a fun party for our kids. Jessie&rsquo;s Party Stop wants to help you! We researched all the information we could find on how to plan the best party without all the stress. We put together this easy to follow, 5 step guide to help you plan your next party.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/5-Steps-to-Planning-Your-Child-s-Next-Party-Your-Quick-Checklist/d/2937/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT How to Make the Most, Academically, of Your Child’s Summer Break <p>Does Your Child Forget Everything They Learned in School, Once Break Arrives? Within 24 to 48 hours after learning new concepts, students often begin to forget information unless it is reinforced or applied immediately. That&rsquo;s why, during summer break, even the best students forget lessons they have learned during the school year.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/How-to-Make-the-Most-Academically-of-Your-Child-s-Summer-Break/d/2860/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Book Review: The Supadupa Kid <p>Superheros are all the rage. Spider-man, Wonder Woman, Thor, and Batman fill the movie screens and toy shelves. If you have school-aged kids, most likely they are caught up in the frenzy.</p> <p>Why not turn their passion for superheros into a passion for reading? I found a wonderful middle grade book about a regular kid who becomes a superhero. It is The Supadupa Kid by Ty Allen Jackson. It is a fun, action-packed story that will fill your kid&#39;s imagination.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-The-Supadupa-Kid/d/2916/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT An Art Teacher’s Friend: Viktor Lowenfeld <p>Let me introduce you to a friend to all professional art educators out there. His name is Viktor Lowenfeld, and though he may no longer be living, his impact is alive and well. I want every parent to meet him, because he offers something that not only will deepen your appreciation of art, but will also help you employ art to observe and promote your child&rsquo;s cognitive development.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/An-Art-Teacher-s-Friend-Viktor-Lowenfeld/d/2857/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT How To Be a Good Soccer Parent <p>As a parent, you can make or break your child&rsquo;s soccer experience. You can be a source of support and encouragement or you can be the reason your child stops playing.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/How-To-Be-a-Good-Soccer-Parent/d/2805/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Teachers Say Parents Are Often "Unpleasantly Surprised" By Child’s Report Card <p>Whether it is the first or the last report card of the year, they can create feelings of pride, happiness and excitement for many parents. It can also produce feelings of anxiety and frustration for those who are surprised by their child&rsquo;s grades. However, effective and continuous communication among teachers, parents and students can help minimize the &ldquo;report card surprise.&rdquo;</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Teachers-Say-Parents-Are-Often-Unpleasantly-Surprised-By-Child-s-Report-Card/d/2851/ Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Win a $50.00 Amazon Giftcard <p>Do you shop on Amazon? Would like a chance to win a $50.00 Amazon Giftcard?</p> <p>Now is your chance! And the greats odds are only 1 in a 100!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Win-a-50-00-Amazon-Giftcard/d/2834/ Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT You Can Do It! Art at Home: 5 Tips <p>Do you wish you could do more art with your kids? Like many parents of young children, the thought of more art projects at home might spike your anxiety level a bit. There are lots of reasons that keep us from doing art with our kids.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/You-Can-Do-It-Art-at-Home-5-Tips/d/2854/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Fit & Fresh <p>Looking to show your lunch off in style? <a href="https://www.fit-fresh.com/">Fit &amp; Fresh</a> is the way to go. They have stylish lunch boxes for yourself, children or whole family!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Fit-Fresh/d/2872/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Summer is a Hot Time to Practice Writing Skills <p>Summer is finally here! Children are enjoying the warm weather, fun activities with friends and vacation time. But summer can also be an enjoyable learning experience. The summer break provides many memorable moments, and writing about them is a good way to record those memories and practice writing skills at the same time</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Summer-is-a-Hot-Time-to-Practice-Writing-Skills/d/2863/ Mon, 03 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Ollies Wooden Blocks <p>Good Morning PunchBugKIDS Families! We are back with a follow up review of <a href="https://www.olliesblocks.com/">Ollies Wooden Blocks</a>.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Ollies-Wooden-Blocks/d/2802/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: IO Blocks <p>PunchBugKIDS is back with another review. Both Madyson and Mason are loving this one&hellip;<a href="http://www.guidecraft.com/products/">Guidecraft IO Blocks</a>.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-IO-Blocks/d/2800/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Sports Participation at All Ages <p>The number of children who participate in organized sports continues to grow every year. Not only will playing a sport help to keep kids physically active and healthy, but sports can help kids of all ages learn important life skills.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Sports-Participation-at-All-Ages/d/2797/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Sports Lessons <p>Your five-year-old child keeps begging you to join the local soccer team. Perhaps you are afraid he/she is too young? What you may not know is that having your child participate in sports at an early age is very beneficial.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Sports-Lessons/d/2793/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Nature Gift Store <p>Hey Punchbuggers! Hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather! My two children, ages 6 and 3, just had the best experience with our latest review!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Nature-Gift-Store/d/2789/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Soundvase <p>Rebecca here with another one of my reviews. This time I was lucky enough to try a smart product that is about to launch in the market place.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Soundvase/d/2726/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Janet Jackson’s Got Nothing on Me <p>My family is in flux. I know this because Sarah&rsquo;s face is chapped from her nose to her chin. That&rsquo;s what she does when she&rsquo;s stressed &ndash; she licks a wide circle all around her mouth. So despite it being 85 degrees and the first of June, last night she slept with a swath of Aquaphor and Burt&rsquo;s Bees all over her head.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Janet-Jackson-s-Got-Nothing-on-Me/d/2696/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Keep It Simple ~ The Costume Wall <p>Here&#39;s a really fun idea for your house! Create an area dedicated purely to imaginative play!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Keep-It-Simple-The-Costume-Wall/d/2722/ Mon, 29 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT 10 Tips to Make Your Baby's 1st Birthday Party (Almost) Perfect! <p>I remember both of my children&rsquo;s first birthdays like they were yesterday! I also remember the pressure that I felt to commemorate their first year; the pressure to have a big party for our friends and family to celebrate the fact that we (the parents) and our children survived the first year and that everyone was alive and healthy!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/10-Tips-to-Make-Your-Baby-s-1st-Birthday-Party-Almost-Perfect/d/2704/ Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Martha and Marley Spoon <p><a href="https://marleyspoon.com/">Martha &amp; Marley Spoon</a> is one of the newest meal delivery programs that I have seen. If you are looking to skip the grocery store, but still have a fresh, home cooked meal Martha &amp; Marley Spoon is the way to go!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Martha-and-Marley-Spoon/d/2664/ Mon, 22 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Triangle <p>A triangle is a sharp looking thing. It looks like it hurts, simply by virtue of being pointy. If you fell on a triangle, especially that top point, you would feel it. It might stick right through you, if you fell hard enough. My family is a triangle. I am that super-sticky-outy top point. My daughters are the points on the base.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Triangle/d/2701/ Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Music Teachers, Making the Grade! <p>&ldquo;How do I find a good music teacher for my child?&rdquo;</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Music-Teachers-Making-the-Grade/d/2690/ Mon, 15 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT #AskGretchen May Edition <p>This month #AskGretchen dishes advice on topics such as Cheating on tests, Divorce, Being Loud at Work, and Kids and Forced Affection</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/AskGretchen-May-Edition/d/2672/ Thu, 11 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Sun Basket <p>Many families today are unable to get to the food store on a regular basis as so many parents are both working full time and their children have many activities after school and on the weekends. Today&rsquo;s parents have the luxury of being able to have healthy cooking brought right to their door steps. I did just that when I tried out <a href="http://Many families today are unable to get to the food store on a regular basis as so many parents are both working full time and their children have many activities after school and on the weekends. Today’s parents have the luxury of being able to have healthy cooking brought right to their door steps.">Sun Basket</a>.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Sun-Basket/d/2662/ Mon, 08 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Palatetraining Your Baby <p>Here&#39;s a concept that may be new to many parents out there--palatetraining.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Palatetraining-Your-Baby/d/2679/ Thu, 04 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: peach <p>Hey Ladies&hellip;..this review is just for you&hellip;.I recently had the opportunity to try some pieces from the <a href="https://www.discoverpeach.com/">peach</a> clothing brand. If you haven&rsquo;t heard of peach clothing, you don&rsquo;t know what you are missing!!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-peach/d/2660/ Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Kid Friendly Kitchen Spaces <p>As my kids get older, I&#39;m noticing how much they appreciate having their own designated areas in the kitchen. For instance, a small table that&#39;s just for them, a drawer or cabinet that they can reach all on their own so they can help set the table before meals, or even grab themselves a snack (that I will inevitably have to open for them of course). They love knowing its all theirs and I love that it separates their things from the &quot;grown up&quot; stuff.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Kid-Friendly-Kitchen-Spaces/d/2642/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Scrub Bugs <p>I recently came across this adorable product! Have your child&rsquo;s nails ever been so dirty from playing outside that you can&rsquo;t get the dirt out or you feel like your child didn&rsquo;t wash their hands well enough and they still have germs on them? If you answer yes to these questions, then you need this product!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Scrub-Bugs/d/2638/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: POSH mommy <p>Looking for that perfect gift for special someone or even a little something special for yourself? <a href="http://www.poshmommyjewelry.com/">POSH mommy</a> jewelry has something for everyone.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-POSH-mommy/d/2632/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Book Review: Dragonwatch <p>Do your kids love adventure? Fantasy? Stories about kids their age saving the day?</p> <p>Then they will love Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. It is the first book in a sequel series of the popular Fablehaven books. A perfect introduction to the world and great book to get your children excited about reading.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-Dragonwatch/d/2620/ Sat, 15 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Keep It Simple - Toy Organization <p>It might be all in my head but I tend to think that my kids benefit from their toys being organized, and that it&#39;s not just fulfilling my need to have everything in order...</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Keep-It-Simple-Toy-Organization/d/2623/ Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Does Kid Party Etiquette Still Exist? <p>Yes it does! Social and party etiquette is still practiced, even in our informal society. Now, mind you, it has evolved with modern times, but it is still important to follow certain &ldquo;rules&rdquo; when planning, hosting or attending a party- even a party for kids. Here are some helpful tips from Jessie&rsquo;s Party Stop!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Does-Kid-Party-Etiquette-Still-Exist/d/2574/ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT #AskGretchen March Edition <p>This month Gretchen answers your questions about Moving &amp; Kids, Gratitude &amp; God, and Divorce &amp; Dating with Kids.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/AskGretchen-March-Edition/d/2571/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Hidrate Spark 2.0 <p>It&#39;s Rebecca, and I&#39;m back with another review! This time I tried out a hi-tech product that keeps me hydrated all day! Check this out...</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Hidrate-Spark-2-0/d/2567/ Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Book Review: Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade <p>Are you looking for a fun, easy to read book for your kids that has a great educational value?</p> <p>Then look no further than Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade. Your kids will love reading this inspiring tale of a young boy and his pursuit of his dream; to be a millionaire.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-Danny-Dollar-Millionaire-Extraordinaire-The-Lemonade-Escapade/d/2525/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT The Importance of Charity “Overhead” <p>When donating to charities, consider unrestricted (not earmarked for a specific use) donations which allow the charity to use a portion of it towards overhead.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/The-Importance-of-Charity-Overhead-/d/2495/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Annie’s Homegrown <p>I am back with another great review!! On a whole, our family tries to eat as healthy and organic as possible. It isn&rsquo;t always doable, but we try our best. I am so excited to say that PunchBugKIDS was given the opportunity to come together with <a href="http://www.annies.com/">Annie&rsquo;s Homegrown</a> and do an amazing review.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Annie-s-Homegrown/d/2491/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Plan a Winter Craft Party <p>Kids love arts and crafts so why not throw a craft party for your little artists! Your children and their guests will thank you when they create their own masterpieces. Jessie&rsquo;s Party Stop found four fun and easy winter themed crafts perfect for your next party!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Plan-a-Winter-Craft-Party/d/2415/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT How To Work Trough Conflict With Your Spouse, Without Alarming Your Kids <p>Even the &ldquo;healthiest&rdquo; of families deals with conflict. As a couples therapist, I have found many couples think that arguing or entering into conflict is bad. Many also think you should never argue in front of the kids.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/How-To-Work-Trough-Conflict-With-Your-Spouse-Without-Alarming-Your-Kids/d/2412/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Ready? Set. Music! <p>&ldquo;When is a good time for my child to start playing an instrument?&rdquo;</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Ready-Set-Music/d/2409/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT IS STUDYING GIVING YOU A HEADACHE? Six Study Remedies <p>How do children learn? Step by step. Lesson by lesson. Skill by skill. Some students will be better at certain academic aspects than others. This is what makes each student unique. This can also keep some students from learning what they need to learn.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/IS-STUDYING-GIVING-YOU-A-HEADACHE-Six-Study-Remedies/d/2396/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT A Stranger in My House <p>Lately there&rsquo;s been a stranger living in my house. The family resemblance is mind-boggling, but the possibility that I raised this eye-rolling, sigh-heaving creature is simply unthinkable. So I must assume that someone else brought her up, realized she was out of control, and dropped her at my house, figuring she looked enough like the rest of us that we would absorb her without noticing.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/A-Stranger-in-My-House/d/2398/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT #AskGretchen February Edition <p>This month we received questions about Black History Month, Dealing with the Ex, and School Burn Out. What was my advice?</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/AskGretchen-February-Edition/d/2406/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT How to be the Best CEO for your Family <p>It&rsquo;s time for your promotion to CEO. I&rsquo;m not talking about becoming a Chief Executive Officer but rather stepping into the coveted role of Chief Education Officer for your family. It&rsquo;s not always an easy job but it is certainly one of the most important roles a parent can have.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/How-to-be-the-Best-CEO-for-your-Family/d/2394/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Tooltensils <p>Hey PunchBuggers! I am so excited to share this product with my viewers. I recently came across the company <a href="http://www.tooltensils.com/">Tooltensils</a> and can&rsquo;t even explain how adorable it is...</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Tooltensils/d/2352/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT How to be a Smart Donor <p>How can your family become a smart donor family? Here are some simple steps to follow.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/How-to-be-a-Smart-Donor/d/2371/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Cricket Media <p>As holiday decorations are stored away, and the days get just a wee bit longer, it&#39;s time to look forward to Valentine&#39;s Day! My kids love sharing valentine cards with their friends and classmates, and lucky for us <a href="http://www.cricketmedia.com">Cricket Media</a> provides a fun, free way to share the Valentine&#39;s Day love.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Cricket-Media/d/2349/ Mon, 06 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Throw a Valentine's Day Party <p>Love is in the air. Share your love with a Valentines Party; your kids and their friends will have so much fun while celebrating their friendships!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Throw-a-Valentine-s-Day-Party/d/2332/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: French Bull <p>I have been searching for some new plates and bowls for my kids Mason and Madyson for a long time now. I feel like most of the plates I see are simple with just a single color and after a few washes are faded. They almost always develop cut marks from cutting their food on the plate as well. But no longer! I found <a href="https://www.frenchbull.com/collections/kids">French Bull</a> and I am hooked!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-French-Bull/d/2294/ Mon, 30 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT