PunchBugKIDS http://www.punchbugkids.com Tue, 23 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 Letter to My Daughter on the Cusp of Adolescence <p>Here is a letter from our Featured Blogger Amy Clay written to her pre-teen daughter. Trust me, we can all learn a lesson or two from these words...</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Letter-to-My-Daughter-on-the-Cusp-of-Adolescence/d/2287/ Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Helping Your Kids Cope With Party Anxiety <p>My friend, therapist <a href="http://www.debsmithhealingarts.com/">Deb Smith</a>, offers the following advice on handling your kids social anxiety and helping them feel more secure in social situations.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Helping-Your-Kids-Cope-With-Party-Anxiety/d/2307/ Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Tile <p>This review is for all of the parents. I can&rsquo;t tell you how many times I have misplaced my keys, wallet, purse, phone, etc! If you&#39;re like me you&#39;ll want to learn all about this product...</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Tile/d/2254/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: CozyPhones <p>Hey viewers! We are back with another fun review!! This week it&#39;s CozyPhones.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-CozyPhones/d/2247/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Charity 365 <p>The holidays may be over, but your family&rsquo;s interest in and commitment to charity work shouldn&#39;t also end- it is a great time to make a new year&rsquo;s resolution to begin, increase or sustain your family&rsquo;s commitment to a specific non-profit organization, and help it do even more in 2017. Before you know it, you will have become instrumental in the success of your chosen organization.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Charity-365/d/2235/ Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Primary <p>It&#39;s Rebecca and I am back with another review. This week I was lucky enough to explore the world of <a href="https://www.primary.com">Primary</a> and my kiddos are loving every minute of this one!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Primary/d/2219/ Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Book Review: The Phantom Tollbooth <p>I was recently traveling and brought along my favorite book to read, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. While I was sitting in the airport and on the plane, I was shocked by the number of people who had never even heard of the classic book. So, I felt it was time to write a review for the best book ever written!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-The-Phantom-Tollbooth/d/2175/ Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Why the Grinch Stole Christmas <p>We all know HOW the Grinch stole Christmas. But Who in Whoville has given any thought to exactly WHY he stole it? Recently I&rsquo;ve put a little brain time into the possibilities, and feeble though my brain may be, I&rsquo;ve come up with a theory. Lean in. I&rsquo;m gonna share it with you, but only in a whisper...</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Why-the-Grinch-Stole-Christmas/d/2188/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Selfie Mouse <p><a href="https://selfiemouse.com">Selfie Mouse</a> might be the cutest thing yet! Selfie Mouse is a personalized photo prop that brings fun photo memories to your special events! They can be used for just about anything - weddings, bachelorette parties, bridal/baby showers, wedding anniversaries, birthdays, holiday parties, high school reunions, family reunions and so much more!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Selfie-Mouse/d/2185/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Smarty Pants Adult Probiotic Complete <p>We are back at it again with another amazing Product from <a href="http://www.smartypantsvitamins.com">Smarty Pants</a> Vitamins! This time I was able to review their new Adult Probiotic Complete. The results...</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Smarty-Pants-Adult-Probiotic-Complete/d/2150/ Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Give the Gift of Reading! <p>The Holiday season is upon us. Shopping is in the air. And every parent is searching for the perfect gift to give your children.</p> <p>Why not give them something more valuable than the latest electronic gadget? Why not give them the gift of reading?</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Give-the-Gift-of-Reading/d/2174/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Charity Continues at Home <p>If you have school-age children, I am sure you have received your fair share of donation drive flyers from your child(ren)&#39;s school or classroom. Sometimes all of the different charity events and drives can feel a little overwhelming. One thing to remember is participating in these drives is voluntary and you can decide with your children which ones you would like to prioritize. But, more importantly, these school-based drives can be a catalyst to begin a discussion about the importance of giving back to those in need.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Charity-Continues-at-Home/d/2135/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Things to Do When You Can’t Leave the House and Everyone on Facebook is Clearly Being Very, Very Merry <p>I am stuck inside my very messy home with sick children. Sick children whose fevers make me very nervous and cause me to get up over and over throughout the night to make sure they haven&rsquo;t burst into flames. We&rsquo;ve all been wearing the same clothes for three days; at this point I think my Y&rsquo;all sweatshirt may be permanently stuck to my body. I just sent an extremely crabby and disheveled Shelby to the shower because she&rsquo;s beginning to resemble Archie Bunker in my pajama pants and a wife beater, with her curls all over her head. She went, but only because her iPad is 100% dead and I hid the other one.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Things-to-Do-When-You-Can-t-Leave-the-House-and-Everyone-on-Facebook-is-Clearly-Being-Very-Very-Merry/d/2153/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Reverse Advent Calendar Project <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love the fun of an advent calendar? The excitement of receiving it on the first day of December, the joy that builds up as you open a surprise each day. The anticipation of the arrival of Santa! This holiday season capture that excitement along with the spirit of giving by creating a reverse advent calendar with your family.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Reverse-Advent-Calendar-Project/d/2128/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Thanksgiving: A Time to Come Together <p>After the seemingly endless election cycle, it seems like America is as divided as ever. Protests are in the streets and long friendships have ended over Presidential politics. Pundits on the 24-hour news cycle stoke the flames each night in search of their ratings.</p> <p>Luckily, the uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving is just around the corner to help us now focus on the things we all have in common instead of our differences. We can take this opportunity to reflect on all of things we that have to be thankful.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Thanksgiving-A-Time-to-Come-Together/d/2099/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT #AskGretchen! November Edition <p>This month Gretchen answers your questions about Anxiety and the Holidays, Divorced Parents, Acts of Kindness, and Rekindling Friendship!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/AskGretchen-November-Edition/d/2139/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Win the Homework War <p>One of the most commonly waged battles between parents and children is over homework. Even with the best of intentions, tackling this ongoing dilemma in positive and constructive ways can be a constant challenge.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Win-the-Homework-War/d/2096/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT This is my gift to my family <p>I pledge to put down the cell phone while driving. Why? Because every day I put my children at risk when they are in my car and I am ashamed.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/This-is-my-gift-to-my-family/d/2074/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT HPV Vaccine <p>Dr. Leslie Greenberg gives us the 411 on the HPV Vaccine. Everything you need to know is summed up in this important article.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/HPV-Vaccine/d/2057/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Halloween Candy and Charity Go Hand in Hand <p>For many families Halloween is a favorite holiday. Who doesn&rsquo;t love dressing up and going out trick-or-treating? One of the best parts is returning home at the end the night and counting out your loot! However, many parents will soon agonize over the tons of candy our little ones have managed to haul home.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Halloween-Candy-and-Charity-Go-Hand-in-Hand/d/2046/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT