PunchBugKIDS http://www.punchbugkids.com Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Your First Visit to Walt Disney World <p>Planning your first visit to Walt Disney World should be exciting and magical! Most Disney experts agree, to <a href="https://www.embracethejourneytravel.com/book-walt-disney-world-vacation/">plan a Disney trip </a>the &ldquo;right way&rdquo;, you need to research, make reservations and have a solid itinerary BEFORE you arrive in Orlando.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Your-First-Visit-to-Walt-Disney-World/d/3237/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Study tips and Techniques <p>One of the most frequently-asked questions I get is &ldquo;What&rsquo;s the best way to study for tests?&rdquo; There isn&rsquo;t one guaranteed way, but there are study tips and techniques that almost always work in combination with dedication and determination. Encourage your child to try these out before their next test:</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Study-tips-and-Techniques/d/3115/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Purse Organization for Busy Moms <p>One of the items in my life that I continuously find incredibly useful when kept organized is my Purse! Diaper Bag, backpack, whatever you&#39;re toting these days, the more efficiency with everything that&#39;s stuffed in there, the better.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Purse-Organization-for-Busy-Moms/d/3191/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Book Review: IA: Union <p>After reading IA: Initiate and IA: B.O.S.S., I&rsquo;ve been clamoring for the next chapter in the IS series by John Darryl Winston. My dreams have finally been answered with the brilliant finale to the series, IA: Union.</p> <p>If you haven&rsquo;t already got your kids started, now is the perfect time for them to discover the exciting tale of Naz as he struggles with bullies, gangs, and learning his super powers while surviving in a massive ghetto.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-IA-Union/d/3214/ Sat, 25 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT November Checklist for School Success <p>Keeping a monthly checklist during the academic year is a great way to make sure your kids are on target for school success. The November checklist is below:</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/November-Checklist-for-School-Success/d/3188/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Mommy Glossary - The Dictionary We’ve All Been Waiting For <p>Have you ever bothered to count how many times a day you resort to ridiculous &ldquo;answers&rdquo; as a parent just because you&rsquo;re too darn tired to think of a rational explanation for something? Or how many times we simply make up an answer to a question?</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Mommy-Glossary-The-Dictionary-We-ve-All-Been-Waiting-For/d/3118/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT How to Help Your Kids with Their Homework without Doing it Yourself <p>Nothing is worse than sitting down with your child to do homework and realizing you haven&rsquo;t done long division in decades, and you have no idea how to explain it.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/How-to-Help-Your-Kids-with-Their-Homework-without-Doing-it-Yourself/d/3109/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Boppy <p>Hey Ladies! This is for all the expectant mother&rsquo;s out there! First off, PunchBugKIDS is going to be adding another member to it&rsquo;s family! My husband, Myself, Big Brother Mason and Big Sister Madyson are excited to announce that they are going to be adding a Baby Brother to our clan in early May!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Boppy/d/3156/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Five Phrases I Will Keep Repeating To My Kids During The School Year <p>Going back to school is such a stressful time for everyone. It&rsquo;s exciting, but it also causes so many mixed emotions and feelings of uncertainty.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Five-Phrases-I-Will-Keep-Repeating-To-My-Kids-During-The-School-Year/d/3121/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Disney <p>Disney trips in the fall are magical! The changing of the season, the anticipation of costumes and candy treats, the joy of being together as a family on vacation all are heightened when you add a little Disney fun into your Halloween plans.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/5-Fun-Ways-to-Celebrate-Halloween-at-Disney/d/3149/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Tried-and-True Strategies to Ace the SAT or ACT <p>SAT, ACT, oh my! While students may still be deciding whether to take the SAT, ACT, or both, there are some tried and true strategies that they should use to ace either one come test day! With trusty No. 2 pencil in hand, these simple tips will help students tackle test day with confidence.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Tried-and-True-Strategies-to-Ace-the-SAT-or-ACT/d/3112/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT I Am Just As Important As My Children <p>When my kids first started eating solid foods it wasn&rsquo;t even a thought whether I would make their food or buy jarred. I went to whole foods (my very helpful dad also went to Whole foods), I stocked up on organic fruits and veggies and started steaming and pureeing.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/I-Am-Just-As-Important-As-My-Children/d/3106/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT 5 Healthy and Easy Cooking Hacks That Busy Moms Need to Know <p>It&rsquo;s no secret that moms have the hardest job on earth. While I don&rsquo;t claim that title myself, working as a nanny for years has given me a glimpse into the chaos that may go on behind closed doors, especially around meal time. Finding the time and energy to create healthy meals for your family (let alone yourself!) can be a job all on its own, so here are some healthy cooking hacks to make it easy, fun, and quick to get food on the table and into lunchboxes.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/5-Healthy-and-Easy-Cooking-Hacks-That-Busy-Moms-Need-to-Know/d/3103/ Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Party Planning Guide <p>Keep yourself sane and organized the next time you plan your child&#39;s birthday with the help of our perfect Party Planning Guide. Enjoy the party!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/A-Party-Planning-Guide/d/3095/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Ways to Establish a Parent-Teacher Relationship <p>The fall is one of the busiest times for both parents and teachers. But know that as busy as you and your child&rsquo;s teacher are, you share a common goal &mdash; your child&rsquo;s academic achievement. As an involved parent, you can facilitate a relationship with a teacher based upon this shared goal and mutual respect.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Ways-to-Establish-a-Parent-Teacher-Relationship/d/3072/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Why Happiness Isn’t What You Think It Is <p>We&rsquo;ve all seen the movies&ndash;you know the ones&ndash;with the happy endings. The guy gets the girl. The heroine saves the day. Everyone is happy. Dramatically, obviously happy.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Why-Happiness-Isn-t-What-You-Think-It-Is/d/3068/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Letter to My Daughter On Her Graduation Day...(or anytime before that if she finds it) <p>To my daughter:</p> <p>You are a delicate flower. Omg crap...wait...starting over...wrong decade and century. You are a female...that makes you powerful, strong, and capable of achieving so many amazing things.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/A-Letter-to-My-Daughter-On-Her-Graduation-Day-or-anytime-before-that-if-she-finds-it/d/3052/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT From a good student to an exceptional student: what does it take? <p>Here are some pointers to help &quot;nudge&quot; your student from good to exceptional!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/From-a-good-student-to-an-exceptional-student-what-does-it-take/d/3056/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Women Reinventing The Workforce: Featuring 360 Creative Approach <p>I remember this day clear as anything. I walked into my boss&#39;s office and interrupted a meeting she was having with all of the partners of this big NYC architecture firm. I proceeded to tell her (in front of the partners) that I do not deserve to be treated the way I had been and that I won&rsquo;t take it anymore. I then said in the most dramatic way&hellip;I QUIT!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Women-Reinventing-The-Workforce-Featuring-360-Creative-Approach/d/3049/ Thu, 28 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Run for a Cause <p>&lsquo;Tis the season of 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and full ones, &ldquo;run/walks&rdquo;, fun runs&hellip;. The list continues! Some of these events are 1) family friendly and 2) often support a cause or charity. What a great opportunity for you to promote physical fitness and support a cause/charity event all in one!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Run-for-a-Cause/d/3044/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT How to Help Your Child with Math Word Problems <p>Have you noticed that your child&rsquo;s homework contains more word math problems than ever before? Common Core Standards for Mathematic Operations &amp; Algebraic Thinking include the ability to solve word math problems for children as young as kindergarten. So, why is there such a focus on these types of math problems?</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/How-to-Help-Your-Child-with-Math-Word-Problems/d/3022/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Get Back to School Ready! An Organized Approach to Packing Lunches <p>It is so hard to believe that it is already September! Before we know it, the first day of school will be here. This year my kids are headed to two different schools and for one of them we will be packing lunches daily. All the more reason to get us organized before the school year begins, making sure we are Back to School Ready!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Get-Back-to-School-Ready-An-Organized-Approach-to-Packing-Lunches/d/2991/ Mon, 04 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Start the School Year Strong with Back to School Resolutions <p>When most people think of making resolutions, they probably associate them with the Times Square ball drop and shouts of &quot;Happy New Year&quot; at the stroke of midnight. However, for kids across the country, a different kind of &quot;New Year&quot; is underway -- a new school year. As we dust off the backpacks and notebooks, it&rsquo;s time for parents to be the best Chief Education Officers (CEO) that they can be and set an actionable plan into motion for academic success.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Start-the-School-Year-Strong-with-Back-to-School-Resolutions/d/2869/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Key to Creativity: Journaling <p> </p> <p>&ldquo;Culturing creativity can produce confidence, curiosity, communication, and connections.&rdquo; As adults, we learn the valuable skills of self-care, and we consider creativity a precious possession. One strategy to achievement in these areas is journaling.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/A-Key-to-Creativity-Journaling/d/2975/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Thinkbaby <p>I&#39;m back with another review that will be sure to get your Fall Sports off to a safe start! My name is Rebecca DeDomenico and I am the Product Reviewer for PunchBugKIDS. As a busy mom of two children (ages 4 and 6) I have been having a blast trying out new products with the kids. We recently tried out <a href="http://shop.gothinkbaby.com/Safe-Sunscreen_c_21.html">Thinkbaby</a> Safe Sunscreen.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Thinkbaby/d/2964/ Mon, 21 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