PunchBugKIDS http://www.punchbugkids.com Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Belly Armour <p>As an expecting mother you tend to worry about everything! I know whenever I put my laptop, iPad or phone near my lap I worry about the radiation coming off of them. There has been quite a bit of research in the past that shows that radiation, even when in the womb can be harmful to not only you, but your unborn baby.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Belly-Armour/d/3782/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: CoziGo <p>With two other little ones running around I was afraid our newborn wasn&rsquo;t going to be able to nap peacefully like the older ones were able to. Taking a nap with the sun shining into the stroller isn&rsquo;t the ideal situation especially with how warm it was this past summer! Thankfully I was able to use our <a href="https://cozigo.com/">CoziGo</a> on all of our stroller rides during nap time.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-CoziGo/d/3779/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT 8 Ideas to Make Reading More Enjoyable for Kids <p>Here are eight ideas sure to make reading more enjoyable for your kids.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/8-Ideas-to-Make-Reading-More-Enjoyable-for-Kids/d/3700/ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Creative Ways to Learn Math Using Sports <p>Is your child spending more time on the soccer field than in the classroom this summer? That can be a good thing. Summer sports provide compelling real-world opportunities for kids to apply and grow their math skills. Whether keeping score for a game or calculating batting averages, math is key to sports. It goes both ways: sports can also help with math&mdash;and other subjects, too. In addition, many studies indicate a link between physical activity and academic achievement.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Creative-Ways-to-Learn-Math-Using-Sports/d/3697/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Toy Story Land <p>Your Toy Story pals can&rsquo;t wait to have you join them in Toy Story Land at Disney&#39;s Hollywood Studios&reg; where kids and grownups alike can experience all-new adventures.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Toy-Story-Land/d/3690/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Summer Reading List for Tweens <p>Summer should be a break from school, not from learning. Making sure that kids are reading throughout the summer is a great way to keep their minds active and ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom come fall.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Summer-Reading-List-for-Tweens/d/3694/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Disney Q&A <p>&quot;Penny, which is the best resort for a family&#39;s first visit with a 2 &amp; 4-year-old? The kids love Disney Jr. characters. We want to enjoy the pool and resort and go to the parks for a couple of days.&quot;</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Disney-Q-A/d/3687/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Slumberkins <p>This is a baby must have!! Looking for the perfect little gift for your loved one? <a href="https://slumberkins.com/">Slumberkins</a> is the answer.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Slumberkins/d/3557/ Mon, 21 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT 10 Tips for Practicing Dictation with Kids <p>There&rsquo;s a time-honored activity &ndash; some would call it a game &ndash; that lets parents quickly assess how well their children are mastering language arts skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening. The rules are simple; just dictate a few sentences, and ask your child to write it down word-for-word.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/10-Tips-for-Practicing-Dictation-with-Kids/d/3560/ Mon, 14 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Mickey-shaped food is extra Yummy, especially when it's free! <p>It&#39;s here! Disney&rsquo;s Free Dining offer is one of the most anticipated offers of the year and the Disney community has been all a flutter on when it would be released and what it would look like.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Mickey-shaped-food-is-extra-Yummy-especially-when-it-s-free/d/3598/ Mon, 07 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Super Foods <p>Several moms have asked us what our go to foods are for introduction at Harvest to Highchair. All fresh fruits and veggies are fantastic but there are a couple that we really consider to be &lsquo;super foods&rsquo; and are perfect for first foods. These are our top four favorites...</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Super-Foods/d/3533/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Hatch Baby <p>Rebecca here to tell you all about a really fun product! <a href="https://shop.hatchbaby.com/products/rest?variant=20793522501">Hatch Baby</a><a href="http://shop.hatchbaby.com/products/rest?variant=20793522501"> Rest</a> is a night light, a sound machine, and time to rise indicator all in one. This modern white device has a sleek, aesthetically pleasing design to it which you can accesorize with fun colorful coverlets.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Hatch-Baby/d/3553/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Picky Eater? <p>Lately, we&#39;ve been teaching classes on palatetraining and introducing solids. A couple of the moms have already been through the process of introducing solids and are combating the dreaded...PICKY EATER! Here are some of our recommended strategies for getting over that hump and getting your toddler interested in a more diverse menu.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Picky-Eater/d/3530/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Levana <p>Today as parents we are always on the go and have something to take care. With the <a href="https://www.mylevana.com/">Levana Shiloh 5&rdquo; </a>Touch Screen Monitor you are able to do your chores around the house, shower, cook dinner and much more while having an eye on your baby the entire time.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Levana/d/3524/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Picture Keeper <p>Backing up my pictures and videos on my cell phone and iPad can be extremely time consuming. When you have little kids at home the last thing you have time to do is sit and back up your pictures and videos. At the same time, the thought of loosing them is devastating as you have taken so many adorable photos and videos. I found a great product to keep track of all my photos!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Picture-Keeper/d/3503/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT 4 Key Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Tests <p>In a perfect world, every day at school would be filled with interesting, hands-on learning experiences. But even the most progressive schools must determine whether or not their students have successfully mastered the academic material on the lesson plan. For better or for worse, that means that inevitably your student will have to endure classroom exams. Here are some tips to help your child prepare for tests, hopefully changing what can sometimes be a daunting experience for students to an anticipated opportunity to show what they&rsquo;ve learned.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/4-Key-Tips-to-Help-Your-Child-Prepare-for-Tests/d/3506/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Five Reasons I Don't Feel Guilt About Going Away Without My Kids <p>People will often say to me that they won&rsquo;t go away without their kids because they feel guilty leaving them. I have to admit that I, one the other hand, feel no guilt leaving my kids when my husband and I go away. In fact, since we had kids almost 13 years ago, we have never gone more than six months without taking a breather from home-life and being away even for just a night alone.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Five-Reasons-I-Don-t-Feel-Guilt-About-Going-Away-Without-My-Kids/d/3469/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rebecca's Reviews: Smilo <p>I have been doing a lot of research the past few months on some of the best bottles on the market right now being that we have a new bundle expected in the next few months. Here&#39;s one company whose products I love- <a href="https://www.smilobaby.com/">Smilo</a>!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Rebecca-s-Reviews-Smilo/d/3450/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Milk After Weaning? <p>There are so many opinions when it comes to introducing milk after weaning. What will you do for your family?</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Milk-After-Weaning/d/3324/ Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT New Tool For Decision Making Moms <p>Moms, how many decisions do you make in a day? A while back, researchers at Cornell University* found that people make more than 200 decisions about food alone. Just. Food.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/New-Tool-For-Decision-Making-Moms/d/3371/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Things to Look Forward to at Disney in 2018 <p>This spring and summer, Disney is kicking it up a notch and introducing some fun new character meet &lsquo;n greets, dining experiences, attractions and shows. There&rsquo;s so much magic in the air at Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks your family is bound to have an incredible time!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Things-to-Look-Forward-to-at-Disney-in-2018/d/3368/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Self-Love: What it Does and Doesn’t Mean <p>&ldquo;Self-love&rdquo; is something we throw around in conversation often these days. Sometimes we refer to it as &ldquo;self-care&rdquo; or &ldquo;self-compassion.&rdquo; We&rsquo;re searching earnestly for a better way to exist in a world that demands so much of us. We are hard-working, successful, organized, and we meet so many expectations&ndash;most of them at the expense of our own health and wellbeing.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Self-Love-What-it-Does-and-Doesn-t-Mean/d/3398/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT The Art of Thank You Notes <p>Thank you. Two simple words, but without of doubt the most meaningful words in our vocabulary. My love for handwritten notes started at a very young age. I enjoyed different art mediums and the reaction a person had when receiving my creations. To this day I continue to instill this form of etiquette to my two young girls as well as my Mini Manners students.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/The-Art-of-Thank-You-Notes/d/3325/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT How to Help Your High Schooler Set Goals <p>To your student, it might seem as if high school is going to last forever. But you know better. Setting goals provides teenagers with concrete landmarks to help them along their academic path. Having set goals to follow will give your student focus and help he or she build self-confidence.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a look at the kinds of goals your teenager should be setting and why they are important.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/How-to-Help-Your-High-Schooler-Set-Goals/d/3311/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Creative Corner – An At-Home Art Studio <p>In Charleston, SC we&rsquo;ve had an unusual episode of real winter weather that kept us indoors longer than normal. When something like this happens, everyone scrambles to think of fun, educational, and interesting indoor activities. Art is certainly at the top of the list for me, and many parents would love for their children to put down the electronics and make some art. If you don&rsquo;t already have a designated art space for your children, it&rsquo;s time to create a creative corner in your home, and begin to integrate art making into their normal spectrum of activities.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Creative-Corner--An-At-Home-Art-Studio/d/3320/ Thu, 01 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Keeping Your Teenager Safe at Parties <p>Do you remember being a teenager? I do and remember thinking that I was an adult and should be treated as one. I also remember the feelings of euphoria when I was unchaperoned and could act in ways my parents wouldn&#39;t necessarily approve, thinking they wouldn&rsquo;t find out&hellip;</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Keeping-Your-Teenager-Safe-at-Parties/d/3317/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Finding Peace in The Chaos <p>There is so much noise around us all the time. Many of us have kids to nurture, demanding jobs to manage, households to run, and partners to invest in. At the end of the day, when your head hits the pillow, it can often be the first moment of silence we&rsquo;ve had all day. This becomes even more true in times of transition&mdash;like a new year or new job&mdash;when we&rsquo;re going through an onslaught of changes.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Finding-Peace-in-The-Chaos/d/3323/ Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Joyful Noise, Joyful Children! <p>Did you know that listening to music can make children happier? The brain reacts emotionally to music. One of the first things that babies understand is emotion and by ten months old most babies can understand if a song or melody is sad or happy. These sounds change their mood.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Joyful-Noise-Joyful-Children/d/3308/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Clean house and donate <p>Today is a great day to help those in need as you clean out your house post-holidays.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Clean-house-and-donate/d/3303/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT 5 Tips to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2018 <p>By now, your decorations from the holidays are put away. The gifts you received, although wonderful, may have lost their glow. The excitement and hope that comes with ringing in the New Year has passed. And the goals you set, well, they were good in theory but aren&rsquo;t being accomplished.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/5-Tips-to-Keeping-Your-New-Year-s-Resolutions-in-2018/d/3268/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 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