PunchBugKIDS http://www.punchbugkids.com Fri, 20 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 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