Archives for June 2013

How to Talk to Grandchildren – Breaking the Ice

There can certainly be awkward moments when trying to warm up to your grandchildren, especially if you don’t see them very often. How do you start a conversation? Kids don’t often want to talk about the same things that adults do. Here are some tips on breaking the ice, and how to talk to your […]

Grandparents Parenting Again: Raising Emotionally Healthy Grandchildren

The number of children under the age of 18 who are living with their grandparents has grown tremendously during the last decade. More and more grandparents find themselves raising their grandkids for a host of reasons. Sometimes, the reasons involve difficult emotional situations and needs. There may not be a lot of help out there […]

Cool Pool Party Themes

It can be fun to go beyond the basic “pool party”. If you’re looking for themes for your next poolside entertaining, look no further! Here are six cool pool party themes that will make for a fun time for all. 1. Cartoon Character Theme For kids, cartoon themes can work nicely. Spongebob is definitely a […]

Pool Party Water Games

Splashing and jumping in the pool can be can be fun; but, when you add water games, you take fun to a whole new level! Kids and adults can play together and some games are appropriate for kids to play with each other. While some games work best in public pools, others may be more […]

Pool Party Fun on a Budget

Pool parties are fun for all ages. They can get expensive, but they don’t have to be. You just have to be a little bit creative! Here are some tips on how to host a fun pool party on a budget. 1. Re-Think “Pool” Renting a public pool for a private party can get pricey. […]

Stop That Whining

Have you ever been sitting there, minding your own business, trying to relax for a well-deserved millisecond when you heard this high-pitched voice, draw out your name – “Mooooooom!” Nothing can get your attention like a child whining your name. With a pinched look on your face, you may have the urge to slowly face […]

Kids Pool Games for One

Sometimes there just isn’t someone to play with in the pool. Whether your child is an “only child” and in your backyard pool or your children’s friends just haven’t arrived at the local pool , it’s important that he or she knows a few games that can be played alone. To help your child build […]

Added Benefits of Kids Swimming Lessons

Does your child really need swimming lessons? Every situation and family is different, so of course your child’s individual needs are the first thing you’ll want to consider. Given the individual variations, here are the top six added benefits of kids swimming lessons. 1. It’s Harder to Learn as an Adult Some things are just […]

Rules for Backyard Pool Safety

There’s no doubt that safety is a priority when it comes to backyard pools. If you have a backyard pool, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and others with clearly-stated safety rules. Here are some rules for backyard pool safety. 1. Supervision Children should always, always be supervised when playing in or around […]

Parent Talks – After Child’s Graduation: It’s Not What I Expected

Your child has graduated but as real life kicks in, your child may feel a bit lost and confused. If life after graduation isn’t what your young adult expected, these may be some words of wisdom you can share to show you understand and support your young adult. A  short time ago, you joyfully tossed […]