It's Valentine's Day - there are no distractions and it's just
the two of you.
Now what do you talk about? Here are
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Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to teach your kids about
caring and sharing, while also mixing in a little chocolate! There
are lots of fun ways to make February 14th special for your little
Here are some games you can play at home with your family or if
you're hosting a Valentine's Day party:
Valentine's Toss is an easy game that will keep
the kids laughing and burning energy.
*Have the children stand in a large circle. Give one player a
soft, red ball, small stuffed heart or red beanbag.
*The player is to call out the name of another player, then toss
them the ball.
*The second player catches the ball, calls another name, and tosses
the ball to that child.
*After a few tosses, add another ball to the game. Now there are
two balls being passed simultaneously, and the kids really have to
*If the players can keep the game going with two balls, add a third
for an extra challenge.
*If you have a large group of players, add a fourth ball.
*You can keep the game going until the children tire of it.
Candy Relay will bring out the giggles, and
ends with a sweet treat.
*Divide the kids into two even teams, and have them line
*Give every player on each team a small, wrapped candy, such as a
peppermint or Tootsie Roll (Warn the kids not to eat their candies
*The first player on each team puts on a pair of mittens, and at
"Go!" attempts to unwrap their candy, which they then eat.
*The mittens are passed to the next player, who repeats the
*The first team to unwrap and eat all the candies wins.
ideas courtesy of: KNDU
10% of your controllable (discretionary) expenses such as
entertainment, groceries, clothing and dinning out = "POWER
As a single mom raising 3 young boys, I needed to find ways to
save money when my budget was very tight. I decided to include the
boys in creating a grocery list of items that were needed to
complete a menu for two weeks. Upon arrival to the grocery store I
opened my wallet and pulled out $100.00 cash. I took $10 and told
the boys that if they helped me get all the items on the list for
$90.00 that they could split the savings of $10.00. The result was
helpful boys that did not ask for anything that wasn't on the list;
they bagged the groceries and put them away upon arriving home! NOW
THAT'S USING POWER CASH WISELY.
-Julie Wisely, Eugene MOM and Regional Director of Debt
Have you seen the Feb/Mar 2012 issue of MOM in Lane County?
Cover MOM Sarah Shipley - How does she do
Birthday parties - Fun
ideas to celebrate
Healthy MOM - McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center - Saving one million
Money MOM - Get out of
Food - Sweet as sugar - baking with natural
Vacation MOM - Romantic
Earth MOM - Landscaping for
Fitness challenge - The Grand
Real Estate MOM - Buying a
SuperDAD - Toby
Catlin is SuperDAD!
Parenting 1-2-3 - Refill your cup
With several weeks left before spring, your little ones might be
itching to go outside but can't quite withstand the cold
temperatures. Besides your local library or museums, try taking a
trip to a slightly smaller (and FREE) zoo close by…
Pet stores, which my family affectionately calls "Baby Zoo" can
be a delightful trip for your kids to learn about animals and see
critters that may never be welcome in your home like snakes and
tarantulas. My kids always get a kick out of watching the ferrets
play and are amazed to see Nemo and his friends in the fish
This is a great way to help kids learn about a variety of
animals and how to care for them should they finally convince you
(if they haven't already) to get a family pet.
It's free and fun and helps relieve some of the cabin fever your
kids might be having as the holidays are over and the water parks
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