Want your child to eat with chopsticks with ease, & help strengthen their hand muscles?

Then head to Target to get, “Chopstick Kids” by Fred!

They retail for $8, & can also be purchased on Amazon.com too.

Eating a meal with chopsticks can do more than make it fun to eat food. It can help build eye hand coordination, as well as strengthen your child’s hand muscles.

My son & daughter both had issues holding crayons, as well as writing, as small children. Low muscle tone in the hand muscles is not easily detected until Kindergarten mostly.

An OT that we use, highly recommended that from age 4 on, to use chopsticks for dinner.

The kids love using them, & I have a variety of different types, which make it fun.

Even if your child doesn’t have a problem, it is a great skill to master!

Happy Friday take out, lol!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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Want a great Pop Up Shop for children’s gifts in NYC?

Then head into Soho to, The Land of Nod” Pop Up Shop!

What a great place to get gifts from infant to age 8!

Love this idea, because shopping in a catalogue can be tricky sometimes, & the quality of the merchandise can be disappointing too.

This way you can see things in person, and find something unique!

One of my favorites is the shadow puppet theatre, which you can hang in a doorway.

Also I love the Modern Family House, handmade dolls, puzzles, easel, cleaning cart, & stocking
stuffers!

The Land of Nod is located at 136 Prince Street in NYC, & it is worth the trip.

Soho is such a great area to go shopping, & why not have pizza at I Tre Merli, quesadillas at Dos Camino’s, or a burger & pommes frites Balthazar with the kids.

Then head to my fave, Gerorgetown Cupcakes, 111 Mercer Street. Tip, if you LIKE them on Facebook, u get a FREE cupcake of the day! ;)!

I like to park at Sam Parking, located at 360 West Broadway, because if you go before 10am, it is inexpensive. 🙂

Happy shopping!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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Want a great idea for dress up clothes for the holidays?

Then go to www.buycostumes.com, & www.disneystore.com!

I love to give dress-up trunks as gifts, and this is a perfect way to do so at half the cost!

Melissa & Doug make such great quality dress up clothes I feel, so check out their site as well, www.melissaanddoug.com.

Children love to dress up, especially with accessories, as my five year old fashionista still does, lol.

My niece, Mia, has an adorable dress up area in her playroom which I love, see the picture below.

Amazon.com has an amazing selection for girls & boys, just search under dress up storage.

If you are like me who do not have space, then a toy chest, or storage bin does the trick.

Enjoy another great idea for the holidays!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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Want a new look for this holiday?

Then head straight to Sephora!

There is nothing like getting a new lipstick or eyeshadow & feeling glamorous!

At Sephora their beauty specialists can give you a new look for free!

What I love about this store is that they feature many makeup lines, & their Sephora line is amazing.

There is no need for an appointment which I love, & it is nice to do something for yourself!

Enjoy your new look this holiday season.

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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Want a great indoor/outdoor toy for ages 3-12?

Then go to www.fao.com or www.amazon.com & check out, “OGO toys” disk set.

OMG, what a fun toy this is!

Last year while at FAO Schwartz in New York City, I found this amazing product.

This sports set comes with 2 discs, & a koosh ball for around $35.

What I love I that it is for ages 3+, is fun for indoors/outdoors, & makes a great gift for a family!

Another great feature, is that the OGO disk set is a great tool for eye and hand coordination.

Enjoy another great product!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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Want a great dictionary for kids?

Then check out, “DK’s-Webster Children’s Dictionary!

DK Publications makes the most amazing books I think, & kids love them too!

It is so important for children to have an understanding of the spelling & meanings of words.

What I always suggested to parents when I taught, was when your child asks the spelling or definition of a word, model looking in a dictionary.

Technology is wonderful, but it is crucial that children learn tools to research information the old school way.

Dictionaries also include many references, and historical information.

This particular one is the size of a college text book, & is filled with over 35,000 words! LOVE this!
Go to www.amazon.com to order yours today!

Happy spelling!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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Want an effective way for a , “Time Out”?

Then choose a safe area in your home!

I have read many different books & articles regarding behavior over the years.

The method that I like best, is first explaining to your child not to do the behavior, then give them a warning.

It they repeat the behavior, (hitting, biting, pushing, taking something that isn’t theirs, etc.), then they sit either on the step, a chair, ottoman, or space on a couch.

To me a bedroom is NOT a place for punishment, because it is a place they associate with rest. Also it is a place they should respect, and take care of. If they are sent to their room for bad behavior, then they won’t associate it with a happy place I feel.

For small children ages 2-5, I like the bottom step of a staircase, or a pillow.

Ages 6+, I like the couch or an ottoman.

Having a child sitting on a floor is degrading to me, that is why I like the areas above.

For small children who are learning what a Time Out is all about, I like sitting next to them and set a timer for their age. (Age 2 sits for 2 minutes and so forth.)

An egg timer or microwave timer works best, I think.

If your child gets up and runs away, say, “Time Out is not over!”, and put them back on their spot.

In the midst of a child who is inconsolable, I suggest sitting next to them.

It is important to not say too much, during a tantrum, because children don’t hear what you are saying I feel.

Afterwards, it is import to talk to your child about why they were sitting there. I always explain that I love them, but it is not okay to to what they did.

I have been doing this for over eight years, and feel that this method is most effective.

Children need to have boundaries, and it needs to be taught at an early age. It can be difficult the first few times, then children adapt and get it.

Enjoy!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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Want great magazines for your children?

Then check out Highlights magazines for kids!

I can remember as a child reading this magazine, & now they have many different types.

“Highlights Hello”, is for ages 0-2, for infants and toddlers. Love the read aloud stories, & activities for families!

“High Five”, is for ages 2-6, for preschoolers & kindergartners.

“Puzzle Buzz” is for ages 4-7. This magazine is one of my top picks, great for restaurants, airplanes, or long car rides.

“Highlights”, is for ages 6-12. Love the stories, games, puzzles, & activities this magazine has to offer.

“Puzzlemania”, is for ages 7+ . Puzzles are a great way to promote strategy!

“Mathmania”, is for ages 7+. Practicing math skills though fun games & activities is a great way for children to enjoy math!

Children love getting mail, and what a great way to promote the love of reading!

Go to, www.highlights.com for more information. Look under the magazines & club tabs to preview each magazine.

This holiday season, give the gift of knowledge, you can’t go wrong with that!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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Want your children to smile ear to ear on Thanksgiving?

Then head to New York City, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

In your lifetime you MUST experience the parade with your children.

To see their expressions are priceless!

From the bands, to the clowns, to the floats & balloons, it is a day to treasure!

We leave our home by 7:30am, & get into the city in 10 minutes. Next we head near the Museum of Natural History.

Love this spot, because that is where the entertainment boards the floats, & it is a great corner to see it all.

This year my husbands firm has a great view from their office, so we watched the parade from up above.

So next year, try to plan with your family to see the parade, it is a must!

Happy Thanksgiving, & make sure to discuss with your children the history, as well as talk about what they are thankful for.

Take it from a Mom Who Knows, & is so thankful for her family & friends!

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Want a cute way for your children to write their wishes to Santa?

Then head to Macy’s!

For the past three years, Macy’s has the cutest setup for kids for Christmas.

They have a table, chairs, mailbox, pencils & postcards for Santa.

I take a stack each year, and have the children fill them out and draw a picture on Thanksgiving.

It is a great way to know all the wishes your children may have, & they love doing this!

For those little tots, have them draw a picture, then either a sibling or adult can write what they are.

LOVE this tradition, & take a few extra, because sometimes their are additional wishes! Lol…

Here’s to wishes…

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

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