Kindness is one of the most important character traits children (and adults) can have. As part of the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge, I’m sharing some free kindness songs and rhymes that can be used at any time of year and with a variety of ages. My granddaughter and I love singing together. We’ll have fun adding some kindness songs to our 100 Acts of

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This is the year I’m hoping to get organized in many areas of my life … including meal planning and fitness routines. I’m excited to have the perfect planner to organize everything in one place … digitally! Let me tell you about The Ultimate Health and Fitness Planner 2016! I’m not a person who can regularly keep up-to-date with a diary or any sort of paper schedule/to-do

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Yes, it’s possible. Toddlers can have good manners! And the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge in January and February (hosted by Toddler Approved and Coffee Cups and Crayons) is a great time to focus on toddler manners. My book Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy is designed to help parents and teachers feel comfortable teaching manners to children 2-12 years old.

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At the beginning of each year, I find it fascinating to look back on my posts from the previous year. It helps to see which posts are your favorites. I love that parenting and character education were so popular this year. They’re two of my favorite topics! Thanks so much for reading and following my blog. You give me inspiration throughout the year. I appreciate

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Happy 2016! I’m excited to share the best of 2015 from Bits of Positivity! This is part of the collaborative Best Crafts, Education & Parenting Posts of 2015! I share a number of different types of posts at Bits of Positivity. Parenting posts, especially posts with tips on raising kids with good character, are some of my main posts. I also share posts with

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Yesterday was the last day for me to take care of my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, until after Christmas. So we reached the end of our Kindness Elf activities for this year. Was it a success? Well, let me tell you about it. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Sweet and Simple Kindness Elf Activities … Creating Magical Days of Kindness

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The kindness elves are on their way to my house! Now I just have to figure out the best way to use them with my granddaughter. I’ve been following variations of Elf on the Shelf and the kindness elves since they were started at The Imagination Tree. Here, I’ll be sharing new kindness elf ideas for 2015 throughout December. In the process, I think I’ll

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I’m a fan of using songs to reinforce educational concepts and character traits. Today, I’m excited to share some free songs about the character trait of patience. Holiday countdown activities are popular in November and December … along with lots of kids who can’t wait until Hanukkah or Christmas. It helps if kids can focus on patience both at the holidays and for many other occasions (such as waiting

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I LOVE this popular quote:  “Gratitude is the best attitude.” Author Unknown.  It’s a great inspiration for November … or anytime. I created a word art freebie based on that quote. For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share the image online, please use the image with the watermark. Of course, I always appreciate when you link to

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Are you a phubber? If you’re phubbing your family, it’s time to stop. And I have some tips to help you.   Macmillan Dictionary defines phubbing as “the activity of being impolite in a social situation by looking at your phone instead of paying attention to the person you are with.”   Image attribution: By SrKoke (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

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Let’s talk about the elephant in the room …. I just couldn’t resist saying that. My 23-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, always picks the elephant as her favorite animal on the carousel. While that elephant is fun and cute, the one we’re fighting isn’t. “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” (Just one of

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