Green Halloween

Halloween is one of the most Eco-Unfriendly times of the year.  Mom-daughter eco warriors Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson have taken the holiday on with Green Halloween and the National Costume Swap Day.   They are also co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family and founders of the non-profit Green Halloween initiative.  Learn how to make your Halloween fun less harmful for the planet.  Check out the locations in your area that might be holding a costume swap or learn how to hold one in your area!

Teaching Preschoolers Joy with Joy School

Not found a preschool yet or looking for something more than the ABCs?  Want your child to be emotionally ready for school? Nationally acclaimed author Linda Eyre discusses how to teach children joy using the Joy School program.  Both Stacey and Nancy have had children in Joy School and found it to be an amazing experience.  Learn why!

AND–We were nominated for the Best of Salt Lake 2010 as the Best Resource for info for Moms!  Whooo Hooo!

For more information on Joy School, go to JoySchools.com and for more on Values Parenting programs, go to ValuesParenting.com.

Travel to Orlando Part 1

Thinking about a trip to Sunny Florida?  We’re talking with Jill Martin, Family Travel blogger for VisitFlorida.com.  You’ll learn where to nurse your baby and fun places in addition to Disney World.  We’ll even talk about educational opportunities in Orlando and Cape Canaveral (only an hour away)!  Get your bags packed!

Don’t miss Jill’s Blog on VisitFlorida.com and remember that she is looking for questions from our listeners!

Dinosaur World

Wonderworks–the Upside Down Amusement Park

Princess Makeover at Disney

Summer Reading Fun

Looking for summer reading ideas to keep the kids reading?  We share ideas and lists of books.

Check out these lists of books for kids in every age and group: http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/forparents/tp/summer_reading.htm

Check out the local library reading program

Check out bookstore reading programs like Barnes and Noble and Borders book programs.

Here are some of our kids’ favorite books:

  • 39 Clues series
  • Percy Jackson Series
  • Diary of a Whimpy Kid Series
  • When You Reach Me (2010 Newbery Winner)
  • Savvy (2009 Newbery Honor)
  • Hoot
  • Flush
  • Scat
  • Bud, Not Buddy
  • Hatchet
  • Captain Underpants
  • Stink
  • Miss Daisy is Crazy
  • Time Warp Trio Series
  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • Fablehaven
  • Swindle
  • Zoobreak
  • Radio Fifth Grade
  • Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • No Talking (any Andrew Clements book)
  • Magic Tree House Series
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts

Summer Jobs Help Kids Learn about Money

Kathy Peel, America’s Family Manager, discusses how summer jobs teach kids about money and how to work with others.  She shares a list of 37 business ideas for kids and ideas for helping your kids work and earn money for things like camp.

Kathy is the author of our bible for motherhood: The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy Organized Home. Her website has many great tips.

Check out this list of 37 business ideas  for kids!

Check out how to Teach Healthy Respect for Money!

Check out how to Teach Kids to Make Friends and Influence Clients!

*****Here is the link Nancy’s Interview about Signing with Babies**** VickyandJen.com

Attachment Parenting

Amy Webb, mother and creator of The Thoughtful Parent, discusses Attachment Parenting.  Amy has a PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences and loves to be a translator for parents in sharing research-based parenting information with those of us without PhDs!

Whose Responsible for Homework?

We discuss who is really responsible for homework and what we can do to help our kids succeed.  If you are a helicopter mom or one that really tries to make sure your kid get everything done, this is definitely a show you need to watch.  Or, if your kids are just starting school, listen so you don’t make mistakes.  Great content about how to help your kids succeed in life!

Dealing with the Digital Nation

We discuss  how technology is changing the lives of our children.   Our kids are growing up in a world where technology is natural and necessary to survive and thrive.  How is this changing our children’s brains, temperaments and learning styles.  Watch the entire PBS special at Digital Nation.

Protecting Your Child’s Motivation

To stay motivated, your child needs small successes along the way. Whether it is in spelling, math, music, or athletics, the key is to protect that motivation. Maggie Stevens, author of Parent Fix is the mom of 5 children and has many down-to-earth parenting tips to share with us.

Talking about Death with Children

Laura Wellington, creator of the Wumblers, discusses how to talk to children about death and how she turned tragedy into triumph. Laura’s story of personal tragedy and how she helped her children through the experience will give you insight into how you might deal with a similar situation.  Being prepared to know how to talk with your children (even though we hope you never have to) can ease the burden you might face. Also, learn how Laura’s creation, the Wumblers, is helping teach values to children!

Choosing the Right School for Your Child

With today’s variety of public schools, charter schools, private schools, magnet schools and so forth, you need to choose the right school for your child.  Sometimes a move to a different school can make all the difference and sometimes it might make it worse.