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Celebrating Moms, Dads, Grandparents and All Who Raise Children! – Lee Scott

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Lee Scott, Chair of The Goddard School’s Education Advisory Board and early education programming expert talks about celebrating Moms, Dads, Grandparents and All Who Raise Children!

It is spring and a great time to celebrate all those who parent children, whether they be moms, dads, stepparents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or others.

Families today come in all forms. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 report, the majority of America’s children live in families with two parents (69 percent). The report does not distinguish parent types such as biological parents, same-sex parents, or stepparents. Single parents comprise 23 percent of households with children followed by those headed by grandparents, other relatives, or foster parents.

Children learn about Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations through their school, television programs and advertisements, and/or friends. It may be confusing or awkward for some children if their parents are not the stereotypical mom and dad. We can support these celebrations by broadening our appreciation for all parents. We then shift the focus of the celebration to parenting and not on the type of parent.

There are many fun ways to celebrate these special days. Try the classic homemade card expressing appreciation for the parents or a special breakfast prepared by the children. These gifts still work today as they did in the early 1900s when the days became official. Neither has to be elaborate. The fun is watching the children make and share their creations.

Another wonderful way to share appreciation for parents is through storytelling. Spend time as a family sharing stories of the past and present, which provide children with a sense of belonging and connecting to family and the world around them. You can also read books about parents and families. Here are five of my favorites that celebrate all parents:

  1. Oh My Baby, Little One, Kathi Appelt and Jane Dyer

A mother’s love is carried throughout a young child’s day, ending with the celebration of being together again. The story helps children and parents with separation anxiety.

  1. Who’s in My Family?: All About Our Families, Robie H. Harris and Nadine Bernard Westcott

A trip to the zoo helps two children learn about all types of families. They explore not only the animals but also all the families visiting the zoo.

  1. Mommy, Mama, and Me, Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson

This book is fun because it goes through daily routines in a playful, rhyming manner. Great for young ones! There is also one titled Daddy, Papa, and Me.

  1. The Family Book, Todd Parr

The book focuses on how families, although often very different, are alike in love and caring for each other. This is my go-to book for beginning conversations about families, and I love the fun illustrations.

  1. Molly’s Family, Nancy Garden and Sharon Wooding

A young girl learns how to talk about her two-mom family in school. At first it is difficult, but her teacher helps along the way. Very helpful for giving children ways to answer the question: why do you have two mommies (or daddies)?

 

No matter what type of family you have, you can celebrate who you are on these special spring days.

Paper Flower Craft

Attention parents! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and the most special gifts are those made by the hands of your tiny tots. Here’s a craft idea to help your child create a special keepsake for mom.

What you need:

  • Photo of your child
  • Construction paper
  • Pipe cleaners or straws
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape

Instructions:

Cut the photo of your little one into a circle.

Encourage your child to choose a color (or two) of construction paper and cut out eight ovals for petals. Cutting should be done by an adult.

Help your child glue or tape the petals into a flower.

Glue or tape your child’s photo in the center of the flower.

Use a straw or pipe cleaner for the stem. (Tip: Twisting two pipe cleaners together makes a stronger stem.)

For a more advanced activity, help your child write a poem for Mom and attach it to the flower. Have fun!

Pocket Full of Kisses Craft

Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift from your little one? Here’s a craft you can do together and present to mom to thank her for all that she does!

What you need:

  • Pocket Full of Kisses1Crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint
  • Two white paper plates
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn, ribbon or a long shoelace
  • Safety scissors
  • Bag of HERSHEY’S KISSES®
  • Peel-and-stick magnets (optional)

What you do:

  1. Cut one paper plate in half and leave the other one whole.
  2. Use the hole punch to punch holes, about one inch apart, along the straight edge of the cut plate.
  3. Put the plates together so that the outside edges match up (this will form the pocket). While they are together, continue to punch holes, about one inch apart, around the edges of both plates.
  4. Use the yarn, ribbon or long shoelace to sew the two plates together. (You won’t actually sew the straight edge of the cut plate to the full plate, but you can lace the yarn through these holes for decoration and added support.)
  5. Tie the ends of the yarn, ribbon or shoelace together when sewing is complete.
  6. Make a hole at the top and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through for hanging on the wall or attach a few peel-and-stick magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.
  7. Decorate with crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint.
  8. When complete, fill the pocket with HERSHEY’S KISSES® and display or give as a gift!

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

The Importance of Mother’s Day

Each year, the second Sunday in May is a wonderful opportunity to show our moms just how appreciated they are. Wetwenty20_77a5e341-a0a2-4482-9455-0764b830b44b should remember to value everything our mothers do for us year-round, but Mother’s Day is a great way to give them some special treatment. While it is important to spend time with mom; however, don’t forget to make a phone call or send a card or small gift to grandma and your aunt as well.

A spa day is a great gift for grandma or an aunt, especially if distance makes it difficult to spend Mother’s Day with them. As for mom, you could prepare breakfast in bed or take her out to eat. You could also ask her if there’s anything special she’d like to do, such as go for a hike, see a movie or get a mani/pedi. And of course, be sure to tell mom how much you love and appreciate her and everything she has done for you.

What are some activities your family does on Mother’s Day?

Three Cute Craft Ideas for Mother’s Day

Attention all dads! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and the most special gifts are those made by the hands of your tiny tots. Here are three craft ideas to help your child create a special keepsake for mom.

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Gather a photo of your little one and cut it into a circle. Next, encourage your child to choose a color (or two) of construction paper and cut out about ten ovals for petals. Cutting should be done by an adult. Help your child glue or tape the petals around his picture so his face is the center of the flower. Use a straw or pipe cleaner for the stem and cut out two more ovals of construction paper for leaves. For a more advanced activity, help your child write a poem for Mom and attach it to the flower.

2.   Handprint Tote Bag

You will need a blank canvas tote bag and some acrylic paint (encourage your child to choose the paint colors). Put a piece of cardboard (the size of the bag) inside the tote to ensure the paint does not seep through to the other side. Pour the paint on a paper plate. Assist your child in placing her hand in the paint and then making a handprint on the tote. Rotate the handprints in a circle to make a flower or sun, etc. Mom will love the creativity!

3.   DIY Colored Flowers

For this activity, you will need food coloring and a bouquet of white flowers. Encourage your child to choose two or more colors of food coloring. Gather two jars and pour water, about halfway, into each jar. Add 15 drops of food coloring in each jar (one color in each). Cut an inch or two off the bottom of the stems (this should be done by an adult) to help the flowers absorb the coloring easily. Place the flowers into the jars, and after a full day the flowers will have changed colors!

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

Mother’s Day Handprint Bouquet

Family - Mom Daughter AMother’s Day is almost here!  Let’s shower mom with our love and make a homemade Handprint Bouquet!

Materials

  • A piece of scrap paper
  • Colored cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Crayons and/or markers
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Single-hole punch
  • Ribbon

 

Directions

  1. Trace your child’s hand on a piece of scrap paper and cut the tracing out with scissors.
  2. Use this cutout as a template for tracing your child’s handprint onto five or six pieces of colored cardstock. (Children who are old enough to use a pencil may enjoy this task!)
  3. Cut out all of the new tracings with scissors. Punch a hole in the bottom of each one, just above the bottom edge of the palm, with the single-hole punch.
  4. After all the handprints are cut out and the holes are punched, encourage your little one to use the crayons and/or markers to draw colorful designs on the handprints.
  5. Fold one pipe cleaner in half for each handprint “flower.”
  6. Thread about ¼ inch of the folded end of the pipe cleaner into the hole you punched in the handprint. Fold it down to the secure the pipe cleaner to the cardstock.
  7. Twist the two sides of the pipe cleaner together to create a stem.
  8. Repeat for all of the handprints.
  9. Once all of the handprint flowers are complete, tie them into a bunch with a ribbon. Present them to Mom, Grandma or Auntie to thank her for all that she does!

 

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

 

Mother’s Day

Family - Mom Daughter BMother’s Day will be here next month on Sunday, May 13, 2012. This is the day children honor their mommies for all that they are and all that they do.

Before Mother’s Day, have your little one write down all the reasons she is grateful for her mommy (Dads, grandparents, significant others…you’re going to have to help out with this!). Let her have fun and get creative—she can write words that describe her, draw a picture, write a poem and make lists of the favorite places she goes with mommy and the activities they do together.

Paired with a great big hug and a kiss from her little one, mom is sure to think it’s the best Mother’s Day gift ever!

Mother’s Day Craft: Pocket Full of Kisses

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here’s a craft that little ones can do (with an adult’s assistance and supervision, of course) to thank mom for all that she does.

What you need:

  • Two white paper plates
  • Crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn, ribbon or a long shoelace
  • Safety scissors
  • Bag of Hershey’s KISSES
  • Peel-and-stick magnets (optional)
  1. Cut one paper plate in half and leave the other one whole.
  2. Use the hole punch to punch holes, about one inch apart, along the straight edge of the cut plate.
  3. Put the plates together so that the outside edges match up (this will form the pocket). While they are together, continue to punch holes, about one inch apart, around the edges of both plates.
  4. Use the yarn, ribbon or long shoelace to sew the two plates together. (You won’t actually sew the straight edge of the cut plate to the full plate, but you can lace the yarn through these holes for decoration and added support.)
  5. Tie the ends of the yarn, ribbon or shoelace together when sewing is complete.
  6. Make a hole at the top and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through for hanging on the wall or attach a few peel-and-stick magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.
  7. Decorate with crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint.
  8. When complete, fill the pocket with Hershey’s KISSES and present to mom on her special day! Once the KISSES are gone, mom can continue to use the pocket for recipes, coupons or more candy.