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PostHeaderIcon How to Talk to Children about the Boston Tragedy

Making sense of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon yesterday can be quite a challenge for adults, let alone children.

Children process these things differently. They may be asking difficult questions and parents may need suggestions to help discuss what happened and address their concerns.

Fred Rogers from the long-running TV show, Mr. Rogers was quoted as saying, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” That is good advice from the wise Mrs. Rogers, but what if your children have questions and need more?

Below are some helpful tips from Child Psychologist Dr. Phyllis Ohr, for Press4Kids’ News-O-Matic, the first educational, news app for children 7 to 10 years old. Dr. Ohr is also the Director of the Child and Parent Psychological Services Clinic at Hofstra and the Assistant Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

Here are some tips from Dr. Ohr for how parents can address news issues with children and what children can do to feel better: read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Tips for Creating Your Own Fika

Fika? What’s a Fika? If you are looking for a new way to relax this summer and you love coffee, go Fika! Fika is basically a Swedish coffee break. Swedes consider having a coffee an important part of the culture. You can fika at work by taking a “coffee break,” fika with someone like a “coffee date,” or just drink a cup of coffee. As such, the word has quite ambiguous connotations, but almost always including something to eat, such as cookies, cakes and even candy, accompanied by a drink. This practice of taking a break, typically with a cinnamon roll or some biscuits or cookies, is central to Swedish life, and is regularly enjoyed even by the government.

So…relax like the Swedes do and have a Fika, this cultural mainstay allows Swedes to take true coffee breaks throughout the day (not just grabbing a coffee to go). Swedes actually slow down, sit and savor a rich cup of coffee and a sweet snack in the company of friends, twice a day, every day.

How do you master the art of creating your own fika?

  • Silence the cell phone, set the timer for 15 minutes and take a break with a friend.
  • Choose the right brew, like a delicious cup of Gevalia Kaffe, the Swedish-heritage coffee and preferred brand in Sweden that is now available in U.S. retail stores.
  • Bake a dessert like Kanelbullar (Swedish Cinnamon Buns) or something as simple as Pepparakakor (Swedish Ginger Snaps).  If you’re not up to baking, any sweet treat or even fruit will do!
  • If you want to go all out, decorate your space with a nice place setting using Swedish-designed coffee mugs and label the desserts in Swedish.

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PostHeaderIcon What do you mean my boys can’t have a tree?

In order for you to fully understand where this post came from, I have to tell you a brief story about my current situation.

As many of you know I am in the middle of a  divorce. One of the problems I am having at the moment is being able to collect my things from the house for almost a year now. With that being said, naturally, all of my Christmas decorations including my tree, stockings, etc are there. My mom bought us a tree and we only used it last year so it’s brand new. I refused to go out and purchase a new one because to be honest, those things are not cheap and I have a new one so what’s the point? I am also not a real tree person and for just me, it would have been a  real pain! I was feeling pretty down about the boys not having a tree and well, that was unacceptable to me.

A few months back I did a review for a company for a giant tree wall decal. I was sitting on the couch one night staring at this tree. I started wondering what I could do with it. Why couldn’t I just light it up?! It was a tree after all. Then the problem came of how do get it up without ruining the wall. Command Brand to the rescue! I contacted them and explained what my idea was and if they thought they could help. THEY HELPED!

First let me list the products that I used for this project….

  • 2 Stands of white lights
  • Thin Garland
  • Fake Snow
  • Candy Canes
  • Varies FLAT Christmas Ornaments
  • Small card board box
  • Command Decorating Clips
  • Command Small Wire Hooks
  • Command Large Picture Hanging Strips

This project as a whole was really very simple. We used the Command Decorating Clips to put the lights up how we wanted them. We really had no pattern to this. It was pretty much however the lights looked like they wold fit best. We loosely wrapped the garland around the lights and put it up at the same time. We used the Large Picture Hanging Strips to stick some felt and boxes to the wall. The red felt was a cheap $5 tree skirt that I picked up at Target and cut in half. We added some dollar store flat ornaments and it was a tree!

We also bought some fake snow and through it all over the tree and on the “tree skirt”. You can’t see it very good in the picture on the tree but it shows nicely at the base. Because I had the thermostat on the right, we cut a cardboard box in half, put 4  of the Large Picture Hanging Strips on the back and stuck it over top of the thermostat. We used 3 of the Small Wire Hooks to hang the stockings like a makeshift mantle. We wrapped up some empty boxes for affect and VOILA! A Christmas Tree! When the boys came home they were SO EXCITED! I am certain they will remember this in 20 years over a stinky boxed tree ;)

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PostHeaderIcon How To Get A Refund For An iPad Or iPhone App

Spencer some how was able to purchase a few apps on the iPad this morning that Mom did not approve. If you have an iPhone or iPad you might need this one day!

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