Easy Kid’s Party Ideas

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Planning a spectacular birthday party is on every mom's agenda, but sometimes a busy mom needs some help to fit party planning into her schedule. If you need easy party ideas for your kids, look no further. This article will discuss several easy ideas for three different age groups.

3-5 Years Old: Movie Magic

To plan the perfect birthday extravaganza for 3-5 year old kids, use their favorite children's movie as an easy theme. Choosing from movies such as Cinderella, The Lion King or Cars will immerse kids in their favorite story and will surround them with favorite characters. This theme can be incorporated into decorations, the cake theme and party favors. Since many 3-5 year olds are very visual, make sure that they can see their favorite characters at every turn!

6-8 Years Old: Mad Scientist Theme

When children are between 6-8 years old, you can create a fun birthday party that also incorporates some learning. With a science themed party, you could plan several fun science experiments for kids to participate in (such as making slime). This would not only add to the excitement of the party, but would provide kids with instant party favors as well!

9-12 Years Old: Backyard Campout

Finally, for children ages 9-12, a backyard campout is the perfect solution for a summer extravaganza. Borrow tents from neighbors or relatives and set them around a fire pit. Have guests plan on a sleepover and bring their own sleeping bags. Party activities could include telling ghost stories, making s'mores or roasting hot dogs for dinner. When it is time to turn in for the night, kids can sleep under the stars in the safety of your backyard. Just make sure to have an indoor option available in case of rain!

Planning a great party does not have to take a lot of time or money. As a busy mom, you can plan an entertaining event with limited time and on a budget. Depending on the age of your kids, a movie theme, science theme, or backyard campout might be the perfect party solution. Whatever you decide, your kids will love you for the effort you put into their special day.


If Mom Likes It, Then Everybody Likes It

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It seems as if there are numerous experts out there who are more than willing to offer endless advice on how to be a mom, and many women spend too many hours fretting over whether or not they're getting things right. Over-thinking and second-guessing leads to unnecessary stress. Being a good parent is easy once you put a few basic concepts into play in your life. The main thing to remember is that the simplest answer is usually the best one. Most people spend too much time trying to find hidden meanings in all aspects of life, and that just saps both energy and time.

The other important thing to remember is the old saying that if mom is happy, then so is everyone else. This is actually the truth; everyone knows at least one family where one or both parents are miserable people, and it easy to see how directly affects the children. Some parents actually feel guilty if they give much thought at all to their own happiness, but that's a trap that can have negative consequences for every family member. Naturally, someone who lives a narcissistic lifestyle probably isn't going to be a very good parent, but there's a huge difference between always putting yourself first to the detriment of others and having a healthy respect for your own needs. Everyone has to sacrifice on some level when they become parents, but it shouldn't be a constant way of life.

It's generally quite easy to spot a happy family. They tend to be the ones in which everyone is engaged and comfortable with themselves and with one another. Families that are chronically unhappy usually have at least one parent who feels as if he or she takes a back seat to the happiness of others. An example of this is could be when a birthday dinner for mom is celebrated at a particular restaurant because it's everyone else's preference when the birthday girl herself would rather go somewhere else.

No one should ever be made to feel bad because they want to enjoy their birthday or other special day in their own way. Parents who take a simple approach to child rearing generally raise happier and healthier kids.


Carving the Pumpkin Can Be Fun

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Pumpkin carving can be a fun, exciting experience for kids and their parents. All it takes is a pumpkin, carving tools and the freedom to be messy and have fun. It truly is unforgettable.

After purchasing a pumpkin, start by taking out some scratch paper and markers. Next, explain to the kids that they will be making a design to carve out on a pumpkin. The parent has the freedom to limit what their kids can make, such as creating pumpkin faces, or the parent can leave the creativity up entirely to their kids. The choice is up to you. After the child understands the parameters in what to create, they can take their marker and create something wonderful.

After the kids have made their masterpieces, put the pumpkins on a table that can get messy or spread newspaper on the table, and have them draw their design on the pumpkin. Sometimes kids change their minds when they realize that their work will be shown on a pumpkin. No problem. The kids can make a new creation on a different piece of paper or they can draw it directly on the pumpkin.

Before it is time to do the actual cutting, take time to carefully consider what cutting utensils to use and whether the kids are responsible enough to use them. Sometimes it is best to have an adult or older sibling assist in the cutting. When it is time to carve the pumpkin, begin with cutting a circular opening at the top of the pumpkin, cutting at an inward angle. After the top is removed, have the kids take out the insides of the pumpkin. This process in itself can be an easy, thoroughly exciting process as kids explore what a pumpkin is made of and squish their hands around in the goop and seeds.

After the pumpkin has been scraped clean, begin by making incisions to create the design that the child made. After all the work has been done, have the child inspect it if you were doing the cutting. See if there is anything they would like to change or add. Remember that kids change their minds frequently and that shows their creativity.

Carving pumpkins is easy, fun and rewarding. Though the time involved is not very long, it will be a memory that the kids will keep for the rest of their lives. Finally, remember to take pictures of this event so that it can always be a treasured as part of Halloween fun.