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The TODO Game is an award-winning game that promotes meaningful conversation

The TODO Game is an award-winning game that promotes meaningful conversation

Turn off the TV and video games and grab a game the entire family can get into. From entertaining toddlers to bonding with the teens, the ToDo Game is an award-winning Australian activity cards that promote meaningful conversations and the best part is that there are no winners or losers. Let your TODO card guide the game play.

Choose from babies, couples, toddler and family edition. Each box has 30 activity cards. Read and do that activity and that is it! Each activity lasts from 20 minutes to an hour, so you can choose the best time of day that works to get together as a family. Older kids can help younger kids with their cards and parents, friends and teens can bond over the family edition.

For example, our first toddler card I pulled had an activity called, The Great Outdoors. It asked us to take a walk in a nearby garden or park and collect various items. We were to collect 12 items in total and come home and use large paper and glue to create a live collage with our items. The advance option had us pasting and labeling items. This can easily be done for the younger kids with the older kids or parents help. Shop the TODO card games online and start connecting as a family!

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Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pure Flix – Win a 3 month subscription

Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pureflix

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is an August debut on Pure Flix. Pure Flix streams faith and family-friendly media that changes lives, inspires hearts and lifts the spirits of members like you and those you love. Start streaming these great shows today with a subscription or enter below to win a 3 month streaming subscription at the end of this post.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is based off of its New York Times Bestselling book written by Dr. Meg Meeker about a successful businessman whose daughter decides to marry a missionary. Dad and daughter (Abby) had dreams of working together once she graduated business school, but she took a missionary trip, fell in love and her plans changed. Dad suddenly feels like he has been replaced by her new fiance (Oz) and has a very hard time letting her go! She has plans to leave on a 3 year mission in another country after marrying Oz, rather than taking the job with her Father. Meanwhile, Dad has 2 other daughters he loves and perhaps should get to know better and prepare for them to grow and leave home as well. This relatable film is a must-see for Dads and daughters!

We learn that parenting is about allowing your children to discover their own gifts and own path in life by seeing past your own expectations! Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pure Flix starting August 1st!

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The Homeschool Awakening is in theaters June 13 and 14 only

Many thanks to TBN & CamFam Studios for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

The Homeschool Awakening is in theaters June 13 and 14 only

Grab the family or just your significant other and head to the theaters July 13 and 14! Kirk Cameron presents The Homeschool Awakening. With the pandemic that shut down schools, families got a taste of teaching from home. The difference between distance learning and homeschooling, as described in this presentation, is that distance learning is still public school structured – their curriculum and schedule only logging in by a certain time to begin the day. Homeschooling is 100% controlled by parents- parents choose the curriculum, schedule and routine.

There are many benefits to public schools, especially for households with parents who work out of the home full time. However, you can still work and homeschool…it is very possible. But, there are so many questions around homeschooling. Do they socialize? Can they get into colleges? What about skills or even scholarships? Homeschooling has zero effect on any of these. In fact, you can give them some fantastic social interaction opportunities.

I work at our local high school and value our teachers and admin and my son enjoys school and the clubs and sports offered. Since we came back after Covid we have many families who teach at home and those kids are on the sports teams and at events. This is going to be such a great film for those on the fence. For kids who are struggling in a classroom or school campus and for those who’s kids or teens spend more time in discipline meetings rather than in the classroom, these kids might need a different way to learn. This is for those families. It is also for families who want to spend more time with their kids and grow with them. You can teach what you want in the guidelines of learning. You can add worship and co-op opportunities. Connecting with other homeschool families is very common and these kids are thriving. There is another way and you learn so much watching The Homeschool Awakening.

All of the answers to your homeschool questions and resources are in the Homeschool Awakening website here!

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Pillow safety for babies under 12 months

As a baby develops in its first year, there are a lot of exciting new things for them to experience. One of these is going outside and traveling in the car. Some parents may even want to take their baby or infant on an extended trip that requires air travel. While keeping things closer to home, there’s still enough to keep parents concerned and up all night with worry. Using pillows during travel can bring up some questions about the overall pillow safety, both inside and outside of the home. 

How safe are pillows for babies in their first year?

There can be a lot of questions about pillows for babies under 12 months. New parents sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the rules and restrictions that they hear about. One of these hot topics is pillows for babies under 12 months. Using a pillow in a baby’s crib is an absolute no, but this doesn’t mean that it can’t be useful in other areas. Doctors recommend that parents keep pillows out of their baby’s cribs until the child is at least two years old. 

In a child’s first year, there are a couple of ways that pillows can be helpful. The first is a U-shaped pillow that is primarily used when a child is in their car seat. This not only helps with supporting their head and neck, but it can also provide a sense of comfort and security. Many children do not like the feeling of confinement that comes with being restrained in a car or infant seat. Using a neck pillow can help to give them a feeling of safety and relaxation. 

The other instance when a pillow is not only safe but helpful for an infant is when they are learning to sit on their own. Sitting is one of the major developmental milestones that babies achieve in their first year of life. As they are developing the muscles that are necessary for them to sit without assistance, a specialized sitting pillow can help to support them.

As a child develops, their needs will change, but having supervision is always important in the first few years of life. Staying aware of their movements can help to keep them safe. Regular check-ups with a pediatrician are also helpful for the child and the parents. Pillow safety is just one of the important aspects of a child’s first year. Keeping a child safe requires constant attention.