Kids

Kids - whether you have two children, as in this photo, or just one, or many, you'll find the information and resources you need in the posts on this page.

Everything Kids

Whether you’re a first time parent, a parent of many, or a hopeful parent-to-be, I’m sure you know kids are as much a joy as a challenge. 

There’s a lot of social pressure (from online mom groups, well meaning family and friends, random people you meet) to parent a certain way. To live up to impossible standards, and be “SuperMom” or “SuperDad”. 

In striving to become a SuperParent, however, we can end up so stressed that family life just isn’t enjoyable. Instead of feeling the joy that children can bring into your life, you’re feeling anxious, guilty, and stressed because everything feels like a challenge.

My goal is to empower you to raise your children, focussed on the joy, working through the challenges, without becoming the stressed-out SuperParent.

While you’ll find everything to do with kids on this page, from baby care and child development, to crafts and activities, to parenting tips and advice (and more), you’ll discover I aim to provide a positive spin on parenting.

Every child is a different kind of flower and all together they make this world a beautiful garden.

~Unknown Author

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Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff by Stacy C Bauer, author interview and review. A story for children who like to collect too much stuff, and whose parents might want their children to minimize or organize their things.

Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff: Author Interview and Review

Author Interview and Book Review: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff If you’ve been following the book reviews on Abrazo and Coze, you’ll know I previously did an interview with Stacy C Bauer for her first ever picture book Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets. Now I have the opportunity to review the next in the Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too series: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff. Stacy also agreed to another interview, which I personally find really exciting. I love to know who the people are the write the books my kids love. Hopefully, you do, too. I

Read More »
Becoming Beautiful by Tarang Rawat Author Interview and Review. Read this magical story that celebrates differences and empowers children to love themselves and others.

Becoming Beautiful: Author Interview & Review

Author Interview and Review: Becoming Beautiful I am super excited to share the book Becoming Beautiful with you. Partly because I think it will be an amazing children’s story but also because I’m excited to be part of the hype leading up to its launch. That’s right. Becoming Beautiful isn’t published yet. The illustrations aren’t even quite finished yet (but I’ve seen enough to know I like it, and the style is very compatible with the storyline). So why the excitement over a book that isn’t even ready to publish?? To answer that, I’m going to tell you first about

Read More »
Whether you want your child to learn baking, like the child in the image, or you simply want your child to be able to function as an adult, these Montessori practical life activities will have them eager to learn more.

10 Montessori Practical Life Activities For Your Child

Teach Life Skills Through Montessori Practical Life Activities Practical life skills are so important for kids to learn. Things like household chores, food prep, cooking and baking, and outside chores are all essential skills. Unfortunately, it takes lots of time and patience to teach them these skills. There are several Montessori practical life activities that can assist in the task. The trick is to change your perspective… Know your why. Why is it important to you that your children learn these skills? If you need to, write down why you want your children to participate in these Montessori practical life activities and

Read More »
Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets by Stacy C Bauer is a fun story about a young kangaroo who loves sweets a bit too much...

Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets: Author Interview And Review

Author Interview and Book Review: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets I’m super eager to share my thoughts on Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets and am excited to host an interview with the author, Stacy C. Bauer. I especially love that by reviewing books of new and aspiring authors is that I get the opportunity to find out who they are, and to watch them succeed. I also love that I get to be one of the first to share their stories with you. Both the story of them as an author, and the story they have written. I

Read More »
Coquina rock and pasta rock coquina style. Pasta Rocks: Easy DIY Sedimentary Rock Activity.

Sedimentary Rock Activity: Easy DIY Pasta Rocks for Curious Kids

Pasta Rocks! Easy DIY Sedimentary Rock Activity As an elementary school science teacher, Mary Smith is well qualified to share this fun and easy sedimentary rock activity for curious kids. Mary is a mother of two, who splits her time between changing diapers and working at a small charter school that is supportive of science education. She also creates and sells science activities on TPT. In her free time, she is studying Counseling for her M.Ed, which she will complete within the next year. As a self-professed lifelong student, she has studied art, photography, nursing, education, and worked in many different

Read More »
Top 10 Reasons Children Should Learn To Dance - whether your children are young like the pair in this image, or older, there are many benefits of learning ballroom dance.

Ballroom Dance for Kids: Top 10 Reasons Children Should Learn to Dance

Top 10 Reasons to Consider Ballroom Dance for Kids Kora Stoynova, founder of the #dancerslifestyle blog SK Dancesport and owner of the Washington State Ballroom Dance studio Aria Ballroom, is here to share with us the best reasons why you should choose ballroom dance for kids. She has been teaching children and developing young champions for over 15 years. That is in addition to her own competing! Kora is a strong advocate for the benefits of ballroom dance for children. Still not convinced? Here are ten more reasons why your child should learn ballroom dancing today! 10 Reasons Why Your Child

Read More »
15 of the best study tips for teenagers to actually get straight A's. Highschool or middle school students will be acing their tests by following these study methods.

Best Study Tips For Teenagers To Actually Get Straight A’s

Best Study Tips For Middle and High School Students When you’ve got teenagers, odds are high you think about their future. Because you want the best for them you want them to do well at school, no matter what their future employment holds. And that is exactly why they need to know the best study tips. Poovanesh is a former English teacher turned blogger. At Family Growth Life, she provides tips to parent teenagers positively and also encourages those who live with chronic illnesses with hacks to thrive. In the same vein, she’s here visiting Abrazo and Coze to share some

Read More »
deal with death cope with loss in white block text outlined in black, over black and white photo of girl who is upset and grieving.

How To Help Kids Deal With Death And Cope With Loss

Helping Your Older Child Deal With Death Death. It’s inevitable. If you’ve ever known someone whose time passed, you know just how hard it can be to deal with death and cope with loss. It’s especially challenging if you need to help your child deal with death, significantly moreso if you are also grieving. Heather O’Shea is a blogger and freelance writer who spent ten years in the business world before spending the next seventeen years teaching in an independent middle/high school. She recently retired from that career to work full time as a freelance writer. Heather writes the blog

Read More »

Fun Crafts For Preschoolers: Pretend Play

Creative Craft Ideas For Preschoolers: Imaginative Play Kim from The Happy Mommy is a stay at home mom who loves helping other moms with self care, fun crafts and activities. And that’s exactly why she’s written this post for Abrazo and Coze. You’ll find some really fun crafts for preschoolers and toddlers, which they can then use for a variety of pretend play scenarios. I know my own children love pretend play. Monkey and Fang love to act out some of their daily routines (oddly, they especially love pretend nap time). They also love imagining being Mr. A or I, doing some

Read More »
How to Start a Fun Kids Club The Easy Way (white block text outlined in black over photo of children gardening)

How to Start a Kiddy Club: Easy Steps To Create A Club For Kids

How To Start A Club For Kids If you’ve been longing for something to do with your kids that doesn’t require a lot of prep time, learning how to start a kiddy club might be exactly what you’re looking for. Chenoah, from Fields of Daisies will walk you through the very simple process, then you can start relaxing, and your kids can start spending more time with like-minded friends. You might even get to start hanging out with some other like-minded moms and dads, depending on what type of club for kids you decide to create. How To Start A Kiddy

Read More »
4 month old sleep schedule - infant sleep regression (white block text over sleeping baby wearing a cloth diaper)

4 Month Old Sleep Schedule: Beat The Infant Sleep Regression

4 Month Old Sleep Schedule If you have a baby, odds are good you’re short on sleep. First a newborn who needs to eat so frequently around the clock, and eventually, a four month old going through an infant sleep regression. You’ll be happy to hear there are a few things you can do to establish a 4 month old sleep schedule that will go a long way toward helping your whole family sleep better. (Because if baby is sleeping better, parents are sleeping better, too.) Audrey Marshall is a coffee-loving mother of two who resides in Utah. She currently

Read More »
Toddler Temper Tantrums. Hold your child close, or give them space, depending on the circumstances. Discover the top tips to tame those tantrums.

Toddler Temper Tantrums: The Ultimate List Of Tantrum Taming Tips

Tame Toddler Temper Tantrums Like A Pro I don’t think a parent exists who hasn’t experienced toddler temper tantrums. (Unless their wee one isn’t yet a toddler… in which case, it’s coming!) I think it comes as no surprise that the Oxford Dictionaries defines a tantrum as: Noun An uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child. I mean, they’re little, not far off from being brand new humans. They don’t have the life experiences an adult has, or the brain development or cognition of an adult. They also don’t have the same communication skills as adults. 

Read More »
raising a multilingual child

Raising a Multilingual Child

Raising a Multilingual Child Kasan Sperow is visiting Abrazo and Coze to share how she is helping her son grow into a globally-minded citizen. She does this, in part, by instilling a love of languages through early language exposure. Kasan has hopes of raising a multilingual child. Kasan is a new mother, published writer, and thinker. She speaks French almost fluently with a great accent, and she has picked up a little bit of Russian and Turkish by working with various nonprofits throughout her career. Kasan has a B.A. in International Studies and an M.S. in Art Education. She blogs

Read More »
Nonnis Moon - Author Interview and Review

Nonni’s Moon – Author Interview and Review

Nonni’s Moon – Book Review and Author Interview One of my favourite things to do is browse children’s books. I know, I’m weird. I love the illustrations, and I love how illustrators and authors work together to create the magic of worthwhile literature. When author Julia Inserro contacted me to ask if I would review her new book, Nonni’s Moon, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. But I didn’t want to stop at just a book review. (Hello grade school memories!) That’s why I’ve decided to only review books if the author agrees to an interview. Fortunately, Julia agreed and

Read More »
easy kid craft make dino fossils

Easy Kid Craft: Make Dinosaur “Fossils”

Easy Kid Craft: Make Dinosaur “Fossils” K. Mitton has a Canadian lifestyle blog with a twist of inspiration. They have a wide variety of topics to pique your interest, from nature and science to urban life and heartfelt stories of human connection. When we first connected online and they expressed an interest in writing a guest post for Abrazo and Coze, I happily agreed. This guest post will take you and your dino-loving children back through time to create an awesome prehistoric fossil! (Of course, if they hate dinos, you could easily adapt to make fossils of whatever they love.)

Read More »
Easy Preschool Craft Princess Wand Reading Pointer.

Easy Preschool Craft – Princess Wand Reading Pointer

Easy Preschool Craft – Royal Wand Reading Pointer Marybeth Santos is a blogger at Lifestyle for Real Life where she blogs about crafts, keto, home decor, and whatever else happens to capture her attention!  Since I love her blog (seriously, go check it out), I was happy she agreed to write this easy preschool craft princess wand reading pointer tutorial for Abrazo and Coze. Whether it becomes a wizard’s magic wand or a royal septor, I’m sure all your little darlings will have a blast creating this decorated wand and reading pointer. Easy Preschool Craft – Wand and Reading Pointer

Read More »
edible slime recipes

14 Awesome Edible Slime Recipes Safe for Kids – Find Your Favourite

14 Kid-Safe Edible Slime Recipes Odds are high that if you have kids they’ve asked for slime. My nieces and nephews love the stuff – I’m pretty sure one of them even had a slime themed birthday party. It seems like plenty of moms have made slime to hand out as party favours, and I bet they would have loved to use these edible slime recipes! Much as my three year old loves playing at sensory activities, she sometimes she still puts things in her mouth, especially if the thing she’s playing with looks tasty. There’s a reason we call

Read More »
Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff by Stacy C Bauer, author interview and review. A story for children who like to collect too much stuff, and whose parents might want their children to minimize or organize their things.

Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff: Author Interview and Review

Author Interview and Book Review: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff If you’ve been following the book reviews on Abrazo and Coze, you’ll know I previously did an interview with Stacy C Bauer for her first ever picture book Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets. Now I have the opportunity to review the next in the Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too series: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff. Stacy also agreed to another interview, which I personally find really exciting. I love to know who the people are the write the books my kids love. Hopefully, you do, too. I

Read More »
Becoming Beautiful by Tarang Rawat Author Interview and Review. Read this magical story that celebrates differences and empowers children to love themselves and others.

Becoming Beautiful: Author Interview & Review

Author Interview and Review: Becoming Beautiful I am super excited to share the book Becoming Beautiful with you. Partly because I think it will be an amazing children’s story but also because I’m excited to be part of the hype leading up to its launch. That’s right. Becoming Beautiful isn’t published yet. The illustrations aren’t even quite finished yet (but I’ve seen enough to know I like it, and the style is very compatible with the storyline). So why the excitement over a book that isn’t even ready to publish?? To answer that, I’m going to tell you first about

Read More »
Whether you want your child to learn baking, like the child in the image, or you simply want your child to be able to function as an adult, these Montessori practical life activities will have them eager to learn more.

10 Montessori Practical Life Activities For Your Child

Teach Life Skills Through Montessori Practical Life Activities Practical life skills are so important for kids to learn. Things like household chores, food prep, cooking and baking, and outside chores are all essential skills. Unfortunately, it takes lots of time and patience to teach them these skills. There are several Montessori practical life activities that can assist in the task. The trick is to change your perspective… Know your why. Why is it important to you that your children learn these skills? If you need to, write down why you want your children to participate in these Montessori practical life activities and

Read More »
Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets by Stacy C Bauer is a fun story about a young kangaroo who loves sweets a bit too much...

Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets: Author Interview And Review

Author Interview and Book Review: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets I’m super eager to share my thoughts on Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets and am excited to host an interview with the author, Stacy C. Bauer. I especially love that by reviewing books of new and aspiring authors is that I get the opportunity to find out who they are, and to watch them succeed. I also love that I get to be one of the first to share their stories with you. Both the story of them as an author, and the story they have written. I

Read More »
Coquina rock and pasta rock coquina style. Pasta Rocks: Easy DIY Sedimentary Rock Activity.

Sedimentary Rock Activity: Easy DIY Pasta Rocks for Curious Kids

Pasta Rocks! Easy DIY Sedimentary Rock Activity As an elementary school science teacher, Mary Smith is well qualified to share this fun and easy sedimentary rock activity for curious kids. Mary is a mother of two, who splits her time between changing diapers and working at a small charter school that is supportive of science education. She also creates and sells science activities on TPT. In her free time, she is studying Counseling for her M.Ed, which she will complete within the next year. As a self-professed lifelong student, she has studied art, photography, nursing, education, and worked in many different

Read More »
Top 10 Reasons Children Should Learn To Dance - whether your children are young like the pair in this image, or older, there are many benefits of learning ballroom dance.

Ballroom Dance for Kids: Top 10 Reasons Children Should Learn to Dance

Top 10 Reasons to Consider Ballroom Dance for Kids Kora Stoynova, founder of the #dancerslifestyle blog SK Dancesport and owner of the Washington State Ballroom Dance studio Aria Ballroom, is here to share with us the best reasons why you should choose ballroom dance for kids. She has been teaching children and developing young champions for over 15 years. That is in addition to her own competing! Kora is a strong advocate for the benefits of ballroom dance for children. Still not convinced? Here are ten more reasons why your child should learn ballroom dancing today! 10 Reasons Why Your Child

Read More »
15 of the best study tips for teenagers to actually get straight A's. Highschool or middle school students will be acing their tests by following these study methods.

Best Study Tips For Teenagers To Actually Get Straight A’s

Best Study Tips For Middle and High School Students When you’ve got teenagers, odds are high you think about their future. Because you want the best for them you want them to do well at school, no matter what their future employment holds. And that is exactly why they need to know the best study tips. Poovanesh is a former English teacher turned blogger. At Family Growth Life, she provides tips to parent teenagers positively and also encourages those who live with chronic illnesses with hacks to thrive. In the same vein, she’s here visiting Abrazo and Coze to share some

Read More »
deal with death cope with loss in white block text outlined in black, over black and white photo of girl who is upset and grieving.

How To Help Kids Deal With Death And Cope With Loss

Helping Your Older Child Deal With Death Death. It’s inevitable. If you’ve ever known someone whose time passed, you know just how hard it can be to deal with death and cope with loss. It’s especially challenging if you need to help your child deal with death, significantly moreso if you are also grieving. Heather O’Shea is a blogger and freelance writer who spent ten years in the business world before spending the next seventeen years teaching in an independent middle/high school. She recently retired from that career to work full time as a freelance writer. Heather writes the blog

Read More »

Fun Crafts For Preschoolers: Pretend Play

Creative Craft Ideas For Preschoolers: Imaginative Play Kim from The Happy Mommy is a stay at home mom who loves helping other moms with self care, fun crafts and activities. And that’s exactly why she’s written this post for Abrazo and Coze. You’ll find some really fun crafts for preschoolers and toddlers, which they can then use for a variety of pretend play scenarios. I know my own children love pretend play. Monkey and Fang love to act out some of their daily routines (oddly, they especially love pretend nap time). They also love imagining being Mr. A or I, doing some

Read More »
How to Start a Fun Kids Club The Easy Way (white block text outlined in black over photo of children gardening)

How to Start a Kiddy Club: Easy Steps To Create A Club For Kids

How To Start A Club For Kids If you’ve been longing for something to do with your kids that doesn’t require a lot of prep time, learning how to start a kiddy club might be exactly what you’re looking for. Chenoah, from Fields of Daisies will walk you through the very simple process, then you can start relaxing, and your kids can start spending more time with like-minded friends. You might even get to start hanging out with some other like-minded moms and dads, depending on what type of club for kids you decide to create. How To Start A Kiddy

Read More »
4 month old sleep schedule - infant sleep regression (white block text over sleeping baby wearing a cloth diaper)

4 Month Old Sleep Schedule: Beat The Infant Sleep Regression

4 Month Old Sleep Schedule If you have a baby, odds are good you’re short on sleep. First a newborn who needs to eat so frequently around the clock, and eventually, a four month old going through an infant sleep regression. You’ll be happy to hear there are a few things you can do to establish a 4 month old sleep schedule that will go a long way toward helping your whole family sleep better. (Because if baby is sleeping better, parents are sleeping better, too.) Audrey Marshall is a coffee-loving mother of two who resides in Utah. She currently

Read More »
Toddler Temper Tantrums. Hold your child close, or give them space, depending on the circumstances. Discover the top tips to tame those tantrums.

Toddler Temper Tantrums: The Ultimate List Of Tantrum Taming Tips

Tame Toddler Temper Tantrums Like A Pro I don’t think a parent exists who hasn’t experienced toddler temper tantrums. (Unless their wee one isn’t yet a toddler… in which case, it’s coming!) I think it comes as no surprise that the Oxford Dictionaries defines a tantrum as: Noun An uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child. I mean, they’re little, not far off from being brand new humans. They don’t have the life experiences an adult has, or the brain development or cognition of an adult. They also don’t have the same communication skills as adults. 

Read More »
raising a multilingual child

Raising a Multilingual Child

Raising a Multilingual Child Kasan Sperow is visiting Abrazo and Coze to share how she is helping her son grow into a globally-minded citizen. She does this, in part, by instilling a love of languages through early language exposure. Kasan has hopes of raising a multilingual child. Kasan is a new mother, published writer, and thinker. She speaks French almost fluently with a great accent, and she has picked up a little bit of Russian and Turkish by working with various nonprofits throughout her career. Kasan has a B.A. in International Studies and an M.S. in Art Education. She blogs

Read More »
Nonnis Moon - Author Interview and Review

Nonni’s Moon – Author Interview and Review

Nonni’s Moon – Book Review and Author Interview One of my favourite things to do is browse children’s books. I know, I’m weird. I love the illustrations, and I love how illustrators and authors work together to create the magic of worthwhile literature. When author Julia Inserro contacted me to ask if I would review her new book, Nonni’s Moon, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. But I didn’t want to stop at just a book review. (Hello grade school memories!) That’s why I’ve decided to only review books if the author agrees to an interview. Fortunately, Julia agreed and

Read More »
easy kid craft make dino fossils

Easy Kid Craft: Make Dinosaur “Fossils”

Easy Kid Craft: Make Dinosaur “Fossils” K. Mitton has a Canadian lifestyle blog with a twist of inspiration. They have a wide variety of topics to pique your interest, from nature and science to urban life and heartfelt stories of human connection. When we first connected online and they expressed an interest in writing a guest post for Abrazo and Coze, I happily agreed. This guest post will take you and your dino-loving children back through time to create an awesome prehistoric fossil! (Of course, if they hate dinos, you could easily adapt to make fossils of whatever they love.)

Read More »
Easy Preschool Craft Princess Wand Reading Pointer.

Easy Preschool Craft – Princess Wand Reading Pointer

Easy Preschool Craft – Royal Wand Reading Pointer Marybeth Santos is a blogger at Lifestyle for Real Life where she blogs about crafts, keto, home decor, and whatever else happens to capture her attention!  Since I love her blog (seriously, go check it out), I was happy she agreed to write this easy preschool craft princess wand reading pointer tutorial for Abrazo and Coze. Whether it becomes a wizard’s magic wand or a royal septor, I’m sure all your little darlings will have a blast creating this decorated wand and reading pointer. Easy Preschool Craft – Wand and Reading Pointer

Read More »
edible slime recipes

14 Awesome Edible Slime Recipes Safe for Kids – Find Your Favourite

14 Kid-Safe Edible Slime Recipes Odds are high that if you have kids they’ve asked for slime. My nieces and nephews love the stuff – I’m pretty sure one of them even had a slime themed birthday party. It seems like plenty of moms have made slime to hand out as party favours, and I bet they would have loved to use these edible slime recipes! Much as my three year old loves playing at sensory activities, she sometimes she still puts things in her mouth, especially if the thing she’s playing with looks tasty. There’s a reason we call

Read More »
Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff by Stacy C Bauer, author interview and review. A story for children who like to collect too much stuff, and whose parents might want their children to minimize or organize their things.

Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff: Author Interview and Review

Author Interview and Book Review: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff If you’ve been following the book reviews on Abrazo and Coze, you’ll know I previously did an interview with Stacy C Bauer for her first ever picture book Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets. Now I have the opportunity to review the next in the Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too series: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff. Stacy also agreed to another interview, which I personally find really exciting. I love to know who the people are the write the books my kids love. Hopefully, you do, too. I

Read More »
Becoming Beautiful by Tarang Rawat Author Interview and Review. Read this magical story that celebrates differences and empowers children to love themselves and others.

Becoming Beautiful: Author Interview & Review

Author Interview and Review: Becoming Beautiful I am super excited to share the book Becoming Beautiful with you. Partly because I think it will be an amazing children’s story but also because I’m excited to be part of the hype leading up to its launch. That’s right. Becoming Beautiful isn’t published yet. The illustrations aren’t even quite finished yet (but I’ve seen enough to know I like it, and the style is very compatible with the storyline). So why the excitement over a book that isn’t even ready to publish?? To answer that, I’m going to tell you first about

Read More »
Whether you want your child to learn baking, like the child in the image, or you simply want your child to be able to function as an adult, these Montessori practical life activities will have them eager to learn more.

10 Montessori Practical Life Activities For Your Child

Teach Life Skills Through Montessori Practical Life Activities Practical life skills are so important for kids to learn. Things like household chores, food prep, cooking and baking, and outside chores are all essential skills. Unfortunately, it takes lots of time and patience to teach them these skills. There are several Montessori practical life activities that can assist in the task. The trick is to change your perspective… Know your why. Why is it important to you that your children learn these skills? If you need to, write down why you want your children to participate in these Montessori practical life activities and

Read More »
Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets by Stacy C Bauer is a fun story about a young kangaroo who loves sweets a bit too much...

Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets: Author Interview And Review

Author Interview and Book Review: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets I’m super eager to share my thoughts on Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets and am excited to host an interview with the author, Stacy C. Bauer. I especially love that by reviewing books of new and aspiring authors is that I get the opportunity to find out who they are, and to watch them succeed. I also love that I get to be one of the first to share their stories with you. Both the story of them as an author, and the story they have written. I

Read More »
Coquina rock and pasta rock coquina style. Pasta Rocks: Easy DIY Sedimentary Rock Activity.

Sedimentary Rock Activity: Easy DIY Pasta Rocks for Curious Kids

Pasta Rocks! Easy DIY Sedimentary Rock Activity As an elementary school science teacher, Mary Smith is well qualified to share this fun and easy sedimentary rock activity for curious kids. Mary is a mother of two, who splits her time between changing diapers and working at a small charter school that is supportive of science education. She also creates and sells science activities on TPT. In her free time, she is studying Counseling for her M.Ed, which she will complete within the next year. As a self-professed lifelong student, she has studied art, photography, nursing, education, and worked in many different

Read More »
Top 10 Reasons Children Should Learn To Dance - whether your children are young like the pair in this image, or older, there are many benefits of learning ballroom dance.

Ballroom Dance for Kids: Top 10 Reasons Children Should Learn to Dance

Top 10 Reasons to Consider Ballroom Dance for Kids Kora Stoynova, founder of the #dancerslifestyle blog SK Dancesport and owner of the Washington State Ballroom Dance studio Aria Ballroom, is here to share with us the best reasons why you should choose ballroom dance for kids. She has been teaching children and developing young champions for over 15 years. That is in addition to her own competing! Kora is a strong advocate for the benefits of ballroom dance for children. Still not convinced? Here are ten more reasons why your child should learn ballroom dancing today! 10 Reasons Why Your Child

Read More »
15 of the best study tips for teenagers to actually get straight A's. Highschool or middle school students will be acing their tests by following these study methods.

Best Study Tips For Teenagers To Actually Get Straight A’s

Best Study Tips For Middle and High School Students When you’ve got teenagers, odds are high you think about their future. Because you want the best for them you want them to do well at school, no matter what their future employment holds. And that is exactly why they need to know the best study tips. Poovanesh is a former English teacher turned blogger. At Family Growth Life, she provides tips to parent teenagers positively and also encourages those who live with chronic illnesses with hacks to thrive. In the same vein, she’s here visiting Abrazo and Coze to share some

Read More »
deal with death cope with loss in white block text outlined in black, over black and white photo of girl who is upset and grieving.

How To Help Kids Deal With Death And Cope With Loss

Helping Your Older Child Deal With Death Death. It’s inevitable. If you’ve ever known someone whose time passed, you know just how hard it can be to deal with death and cope with loss. It’s especially challenging if you need to help your child deal with death, significantly moreso if you are also grieving. Heather O’Shea is a blogger and freelance writer who spent ten years in the business world before spending the next seventeen years teaching in an independent middle/high school. She recently retired from that career to work full time as a freelance writer. Heather writes the blog

Read More »

Fun Crafts For Preschoolers: Pretend Play

Creative Craft Ideas For Preschoolers: Imaginative Play Kim from The Happy Mommy is a stay at home mom who loves helping other moms with self care, fun crafts and activities. And that’s exactly why she’s written this post for Abrazo and Coze. You’ll find some really fun crafts for preschoolers and toddlers, which they can then use for a variety of pretend play scenarios. I know my own children love pretend play. Monkey and Fang love to act out some of their daily routines (oddly, they especially love pretend nap time). They also love imagining being Mr. A or I, doing some

Read More »
How to Start a Fun Kids Club The Easy Way (white block text outlined in black over photo of children gardening)

How to Start a Kiddy Club: Easy Steps To Create A Club For Kids

How To Start A Club For Kids If you’ve been longing for something to do with your kids that doesn’t require a lot of prep time, learning how to start a kiddy club might be exactly what you’re looking for. Chenoah, from Fields of Daisies will walk you through the very simple process, then you can start relaxing, and your kids can start spending more time with like-minded friends. You might even get to start hanging out with some other like-minded moms and dads, depending on what type of club for kids you decide to create. How To Start A Kiddy

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4 Month Old Sleep Schedule: Beat The Infant Sleep Regression

4 Month Old Sleep Schedule If you have a baby, odds are good you’re short on sleep. First a newborn who needs to eat so frequently around the clock, and eventually, a four month old going through an infant sleep regression. You’ll be happy to hear there are a few things you can do to establish a 4 month old sleep schedule that will go a long way toward helping your whole family sleep better. (Because if baby is sleeping better, parents are sleeping better, too.) Audrey Marshall is a coffee-loving mother of two who resides in Utah. She currently

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Toddler Temper Tantrums. Hold your child close, or give them space, depending on the circumstances. Discover the top tips to tame those tantrums.

Toddler Temper Tantrums: The Ultimate List Of Tantrum Taming Tips

Tame Toddler Temper Tantrums Like A Pro I don’t think a parent exists who hasn’t experienced toddler temper tantrums. (Unless their wee one isn’t yet a toddler… in which case, it’s coming!) I think it comes as no surprise that the Oxford Dictionaries defines a tantrum as: Noun An uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child. I mean, they’re little, not far off from being brand new humans. They don’t have the life experiences an adult has, or the brain development or cognition of an adult. They also don’t have the same communication skills as adults. 

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Raising a Multilingual Child

Raising a Multilingual Child Kasan Sperow is visiting Abrazo and Coze to share how she is helping her son grow into a globally-minded citizen. She does this, in part, by instilling a love of languages through early language exposure. Kasan has hopes of raising a multilingual child. Kasan is a new mother, published writer, and thinker. She speaks French almost fluently with a great accent, and she has picked up a little bit of Russian and Turkish by working with various nonprofits throughout her career. Kasan has a B.A. in International Studies and an M.S. in Art Education. She blogs

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Nonnis Moon - Author Interview and Review

Nonni’s Moon – Author Interview and Review

Nonni’s Moon – Book Review and Author Interview One of my favourite things to do is browse children’s books. I know, I’m weird. I love the illustrations, and I love how illustrators and authors work together to create the magic of worthwhile literature. When author Julia Inserro contacted me to ask if I would review her new book, Nonni’s Moon, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. But I didn’t want to stop at just a book review. (Hello grade school memories!) That’s why I’ve decided to only review books if the author agrees to an interview. Fortunately, Julia agreed and

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Easy Kid Craft: Make Dinosaur “Fossils”

Easy Kid Craft: Make Dinosaur “Fossils” K. Mitton has a Canadian lifestyle blog with a twist of inspiration. They have a wide variety of topics to pique your interest, from nature and science to urban life and heartfelt stories of human connection. When we first connected online and they expressed an interest in writing a guest post for Abrazo and Coze, I happily agreed. This guest post will take you and your dino-loving children back through time to create an awesome prehistoric fossil! (Of course, if they hate dinos, you could easily adapt to make fossils of whatever they love.)

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Easy Preschool Craft Princess Wand Reading Pointer.

Easy Preschool Craft – Princess Wand Reading Pointer

Easy Preschool Craft – Royal Wand Reading Pointer Marybeth Santos is a blogger at Lifestyle for Real Life where she blogs about crafts, keto, home decor, and whatever else happens to capture her attention!  Since I love her blog (seriously, go check it out), I was happy she agreed to write this easy preschool craft princess wand reading pointer tutorial for Abrazo and Coze. Whether it becomes a wizard’s magic wand or a royal septor, I’m sure all your little darlings will have a blast creating this decorated wand and reading pointer. Easy Preschool Craft – Wand and Reading Pointer

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14 Awesome Edible Slime Recipes Safe for Kids – Find Your Favourite

14 Kid-Safe Edible Slime Recipes Odds are high that if you have kids they’ve asked for slime. My nieces and nephews love the stuff – I’m pretty sure one of them even had a slime themed birthday party. It seems like plenty of moms have made slime to hand out as party favours, and I bet they would have loved to use these edible slime recipes! Much as my three year old loves playing at sensory activities, she sometimes she still puts things in her mouth, especially if the thing she’s playing with looks tasty. There’s a reason we call

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