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Have Fun with Your Children

Many people are too busy these days and don’t take the time to actually “be” with their children. Working, running from here to there, mobile and electronic devices on 24/7, our kids are over scheduled and families just plainly over busy.  I know that our family is busy too. We are building our own businesses, working, volunteering, social networking, and more. BUT….

I quit my full-time job a year and a half ago to work from home, be my own boss, and care for my 3-year-old. Now, my time is MY time and my family is the priority. It does take organization and proper planning, but I can pick my kids up from school each day. I can do their homework with them.  I schedule time into my busy schedule to play card and board games with my children several days a week. We read books, I to them and my 7-year-old to me.  We talk. We bake together. We paint, color, craft, cut, glue, and just be creative together. We take walks down the street and examine the leaves, the flowers, the trees, the berries, the architecture. We talk about birds, bugs, mushrooms, squirrels. We take hikes to nature parks and photograph flowers, animals, insects, foliage. We pick apples and pumpkins.

So what do my children learn from all of this?  They learn that family is important. The know they have parents who love them. From this they learn self-confidence, intelligence, organization skills, love. Far beyond this, they learn to be creative through art and how to use their imaginations. This leads to thinking outside of the box and problem solving in future careers. They learn math, reading, shapes, colors from playing card and board games. They learn that everything is not about winning.

What else?

They learn science from our outdoor excursions, they learn the color spectrum for their artistic pursuits. They learn history, engineering, and architecture from examining old neighborhoods. For the older kids, they can apply what they learn in school to the real world.  They learn math from calculating measurements in the kitchen as they bake with me. They see how the fruits of the earth feed us. They understand nutrition and fitness.

I know that education and learning far exceeds what they get during the school day and it is our responsibility as parents to encourage their growth and offer them continuous learning opportunities.

What will you do with your child today?

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Ocean Inspired Brownie Cupcakes

We live in Ohio, so it was a much-needed weather break, as well as a good refreshment for our minds as well. I watched my children thrive going to the beach everyday. Their love for playing the sand building castles and finding shells. Further, my son’s obsession about finding things in the ocean which led to him spending hours on end in the water diving for rocks, fossils, shells, seaweed, crabs, and any other interesting thing he could get his hands on.

We took many photos for our photography business as well and I’ve been so happy to showcase many lagoon sunsets, seashells, and ocean waves to my online store (http://breathebeautyartandphotographybyerin.artfire.com).  I’ve created mouse pads, mugs, and notecards to help bring some of the beach  to places where winter can seem long.  Many of these are at www.zazzle.com/ErinAlMehairi

 We had the greatest time feeling good and discovering all we could about sea life. My son loves turtles and ocean animals. He has always loved it, but our expedition to the Smithsonian Lab near Hutchinson Island secured his desire to move to Florida and pursue marine biology. I would love for him to do that because he is so passionate about discovering how the ocean affects our entire existence. He is all about improving our carbon footprint and he would love to work with the animals. He urges everyone to stop littering beaches and wants to know how he can help save the last remaining pieces of coral reef.  He is truly a “green” pioneer at the age of 10 (11 tomorrow!).  He is so ready to get back to the ocean environment. He truly absorbs himself in anything ocean. 

So that is where the cupcakes come in.  He wanted to take beach cupcakes as he class treat to school tomorrow.  But he loves brownies too. So we 1.)  made brownies in cupcake holders,2.) frosted with blue frosting, 3.) sprinkled half with golden sparkly sprinkles for sand (can also use graham cracker crumbs), 4.) placed palm tree sticks (can also use the little drink umbrellas) in the sand side, 5.) then cut an inch of fruit by the foot and made a chair in the sand under the tree (can also use gum–it is a little more sturdy but not allowed at school).  On some of the others, I placed little cheese whales (like goldfish) but you could also use the little mini Swedish fish. He was so happy to bring a little of the beach to his birthday and they were fun to create!