Finding the Ideal Free Printable Coloring Pages

Might be you may be full-time professional or may be a business person or an educator or a parent, everybody is figured out to give something intriguing and appealing to his or her kids, after his/her school work. If you are interested to supply some printable pages to your kids – those were created in order to be colored. Thanks to the readily mlp coloring pages available services that are provided by the web, you can teach your kids or pupils the best ways to use the online coloring due to the fact that this online activity may increase their imagination levels for excellent. The online coloring is the ideal educational entertainment and it will greatly improve your child’s own creative view.

This creative art that is moved to the children by supplying very efficient coloring sheets is aimed to cope up with his/her constant look for the most current things and topics. For example, you can choose a special coloring subject such as Christmas; by choosing my little pony coloring pages a special subject, you will assist the kid discover more about a specific matter. This matter will be depicted on the page hence developing the kid’s coloring abilities; the fine motor and coloring abilities will hence be established since these abilities are highly crucial specifically when handling the preschoolers.

The kids – who are advancing their abilities by continuously using coloring pages, one day, will be in a position to deal with the school projects dexterously. The vacation coloring sheets will provide your child the required opportunity in order to get a more favorable attitude towards life in general. The kid will likewise gain a brand-new and independent view on everything takes place around him/her and this brand-new attitude will be exceptionally useful when handling future adult matters. The best coloring pages that can be found on various websites, which offer your kid the suitable outlet in order to reveal everything he wants without making errors or fearing about something.

Coloring is genuinely an inspiring pastime that greatly assists your kids to communicate his feeling about the world, he is beholding around. The child will thus become able to see different blank figures that will come to life thanks to his online coloring; this is in fact the main purpose when it comes to finish the online coloring that can promote your kid’s mind in a favorable and innovative way. The child will likewise discover numerous shapes and colors that will be utilized throughout the coloring procedure and he is more most likely to feel achieved when ending up the coloring.

Books to Keep Your Child Reading This Summer

By Danielle Sullivan


Eebees Adventures Mix & Mash by EveryBaby

While there are a lot of cookbooks on the market teaching parents what to cook for their baby, this book is the first of its kind that teaches you how to cook with your baby. Using a colorful, creative board book format, it contains recipes with lyrical and lively words on every page—all the while good healthy eating habits are reinforced. Ages 6 months. Sterling Publishing. $12.95

Potty Animals: What To Know When You’ve Got to Go! by Hope Vestergaard

Anyone who has survived the fury of potty training will identify with the main characters and their issues in this delightfully fun read. There is Wilbur who doesn’t like to wash his hands, Wilma who waits too long to go, Arnold who forgets to put the toilet seat up, and Fred who is afraid to flush. Together, this brood of soon-to-be potty trainers brings a smile to a parent’s face and teaches kids that no matter what their own individual “issue” may be, full-fledged potty training can indeed be accomplished. Ages 4 and up. Sterling Children’s Books. $14.95.

Baby Touch & Feel: Baby Animals By DK Publishing.

This adorable board book will save the day while waiting at doctor’s offices, airports, and any other place you would want to keep baby occupied. Complete with padded covers and textures throughout, this book introduces readers to several different baby animals, along with the surface they might feel upon petting the real animal. Ages: infants and up. Dorling Kindersley Publishers. $5.99

School Age

Mama, Is It Summer Yet? By Nikki McClure

This tender story tells the tale of a young boy who is talking to his mother and asking her if summer is near. The mother responds “Not yet”, while cataloging the many changes taking place as the seasons transform until it finally is summer. This is an environmentally sound story that celebrates family and the earth, and helps kids recognize the beauty of the world. And it’s printed entirely on recycled paper! Ages 6 and up. Abrams Books for Young Readers. $17.95.

The Can Man by Laura E. Williams

Connecticut author Williams paints a genuine tale of kindness with the story of a young boy who starts out collecting cans for spare change, like the “can man” in town. When the boy realizes the can man might need the money more than he needs a new skateboard, the random acts of kindness unfold in this feel good picture book. Ages 4-8. Lee and Low Books. $18.95.

Larry Gets Lost on New York City by John Skewes and Michael Mullin

Poor pooch Larry has gotten himself lost in other cities before including Seattle and San Francisco, but now he has managed to get himself lost in the biggest city so far: New York City. Kids learn all about the city that never sleeps as Larry the dog hits all the famous landmarks, from Radio City Music Hall and Times Square to Coney Island and Madison Square Garden. The book features great little sidebars filled with fun-facts about various New York City landmarks. Ages 5-8.  Sasquatch Books. $16.95.


Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be by Daniel Loxton

This captivating science-based book shows how the theory was developed from fossil clues and scientific observation, and explains mutation, natural selection, and biological diversity.  The book also asks the fun questions, such as “How could walking animals turn into flying animals?” and “How could evolution produce something as complicated as my eyes?”  Computer-generated images and photographs, informational text, glossary, and index offer scientific facts all along the way. Ages 8-13. Kids Can Press. $18.95.

The Dead End by Mimi McCoy

If your daughter is into mysteries, consider this Poison Apple series book a good beach read. During the summer before 7th grade, Casey Slater finds herself in a small country town where her parents are restoring an old creaky house. The story takes you a nice ride along Casey’s summer which she had hoped to spend a vacation with her best friend…and leaves the reader wondering whether the house is really haunted. Ages 8-12. Scholastic. $5.99.

Monster Slayers by Lukas Ritter

This action paced novel features two boys and a female elf-wizard that fight to save the villagers of Hesiod, who have been kidnapped by flesh-eating gnolls. This will appeal to the Dungeon and Dragon fan in all of us and readers will recognize many of the monsters in this chapter book. Ages 8-12. Wizards of the Coast for Young Readers. $9.95.

Lou Gehrig: Iron Horse of Baseball by James Buckley Jr.

Launched in 2007, this biography series, Sports Heroes, includes various types of biographies packaged into clear writing along with source notes, glossary, background information, and more. This sports series includes Olympian Jesse Owens, boxer Muhammad Ali, and baseball hall-of-famers Jackie Robinson and Jackie Robinson. Ages 10 and up. Sterling. $12.95.

Five Tips for Becoming a Better Health Role Model For Your Family

Courtesy of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Each New Year brings pledges that this is the year that you and your family will be healthy and fit. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation to combat childhood obesity, has five helpful strategies to help you take positive steps in making small, but significant, changes to your own habits that’ll get your family moving too.

Make Gradual Changes
Don’t try to overhaul everything at once. Cut out one indulgent drink a week by swapping it for a refreshing glass of water. Walk 10 minutes longer every week. Reduce your sugar intake by putting one less packet of sugar in your morning coffee or tea. Small changes can make a big difference on the road to good health.

Add One Step At A Time
Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Park at the back of the parking lot and walk instead of cruising for the closest spot – it’ll cut down on the carbons, while burning extra calories.

Focus On Health, Not Weight
Don’t talk about your weight or put yourself down in front of your kids. You don’t want them to think that a healthy lifestyle is only about how much they weigh. Instead, focus on how the small changes are improving your health and energy so your family will know that a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about numbers on the scale.

Take It Slow
It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you’ve been fed. By slowing down your eating, your brain will realize you are full sooner. Try little tricks to slow yourself down such as putting your fork down between every bite, take sips of water here and there, engage in conversation as a family and simply savor your meal more.

Stay Positive
Try not to complain about how much you may dislike exercising or eating healthy foods—your kids will hear you. Focusing on the positive aspects of things will keep you motivated to stay healthy, too!

Easing Into Back To School

By Janis D. Gioia

For parents of children with autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, anxiety or adjustment disorders, depression or low frustration tolerance, back to school routines can be challenging. Traditional back to school transition advice usually includes things like having supplies readily organized and a quiet, well-lit place to study free of distractions. This is fine for most children. But children with special needs react to the changes in the new school year differently, and may well come home from school and throw a tantrum before their backpack is even unloaded.

Here are some tips to help you help your child relax and transition to the new school year and its routines.

Prepare for Change. Discuss the changes the school year will bring weeks before the changes occur. Slowly help your child get to bed earlier and begin waking up at the time he will need to be up for school. Ask your child how she feels about starting the new year so you can address any fears. Reading books like, Will I Have a Friend? or The Kissing Hand can help. Ask your children’s librarian for help with bibliotherapy books on the areas where your child has concerns. Visit the school and grounds often to familiarize him with the building, restrooms, and staff.  Meet with the teachers prior to school so there or no surprises for them or your child. If a counselor is available, schedule a meeting to plan for a smooth transition.

Use Empathy. You may not understand the anger or anxiety transitions bring for your child. Your other children may not experience these kinds of emotions. For children who are anxious, angry or depressed about the changes the new school year brings, comments like, “There’s nothing to be nervous about,” or “Your sister doesn’t act like this every day before school” are not going to help. Instead, validate the fears, the anger, with calm quiet statements like, “I understand you are very nervous about your new teacher and your new class. Let’s think of a plan to help you manage this transition time.” For example, if the bus ride home is too noisy and chaotic possibly your child could wear noise canceling headphones, sit at the front of the bus, or get picked up after school.

Snack Healthy. Nothing causes a meltdown faster than a tired and hungry child. Depending on your child’s lunch period, she may be getting home from school running on empty. Fruits like bananas and apples, Cream of Wheat or oatmeal, low fat cheese sticks, whole grain cereals or crackers all make wonderful after school fare. Make sure your child is drinking lots of water to avoid dehydration, prevent headaches and increase alertness.

Relax first, study later. If your child is tense, anxious, angry and easily frustrated, asking him to do his homework can be like setting a match to a fuse. Skip the advice that teachers often give about having children get homework done first and then be allowed to play. Think of how you feel after a long day at work. Would you want to walk in the door and be told that you have to immediately complete a project that you are working on at the office?

Probably not. So help your child unwind from school by doing what helps her to relax. Ideas are limitless.  Some include coloring, using modeling dough (Aroma Dough is wonderful and has delicious, soothing scents) taking a warm bath or shower, or physical activities like running outside, riding a bike and playing with the dog. After thirty minutes of down time, your child will be more ready to tackle homework assignments, chores, or head out to an after school activity.

Help Your Child Develop Self-Awareness. Help your child develop self awareness of what works for him and what doesn’t.  Your child will know when the best time is for her to study math facts, write a report…do that spelling assignment, take out the garbage, or go to dance class. Too often as parents we push a child to do what best fits into our schedule so we can check off an item on a to-do list and get to the next thing. Some children work best right after school, some after a snack…others after dinner and a shower. Help your child see when he is feeling most energized and focused for the work he has to complete. If your daughter loves an afterschool activity but is always having a meltdown at 4pm, see if it’s offered at other times or on weekends.

My son usually balked at doing homework assignments until sometime after dinner. This went against the teacher in me who thought that homework should be done immediately while it’s fresh, leaving the night free for activities and relaxing. After struggling with him for a year or two, and then seeing that the homework actually did get done, even if it wasn’t exactly the time I would have chosen, and that his grades were just fine, I left him alone and we have had no further issues regarding homework.

Strive for Balance. Children with special behavioral needs usually don’t easily transition from the school day right into an after school sport or lesson. Expecting to shuffle them from the bus stop and off to piano lessons or a sibling’s football practice is probably not going to work out well for you, or them. Create balance in activities and if possible schedule them so that your special needs child has a break between school, relaxation and activities.

Create a Soothing Space. A soothing place where your child can relax is just as important as a well-supplied study area.  Create a place, preferably in your child’s bedroom, where he can relax. Fill the space with overstuffed pillows, a CD player with relaxation music or your child’s favorite music, a stress ball to squeeze, an air freshener or potpourri in a soothing smell like lavender and vanilla, a few smooth river rocks  to hold (found in discount or home improvement stores) and a stuffed animal or two. Accompany your child to the space and model relaxing there. Relaxation isn’t easy for a child who is stressed. The key is to have him relax before he’s so angry that he shuts down and won’t give relaxation a chance.

How to Raise a Generous (and Helpful) Child

Teaching your child to be generous, not just with gifts, but with time, effort and heart, is an important part of growing up into a great adult. The key is to continue teaching this lesson on a regular basis. Once you are successful, the bonus for you is a little extra down time, more help with chores and receiving greater appreciation for all that you give your child.

Step one: Recognize that requiring your child to accomplish regular chores is good for her. Being a mom doesn’t require you to do all the household work! Participating in age-appropriate chores (taking into account time constraints given school and other commitments) teaches responsibility. It should not be tied to receiving an allowance: you don’t get paid to wash the dishes, neither should your child.

Step two: Teach your child to give you a break sometimes! For example, get a babysitter and go out. Do not give up your plans even if your child complains or has a tantrum. Remind him that you need time to ‘play’ just like he does, and that he will be fine for a while without you. As long as you have good childcare, you have no reason to feel guilty, regardless of his behavior. Soon he will learn that being a good mom sometimes means that you will not always give in to his demands for your time.

Step three: Help your child become more appreciative of everything you do for her. Children (especially teens) are naturally self-involved, but yours can still learn to be more sensitive and grateful. Start by making a point of soliciting a ‘thank-you’ from your child when you help her with something (homework, solving a problem, accomplishing a task etc.), buy her anything—no matter how small the price, or in any other situation that requires appreciation. In addition, model appreciation by thanking your child whenever appropriate.

Step four: The final and trickiest step in this process—ask for what you need from your child. He will only learn to be a giving, loving and generous person if he is clear about what he needs to do in order to meet your expectations—so tell him. For example, if you would like your child to ask you how your day was (rather than you only asking him about his day), then tell him, remind him until it becomes a habit, and then thank him when he does it. Ask for what you want without being critical, fighting or yelling and always have a practical solution at hand that you can offer your child.

By consistently following these steps, not only will you start to see your child become more caring and giving all year round, but soon you will find that Mother’s Day isn’t the only time that you get help with the dishes!

Dr. Susan Bartell is America’s #1 Family Psychologist. Her latest book is The Top 50 Questions That Kids Ask.

Cost-Effective Childcare Options

By Candi Wingate

The search for child care is on whether you need a full-time, part-time or temporary care. The challenge most parents face is finding quality care for your child that fits within your budget.  Here are some cost-effective child care options that won’t break the bank.

Hire a Nanny or Babysitter

Nannies are no longer exclusive to the wealthy. If you have two children in full time daycare you can afford a nanny, and sites like Nannies4Hire cut out the high-priced fee of nanny agency. Whether you need a full-time nanny or part-time babysitter, trusted online sources provide a massive database of local care providers at your fingertips. You can find candidates quickly based on your personal requirements and budget.

It Takes a Village

There are likely multiple families in your neighborhood with young children. Get with these other parents and arrange shared childcare, in which two or more households take turns attending to the children. Parents might need to take time off work during their turn, but it should be minimal as other households are rotating turns as well.

Go Back to College

College students are ideal candidates for child care. They can be recruited through the on-campus career centers or through a parent network in your community. Many will be looking for jobs as resume builders, so their pay expectations might be lower for that purpose, and their schedules are typically very flexible.

It’s all Relative

Enlisting the help of a relative can be a win-win for everyone. Whether it is a teenage cousin or beloved grandma, your children can enjoy some quality bonding time.  Your relative may not accept payment, but you should certainly offer.  Treat him/her as you would a hired care provider: negotiate pay, respect their schedule, keep lines of communication open, and be direct in your expectations.


City recreational departments often offer a volunteer program for kids 13 and over.  Volunteer opportunities can include office work, recreational centers, aquatics, senior citizens, and children’s summer programs. These volunteer programs are a unique way for kids to explore career opportunities, give back to the community, and receive school credit.

You might find that a combination of these options is most efficient and cost-effective.  Take your time in selecting the options that works best for your family and budget.

Candi Wingate is an expert in the child care industry with over 20 years experience. She is the founder of Nannies4Hire.com and Care4Hire.com. She is also the author of 100 Tips for Nannies & Families and the proud mom of two.