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9 Surprising Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Child

Posted By simplyrealmoms on Creative Lifestyle - “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” (Anderson & Hiebert & Scott, 1985) Sometimes it can feel impossible to get some quiet time with all the technology, after-school activities, and homework, but making time to read aloud to your child is well worth it. Even if your infant is still at the stage of drooling on book covers and not staying still, there are still benefits of being read to, even if the babies are not yet at the stage to appreciate it! Not only does reading together give you a chance to bond with each other while also strengthening your child’s language skills and imagination, but this simple act can also do so much more. This article will discuss the benefits of reading aloud to your child and how it is essential to their learning development. We hope we can also give you some tips and tricks along the way so the process is as smooth as a baby’s bottom! The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Child From a Young Age Reading aloud has so many positive benefits that span across children of all ages. […]

7 Websites That Can Save You $1,000 or More on Resort Bookings (Psst, They’re Timeshare Rentals)

Posted By Victoria on Creative Lifestyle - Are you dreaming of taking a vacation? You’re not alone! In a recent Destination Analysis study, 64% of Americans reported that they desperately need a break. And while 80% of those surveyed know that taking a vacation is essential to their overall health and well-being, ¾ of Americans leave vacation days on the table, unused. So when 90% of Americans say that it’s important to use their paid time off to travel, what’s preventing them from doing so? If you guessed money, you’re correct. According to a Bankrate survey, 70% of U.S. adults are changing their summer vacation plans due to increasing prices across the board, and almost half are canceling plans because they flat out can’t afford them.  If you’re one of those people, before you write off a vacation completely, look at the hotel deals available with timeshare rentals. You can save significant money when you rent a resort room from a timeshare owner. As these individuals set their own rental price, independent of the standard rack room rates of hotels and popular travel booking sites, you can save 50% or more on vacation accommodations at the exact same resorts. To illustrate these deals, we’ve found examples of […]

There’s Power In Pancakes (Are They A Centuries Old Secret Weapon?)

Posted By simplyrealmoms on Creative Lifestyle - Pancakes have been a part of people’s diets since recorded history. Street vendors in ancient Rome would sell Alita Dolcia (translated: another sweet) to passing Senators and businessmen in the city, often drizzled with a little honey. The shape of the pancake is said to represent the sun and the start of spring. It seems every nationality has their take on pancakes, although the strangest is probably veriohukainen or blodplättar pancakes in Scandinavia – where pigs’ blood is mixed into the batter. The Japanese have been indulging in their own form of pancakes – funo-yaki (麩の焼き) – since the 16th century. Sen no Rikyu added them as a sweet treat in the Japanese tea service he invented. They disappeared after the shogun rule was overturned, then reemerged around World War II as okonomiyaki, which is sort of an omelet type of pancake, with several ingredients baked in. In the Netherlands, it used to be common to have “pannenkoeks” as a traditional breakfast on your wedding day. And while it’s doubtful that Queen Elizabeth II is actually in the kitchen, she does have a royally approved recipe for pancakes. On a much more somber note, in Russia after a funeral, mothers […]

13 Stories for Kids That Teach Valuable Life Lessons

Posted By simplyrealmoms on Creative Lifestyle - Every parent, teacher, or babysitter will, at some point, find themselves playing storyteller and sharing children’s stories, whether it’s bedtime stories, stories by the campfire, or to pass the time. While there are tons of stories for kids to choose from, quite a few teach valuable life lessons to kids as they hear the story. There are so many fun things to do with kids, but for the days when you’re looking for a quick and straightforward way to entertain the kids, short stories are a great way to do it. Reading to children is a perfect way to help kids develop their reading skills and learn to read. These Stories for Kids Help Teach About: Greed Honesty Kindness Patience Temperament And so much more! 13 Short Stories for Kids That Will Help Teach Important Life Lessons 1. The Lion and the Mouse This children’s story is about a Lion who decides to spare a mouse’s life when the mouse says he will repay him in the future. The lion laughs, thinking, how could a mouse ever help me. Until one day, the lion becomes caught in a net, and the mouse frees him. You can read the full story […]