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Schlitterbahn KC is a Hit with Mom and Kids!

Hello KC Families!

Made my first trip to Schlitterbahn yesterday. Haven’t have a day off where I haven’t worked at all in many weeks, feeling so incredibly guilty that the kids are out of school and other than a couple of camps we haven’t done any “family” trips, sooooo off to Schlitterbahn we went! It was one of the first sunny days with absolutely no rain we’ve had in quite a while and it was actually a ton of fun. They had something for all ages (kiddos are 10-16), we all enjoyed and everyone was comfortable. The best part – from my “mom point of view” – was FREE parking AND we could bring in all of our own drinks, lunch and snacks! (are you listening WOF???) We pulled our cooler in and enjoyed our favorites (and the Price Copper cost instead of the usual $9 burger price at most amusement parks). The lazy river is always my favorite at this type of place but according to the kids there were enough whitewater slides to thrill each age. There appears to be a lot more construction to come as they grow and add attractions. Looking forward to seeing what else they have coming, but for the moment it was well worth the trip. Check it out and be sure to use the coupon we have in our current issue right now, you can even print it out from our digital iFamilyKC book online. If you go, let us know what you thought. We love to hear what you think!

Check out www.Schlitterbahn.com

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Why Getting Messy is GOOD!

(Family Features) Playing outside and getting messy may just seem like fun to kids, but playtime actually has an important role in child development.

Research shows that various types of play and parental interaction are vital to the healthy development of children.

Play expands kids’ minds and neurological development. Self-initiated play improves skills such as problem solving and interpreting and is important to brain development and learning.
Play boosts children’s creativity and imagination. Play gives children the chance to invent, build, expand, explore and develop a whole different part of the brain.
Play stretches our children’s attention spans. Playing outdoors just 30 minutes a day increases child’s ability to focus and pay attention.
Play boosts self-confidence and self-regulation. Kids learn to become masters of their own destiny without an adult directing, pushing, managing or scheduling
Play helps kids learn to enjoy just being in their own company, entertaining themselves and developing identity. Ease that guilt when your kid says, “I’m bored, Mom!” and wants to be amused by you.
Visit http://www.all-laundry.com for more information and to download a coupon and go to www.facebook.com/alllaundry to share your favorite messy moments.


Summer Checklist from Inspiring Moms!

Summer is here! To many parents, that means fewer demands, no more homework, and planning festive family vacations, yet it also means swim lessons, baseball practices, games, tournaments, tutoring, all sorts of camps, and endless requests for play dates. Add to that the stress of managing your family’s “free time,” and summer can feel as overwhelming as it is welcoming.

If this sounds like how you are feeling, you are not alone. If you’d like to start the summer off right, consider the beauty of a plan or following a daily checklist.

A checklist is a powerful tool. It is a list of tasks that you need your kids to accomplish each day. It provides the comfort of daily structure as it orients your kids to what is expected of them. Think of it as their personal step-by-step guide to morning and evening success. Who doesn’t want that? Kids love to feel successful.

Our kids are capable of so much more than we think. We just need to set them up for success. The morning and evening checklist do just that.

Gone are the days of “Have you made your bed? Did you brush your teeth?” Your kids will now hear positive and encouraging statements like, “I love the way you are using your checklist. Good for you!“ If one of your kids asks to head over to a friend’s house, simply respond with “That sounds like a great idea!” Your making great progress on your checklist, keep it up!”

Start now and download the Inspiring Moms summer checklists for free by clicking: http://bit.ly/a2fLAk . There is one for kids who are gone for the day, maybe at camp or daycare, as well as for kids who typically stay home during the day. There are pictures for your little ones who can’t read and a brief phrase for those who can. Pop each list into an 8 by 10 frame and keep them out on the kitchen counter or island. Your kids will love them!

Remember, practice makes permanent. Stick to the list, be as consistent as possible, praise progress, and most importantly, make it a great summer!

Amy Hilbrich Davis

Happy mom of seven, Mom and Family Expert, CEO of Inspiring Moms, and creator of the Balance MAP!

www.InspiringMoms.com


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