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Oct 22

October 22, 2017

Halloween Skull Coloring Page

Halloween Skull Coloring Page! Hey Friends!  Check out the fun new coloring page I made for you!  I’m super excited about it because it’s a little unique for me!!  My style is usually a little more warm and cuddly than this and usually appeals more to kids.  But this decorative skull is pretty, modern, just a tiny bit edgy and sure to appeal to a more grown up audience (although my six year old grandson G1 insisted he needs a copy…

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Sep 24

September 24, 2017

Helping Kids with Nighttime Fears

5 Tips for Helping Kids with Nighttime Fears

Helping Kids with Nighttime Fears – A Guest Post by Neve from We the Parents – http://wetheparents.org.   “Just one more story. I’m hungry, can I get some food? I need a drink of water. Please stay, Mommy!” Every child has their toolbox of excuses and reasons to delay bedtime. However, it can be heart-rending when you know they are actually afraid and this is why they don’t want to be left alone. Nighttime fears are very common. A Dutch…

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Aug 12

August 12, 2017

Fun Stuff for Back to School

Fun Stuff for Back to School!

Fun Stuff for Back to School! August is such a fun time of year, time to start back in school again, make new friends and learn new things!  It means a fresh start, new adventures, activities and opportunities.  The stores are full of brand new school supplies and families are busy doing back to school shopping and buying stylish new outfits!  This collection of Fun Stuff for Back to School will only add to all the excitement.  It’s full of…

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Aug 12

August 12, 2017

Back to School Books

Back to School Books Students, Parents and Teachers will Love!

Back to School Books   I love, love, LOVE children’s books and Back to School Books are some of my fayvories!  We usually think of Back to School as a fun and exciting time, but lots of times kids are afraid or nervous about starting a new school year.  When I took my daughter to her second grade class she burst into tears and broke my heart!  My sister has a grandaugter in middle school who recently sent her a…

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Apr 19

April 19, 2017

Are Your Kids Trustworthy?

Teaching Kids to be Trustworthy

Trustworthy – Teaching Children Being able to trust your child is a wonderful feeling.  Trusting your kids with important tasks or believing they’ll do the right thing, can free you from a lot of unnecessary worry.  But just how do kids become trustworthy?  Are certain ones just born with a propensity for it or is it a learned trait?  While some personalities surely lend themselves more readily to dependability, kids can be taught to be trustworthy! Teaching kids to have…

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Apr 11

April 11, 2017

Free Bunny Coloring Page

Easter Coloring Page

Bunny Coloring Page Who doesn’t love springtime, sunshine, colored eggs and the Easter Bunny?  To help you celebrate the Easter holiday here is a printable coloring page with a cute rabbit and his basket full of eggs, just for you and the kids to enjoy.  Print it out and use coloring crayons, markers or paints to make a fun and colorful picture.  Hang them on the fridge or bulletin board for a cute holiday decoration. It’s free just because I…

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Mar 30

March 30, 2017

Getting Your Child to Trust You

Earning Your Children’s Trust

Everyone wants their children to trust them and to believe the things they say.  Some parents just take it for granted that their children have faith and confidence in them.  Others wonder why their kids sometimes express doubt and fear about whether or not they can count on their parents in a given situation.  This is certainly a topic of importance that warrents some careful consideration from parents.  Parents who want to earn their children’s trust will follow these  ….

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Mar 28

March 28, 2017

DIY Wooden Castle

Castle Play Set – DIY

Castle Play Set. The Grands love this play castle I made for them.  They play for hours with the Castle, Knights, Fairy Princesses and Dragons (who mysteriously disappeared before this photo shoot).  With this fun play set and their imaginations my grandkids visit fairytale lands where amazing and magical things happen! Everything you need to make your very own Castle Play Set for your little ones can be purchased at Michael’s Craft Store.  They also sell Safari Toobs, (tubes full…

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Mar 22

March 22, 2017

Dress up Fun!

Fairytales, Dress up and Make Believe!

Fairytales, Dress Up and Make Believe! Everybody (if they’re honest) likes to play dress up!  There’s something so magical about pretending to be a Princess or a Knight, a King or a Queen, or even a dragon and imagining your very own fantastical fairytales. For as long as there have been children, there have been games of make believe with larger than life characters, and beautiful forrests, castles or palaces!  This kind of play helps children learn about the world…

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Mar 20

March 20, 2017

Developing Kid's Hearts to Give

Teaching Children the Power of Giving

Giving Thank you to Jenny Silverstone for writing this guest post!  You can find more great things from Jenny on her blog Mom Loves Best. Practical Tips to Combat Selfishness in Your Children Every parent wants their child to grow up into a kind, compassionate, and generous adult. But if you’ve ever been around a two-year-old declaring “MINE” over a treasured toy, it becomes clear just how selfish children are wired to be. The truth is it takes effort to…

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Mar 16

March 16, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Cast;e

Disney Castles & A Spectacular Real Life Castle!

Disney Beauty and the Beast Premiers Today!! Disney – Families everywhere have been anxiously awaiting the release of the Disney 2017 live action motion picture Beauty and the Beast.  Little ,girls (and big girls) have been dreaming about Belle and her georgeous yellow ball gown.  Children are imagining fairytale worlds fillced with castles, knights and princesses! In celebration of Beauty and the Beast I thought it would be fun to feature some castles from Disney movies.  So check out the…

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Mar 14

March 14, 2017

Fairytale Castle, Knight and Princess Printable!

Castles, Knights and Princesses – Coloring Pages!

Castles, Knights and Princesses – Coloring Pages   It’s Fairytale Week on the Love My Big Happy Family Blog!  Who doesn’t love a good fairytale?  Kids love fairytales and coloring, so here are four pages to print for lots of fun for you and your little ones!  There is a Fun Castle with towers, a draw bridge and flags.  There is a Brave Knight all decked out in armour and ready for battle.  A Beautiful Princess wears a pretty dress…

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Mar 6

March 6, 2017

Children's Books for St. Patrick's Day.

Books for Kids – St. Patrick’s Day!

Kid’s Books Reading is so good for kids!  I love this picture of my little granddaughter reading a book all by herself.  I have a collection of books about holidays and seasons that I like to put out for my grandkids to read when they come to Gramma’s house!  They like to read them and learn about all the fun activities and events associated with the different holidays and the changing season.  Of course, it’s always a delight when they will…

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Mar 1

March 1, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Coloring Page

Puffy Paint Leprechaun!

Puffy Paint Leprechaun! March is the time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  From the Love My Big Happy Family collection of Puffy Paint Coloring Pages, here is a fun Leprechaun that you can use with Puffy Paint! Kids love to use puffy paint because it adds so much fun and 3D texture to their paintings. We made orange paint to use on Mr. Lucky’s beard! This is a perfect activity for your St. Patrick’s Day Party.  Make one to hang…

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Feb 22

February 22, 2017

Why it's good for you to have your kids as friends.

Why My Kids Are (& always have been) My Best Friends

Every now and then I come accross articles that are titled something like, “Why I’m Not My Kid’s Friend.”  That’s definately not the case in my experiences as a child or as a parent.  Those articles make me feel sad for the parent who wrote them and for the children that they parent.  My very first friend in life was my mom and my dad was the second friend I ever made. My four kids include two biological daughters and…

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