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Why Create a Photo Book

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 posted by Joan
Love Greeting Stones

I Love Grandma Engraved Stones

In this modern world of technology, photos tend to be saved electronically as opposed to saving prints.  That is one reason Kodak filed for Chapter XI.  When birthdays come and we look for special ways of sending clever birthday greetings, we tend to share the photos on social media and emails.  That works great, but what happens ten years from now?

This weekend, my granddaughter visited us.  She pulled out the baby book we started thirteen years ago.  In it were pictures of her when she was born, her birthdays and special events like her first day of school.  Also, we saved things like party invitations and other remembrances to bring the past back to life.  It was a fun morning and we told her that one day, the book will belong to her.  While there is a good argument for saving photos electronically, there is also a strong case for creating a treasure book.  You have only one chance to get it right.

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The Joys of Being a Grandparent

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 posted by Joan
Love Greeting Stones

I Love Grandma Engraved Stones

A friend of mine told me that if he knew how great grandchildren are, he would have skipped the children and gone straight to the grandchildren. I told him that the wonderful thing about grandchildren is that after you spend the day with them, you can give em back.  Whatever your thoughts are, they make you smile.  Parents spend full time with their kids and things happen slowly.  Face Time or Skype is a great way to share special moments like when they begin to crawl, stand by themselves or walk.

Do you decorate your home with the grandkids projects like finger painting? What kinds of activities do you have for them when they spend the day with you?  Do you take them to the zoo, play games or do craft projects like decorating a stone engraving?  How about soccer or a game of catch?  Swimming is great fun but make sure they are safe.

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Monday, August 25, 2014 posted by Joan

Kindergarten is a new beginning for most

Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

children.  Like all new beginning, it can cause anxiety for kids and their parents.  Some strategies to better prepare your child for the next step are:

  • Speak to them frequently about kindergarten for a few months prior to the start of school.  Talking about it will not only help prepare them, but it will help you understand their feelings.  Enjoy the beginning of the school year.  Soon, it will be time to send your Christmas and Chanukah greetings.
  • Plan a tour of the new school.  Most schools have a kindergarten orientation that includes a tour of the school and classroom.  If not, contact the principal to arrange for a visit.
  • Shop for school supplies with your kindergartener.  Let him/her participate in the selection.
  • Start adjusting your child’s schedule so it is in synch with the school schedule.  Gradually change bedtimes and wake times so he/she is prepared for getting up at the appropriate time for school.


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How To Encourage Your Child In Sports

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 posted by Joan
Engraved Motivational Stones

Engraved Inspirational Stones

These tips will help your child improve his/her athletic skills and learn to enjoy sports:

  1. Go out and practice with your child at least 2 to 3 times a week.
  2. Do age-appropriate skills.  For example, your five-year old may not be ready to play hockey but  can learn to skate, play goalie or swim.
  3. When your child does something right, encourage him/her with verbal praise like “good job”.  Occastionally, it’s okay to give your chid a tangible incentive for good performance like stickers or engraved river stones.
  4. Don’t keep score.  Just focus on the positive.  For example, if playing mini-golf, only count the hole-in-ones or hole-in-twos.
  5. Watch sports with your kids whether it’s high school, college or professional.  Explain the game and your child will learn by watching.
  6. Make it fun. When your child is frustrated, bored or tired, stop the activity.
  7. Try different sports with your kid to see which he/she enjoys and is better at.
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Helping Your Child Transition to a New School or New Class

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 posted by Joan
You're A Winner Motivational Stone

Engraved Motivational Stones

Many students experience anxiety when they are changing school or classes.  How can you help reduce your child’s anxiety level?

  • Get a map of the school and review it with your child to reduce his/her fear of not being able to find the classroom, cafeteria and office.
  • Get a copy of his/her class schedule and review it with your child.
  • Listen to your child’s problems and try to understand his/her feelings. Together, explore possible solutions to the problems.
  • Make reuglar contact with teachers to monitor your child’s progress.
  • Role play different social situations.  Discuss ways of starting and continuing conversations.  Think about a social skills class for your child.
  • Encourage your child to discuss any problem or concerns with teachers, counselors and staff.

It’s natural for you to be nervous about possible problems that your child may experience, but it’s important to be positive.  Your child is stronger and more resilent that you think.   Just look at your favorite inspirational paperweight, You’re A Winner, to remind you that you’re both winners.

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Safe Email For Kids

Thursday, August 1, 2013 posted by Joan
Engraved Motivational Stones

Engraved Motivational Stones

What’s the right age for your child to have an email account?  When you decide your child is ready for email, these guidelines will help keep him/her child safe.

  • Email is only permitted with people you know and trust. Tell your child that you will be reviewing his/her emails.
  • Access to email is limited to one family computer.
  • Discuss what is okay to write in an email and what should be spoken in person or over the phone. Emails should not contain anything that is time sensitive or emotionally charged. communication.
  • Your child can only open emails from people they know.  If your child does not know the person who sent the email, he/she should show the email to you.
  • Your child  cannot use email to sign up for anything.  No social networking or online shopping allowed.
  • Limit your child’s access to checking email to once or twice a day.

These guidelines are only a start.  Unlike engraved river stones, they are not written in stone.  As your child uses email, you will need to monitor what’s happening and adjust the rules.

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Play For Kids

Monday, July 29, 2013 posted by Joan
Mom Rocks Engraved Stones

MOM ROCKS Engraved Stones

Most of the child development experts agree that children should have more unstructured free time than structured playtime. ‘Free play’ allows kids to use their creativity and interact with the world around them.  Here are some ways to give your child more opportunities for free time:

  • Make sure that your child has regular playtime.
  • Discuss with your kids which activities they want to drop and which one they want to continue.  Many children are overloaded with structured activiies.
  • Make sure your kids have enough regular opportunities to just hang out with family and friends.
  • Encourage free play like building with blocks; playing with dolls; neighborhood  and backyard  games; spending time at the beach, lake or pool; and making up their own games.  Throwing pocket stones in the lake, chasing butterflies, and playing store are some other examples of imaginative and active types of ‘free play’.
  • Make sure your kids have sufficent down time to enjoy quiet times to think about who they are and what they have done.


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Helping Your Child Adjust to Preschool

Sunday, July 29, 2012 posted by Joan
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Be Happy Engraved Stone

Adjusting to preschool can be difficult for both you and your child.  These 5 tips can help ease the transition to school.

1.  Talk with your child about preschool before it starts. Sound excited and happy.  Talk about and introduce your child to the different activities that he/she will experience in the classroom.

2.  Visit the preschool classroom with your child a few times.  This gives you the opportunity to meet the teacher repeatedly so you will both feel more comfortable with the teacher and classroom environment.

3.  Ask the teacher how she will help your child transition to school.  Talking about your concerns and listening to her plan will help reduce your anxiety level, and in turn, relax your child.  As you know, your child will pickup on your anxieties and fears related to the preschool adjustment.

4.  Read your child a few book about first days at preschool.  Your preschooler will relate to the characters in the book and feel good about going to school.

5.  Give your child a reason to be excited about going to school.  Shop for school clothing.  Help your child choose a backpack.  Since your child is growing up, give him/her a special privilege like staying up 15 minutes later or arranging a playdate with a preschool friend.

Preschool is a milestone for your child.  Keeping your inspirational, engraved pocket stones nearby can help you feel better and show a more positive attitude towards the next step in your child’s development.

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