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9 Simple and Meaningful Teacher Christmas Presents for This Holiday Season

With the Christmas season fast approaching, many parents out there are starting to think about gifts for all the important people in their lives and their child’s lives. It can be hard to spend the time and energy on a teacher’s Christmas present when you have to wrap your presents for the kiddos under the tree, but today we are here to take some of the difficulty out of the gift buying process. Here are some of our favorite cute and simple ways to thank a teacher this Christmas and put a smile on their faces. 

Baking Supplies

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For this gift, all you need is some necessary cooking supplies, a mitt or small baking tin, and a spatula. Make sure that the teacher in question doesn’t have any significant allergies or dietary restrictions!

A Christmas Ornament

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What better way to have a teacher think of your child and smile, then by getting them a creative ornament for their tree. Our favorite is one that has the teacher’s name on it and crayons inside. However, Etsy and other sites have many options of unique and creative ornaments that will fit any teacher’s personality. 

A Teacher’s Bag 

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Lugging activities and assignments back and forth to school can make a teacher’s arms and back ache. Give them the gift this Christmas of a teacher’s bag that can help them to cart their supplies to and fro. Add their names on the bag and what grade they teach for an extra special touch. 

Starbucks or a Coffee Gift Card

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What teacher doesn’t need a pick me up from caffeine now and then? A great gift is to give them the gift of a gift card to a coffee shop, Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts and package it by saying, “Thanks a latte for all you do.”

Pens

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What is one thing that teachers never have enough of? Pens or pencils. I can’t tell you the number of times my kids have gone to school for two weeks, lost all their pencils somehow, and had to ask the teacher to borrow one of theirs. Replace those this Christmas by creating a cute baggie to hold the pencils and pens with this sweet quote attached, “ you hap-PEN to be an INK-credible teacher.” 

A Plant

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Want to spruce up a teacher’s desk or home? Gift them a plant this Christmas. This pot below is our favorite, and it has a witty quote attached, “ Thanks for helping me grow.” 

A Personalized Teacher Sign 

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A great personal gift to give to any teacher your child admires is a sign that they can hang in their classroom. This sign can have a quote about shaping young minds or have their name. A personalized sign is a gift that, if you have the extra time to put in the effort, will last for the long run. 

Last-Minute Candy 

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And if you are scrambling to find a last-minute gift, you can always give the gift of food. Don’t be afraid to give a teacher the gift of candy, chocolate covered pretzels, or Christmas popcorn. Buy a jar and some ribbon and the treat for inside, and the gift is complete.

A Movie or Restaurant Gift Card

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Give your child’s teacher the gift of a night out to rest and relax. Get them a gift card to a nicer restaurant in town or the movie theater. You never know the financial spot your child’s teacher is in, and this gift might allow them to indulge in an evening they wouldn’t usually be able to afford. 

 

I hope that this article has helped to spark your brain with some fun and creative ways to thank a teacher near to your child’s heart this Christmas. Let us know how you plan to spoil your child’s teacher in the comments below!

 

6 Reasons Why Kids Should Join Fitness Classes

Kids love physical activities. Given the chance to do whatever they want, they would rather run around and play. It is natural for kids to be energetic and playful. There are kids though who are more socially awkward. They would rather stay home watching TV instead of playing with friends. There are other kids who prefer to read books instead of doing physical activities.

As parents, it is important that you help your child gear towards holistic development. At a young age, kids will start to show their skills and talents. You have to be supportive in whatever it is that they want to achieve. At the same time, you also need to teach them to diversify their activities. If they show no interest in physical activities, you need to help them understand its importance. Physical activity can come in many forms – one of which is through enrollment in structured youth fitness classes. These classes allow for same age interaction, while incorporating energy-demanding movements that are fun for kids to perform.

You don’t have to worry that they are too young to join these classes. Your kids will find them easy and enjoyable. To back this up - here are 5 great reasons why kids would benefit a lot from joining fitness classes.

1. Being Physically Active Strengthens the Heart

Our hearts are considered as muscles. Just like other muscles in the body, the heart also has to do exercises for optimal performance. By doing physical activities, the heart becomes stronger and more resilient. A healthy heart could easily reduce the risk of heart diseases. In the US, heart ailments are among the main causes of death even at childhood. Exercising also helps remove the excess cholesterol and fat on the child’s blood. It makes the wall of the blood vessels more flexible. For kids who tend to eat anything they want, the absence of physical activities is detrimental.

2. Exercise helps fight childhood obesity

In the US, almost 17% of children between 2 to 19 years old are considered obese. Those who suffer from obesity may develop chronic illnesses as they grow older. Diabetes and heart diseases are among the most common problems. One of the reasons why kids suffer from obesity is because they lack physical activities. When someone is not engaged in physical activities, the body does not burn calories. Worse, those who eat a lot without exercising will keep piling up calories in the body, leading to obesity. Regular exercise plus a balanced diet could be the best formula to fight obesity.

3. The bones become stronger

Kids are at a point in their lives where the bones are still developing. They need to exercise to ensure that bones grow well. When exercised, the muscles tend to be stronger. The same thing is true for bones. Those who don’t engage in physical activities may suffer from weakened bones that could lead to serious conditions like osteoporosis as they grow older.

4. Fitness classes help enhance emotional wellness

Kids also get stressed. You might not notice it because they laugh all the time and they are not exposed to problems as big as adults face. The truth is that they also get stressed when faced with different challenges each day. Exercise helps make them feel more calm and relaxed. The body releases endorphin after exercising which helps them cope up with their emotional problems. Experiencing weight loss and staying fit may also boost the emotional wellness of children.

5. Exercising encourages brain activity

With exercise, the brain works at an optimum capacity. It helps in multiplying the nerve cells and strengthening the interconnections. In short, kids who exercise become smarter. There is greater flow of blood to the brain. There is also improved development of neurons. They also become more focused in school. During mid-afternoon, most kids feel sleepy and tired. Those who do regular exercise remain energetic.

6. It redirects their attention to a more meaningful activity

When kids are not exercising, perhaps they are busy watching their favorite shows or surfing the net. Being addicted to these devices may also affect their sleep. There is nothing wrong in giving them time to play video games or surf the net. The time should be limited though. If they are more engaged in physical activities, they would not have time for less helpful activities.

In short, you have to consider enrolling your kids in structured fitness classes. They will definitely enjoy doing physical activities. These benefits are just a bonus.

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The Secret to Raising Smarter Kids

We all want better for our kids. With so many articles and antidotes out there it's hard to know which one to choose. What if I told you raising smart kids was easier than you could ever imagine? The other night I was reading a book titled How Will You Measure Your Life and I came across an interesting study by Todd Risely and Betty Hart.

Have you ever read something and thought you just uncovered something so important, yet you have a feeling nobody knows about it? That's how I felt. Here it is 1030 at night on Labor Day and I stumble across this research that is just blowing my mind. So I followed the rabbit trail and before you know it I'm sleepless. My mind is racing. Will I be able to implement this? It just seemed way too easy. I asked myself, if it's really this easy, why is it everybody doing this?

The Importance of Talking to Your Baby

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The study discussed the correlation between smart kids and amount of talking the parents did to the baby. That's right, talking to your baby. The study discussed how more talkative (usually more educated) parents talked upwards of 2,150 words per hour to their babies, where as less talkative parents talked 600 words per hour.

The babies that heard more words in their first thirty months performed better in vocabulary and reading comprehension tests. Can you see why I was so fascinated with this study? Who doesn’t love talking to a baby? When a parent is engaging the baby in a conversation, the synapses of the babies brain are being exercised. The synapse’s are structures that allow signals to get passed from one neuron to another. The more synapses that get created the faster and easier your little baby will think in the future. Even though it might not seem like your little on is engaged and listening, trust that they are.

The average person talks approximately 150 words per minute. If you want to speak 2,150 words per hour to your baby, you will need to speak to them for roughly 14 minutes consistently.

Compound Effect

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In the book “How Will You Measure Your Life” the author talks about the compound affect. The parents that spoke 3.7 times more to their baby won't have a mere 3.7 times more connections. Each brain cell can be connected by as many as ten thousand synapses, making the compound effect “exponential.” Think of this like that of a busy city. If there is one main road for it’s citizens traffic doesn’t travel fast. Increase the number of roads and traffic flows more freely. If you want your baby to think quicker, make quicker associations, and have greater recall, build more roads (synapses).

How to Talk

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Not just any talk will do. Telling your kids what to do has little affect. Telling your infant “time for a bath” or “finish your food” does not cut it. Instead you must engage them in fully adult, sophisticated language. Ask them questions such as “what do you want to eat today” or “what do you want to do today?” Talk to them as if you were talking to another adult. Ask them thought provoking questions even if you feel like they don’t understand you, their brain is working. Make sure that you are encouraging them as well. The children of professionals heard twice as many encouraging words and twice as many unique words. In short, encourage and use big words.

Future Factors

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As I was thinking about this article, I couldn’t help but wonder about the future. Were cell phones ever around when this study was done? This made me think of the adult that is bouncing their kid on their knee while looking at their cell phone. How many words is technology stealing from our babies? Will kids in the future be less smart?

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