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Jenna Mugridge

  • Fostering Your Child’s Mental Health & Ways to Build a Strong Foundation

    As my son gets older and more submerged into the world around him, I often find myself hard-pressed on how well he will be able to cope. Have I prepared my child for the trials and tribulations of life that is to come? Have I implemented all the tools necessary to ensure a happy life for him? Surely I can’t guarantee his happiness, but I can give him a strong foundation for his mental health – and that could be everything.

    Children learn from the behavior modeled by the important adults in their life.

    The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a topic near and dear to my heart. And as an advocate for mental health (and a parent), it is not lost on me how influential my role is on my sons childhood mental health.

    As described in a 2013 MMWR report, mental health in childhood is characterized by “…the achievement of development and emotional milestones, healthy social development, and effective coping skills, such that mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities.”

    There are many other ways to foster your child’s mental health. Here are some daily steps to keep your child as mentally healthy as possible.

    First and foremost, our children learn by example. As parents, there is so much we can offer to help nurture their mental health during the most developmental stages of their life. Here are just a few:

    1. Build Their Self-esteem

    • Be on Your Child’s Team: Regularly support and encourage your child. Make sure to praise their efforts, not their achievements, and to believe them and believe in them.
    • Let Them Learn Naturally: Promote independent learning. Have your child experience and accept the natural consequences of life and experience the benefits of positive actions as well.
    • Encourage Healthy Self-Talk: Use words of encouragement and daily affirmations. See our list of affirmations for kids here.
    • Ensure Their Sense of Belonging: Your child needs to feel like they are invited, accepted and loved. Make sure to spend family time together, play with them and remind them how valuable they are.

    2. Create a Safe and Comfortable Environment

    Provide an environment that demonstrates love, compassion, trust and understanding every day. Let your child know you are a safe place and confidant when it comes to their feelings and thoughts. Implement a predictable routine in the household, as to create a sense of stability and comfort.

    3. Establish Healthy Habits

    Make sure your child is getting enough rest, eating healthy foods and getting enough play time/exercise. Physical health is just as important.

    4. Explain Feelings and Reactions

    Listen to how your child is feeling and validate their emotions. Guide your child through big feelings and show them important coping mechanisms and ways to manage challenges (like meditation). Teach them the importance of expressing their emotions through language.

    5. Model Healthy Behavior

    Children learn from the behavior modeled by the important adults in their life – so be sure to lead by example the best strategies regarding self-care, healthy social interactions, communication and emotional stability.

    These guidelines aren’t just for children either, but are important for everyone looking to take care of their mental health! If you enjoyed this post, you might want to read this post on building your child’s confidence.

    Note: Through research, I was able to find these helpful tips on nurturing children’s mental health. If you have suggestions or advice, we would love to hear it! Comment below or email us at contact@rockitmama.com.

     

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  • Create a Summer Activity Planner – Free Printable Included!

    My son thrives on routines; the consistency not only gives him a sense of security, but it helps him to feel confident in time management as well. Creating an established routine also assists in developing important habits and life skills. Now with summer ending, I knew I needed to create some type of schedule once school ended that will carry on the steadiness in his daily activities.

    If you know me, you know I’m a planner by nature; so in one month’s time…this mama will need an agenda. This year, I decided to add a supplemental summer planner printable to go along with our Printable Family Binder Bundle and I’m so excited to share it with you!

    See what our Summer Activity Planner has inside!

    The Summer Activity Planner has 5 pages included:

    • Weekly Summer Schedule: A guideline of fun summer activities you can do with your child throughout the week.
    • Daily Summer Schedule: A timeline of suggested daily activities. Feel free to have your child choose summer bucket list ideas for their daily activity.
    • Summer Bucket List: A list of obligatory summer ideas for kids.
    • Summer Reading List: Create and track your summer reading list and then have your child rate their books!
    • Summer Chore Chart: Age appropriate chore chart for the summer.

    Image of Summer Planner BinderI printed out ours and put it into our Family Emergency Binder so we have a single place to reference all family items.

    How do you plan your daily summer activities? I’d love to hear your best tips in the comments below!



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  • Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts (that you can get on Amazon Prime)

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    Running out of Mother’s Day gift ideas? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! We have compiled a list of our FAVORITE Mother’s Day gifts that are all available on Amazon Prime. See them below!

    Our Favorite Mother’s Day Gifts
    from Amazon Prime

    Air Fryer

    If you’ve frequented our blog, then you know Rock It Mama loves the air fryer. The air fryer can grill, fry, bake and roast in a less amount of time and without using fattening oils. This is an appliance every home needs to have.

    AeroGarden System

    This is the “extraordinary soil-free indoor garden that grows plants 5x faster than soil…” Not only does it bring decorative greenery into your home, but it provides all the herbs you need to garnish those amazing dishes in the kitchen without having to build out a huge garden space outside.

     

    Essential Oil Diffuser

    Create a relaxing atmosphere and maximize the benefits of aromatherapy with this essential oil diffuser. With just a few drops, it’ll leave a space smelling better for up to 6 hours.

     

    Charcuterie Board

    The charcuterie board is perfect Mother’s Day gift for the mom who loves to host!

     

    Body Polish Sugar Scrub

    Who doesn’t love to get pampered, especially on Mother’s Day? This exfoliating body polish is a tad on the high end price-wise, but for good reason. This is paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free and has been reviewed as one of the best body scrubs on Amazon.

     

    Wife Mom Boss T-Shirt

    Every mama needs a shirt to lift her up. Give her this stylish t-shirt to remind her of what a boss-mom-wife she is!

    The Happy Planner

    Mama’s do it all – so maybe they’ll enjoy this a planner to help organize the chaos. This Happy Planner is completely customizable and comes with beautiful images and inspirational sayings.

     

    Cravings Hungry for More Cookbook

    If you follow Chrissy Teigen on Instagram, then you probably see her whipping up amazing dishes in the kitchen every day. This cookbook is filled with her favorite family dishes, and some recipes passed down from her mother!

     

    Garden Tool Set

    With spring in full bloom and summer right around the corner, perhaps your mom is due for a new gardening set. Complete with a travel bag, shears, spray bottle and other gardening necessities, this is the perfect gift for moms with a green thumb!

    Wine Glass Tumbler

    What mom doesn’t love wine? Whether its used for red, white or a sparkling variety – just fill it up. Made of insulated stainless steel, this is the perfect travel tumbler.

    Shiatsu Massager

    An Amazon #1 Best Seller – this Shiatsu Massager from Zyllion, Inc. can be used on necks, backs, calves, feet and more. Its also travel friendly, so your mom can enjoy this on the road or in the office!

     

    Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

    Does your mom love home design? If so, she would certainly enjoy this inspirational book from Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines. Readers can learn about blending styles, tackling common design problems and how to nail the famous farmhouse-inspired style that Gaines has so famously been known for.

     

    Enjoy this gift guide? Check out this post on Gift Ideas Under $10.

     

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Teach Kids Phone Numbers

    A few months ago, I shared a project to help teach children their address. It ended up being a fun and creative way to get my 5 year old to memorize the specifics about where we live. Because the hands-on activity was enjoyable for him, he caught on quick and I thought it would be a great strategy to implement similarly when teaching him other life skills, like learning important phone numbers!

    These days we’re likely to just tap on a name in our phone without needing to remember any numbers, but theres no denying that learning and memorizing important phone numbers is a great life skill to have. By teaching your child important phone numbers, you are helping them to be self-sufficient and confident – and it could possibly be life-saving.

    Here are 3 easy ways you can teach kids important phone numbers

    1. Make a bracelet!

    Picture of phone number bracelet activity

    This simple project was a hit with my son! Wearing a bracelet with an important phone number is a great reminder for you child and they’ll easily be able to recognize and recite it after repeatedly seeing it. Additionally, wearing a bracelet with an important phone number can be a smart safety plan for family outings, such as an amusement park and (god forbid) you were to get separated.

    Creating the bracelet is simple: Just use an assortment of bead colors, number beads and some elastic string. If you want your child to learn multiple phone numbers, you can even use alphabet beads to include the persons name in the bracelet. Besides being a helpful learning activity, creating the phone number bracelet strengthens fine motor skills as well.

    2. Play a match gamePicture of craft stick phone number activity to memorize phone number

    With two common household items, you can create this craft stick phone number activity. Using a popsicle stick, write your important phone number down and write numbers 0-9 on clothespins. Play a matching game and see if you child can match up the numbers. If you have multiple numbers you would like them to practice learning, label the popsicle sticks on the opposite side (i.e. “Mimi’s Phone,” “Police,” etc). You can even test your child, like flash cards, to see if they can match the contact to the phone number.

    3. Practice dialing important numbers (free worksheets below)

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    Practice makes perfect – and we created a free worksheet bundle that you can use with your child to encourage phone number memorization. The worksheets are a great visual for your child to see what exact numbers in sequence they need to plug in and includes a pretend phone sheet to practice dialing those numbers.

    Download the FREE printable for this activity below!

    Picture of printable phone bundle to teach kids their phone number

    If you liked this project, you might enjoy this post where we share teaching your kids their addresses!



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  • 7 Nature Activities and Exploration Ideas for Kids

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    With the cold weather letting up, now is the perfect time to get outdoors! We’ve put together some fun, yet simple activities that incorporate nature to encourage creativity, learning and exploration!

    Flower Petal Suncatcher

    This adorable idea by Messy Little Monster gets the kids out to hunt for different kinds of flowers to create their own suncatcher. This is a great way to encourage pattern building and putting a picture together, while making a beautiful piece of art to show off at home!

    Backyard Dollar Tree Fairy Garden

    Decorate your backyard with a fairy garden. Your children can use their imagination to come up with what they think a garden fairy would love at a home. In this project, Glitter on a Dime was able to find cheap accessories at Dollar Tree and then used existing branches and plants to create their landscape design.

    Nature Scavenger Hunt + Free Printable

    This is such an adventurous activity and one you can knock out while taking a nature walk. Encourage your children to find all the items on the list, which prompts them to use their senses (sight, touch, smell, sounds) and identity color and shapes. My son loved this scavenger hunt and we plan to do many more in the future!

    Spring Outdoor Challenge + Free Printable

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    Activity by We’re Parents

    This challenge looks incredibly fun! We’re Parents put together this Spring Outdoor Challenge which gives you and your little one 10 places to go, 10 things to find and 10 things to take pictures of. This is not only a spring challenge to get your kids outdoors and active, but is a great bucket list for spring!

    Cardboard Tube Bird Feeder

    What’s a nature activity without making a DIY bird feeder? This simple activity can be made with common households items and brings more of the nature to you! We love making this easy tube bird feeders and seeing all the different bird species that stop by, you’d be surprised how many there are!

    Stick Craft Nature Paintbrushes

    Nature can create some amazing art. Encourage your child to go on a nature walk and collect different materials with interesting prints. Then make your paint brush and experiment with paint and see what crazy types of patterns your nature paint brushes make!

    Park Bingo + Free Printable

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    Activity by Coffee & Carpool

    Make the most of your park visits by turning it into a Bingo game! Use this game by Coffee & Carpool to discover new parks!

    Do you have any nature activities that you love to do? If so, feel free to share, we are always looking for new ideas.

    If you enjoyed this post, you might like these indoor crafts for preschoolers.

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  • 10 Easy Easter Crafts & Activities for Preschoolers

    If your child is anything like mine, then they love creative activities. We have put together 10 easy & fun Easter inspired crafts and activities that are sure to get your preschooler into the holiday spirit this April and a great way to create new memories with your littles!

     

    Check out some easy Easter crafts for preschoolers below!

    Like the ideas you see in this post? Make sure to bookmark this page or pin an image so you have all these ideas on hand when you need them. To learn about each project, click on the image.

    Easter Yarn Craft

    Bunny Pudding Cup

    Cardboard Tube Bunny Stamps

     

    Paper Plate Bunny

     

    Easter Chick Handprint Craft

    Chick Easter Project

    Project by momvstheboys.com

    Easter Math Puzzle

    Easter Egg Potato Stamping

     

    Easter Bath Bomb Bunny

     

    DIY Easy Easter Lollipop Craft

     

    Easter Playdough Mat

    If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy some other activities for kids on our blog. And if you tried out any of these projects, be sure to share below!

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