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Archive for October, 2013

12Oct
Family Resolutions

Family Resolutions

“Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.” — Cary Grant

While Cary Grant may be a former actor, but his words above stand true, especially in the face of today’s families. Insanity defined means to be in a state of craziness, of madness. You are probably already wondering where this post is headed. Well, here’s the point from the off: families in our society are pressured to be everything and do everything that they lose sight of what really matters. Often, families get lost in a spiraling state of craziness from the everyday pressures.

The anecdote: Have more fun! Seems simple, right? Truthfully and realistically, it’s not simple at all. You and your partner both work full time. Your daughter has ballet practice or the end-of-season recital. Your son has band practice, then soccer practice. And, of course, there is homework and housework that needs to get done. Does this sound like a familiar situation?

The importance of getting away from the everyday can’t be understated. One of the lesser known adages says that a family that plays together, stays together. So, if playing board games on a Sunday afternoon is your thing, do it. Forget about the chores – those will always get done at some point. Go to the zoo. Go for ice cream. Go for a family bike ride. Plug in a funny movie and laugh together. Whatever you decide to do, the important thing is that you take a break from the insanity called life and just have fun with the people that mean the most.

9Oct

Thank you for your support:Me in a Tree mobile parenting game

Me in a Tree is designed by families, for families.

We have one week left in our Me in a Tree project with Kickstarter to raise funds to build a mobile game version of our online parenting tool. We started Me in a Tree because we saw that the questions, struggles and dreams each of us had as parents trying to raise children and build a strong family were similar to the questions other parents had: and realized that our professional experiences and our years of parenting could join together to help other families become stronger and meet their challenges.

We have worked hard to build Me in a Tree, and are now proudly one year old. Our current goal to build a mobile version of our popular online parenting tool will give families another valuable resource for parents to talk with their children on topics that are important to them – wherever they are.

With one week left in the Me in a Tree Kickstarter project we thank you for letting us tell you about our goal to build a mobile version of our parenting tool. We thank you for letting us share with you our progress in reaching our goal. We thank you for your support of our project. We thank you for sharing the Me in a Tree project with other families.

MIAT Video Game fund project

We all share a common goal: building stronger families by improving our parenting and communication skills.

tools and resources to build stronger families

Me in a Tree brings families together with fun parenting tools and resources

that create a happy home.

7Oct

 

Breakfast is a easy meal to skip, especially if you think it’s going to delay you in the kitchen on busy weekday mornings. For that reason, smoothies are a great option. They’re fast and too good to pass up.smoothy is a easy meal to skip, especially if you think it’s going to delay you in the kitchen  on busy weekday mornings. For that

 

What you need:

1 C soy or almond milk

½  C quick oats

1 banana

14 strawberries

½  t vanilla

1 t honey

How to Make:

In a blender, combine soy or almond milk, oats, banana and strawberries. Add vanilla and honey if desired. Blend until smooth. Pour in glasses and serve.

 

 are a great morning option. They’re are fast and too good to pass up.

Breakfast is a easy meal to skip, especially if you think it’s going to delay you in the kitchen  on busy weekday mornings. For that reason, smoothies are a great morning option. They’re are fast and too good to pass up.

 

6Oct

Me in a Tree Mobile Game

Me in a Tree has been asked by our many members to add a mobile game that fits with the unique needs of a busy family:

• they would like to have Family Huddles in the car, at a restaurant or on a holidayMIAT Video Game fund project

• they want to develop conversations into problem solving opportunities on topics like faith, bullying, and sexuality

Families continue to have new demands placed on them and their time, Me In a Tree offers an opportunity to reconnect and re-establish the connectedness they want for their families – all while having fun.

We want to create a new Me in a Tree Mobile Game

1.  The Me in a Tree mobile game will take the great tools from the site and convert them into an animated and interactive mobile game. Each family will be able to customize their village by adding new family games.

2. Families will have fun adventures on their mobile devices as they make the World of Me in a Tree Journey.

3. Before starting the games families take assessments to build their avatars and direct their family’s adventures.

4. Adventures with projects, tasks and strategies will be created to guide your family’s progress.

Using using gaming elements, the Me In A Tree mobile game will assist parents in improving family unity, communication and cooperation while developing and preparing children with strong self-esteem, values and life skills.

What can you do to help build the Me in a Tree mobile game? Pledge Today:

tools and resources to build stronger families

Me in a Tree brings families together with fun tools and resources

that create a happy home.

6Oct

 

Keep your kids' brains sharpA wise man once said “the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go”. Anyone who has read books will know that this wise man was Dr. Seuss, a famous children’s author with a flair for made-up words and hidden, but pertinent morals weaved into every story.

Getting children to fall in love with reading is one of the best things you can do as a parent. Reading encourages learning, growth, development, a sense of wonder and imagination. A whole new world begins when a child opens a book. Even reading something as benign as Winnie the Pooh can have tremendous ripples in a child’s development. On the surface level, reading not only increases a child’s success in academic scholarship, but also in life generally. Through the use of books, children get to have an (somewhat mediated, albeit) experience with new things, new places, new ideas.

Parents – Grab a book (any age appropriate book) and start reading with your child. You are ensuring your child’s future success by allowing them to explore the world through reading. You allow them to expand their horizons, realize and quell their fears, and teach good behaviour.

4Oct

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” – Henry Miller

Children are born as different as the snowflakes that fall in winter or as the DNA that courses through every single cell of the body. Differences are beautiful, and they are the one thing that unites all humanity. We are the same by being different, a wonderful, unifying, and satisfying fact of life. By being united in difference, it becomes important to embrace what sets each of us apart from the next. Our personality, hobbies, values, beliefs, and interests are a huge part of who we are as people, and developing these aspects is important.

But, let’s talk about developing your child’s interests. Learning who your child is and what he or she likes or doesn’t like is an interesting journey for every parent. Investing in your child’s interests will help set them up for a positive self-esteem and a successful future. Maybe you have an animal lover in the family. Foster that interest. They might grow up to be a veterinarian. Maybe there’s a musical talent hidden somewhere in your child. Encourage that interest, and you might have a world-class musician.

Whatever your child is interested in, it is incredibly important that parents don’t quash those interests. Encouragement builds so much positive self-esteem. Encourage your child to dream and wonder about the future. Encourage him or her to discover what they like. Give him or her space to dream and wonder. You never know what your child may grow up to do and be, with a little encouragement and support from you.

2Oct

Helping Kids and Parents Be the Best They Can Be

The Me in a Tree online tool provides families with opportunities for creative play while strengthening family values while building self-esteem and developing skills.

Me in A Tree

• promotes healthy communication MIAT Video Game fund project

• helps organize your home and life

• teaches gratitude

• develops responsibility

• helps you to really connect as a family

Our Kickstarter campaign runs 34 days: we have until October 16 to raise funds to build a mobile game version of our online tool: so families around the world can use our parenting tool wherever they are together.

parenting video game pledge today

What is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is an innovative way to raise funds for creative projects by letting project supporters pledge funds to make the project a reality; often the terms crowdsourcing or crowdfunding are used to help creative ideas become a reality. Kickstarter has been around several years, but just launched in Canada: September 9, 2013.

Me in a Tree is proud to be one of the first Canadian Kickstarter projects, and we appreciate your support to help build stronger families around the world.

Me in a Tree was developed by a group of parenting experts and professionals seeking to solidify the modern family using computer gaming concepts. The original concept has been so popular, that we are now ready to build a mobile game based off our online website.

~ David Royer MDA, President & CCO

MIAT Video Game fund projectYour pledge today will help build stronger families: and you can earn special rewards to thank you for your support.

tools and resources to build stronger families

Me in a Tree brings families together with fun tools and resources

that create a happy home.

2Oct

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Is there ever a moment in your life as a parent that is easy? Probably not. Parenting is harder than being a broker on Wall Street on a busy day, but it is worth it. However, every parent has his or her moment when he or she feels at wits end and just wants to give up. The thing to remember is that you should never give up or back down.

Parents, you place a ton of heavy expectations on yourself, and you are under pressure – work, time, academic, et cetera. This pressure can make it very easy to implode, and feel like you are letting your child down. However, when parenting gets tough, the tough parents get going.

Here are some tips to help you along when things get tough:

·         Give yourself a break. Sometimes, you just need to take the kids to grandma’s (or a friend or neighbour), and take a couple of hours to recharge.

·         Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself where you went wrong, and where you went right. Focus on the positive things.

·         Stop listening to society’s messages of parenting. The perfect, coolest, trendiest mom or dad just doesn’t exist.

Finally, be your own parent. Learn from your mistakes, and move on. Love your children to the moon and back. Change what you can, and leave alone what you can’t. Breathe deeply. Find a support network. Take the peaks and the valleys as they come because being a parent is the best rollercoaster you will ever ride.