1. Unique Mother’s Day Gifts: A Gift from the Family That (Literally) Screams ‘We Love You, Mom!’

    Mother’s Day on a BudgetBefore you read the rest of this article, know that it may change your life forever. If you give mom the gift described below, she may never stop hugging you. Imagine how difficult that would make going to work or how hard it would be to attend school with mom sitting right by your side all day long. Still, if Mother’s Day is about making mom feel special, this gift is sure to please. And best of all, you’ll only need two things: a video recorder and your family.

    As you may have already figured out, you’re going to make a video for the special mom in your life. What kind of video? Well, that’s really up to you, but we’ve got some great ideas to get you moving in the right direction.

  2. Springtime’s Colorful Arrival: The Gerber Life Family Times, Spring Edition

    Springtime QuizAre you hearing more birds chirping in the morning when you wake up? Have you noticed little green daffodil stems pushing up through the ground? If so, they can only mean one thing: it’s the start of spring!

    Mother Nature certainly knows how to make a great first impression. From blooms to bugs to baby animals, there are so many different things to see, smell, hear and touch in early spring.

    This issue of Gerber Life Family Times suggests some great ways to celebrate the first signs of springtime with your kids. To start things off, enjoy the seasonal quiz below. Do you know the special features that Mother Nature designed for each of the following?

    1. When a ladybug takes flight, how many times per second does it flap its wings?

    A. 20                      B. 35                      C. 60                      D. 85

     

    2. How many miles can a Monarch butterfly migrate each year?

    A. 100                    B. 1,500                C. 2,000                D. 5,000

     

    3. Which Springtime vegetable comes in green, white and purple varieties?

    A. Spinach           B. Asparagus      C. Broccoli           D. Corn

  3. Celebrate Spring’s Wonders: Nature Activities for Your Kids

    Nature Activities for KidsSpring is a beautiful time of the year that’s all about celebrating new beginnings. Feeling warm sunshine for the first time in months or splashing through shower puddles are moments that parents and kids look forward to as winter passes. Now that spring is starting to awaken, it’s a great time for curious young minds to be outside and explore Nature’s gifts.

    Enjoy teaching your children about the wonders of springtime with these low-cost and creative nature activities for kids:

    Start an outdoor or indoor garden

    Most kids like playing in the dirt. They’re also enchanted by unusual things. Creating an outdoor garden can be a fun way to enjoy both while teaching them about plants. At your local nursery or home and garden center, look for seeds or starter plants with interesting names such as Moonflower or Snapdragon. Add varieties that can be fun to touch, such as Bunny Tails – an ornamental grass whose blooms resemble powder puffs. Your little ones may also enjoy “Tickle Me” plants, which curl up when touched, or scented herbs such as mint that smell and taste like peppermint, chocolate, orange and other flavors.

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  4. Your Personal Cupid This Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day Quiz

    Love may be blind, but it can certainly see the joy of making that “someone special” feel extra special on Valentine’s Day.  With that in mind, this issue can become your personal Cupid, providing lots of information and ideas to help you have a fabulous February 14!

    Remember, too, that love is also patient. So, before you start reading this issue, take this short quiz to get your heart and your head ready for Valentine’s Day:

    1. According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. For what holiday are the most cards sent?

  5. A Date at the Movies – How Not to Become the Main Attraction

    Valetine’s Day Movie Date IdeasSome parents spend Valentine’s Day at the movies – without the kids – as a rare treat that may happen only once a year or less. It’s a good idea to brush up on your movie theater etiquette:

    • Turn off the ringer on your cell phone before the movie starts. If you have kids at home, it may not be feasible to turn off your phone. However, since every cell phone has a vibrate option or can be set to “meeting mode,” there’s no reason for a blaring ring tone after the movie preview ends. If a call arrives during the movie and you must respond, leave the theater to call the person back. If you absolutely need to answer the phone inside the theater, be sure to answer “hold on a moment” and then go to the lobby to continue the conversation. If you answer “hello,” you’re going to start a conversation inside the theater, which of course would not be considerate or respectful of the other movie goers.

    • Arrive on time. Don’t risk arriving late and then stumbling in the dark as you try to find two seats next to each other, which isn’t fun for you or anyone else in the theater. Best bet: Arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes before the movie’s start time.

    • No chit-chatting, please. No need to annoy your seat neighbors. If you absolutely must say something (such as how much you love going to the movies with your spouse), keep it no louder than a whisper – and in only a few words.

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