Create a Summer Bucket List

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailbuck·et list: noun: number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. It’s summertime. Time for adventure, exploring and making new memories. Start summer off with a fun bucket list created by the whole family and get ready to have some fun.[Read more]

Getting Your Child to Talk

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemail For some of us, talking happens easily and for others, talking can be difficult and many of us are somewhere in between.  Have you noticed how hard it can be to get your child to talk about their feelings?  Even the most outgoing youngster can become shy about[Read more]

Creating Birthday Traditions

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailCreating Birthday Traditions We all know that a keiki’s first birthday is a big celebration in Hawaii. Here are some ideas to help create other traditions year after year. 1. Celebrate a half-birthday. A year can feel like an eternity to a small one, so don’t make them wait that[Read more]

Beating the Sick Day Blues

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemail Beating the Sick Day Blues When the coughs and sniffles have a hold of your child it can be hard to keep them from getting bored while getting better. Here are some ways to help your little one get over the flu bug and maybe even crack a[Read more]

Understanding Ear Infections

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailBack to school and the colder months tend to be the toughest when it comes to childhood illnesses. During this time we tend to have more infectious diseases, so usually, you have more colds which create congestion in the respiratory airway and tend to block the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian[Read more]

Get Your Family to Prioritize Physical Movement!

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemail What young person isn’t spilling over with enthusiasm for physical movement, especially when the motivation to move is all about fun, participation and being a part of that which brings joy? Let’s face it. Given the opportunity, we’d all prefer to be in that mode every waking hour.[Read more]

Raising a Good Listener

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailBy Kiegan Blake How do you teach your child to be a good listener…especially in these times of instant technology & multi-tasking? The key is to carve out time each day for face-to-face interaction with your child. Being a good listener involves: Being calm, which promotes attention and availability to[Read more]

Homework Help: 10 Smart Tips to Make Homework Stress-Free

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailHomework Help: 10 Smart Tips to Make Homework Stress-Free 1. Feed the brain. Give your student a healthy snack of carrots and cucumbers, or hummus and pita. Fuel their brains and then move on to tip #2. 2. Get it out of the way. Getting homework out of the[Read more]

Parent Teacher Communication

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailTeacher-parent conferences are short and offer you only a few minutes to talk to one of the most important adults in your child’s life. So what parent teacher conference questions do you ask? Or perhaps you should let the teacher lead? Think of a parent-teacher conference much like an[Read more]

Motivate Your Child to Learn

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailLearning something new makes us feel competent, a positive feeling that is a powerful motivator to continue learning. Parents can create conditions that foster competence and inspire learning. Model excitement Share your enthusiasm for learning. Include your child in your hobbies. Talk about the fun challenge of improving your[Read more]

Creating a Learning Space for Your Keiki

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailCreating a Learning Space for Your Keiki Creating a space dedicated to your child’s learning keeps things neat and organized and helps your keiki focus while hitting the books. Having a learning space doesn’t have to mean a dedicated room or even a desk. If you are small on[Read more]

Kula Corn and Avocado Salsa

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemail This recipe is a favorite in my house served with fish tacos, chicken quesadillas, or just plain ol’ corn chips! Some variations include adding rinsed and drained black beans, fresh jalapeno peppers, and pan frying the corn kernels in a little olive oil instead of boiling the corn[Read more]

Haupia Chocolate Fudge Pie

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailThis is ALWAYS a hit! INGREDIENTS COCONUT CRUST 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut 1 egg white 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons butter melted 1/2 teaspoon salt CHOCOLATE FUDGE 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped 1 oz can sweetened condensed milk 15, not evaporated Pinch of salt 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup roasted cashews chopped (optional) HAUPIA 2 cups canned full-fat coconut milk ] about 1 1/2 cans 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 vanilla[Read more]

Self Empathy Pause Button

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailDo you find that when you spend time with family, you regress to old behaviors? You are not alone. In this article, we will explore how Self Empathy can provide profound self-understanding and transform your behaviors and your relationship with self and others. Neither option is effective, yet our[Read more]

Staying In Touch With Off Island Family

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailMany of us have friends and family who live either on another island or on the mainland. Here are five fun ways to help your keiki stay in touch with far away family. Create flashcards with family members’ photos and names on them. This is fun and helps your[Read more]

Five Secrets Happy Families Know

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailFive Secrets Happy Families Know Life is a roller coaster, and who better to scream and throw your hands up with than your family? Need to “up” the happy quotient at home? Here are five secrets that happy families know and follow. Give these a try. 1. A family[Read more]