Let Your Children Show Others Just How Thankful They Are

As Thanksgiving rolls around, the conversation ultimately centers on how thankful we are.  As parents, we use this time of year as a stepping stone to one of those “teachable moments”.  Each year we feel obligated to remind our kids of all the things that they should be thankful for.  This is a good thing, and by all means- keep it up!  But instead of more stories of Pilgrims, turkeys, and abundant harvests, why don’t you use this year as an opportunity to let your children show someone else how thankful they are?

It’s simple. Download and print the attached Thanksgiving Thank You notes. (There are four to a page, so you’ll need to cut it into 1/4’s as indicated.)  On each 1/4 sheet, have your child write why they are thankful that so-and-so is a part of their life.  Have them do this for each guest you are having dinner with or for anyone important in their lives.  This simple exercise forces children to think about each person individually and brings to their conscious the reasons why that person is special to them.

Let me tell you something from experience.  Being the recipient of such a thoughtful sentiment is more meaningful than turkey, stuffing, and stories of pilgrims.  It’s a true blessing to be thankful for that will last the whole year through.

Click here to download your Thanksgiving Thank You notes.

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10 Ways You Can Tell You’re A Mother of Boys

You know you’re the mother of boys when:

Adventure for Boys1. You buy enough groceries in a week to feed an army platoon, but yet your fridge is never full.

2. No one in your house ever notices that you got your haircut.

3. Socks are disposable and pairs are a myth.

4. You actually know what a front end loader is.

5. You gave up on the concept of “Don’t throw that in the house”, and have modified it to “Don’t throw that so hard in the house!”

6. You panic when it’s silent.

7. You have a special night time walk that is designed to minimize the pain of stepping on a loose lego piece.

8. You’ve lovingly received (and probably saved) a bouquet of half drooping weeds.

9. You’ve come to realize holes in pants don’t only appear in the knees – they’ll appear in the hips, the seat, the calves, the ankles, and surely the belt loops.

10. You for sure know you’re the mother of boys when you get a dirty, sloppy and sometimes smelly hug, but you wouldn’t trade it for the world.

At JM Cremp’s, we know a thing or two about raising boys.  We love our boys, and are always looking for ways to encourage them as they grown and become men.  Our JM Cremp’s Adventure Catalog is filled with hands-on activities to encourage active learning, toys and games that enhance the imagination, and parenting resources that make raising boys a the pleasure that God intended it to be.  Get yours today.

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Why is November 11th Veteran’s Day?

Veteran’s day is a special day set aside for us to show respect to our nation’s veterans who have selflessly served our country. It is meant to show them that we appreciate their service and that we don’t take them for granted. This simple holiday is celebrated quietly throughout our country every year, but have you ever wondered why November 11th is set aside as Veteran’s Day?


Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War

Veteran’s Day originated as Armistice Day which signified the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance of the anniversary of this historic occasion, and by 1938, the first Veteran’s Day was celebrated. Veteran’s Day is not the same as Memorial Day in that Veteran’s Day is meant to celebrate our nation’s veterans both living and deceased who have served our country in both war and peacetime. On the other hand, Memorial Day is meant to honor our nation’s fallen veterans.

JM Cremps encourages you to  join us in teaching our children to honor and respect our nations veterans. In total there are 23.2 million military veterans in the United States. This veteran’s day, encourage your children to personally thank a veteran. It will be a lesson in humbleness and thanksgiving that will stick with them for years to come.

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3 Simple Tips to Break Your Boy’s Technology Addiction

Are you part of the generation that remembers when a few old blankets were the makings of a perfect hideout, and the most drama you had to deal with was whether to play army or cowboys?  If you are, then it can be quite a challenge to see your perfectly healthy son curled up on his bed with his iPod in hand in the middle of a beautiful summer afternoon.  Believe me, I feel your pain!

A 2010 Kaiser Foundation Study found that children and teens on average spend almost 8 hours each day on entertainment media.  The naked truth is that technology is here for the long haul, and your child’s love of it isn’t going to go away anytime soon.  Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to break your boy’s addiction to electronics and rekindle their adventurous spirit.

First, encourage them to explore those things that interest them, and to do so in a hands-on manner.  If your child loves science, then get him an simple science experiment kit, and let him learn first hand.  If he loves bugs, get him a bug magnifying glass and let him get down and dirty in the mud.  If it’s a fascination with the outdoors, then a basic survival book and a Pocket Tool will be the beginning of a life-long love of the outdoors.   It’s been proven that on the whole boys thrive when they can learn by “doing”, and there’s no better time to start than when they are young and full of curiousity.

The second thing you can do to inspire your child’s love of learning and adventure through stories.  Inspiring true stories such as Eyewitness: The American Revolution or The Civil War Graphic Novel 2-Book Set can inspire your children to do and achieve more than they ever thought possible.  Fictional stories about heroes and warriors can broaden teach them to dream big and reach for their goals.

Third, be a good example.  Be active yourself so the next time you encourage your couch potato to get outside and explore the world they live it they can’t say, “But you never do!” Better yet, be active and learn together as a family.  Take the time for a family hike or an afternoon together at your local historical society.  Whatever your chosen activity, use it as an opportunity to learn and grow together as a family.  A love of adventure may start when you are young, but a true adventurous spirit never withers.

To find thousands of ways to inspire a passion for learning and to ignite an adventurous spirit within your boys, visit www.jmcremps.com.  Request their FREE Adventure Guide Catalog today, and you’ll discover why over 100,000 families rely on JM Cremp’s as their go-to resource for hands-on activites for busy boys, ideas & toys to enhance active imaginations, fun gear for outdoor adventures, parenting resources, and educational tools for creative learning.

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Fall Into Adventure Word Search

Are you looking for a fun rainy-day activity?  Or how about a quick way to supplement your homeschool curriculum?  Here’s a fall-themed JM Cremp’s word search that will keep your adventurers busy for quite a while!

Print your fall-themed Adventure Word Search here: JMC Fall Into Adventure Word Search

Print the solution to the Word Search here: JMC Fall Into Adventure Word Search Solution Visit http://www.jmcremps.com for more fun adventure puzzles, games, and books.

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Book Review – Boys Should Be Boys, 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons

Parenting books are a dime a dozen, but good parenting books are a rare find.  This one is a true gem and is a must read for parents raising boys.  This book is written by acclaimed author and pediatric doctor, Meg Meeker M.D.  Dr. Meeker is the author of several books on parenting and parent/child relationships.  Her books have been highly acclaimed by parents the world over. Boys Should Be Boys, 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by Meg Meeker, MD

In Boys Should Be Boys, 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons, Dr. Meeker reminds parents that there is no greater blessing (or responsibility) than raising strong and healthy young men.  This book helps parents enable today’s boys to become mature, confident, and thoughtful men of tomorrow. In the book, we are reminded that boys will always be boys.  That means that they are rambunctious, adventurous and curious.  They climb trees, build forts, playing tackle football, and push their growing bodies to the limit as part of the rite of passage into manhood.  However, in today’s society our sons face an increasingly hostile world that doesn’t value the high-spirited, magical nature of boys.

In a collective call to let our boys be boys, Dr. Meg Meeker explores the secrets to boyhood, including
• why rules and boundaries are crucial– and why boys feel lost without them
• how the outdoors is still the best playground, offering the sense of adventure that only Mother Nature can provide
• the essential ways to preserve a boy’s innocence (and help him grow up)
• the pitfalls moms and dads face when talking to their sons
• why moody and rebellious boys are not normal– and how to address such behavior
• how and when the “big”questions in life should be discussed: why he is here, what his purpose is, and why he is important.

Parents are blessed with intuition and heart, but raising sons is a daunting responsibility. This uplifting guide makes the job a little easier.  Get your copy today and pass it on!


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Science Experiment for Kids – How to Make Water Rise

This simple at home science experiment for kids will fascinate and intrigue your children as they watch water seemingly defy gravity.  The question you’ll have for them will be, “How is the water rising?”

What you’ll need:

  • A pie plate
  • A match
  • A candle
  • A lump of clay or chewing gum to hold the candle in place
  • Water
  • A glass (don’t use plastic)

Let’s get started!

Step 1.  Add about one inch of water to your pie plate.

670px-Make-Water-Rise-Step-3-Version-2Step 2.  Place a short candle in the middle of the tray.  If it doesn’t stand up by itself, use the clay or chewing gum to secure it to the bottom.

670px-Make-Water-Rise-Step-4-Version-2Step 3.  Light the candle.

670px-Make-Water-Rise-Step-5-Version-2Step 4.  Carefully place the inverted glass over the candle, setting the rim into the water.

670px-Make-Water-Rise-Step-6-Version-2Step 5.  Watch as the water rises and the candle goes out.  How did this happen?  Ask your children to give you their ideas and theories.   Reveal the real reason below and repeat the experiment a second time so that they can follow along.

What happened?

Notice carefully as the water rises in the glass.  While the candle goes out because it consumes oxygen, that’s not why the water rises. The water rises after the candle goes out.

  • As you lower the glass over the candle, the flame heats the air inside the glass.
  • The glass contacts the surface of the water, trapping a volume of warm air.
  • The candle goes out and this warm air cools rapidly.
  • Air that cools rapidly under a constant pressure does so according to Charles’s law, a specific version of the ideal gas law that holds the quantity of gas and the pressure constant. Charles’s law holds that the ratio of Volume to Temperature is constant.
  • Since the temperature decreases, the volume must also decrease.
  • Additionally, some water vapor may condense on the sides of the glass and back into the liquid water. This also reduces the total volume of gas inside the glass.

The simple answer is that fire heats the air in the glass, so the air volume increases causing positive pressure inside. As fire goes out, and the air cools inside the glass, the volume decreases lowering the pressure (forming a vacuum). Then the outside air pressure the with pushes the water into the glass until the pressure inside and outside the glass are equal.

Did you enjoy this fun science experiment for kids?  If so, check out some of the great science kits and other at home science experiments at jmcremps.com.

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