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Adventures in Babysitting!

March 12th, 2017

My wife and I were recently recruited to babysit our two grandsons over a four day weekend. They are 4 years old and 14 months, respectively.  Being a dynamic babysitting duo, we eagerly agreed. However, I quickly realized why people have kids when they are young.  You need tremendous amounts of energy to keep up and stay sane! After a night with one eye open watching the baby monitor, our day began when the kids decided it’s time to be awake.  A little face in the pre-dawn hours whispering in your ear that it’s time for breakfast is hard to...

Grandkids and Christmas

December 7th, 2016

This year will be very special for me as I have a new, eleven month old grandson who will experience his first Christmas and share the excitement with his four year old brother. The annual Santa pictures went well without anyone crying or pulling Santa’s beard and the greeting cards and pictures have been sent. As children get older, they start to ask some interesting questions such as how will Santa deliver presents if we have no fireplace or chimney? When my grandson was told that Santa will come into the house through the front door during the night, he...

We Need to Remember

November 7th, 2016

November 11th is day that we set aside to remember all the men and women that have died helping the world be a better place and protecting those that can’t protect themselves. Remembrance Day observances began after the First World War when hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in accordance with the signed armistice. When I was growing up, Remembrance Day was a very important and solemn day.  It wasn’t a holiday or time off work; it was a day when service people proudly wore their uniforms. In fact, all kids...

What Happened to the Pencil Case?

October 3rd, 2016

When I went to school, the first day always included a brightly colored pencil case with pencils, pens, erasers and a six inch ruler, as well as the mandatory “exercise books” for taking notes or just to draw pictures. My parent’s cash outlay was approximately $2.00. Times have really changed! Now I watch young children board the school bus with a cell phone in one hand and a huge backpack containing books, electronic devices, and lunchboxes. The parade of children heading for the bus looks like a line of coal miners trudging along under a heavy burden of educational material....

7 Ways to Help your Kids Connect with their Grandparents

September 14th, 2016

Building a family with strong intergenerational relationships isn’t always easy, but can be well worth the effort. In fact, a recent study by the Legacy Project has shown that children need four to six adults who are caring and involved in their life to socially and emotionally develop fully. This connection to grandparents not only benefits the children but also the adults. We’ve put together 7 ways to help your kids connect with their grandparents. 1. Work on a fun project together A great way to build a relationship between generations is to work on some sort of project together. This...

5 Fun (and Free) Printables!

August 10th, 2016

Kidoodle.TV is home to some pretty fun characters that you can get to know within live-action or animated settings featuring a mix of educational components and entertainment. While we know that children love our library of characters and shows, we also hear that they want to interact with the characters in different ways and off-screen. With that in mind, we've collected five fun printables that are sure to keep your young ones engaged beyond the screen. Simply click on each picture below to launch the printables in pdf format in a new window and from there, print on your home printer...

Kids Now and Then

July 5th, 2016

Times sure have changed since I was a kid back in the 1950s. I still remember the excitement of the last day of school each June. That final bell couldn’t come fast enough as we kids hugged our teachers, said good-bye, and rushed out through the big double doors to the freedom of summer holidays. Each vacation day began with meeting friends and looking for fun things to do. We rode our bikes around the neighborhood and gathered a group of two-wheeled thrill seekers. We would go down to the river and lie in the grass and look at cloud...

Listening is a Skill that Never Grows Old

June 6th, 2016

As we grow older, we are exposed to many listening and learning situations. Everything from learning to walk, talk, toilet train and drive a car are all tasks that we learn from an early age and use in our everyday, grown-up lives. To my three year old grandson, listening, learning, and understanding are foreign concepts. His life is full of new things, new ideas, and new people every day. He chooses to engage in whatever looks like fun and that’s the unchangeable focus. Listening isn't always part of the fun. Listening is a trait that most people, not just kids, have...

Music in My Blood

May 2nd, 2016

This month is "Musical May" here at Kidoodle.TV and we're excited to be adding brand new musical titles. I'm particularly happy because I've been fortunate to always have great music as the sound track of my life. I can remember being a child in the 1950s listening to my mother’s recording of Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls of Fire. I was fascinated with the rhythm and musical intensity of this early entry into the world of rock and roll. When I was ten years old, I bought my first 45 rpm single by Dion and the Belmonts. I thought that was...

Tips to Help Teach Your Grandchild

April 4th, 2016

As a grandparent, teaching your grandchild is important, but tricky. You may have a lot of ideas and experiences to share with your grandchild but their parents are always the primary authority and teacher in their early years. Finding a balance while still contributing to their education can sometimes be difficult. It's important to remember that as a grandparent, you can be important in a child’s life while playing a secondary and supportive role. Grandparents often have more time to devote to looking after and teaching little ones but they need to make sure that they are on the same page with...