Top 10 Family Christmas/Holiday Movies or TV Shows for 2016

top-10-moviesWe’ve updated our list of the Top 10 Family Christmas or Holiday Movies or Television Shows for 2016.

Regardless of the order, we like the idea of getting all of the family together to spend some time together during the busy holiday season.
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SitterAdvantage™: How my app came to life!

hand-with-phone-in-playroomLike most entrepreneurs, great ideas are constantly popping up in my head and fortunately I am pretty good at writing those ideas down so I can work on them later.  When I relaunched my website What To Do With The Kids® back in 2011, my focus was on creating content that adults could use when it came to looking after kids and as a former youth worker at a local youth organization and program director at a summer camp, I had a lot of material to start with.

For many years after graduation I worked as a marketing professional in the electronic security industry and quickly learned the importance of having access to emergency help.  But it was during my time at college that I witnessed a tragic accident involving a kid that I witnessed and how adults react but more importantly, don’t react in such a situation.  The people who failed to react had no direct connection with the unfortunate outcome but it did illustrate the importance of knowing what to do, being prepared and having access to help.

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Introducing SitterAdvantage™

wtdwtk-and-sitteradvantageSitterAdvantage™ is the new app from What To Do With The Kids® that will not only make babysitters and nannies better but also offer parents the peace-of-mind of knowing that their kids are happy and safe.  Now available for iPhone and Android, this app helps sitters choose the right jobs, have fun with the kids and helps keep them safe in the event of an emergency.

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Your Company Needs an Angel Tree this Holiday Season

angel-treeIt won’t be long before campaigns to help the less fortunate start appearing between psychotic shouts of “I saw that first!” at the local department store.  Unfortunately, the number of needy people in our community grows every year and people today are aware of this need but many experience “donor fatigue” not long into the holiday season.  Here is a suggestion that will help bring your staff together and have fun while helping the less fortunate.  An Angel Tree!

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Top 10 Classic Games or Toys That Kids Should Be Playing With

Top-10-GamesWhat To Do With The Kids (WTDWTK) is pleased to release the results of our Special Report: The Top 10 Classic Toys or Games That Kids Today Should Be Playing With.

WTDWTK polled a number of parents from around the world using Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and old fashion email and unlike our past Special Reports, contributors were more than happy to recall their fondest childhood memories of playing these games or with these toys.

Many commented on how these games and toys helped to develop their creativity, motor and cognitive skills and in this age of social media, their social skills. After all, there is no need to wait for someone to type their response back to you when you’re sitting right next to them.

In the age of electronics that were unheard of over 25 years ago, none of the top 10 uses electronics or needs batteries. …Continue Reading

Babysitting Offers Teens an Advantage in Life

Being a babysitter is one of the most successful forms of leadership training available to a teen today.  The skills learned and developed by being a sitter will help them to become productive and responsible adults.  It can also be a great way for them to make some extra money.

For parents, having someone watch their kids so that they can leave their home is like having a mini vacation.  It’s a chance to enjoy a few hours with their significant other or with other adults, have a few laughs and to relax.  For many others, a sitter or nanny is needed so that they can go to work to earn money to pay their bills.

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12 Things Parents Need to Know When Choosing a Summer Camp

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There are a lot of considerations when it comes to picking a summer camp for your kids and we’ve narrowed it down to 12 areas that you need to know when your reading brochures and visiting websites.

 

Many camps start advertising in April so there should be plenty of time to do your research.  We suggest collecting your information first before bringing it up with your kids.

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Should Kids Have Pets?

Should-a-Kid-Have-a-PetA while back, What To Do With The Kids® asked adults if kids should have pets and if so, at what age should the kid be and what type of pet is best. Parents submitted over 600 responses through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and by email.  We asked the same question again and the responses were very similar although many more parents replied that given the opportunity, they would not have gotten a pet at all.

Although every single submission suggested that having a pet was good, the vast majority were more concerned about how the parents and the rest of the family would react to having a pet in their house.  Although the kid would be responsible, experience has shown that that is not always the case.   A handful of respondents said that they would never get a pet for their kids because they felt strongly that animals should not be pets.

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At what age is best for a kid to get a part-time job and what would that first job be?

Part-time-jobWhat To Do With The Kids (WTDWTK) has just released its latest Special Report.   WTDWTK contacted parents from around the United States, Canada and Great Britain through Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook as well as email, and asked them at what age is best for a kid to get a part-time job and what would that first job be?

WTDWTK received over 689 suggestions from 547 submissions and the most popular age suggested was 14 and the best job would be yard work. Yard work includes raking leaves, cutting grass and for those in the north, shovelling snow.

The next popular age was a tie between 15 and 16 year olds. For 15 year olds, yard work was the most popular response but for 16 year olds, babysitting was the favorite.

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Adults Still Feel Libraries are Still Relevant

LibrariesWhat To Do With The Kids (WTDWTK) asked adults if they thought public libraries were relevant anymore. They were also asked if they or their kids used public libraries and why or why not.

What To Do With The Kids asked adults through Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and email to submit their views and 301 people responded. The results are not scientific and are solely based on all responses received.

When asked if libraries were relevant, an overwhelming 97% said yes. Only 4 respondents said no and another 4 didn’t answer the question. Those that responded no explained that everything they ever needed from a library is now available on the internet. They also responded that they would rather purchase the books they wanted online in either a printed or electronic version than make a trip to the library.

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10 i’s of Leadership 4 Kids

WTDWTK-Guest-ColumnIf you consider the alphabet, you could probably think of a leader quality for each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. But, we started with i, and discovered how important the “i” is to the leader in “U”!

 

What is leadership?

Leadership gives voice to a vision. Your vision releases the voltage of human potential which energizes you to take action, infused with a purpose. Leaders often bring their friends along on this remarkable journey.

Leadership helps you turn intentions (plans) into real actions to create change that is visible. This process turns a vision into an act of leadership to create a program, or a building, an invention, or something real that actually takes shape. This act of leading has a way of motivating people to work together to achieve big goals.  Leadership action positively changes a community, a state, a nation, the world and you!

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Top Movies of All-Time for Kids

Top-MoviesWhat To Do With The Kids asked adults what are the all-time best movies for kids to watch. Almost 1,600 people responded online and through social media with their choices in four different age categories: Preschool (0 – 5); Elementary (6 – 10); Middle School (11 – 13) and High School (14 – 17).

“There are dozens and dozens of great movies for kids so it really was a tough choice but the ones selected were by far the most popular” said Brian Presley, Director of Marketing for What To Do With The Kids. “Quite a few mentioned that they loved these movies as a kid and enjoy watching them again with their own kids.”
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Top 20 Things Every Parent Should Know When Their Kid Plays Competitive Sports

Competitive-Sports1.  Coaching comes from the bench, not the bleachers.

2.  Don’t make your kid’s sport your life. It’s okay to have one of your own.

3.  Despite what you think, there is no conspiracy by the referees to make calls against your team.

4.  When it stops being fun for your kid, it’s time to find another activity.

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Guest Articles Wanted

Bloggers-WantedWhat To Do With The Kids® is the website that adults go to when they want to know what to do with their kids and one of most popular features is our blog. We receive a lot of visitors and some great comments. (We’ve also received a few where people have missed the point completely but that’s for another time.) We do however read a fair amount of blogs and feel that our visitors would be interested in others with similar interests and that’s why we are inviting people to submit their articles to us.

WTDWTK would like to invite people to submit their articles but although we believe in free speech, we may not accept a submission because it may go against what we believe in, may not be relevant to our visitors or it may just be “Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs” crazy. We also won’t pay you but we will promote you and/or your website on our social media efforts. It obviously can’t be plagiarized and it can’t be disguised as a sales pitch either.

If you are interested, feel free to contact Brian Presley at brian@whattodowiththekids.com for more information or to submit your column for review.

Top 10 Family Christmas/Holiday Movies or TV Shows

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Our report for 2016 can be found HERE!

Since 2011, What To Do With The Kids have polled our followers every 2 years and asked them to give us their list of the top 10 Christmas/Holiday Movies or TV Shows that the whole family can watch.  Without any new family themed holiday releases, the list has pretty well remained the same with a few changing spots.

The trend of watching these programs on regular television has almost disappeared. Some contributors mentioned that they would record (PVR) the program but most stated that they preferred to purchase a copy on DVD/Blu-ray, if they don’t already have a copy, or stream it online. This allowed them the convenience of watching them whenever they wanted. …Continue Reading

A Letter to Google and Apple

A Letter to Google and AppleDear Google and Apple,

I hope this letter finds you both well. According to the news, it seems that you are both having the time of your lives so congratulations on your success. You both seem to be the most successful and innovative companies ever. It really is hard to get through a day without using your products and services but that’s not why I’m writing to you.

I’m writing to ask you both to consider turning your attention away from adult toys and putting some of your incredible creative skills into developing products and services that can make a real difference in people’s lives.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of having a thousand songs on my smartphone, even if I only listen to the same twelve regularly, and I love that I can always get up to date information, photos and videos on each and every Kardashian whenever I want with only a few keystrokes, but there is so much more you can do and I have a few suggestions. …Continue Reading

Stop Teaching Kids to Hate the Refs

Hating-the-Refs-CoverAs a sports fan today, I can pretty well watch almost any game, highlights of those games and endless commentary about the games I just watched, virtually any time of day. Sports coverage has improved tremendously since I was a kid but the one thing that has not improved is how people view referees. Far too many fans have no problem launching rude and hateful comments to the refs for doing their job. Now, hatred might be a strong word but that’s only because I can’t think of anything stronger and this hatred is being passed down to the kids.

The term “fan” is short for “fanatics” and there are millions of people in the world who are fanatic about their favorite team. Some have even gone as far as to make their favorite team their life. They buy the merchandise, they get team tattoos and they even celebrate the date of a player’s accomplishments. …Continue Reading

A Valentine’s Celebration That’s Fun and That Won’t Stress Kids

Happy Valentine's Day from What To Do With The KidsValentine’s Day is the most over-rated “non-holiday” ever. Were sure that there is a reason why adults celebrate it by buying overpriced flowers and chocolates but for many kids, it can be stressful and embarrassing but since it seems that it’s here to stay, What To Do With The Kids has a few suggestions to make it fun for the kids.

First try not to emphasize the “I love you” or boyfriend/girlfriend aspect. Young kids do not understand while the older kids may feel awkward and uncomfortable. Use the Valentine theme as an excuse for a party. Something to do, just for fun.

Some schools have banned Valentine’s Day while others refer to it as “Red and White Day.” Many teachers who do celebrate it ask their young students to bring enough valentines for everyone in their class. Although many parents may feel that there is a life lesson to be learned when a kid doesn’t receive a Valentine, we suggest that they get a pass for this one day. Parents can volunteer to bring in cookies, cupcakes or other treats with a red, white and pink theme or they can volunteer to help decorate the class room the night before as a surprise for the kids the next day. …Continue Reading

Sledding Can Kill Your Kids

Sledding-Can-Kill-Your-KidsFor many of us, tobogganing or sledding, is a great childhood memory.  Once you were able to make it up to the top of the hill, you were ready to fly.  The 10 – 20 seconds of pure speed were well worth the 10 minute march uphill and you didn’t always need a real toboggan or sled.

Some kids had a Crazy Carpet (a sheet of plastic) or a Flying Disc (a round piece of plastic) while some would fly down on a large piece of cardboard.  Others would use a type of snow bicycle that had small sleds for wheels but would never really work and usually bent after the second crash.

It was and is a great combination of fun, exercise and affordability.   Unfortunately, it can also be deadly.

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‘Tis the Season, So You Need a Real Santa Claus

Christmas is almost here!  If you don’t believe me, just look at the displays in the back of the box stores.  Trees and decorations are just waiting to be rolled out the day after Thanksgiving, if not sooner.  Some people have even started their Christmas shopping.  tis the season, so you need a real Santa Claus.

Santa represents a lot of things to a lot of people but to kids, he’s magical.  Many people remember going to the local department store or shopping mall as a kid and most have kept the tradition by doing the same with their own.  Of course, that’s after you pack the kids in the car, find a parking spot and wait in a long line hoping your kid doesn’t have to go to the bathroom.  Here’s an idea…why not have Santa come to you?

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