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Learn Your ASL Numbers, 1-10!

We hope that everyone’s 2016 is going great so far! Today we are sharing a video from our YouTube channel where Fireese will teach you ASL numbers 1-10. And be sure to check out our other videos to learn more baby sign language – great songs and educational signs. Plus our new fun Thursday videos that teach you fun crafts, recipes and talks about all things family and kids.
Do you have questions? Please email us! We are always looking to hear from our fans – media at mysmarthands com

Sleep Issues with Older Children

I have been having a tough time with my 6 year old coming into my bed at night. He wakes between 2-5 and immediately comes into bed with me. I am exhausted! I can’t sleep when he is with me. I had to turn to my friend Alanna McGinn who is a sleep consultant and my go-to person for all things sleep. You can find her at

Have you had any sleep troubles in your home?

Choosing The Right Toys For Your Kids

When it comes to shopping for toys, children are usually happy with the latest gadget but it’s important to choose wisely. Whether you’re looking for a simple plaything or interactive game, a good toy should be both fun and educational as well as appropriate for your child’s age. We’ve put together this handy guide on choosing the right toys to boost mental and physical development.


Choose simple toys

‘Open-ended’ toys are those which encourage problem solving and imagination. These are often the simplest forms of toys but offer the greatest benefits. For younger children, this may include blocks or LEGO. These require creativity, allowing a child to design their own shapes andbuildings. It’s great for developing cognitive functions and as they learn from experience, they’ll become more independent.

Older children may prefer arts and crafts which has similar advantages. Using crayons and painting is a form of spontaneous play that will keep them busy for hours whilst stimulating the mind. Toys which take more of an active role during play time such as interactive stuffed animals are surprisingly less beneficial. They require far less imagination and though processes, as they instruct a child to make decisions.

Make it age appropriate

During their infant months, children should play with rattles, busy boxes and anything that can be grasped, squeezed or shaken. This aids hand-eye coordination and they’ll enjoy the noise and different colors. As they get older, they can experiment with larger toys and those which have cause and effect. Introduce a push/pull buggy or shape sorters to provide stimulation and it’s a task which they should eventually master.

Toys should continue to provide a challenge whilst being enjoyable to use. As they become proficient with language, be sure to encourage puzzles which is great for developing analytical and problem solving skills. It’s also something they’ll continue to enjoy long into their senior years.

Harness technology

In the new era of technology, children have more access to gadgets and information than ever before. When used safely, this can be a great way to aid learning. Educational apps for smart phones or tablets provide a good platform to learn new skills in a fun and exciting way. A simple puzzle or quiz game can strengthen memory processes and improve attention span. Using a touch screen is also good for hand eye coordination and development of fine motor skills.

Include an outdoor toy

Technology is useful but it’s also important to provide opportunity for active play. An outdoor playset such as a swing set or sand water tables can reduce time spent indoors, avoiding the many health related issues associated with a sedentary lifestyle. It’s not only great exercise, it also develops the major motor skills, improving reflexes and balance. They’ll love the endless opportunities for role playing games with friends which is great for social interaction and their self-confidence.


Follow these easy steps and you’ll provide the best chance for learning and development. As a bonus, they’ll love the satisfaction of improving and it should keep them busy for hours.

This article was written by James of Bahay Kubo interactive a blogger, traveler, photographer based in the Philippines.

6 Words You Must Never Say to a Kid on Halloween! Ever!

Watch this video to learn what 6 words you must never say to a child on Halloween. It’s super important. I won’t say anymore in this description as I really want you to hear my words.

You can also head over to YouTube and check out our Halloween craft videos:

Spider ring:…
Halloween Lantern:…
Spider web:…

ASL Songs for Kids – My Smart Hands Baby Signing Songs with Fireese

What child doesn’t love songs? Check out this collection of kids songs, song by Fireese! Press play, and enjoy along with your children.
Want to learn the lessons for these songs first? Check out our playlist with all the lessons here:…

Halloween Lanterns – Art Project for Kids

Happy October! It’s finally time that the weather is starting to change, the leaves are falling off the trees, and the children are getting excited for Halloween!

October is one of our favourite times to get crafty, so we thought we’d share this video from last year! A great Halloween decoration activity you can do with your children, and enjoy all month.

Top 10 Parenting Fails | September

I often get a chuckle out of other people’s parenting fails. Not because I’m a bad person who enjoys other people’s fails, but because I can SO often relate to them.

There are times when I feel my life is one big #parentingfail hash tag. We all try to be great parents and before we had kids we had this vision of how we would be these super, never do wrong parents… then the child comes and life hits and you realize we are all just trying to cope. So here I am sharing with you some of the parenting fails that people have shared this month that made me chuckle or pump my fist in solidarity with them – you are not alone in your parenting failures. You are not alone!



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This made me laugh because I saw a cool parkour video and immediately wanted to show my son. Then I immediately thought of my son trying it and thought better of it. BUT I almost made the same mistake as this dad. If you don’t know what parkour is you must google it now and then envision your child trying it the next time you take him or her to the park.



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Hahahaha! Dani, I can relate to this so, so, so much! All I can say is check out the number 1 parenting fail below, it will make you feel better.




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All I can say is we’ve all been there. I remember going out to dinner with my son when he had explosive diarrhea. This was unusual for him at this time of day so I was caught unprepared. Unfortunately, a simple blow dry in the bathroom wouldn’t suffice. I had to go to the mall next door and buy him a new sleeper to wear. You’d think I’d learned my lesson, but no! It happened to me a few more times where I went out without a change of clothes and regretted it. Jillian, you are not alone my friend!


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I don’t think there is a parent out there that can’t relate to this. If there is, I would love to meet him/her.


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This has been a more than one time thing for me. It’s fruit… right?? 😉


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I would love to be a fly on the wall when the child’s friends go home and ask their parents for the bunny app. Haha!


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I couldn’t help but laugh at this because we’ve all made decisions that seem okay at the time,  then later realize what a bad decision it was. It won’t be your last one Martha! Trust me.



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I can just imagine this poor mom’s face when she saw her child with a pacifier stuck in his mouth. This is the one thing all parents learn… we need a manual and it doesn’t exist. Every kid is different and you can’t predict what they will do. Often you can’t predict it because you would never think it was even possible – like getting a pacifier stuck in a mouth.









If you can’t relate to this, sadly, one day you will. There will come a time when you plan something or buy something for your child that you think he or she will absolutely love. You will romanticize their reaction and be met with a big ol’ “I wanna go home” or “I hate it”. I can feel this mother’s pain and see her child throwing at fit, not having the fun she had envisioned she would.


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This is not really as funny but it is a big parenting fail. This woman, who clearly needs to work out her spider issues, had her 9 year old child in the backseat. I have spider issues but I would never jump out of a moving car when one scared me.  I posted this to make Dani in #9 feel better. 😉


We all have parenting fails, that is life as a parent. We need to share them so that we can feel we are not alone when we experience our own fails. Feel free to share some of your epic parenting fails with us!