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Inspiration to create and act for a great cause can come from anywhere; this Thoughtful Thursday we honor, Robyn Rosenberger whose inspiration was children fighting illnesses. One day Seattle mom, Robyn Rosenberger was making a superhero cape for her son when she came across the blog Blessed by Brenna, written by one of the Step2 Test Driver Bloggers Courtney Westlake. . Robyn was inspired and touched by Brenna’s struggles. Brenna was born with a rare and severe skin disease called Harlequin Ichthyosis. Brenna beat an aggressive blood infection and at only three weeks old had to undergo eye surgery.
When Robyn reached out to Courtney, she was thrilled and told Robyn how Brenna has “been a superhero ever since she was born.” This began the creation of TinySuperheroes. Within two months, Robyn helped empower more than one hundred children who are fighting severe illnesses.
Brenna, along with all of the TinySuperhoes, embodies the true definition of a superhero. There is a hero in all of us and these children prove to be the greatest heroes of all. May they always know how powerful they are!
By Step2 on April 17th, 2013 | Posted in Wordless Wednesday
On rainy spring days, the dollhouse provides hours of pretend play fun!
When children play in pairs it can help develop their social skills. They learn to share, take turns, and solve problems together. Also, as children begin to play in pairs, it helps to prepare them when they partake in group play. There are numerous benefits for children playing in pairs. However, it is not just about children sharing toys or playing tag outside together, there are plenty of fun activities that children can do in order to develop other skills that involve active and pretend play. Parenting.com has great examples of fun activities for children to play in pairs:
What tips do you have for having children play in pairs?
Make a game out of teaching toddlers how to stay in bed! Thriving Early Magazine inspired us to share this great bedtime game you can try with your children.
Follow these steps to start playing:
It may take some time for children to get to the finish line. It is important for both children and parents to be patient with the progress of the bedtime game. However, once your children make it to the finish line for the first time, it will encourage and provide them with an incentive to continue to stay in bed in order to get their next reward.
What tips do you have for getting your children to stay in bed?
This Thoughtful Thursday segment is honoring Jack Hoffman, a seven year old that was diagnosed with brain cancer at age five. As Jack went through his surgeries, Andy, Jack’s father, wanted to do something special for his son. Andy inquired about Rex Burkhead from the Nebraska Huskers meeting Jack. This was Jack’s favorite football team and player. Jack got to meet Rex before he had his second surgery. During their time together, Rex received a special present from Jack, which was a red wristband that read “Pray for Jack.” That wristband was inspiration for Rex and the Huskers, especially during their big game against Ohio State.
Almost a year and a half later, Jack was invited to play with the Huskers during the fourth quarter of a spring game. Jack wore the #22 jersey, which was Rex’s number. Jack ran sixty-nine yards downfield for a touchdown. Richard E. Grant, actor, screenwriter, and director once said “Never give up. You only get one life. Go for it.” This story proves that Jack is not giving up and he is inspiring the world around him to do the same. Thanks for providing all of us with hope, Jack!