Arguably, one of the best milestones of childhood is learning to read. It’s quite remarkable (and a bit emotional!) to watch your child blossom into a reader; suddenly an entire world of knowledge and imagination is opened to them. But what is a parent to do when their child just doesn’t like reading?
Did you know that gardens can grow so much more than pretty flowers and tasty vegetables? Gardening is shown to reduce stress, elevate your mood, and provide gentle exercise in the fresh air and sunshine. Kids who help in the family garden are more likely to eat their veggies, and more likely to try a variety of produce. Digging in the dirt may help boost natural immunity, and above all it is loads of fun! But there is no need to spend a fortune on supplies: here are 3 ways to get a great start on your garden, just using things from around your house.
We are still deep in cold and flu season, yet the temperatures are starting to warm up and kids are venturing outside more. This puts them at risk for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, sore muscles from playing hard, and all manner of germs. While you’re tackling your Spring cleaning, take a few moments to purge old and expired items from your medicine cabinet, (be sure to properly dispose of any drugs or supplements!) and re-stock with a few of these essentials for taking care of those scrapes and sniffles. Many of these remedies can probably be found right in your kitchen, the rest are readily available at natural grocery stores or easily ordered online.
Kids today are surrounded by technology. It’s tempting as a parent to say “no” to all the requests for smart phones, tablets, or what-have-you, but the fact is that these devices, along with the the instant, real-time connections they provide, are becoming more and more essential to our lives.
As a parent, it’s important to keep an open line of communication, and to make sure your kids feel comfortable coming to you for advice and support. As they become pre-teens or “tweens”, this becomes especially tricky, because of budding hormones, an ever-expanding social circle, tough classes, and their desire to have more independence.
Do you ever wish to know exactly what your tween is thinking? Here are some responses from real, and average 10-12 year-olds when asked the question, “What do you wish your parents knew?”
Big sporting events call for big flavor! But so many of our game day favorites are full of fried, processed, packaged junk, they can leave us feeling rather unsportsmanlike after noshing on them all afternoon. Instead of reaching for the usual bag of potato chips or dialing up pizza delivery, aim to choose snacks made from real and wholesome ingredients.
Whether you’re cheering on Team USA in Sochi, or rooting for your conference in the Super Bowl, all five of these delicious snacks are perfect for fans of all ages. Bonus points: the fast and easy prep will have you out of the kitchen in time for kickoff!