It’s hard on everyone when the it’s cold or rainy out and doesn’t make it the ideal weather to play outside in! But don’t fret parents. We’ve compiled a list of fun things to do indoors to keep your little ones entertained! Also, it’s ok for your children to experience boredom at times. They don’t need to be entertained from the moment they wake to the moment they go to sleep at night – In fact, in periods of boredom is when their imaginations can be more creative! It’s important for children to learn to entertain themselves at times too by playing with each or simply self-directed play.
Shy and sensitive work interchangeably in this blog post. Many parents become concerned when their child isn’t overly outgoing or talkative. When a child is sensitive or cautious, many can think the child is fearful, fragile, weak, or lacking confidence or social skills and this simply isn’t the case. Let’s delve right into this topic.
It’s that time of year again! Children are heading back to school (why does Summer come and go so quickly?) and starting a new routine. With the fun of summer and late nights playing outdoors coming to an end, it’s imperative to get your child back into a healthy bedtime routine so that he or she is refreshed and alert for each new day of learning and growth!
Have you heard of RIE training? It seems to be growing in understanding but many parents are still not familiar with it. We love the principles of RIE training – the focus is respecting children from the moment they are born and continuing respect for them as they grow. From the youngest of babes, he or she is a unique human that is to be respected, and never treated as an object.
Gardening is a naturally therapeutic activity that many enjoy. But it’s something that must be learned and what better time to teach children than when they are young! Teaching your child about gardening and how to garden will bond you both in a new way and add another element of fun all while teaching your child about the nature.
It seems to be harder and harder to spend one-on-one time with your spouse or child(children) in this fast-paced world we are living in. But if life is so fast-paced that you or your spouse is finding it difficult to find quality time to spend with each other or your family, it may be time to reevaluate the family schedule.
When your child has a nightmare, it can be quite unsettling for you and him or her. It’s even harder to understand when your child isn’t at the age yet to be able to communicate what has distressed him or her in the middle of the night. When your toddler wakes disturbed from deep sleep, it’s most commonly from teething, not feeling well or becoming sick, or from a nightmare or night terror.
It’s amazing how quickly toddlers can turn a once clean area of the home into a complete mess like a tornado just touched down! They aren’t making messes to annoy their parents (though it may seem that way), but because it’s fun to them and it also allows them to have everything close by and in view.
Milk is important for all babies and children to drink. Luckily, there are many options for children of early childhood and older! Every child doesn’t respond well to cows’ milk. Some babies have trouble latching, while others are allergic to something in their mom’s breastmilk. Other babies can’t tolerate formula and can only drink breastmilk. An older child may be allergic to cows’ milk and need a dairy-free substitute like almond milk or soy milk. Whatever the situation is, each child still needs milk in some form or another.
Kids just love video games! They always have. It’s a fun fantasy world for them to enter and be a part of…sometimes for hours on end. That is the big problem though. It’s not healthy for a child to play video games – staring at a screen blankly – for hours on end. Many parents agree but are not sure how to tackle this problem of video game overload.
We all know that reading is a benefit to all areas of one’s life. Communication and spelling is better as well as thinking creatively – an imagination can really run wild when delving into a great book! Unfortunately, many parents struggle getting their child to learn to fall in love with reading. But it really is not that difficult. Follow some of these great tips and we know your child will desire reading on a more regular basis!
Nose picking is neither cute nor clean. In fact, any time a parent sees his or her child with a finger up the nostril it’s always quite a shocking thing to see. “Get your finger out of your nose!” is quite a common response. But most children will continue to pick their nose even though they’re scolded to stop. Why does this happen? And is there any way to stop it? Don’t lose hope, parents!
Yoga is such an amazing practice. It is calming, strengthening, and centering all at once. Many adults practice yoga but did you know yoga is also safe for children to practice? Though yoga started off in India as a religious practice, many Americans now practice yoga – and it does not have to be centered around religion. Many types of yoga don’t incorporate religious chants or practices so parents need not be concerned about this. Yoga connects mind and body in a system of physical exercises that builds strength, flexibility, and confidence without putting strain on the body. It’s a great strength-building exercise that also calms the mind. Perfect for children with their never-ending energy!
It may not feel like it at the moment, but spring is right around the corner! Have you thought about teaching your child how to plants seeds and tend to them as they sprout and become plants? Now is the perfect time to get started! You can start with planting and sprouting seeds indoors, and when the weather gets warmer, the sprouted plants can be transplanted into an outdoor garden. Children love to learn new things, and planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables are no exception!
Don’t most people get a sweet tooth from time to time for yummy treats like brownies and ice cream? These desserts are rich, creamy, and downright delicious…not to mention extremely unhealthy and full of fat, calories, and unrefined sugar! So how can families still enjoy dessert after dinner or the occasional sweet treat without feeling lethargic or guilty afterwards? We’ve taken a couple of America’s favorite sweet treats and have provided recipes to make healthy alternatives the whole family will enjoy…in fact, your family probably won’t know how healthy the treats are – They taste that good!