Fall is such a fun time of year! The weather is still a bit warm with touches of cool weather here and there. The leaves change to brilliant colors of orange, yellow, and red. The crunching of dry fallen leaves below our feet. Apple cider goodness…we can go on forever about how much we love Fall!
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!
As parents, we all want to keep our homes as “safety proof” as possible especially when there are little mobile ones moving around. We’ve written a checklist of “danger zones” throughout the home to keep your child as safe as possible in any room of the house.
Kitchen Magnets on the Refrigerator: Toddlers can reach little magnets placed low on the refrigerator and put them in their mouths and potentially choke. We don’t recommend placing them higher either out of their little grasps. Instead, get rid of all small magnets that could accidentally be ingested by your young child.
Kitchen Appliances: Children can get their fingers caught in the dishwasher, they can get burned on a stove that is/was recently on, or cut themselves on sharp objects. There are special locks you can place on dishwashers, washers, dryers, ovens, etc. to keep your child safe. Maybe make a family rule that young ones can’t be in the kitchen alone (or any room for that matter) if they’re too little to understand the dangers that can come with touching something he or she shouldn’t be.
Kitchen Utensils: Keep kitchen utensils like sharp knives, can openers, and other items away from little children by locking them up in a cabinet or drawer that they can’t get into.
Cleaning Supplies in the Kitchen, Laundry Room, or Bathroom: No matter where you keep your household cleaning supplies, make sure they are out of reach of your small child’s grasp. Most contain harmful toxins and can also burn the skin so we recommend locking them up in a storage closet.
Bookcases in any Room of the House: A bookcase, even a heavy one, can fall on a small child if the child is reaching for a book or decides it might be fun to climb the shelves (they don’t know any better when little!). To avoid this happening, secure bookcases and bookshelves securely and safely to the wall with brackets and make sure every few months that they are in place and not loose.
Bathroom Razors and Grooming Scissors/Tweezers: Small children don’t know that these grooming appliances are dangerous and can cut or puncture them. Keep them in a locked cabinet or drawer (including all medicine that most typically store in the bathroom for easy access).
Bathroom Toilet or Tub: A small child can drown in just a few inches of water so never leave your young child unattended to in the bathroom. If he or she is using the toilet, sit in there with them and read them a book or talk, and never leave your child in the tub for even a few seconds to grab something or answer the phone. We recommend putting a latch on the toilet seat to make it nearly impossible for a young child to open alone and make sure every family member remembers to close the toilet seat cover after each use. Make a cute reminder note and stick it on the door or mirror so everyone remembers to shut the lid! Safety first!
Outlet Plugs: Plug each outlet in the house so little fingers can’t be inquisitive and stick them in a power source! They make plugs that are difficult for small children to remove.
Plastic Bags: Put all grocery plastic bags (including Zip Lock bags) in a high cabinet that your small child can’t get into. Many small children think plastic bags are toys and can put them over their heads not knowing any better, without knowing how to take them off.
We hope these simple tips help make your home a safer place for your young toddler. These are such simple solutions but can truly keep your child so safe! Rest assured in your home knowing you have taken the time to make your home “child-proof!”
Regardless if your child rides a bike, pursues around the yard or driveway on a scooter, roller-skates or rollerblades on the sidewalk or at the park, snowboards, or skis, we highly recommend he or she wear a helmet while partaking in any of these activities. Wearing a helmet seriously reduces the risk of having a serious head injury if your child falls – so don’t delay.