Taking The Plunge: Teaching Your Children To Swim

swimming for kids(Written by Hannah Pilkington) Learning to swim is an important life skill. Not only is it great for health and fitness, but it is a great way for young children to make new friends, pick up social skills, and burn off pent-up energy. On a more serious note, the ability to swim may one day save their life.

Many parents these days are choosing to introduce their children to the water at a very early age; classes now start from birth, where babies are taught lifesaving skills like floating and holding their breath underwater. However, most parents decide to begin swimming lessons when their child is slightly older, often once their little one has started school as it is a great after school activity. Here are some great tips for parents who are about to take the plunge with their little one. [Read more…]

How to Build Healthy Eating Habits For Your Children

Healthy Eating Habits(Written by Connie Jameson and Edited by Elle Yi ) Many of the habits that last a lifetime are created between the age of 6 and 12. During this period it is extremely important that parents take an active role in creating some healthy eating habits for their children in order to ensure their healthy growth.

The key to weight and health control is to teach your children to eat when they are hungry and stop when they feel no more hunger. Using food for punishment or award actually encourages your children to ignore the signs of hunger. If you want to show your child that you are pleased with what they do, you better buy them a book or a small toy instead of ice cream or waffles, for example. Do not ignore the fact that your child also needs at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Here are some good practices that you can use in order to build some healthy eating habits for your children: [Read more…]

Preparing For Preschool? – Tip for School Readiness

School Readiness(Written by Jenny Wadlow) Preschool is the first official step your little one takes into the outside world. Once this step is taken there is just no turning back for your kid. Soon preschool transitions into kindergarten, kindergarten into elementary school, and the next thing you know you’re clicking pictures on their college graduation day.

For every mother, that first step, the very first step of this exciting academic journey is one bittersweet moment she’ll remember for the rest of her life. It’s difficult, we agree, especially when you see those big innocent eyes well up with tears and the cute little lower lip tremble. But, be that as it may, the day passes, and to make that passage easier for both you and your child, we have put together a helpful little guide. You’re welcome!

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Protective Parenting and Your Child’s Social Development

parenting styles(Written by Naomi Broderick) When it comes to parenting your child, it can be easy to go too far in making sure that they stay safe. We read troubling headlines on a daily basis that fuel our mistrust of others, leading to others terming this fear as “stranger danger.” There are those who deride parents who seem too controlling and protective as “helicopter parents.” Regardless of whether or not these are fair criticisms, the precautions of protective parenting have a definite impact on our children’s perspective of the world around them.

Here are three ways that protective parenting can have consequences on children’s social development and your household: [Read more…]

6 Lessons In Motherhood

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(Written by Connie Jameson) Being a woman is sometimes a difficult task, especially if we take into account all household chores, professional tasks and parental responsibilities you need to deal with. And still, being a mother is maybe the hardest thing ever, because every mother wants the best for her children. Here are six simple lessons that can help you rediscover yourself and fix some of your flaws.

  • Lesson 1: Count to three before you do something

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The Secret To Good Parenting – Time Out For Parents

parenting quotes(Written by Suzanne Gibbard ) No job should ask you to be on permanent duty. So if you’ve signed up for the hardest one in the world (yes, being a parent!) you need to take a little time out now and again to keep going strong! It’ll give you more patience and keep you (and the rest of your family) happier, healthier and more energised. After all, if you’re frazzled and exhausted, how can you give your kids the focus they need? [Read more…]

Tips For Teaching Kids The Value of Saving Money

Saving Money(Written by  Marcela De Vivo) For some parents, the simple idiom of “money doesn’t grow on trees” sums up the total of what needs to be said when it comes to money matters and children. On the other hand, while the pithy saying does temporarily prevent a purchase, it hardly teaches children financial responsibility.

With hundreds of thousands of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 declaring bankruptcy, or saddled by student and credit card loans before they even graduate college, it is imperative that parents teach their children responsible money management skills. Instilling sound money practices in your children is one of life’s most important lessons—and it is an education that cannot be learned in school and is never too early to learn. [Read more…]

How To Keep The Pool Safe For Kids

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(Written by Mark Tomich and Edited by Elle Yi) Swimming pools are a great way to keep the kids entertained as well as keeping them fit and healthy during the summer. Most kids would happily switch off their beloved games console or television show to have some outdoor fun in the pool on a sunny day.

Although there are many benefits to having a swimming pool, they can also be very dangerous if not set up correctly. According to Center of Disease Control and Prevention, every day about 2 children aged 14 or younger drown in the United States. Almost all of these incidents could be prevented by following some basic pool safety rules. [Read more…]

Making Math Fun With Math Games For Kids

the best math games(Written by Noelle Eberts and Edited by Elle Yi) It’s not that kids hate math. It’s that kids hate the drudgery part of math: the endless practice problems and timed drills and weekly quizzes. Mrs. Kerri Bianchi who is the assistant principal of Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary school in NY indicates that some children understand the mathematical concepts but struggle with fluency.

Kids also get math anxiety because math is so often a right answer/wrong answer system. A slip of the tongue during a game of Around-the-World or an accidental error on a test makes kids extremely anxious about making math mistakes. Even a student who knows how to multiply and divide will fear a division quiz if he’s worried about wrong answers.

If your child experiences math anxiety or talks about “hating math,” here are some tips to calm your child’s anxiety and make math fun: [Read more…]

5 Ways To Calm Your Family In A Busy World

inspirational parenting quotes(Written by Jamica Bell) Stress has been continuously proven to be detrimental to the health of adults, but it can be even more so for children and teens. Stressful situations cause large amounts of a chemical called cortisol to enter a child’s brain. In children, especially younger kids, this stress-induced cortisol leads to lower IQs and more behavioral problems. In fact, it can even lead to less white matter in a child’s brain, and this can cause a lifelong learning disability. Even if you think you can deal with pressure, it’s important to keep a stress-free home for the well-being of your family, children and grandkids. [Read more…]