(Written by Ken Myers) Grandparents can have such a wonderful impact on their grandchildren’s lives. I know this because I have watched my mother and my grandmother interact over the years with all the children. I owe so very much to my grandmother for all the wisdom, insight, and just plain wonderful memories she left in my heart. My own children were close to my grandmother until she passed away and still talk about their great-grandmother to this day. My mom is passing along this legacy with my children and my sibling’s children as well. It is not hard to be influential in your grandchildren’s lives; it is not as hard as you might think. It just takes love and being involved from the start with those little grand babies.
(Written by Sam Mulder) Father’s days come and go and they rarely remain in the memory for long, but you can do something about that. There’s a limit to how many pairs of slippers, embroidered handkerchiefs or boxes of chocolates a man can go through in one year. If you want your father to know how much you appreciate them, then you must think outside of the box.
- How Do You Impress the Man in Your Life?
You need to be creative and present your father with something either that he hasn’t done before or with something that obviously takes a lot of effort to pull off. Even the most reserved fathers, the ones who do not usually like a fuss, enjoy the day when someone they love goes out of their way to make them feel special. [Read more...]
(Written by Fran S.) “I don’t know how you do it!” If you’re a working mum, you’ll almost certainly have been on the receiving end of similar comments. Yes, juggling motherhood with a career is no Sunday saunter through the park, but today there are more UK mums in work than those choosing to stay at home. Unfortunately, our floundering economy, stagnating wages and increasing living costs are making life increasingly difficult for those returning to work. If you are itching to return to work then here are some top tips from mums across the web to help make life easier, both practically and emotionally. The tips cover 4 main factors every working mother should think about to balance work and family. [Read more...]
(Written by Molly Pearce) One of the best ways that you can encourage your children to learn at an early age is by exposing them to music. In fact, when you introduce a baby to music, it helps them form important neuron connections that help them develop their brain. Additionally, toddlers who enjoy music will typically dance and sing to it, and this helps them improve their coordination and memory, and it can also improve their self-confidence.
- Choosing a Genre
(Written by Sharon M.) Dancing can really benefit kids’ physical, mental and emotional levels. Dance entails a greater variety of motion, strength, endurance and coordination than most of the other bodily activities. This is achieved through movement patterns that educate coordination and kinesthetic memory. Since dancing utilizes the whole body, it is an excellent type of exercise for full body fitness as well as overall wellbeing.
Although young kids are naturally active, dance offers them a fun opportunity to gain knowledge of new movements and skills. It is generally accepted that kids can and ought to be introduced to the physical exercise from an early age. Dancing improves mood and help to boost sleep, while kids learn to relax as well as reduce stress.
The Fate of Summer Vacation
(Written by Stacey Jannis) Recently, there has been a lot of discussion around the issue of summer learning loss during the summer vacation for students. The arguments to do so can be quite compelling, with studies showing that taking three months away from formal education can leave some children severely set back in their learning. These effects are particularly pronounced for those students who do not have intellectually stimulating opportunities during the summer months, generally students of low socioeconomic status for whom education is already an uphill climb. While summer vacations are still a part of our society, however, parents have the opportunity and responsibility of making sure their children get the most out of their summer vacation. [Read more...]
(Written by Sarah Aiono) I became a Mum when my son was 4 and a half years old. I moved in with my (now) husband and took on the responsibility and role of Step-Mum to my gorgeous son. Prior to this, my experience with children had only been as a fairly new primary school teacher. At first, I was very cautious as to my role as we initially had shared contact arrangements with his biological mother. I treated the relationship as if I were in his biological mother’s shoes. I respected the fact that I was not his mother, and that I did not have the relationship that I presumed they had. I reiterated to him and to her that I was his ‘other mother’ – there for him to do the ‘Mum stuff’ when she was not around. I saw their relationship through my eyes – the way I would expect any relationship of mine to be with my future biological children. This would be how I would view a step-mother arriving on the scene should I be so unfortunate as to be separated from my children’s father. But as her behaviour and lack of responsibility deteriorated, and my contact with my son increased to the point of being his full-time caregiver alongside my husband, my first lesson as a step parent was learned. Other parents don’t parent how we do. Mothers come in all shades of grey. And my son’s biological mother was on the slippery slope to damaging their relationship permanently. [Read more...]
(Written by Ben Sawyer) A day at the beach is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. When spending your day at the beach, there is much more to do than just lie and bask in the sun. These top eight fun family games for the beach get everyone in the family involved, from toddlers just learning how to walk all the way through those well into their adult years.
Games for Children
- Fill Up the Pail
To play Fill Up the Bucket, divide kids into two teams. You will need to have two sand pails of equal size and two smaller cups, both of equal size. Position the sand pails about 20 feet from the water or a little further away for bigger kids. At the start of the game when you shout “Go!”, the first child on each team takes the small cup, fills it with water and empties it into the sand pail. The cup is passed to the next person until time is up. Which ever team has the most water in their bucket wins. [Read more...]
(Written by Jeremy Coutcher) Children, especially those who are still very playful, find it hard to concentrate in school. This is one of the problems that parents are facing when their kids are in the elementary level.
Lack of concentration can be reason why children have difficulties in their studies or cannot perform well in the most important activities that they should be doing everyday. This is the reason why parents have to look for the best way to improve their concentration in order for them to know their priorities while they are still young.
Yoga for Children: How Does It Help in Improving Concentration & Overall Lifestyle? [Read more...]
(Written by Wendy Derbyshire and Edited by Elle Yi) The current statistics on obesity prove that childhood weight gain and obesity is on the increase. According to the most recent statistics showing in 2008, the rate of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States has nearly tripled between the early 1980s and 2006. This is due to unhealthy eating habits in your child, including irregular exercise, the regular consumption of sweet treats between, and a diet high in saturated fat. Some children can be fussy with their diet while other children will overeat and consume far too many calories.
Parents have a responsibility to encourage their child to eat healthily, but activity can go a long way to reducing weight gain in children. Think about taking your child regularly to a park with climbing equipment and a large field to encourage social activity with other children.