Whether he gets struck by the hunger bug at 2 a.m. or you end up in bumper to bumper traffic on the way home from work, there will be times when your teen has to fend for himself for dinner. Sure, he could just grab two slices of bread and some peanut butter and jelly, but that's not going to keep him satiated for long, nor is it very healthy. Instead, give him a repertoire of recipes he can use as his go-to when he needs to eat something fast.
Teaching our kids about kindness is so important. Like most things we teach our children, we like to do it in hands-on and fun ways. Kindness is no different! Try these acts of kindness that are perfect for little ones.
The Benefits of Living with a Cat
Your child wants a pet, and you think pet ownership is a good way to teach responsibility. Besides, you're getting tired of the whining and pleading. How much trouble can a little cat be, anyway?
For some, Valentine’s Day has no meaning and is simply a holiday invented by the card companies. For others, it’s an opportunity for romance and candy and cards. Regardless of how you choose to view the holiday related to your adult relationships, Valentine’s Day can actually be a wonderful opportunity to teach our kids about love.
Love is a complicated subject, and depending on the ages of our children, there is much to teach and discuss. If you’re looking for ways to embrace Valentine’s Day as a teachable moment, here are some ideas for how you can do it:
When I was seven years old, I lost a baby tooth. I had lost several teeth already and I informed my parents that this time, I wanted to keep my tooth. I was not going to be leaving it out for the Tooth Fairy.
When you're looking for school lunch ideas, it's easy to throw a handful of cheap, pre-packed lunchbox fillers into your shopping cart and call it a week. But what are those shortcuts really costing? Besides the empty calories, sodium, and sugar, there's the guilt you feel sending your child off to school with something you'd never cook or eat at home. For example, did you know Lunchables have between a quarter and a third of the daily recommended sodium for an adult?
Teaching Teens the "How to" of Chores
Be sure that your chores transcend gender barriers. If you've taught your son some basic repair skills, your daughter should be taught them as well. And your son should be as capable with a frying pan and an iron as your daughter is. Most families assign chores that perpetuate gender stereotyping. Studies indicate that girls are more likely to do dishwashing, clothing care, and cleaning chores; boys are more likely to be assigned maintenance, yard, car, and pet-care chores.
In this article, you will find:
- Use Kid-Friendly Language
- Don't Instill Fear
Safely Ever After: Educating Children About Child Predators
When it comes to child predators and stranger safety, many parents are in the dark about what to say to their children. Some parents approach it too seriously, while others use scare tactics and other unwise methods. Pattie Fitzgerald, founder and creator of Safely Ever After, Inc, has some expert advice on how to broach the topic in a way your children will understand, without making them overly fearful of strangers.
We may have more TV networks and more ways to watch than ever before, but it often feels harder than ever to find TV shows that the whole family can enjoy together. While adult TV is experiencing a new golden age and children's programming is breaking new territory on streaming networks, the family show often feels left behind.
As parents and caregivers, we want our children to be happy, healthy, and safe. Protecting and nurturing their mental health is one incredibly important way to do this. Mental health affects everything from physical health to self esteem and self-confidence. For little ones to thrive, we need to start early with a focus on helping them to develop a growth mindset and to utilize positive self-talk.
Clothesline Art Show
Age: All ages
Time: 1 hour in advance; 30 minutes day of show
Type of Activity: Art
Disciplining Your Toddler
Good disciplinary techniques are constructive. The best thing to do when your child decides to become temporarily psychotic (that is, when she pitches a tantrum) is to do nothing.
How to Say It to Your Kids: Staying Home Alone
(The following is taken from How to Say It to Your Kids, by Dr. Paul Coleman.)
Memorial Day 10 Simple Ways to Support Our Troops
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With Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s televised testimony against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the #metoo movement that swept through Hollywood and social media, this past year, the topic of consent has been a dominant topic of discussion for parents and kids alike.
Raising Kids of Color
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Getting to Know FoodThe objects on the trees were apples, but how would Hayley have known? Until her first outing to a local farm, she thought apples came in a bag from the supermarket.
Few of us grew up on a farm, but it seems like we know more about where food comes from than our children do, or will in the future. In this grab-and-go world, highly processed convenience foods are the norm for kids, who often don't have a clue about the origins of what they are eating.
What Shall We Play?
This might be the trickiest part of family game night—unless you've been playing for a while and have established the family favorites. The conflicts will arise if some family members prefer one game to another. There are a couple ways to be fair in your decision-making. It's all about avoiding conflict at this point.
There are so many decisions to make when it comes to having a baby. From getting the necessary baby gear to planning a college fund to having hypothetical questions about disciplining kids, it can get overwhelming...and that's just the beginning. Once your tiny human is here, you'll be faced with "quick set decisions." These are decisions you'll have to make in the moment and have no way of knowing that curveball was headed your way. Welcome to parenthood.
In this article, you will find:
- Reasonable discipline
- Quantity vs quality
Be Reasonable, Gentle, and Firm
You can be a strong and reasonable authority figure and still be fun, as well as gentle and affectionate. The first task is to give up on perfection. Go on! Take perfection by the hand, lead it to a tall bridge over deep water, hoist it up the railing, and push it off! You are not a perfect parent. Guess what? You aren't going to be.
Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about being reasonable. You cannot be perfect, but you can be reasonable. A reasonable parent:
It is that time of year to “begin” teaching your children about your faith. Did you and your spouse discuss how you want to teach your children about each of your faith? Regardless of how you approach the topic, it is important to remember that you both made a commitment to each other to love and honor regardless of each of your faith. I strongly suggest setting up a game plan in being on the same page so when you do have the conversation, the children do not feel torn between either of the parents. Maybe religion is more important to you than your spouse? Are you a co-parent?
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Making Every School Year SuccessfulAlex swears he won't stuff erasers up his nose in reading group this year. Ollie pledges, hand on heart, that his handwriting won't look like hairballs. Another school year gets off to a promising start.
Alex and Ollie aren't the only ones who need to pledge they'll change their behavior, habits, and thinking to make each school year brighter than the last. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, principals, school bus drivers, mentors, and tutors need to take the pledge, too.