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Summer can be an enjoyable time for parents and children while adhering to the family budget. By using a little creativity and some local community resources, summer can truly be an enriching and memorable time of the year. The local library is a great resource. Take a trip and chat with the librarian about upcoming age appropriate programs for children, many libraries offer play groups, story time, as well as provide entertainment, all for free!
Find out about special events provided through your community church for children. Many county park systems also have free events and programs during the summer months. Taking local nature walks provides a bonding time for parents and children. Spending time in nature is both therapeutic and fun! Keeping children active and fit is very important. Try taking bike rides, going swimming or for a light jog with your kids.
Come up with creative projects indoors on those steamy summer days. Assist your child in writing and illustrating their own book about their favorite summer activities. Invite friends over and help the children to organize skits and plays. For example, you can take a few cereal boxes, cans and personal care products and help the kids create their own commercials. They can make signs, and even a stage out of cardboard. Create puppets out of socks and allow the kids have a show with friends, what fun! Turn on some music and play games such as freeze dance, musical chairs or have a dance contest.
Get new age appropriate books bi-weekly on several topics of interest at the library. Books on tape and educational videos are great as well! Reading and summer crafts stimulate the mind. Get creative when it comes to summer arts and crafts projects. Kids can create various animals out of paper plates and yarn. They can turn the plates into masks and come up with more skits while sharing the masks with their friends. Craft supplies can be purchased at many local dollar stores. If your child is over 5, working with beads is a great project for developing fine motor skills. Also, during a nature walk, collect items in a brown bag to make a collage at home. You can label the natural items collected and have a discussion about it, as well as get a book on nature in the summertime. Puzzles, blocks and games are great for indoors too so stock up!
Volunteering in the community is a wonderful use of children’s time in the summer. Many nursing home activity directors would love to have children come to their facility to brighten the lives of residents. Children can do simple crafts with seniors, draw pictures and read stories to them. The companionship children can provide for seniors is a true gift. Other volunteer opportunities may be available at area hospitals. Many times recreational therapists need assistance in craft projects designed to keep ill patients engaged. Most hospitals have volunteer coordinators to contact for opportunities for children and families.
Summer is a time for fun, creativity and community involvement. Use as many local resources as possible to ensure that this summer is one where your child stays active, happy and involved in a wealth of enriching activities.
By Kim Quigley (Guess Blogger)
February 14 is the big love day. People will give cards, candy, flowers and other gifts but there are more opportunities to show some ‘healthy’ love for your children. Here are 14 ways that will enable you to do simple yet loving things your children will remember and maybe even share with their own children later.
Dance with them. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is the most infectious and happy song. His website 24 Hours of Happy provides dancing and clapping moments of happy to share with your little ones. Dance with them. Clap with them. It’s the greatest exercise.
Sing with them. Do they have favorite children’s songs or hymns? Stage a good old-fashioned sing-along with them. Be loud too.
Wake them up gently. If they are accustomed to the mom alarm (yelling), give them an alternative. Here are a few gentle wake-up calls. Create one of your own.
Have them choose their favorite fruit and veggie in the produce section. Give them a say in making healthy food choices. It also gives them something for themselves that they are free to share.
Go for a walk with them. Walking is a great form of exercise but it also is a great time to show them how to enjoy simple pleasures and to chat.
Show them how make their own healthy snacks. Do an in-home cooking demo.
Create a goodnight ritual. Turn off the devices, yours too, and anything that is distracting. Snuggle with them and maybe enjoy a glass of milk and a cookie before bedtime.
Create a Valentine’s Day craft with them to give to someone like grandma or an elderly neighbor.
Charge their day with a heart-felt pep talk before they leave home. The Kid President says we all need a pep talk. Watch his video.
Teach them some of your childhood games. Do children still hopscotch? Double-Dutch? If not, teach them a few things.
Interview them about them. Ask them 20 questions and if they’re game, videotape the answers. This exercise will give you a chance to memorialize their likes and dislikes.
Let them interview you.
Tell them what you really like about them as people.
Take them out on a date. Dress them up, you dress up and go out on a date. Hold the door for them, pull out their chairs in a restaurant…treat them like a date.
These are my 14 Ways to Show Love; what are yours? Tell me in the comment section.
Are you the parent of a student-athlete? Or are you athletic? Protecting our eyes is important daily but sports eye injuries are more and more pervasive. Thank goodness for The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries, an organization that seeks to educate and advocate eye health through their membership of physicians and other eye care professionals.
Visit their site for the following resources:
Fast Facts – Here’s a fact I found interesting.
“The following sports are considered a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Football, Air Rifle, BB Gun, Paintball, Boxing, Martial Arts, Cricket, Squash, Racquetball, Fencing, Badminton, Fishing and Golf.”
Check out the Coalition but in the meantime here are some tips to follow:
Identify CERTIFIED safety eyewear for your sport of choice and make a purchase. HERE is a list.
If your child’s team has not done so, work with the coaches to schedule an eye safety clinic.
Find an eye safety specialist in your area that can give you helpful information on protecting your eyesight during sports activity.
Read over The Coalition’s site and use that LOCATOR to find sports eye injury specialists in your area. Oh yes, please read over those facts in order to become better informed.
What did you want to be when you were four years old? How about when you were 10 years old? If you are like most adults, as children the career you said you wanted to do was guided by what you’d seen in books or on television. Maybe someone in the family or the neighborhood did something that fascinated you enough to say, “When I grow up I want to be a —!”
It is never too early to expose children to careers, especially those careers that make our lives better like nursing, law or something like construction.
Christianbook.com has a great catalog of books for both parents and children. Here are some I found that could help you begin a reading program that engages and inspires questions about career choices in young ones.
For parents I found Achieving Your Dreams: Starting Early to Help African American Children Develop a Vision of Their Dream Careers by Cajetan Ngozika Ihewulezi (Tate Publishing, 2009). There is also a similar book for Latino American children.
Want to read to your small one? Lyle at the Office is a book by Bernard Waber that follows the work adventures of the Lyle the crocodile as he takes a job at an advertising agency.
Do you have a tween? Anastasia’s Chosen Career by Lois Lowry seems like a winner. This fiction book is about a 7th grader who has to do an assignment requiring research into careers.
Here are a few more books I found interesting from other sources.
Career Day by Anne Rockwell
It isn’t too early to begin planting good seeds and stimulating curiosity. Hopefully, these book selections will be helpful.