Okay, so it's also national heart health month, but that one is so overdone. I thought it would be better to focus on kid's teeth. Getting your little angels to develop good dental habits is so vital to their overall health! I did some research on the topic, and here's what I learned:
We all have those days where the rain keeps us indoors with children whining that they are bored! Now your mission is to find endless activities to entertain them and keep the peace. Here are some fun rainy day ideas:
Crafts- there are plenty of ready-made kits and lots of ideas online using common items found in your home. Keep plastic table clothes handy to spread across table for easy clean up.
Bake- making homemade cookies or a cake together. Kids love mixing the ingredients and everyone loves to sample when it is done.
Dance party- turn up the music and dance. Be silly and have fun!
Music- make instruments using household items, form a band and make up a song.
Living room fort- use blankets and pillows and your living room furniture to build a fort.
Household obstacle course- use furniture and larger items to make an obstacle course in your home. It is a great way for the kids to burn energy.
Tell stories- start telling a story, and then hand it off to another member of the family to add to it. See how fun of a story you can invent as a family.
Read stories- it’s traditional, but still a favorite. Read a story to you children or better yet, have them read to you.
Hide and seek- again, traditional, but fun for everyone. Take turns being the seeker and make it fun for everyone.
Board games & card games- there are so many out there that are fun for the whole family. Play a round of each family member’s favorite game. Clue and UNO are very popular ones in our home.
Watch a movie- when you need some time to unwind, make some popcorn, and snuggle under a blanket and watch a family friendly movie together.
Take a rain walk- every put on their rain coats and boots, grab your favorite umbrella and take a family walk. No one will melt in the rain. Jump in every puddle you see!
Hopefully that is enough ideas to get you started!
We were all taught not to talk to strangers or to take anything from strangers. Childhood abduction is on the rise, and it is essential to talk to the children in your life about what to do if a stranger approaches them. You may think it will never be an issue for you family, but life has a way of surprising us. The term stranger danger itself can be misleading to children. They may misinterpret who a stranger is to them. They may feel strangers are big, mean, ugly men, but perhaps a nice lady offering them candy or an attractive young man looking for his puppy and seems friendly may not be interpreted as a stranger. Furthermore, you child may actually need to rely on a stranger for help.
First, always tell your child to trust their instincts. If they are uncomfortable in any situation, get out of it as quickly as they can and call you. It is important to teach your child to come to you if anyone approaches them, asks them to keep a secret or invites them to leave with them.
Teach your children to ask certain kinds of people for help, for example a police officer, store clerk, or someone with other children.
Allow your child to have a cell phone. You can track their location and they can message or call you if they find themselves in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation. Always have them check in to school, after school and when going to and from their friend’s homes.
Make a secret password for you and your children. If a stranger ever approaches you child telling them their mother sent them, your child should ask for the password. If the stranger does not know it, they should run and seek help.
Sign your child and yourself up for a local self-defense class. Then practice those skills at least once a week so that if you are grabbed you have a better chance of escaping.
Role play possible situations with your children to give them examples of what to do in possible abduction scenarios.
Keep the children in your life safe!
It is always a difficult decision to decide whether or not to keep your child home when they are ill. It becomes even more difficult when you have to rely on a daycare for your childcare needs. Some daycares and schools make the decision very easy for you. They will call you if your child meets certain criteria to take them home. It is important to make a good and informed decisions. You would hope other parents have the same courtesy.
Summer means longer days and more fun outside. If you have kids, you want to avoid the dreaded “I’m BORED!” Here are some affordable ideas to make your summer a little more fun!
· Cut a glow stick and pour the contents into a bottle of bubbles. Enjoy glow in the dark bubble fun.
· Purchase a bunch of colored sponges from a discount store or dollar store. Cut up into hand size pieces, place them in small buckets (plastic sand buckets work great), fill with water, give one to each child and allow for a reusable and quick water fight!
· Old fashioned water balloon battles are always fun as well. A unique twist is to hide them randomly on your property to allow them to find them first to use for a water battle.
· Make a home-made obstacle course using things you already have at home. Turn 10 times on a bat, stack a pile of empty containers into a tower, hula hoop, jump rope, crawl under a table, hop over a safe optical, fill a container using a tablespoon of water at a time, add food into it (eat an entire carrot, or any fruit or vegetable) before moving on. Ideas are endless with this one.
· Go on a scavenger hunt. Grab a stack of notecards and put simple everyday items on each one. If your kids are older you can use riddles or word scrambles to make it more challenging. Send kids as individuals or teams to see who can return first with all of the requested items.
· Build an outdoor fort using only household items. If you’re brave enough, camp out for the evening.
· Go on a family bike ride, it’s even more fun when the trip ends at a fun location, local pool or ice cream stand.
· Plant a family garden, have everyone help plant and maintain it.
· Make a large hop-scotch board on your driveway and play.
· Set up a penny toss game with recyclable cans and containers.
· Have a family picnic for lunch or dinner. Let the kids choose the meal and pack the basket.
Be creative, have fun, be open to ideas. Share some of your ideas with us!
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