Oh, the halcyon days of summer vacation. Everything just seems a little easier. No backpacks to organize, homework to oversee or permission slips to sign. For a few blissful weeks you stop feeling like a drill sergeant and get to enjoy simply being parent. So as Labor Day approaches, how can we hold on to the best of summer, while getting organized and excited for the school year ahead?
It might not seem like it when you are reminding a grabby toddler to share his toys or to say thank you to grandma for the thousandth time, but rest assured all your efforts to teach kids manners matter. Being considerate of others makes the world a better place to live, and sets kids up to excel socially throughout life. Here’s how to help them get there (Hint: They’re watching you more than you think!).
There’s a reason laughter is still referred to as the best medicine. People who laugh more have been shown to have fewer health problems and developing a child’s sense of humor can also have wide-ranging positive effects on their social and emotional development. Here’s how to cultivate more laughter and nourish your children’s sense of humor.
There’s a reason families have been willing to fend off ants for the privilege of eating outdoors for centuries. Picnics provide a change of scene, a dose of fun and some surprising health benefits. Read on for great recipe ideas, our top picnic tips – and your chance to win!
Summer means outdoor fun for the whole family but it also means the buzzing (and swatting!) of pesky insects. While itchy bug bites are no fun for anyone, many parents are also concerned about using bug sprays, which often contain harmful chemicals. Luckily, our partners at Healthy Child Healthy World have a guide to avoiding bug bites without exposing children to toxic ingredients.
Do you remember summer as a kid? For me, summer meant long, lazy days. It meant poison ivy and sunburns and hours of playing outside with no schedule and no supervision. Thinking back, I realize that this easygoing exploration was laying a foundation for appreciating the earth that stayed with me for life. And while summer holidays tend to be way more structured and supervised than they used to be, the season still brings plenty of opportunity to connect with nature and teach kids about our impact on the environment. Here’s how!
With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’re celebrating all things Dad with a giveaway! Scroll down to enter to win Kabrita Goat Milk Yogurt & Fruit.
Learning to feel centered and calm isn’t just valuable for grown-ups. Teaching children mindfulness from a young age can help them regulate their emotions, reduce physical reactions to stress and boost their ability to focus.
Make your next trip to the grocery store an adventure in learning with these 5 fun tips.
Moms and dads often have different approaches to parenting. Sometimes that can cause friction – but it really doesn’t need to. Sure, in an ideal world, both parents would be on the same page when it came to parenting goals and methods. But more often than not we find ourselves with a mate who has a very different idea of what parenting looks like.