Keeping the Good Times (Giveaway)

Summertime Routines

This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Congratulations to our winner Emily!

Summer is coming, and for some kids that means lazy days doing nothing but lounging around by a pool with no plans at all…or it means schedules crazier than the school year with summer school classes, swimming lessons, summer jobs, theater camps, band camp, newspaper camp, karate tournaments, tennis matches, and trying to make it to the neighbors’ barbecue without getting lost in the chaos.

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Win Weekly Prizes in our Summer Giveaway

Smiling girl eating watermelon

Smiling girl eating watermelon

Summer is right around the corner, along with classes, camps and all the other activities your child may be participating in. Juggling this busy schedule and keeping your family healthy and fit may be a challenge, but we’re here to offer some resources to help!

Last summer we featured topics about teaching your kids about 9-1-1 and staying calm during a thunderstorm. This year we have a new round of topics and giveaways for a fun and healthy summer. We will discuss safety tips for your favorite summer activities and creating routines to maintain your child’s healthy habits. At the end of each post we will include an opportunity to win a prize just for answering our question.

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Put down the screen, and put on your shoes!

Screen Free Week 2014

Screen Free Week 2014With all the technological advances, easily connecting people to the web, it’s no surprise that many people are spending too much time with screens. Kids may spend precious hours after school and on the weekends on the TV, computer, tablet and phone screens, rather than playing, socializing and being physically active with peers or siblings, or even sleeping.

The American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends no more than two hours of screen time per day. The content should be educational, non-violent and supervised by parents. It is important for parents to keep this in mind and track their kids’ screen time, then encourage activity when their time is up.

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6 Tips to Keep Kids Safe at the Playground

Playground Safety

Playground Safety

Now that spring has finally arrived, families are enjoying outings to local parks. Playgrounds are great places for kids to get exercise and explore. But more than 270,000 kids each year are treated in emergency rooms because of injuries on the playground.

So during Playground Safety Week (April 21-25), we want to remind parents about the importance of actively supervising your kids when they are playing on the playground. It won’t be hard – they will probably be calling for you to watch them climb, jump and swing. Put away your phone and remember that playing on the playground is good exercise for you too.

With active supervision and these 6 tips, you can help keep the playground a safe place for your kids.

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Picky Eating

Picky Eating

Picky EatingPicky eating is often a stage that everyone experiences. It is often associated with period of rebellion or identity formation. Encouraging picky eaters to try new foods can be a trying process for parents and definitely requires patience. Researchers have shared that it takes at least 13 times for an individual to accept a new food, and that food must be in the same shape and form every time.  For example, if one desires their child to try raw baby carrots, then one must present the child with raw baby carrots every time, no cooked carrots, sliced carrots, or shredded carrots, etc.  Once one form of the fruit or vegetable is acceptable then it is safe to move on to new forms.

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