With a new year, comes a clean slate. A chance to start implementing things into our lives we wish we had done before. With that in mind, this is the perfect time to start thinking of ways to help your children learn healthy habits. Here are some traits to start and some things to stop in helping your kids stay healthy and happy in 2018.
Stopforcing children, threatening children or even bribing children to eat their fruits and vegetables. This is not a good long term approach to helping them learn to like it. When they are adults you will not be there to force feed them.
Start ensuring your children are learning to enjoy fruits and vegetables. Take a step back and rethink your approach to healthy eating. Use butter and flavorings on their dinner vegetables to help with the blandness. Set out a veggie tray with hummus and ranch for dipping when they arrive home famished from school every day. They want a dessert? Sure, why not!? Offer a fresh fruit platter with caramel dipping sauce or cool whip. This tip might be hard for you to swallow, but will sure make fresh fruits and veggies more enjoyable for your kids. They will learn to love them and enjoy them in a variety of ways.
Stop thinking your kids won’t catch lice.Believing only dirty people or poverty-stricken people catch lice is just an outright lie. Lice are non-discriminatory and survive off of people from all walks of life. In fact, everyone is likely to catch lice at least once in their lifetime. All social classes, ethnicities, genders and races are at risk. Especially now as super lice are creating more of a problem than ever.
Starttalking to your children about ways to prevent lice. Explain that direct head to head contact is the most common way to catch lice. Followed by sharing head gear or clothing that has remnants of lice or nits, lice eggs, on them. Teach children to avoid sharing hair brushes, hair accessories or hair combs with other people. Help them understand that lice is a normal part of life and not something that makes people dirty or bad. Help your child know that it can happen to anyone and they should be aware to avoid it. Watch for signs and symptoms of lice in your child including: an itchy scalp, red and irritated scalp, or nits close to the scalp.
Stop pestering your child to wash their hands. The more you yell or bug them about something the less likely they are to do it and do it well. Washing hands is such an important step in staying healthy try to not make it a negative experience by being pushy or nagging. Startmaking sure they understand why we wash our hands with a fun experiment. One word – glitter! Take your child by the hand and get it slightly damp. Explain that germs are like glitter. They spread easily and stick to their hands. Sprinkle some glitter to represent all the activities they do throughout the day like petting the cat, touching the doorknob, or flushing a toilet. Show how if they touch their nose or face germs spread to their body and can potentially get inside through the eyes, nose or mouth to infect them. Now wash their hands with warm water and soap. Time it to see how long it takes. This is the correct amount of time they should use to wash their hands. Making it fun and explaining the concept will go a long way in ensuring kids are doing what we ask for the right reasons.
It’s 2017 and that means toys have come a long way since the Magic 8 Ball and Rubik’s Cube. With the technology that our children have to play with their toys are a whole new level of fun! We have searched high and low to find the best interactive toys for the children on your good list this holiday season.
Bring Home the Best for Boys
-furReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger. Hasbro has created a tiger that plays with your child by responding to touch, reacting to voice commands and even chases his own squeaky toy! This playful tiger is sure to win the devotion of your little one as they pet him and he purrs and closes his eyes. He loves to play rowdy as well with over 100 different sound and motion combinations, he actually responds to your child’s touch and movement.
-Lego Boost Code Builds. Legos that move! Building Legos has been a popular pastime for generations. Now with new technology children can build one of five different robot models and actually use code to make it dance, move, talk, sing and even tell jokes! Their very own robot is controlled by a downloadable app on any mobile device or tablet. Not only does this new level of Lego help your child grasp how to work with technology but it will get them excited about learning!
-VRSE Virtual Reality Sets. Technology in these reality sets brings the excitement of the big screen into your living room. Kids can strap on a reality set and suddenly they’ve entered a whole new world! With 360 degree panoramic views of movie scenes and settings from Batman or Jurassic World they can experience heart pounding excitement firsthand. Ever been chased by a T-Rex or battled alongside Batman? Now they can with this latest technology!
Top Tech Trends for Girls
-Game Smart Watch for Kids. Finding stylish, functional smart watches for kids has never been possible, until now. With touchscreens 1.5 inches in size these smart watches provide hours of up to date entertainment with built-in games and learning features. Designed for capturing photos as well there are several options that allow kids to change up the camera with special effects. They can use their very own smartwatch to set an alarm, keep track of time, play games and video special events.
-Luvabella Doll. This lovely, life-like baby doll interacts with the little girl in your life almost like a real baby! She can be fed, burped and changed to name just a few features. She comes with several extras like feeding materials and a change of clothes. The more you play with her, the more she learns. Teach her to make sounds, say words and respond to movements! She will quickly become the love of your little girl’s life.
-Hatchimals. When your child receives a hatchimal it will arrive in a sparkly, beautiful egg. As they tap the egg, listen for a response! Hold it up to their ear and listen for a new heartbeat! They help their egg hatch and care for the precious new friend once it has arrived. Their new hatchimal interacts with them and can sing songs, learn games and play for hours.
Every year, people of all ages get excited to lounge by the pool, attend barbecues, wear red, white and blue, eat way too much and play fun games with friends and family. Yep, Tuesday of next week is the Fourth of July and we are looking forward to it! Maybe you have fun traditions or maybe you’re looking for some new traditions for your family. Care.comwrote an article about 12 great activities for kids on the Fourth of July. Here are our 5 favorite ones.
1. Make A Fourth of July Wand
Sometimes kids are fearful of loud and bright fireworks. Or at least their afraid to hold a sparkler or get close to fireworks that others are lighting off. Making a patriotic wand can be their proud accessory to hold instead of fireworks. It’s simple and easy to make and can even be saved till next year. Or you can make it a tradition to make a new one each year.
2. Host A Fourth of July Bike Parade
This creative idea consists of gathering all the kids on the block and giving them decorations to decorate their bike anyway they like. After everyone’s bike is decorated, stage a parade down the street. Parents can sit outside and watch as their adorable kids proudly show off their decorated bikes. How cute is this idea? This makes them feel involved and special in the Fourth of July festivities.
3. Play Patriotic Games
Need some ideas for some fun, outdoor patriotic games? How about a relay race, tug-of-war, water balloon fight, coloring contest, pie-eating contest, scavenger hunt, or Fourth of July bingo? Maybe even a patriotic costume contest. Outdoor Fourth of July games are perfect for hot summer days. They keep the kids active and engaged. You could give out prizes for winners.
4. Bake Red, White and Blue Treats
What is the Fourth of July without the patriotic treats? Baking is something you can do with your children. Teach them the basics of cooking and have some fun together. Cookie decorating is a fun activity for the kids. Buy lots of red, white and blue frosting and make sure not to run out of sprinkles!
5. Teach About the Declaration of Independence
Do your kids know why we celebrate Independence Day? Do they even know that the Fourth of July is Independence Day? The Declaration of Independence is an important part of history and it is a fitting time to learn about it when we are celebrating the independence and birth of our nation. Teach your kids about what it is and who signed it. They will be ahead of the curve when they learn about it in school.
We hope that you enjoy at least one of these suggestions from care.com. If your child happens to contract head lice from on the kids on the block or from a cousin at Fourth of July party, give us a call right away and we’ll perform head checks on your family and treat whoever has it. We hope you and your family have an amazing fourth of July.