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Parenting Tips: Running out of Gift Ideas? Try "Experience Gifts"!

December 09, 2017

Every year as my children get older (mine are 10 and almost 6) I struggle with what to get them for the holidays (not to mention both of their birthdays fall in December and January). They seem to have everything under the moon and our playroom is busting at the seams. I don’t always want to buy them more stuff! One thing I have found more interesting is the idea of “experience gifts.” Here are some ideas:

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An Active Lifestyle: How to Find the Time, Energy, and Money to Stay in Shape

December 01, 2017

While being a parent has its rewards, there is no greater feeling than being healthy, vibrant, and full of vitality. If you want your children to know the value of good health, then you’ve got to be the role model to set the tone for a healthy and active lifestyle. Here are some simple and cost-effective ways to stay active.

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Swimming -  Did you know?

November 08, 2017

Do you remember when you took swimming lessons?

Most of us do.

Learning to swim is a defining experience in a child's life, an experience that creates lasting memories similar to learning to ride a bike. But unlike riding a bike, swimming is important to your child's safety and development.  At SafeSplash, we understand...swimming is a life skill®. To deepen our historical understanding of swimming here are some swimming facts to end the fall season!

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Vuja De: The Way to Reverse Your Daily Monotony

November 04, 2017

Déjà vu is defined by Merriam-Webster as
“noun: déjà vu

1a: the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time b: a feeling that one has seen or heard something before.”

We all have had moments of Déjà vu. No one can control or predict when these moments will occur. As parents, there are moments that feel like déjà vu many times a day.

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Competition: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

November 02, 2017

“I never lose; I either win or I learn.”
-Nelson Mandela

For many moms and dads, “competition" is thought to be a dirty word. They argue, not only does it place too much pressure on kiddos to be the best, but it also causes unnecessary stress leaving them feeling discouraged if they don't win.

So, to shield their kiddos from disappointment, many well-intentioned parents avoid competition for their kiddos altogether.

For many other moms and dads, competition is thought to be an unavoidable part of life. They argue that learning to operate in a competitive environment is a valuable skill.

So, to prepare their kiddos for the challenges they will face in adulthood, these parents encourage their kiddos to participate in sports and other competitive activities.

So what is the truth?

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