Christmas is less than 10 days away and sometimes Santa needs help with fun ideas to stuff stockings! Here are 12 ideas for healthy, active kids. Great for days at home and adventures outside.
Breakfast - The Most Important Part of the Day! Study after study has shown breakfast to be linked to your best health! And Monday after Monday has proved that it’s the easiest meal for us to run out of the house without. Busy lives are interfering with a chance at better memory and concentration, a healthy heart, and maintaining fit, happy bodies. Breakfast helps to replenish low blood sugars first thing in the morning, and skipping the A.M. meal means that your body may not have the energy it needs to help your brain and muscles work their best. It’s also very likely that if we don’t get in some vital nutrients first thing, we’ll not be able to consume the recommended daily allowance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients throughout the day that bodies need…meaning that often we’re far more likely to overeat the wrong foods later in the day.
It can be difficult to hand your child over for lessons (of any kind!). As a swim instructor for many years, I can offer these few tips to help with struggles you may encounter as a parent.
As I’m returning home from another family vacation, it strikes me how the concept of a “Time-out” has changed for my wife and I over our 18 years of parenthood. When our kids were young, I was fairly prolific with the use of time-outs for discipline. Some of my time-outs may even go down in annals of parenting lore…the infamous “tuna fish sandwich time-out” will forever live in my family’s holiday stories. We found time-outs to be very effective at helping our girls understand there were consequences to making poor choices. They helped give our kids an opportunity to cool off, reflect on the situation and think through other alternative choices they could have made instead. I particularly liked that time-outs were firm and sent a strong message in our house.
Through my years of teaching, I’ve seen all kinds of parents and students from all walks of life come into swim lessons. Sometimes, unfortunately, I hear a child tell me they don’t like being in lessons and I always ask them why. Some answers I’ve heard include: “I don’t care about it anymore”, “It’s not fun”, “I know how to swim, why should I stay in longer?”