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June has been proclaimed as the Great Outdoors Month. This is a perfect time to share the glory of nature with your child!
There are plenty of reasons why you should pack your stuff and enjoy the Great Outdoors with your kids. Here are just a few of them:
Manage Your Kid’s Excessive Use of Technology
There are so many distractions these days competing for your child’s attention. Gadgets, video games, the Internet, you name it, they’re all out there. And you know, once your child gets their hands on any of it, they give it their undivided attention.
There’s nothing wrong with exposing your kids to technology. But too much of anything can negatively impact your kid, physically, socially and emotionally.
What is alarming though, is how children spend so much less time outside the home and seldom interact with kids their age. (Sometimes, they don’t even talk to their own parents!) Technology is creating a reclusive generation who’d rather spend time in front of a mobile phone or a computer monitor. Even recess has been reduced or eliminated at many schools, further reducing the time spent outside.
Want to prevent this gloom and doom horizon? You can, if you manage how your kids use technology. Giving them interesting alternatives such as exploring the Great Outdoors tops the list.
If you have limited time because of work, look into having your child attend a child care program. There are child care centers that offer outdoor activities in their curriculum.
Explore the Grandness of Mother Nature
The US is well known for its majestic outdoors. Go explore some of it! Kids can learn a lot from actual, experiential discovery. Going camping, fishing, or just playing catch in a neighborhood park? Being outside gives you and your child the opportunity to be one with nature.
Imagine your child responding to a live butterfly flying above her head, instead of watching some video about insects on the web. It’s amazing to see your child discover new things about nature. Better yet, you’re there to teach your kid about nature itself!
Bonding with Family & Friends
This June is the best month to bond with your child together with friends and other family members. During the National Great Outdoors celebration, there are plenty of fun activities you and your child can enjoy, such as:
- Family Fun
Ask the director of the child care center your kid is attending if they offer any of these outdoor activities and how you and your kid can make the most of it. Child care centers often align their activities with the Great Outdoors Month celebration, by including field trips to parks and other outdoor activities. And most centers need and appreciate volunteers to join them on these field trips, so ask how you can help!
Spending quality time with your kid this month while being out in nature is a wonderful and enriching experience. Your child is guaranteed to enjoy endless opportunities for adventure, recreation, and renewal of family ties.
There’s no denying taking long walks outside can result in long-lasting and far-reaching health benefits. Nature offers an opportunity to explore and get active while strengthening our bonds with family.
The health benefits are not just limited to physical health. Sure, climbing a steep hill or backpacking with your kid builds endurance and improves overall physical well-being. But there’s more to physical health when you enjoy the great outdoors, including:
Mental Health Balance
Spending time with your kids outdoors is also beneficial to your own mental health. It’s a wonderful stress reliever especially if you work in an office all day. Hiking, biking, and climbing can help relieve you of the stress that you deal with on a regular basis.
Social Bond Strengthening
People who love the great outdoors or any kind of outdoor activity usually do well at group work. Outdoorsy folks improve their social skills over time and they do so while learning how to effectively work with others.
Imagine what it will be like for your kid.
Encouraging your kid to enjoy nature also gives them important skills, such as team building and problem-solving skills. These will be extremely valuable when she grows up.
Believe it or not, people who spend more time outdoors are more productive in their job and personal life. Kids who spend more time with friends playing in the park tend to show more IQ and EQ than those who spend more time tinkering with their gadgets.
They are more motivated to get involved in activities and they bring this “grit” to solve life’s riddles and challenges.
Healthy View of the Environment
By exploring the world, kids develop a deep appreciation of nature. Teaching your child about nature opens their eyes to how important and interconnected the environment is.
Talk to your child about simple, but pressing, environmental issues of the day and teach her how she can make a big difference in her own small way. Besides, big changes take place with small steps.
Contribute to the Local Economy by Boosting Local, Small Businesses
Last, but certainly not least, exploring the great outdoors with your kids can bring great value to local and small businesses in your area. Every time you go out to enjoy nature, you contribute to your local economy’s coffers.
The Great Outdoors Month of June is a time for everyone to share what nature has to offer. It helps heighten your child’s understanding of nature and their place in it. Plus it’s just a great place to relax in!
A lot of parents with children under four are faced with the decision of whether to send their child to preschool. While many people are under the impression that a preschool class is all about playing, there is actually more to it than that. Preschool is crucial for your child’s development. But if you find it difficult to send your child to one, here are some important points you may want to consider.
The importance of preschool
A preschool program can benefit your child in more ways than one. It can help them learn and develop social behavior. In a preschool, children are frequently exposed to new situations. These situations provide excellent opportunities for them to interact with others and learn appropriate social behaviors. Although conflicts are inevitable, qualified preschool staff and teachers are capable of dealing with these situations constructively.
Preschool is also designed to promote a child’s personality development. At home, your little one understands their role in the family. This gives them the sense of security during their early years. However, it is also equally important they learn about their other roles in a different social situation. It is in a preschool that children experience this kind of environment where they feel they are part of a new group. This helps them develop their interpersonal skills. It teaches them how to take responsibility, and assume different roles. Ultimately, it helps build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
When you send your child to a preschool, you are setting them up for future success not only academically but also socially and emotionally. If you worry that your child isn’t ready yet, don’t. A high-quality preschool curriculum will protect a child’s playtime while making sure they are well prepared for kindergarten. Preschool children are found to be more independent and competent. They are given the right opportunities to learn how to take care of themselves without relying so much on others.
In addition to social skills, independence, responsibility and confidence, your child will also learn language and cognitive skills. They will engage in activities which require them to think and solve problems. A quality preschool program will guide children in finding answers through interaction, experimentation and exploration. They will be given interesting activities to learn letters and numbers while having fun.
Choosing the right preschool
Now that you understand how important a preschool is for your child’s development, you might be wondering which preschool to send your child to. Choosing a preschool for your little one isn’t as hard as you think. The key is determining what you want them to gain from the experience. Then do your research by seeking a recommendation from your peers, family, and friends. Ask other parents and do online research. Check out their websites as well.
Making the right decision
To make the right decision, narrow down your options to at least two or three preschools you are interested in. Then take time to visit each center. Visiting the actual preschool can help you gather valuable information which will make the choice much easier. During your visit, take time to talk to the preschool’s director. Make sure that you have your list of questions ready so that you can get all the information you need.
It’s always better when you’re prepared. Create a list of questions you need to ask yourself and the preschool director during your visit. Here are some examples of questions you must include in your checklist:
· Does the environment feel inviting and welcoming?
· Is the place safe and secure for my child?
· How do the preschool children, teachers and staff interact?
· What is the student-teacher ratio?
· What is the experience of the teachers when it comes to dealing with kids?
· How does the preschool impose discipline?
Preschool is crucial for several good reasons. It prepares your child for future academic endeavors, and helps in their social development. If you’re looking for the best preschool in Chicago, please visit Toddler Town Daycare.
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Ask just about anyone and they can usually –and vividly — remember when they first learned to ride a bike!
It’s just something you never forget…
No matter how long it’s been since you hopped on a bike, National Bike Month provides the perfect reason to get back out there and ride again!
Here’s how to celebrate that amazing invention, the bicycle, with your kids… and start a new, healthy habit as a family!
Begin by setting out the rules for safe biking. Even if your kids aren’t old enough to really remember everything you’re telling them, repeat the rules for safe biking to them every time you go out.
When they see you following the same rules you’re telling them to follow, it will encourage them to do the same.
Teach them the following tips for safe biking:
- Keep your tires well inflated – match the pressure that’s listed on the tire itself.
- Inspect your brakes before setting out to make sure they’re aligned and working properly
- Keep bolts, bearings, and chains greased
- Wear a helmet at all times, making sure it fits you well and isn’t too loose
- If you plan to ride at night, wear bright, reflective colors and use a light
- For trail riding, stay on the right side, pass to the left and use your voice or a horn to alert people and other riders that you’re planning to pass
- Use hand signals and obey traffic signals, always stopping at stop lights and stop signs
- Make eye contact with drivers to be sure they see you
- Ride with the traffic, not against it
Note: Before venturing out, add more reflectors to your bikes – and any clothes you’re wearing. And consider adding flashing reflectors to improve visibility
Set your course
To make National Bike Month a fun time for you and your kids, have a plan. Your activities will be determined, in large part, by the biking skills your kids have.
If, for example, you have young kids with little to no experience riding a bike, you’ll obviously be focused on teaching them how to ride a bike. Give them ample time to practice their new skill.
Older or more confident riders who may be up for a challenge might enjoy:
- setting up jumps in the backyard
- going “off-road” on nearby bike trails
- holding a “bike rodeo” with the neighborhood kids where they can take part in:
- obstacle courses
- a “balance beam” made from lines drawn on the ground that riders need to stay within
- “paper boy” – riders toss rolled up newspapers into targets such as large trash cans, baskets, tubs, etc.
- slow races – points deducted for each time their foot hits the ground before the finish line (builds up their balance and coordination)
Riding a bike is a childhood rite of passage that you don’t want your kids to miss… so get on out there and ride with them!
If you think balancing work and family life is difficult, just imagine how challenging it is for working parents. With all the time spent at work, doing errands, taking care of the household chores, etc., there doesn’t seem to be much time left to spend with the kids. And as a parent, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out with everything that you have to juggle.
This is why it is crucial that you allow yourself time to unwind and take a break. To make sure you don’t compromise the quality time you have with your family, here are some tips you can follow for better work and life balance.
Adjust your work habits
Making a few changes in your work habits can help prevent your career from affecting your personal life. Try to finish everything on time by working on the most challenging tasks at the beginning of your workday. Doing this will help ensure that you don’t feel too stressed when you get home from work. This will also help you complete as many tasks possible.
However, if you still have a bit of work left, it is better to stay a little later to get everything done instead of bringing your work home. And if there are times when you have to deal with work while at home, make sure to set boundaries. Decide on the amount of work you will allow yourself to do at home. Don’t go beyond the limits you set to ensure family time is not compromised.