These days we hear a lot about how our children need to be more physically active – soccer, gymnastics, walking, exercise… Physical activity is essential! But while we may not necessarily hear about it as much, children also thrive when they are supported and encouraged to be involved with the creative arts. Getting Your Child […]
As your child gets to be pre-school and kindergarten age, you might hear a lot of talk about the importance of STEAM or its earlier version STEM. It’s not the steam of a locomotive or the stem of a plant that’s being talked about, though STEAM and STEM are related to all of that! STEAM […]
With autumn upon us, don’t shy away from enjoying the colorful foliage with the kids. My 20-month-old son Jasper sees his surrounding environment each day with new eyes as he grows and learns. It is continually important to me to help him in his development by giving him opportunities to experience the outdoors in every […]
When we learned that we were going to be having a child, we knew immediately that it would be important to for us to expose him to nature and the outdoors as much as possible. But we also knew that might be a challenge. It could be difficult to deal with adverse weather, diaper changes […]
While consistent routines, good nutrition and quality parent-child interaction time are important, the value of outdoor motor play should be noted, as it leads to positive outcomes. While it may seem counterintuitive, children’s brains are in a better state to focus and pay attention when they engage in running, jumping, bouncing, swinging, climbing, spinning and other movement activities. Physical activity leads to greater learning opportunities.
With our children facing obesity rates of 24 percent – higher than the national average – it is critical that families have places for kids to be physically active, and our regional recreation sites offer great ways to keep our kids moving.
Multi-tasking. If you’re a parent, you’re probably a pro. You know the drill: one ear on the phone, the other listening for baby. One hand spreading jam, the other checking e-mail.
You feel like you’re getting lots done, but you rarely feel peaceful. The truth is, according to recent research, multitasking can actually reduce your efficiency and endanger your health. If you’ve ever had to re-make dinner because you burned it while answering e-mails, or if your adrenaline regularly pumps overtime as you try to do four things at once, read on.
Feeling the need to get outside with your kids, but tired of the same old trips to the pool and afternoons at the playground? Fortunately, we live in a wonderful community for exploring nature nearby. From the tiniest tot to the most adventurous teen, there’s something for everyone! Read on for a few ideas that will help bring a fun close to your summertime adventures in town.
For young children, play is the means through which they access the world around them. Play is how they learn how things work, how to get their needs met, how to interact with others, and all of the concepts and skills they need to learn.
For you as a parent, play is your passport, the entrance to building a supportive, nurturing relationship with your child. You provide your child with food, clothing and shelter to meet your child’s basic care needs. But what do you provide to meet your child’s developmental needs?