An interesting take on the ‘other’ takeaways from sharing sports with our children. It’s not all about athletic prowess or even about learning a game that can be enjoyed for years or a lifetime and shared with others. There’s way more to be gained from learning a sport than just learning the sport. You’ll be surprised how much there is to be gained- check it out:
Bellyitch: 10 Sports a dad should teach his son (or daughter).
If nothing else, and there IS a lot more, Dads sharing a sport with their child or children opens up a whole realm of possible interactions and communications between them that shouldn’t be missed.
5 reading apps your kids will enjoy doing– so no arguments about doing ‘work’ over the summer. Combining reading with a game challenge works like a charm to get them into it.
5 MORE Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide
These apps cover a range of ages and ability levels, so you’ll find something here for your reader.
It’s unfortunately too easy for teens to lose their self-esteem as they mature. See this list of just some of the things that can impair their self-image:
Low Self-Esteem – One of the Perils of Being a Teenager | Strong for Parenting Blog.
Perhaps the most important things we can do as parents to combat low self esteem is to treat our teens with respect and talk to them as adults, not as children. As hard as it can be, parents need to not be judgmental- everyone makes mistakes and the important thing is to learn from them.
A different kind of painting that your older elementary school age child or tween may enjoy. The negative images can be animals as you see or anything they fancy, cut from a magazine or found online and printed on card stock.
DIY: Watercolor Silhouette | Pretty Prudent.
They’ll enjoy the challenge of getting their watercolor paint to spread in interesting and attractive ways on the wet ‘canvas’ (watercolor paper) to make the backdrop for the silhouette.
Even if your child isn’t going to be the next Rembrandt, exploring new art forms is an exercise in creativity and right brain thinking, both skills all kids needs to develop.
Some insights here into how our kids brains’ process learning new skills – and tips to help the process along.
A Child’s brain as they learn new skill.
It’s amazing how the brain functions much like a muscle– repetition creates strength, size, ease of doing.
But the BIG message here is that in order to learn new skills, kids NEED to learn to fail and it is an important part of the process of learning. They need to learn to fail EARLY, not later.
Good ideas here for fostering a sense of ownership and delight in the books that allow for the experience of reading. Give the kids their own library full of their own books, be they new or found at tag sales or from the library. Print off bookplates to designate ownership and pride in ownership. Work together to organize the books as the child wants.
Creating a Home Library | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets.
If books are important in your home and in your child’s own space, it’s a good step toward making reading an important component of your child’s life.
AND, readingrockets.org is a terrific resource for parents about books covering a wide range of subject areas and a wide range of ages- bookmark it!
If I’d known then what I know now, those juice boxes would never have made it into the house. Known that sugar was addictive. Known that the average American consumed almost 450 ‘beverage calories’ PER DAY in 2002, as per the study referenced here:
Drink Yourself Slim-Not Fat – EnergyFirst.
It becomes pretty obvious where our obesity epidemic is coming from– at least in good part.
Get the kids off the juice and onto water, sparkling water with lemon or lime, stevia sweetened drinks instead of chemically sweetened sodas. Make lemonade with stevia/Truvia. Have them eat the fruit instead of drink the juice and at least they’re getting the fiber in addition to the natural sugar.
Not that you don’t already know what’s bad to give the kids, but it’s hard to avoid these evils so here’s a reminder AND some alternatives to make it easier.
12 Worst Foods and 12 Healthier Alternatives
And the good news? Start them young on the healthy alternatives and it will be much easier to stay the course and help them build healthy eating habits. They’ll still eat those potato chips and hot dogs when they’re out of the house, but serving veggie chips and turkey dogs at home won’t even raise an eyebrow if that’s the way it’s always been.
Use narrow strips of scotch tape to create marvelous colorful patterns instead of a same-old manicure. Saves your money at the nail salon and keeps your teen or pre-teen girls busy having fun.
Give them this picture when they’re hanging out needing something to do, having a bunch of friends over for a sleepover, or at their spa party.
You might want to test with peelable labels instead of scotch tape, as it would be easier for them to handle the narrow strips than if cut from scotch tape.
This might be an easy way to get some writing done over the summer– what kid doesn’t like comics? Here are printable templates with all the boxes so the creativity can just flow and get down on the paper.
mikewatanabe.com – Make Your Own Comic Books.
If your child is resistant to writing, turning it into a more enjoyable task like comic books may just do the trick. Make some blank books and just leave them where they’ll be found and who knows what might happen!