Morale of this story? Just like the pool, never take your eyes off them for a second. And, perhaps, don’t go out of your way to find a bounce house for entertainment- there’s enough of them that are unavoidable at parties and events.
It occurs to me that presenting healthy foods to our kids at home isn’t really sufficient to teaching them how to eat healthy and develop the right life-long habits. We need to actively teach them what constitutes a good diet, that they have to read labels, and about the ‘deceptions’ that pervade in restaurants and even the supermarket. To wit…
Give the kids a new spin on the old classic of jump rope with Chinese Jump Rope- they can watch on you tube and they go try it! The elastic band jump rope is easily purchased on Amazon or at your local toy store
There are links to quite a few tutorials on this YouTube page.
Not quite as difficult as Double Dutch, but more intricate and challenging than plain jump rope. It’s a good, energetic outdoor activity. you know jump rope is considered a good aerobic exercise, even for adults!
Literally “Brain Food”. Foods with chemical properties that support brain health, cognitive development and memory. These need to be in your kids diets, and some of them will surprise you, and some of them are actually treats!
Did you know that dark chocolate (70% cocoa) has more antioxidants than blueberries and raspberries? (I always knew chocolate was good stuff!) And that antioxidants help cognitive development? That walnuts are a great source of the important omega-3’s we all need for best cognitive performance?
Some of these tips are so obvious we don’t think to do them– serve everyone away from the table rather than at the table so there’s no chance to ‘complain’ before it’s put in front of them AND they see the same foods on everyone’s plate. Get them involved in the shopping and, if appropriate, the preparation, so they have some ownership in what’s on their dinner plate. To name just a few of the good ideas found here…
I wasn’t convinced until I made one and tried it that a ‘green’ smoothie wouldn’t have an overwhelmingly spinach taste. It doesn’t. So they’ll never know it’s really healthy and good for them- they’ll just think it’s a really cool color and that it tastes good!
I hadn’t made the connections between poisonings and overdoses to the increase in medications being taken today versus in the past, but now it’s been documented.
Are all the meds in your house secure and safe from young explorers and older ones looking for trouble? Did you knowTylenol is often used as a suicide drug? So don’t think what’s innocuous to you is no threat to your kids.
No drug, over the counter or prescription, is safe for kids unless prescribed by a doctor.