health and fitness

Free After-school Classes

Now that kids are back in school and mostly settled into their routines,enriching and fun after-school programs are a priority to find for most families. Let’s face it. Since after-school activities take place in the afternoons of school days, they can really help working parents with childcare until they are done with work. Even though this is our primary motivation for having our kids

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Bug Watching

One of the most fun past times is watching bugs in their natural environments. Even the initial search is an adventure.  Play the great bug search satisfies kid’s exuberant curiosity and wonder for hours on end. All bugs are interesting but ants in particular are so busy they are endless source of entertainment and education. As your child watches the ants,  he can learn

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Importance of Napping

My son learned about mammalian species and how they are polyphasic sleepers. This means  to sleep for short bursts throughout the day. Though we, humans are part of of this group, the majority of us sleep only one time in the day.  We are monophasic sleepers, driven by society needs. Always busy, driven by schedules. This may be why napping is such a need,

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Learning Fire Safety

We spend a lot of time teaching our children about the dangers of the world- not to talk to strangers, what to do if they are lost etc. When I received a flier from our local fire fighters about fire safety, I realized I had not imparted important fire safety tips or an evacuation plan to my kids. Being prepared for incidents such as

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Springtime Cleaning Afterschool

Most families I know do their dreaded spring cleaning on a weekend, and they never really involve the kids. We were like that too. However, this year I decided to change it up a bit: spring clean on a weekday on an early release day, the kids are going to help and it’s going to be fun. The truck is to assign age-appropriate chores

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Kids Get Stressed Too!

The other day, my son mentioned his stomach felt funny. Instantly, I thought,”oh,no, stomach flu!”. I am glad that I took the time to ask him some questions before I doused him with echinacea.  It turns out he was feeling stressed about an upcoming test.  I explained that stress or worry can make his body feel sick, like with a stomach ache or headache

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Strike! – Bowling

Bowling is a great all year round sport that children can practice during the week and compete on weekends as part of a children’s league.  This is a classic fun game which also teaches consistency, patience and strategy. Being on a league also teaches children to be good teammates and to learn good sportsmanship. Bowling can be deceiving at first. It looks like a

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Tennis

I’m always wary of exposing my son to the hyper competitive afterschool sports available.  From parents yelling at their kids, children learning bad sports behavior etc, it can be a volatile environment at best. I have been lucky to find a great sport that seems to bring out the best in coaches, kids and parents- tennis! There are a lot of benefits that playing

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Healthy Afterschoolers

After a full day of learning, my son is ravenous. Choosing healthy snack foods to have available for him is imperative. Healthy snacks can improve a person’s health by adding fiber and nutrients to the diet. For a child, a healthy snack can provide a much needed energy boost, for after school activities including homework. Top 20 healthy snack foods to have on hand

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