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
My son is like a gazelle. He is graceful and majestic when he runs or climbs or jumps. He is nothing like me. However, he always brings over a friend who has not played much of anything physical in his life. In an effort to help him find his inner balance, per his request to my son, I started setting up balance games for
101 things to do…. As summer approaches, I try to start making a plan of possible activities to do with my kids and visiting nieces and nephews. I find this list is just the thing to have on hand when the kids utter the dreaded phrase,”I’m bored!”. Its amazing when kids say they are bored while they are surrounded by toys and gadgets
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
The quintessential image we picture in our minds when we think of a toddler learning is that of a three year old playing with building blocks. Parents know that building blocks, whether plastic, foam or wooden, aid in the development of young children through constructive open play. I believe they are still imperative through the later years of adolescence- its an enriching afterschool activity.
My son cheered and whooped along with every other adult as the football game played on the television. Like many children, he enjoys watching sports with family. Its one of his favorite past times. I believe as well that it’s a benefit to him. Indeed, children can learn various positive lessons from sport, such as: -rules and fair play -respect for others -cooperation -personal
Most of my family and friends have a social network account. I have one as well, so it was no surprise when my son asked to get an account too. I didn’t object because it seems for the most part, these social network sites are good social training for life. I find that it can teach empathy and to develop a sense of self,
The holiday season is just around the corner. In our family we try to keep to homemade gifts for the most part; to keep the spirit of giving alive, while minimizing the commercialism and to, let’s face it, not break the bank! So every November, my son and I get to work at least one day a week afterschool to make everyone a gift.
We try not to let cold, gloomy, rainy days ruin our free time. There are so many fun and creative ways to make fun around the house. Here are some ways we stop the rain from dampening our spirits. Word Games are a wonderful way to connect with children. It’s also a good brain exercise but it doesn’t feel like work. -Create a fairy
My son and his friends play lots of board games and I have looking around for some fun and economical physically active games to add to to their afternoons. Here are three fun alternatives to to the common fare: -In London, they hold an annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship. Try these three official RPS gambits for strategic advantage: 1)The Avalanche – Rock, Rock, Rock