A series of practical tips for your family.
TIP # 1
Make time for family togetherness. A sense of belonging is realized in children when families take time to engage in common activities such as having meals together, sharing tasks and responsibilities. Use this time to talk and listen, to solve problems and promote cooperation.
Tip # 2
An economical and fun way to keep children extra cool while riding in the car this summer. Keep water bottles or containers filled with water 3/4 of the way and freeze in your freezer. When leaving for your ride across town to Grandma's or on a longer excursion, let each child have their own container of ice next to them or in their laps. It's their instant cooler. This helps while the air conditioner is revving up and if your car's air conditioner is windows rolled down, this will really come in handy. You can even freeze several containers and keep them on the floor by their feet. Rub your toddler's carseat with the frozen bottles to cool off the material before placing her in it too!
It may well be one of the most precious memories your child recalls long after they grow up...Reading to your child that is! Most little ones love the feeling of warmth and security that comes from snuggling and listening to a a story by Mommy, Daddy. They are more likely to grow up loving books and, will want to learn quickly to read them too! Start reading from infancy. Books are great but don't forget every opportunity to read ie., signs, menus, mail, cereal boxes, everything with a word on it...the learning opportunities are endless...use them and enjoy!
The number one way to protect children from illness--wash their hands often. Teach washing hands after every activity. Coming in from outdoors, after bathroom visits, and especially before eating. A simple yet effective way to help stop the spread of germs.
Help build your little ones brain and body with healthful meals and snacks. And remember to model these same eating habits yourself for them to see. Encourage activities with exercise. Visit your local zoo, library and explore other places of interest for the opportunity to learn even more.
Set your household up for success -- make it work for the whole family. Model and teach good safety habits and establish routines. Discuss and enforce family rules that work for your household -- for example, putting toys away after play.