Now that we’re finally in the swing of the new season we’ve been spending more time outside than in. It’s been so fun exploring new parks, taking nature walks and hikes through the woods with the kids. When we stumbled across this animal alphabet chart from rifle paper co. we knew we had to snag one for our nature loving kids. Isn’t it just great?!
With Fall right around the corner and family schedule’s about to change, we wanted to talk a bit about baby-sitting / leaving your children home alone. Legally it’s very hard to find a concrete answer on how young a child can be to stay home alone or baby sit other children. In Ohio (where I live) here’s what I was able to find:
Age 7- Can not be left alone
Age 8-11 two hours
Age 12-14 up to three hours
age 14-17 up to 24 hours
The only age and time range i’m semi comfortable with is the age 12-14 up to three hours. I know it totally depends on the maturity and responsibility of the child, but leaving an 8 year old home alone seems a bit young, doesn’t it? Also, leaving my young children with a 12 year old seems crazy too. What about leaving your younger children with a teenage sibling? There are so many factors to consider it’s hard to come up with a solid right or wrong way. What do you think?
We can’t believe it’s already that time again. Back to school! For some kids this time is exciting and fun and for others it’s scary and anxiety inducing. (Same for parents.) We wanted to offer just a few quick tips on how to make the back to school routine a smooth transition.
1. Use Sunday evenings to plan school lunches for the week and involved your kids. This way you won’t feel frantic each morning trying to throw something healthy in the lunch box and your kids will feel empowered knowing they had a say in what they’re eating.
2. Lay out your school clothes. Like the lunches, add laying school clothes out as a part of your kids bedtime routine. It will help ease the chaos of the mornings plus allow your child some freedom in choosing what he or she wears to school.
3. Shift some things around in your schedule to make time for helping with homework. Odds are your child will feel less stressed about their workload if they know mom or dad are willing to help with their work each evening.
4. Make your weekends fun. Now that the kids are gone most of the day, take the weekends to enjoy family trips to the park, walks around the neighborhood, or a milk shake at the local diner.
5. Remember that home time is home time. School can be very stressful for kids, so make sure they know that home is a safe and comfortable place. When they’re home they should be playing and relaxing. Try not to get too uptight about school grades and extra curricular actives. Of course we want our children to succeed and have passions outside of playing, but pushing too many things on them and over scheduling often times makes children want to shut down. Be understanding of the demands already placed on them.
via parenting.com I came across these terrific, nutritious foods for disease prevention. And yes, they’re all delicious! Next time your at the market try picking these up:
1. Blueberries- loaded with Antioxidants!
2. Tofu- super source for lean protein.
3. Tomatoes-loaded with lycopene (caner preventer)
4. Low fat greek yogurt- boosts immunity
5. Cabbage-improves digestion
6. Salmon-omega 3 fats to boost brain development
7. Cocoa- improve blood pressure, heart and oral health
8. Black Beans- protein, fiber and calcium
9. Basil- antioxidants!
10. Cinnamon- regulates blood sugar
To read more detailed descriptions of the benefits of these foods click here.