Preschool can help children develop intellectually and socially, and gives them an advantage over other kids when kindergarten starts. Learn more about the advantages of sending your little one to school early.
When it comes to choosing the right preschool, it is important to do your research. The right school will set your kid up for success and keep her safe and happy.
Learning outside of the classroom can be a ton of fun, and technology has given parents a new set of options. Choose the best, age-appropriate electronic toys for your child to keep her entertained and engaged.
Cute and trendy backpacks for school are great, but your child's bag should be practical as well. Here's what to consider when buying a backpack.
Ease back-to-school jitters with this brief tip on helping your kid find friends.
The first day of preschool can be overwhelming. Make the transition to school easier by working on your munchkin's social and learning skills before he sets foot in the classroom.
It's not easy getting everyone to the dinner table at the same time, but more research shows that family meals can help kids do better in school and avoid risky behaviors and prevent obesity and eating disorders. The key according to a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health is frequency, the more the better. So how can your busy family get into a routine? Here are a few ideas. Don't stress about cooking something fancy. Let the meal be the easy part. Make double batches of turkey chili on the weekend or pick up a rotisserie chicken and make a salad, even breakfast or dinner. Invite your kids to help plan the menu and maybe even shop or help you make the grocery list. Get everyone onboard. Talk to your partner about making dinner time a priority and commit to a schedule even if it's just a couple of times a week to start and put it on your calendars. And finally turn off tech and talk to each other. The whole point of family dinner is to be together. So put away the screens please and check out familydinnerproject.org for some fun conversation starters for your table.
Healthy eating is the foundation of a healthy life. Here is how you can raise nutrition-smart kids.
If you have a child with a food allergy, you know it's hard to find good tasting safe snacks and to ensure your child steers clear of foods that can trigger reactions. Now that kids are back in class and routines, here are a few strategies to consider from 0the American Academy of Pediatrics. Once you find a product you really like, reread the label each time you buy it. Ingredients could change. If you don't recognize an ingredient on the label, call the manufacturer and ask what it is. Be careful about cross-contact from preparing snacks at home. Allergens can spread from a cutting board or knife. Make sure to properly wash mixing spoons, measuring cups, and heating surfaces. And finally, always pack and carry safe foods from home and make sure your school enforces a 'no-sharing' policy at snack and lunchtime. Here's to a healthy start to the school year.
-You don't have to be a nutritionist to figure out the best foods to buy for your family. With a little know-how, you can find the healthiest buys and steer clear of junk at the supermarket. First off, look for the word sugar on the label. So-called healthy foods contain much more sugar than you might think. Take yogurt for example. Dieticians say you should be shooting for a product that has less than 10 grams of sugar in one serving and many of them have much more plus lots of artificial sweeteners and colorings. Double check the label before you buy. Or those oatmeal packets that seem to be a good choice. Well, many of them have actually more than 9 grams of sugar in a single small serving. Instead, make your own unsweetened oats and dress them up with slight bananas, brown sugar, blueberries, or pure maple syrup. And when buying breakfast cereals, look for whole grains listed as the first ingredient on the box. Finally, an easy rule of thumb, if you can't pronounce what's on the label, you probably don't wanna eat it. Look for labels that list the fewest and most recognizable ingredients and you'll be on your way to better eating.