The first time a parent hears their young child say an unpleasant word, their reaction is usually: “Where did you learn that?” The truth is, many times the child will point at the dad or mom. Oops!
Yes, our little ones are sponges that mimic what we say and do. Our positive and negative role modeling can stay with kids for a lifetime. With all the anxiety, loneliness and depression in today’s world, how to talk to your children about mental health can be tricky and revealing.
Parents are accustomed to their kids being home from school in the summer and at holidays. That familiar pattern has changed drastically in many parts of the country. In some areas, children have been home bound for several months, and there is little optimism about their return in the fall. This change has affected the whole family and caused many issues to arise. Preventing childhood obesity with kids out of school is but one of them.
No parent wants to become the “sleep police” during the summer months when everyone is taking a break from their normal schedules. The days are longer, the sun is shining, and time is a little less important. Summer vacations, going to camp, and just hanging out with their friends is a relaxing respite for teens and younger children.
As the weather warms up, it’s no surprise that your kids are going to want to be outside. It’s less of a surprise that you’re going to love getting them out of the house! However, it’s important to know that sun, even in small doses, can cause harm to your child if not protected.
Whether it’s playing in the yard, swimming at the pool, or just taking the dog for a walk, it’s important to take a few extra steps to ensure your little one’s safety. Here are a few tips to help you remember.