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Is Your Child Getting Enough Whole Foods? Simple Ways to Boost Nutrition

By Family, Family Wheel

Life is hectic, kids are picky, and fast food can seem like the only solution sometimes. But relying too heavily on processed foods can shortchange your child’s health. This is when they start forming food habits that can last a lifetime. What if instead of just chips and cookies, they also learned to enjoy apples, carrots, or a handful of grapes? It’s important to know if your child is getting enough whole foods.

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Little Readers, Big Dreams: Nurturing Early Childhood Literacy at Home

By Family, Parental Resources

I’m so passionate about setting our littlest learners up for success, and one of the most powerful things we can do is foster a love of reading and language from a very early age. Ensuring early childhood literacy can be done easily at home. You might be thinking, “Isn’t my child too young to start reading?” The answer is no! Early literacy is about more than just books. It’s about building a foundation of skills that will lead to confident reading and a lifelong love of learning.

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Do You Know the Dietary Needs for Your Child? Are They Meeting Them?

By Family, Family Wheel

Children are notorious for being picky eaters. It’s easiest when they are infants and their choices are limited between milk and formula. As children get older, sneaking veggies in between bites of fruit or other snacks is still pretty easy. It gets trickier as they get older, but at every age, it’s important to know their dietary needs to ensure they’re being met.

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Actions to Take to Improve Your Knowledge and Skills as a Parent

By Family, Family Wheel

A lot of parenting is figuring things out day by day, however, there is an old saying “You don’t know what you don’t know”. There is so much information out there, but rather than getting overwhelmed, the goal for parents should be to continuously learn and grow with their children. It’s true parents can’t know everything, but they can be proactive and improve knowledge and skills to ensure they are able to help their children grow up to be strong, healthy, happy, members of society. Read on to learn actions to take to improve your knowledge and skills as a parent or guardian. Read More

Ideas for Becoming a Comfortable and Confident Parent

By Family, Family Wheel, Parental Resources
Do you feel like a comfortable and confident parent? Parenting is an ever-evolving journey, and it’s natural to feel a bit uncertain amidst the multitude of advice and resources available. However, cultivating confidence is essential for your child’s growth and your peace of mind. Let’s explore why confidence matters and discover some simple ways to boost your parenting confidence.
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Fun Holiday Games for Families

By Family, Family Wheel, Fun, Kids

The holiday season is a magical time for families to come together, create lasting memories, and enjoy delightful moments. It’s time for fun holiday games! For parents with young children, incorporating festive games into your celebrations can add an extra layer of joy and excitement. Whether you’re celebrating Kwanzaa, Christmas, or ringing in the New Year, here are some entertaining holiday games perfect for the whole family!

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Types of Early Learning Providers

Fun Holiday Games for The Family

By Family, Fun, Parental ResourcesNo Comments

The Holidays are here and it’s the time to have fun and share good memories with your family. Below are some fun holiday games and activities that you can play with your kids. Playing with kids is a great way to bond and create lasting memories as well as help them develop their creativity.

This holiday season, try a new holiday game to play with your family and share the laughter and love.

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New Travel Rules

The New Travel Rules

By Family, Kids, Parental ResourcesNo Comments

FAMILY TRAVEL HAS CHANGED A LOT SINCE YOU WERE A KID. TRAVELING WITH KIDS-YES EVEN BABIES-HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER THAN IT IS TODAY. JOIN THE RANKS OF FAMILIES HIDING THE ROAD MORE OFTEN BY FOLLOWING THIS NEW, GAME-CHANGING ADVICE.

RULE 1: yes, you can

No, really, you can take small humans 011 a trip without it being equal parts stress and fun.
Traveling with young kids is becoming the norm, not the exception. It’s harder to raise eyebrows on planes, in restaurants, and at the hotel pool. Why? Because in recent years, the travel industry has been catering to young families like never before, and so you’d have to try really hard to wind up in a place where yours were the only kiddos in sight. Rather than treating children as an “add-on,” resorts today are all about the kids. Airlines offer families with young children priority boarding and stroller checking; rental car companies issue car seats.

RULE 2: take advantage of technology

Most of us remember dreading those long rides to get to our family’s vacation destination. But back then, options to make the hours pass were limited to counting license plates and putting gum in your sister’s hair. No more. Tech that keeps kids entertained on the road abounds such as the next-generation scavenger hunt: geocaching. This trending hoppy can be tried out at a rest stop along your driving route. Use your phone and a geocache app to find hidden treasures nearby. You can geocache virtually anywhere these days. Young children love to follow the app to find a surprise. The rule is that if you take something, you leave something. So make sure to bring along a few trinkets for the next family to find.

Rule 3: The more, the merrier

We don’t mean vacationing with your in-laws (though you could; see Rule 4). A growing trend is vacationing with your friends and their kids. With families and their kids. With families spread out over larger distances than in previous generations, friends with kids the same age have taken over as a support system. More young parents are deciding to travel as a group. It’s more fun for the kids, who have built-in playmates they already know, and for you as well, especially if you have a baby or toddler. Think about it: You and your bambino will have company at the kiddie pool for once, while your spouse takes the older kids to the diving board.

Rule 4: rethink what it means to “go home”

Visiting grandparents is a top reason for taking a family trip, and now it no longer means piling into your old bedroom with your own kids and feeling obliged to eat your favorite childhood pancakes – Every. Single. Morning. If you believe that home is the people you love, not necessarily a physical place, then this is the year to suggest going somewhere awesome as the annual family visit. Grandparents who don’t see their grandchildren that often may be only too happy to share a special experience with them. Private homes and resort rental services, such as Airbnb HomeAway and Vacatia, now make it possible to find comfy accommodation for a large group that, well, feel like a home.

Rule 5: Be spontaneous

Online booking has changed the travel game. Vacations no longer have to be planned months out. Now it’s simple to jump on a great hotel deal or a rock-bottom fare, gram the kids and go. The ease of comparing prices instantaneously can make it possible for those with a tight budget to take a trip that they thought was out of their reach. It also make much easier to take advantage of low-season travel dates. Many schools are closed on random days that apply only in that district, such as teacher­ development days. If you have school-age kids, you don’t need to be restricted to the pricey (and crowded) summer and spring break time frames. Unexpected day off from school a week from Friday? Grab your phone and make it an impromptu long weekend.

Rule 6 Mix Business with Pleasure

Work-family balance is a priority for most working parents. If you travel frequently for business, it can sometimes be hard not to feel guilty, or at least a little sad, about spending precious time away from your family. But like so much else in 2017, it’s time to rethink the business trip. It doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition. Why not bring your partner and kids along? If you all fit in one room, there’s no additional cost to your employer. While you’re out during the day, they can enjoy the local
attractions. No, it’s not a dream family vacation, but it’s a great way to grab quality time with your kids in a way that fits your life now.

Types of Early Learning Providers

Types of Early Learning Providers

By Babies & Infants, Family, Parental Resources, ToddlersNo Comments

Early learning centers may be licensed or license-exempt and are usually located in spaces adapted for early learning purposes. These include stand­alone centers and those located in businesses, apartment complexes, public schools, universities, hospitals and faith-based facilities. Prekindergarten programs (both school-based and non-school-based), Head Start programs, on­site employee early learning centers and faith-based centers are some of the types of centers that are available.

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