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5 Tips for Teaching Kids Philanthropy

There are many enjoyments to be found in giving. It is about a sense of community and caring. Teaching children to contribute to society and become interested in other people is especially important as communities grow and we expand outward as a collective – by giving, we remain in touch and feel a part of something important.

Check out this article about teaching Philanthropy to Children on the On Parenting website:

“The key to encouraging your child to become a life-long giver is a simple equation: Your Talent + Your Passion = Your Superpower! You don’t have to be bitten by a spider to be a superhero. By encouraging each child to combine their individual talents and passions, you can make giving an integral part of their lives.”


Delving Into Your Kid’s DNA

A simple question with a deeply complicated anwer. Do you want to know more about your kid’s genetic code to hopefully prevent future diseases? Seems a simple YES – because we want to protect our children and keep them healthy – but you can find out a whole lot more than you bargained for:

“This week’s TIME cover story asks a simple question with a complicated answer. Sophisticated DNA testing is allowing parents to learn more about the health of their children than ever before, but how much do we really want to know? Doctors are starting to use genome sequencing, which scans a person’s entire genetic code, to map the DNA of children, with the hope of catching diseases early and offering targeted treatments. But the tests can also detect mutations for diseases that may not develop for decades, if at all. Think about it for a minute: would you want to know if your toddler has an increased risk of getting cancer?”

Read the full article by Bonnie Rochman on the Time Healthland website.


Exercise & Teens: Surprising Facts

By now, most of us have heard staggering facts about the levels of high weight and lack of exercise/movement in young people today. There are some facts out there though that still take us off guard.

Here’s an article on the Family Education website that reveals some new facts that still catch us off guard and provides suggestions for moving forward in a positive, healthy light:

“Every time our teens sprawl in front of the TV, their metabolism slows to a crawl. Researchers at Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee explored the link several years ago and were startled to find that kids’ metabolisms were lower while they were watching television than when they were resting and doing nothing at all! The typical teen now spends almost 30 hours a week in front of the tube, while eating high-fat snacks.”

Read the full article by on the Family Education website. Maybe you will have a chance to read thru other parts of the website – it’s a good one!


Exercise & Teens: Surprising Facts

By now, most of us have heard staggering facts about the levels of high weight and lack of exercise/movement in young people today. There are some facts out there though that still take us off guard.

Here’s an article on the Family Education website that reveals some new facts that still catch us off guard and provides suggestions for moving forward in a positive, healthy light:

“Every time our teens sprawl in front of the TV, their metabolism slows to a crawl. Researchers at Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee explored the link several years ago and were startled to find that kids’ metabolisms were lower while they were watching television than when they were resting and doing nothing at all! The typical teen now spends almost 30 hours a week in front of the tube, while eating high-fat snacks.”

Read the full article by on the Family Education website. Maybe you will have a chance to read thru other parts of the website – it’s a good one!


Homemade Playsets

Have you checked out the Homemade Rainbows website yet? This website contains loads of great playsets put together by a couple of stay-at-home mums who used to teach kindergarden together.

The website explains itself in one sentence:

“Providing imaginative play sets that inspire play and promote children’s natural sense of wonder…using mostly recycled, repurposed and homemade (by us!) materials…”

What fun! Check out Homemade Rainbows for some inspiration and fun with your kids!

 


Setting Kids Up for Healthy Success

YMCA Calgary believes in creating opportunities for people of all ages to build healthy lives. Communities thrive when people are active, energized and eager to participate in recreational activities and sports. As new generations of Canadians grow, it is imperative we ensure their understanding of healthy living for the better of our society.

By now, most of us have heard the alarming statistics about the status of Canadian people’s health. Particularly shocking is the status of our children’s weight levels:

“There has also been a dramatic increase in unhealthy weights in children. In 1978, only 15% of children were overweight or obese. By 2007, Statistics Canada found that 29% of adolescents had unhealthy weights. Most adolescents do not outgrow this problem and in fact, many continue to gain excess weight. If current trends continue, by 2040, up to 70% of adults aged 40 years will be either overweight or obese.” http://www.childhoodobesityfoundation.ca/statistics

How do we encourage our next generations to be interested in and take an active part in their own health?

Active play is a start. Getting kids up and moving seems to be a tricky task these days when there are many things that tempt them to remain stagnant: TV, video games, Internet surfing, etc. Try to remember all those fun games from when you were young, like tag, skipping, contests to see who can shoot more baskets, etc.–the level of fun hasn’t changed! What has changed is that many kids haven’t even been introduced to these fun ways to play and be active. Do things as a family, like dance, hosting active birthday parties, training for a family fun run, do yard work to be a good role model.

What about rainy days or cold weather? How to keep kids active indoors? There are many ideas to keep kids moving while inside. Create an indoor obstacle course with towels and pillows. Or what about using making tape on the floor to make a hopscotch game? Play musical statues where kids freeze when the music stops. It’s all fun and it all gets young people active.

Using unique objects to intrigue kids is a great way to raise interest. Consider sensory elements, how objects move & the sounds they make. Use small logs and rocks to build a tower, Hop over the roots of a big tree, balance your way across a fallen tree, create a secret path in a nearby grove of trees, crawl through long grass, splash around in a mud puddle.

Ready to help kids get active? Wondering next steps? There are tons of useful websites like:

 


Article: The OTHER Awkward Talk You Need to Have with your Kids

Writer Suzanna da Baca takes a look at teaching your kids about money and finances in an article on the Time Healthland website:

“When I was growing up in Iowa, we didn’t talk about money in my family. My parents valued teaching my siblings and me about saving, budgeting and earning money, but conversations about our family’s economic situation and financial decisions were rare. This was typical at the time — especially in the Midwest, so to my friends and me, money was shrouded in some level of secrecy. Later, when my family hit a rough patch during the farm crisis, we began having more open conversations about money. And while those talks were very difficult at first, it was a relief to understand more about our family’s finances.”

The article provides suggestions for ongoing education of young people on the value and use of money and savings, such as finding teachable moments in everyday life. Plus there are helpful links to other related topics.


Winter Snowflake Craft for Kids (Recycling!)

Get your kids pumped for winter with this easy and fun snowflake craft you can easily do with items found around the house. Teaches recycling too!

“Winter crafts (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere) sounds good, which means snow, right? How about making some artful snowflakes from cereal boxes and yarn? I like the simplicity of these, but of course you can add a little glitter, some sequins, pipe cleaner details, or just about anything you have in your craft odds and ends box!”

Read the full details and view photos of this winter snowflake craft on the Creative Jewish Mom website.


Last Minute Costumes

Has your kid been invited to a Halloween party at the last minute? Grape juice spilled all over that perfectly white angel outfit?

Have no fear! There are many last minute costumes to be easily whipped up at home! Here are links to some websites with lists of last minute costume ideas:


Healthy Halloween Treats

Getting ready for a great Halloween? Trick or treat time does not have to mean junk food.

Here are links to some websites with ideas for how to keep Halloween spooky, fun and HEALTHY!


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