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Parenting

Trick-or-Treat Ideas

It is Halloween already! Time to get ready for all the cute trick-or-treaters who will be knocking on the door. Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids but does it need to also be an unhealthy holiday? Unfortunately, our kids are already bombarded by traditions loaded with dangerous food dyes, artificial flavors, tons of sugar and allergens. As parents, we get to set the example for our children. We can start this Halloween by removing the junk food focus. Here are some ideas for treats you can give out that are not candy related:

  • Non-toxic slime
  • Pencils and pens

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How to Keep Your Kids Active All Summer Long

It’s the moment your children (and you) have all been waiting for. Warm weather and summer time! Now that school's out and the sun’s shining, you and your little ones have loads of time to spend together.  So much time, in fact, that you may be nervous about running out of creative, inexpensive activities to do with your children. No need to worry though- we’ve come up with a list of classic, simple past times, that will keep you and your children busy all summer long.   1.Set up a hammock. Lay in it, read in it, cloud watch in it. This outdoor summer setup is perfect for relaxing in with your children. 2.Do yard work together. Get them to pull weeds, and water plants with their very own watering can. 3.Build a fort outside. Drape some sheets over lower tree branches. Eat dinner in the fort, tell stories in the fort, even sleep in the fort! 4.Give your car a wash. Let your little one put the soap on the car, and wash it down. They’ll love playing with the bubbles ...

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101 ways to stay away from electronics

Think your well of family fun activities is running dry? Have no fear! We’ve got you covered…101 102 times.

Just when you thought there weren’t any leisurely activities left that didn’t involve electronics, we’ve found 102 for you! From collecting seashells on the beach, to making snow angels in the snow, this list will keep you and your family active all year long. There are some ideas on this list that involve electronics- we advise you not to engage in these on days when electronics are meant to be forgotten.  

http://www.allprodad.com/articles/more-great-articles/101-weekend-family-activity-ideas/    

TED gives a Talk

What’s better than a TED talk? A TED talk about electronics and its negative impacts on your children of course! Educate yourself and protect your children from becoming impacted by TV’s harmful consequences.

Don’t miss out on what pediatrician and parent, Dimitri Christakis, has to say about, TV and the affect it has on brains…but not just any brains… your children’s!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoT7qH_uVNo

Pass The Salt

Just when you thought you couldn’t do anything to get your children’s attention at the dinner table…

A cute little video that puts a spin on what normally happens at the dinner table. Try this at home, and you’ll have your kids second-guessing whether they should whip out their cell phones while having a family meal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_-xTxP1hD4


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Have No Fear!

With all the talk about children and teenagers having electronic addictions, how can you be so certain that your child isn’t being affected?

Lately you’ve noticed your child on their smart phone more often than usual. Are they addicted?! Should you panic?! Click on the link below and discover the signs and symptoms of addiction, and when you should become concerned.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/parenting-tips/recommended-screen-time-for-children

Show ‘em Who’s Boss

Electronics are becoming so important in children’s lives that parents may feel that electronics run the family more than they do. It doesn’t have to be this way though. It’s a simple battle to win… you just may need to prepare. 

 If you’re aware that electronics are ruling your children’s lives, as well as causing tension in your family, it’s time to make a stand. Some parents may be afraid to do this because they don’t know how to approach the situation. This article gives some basic but helpful suggestions that will get your kids less focused on electronics and more focused on you and the family.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/apologies-freud/201201/why-adolescents-overuse-technology-and-what-we-can-do-about-it

 

Kick the habit kids!

While you may be aware of some of the negative impacts electronics have on people, your teens may not. Are you struggling to get a message across to them? No need to argue with them though; this article may get them to listen.  

Below is an article from livestrong.com explaining the negative impacts electronics have on teenagers. Parents aren’t making this up. These are real concerns that teens aught to start paying attention to.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/536846-the-negative-effects-electronics-have-on-teens/

Less light, more sleep

Sleep. It’s a beautiful thing and no one should be deprived of it. However, with such hectic lives, it may be difficult to get a solid 8 hours of sleep a night. Even if a person can find the time, sleep is often disrupted during the night. So how do we gain control of this issue?

It may sound odd, but it is believed that one of the biggest disruptions to sleep is the light emitted from our electronics. Many of us are guilty of looking at our phones and laptops just before bed. Research is showing that this habit is having detrimental consequences on our sleep and our health. Click the link below to learn more.

http://chriskresser.com/how-artificial-light-is-wrecking-your-sleep-and-what-to-do-about-it



The Ugly Truth About Electronics

It’s not a research paper, but the facts revealed in this article definitely answer some questions that may have you stumped.

Why are your children talking to you less? Why aren’t they doing as well in school? Have you noticed that their weight may have increased? Why is this all happening? Are you doing something wrong as a parent? Read this and you’ll find that electronics are to blame, not you. 

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/family-tech/tech-effects-on-family/5-ways-technology-has-negatively-affected-families.htm#page=5

 

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