Friday, December 23, 2011

Five Free Gifts for Children

This holiday season there is more you can give your children than a new bike or legos. How about sharing some time and experience with them that can't be purchased in a store our sold online? Here are some ideas to get you started:
  1. Nutrition. You knew I was going to say that. This is the gift that keeps on giving. Teaching your children to eat healthy will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Too many children today are overweight or unhealthy due to poor eating habits. We love Today I Ate a Rainbow and What's Cooking With Kids for great information.
  2. Cooking. It is never too early to start. Audrey was 20 months when she first started and Maurene closer to 12 months. They rarely go a day without helping with some part of a meal. I wrote an article on Simple Ways to Start cooking.
  3. Exercise. This is an easy one. The girls love reading a book called The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food. In it the Bear family starts an exercise program and completes a 3 mile run. If you think you can't do 3 miles I invite you to try the Couch Potato to 5k training program. Amazing!
  4. Education. Another easy one. Read to your children every day. Have a weekly visit to the library for new books. Find an age appropriate reading list and see how many you can read. 
  5. Love. This you already give. Make sure your child hears about your love every day. Children need so much from us but love is the easiest to give. We like a parenting style called Love and Logic which helps guide children while still expressing love for them. It removes the yelling and replaces it with choices for the child. 

Reading a cookbook.
Educational Site:
Guide to Career Education is an excellent resource for finding institutions that teach and celebrate the art of cooking.

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