March is National Nutrition Month

Trade in that Valentine’s chocolate for cantaloupe! You’re inundated with media messages about eating healthier, all the overindulgence holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day) are over… You may be feeling like me: It’s time to get the family back to healthier eating! But where do you start?THROW IT AWAY. I made a deal with my kids: by a certain date any uneaten holiday candy goes in the trash. (The two pieces of “treats” a day rule still applies.) Out of sight, out of mind.MAKE IT AT HOME. Everyone can still enjoy kid favorites like pizza and cookies – just make it at home to control the amount of s ...

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Emergency Preparedness for Kids

We've taught our children the dangers of smoking, drugs, talking to strangers and not to play with matches. These are all great lessons but do they know what to do in case of an emergency. Emergencies can range from things like a natural disaster to being locked out of the house to getting out of a house fire. These situations should be discussed so everyone knows the correct plan of action if something should arise.Plan an Escape. Create a map of your home and all of the ways out of it. Make note of windows, heights to the ground and obstacles such as hard to open locks or large furniture. Practice different scenarios with your entire f ...

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Fire Safety Activities for Kids

It's summer, which means the weather is perfect for late night fire pits to make s'mores, it also unfortunately means that dry regions in particular are more prone to wildfires.Help kids learn about fireman, fire trucks, and fire safety with these fun tips. CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES We've been doing a lot of fire engine building over the summer vacation.  From a wooden Melissa & Doug fire engine, where we taught our little man how to use a screwdriver, to assembling his Lego fire engine set.  Both activities required him to follow the directions in the manuals.He was so proud of the fire truck.  We have slowly been introducing hi ...

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