There are some big changes taking place at Disney World and a few moms were invited to Orlando to see them first-hand recently. The changes mostly have to do with food, and they include lower calorie smoothies, sugar-free desserts, and much more. See what else Disney is doing to help kids stay healthy.
It’s the time of year when every child in the nation is on spring break or will be soon, and let’s face it: sometimes that week at home can get a little boring. If this is the case at your house, you’re in luck! The Grand Rapids Press has some great spring craft ideas for kids. From making friendship bracelets to planning a garden, there is sure to be something here to keep even the busiest bodies occupied for hours at a time.
Can you sue a preschool for not properly preparing your child for the future? Well, one mother in New York is doing just that. Nicole Imprescia claims the preschool where she sent her four year old daughter didn’t live up to its $19,000 a year standards. The school claims its curriculum helps to prepare students for the E.R.B, an intelligence test that helps students get into elite private schools. Imprescia claims the school was just “one big playroom.”
With everyone on the go these days, the more you can do with your cell phone the better, or so it seems. From checking email to listening to music, it seems as if phones aren’t just for talking anymore. And now you can add parenting to that ever-growing list. The website Appolicious has put together a list of apps that can help make your parenting journey a little easier. The apps aren’t going to watch your child for you, but they can help you get organized, keep up with important information, and even help you find things to do with your kids in your area.
Michael Gove, the Secretary of Education in the Great Britain, says kids that are eleven years old and older should read 50 books a year to improve literacy. His comments came after he visited several charter schools in the United States. Gove insisted that higher expectations placed on the students at the schools he visited encouraged the children to do better. Some of the authors Gove said students should be reading include JK Rowling, CS Lewis, Philip Pullman, Kenneth Grahame, Rosemary Sutcliff, Alan Garner, and Ursula Le Guin.
Could dirt be good for your child? According to Dr. Mary Ruebush, author of the book Why Dirt is Good: 5 Ways to Make Germs Your Friends, it is. Ruebush insists that your immune system needs to get a little workout every now and again to keep itself healthy. So, next time your child decides to dig in the dirt, you might not want to rush them off to the bathtub so quickly!
Have you ever thought about making your own baby food? Some say it’s healthier because you have more control over what your child eats, but you have to be sure your little one is getting the nutrients he or she needs. If you’ve been thinking about making your own, here are a few healthy baby food recipes that can help you get started.
Last week, a little boy in Missouri turned up missing during a game of hide and seek. This news has prompted Julie Ryan Evans at The Stir to take a look at whether or not hide and seek is too dangerous for children. In addition, Evans wonders if staples such as Musical Chairs, Red Rover, and pinatas are also too dangerous for children to play these days.
Putting your child in his or her car seat correctly can mean saving their life. Car accidents are the number one cause of death amongst children in the United States. Unfortunately, car seats can be tricky little pieces of equipment, and many parents aren’t installing them the right way. Don’t go another day putting your child’s life in danger, check out Parenting.com’s 11 Car Seat Mistakes You May Be Making.
The popular comic strip Zits has never been afraid to tackle big parenting issues, and for that reasons, it is very popular amongst parents of teenagers. In a story that will happen over the course of this week, the star of the comic, Jeremy, a sixteen-year-old boy, will be caught in a texting and driving situation. The comic strip will also be used by AAA on their new website about teen driving. According to a recent survey by the Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports, over 63% of young drivers admit to using a mobile phone while driving, while 30% admit to texting.
At the end of every year, the top baby names are released, and many people check to see if their baby’s name or their own name made the cut. However, why wait until next January to find out what will be popular in 2011? The year is not even three months old, but Parenting.com is already predicting what names will be popular with parents in the coming year. From celebrity trends to names based on a popular vampire book and movie series, find out what names are expected to be popular this year.
After the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the entire world reached out to help in various ways. One way many retailers are pitching in is by selling Japan-related merchandise and donating the proceeds to various organizations that are dedicated to helping the victims. Parentdish.com has come up with a list of places where you can get cute t-shirts and onesies for your little one to help benefit Japanese earthquake survivors.
Do you or your spouse travel for work? Do you miss reading a bedtime story to your child? If you have an iPad and iPhone, there’s now an app that will prevent you from ever missing that bedtime story again. “Nursery Rhymes with Story Time” let’s you plug a microphone into your iPhone and read a story while your child uses the iPad to “turn the pages.” If you already have the technology, the app is only $4.99, but if you don’t have an iPad, it might just be easier to do bedtime stories the good old-fashioned way when you return from your trip: with a book!
This week, the USA Today began a new series called 10 Parenting Myths. In Part One of the series, psychotherapist and author Stacy Kaiser explains that all the degrees and knowledge in the world can’t match up to the experience of being a parent. From who sets the rules to whether or not your child is a “bad seed,” Kaiser examines several parenting myths and the real truth behind them.
Getting your child to eat their vegetables can be a pretty daunting task. When you’re six years old, there’s just nothing very appealing about those green beans on your plate. Moms have been trying to find ways to convince kids to eat their veggies for decades, from making a game of it (here comes the airplane) to ultimatums (if you don’t eat your broccoli, you will not watch TV tonight). Fortunately, Jessica Seinfeld, who is a mom to three and cookbook author, has shared a few crafty recipes that will convince your kids that veggies can be tasty. Check out her recipes for Pasta with Pea Pesto and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.