This back-to-school season, Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive have partnered with HealthyChildren.org and Dr. Alanna Levine to provide moms with helpful tips to set their kids up for success as they head back to school, and Clever Girls Collective is joining in on the fun! To find out more about this great program, subscribe to the Healthy Routines Facebook page here! http://on.fb.me/NhW05C. #HealthyHabits #CGC
In just a few short weeks we will watch our oldest set off for Kindergarten (sniff, sniff). Getting kids off on the right foot starts with taking simple steps while they’re young to encourage early learning and development. We try to instill a constant sense of wonder with our kids and below are some tips we follow in our family.
1) Reading, Reading, Reading: make the library your child’s favorite hangout
When my daughter was about two we started bringing her to our library’s Pajamarama – a post dinner reading activity for the under 6 set at our local library. This early exposure to our library has encouraged a love of reading and excitement about all things related to the library.
2) Expose kids to different experiences through travel
When people hear about traveling with young children they are often fearful that it will cause more stress than it’s worth. Traveling with young kids can be a real treat if you plan it well and stay flexible. You also don’t have to stray far from home to accomplish this. Children develop an appreciation for the world around them when they learn about new people, cultures and especially fun new foods.
3) Keep the TV time to a minimum
This is drilled by pediatricians and every parenting magazine out there but keeping the screen time to a minimum allows kids to develop other interests. Instead of turning on the TV as soon as the kids come home, bring out the construction paper and crayons or find a magazine and scissors and let your child’s imagination do the rest.
4) Engage your child in conversation
At times life is so chaotic we seem to always be rushing our kids somewhere or barely listening to them as we shuffle along to the next activity. Next time your child begins a long story about something from their day – listen to them and ask questions to keep them engaged in a conversation. Kids get excited when they know you are actually interested in what they are saying. In today’s high tech world of every changing methods of communicating, conversation skills are slipping. Conversing with others and being able to provide descriptive details is an essential part of early development.
5) Play outside
The outdoors can provide a wealth of benefits to early development. Playing outdoors can improve a child’s physical and cognitive well being and decrease stress levels. Remember how much time you played outside in an unstructured environment as a kid – give your child that same opportunity.
As a member of Clever Girls Collective, I was selected to participate in the Healthy Habits program sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #healthyhabits #cgc
Adrienne Veglia Mazeau | Adrienne lives outside of Albany, NY with her archaeologist husband, creative school age daughter and a very active toddler. When not dreaming about where to take her family next she works as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for New York State. Combining an insatiable appetite for breaking out of routine and discovering new destinations with her family while working full time keeps the balancing act interesting. Writing as become her creative outlet. Email: AdrienneVegliaMazeau@AlbanyKid.com, Twitter: @AdrienneVMazeau