It is a pretty common school of thought that habits taught to your children when young, will translate into habits they practice when older. If we do our part to conserve the earth now with strong teachings of green living, we can knock out two goals at once, and I’m going to tell you how.
The first objective is to teach our kids strong conservation practices. Maybe you can start with something that will enrich the earth and your child’s mind. Get outside and plant a tree! Nebraska is the home of Arbor Day and we are all about increasing the amount of trees. Head to your local nursery and pick up a small tree that you and your children can plant together. Not only will you be doing something inventive and fun with your children, you will be doing your part to conserve the environment.
Other great outdoor activities range from the obvious sports and games, to some other not so obvious activities like nature camps and fun science projects. With spring finally here, you could start a leaf hunting project. Collect different types of leaves out at whatever local forests you can, and have them organize and identify them all.
The secondary goal of all this is to get kids up and more active. By providing them with fun and nature oriented activities, you are encouraging your children to get outside and be active! With the growing amount of overweight kids, it is more important now than ever before to encourage active healthy lifestyles!
As a fitness instructor I am always looking for great new articles, or learning fit tips from others that are involved in this industry. I came across this article and thought to share it with you all.
Sophias Style Fit Tip-
Since fitness levels can be hard to measure, many schools and local YMCA’s follow the President’s Challenge, a federally supported program for kids ages six to 17, to gauge physical fitness in kids and motivate them to get fit. The challenge offers five assessment tests to measure a child’s level of fitness in the areas of endurance, strength and flexibility. Through your child’s school or on his own, she can win awards of achievement, active lifestyle, and more. Visit http://www.PresidentsChallenge.org
to learn more. Encourage your child to practice to improve and reach the fitness targets for each test.
The Push-Ups Assessment Test:
This test measures your child’s upper body strength. Have her lie on the floor, face down, hands under shoulders, fingers straight, knees bent (or straight). Instruct her to lift her body, keeping knees/toes on the floor until her arms are straight. Lower down until her elbows bend at 90-degrees to complete one rep. See how many she can do in a row.
Push-Ups Fitness Targets:
7-Year-Olds: Boys 8, Girls 8
10-Year-Olds: Boys 14, Girls 13
14-Year-Olds: Boys 24, Girls 10
17-Year-Olds: Boys 37, Girls 16
Article Courtsey of Family Health and Wellness By SparkPeople
We are fast approaching the warmer season, a time to play outside! Most of you moms would probably agree that getting out and keeping busy is great, but how do you enjoy your time and keep your baby happy.
Enroll in swimming lessons with him or her. Because you are not able to just leave an infant in the hands of the swimming instructor you will have to take the lessons as well. This is a perfect time to bond with your baby and perhaps re learn those “swimming basics” that you may have forgotten.
You can expect very basic swimming techniques, such as blowing bubbles in the water, and the pre stages of floating. These lessons will help your little one start to feel comfortable in water. Of course you will have to wait until he or she is 6mos old before you begin, but keep in mind this is a great activity to do together while they are still young!
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definitely believes in the importance of charity work and the community. As a small company, it is not always easy to raise large amounts of funds or organize huge events without the help of people like you and partner companies. To find a way to give in the past we have sort of “banded together” in the office to donate diapers and clothes to local charities here in our hometown. I thought that, in addition to our own charity work, I could find ways to encourage others to give, and hopefully find green ways to do it.
The idea that I “came up with” was actually influenced by one of my favorite green sites, TheDailyGreen.com advertising used items on eBay. So I began thinking about all the children’s toys that use batteries, and have electric or computerized parts. If these items are thrown away in landfills, they can have a terrible impact on the environment. Why not give these items to charity? There are a lot of charities out there that accept used or slightly used items. The kids that are not fortunate enough to have them will love the toys, the environment will love not having the waste, and you will be teaching your kids valuable lessons they will keep forever!
Here is an interesting side note. A colleague of mine came across a super interesting article about a study on the environmental effects of e-commerce. To the extreme satisfaction of the folks here at SophiasStyle.com we discovered that the carbon footprint of e-commerce is 1/3 the size of traditional shopping methods. Of course the study done at Carnegie Mellon University is only preliminary but it could easily bode well for e-commerce and the planet.
If your children keep you busy and you need 5 minutes of free time, keep these quick ideas in mind. You can get your task accomplished and they will have fun while you work.
1. Give them a calculator, or old cell phone- the buttons are very enticing for young children and they always seem to be mesmerized by these simple everyday items.
2. Photo albums work well – they always like seeing old pictures of themselves, ie.. she will remember her favorite birthday dress
and might recognize her cousins and friends too.
3. Let them clean- hand them a damp wash cloth and have them wipe off counters and tables “like mommy does.” They will feel proud to help you.
4. Lay out a foam place mat and foam stickers. They will spent quite a bit of time sticking the sticker on and then pulling it off.
It does not always have to be a big deal the small things really do matter . Keep them smiling and you will be a much happier mommy too. Share some of your 5 minute activities or post a comment, we would love to hear from you.
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Courtesy of Parents; April 2008 : 100 ways to keep little kids happy
So I don’t know anybody over at laptoplunches.com but I’m hoping a few of you checked out their awesome recycled lunch container. I thought about using one of them myself and making my co-workers at SophiaStyle.com “green” with envy (corny, I know)! Now that you are on your way to greener lunches with a new recyclable lunch box, and you’ve stopped buying those pre-made lunches for the kids, let’s talk about what to put in our box.
Kids love to get down and dirty and eat with their hands. And why wouldn’t they, it’s a completely natural and fun way to get your daily meals. A nice way to get them involved is to prepare lunches together, and make items that they can make and eat with their hands. Lunch wraps in organic tortillas are a perfect idea, and you can use the same foods you would put in your sandwiches normally. Try quesadillas or soft tacos, or you could even put the fixings for the sandwich in your re-usable container and have them put it together themselves once they get to the lunch room.
For clean-up, pack them a re-usable cloth napkin. Not only does it eliminate waste, it cuts down on the amount you have to spend on paper products from day to day. Make sure they bring it home to rinse and re-use and you also lower your impact on the school itself.
If you have any idea how hard it is to keep an active child busy during the day, especially when it is raining, than this is for you! Here are some simple things to put a smile on that little ones face during a not so sunny day.
1. Dress for the weather- play a game of make believe, and dress for all seasons. Have her lay out clothes and dress for fall, winter, spring, and summer. You can find great girls spring clothes
2. Celebrate a new holiday- Polka Dot Day is always fun, or better yet I’m sure she has lots of pink in her closet. Have
her put on a show in her latest girl clothes
, whether it be pink or polka.
3. Go camping – That’s right , set up camp in your living room. Grab the tent, sleeping bags and smores and stay out for the night.
The list can go on, be creative, spontaneous, and make it a family affair.
Courtesy of Parents; April 2008 : 100 ways to keep little kids happy