Parenting Essentials AKA The 30 Commandments For Parents

Whether we are soon to be parents, new parents or have been parents, we want to do the best job possible at raising our children. Children don’t come with instruction manuals and parenting doesn’t come with a manual or infallible guide. Every situation and family is unique. We as individuals are different. There are different parenting styles and variations. There is varied parenting education and knowledge which we utilize and process differently. We basically parent with instinct, knowledge and wisdom. At first, we usually parent with instinct and our personal experiences. This is usually what we learned (consciously and subconsciously) from our parents, family members or others. We also parent around our beliefs, morals and values. Many new parents and …

How Often Does Child Sexual Abuse Get Reported?

Not nearly as often as it should. Most child abuse victims never report the crime or get help in coming to grips with this life-changing trauma. They move into adulthood with a broken heart and low self esteem. Much misbehavior and acting out can be traced to an incident which occurred which left the child feeling confused, betrayed and angry. In an attempt to cope with the confusing reality of what has happened to them, many children develop survival skills or behaviors that will help them to cover up what they are really feeling. Families, friends and society sometimes see and judge the problem behavior when it is actually a symptom of the internal pain which has never been addressed. …

The Depth of Our Nature – Outdoor Classrooms and Unitarian Universalist Values

Across the country progressive school districts are sinking their money, time and resources into 'green classrooms'. These outdoor learning spaces are living, breathing learning labs where educational standards are finding new life among butterfly, vegetable and rain gardens. Engagement and enthusiasm for learning are up, apathy and absences are down. Yes, you say. How wonderful for school environments. What does it have to do with our churches? Well, aside from the excellent reasons above – plenty. Here are three more reasons why outdoor classrooms are SO UU! 1. Outdoor classrooms offer a wealth of opportunities to allow our children to problem solve the challenges of our planet on a much smaller scale. A rain barrel, a hill and two or …

Simple Outdoor Fun

Finding the right activity for children of various ages to be entertained outdoors can be tough. You can’t go wrong with a bubble blower. Younger children can struggle to blow their own bubbles and they will quickly get frustrated. With this type of device, you can have tons of bubbles for all the kids to enjoy. Listen to them laugh and giggle as they bounce around capturing them. A bubble maker is very simple to use. While the real process can vary by-product, the concept is the same for all. There is a mechanism that turns, allowing the bubbles to be created when you turn it on. There is a container where you pour in the bubble mix to produce …

Baby Equipment Rentals – Lighten the Load When Travelling With Children

Travelling with children can be tiring and stressful. The baby is crying for a feed, the toddler has just learnt to run and the older ones keep wandering away when something catches their attention. The last thing you want to be concerned with is the whereabouts of cumbersome baby equipment, excess baggage charges and damage or loss by airlines. Whatever your needs are for baby equipment, hiring for the duration of your holiday can be a very cost effective and convenient solution. There is a substantial variety of baby goods available for hire in Geelong, Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Sydney, Surfcoast and Australia wide, whether for a number of days, weeks or months. You may require a baby capsule for your …

Why Should You Learn Swimming Lessons

Swimming is highly popular among toddlers, kids, adults, and ladies because it offers health benefits and lifelong safety advantages. It is also the best way to relax your body. During summer or hot months, there is no better way to cool down body than getting into a cold pool. Splashing, wading or floating in the water is refreshing and fun for both kids and adults. The demand for swimming lessons and professional coaches is also high among parents because they want their children to learn water skills and water surviving techniques at an early age in a safe environment and under the eyes of professional tutors. Nowadays, many schools also have pools, and it is mandatory for students to enrol …

Outdoor Play for Social and Emotional Skills in Children

It’s no secret that the human brain begins growing and developing at a very young age, and they learn from the simplest of experiences. This enables your children to be aware of the world around them and to consciously think and make decisions. And while this concept may be both interesting and complex at the same time, there’s no denying the fact that outdoor play helps a lot! Times when children have to wait their turns on commercial playground equipment and following the playground rules by sharing, all form components of a healthy social-emotional development. Young children develop their social-emotional skills through practice and small steps over time. As parents or caregivers, it is fairly simple to support your child’s …

Why Camping Makes the Ultimate Family Vacation

Are you and your family interested in taking a family vacation soon? If you are, have you already decided what you would like to do or where you would like to go? If you have yet to decide what you would like your next family vacation to be about, you may want to take the time to examine camping. Camping is a fun way to spend your next family vacation. Although it is nice to hear that camping is a fun way to spend your next family vacation, you may be wondering exactly why that is. What you need to know is that camping is often referred to as one of America’s favorite pastimes. There are a number of different …

How Outdoor Play Is Beneficial for Special Kids

Are you worried about your special child and fear he might lack behind other kids in learning? Special children have special needs because they are different than others. These children face problems in communication skills, social interaction, and cognitive learning due to the deficiencies they have. Despite lacking some obvious skills, they can benefit from outdoor activities up to a great extent. Apart from providing physical benefits, playing outdoors is absolutely beneficial for improving social and mental skills in special children. In this post, I will be talking about physical, mental, and social benefits, separately and respectively. Physical Benefits The most obvious benefit kids get when they step outdoors to play is an intake of Vitamin D from the sunlight. …

Best Tips For Travelling With Children

Traveling with children can be quite a challenge. Whether they are your own or someone else’s, assisting a child’s need for a journey involves far more than taking a CD full of songs and making sudden toilet stops. Here, I would share my hard-won wisdom about how to travel peacefully with children. Take Your Time The greatest thing you can take with you – whether at the airport, getting from one point to the other is extra time. Toddlers love to explore, and they don’t get bothered by the time pressure of travel, so you are more likely to all retain your cool if you reason the stalling, gawping, toilet stops and tantrums within your time frame. Give Them A …