Category Archives: Parenting

What is the best age to start your kid in a sport?

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As my kids are now getting older, I started thinking if I should sign them up to some sort of sport.  My son has so much energy and I would love for him to burn that energy off and at the same time make some friends along the way.  But still the question remains, is it too early to sign them up at the age of five?

After reading articles on the matter, I was more confused and mixed than ever! Other articles suggest to wait until they are 10 years old before you sign them up to play a sport because of injuries.  It goes even further to say that if you only sign them up in one sport then the kids will have even serious injuries.  There are so many different articles out there to talk about with different point of views.  I am no expert in the matter, but I do want my kids to have fun playing outside of the home.  It is so easy to just plop your kids in front of the television and that is not what I want them to do.  I want them to have a childhood that is filled with laughter and running around outside.  I grew up not having to be a part of a league because I was always playing outside with anything that my imagination allowed me.  But, nowadays we live in a scary world where anything bad can happen so you really have to be selective where they play and whom they play with and it really breaks my heart that it has come to this point.

I wish my kids would have experienced a world where you can run outside without a care in the world.  Where neighbors would look out for each other and the door could be left wide open.  Where everyone knew your family and you knew their family as well.  However, this is not my reality, I have to make the best with what I have with my kids.

At the end of the day, you do what you think is best for your family and kids.  For now, I will sign up my five year old to a sport I think will be great for him to have some fun.  If he decides to change a sport later or not do any sports, then I will deal with that matter when the problem arrives.  I just want to be the best parent that I can be for my kids.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Did you sign up your kids at an early age?

Von Thun Farm Fall Festival

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Apple picking is an experience that I had never gone through as a child but I definitely wanted my kids to experience it.  It marks the end of summer, the beginning of a school year and one of my favorite seasons.  I was so excited to hear that Von Thun Farms was treating me and my family with VIP tickets to visit their farm.  We truly had a fall festival fun at Von Thun Farms.  My apple picking experience was better than I had ever imagined.

Fall is the most exciting time to visit because they have U-pick apples, U-pick pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze and many more activities all in one spot.  And when they say family fun activities, they really do mean it.  My toddlers really got to enjoy the activities that they had from pumpkin bowling, bouncy house, straw maze, pony rides and mini tractors that they could ride.  There were so many activities that we were not able to go to all of them because as you all know…toddlers don’t really have that much patience, lol.

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The kids really did enjoy themselves.  One of their favorite parts was meeting the animals and the pony rides.  Both my kids loved the ponies so much that they wanted to do it over and over again.

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I really enjoyed watching my kids face lite up when they saw each activity; and that’s what it’s all about.  Making small memories that will last a lifetime.  If you have never gone apple picking, then I highly recommend going to Von Thun’s Farm fall festival because you not only get to go apple picking, but you also get the full festival kick-off.

Did I forget to mention that the fun does not stop at the fall festival? Because now you get to try out all different kinds of recipes with all the apples that you got from the farm.  I am not sure where to begin but my kids have had countless apples since we left and I am just happy that they are getting their nutrients while having some fun.

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I am starting a new tradition in my family and that is to go apple picking every year and not just anywhere but at Von Thun’s Farms.  I highly recommend this farm and this is my own opinion of course.  It may differ from others but from my own experience; we had a great time.  So, go check out Von Thun’s Farm or go to their website at Von Thun’s Farm.

Let me know your thoughts and experience.

Top tips to instill the love of learning in your child- Guest post

study kidEvery parent wants their child to want to learn for the joy of learning, not just to pass an examination. In order to instill a deep rooted love of learning in your child, start when your child is still young. With the right support and encouragement, your child will have a strong sense of confidence and the basis for lifelong success.

 

Be positive

To spur your child on when they falter, make sure you always look at the positive side of things.

 

Read

Reading with your child can be a rewarding experience for both of you. Set the correct example for your child by having books around the house and experiment with different mediums, such as audio books.

Take your child to your local library for a little field trip and express your appreciation for reading.

 

Play

Playing games that require thinking can be a source of hours of fun. Try chess or board games such as scrabble to polish your child’s analytical and spelling skills.

 

Encourage questions

When your child asks you a question, make sure you find out the correct answer and explain it to them. Avoid saying ‘I don’t know’.

 

Talk

Talk to your child about their day, and about subjects they find interesting. Ask them their feelings about various issues without passing judgment.

 

Do not offer rewards

Let learning in itself be the reward instead of offering an incentive to learn. A reward will undermine their pleasure in the activity as the focus shifts from the activity itself to the achievement of the reward.

 

Turn off the technology

Make sure your child is not always propped up in front of the television or playing with a mobile phone. Get them to go outside and explore their surroundings for a few hours every day.

 

Use technology to your advantage

Although too much tech can have an adverse effect, moderation is key like in everything else. Invest in educational software and stimulating skill based games.

 

Hands on activities

Let your child learn to be responsible whilst learning by caring for a pet or growing a plant. Teach them about the animal or plant and how to carry out observations.

 

-Play dates

Organise regular play dates with other children. Socialisation and interaction with other children will play a huge part in teaching your child skills such as sharing and being a part of a group.

 

-Make learning fun

Activities such as cooking and baking can be an excellent source to teach maths and reading skills. Let your child follow a simple recipe and teach them how to multiply or divide the recipe and the consequences of straying from directions, either good or bad.

Take your child with you the next time you go grocery shopping and let them work out how much you have to pay and budgeting skills.

 

-Hobbies

Encourage your child to pursue a hobby or a sport. Make sure it is something that is of interest to them and do not push them into anything they might not be enthusiastic about.

 

About the author: Joanna Robinson is a nutritionist and a physical instructor. She is experienced in providing health related advices. These days she is writing articles about kids and the Graco travel system

I will like to thank Joanna Robinson for submitting this great post!

Disclosure: This guest post was submitted by Joanna Robinson.  Her opinions are her own.

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