How to Answer Your Kids’ Tough Questions

Children are curious about the world. Every day they learn something new. Since kids rely on their parents to fill in the blanks and fully answer inquiries, they will ask tough questions out of the blue. A parent should not be afraid or shocked into silence when that moment comes. Instead, they should use the following tips to calmly and effectively answer their children’s questions.

Have your child clarify the question

Children can ask a seemingly-random question because they saw something on the news or overheard something from friends at school or a relative. Before a parent answers a tough question, they should ask the child why they want to know. It’s the simplest way to understand the problem. Sometimes, the child wants a simple yes-or-no answer. Knowing why they ask will help a parent satisfy the child’s curiosity.

Give your child an honest answer

Children are very alert to what’s going on around them. Therefore, the parent shouldn’t act uncomfortable or try to lie to the child. If the parent lies to protect the child, they’re only making matters worse. The child will know the truth sooner or later, and they won’t trust their parents anymore. That child will hide most things because they don’t want the parent to lie to them again. Parents should tell their children the truth, no matter how difficult it can be. They should also limit the answers to a few words because kids take time to understand.

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Suggestions for Planning a Staycation

A staycation is a vacation that does not require travel—every activity can be done from the comfort of your own home! Staycations avoid the stress of transportation and hotels and can be done for relatively cheap. Also, in times of shelter-in-place orders, a staycation can be a solution to the yearning for an escape from monotony. If a vacation is out of the question for you and your family, consider a staycation instead!

Staycation Benefits

Staycations are great for reducing the stress that accompanies ordinary vacations. For one thing, there is no long-distance travel, a vacation necessity that can be difficult with babies and children in tow. The best part of a staycation? No crowds! Transforming your home into a luxury spa or five-star restaurant is a great exercise in creativity for the whole family, and can help your home feel like a completely different place. What better way to stave off cabin fever?

Planning Days of Family Fun

Before the staycation, preparations are necessary. Including all members of the family in this planning helps them to become involved in the whole process, and gets everyone excited for a “home-away-from-home, at-home” experience. The first thing, then, is selecting a schedule that will satisfy the desires of all family members.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Children Entertained Indoors

Keeping kids busy indoors is more important than ever. Many children are likely getting bored and restless due to closed restaurants, theaters, and parks, but this boredom doesn’t have to be the norm. There are plenty of ways how to keep your children—and yourself—entertained indoors.

1. Set up an art center.

This art center can include anything that you have on hand, but some basics supplies include paper, scissors, glue, markers, and glitter. Old, unused objects can be included and children can work on creating something new from them. Some ideas for these objects include old CDs, buttons, lost puzzle pieces, or anything else that would normally be thrown away. Spruce up your home with fun little crafts, and put those restless hands to work!

2. Play hide and seek.

This game keeps children busy for such a long time! Take turns hiding and seeking, being more creative with each hiding spot in the game. For an extra challenge, try limiting it to only a few rooms of the house, or play with the lights off (so long as the furniture and rooms are laid out safely!)

3. Fill a sensory table.

This is an activity that can be fun for kids of all ages. A table is not necessary, despite the name, as any plastic container can be used instead.

It can be filled with water, rice, or sand, then the toys can be added. The toys can be based on what the table or bucket was filled with, such as animals or cars. For children who are a bit older, creating slime or oobleck is a fun activity that uses a bit of science.

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Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe and Healthy

Healthy, happy, and safe kids are the ultimate goals for any parent. This involves the physical, mental, and social well-being of the child, the absence and prevention of disease, and the ability to recover from illness and other health problems when infected. There are many factors to consider when creating an environment that produces and maintains healthy children. Therefore it is crucial to consider every aspect of your child’s well-being. Parents must teach children how to maintain their health by setting positive examples and encouraging healthy behaviors.

Handwashing

Handwashing is the number one prevention for illness, and it should be done often and consistently after using the restroom, before eating, after being outside, and other situations that involve contact with other people, animals, and potentially contaminated surfaces.

Staying Home When Sick

If a child is sick with a fever, cough, upset stomach, or other contagious infection, it is important to stay home to prevent passing germs and for a quick recovery. After all, rest is one of the key factors of recovery from illness.

Healthy Diet

Eating a balanced diet that is healthy and nutritious is vitally important to maintaining overall health, preventing illness, and for proper growth and development. Ensure that meals prepared for your family include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins.

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Fun and Nutritious School Lunch Ideas

It’s important for parents to send children into the world prepared. You can start at an early age by making your kids nourishing lunches to take to school. Though it seems difficult to stray from the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I’ve compiled a list of healthy and easy lunch ideas so you can give your children the nutrition they need.

Fish-Shaped Tuna Sandwich

Craft a tuna sandwich with all of your kid’s favorite fixings—tuna, celery, mayo, and whatever else they love to eat! Then, using a cookie cutter, shape the tuna sandwich to look like an actual fish. Throw in a side of vegetables or fruit to help your kids get the vitamins they need, and add some reduced-fat chips or crackers on the side.

Meat and Cheese Roll-Ups

Using sliced turkey, ham, or roast beef, roll up meat with sliced cheese. You can spread mayo and mustard inside to make it more sandwich-like. Stick a toothpick in the middle to hold it together. It’s a fun variation on the everyday sandwich, and if you have a child with an allergy to gluten, this a great way to make a sub without the bread!

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The Best Kid’s Birthday Party Themes for 2020

Every great party needs a theme. It’s a way to tie together the decorations, invitations, food, gift bags, and festivities. Though many great ideas are out there, it can be hard to find a theme that fits your child’s personality and style. If you’ve got a little trendsetter under your roof, consider one of these popular birthday themes for 2020!

Aloha

No matter what part of the world you live in or what the weather is like, you can always bring the surf and sand to your venue by having an Aloha-themed party. Using pineapples, coconuts, palm leaves, grass skirts, and flamingos, you can create colorful décor and design a menu that will make guests feel like they are in a tropical paradise. You can welcome your partygoers by placing a lei around their neck. They’ll be thrilled when you hand them a non-alcoholic pina colada in a pineapple-shaped cup (especially when it’s garnished with a classic, Hawaiian umbrella). You can play luau-style music and send kiddos home with a giant (or mini) blow-up flamingo. Click here or here to see some Aloha-themed party pictures for inspiration.

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10 Activities for Children on a Snow Day

As soon as the weatherman predicts a lot of snow, it’s usually followed by shouts of joy from children while grownups scramble to come up with plans to keep their kiddos engaged and entertained. Instead of turning snow days into TV marathons, there are plenty of activities that don’t involve a screen.

With a little planning, you can keep your children busy with numerous snow day activities. Here are 10 fun ways to combat snow day boredom and make it a day to remember!

Create an Obstacle Course

For an indoor obstacle course, gather some supplies like balls, pillows, books, empty toilet paper rolls, and other household items and map out your course. Make it challenging by having kids complete it with books on their heads or spinning around in circles before weaving through obstacles.

For an outdoor obstacle course, grab some items like hula hoops, scraps of wood, sleds or pool noodles and allow your kids to have fun using their imagination.

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Preparing Your Child For a Broadway Show

The New York theater scene is one of the world’s most famous, and the chance to see a show on Broadway is a lifelong dream for many. Children will especially delight in the incredible stage design, magnificent performances, and breathtaking ambiance of a live play or musical. Some children may even see a Broadway show and discover a passion for theater, going on to pursue careers in music, dance, acting or production. However, before surprising a child with a trip to Broadway, it’s important to prepare them for the experience.

START WITH AN AFFORDABLE SHOW

Children may wind up not being as enthralled by a show as their parents would like. This can be disheartening, but the blow will lessen if you avoid exorbitant ticket costs. As an introductory experience, choose an affordable Broadway show that runs for no more than two hours, keeping an eye out for discounted or last-minute rush tickets.

Parents should choose a kid-friendly Broadway show that they can still enjoy; shows like Wicked and Frozen are filled with familiar stories and characters revitalized through the magic of Broadway.

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How to Help Your Children Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year’s resolution can be a fun and exciting way to introduce children to the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Experts believe that children can start as early as the age of seven with the act of formulating and following through on a New Year’s resolution. This mindful undertaking involves thought and determination that can help children learn to achieve larger goals as adults.

This activity can also be a bonding opportunity for families. By individually setting goals and collectively achieving them, children can learn from their parents’ example. Through leading by example, parents can teach children that it’s important not only to expect great things, but also to work towards them. Many parents find the SMART method for setting goals to be helpful. SMART stands for specific, motivating, attainable, relevant, and trackable.

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Five Holiday Snacks Your Kids Will Love

I don’t know about you, but indulging in sweet treats is something I look forward to during every holiday season. There’s something about those yummy pies, frosted cookies, and other sugar-filled snacks that makes them hard to pass up. But if you have little ones to feed, it’s important to take the extra step in ensuring they are eating snacks that are on the healthier side. Luckily, there are plenty of adorable and healthy snacks that you and your kids can enjoy around the holidays!

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