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Making Memories That Last a Lifetime
Summer vacations can be much more than a fun trip. TFC parenting expert Mary Williams joined Fox 4 to share some tips for building deeper bonds with your children and making lasting memories during family trips.
Create a family tradition. Traditions can be anything you want and are a great way to build special memories. Traditions can be as simple as frequenting a favorite ice cream shop or collecting travel mementos.
Find opportunities for learning. Consider opportunities for learning when planning a trip. Can you include historical site of or museums?
Keep a travel journal. Document and record all the fun things you've seen and collect items to include.
Take a break from electronic devices. The best way to connect is to put your devices away and be present in the moment.
Easing the Transition to Summer
The end of the school year is usually a fun and exciting time for students, but for some the transition can be difficult and cause anxiety, especially if there are big changes ahead.
Regardless of the age of the child, transitions can be challenging.
Ideas for making this transition easier:
- Open communication
- Focus on the positives
- Create memories
- Plans for the future
Research shows, when children are involved in gardening they are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and have a better understanding of nature and science. TFC parenting expert Heather Waterfield joined Fox 4 to talk about the benefits of gardening and share simple ways you can get your child involved. Click the link below to watch the video.
Gardening with Children provides:
- Lifelong benefits
- Positive social and interpersonal skills
- Healthy Eating and Nutrition
- Science achievement and attitudes towards learning
Garden with Kids 101:
Keep it simple!
- Start small and build on success
- Involve children in the planning
- Give each child their own “spot”
Art: Process vs. Product
Your child's artwork isn't just something that looks pretty on your refrigerator. The process of creating art supports healthy development.
What's the difference?
There is a big difference. Product art asks children to replicate an example. Process art is open-ended, allowing children to be creative and express themselves.
Supporting process art:
- Provide supplies like paints, crayons and paper.
- Recycled materials can make great art supplies.
- Let your child lead the way, but ask questions like, "Tell me a little more about your painting."
How process art supports development:
- Asking your child about their art provides opportunities for literacy and language development.
- Creating art helps children develop fine motor skills.
- Creative expression supports cognitive development.
New Year, New Parent
As the year begins, you may have personal goals in mind -- getting in shape, securing a promotion, etc. These are important, but for parents, the goals that impact their children are far more important.
1. Set a work/home boundary
This can be tough if you work from home or bring work home. Do your best to prioritize family time. You need to set a clear time when you're off the clock. You're not checking emails and you can fully engage with your family.
2. Be a role model
Our children are always watching us. We need to be good role models and engage in behaviors we want them to emulate.
- Take care of yourself. Exercise more, eat healthy.
- Read for leisure. If your children see you reading, it can greatly increase their desire to read.
- Unplug from technology. Establish a tech-free time or zone, such as the dinner table.
3. Make time for yourself
Sometimes as parents we feel guilty when we want some time away from the kids, but it is very important. Work and parenting can take a lot out of us. It's important to recharge. When you do take time away, spend it in something you truly enjoy. Your children will benefit from a calmer more relaxed you.
Changes to guidelines:
- No technology is recommended for infants under 18 months.
- The technology ban on children under age 2 was revised. Some educational media can have a positive impact, but it must be high-quality. Avoid programming with advertisements and be present to explain things that may be confusing.
- New guidelines recognize benefits of video communication apps.
- While the guidelines recognize the value of apps like FaceTime, it's important to remember that technology cannot replace important brain-building interactions like talk, read and play.
- Screen time has to be with a caregiver.
- Make sure it's the right content.
- Don't let technology reduce parent-child bonding opportunities.
- Be a role model.