Archives for October 2013

Halloween Safety

Halloween is a time of great excitement for children but the thrills can make them forget some of the safety rules they have learned. It is important to keep your child's safety in mind when planning costumes, decorations, treats and activities on the special day itself. Lit jack-o-lanterns, flimsy or complicated costumes, street traffic and unsafe treats are just some of the risks. With some simple precautions, you can make sure that Halloween is a safe and happy experience for the whole family. Safety Read more [...]

How to Deal with the Halloween Candy Rush

So Halloween is getting closer every day and your child is practically vibrating with excitement of the prospect of a loot bag that  is bursting to overflowing with Snickers, Twizzlers, Mike & Ikes, and several dozen other kinds of candy, both popular and obscure. Kids being kids, their first impulse is to eat everything immediately, or as much as they can choke down each and every day, short of getting sick to their stomach. So How do you ration the bounty to healthier doses? STEP Read more [...]

How to Explain Halloween to your Children

Halloween is lots of fun for kids - mostly because it usually involves getting dressed up and eating candy. There's more to Halloween than trick-or-treating, though, and you may want to share the history of the holiday with your family.  Explain the origins of the holiday. Although medieval Christianity is the origin for the majority of our modern Halloween celebrations, some traditions are rooted in Samhain, an old Irish festival. This festival honored the dead and marked the beginning of winter Read more [...]

Celebrating Thanksgiving with your Family

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is challenge enough without small kids running around! A little advance preparation can keep children busy while you are cooking and help them understand what all the fuss is about. Allowing your children contribute to the celebration gives them a greater connection to the family and friends you will be having over, boosts their self-esteem and creates lasting memories. When young children understand why we celebrate Thanksgiving, it gives meaning to the holiday. Cook Read more [...]

Celebrate Autumn with your Family

Fall means a break from the oppressive summer heat, and that fun times are ahead. The season might find us grabbing the kids and heading to a local pumpkin patch or touring a dairy farm. Below are 10 ideas for fall traditions to start with your own family. Pick and choose a few each year ... or do them all! Go natural. A nature center is a great way to spend a cool fall day or evening. Many have walking or hiking trails, so you get not only memories and education from your visit, but also Read more [...]