One of the best gifts you can give your children is a set of healthy habits that they can take with them into adulthood. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, I realize that getting your family to be more physically active and share more families dinners together can be a difficult task. These four simple steps will help your family develop healthy habits that stay for a lifetime.
The holidays can be an extremely busy time for many families between holiday preparations, family gatherings, school functions, shopping and fun holiday activities. In our family, we also have three birthday celebrations in the month of December – both of my children were born a day apart the week before Christmas and my husband also celebrates his birthday just two days after our son’s birthday. December sure is a busy
There was a time, long before getting married and having children, when this time of year was magical. The chill wind that arrived in the air was an advance notice of family time, thankfulness and gift giving with those I loved. Then I became an adult, and I realized none of that magic happened on its own. Now in the role of magic-maker, my children especially depend on me to
My husband and I have never been to a tropical island for a stress-free vacation, so visiting places like Jamaica, Hawaii and Tahiti are on our “life list.” Until then, we try to decompress from the week with Family Fun Night: usually celebrated on a Friday or Saturday night at our house, when we make it a point to slow down, play a couple of video games together, get in
We often associate being thankful with the month of November as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year round. Acknowledging the things in my life that I am thankful for, not just during Thanksgiving, most definitely makes me a happier person. The Together CountsTM program serves as a great motivator to gather around the family table,
Fall is here and it’s time for pumpkins, corn mazes, and every child’s favorite fall celebration – Halloween! As soon as the calendar hits October, the Halloween anticipation starts building in my house. The Together CountsTM program is all about balance, and what better holiday to practice this than Halloween? The kids start obsessing over costume choices, nagging about pumpkin carving, dreaming up tricks and begging for treats from the
Costumes, spooky music, being out after dark and your favorite candy…there’s a lot for a child to love about Halloween. For parents, many are looking for ways to strike the right balance when it comes to the treat part of trick or treat. Although Halloween costumes may be scary, parents should not fear Halloween, it is the perfect time of year to begin practicing moderation and mindfulness in eating treats.
Looks of bemusement were displayed across the faces of the 7-9 year old Haitian Jacmel United Futball Club (JUFC) players when my 15 year old daughter handed out their first toothbrushes and proceeded to demonstrate usage. Giggles erupted when she explained tongue brushing and heads shook solemnly during her admonitions to use clean water and never share. In addition to support services, Goals Beyond the Net gives JUFC team members
Being a kid is tough, probably much tougher than we care to remember. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t important, don’t know what you are doing and aren’t as good as you want to be at something. As a mom it makes me sad to see brave faces that you can tell are hiding those feelings but as a teacher I need to find a way around it. That’s
Fall is the season I look forward to the most. Between the crispness of the air and the football games, autumn serves as an emblem of new beginnings. Although I’ve been out of school for, ahem, several years now, my mind still tracks time in semesters and backpacks. And now that I’ve married a teacher and my son is in kindergarten, I’m pretty sure that will always be the case. As my