Fact: Kids who write well tend to read well and vice versa—a powerful combo that gives your children a big advantage at school and in life. Encourage your child to keep a diary or to write stories, plays, and poems from her own imagination.
Tip of the Day July 1
Kids love to move, so keep them safe whenever they’re using a bike, trike, skateboard, or anything else with wheels. Have them wear a helmet and other safety gear.
Tip of the Day June 30
Find out if your neighborhood has a community garden plot. Lots of them do, so even if you don’t have a garden spot at home, you may be able to score a little bit of green space of your own and meet some neighbors in the process!
Tip of the Day June 29
As the weather gets warmer, kids (and adults) are more at risk for fainting and heat stroke if they’re not drinking enough water. Keep kids hydrated and encourage them to drink even more water if they’re out in the sun.
Tip of the Day June 28
Set expectations for the summer. That doesn’t mean each day needs to be highly structured and scheduled, but you don’t want your child to default to playing video games or watching TV for 10 hours straight.
Tip of the Day June 27
Encourage kids not to pet animals they don’t know and teach kids to greet dogs in a safe way by standing still while the dog sniffs them. More summer safety tips >>
Tip of the Day June 26
Help your children organize informal sports events such as pick-up basketball, flag football, or a rope-jumping expo. If your physical health allows, join them!