How to Keep Babies Healthy and Safe during Baby Safety Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 3 million babies are born each year in the United States. Babies face thousands of threats to their health daily, from sharp corners to the common cold. This September is Baby Safety Month and Peter Champe, owner of Baby Comfy Care, has created four products for babies to keep them healthy and safe.

“Infants and toddlers need constant care and attention because they are much more susceptible to illnesses and accidents,” affirms Peter Champe, engineer and owner of Baby Comfy Care. “The development process is vital during their first few years of life and we wanted to create safe products to help parents keep their children happy and healthy.” Read more

Five Tips for Encouraging Scientific Inquiry

Take a deep breath. Check your phone. Sit under a tree. Watch the clouds. Collect some rocks. Eat a piece of fruit. Now, you’re ready. Believe it or not, all of these seemingly mundane tasks are a springboard to science exploration.

Science is everywhere: the food we eat, how our body works, the technology we rely on, the nature and structures that surround us. All of it is ready for exploration, yet many people – even parents – have some fear about “doing” science with their children. Science however, is not just the domain of scientists or certified science teachers. Some of the best science teachers I know are parents or people who are curious and willing to get dirty! A little curiosity, an interest in playing alongside of your child, and a willingness to not have the “right” answers is all you need. Read more

Tips for Raising Money-Wise Kids

(Family Features) Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting, and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual.

In fact, T. Rowe Price’s 2014 Parents, Kids & Money survey found that 60 percent of kids whose parents frequently talk to them about budgeting feel they are smart about money, as opposed to just 34 percent of kids whose parents do not.

Financial experts agree that the sooner parents start imparting key money concepts, the more effective they will be in raising financially responsible adults. While it may seem like an involved topic, it’s as simple as starting a conversation.

“There is a clear correlation between talking with kids about financial topics and their habits,” said Judith Ward, a senior financial planner with T. Rowe Price. “Parents can invest in their kids by talking to them weekly about money matters.” Read more

Kids’ Indoor & Outdoor Fitness Strategies

No matter the season, it’s important to ensure kids get up and moving so they stay on track with their physical fitness! Here are some tips with many that offer the opportunity for some good old-fashioned family time.

Exercising need not be reserved for the outdoors as there is plenty kids can do inside of the house to get fit! Here are just a few good ideas:

  • Walk or run up and down a stairwell multiple times (skip a step for added intensity and effectiveness).
  • Jump rope – yes, indoors too! Just ensure that the child has enough clearance from that cherished vase!
  • Dance! Let the kids “boogie” away those calories.
  • Calisthenics (push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc.) are great exercise and you can hold a friendly competition!

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Beat the Morning Meltdown

Ways to prepare family for the day ahead

Microwave Sausage, Egg & Potato Scramble

(Family Features) Mornings can be mayhem for moms. In fact, according to the Johnsonville Sausage Report, nearly half of moms say that mornings can be so hectic that most days everyone in the family needs to fend for themselves for breakfast.

One mom who is all too familiar with handling hectic mornings is Elisa All, founder of 30Second Mobile, a mobile website and app that keeps busy moms “in the know while on the go.”

All says it’s about planning ahead and powering up for the busy day ahead.  “The kitchen in the morning can be chaotic if you don’t have everything lined up the night before,” All said. “I love serving my family a hot, balanced breakfast, and, it’s a lot easier than many people think.” Johnsonville just introduced fully cooked breakfast sausage, which is easy to warm up in the microwave for 30 seconds, and powers kids up with protein to get them through the morning.” Read more

Back to School Bites

(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it’s easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love.

Whether your star pupils prefer a savory dip, a light and salty snack or a chewy fruit bar, here are a few great choices you can pack.

Keep Food Fresh

  • Ensure that puddings and yogurts stay cold by freezing them the night before use. You can also freeze water bottles or juice boxes to act as ice packs in lunch containers.
  • Keep PB&J sandwich bread fresh by spreading peanut butter on both slices of bread, and avoid saturation by placing jelly in the center.
  • Add a paper towel to containers with freshly washed fruits and vegetables. This will absorb any extra moisture, retaining peak texture and flavor. Read more

Fun Family Meals in Minutes

Shrimp Scampi Tacos

(Family Features) Make dinnertime simple, delicious and fun by using different proteins, such as shrimp, for tried-and-true dishes like tacos, pasta or even slider sandwiches.

To make the most of evenings together, smart families shop for time-saving ingredients. Using the frozen food aisle can help save time preparing dinner, without sacrificing quality. Nature’s original preservation method, freezing, locks in the great taste of quality ingredients that are ready to go when you are, leaving more time for you to enjoy fun family moments. Frozen products that come semi-prepared, such as SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp and SeaPak Shrimp Scampi, can be used in family-friendly recipes for meals that are ready in a snap. Read more

Keep Family Safe from Home’s Hidden Hazards

(Family Features) In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it’s essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

Even the cleanest, newest and most properly-maintained homes hold potential disasters that can harm the health and safety of your family. From mold mishaps to fire threats, here are some things to check for around your abode:

The threat of mold

With the ability to produce irritants and allergens that can compromise the health of your family, mold can grow practically anywhere within the home. To keep mold-producing moisture away from your home, Lucas Hamilton, building scientist and expert with CertainTeed, provides these tips: Read more

Still Struggling with Back-to-School Routines?

For many families, there’s a long list of to-dos for the fall and back-to-school season; from adjusting bed times to mastering the art of lunch packing, new routines are created and introduced. Despite good intentions, families can still struggle with these new transitions weeks after the start of school.

According to Christina Fecio, director of education and training at Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers, it’s not too late to help make the new routines and schedules easier for young children.

“Transitions to back to school or into new routines can be stressful and takes time to adjust even after they go into effect. It’s perfectly normal for adjustment to take weeks. The best advice for families is to try these tips and stay patient and positive,” Fecio said. Read more

Easy Tips for a Healthy School Year

Honey Nut Raisin Snack Mix

(Family Features) Another school year is underway and with it comes homework, play dates, team sports and more, which can make the task of feeding your kids healthy snacks a daunting one.

Fortunately, there are several ways parents can make snack time easier and more nutritious. Healthy, convenient and naturally sweet options, such as California raisins, are a great solution for snack time throughout the school year.

“California raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit parents can feel good about giving their kids,” says Larry Blagg, senior vice president of marketing for the California Raisin Marketing Board. “The ingredient list says it all – raisins.”

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