Tag Archive: parenting

Mother’s Day: Time to Reflect and Celebrate

This will be my sixth Mother’s Day, so I am not an experienced mother by any stretch of the imagination. As a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, I am fortunate to have plenty of coursework and some practical experience in working with children– but real life is different. Here are a few of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/05/05/mothers-day-time-to-reflect-and-celebrate/

Gifts from the Kitchen Make the Holidays Special

It is that time of year when we think about giving special gifts to the people in our lives that mean the most to us. Your list might include teachers, neighbors, friends and co-workers. Gifts don’t have to be expensive, it is the thought behind the gesture that means the most to your friends …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2016/11/25/gifts-from-the-kitchen-make-the-holidays-special/

Super Summer Snacks

 

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here and the kids are out of school! Often times, when kids (and parents too) get away from their normal routine, poor eating and snacking habits creep in. It’s important for kids (and parents) to have a variety of go-to snacks that are tasty, healthy, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2016/05/30/super-summer-snacks/

Will You Be Dining In?

When I was a kid a million years ago, my family had dinners together. Most meal times were good.  I was where I was supposed to be and felt safe, important, and loved.  Other meals were not so great.  I specifically remember being forced to eat at least one lima bean for which much drama …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/10/30/will-you-be-dining-in/

Kids: After-School Snacking and Food Safety Tips

Are your kids famished when they get home from school? Kids often hit the kitchen right when they get home and begin the search for something to eat. After being at school all day, it’s inevitable they will bring a host of germs into the house (and into the kitchen). These germs, or microorganisms, can …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/08/24/kids-after-school-snacking-and-food-safety-tips-2/

Preparing for the After-School Snack Stampede!

It may be hard to believe, but summer vacation is drawing to a close and school is right around the corner. It’s time to plan for lots of things like new classrooms and teachers, unexpected supply needs, extracurricular activity requests – and hungry kids arriving home from school.

Although it’s easy to succumb to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/07/25/preparing-for-the-after-school-snack-stampede/

Summer Camp is Almost Here: Preparation Tips for Campers (and Parents!)

Summer is here and summer camp is on the horizon. Maybe this is your child’s first time to an overnight camp or they are “old pros” at this thing called camp. Many parents and children will have camp anxieties, but here are some things you can do to prepare your camper and yourself for camp.

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2014/06/02/summer-camp-is-almost-here-preparation-tips-for-campers-and-parents/

Helping Young Children Understand the Meaning of Math

Children are born curious and are constantly learning about the world around them.  Children learn basic math skills through daily activities and interaction.  They practice basic math skills as they notice differences between things, how events happen the same way every time, and how they can make events happen.  Many parents push their children to count to ten, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2014/06/02/helping-young-children-understand-the-meaning-of-math/

How to Avoid Homework Hassles

Some children dread the thought of doing homework.  They may leave an assignment for the last minute or refuse to do it all together.  Many parents handle this by trying to force their children to do their homework.   However, getting into a power struggle with your child is not effective.  By having …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2013/09/24/how-to-avoid-homework-hassles/