Fueling kids bodies with healthy and tasty snacks after sports keeps them energized and supports normal growth. My six-year-old son loves to play soccer, baseball, and basketball and he loves his post-game snacks. I love watching him interact with his friends on the field. Watching him play sports and interact with his teammates on the field is one of my favorite things about being a parent. It makes me proud to see how well he listens to the coaches, and to observe how respectful he is of other players.
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My son also loves healthy snacks and has a firm grasp of which foods are nutritious. He'll sometimes ask for "more carbs" when he wants more rice. He knows food is fuel for his body, just like gas for the car. Within the first half hour after a game, young athletes should eat some carbs. They'll also be hungry again two hours later and should consume more carbs recommends the Sports Nutrition and Sports Center of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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Fueling kids bodies with healthy and tasty snacks after sports keeps them energized and supports normal growth. My six-year-old son loves to play soccer, baseball, and basketball and he loves his post-game snacks. I love watching him interact with his friends on the field. Watching him play sports and interact with his teammates on the field is one of my favorite things about being a parent. It makes me proud to see how well he listens to the coaches, and to observe how respectful he is of other players. Read More »from Post-Game Snacks Kids Will Love
- Yahoo! Contributor Network | Team Mom – Mon, Jun 11, 2012 12:44 PM EDT
My daughters' smiles can light up a room-from my toddler's giggling glow to my kindergartener's open-mouthed smile and down the line to my oldest daughter's toothless grin, there's nothing quite as inspiring as a child's smile. When we take care of these winning smiles and nurture the positive attitude and behavior behind them, I know my daughters will have all the components for a happy, healthy, confident life ahead.
Brush, floss, and gargle.
There's more to a healthy smile than a cursory brush at morning and night. Teach your children to brush their teeth for the entire length of "Happy Birthday," floss before the rinse, and then gargle with mouthwash (preferably one that's specially-conditioned with fluoride or for children). Don't just make these three things a chore. Teach your children that they are just as important to healthy bodies as eating dinner and drinking water or milk! It's a lifestyle, not a burden.
Protect your smile.
An active lifestyle is an absolutelyRead More »from Mom's Guide to Building Confidence and Winning Smiles
My daughter's soccer team had struggled through a rather rough season recently. The team was plagued with illness and injury. Most games of the season, they played a full hour of soccer with no subs or even with less players on the field than an opposing team had. This was in a year of record-breaking heat in Texas, and many games were played in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees. The girls persevered and managed to earn a spot in the district championship tournament.
At the district championship, they played a total of six games over the weekend, thankfully in cooler temperatures. They won the first four game easily. Their fifth game, theRead More »from What to Say If Your Kid Loses a Game
In addition to making patriotic-themed treats with the red, white and blue colors, we also make treats that remind us of the sounds of fireworks. We use popcorn because it "pops" and rice cereal treats that crackle to get all the senses in involved.
Red, white and blue popcorn treats
Before heading out to see the fireworks, we fill up clear plastic bags with popcorn. The bottom layer has popcorn that we tint red, the middle layer is the plain popcorn and the top layer is popcorn tinted blue.
To make the popcorn, we put ¼ cup butter and 3 T light corn syrup in a sauce pan on medium heat. Then I add ½ cup sugar and 1 box (3.5 ounce) of red or blue colored gelatin mix. After stirring, I bring to a boil and reduce heat. I simmer for five minutes. I then mix with 8 cups of popcorn. Finally, I spreadRead More »from Patriotic-Themed Treats for 4th of July
As a child I never had the chance to be involved in sports until I was in high school. Although I wish I would have started playing sports at an earlier age, I know those four short years really helped me become the successful adult I am today. As a parent, I wanted to make sure my children had a chance to try different sports while they were young. So, when my daughter was six years old we signed her up for AYSO soccer . My husband and I knew nothing about soccer so we learned with her. Now, six years later we realize that putting our kids in youth sports was one of the best parenting decision we ever made. Our kids have tried soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, football, and swimming. I have two very responsible, self-confident, and respectful children and I know it is because they are both actively involved in youth sports. Read More »from 10 Reasons to Get Your Kids into Youth Sports
Here are 10 reasons why you should consider having your children in youth sports.
Live a healthy lifestyle.
In youth sports your children are moving and
Eat a healthy diet. What you eat and drink matters when it comes to a healthy smile and a healthy lifestyle. There's a place in your diet for that occasional cup of coffee or a cookie here or there. But be mindful of moderation and the effect it has on your teeth and your overall health and well being.
Floss and rinse, too. As any good dentist will tell you, brushing is only half of the battle when it comes to fighting cavities, plaque, and gum disease. Flossing and using mouthwash are also absolutely essential components of a healthy smile.
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Tie-Dyed Tablecloth & T-Shirts for Guests
Get a white cotton tablecloth and white t-shirts out, and purchase red and blue tie-dye. Teach the kids the fine art of rubber-banding your garments to get that perfect spiral. Then, let your creativity shine! Tie-dye a tablecloth for your buffet table and smaller tables where guests will sit, if you have them. Make t-shirts for all of your pint-sized party guests. They'll love this take-away favor and they'll be perfect little living decorations!
American Fingerprint Flag
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Having a nice smile is more than about appearances - it's also about being healthy and having the confidence to take on life's challenges. The hectic nature of the average family's day-to-day routine can put oral health on the back burner. Read More »from Easy Habits for a Beautiful, Healthy Smile
Maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile does not have to be time-consuming or costly. By following these easy habits, you and your family can enjoy the self-assurance and fortitude associated with a sparkly, confident smile.
Make it a family affair. Regular brushing is essential to preserving those pearly whites. Getting yourself and your kids into the habit is as easy as establishing a collective routine. Each morning before leaving the house for the day and each night before bed, make a point to stop what you're doing and brush together. By organizing a consistent habit and working together to be sure you stick with it, you and your family will secure the foundation to a healthy smile.
Use fun equipment to engage your kids. Dental health doesn't
Milk around the house
My toddler still drinks her milk from a sippy cup, which she carries with her at all times. That means I've found spilled milk in some pretty unfortunate places when the lid has leaked--on my couch, the hardwood floors, and on the carpet. If you catch the spill early, wipe it up quickly and go about your business. If it sits long enough to curdle, you may have to use a scraper, heavy duty carpet or floor cleaners, and (potentially) a nose plug.
Food and drink in car cup holders
If you're constantly running to and from school, gymnastics classes, and soccer practice, your car might look a little bit like mine. The worst mess always seems to be in the kids' cup holders, where trash, leakyRead More »from Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk--Literally!
Red, White and Blue Bike Streamers
Materials:1. Red, white and blue curling ribbon
3. Twine or thin wire
Add a little patriotic flair to your child's bike with red, white and blue bike streamers. Cut four one-foot strips of each color ribbon. Then, take scissors and curl the ribbon. Each streamer should have six ribbons. For extra pizazz, use metallic ribbon. Bind the ribbon together with some thin twine or wire. Push the end of the streamer through the hole at the end of theRead More »from Create Your Own Patriotic Bike Decorations