Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Family Activities with Preteens

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Family Activities with Preteens
Movies, murals and other fun ways to pass the day

Article Excerpt:

As your preteen begins to explore her freedom and social life, family time may not be as important or appealing to her as it used to be when she was younger. But just because your preteen is growing up doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice time with her. “Take the time to get to know your preteen, find out her likes and dislikes and listen to her,” says Erica Ives, California-based family therapist. By tuning into her interests, you may soon find she actually wants to spend time with her loved ones and is willing to dive into family activities. Continue reading

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Gardening for Kids

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Gardening for Kids
Grow your own: Tips for planting a family garden

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If your children cringe at the sight of peas on the dinner table, a family garden may be the solution to get them excited about fruits and veggies. “Gardening helps parents and children spend time together outdoors, take pride in growing their own food, learn about our ecosystem and connect to each other and to others who have lived on the land before us,” says Susan Lipman, California-based gardening expert with the Children & Nature Network and author of “Fed Up With Frenzy.” Continue reading

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Fresh Ideas for Kids’ Lunches

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Fresh Ideas for Kids’ Lunches
Pizza squares, tortilla wraps and more alternatives to the same old PB&J

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If it seems like day after day you’re making the same old PB & J sandwiches for your little ones, it might be time to freshen up lunchtime with something new and innovative. A healthy lunch can make a difference in your child’s energy level and academic achievement, according to Stephanie Cundith, Kansas-based registered dietitian. “Access to better nutrition, coupled with increased opportunities for physical activity, may help students reach their potential throughout the school year,” she says. Continue reading

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10 Easy Things to Keep Clean

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10 Easy Things to Keep Clean
Counters, floors and other surfaces to make spiffy

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While you may claim your home is “lived in” to excuse the clutter and messy countertops, keeping your home clean with simple, daily remedies will eliminate the need for those excuses. From countertops and floors to showers and entryways, your home can radiate a clean shine and aroma at all times with a few quick fixes. Get the entire family involved in your daily cleaning routine and then sit back and admire your bacteria-free living space. Continue reading

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