When thinking of summer, the sounds of lawn mowers, splashing water, and jingle of the ice cream truck may come to mind. Summer also might find you hearing a child say, “I’m bored, I’m bored, I’m bored!” Without school to fill up a good portion of their day, children may become restless.
For some parents, helping a child to replace school time with fun summer activities can be a challenge. You want your child to have fun and stay active, but you also need time for your own work and errands.
Here are three activities for keeping children active while building creativity during the months they aren’t in school:
“Are we there yet?” If you’ve ever taken small children on a road trip, you’ve probably heard the question repeatedly. When you were young, you probably asked that question yourself.
Long car trips can be difficult for young children. Their sense of elapsed time is different than for adults and they’re not used to sitting still for long periods of time without much to do. The relative lack of space inside a car can make it all the harder for parents to provide children with diversions to help pass the time.
To make long car rides more pleasant for the whole family, try these car activities:
Ah, summer vacation: It’s a welcome break from the daily grind and a chance to unplug from your email and reconnect with your family. There’s just one problem – agreeing on a destination.
Here’s a fun way to discover where your family’s ideal trip might be: Our Gerber Life family dream vacation quiz below. Where it will take you?
Before you became a mom, you probably thought that you had a good idea of what to expect. After all, you have friends who are moms, and you’re the child of a mom. However, until you’ve run on less than three consecutive hours of sleep or discovered that diapers are built with secret escape routes, you may not really have had the full experience.
The best discovery? The 10 mothers who Gerber Life spoke with all seem to agree that amidst the sleepless nights, crazy schedules and endless diaper changes, there’s the realization that you created another human being – and have the privilege of watching him or her discover the world. You also have the joy of witnessing every “first” – from baby’s first smiles to first steps to first words. In addition, there are days when your child becomes the teacher, even before learning to speak.
Here are 10 things that those moms didn’t know about being a mother until they became one.
Early in your child’s life, you may face a question that some parents ask themselves and feel a need to answer: Should you introduce fictional characters, such as the Tooth Fairy, to your youngsters? Or, as your child might say, “Is the Tooth Fairy real?”
There’s of course no clear-cut answer, but there are two basic views concerning what has transitioned during recent decades into a dilemma for some parents: