Category Archives for "Parenting"

September 19, 2013

Parent Involvement in School: Why It Matters

If you have a child in school, you may have heard that it’s good to be an “involved parent.” While this is conventional wisdom, sometimes parents don’t understand why this is important, and they might not know how to get involved.

Here are some ideas on what it means to get involved, and why it matters.

How to Get Involved

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Non-Toxic Face Painting for Kids

Non-toxic face painting for kidsEvery Halloween, I always try to incorporate face paint in my kids’ costumes.

Face painting is fun. It lets me express my creativity. And it’s a lot safer than Halloween masks, which can limit kids’ ability to see their surroundings — not safe when they’re crossing the street or walking around cars.

Up until recently, I never gave a thought to whether the face paints I’ve been using on my children are safe.

But since I became an Alex+Von consultant, and got enlightened on the irritants, toxins, and other undesirable ingredients in makeup and personal care products, I’ve started looking around for non-toxic face paints for my kids.

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September 6, 2013

Why Play Time Matters for Your Kids

Children learn through play. Isn’t it wonderful? As they have fun, they’re developing skills and learning about the world around them.

Here are some of the reasons why play time matters for your kids.

1. Learning about the World

Give a child a cardboard box, and you’ll see creative play at work! A cardboard box may have a lot to teach someone so young. The box reinforces shapes and how they act (boxes don’t roll, for instance; they have a limited capacity; cardboard tears under too much weight, etc.). And a simple toy like a box stimulates a child’s imagination.
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