Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for parents of 2 to 4 year olds, Essentials for Parenting addresses common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining. The purpose of the resource is to provide as much information as possible on things you can do to build a positive, healthy relationship. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior and decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies like positive communication, structure and rules, clear directions, and consistent discipline and consequences. To find out more information please see the CDC‘s website.
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The amount of whole fruit* children, 2-18 years old, ate increased by 67% from 2003 to 2010 and replaced fruit juice as the main contributor of fruit to children’s diets. Experts recommend that most fruit come from whole fruit, rather than juice. The amount of vegetables children ate did not change from 2003 to 2010. Moreover, in 2007- 2010, children did not meet recommendations for the amount of fruit and vegetables they should eat.
To read more about this article please see the Centers for Disease Control’s website.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible. Please see the CDC’s website for more information.
Spring is a great time to explore nature with your children as well as participating in many other activities. Activity Village has some great spring craft ideas to do with your children. Some of the craft ideas include puzzles, games, crafts and coloring pages.
With the holiday season approaching, UMaine Extension has a great video on Gift Giving and Overindulgence. This video also has some great ideas on alternatives for gifts by using family time and making memories that will last a lifetime.
The Maine Resilience Building Network was formed in February, 2012. In 2011, a research study and report called “Working with Adverse Childhood Experiences: Maine’s History, Present, and Future” was conducted for the Maine Children’s Growth Council Health Accountability Team.
Maine Resilience Building Network is a collective of organizations from throughout Maine. We focus on resilience in people and communities. Resilience is the ability to overcome stresses and adversity. Resilience is built through supportive relationships, positive experiences, and by learning skills. Resilience is unique in each person.
To find out more about the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) select the link.
Now that August is here, some schools will be starting at the end of the month. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has some great information about keeping kids of all ages safe while going to and while in school.
Please check out the link for some great information.
When the weather turns warm, everyone wants to be in or around the water. Hanging out at the pool or the beach on a hot day is a great way to beat the heat. Teens Health has a great resource to stay safe in the water during the hot summer days.
Go Green for Kids! is a great resource from Penn State University for children to learn about reduce, reuse and recycle.
Penn State’s Better Kid Care and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs are teaming up to bring you “Go Green for Kids,” a monthly tip to help you provide a healthier and safer environment for the children in your care. IPM works to promote healthy alternatives for pest management to lower children’s exposure to both pests and pesticides through a variety of educational programs. Resources for children, teachers, and parents are available on the IPM website. This month’s focus is on…recycling.
Maine Maple Sunday March 24th. This is a great day to plan some family time. It informs kids on where the syrup comes from and the process that is involved in making maple syrup. To find a list of activities in your area go to Get Real Get Maine.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has a publication available if you think you may be interested in tapping some maple trees yourself.
There are some great recipes that include maple syrup. If you think you would like to try some recipes Betty Crocker has several to choose from.
Hopefully you will get a chance to enjoy Maine Maple Sunday!