Summer is now upon us which means it’s time to start thinking about common sports injuries and prevention for your children. The kids are out of school, and you may be considering or have already considered and placed your children in an outdoor camp or sport for the season.

Not only is there a risk for heat related illness especially during the summer, but also other physical injury by overuse, trauma, or a previous injury getting aggravated can occur from the increase in physical activity that many kids experience in the summer months.

Even if your children are either too young for team sports, or maybe they prefer unorganized or solo sports, there is still a risk of injury from the physical activity they may want to engage in, such as bike riding, skateboarding, roller blading, and more.

Fortunately, many of these sports injuries can be prevented with some planning and proper instruction, including paying attention to any safety protocols or rules that may be in place so that everyone can benefit from them as much as possible and keep them all safe. Below are some great ways to prevent summer sports injuries in children.

As the pandemic is beginning to wind down and the vaccine is being distributed at record levels, people are itching to get out and do something. Now that it’s May, we’re creeping later into spring and going to hit summer soon, and you may be thinking of going on a vacation in the next couple months and planning on where to go and what to see.

Family trips are a great way to bond with your family and kids, creating positive new memories, and broadening your family’s perspectives of the world. According to Parents.com, family vacations can have a long-lasting impact on kids. Family vacations are not only valued by you, but valued by children both in the moment and for a long while afterwards in their memory as well. Not only are they able to create treasured family memories, but traveling with your kids can also be beneficial to their brain development. Click here to read more about this. 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And while we know you’ve probably got some sweet ideas planned to show your child how much you love them on that day, it’s a good time to remember that there are things we can do to express our love for our kids every day of the year. Here are some great parenting tips that let your child know he or she is loved and cared for — all year long!

Whether you have kids or not, you know that they have big imaginations and love to play! Playing is one of the best things you can encourage in your child. Through play, kids learn to socialize with their peers, exercise their bodies and their brains and build confidence. In fact, the United Nations High Commissioner has recognized the “right to play” as a critical part of child development! 

The benefits of allowing children to play with their peers and spend time outdoors are recognized internationally, as time outside helps kids learn about their environment and use their critical thinking skills to help understand and solve problems in their environment. It also offers them plenty of exercise and movement to strengthen their bodies and keeps them physically healthy.

Do you have a child that is a picky eater?  Well, welcome to normal!  As a parent, it is natural for us to be concerned about what our children eat and as they grow, and that sometimes becomes a bit more of a struggle as they start to make their own choices.  This link to my latest video BLOG, click here, will give you some tips on working with those picky eaters.  Some of the advice includes: