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Family Matters: Kids Water Safety


Summer is swimming time and everyone’s excited. Don’t ever forget the most important rule: Nobody should ever swim alone. Whenever kids are in or near a pool or any water such as ponds, bathtubs, toilets or buckets, always assign one adult to watch them carefully. Pools should be gated (and locked when not in use). Water fun is a summertime favorite, but you have to be careful!



Family Matters: Picking Out the Right Food for Your Dog


Dog food comes in many varieties, dogs these days can pretty much have the same meal that you eat with all the different flavor foods. You can get your dog wet food or dry food, fish flavor, chicken flavor, beef flavor, and pork flavor.  They even make natural dog food! 

When picking a food for your dog you must consider many factors; like if you are concerned about your dog’s nutrition, if your dog has health problems, your dog’s age, what flavors your dog likes, and the time you will be feeding your dog. If you are going to be gone all day and are concerned about your dog getting hungry you may want to try dry food. With dry food, you can leave it out all day for your dog to snack on without the food going bad. If you know that you will have time to feed your dog during the day, you may want to try wet food, so you can feed your dog fresh food when they get hungry. Another benefit to dry food is it helps your dog’s teeth stay clean, so you do not have to brush their teeth as often. You may want to talk to your dog’s vet to see if they have any recommendation on a specific kind of dog food that your dog may need.



Family Matters: Pizza


Pizza first became popular in America after World War II and then in the late 1950’s is when frozen pizza became available. Pizza is a very delicious food and come is a wide variety. There is a pizza for everyone; you name it, they make it from a vegetable pizza to a meat lover’s pizza, everyone can enjoy a pizza.

Frozen pizza comes in handy when you do not have time to cook dinner after a busy day, or it is good with teenagers in the house because all they have to do is throw it in the oven.



Family Matters: Diapers


Diapers have been around for centuries but disposable diapers have only been around for a few decades. Now there are a variety of disposable diapers, ones for babies on the go, overnight diapers, natural diapers, diapers for premature babies, and they even have a diaper that has a place for the umbilical cord.

I bet the ladies of the 1950’s would have enjoyed having these diapers back then. Diapers are constantly improving.  They are getting more absorbent and thinner.



Family Matters: What Does That Label Mean?


With all the different wording on labels it may get confusing on what things mean. For example, what is the difference between low fat and reduced fat?

The main thing with food is moderation and it is very important to look at the serving size on the label. While something is low fat and you eat multiple servings, you are consuming more fat than you thought.  

Fat-free: Fat-free means that there is less than 0.5 grams of fat per a serving. Another way you may see this is: no fat or without fat. 

Low fat: A low fat product will have less than 3 grams of fat per a serving. 

Reduced fat: When you see reduced fat this means compared to the original product, the reduce fat product has 25% less fat than the original product. For example, if you are looking at a box of cookies and a box of the same cookies that say reduced fat, the reduce fat cookies will have 25% less fat than the regular box of cookies. 

Low saturated fat: This means that this product has less than or equal to 1 gram of saturated fat and that no more than 15% of the calories of this product come from saturated fat. 

(Source: FDA)

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Family Matters: Different Shape Sandwiches


Are your children getting board with the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Well bring some fun in it by using cookie cutters to make sandwiches in animals, hearts, or stars.

Take two pieces of bread put peanut butter and jelly or turkey meat with cheese in between the two breads. Take the cookie cutter and cut the sandwich. Put it in your child’s lunch box for a lunch surprise for them.



Family Matters: Man’s Best Friend as Your Walking Buddy


Just like humans, dogs need exercise too. When dogs exercise, their bone, joint and emotional health improves. Dogs make great walking and jogging buddies. Next time there is a sunny day, put a leash on your dog and take it on a walk or jog. This way both you and your dog are improving your health. Do not forget to bring water for you and your pet.



Family Matters: A Wave Bottle!


Some days—often it’s a Saturday—you just need something different to do. That’s all there is to it—you’re bored.

Here’s a fun craft idea kids will enjoy and it’s easy to keep the supplies on hand so that you’ll be ready the next time boredom strikes your house!

 

 

Wave Bottle

Materials needed:
Cooking Oil
Water
Blue Food Coloring (or any other color)
Empty bottle from soda (2 liter, 1 liter or 3 liter)
Super glue

Directions:
Have your child fill a bottle halfway with cooking oil, and then add some water that has been dyed with food coloring (hint: use a funnel!) to fill it 3/4 of the way full. Replace the cap and glue it on with super glue.  As you place the bottle on its side, the waves will roll gently.

Kids will have so much fun watching the surf….and adults will find it strangely relaxing, too!



Family Matters: Breakfast Ideas


Health experts everywhere agree: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Parents may agree, too, but they’re faced with the challenge of actually getting their children to eat breakfast!

Some kids are groggy in the morning, and others are part of a routine so fast-paced that sitting down to a meal seems like a luxury.Here are a few suggestions for portable breakfasts that are easy to carry with you in the morning. And PS: 

Adults like these foods, too, so make plenty!  

  • Peanut butter on a whole-wheat English muffin, topped with sliced banana.
  • A snack bag filled with dried cereal, walnuts and dried cherries!
  • A hard-boiled egg, tangerine and a handful of whole-grain crackers.
  • A stick of skim mozzarella cheese, a chunk of whole-grain bread and some grapes.
  • A whole-wheat pita stuffed with cottage cheese and sliced peaches or blueberries.
  • A whole-grain waffle toasted and spread with peanut butter and apple sauce.
  • 2 pcs of whole grain bread spread with soft cheese and topped with strawberries.

 



Family Matters: Baby’s First Craft Project


Are you coming up on Baby’s First Mother’s Day? Here’s a fun project that babies of any age can participate in, and it makes a great gift for moms, grandmothers, aunts and cousins.

Make hand print butterflies by dipping your baby’s hands in paint! Place both color-dipped  hands near the top of the paper with thumbs about two inches apart. Then dip their hands in another color of paint and have their hands go in opposite direction (just below the other hands) with the thumbs about 2 inches apart again (sometimes it’s easier to rotate the paper instead of the baby’s hands!).

Let the hands dry and paint a body down the middle. Write “A Handful of Love” on the butterfly body and place a small photo of the child on it. Add pipe cleaners on the head for antennae.

Older children can make the same project with much less help from you!

Note: take lots of photos of this project. You’ll want to remember it!



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