Faith is a huge part of my life as many of you already know. I was raised in the church, my mother starting teaching me at a very young age about God. Like many others as a young adult I strayed away from the church in search of fun and foolery. No matter how far I strayed I always knew God was there and many times made decisions not to participate in certain activities because morally I knew they were wrong and would not be pleasing to God. I always went back to what I knew, and what my mother taught me.
After perusing “God’s Little Princess Bedtime Devotional” written by Sheila Walsh I am excited to begin teaching Addison the importance of God’s love and how gracious He is to us daily, even when we continually fall short.
Addison is at the age now where she can start understanding about God and building a relationship with Him for herself. We have been reading a page a night and with nearly 100 devotions, prayers and activities we have many nights of learning ahead of us.
Each page comes with a selection and scripture on the left with a “Good-Night Giggles and Grace” page on the right. The “Good-Night Giggles and Grace” are fun experiments used to help your Princess grasp the concept and scripture from the left page.
For girls who may be experiencing social issues or have specific questions the back of the book is equipped with an index outlining some of the issues our children are facing today and offers a scripture to help them better understand what God’s word says about such things.
I am a huge fan of this book. The illustrations are amazing and as minute as this may seem to some I was pleased that many ethnicities of children were included. This is a great way to start off the new year and starting building a foundation of faith for little girls.
Do you have a bedtime routine with your children? What does it look like? How do you teach your children about God?
There has always been a debate going on regarding whether or not children should be referred to as “bad.” Let some folks tell there is no such thing as a bad child, I am here to say different. I’ve seen “busy” and I’ve seen “bad” and there is truly a difference.
A few weeks ago after getting an update on our children’s behavior in school and having both children get the same report (good by the way, #youcare) my husband and I had a discussion on what is the make up of well behaved children. Genetics, home training, or a combination of both. Then ironically a few days later a friend of mine and I had the same discussion after she brought up the topic.
To be quite honest with you I have major issues with overweight children. While keeping in mind there are many uncontrollable circumstances that would allow a child to be overweight, there are some that are a result of parental choices. The latter is the one I take issue with.
I know as parents we are busy and I have been just as guilty of grabbing something unhealthy while on the go to feed whining, hungry children but I really try to keep those moments to a minimum and instead prepare healthy snacks that can hold them over until I can get them a good meal.
As parents we can find it hard to make time for exercise and healthy activity, and as a result sometimes our children suffer and also adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Today we are going to look at Adventure to Fitness and the strides they are taking to get children moving in a fun and engaging way through interactive episodes that merge physical activity with learning based lessons in math, science, social studies, and language arts.
While watching an Adventure to Fitness video, children are asked to constantly keep moving in an effort to keep up with the adventure they are watching. Upon completion of a video, the child would have been active for 30 minutes and learned lessons based on the video. Here is a sneak peek at Colonial Chaos. This particular video teaches about Colonial America and some of the happenings during that time.
In addition the site also provides educational resources for parents to help parents make healthy choices for their children. Adventure to fitness is the first program of its kind to get kids moving, learning and having fun!
Adventure to Fitness offers a variety of options that allow parents/teachers to stream videos monthly through their Basic, Value and Premium plans. Plans start as low as $9.99/month with access to five videos. To learn more about the subscription plans visit the Adventure to Fitness store where you can learn about streaming, purchasing DVDs as well as merchandise.
Adventure to Fitness is a viable option to start kids on an exercise regimen. My children loved the videos and the baby has even requested to play the “jumping” game. I had planned to grab a video of her playing but with the move and all I just didn’t get time. Whether our children exercise voluntarily or if the thought of exercise calls for pulling a Mommy mind game it is so important to get our children to realize the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle very early on in life.
If you would like more information on Adventure to Fitness please visit them at their virtual homes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, and online to stay in the loop on this innovative product sure to get your children moving and having fun
Parenting is just down right difficult at times. Second guessing yourself wondering if the decisions you make will hinder them or will they feel some kind of way about you when they grow up. The whole process feels like a shot in the dark at times.
Last year my husband and I made the decision to not force my son to play football when he brought it to our attention that he didn’t want to play. I even wrote a post about the whole dilemma that got featured on BlogHer and I was heralded for being a great mother for standing by my son’s decision. At the time we wanted to allow him the space to voice his desires knowing that we would stand behind and support him.