25
Aug
2013

Get outside with your kids!

From www.nwf.org

When it comes to the whole child, nature may indeed be the best kind of nurture.

The nature of childhood has changed: There’s not much nature in it. American childhood’s move indoors profoundly impacts the health and wellness of our nation’s kids. It is not just a sad loss of innocence; a detachment from all things growing and green. It is a serious public health issue that all Americans need to care about.

In the last twenty years, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled; the United States has become the largest consumer of ADHD medications in the world; and the use of antidepressants in pediatric patients has risen sharply. American kids are out of shape, tuned out and stressed out because they’re missing something essential to their health and development: unstructured outdoor play.

National Wildlife Federation’s report, Whole Child: Developing Mind, Body and Spirit through Outdoor Play, is the first in a series of reports illuminating the critical issues and societal costs surrounding America’s indoor childhood. Here, we offer insight into the health benefits associated with how daily unstructured play time in nature nurtures a child’s body, mind and spirit.

Whole Child: Developing Mind, Body and Spirit through Outdoor Play report.

21
Aug
2013

You know it’s time for the kids to go back to school when…

You know it’s time for the kids to go back to school when…

Older Brother: Get that play dough off the floor before it stays in the carpet forever and ever!

Younger Brother: That’s cheese.

10
Aug
2013

Ahh, the end of the photoghraphy session!

kids walking

30
Jul
2013

Monsters University, Part 1

I can only write about the first half of Monsters University, ’cause that’s all I saw. Here’s why: took all three kids to see a movie for the first time. My (almost) four year old daughter did great for the first half – not so much during the second half. And why do kids’ movies have thirty minutes of previews anyway? Her popcorn was gone by the time the movie started. And that was bad.

From what I saw of Monsters it was great. Everything you would want to see Mike and Sully doing in college. The fact that Disney managed to make a G rated movie about college may have been the best part. I didn’t see much after the point in the story where Mike and Sully and their band of misfits tried to break into the power plant. My daughter and I ran up and down the halls of the theater while my sister and boys watched all the cool looking monsters do funny and amazing things – becoming lifelong best friends in the process. At least that’s how I imagine it ended.

There’s hope! It’s called Blu-ray. And if Monsters University is like every other Pixar disk in my house, it will play over and over again for days and days to the point where I can recite the dialogue – backwards – in my sleep. Can’t wait!