Childrens Sports This Summer

Children need to be active and to take part in sports especially during the summer. While my daughter is in school, she has Physical Education only once every few weeks and recess only once in a while. When she gets home, we try to get her to go outside and run around in some way, shape or form. The problem is that school work always comes first.

This summer, we are working on prying her off the computer, away from books (not that its bad for her to be reading!) and the TV so she can work off some energy, and learn about being a team player. She loves PE but doesnt like the competition factor of group sports. What ends up happening with her is that she gets upset when she is compared to other children. In PE, there is a teacher who is responsible for allowing every student to take part in the games that they play, doesnt allow children to bully others, and provides different levels of sports for her students.

How do we accomplish this on our own? Weve decided to have play dates in which sports are the main focus, including basketball, hockey and good old fashioned games like hide and seek. When we as parents oversee these games, we can allow the children to play kindly with each other. Another thing were doing is enrolling our daughter into swimming lessons. This is to help her gain confidence. Hopefully this will enable her to take part in competitive sports if she is interested later on.

Weve seen both the good and bad in sports with our older daughter who was on a roller hockey team and a school track team. Parents often were the worst offenders, who used foul language, became angry with coaches and referees and made what should be a pleasant time for children, a difficult time. is working towards changing the environment of childrens sports. They provide resources for coaches and parents and support volunteer sports programs. They are funded by Liberty Mutual.

This blog post is sponsored by Liberty Mutual with the opportunity for an Amex Gift Card of various denominations depending on content, comments and Twitter discussion.

Teach Children To Donate This Summer

Taking time during the summer to teach your children is something that we often do as parents. I try to do it so that it is fun and possibly sneaky! Im focusing on teaching my daughter about donating.

Her toy box is full to the brim with toys and games she no longer uses. She has small Disney toys that she used to play with and then decided to keep as a collection, but now those are taken over with newer video games, books, trading cards and stuffed animals. She just has too much. I dont want her to sell her things or trade them, instead I want her to give them away. I want her to learn how it feels to give from the heart, to help people in need.

  • We have a local thrift store that we learned about through our church. I make donations there and have brought her with me when Ive done that and to shop there. She has met the men and women that have been helped through their programs and the Pastor who oversees the programs. We are going to go through some of her belongings and donate them to this local charity.
  • Next, we are going to give away some of her puzzles and craft supplies to the nursing home where my aunt resides at now. This will help her see her items being used by people she knows.
  • Another great idea is to sell your iPhone or iPad on Itemcycle. You can use the money made from selling your device to donate to your local charity.
  • Well also gather some books for her school library. We can bring them there this summer. Again, shell get to see them in action.
  • Another idea Ive come across is ClutterClast. Darryle Pollack has begun this trend on her blog. What you do is take a photo of an item, put it on your blog with a story about it. Then wait for comments of what to do with it. Someone may want it for themselves, or to give it to a friend. You mail it off to them. They take a photo of themselves and the item and send it to you so you can post it on your blog. This is a lot of work for me right now, but if my daughter is willing to do it, Ill help her here. If youre interested, you can sign up for ClutterClast on Ning.

The fun part comes in when my daughter feels what its like to give and feel good about it. The thrift store may be the hardest but if I bring her to make her donation in person, Im sure that she will be told and shown how important her gift is.

How do you teach your children to give or donate?

Along Came You Book Review and Giveaway


Along Came You by Karona Drummond is sure to be a book that is given to expectant mothers at baby showers every where. I was deeply touched by this book and my baby is 10 years old. I had to share this with her. She sat quietly reading next to me, then asked me to read it with her.

We havent read a book together in ages, but this book has a way of bringing Moms and children together no matter the age. Along Came You is actually for children aged 4 7, but I believe because of its beautiful illustrations even younger children will enjoy having this read to them.

Along Came You is about life for a mother before and after she has had her daughter. The message is that life was good and comfortable before but so much more precious after. The illustrations are colorful, bright and just darling. The illustrator, Estelle Corke captures the close relationship of mother and daughter.

Published by Zonderkidz, hardcover with 32 pages, the purchase price on is $10.87, in book stores the average cost is $15.99.

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