Whether you’re preparing for a family trip or their first day of school, make sure you search our new collection of backpacks to find one that’s the perfect fit! From favorite heroes and bright icons to multiple styles and sizes, we have what you need to make gearing up a cinch.
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Keep your little one’s brain going this summer with a few food tips that make a positive difference. We gathered some advice from Deborah McNelis, M.Ed, Founder of Brain Insights, LLC and award-winning author of The Brain Development Series. These ideas highlight the importance that food plays in how children function, how they feel and how they behave.
“Nutrition is often thought of only in relation to the body,” she says. “But what is good for the body is also good for the brain.”
Providing a good breakfast sets your child up for a good day. Ensure that the first meal includes adequate amounts of protein (omega-3s and complex carbohydrates over sugary foods and beverages). This will contribute to a more content child with a better-functioning brain.
Establish routines for daily meals. Consistency each day provides a sense of predictability for young children. The brain feels more comfortable and safe when it knows what to expect next.
Offer choices. When children are given options, they’re more directly involved in an activity – and this often results in better cooperation. For example, ask if they’d like an apple or orange with their lunch, or if they’d like to drink their milk or finish their sandwich first.
Finally, one of the best things you can do to to keep your own brain happy is to follow these same tips! Eat well, get enough sleep, follow a routine – and also take note of all the great things you did throughout the day. Parenting is not an easy job, but be proud of the positive ways you’re contributing to the healthy brains of your family!
This post was written in collaboration with Deborah McNelis for Happy Family. Nourish your little ones with snacks from Happy Family at our Story Time next week as our Summer Reading Challenge comes to an end. For more details, see our store events page.
I’m thrilled to be kicking off the first week of book nook reveals for Pottery Barn Kids! Since my son Liam (now 14 months old) has started walking and leading the way, I wanted to add a touch of a “growing boy” to his nursery as it transitions to be a little boy’s room. The first idea that came to mind was to create a quiet place to read stories, enjoy cuddles and have some fun. So, a teepee reading nook sounded like the perfect place to start!
Liam is one busy boy! He’s now running around looking for new adventures and places to explore, so I love how a simple yet dramatic teepee added some fun and coziness to his room. We pretend that we’re in the middle of the wilderness, reading beneath the stars!
He loves his new reading teepee and cuddling into the pillows and soft blanket – he completely owns his new territory!
Multiple stories have already been read with the lights dimmed low, his grand light star shining the way through his new adventures.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how my teepee book nook turned out – and guess what? You can create this look, too! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $100 Pottery Barn Kids gift card to get started on your child’s own reading space. Hurry – the giveaway ends this Sunday, July 13th!
Throughout my childhood, both of my grandmas kept beautiful gardens. I remember feeling the importance of helping out, as well as the excitement of picking and eating the vegetables and fruits when they were ready.
Now that I have kids, it’s even more fun watching their proud faces as they help out in our little garden: planting seeds, watching them sprout up, then finally crunching on a freshly picked prize.
When I started working on this coloring sheet, my kids immediately got out their pens and paper and started drawing along with me. I hope you and your kids enjoy coloring it in, or even creating a drawing of your own garden.