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Food equals brain power!

A well-balanced and satisfying diet is essential for anyone, but especially important for the little ones who need lots of brain power to study hard and learn new things! A diet that consists of high-fat and high-calorie foods with little nutritional value doesn’t just make you gain weight: it impairs focus, energy, motivation, sleep, and overall wellness. On the other hand, a diet that consists of energy-rich, low fat foods packed with antioxidants, iron and other minerals can make a huge difference in a student’s mood and focus. Here a few foods you should make sure you are adding to you and your kids diet for optimal performance:

For increased energy levels it’s recommended to consume whole grains in between meals. For higher levels of energy you can also eat oranges, red meat, oatmeal, drink milk, and increase water intake.

Your brain also craves certain nutrients. Some foods you brain loves includes blueberries, tuna, avocados, walnuts, salmon, eggs, and cranberries.

For an overall increased nutrients value you should make sure to eat hummus, apples, strawberries, quinoa, watermelon, and broccoli.

Make sure you are adding these foods to your and your kid’s diets to ensure your brain is getting all the power it needs to function properly!


Books to read with your kids this year

It’s time to come up with a new list of books to read with your kiddos this year. We’ve come up with a list of books you should checkout—each of them easy to read and paired with a strong message!

  1. We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices. The world is a pretty divisive place these days, and finding ways to talk to kids about politics, social change, prejudice, racism, and the path to justice can be challenging. This collection of poems, letters, essays, art, and honest advice is a wonderful place to start
  2. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge. The title of this book alone is intriguing, but the story is even better. You’ll have to trust me that Brangwain Spurge is a character you’re going to want to get to know. He’s a historian, spy, and scholar and, well, there’s just no other way to say it, an elf. He’s supposed to bring the goblin lord a peace offering but may have started a war instead.
  3. The House with Chicken Legs. If your kids saw “Ant-Man and the Wasp” this summer, they may have had a few questions about who or what a Baba Yaga is. Lucky for you, Sophie Anderson’s new book has all the answers and an inventive story about a young girl named Marinka who chafes at her life in a house with chicken legs and a Yaga grandmother who spends every night helping the dead cross over to the afterlife. But when Marinka disobeys her grandmother’s strict rules, things go horribly wrong.
  4. Amal Unbound. Set in Pakistan, 12-year-old Amal’s life changes drastically when she’s forced to work as an indentured servant for the rich Khan family. With her growing awareness of the Khan’s illegal activities and an unpleasant new enemy, Amal must find the courage to stand up for justice and change.
  5. The Lifters. When Granite and Catalina discover a magical doorway to a labyrinth of tunnels underneath their town, they learn that it’s up to them to save the world from the mysterious forces below the earth.

During the new year, be sure to add reading with your kids into your daily schedule. It’s a great bonding activity and a fantastic way to give your kids perspectives on important topics.


How to help your kids make new year resolutions

New year’s resolutions and goals are a great way to get 2019 off to a wonderful start. It’s important that we make sure our kids our focusing on big games and setting high goals so that they can stay productive and grow through the next year.

To get your kids started on coming up with resolutions, be a resolution role model yourself. Bring your resolutions to the kitchen table as a family and discuss what everyone’s goals are for the next year.

On top of this, keep a positive approach to resolutions. Rather than bringing up shortcomings to your kids and what they can improve on from last year, talk about everything they did right in the last year. Ask what they feel they could have done better or things they didn’t get a chance to do and would love to do in 2019. You set the stage. Look ahead and ask, “What are some of the great things you want to do this year? What do you want to improve? What will make your life better and happier?”

Finally, narrow down the resolutions you have come up with with the kids. Two or three resolutions are reasonable. Take a fresh sheet of paper and have your child write down her top three resolutions, leaving a large space between each one for inserting smaller steps.

Helping your kid come up with resolutions will help them stay busy and happy throughout the next year! Good luck in accomplishing all your resolutions and in helping your kids achieve theirs!


Boston Holiday Traditions

With winter here and the feeling of the holidays in the air, it’s important to remember and take part in the winter traditions of our hometowns. Boston has a multitude of incredible traditions and events happening through the rest of the year that make the holiday season truly what it is.

The Nutcracker is an event held every year at the Boston Ballet. The celebration starts the moment you enter a festively decorated Boston Opera House and continues with Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, magical sets, and spirited dancing. Such a great location to enjoy a bit of timeless culture as well as experience a fantastic holiday tale!

 

The Boston winter holiday market is another experience that cannot be forgotten about! Taking over the City Hall each winter, the plaza is filled with festive lights, colors food, and an ice skating rink.

 

Ice skating on Frog Pond is another big part of the holidays here in Boston. In the heart of the Boston Common, surrounded by trees wrapped in festive lights, skating across Frog Pond is simply like a dream.

 

Boston’s holiday traditions truly make winter what it is. Make sure to take part in as many festivities as you can and have a wonderful holiday season!

 


Holiday movies to watch with your kids.

 

As leaves change and drift to the ground, and the snowy season approaches, thoughts of getting cozy by the fire with a warm cup of tea and a good movie sound heavenly. Here are some perfect classics to check out this holiday season with the kids:

 

  • It’s a Wonderful Life. Although a bit dark in the beginning, this movie ends on a positive note. Turn on this black and white classic to be reminded there’s more to the holiday season than getting new things.
  • Elf. A hilarious film with undertones of deep truths surrounding the holiday season, family, love and friendship. After watching this film, you’ll find you always have a place in your heart for the man raised by elves in the North Pole.
  • Polar Express. Experience the adventure of taking a fantastic train ride up to the North Pole with a young boy. We promise you won’t regret watching this magical animated tale.
  • A Christmas Story. The situations in this movie are very real and funny. They are guaranteed to leave both you and the kiddos laughing, cringing and crying with the characters.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas. This classic directed by Tim Burton takes an interesting twist on the holiday season. You start the journey in Halloween Town where you meet interesting and compelling characters at every turn. Another great film with underlying truths about the holiday season and what it really means.

 

 

We hope your holidays are filled with happiness and joy and make sure to check out these movies this holiday season.

 


Tricks on getting your kids excited about school.

The beginning of the school year can be a very nerve-racking and exciting time for both you and your kids. As time goes on and we get further into the cold season, school can start seeming like a chore and your kids might have a bleak outlook on heading off on the school bus each morning. How do you raise that excitement level again?

 

  1. Be a role model. As a parent, you are one of the most influential figures in a child’s life. When parents read a book or take an adult education class, they’re modeling that everyone continues to learn. In a kid, this helps to instill a positive idea on what learning means to them.
  2. Get them involved in activities they are interested in. Talk with your kids and find out what they are interested in learning more about in practical areas, such as soccer, chess or art, etc. Introduce them and have them get signed up for activities and clubs at the school having to do with their interests. Not only will this get them more involved in school, but will allow them to grow in many different areas and make new friends.
  3. Encourage meaningful relationships. When kids have great friends at school they are more inclined to get excited about waking up early and head out to school.
  4. Show an interest. Talk with your kids, go to their sports games as much as possible, and support them in their endeavors. This lets your kids know that you care, that you see when they are in need of help and that you acknowledge when they are doing well.
  5. Set the tone.

 

School doesn’t have to be an inevitably awful part of a kid’s life, it can be fun and it should be a place where they are leaning a lot, practically and academically. Try out these tips to get your kids more excited about attending school!


The History of Halloween

Three Fun DIY Halloween Projects

October 31st has arrived and the things that only haunt us in horror films have come to life. Zombies, witches, ghosts, and vampires walk among us asking for candy at our doors.

This eerie night and well known holiday originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

And so, with this haunted day approaching we hope you and the kids have scary costumes ready for a night of scaring off ghosts and trick or treating! Have a spooky Halloween!


What to do in Boston during the fall:

 

Experiencing Boston during the fall is different than any other season with the changing leaves, the crisp air, and the holiday spirit that is just beginning to surface. Because of this, there are many fun things to do in Boston during the fall. Here are a few:

 

  1. Take a kid-friendly walking tour of the historical sites in Boston. The historical atmosphere steeped with the feeling of fall will invoke feelings nostalgia mingled with warmth and happiness. Grab a cup of hot cocoa with the kids and take a deeper look at the origination of Boston from.
  2. Experience the awesome foggy Shakespeare performance at the Arnold Arboretum on October 21st.
  3. Take a trip to a real-deal pumpkin patch. Once you get home you can start on the family craft of carving pumpkins into jack o’lanterns to get ready for Halloween.
  4. Visit a Boston area museum such as The Boston’s Children Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner, or Harvard Arts Museum in order to check out the season’s new exhibits.

Autumn is a time to get out and explore the city in all its beauty during this season. Be sure to include these items on your To Do list this fall.


Why is a proper bedtime is important for your kids?

Getting your kids to bed early has more benefits than you may think. Research is proving that sleep can reduce your child’s risk of obesity and catching a cold as well as increase success in school.

 

Parents can generally tell when their kids aren’t getting enough sleep by their disposition in the morning and through the day, but research shows that sleep is also essential to health. Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise. It’s when the body heals cells and repackages neurotransmitters, chemicals which help your brain communicate with the rest of your body. Experts have recently been able to validate that sleep gives brain cells the chance to flush out disease-causing toxins as well.

 

On top of all this, while sleeping your body secretes growth hormones and so kids primarily grow while they sleep. Research into children with a lacking of growth hormone has shown that they sleep less than average. There is research that shows that an inadequacy of sleep can lead to weight problems. Children, starting at infancy, can become overweight from a lack of sleep. You produce proteins that are essential to fighting off infection, illness and stress. Too little sleep impacts the body’s ability to fight off germs.

In light of this, make sure with the school year you get your kids that Vitamin ZZZ they need in order to make this year great!


Why you should have a dance party with your kids!

We all have those days where we are just in a “mood”. It can be hard to figure out how to get out of these bad spells, especially with the kiddos, but there is a solution. It’s a magical thing called a dance party! I know what you’re thinking, how can a dance party with your kids dispel a bad mood? Here is exactly how:

 

It is actually scientifically proven that dancing increases bonding, improves fitness and reduces stress. The endorphin kick from dancing increases pa

in tolerance and boosts the sense of connectedness with those you are dancing with. Mirroring your kids’ dance moves is also guaranteed to get that heart rate up! Plus, mirroring others helps foster stronger relationships. What’s more, as we move, our muscles relax to the music, which allows us to free ourselves of the tension built up during the day.

 

Physically, dancing improves the condition of your heart and lungs and increases muscle toning, strength and motor fitness. It also helps insure you and your kids will have stronger bones, better coordination and increased agility and flexibility for the years to come.

So not only does dancing make you happier, but it can help you create a stronger relationship with your kids as well as give them a healthier life. So get your dancing on!!




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