Five Fun Ways to Help Children Learn About Great American Heroes This Holiday Season

December 18th, 2014by admin


american-historyWhen it comes to thinking about American history, some of us cringe. We’re reminded of school days when we were compelled to learn about dead people we couldn’t relate to and “important” dates that were anything but that to us. Everyone, however, loves a good story, and when history is taught as a series of stories, it is as fascinating as any work of fiction you will read.

For 20 years, I have researched, written songs, made albums  and performed thousands of school concerts about great Americans.  When heroes are presented to children as real people with the  same complexities, challenges, losses and triumphs as the rest of us, they become  real and believable.

Here are five fun ways you and your elementary school child can dive in and become hero know-it-alls.

 

Read them Fifty American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet!

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It’s time for a conversation about how many 11–15 year olds drink alcohol

December 17th, 2014by admin


wine glassAs a parent, knowing what young teens are thinking at any given time is a difficult task I’m all too aware of.

A recent survey conducted by AB InBev UK, the world’s largest brewer, has shown that this is especially true when it comes to the drinking habits of 11 – 15 year olds.

There appears to be a massive gap between what parents think their children’s attitudes to alcohol are and what these attitudes really are.

The survey revealed that parents think that 57% of 11 – 15 year olds have consumed alcohol at some point whereas official data puts the real percentage at 39%.

On average, 7 out of 10 parents assumed that a larger number of young people had tried alcohol when this is simply not the case.

Carpets and Your Child’s Health

December 8th, 2014by admin


Children love to play on the carpetChildren love to play on the carpet’s soft and warm surface. Carpets, however, can harbor dust mites, dirt residue and pesticides that pose risks for your child’s health. This is why it is so important to keep the carpet perfectly clean.

Let’s take a look at the main tips on preserving carpets as a safe place for your child’s games.

The Right Choice
The first step to ensuring a harmless home environment is choosing the right carpet. The wool carpet is the safest choice. The best wool carpets are stitched rather than glued together – that’s another important factor to examine. Carpet glue can cause allergic reactions so it is best if you use fastening strips rather than glue to fasten your carpet to the floor. If adhesive is the only choice, make sure it is dry and low-emitting.