FC: Adventure awaits! by Carly Oldham
1: Being a parent can be one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs out there. You have to be committed to showing your child that you want what is best for them, ensuring that they trust you. Bonding with your child is important, and a great way to form a healthy parent-child relationship is to be their active partner when they are playing. This shows your child that you care about them and want to share their happiness. The attachment you'll form together will be unbreakable. A responsive child will always pick up on the things their parents show and teach them. For example, encouraging unstructured play helps your child develop curiosity and creativity, which will help with their imagination. Another way to instill positivity into your child’s life is to model a good set of ethics and show initiative, which will show your child that being excited about getting things done the right way is important. Children learn empathy through their parents, so it's your responsibility to make sure they keep others' feelings in mind. If you do these things the right way, your child will look up to you and respect you for the rest of his or her life!
2: "American Elm" photo taken by Chris Ford
3: Central Park New York, NY "They have everything here for everyone! Whether you want to explore nature, go ice skating, take your kids to the zoo, go to the aquarium, ride your bike, have a picnic, take some photos especially if it's for a wedding, go for a jog and you might see a celebrity like Katie Holmes, go to the pool in the summer, play baseball, tennis, or just take a nap..." - Kenzie K.
4: Let's go to New York! In this book, I'll show you how to have fun with your child in the amazing state of New York!
6: Now let's have some fun! One of the funnest places to go with your child is an orchard. Picking yummy apples give you a chance to bond and pick delicious snacks. Before going to Central Park in New York City to play, you can go to Hurd's Family Farm, which is about an hour away from the city.
7: Children are always excited to explore nature. Go down to a creek with a chart of different kinds or organisms found there and look for fish and crayfish. Ask the child what kind of animal they are and what food they all eat.
8: While you're in New York, why not go to the Children's Museum of Manhattan? You and your children can learn about anything from colors and shapes to Greek mythology. It's perfect for all ages!
9: After a long day in the city, unwind by showing your child how to grow their own garden! Whether they're planting flowers or vegetables, it's still a great way to become closer to nature and teach them responsibility.
10: Butterflies are beautiful and interest pretty much every child. Butterfly houses are a great way to show your child the cycle of a butterfly's life. They will love watching the caterpillar's grow and eventually emerge from their cocoons into colorful butterflies.
11: After a fun time in the garden, I'm sure you're both pretty hungry. Have a healthy snack known as ants on a log! Take a fresh celery stick and smear peanut butter over the top, and then sprinkle raisins over the top. You'll both love this healthy and delicious snack!
12: What do you think some of the morals of these tales were? Which one of the tales was your favorite? Why? | This book is a collection of stories from the Celts. It has a wide variety of lessons to teach your child. Reading a book like this is a great way to bond with your child.
13: Safety First! | I know all parents get concerned about their child's safety. So, let's discuss some guidelines. When you're ever out in public... - make sure you know where your child is at all time, of course When at the creek... - make sure the child is always an arm's length away - know which animals are local to the area - know what is poisonous and not When eating... - don't talk and eat at the same time! - be prepared to do the Heimlich maneuver at any time At the museum... - know where all the fire exits are When in the sun... - wear sunglasses - wear a hat - wear 30 SPF sunscreen