Reviews and Blog Posts: parenting

Outdoor Parenting

The kids are heading back to school and the summer sunlight is waning, but that doesn't mean family outdoor fun can't continue.

The benefits of outdoor play for children are numerous. Everything from enhanced brain development, social aptitude, physical fitness, and environmental appreciation have been linked to getting outside. With cooler temperatures on their way and fall colors just around the corner, here are some great books to help you leave the house and enjoy our amazing natural surroundings with your kids.

Picnics, Sewing, and Parenthood!

Sewing Techniques

Hungry for some picnic food? Or just for some information? Either way, Fresh City Life My Branch has you covered this week!

Start your week by dreaming of the picnic you'll have on your next day off! Enjoy the great Colorado outdoors (if it ever cools off!) with these creative recipes for your picnics or hikes that will have you forgetting that you ever settled for sandwiches and chips! Recipes and samples included! Picnic Foods, Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Branch.

Are You a Paranoid Parent?

The Paranod Parents Guide

Christie Barnes, author of The Paranoid Parents Guide: Worry Less, Parent Better, and Raise a Resilient Child will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch as part of the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on information gleaned from years of research, Ms. Barnes knows that many parents are wasting their time and energy worrying about the wrong things. In this presentation, she will give parents a much needed reality check, opening their eyes to the real dangers lurking that are more likely to impact their children--and what they can do about them. Bring your questions! Ms. Barnes will have several giveaways for lucky members of the audience, including Paranoid Parents Kits!

Colorado Author Series: Dr. Michelle Anthony

Little Girsl Can Be Mean

Join us at the Schlessman Family Branch Library on Sunday, September 12 at 2 p.m. to hear Dr. Michelle Anthony speak on the cultural pressures and obstacles confronting young women and girls today and what we can do to help. A book signing will follow this illuminating event.

Dr. Anthony, co-author of Little Girls Can Be Mean will present a how-to strategy session for addressing the growing problem of girl meanness in elementary school, including how and why meanness happens, ways to help girls deal with and resolve friendship struggles, and girl bullying. Attendees will learn a simple Four Step process, along with a variety of take-back tools, strategies, and activities to help their children approach many social struggles in the early years.

Let Guns N' Roses Soothe Your Baby to Sleep

Rockabye Baby Guns N' Roses

What baby wouldn’t enjoy drifting off to sleep to the sounds of Welcome to the Jungle or November Rain? My daughter and I have had a blast listening to Rockabye Baby’s lullaby renditions of popular bands (ok, so maybe this is more of a treat for Mommy). Who knew the xylophone and glockenspiel could sound so good?

Not a fan of 80’s hair bands?

Love to the Cardiac Kids

Love to the Cardiac Kids

Did you know that anyone can have a child with a congenital heart defect? Almost one of a hundred births will have some form of congenital heart disorder. The 6th Annual Cardiac Kids Parent Conference is here to help.

The 6th Annual Cardiac Care Parent Conference is September 11, 2010 at the Childrens' Hospital. Buy your tickets before August 30 for a special discount. Bring your partner for only $5 more.

I was born was a mild congenital heart defect that required surgery by the time I was a Freshman in High School. While it was a confusing time for me, I can not imagine what it must have been like for my parents. The financial burden, the questions, the uncertainty - all things I didn't worry about because they did.

Have fun helping your child become a lifelong learner with StoryBlocks!

Did you know that parents who sing and talk with their children are building reading readiness and making a difference in lifelong learning? Interested in learning about other activities that will help your children learn and grow? If so, check out StoryBlocks.org!

I love reading and singing to my 7-month old, and while I always knew it was fun for my baby to watch me act out the itsy bitsy spider climbing the water spout, I didn’t realize how much these types of fingerplays and rhyming songs actually impacted her healthy brain functionality! Score one for mom!!

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