Fashion can be an important part of a child’s self-image, and a new wardrobe often comes at a high cost. But with advance planning, your kids can still achieve their look at a price you can afford.
There are some simple, practical solutions, but also some deeper, more lifelong lessons that we can teach our children about responsibility, respect, and the value of a dollar. “What do you mean you don’t know where your new shoes are? You haven’t even had them for a week!” I screamed at my daughter as steam simmered out of my ears and my face burnt with rage.
By now, most of us know that we need to limit screen time for our kids and get them moving, but we know less about what kind of movement our kids need and why it is so critical for their overall development. We want opportunities for our kids to be ready to learn and to be successful in school. For instance, we might worry that our three-year-old can’t write their name yet, or we might brag about our four-year-old’s good reading ability. But I’ll let you in on a secret: The easiest, most affordable, and powerful developmental opportunity you can provide for your child is to allow them the space and time for unstructured, active, outdoor play in nature. Here’s why.
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