September 2015 - Pickens County First Steps

Fall is here! 3 Fun Tips for Enjoying the Great Outdoors With Your Young Child.

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Cooler mornings, football games, apple-picking — a new season is here and so is our inspiration to get outside and enjoy this beautiful world.

Young children are the most delightful explorers of the world around us. We tend to forget that the natural world is still new to them. Everything — from the roly-poly creeping across the sidewalk, to the crunchy leaves along the path — is worthy of a complete halt and investigation. As grown-ups, it’s second nature for us to hurry them along. We have things to do and places to be.

But what if we built […]

Why Preschoolers and Senior Citizens Should Hang Out

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Sunday is National Grandparents Day. The benefits of grandparents in a young child’s life — the love, the patience, the family connectedness, {the spoiling} — are obvious.

But the benefits and blessings of grandparents go beyond warm fuzzies and soft laps and extra dessert after dinner.

Intergenerational relationships — whether it’s with grandparents, retired neighbors, seniors in our faith-based communties, or local nursing homes — are needful as young children learn to connect with those in a vastly different stage of life.

In light of Grandparents Day and the love we have for the older ones in our lives, we thought […]

3 Simple Ways to Turn Everyday Tasks into Learning Opportunities

Recently my family subscribed to a meal subscription service just for fun. A cooler box arrived on my doorstep with the recipes and ingredients, all labeled and measured, for two delicious meals.

While we still had to do the actual cooking and cleaning up, it was a nice break from figuring out what to fix for dinner and a fun way to try new dishes. Best of all, it was a great opportunity to include my kids in the kitchen. My son told me afterward that cooking together was his favorite part of the day.

Though my children are no […]