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Summer is around the bend…time to think about ways to save you and your child’s skin.

Look for broad-spectrum products rated at SPF15 or higher. Slightly greater ratings may be needed for children who tend to have longer exposure times.
Apply sunscreen at least 30 mins. before sun exposure…or you may wish to consider products with titanium dioxide. Use generous amounts and re-apply often. (Always apply sunscreen to your child before sending your child to his/her educational or camp setting Check with the caregiver or counselor as to when they reapply the sunscreen.)
Avoid intense sun between 10:00AM and 4:00PM. Stay in the shade when possible.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Long sleeves with a tight knit should be worn by those who are in high altitudes and/or fair skinned.
Use lip balm rated SPF 15 or higher.
Routinely examine your skin (don’t forget hairline areas) and remember sunburn blisters are second degree burns…see a doctor.

Have Kids Changed?

“Kids have changed.”
Over the last years we have heard this statement repeatedly from educators, parents, and the media. But have children really changed? In reality, it is society, parents, and schools that have changed. These changes have transformed the way our children play, interact, and learn. This has created issues beyond poor behavior.

“The United States faces an epidemic of unparalleled proportions,” write Gina Fontana and Ralph Barrett in this provocative call-to-action. “We have raised a generation of socially, cognitively, and physically underdeveloped children, leaving parents and teachers struggling to find solutions.”

What is one thing early childhood educators can do to ensure that children are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in today’s society? Bring back the creative arts! Music, art, and dancing “allow children to be creative, take risks, and express themselves in innovative ways.” The whole body of a child must be involved in learning, not just their brain, for the child to develop into a productive, well-rounded citizen. Read more here.

Help Your Child Become A Problem Solver

Preschoolers who can solve their own problems feel confident and enjoy learning. They are willing to make mistakes and learn from them. You can help by:

Pointing out that it takes time to learn something new. Explain that learning takes a while and practice will make it better.
Remind your child that problems help “grow brains”. Remind your child that he or she knows how to do lots of thing by practicing.
Work with your child to think of three ways TO SOLVE A PROBLEM. Talk about each one and then have your child pick one to try out.
Let you child know that you believe in him or her. Say “Do you think you can solve that problem on your own? I think you can. What do you want to do first?”
Point out your own mistakes as part of life and learning. “Uh-oh, I spilled my water. Spills happen. Next time I won’t put my glass where my elbow can bump it”