7 Reasons Why Extracurricular Activities Are Important

October 18, 2016 11:00 am

Homework time can sometimes be a hassle. Getting the kids to focus and complete assignments may seem impossible some days. However, there may be a remedy to help with your children’s focus. Studies have shown that children who are involved with extracurricular activities have improved their academic performances.
What is an extracurricular activity (ECA)?
Parents often think that sports are the only ECA that is available for their child to participate in, but sports isn’t the only option. An extracurricular activity is any activity that falls outside of you or your children’s academic curriculum.
Here are seven reasons as to why your kids should be involved with an extracurricular activity.

1. Self-esteem
Getting your child involved with an ECA will build confidence. Being involved with an after-school program will allow your kids to master new skills. An environment that gives your child self-respect is one that is stress-free and allows them to relax and have fun! Giving them this time will also help them to refocus and recall the criteria that they are studying at school.

2. Time Management
Adding another event to the calendar may seem hectic to start out, but it will teach your child time management at an earlier age. Challenge your kids to get their things together the night before they participate in their ECA.

3. Social Development
ECA will help your children to make new friends. It will also allow them to make a contribution to a team or your community, which will help them prepare for life outside of academics.

4. Teamwork
Activities that require your children to work together with other kids toward a common goal is excellent. Whether its sports teams, clubs, or playing games with other children in the park, working with others will help your child to develop good teamwork skills.

5. Goal Setting
After-school activities will develop your children’s goal setting techniques. Whether it’s winning a game or getting a lead role in the school play, these activities will help your child to work on setting goals and have fun at the same time.

6. Explore Interest
Being able to choose from multiple activities will help your child find out what they 're passionate about outside of academics. Finding out their passions and discovering new talents will build their dignity and allow them to explore a diverse interest.

7. College Preparation
College may seem like it’s far away, but everything that your children does now will help them prepare for college. Colleges look at the activities that students are involved in outside of academics. Student’s that are involved in ECA are more likely to graduate from college.

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Remember, extracurricular activities aren't just playing sports or being in competition. Being a part of a club or team can be something that your children create by meeting up with other kids in the community to play games in the park. Allowing your children that time to step away from academics and electronics will help them to develop skills that will assist them throughout their adult life.

Here is a list of programs and locations throughout the county of San Diego that provide extracurricular activities for your children.

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Halloween Jack O’Lantern Hack

October 11, 2016 12:30 pm

Halloween is almost here! Parents and kids will soon walk door to door to fill their goody bags with candy. If you haven’t already started making your Jack O’Lantern, now is the time for you to get started. I have got a few hacks that will keep you and the kid’s safe in the process of creating your Lantern.

Can’t keep the pumpkin still?

Cut the bottom of your pumpkin out. By cutting the pumpkin at the bottom, it will keep your odd shaped pumpkin from moving while you’re trying to carve, which means you’re less likely to get cut or lose a finger in the process. You will also be very thankful when it’s time to put the candle inside. Simply just place the pumpkin over the top for the candle instead of trying to stick your hand into light the Lantern.

I don’t want my kids using the carving tools.

The thought of your children attempting to carve a pumpkin probably has your stomach turning right now. Don’t worry! Bring the camera out and take fun photos to glue on your pumpkin. The pumpkin will make for a great picture frame for the holiday season. The kids can also bring out the paint and markers for this as well. It will be tons of fun, and you won’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt.

How do I make my lantern last longer?

Put a teaspoon of bleach in a spray bottle with water. Spraying the inside of the pumpkin and where you carved will kill bacteria that causes the pumpkin to rot. You can also soak the pumpkin for 4 – 6 hours in bleach water. Use one teaspoon for every gallon of water you use. Make sure that you have carved the pumpkin before soaking it.

You can also use petroleum jelly on the areas that you’ve carved; it will keep mold and other bacteria from growing on or in the pumpkin.

I don’t know how I feel about a candle being inside the pumpkin.

Putting a candle on the inside of your Lantern is a fire hazard, especially if you are using bleach to disinfect your lantern. We don’t want the kids to play with fire at all. Use a glow stick instead. It will be a great way for you to keep the Lanterns glowing while you sleep through the night worry free. If you have Christmas lights, place them on the inside of the lantern.

You’re all set! Be sure to pick up your pumpkins from your local grocery store instead of the pumpkin patch. The prices at the grocery store will be a lot lower, and they often have a “2 for 1” deal around this time.

Like this post, if you’re going to be carving your Lanterns this Halloween! Be sure to share with us how yours turns out! Happy Halloween!

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Flu Proof Smoothie Recipes

October 4, 2016 11:01 am

The fall season is officially here! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the baked sweets! It's the time of the year that we all love, the holidays! Although we look forward to the holiday season, it's also flu season. Adding something as simple as a smoothie can give your immune system the boost it needs to keep up your holiday spirit in tip-top shape. Here are some quick smoothie recipes and essential ingredients to add to your menu this fall.

Ginger is very resourceful when it comes to your general health. Adding a teaspoon of ginger to any meal or smoothie will prevent inflammation. It is a natural pain reliever.

Germs won't be an issue for you and your family this fall with this "Influenza Fighting" Smoothie. Be sure to pick up some local honey as it will be an essential ingredient to help with allergies.

Give the immune system a kick with the Carrot Apple Ginger Smoothie. This smoothie contains 30 percent of your recommended fiber intake.

How can you resist a strawberry banana smoothie? Here is a Strawberry Ginger Zinger Green Smoothie that will give you plenty of Vitamin C.

Leafy Greens
Get a large dose of Vitamin C when you add leafy greens such as kale, lettuce, and spinach. These greens will also give you a boost in energy, not to mention your daily dose of fiber. Try these amazing smoothies to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

Greens have never tasted so sweet with the Immune Booster Sweet Green Smoothie. Try substituting your morning cup of coffee with this morning pick me upper.

Local honey is a great natural sweetener. Try this Super-C Immune-Boosting Smoothie which will help with allergies.

Detoxify your body with the Banana Spice Smoothie. The additive cinnamon promotes a healthy brain and will help you stay focused on your next task at hand.

Citrus fruits are the best fruits to have. Add any citrus to just about any smoothie for some extra flavor. Get your daily dose of Vitamin C by tossing some oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits into your blender.

Who knew 147 calories could taste this amazing? The Citrus Energy-Boosting Smoothie only takes 10 minutes to prep and make.

This Citrus Smoothie, loaded with Vitamin C, is important when trying to stay healthy during flu season. Starting your morning off with this shake will help your body absorb the minerals you consume throughout the day.

Get all the nutrients you need to give your health a boost. With a combination of citrus and healthy fats, the Almond-Orange Smoothie will make your immune system robust enough to withhold anything.

Whether it's preparing a healthy smoothie or cooking dinner, be sure to keep your meals rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Make sure the veggie you prepare for each meal has at least three colors of the rainbow. It is an easy way to make sure that you are consuming all your vitamins.

Use websites or apps like Pinterest to come up with great ideas! Show us how your smoothie turns out by posting a picture in the comment section beneath this post on Facebook!

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