After School Life

By Kim Heitzmann The kids are back to school and will be soon busy with book reports, tests and homework—but academics are only one aspect of a balanced life. After school activities are a great way to have fun, make new friends, learn new skill and learn life...

Youth Sports Nutrition

By Denise Morrison Yearian All children need nutritionally balanced meals for healthy growth and development. But for those involved in rigorous athletics, the needs may be even greater. To ensure your young athlete receives proper nutrition and hydration to fuel his...

Kids and Coding

By Michelle Talsma Everson Each semester, we encourage my 8-year-old son to pick two after-school activities to participate in. This past fall, he selected his school’s new coding club where every Thursday he and his classmates bring out their laptops, iPads and other...

Horse Crazy

By David Cains The loyal, willing nature of the Arabian breed suits itself as the perfect family horse. With their affectionate personality, gentle demeanor and fondness of humans, these qualities also make Arabians a great horse for children. Here at Stonewall Farm,...

The Perfect Note

By Michelle Talsma Everson Music lessons – whether they are instruments or voice – are nearly a childhood rite of passage. “Thousands of scientific and academic studies have shown that music education improves academic achievement, builds communication skills, fosters...

Fun Once the Bell Rings

By Christa Melnyk Hines After-school activities are an essential and fun way to round out your child’s overall educational experience. Integrate both structured and DIY activities that complement your child’s disposition, age and interests. “Students in these...

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