The Active Outdoors

Compiled by Michelle Talsma Everson Spring is officially here and the weather is gorgeous outside. Now is the time to go explore the active outdoors before triple digit temps hit. Hiking, biking, fishing, camping—it’s all fair game this spring and into early summer....

Dig This

By Janeen Lewis Most parents want their children to get outside away from phones, TV and video games, and gardening is a great way to achieve this goal. However, recent research shows that there are several other reasons to start a garden with kids. The benefits range...

Let Them Be Wild

Kids and Animals By Nora Heston Tarte Animal interactions are great for building social skills that help children interact with others. They can also be used to teach children about other topics. “Humans are naturally drawn to animals and other living things,”...

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...

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