Reading – Enjoying it AND Comprehending it

My husband and I are both avid readers. Our idea of “quality time together” is both of us spending our evening immersed in a book…but doing so in the same room. Together. Lol. We just assumed, cause that’s what parents do, that when we had kids they would be avid readers too. How could they not, especially if they had us as examples?

We have two boys and while my seventh grader enjoys reading, my second grader is struggling. He wants to read, but just doesn’t have the reading comprehension thing down yet. That’s huge, and not something we really thought about. I mean, I don’t suppose I would want to spend a lot of time reading something, only to look up and go “I have no idea what I just read.”

He works on it daily, and thanks to getting interested in audio books and having an appreciation for storytelling, he just might make it to “avid reader” status before long!

Get Up and Get Out

It seems like every time I turn on the news someone else is shouting about the obesity epidemic in America. And you know what? They’re right. When I was a kid, we didn’t worry so much about it, but we were a lot more active then (and we didn’t have PS3s, the Internet or any of the other things that make kids stay inside day in and day out). The simplest way you can combat a weight problem in your child is to get him or her up and out. Outdoor activities, whether that’s climbing a tree, riding a bike or just hiking in a local park, can really do the trick for kids struggling with weight problems. Of course, a healthy diet and limited access to soda, sugar and unhealthy snacks will also help.