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Five Fun Ways to Get Kids Moving

Physical activity is essential for a healthy lifestyle. And now, more than ever, it's important to get kids engaged in physical activity for their long-term health.

Make the Most of Mealtimes

Studies show that when kids eat dinner with their families, they're more likely to have nutritious diets, healthier weights and do better in school. And moms know that sharing a meal together is an important part of building strong families.

Eerie Halloween Eats

Make no bones about it, it's time to conjure up some creepy cuisine for a ghoulishly good Halloween party for the kids. In addition to making the tasty recipes below, here are some other fun ways to turn ordinary munchies into something monstrously yummy.

Raising Eager Readers

Exposure to books in the early childhood stages plays a key role in a child's reading development, and while most parents and caregivers know that children benefit from reading time, many struggle to fit it into their children's hectic schedules.

Inspire Kids to Volunteer

By teaching our children the importance of volunteerism and instilling values that promote community service, teachers, parents and caring adults have the power to inspire the next generation of America's leaders to be active members of society and give to those in need.

Teaching Children About 9-1-1

In January, 3-year-old Jaden Bolli, of Maple Shade, N.J. dialed 9-1-1 when his grandmother collapsed at home. The toddler had learned how to call emergency services just days before from his mother. The boy told the dispatcher that it was his grandmother's blood sugar. However, she really had suffered a stroke. Paramedics arrived in time and were able to help the woman. Bolli saved his grandma's life.

Summer Time, Oh Summer Time

I don't know?...  I guess it's a love-hate relationship I have with summer time.   I mean, what's not to love? - - Great weather.... BBQ's... no schedules... no homework hassles... family vacations.  In theory, it's a wonderful time of year, right?!  It's what we look forward to all year long (during school).

Explore Nearby Nature - Ride the River

Looking for a fun family bicycle adventure with plenty of kid-friendly pit stops? Try the Willamette River Bike Path! Below is a peek at some of Nearby Nature’s favorite places to pause along the way. A map of the entire Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System is available on the City of Eugene's website (www.eugene-or.gov).

Dad's Eye View - In the Wilds With Daddy

When my daughter Sally turned 8, I bought her a new wooden canoe paddle and burned her name into the blade. With the gift came a promise: In July she and I would take a three-day canoe trip on the river that flows past our house. We hung the paddle over her bed.

Nanny Connection: Mom's Dating Again!

<strong>Dear Nanny:  I can’t believe I am writing this, but I think I am ready to start dating!  Several kids and a lot of years later, what do I need to know?</strong>