Happy Halloween!

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It’s getting to be that spooky time of year again!  The kids are all talking about what they are going to be for Halloween and getting very excited.  Here are some tips for having a safe and fun Halloween!

Costumes

  • Choose costumes that fit your child properly to prevent tripping
  • If their costume is darkly colored, add reflective tape to it to make them more visible to drivers
  • Be sure they can see well through masks and use face paint if possible
  • If you don’t want to spend money on a generic store-bought costume, consider a DIY costume!

Trick-or-Treating

  • Children should be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating
  • Help young children remember to say “please” and “thank you”.  You can practice at home by having your child pretend to trick-or-treat at your own door
  • People handing out poison candy is not a thingHowever, there have been a few rare cases of terrible people putting pins or needles in candyIt’s best to look through your child’s goodies at the end of the night to make sure nothing has been tampered with
  • Be sure to use sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Carry flashlights and/or glow sticks to make yourself more visible
  • If you are driving, remember there are lots of kiddos running around!  Drive slowly and be extra alert

There are lots of fun games and activities to really get in the Halloween spirit!  Here’s a link to some simple and fun ideas to share with your child.

The Midway YMCA will be hosting their Spooktacular party for our October Family Night.

Friday, October 28th from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Branch.

There will be Family “Thriller ” Zumba at 7:00 and a costume parade at 7:15.

There will also be:

  • Games and Bingo
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House
  • Haunted kitchen
  • Crafts and prizes
  • Snacks

This event is FREE and open to the public, so bring your friends!  A photo ID is required to enter the Y.

Have a safe and spoooooooky Halloween!

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September 2016 Family Night-Picky Eaters

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We hope you and your family enjoyed this month’s family night!  Here are some more ideas for dealing with those picky eaters at your table:

New Foods Sticker Chart

If your child is motivated by stickers, this printable sticker chart could be a fun way to encourage your kiddo to try new foods.   They could even use the sticker that comes on fruits and vegetables.

Age Appropriate Kitchen Activities

Being involved in the process of buying food and helping with meals can make children feel more invested in the food being served and more likely to try it.  The USDA has lots of information on their website about the health and nutritional needs of children.  Here are lots of ideas to keep kiddos of various ages busy in the kitchen.

 

Talk specifically about how food is good for us

Many children have a vague idea that food (especially fruits and vegetables) help them grow, but being more specific can get them more interested. “Did you know that carrots have vitamin A in them and that gives us healthy, strong eyes?”  “Broccoli has lots of fiber in it!  Fiber helps our tummies work well and makes our blood healthy!”

Use kid pop culture

Make Paw Patrol and Disney work for you.  Everyone wants to be like their heroes.  “Oh man, the Hulk is so strong!  He has to eat a lot of vegetables to be big and strong like that!”  “What do you think the Flash eats to be so fast?”

Experiment

In our meals and snacks here at the Midway, we get celery from our caterer in two ways: sticks and “smiles”.  The smiles are celery stalks chopped width-wise, resulting in small curved “smile” shapes.  The kids are way more likely to try the celery smiles as opposed to the more intimidating stalks.  Try cutting foods in different ways or serving them in different ways.  You child might not like a baked sweet potato, but maybe they would like sweet potato fries.  Or mashed sweet potatoesOr maybe sweet potato quesadillas.  And keep in mind that pretty much any vegetable tastes better when it’s been roasted.

Read books about food and picky eating with your child

There are tons of books on picky eating out there (An Alligator Class favorite is I Will Never, Not Ever, Eat at Tomato).  Kids can relate to characters in stories and might even be inspired to follow in their footsteps.  Here is a list of some other books that you and your child might enjoy.

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