Take the classic story of The three Little Pigs from fairy tale to food time with Bento Boxes!
As many Boston Babies prepare for their first year of school this fall, it can be an unsettling time for both toddlers and parents. While many moms and dads have had their little ones in enrichment classes, or other child care services, sending your tiny tot to a more structured school setting can still be a very real adjustment for everyone.
While providing consistency is always important when change occurs for children, sprinkling little snippets of love throughout their structured routine adds another element to the mix. This allows children to both acclimate to a set schedule through structure, while looking forward to the little treats and personal touches along the way that soften those sometimes scary new experiences.
When searching for new and innovative ways to show your little one you care, consider filling their lunches with fun and their bellies with food! Preparing Bento Boxes are a great way to let your kids know you are thinking of them during their snack or lunch time. *Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.
This creative cooking lets you connect with your kids, even while they are at school. The lunches are balanced, colorful and engaging, allowing for an imaginative alternative for meal time. Read below to learn more with the help of Elly Chou Newbower, on how to make food fun for your family… Continue Reading
Bring balance in to your baby’s life, both in class and at home, through FKO’s enrichment programs.
Boston Babies is happy to welcome back regular featured writer, Shari Kurtzman. With a Masters in Child Development, she shares best practices with readers, helping parents navigate through some of the more common and challenging hot topics, providing insight and suggestions. Below you will find information on how to keep your kids active, even during those colder New England months.
The importance of movement for children and families is a topic that has been recently discussed in the news, and more actively addressed as a way to target childhood obesity and establish a strong foundation for healthy living at an early age. Boston Babies will continue to keep you on the parenting pulse of what’s best for your bouncing baby or tenacious toddler.
Read below to hear from Shari on how to keep your munchkin moving…
As the weather gets colder and we spend more time inside, kids need to find new outlets for their energy. Scheduling one or two regular classes or activities for your family helps to break up the monotony of the work/school week and has added benefits for kids. Whether they are creative classes such as Zumbatomic and yoga or traditional structured classes like karate and dance – all programs support social skills and healthy habits that will continue as children get older.
Check out these five benefits of active activities for kids: Continue Reading
Getting back to Boston and settling in to your baby or toddler’s schedule is not a small accomplishment.
UrbanSitter has something for you to look forward to, while helping to ease your family in to the fall semester.
Win the Ultimate Back-to-School Survival Kit from UrbanSitter with over $800 in prizes for you AND your kids!
Weekly drawings for UrbanSitter gift cards, plus grand winner wins an espresso machine, yoga mat, superhero backpacks, scooter, books and more!
To learn more or to enter to win the Ultimate Back-to-School Survival Kit: “Like UrbanSitter” on Facebook
Stay tuned to Boston Babies and UrbanSitter to learn about all the family friendly activities they have planned for you this fall. The Fall Festival is the next program in the series of seasonal events. See details below and RSVP today!
When: Sunday, September 15th
Where: Sports Club/LA-Boston (Basketball Court)
COST: FREE for Members; non-members complimentary curtesy of UrbanSitter
Enjoy a traditional New England Fall Fair, including a bouncy house, face painting, balloon twisting, DJ, cider donuts, pumpkins and more…
This Boston Baby is patiently waiting to pick out the perfect pumpkin.
Try not to wipe away too many tears as you say goodbye to summer this season. Boston Babies has teamed up with UrbanSitter to help your family embrace the Fall. While it is always sad to see the summer go, there is some solace in September, as you settle back in to a more structured schedule.
However, no need for your routine to feel mundane, as there is a series of events sure to be fun for the whole family. These programs are family focused and designed to celebrate the New England season in the city, boasting FREE entertainment for your babies, toddlers and young children. You can mingle with fellow families, meet some of Boston’s best babysitters, while enjoying a creative event with your kids!
Boston Babies, a blog that serves as a guide to raising a family in the city, providing parents with best practices, where to shop/what to buy and activities taking place in the city, is working with UrbanSitter, an online marketplace where you will find babysitters reviewed and used by parents in your local networks (schools, sports teams and parent groups).
Read on to see what these two family focused resources have in store for you this season…
Boston Babies is honored to feature Allyce DiNapoli, RN, who speaks to readers on the importance of immunization.
Boston Babies is always looking for ways to provide information to readers on a myriad of hot topics, from current trends and best practices to gear, enrichment programs and family focused activities. The goal is to serve as a resource to families looking to raise children in and around the city.
In addition, Boston Babies is very fortunate to work with child care providers and feature posts by such professionals in early childhood development, education and the health industry. These posts are meant to convey information on important issues that plague parents. Differentiating fact from fiction will allow families to make educated decisions based on research, science and guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other similarly reputable resources versus sensational stories and myths suggested by celebrities.
In this media driven age, there is so much information immediately accessible at your fingertips, it is essential to be discerning when making decisions that will affect your family.
In the below post, Allyce DiNapoli, RN, speaks to the importance of vaccinations, including details about immunization and tips on how to keep your family healthy. She also discusses the controversy surrounding ABC after they hired an anti-vaccine advocate as a new co-host for their day time talk show. Continue Reading
There is a certain simplicity to the summer that can be refreshing for families. However, while implementing structure back in to your family’s life may at first feel challenging, you and your little one will soon find a way to balance the fun of the summer with the set routine of the fall.
While even Boston Babies has taken a slight hiatus this summer, it is time to get back to basics and reacquaint yourself with the hustle and bustle of the fall season. Sending your kids to class, managing a stricter schedule, and planning out your days can feel like a daunting task after you spent months enjoying a more relaxed routine filled with sun, sand and summer trips.
However, there is some solace in leaving those bohemian summer days behind you as your prepare for a more set schedule for you and your Boston Baby. While no one will deny the energy and excitement that comes from spending a summer with friends and family, many Moms will also admit that there is some comfort that comes from reestablishing balance and structure back in to their families’ lives.
So enjoy the rest of your summer, as you slowly prepare to fall back to basics this season with some helpful tips from Shari Kurtzman, Regional Assistant For Kids Only (FKO) Manger for the Sports Club/LA-Boston and Chestnut Hill. With a background in early childhood development, Shari will provide you with some ways to help support your child as they transition from a more relaxed routine during the summer, to a more structured schedule for the fall.
See below for best practices and enrichment classes that will allow your little one to still let loose, while they learn…combining the support and challenge required to help them meet their potential. Continue Reading
Make your meals colorful and fun, and your little foodie will actually enjoy eating her fruits and veggies!
Mealtime for Moms can be a point of anxiety. What to make, how long will it take, and how many menus will be needed to suffice the family, especially those picky eaters…
Boston Babies aims to provide parents with healthy options that are either great for preparing and then storing/freezing, such as our split pea soup recipe, or quick and easy alternatives to tons of time cooking in the kitchen, such as this Grilled Cheese “with the Works!” family favorite.
Whether you are preparing a culinary creation as an afternoon project with your sous chef, or in a bind and need a quick concoction to get the job done, having healthy foods prepared in bulk, and then frozen…or knowing options that are effortless to throw together in the moment, helps keep at least some of the chaos out of the kitchen.