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Effects of Exercise on Executive Functioning in Children

Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, there have been long-standing beliefs that physical activity is related to intellectual ability and functioning. Researchers have been looking at the effects of exercise on cognitive functioning since the 1950’s. A historical overview done in 1986 by Kirkendall (1986) evidenced a decline in the 70’s and 80’s of active research being done on children’s cognitive functioning and physical activity. In Kirkendall’s opinion, the decline reflects a shift in research interest towards the physical benefits of exercise, and a divergence from studying the cognitive benefits.

Young chidren running in nature

Family-Friendly Hikes in Clark County

Kids are happy and healthy when they get regular exercise. Our Vancouver daycare keeps kids moving with an outdoor playground and indoor gym. We believe physical play boosts our students’ spirits and helps them learn.

Family friendly hikes in Clark County Washington.

You can keep the fun going by staying active with your kids after work and on weekends. Summer’s long days are the perfect time to enjoy being outside with your family. But the parks around Clark County beckon even when the weather’s cold and wet.

5 Ways You Can Help Kids Eat Healthier

Are you planning to eat healthier in 2016? It’s common for adults to make diet New Year’s resolutions. Kids can also set goals to eat better. The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of healthy resolutions appropriate for children.

It's more fun when parents and kids eat healthy together.

Make it easy for kids to grab a healthy snack by leaving fresh fruit on the kitchen table.

Whether your children make resolutions or not, you can help them develop good eating habits. Let’s Move suggests a family can improve its diet by focusing on five areas. Small changes in eating habits can make a difference. Here are some simple ways you and your kids can start eating healthier.

Reduce Fat and Sugar

Prepare lean meats such as skinless chicken breast or ground turkey. Choose lower sugar breakfast cereals or prepare old-fashioned oatmeal. Offer your child milk rather than juice and switch to fruits for desserts and snacks. Talk to your child about the health benefits of eating foods with lower sugar and saturated fat.

10 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Share

Two young boys share a toy train set.Sharing is a vital part of relating to other human beings. By cultivating openness in our interactions with others, we create harmony and support within communities large and small. However, young children often have a hard time learning to share. As with any new skill, practice builds confidence, and even enjoyment. The following are tried-and-true tips for encouraging your child to share.

Family-Friendly Water Holes in SW Washington

Where your kids can splash around on the perfect summer day!

Summer is blossoming in Clark County and it’s a great time for a family excursion to take a dip in some of Vancouver’s best watering holes. Here we have listed our favorite urban spot for cooling off, as well as a couple spots a bit farther east for some fun-filled outdoor adventures.

kids playing in fountainFountain at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver

Located right in city center, this fountain is a favorite urban spot for taking the kids for a quick afternoon splash. Completely reclaimed from its transient past, Esther Short Park is now a vibrant beacon for community revival.

Your preschooler will love getting to dip their toes in the cool running water of this lively urban oasis. Just keep in mind: this cute little spot is popular. Bring a towel and keep an eye out as you would at any swimming pool, and let your kid splash away! 

Five Classic Books to Read to Your 3-5-Year-Old Tonight

mother-and-child-readingIt’s bedtime. Or that time just after dinner when you and your child snuggle up on the couch and pick out a book to read. Or that time when you sit in the doctor’s office waiting room while you wait for the nurse to call your name. Anytime can be reading time, especially when you have the right book to stimulate your child’s mind and heart.

We’re always amazed by the wide variety of excellent books available to children and parents. The following list includes a few of our favorite classics, books you and your 3-5-year-old can curl up with and enjoy, again and again.

Fitness Tips for Kids

A nice kid playing in the playgroundYou teach your children to properly brush their teeth, get the right amount of sleep, and reach for fruit or other healthy option when they’re hungry. But what about movement? Granted, you don’t want your little one joining you for boot camp workout classes, but modeling positive fitness practices and providing your children with options is a great way to set the foundation for a lifetime of excellent health habits.

Young children are often naturally active. However, if your child could use more structured exercise, it might be time to make changes to the way you approach playtime. The National Association of Sports and Physical Education has developed some parameters for young children, including the amount of exercise that best meets their needs.

Is your child getting too much exercise, too little or just enough?