Back-to-School Tips for Busy Parents

Back-to-School Tips for Busy Parents

The beginning of the new school season is exciting, but chaotic. After a relaxing and less-stressed summer, once that bell rings for the first day back to school, the daily grind is right back in action and parents feel the heat. There are appointments, scheduling, pick-ups and drop offs, after-school activities, tutors, sports games, rehearsals… you name it. There’s a lot to do and most of the execution relies on the parents. Don’t let the mayhem make back-to-school season a drag. Make the most of these tips and you will find that the school year can be well-planned and less stressful than you anticipated. Sure, school season is more serious than the breeziness of summertime, but with some order and structure, you can make this time of year fun for all. Pre-Prep the Night Before The morning before a school day is probably the busiest. You are pressed for time to get everyone ready for the day and out the door in a timely fashion. If one thing falls off schedule, the whole morning can become a crisis. Plan ahead by picking out the kids’ clothing the night before and lay it out in their room. Bathe the kids at nighttime so they can simply rinse off and brush their hair and teeth come morning. Pack snacks and lunches when you make dinner and ask the kids what they want for breakfast so you can have it ready for them in the morning. Make sure the kids’ backpacks are ready to go and all homework is completed. The more you can do in the evening, the easier the AM...
Healthy Snacks You Can Make with the Kids

Healthy Snacks You Can Make with the Kids

Most kids crave an after-school snack and something to enjoy at lunch or snack time at school or daycare. While there are plenty of healthy choices that are pre-packed and available for purchase at the grocery store, it’s always a joy to get in the kitchen with the kids and whip up something tasty together. Not only will you create something good to eat, but the time together is special for parent-child bonding. You will also have a chance to instill a value of healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Here are some healthy ideas for smart snacking both you and the kids will love. They are all easy to prepare and taste absolutely delicious! Fruit Parfait  Kids love sweets, so go all-natural with fresh fruit. Simply layer spoonfuls of yogurt with diced fruit and low-fat granola. You can top with a drizzle of honey or a dollop of applesauce. Enjoy after school or pack in a seal-tight container to go in a lunchbox. Mini Cracker Open-Faced Sandwiches  Get some whole wheat crackers and top with a variety of healthy options. For a sweet fix, try peanut butter and sliced apples. Or go for sugar-free jam and goat or cream cheese. If you’re in the mood for something savory, try hummus and cucumber slices, low-fat Swiss and turkey with mustard, or tuna fish salad and tomato slices. Mix and match for endless snacking ideas. Pinwheels Kids love finger foods, so pinwheels are the perfect choice for bite-sized treats. Use a whole wheat tortilla and fill with your favorite foods. PB & J is always a classic but...
After-School Ideas That Don’t Involve a “Screen”

After-School Ideas That Don’t Involve a “Screen”

Technology is a wonderful thing, but more and more kids spend far too much time planted on the couch with eyes glued to the television set. Or they are furiously tapping away at smartphones or tablets without a care about what is going on in the “real world” around them. We’re all for kids becoming savvy in the high-tech department, but there is a real need for some time away from the gadgets and gizmos to give today’s kids a taste of the simpler things in life that are as just as, or even more fun than what lies behind a glaring screen. Now that school is back in session, after-school playtime is the perfect chance for kids to experience activities that don’t involve a screen. There is more to life than TV shows, video games, and social media. Show your kids the way to a new source of fun and entertainment they may miss out on if they don’t look up every once in a while! Treasure Hunt Set up a game of “treasure hunt” in the yard or even around the house if the weather isn’t permitting. Make a list similar to one you’d create for a scavenger hunt and let the kids explore. Don’t make it too easy – give clues so the kids must do some investigative work to find the hunt items. Play with teams or even alone. The point is to get off the sofa and explore. You can give a prize for completion or the winner can be the next one to create the treasure hunt list for another round of fun....
Lower East Side Location OPEN HOUSE!

Lower East Side Location OPEN HOUSE!

RSVP (FREE!) HERE All My Children Daycare & Nursery is pleased to announce an upcoming open house on August 27th for our Lower East Side (LES) Manhattan location at 112 Ridge Street. The quality education private school, which has been open for 2 years will offer open enrollments for children from 3 months to 4 years of age. The center has seen tremendous growth in the last year alone, especially with all the real estate developments in the area. On Sunday, August 27th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the highly-experienced staff from All My Children will host families at their LES facility showcasing this extraordinary eco-friendly school and its many unique resources. “The lower east side like other major communities in NYC is seeing a boom in more upscale residential accommodations,” said Melanie Felsman, Head of Communications for All My Children Daycare. “Our education platform and approach to the creative curriculum attracts many of the families that are moving to the area. The combination of our eco-friendly environment and holistic approaches to preschool are what most families seek,” concluded Felsman. “Now that we are gearing up for the upcoming school year, we would like to invite all prospective families with children 3 months through 4 years of age to see our LES property and meet some of our teachers for a fun-filled Sunday morning,” offered Felsman. On August 27th, families are welcome to visit All My Children’s informational open house. There will be entertainment, refreshments, and other activities the children. For more information, you may go online to www.allmychildrendaycare.com or email marketing@amcearlylearn.com. About All My Children AMC provides...
Boost Your Little One’s Vocabulary with Little Steps Each Day

Boost Your Little One’s Vocabulary with Little Steps Each Day

Starting off young when it comes to boosting your child’s vocabulary is a great step towards a bright future. Kids need as much stimulation and education as they can get, and when it comes to fostering a broad vocabulary, the more you work with your child, the more advanced they’ll become. And with a versatile vocabulary, kids will have a chance to perform better in many areas of schooling and life in general. Here are 4 ways you can boost your little one’s vocabulary each day. Do as much as you can to keep the process consistent and interesting for your child. Every step counts so make each moment a learning opportunity.   Read Books Before Bedtime Before bedtime, sit beside your child and make it a ritual to read books together. Before your child can read, you can do all the reading, but as your child begins to sound out words and formulate sentences, allow them to participate. Books are adventures, so your child won’t even feel like they’re learning… but they are! There are so many age-appropriate books to choose from, so pick stories that captivate and excite your child based on their personality and interests. When you get your child into the habit of reading, they just may become a book-lover for life!   Write Letters to Relatives and Loved Ones In today’s high-tech world, the art of letter writing has practically gone out the window. Bring back this more personal form of communication by writing letters to family and friends with your child. If they are too young to write themselves, do the writing for...
New Upper West Side Preschool Hosts Open House for New Families with Sunday Fun

New Upper West Side Preschool Hosts Open House for New Families with Sunday Fun

All My Children Daycare & Nursery announces an upcoming open house for their new Upper West Side Manhattan location at 101 W. 85th Street. The center which officially opened in the spring will offer open enrollments for children from 2 years old through the NYC UPK “4’s” program. On Sunday, September 10th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the highly-experienced staff from All My Children will host families at their brand-new facility showcasing this extraordinary eco-friendly school and its many resources. “We have enjoyed our soft-launch over the summer,” commented Melanie Felsman, Head of Communications for the organization. “The children have enjoyed many fun summer activities like water play, pony rides, ice cream parties, a bounce house, and more,” Felsman continued. “Now that we are gearing up for our first official school year, we would like to invite all prospective families with children 24 months (or turning 2 this school year) through 4 years of age to see our property and meet some of our teachers for a fun-filled Sunday morning,” offered Felsman. Sunday September 10th families are welcome to visit All My Children’s informational open house. There will be a petting zoo and other outdoor fun, refreshments, and arts & crafts for the children. For more information, you may go online to www.allmychildrendaycare.com or email marketing@amcearlylearn.com. About All My Children AMC provides a holistic approach to education. AMC not only educates the children of today, but cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing children with a nurturing and responsive environment. Children are encouraged to discover, learn, grow, and realize their potential and are inherently empowered with greater life-readiness...
What to Do When Your Child Has a Meltdown in Public

What to Do When Your Child Has a Meltdown in Public

Nearly every parent has been there, and most have experienced the “public meltdown” on far more than just one occasion. No matter how well-behaved your child may be at home or usually is in public settings, there’s always the chance that chaos will ensue and your child will throw a fit while you are out and about. The struggle is real! You may become embarrassed, upset, or disappointed in your child, or even with yourself, but none of that is necessary, since a meltdown is common and something that parents will inevitably deal with from time to time while their kids are young. How you react to a meltdown and what you do in its aftermath are the key to dealing with the situation peacefully, responsibly, and usefully. Here are some tips for handling a public meltdown. The “temper tantrum” won’t be pleasant, but you can resolve the issue successfully and get back to your day as planned. Get to a Private Area Trying to deal with the meltdown amidst a crowd will only make things worse. Take your child aside to a more secluded area or even go outside or to your car if necessary. Here, you won’t have as many distractions or the chance that your child will “play it up” for the shocked bystanders. You will be better able to calm your child down and come to terms with what the cause of the meltdown was. Stay alone until things have settled down and decide if going back in public seems doable. Keep Calm When your child throws a fit, you may feel like doing the...
Join AMC for a Koffee Klatch!

Join AMC for a Koffee Klatch!

All My Children cordially invites you to join us for a Koffee Klatch. Come on down to the Fat Cat @ 172 Rivington St. on the Lower East Side on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 10 am. Come learn from expert Chaya Gottesman, Occupational Therapist & Handwriting Professional. She’ll discuss how a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, how basic milestones lead to cognitive and social emotional growth, and more. Meet like-minded parents and join the community for this important discussion. Space is limited, so RSVP before Aug. 8 to ensure a spot. Email marketing@amcearlylearn.com We hope to see you there!...
All-Natural Summer Fruit Popsicles

All-Natural Summer Fruit Popsicles

Summer is here and there is nothing quite like a cold treat to cool down the kids after a day of outdoor play. Kids love popsicles, but many store-bought brands are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. Since popsicles are so easy to make at home, why not whip some up yourself? You’ll save money, have some fun in the kitchen, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your child is enjoying something that is good for them. Plus, kids love these all-natural treats! You will need a popsicle mold or you can make these in plastic cups with wooden popsicle sticks. Either way, they’re delicious! Each recipe makes 2 pops. Cinnamon Apple Pops Ingredients:  1 large apple 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon honey 4 ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze overnight. These taste like apple pie but they are far healthier.   Orange Crème Pops Ingredients: 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup canned Mandarin orange segments drained 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract   Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze overnight. Sweet and tangy goodness the kids will love! Want more popsicle ideas? Tell us you favorite flavors in the comments section and we will reveal some new popsicle recipes. For more info like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs.   By: Melissa A....