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Making The Most Of Spring Break 2021

Making The Most Of Spring Break 2021

It is that time of year again where most of us are usually preparing to leave on a fun, family vacation while schools are on spring break.  Some of us have been forced to cancel our previously scheduled itineraries due to the pandemic and stay at home orders in place.  There plenty of safe and creative ways even during a pandemic we can spend our time such as road trips, spa nights and many more!   Consider these five alterative ideas for spring break staycations that can keep your family safely entertained!

Take A Road Trip

Do you miss travelling and sight-seeing?  While leisure air travel is not recommended, road trips are a great way have alternative fun and get the whole family out of the house.  There are many roadside attractions with little to no contact involved for a photo op.  You can also enjoy the scenery such as scenic coastlines, mountains or desert landscapes.  Make sure to turn up the music and put the windows down!

Have A Spa Night

Stay out of the crowds with a staycation structured relaxing spa night at home!  Each member of the family can enjoy their own bit of pampering and self-care.  You can create stations for nails, skin care and hair services.  Easily pick up or order online spa goodies such as sheet masks, nail polish and lotions for the entire family to enjoy.  Sip on some refreshing signature cucumber spa water to complete the experience!

Head To The Beach

If you live somewhere near a beachy coastline like California, now is a great time to get outside!  Being in an outdoor environment ensures safety while crowds will be widely dispersed.  Make sure to being games, a blanket and snacks!  Not only will everyone have a great time, but it is an opportunity to be physically active while chasing a frisbee or throwing a football back and forth.

Plan A Game Night

There is nothing like a good old fashioned game night with the people you love the most!  It is a fun way to create memories without having to leave the comfort of your own home.  Playing games is a fantastic way to spark creativity from preschoolers to high schoolers.  Depending on what you enjoy, there are a variety of games for everyone from card games like Uno and classic choices such as Pictionary.

Go Camping

Visiting a local camp group is a smart alternative to a trip that would include flights and overcrowded environments.  Being in mother nature is a great way to provide an escape and soothe unrattled nerves for the whole family.  Be sure to bring all your camping essentials, s’mores for roasting and maybe some musical instruments for a sense of adventure around the campfire!

Whether you are staying home or hitting the road during your spring break this year, be sure to make the most of it!  We would love to hear where you are heading or what activities you have planned with your family!

Date Night Ideas!

Date Night Ideas!

Are you looking for date night ideas to spend quality time with your spouse? Do you crave the one-to-one connection with your significant other or just need to feel like you’re doing something special?  Do you miss getting dressed up and putting on lipstick? If you answered yes, Educated Nannies have six creative Covid-friendly date night ideas you can plan from home!

That’s right, even during a pandemic! All you need is some creativity, planning, and the intention to carve out some quality time with your significant other. You can plan a date during your child’s nap-time, after the kids are in bed, or if you have older children you can sneak away during online school.

Bring the outdoors into your home!  Do you love camping? Making s’more by the fire? Maybe you enjoy stargazing? Transform your living room or backyard into a campsite. Set up a tent, sleeping bags, twinkle lights, your indoor/outdoor grill, and don’t forget the s’mores. If you’re camping indoors, check out our favorite baked s’more dip recipe or campfire scented candles to really make you feel like your camping!

Do a food tour of your favorite city!  Are you a foodie?  Do you miss traveling? You won’t need to pre-check for this delicious date night. Start your day like a true Parisian and make homemade croissant for breakfast!  Travel to Boston for lunch for its traditional Clam chowder or Lobster roll.  Maybe you’re in the mood for Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza or a bagel from New York. Whatever your destination, take it a step further with a visual city backdrop or themed music in the background. This one is sure to make your loved one smile.

Get physical! One of the easiest ways to work on staying active together as a couple is including fitness in your date night plans. Active date ideas burn some calories and help you have fun together while feeling sporty and active. While gyms and yoga studios are closed, hire a trainer or yoga instructor for a private workout or lesson at home. Take an online workout class together. Do simultaneous Peloton classes. Then finish the night off with a full body massage.

Plan a Wine Tasting for Two!  Bring Napa Valley to your home with a wine tasting experience. Grab a couple of bottles of red, all different price points and regions, and pair them with a charcuterie board.  Want to be a Sommelier for the evening? Wine Folly walks you through the different types of wines, what wines pair well with what food and cheeses, information about where they are from, their regions, tasting notes, and more! It is super easy to follow.  All without leaving your house.  Enjoy this intimate, edible journey!

Lights, Camera, Action!  Turn your living room into an intimate theater for two and you don’t even need to sneak your own Junior Mints into the theater. Enjoy a Romcom, drama, or scary movie. Don’t forget the popcorn, drinks, delicious snacks, cozy pillows, and blankets!

Take an Online Cooking Class with Airbnb Experiences. Are you tired of the same meals? Do you want to try new recipes? Do you enjoy cooking as a couple?  Make Mexican street tacos or spice up life with Thai food.  Learn authentic recipes with expert hosts around the world with these unique Airbnb cooking experiences. Bon Appétit!

The key to a great date idea is to plan something that speaks to your personal interests. Have you tried any of these date ideas? Do you have any other must-do recommendations for a fun and creative date idea that we missed? Let us know!

Ensuring Children’s Mental Health During A Pandemic

Ensuring Children’s Mental Health During A Pandemic

Last year, COVID-19 brought an abundance of uncertainty which has continued into 2021.  There has been a complex array of factors such as social isolation, changes in routine, and having to wear masks in public areas.  Children (and even us adults!) may have many worries that are related to the consequences of COVID-19, such as, will they be able to see their relatives and friends, go back to school, or get sick.  Beyond getting sick, many young people’s social, emotional, and physical well-being has been impacted by the pandemic.  We have put together some tips and different ways to help support your children through this difficult time together.

Communicate

It is important to be available to communicate with your children and be prepared if they come to you with any questions.  Being calm and setting the right tone will go a long way in creating a supportive and comforting environment.  According to Kids Health, this may mean acknowledging that things are different or providing factual information to your child.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has the information you will need and some great tips on how to talk with children during a pandemic.  Be honest with your children about information and answering their questions to the best of your ability to ensure them that there are measures in place to protect us all.

Establish A Routine

COVID 19 has thrown all of our routines for a big loop this year leaving us scrambling to establish some kind of normalcy!  Young children thrive in a daily routine also, as a way to gain an understanding of everyday events and procedures to learn what is expected of them. The Department of U.S. Health and Human Services sites that routines make a child’s environment more predictable, boost self-confidence and develop all relationships. With many school-aged children engaged in virtual learning these days, there may be a routine in place in which you can build on.  A great way to help build on their routine is with an interactive calendar, where the child can add all of their day-to-day activities themselves! These calendars have Velcro tasks that are vibrant, customizable, and fun for your child to use as a reminder or as an exciting way to look forward to the days ahead. Etsy has a wide variety of interactive boards where children have the option to add simple actions such as brushing their teeth or making their bed.

Stay Connected

Social distancing has made staying connected in person with friends and family much harder.   UC Health acknowledges the importance of social interaction with their study which states that interpersonal connection increases immunity, life span, and motivation. Apps like Zoom and FaceTime have risen in popularity over the last year as a way to interact virtually with loved ones.  Netflix has a new feature called Netflix Party where you can watch movies and TV shows with friends that synchronizes video playback which is great for any necessary popcorn breaks!  Communities worldwide have started internet scavenger hunts as a way to meet your neighbors, feel support, and explore neighborhoods. The Rainbow Quarantine Collection has a nationwide map of homes participating in putting rainbows in their windows.  Drawing colorful pictures and writing sweet messages and putting them in your window is a reminder that we are united in seeking a positive outcome in our world. Seeking out the rainbows in your neighborhood can be a fun game of “I Spy!”

We hope that all of our clients and nannies are staying safe and healthy during this time.  With communication, a great routine, and staying connected with our loved ones, we can all get through this together.

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month which is dedicated to highlighting and celebrating the important achievements and contributions of African Americans. It is also a great time for families to explore and converse about those experiences together. Celebrating Black History Month is a great opportunity to expand your child’s awareness of racial differences while encouraging them to be open and respectful to anyone they may encounter.  We are so excited to share with you some of the amazing ways you can celebrate and learn about Black History Month with your family this year!

Why is Black History Month in February?

Black History Month, once known as “Negro History Week,” was founded by historian Carter G. Woodson.  For many years, the second week in February was set aside for this celebration to correspond with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln who fought for the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which abolished slavery.  As part of the nation’s bicentennial week in 1976 this was expanded to a month-long celebration.  Every year since, each U.S. president has proclaimed February as National Black History Month.

Activities for Children

A great way to involve your children in celebrating Black History Month is with arts and crafts.  Pinterest offers some great ideas such as making their own bulletin board where they can showcase some of the most influential African American inventors such as Garrett Morgan (inventor of the stoplight) and Alfred Cralle (inventor of the ice cream scooper).  They can simply draw a picture of each inventor or use supplies such as cardboard paper cutouts, string, googly eyes and so much more!  The next time you are at a traffic light or scoop some ice cream your children will know that these things now exist thanks to African American inventors!

Support Local

Supporting local Black-owned businesses is a fantastic way to celebrate Black History Month with the whole family.  The LA Times has rounded up almost 200 local restaurants to enjoy.  Donating to a Black organization such S.H.E. LA, which focuses on empowering, supporting, and healing Los Angeles women and girls is a beautiful way to support Black females. Purchasing a book that is written by a Black author is another way to show your support and share this with your children. A book we enjoy is Hair Love by Matthew Cherry.  Its sweet message teaches us to love ourselves just the way we are regardless of race or background!

Celebrate at Home

This year may be different in the ways we honor Black History Month due to Covid-19 but there are virtual events offered this year to enjoy such as virtual museums and celebrating through song.  This year the Chicago Children’s Choir will host its annual Black History Month Concert virtually where you can enjoy genres such as gospel and jazz.  You can live stream this event for free on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.  The National Museum of African American History and Culture is holding virtual exhibitions, online collections, and digital resources for us to enjoy and view from the comfort and safety of our homes this year.

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of African Americans with you!

Family Intentions for the New Year

Family Intentions for the New Year

Happy 2021 to our wonderful clients and nannies!  Even though the holidays may have been different in 2020 than in years past, the hustle and bustle may have been the same. The new year means slowing down and resetting. It also means new resolutions. For many it can mean more exercise, eating clean, or trying to kick other bad habits. I’m looking at you, daily Amazon delivery.  But rather than a resolution to the year, consider a new intention.  Resolutions can sometimes feel stiff and overwhelming while intentions are flexible and meaningful.  Formulating new intentions is a great way to improve your bond as a family and teach children valuable lessons.  Here are some ideas to help you and your family start the year off right together with positivity, forgiveness, and intention.

Be Positive

The difficult events of 2020 left positivity in short supply. Reflecting on the year meant trying to create new energy for the family with positive intentions. The best way to promote that energy is to share those intentions and have them heard and acknowledged by each member. Accepting everyone’s idea is a must so that everyone can have a fresh start.  Using expressions such as “I hope to…”, I’d like to…” and “I will…” are all positive phrases to start the season off right.  You can help guide your child to come up with positive affirmations that are short, positive, and present tense such as, “I am strong,” “I am smart,” and “I am fun.”  Sharing your own positivity with your child is the most influential way to help them model the same behavior.  Support and motivate each family member throughout the year with their intentions.

Be Present

In today’s world, it is easy to get caught up in our daily routines and forget about some of the things that matter the most to us.  Try putting all phones and tablets away during dinner time and talk about each family member’s day.  Plan some alternative activities while electronics are put away such as board games, taking a family walk, or have a nature scavenger hunt outside!   Meditation and yoga apps are also a great way to feel present.  Having children participate in meditation and yoga sessions can help them learn how to sit in the present without any outside interruptions.   Set aside 10 minutes a day to quietly reflect and set the tone for your day or night.  Awake and Mindful shares five free yoga videos for you and your children to try and enjoy!

Be Inspired

Being together as a family and having an open mind to new activities can inspire all members. One way to feel inspired is by trying a new activity together such as taking a cooking class.  You can learn new skills in the kitchen and try new cuisines while spending quality time with each other.  There are so many options for family and Covid-19 friendly cooking classes you can take online like these at Kids Cooking Green!   Another idea is to create a vision board.  Talk about the family goals you want to achieve; places you want to travel to or activities you’d like to do together.  You can do this by collecting pictures, artifacts, and words that depict your intentions.  This is a great activity especially for younger children as they can help cut, glue, and pick out items to add to the board.  Pinterest also shares goal setting printable worksheets for your children to write out their thoughts and goals!

Even though 2021 will share some of the same trials we experienced in 2020, we can use these intentions to guide us through the new year.  Wishing you all the positivity and prosperity that the new year brings you and your families!

 

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