With Valentine's Day around the corner, now is the time to pay special attention to opportunities to teach children about the love their dad has for them. See this DadTalk blog post for more details and ideas.
Activities of the Week
Teach children about love on Valentine's Day (and every day).
Celebrate Black History Month!
February is a time for communities and schools to learn about the contributions and history of African Americans. Check out Reading Rockets for some great resources to share with your kids, from books and activities to interactive guides and timelines.
Explore new foods together.
Take your child to the grocery store and have them pick out a fruit or vegetable they have never seen before, then incorporate it into a meal that you prepare together! For this and other family dinner ideas, see The Family Dinner Project website.
Research suggests that families who volunteer together forge stronger ties. Also, kids who become involved in community service develop greater self-esteem and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors in their teen years. Check out https://www.volunteer.gov or https://www.volunteermatch.org for ideas.
Help kids stay healthy during flu season.
It's the middle of winter, and that means cold and flu germs are likely going around. You and your kids can decrease your chances of getting sick this season with these Winter Wellness tips from NRFC.
Have important conversations about money with your kids.
Check out Money as You Grow for 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons with corresponding activities to help you start the dialogue.
Make a New Year's Resolution!
Set goals with your kids to change your lifestyle for the better, then check out Kids.gov for tips on how to reach those goals.
Have fun as the weather gets cold.
Make the most of the cold winter with 50 must-try winter activities from Today's Parent. You can also download the printable checklist and keep track of your family fun as you go!