Activities of the Week

Take Time to Be a Dad Today! Here are some suggestions for easy, no-cost or low-cost ways to spend meaningful time with your family. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so some of these activities might not be possible for you and your children.

Talk to your daughter about a career in STEM.

January 22, 2017 to January 28, 2017

On January 23rd, 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell was granted her medical degree, making her the first female to be recognized as a physician in U.S. history. Let your daughter know she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to, including a career in sciences and technology, where women are underrepresented. For more information about women in STEM, visit the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Help kids design their own placemat.

January 15, 2017 to January 21, 2017

It can be hard getting kids to sit still during dinner, but letting them get creative by "designing" their own placemats can help keep their attention on the table at meal time. Learn more about this fun craft here.

Become a mentor.

January 8, 2017 to January 14, 2017

Mentoring has proven to be a powerful tool for helping young people fulfill their potential. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a mentor in your community and how to do so, visit serve.gov.

Make a New Year's Resolution!

January 1, 2017 to January 7, 2017

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. 

Look out for those in need.

December 25, 2016 to December 31, 2016

With winter, comes hard times for a lot of families. You and your family can help out through a coat drive, by volunteering at a soup kitchen, or through another community volunteering initiative in your area.

Breathe deeply.

December 18, 2016 to December 24, 2016

When children get stressed, anxious, or even panicked, breathing deeply has been shown to help calm them down. Practice "belly breathing" together with these tips from PBS.

Connect with your children about their school days.

December 11, 2016 to December 17, 2016

Asking the right questions will give you a better sense of what challenges your kids may be facing on a day-to-day basis. For suggestions and tips, including how to recognize if your child may be experiencing bullying or peer abuse, visit Prevent Child Abuse America.

Get winter weather ready.

December 4, 2016 to December 10, 2016

These tips from ready.gov can help you ensure that you and your family are ready for snow storms and extreme cold in the months ahead.