Camping in the Bay Area with a young family can be challenging. Campsites get booked out months or even a year in advance, buying gear quickly adds up, and if you don’t go regularly, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the logistics of carting your whole family into the outdoors. Or you might be like […]
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PAMP’s very first Fun at the Farm Day event this weekend was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the festivities. PAMP hosted about 70 families at the event, including more than 120 kids. One of PAMP’s fabulous volunteers, Catherine, said, “Our family enjoyed an action-packed event with Mr. Pastorino of […]
PAMP’s first Fun at the Farm event is coming up this weekend. It’s open to PAMP members only (click here to learn more about our membership and join), and it’s sure to be a great day. So get out your jeans, cowboy boots and straw hats and join the fun! Pastorino Farms is the kind […]
Earth Day is this week! Earth Day, sometimes celebrated on a single day and sometimes for an entire week, is honored around the world in an effort to demonstrate support for environmental protection and awareness. Even simple activities done at home or around the neighborhood
Launched on Earth Day 2010 by four moms who wanted a better world for their children, Grades of Green is a California nonprofit that aims to make environmental protection second nature in young minds. Their website offers free instruction to inspire and empower students
While thinking about sparking creativity, I remember the things I’ve done with my children when I heard the dreaded, “Mom, I’m bored” comments during the times when they had off of school. Summer months, especially, seemed to be loaded with times when our schedules were blank and our time was spent far more leisurely than […]
When introducing new foods, it’s helpful to give kids what I call a “food bridge”—an easy path to help them travel from familiar foods to new foods. Take, for example, risotto with sautéed kale and bacon. Your kids probably like the flavor of pasta. Invite them to take a taster — one very, very, small […]
PAMP’s Annual Family Day will be held on Sunday, July 20th. Mark your calendars! When: Sunday July 20th, 2014, 10 AM – 1 PM Where: Mitchell Park, Palo Alto, Redwood & Pine Grove Group Areas Family Day is one of PAMP’s biggest events of the year to celebrate its member families and to show appreciation for the many volunteers who help make the […]
Summer is here! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather with your kids. PAMP has a bountiful resource of ideas for summertime activities, including tips on nearby camping, how to make travel easy and where to take your kids on day trips. There are also book suggestions, safe swimming pointers […]
We like to BART. And take other modes of public transportation, too. But yes, BART is my favorite. Of course it’s great for the environment, and often times it sure beats sitting in Bay Area traffic. But it’s more than that…
Recently, I was with a group of young children that had made a circle around some bugs. They watched them as they uncurled and moved slowly on the earth. They learned that when the Roly Poly felt threatened, it would curl up in a ball.
One of the children held a bug in his hand. He was mesmerized. He stood there simply holding this little black bug as it crawled on him. He knew if he tried and touch it, the bug would curl up in a ball. He held it carefully so the bug would keep crawling.
We spent more time than we could have imagined simply holding these precious bugs as each child had a chance to experience first hand what it meant to be gentle. I knew we could carry this lesson that unfolded naturally in the forest to other parts of their lives. We can use this moment of holding a little creature to help children understand how to treat a younger or older sibling.
Recipe to Teach A Child to Be Gentle
- An ant hill
- A rock or dirt where a Roly Poly/Pill Bug may live
- A lady bug
- A loving adult
- A young child
- Take the time to look and observe an ant hill or under a rock for a Roly Poly
- Guide a child to observe the bug or ant
- Gently place the bug in a child’s outstretched hand
This is the key to the entire experience, there is no set time. Some children can observe an ant hill for 30 minutes and others for two minutes. Take the time to give the child time.
Watch and Truly Enjoy!
Pamela Worth is the owner of Tiny Treks, and outdoor education program.
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As a violin teacher specializing in young beginners, I have seen first hand the difference music can make in a child’s life. It is not just a vehicle for expression. Learning to play a musical instrument can increase a child’s attention span and academic performance. Roy P. Martin, researcher for the College Of Education at […]
Getting kids into the kitchen to cook with you is not only helpful, it’s also fun. So why not find some new and exciting ways to engage them with cooking this fall? Within the collage below, you will find 12 imaginative recipes that are perfect for this season. Just grab the kids and head […]
As parents we may love to be involved in our kid’s lives through coaching. It’s a rewarding experience to watch your son or daughter become a pro from your excellent know-how of the game. However, before you pick up the whistle, you might want to consider these issues that both parent-coaches and children might face […]
When I was growing up as one of five kids, there was no shortage of story times in my family. Those moments spent poring over great books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar were incredibly special to me. I learned important lessons about sharing, respecting others, and maybe even why green veggies are better for you […]