Fall is a great time to switch up your workout routine and get a jumpstart on creating good exercise habits during the upcoming holiday season. Here’s a list of different ways you can switch up your workout and be one step ahead of the New Year’s resolution crowd at the gym in January:
Remember to keep your focus by setting goals and using these different ways to help you switch things and motivate a new workout routine for the fall!
Fall has finally arrived and it’s time bust out your scarves and light sweaters, shop for Halloween costumes, and carve pumpkins! Here is a list of 10 family fun activities to do during this season.
1.Bake fall treats. Whether you have a traditional family recipe or you found something on the internet, have a baking session with your kids. Make Halloween inspired cupcakes with candy corn, a pumpkin pie, or pumpkin bread.
2.Decorate your front porch. You and your family can let your neighborhood know how excited you all are for the season with pumpkins and friendly scarecrows.
3.Take a drive. As leaves change color this season, take a drive to adventure through roads lined with trees, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
4.Carve pumpkins. Find a pumpkin patch garden and explore ways to carve fun pumpkin faces with your family.
5.Toast pumpkin seeds. Be sure to save the seeds while carving your pumpkin! Drizzle oil and salt, and bake them in the oven for the perfect fall snack.
6.Get lost in a corn maze. Put your brains together and find your way out of the maze.
7.Make Halloween costumes. Find a fun do-it-yourself costume for the family to enjoy making and wearing this Halloween.
8.Take your family holiday card photo. Fall is a perfect time to look your best with warm colors. On a warm and sunny afternoon venture out to take your family photo.
9.Make a scarecrow. As you dig through your fall decorations, have your family decorate a scarecrow to place in the backyard.
10.Remember to give thanks. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but it’s never too early to be mindful of all of your blessings.
Have fun this fall season! Feel free to share your photos of all your creations and activities!
As parents, we have a laundry list of concerns when it comes to our children and their safety and we pray each day that God watches over all his children. Being kind to one another is the Word of God, but as parents we need to lead by example so that our children understand the truth of being kind and are able to help themselves and one another if they are bullied. October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and is a great time to bring up the topic of bullying with little ones.
A great way to approach the topic of bullying with children is to recap what they have already been taught in church and at home about kindness to others. It’s definitely heart-warming to listen to children talk about what they’ve learned about kindness and love in church. This is a great way to get the conversation going.
Bullying goes against everything the bible teaches and does not express God’s love for one another. It can make children feel like they are standing alone, so it’s important to talk to them about standing up for their faith and for others. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord and your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
The first thing kids should know is that if they are being bullied, they need to let an adult know. A teacher, principal, coach or parents will be the best people to help resolve the issue so that it does not continue. The best thing we can do as parents is:
- Listen to your child and ask questions about how the bullying started
- Let your child do the talking and listen in a non-judgmental way
- Let your child come up with ideas on how to make the bullying stop by asking questions like, “What do you think you can say or do? What do you think might work? What do you think will help?
- Make sure your child is the one coming up with the solution with your guidance
As parents, let's all make a promise to do our part to teach our children that bullying is never acceptable, and that kindness should always win.
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