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Why Babies Learn in the Natural World – dsm4kids.com

By Meghan Fitzgerald, Tinkergarten Founder

Conventional wisdom in the U.S. is to bundle babies up and keep them indoors. But research and long held wisdom around the world tells us that infants and toddlers in well-designed outdoor spaces benefit from access to a wide variety of sensory stimuli the likes of which they just can’t experience indoors. Continue Reading…

Lice Prevention and Treatment Tips – dsm4kids.com

There’s such a stigma attached to Lice, when the reality of the matter is ANYBODY can get them.  They actually prefer clean hair to dirty hair, so frequent washing is no guarantee of preventing an infestation.  According to the Centers for Disease Control an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age.  Dealing with lice is an issue families hope to avoid but many are faced with each year.   Continue Reading…

A Few Healthy Family Resolutions for 2019 - dsm4kids.com

With each new year comes an opportunity for reflection, goal-setting and a renewed focus on things we wish to change or accomplish. The making of resolutions often goes hand-in-hand with New Year’s celebrations and can help us set our mind to make the coming year even better than the one before. When thinking about resolutions for the New Year, why not think about ways to keep your family healthy and happy? Continue Reading…

Create a Box Full of Local Adventures for Your Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the look out for clever gift ideas that are NOT toys or “stuff”.  So, last year when I stumbled upon the idea of an “Adventure Box” mentioned in a Facebook post, I fell in love with the concept!  Of course, when I set out to find said FB post to write this article, I can’t seem to track it down, so to the best of my ability I will try to relay the basics of the concept to you.  If you’re looking for an “in-the-box” gift idea to give your kids this Christmas read on. Continue Reading…

Pick a Cause as a Family and Give Back this Holiday Season in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The holiday season has a magical way of producing a case of the “gimmies”. Use the holidays to teach your kids that giving is just as rewarding as receiving. We uncovered some of Des Moines’ hardest-working nonprofits who have room for donations and volunteers of all ages looking to make a difference. Decide your cause as a family and how you want to contribute. Continue Reading…

Family Volunteer Opportunities in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Volunteering as a family is an excellent way to spend time together, benefit the community and teach your children about the importance of giving to others and lending a hand. When the spirit of helping and giving moves your family this spring, check with any of these local non-profits for more information about getting involved. Continue Reading…

Encourage Kids to Put a Little Love Out into the World - dsm4kids.com

Dolly Parton, said it best when she wrote the lyrics…” Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand…Put a little love in your heart….And the world will be a better place”.  Today is bookended by Valentine’s Day and National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so I thought it would be the perfect time to think up a few things kids can do to show a little love and  be kind to their friends, family, neighbors and others they haven’t met. Continue Reading…

Fight the Summer Brain Drain in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

It’s no secret that kids experience learning losses over summer vacation–unless we keep educating them.  The good thing about summer is that not all learning needs to take place in a stuffy classroom.  Parents can keep their kiddos minds sharp by creating or taking advantage of fun summer learning opportunities at home or ones offered throughout our great community. Here are a few ideas to avoid the Summer Brain Drain in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Ditch the Electronics 4 Screen-Free Week - dsm4kids.com

Do you remember when you were a kid? When you played outside until the streetlights came on? When you occupied your time by reading a book, making up games, riding your bike and just hanging out with other kids? I sure do. I remember a simpler time…when kids actually did a lot of these things without an electronic device anywhere in sight! Continue Reading…

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa – dsm4kids.com

As Iowans we know that that severe weather may strike at any time. Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service (Des Moines office) typically designate the last week of March as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The goal of this campaign is to provide Iowans a better understanding about the state’s spring weather hazards like flash floods, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.  It’s also a good time to remind families about the importance of weather warnings and family preparedness.  Continue Reading…

Books to Help You Discuss the “Birds & the Bees” with Your Kids – dsm4kids.com

“Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees, and the moon up above, and a thing called “Love””…… So, have you had “The Talk” yet? My son, who is in 5th Grade this year, has been learning about “Puberty: The Wonder Years” at school.  As part of the curriculum, parents are encouraged to have their own conversations with their kids and even answer a few questions their prepubescents bring home from school.  Yay! Continue Reading…

taying Active with Your Family this Spring - dsm4kids.com

Spring is such a beautiful time of year in Iowa. The winter weather is becoming an afterthought, the birds are out, and the landscape is beginning to bud out its spring foliage. It’s hard to believe that with warmer weather and more daylight, there are still many of us who need a little extra push to get outside. Let this article serve as your reminder that this is the perfect time of year to focus on physical family wellness. Use these tips to break out of your winter routines and help your family be more active this spring. Continue Reading…

5 Ideas to Make Family Time Meaningful - dsm4kids.com

With the holidays just around the corner and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, fitting in some family time can prove challenging. Whether you’re a working parent or a stay-at-home mom with a to-do list a mile long, squeezing in some quality time with those nearest and dearest to us is important. The season of giving thanks, is a great excuse to bring the fam together for a little bonding. Try these tips to keep family at the forefront this upcoming season and throughout the year. Continue Reading…