Remember, spending quality time with your children this holiday season is a priceless gift - your time and attention cost nothing and mean everything.
The holiday season means busy
schedules and than can mean it's a challenge to find time to spend together as a family. But quality time is important because when parents learn and play with their children every day, it boosts a child's self-esteem and helps kids develop positive relationships.
First 5 Amador encourages parents as well as grandparents and caregivers to give the gift of quality time.
Start a tradition. Plan a family meal at least once a week -- even more often if you can. Eating together provides a wonderful opportunity to talk with your children about their day and show them that they are your top priority. Get children involved by giving them age-appropriate tasks like setting the table, tossing the salad, and cleaning up.
Open a book daily. Help your child's imagination soar by reading favorite stories together. Point out fun things you see in picture books and let your toddler turn the pages.
Host a weekly family fun night. On cold or rainy days, turn off the TV and computer, and get creative. Set up a row of chairs and role-play as a bus driver or train conductor; enjoy a game of musical chairs; or use everyday items like cardboard boxes, glue and cotton balls to create pieces of art.
Go outside for physical activity. Go for a walk, play catch, ride bikes around the neighborhood or visit the park. It's a chance to spend time together as well as squeeze in a healthy dose of active play!
Make every moment count. Above all, use every moment together to learn from and listen to your child, even when taking care of every day errands. Young children love to help -- take your children grocery shopping and let them pick out fruits and vegetables while you ask about favorite foods. When driving, point to colors and shapes, and ask your child to count trees or read simple signs.
News & Announcements
Children's Holiday Festival
Winter Holidays Around the World
This year join us for our 14th annual
Children's Holiday Festival on Friday, December 12,from 5:30 - 8:00pm
at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center,
975 Broadway, Jackson.
Don't forget to bring a donation for the Interfaith Food Bank! Items that are helpful for families with children include: canned fruit, pasta, boxed meals, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cereal, rice, and cereal/granola bars, and diapers.
Improving Children's Oral Health
in Amador County
This month, Dr. Stone and Mindy Epperson of Sutter Amador Pediatrics and Nina Machado of First 5 were asked to testify at a Little Hoover Commission hearing at the State Capitol regarding Amador County's ideas for improving oral health services for children in a rural county. The work of Amador's Oral Health Task Force including the new service which provides fluoride varnish at well-child checkups in the Sutter Pediatric office was shared with the Commission and a room full of individuals interested in hearing about and sharing strategies for improving the oral health of children and adults in California.
"Dental caries is the most common chronic disease in children in the United States. It is 4 times more common than childhood asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever." (National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey)
As a parent, you are your child's first & most important teacher!
Save money on books for your children--get them for free! Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book a month from the Imagination Library. This is a free program, available to all Amador County children 0-4 (from birth until their fifth birthday).