Quality time with my children is very important but also just as important is making sure I am nourishing their mind and body while we enjoy this time together. Here at my house I am not big on offering sweets for snacks but we do enjoy a good healthy treat such as Cheerios or similar for snack. It’s great that my children are still at the ages of 8, 4 and 2 without knowing too much about sugary treats.
One thing my children and I now like to do together is to go outside and enjoy our new backyard watching the animals, going on treasure hunts and leaving little food behind for the birds so we can watch them come while we sit inside enjoying the view from our windows. Quality time is spent teaching the children about the animals we see in our backyard, investigating how many apples were eaten overnight and counting how many various colored leaves we find laying on the ground.
A nice healthy snack, smiles and education through fun play outdoors is nourishing my child’s minds and bodies. Think about it, they are learning new things which nourishes their minds and getting exercise which is very nourishing to their bodies. If you have children that don’t learn in a normal “book” kind of way, hands on exercise and learning outdoors may work best, but remember to bring along a healthy little treat to ensure they also have full tummies.
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Disclosure: I am a member of Cheerios Blogger Circle and this post was written based on a question Cheerios asked me “How do you use quality time with your children to ensure the best nourishment for body and mind?” more articles will come in future months.