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Baking Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins With Kids

Muffins can be eaten any time during the day or evening. Imagine how much fun it would be to make homemade muffins with your kids. Most muffin recipes are simple and easy to follow. It will take less than an hour out of your day. The preparation of delicious muffins will be a rewarding experience. This recipe introduces kids to the fundamentals of baking muffins. Parents can teach their children a variety of kitchen skills that can be applied to other recipes. Every step of the process can be used as a teaching experience. Within no time, you will...

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Working Together in the Kitchen- Stove Top Treats

Are you ready to introduce your kids to the kitchen? Start slowly. Each skill should be presented in a fun way. Everything taught should build on the previous experiences. Spend time talking about safety. Periodically, mention some teaching points. Maintain a lighthearted attitude. Don’t become frazzled when messes occur. Cleaning up is part of the kitchen experience. Working together can create wonderful memories. One of the first recipes that I presented to my children was Rice Krispy Treats. They loved eating these squares and enjoyed making them. Over the years, we experimented with several different versions. Peanut butter, chopped...

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Joy of Family Baking

If you are looking for an engaging family activity that can be done throughout the year, consider corralling your kids into the kitchen. When my sons were preschoolers, I introduced them to some easy recipes. As they grew older and their attention spans increased, they helped make more and more of our family’s favorite baked goodies. Now that they are adults, they are sharing these recipes with their wives and girlfriends. Ideally, this family tradition will continue for many generations to come. I chose to incorporate a passion for food preparation because I realized that there were at least...

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Swimming Safety Tips for Families

Swimming and aquatic sports are excellent family activities that should be enjoyed with caution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides sobering facts. “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.” Creating a safe swimming environment is the responsibility of each parent. Parents should safe guard every aspect of their children’s swimming experience by following these helpful tips: Educate Starting at a young age, children should be told about the dangers of swimming....

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7 Tips to Fun Swim Training

Experts agree that swimming is an outstanding activity that is filled with multiple health benefits. Despite these advantages, few people opt to swim on a regular basis. Many simply cannot tolerate the monotony of swimming back and forth in a pool. Ugh. The mere thought makes them cringe. Is it possible to enhance a swimming routine so that more health conscious individuals can enjoy it? Yes. Create a plan of action that provides variety to your aquatic workouts. Follow these 7 tips and swimming will soon become a welcomed addition to your weekly exercise agenda. Music Do you enjoy...

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7 Up Against the Wall Aquatic Exercises

Most land exercises can be modified for the pool. In an aquatic environment, there is less strain on joints and the range of motion can be increased due to a lack of gravity. The buoyancy factor may make some exercises appear easier. Attention must be shown to maintaining good posture. A straight upper body is essential to maintaining one’s core. A novice can easily perform Aquatic Up Against the Wall Exercises. These exercises do not require any equipment. However, to increase resistance consider investing in aquatic leg weights, aquatic shoes, or hydrofit cuffs. Here are 7 basic aquatic exercises...

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First Timers’ Guide to Aquatic Exercise

It’s never too late to add an aquatic exercise routine to your weekly schedule. The benefits of aquatic exercise should not be dismissed. Making an effort to find time is the first step. The second step is twofold. First, check out the gear and determine if you want to make the investment. Second, familiarize yourself with the different options and possibly watch Internet videos. The final step is the most daunting. Mustering up the courage to take the plunge or enrolling in an aquatic class. Equipment Options One-piece comfortable swimsuit - Some bathing suits are made for lounging while...

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8 Benefits of Aquatic Exercise

Can you remember the last time you jumped into a swimming pool? For many, swimming is mainly a bystander sport that is inspired by media favorites such as Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Jenny Thompson, Dara Torres and, most recently, Missy Franklin. While few will reach the peak performance of these Olympian athletes, the overall benefits of swimming cannot be dismissed. Here are 8 reasons why you should add aquatic exercise to your weekly schedule: Increase Longevity. Researchers at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas and the University of South Carolina were part of the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study that followed...

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