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5 Fun and Educational Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer

5 Fun and Educational Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer

Children are very malleable. As a parent, this is both exciting and intimidating. The good news is that you can point them in a positive and stable direction by teaching them educational lessons at an early age. And what better time to teach them than this summer?

5 Educational Experiences Your Kids Need This Summer

In the summer, kids are out of school and have plenty of free time. They can either waste this free time with mind-numbing video games or take full advantage of it by learning new things. As a parent, you’re a key facilitator in making the latter happen.

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1. Learn a New Sport

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    (Photo by USAG- Humphreys)

    Every child should learn to explore different sports at a young age. You shouldn’t force a child to like a certain sport, or even stress over whether or not they’re good at it, but you should expose them to sports. There’s something very educational about learning the rules of competition, being part of a team, and coming to terms with your competitive spirit. Soccer is a popular sport for young kids, but don’t forget about baseball and basketball.

    2. Learn How to Water Ski

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      Is there anything better than being out on the water? Well, maybe water skiing behind the boat. The thing about water skiing (and other water sports) is that it’s best learned at an early age. If you teach kids how to waterski when they’re young, it’ll become second nature to them. However, if you wait until they’re grown up, they may find it challenging. There’s no better time than summer!

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      3. Go Camping

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        Have you ever taken your kids camping? Camping is very educational for kids, and most of the time they love it. There’s just something about spending time outside, cooking dinner over a campfire, and sleeping under the stars that ignites a child’s imagination. Not to mention that they’ll learn a ton of valuable life lessons from camping trips. Start with a brief one-night trip in a commercial campground. If they enjoy that, you can move on to longer trips in the future.

        4. Build a Tree House

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          (Photo by Linus Bohman)

          Kids like to build things with their hands. However, if we’re honest, most of the stuff they make at school comes with a one-way ticket to the trash. Not that painted handprints on construction paper aren’t great, but kids need to understand the value in building something slightly more permanent. A tree house is a great option, because it takes time to build and can be enjoyed for years.

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          5. Take on Household Chores

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            (Photo by Sean Freese)

            How nice would it be if you could cross tasks like taking out the trash and unloading the dishwasher off your list? Well, if you have children who are six, seven, or eight-plus, they’re very capable of learning simple chores. Let them know that they’re a big kid now and that big kids do big chores. This will make them much more appealing. You should also try tying rewards to chores in the beginning to reinforce the idea that they matter.

            Make it a Summer to Remember

            As a parent, there can be a lot of pressure to fill your child’s time with fun and exciting things. And while fun and exciting should certainly be at the top of the list, don’t underestimate the importance of educational. When you look at things like waterskiing, camping, and building a tree house, there’s a pretty large intersection between fun and informative–things that your kids will love while not making you feel guilty for wasting their summer. Keep these suggestions in mind and make this summer one to remember!

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            Featured photo credit: USAG- Humphreys via flic.kr

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            Last Updated on October 18, 2018

            10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

            10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

            Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

            Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

            So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

            Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

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            1. It is easier.

            When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

            2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

            Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

            3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

            Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

            4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

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              If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

              5. It could lead to better sleep.

              Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

              6. It can help your skin.

              For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

              7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

              Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

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              8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

              Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

              9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

              For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

              10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

                Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.

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                Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

                Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

                Sleep well with your naked body!

                With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

                Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

                If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

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