Briarfield Dental - July/August 2019

Hiking With Your Kids Watch Their World Expand With Every Step

Hiking has many benefits as a family activity, such as mental health improvement, strengthening your relationships, and experiencing new sights and discoveries together. It’s also great exercise, and you get plenty of quality time, fresh air, and sunshine. Here are three guidelines to help you and your kids have fun on your next hike. Encourage Their Curiosity One of the best ways to have your children learn about the world is letting them explore it. Being there for your children and encouraging them to ask questions about flowers, bugs, or animals you see on the trail will help them expand their vocabulary and learn how things work. When they learn they can explore independently and ask about the world around them, they’re gaining the confidence to teach themselves. Bring Along Some Tools of Discovery Getting your children to engage in nature while you’re out hiking can be as simple as bringing a magnifying glass along with you. Let your kids look at leaves, rocks, insects, or anything else you might come across on the trail. You can also bring binoculars to help them look at a bird that might be perched a little too high up. Another option is a bug holder to let your kids catch

smaller insects, such as grasshoppers or pill bugs, and give them a close-up look.

Keep Safety in Mind While you’re out on the trail, it’s essential to make sure that both

you and your family are safe. Wear breathable, noncotton material and sturdy shoes that don’t expose your toes. It’s important to dress according to the weather. For example, if the day is sunny, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and apply plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Bring your kids’ favorite snacks and water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. It’s crucial that you also bring a fully stocked first-aid kit in case someone is injured on the hike. Starting with one of your local hiking trails can be a rewarding way to spend the day with your kids. You can watch their excitement as they expand their world with new discoveries.

Congratulations, Michelle! The Jacobs Family Wins a Cedar Point Adventure Congratulations to the winner of our Cedar Point review/referral contest, Michelle Jacobs! She won a basket full of Cedar Point swag and a $1000 gift card. Michelle and her kids Jonah, Eva, Micah, and Joshua were all so excited when they came by the office to claim their prize. The kids were already eagerly planning their trip, and it sounded like the perfect start to summer vacation.

Aliza had her name drawn and won a Crest + Oral B Fun Pack. The fun pack has an electric toothbrush, toothpaste, anti-cavity fluoride, and floss picks all designed to support healthy dental hygiene! Kids Club Winner Congratulations to Aliza!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. We got a lot of entries, and we really appreciate all your support.

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