All posts from Edna Alfaro

  • Making Time For Play at Every Age

    Kids of all ages need and have a right to play – as do all other living creatures… including adults!  With play hours being sucked from a child’s day at drastic rates, it is even more important that adults ensure that children and the whole family MAKE TIME FOR PLAY.  We are raising a generation of anxious, overweight, unsocial children and play is the antidote for all of these problems. Here are some tips to keep play alive and kickin’ at any age: 0-1: Play is critical for this explosive period of brain development.  It is imperative for forming core attachments, which sets the anchor for healthy relationships. Provide lots of sensory stimulation with a variety of textures, smells, and sounds.  Belly time on the floor with interesting objects will do the trick.  And provide lots of face-to-face time with your baby. Remember that you are your baby’s mirror to the world. This is an easy one because it’s so much fun to play patty cake and peekaboo and just to giggle with your baby! 1-2: Play is all about moving at this age.  So give your little one lots of opportunity to move in big spaces that provide a […]

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  • Top 10 Key Elements to Raising Healthy Children

    As a pediatrician and expert in childhood obesity, people often ask me: What are key elements to raising healthy children? I was brainstorming and decided to answer that question with a top 10 list: 1. Enjoy family meals. When children participate in family meal times, they are more likely to eat healthier foods. Routine meals together also give children a sense of stability and belonging. Focus table talk on making children feel loved for who they are as individuals and not if they are eating certain foods or how much. Use meal times as a base camp to nourish each other with love and food. Children can also help with skills such as food preparation, cooking, and cleaning up. 2. Serve water and white milk only. In my practice, it is evident that sugary drinks are likely the biggest culprit contributing to obesity, cavities, pre-diabetes, and many more health conditions. Even 100% fruit juice is not recommended. Sports drinks, sodas, lemonade, yogurt drinks, chocolate milk, and fruit juices should not be kept in your refrigerator. While these sugary drinks may trickle in at parties or when out at restaurants, keep them out of the house at all times. 3. Offer […]

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  • Field Trip Report – May 4th

    FIELD TRIP REPORT: Monday, May 4th 9:45am – 12:45pm 160 Children Ages: 6-7 years ————————————— Tuesday, May 5th 9:45am – 12:45pm 130 Children Ages: 6-7 years ————————————— Wednesday, May 6th 9:45am – 1:00pm 160 Children Ages: 4-6 years 1:30pm – 5:00pm (Group Visit) 8 Children Ages: 6-7 years ————————————— Thursday, May 7th 9:30am – 1:00pm 127 Children Ages: 3-6 years ————————————— (Field trips are chaperoned by adults relative to the number of students to ensure the safety of ALL our guests) See our field trip options here: http://dev.pretendcity.org/education/fieldtrips/

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  • Field Trip Report – April 27th

    ☼ FIELD TRIP REPORT: Monday, April 27th 9:45am – 12:45pm 120 Children Ages: 4 years ————————————— Tuesday, April 28th 9:15am – 1:00pm 93 Children Ages: 5-6 years ————————————— Wednesday, April 29th 9:45am – 1:30pm 111 Children Ages: 3-6 years ————————————— Thursday, April 30th 9:15am – 1:00pm 135 Children Ages: 3-8 years ————————————— (Field trips are chaperoned by adults relative to the number of students to ensure the safety of ALL our guests) See our field trip options here: http://dev.pretendcity.org/education/fieldtrips/ 

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  • Filed Trip Report – April 13th

    ☼ FIELD TRIP REPORT: Monday, April 13th 9:45am – 1:00pm 110 Children Ages: 4-6 years ————————————— Tuesday, April 14th 9:15am – 1:15pm 184 Children Ages: 2-7 years ————————————— Wednesday, April 15th 9:45am – 1:15pm 265 Children Ages: 3-5 years ————————————— Thursday, April 16th 9:45am – 1:15pm 102 Children Ages: 4-7 years ————————————— Friday, April 17th 10:00am – 5:00pm 4 Children Ages: 5 years ————————————— (Field trips are chaperoned by adults relative to the number of students to ensure the safety of ALL our guests) See our field trip options here: http://dev.pretendcity.org/education/fieldtrips/

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