School is Starting — Get Kids Off on The Right Foot!
No matter how long you’ve been in a relationship, dates are essential for reconnecting and touching base with your partner. While Valentine’s Day is the biggest date night of the year, there is a ton of pressure to make perfect plans. Avoid the stress and get creative on February 14th by making a DIY date night crate for a memorable night! Before choosing which date to plan, get a reusable box or crate big enough to hold everything you’ll need for your night.
Teach the Techniques
Start with the Sock 101 covering the on/off process, using a pair that is just a bit larger or looser to make it easier to maneuver. Have your child sit on the floor, the bed or the couch with his legs out in front of him and both hands free for the activity.
Choose socks with toe and heel sections that are a different color than the rest of the sock to help the little one orient it properly on the foot. Have him start at the toe and get it in place, then have him pull it over the heel and finally all the way up. This way it’s easier to adjust the sock at any step if it gets twisted or shifts out of place.
Make it a shared activity with both of you putting on socks at the same time (It’s the “show, don’t tell” process). Add a bit of fun to it by deliberately putting on your socks wrong and asking for help!
Once socks are mastered, it’s time to move on to shoes—and shoe laces! While pull-on shoes or hook-and-loop straps are easier, children should learn how to tie shoes. But that can be easier said than done.
Fortunately YouTube has a selection of videos that can cover all the possible shoe-tieing methods. There’s the traditional bunny ear approach: start with a single knot, make two loops—the bunny ears—crisscross them, then tuck one under and pull both ears. (The following rhyme covers the steps: Over, under, around and through, Meet Mr. Bunny Rabbit, pull and through.)
Then there is the new and improved method. Cross the two ends of the shoelace together (a single knot), then do it again, but keep this knot loose so there’s an open space between the two knots. Now, insert one shoelace end into that space and partially pull it through, leaving a loop, and then repeat with the other lace end. Last step? Pull the two loops and voila! A neatly tied shoe and time to celebrate!
Update Their Inventory
It’s a safe bet that their sock drawer has some mismatched pairs or stockings that look like they’ve been through the wringer. This is the perfect time to trick out their tootsies with some new socks, from no-show and low-cut styles for warm days to crew length styles suitable for chilly winter temps.
And there’s no need to restrict their choices to plain black or white. School dress code permitting, they can express their individuality with a color selection that ranges from vivid blue, green and orange to purple, red and pink!
Have a pint-sized athlete? Add styles specifically designed for sports like our Prince Kids’ Socks. The built-in arch compression adds support and stability, while the cushioning gives extra protection for high impact areas. Comfort is guaranteed, since the smooth toe seam construction means no abrasions or blisters while the zone mesh lets the “dogs” breathe!
Prepare Their Piggies
Think pedicures are only for girls? Guys (even little ones!) need to keep their toe nails clipped and their heels smoothed too! If you’re having a professional do the pedicure, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends giving the salon a once-over to make sure the station is clean, the tools and footbaths are sterilized and the technician washes his/her hands before starting.
Planning an at-home DIY event? Start with clean feet (after bath time is best), then trim toe nails straight across, smoothing rough edges with a file. This is also a good time to check for any signs of infection, irritation, warts or athlete’s foot. Finish with a foot massage: using lotion or cream, gently rub on top of the foot first, then the bottom from toe to sole and around the ankles. Make small circles on the heel, then finish with an arch rub and light toe tugs—tickling not required!
If nail polish is part of the pedicure plan, the Environmental Working Group recommends checking the label to avoid product containing formaldehyde, formalin toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
Sources: Wikihow, American Academy of Dermatology, YouTube, ChildDevelopment.com, Pinterest