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By Sarah Paulos, Nebraska Extension Educator
“Don’t get dirty.”
“Wash your hands!”
This has been the request of parents throughout the ages aimed at children coming in and out from outdoor play. But is this good advice? Can getting dirty and being exposed to germs actually benefit children? The answer is yes.
Jackie Guzman, Extension Educator
Scotts Bluff County
Now that children are home from school on summer break, parents can spend the next three months just keeping them busy, or else they can seize an opportunity to build a stronger family and maybe create new traditions.
Many families have their own traditions. As long as I can remember, every December my family’s tradition has been to make tamales together – a very labor intensive process. Regardless, we all look forward to our annual family gathering.
If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships-the ability of all people, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
The first step to cultivate human relationships starts at home. Children tend to exhibit the behaviors and attitudes that they observe at home.
Play is a crucial part of your child’s development. It starts in infancy and should continue throughout his or her life. When you play with your child it not only helps you to build a positive relationship and strengthen your bond with your child, but has additional benefits as well.