Fathers Day

Importance of Father Involvement in Children     

An extensive amount of research has emphasized the pivotal role that mothers play in the lives of childhood development. Many studies highlight the valuable influence that mothers have on the cognitive, emotional and social development of the child. However, until recent years, there has been little research that highlights the benefits of father involvement on the well-being of the child. There has been an increasing body of research that emphasizes the differential outcomes between children that actively engage with fathers versus those that do not. According to a study published in Acta Pediatrica, active involvement of fathers has decreased oppositional behavioral, reduced psychological problems and enhances cognitive development. Additionally, active engagement of fathers can improve the overall efficacy of the family system. Consistent engagement of fathers reduces the responsibility and workload of mothers and decreases the likelihood of mothers burning out. When mothers burn out there is an increased risk of dysfunctional interactions with the family. These effects include tension, outburst of anger and unintended neglect. Unfortunately, mothers on average spend more time engaging with children than the fathers. Additionally, if parents are at work, often nannies end up spending a significant amount of time with children. Nannies serve as a buffer in the family unit and provide support during times parents are not present. Unfortunately, male nannies are less likely to be hired and are commonly discriminated against in the “nanny sector”. This is largely due to the underestimated value of the role that males and father figures play in the lives of children. Father’s and male figures play a crucial role in facilitating emotional and psychological well-being in children. In this article we will highlight some of the most valuable contributions fathers and male figures can make in children.

Gate Keeper

Historically, fathers have maintained the impression of the dominant figure in the home. Additionally, they have been viewed as the firm figure that maintains the rules. Although, women actively take on a dominant parental role in the family dynamic, studies have shown the mere presence of fathers in the home can reduce the frequency of defiant behavior. At various stages in development, it is typical for children to test the limits and boundaries of their parents. At each stage defiance can come in different forms ranging from refusal to do school work to staying out after curfew. Although “children will be children”, it is essential that children are provided with flexible boundaries and firm expectations to safely navigate these phases of their lives. Father’s can help play an important role in safeguarding children through those phases of “testing the limits”.

Coach Motivator

Growing up in a competitive culture can be difficult for children. Many children lack motivation and confidence in their abilities at each stage of their development. Girls typically struggle with self-esteem issues more than boys. Several studies find that an active and nurturing style of fathering is associated with better verbal skills, intellectual functioning, and academic achievement among adolescents. Fathers typically take on a coaching and solution-focused approach to helping their children build confidence and attain their personal goals. During early childhood through late adolescence, children are faced with more competitive situations through sports, arts, and education. These experiences may have a negative impact on a child’s self-esteem. Fathers play an important role in encouraging and motivating children to try their best and continue to strive for their goals.

Mental Health

Research has shown that father involvement is linked to better psychological adjustment. There is evidence that active and regular engagement of fathers reduced psychological problems in young women. Girls typically experience challenges with mental health at an earlier age. These mental health issues include; depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Although the experiences of mental health challenges are inevitable for some children, father involvement can provide children with reassurance and comfort throughout the process.  Additionally, challenges with mental health can be debilitating and hinder functioning in school and extracurricular activities. Active involvement of fathers can help children maintain optimal functioning through challenges with mental health.


Sarkadi, A., Kristiansson, R., Oberklaid, F., & Bremberg, S. (2008). Fathers’ involvement and children’s developmental outcomes: a systematic review of longitudinal studies. Acta paediatrica, 97(2), 153-158.

Seasonal Activities

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Go veggie/fruit hunting on Sunday’s at Dupont Circle’s FRESHFARM Market. You can pick from 30 farmers offering items which include fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, fish and baked goods. Explore your taste buds by tasting different samples. Market hours are 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. April through December and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. January through March.


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Arts and Crafts

Home Care in Washington D.C.


St. Patrick’s Day Wreath     

This craft is fun for older children (and adults!) – Age 6+.  There are quite a few steps that younger kids (Age 2+) can help with, but they won’t HOME-CARE-IN-WASHINGTON-D.C.be able to do the craft independently.  This is a good family project!


Wire coat hanger
14 to 16 tp rolls
Optional:  Saint Patrick’s Day color paint like shades of green or colors of the rainbow (we used shades of green)
construction paper (you could also use craft foam or white paper if you’re using our templates)


ADULT:  Take each toilet roll and cut a slit HALFWAY through.
Optional:  Paint toilet paper rolls a saint Patrick’s day color.  You can see from the finished craft that not too much shows through, but my kids have fun painting, so we painted them all shades of green.
Let dry.

ADULT:  Bend the coat hanger to form a circle.
Using the slits cut halfway through the rolls, slide each of your tp rolls onto the hanger to form a big circle of tp rolls.

Optional:  Take a bit of masking or scotch tape and tape the tp rolls together.  (tape the openings of the tp rolls on the inside of the circle together).  This will keep the rolls from spinning around while you’re working.  If you decide not to do this, the paper shamrocks and rainbows will keep everything from spinning on the finished craft.

You can either print the templates below and cut them out or do what we did:
Fold a piece of green construction paper into 4.  Trace a shamrock onto the front of the folded paper and cut out (that way one cut/trace makes 4 shamrocks).  Repeat so you have 8 shamrocks.
Fold a piece of red construction paper into 4.  Trace a large circle onto the front of the folded paper and cut out (giving you 4 circles).  Repeat with yellow construction paper, only make a smaller circle — then green, then blue.  Glue the circles together (red, yellow, green, blue) and then cut in half.  You’ll have 8 rainbows!
One person can be doing this part while another is assembling the tp roll wreath base.  This works well if you have crafters of different ages (the base is more difficult than cutting out hearts).
Tie a bow on the top if you want to.

If you’re like me, right now you’re envisioning all the different types of wreathes you could make this way… Halloween with jack’o’lanterns, ghosts and bats, Christmas with holly leaves and berries, Autumn with leaves, etc, etc.  I’m sure you’ll see templates/instructions for various wreaths made along these basic lines pop up on the site over the next year or two!


Leprechaun Hat Cookies


Recipe:  From Betty Crocker



1-pouch Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix

½ cup butter or margarine, softened

1 egg

1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting

¼ teaspoon Betty Crocker™ green gel food color

24 large marshmallows

24 small (1-inch) chewy chocolate candies

12 small green gumdrops



  • Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms. Roll dough in 24 (1-inch) balls. On ungreased cookie sheets, place 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately place marshmallow on each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • In microwavable bowl, microwave frosting on High 30 seconds. Stir; frosting should be a thick spoonable glaze. Stir food color into frosting, adding more if needed to achieve desired color. Spoon warm frosting over each cookie, coating completely and allowing excess to drip off. Let stand 20 minutes to set.
  • Roll chocolate candies into ropes. Flatten with rolling pin into 1/8-inch-thick ribbons. Cut into strips with scissors to resemble hat bands; arrange around base of marshmallow on each cookie. Cut gumdrops crosswise in half (reshaping as needed). Press cut side onto hat band. Lift cookies onto serving platter with pancake turner, leaving excess frosting behind. Store in airtight container.


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Valentine’s Day Arts and Crafts Projects

Home Care in Fairfax VA

For your Valentine, backpack or a necklace, these cute little hearts are so easy to do, you may not be able to stop the kids from making them! Home-Care-in-Fairfax-VASupplies are inexpensive and this project will keep the kids busy with minimal mess.

Age 3 and up (This project is rated VERY EASY to do. However, parental supervision is recommended with the wire cutters.)


What you need

This will make one heart:

  • 12-inch red or white chenille stems
  • Colorful translucent tri-beads (non-translucent beads may be used)
  • Wire cutters (a good pair of scissors will work as well)
  • Keychain (optional)
  • Craft lace (optional)


What you do

  1. Cut the chenille stem in half. (Note: Save the other half for another project)
  2. Bend one end of the chenille stem into an “L” (about one-and-a-half inch). (Note: This keeps the beads from falling off when the child puts them on the chenille stem.)
  3. Thread beads onto chenille stem until there is about one-and-a-half inch of the stem left showing.
  4. Bend the other end of the chenille stem into an “L” shape.
  5. Twist the two “L” shapes together. Clip off any extra wire. Be sure to bend in any sharp edges.
  6. Bend into a heart shape.
  7. Add to a ribbon for a necklace, a key ring for a backpack or attach to a Valentine.


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Events for Valentine’s Day in the DC, MD, and MD Areas

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Love is in the air — and at places all around DC over the next couple of weeks! Events and activities that celebrate Valentine’s Day range from Home-Care-in-Great-Fall-VAarts & crafts to Lego fun to horse drawn carriage rides to cooking classes to dance parties to a chocolate festival, all of them sure to be especially sweet. Here are details on where you and the kids can feel the love.


Sweet Valentine: Tour and Workshop

Where: Tudor House
When: February 6, 1:30-2:30pm
Admission: $15/members, $25/non-members ($5/adult)
Celebrate sweet Valentine’s Day traditions! Children ages 6 and up will tour the historic mansion, learning about how food was made and enjoyed at Tudor Place over the last 200 years. Then, they’ll decorate two decadent chocolate Valentines to give special family members or friends. Parents/caregivers remain with children.



Valentine’s Mailbox

Where: Home Depot
When: February 6, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free
Join this hands-on workshop and build a wooden Valentines mailbox to hold all your valentine cards from your favorite friends. After the mailbox is built, kids can personalize it with paint. Along with their craft, all partcipants receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Register here.



Valentine Maker’s Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: February 6, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Shop a Valentine’s Maker’s Market and enjoy Annmarie’s amazing art offerings for free. This special market kicks off the season of supporting local artists and vendors — a variety of wonderful handmade, homemade, and homegrown items will be for sale, including jewelry, drawings, paintings, fiber products, and glasswork. Be sure to stroll the gorgeous grounds, stop in the artLAB to get creative, and play in the lovely Fairy Lolly, too. Read more about Annmarie here.



Library Love
Where: DC Public Libraries
When: Various dates
Admission: Free
Join story times , craft sessions, even a dance party at some of the city’s libraries. Valentine’ themed activities are taking places on several dates over the next couple of weeks. Find one that your child will love here.



Chocolate Lovers Festival
Where: City of Fairfax
When: February 6 & 7
Admission: Depends on activities
Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand, so certainly the timing of this sweet event is not a coincidence. The City of Fairfax presents its annual festival centered around one of the most wonderful things in the world: chocolate. There will be all kinds of activities for all ages throughout the weekend, both chocolate and non-chocolate themed — tastings, story time, puppet shows, face painting, chocolate challenges, a chocolate caper mock trial, and much more. The events list on the website has details.



Tween Valentine Card Making
Where: The Paper Source
When: February 6
Admission: $25
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to make Valentines for friends, family, and classmates at this fun workshop. Get creative with stamps, washi tape, ombré ink, glitter and more. Everyone will make 4-6 cards and get a heart maze as a favor! A 10% off coupon will be provided with the class. Buy two seats at the same time and save 10% off each seat.



Valentine Crafts
Where: Michael’s
When: February 6 & 13
Admission: Varies by session
Head to a Michael’s location for some creative Valentine’s fun. The arts & crafts supply store is hosting drop-in workshops over the next couple of weekends for children to make cards and decor — all with a love theme. Search the website to find a store near you.



Sweetheart Party
Where: Gymboree DC
When: February 12, 4-6pm
Admission: $5/non-member, FREE for members
Join Gymboree DC at their Annual Sweetheart Party, where guests will love music & dancing, sweet play activities, heartfelt arts & crafts, and sweet treats. Suitable for children up to 5 years old. SPace is limited, so register soon: wdc@gymboreeclasses.com or 202-627-2450.



Valentines in the Village
Where: Village at Leesburg
When: February 12-14 5-9pm
Admission: Free
Add something special to your Valentine’s Day weekend at Village at Leesburg, where they’ll be offering FREE evening horse drawn carriage rides down the illuminated Village Market Boulevard. Plan to go after a day out with the kids or a parents’ date night.



Valentine Lego Love
Where: Room & Board
When: February 13, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free
Spread the love at a fun-filled morning with the kids… and Lego Man! Room & Board will be hosting a morning of modern design inspiration, featuring a life-sized creation using Legos from Brixalot. Kids of all ages can build their own designs from thousands of Legos, and create their own Valentine’s Day paper crafts. Attendees can also learn how to create an imaginative space for children using furnishings by Room & Board while spending the day with the family. RSVP here.



Valentine Build & Grow
Where: Area Lowe’s Locations
When: February 13, 10am
Admission: Free
The home improvement store hosts free bimonthly workshops for kids, and this session will bring some Valentine’s Day spirit as guests construct a Valentine’s Day Picture Frame. Bring the kids into any Lowe’s store to make the free wooden project (with parent help). Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Go here to register.



DIY Valentines
Where: National Postal Museum
When: February 13, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Love is in the details at the Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop. We’ve attended this event several times, so I can tell you firsthand it’s love-ly. They’ll have pretty papers and neat valentine-themed stamps, all you need to bring is your creativity to decorate your card. Visit the museum’s stamp store and send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark. And for more about the museum, see this KFDC post.



Family Valentine’s Dance Party
Where: Port Discovery
When: February 13, 6-9pm
Don your best “play” attire and enjoy an evening of dancing, playing, exploring, and making great family memories at Port Discovery’s Valentine’s Dance Party! Along with boogeying the evening away, there will be other fun activities, including light up valentine’s, cookie decroating, open play and museum exploration, and pizza!



Love in Every Language
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: February 13 & 14
Admission: Free
All ages are welcome to enjoy a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art. Use that as inspiration to create Valentine’s Day cards with woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages and fold heart-shaped origami.



Family Fun: Sweet Valentine Treats
Where: Sur la table locations
When: February 13 & 14
Admission: $49/person
Bring your little one and join a family afternoon filled with baking, laughter, and plenty of tasty Valentine’s Day treats. Mom, grandparent, or special adult along with their kids will have a wonderfully sweet time creating yummy cookies, whoopie pies and chocolate-dipped hearts. Plus, the instructor will walk you through the steps for making delicious cream cheese frosting and share some fun decorating tips. This year, make Valentine’s Day extra special for your little loved ones by making delicious desserts—and precious memories—together.



Pretty in Pink
Where: Select movie theaters
When: February 14
Admission: Varies by theater
See a classic you loved back in the John Hughes inspired days. Paramount Pictures and Fathom Events is bringing Pretty in Pink to select cinemas to celebrate the film’s 30th Anniversary and Valentine’s Day. Molly Ringwald is a high school girl from the wrong side of town. Andrew McCarthy is the wealthy heart-throb who asks her to the prom. As fast as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure. Relive the glory days when the story returns to the big screen.


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February Newsletter – Articles

Home Care in Washington D.C.


The Power of Love

For many years love has been assumed in different cultures to be a powerful aspect of human connectedness. When love is adequately Home-Care-in-Washington-D.C.communicated it can have a long lasting impact on the social, emotional and cognitive flourishing of children. Due to advancements in scientific technology the powerful implications for love has been supported in studies. In a study, children of nurturing mothers had hippocampal volumes 10 percent larger than children whose mothers were not as nurturing. Research has suggested a link between a larger hippocampus and better memory.


According to Donaldson and Westerman (1986), children first begin centering their concepts of love around objects or events. For example, a child may define love by how often their parents give them their favorite foods or toys. However, as the brain further develops a more concrete understanding of love is based on memories and attitudes. For example, Mom cooked me soup and held my hand all night while I was sick last winter. Additionally children begin to learn how to deliberately demonstrate their emotions for others. The adequate communication of love can make a more profound impact on the child’s development.



Love Language

According to Gary Chapman, there are 5 love languages in which we communicate our love and appreciation for each other. These languages include; words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, receiving gifts and acts of service. Each person has a primary love language in which they communicate their feelings for others. Gary posits that conflict or disconnect arises when families, singles or couples are not aware of each other’s primary love language. For example, a mother’s love language might be receiving gifts, thus she may purchase extravagant new toys and gadgets for her child. However, her child’s primary love language may be quality time. The child may feel like their mother is not showing genuine love because she expressed love through gifts versus spending quality time. These disconnects in communication of love can hinder the ability for people to effectively bond and establish a harmonious relationship. The relationship between parent and child serves as a template for later relationships both professionally and personally. The ability to show love and appreciation for others that may not speak your primary love language can enhance leadership and social skills. For example, a teacher that recognizes her discouraged students love language is words of affirmation may be tactful in offering words of encouragement to improve their confidence and motivation.



Sweet Benefits

The ability to effectively communicate love can increase language skills and emotional intelligence. When children are prompted to communicate their feelings and empathize with others wants and needs, they develop a higher understanding of social engagement.  Acquiring the ability to effectively communicate love enhances friendships and relationships. These skills allow others to feel appreciated and affirmed. Children often struggle with identifying and communicating their feelings about themselves and others. Teaching children how to recognize and demonstrate various love languages enables them to recognize and express love in various arenas, leading to a more fulfilled life at home, school and extracurricular.



Tips for Learning Your Child’s Love Language


  • Provide your child the opportunity to choose which way they would like you to express your love. For example, ask them if they would rather spend time together at the park or have you bake them their favorite cookies.
  • Learn your child’s primary love language and focus on that one.
  • Model the use of love language with other friends and family members.
  • Quality time: for boys set up a man-cave night or tea-bake night with girls.
  • Affirmation: create little encouragement sticky notes and place them in your child’s lunch box.
  • Physical touch: Every now and then join your child in his or her bed and cuddle with them.
  • Receiving gifts: create a photo collage or timeline for your child’s accomplishments.
  • Acts of service: Bake your child’s favorite cake, cookies or cook his/her favorite dish.
  • If you are struggling to identify your child’s primary love language strive to balance to use of all them as frequently as possible.



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Winter/Holiday Arts and Crafts Projects and Recipe

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Snowman craft

This adorable snowman craft is a perfect Christmas or winter craft for kids of all ages – although younger children may need help and supervision.

A 6cm polystyrene ball,
A 4cm polystyrene ball
A baby sock
Circle stickers
Pipe cleaner (chenille stems)
Scrap of orange craft foam or card
Card for base
Glue (we used a hot glue gun to make the body)




Cut out a circle of card. Glue the larger ball onto the card and the smaller ball on top. A hot glue gun is best for this so best if an adult prepares this ahead of time.

Make the hat by cutting through the sock at the heel. Tie the cut end with a small piece of yarn and slip the ankle cuff over the head.

Cut diagonally across the remainder of the sock from the cut edge to the toe, then open it out so you have a strip of fabric. Tie this around the snowman as a scarf.

Add stickers as eyes, mouth and buttons and stick on a scrap of foam as a carrot nose.

To make the arms, cut the pipe cleaner into 3 pieces. Cut one of the pieces in half again.

Twist one of the smaller pieces around a longer piece to make the hand. Push the arm into the snowman (adult help may be required). Repeat with the other arm. Display your snowman proudly!


Pipe Cleaner Snowflake

Twist and turn some pipe cleaners to make this pretty pipe cleaner snowflake decoration for your window or tree. Or make lots and combine in a snowflake mobile. This is a good “no mess” craft for keeping little fingers busy…
Doesn’t this pipe cleaner snowflake look pretty? Imagine a flurry of them decorating the tree…



2 silver pipecleaners
3 blue pipecleaners


Cut the two silver pipe cleaners in half. Put one piece aside so you have 3. Twist these three pieces together in the centre so that you have a shape with six points (look at the photo above for help with this).

Cut the blue pipe cleaners in half and then in half again. You will have 12 pieces. Twist these on to the silver base to decorate your snowflake.

If you want to hang your snowflake, take the piece of silver pipe cleaner you put aside, fold in half and twist the ends to one of the snowflake points to make a loop



Winter/Holiday Recipes

Pear Penguins


Each chef will need:

2 mini chocolate chips
2 white chocolate chips
1 pear
3 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted
1 thin slice of baby carrot, cut into a small triangle
1 fig, cut in half diagonally
1 Pastry brush (to share)

1. Your penguins need eyes to see how cute they will become! Push the mini chocolate chips in the center of the white chocolate chips to form eyes. Now waddle like a penguin twice around the table.

2. Even though penguins can’t fly, they still need wings. Use a butter knife to carefully cut a slice in both sides of the pear to form wings, making sure to keep the tops of the slices attached to the pear. Use a peeler to shave the pear skin off in between the wings in an oval shape. This is the penguin’s white tummy.

3. Use a pastry brush to paint chocolate on the penguin’s body, everywhere but his stomach. Use a toothpick to notch a spot for each of the chocolate chip eyes and the carrot beak. Insert the eyes and carrot beak. Balance the pear penguin on a plate and place the fig halves for feet. Dress up in black and white clothes for this frosty feast!


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Philia Featured Caregiver

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Our Philia Nanny:  Amber W.


1.    What do you enjoy about caregiving?


I enjoy the major impact and direct influence I have on a child. I get satisfaction from being able to teach, encourage, motivate and assist the development of a child’s curiosity. Every moment in a child’s life is a learning moment such as something as simple as giving a child a choice between two snack options or reading a new book and learning animals and the sound they make. Overall I simply enjoy the innocence and eagerness to learn or show what they have learned in each child.


2.    What do you enjoy doing with your children clients?


I enjoy learning and teaching new songs with the children as well as having mini dance parties. Singing with the children can turn into a whole chorus session and even end up with us creating our own song to sing together. I also enjoy the dance parties because it gives the children an opportunity to get a little exercise as well as show off their personality and creativity through movement.


3.    What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with my family, going for walks with my dog and being involved in my church’s activities for the youth ministry. I also enjoy working out, going to the library and finding a new good book and finding recipes for new desserts to make.

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Newsletter for January

Home Care in Washington DC


New Beginnings


The start of a new year can be a great time to assist children with developing plans to continue to reach their goals and milestones. Home-Care-in-Washington-DCUnfortunately, many adults have grown up and never learned how to set target goals and aim toward achieving them.  The lack of ability to set realistic goals can greatly hinder one’s ability to be successful in all areas of their life.  Learning how to set realistic goals and objectives can assist children with learning responsibility, independence and self-confidence.



The Art of Aiming


During early childhood years, children typically depend on their parents to set goals and strategies for them to help them improve and acquire skills. Many children never learn how to set goals for themselves according to their areas in which they need to improve. It is essential that children learn to be reflective about their areas of weakness. This enables children to acquire the ability to self-evaluate. Additionally, it is important for children to learn how to set goals that are realistic according to their own potential and strengths. Learning to establish realistic goals will prevent children from establishing goals and objectives that are beyond their current potential. Children that lack confidence in themselves may set the bar too low for themselves, consequentially limiting their growth and potential. Children with high confidence may set the bar too high for themselves, ultimately leading to discouragement or goal abandonment. Overall, it is essential that parents assist children in this process to help them set realistic goals that are both achievable and challenging.



Responsibility & Independence


Naturally parents want their children to be successful in life. Childhood is a magical time in which children have remarkable optimism for their future and ability to do amazing things. Children have an exciting outlook on their future but lack insight on how they can make their dreams reality. Parents play a major role in continuing to nurture this sense of optimism, while instilling values of responsibility and independence. Unfortunately, during early-childhood, many children become very reliant upon parents for planning their daily routines, and activities. This is essential as children must learn to how to follow a balanced routine and schedule. However, as children become older is essential that they become more involved and proactive in setting personal goals and objectives. Involvement in goal setting increases their sense of accountability for failures and successes.




As children become more involved in setting their own goals they take achievement much more seriously. When children are able to achieve even small goals, they become more confident in their own ability to achieve bigger goals. Setting small realistic goals can help children with low self-confidence feel more motivated to tackle bigger goals. Encouragement and appraisal from parents can add a major boost to a child’s self-esteem. When setting goals for children with low self-confidence it can be helpful to start with an area they find great interest such as sports, crafts or music.



Tips for Cultivating Goal-Oriented Children


  • Model good consistency with working toward your own goals and objectives.
  • Get children involved in setting individual and family goals for fitness or reading.
  • Assist children with creating a chart for goals and small objectives to achieving the goals.
  • Keep track of progress and display accomplishments to family and friends.
  • Reward achievements regularly.
  • Find role models that may display achievement attitude to keep children motivated.
  • Coach children when they are feeling discouraged.


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Winter Events in DC, VA, and MD Areas

Home Care in Arlington VA


Noon Yards EveHome-Care-in-Arlington-VA
Where: The Yards Park
When: 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
The Yards is once again hosting its Noon Yards Eve festival to ring in 2017! The fourth annual event will transform the park into a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with fun for both kids and adults. Activities will include music and dancing, balloon artists, bouncy inflatables, trackless train rides, face painters, kids crafts, and a big balloon drop at 12pm.



First Night Alexandria
Where: Old Town
When: Starting at 1pm
Admission: $30, kids 12 and under are free
Fun and entertainment will be in abundance at the area’s largest family-friendy New Year’s Eve celebration. There will be more than 100 performances on indoor stages throughout Old Town Alexandria, with entertainment from a variety of genres. Among the many kids activities will be live entertainment, face painting, story time, balloon sculptures, interactive art activities, and much more. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display on the Potomac River at the foot of King Street. For details on where shows will take place, see the schedule on the website.


Rocknoceros New Year’s Eve Party
Where: Jammin Java
When: 11am & 2pm
Admission: $10
For the 10th straight year, the widely popular band that always gets kids rockin’ will be playing a special New Year’s Eve gig at Jammin Java. Sing along to some of your favorite tunes and enjoy the full menu of food and drinks while you’re there. Opt for lunchtime show at 11am, or go in the afternoon at 2pm. Doors open half-hour before the show and general admission seating is on a first come, first served basis.


The Celebration of Centuries
Where: Medieval Times
When: 3:30pm (doors open at 2pm)
Admission: $39.95/adult, $29.95/child (look for discount)
Experience an epic afternoon of fun and celebration as you countdown to 2017. Along with a four-course feast and thrilling jousting action, there will be special activities for the occasion — knight training, face painting, and a princess storytime will make the day extra exciting a for young revelers.


Noontime New Year: Snow Ball!
Where: Port Discovery
When: 9:30am – 5pm
Admission: $13.95
Join the children’s museum in Baltimore for a Snow Ball at its annual Noontime New Year Celebration. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and count down to the New Year at 12 noon with Eric Energy! Toast 2017 with juice and cookies and enjoy a fun day of programs and performances! Be sure to check the schedule for timing of specific events.


Midnight Noon
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: 10am – 2pm
Admission: $20.95/adult, $16.95/3-12, free for 2 and under
The Maryland Science Center’s New Year’s Eve family extravaganza will transform the midnight tradition into one the kids can enjoy. The 9th annual Midnight Noon will give kids the opportunity to see the ball drop before bedtime. Guests can dance their way into a very happy “Noon” Year — Grammy-nominated Baltimore kids band Milkshake will take to the stage at 11:30am. Visitors can also decorate party hats, construct noise makers, and more. And the rest of the Science Center will be open for exploration, too!


Watch Night New Year’s Eve Celebration
Where: West Broad Street in Falls Church
When: 7pm – Midnight
Admission: Free
Ring in the New Year with free, family-friendly festivities at Falls Church’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy food, music, singing, dancing, entertainment, performances and interactive festivities that appeal to all ages. Highlights include a children’s scavenger hunt, a wide variety of inflatables, free balloons, karaoke, face painting, caricaturist drawings, and restaurants with special Walking Watch Night Menus at local restairants. The evening concludes at midnight with the traditional countdown and lowering of the City of Falls Church Star. All events take place within a four-block area that begins on the 100 Block of West Broad Street. A free shuttle bus stops at each venue and the East Falls Church Metro throughout the evening, including a shuttle from the East Falls Church Metro station.


Family Fun Entertainment on the Eastern Shore
Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
When: Thursday – Friday
Admission: See room rates on website
How about an easy getaway to ring in 2017? The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay is offering special family-friendly activities to celebrate the new year. An inflatable fun house, arcade games, a kids’ karaoke and dance party, dive-in movie-watching from the comfort of an indoor pool, and an early ball drop are just some of the festivities hotel guests can enjoy. And there’s even more fun for adults — find details here.


Glide into 2017
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the day & evening
Admission: Varies by rink
Skate under the stars to celebrate the start of the new year. Gliding on ice surrounded by twinkling lights, art sculptures, and the hubbub of people in festive spirits is a fun, active way to revel. Join a special event like Rock & Skate at Washington Harbour or just do your own thang. Be sure to check times for each rink, as hours may change for the holiday.


New Years Night Lights
Where: Around the area
When: After dark
Admission: Varies by locale
Start your own family New Year’s Eve tradition with a seasonal treat: Bundle up for a stroll or take a drive through one of several spectacular light displays! Most of the light shows that dazzle this time of year are open on New Year’s Eve. Combine an outing to see them with dinner out — this guide from Edible DC has suggestions on where to eat nearby all the holiday lights. If you’re enjoying it from the comfort of a car, pack a thermous of hot chocolate, yummy snacks, and prepare a festive playlist for the ride.


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