adorable african-american family eating desserts in cafe

Dessert Out Night

Surprise your kids by eating dinner at home and then announcing that you’re taking them out for dessert! If it’s warm, head to an outdoor ice cream parlor or sno-cone stand. If it’s colder, go out for warm apple pie or gooey cinnamon rolls. Either way, please remember to always be safe. The surprise will…

A small girl with mother and grandmother sitting on a sofa at home, looking at photographs.

Photo Album Night

Take out some old photo albums (or digital versions!) and look at all the pictures together. Tell stories about your favorite pictures. Introduce ancestors. Kids will love to find out details about their birth, their early years, and family history. Do they think dad looks like their great great great grandfather? Do they look just…

Happy big family sitting at dining table and toasting with red wine together while celebrating holiday at home

Formal Dinner Night

Break out the fancy dinnerware. Set a nice table. Put out some flowers or candles. Put on some appropriate music. Have the whole family dress up in their fancy clothes. The meal can be anything, as long as it is presented as it would be at a fancy restaurant. Teach and practice manners and etiquette.…

Top down view at teenage boy lying on floor and playing mobile games via smartphone, copy space

Screen Time As a Babysitter

Let’s face it. We’ve all done it. While relying on screen time for a 5hr stretch of babysitting is obviously unreasonable, do we need to feel guilty anytime we use screen time as a distraction for our children?  The truth is, parents are only human. We have to take care of ourselves so we can…

playing-8FBBKXC

Easy No Heat Play Dough

Here is an easy, safe, play dough recipe, for when kids are feeling a bit antsy. It’s so simple that older kids can do it themselves. Making the dough before they play with it is a lot of fun!  Ingredients: 2 cup flour  1 cup salt 1 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (coconut oil…

High angle view of kids using mobile phone while lying on field in yard

Is My Child’s Screen Time Balanced and Healthy?

Here at WizUp we understand concerns surrounding screen time and our children’s health. We want to ensure screen time is healthy and beneficial. Below are some questions that can help you check in now and then to ensure your child is using screens in a balanced and healthy way. Is your child sleeping enough? Is…

happy children paint together

Keeping Children Occupied During the Pandemic

We all know it is important to stay home right now and limit physical interaction with those outside of our household. However, this can lead to stressful feelings of anxious boredom, not only for parents, but for children as well. How can we help our children continue to feel healthy, safe, and occupied? Here at…

Pupils using mobile phone at the elementary school during recreation time. Group of multiethnic children sitting in a row and typing a message on smartphone. Young boys and girls playing with cellphone.

6 Way Parents Can Monitor Safe Screen Time

Keep computers in family areas where you can observe their use, instead of in individual bedrooms. Monitor time spent on phones or tablets. Spend some screen time together with your children, so that they can learn appropriate screen time behavior vs unhealthy screen time behavior. Bookmark your child’s favorite websites for easy access, so they…

Smiling family watching tv and eating popcorn in living room at home

Movie Night with a Twist!

Have the whole family dress up as characters from a favorite movie, and stay in character for the whole night. Enjoy the movie together. If the whole family can’t agree on one set of characters, no big deal. Spiderman, Elsa, Harry Potter, and Catwoman will have tons of fun sharing popcorn and a movie. Staying…