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Pickup Sports starter kits + live virtual coaching for young kids age 3-6

Pickup Sports starter kits + live virtual coaching for young kids

This COVID-19 can’t stop our kids but closing group classes will. This is why Pickup Sports is a great way to teach your child a sport, at home with all the gear they need. You buy the box and the access to virtual coaching classes are free.

sports box

My neighbor is busy with 3 boys and I gave her my Pickup Sports Soccer Box. It comes with all your child needs to attend the virtual class with his/her coach and more. There are basic branded balls, markers, cones, a scarf, stickers, whistle (if you dare), playbooks, pump and more. Once your box arrives head to the website, choose your sport and fill out a short form to get your child connected to virtual coaching classes.

learn soccer

Foe soccer, the classes are Mondays. Each session is 4 weeks long at one 15-25 minute class a week. The lessons are short enough to keep your child’s attention. Then they spend the week practicing what they learned before next class.

You can even choose sessions best for your child’s age: Starters (ages 3-4), Explorers (ages 4-5) and Ballers (ages 5-7). The bracket you choose depends on the time you will sign in to class.

soccer lessons for kids

More than just soccer, you can choose to have virtual coaching from the following sports for your child:

  • Intro to Tennis
  • Intro to Basketball
  • Intro to Soccer
  • Intro to Baseball/Softball
  • Intro to Flag Football
  • Intro to Volleyball
  • Motor Control, Ball Control Skills for Kids
  • Adaptive Fitness FUNdamentals (for kids with physical limitations)
family sports

This unique product is a great way for parents to teach kids how to play, improve their physical literacy, and just get outdoors and have fun! My neighbor said it was easy enough for the 3 year old to follow along too with big brother. The entire family will have fun exploring the box and playing outdoors. Buy your Pickup Sports box today to get started with virtual coaching of your favorite sport!

Healthy Living, Tips and Tricks

Pregnancy Sleep Guide: Tips To Achieve the Best Sleep

According to a US National Sleep Foundation survey on women and sleep, 78% of pregnant women reported cases of interrupted pregnancy sleep. With all the cramps, heartburn, baby kicks, and countless other body changes, sleeping peacefully is almost impossible. However, there are various things that you can do to sleep better and also lift your mood. Here is the ultimate sleeping guide for pregnant women.

Pregnancy Sleep Guide: Tips To Achieve the Best Sleep
Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

1. Set a bedtime routine

Sleeping at the same time each day helps minimize interruptions during sleep. It signals your body and brain that it’s time to rest, making you likely to have a night of uninterrupted sleep. Include things like a warm massage, reading a novel, wearing a comfortable maternity dress, and listening to soft music in your routine to help you wind down. Moreover, switch off all electronics and avoid noise. Such conditions will help you fall and stay asleep without disturbances.

2. Sleep on your side

During the last stages of your pregnancy, changing sleeping options may be uncomfortable. That being said, start sleeping on your side during the first few months of your pregnancy as you will be required to sleep on your side as your pregnancy progresses. The position helps relieve the pressure resulting from your baby’s weight with your pregnancy sleep.

3. Stack some pillows

A total body pillow is a necessity for all pregnant moms, just like these other natural pregnancy must-haves. It’s handy for the third trimester as it allows maximum body support. It adjusts to the contours of your body hence supporting and realigning your back, neck, belly, and hips. If you don’t have this, use regular pillows and keep experimenting on the best way to use them, or use a reclining chair to help promote good blood circulation, aid relaxation and take the weight off. This is just as important for pregnant women as it is for those breastfeeding. 

Alternatively, if you love sleeping on your stomach, tuck the pillow under your abdomen, or put it in between your legs if you’re a side sleeper. You can stuff them beneath the arch of your lower back, which helps ease pressure from your end. If you don’t mind the cost, acquire a pregnancy pillow, and it will promote a more comfortable sleep.

4. Exercise regularly

Exercising has many perks for pregnant women. It may be tough but it will help you deal with leg cramps and boost your circulation, enabling you to sleep better. In the first few weeks, engage in light exercises as your body adjusts to the changes. Activities like swimming, walking, and yoga are all great during pregnancy. Other forms of exercise are also great, but they shouldn’t be too strenuous. Such activities will help you sleep better as long as you don’t exercise right before bedtime. Or, alternatively, you could consider taking a health and fitness to learn about your body, be healthy, and prepare for your future career.

5. Get adequate sunlight

Sunlight is essential during pregnancy. It will supply you with the right amounts of vitamin D, which is useful for your daily body processes. It’s critical for calcium absorption, which helps strengthen your bones. Sunlight will also help regulate your pregnancy sleep patterns and helps you to stay alert. Spend some time in the light once you wake and get more doses of the sun during the day.

pregnancy sleep tips
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash 

6. Nap during the day

Napping will help lessen fatigue and help you rest well. If you don’t get adequate sleep at night, napping will help revive your energy levels and make you feel better. However, napping for too long may leave you feeling more fatigued, 20-30 minutes is enough.

Final thoughts on Pregnancy Sleep

Sleep is precious during pregnancy. But, with all the body changes, it can be hard to get adequate sleep – or enough of it. It’s advisable to set a sleep routine, exercise often, bask in the sun once in a while, and use a few pillows to enhance comfort. Moreover, choose the best sleep position, and this will help circumvent body aches and back pains.

Coronovirus 2020, Education, Kids, Parenting, School, Summer, Tips and Tricks

5 Tips to Help Kids Overcome the COVID Learning Slump this Summer

5 Tips to Help Kids Overcome the COVID Learning Slump this Summer

I won’t forget the date, it was March 13 (Friday the 13th) when they announced that school will be closing due to Governor’s orders for at least 2 weeks and that we don’t know when they will re-open. Here it is July and they never went back. There was a spontaneous online learning set up, but they were not being graded so many kids struggled to stay motivated. It was a COVID learning slump. It looks like a mix of classroom and home learning again next year so this time it counts and they need to be ready to learn in a new way!

Many students lost much of the academic skills and knowledge they’d gained throughout the school year before the pandemic changed life as we knew it. The fact is, learning loss due to coronavirus school closures, dubbed the ‘COVID Slump’ by experts, is becoming a common phenomenon for many students across the nation– and one that’s actually preventable if the right measures are taken.

Consider this: About 84% of U.S. parents are worried that this COVID learning slump changed their child’s education schedule and routine and negatively impacted their learning, and 61% are worried their child’s college and career prospects will be negatively impacted, according to a recent Brainly survey of 1,600 moms and dads.

So how can parents prevent their children from backsliding during school closures?  Eric Oldfield, Chief Business Officer of Brainly, the world’s largest online learning community, and father of two school-age daughters, is well aware of the risks of two months out of the classroom can have on students, and he has tips aimed at combating it. 

Here are Oldfield’s 5 tips to help prevent COVID learning slump

1. CREATE HAND-BUILT PROJECTS. With all the screen time kids are getting from online learning (not to mention their non-educational screen time), sometimes the best thing you can do to get kids flexing their brain muscles is to have them physically design and create something with their own two hands like a 3D puzzle, creative board game, pop-up storybook, or time capsule, to name a few examples. 

2. TAKE UP AN EDUCATIONAL HOBBY. Now is the perfect opportunity for students to take up a new hobby. Learning a musical instrument, taking a coding class, or joining an online trivia league can help students of any age stay sharp through the pandemic days to help avoid the COVID slump.  

3. MOVE THE LEARNING OUTDOORS. It may seem basic, but a little sunshine and fresh air are excellent for everyone’s mental health and can help bored students reinvigorate their learning by helping them escape the monotony of their home learning space. Physical activity can also help memory recall and increases mental dexterity. Try passing around a soccer ball in the backyard while learning the state capitals, or playing hopscotch while reciting new vocab terms.  

4. ENROLL THEM IN AN ONLINE EDUCATIONAL COURSE. Think of it as a virtual summer camp. But before you blindly sign up for some online program, look for some specialized programs designed to keep children learning with engaging activities and personalized instruction, and take advantage of these slower months boost problem areas.

5. ENCOURAGE THEM TO KEEP THEIR CURIOSITY PIQUED. Even inquisitive children can use some coaxing to keep learning over the summer. There are many services, like Brainly, where children can ask questions, learn new things, and keep stimulated to prevent the COVID slump.

Regardless of what you choose, staying mentally active during school closures (and throughout summer) can give your child a leg up come September. For more information and ideas on how to prevent the COVID learning Slump, visit