"Young people are more likely to grow up healthy when they have opportunities to learn new skills and interests."

Today, more than ever, children lead very busy lives.  By providing positive CONSTRUCTIVE USES for their time, we can help nurture and develop good citizens. Below are a couple of simple ways to do just that:

        -  Give your baby a change of scene now and then
        -  Visit interesting buildings together.Tour a barn, skyscraper, fire station or bakery.
        -  Let your child experiment with different activities he or she likes.
        -  Look for activities that are positive, stimulating, have caring adults and don’t require excessive time commitments.
        -  Encourage your teenager to be involved in at least one activity that may continue into her or his adult years.
        -  Expose her or him to different forms of art - paintings, pictures, music, etc.
        -  Encourage activities that focus on fun or healthy competition, especially during the elementary and middle school years.
        -  Consider helping your child start a new club or group - photography, chess, sports, music, etc.
        -  Model having an “extracurricular activity” yourself.
        -  Take time out of your busy lives to have family time at home where positive interactions take place.

Constructive Use of Time Quotations

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”  —Martin Luther King Jr.

“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about.”  —Jalal-Uddin Rumi

“How adolescents spend their out-of-school time affects their success in school and their future.”  —Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development

“There is nothing like staying home for real comfort.”  - Jane Austen