Parenting notes: Have your kids learn French this summer
Pacifier germs, beware!
Your baby’s pacifier is a hotbed for bacteria, but thankfully, the Pipila — the first-ever eco-friendly UV pacifier sterilizer — can help prevent the spread of viruses and germs that can sicken your little one. The portable sterilizer breaks down and destroys bacteria via UV light in just three minutes, deftly removing the worry that creeps in when you see your infant’s pacifier fall to the ground. $35, www.pipilausa.com
Schools sign up to conserve energy
K-12 schools in America spend an excess of $7.5 billion on energy costs each year, with as much as $2.25 billion (30 percent) being used unnecessarily, according to Energystar.gov. The Green Cup Challenge looks to change that. More than 100 schools across the country have vowed to slash their energy costs this year. Come mid-February the challenge ends, but every school that participates is deemed a winner for reducing energy use. Learn more at www.greencupchallenge.net.
Say ‘oui’ to camp
Summer is coming; and if you want to give your children a leg up in foreign language, enroll them in the French Institute Alliance Francaise’s French summer day camp programs. Native French-speakers will teach your young ones (ages 1 to 15) about French language and culture through theater, culinary events, local field trips and other creative ventures. Kids and teens at any level of fluency can sign up for the camps, which begin in June. For more information, visit www.fiaf.org/daycamp.