Healthy Living for You and Your Children

We all want what is best for our children. In my case, it has been very important to me right from the beginning that my son live a healthy lifestyle. I didn’t exactly know back when he was first born what all that would entail, but I have learned three essential rules that I believe promote healthy living for the whole family. *Eat a nutritional and well-balanced diet. Before my son was able to eat “real” food, I never put much thought into the quality of food I was eating and/or preparing for our meals. Once he was able to join us for meal time and ask/beg for food, I realized very quickly that the food I provided for us …

Keeping Your Children Safe On The Internet

It is becoming a growing issue among many parents lately. Due to the fact that so many kids are surfin’ the internet now, at all ages, even at only 3 years old, there needs to be some security. The websites which like to show us pornography and other obscene content know that our kids could easily go on their website without knowing it. Is this something we really want our kids to be exposed to, especially at such a young age? How can you protect your child? You can always monitor your childs activity online while he or she is using the computer but sometimes its not that easy to find the time to be right next to your child. …

Jump Start the Grey Cells in your child

Centuries ago, midwives and mothers advised pregnant women to stay happy, listen to music, be around nature, and embrace good health. Now advanced research in child development shows that brain development in children does not occur after birth but begins in the womb itself. Sharpen the Intellect Thinking skills are the most crucial in the technological world of today. Educators firmly believe that it is not the volume of knowledge but the ability to assimilate and make sense of information that is essential. Children must know how to find solutions to problems and situations. The goal of education is to teach children to be effective thinkers —as you know, this is what equips them to stay ahead in situations where …

Introducing Children To Music… Strategies For Success

I’ve heard a million parents lament the fact that they didn’t get their children interested in music sooner. There are also hundreds of adults out there that wish they had learned how to play an instrument when they were younger. Studies actually support the idea that music stimulates certain brain connections and can actually help children grow smarter! Music also provides an invaluable outlet for safe expression of feelings and emotions, and can also serve as an important learning tool throughout your children’s lives! Music helps educate in many ways, by developing children’s memory skills and nourishing their spirit. Now, some children are a bit resistant to music at first, but you can easily find ways to encourage them to …

Help Your Child Learn to Read

Is your son or daughter having trouble learning how to read? Perhaps it’s a matter of nerves. If children are having difficulty with reading, they may feel frustrated, which adds to the pressure they feel at school. And like many adults, some children can’t function at their best when they are stressed. Your child may have a learning disability, however. SFK Media Specially For Kids Corp., a company that provides educational products for children, says parents should watch for the following early warning signs: * difficulty learning the connections between letters and sounds; * difficulty sounding out unknown words; * repeatedly misidentifying words; * making consistent reading and spelling errors, including letter reversal, inversions and transpositions; * transposing number sequences …

Getting Your Children Excited About Church

No matter what religion you belong to, many people in today’s modern society find that their children often don’t enjoy attending Church, and some even downright dread it. Unless your everyday life is steeped in religion, children often look at attending Church as a chore that must be done. If you are trying to raise your children to believe in God and want them to learn more about your religion, it is important that they enjoy and look forward to going to Church. If children consistently view Church as an unpleasant experience throughout childhood they are more likely to stop going once they reach adulthood. Small children should be involved in a Sunday school of some type. You wouldn’t expect …

Great Backyard Snacks for Children

Each summer, a large number of children participate in outdoor activities. While many children end up spending their summer at a camp, there are others who stay right in their own backyard. Whether your child is only five years old or fifteen, you will have to find activities that will keep them occupied outdoors, throughout the summer. If you are interested in planning your child’s summer activities, you are in luck. There are literally an unlimited number of backyard activities that your child, their siblings, or their friends could participate in. Popular summer activities include swimming, playing outdoor sports, playing water games, or relaxing outdoors. There is a good chance that your child will enjoy participating in one or more …

Great Games For Your Childs Birthday Party

The most important element of a successful children’s birthday party, perhaps, is the kind of games you prepare. Children pay more attention to the activities you’ve planned out all throughout the party than the food you prepare (this is what adults nitpick, unfortunately) so it would be prudent to spend some time thinking of interesting children’s birthday party games. You can find a lot of ideas on the Internet, or you can ask parents who have already thrown parties for their children to find out what works and what doesn’t. Learning from other people’s blunders will help ensure that your party goes smoothly. But, of course, no party is perfect. And it is in the boo-boos that the memories and …

Affordable Child Care options for the Stay at Home Business Parent

Perhaps the biggest obstacle for the stay at home business mom or dad is the kids. That screaming toddler is not going to be quiet when you have business calls or take that nap to let you get your work done. This will be the same child who will eat all of your post-its and stick food into your hard drive. As you are ripping your hair out and getting more and more frustrated you will wonder what the point of working at home was if you were going to still need childcare. You were probably envisioning no more commutes, flexible hours, and lunch with the kids’ everyday. Your childcare options are flexible as well that is the beauty of …

Actively Listening to your Child

Communicating with our children can be a difficult task at times. We feel like they’re not listening to us; they feel like we’re not listening to them. Good listening and communications skills are essential to successful parenting. Your child’s feelings, views and opinions have worth, and you should make sure you take the time to sit down and listen openly and discuss them honestly. It seems to be a natural tendency to react rather than to respond. We pass judgment based on our own feelings and experiences. However, responding means being receptive to our child’s feelings and emotions and allowing them to express themselves openly and honestly without fear of repercussion from us. By reacting, we send our child the …

Air Travel Tips For Parents With Small Children

Airline travel today is a lot different than it used to be, with new rules and regulations, as well as security alerts and procedures. For parents who are traveling with small children, air travel can be a nightmare if you are not careful. Not too long ago, Delta asked a mother to leave the plane because she was a mother and she was breast feeding her infant child. That was the woman’s only crime but she was forced off the plane by Delta authorities because another passenger thought that a natural beautiful bond between parent and child was obscene. Apparently Delta agreed with the passenger who complained, because the mother was not allowed to take the flight. In the current …

A Simple Trick for Avoiding Power Struggles with your Child

Avoid power struggles by telling your child what YOU are going to do rather than demanding, ordering or yelling at them about what THEY should and shouldn’t be doing. Here’s how to invite a power struggle: “Sam, pick up those blocks this instant!” Sam, with his blossoming need for autonomy, naturally bristles at being ordered around. He takes a defiant stand by saying NO. You decide to force compliance by using some form of intimidation. He calls your bluff, and next thing you know you’ve locked horns like rutting rams … stuck together with no graceful exit for either of you. It’s what happens when a parent tries to control his child’s body and/or choices. Thankfully, there is another way: …

A Shadow Over Your Pregnancy: How Preexisting Health Conditions can Affect You and Your Baby

One of the most important things for a woman to ensure while she is pregnant is that she remains healthy throughout the the nine-month period. This is because anything that affects the mother will affect the baby in her womb. With that into consideration, women should be aware that any preexisting condition they might have and/or the medications that they are taking can have a profound effect on their pregnancy and their baby. In some cases, this may increase the risk of babies being born with birth weight problems (either overweight or underweight), developmental problems, preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, pre-eclampsia, congenital heart block, or deformities. It may even be the cause of death for both mother and child. …

A Preschool Children’s Fitness Business Helps Kids Get in Shape

If you’ve always dreamed of working with children as an instructor or a motivator, then a children’s fitness business might be just the right opportunity for you. A children’s fitness business enables you to work with children and provide them with age-appropriate fitness workouts to help combat childhood obesity and to help kids learn how to stay in shape. Childhood obesity is increasing among children of all ages at an alarming rate in the United States. Even very young children, preschool ages 2 to 5, are not out of danger. Some of the contributing factors include poor diet, little or no activity, and an absence of structure when it comes to meal times. Parents are part of the solution as …

A Child’s Love Of Learning Begins

Reading aloud may be the single most important activity parents do with their child. That’s because a child who is read to is more likely to enjoy reading and will want to learn to read. Once a child becomes passionate about reading-he or she will have the opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of learning. According to Dr. Andrea Pastorok, education psychologist for Kumon Math and Reading Centers, reading aloud stimulates the brain and serves as the foundation for literacy development. Studies show that the more a person reads, the better he or she becomes at it and students who read the most are more likely to stay in school and experience academic achievement. Dr. Pastorok recommends these tips to make …

A Baby Shower Really Is A Time for Celebration For Everyone

Celebrating the upcoming arrival of a new baby is exciting but at the same time, it’s often a situation in which both parents can feel much anxiety. These feelings of anxiety are especially strong for first-time parents. There is so much to know and so many different items are needed to provide proper infant care. The idea of the baby shower came about as both a special time for family and friends to be together before the baby’s arrival and also to help relieve the financial burden on parents-to-be by supplying them with many of the new gadgets, furnishings and accessories they’ll need once their baby arrives. And even though today most people prefer to break out of the ‘traditional’ …