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 …

Keep Your Child’s Smile In Shape This Summer

All children look forward to summer vacation, but the change in routine can make it difficult for them to keep up with a proper oral care regimen. Also, summertime delights such as lemonade and ice cream can put them at high risk for tooth decay-the single most common chronic childhood disease, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. By following these tips from Crest Healthy Smiles, a national outreach program designed to combat the nation’s oral health epidemic, children can keep their smiles healthy all summer long. • Play hide and seek…but don’t let soda find its way into your fridge! After playing outside, kids come home thirsty and usually reach for a soda. It’s best to “hide” carbonated beverages, which …

Helping Your Child Stay Fit

Would your child rather watch television and play video games all day than move an inch? Children are battling obesity and inactivity at alarming rates. It’s time to get our kids in shape now, before they face serious health problems in the future. But how? As you can guess, the plan includes lots of fun. Any time you can add excitement and laughter into an activity, you’ve got a winner. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can help your child not only become healthier, but enjoy the process! First, plan some family nights out, and by that I mean Outdoors. Catching fireflies, passing football, even camping out in the backyard get the whole gang moving. Plus, …

Gifts Children Can Make

Handmade gifts are a fun way to encourage children to give to others. Gifts children can make are usually simple and inexpensive, but are often treasured by the recipient. Making gifts is also a good way to teach children the importance of giving, rather than monetary value of the gift. Enhance your child’s gift making with a craft kit, like the Galt Silk Painting Set, or try one of these fun and simple ideas for gifts children can make. Designer Candles You will need: White pillar candles in various sizes Dull pencil or yarn needle Permanent marker Fine tipped paintbrush Acrylic paint Colorful ribbon Draw designs on the candle with a permanent marker. Stars, Christmas trees, and snowflakes are nice …

Happy Holidays With Children

Putting together a vacation is hard enough, but when you have to keep a group of kids happy while you’re at it, it could be quite a trial. Luckily, there are a few locations you can count on to fill all your vacation dreams and also the dreams of the younger members of your family. Here is a list of five kid friendly destinations that are sure to please the children and in turn, allow the adults to enjoy their vacation time as well: Walt Disney World Every kid in the world dreams of a trip to what is dubbed ‘the most magical place on earth’, Walt Disney World. The Central Florida Disney destination is not just one theme park, …

Grocery Shopping With Young Children

Grocery shopping is one of those things that just has to be done. We can’t put it off just because the kids are awkward. We still need to eat. The key to stress-free shopping with kids is time – and plenty of it. How long would it normally take you to do the weekly shopping? OK. Double it. If you’re short of time then try and make some elsewhere. If you try to rush the big weekly shop you’ll get stressed, the kids will get stressed and you’ll think the world and his wife is staring at you. OK so how do you make time? Well, why not combine the shopping with a meal out? You’ll save time on food …

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 …

Adirondack Chairs for Children

An Adirondack chair is a beautiful piece of handcrafted furniture that is commonly used for outdoor furniture. The majority of Adirondack chairs sold today are for adults; however, there are a selection of Adirondack chairs that are specially designed for children. There are a large number of reasons why an individual may purchase an Adirondack chair for children. Adirondack chairs are designed for children and they are perfect to fit their needs. Adirondack chairs are most commonly used outdoors; however, they can also be used indoors as well. A childrenís Adirondack chair would look great in any home as a seat or decoration. Parents or other family members commonly purchase a child an Adirondack chair if they or their family …

All About: Diaper Bags

as the name suggests is quite obviously a bag that stores diapers. However, most have enough space for a wide range of baby accessories and have proved to be a wonderful solution for busy parents. A diaper bag stores diapers, toys, medicines, pacifiers, snacks and anything else you might need to keep baby comfortable and happy. As a matter of fact, diaper bags are as important as a diaper — an equally indispensable part of a baby’s growing up years. Over the years, diaper bags have evolved immensely and are now custom-made in a variety of styles and colors to compliment mom and baby on their day out. Created primarily for convenience, some modern bags are a superb blend of …

Air Travel – Flying with an Infant/Toddler

Air Travel with toddlers doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Here are some exclusive tips that will help you make it through your flight. Schedule your flights to coincide with nap/bedtimes. Whenever possible, try to book direct flights during the time of day or night your child would normally be sleeping. In all likelihood, they will keep up the pattern and fall asleep despite being 25,000 feet in the air. Any sleep they get on the plane will serve to cut down the time they must be entertained while awake! Car seat on the plane? When our daughter was an infant we choose to save the money and only purchase seats for ourselves which meant she spent the duration …

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 Carrier For Bikes Puts Safety Up Front

There’s good news for parents who want to introduce young children to the joy of bicycle riding but are concerned about safety. A safer bicycle ride for both parents and young children may be available thanks to what’s been described as a design breakthrough in child carriers. Even with a proper helmet, many parents find it challenging to ride with their child behind them. Some are fearful that sudden moves on the part of the child can make it difficult to steer and maintain balance. Others have reported that it’s common to be kicked when the child rides behind in a standard carrier. All that may be changing thanks to a family-owned company called Kent Bicycles. They’ve developed a child …

How To Write, Promote And Publish A Childrens Book

Writing and Publishing a Children’s Book is a dream for many people. Unfortunately, it is often a difficult dream to realize since most talented writers do not know or understand which steps to take first to begin the process of becoming known and getting published. Do you need an agent, illustrator, assistant, consultant or book marketer? Do you know which Children’s Publishing Houses should be the first ones to submit your work to for maximum profit & the highest probability of acceptance? Have you decided on type of Children’s Book you plan on writing? The Children’s Book Publishing business can be complicated for the ill-informed, but easy to navigate for those that understand it. For those that are knowledgeable, writing …

How To Teach Your Children To Cook

If you’re ready to teach your children how to cook, here are some simple tips for teaching them the basics, and giving them skills that will last them a lifetime! First of all, think safety. Any child that has to stand on a stool or chair in order to reach the stove is too young to cook. Start younger children off by letting them help set and clear the table, gathering ingredients, and stirring, mixing or adding ingredients. Next, set rules about handling knives and other sharp instruments and handling hot pans or boiling ingredients. Some parents start teaching their children to cook by showing them how to make things that don’t require cooking first, and then graduating to letting …

How to baby proof your home

Keeping your baby safe at all times is one of your greatest concerns and responsibilities. There is so much to consider and it is very easy to overlook something that might be fairly obvious to some but escape others. Q. What is the best way to approach baby-proofing our home? The best way is to see your home from the eyes of your child. It is recommended that you get down on your hands and knees and crawl around your home. This will enable you to see hazards you might not have recognized at your full height. Are electrical outlets in baby’s reach or are there electric cords hanging down that your baby can pull on or get tangled in? …

How Parents Can Affect Their Children’s Weight

Recent studies have shown that there is an increasing trend in the number of overweight and obese children. In fact, there are estimates that say up to 15% of the children in UK fit this description. It is a sad fact, to say the least. Some experts go so far as to say that because of the children’s bad eating habits and lack of exercise, more and more parents will end up burying their own children. So, what can the parents do about this? Here are eight thoughts to ponder and hopefully take action on. Obesity and excess weight gain are usually a direct result of poor eating habits and lack of exercise. The key here is to provide your …