Healthy, Happy Kids And How To Keep Them That Way

All parents want their kids to be happy, healthy individuals. One of the main concerns of new parents is how to protect their children and keep them safe and well. Establishing healthy habits from a young age is one of the best ways you can ensure your family’s health and well-being.

Regular Checkups 

All children are different. They grow and develop in different ways, and it is important to support this. Regular checkups with your child’s doctor will help monitor each developmental stage and flag up any problems. If anything is a cause for concern, this can be flagged early, and steps can be put in place to assist your child. For example, if your child suffers from hearing loss, he or she may initially display few signs of this. If undetected, hearing loss can lead to problems with language and communication. An Audiologist can test your child’s hearing and rule out any problems. If necessary, they can put steps in place to support your child’s learning and development.

Your doctor can also ensure your child is vaccinated, to prevent serious childhood diseases. As well as medical checks, it is also important that children visit a dentist regularly as soon as their first milk teeth appear. This will get them used to the environment and the procedures. The dentist will prevent tooth decay and identify any oral health issues.

Sleep

It seems that children have a never ending supply of energy, particularly when bedtime comes around. Many parents make the mistake of believing their children need less sleep because they don’t want to go to bed. However, this is not the case. If introduced to a sleep routine their bodies will adjust and they will sleep for longer. Make sure your child gets enough sleep for their age. There are a few strategies you can put in place to help with bedtimes.

  1. Help your child to wind down at least an hour before they are due to go to bed. This time should be spent relaxing or playing quietly. 
  2. Establish a routine and stick to it. For example, if children are bathed before bed, keep to strict timings. Let them know exactly what will happen next. 
  3. Reading to you children when they’re in bed, helps them to power down and get ready to go to sleep.
  4. Lights off should occur at the same time each night. 
  5. Ensure your child’s sleeping environment is conducive to a good night’s sleep. This includes comfortable bedding and an adequate mattress. Temperature and light are also important factors. 

Sleep is essential for your child’s development. Children who get enough sleep each night tend to perform better at school than those who don’t. Sleep is also necessary for learning, development, and to strengthen the immune system and fight off disease.

Teach And Model Healthy Habits

There’s no point in teaching your children healthy habits if you don’t model them yourself. Children learn by example. Establish healthy routines for the whole family and ensure everyone keeps to them.

  1. Insist on regular hand washing, especially before mealtimes. Demonstrate how this should be completed effectively and make it fun. 
  2. Help your child to clean their teeth as soon as their milk teeth appear. They will need to be supervised for the first few years until this can be managed alone. Explain to them the importance of healthy teeth and a healthy mouth. 
  3. Regular washing and bathing should become part of their routine. 

A Healthy Diet

Developing a healthy relationship with food will stand your children in good stead throughout their lives. A balanced and nutritious diet will keep them stay fit and well and help ensure they maintain a healthy weight. Explain the importance of a healthy diet to your children and let them learn about nutrition. It’s fine for them to have treats every once in a while, but make sure they are given in moderation.

Make Exercise Fun

Children and adults exercise if they enjoy the activity. So, make it as fun as possible. Rather than seeing it as a chore, label it as playing. There are lots of ways you can ensure your kids get enough exercise.

  • Set up family activities such as walks, trips to the beach or woods, camping, cycling, etc. 
  • Encourage children to spend time out of doors, weather permitting
  • Get them interested in gardening and growing their own fruit and veg
  • Buy toys and games that can be played out of doors
  • Limit screen time
  • Encourage kids to join after-school sports clubs

As much as we’d like to, we can’t wrap our children in bubble wrap.  All we can do is teach them well and encourage healthy habits and ways of living from a young age. These are the strategies that will keep them safe and provide them with the tools they need to navigate adulthood.

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The Meticulous Mayhem of Moving

When you move to a different place – whether it’s a new state, a neighboring town or another country – there are a lot of things to consider in terms of paperwork. It’s not the most fun of activities, but being diligent about registering at all the places you need to before it’s either too late or at a time of pure inconvenience isn’t the best thing that could happen. Plan properly and effectively, and you won’t have any trouble at all.

Doctors

Make sure you are registered at a doctor’s surgery immediately – possibly even before your move. The last thing you want, especially if you have kids, is to turn up and be denied an appointment before having to fill out a plethora of forms or worse, having to be put on a waiting list before you even get to these forms. When something goes drastically wrong then you can go straight to the hospital, but for minor ailments that need quick treatment then not being able to get yourself booked in at a surgery can be a nuisance; this is exacerbated even more if it’s an appointment for your child.

Dentists

Along with registering for your general health, make sure you get booked in and friendly with those who can look after your oral well being. It is recommended that you visit the dentists at least once every 6 months to get checked over, although it may be more or less depending on how well you look after your teeth. If you can’t get an appointment booked before something goes wrong, then don’t worry too much – just look for your nearest emergency dentist online. Rather than going to ER, dentists have a bit more flexibility than doctors to have emergency treatment available in their own clinics.

Schools

Again, this is definitely something that will need to happen before you start your move. If you have the opportunity to go and have a look round the school before you get there, this will be a huge bonus; relying on recommendations and reviews may not give you a true snapshot of the place. Remember to take your child with you and let them get a feel for it as well. This will allow you to sort out the finer details which may need skimming over with the teachers before your child’s start date.

Communities

If you won’t know anyone at the place you’re moving to, immerse yourself in the local community; join some local groups which take your interest, or if you have a young child then get involved in some baby and toddler sessions that may be running. If none of these things exist then now’s the time to create your own – there’s no better way of meeting the exact type of person that you want to meet than starting up your own activity! It could be anything from sports to crafts to technology; there is always something that you could put out there that will gain at least one person’s interest.

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Educate The Kids With The History Of Geneva

If you are well overdue a holiday or simply feel the need to take a break from your busy life, in order to relax, reconnect with your family and reassess the focal points of your life and family which you may have not been able to give your all to for a while, then the first step you should take is to think about what sort of holiday you want, what sort of place you want to visit, and whether the culture and lifestyle in that location fits within your budget.

If you have children, a destination which is full of historical interest, cultural backdrops and beautiful scenery may be a good choice for you. While spending quality time with the family, you will be able to visit fascinating landmarks and can also educate yourself and the children on topics and aspects which you have always wanted to learn about but simply have not had the opportunity.

Geneva, in Switzerland, may be a good choice for you if the above is the sort of trip you are thinking of taking. It is the second most populated city in Switzerland, behind Zurich, and has plenty of things to do with the family. If you’re worried about how to get there, then put your worries aside as Geneva has its own airport and you can book a taxi on BookTaxiGeneva so you can get to your accommodation without any fuss or unneeded stress.

One of the first things you may want to do is to visit Lake Geneva. The likelihood is that the children will be fascinated by its natural beauty, and you and your partner can stroll alongside the lake breathing in the fresh air and listening to the subdued babble of fellow tourists. If you are going to stay for the day, you could also take packed lunches or even a picnic – you and the family can then relax by the sides of the lake for hours until the sun begins to come down.

To enable the children to obtain some knowledge and historical information, it may well be worth your time to take a trip to the Patek Philippe Museum. The museum, itself, is a showcase of the history of watches – or even the development and attraction of time if you want to metaphorize it – and, while it is certainly crammed with lots of information, there are also interactive aspects to it which the children can get stuck into and enjoy.

There are plenty of options for accommodation, too, with the grand Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva offering you unparalleled luxury, and then there is also the Hotel N’vY which offers you a modern, trendy and contemporary stay.

Allow you and your family to experience the aspects of Geneva which will appeal to everyone. Do your research, look for the best deals and determine which sort of accommodation will fit the best for you – and the family’s – needs. A trip away will allow you to reconnect and relax.

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Trying For A Baby? Read This Now!

Whether you’ve wanted to be a parent ever since you were a child yourself, or the idea has only begun to feel right recently, having a child is an experience like no other. There’ll be a lot of ups and downs through the pregnancy, but when you hold your baby for the first time, you’ll have a totally new concept of joy. If you’re about to start trying for a baby, here’s some of my best advice…


Take Care of Yourself

The health of your baby in the womb (and out of it) is going to depend heavily on the health of you, the mother. With this in mind, you should start getting into some healthy habits as soon as possible. You’re going to get all kinds of cravings during the pregnancy, so the sooner you start living healthily the easier it will be to stick to those good habits. One easy change is to start taking supplements. Folic acid pills, for example, will help along your baby’s brain development.

Don’t Panic!

If you’ve been trying to conceive for a few months and haven’t been able to, then you may be jumping to all kinds of worrying and false conclusions. Try to avoid obsessing over it and getting yourself into a big panic! The large majority of couples conceive within a year, and there isn’t much you can do to control your own body chemistry outside of your diet. Aside from that, it’s going to be pretty hard to get in the mood for conception when you’re thinking about it in terms of sperm and egg cells! If you’ve been trying regularly for around 18 months, and nothing happens, then you can consider talking to some IVF specialists. In the meantime, don’t panic!

Think About Him

You may be the one who’s going to have to do the bulk of the work, but remember, it’s not all about you! It takes two to tango, and to have a timely, healthy conception, he needs to be just as relaxed and happy as much as you. I understand that conception may be on your mind constantly, but try to avoid putting too much pressure on your partner. Performance anxiety is not helpful to baby-making.


Don’t Worry About the Timing

You’ve probably read elsewhere that the best time to have sex with the view to conceive is one to two days before you ovulate. Obviously, this is a very tricky task to get on time! However, you don’t need to obsess over timing and have sex every single day as a rule. Sperm cells, believe it or not, can survive for up to seven days in your body. With this in mind, you really don’t need to go over once every two to three days when you’re trying for a baby. If you’re really in a rush to conceive, there are many ovulation calculators on the web that can be helpful. However, if it can wait, then simply finding the time to make love is all you need to worry about.

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How to Handle House Improvements and Kids at the Same Time

Keep Communicating With Them

It’s important that you don’t leave your kids out of the loop. No matter how old they are, they deserve to know what exactly is happening and what changes are going to be made to their home. If you have younger kids, they might be disconcerted by the changes that are happening in their normal environment – and if you have older kids, then it’s a good idea to ask them for their opinions on any changes you want to make. After all, it’s their home too – and they might have some great ideas that you can use.

Find The Right Contractors

If you get the right contractors, then your home improvements will be made a whole lot easier. Make sure that you talk to them before you actually hire them and that you get recommendations from your friends and family. The quest to find contractors can be a long and often difficult one – but you owe it to your kids to go for quality over cheapness, and to go with a firm that’s known for being reliable.


Plan Meals Carefully

If you’re getting your kitchen renovated, then meal time can be a challenge, to say the least. That means it’s important to ensure that you plan as much as you can – and that you don’t expect too much from yourself. If you don’t have a hob, then you probably won’t be able to produce any four course gourmet feasts. Instead, keep it simple – go for cold food like sandwiches, cut up vegetables, and fruit for dessert. If your whole kitchen’s going to be out of action then why not purchase or rent a mini fridge that you can keep elsewhere? That means that you can keep essentials like juice and yoghurt for breakfast time. Finally, don’t beat yourself up too much – get takeout a couple of nights. You deserve it.

Make It Fun

If your house is in a state of uproar then you might feel as though your mental state is too. It’s hard when you can’t use your usual facilities and when it feels as though everything’s a mess and covered with that pesky fine layer of dust. For the sake of your kids, it’s time to grit your teeth and pretend like it isn’t nearly as difficult as it actually is. Bad moods can transfer to them and you know that’ll make your life ten times harder! Eat dinner on the floor like a picnic and squeeze everyone into your bed to watch TV in the evenings – it’ll be over in no time.


It’s Sleepover Time!

If push comes to shove and your home is simply too hectic or dangerous for your kids to be in while you’re having renovations then don’t shy away from arranging sleepovers for them with your nearest and dearest, like their best friends or your parents. Send their favorite stuffed animals along with them and make sure that they know they can call you to say good night and that they can come home if they feel homesick. Chances are, they’ll have the time of their life!

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Britax Recalls Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

Recall Date: February 16, 2017
Recall Number: 17-088
Britax Recalls Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers with Click & Go receivers
Hazard: A damaged receiver mount on the stroller can cause the car seat to disengage and fall unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to infants in the car seat.
Remedy: Repair
Consumers should immediately stop using their Click & Go receiver mounts and contact Britax for a free repair kit for single strollers.  Owners of the recalled double strollers should stop using them with car seats attached.
Consumers can continue to use their stroller or car seat independently without the car seat attached to the stroller.
Consumer Contact: Britax online at www.us.britax.com and click on the Safety Notice on the homepage or visit us.britax.com/recall, call toll-free at 844-227-0300 from 8:30 a.m.to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday or email Britax at stroller.recall@britax.com.

 Recall Details 

Units: About 676,000 (in addition, about 36,400 were sold in Canada and about 4,600 were sold in Mexico)
Description: This recall involves Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers (when used as a travel system with a car seat carrier attached). All models are folding, single or double occupant strollers and have Click & Go receiver mounts that attach the car seat carrier to the stroller frame. All colors of the stroller are included. The model number can be found on the inside of the stroller’s metal frame near the right rear wheel for single strollers and in the front middle underside of the frame on double strollers. Recalled model numbers include:
B-Agile:
S01298600, S01298700, S01635200, S02063600, S02063700, S02063800, S02063900, S02064000, S03803400, S03803500, S03803700, S03803800, S03803900, S04144400, S04144500, S04144600, S04144700, S04144800, S04144900, S04145000, S04183700, S04183800, S04184000, S04281200, S04281300, S04402800, S04437700, S04628500, S04884200, S04884300, S04884400, S04884500, S04975600, S04978900, S05060600, S05260200, S05511600, S05511700, S865800, S865900, S874300, S874400, S874500, S877200, S890100, S896000, S896200, S896600, S907200, S907300, S907400, S907500, S907600, S910200, S910300, S910400, S910500, S912300, S914300, S914500, S914700, S914900, S915200, S915400, S917400, S921800, S921900, S923700, U341763, U341764, U341782, U341783, U341825, U341826, U341828, U341X82, U34X782, U361763, U361818, U361819, U361825, U391875, U451835, U451837, U451841, U461763, U461764, U461782, U461783, U461825, U461826, U461828, U471818, U471819, U491842, U491843, U491844, U491908, U491909, U491910, U511875, U511877, U551835, U551837, U551841, U551861, U551862, U551863, U551864, U551865, U551905, U551906, U691878, U691879, U691881, U691882, U691884, U691904, U691905, U721895, U721896
BOB Motion:
S888600, S890200, S890300, S890400, S890500, S909700, S910600, S910700, S910800, S910900, S912600, U391820, U391821, U391822, U481820, U481821, U481822, U501820, U501821, U501822, U501907

Incidents/Injuries: Britax has received 33 reports of car seats unexpectedly disconnecting from the strollers and falling to the ground, resulting in 26 reports of injuries to children, including scratches, bruises, cuts and bumps to the head. In addition, Britax is aware of 1,337 reports of strollers with damaged Click & Go receiver mounts.
Sold at: Babies R Us, buy buy Baby, Target and other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, albeebaby.combuybuybaby.comdiapers.com, ToysRUs.com and other websites from May 2011 through February 2017 for between $250 and $470 for the strollers and travel systems.
Importer: Britax Child Safety Inc., of Fort Mill, S.C.
Manufactured in: China

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All Your Baby Needs To Be Happy

A happy baby is usually a healthy baby. But what does your baby need to be happy? They don’t need lots of cuddly toys, that’s for sure! Read on to find out what your baby needs to be happy. It’s less than you think.

Bonding With Their Parents

All babies need quality bonding with their parents. This helps them to develop early on. You can bond with your baby in many different ways. Skin to skin contact is the way that you do it as soon as they’re born. You can also use eye contact, and make sure you have some play time. Babies even like to listen to your conversations and mimic your facial expressions.

Good Routines

Having a routine with your baby is good. Bear in mind there are so many reasons you may not be able to stick to this routine as vigilantly as you’d like. Your baby has no concept of time and they live by their own rules. That doesn’t mean you should try. Their sleeping pattern may be all over the place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show them the difference between night and day. Even if they’re sleeping during the day, the environment doesn’t have to be completely silent. Make them know it’s night time even if they’re awake by dimming the lights and making less noise.

A Safe And Secure Environment

Your baby needs a safe and secure environment, whether that’s in the house or in the car. Make sure you’ve eliminated any dangers to your baby, such as heavy objects that could fall. You also need to make sure you have a safe car seat!

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Question – Tell Me What You Think About Me?

Today’s article is a little bit random, but after working in my daughter’s Kindergarten class, it got me thinking…


“There’s no such thing as a stupid question.”

You can go through your whole life not knowing the real answer to certain questions that you had never thought of asking, for fear of looking silly for asking or like a failure. Some of us just can’t be bothered to ask as we know in some situations that our curiosity will be rebuked – age can play a massive factor in this.

No such thing … until you ask it?

Think of all the things that you need to or want to know. Some things that can’t be asked online; personal questions, family history, etc. Opinions on yourself, your life, your loves. Reviews on great little restaurants, etc. There are some questions that search engines just don’t have the answer for.

Search engines such as Google are most definitely our friend in times like these. The more commonly researched questions include “Do penguins have knees?” and “What are those eye floaters in my eye?” (a sort of follow up from that episode of Family Guy). So it seems like everybody is thinking the same thing … we’re just not verbalizing it.

Here’s another question – what’s the solution?

Get out there, meet up with friends and family and ask all the questions in the world. Ask everything that you have on your mind, no matter how random or strange it may seem. No matter how pointless it may be. What may seem to you like the most inane of conversations could be a lifeline to somebody else; never underestimate the power of your words to brighten up somebody’s day.

It could be that you are visiting a relative that you haven’t seen in awhile who has been having a tough time recently; that just your visit has brightened their day, but your ponderings and musings have served as a point of purpose for them that day. Explore the taboo subjects that you never thought you would delve into outside of your own head – you will never know what somebody’s experiences or stances are with certain areas until you begin with an open-ended question about it.

A problem shared is a problem halved

You may even find that the questions that you had and were wanting to ask were personal worries manifesting inside of you. Sort of a “I’m asking for a friend” type of scenario; a lot can be discerned about the comfort and safety of a child from the questions that they ask and their queries about the world, so why do we stop it when we are adults? The more you choose to know, the more you choose to learn. Learning doesn’t stop when we hit a certain age; it’s there to be explored and carried on throughout your life.

So the next time you want to know something … just ask. Don’t hold on to it until it’s too late, and don’t judge your character for wanting to know the answer.

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All Talk And No Action? Start Backing Up Your Beliefs

We all have beliefs and values by which we want to live ours lives. Some of them might be religious or spiritual, while others are moral or ethical. They can range from a belief that we should help our neighbors to believing that eating meat is wrong. Whatever you believe, it’s important to try and back up what you think and say with what you do. If you want to start following through on what you believe, here are some of the top ways you can do it.


Support Causes That Align with Your Values

If you want to back up your beliefs with actions, one option is to put your money where your mouth is. Do you give to charities with causes that you believe in, for example? You can look for a charity that aligns with your religious beliefs, such as a Jewish donation center. Or it could just be a charity with values and causes that you want to support. There are all kinds of charities for different purposes. Some do very specific things, while others work on a wide range of projects. You can explore both small, local charities and huge, multi-national ones. If you can’t afford to give much money, you can also give your time.

Get to Know Like Minded People

You can guarantee that you’re not the only one who believes the things you do. Whether you want to protect the environment or ensure equal rights for all, there will always be people who agree with you. Spending time with people who share your beliefs can encourage you to take action. It can also help you to find projects you might want to work on. Or you might team up with some of your new friends to do something together. You could organize a protest, event or fundraiser to support a mutual cause.

Make the Right Lifestyle Choices

Not everyone has the time or energy to get involved with projects that support the causes they believe in. However, you can still demonstrate your beliefs through the way you live your life. If you think that other people should do certain things, the best way to show that is by doing them yourself first. If you think that it’s important to treat people with kindness, making sure that you make an effort to do so is essential.

Examining Your Beliefs

Remember that it’s also important to examine your beliefs now and then too. You’re allowed to change your mind about things and decide that perhaps you were wrong before. More importantly, you should look at whether you’re carrying out your beliefs in the right way. How do the actions you take help others? Could you be hurting anyone in any way, even if it’s not intentional? Make sure you keep your mind open and are willing to reflect on yourself and what you believe.

If you feel strongly about your beliefs, back them up with your actions. Show people that you can walk the walk, as well as talk the talk.

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Does Your Child Suffer From Anxiety?

According to research, our children are, as a whole, more anxious than they have ever been at any point in history. It’s a worrying trend and a condition that can develop at any time. 

Young children can experience severe separation anxiety, for example, while older kids and teens can experience a tremendous amount of stress during the school age years. It’s important, though, to understand what childhood anxiety is. 
Most kids can have trouble sleeping after watching a scary movie, of course – and this is only a temporary problem. The big issue is when their anxiety cannot be comforted, and it can often cause parents nightmares themselves when they can’t seem to help.

The solution to child anxiety problems can be complicated. But, ultimately, it all starts by finding out the underlying cause of panic attacks, moments of anxiousness, and restricting phobias. With this in mind, we’ve put together a few of the most common causes of child anxiety, which we hope might help.

Lack of parental contact

Unsurprisingly, lack of parental contact is often the cause of many childhood anxiety problems. Children who feel like their parents are always going away or are never around will tend to have a higher chance of developing separation anxiety. However healthy kids appear, it’s important to understand that they can also be masters of hiding deep emotions. As a parent, it’s important to start realizing the cause might be your work schedule or lifestyle and to ease the symptoms of their disorder.

Lots of change

Too much change can give rise to a whole bunch of anxiety issues in kids. For example, child experts say that you should avoid moving home too many times before your children turn 5 – it can make them feel like they don’t have a proper home. Regularity and routine are critical for a child’s development, and any interruption of them can lead to problems.

Parental separation

Separated parents can also cause an enormous amount of anxiety in children, and many will feel like they are somehow responsible for events. If you notice your child’s anxiety levels increase after you get a divorce, it’s important to get help and try and fix things as best you can. Try using a lawyer if you can’t come to a suitable agreement with your ex-partner. According to WA Legal, law firms aren’t just there for separation and divorce proceedings. A lawyer can also help you work out your problems and set up an appropriate strategy to ensure that your child is happier, and experiences a much better environment of routine.

Traumatic experiences

Sadly, many children experience distressing or traumatic events in their lives – even from a young age. Car accidents, house fires, raging family arguments – they can all have an impact. And because your child doesn’t know how to speak about such things, the events get locked into their memory and stay there. At some point in the future, it could reveal itself again as one of many conditions, including anxiety or behavioral problems. It’s important for parents to understand the impact events such as these can have, and to get help from a therapist or child counselor if possible.

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