Thursday 24th April 2014,
Nurturing Magazine
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How to Get Your Child to Eat Vegetables

We all know that our children’s diets should consist of more fruits and vegetables than chicken nuggets and french fries, but sometimes that is much easier said than done. If your picky eater would rather go to bed early than let a single green pea touch their lips, you’re not alone. Consider using these tips at the dinner table to get your kids to eat more vegetables without all the kicking and screaming.

Give Vegetables First
Hungry kids are much more likely to eat whatever it is that you give them. Offer up raw veggies and dip at snack time. For dinner, serve a plate of vegetables before anything else and encourage them to try a few bites. You’ll have a greater chance of getting them to eat the healthy stuff if they haven’t already filled up on bread or pasta. (more…)

June 26, 2013 Michael Z. Saycon Family 0
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Helpful Tips to a Parent

Being a parent is a full-time job. It doesn’t have a limited time period nor is it something that you can transfer. Regardless of how one feels about it, parenting will never be an easy task to do no matter how old your children get.

This means that you need all the help you can get. Knowing about the experiences of other people will help you learn how to cope with situations that are similar to yours. Because every child is unique, there is no singular way to become a good parent. In your walk through parenthood, there will always be room for improvement and some of the tips that may come in handy for you include: (more…)

June 5, 2012 Michael Z. Saycon Family, Health 0
Protecting Your Children’s Health Through Proper Plumbing

Protecting Your Children’s Health Through Proper Plumbing

It goes without saying that parents should do their best to keep their children as healthy as possible. Obviously, such a task is very difficult. Still, in today’s world, such a task is actually proving to be more and more doable. Parents just need to have access to helpful information. Luckily for parents, the internet has made gaining access to information on good parenting very easy. So long as parents follow the best parenting guides, they will surely succeed in raising their kids to be very healthy individuals.

By reading parenting guides, parents will find out that one of the things they have to do to keep their children healthy is to make their house free of plumbing problems. Oftentimes, the main concern of people when it comes to dealing with plumbing problems is the fact that it can damage their homes. Of course, there’s more to it than this. Poor plumbing that leads to leaks, for one, makes a home an environment conducive for insect infestation and mold growth. These things can lead to the exacerbation of medical conditions, if not lead to their development. What’s worse is that children tend to be more susceptible to the negative effects of such conditions. For this reason, parents really need to make sure that their home is free of plumbing problems.

Luckily for parents who live in Toronto, dealing with plumbing problems is very easy. This is because there are many licensed plumbers Toronto homeowners can get help from. Most of plumbers in Toronto have undergone the best training when it comes to plumbing and have the necessary experience to deal with plumbing problems of any kind. In addition to this, most of the plumbers in Toronto are insured. What this means is that should they get injured during the course of their work, their client at the time won’t have to pay for any of their medical expenses – the insurer will take care of it.

Whether it’s waterproofing or drain cleaning, Toronto homeowners can expect to get effective help from the typical Toronto plumber. Statistics have shown that Toronto homes that have been serviced by such individuals have fewer incidences of sickness. Although it’s simply a correlation, it still points out the fact that proper plumbing helps in making homes a lot healthier. Many homeowners from Toronto can attest to this. Through proper plumbing, they have been able to effectively deal with many health considerations.

Amy and Jefferson Thomas are parents from Toronto who have greatly benefited from the help of local plumbers. “The best thing about Toronto is that we have easy access to so many amazing services at really affordable prices. One of these services happens to be plumbing. Back in the town we used to live at, we couldn’t find a good plumber who offered his services at really affordable prices. This isn’t the case with Toronto. Moving to Toronto is definitely one of the best decisions my husband and I made. This is because the services we have access to here enable us to provide a healthy environment for our kids to grow up in,” Amy told us.

Hopefully, this post of mine will prove helpful to the many homeowners out there, not just the ones from Toronto. Obviously, proper plumbing isn’t the only thing that makes a home healthy. Still, it plays a huge part in it. Unless people are able to invest in proper plumbing, they will leave the people in their home vulnerable to diseases of different kinds, especially children. Considering that sickness in childhood affects growth, intellectual development, and almost all other aspects of maturation, adults really need to make sure that they cover everything when it comes to keeping them safe from harm. To this end, parents should invest in good plumbing.

April 24, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0

Keeping Up Your Energy Levels After Childbirth

If you have just given birth, then the demands that a newborn infant makes can make life pretty exhausting. These are the times when rest can seem a very precious luxury and you can barely find the time to have a meal. Of course, you would devote all your time and attention to your child but for your sake and for your baby’s, it is important to be healthy. Otherwise, you will not have the energy required to take good care of your baby.

If you are like most moms, the most pressing issue that you have to face is the lack of sleep. Aside from attending to your baby’s needs, elevated hormones can wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns. This condition can continue weeks after giving birth. Sleep deprivation can lead to depression, crankiness, overeating, chills and fatigue. To avoid these problems, you should make rest a priority because the lack of it can affect your health negatively and ultimately, your child’s well-being too.

Delegate tasks whenever possible. You can formulate a plan for this prior to your delivery. If you have older children, you can request them to do some of the household chores after the baby is born. You can also involve your partner by giving him some tasks to do like doing the grocery shopping. If involving other members of the household is not feasible, get help. You can ask your mother or an elder relative to help you out, or hire a babysitter for some hours in a week. You can use your free time to catch up on some needed sleep or rest.

Since you will be spending most of your time with your baby, take advantage of his sleeping time. As soon as he takes a nap after his bath or feeding, stop whatever you are doing and have this time to take a nap as well. This may take getting used to especially if you are the type of person who requires some time to get drowsy. There are some techniques, though, that you can apply to help you how to fall asleep faster. Read more here: Sleep Centre.

Remember that despite your busy schedule, you need to have some time for recreation. Take a walk outdoors for at least one hour every day. If you have friends who are also new moms like you, schedule some activities with them and their babies. Occasionally, go out on a date night with your partner. It is important to have variety in your routine since boredom can make you feel more frustrated and tired.

Eat a healthy diet. Good nutrition is vital for new moms. Don’t eat too much sugar and fat and load up on complex carbohydrates instead, since this will give you energy. Even if it is tempting to lose all the baby weight as soon as possible, dieting is not advisable right after childbirth. Being deprived of proper nutrition will aggravate fatigue and exhaustion.

Your baby means the world to you. Certainly, you would want to be the most loving and caring parent in the world. For this very reason, don’t let exhaustion and fatigue get the better of you after giving birth. You need to keep your energy levels up so you can be the best mom that you can be.

April 23, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
Childproof Your Home Through Binary Options Trading

Childproof Your Home Through Binary Options Trading

As parents, it is your responsibility to take care of all of your children's needs. Due to the demands of the modern world, however, such a task is proving to be more and more difficult. This is in spite of the fact that technological advances and scientific progress should be making it easier. It's not that such progress is useless; it's just that parents are often lost as to how they can take advantage of such things to better their children's lives. In this post, I am going to talk about one aspect of childrearing that parents should make it a point to take care of: building a childproof home. Hopefully, by doing so, I am able to help them deal with such a task effectively.

What exactly does childproofing mean? Childproofing means to make things safer for one's children. To childproof one's home means to make it safe for children. Most people don't realize this, but they actually fail at such a task. Because of their failure, thousands of children suffer from fatal injuries each year. These injuries could have been prevented, but unfortunately, their parents weren't able to make the necessary precautions. It costs a lot of money to make sure that doors, walls, electrical sockets, kitchenware, household appliances, and every other object in one's house can't cause harm to one's children. Many parents who do know the importance of childproofing unfortunately don't end up making the necessary precautions because they don't have enough resources for it.

The good news for most parents, though, is that there is now an easy way for them to be able to build their childproofing fund, and this is through binary options trading. By doing binary options trading, parents can now easily earn money for the purpose of renovating their homes to be safer.

How exactly does binary options trading work? To do binary options trading, parents have to create an account on the website of a legitimate brokerage such as Banc de Binary Europe first. Parents should make it a point that the brokerage they work with is legitimate; unless it is, they will end up losing all of their investments in the long run. This is why parents are financially literate love doing business with Banc de Binary. Many parents ask, is Banc de Binary legitimate? Yes, in fact, aside from being legitimate, Banc de Binary offers amazing perks to all of its clients.

After creating an account with Banc de Binary or any other legitimate brokerage, parents will then need to buy options. To earn profit from these options, parents will have to correctly guess the price movements of the assets they are for. That's all there is to it. Due to its simplicity, many parents from all over the world have been able to supplement their budget for childrearing. It only takes an hour or two a day of binary options trading in order to make great profit from it – considering this, it's easy to see why so many busy parents are able to benefit from it. Hopefully, you will also look into binary options trading. You owe it to yourself and your children to do so.

April 20, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
Managing Business and Family from the Comfort of Home

Managing Business and Family from the Comfort of Home

Raising children is not an easy task, it requires diligence, hard work and patience. Now, needless to say, children take up a lot of time, but what happens when you work from home and have children? It is sometimes difficult to balance work, play and keeping a tidy house. These tasks can seem impossible at first, but with a little planning and some help, anything is possible.

 

Time Management

In order to properly manage your business, children and at home duties, you are going to need to work on time management. This is a very crucial point to being successful in three different fields at once. You might want to sit down and dedicate some time in planning out how your days will be spent, without proper planning it could seem like a jumbled mess that is hard to make function.

 

Finding a Workplace

Most stay at home professionals have their own little sanctuary where they can disappear to and have some peace and quiet while they work. This may not always be the case, and, with older children who can make quite a ruckus, it is sometimes not quite enough. If your budget allows, and you have the space on your property, you might consider looking into more movable options, like mobile offices. This will allow you to be out of the house, yet still remain on the premises in case of any emergency. Plus, it looks more professional to potential business partners that you might need to meet with.

 

Kids

Children take up a lot of time and often require a lot of attention. It is important to dedicate time to your children and leave your work alone. However, it is equally important to teach your children to play on their own. This will allow you time to focus solely on your work while they are performing their own personal task. If they are still young, you might wish to give them a project to finish, or a coloring book to enjoy while you focus on your work. This not only gives the children something to do, but will also boost their confidence and creativity.

 

Squeezing in Extra Time

Although it is difficult, there are certain times of day where you can get the most out of your work with the fewest amount of distractions, this can either be found in the early morning, or late at night while your children are sleeping. Fix yourself a nice, mild cup of coffee, switch off the television and get to work.

 

Get the Kids out of the House

You can get the kids out of the house by simply sending them out into the back yard, to a nearby park, only if old enough, or, you could send them to a friend’s or grandparent’s house. This comes especially in handy when facing an oppressing deadline that is coming up.

 

Balancing work and family is not always an easy task, but with some proper planning and management skills, it might not be as difficult as it might have first been perceived.

April 19, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
Fun Activities You can Do with Your Children This Summer

Fun Activities You can Do with Your Children This Summer

In just a couple of months from now, you will be welcoming the warm days of summer. The season is most welcome not just for the beautiful weather but for the fun and relaxation that it brings. Children take a break from school; and parents, specifically moms, can catch up on more sleeping time. Most of all, it is a time when you and your family can do more things together.

Regardless of how old your kids are, here are some activities that will not only strengthen the bond between you and your children, but will also make the summer season a productive and enjoyable one.

Share your love for gardening with your children. You can make the activity educational by telling them about plants and insects, about the process of photosynthesis or how water makes plants grow. Since children are impatient and can be discouraged very easily, you can make the experience more positive for them by choosing plants that are easy to grow and will sprout in a day or two. You can plant herbs and flowers in small pots such as spearmint, pansy or lavender. Your toddler can help you pull out the weeds and help water flowers with a small watering can.

If you have sturdy trees in your yard, putting up a hammock would be a good idea. It is a good place so laze around on sunny afternoons watching the clouds roll by or read a book with your child. Of course, to get the best view of the sky, you might need to have your tree trimmed and this job is best done by professionals. Contacting a tree trimming service provider is a breeze with a tree trimming pro like those found here.

Children these days are very tech-savvy, maybe even more so than you are. Let them produce their own videos on their smartphones and schedule a night or two to watch the fruits of their labor. You can prepare popcorn, soda and other typical movie munchies and spend the night watching your own family’s home movies.

Practice the saying, “Charity begins at home.” Teach your kids the value of being charitable by letting them do it themselves. With all the free time that’s on your hands, the season is the best time to clean out the closets, toy boxes and shelves of old clothes, outgrown toys and books. Let your kids help in choosing what to give out and put them in boxes for donating. You can contact a local shelter, an orphanage or a non-profit organization to receive the boxes.

Let your children express their creativity in the kitchen. Let them pick out three dishes from a recipe book and with the list of ingredients, take a trip to the grocery store and let them help in filling up the grocery cart. You can then let them assist you in preparing a meal for the entire family. Cooking with a parent is one of the most memorable activities for a child, one that he will treasure for many years to come.

Of course, there are many more activities that you can fill up your summer with. The most important thing is the time spent with your children. Being with you will be one of the reasons why they will look forward to the summer season every year.

April 19, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
Tips for Helping Kids Cope When the Family Moves

Tips for Helping Kids Cope When the Family Moves

There are a lot of reasons why families have to move. It could be due to job transfer of the family’s breadwinner. It could also be because of financial problems. Whatever the reason is, this decision will surely hit the children hard. This is true especially for those who already understand what is going on around them.

Therefore, before you make this major decision, you need to help your children cope with the changes first. They might have already established friendship with the local neighborhood or at school. This decision is something that they will have a hard time dealing with.

Here are some tips to aid your children during the process:

• If you have already started planning to move to another place, you need to talk to your children about it. Make sure that you are transparent about your plans to them. This also entails constant communication. You have to allow them to be honest to you about what they feel. Restrain yourself from scolding them should they talk back to you or slam their bedroom door. This is just normal. According to author Sue Miller, moving is traumatic and could take months for transition to fully take place.
• When packing the items, you might be tempted to throw away the old toys and unused stuff. Though this seems like a good move, it is not. In fact, these old items might hold precious memories to your kids. Let them decide which one to bring and which one to throw. Rest assured, when you hire a reliable moving company, this won’t be an issue. They will take care of all the items that you wish to be transferred. You don’t have to worry about the overall cost as well.
• While packing your items, if your children don’t want to help, don’t force them. If they wish to stay in their bedroom, then let them do so. You can just pack their important stuff on their behalf. If they wish to help, then commend them for doing so.
• Allow your children to pack a bag that contains their favorites. The items inside the bag must remain constant. No matter how many times you move from one place to another, the bag has to stay. Let it be their security blanket. When traveling to your new destination, make sure that this bag is the only item that they will hold on to.
• Don’t be too strict in terms of computer or cellphone use upon arrival to the new place. Let them communicate with their old friends and classmates as much as they want. This is the only way for them to reconnect with the people they have left behind.
• Help them get through their new learning environment. Being the new kid in the school could be very difficult. In many cases, it can lead to bullying with serious consequences. Therefore, you need to help your child make friends. Be there on the first few days in school.

Moving can be very stressful and traumatic for kids. Therefore, you have to be there in every step of the way. This includes before, during, and a few months after moving.

April 19, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
Keeping Your Children Safe From Firearms

Keeping Your Children Safe From Firearms

Children living in homes with firearms is a hotly debated topic in our society today. Is it ever safe to have a firearm in a home when children are present? Yes it is. However, it requires diligence on the adults in the house and education for the children. A 2009 study shows that 20 children and adolescence are hospitalized every day for gun related injuries. Preventing this tragedy takes time and effort, but it can easily be done.

The first line of defense for children is to safely store your guns. Many companies manufacture gun safes, and they are available for all kinds and any number of guns. Higher end safes not only prevent access but also are heavy and prevent both theft and fire. Lower end safes may only keep someone from taking your guns out of the safe. In order to decide which safe is best for your needs, you should make sure you do your research by visiting a site that reviews all types of gun safes. Ideally, guns should be stored unloaded and locked up. Ammunition should be stored in a separate locked location. You should hide the keys to both storage containers in a place inaccessible to children. Storing unloaded guns is not always an option. If someone were to break into your home, you would need quick access to a loaded gun in order to defend you family. Fortunately, gun safe companies have realized this need and manufacture gun safes that will store a loaded firearm safety and without the possibility of access by someone beside yourself.

For example biometric safes can be programed to read the fingerprints of adults in the household. Not only do safes prevent access by children, they keep guns out of sight and out of mind. An additional measure could be to use trigger locks or other locking mechanisms that keep the gun from being loaded or fired.

The second line of defense is to educate children about guns and their dangers. Children should first be taught not to touch guns, to the leave an area if they see a gun, and to immediately tell an adult. These rules should be reiterated every time guns are mentioned. Also, children should be rewarded if they have the opportunity to follow these rules! An important part of education is disarming curiosity. Children will naturally be curious about guns. If you do not teach them, they will attempt to discover answers for themselves. Take precautions and allow the child to handle an unloaded gun. Be sure there is a safe place for him to point the gun, and stay by him to ensure he does not point it anywhere else.

Explain what the parts of the gun do, and answer any questions he has. Wait until he is bored with the gun, and then put it up. Let him know that he can see it again if he asks an adult but to never touch it without asking. Once the child is mature enough, allow him to shoot an age appropriate gun in a safe environment, and always make sure you are doing the right thing by having your firearms locked up in a safe (like these) in order to minimize the risk of a firearms accident.

April 18, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
How to Deal with Your Child’s Temper Tantrums

How to Deal with Your Child’s Temper Tantrums

A child’s temper tantrum can be a source of embarrassment and dilemma for parents, especially when thrown in a public place. Loud screaming, kicking, stomping, crying, breath holding, throwing things – these are experiences that parents go through every time a child wants to get his own way but doesn’t.

If your child is between one and four years old, then you are most likely to be a victim of a tantrum and more so if your son or daughter is in the “terrible two’s.” They are normally a part of a child’s growth as he learns to communicate with the people around him. However, when the tantrums become frequent and severe, this may be a signal that you need to do something about it.

Some children do have an inclination for tantrums, especially those whose personalities are the moody or hyperactive types and those who have difficulties adjusting to their environment. For these kids, a change in routine or a disruption in an activity, however small, can result in a volcanic temper tantrum.

If you find your child screaming a lot, the first thing to do is to ask yourself if you do the same. Children can be very good imitators of the people they are constantly in contact with. You might also have to keep your temper in check and behave the way you want your child to behave. Spanking your child to stop his screaming will not be effective and will only make things worse. When confronted with this kind of situation, remain calm and gently but firmly tell him that his tantrum is bad behavior and will not help him get what he wants. Never give in even if he continues screaming because once he realizes that this is not effective, he will stop.

A more effective way in dealing with a tantrum is preventing it in the first place. Hence, avoid tantrum triggers. Learn to communicate effectively with your child. You might think that he is too young to understand you but he does. If you plan on going out somewhere, make sure that he is rested and well-fed beforehand because tiredness and hunger are common causes of temper tantrums.

Set boundaries for your children and make them aware of this. Let them know that they are not allowed to eat candies before mealtimes or there are items and certain parts of the house that are dangerous and off-limits to them. In cases like these, you can do your part by keeping temptations out of sight. Don’t leave cupcakes or chocolate bars on the kitchen counter when it is close to dinnertime. Doors leading to the pool or tool shed should be closed at all times since your toddler might wander off in these places and hurt himself. For added protection, ask the help of specialists in installing locks on your doors to make them more secure. If you don’t know where to find one, go online and do some research. Professional locksmiths, such as this site belonging to Locksmiths Southampton in the UK, can be found on the internet.

Being a parent is one of best joys in life. Learning how to deal with temper tantrums will not only make parenting more enjoyable, you will also train your child to become a better adult in the future.

April 15, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
Why a River Cruise is Healthy for Kids

Why a River Cruise is Healthy for Kids

Have you ever traveled with your kids on a river cruise, leisurely moving across the waters while enjoying the breathtaking cityscape merging with the natural environment? Exposing your children to new places and cultures and letting them try various activities is a healthy way of enriching their knowledge and experiences. A river cruise, in particular, will definitely capture their interest while providing great benefits for their overall well-being.

A Break from Modern Technology

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to distract the kids in a good way and keep them focused on the wonders of nature and other activities instead of always being attached to their electronic gadgets. As you engage in a laidback tour on the river, you can go singing and fishing together. The children are likely to be preoccupied listening to an engaging tour guide, tasting various delicacies, and pointing out different sites that pass you by.

Beautiful Scenery as Natural Health Enhancer

People are naturally drawn to natural beauty. Children especially love looking at new sights and appreciating exquisite sceneries. They can get easily awed and absorbed. Just imagine what joy and peace they are bound to feel as you travel on one of the famous European river cruises! Surely the breathtaking backdrop will clear their minds and make them feel calm and happy. After all, kids also suffer from stress too especially when cooped up within a chaotic city for a long time.

Family Bonding and Socialization

Since the river cruise is an intimate way of traveling, you get to deepen your family bonding. Think private conversations and jokes, taking of pictures, dining together, playing of simple games, and exchanging of ideas and stories. Moreover, the children will also be able to socialize with other families on board because of the cozy ambiance and small setting.

A Range of Physical Activities

River cruises often include stimulating and intriguing stop-overs. You might find yourself trekking through the beach or traipsing along a local market. Some even include water activities such as swimming and snorkeling. Moreover, kids are often involved in separate fun and active pursuits on-board, especially for the bigger cruises.

The next time you're traveling as an entire family, make sure to include a cruise tour in your itinerary!

April 4, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0

Childcare During the Formative Years

Raising up children the right way is not an easy task to take up for parents even though it should be as easy as being instinctive by nature. But because of the continuing changes in regards to differentiated social and cultural values that we instill into them, the task of ensuring that they will grow up with the best possible outlook on life and a positive disposition in regards to being responsible individuals is a continuing challenge even up to a time of becoming adolescents. Developmental nurturing and positive reinforcement should be applied to your children as early as their formative years in which their intuitive discernment should be guided thoroughly. It is during these formative years that parents should aggressively reinforce in a subtle but effective way the positive values to their children as this period is the most vulnerable time in which a child will start to fortify their character based upon the things that you teach them.

During this precarious period, giving your children the proper means to appreciate and understand things like caring and love will be very important and they will instantly understand this in their own little way and will start to respond to these positive gestures accordingly. Ensuring that they will grow up in a stress free environment that is full of love and affection. It starts with the very moment that you care for your child in which during such important times as giving them the full attention that they need when they cry out for comfort or while you are nursing them in your arms. It is very important to respond to their every need and giving them that assurance that you will be there to attend to them. The very best way to give your child that assurance comes in the most simplest form of a parents caring touch.

The best time that you can give your child this assurance is during the time that you are feeding them on your pregnancy pillow which you can find on www.pillows4moms.com. A parent’s touch is one of the most simple yet effective means of telling your child that you love them when they can not understand spoken words. This is especially important for people who are just starting out in having a family in which simple things like this should never be taken for granted. Our society has greatly deviated in regards to the acceptable norms that we used to know and this has greatly affected the way future generations are coming to terms with how children regard their parents, which is not very appropriately conducive in regards to instilling positive values.

Frankly, the generations of today are not very receptive to giving that much attention in reciprocating kind gestures given to them by their elders, which is a sad undeniable truth. As seen today, society is slowly loosing it’s grip from the basic values that used to be important as giving mutual respect to other people. As parents, it should be left on our responsibility which should also be our immediate obligation to ensure that our children understand the basic need to give respect to other people in which they will be respected in return. As a parting thought, we should not let society mold our children to conform with it’s absurdities but as parents, we should mold our children with the love that has made us to what we presently are and it should not be that difficult to understand as all we need to do is to give them love to make them love us back.

March 27, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0