Saturday 19th April 2014,
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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
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

Tips on Keeping Your Children Healthy and Safe

There is no greater responsibility than parenthood. You have created a life, a person, who will depend on you to keep them safe. It is up to you, as a mother or father, to provide and protect your offspring. Promoting good personal habits, healthy meals, a good night’s sleep and positive attitudes are some of the vital steps in protecting them. Other safety tips include regular doctor check-ups, keeping them away from hazardous objects such as cleaning products, medicines, sharp tools and unstable furniture. Children are careless and clumsy, it is up to the parents to maintain security within and outside of the home.

Keeping Your Children Healthy
Raising healthy kids is a big job. It takes a lot of energy and time, but the commitment is always worth it in the end. Your child’s health, development and nutrition will affect their adult lives and success. A healthy diet, being active, enough sleep, minimum junk foods, limited time with electronics, and low stress levels are just a few things to provide your children with. Preparing meals on a regular basis is a great way to maintain a healthy diet and it also affords quality time together. Making sure they get outside for activities as much as possible and a special sleeping routine that includes a bedtime story is crucial in a child’s life. Excessive junk food and time spent with electronics such as Xbox, computers, and television produces a lazy and unhealthy lifestyle that will negatively affect them, so keeping such to a limit is vital. It won’t always be easy, but it will definitely show your child that living healthily is the best way to live.

Keeping Your Children Happy
There are plenty of ways to keep a smile on your child’s face without having to serve their every wish. When you are happy and your kids see it, it fills them with joy, so maintaining a positive mental attitude towards yourself, family, and life in general is influential. Go to your happy place, stay connected, and laugh often, it’s as simple as that! Make sure your child is fully exposed, schedule play dates, try to go to the playground when you know there’ll be plenty of other kids there to connect with. Laughter is always free, you can never laugh too much with your kids!

Education is Key to Keeping Them Safe
A great resource I’ve found about staying healthy and happy is wilmasblog.com which is helpful even for those without kids. They key is to find ways to educate our children about healthy living and healthy lifestyles without them feeling like they’re being lectured. Plant a garden together or play a game of tag. They’ll have fun eating healthy and running around and it will help strengthen their bond with you.

While there will undoubtedly come a time when your kids stop listening to you as much as you’d like it’s important to set a good example in their early years. Doing so will help set the foundation for a happy and healthy life.

March 17, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
How to Have More Time for Your Kids

How to Have More Time for Your Kids

Every parent wants to make sure that their child grows up to be healthy. Most parents do in fact succeed in keeping their kids physically healthy. However, most parents aren’t actually giving much effort in nurturing their kids’ mental and emotional health when compared to their physical health. Unfortunately, this leads to kids not being able to live up to their potential when they grow older. Parents need to make it a point to also take care of their kids mental and emotional health. It’s going make parenting taxing, but parents will be glad to know that their increased efforts will have fruitful results.

How can parents make sure that they are able to take care of their kids’ mental and emotional health? One way they can do this is by spending more time with their kids. In fact, this is actually one of the biggest (if not the biggest) factors when it comes to improving the mental and emotional health of one’s children. Research has consistently shown that when parents spend more time with their children, they end up indirectly nurturing their child’s intellect and emotional maturity. Although the exact behaviours that lead to such nurturance have not been pinpointed yet, parents already have good reason to spend more time with their kids.

Unfortunately, for some parents, their work hours are just too long for them to spend time for their children. The good news is that there are actually ways parents can deal with them and have more time for their kids. Parents who own small businesses, for one, could hire someone who offers amazing bookkeeping services to deal with their business’ bookkeeping. Most parents don’t realize this, but bookkeeping actually eats much of their time and actually often leads to them losing a significant portion of their expenses due to doing an inefficient job at it.

By hiring a bookkeeper and contracting other work processes out to other people, parents who own small businesses can make more time for their kids. Of course, when making such financial decisions, parents need to make sure that they hire people who offer the “best bang for their buck.” By doing so, parents can be sure that their business doesn’t lose much profit (maybe even make more) while at the same time, have more time for their kids. It doesn’t have to be a win-lose situation; parents just need to think long and hard about it to come up with a perfect solution.

Hopefully, what I have written here will get more parents to spend more time with their children. It’s very important that parents spend a lot of time with their children during their formative years; parents really need to make it a point to make time for them as early as possible. If you want to get help from a bookkeeper, I suggest you visit the website of this accounting and bookkeeping firm. Through their help, you can definitely concentrate on your kid’s mental, physical, and emotional health more.

March 12, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
Making Your Home Healthier for Your Kids

Making Your Home Healthier for Your Kids

All parents want to ensure that their kids stay healthy, and this goes without saying. Recent research has shown that people who were sickly during their childhood have lower IQs and have poorer health compared to those who weren’t. It follows that by making sure that one’s kids stay healthy throughout their childhood, they can grow up to be the best they can be. Of course, this is very tough work, and many parents actually fail to ensure their kids stay healthy during their formative years. For this reason, me and my co-writers decided to found this magazine. Through this magazine, we hope to be of great help to parents all over the world who are having trouble keeping their children healthy.

In this post, I am going to talk about the importance of having a healthy home. Having a healthy home is often neglected by many families because it can be costly, but the truth is that its benefits far outweigh its costs.

Most parents need to make sure that their house is not conducive for the spread of diseases. To do this, they need to make sure that they deal with the harmful microorganisms and pests and in their home. They also have to make sure that the amount of harmful chemicals in their homes don’t exceed the recommended limits. By doing these things, parents won’t have to spend much money on hospital expenses and ensure that their kids grow up healthy.

Here in the area, one of the most common problems homes face is mold growth. Mold growth might seem like an inconsequential thing; after all, mold is present everywhere. However, parents need to make sure that they don’t ignore it. This is because when mold growth reaches a certain point, it may have harmful effects on those who live in the home affected by it. Significant mold growth can cause severe allergic reactions and cause severe asthma attacks among those who suffer from the condition. For this reason, parents need to call a mould remediation company to deal with mold growth if they suspect that it has reached harmful levels.

When choosing a mould removal company, parents need to make sure that its employees are certified, insured, and licensed. By doing so, they can be sure that they are going to receive high-quality service. Such professionals will only make use of natural methods of mold removal, so you can be sure that your health won’t be negatively affected by what they do. In addition to this, they do their job in such a way that your daily routine won’t be disturbed.

If your children have been experiencing more frequent and severe allergic reactions or asthma attacks, then you might just have a mold problem. You definitely should contact a mold removal company ASAP. By doing so, you can quickly deal with a health hazard that might prove fatal not just for your kids, but to everyone else who lives in your home. Safeguarding your family’s health is important; don’t delay in getting help.

March 10, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
Providing the Best for One’s Kids

Providing the Best for One’s Kids

Every mom and dad wants to help ensure that their kids end up being the best they can be. To do this, however, they need to provide their kids the best environment for self-development during the most crucial years of their childhood. Unfortunately, to do this, parents need to have a lot of money. They need to have money for their kid’s education, food, toys, health and safety, etc. Many kids are not able to live up to their full potential because their parents don’t have jobs that pay well. The good news is that there are things parents can do to earn a significant amount of money on the side. One way they can do this is through online trading.

Over the past few years, thousands of people from all over the world have started doing online trading. Unlike more traditional forms of trading, online trading is much easier to do. One reason for this is the fact that online trading can be done at any time from the comfort of one’s home so long as one has an internet connection. There are many types of financial instruments on the internet, however. To make great successes in online trading, people need to trade using financial instruments that suit their lifestyle, trading knowledge, and preferences.

For busy parents, the best financial instrument happens to be binary options. Compared to other financial instruments, dealing with binary options doesn’t take much of one’s time. Binary options trading only involves having to guess between calling or putting on an option, after all. When one considers the fact that one often gets high earnings through binary options trading, one can see that it really is the ideal financial instrument for everyone (not just parents) who has a busy lifestyle.

Of course, before anything else, those who want to do binary options trading need to find a binary options brokerage that offers amazing services. When it comes to binary options trading, nothing beats Bankdebinary.ca. Many parents who do binary options trading with the brokerage report earning at least a thousand dollars a month. Of course, working with a legitimate binary options broker such as Banc de Binary isn’t enough. Parents still need to take time to learn and craft sound trading strategies.

“Thanks to Banc de Binary, I have been able to provide for all of my daughter’s needs. She is able to maximize her full potential because I am always able to attend to her every need. Due to the fact that we have more money now, I can afford my daughter’s piano lessons and get her a private tutor for her formal studies. Now, at the tender age of 7, she is already an accomplished classical pianist and a member of MENSA,” Abigail Cruz, a stay-at-home mom from Toronto, told us.

Hopefully, what I have written here will get more parents to exert more effort in providing for the needs of their kids. Providing for one’s kid’s every need doesn’t have to be taxing. Through binary options trading, anyone can earn enough money for their kids easily. So long as one works with a legitimate brokerage and uses great trading strategies, any parent can provide the best for their kids through binary options trading.

February 25, 2014 Pamela Brown News 0
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Lap Band Surgery Alternatives

lapbandFor some people, losing weight is one of the most difficult things in the world to do. The love of food is so powerful that going on a new diet just about every few months has become a way of life.

It is a constant battle of gaining weight and taking it off. Although you might lose weight, it never seems to stay off permanently.

If you are someone who wants to lose weight for cosmetic reasons, then the weight loss battle is a frustrating one, but it is not affecting your health if you only need to lose a few pounds.

However, if you are more than eighty or one hundred pounds overweight, then you need a quicker way to lose weight and a plan that will keep it off. As a result, there are those who resort to drastic measures such as opting for surgery to get the excess fat off.

One of the more popular types of weight loss is lap band surgery. This is one of the least invasive surgeries. It involves putting a band around your stomach to limit the amount of food that can be eaten. It gives you a full sensation so that you don’t eat as much.

This particular procedure is reversible and allows you to heal much quicker. These are all good things that make this surgery very popular, but the following are a few other types of alternatives to getting alap band surgery.

Gastric Balloons

If you are looking to lose around a small amount of weight over the next couple of months, then gastric balloons might be an option. With this procedure, it involves putting a deflated balloon that is filled with saline in your stomach via your mouth.

Since your stomach contains this balloon, it makes it impossible for you to eat a lot of food. As a result, it makes you feel full and decreases your appetite, which helps you to lose weight.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

With this type of surgery a portion of the stomach is actually separated and closed off from the other part. It is then re-routed and forms a connection with the small intestine. This type of surgery is much more invasive than the lap band procedure and is considered to be more dangerous as well.

However, it is known to help you lose more weight than the well known lap band procedure.

Sleeve Gastrostomy

This procedure involves stapling the stomach, which makes it look like a tube. This is different from some of the other weight loss surgeries because it does not involve creating a stomach pouch or banding the stomach.

A good portion of the stomach is taken out and the remainder is connected to the intestines. A sleeve gastrostomy is usually the first weight loss surgery for people who are very obese. It is not as harmful as other surgeries and can help you to lose weight and get into better shape so that you can endure additional surgeries and lose even more weight.

There are many options for losing weight. Lap band surgeries are less risky than others, but the aforementioned alternatives are also available for getting rid of excess fat. It is all a matter of doing the research and deciding which is the better choice for you.

January 21, 2014 Michael Z. Saycon Health 0