Say No To Bullying

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Ever wonder why some kiddies today are too afraid to go to school? There could be a lot of reason why your child won’t step out of his room to go to school and one major reason is probably of bullying. It is not uncommon nowadays when you hear about this issue and your kid may actually be a victim of this act or worse, being the bully in his school. Say no to Bullying!

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Not long ago, I never thought that a preschooler could hurt another kid and the idea itself sounded crazy, but when a close friend of mine who’s actually a pre-school teacher in an international school told me about an incident where two of her students quarreled like wild animals, I still didn’t believe it until I saw them with my own eyes. There was this kid crying out loud and he was one of the new kids in school. He was being chased by his classmate who was a girl at about five years old. She kept punching him on his back and the boy was running away from her. When they were sent to the director’s office, her reason was because he had a crush on her and she got really frustrated and told him that if she keeps punching him, his crush for her would go away. As she was explaining her side, she can’t help but laugh and thought that it was a silly joke. The next day the little boy got bruises all over his body and didn’t want to go to school. I thought to myself that they were just preschoolers and yet the violence was already present and though they may not know what they were doing, it was still inexcusable. Kids going to school nowadays is something questionable when it comes to safety measures.

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Another incident was when one of my friends told me about her son’s situation in school. She noticed that her kid was seemingly thin yet it he eats a lot at home and she would even give him extra money to buy himself food in school. Her kid was physically fine except that he was slimmer compared to kiddies his age. One day her son went up to her and told her if she could just pack him lunch instead of giving him money because the bullies in his school would force him to give out his pocket money during recess time and would threaten to punch him if he didn’t comply. Right after this incident my friend transferred her son into a different school and although he’s going to be one of the new kids in school, at least she was somewhat relieved knowing that her son didn’t have to deal with those bullies again. But I asked her, do you think that there are no bullies in his new school? Do you think that you can ultimately stop this from happening when you transfer your son into a different school? Kids going to school is something all parents should face and these kinds of bullying cannot be stopped simply by transferring your kids from one school to another once a bully presented itself. There must be another way to stop them.

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Bullying is the act of willingly causing physical, emotional, verbal or mental harm to others. It could be through name-calling another person, physical assault such as hitting, kicking, biting, social exclusion where they intentionally reject another kid to shame them or anything that would hurt another individual. A bully can turn something like lunch time or going to the bus stop a living hell for other kids and this can leave a deep emotional scar that sometimes traumatize other youngsters. This is something we can avoid and prevent from happening and the moment we learn that our kids are being bullied, we should act on it and stop it from ever happening, not just to our kids but to other helpless children as well. Bullies usually attack new kids in school as they want to exert territory or they want to show who’s tough. It is important for us parents to take bullying seriously and not just let our kiddies handle it by themselves and tell them that it is part of growing up. Kids going to school should not be a tormenting act for them, but instead, it should be a safe and fun place where they can learn new things and meet new friends.

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In other parts of the world, bullying has contributed to many serious matters such as suicide, school shooting and kidnapping. Others take it to other forms such as posting indecent comments through social media or spreading out gossip on the Internet.

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The subject of bullying is a long and elaborate discussion and I do not want to bore you as you may have heard about this issue a million times. The bottom line here is that we should know how to detect once our kids are victims of such act. This happens a lot to new kids in school and the only thing that can prevent it from happening is that we have an open communication with our kiddies. Technology is our may weapon in order to keep track of our kids’ welfare. Giving them a cellphone is a good way to know where they are, letting them create their own social media accounts is also a great way to help them express how they feel and maybe gain more friends. By handing them smart phones or tablets, they can easily install useful apps where they can easily contact their families, their friends or perhaps share their emotions through their own personal blogs. Our kids have their own battles and we, as parents cannot always be there for them whenever they need us and all we can do is guide them and hope that they turn out to be responsible individuals. Let’s not be afraid about kids going to school as it is nothing but normal and with proper guidance and the use of available tools that can strengthen your bond with your kid, you can be sure that you’re raising a responsible child who will someday become a role model to others. For more information about bullying or how you can raise a child in the digital world using the most innovated technology to keep them safe, CLICK HERE now!

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Do Kids Hate School?

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Let’s face it moms and dads, we are more afraid of our kids’ reaction when we talk about school than our kiddies who are actually going to school. Why? Because they always give us mixed emotions, some are quite excited to be entering school for the very first time while others suffer from separation anxiety. We’re lucky if our children are ecstatic to be at these learning facilities but what if it’s the other way around? What if our kids hate school and waking them up every morning seems like a punishment for them?

 

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Kiddies go to school at the age of four while in some cases, parents like to introduce them into early education by taking them at the age of three. It doesn’t really matter what age you bring them to school but most educators and parents would say that introducing them at an earlier age makes it less stressful and exciting for them. It is never easy taking them to a place where you will be away from them, not only that it is heartbreaking for your kiddies but it’s going to be difficult for you as mommies who take care of them 24/7. When they start to cry as they lose sight of you, it somehow gives you the idea that kids hate school but we really don’t have much choice as they need to learn from actual teachers. All you got to do is learn how to make it less traumatic for them to be seeing less of you when they enter school and to make it more exciting to be learning something new. Now, how do we do that? Maybe buying them their first kids school kit? Let’s talk about it more.

 

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Kids hate school. No. They don’t hate school. They just hate the fact that they are separated from their parents as they are not accustomed to not seeing them all the time. Leaving them with strangers (their news classmates and teachers) could be a little overwhelming for some kids. Eating alone or with someone they hardly know is probably something they are no accustomed to. Becoming social to other children may also be foreign to them as they may not know how to approach them or how they will react when others went closer to them. These are the things that we need to focus on. There are ways on how we can eliminate this fear of going to school and one of which is by preparing them a nice kids school kit. There are many school supplies available in the market today that feature their favorite cartoon characters like pencil cases, bags, notebooks and water jugs. By getting them this stuff, you’re keeping them excited and always looking forward to showing off their cool merchandise.

 

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The secret of making your kids want to go to class is to always keep them uplifted, excited and to show them the benefits of learning. It may sound difficult at first but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be as simple as tossing a pancake. You’ll only think that kids hate school when it becomes a struggle to bring them  there, but once they see that waking up early and being present in class is something they should look forward to because it has a lot of positive reinforcement, then you got yourself a happy kiddie! Just make sure to equip them with the right tools that can help them learn more and make things easier for them such as these new tablets specifically made for kiddies. Learning has never been this fun as technology has made it easier for us to instill knowledge among youth.

 

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Even classrooms today find these devices useful in incorporating information amongst our children. It has become a prerequisite in most schools today to use these kinds of tools to make learning more fun for our kiddies. These tablets are installed with different apps that will surely teach our children basic lessons that they need to know in their pre-school years. Stop the idea of “kids hate school” and begin to believe more in “kids love school!” Add in your shopping cart these exciting kids school kit and make learning for them easy, exciting and extra fun! If you want to know more tips and ideas on prepping your kiddies to school, make sure you VISIT US now!

If You Can’t Say It, Write It

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Every kid is different as well as their mental development. There are many factors that surround a child’s progress and that include genetics, their environment and the people around them. There are children who learn to read faster while there are kids who develop other skills better. If you notice, there are some kiddies at school who talk more while others stay quiet and they seem to enjoy observing more. This is only because nobody is created equally and every individual is different – this is where character development comes in.

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For growing kiddies, there are many awkward stages that they go through like the changes in their physical appearance, their bodies develop and even their mental state changes as their character molds into maturity. Because of these, they feel embarrassed or ashamed. Although this doesn’t happen to all kids, there’s still a big chance that yours might be one of those extreme introverts. When they suffer from this, they are too shy to go around, making new friends seems impossible, talking to their new classmates seems like a task and they are having a hard time communicating. Their social skills are too low making it difficult for them to open simple conversations. This is a common situation amongst kids and you don’t have to worry as a parent because they are many ways on how you can prevent his from happening. Through the use of technology, you can let your kiddies have an outlet where they can express themselves freely through free blogging sites. Writing may look like easy but it always develops creativity amongst children. All you have to do is teach kids to write their feelings or whatever they want to put out there and it’s already a great way to let them speak their minds out without forcing them to become instantly extroverts.

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It is always good to encourage your kids to do things that will develop their minds but we also have to remember that character development is important. One good exercise is through writing. These introvert kids have a hard time expressing themselves using their mouths and the best way to resort this problem is to let them write so they can address how they feel about a certain situation. They may be silent and observant but at least you get to know what they feel inside. Through online blogs, they can make a journal about the things they see and experience around them. There are plenty of free blogging sites online where they can customize its look and how they want to be put up. They can talk about anything and you can encourage them to write the things about what interest them. Creative writing is an important developmental skill amongst children as it widens their vocabulary, it helps free suppressed emotions, it expands their imaginations and creativity, it practices grammar and most importantly, it’s a great way to keep their minds active. All you have to do is teach kids to write and let them express how they feel through writing. Who knows, your kiddie might be the next Paolo Coelho!

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Like most people before, they keep diaries or journals in their bedside so whenever they want to write something memorable or if they are feeling emotional, they write them in their little books. But with today’s technology, you can have your own personal diary/journal online. You can set it to be private or if you want the public to see it, it is really up to your kid. Through your tablets or laptops, you can access free blogging sites such as WordPress, Tumblr or Blogspot where you can teach kids to write whatever they want. Tell them that suppressing emotions or hidden feelings is not a healthy practice so if they can’t share it through verbal communication, they can at least work on it through written forms. It might be hard at first to ask your kids to open up about how they feel, but through constant encouragement and the right reinforcement, they will eventually let their walls down.

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Once your kiddies have agreed to try these free blogging sites, you can help them choose to write about different topics and let them be creative on what they can do with it. By asking them to put good photos in their blog sites, you can enhance their photography skills and maybe opening up a new path of interest for them. You can also tell your kiddies that they can make friends online by creating popular posts that can be viewed by other kids who share the same passion or interest. By being updated on what is trending worldwide, you get several ideas on what you and your kiddies can talk about. You will be surprised on how many out there are writing about the things that you kiddies like and it would be a great way for them to bond with other people across the world. With proper guidance, you and your kid can enjoy these free blogging sites available online and you can share your most memorable moments together by simply being creative. For more information about the digital parenting, VISIT US now!

When Is It Appropriate To Give My Kid A Cellular Phone?

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In today’s digital age, having a mobile phone is indeed a necessity. Not only that it helps people contact you faster, it also helps to reach you anytime, anywhere especially in cases of emergency. I remember in the early ‘90s, only the rich and famous have new cellular phones and having one gives you such pride and joy. But today, everyone has cell phones and we can’t even count how many models are out there to entice us from buying one. Every year, mobile phone makers release high-tech models that have unique features that we can only imagine, but the real question is, since adults are almost required to have one, do we also need get our kiddies their own cellular phones?

 

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This is perhaps the argument that most parents have in their minds whether they should give their kids a new cellular phone or not. Some say they won’t know how to use them, while others feel like they might abuse the use of it and it would reflect on them in the future. But let’s slowly take it one step at a time and see the pros and cons of getting your kiddies a mobile phone:

 

Pro – Letting your kid have one is like putting a walkie-talkie around them and knowing exactly that you can contact them anytime, anywhere.

Con – Kids like to feel the freedom when they start to learn new things and as much as possible, they want to step away from their parents and discover new things on their own.

Pro – When your kids have their own cell phones, they can easily call you in cases of emergencies.

Con – When kids try to use these gadgets to explore adult stuff that we don’t want them to see.

Pro – Texting is a great way to bond with your kids where you can send silly jokes to one another and at the same time, stay in constant communication with them.

Con – Wrong use of cellular phone plans such as bullying another kid or harassment could lead them off track and be misguided is they use their mobiles incorrectly.

 

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Technology is indeed confusing sometimes but it doesn’t have to be as long as you everyone is well informed about its pros and cons. Both parents and kiddies can benefit from it if equipped with proper handling and information. Giving your kids a new cellular phone is not a bad idea, in fact, it helps family ties stronger. It also teaches our kids about responsibility. For us parents, we should always remember that we are our children’s first teacher and everything they need to know in their early mental development should come from us. Handing them cellular phone plans should come with rules and limitations they need to follow. It shows that we trust them and we expect that they obey our policies in using these communication devices.

 

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Letting your kiddies have a cell phone is a tough decision. First you have to know if they are mature enough to handle one or if they are too young to even know how to use them. Now, your question might be: what is the right age to give your kid his or her own cell phone? There’s no right age on when you can entrust your kiddies with this gadget because every child is different and their mental development always vary. But weighing to give your kiddies their own mobiles would depend on how much they would insist or how much they are separated from you may it be for school or other occasions. Letting them own one would mean constant communication with you and tracking them using the GPS system would let you worry less knowing that you are aware on their whereabouts. Entrusting them with these gadgets would also show them that you are letting go of their leashes and letting them be responsible with their call usage and text restrictions.

 

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If you’re worried or thinking twice about giving you kiddies a new cellular phone because they might overuse their mobile plans or they might go running around the city, there are ways you can do to keep them from a total misuse. Telecom companies have different plans that you can choose from and some of which are customizable depending on your needs. You can apply for the most suitable cellular phone plans for your kiddies and explain to them their limitations and restrictions. Also, when picking the right mobile phone for them, make sure you get those models that can be installed with useful applications such as LIFE360 where you can track your kid’s location anywhere anytime via GPS, Google Latitude where the whole family is traced on a map and you can instantly see where everyone is, MobileKids where you can monitor your kids’ phone usage whether they are texting or calling someone at night, MamaBear is also a great app that detects your kid’s social media feeds if there’s any bullying or crude language that is not appropriate and a lot more. There are so many applications available today to keep your kids safe in the online community.

 

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So giving your kiddies their new cellular phone is really up to you whether you think they are responsible enough or they might really need it for emergency purposes. Just keep in mind the pros and cons of having one and you need to make sure that you explain it all to your kids until they fully grasp the information. For more tips about parenting in the digital world, CLICK HERE.

Kids and Fashion

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Do you think that the way your kiddies dress up has something to do with any mental development or they just grabbed the first clothing they see in their closet, put them on as fast as they can and go outside to play? This may be the case for toddlers and kiddies below 11 but for those who are beyond this age, the urge slowly disappears and they become interested in other things such as noticing the opposite sex, developing a hobby, getting more into sports and for some, showcasing their fashion statements.

 

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At the early stage of childhood, kids grasp information easily from what they hear, what they touch, what they see and what they notice around them. As they mature, they develop an eye for detail and weeding their likes and interests into a narrow scope. Don’t fret because this is only but natural to create favoritism among their activities. Their minds develop, their bodies mature and so as their emotional side. Some kids tend to focus more on sporty activities like basketball, tennis and badminton while others like to express themselves through clothing. Majority of this happens to young girls as they are more aware of the physical changes in their bodies. As changes occur, the emotional part of their brain creates a certain brand of identity that tells their personal interests. For girls who like dressing up and beautifying themselves, they tend to watch more girly shows like kids fashion show where they  look up to the models, copy their style and eventually create their own identities.

 

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Although this happens to pre-teens and teenagers, there are cases where younger kiddies become more inclined to these kinds of things at an earlier age. Watching kids-fashion-show brings out their creativity in forming their own identities. They carefully select what color compliments their skin tone, the kind of shoes they wear, the brand of clothes they fit into and they become more concerned about their physical structure. And because kiddies nowadays can easily access everything through the use of Internet, this is where good parenting should come in.

 

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It is normal for our growing kids to express themselves in their own ways. It is important that we let them discover themselves and be comfortable with what they are and their choices in life. We should never forget to guide them and help them flourish naturally. As they mature, their bodies undergo sudden changes that may affect their social skills. In many cases, dissatisfaction on physical appearance amongst kids can often lead to teasing, bullying in school and emotional stress. It is vital that we stand alongside them and always encourage them for a positive outlook and to make sure that we address their needs. Although watching programs such as kids fashion show doesn’t seem like it has a lot of value, it actually motivates them and inspires them to look better. This is where they get inspiration to look better, to look good, not just for themselves but for others to see.

 

As parents, what we can do is redirect our kiddies to appropriate content about kids-fashion-show and guide them in creating their personal identities from emotional development to their social skills and even to identifying self-expression. We can search videos on Youtube showing what interest them or perhaps check out Pinterest to see the latest trends on the fashion world and a lot of other things that can be found on the Net. There are also websites today where you can let your kiddies shop online and let them choose their favorite designs. All of these necessary applications are easily downloaded through your handy tablets or your smart phones. You can also check them out using your personal computers or your laptops.

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Self-expression is part of growing up and letting your children create their own identity is important in their early childhood development. By understanding and knowing their wants and needs, it is easier to avoid conflicts and address current issues. For more interesting ideas and tips about us parents in the digital world, CLICK HERE.

Keeping a Journal of Your Kiddies’ Meal Plan

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Food is probably the most important thing we need to survive and as parents, we know how difficult it is to feed our kids sometimes. They have this tendency to be choosy on what food they want to put inside their mouths and it may be a little frustrating sometimes but we have to keep in mind that we only want what’s best for our children. So how do we know if we’re giving them the right kind of food that they will enjoy? Today I will give you some recipes about healthy cooking for kids and how to prepare them for a lovely meal.

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There are so many delicious and nutritious foods that you can serve you kiddies and although it is hard to believe that you can pack everything into one scrumptious meal, it is possible. What I’m going to teach you today is one of my favorite and my kids definitely can’t get enough of. It is called Baked Chicken Toes. If you want to try this recipe, I’ve written the ingredients below and how to cook it. It is one delicious healthy dinner options for your kids so make sure to try it.

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Crunch, Oven Baked Chicken Toes

INGREDIENTS
1 cup corn flakes

Ingredients
1 cup corn flakes
1 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders, 2 packages, cut into 2-inch
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey mustard (recommended: Gulden’s)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce

How to cook:

In a pie pan or other shallow, large dish, pour out the corn flakes. Crush the cereal up with your hands. Mix in bread crumbs, sugar, salt, pepper.

Drizzle about 3 tablespoons vegetable oil evenly over the breading, tossing and turning it to mix the oil all through the bread crumbs and crushed-up corn flakes. Have the GH pour the oil out slowly. A vegetable oil bottle has a big opening so, 3 tablespoons will pour out pretty quickly, so be careful in adding it.

Cut the chicken fingers into toes, 2-inch pieces. Turn the chicken in flour, eggs and then in the special crunchy breading. Arrange the chicken toes on a nonstick baking sheet. Place the chicken toes in the oven and cook 15 minutes or until crisp and brown all over.

Mix together honey mustard and barbecue sauce in a small bowl. Serve hot chicken toes with honey mustard and barbecue sauce for dipping. Enjoy!
Source: FoodNetwork

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There are many other healthy dinner options for kids and using your tablets or your smart phones, you can easily download the Food Network app which contains hundreds of healthy nutritious diet for your kiddies. You can make a journal in your tablet and write down all the delicious and healthy meals you can think of and perhaps make a schedule on when you want to cook them with your kiddies. What you can do is prepare each day with a special twist like remaining your ordinary days in Italian Monday where you will cook healthy Italian dishes, Chinese Tuesday where you will create oriental foods for the family or you can be as creative as you want to make sure that each day is memorable for your kiddies. For easier access in learning new recipes, you can download the “Food Network App in the Kitchen” in your smart phones or tablets and choose among the hundreds of easy-to-cook meals for your kids. It is not just fun, it is also a great way to bond with your kid. Healthy cooking for kids is not just a great way to keep your family in good shape, but it also makes you become more creative and trying out new recipes that they will surely love. For more tips on how you can be a supermom in the digital age, make sure to VISIT US.

Summer Fun for Your Kiddies

Going to the beach or  photo Corbis-42-16923767_zps8c25830c.jpgheading on to the pool is something almost all kids look forward to during the summer. It’s a fun activity for the whole family and a great form exercise because it engages several body parts to function without stressing too much on the joints. There are many other benefits your kiddies get just by swimming alone and studies show that kids swimming at an early age help them become emotionally and physically fit. As the summer starts to heat up even more, I wrote down a couple of good insights about the benefits your children get when they swim. So read on and start preparing for your next summer trip!


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You have two choices when planning to go on a swimming vacation with the family: you can either go to the beach or go to a resort where there are pools present. The beach is an outstanding place to have a summer vacation due to its refreshing look, its take you back to nature and your kiddies can definitely enjoy building sand castles. The downside here is that the sea is a massive body of water that houses different underwater creatures and some of them are dangerous. Jellyfish, sea urchins, sea mosquitoes and other poisonous marine animals are just some of the hazards you need to be careful of when swimming at the beach. This is why some parents prefer to bring their children to clubhouses or resorts with pool because they feel that it’s safer and most of the time, places like these offer swimming classes for kids who are enthusiasts of learning how to swim.

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When planning for a summer trip and you want to include swimming as one of your activities, it is vital to put your kiddies’ safety first. We don’t want drowning or any accidents in a fun-filled day so we need to take all precautionary measures in order to avoid such incidents. For children below four years old, it is important to keep an eye on them at all times. Kids swimming could sometimes be out of control as they get too excited so you have to remember never let them skip your eyes even for a moment as they might fall down in deeper areas of the swimming pool. The sides and bottoms are usually made of concrete material, so a sudden fall or slip could be dangerous. When planning to go to the beach, make sure your kiddies wear appropriate and protective swimming attire. The sands are sometimes sharp that might cut their feet so it is important to be cautious. Applying sunblock lotion is also a MUST as the sun gets too hot during the summer. Once all safety measures are met, it is time to enjoy and have fun!

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Swimming activity for kids has lots of emotional and physical benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), swimming can improve the mental well-being of a child as it increases positive mood and decreases anxiety. CDCP also added that kiddies with developmental disabilities have found that doing group swimming increases family ties and improves family connections. Aside from emotional development amongst children, swimming can also be a great form of exercise. When kids mess around in water, their bodies move from small amount of activity to a full-on aerobic workout. It provides stretching, toning and even a full workout that strengthens the lungs and the heart. They’re doing an intensive workout without even knowing it because they are enjoying so much. Swimming is highly advisable to overweight kids as they find it easier and more fun to swim than to jog or run. Those with health problems such as asthma and arthritis can also benefit from this activity as the weightlessness of being underwater makes it easier for them to get small amount of low-impact exercise. As per kiddies who have asthma, having a sudden attack is less likely during swimming compared to other strenuous exercises.

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Enrolling for swimming classes for kids is actually a great way to know more about the benefits of regular swimming activities. Researchers document that the stimulating effect of early swimming lessons for kids (infants/toddlers) increases intelligence, alertness and concentration. And for you to see the progress of your kiddies, you can record their swimming lessons through your mobile phones or handy tablets. It won’t just let you know their progress, it will also save memories of your kid having fun as they swim. Those videos and photos will be precious someday so it is important that you have a reminder of those happy moments. If you want to read more about some tips and helpful ideas, make sure to VISIT US.

3 Fun Tips To Help Your Elementary Review for Exams

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Reviewing for exams is probably the last thing your kiddie would want to do especially in this age of technology and digital distractions. I know, because when it was my time, I used to reason out “Oh mom, it’s all about stocked knowledge, you know.” But kidding aside, how can you motivate your kiddie to review and memorize, really? Definitely, it would be challenging especially if they’re too young to realize the importance of getting high grades (for us parents).

Good for you if your kid is naturally studious. If not, here are unusual tips to help you motivate them to prepare for that exam, as efficiently and fun as possible!

Let your kiddie pretend to be the teacher

ImageElementary kiddies like to pretend and make believe. Use this to your advantage and ask your child to act as the teacher and discuss to you the coverage of their exam. You, however, should be an attentive student by asking questions during your review sessions. In this way, your kiddie remembers the things you two discuss about while enjoying the activity as a simple pretend.

For the materials and to make sure that your child takes the activity seriously, you will need a whiteboard, marker, and books as references. Make it more fun and efficient by using kiddie tablets with apps that allow you to doodle and draw, even use video and sound effects. Bet your kiddie wouldn’t get enough of this review session!

Have an active study session

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This time, use your kiddie’s favorite outdoor activity to initiate a review. You’d spend the day with them doing their favorite activity but in return, they would have to answer questions included in the upcoming test. Come up with a study guide to keep things organized and ensure that you cover everything they have to keep in mind. There also has to be a penalty for every wrong answer, of course!

This is an effective way to review, especially for kinesthetic learners who remember things more when they move. They study while you workout those unwanted fats. What a great way to multitask!

Go for ‘mini reviews’ instead of long ones

ImageHaving mini reviews is definitely better and going to be more productive than asking your kiddie to sit down for a long time. Kiddies have ants in their pants! Conduct these more effective reviews 2-3 times a day instead of having a one-stop study session with your little student.

Make a review sheet that includes a vocabulary list and divide it into equal parts depending on the number of days before your kiddie’s exam. Take this out during downtimes such as during traffic or right after family dinner. You might even want to use dessert for more motivation!

All it takes are time, patience, dedication, and a little creativity to help your kiddie ace that exam. Instead of fearing today’s distractions such as technology and play, why not use them to make review sessions more effective and even memorable for children?

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Tips on How to Effectively Manage Your Children’s Screen Time

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Although the mission of raising children into able and responsible adults hasn’t changed over the generations, the context certainly has. This is the first generation of parents to be challenged with raising children in the digital age. The screen has become a child’s go-to place for cool content. It is where their friends are, where home work gets done, and so on. Parents are faced with the challenge on how best to prepare their children to thrive in a world that is far different from theirs.  But exactly how much is too much screen time? If your preschool age child is consuming more than four hours of digital media per day, changes have to be made. The younger the child, the lower that number should be.  Here are a few tips on how to effectively limit screen time of children to make room for real-world experiences.

        1. Avoid extreme limits.

1Too much of nothing is just as bad as too much of something. Avoid extreme limits when it comes to screen time. Setting limits that are difficult to enforce, such as two weeks of no TV or computer, may only tempt the parents to give in after a few days. Never threaten to take away media unless you’re actually ready to do so.  Similarly, allowing a child to use the tablet or computer for at least 30 minutes is more advisable than giving him 5 minutes of screen time.  Such short time may only lead your child to want it even more. Reasonable and moderate limits are key.

2. Do it in stages and plan ahead.

If media consumption and screen time are already on an all-time high in your home, discuss changes that are going to take place in advance.  Listen and sympathize with your children as they moan, but stick to the plan nonetheless. Do not make sudden drastic changes.  You can start by cutting down an hour a week.  Avoid using the television as background noise and keep televisions and computers in high traffic areas of the house and certainly not in their bedrooms.

 3.  Create a screen time budget.

When parents create rules and limits about TV and computers, children usually listen.  Some families have had success using screen time budgets.  If kids know exactly how much time they are allowed to use media each day, they will make thoughtful choices about how to use that time.  Younger children are also less likely to throw a fit when rules and budget limits are set clearly from the onset.

4. Use screen time as a reward.

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Children can earn screen time by engaging in productive, creative, or charitable real-world activities.  For example, parents can let their kids earn half an hour of screen time for every hour spent entertaining a younger sibling or helping with some house chores. Screen time can be a prize for creating an original storybook or an incentive for completing ones homework without any prodding.  This type of reward system can reinforce positive behaviour while giving your children engaging and fulfilling real-world experiences to balance their online ones.

5. Don’t use mobile gadgets during meal time.

Fifty years ago, no parent would tolerate a child answering the phone five times during a meal. Texting or playing while eating should still be considered inappropriate table conduct.  Family meals give children an opportunity to have conversations with adults, as well as to pick up on how adults are using words with each other.  It provides opportunity to bond, model good behavior, and enhance your young one’s vocabulary.   Media free time during meal time means no hand-held games for kids and mobile phones for grown-ups.  This sends a clear message that human connections are valued more than electronic media.

Parents and children (4-5) enjoying garden party

6. Set a good example

Children learn more by example than words.  Make sure you don’t spend too much time watching television or surfing the net.  If they see you doing it, they are more likely to copy and not stick to the agreement.  If you don’t want your child to stay up playing Candy Crush, then you should also keep away from social media while in bed. Setting a good example on when to use the device would certainly help children realize that some parts of the day are not meant for play.

Father and son playing superhero

Regulating your child’s screen time may cause some conflicts, but stick to your guns.  Multi-screen living is here to stay and can be great sources of valuable information and entertainment. Exposure to technology should no longer be an all-or-nothing proposition.   As with all things, moderation is key.

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Tips for Choosing Appropriate Applications and Media for Children

coverWith the release of touch-based devices like tablets and smart phones, children are able to explore the world of technology at an even younger age. Gone are the days when parents had to wait for their children to be ready to deal with the complexities of manipulating a computer keyboard and mouse. Many parents now turn to apps and digital media to entertain, educate, or simply distract their children. But with so many options, recommendations, and user ratings available, choosing the right apps and media for their kids becomes such a daunting task. Here are a few guidelines parents can use to make informed decisions on which apps to download – and which to avoid:

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