Daily Archives April 3, 2015

Health and Fitness in Pregnancy and Delivering a H

Health and Fitness in Pregnancy and Delivering a Healthy Baby

by: David Arnold Livingston

Pregnancy is when women are most beautiful, when there’s another life being nurtured inside the mother’s womb. This act of creating life, though, is not without its complications, and expectant soon-to-be mothers should do their best to keep their health in optimal condition, for their sake as well as the unborn child’s. Even the common cold can affect the pregancy. So what are the steps to take during pregnancy? Here are a few tips and suggestions.
The first step in pregnancy is to visit a doctor and have yourself examined for any possible complication, get your pap smear, blood test, the works; also make sure that you get as much information as possible to help make sure your pregnancy is being hand...

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Tips for Keeping Packed Lunches Fun and Interestin

Tips for Keeping Packed Lunches Fun and Interesting

by: Melissa Brantly Severson

• Let the child choose his or her own lunch box or reusable lunch bag. Encourage the child to add decorations, too.
• Children like finger foods. Cut chicken, cheese, or meat into bite-sized pieces for easier handling.
• Sandwiches don’t have to be boring. Use a variety of breads and fillings. Cut sandwiches into squares or triangles, or use cookie cutters to cut out fancy shapes.
• Insulated containers make it possible to keep foods hot or cold until lunchtime. Soup, casseroles, and salads are interesting alternatives to sandwiches.
• Muffins, biscuits, rolls and bread sticks are all good substitutes for slices of bread.
• Pack fruits and vegetables ready to eat...

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Goal Setting for Kids

Goal Setting for Kids

by: Cecile Peterkin

Goal setting is essential for building a successful life. However, teaching kids how to set and achieve goals is not part of most school curriculums, nor is it taught in most homes. Many parents never learned the techniques of goal setting, and are still struggling with their own. You don’t need to know it all. While you develop your own goal-setting skills, you can also be helping and encouraging your children to develop theirs. Goal setting is a life-long skill. It helps your child to focus their unique gifts and talents, it helps to cultivate and strengthening your child’s self-worth, and equips them to lead a life full of meaning purpose, and direction, regardless of the professional or personal paths they choose.
Things to consider when settin...

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So, The Thing Is… We Reap What We Sow

So, The Thing Is… We Reap What We Sow

by: Barbara Cooper

So, the thing is… we reap what we sow.
A few weeks ago, my daughters and I planted some seeds. It was a fun project to do together because it involved digging in the dirt and talking about how plants grow, plus the sun was warm on our faces. It was a perfect day. I wouldn’t have been very surprised if the seeds hadn’t sprouted at all, since projects like this one make Jane very enthusiastic, and you’d think seeds are more fragile than her handling would indicate. Not to mention that I’d had those packets of seeds in my desk drawer for almost two years– that’s probably not good for seeds either. But when we were finished, we had forty-eight little containers of potting soil and hope, and a very nice memory of a warm day...

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The Crucial Role Of The New DAD

The Crucial Role Of The New DAD

by: Rosslyn Vroom

Loving and caring for our babies is the most important thing we can do. Our babies of today are the adolescents of tomorrow, who will grow up to be the adults who influence the world we live in. It is when they are a baby, that we lay the foundation of who they will become.
When a baby is first born, the brain is developing at a rapid rate. It is at this time that you teach your baby about the world, and about relationships. If these pathways are not laid down in the first months and year, of a baby’s life – that part of the baby’s brain never develops. This is the part of the brain that teaches us how to care for other people,…. How to have a positive relationship with other people...

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Baby Cribs – Safety Is Key

Baby Cribs – Safety Is Key

by: Martin Smith

You have just learned that you are expecting a baby. Even if you have other children, you must take a look at cribs. Is the crib you already have an antique? You should look carefully at your second hand crib whether it is an antique or not.
The safety of your new baby makes this necessary. The screws and/or other fasteners such as bolts must be in place and not loose. It is of the utmost importance that this is tested before you place your baby in the crib.
Take something that is almost equal to your 4-month-old baby’s weight. In order to be certain that it will hold its position bounce it off the mattress. If it doesn’t your baby could be hurt seriously or worse...

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The Curse Reversed

The Curse Reversed

by: Karen Denning

Oh, that awful parental curse!
At one time or another in a moment of desperation nearly every parent has spewed these venomous words upon their offspring:
“I HOPE YOU HAVE ONE JUST LIKE YOU WHEN YOU GROW UP!”
I’d always sworn I’d never say it but I can’t lie. I did it too. I hang my head in shame whenI think of that horrible day 10 years ago when I wished the worst upon my 12 year old son. At the time I was truly puzzled by his folded arms, smirky grin, and ice cold stare. What was he thinking? Did he not understand the implications of this monstrous bequeathal?
Many years have gone by since that fateful day and I’ve finally come to realize the meaning of his “yeah, right back at ya Mom” attitude.
He’s now grown up and enjoying the single life without a...

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Developing Your Baby’s Brain

Developing Your Baby’s Brain

by: Ishi Bansal

Have you ever wondered why toys for babies tend to have so many bells, whistles and lights? Or why they have so many different textures, and materials and colors?
It’s almost as if we want to provide young babies with a whole world of stimulation and we can’t quite get it to them fast enough.
Play gyms or activity gyms as they are sometimes called tend to be a firm favorite with babies from newborn up to about 12 months. These play gyms and activity nests mostly come in the form of comfortable, quilted or softly padded playmats, sometimes raised at the edges with a space in the middle for baby (like a ring doughnut).
And these play gyms can be either brightly colored or in soft, pastel shades.
But don’t be fooled by thinking they are just snug...

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Anorexia Nervosa Alert – Is Your Daughter Dying To

Anorexia Nervosa Alert – Is Your Daughter Dying To Be Thin?

by: S.A. Smith

Anorexia nervosa is a serious medical disorder that is statistically most prevalent in the adolescent teenage years of young women. It is estimated that 7% of the population suffers from eating disorders and if left untreated over 20% of them will die from it. Anorexia takes the lives of children everyday in this world and there are things you can do as a parent to identify anorexic behaviors and intervene to protect your children.
Anorexia nervosa is a condition where one becomes obsessed with losing weight and practices self-starvation in an attempt to achieve significant weight loss or to maintain extremely unhealthy level of body weight...

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The Three Sure-Fire Ways to Teach Your Child About

The Three Sure-Fire Ways to Teach Your Child About Safety

by: Michelle Annese

We understand that for your child to be truly “Kid Safe” that they must understand and use two types of self defense. Physical, which gives them the tools needed to keep them safe. And mental self defense, which empowers them with the awareness and common sense to keep them safe. This article is geared toward educating parents on helping your child with the mental self defense to better make them “Kid Safe”.
Levels of Safety
By teaching our children there are different levels of safety and those levels depend on the situation they are in and the decisions they make in those situations, we can better train them to use their instincts, intuition, and even fear as safety tools...

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