Daily Archives April 5, 2015

The Treasure of reading to Children

The Treasure of reading to Children

by: Maxine Thompson

This placard graced my late mother’s bedroom wall, and until recently, I didn’t understand what it meant.
After spending a normal vacation with my loved ones in Atlanta and Detroit, I reflected how wonderful it is to enjoy adult children and grandchildren when times are normal. No one in the immediate family was in harm’s way. Everyone is being blessed. One friend is moving into a new house. Instead of coming home for a funeral, or a death watch, I was just home to enjoy the moment. Things are looking up. Lesson learned.
We have to treasure our moments of serenity.
Now I’d like to paraphrase this saying and add, “Reading to children, what a treasure it is.”
I often speak on the issue of the shortage of African American boo...

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Dressing A Toddler, Whomever She Is Today

Dressing A Toddler, Whomever She Is Today

by: David Leonhardt

Some things we take for granted. Like getting dressed. Unless we are paraplegic, an absolute klutz or have just smoked far too much cabbage, getting dressed is a cinch.
Sure, if you happen to be the winner of the 2004 Imelda Marcos Shoe Collection Trophy, you might have trouble choosing just the right shoe for the occasion. But actually slipping your foot into your selection should be a cinch.
The only time getting dressed should pose a problem is on April Fools Day. Underwear is pretty hard to put on when it is drenched in water. Harder still when it comes straight out of the freezer. And even harder when wrapped around last year’s frozen Christmas cake. But that still leaves 364 days of easy dressing.
Some things we jus...

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Learning Through Senses – The Key To A Child’s Dev

Learning Through Senses – The Key To A Child’s Development

by: News Canada

(NC)—The first few years of a child’s life are full of new and exciting experiences that are absorbed like a sponge through the five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. From birth, newborns are bombarded with a busy world that they must learn to master. It is the senses that pave the way for a child’s development throughout his or her life.
“From birth, parents must choose toys and learning tools for their child that are fun and enjoyable to play with and that also foster sensorial growth to ensure a more complete development process,” says Dr. Kathleen Alfano, leading child Researcher and Director of the Fisher-Price Child Research Department.
A baby can start to develop hand-eye coordination, watch m...

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Talking to Kids ABout War

Talking to Kids ABout War

by: John Philip Jackman

A few days ago, my 8 year old daughter asked my wife “What state is Iraq?” My wife explained that Iraq is not a state, but another country. This led to a number of other questions: “Why are they fighting?” “Why is Saddam Hussein bad?” And finally, in a very round-about way, she came to the real question: “Are we safe?”
Unless you live in a sealed vacuum, your children know there’s a war on. The war is everywhere. Just as with the news coverage of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the coverage is wall-to-wall. Local news stations aren’t covering local news; regular programming is preempted with speculation and commentary. The visuals, the bombs, the strident music, are not lost on them...

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Cleaning a Child’s Bedroom – 15 Minutes a Day

Cleaning a Child’s Bedroom – 15 Minutes a Day

by: Jess Knutson

Here is a simple plan to help your child/teen keep their rooms clean. Don’t worry if the room is a disaster. Just set the timer for 15 minutes each day and get started. Continue clearing clutter each day until you find the tops of the dressers and the floor. By the end of the week, you will be amazed at the progress! When you are ready… start the weekly plan.
During the first few weeks, you may want to assist (or at least supervise). Start by making sure that everything in the room has a home. Don’t worry about perfect organization, just get the surfaces cleared off.
Supplies Needed

Trash bag
Laundry basket
Donate bucket – get rid of the items that they no longer love!
Assorted baskets or buckets for smaller items
Label...

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Is A Baby Allowed To Play In Its First Month?

Is A Baby Allowed To Play In Its First Month?

by: Amy Fadden

What should you do to have a happy pregnancy? Many things you could do, but what most pregnant women rarely do is having a vacation. Get a life and try to relax a little bit. Or take an extended weekend just to refresh and recharge your batteries.
Downtime is very important, and in a world where nearly all of us are tied to cell phones and lap tops, even away from the office, it is good to get away from it all from time to time. Having time to walk along the beach or play golf or even to stay inside and read a great book without interruptions can help us recharge our batteries.
When the baby comes, your number one job is to be Mom...

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Guilt Free Parenting

Guilt Free Parenting

by: Kimberly Chastain

I don’t know about you, but I do guilt very well. At times, it seems like I can feel guilty for almost anything. Also, as a parent I mess up routinely. I can be short with my temper and my words are not always pleasant. Also, there seems to be a new parenting article out daily that tells you how to parent and of course it feels like to me anyway that I always come up short. My hunch is I am not the only one that feels that way. So, how do I have the audacity to come up with an article entitled, “Guilt Free Parenting”? Actually, it wasn’t totally my idea. God placed the idea and burden on my heart to share it with you.
Let’s look at Psalm 139:16, “Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, the days...

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Pregnancy Symptoms, Signs and Symptoms of Being Pr

Pregnancy Symptoms, Signs and Symptoms of Being Pregnant

by: Brian Gardner

EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS
Although a lot of women experience pregnancy symptoms, and find signs of being pregnant, other’s don’t “feel” pregnant. Certain signs and symptoms of being pregnant can be confused with other illnesses. The following list are some telltale symptoms of pregnancy. Morning sickness is one of the most common signs of being pregnant, but you also might be one of the lucky ones who never experience this pregnancy symptom. Missing a period is another sign and symptom of being pregnant. We’ll go into greater detail below, and you can read below.
MISSING A PERIOD
One of the most common signs and symptoms of being pregnant, missing a period can also be caused by other reasons...

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On-the-Go Kids Snacks

On-the-Go Kids Snacks

by: Heidi Combs

Remember the old TV shows, “Leave it to Beaver,” and, “The Brady Bunch”? The kids would wander in after school to find fresh-baked oatmeal cookies and frosty glasses of milk on the table for their after school snack. Mom (or was it the housekeeper?) would be standing there in her apron, beaming, as the kids enjoyed their feast and talked about their day.
Fast forward to 2005. We dash into the house at 3:23. One kid needs to use the phone, one has to find his backpack, the baby needs changing, and everyone is hungry. Oh, and we all need to be back out the door on the way to swim lessons by 3:30. I grab a couple of bananas on the way out, like I’ve done a thousand times before. Good thing my kids like bananas!
The truth is, it’s tricky to provi...

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Chinese Pregnancy

Chinese Pregnancy

by: Wong Yee Lee

Traditionally in China, when once people got married, they would immediately get ready for having a baby. That is why symbolic things such as dolls or lotus seeds would be put on the beds of the newly weds on their wedding day so as to bring in the meaning of having a baby as soon as possible.
When once a married woman becomes pregnant, things for the baby will start to be prepared. Prams, cot, baby clothes, etc will be readily prepared to welcome the arrival of the new born.
From now on, the health of the mother is of utmost importance. Therefore, the mother should reduce her workload, eat healthily, and employ prenatal education. Prenatal education has come into being for over 2000 years in China...

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