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Five tips for stress-free travel with kids

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Travelling with your toddler this summer? Banish visions of whiny cries and fidgets, and the altogether dreaded mid-air meltdown, with these expert tips and tricks.

Whether your vacation involves road trips or air travel, make it truly about the journey. With the right planning you can be ready for smooth rides and a stress-free vacation, with some fun learning along the way. Start introducing some of the verbal games two to three weeks before your trip, so your kids are familiar with them in advance and will enjoy playing them throughout the trip.

1 Slow it down
Travelling with kids always takes longer than travelling alone. While we’re in a hurry to get somewhere, kids like to take their time exploring. Use this to your advantage, pointing out new objects and play guessing games. Don’t forget to build in extra time to check in and get settled – arrive early and anticipate that you’ll be late getting there, preventing the stress and anxiety caused by delays.

2 Surprise Surprise!
Wrap up some toys in colourful paper – just like a present. Something that they have never seen before will hold their attention far more than something that has been played with dozens of times already. Give your kid a ‘gift’ every so often throughout the day, tied in to various milestones through the journey. This will excite them and encourage good behaviour.

3 Bag it
If your kids are old enough, let them bring their own carry on and build the excitement of travel by letting them choose a new case/bag. While travelling, they can pull the case as a distraction to keep them moving, they can sit on it as a ride-on, and it can contain enough toys to keep them occupied for any delay.

4 Sticky business
For those moments when they’ve turned down the plane lights, and your child is still buzzing from the meal they just served, break out stickers. These are great for keeping roving hands busy for stretches of time. Use an empty water bottle/container to decorate, or even carry along pictures printed out on cards.

5 Simon says
A great play-along game with wonderful developmental benefits, tell kids to perform actions that ‘Simon’ requests them to do, but if ‘Tiger’ asks, he’s trying to trick them. ‘Simon says jump’. ‘Tiger says wave’. If they make a mistake, ask them to roar like a tiger and continue the game. For older children, add complexity by adding two-step instructions.

Five things you shouldn’t leave home without

1. Favourite toys and blankets. Make sure you do a spot check every time you change locations to make sure Teddy isn’t left behind.

2. Picture books for younger kids to look at and ‘read’ on the road, and pack a few titles that your older children can read to the little ones while you’re driving.

3. Colouring books and crayons can be lifesavers on board flights and at meal times.

4. Activities such as Etch-a-sketch, or even bubbles to blow at times are simple things to pack, and will add variety to your trip.

5. If all else fails, load up the handy smartphone or tablet with some age-appropriate apps and games, and ignore the ‘judgy’ looks. Sometimes tech can be a lifesaver and kids love it, so embrace it. Be careful though, screen time is a no-no for children younger than two years of age.

5 Ways You Can Create a Math-Friendly Environment in the Home

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Home life and parental support both play a major role in a student’s academic success from kindergarten onward. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between 82 and 89 percent of all public elementary schools provide information for parents to improve the learning environment of the home. Beyond taking advantage of these resources, parents can contribute to their child’s math skills with these four tips.

Identify Learning Barriers Early

In most cases, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders will be discovered in the classroom, but it’s best to spot them early if possible. If you have a concern, have your child see a psychologist who specializes in learning disorders to make sure he is up to speed with his age group and equipped for success at school. Conduct math-based educational activities at home as well so you can gain a better understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

Talk About Testing

The U.S. Department of Education recommends introducing your child to testing at home before they encounter it at school. Be encouraging— children who feel confident about their math skills are more likely to do well on tests compared with those who are anxious about failing. Make sure your child has a quiet place to study throughout the week and enforce a healthy sleep schedule the night before the test. To get her off to a good start, make a nutritious breakfast before test day.

Lead By Example

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6 Tips to Combat Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist

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Up to eight percent of Americans do not visit the dentist out of fear, whereas 20 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist unless they have no other choice, according to Peter Milgrom, DDS and Director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle. To prevent this problem before it occurs, parents need to help their children overcome fear of the dentist early in life.

A child’s fear of the dentist is most severe when he has never visited the dentist’s office or visits infrequently. In fact, infrequent visits to the dentist can help create and exacerbate a child’s fear. Instead of avoiding the dentist, help your child face the fear head-on.

1. Acknowledge His Fear

Fear is a perfectly natural human response. It tends to creep in when thinking about trying something new or experiencing something that is not familiar. Let your child know that many people have the same fear of visiting the dentist as he does.

Avoid overrating, downplaying or making fun of your child’s fear, as this will only make the child feel worse. Let your child know that you understand his fear to help him ultimately overcome it.

2. Explore the Child’s Fears

Use this step to help your child separate his thoughts.

  • Worry thought – Visiting the dentist is going to hurt.
  • Smart thought – If the child does not visit the dentist, he might end up with cavities that will eventually hurt.

3. Choose the Right Type of Dentist

Some dentists have more experience working with children than others. For example, some dentists specialize in pediatric treatment, such as Kool Smiles, and they tailor their services directly to children and their parents. Dentists who treat children frequently are more likely to understand their fears and know how to put them at ease.

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Daughter? Easy Diet to Conceive Baby Girl

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Having a daughter is a dream for many parents.
How is it possible to increase your chances to conceive baby girl?

There are several different ways to have a girl. Among them special baby girl diet, Chinese lunar calendar, ovulation based methods, hot bath before sex for a man and many others. Now I would like to discuss girl diet.

According to scientist if you eat special food you can make your chances to conceive baby girl more than 80%.

So what to eat if you want to have a girl?

It must be a food with high levels of calcium and magnesium, such as green vegetables.

Such diet rich in fruit, vegetables and rice in the nine weeks before you plan to attempt to conceive increase the levels of calcium and magnesium in your bloodstream and so increase your chances to conceive a girl.

Drink suggestions: Milk, Cranberry, Diet Cool-aid, Aquafina, Dasania (Aquafina and Dasania both are made with reverse osmoses which naturally lowers the pH of water to about a 5-6) and Cranberry Juice.

Below are the examples of

“GIRL DIET”
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Breastfeeding shawls

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Making sure of the safety of the baby is very important. A mother should and always have to make sure that the baby is safe at all times. Not just safe but also to make the baby feel comfortable at all times. Such is the use of the breastfeeding shawl. You can feel relaxed whenever you have a breastfeeding shawl in use while you are tending to your baby. Breastfeeding shawls come in all different types. There many breastfeeding shawls that you can choose from. It all depends on which one will you choose. But you have to also take note that not all shawls have the same quality.

Breastfeeding shawls are important if you want a discreet feeding for your baby. So choosing shawl must depend on its quality. Don’t choose the shawl just because it’s not that expensive. Remember that we are speaking about your baby here. Make sure that the shawl you are going to choose will give comfort. Not all shawls have the same qualities; all of them have different variations. They often vary on how they are made from. Make sure that the shawl you choose is soft and comfy so that your baby will feel comfortable in it, not just the baby but also you as the mother.
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Lamaze Birthing Classes

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Getting an education in childbirth will prove to be a very wise decision when you’re expecting a baby, especially if this is the first time. You can learn a lot of information from the childbirth education. There is much information that you should know about childbirth. Like for example, on how to prepare yourself for labor and delivery. Childbirth education is really important to all expectant mothers because this will help them on how will they handle the situation when the time for labor and delivery comes. This is really advisable to everyone even if this not the first time.

Childbirth classes are prove to be helpful to all expectant mothers , in result they are now advisable for a woman who is expecting to have a baby. There are many types of childbirth classes; all of them are proven to be very helpful. For example, the Lamaze birthing method, it is one of the most common classes that are usually chosen by expectant mothers. It is because it helps an expectant mother to gain the confidence that is really needed with the ability of an expectant mother to give birth. Lamaze classes teach birth methods that will enable the expectant mother to deal with the pain and at the same time to be also give comfort while delivering.
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Breathing Techniques for Childbirth

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Giving birth to a child is one of the most painful experiences that a woman could have in her life. The woman will feel so much pain in laboring and delivering. There are many techniques that can be used on how to help ease the pain that a woman suffers while giving birth. Breathing techniques for childbirth is really useful when it comes to easing the pain. Breathing should always be focused depending on how the woman is comfortable. There are many breathing techniques for childbirth that can be applied when a woman is in labor or delivery, all of them is really important.

How can an expectant mother learn breathing techniques for childbirth? An expectant mother should be able to learn breathing techniques if she gets herself a childbirth education. A childbirth class can teach a woman on how to breathe properly when in labor or delivery. It is advisable that an expectant mother should always practice her breathing all the time, whether it’s a patterned breathing or rhythmic breathing. The expectant mother should be able to learn on how to remain focused in her breathing so that she can be comfortable in labor or delivery. It will help her on how be satisfied on how she is doing with her labor.
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Simple Steps on How to Conceive a Baby Boy or Girl

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Choosing what gender your child will be always something which cannot be controlled, however one can do these simple methods in order to influence the conception in order to conceive either a boy or a girl. These are some of these simple steps.

In order to conceive a girl, you must:

  1. Have an accurate tracking of the monthly menstrual cycle. It is important to know when you ovulate as this is necessary in order to influence the conception in order to conceive a girl. Imagine that the demarcation line between conceiving a boy or a girl is the day of ovulation.
  2. Once the ovulation date is pinpointed to a certain level of accuracy, remember to only have sexual intercourse at least 2 days before the ovulation date. This will make sure that only the slow swimming female sperm cells (those that contain the female chromosome) remain to fertilize the egg, as the fast swimming male sperm cells will have died before even the egg cell is released from the ovaries.
  3. Also, remember to only use sexual positions which have shallow penetration. It will also ensure that only the slow swimming female sperm cells remain to fertilize the egg.

    In order to conceive a boy, you must:

    1. Again, keep track on the menstrual cycle of the female partner. It is important to be certain on the date of ovulation. Once it is certified, it will be an important part in influencing conceptions,
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    Is Planning Your Baby’s Gender Possible?

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    Choosing your baby’s gender even before conception has always been the dream of parents everywhere at any time. In ancient and medieval times, having a boy as the first born is always seen as a great fortune. This resulted into all sorts of superstitious beliefs on how ensure that the first offspring of a new couple is a male.

    These superstitions range from time of day when to have sex, to sexual positions used, to the food the parents eat.  It has been an important thing to ensure that the first born of families are males, during these period and they will do everything just to make sure it happens. However, in today’s standard, those practices seriously believed by ancient people to be effective are now considered as superstitious beliefs. Continue reading

    Throwing a Baby Shower? Keep it Simple, Organic and Inexpensive

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    It seems like every time I say the word “organic” in relation to planning a party or big dinner, I get a lot of suspicious looks. I’ve realized that people tend to jump right from “organic” to “expensive” and shut down. Luckily, with a little research and planning, you too can offer organic fare at your next party without breaking the bank.

    I especially like to stay organic when I’m hosting baby showers. Many of the guests tend to be pregnant or nursing moms, so providing quality food for them is a big priority for me. When I start planning, I like to find out who will be attending (old friends, multiple generations of family, colleagues) to start setting the tone for the party.

    My favorite time to host a baby shower is a weekend afternoon. It keeps the party from going too long (no one wants to play every shower game in one sitting) and, since no one expects a full meal, will save you money. Some showers will offer alcohol, and that’s okay, but I generally skip it — especially for an afternoon party. The mom-to-be won’t be drinking, so I don’t think it’s necessary that the rest of us do.
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