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Eight Tips For Choosing Child Care

Selecting the best child care arrangement is one of the most important choices you’ll make. How do you know which is best and what should you look for when evaluating child care centers that appear to have similar offerings?

“Every child is unique, so it’s important to choose a place where your child feels at home and the philosophy and approach to learning agree with your own,” said Sharon Bergen, senior vice president of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of early childhood care and education.

Bergen says once parents narrow the search to locations that are convenient and affordable, there are a number of questions they should ask.

1. Is the center licensed?

2. Is it safe? Is the facility clean? Does it have plenty of light and fresh air? Are there formal procedures for the arrival and departure of children?

3. Is there enough indoor and outdoor space for both quiet and active learning and play?

4. Is there a clean, properly equipped area specifically for infants and toddlers? Is there appropriate interaction and nurturing of infants and toddlers?

5. Is parent participation encouraged? Are parents welcome and encouraged to visit and observe at any time? Does the center schedule parent conferences and provide progress reports?

6. Does the center have strict procedures for hiring caregivers? Is the director a professional who inspires confidence? Do teachers have experience and skills in child care methods? Are applicants fingerprinted when required by state law and required to take a medical exam in compliance with state licensing regulations? Are background checks and written references mandatory?

7. Does the center have a written plan you can see in action? Are learning programs designed for each age group?

8. Are education programs focused on the whole child and designed to meet the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of children?

Bergen suggests carrying a checklist and taking notes while touring facilities. Answering these questions will help parents make an informed decision.…

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Training Toilet Can Really Be A Beautiful Experience For Both The Mother And Child

Training toilet or toilet training or just using the potty is something which every child has to go through in his or her life. There is simply no escaping this at all. A child at some point in his or her has to learn how to use the toilet for doing his or her potty. But many child educators, doctors and even child specialists differ in their opinion as to when is the correct age for a child to be toilet trained.

It all depends entirely on when the mother ad child are both ready for this big step. Most toddlers are ready to be toilet trained from the age of 18 months and 24 months. Some children can be trained not to wet their napkins or diapers by toilet training them from an early age of even 6 months. All the mother has to do is take the baby to the toilet every hour after the baby has taken fluids and help the baby to ease itself by making a hissing sound or allowing the water in the tap to run.

But it is the bigger training toilet that is more difficult for most children as they are simply afraid of sitting on potty chairs or on toilet seats in the bathrooms. These children have to be slowly allowed to play with potty chairs first and made to sit on the chairs with their clothes on. After a few days when they are more or less comfortable to climbing on to the potty chairs and sitting on them make sure that you have removed their clothes.

They will then sit on the potty and do it while you play with them or hand over a small toy for them to play with or you could even sit by their sides to read a book. What children need is reassurance that they are not alone while they do their potty on a potty chair or in the toilet.

You will know that kids want to do their toilet when you find them suddenly stopping all their activities and becoming quiet suddenly with a serious look on their face. Now you should gently help them to sit on the potty chair and wait patiently till the finish. Take them along when you take the potty and its contents to be flushed in the toilet. Let them do the flushing. This will instil a lot of confidence in them and they will have no fears to be toilet trained either.

You can buy the special toilet seats for children, which is available in the market and install the same on the regular toilet seat. And while the child is doing his toilet you also wait in the toilet and reassure the child that there is nothing to fear at all.

Reward your child every time he or she uses the toilet as this will truly help them to be more confident. Encourage them regularly by cheering them once the potty training is over. Training toilet can really be a beautiful experience for both the mother and child.…

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How To Keep Your Wits When Traveling With Kids

Flying with children of any age can be a daunting necessity whether you are a seasoned traveler or you are flying for the first time. By reviewing some basic travel tips and strategies, you will navigate air travel with infants, toddlers or children with ease and arrive at your destination with your sanity in tact. It’s all about having the right supplies when traveling with kids.

We’ve polled seasoned flyers who have ‘been there-done that’ when it comes to flying with kids and have compiled a series of tips that help you preparing for your flight, getting through the airport , and to your destination as efficient as possible. Read on.

Advice to parents flying with children

Be calm. Travel with kids is typically much more stressful for parents than it is for the children! So, the bottom line here is to keep your wits about you. Your kid(s) may scream on the airplane or kick the seat in front of them. People might stare – especially those without children or business people trying to work. Keep in mind that you paid your fare and the last time we checked the airlines did not make any rules that prohibit children on planes.

Politely ignore these people and breathe. It is always nice when you are surrounded by other parents with or without their children. They understand what you are going through and sometimes are willing to lend a hand. Don’t be afraid to ask! If you have quiet moments (if you can get your children to sleep), use this time to read a few pages of your favorite magazine or watch a movie. Relax, you will get through it in flying colors.

Be safe. There is nothing more important. The key to safety during air travel with kids is proper restraints during takeoff, landings, and during turbulence. Be sure to follow the instructions of the flight crew and adhere to the seat belt signs at all times. Take time to read the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) brochure on child safety while flying. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) brochure on child safety while flying.

Be prepared. The most important bag you will pack when flying with infants, toddlers or kids is your carry-on. You definitely want to have the right supplies when traveling with kids. Be sure to read the section tips for packing your carry-on when traveling with children. It will make flying with kids a much more pleasant experience.

What to know before purchasing a ticket when flying with children

Packing a carry-on bag for kids

What should I wear onboard and how should I dress my children for flying?

Tips for getting through airport security with children

Tips for entertaining children while flying

Tips for managing long layovers or extended flight delays when flying with children

Tips for flying with infants

Tips for flying with Toddlers…

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Build a Healthy Happy Family, Stand Together and Win Together

The great gift of a loving supportive family is probably one of the greatest we can hope to receive. Does not matter whether there are just two of you or if you are a family unit of fifty, nothing matches the feeling of having people around you who love your for who and what you are. Although no family unit is ever perfect, and you may at times wish you did not have to be around your family, but the security, friendship, loyalty and love of a family cannot be replaced by anyone or anything else. That is just the reason why any breakup of a family is so painful.
No man is an island. It may be a cliché, but it certainly rings true for those of us with a healthy family. Everything and anything we do affects them in some way or another, and relies on them for some sort or form of support, and that support is irreplaceable. Our families support not only physically enables us to do things we envisage, but it also gives us the drive to continue working at whatever it is we are trying to achieve. Build a healthy happy family and their support makes all the difference. Our healthy family’s positive reinforcement helps us to feel happy and content with our progress, it encourages us to keep on striving to meet greater bigger goals. Our families also tend to be wonderfully, at times painfully honest. This is something others may find hard to do for you. We are far more likely to accept the true and honest opinion of loved ones than those of strangers of casual acquaintances.
Let’s consider how important the support of loved ones is. Any lack of support from our family can be a severe blow to us. It is a big deal when our friends disagree with us, but when there is a family falling out it is a messy painful business for everyone. This only really stems from the fact that your family will essentially love you for who you are, and that is accepting you with all your faults and they will support you through all life’s trials.
Just take away the positive regard of someone who loves you unconditionally, and you create a wound that will never heal.
One just has to look at the consequences of a divorce as an example of the pain that family rifts and arguments can cause. No matter what the endeavor may be that we are embarking on, the support of our family makes all the difference in the world. May it be whether they are physically facilitating your progress, or providing emotional support, they offer the encouragement that can propel us from failure to success. Therefore it is so important to build a healthy happy family. Even when it comes to something as trying as weight loss, and to build a healthy family, family support is a huge help. Because permanent weight loss occurs when we adjust our lifestyles, ditching the b ad eating habits and sedentary behavior in favor of eating balanced healthy nutritious meals and taking regular exercise as well as taking care of our emotional needs.
This is not small step, and all and any help and support we get from our families along the way will aid us in our fight to attain healthy and happiness, and to build a healthy happy family.…

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Save the Sweetest Kiss – Learn How to Save a Marriage

Can you remember the days when you and your partner are having that firing emotions of love and happiness deep in your hearts as you would deal with each other? Or can you still remember the exciting feeling whenever you would hold each other’s arms? Or do you still remember the sweet smell of the day’s perfume as you exchange vows until death do you part in the holy matrimony? I believe you have that sweetest feeling as happiness and thrills would manifest inside you that time. Who could blame both you for that?
Taking the first step for you and your true love to live a life together for a lifetime would really give you that unexplained feeling, yet best of what you had. So what’s up with your decision of considering divorce? Naturally, you would encounter different problems and circumstances along the way with your partner, but that shouldn’t affect the promises you’ve made with each other. Marriage is supposed to be a lifetime commitment and is obviously not one of those jokes which you could play around. In here, you and your spouse’s feelings are involved making everything complicated and, worse, difficult to work on. But though that would be the case, there would still be ways on how to save a marriage. So better don’t give up too easily, grab each other’s hands and try not to let go of it, as you do everything for your relationship to work still.
Here are some of the tips which both of you could take the opportunity of trying. Working on how to save a marriage is better than doing nothing at all. Just make sure to give your best forward for it or else you might find yourself losing the things you could do for a second chance.
o Try to think of some moment which you can spend time together. Give you focus on it and let go of the things that could possibly hinder you of doing it. Turn of your televisions, cell phones, or even your instant messenger, as you sit and spend time together. Listening to each other’s feelings is great, because in that way, you could understand each other and through that you’re relationship would become mature.
o Put your feelings through letters. Though there would be other ways on how to express your feelings, I still consider writing letters as one of the sweetest. Because of the fact that it is really one of the classical ways of expression of love, not a single thing could erase that address to it. So why not try the manner and see for yourself how effective it is.
o Don’t forget to have at least one date per week. Usually, couples would be very comfortable with each other that they tend not to dress up beautifully for their partners. With this date on scheduled, it would be like a glitter on top of your partnership life. Without any choice, both of you should dress up properly for this event and with that, sparks of love for each other will surely illuminate.
Though it is often said that doing ways on how to save a marriage would really take a lot of time, effort and money, once you’ve become successful on it, everything is assured to be worth it as you and your spouse would be sharing the sweetest of your kisses once again.…

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A Clean and Trendy Kitchen For Happy Family Dining

The family that eats together stays together. Do you agree? Studies show that this is so. What makes families eat together despite their busy days? It must be the kitchen.
A kitchen is not only a place for dining. It is a place where the family members talk about their fun or failure during the day. It is a place where laughter abodes and closeness develops. A kitchen properly maintained and serves mouth watering dishes is the best place for a hungry yet happy family.
Kitchen today has more fashionable styles and functional furniture. The following tips will help you do a make over of your kitchen to make your husband go home early eager to dine in your fine kitchen.
1. Keep your kitchen clean and it also must smell clean. Your kitchen floor gets the most dirt from food and water spills. Have a clean rug at the foot of the sink to keep the floor dry. Maintain the cleanliness of your kitchen by cleaning it before and after dining. You can buy an air freshener that is appropriate to your kitchen scent preference.
2. Reorganize the displays in your kitchen wall and have a spot for your kids’ achievements. Make a board and a display cabinet for the projects and awards of your children. When your family is happily chatting, your kids can immediately show you their latest accomplishments in school. You are developing their self confidence and this makes them want to do better.
3. Paint your kitchen wall light green or apple green. Green is the color of nature and it makes people relax when we gaze at it. It is cool to the eyes and it is believed to be good to our appetite.
4. Buy the latest furniture that has more than one function. The latest furniture trend includes chairs that can be folded or adjusted to fit whoever who sits in it. There are also cabinets that look like wall decoration and tables that can accommodate a number of additional guests.
5. Organize your cooking utensils, pans and casseroles in a cabinet or drawer that fits in an area near the stove. The eating utensils should be placed in a separate cabinet near the dining table. This way they are placed strategically to be utilized easily.
The kitchen plays an important role to your appetite as well as the delicious food that your family members happily prepared.…

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Stress Does Not Have to Kill You

Stress Does Not Have To Ruin Our Lives!
In this life there are three things we can always expect to do… 1) Eat 2) Sleep 3) Pay taxes! The choices we make in life have a great impact over how we live our lives. Emotional stress can take a toll on our finances, our social lives, and over physical well being. Stress can and will Kill You eventually, but that is only if you allow it to! You have to give stress permission to Kill You, we do this by HOLDING ON TO IT!
Lets look at a common scenario for example:
Your husbands ship allows him to come home not soon after you got to work this morning. He calls you with his wonderful news as you are getting settled in your cubicle! Trying not feel disgusted (with a side order of envy) you ask him just to pick up the house (nothing MAJOR!) and you begin your day. After the normal hustle and bustle of the nine to five rat race, lets fast forward, its been a typical work day (Draining) you have fought your way through traffic, and you finally make it home.
With rose colored glasses, it would be nice if dinner was cooked, the dishes were washed, a load of laundry or two was done, kids homework was done, and all you have to do is eat! This would mean you could unwind, eat slowly, take a leisure bath or shower and then pick up a good book. Your husband loves you and knows how hard you work so this is not a task that is asking too too much! You yourself do it for him all the time!
walk in your house and the first thing that grasps your attention are the toys on the floor, closed book bags and coats strewn all over! Your maternal sixth sense tells you no homework is done! And to top it off your husband is playing World of Warcraft, (which you can tell by his attire and the things around him, means he has been playing since he got home this morning) as the Chihuahua chews the tassels off your couch pillows. Your feet begin to slide in your heels as you can feel your blood beginning to boil. STOP RIGHT THERE!
Normally you would be fuming mad, slam your stuff down and just begin cooking, multitasking as always, you begin helping the kids with their home work, and the game of ignoring your husband begins. Its your way of letting him know that you are beyond disgusted with him. Its almost routine, you can expect it, your chest begins to hurt, and you get the normal feeling of being let down.
You instinctively reach in your closet for pain relievers. You pop several migraine relievers and keep huffing your disgust out loud, but what changes? NOTHING! Everything is still the same because the person internalizing your disgust is YOU! The person allowing the surrounding environment to give them a tension headache is YOU. The person allowing the knots to build in their neck and shoulders is YOU. If you look dog still thinks tassels are cool. The kids are just doing what they are allowed to do until order is set, and your husband is unwinding in his own way. SO I ask again why are you allowing a situation to KILL YOU? DON’T!
Lets have a DO OVER!
We know YOUR USUAL WAY DOES NOT WHY KEEP DOING IT? He is not stressing, his character in WOW can be resurrected, so your yelling will not cause him to miss a beat! The only person who will be stressed out is you! As we set into a routine of internalizing stress and anger and it builds up, it shortens OUR LIFE EXPECTANCY RATE. WE ARE KILLING OURSELVES! CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES CAREFULLY! And despite whatever you may see on TV, once that monitor stops beating, recitation attempts are given, the doctor calls the time and pronounces you that is all she wrote! Unlike on the stories McDreamy will not walk into the Er, suddenly realize he was the cause of your stress, say something sappy, begin to cry, heroically thump you in the chest and your heart just starts beating again.
Your Health and Your WELL BEING are TOP PRIORITY! REMIND YOURSELF I WILL NOT STRESS MYSELF TO DEATH.
Choose your battles carefully, is this situation going to kill you? Will your life end if you don’t yell? Who is going to benefit from your yelling and screaming? No one thus, its a tactic that must get scratched from our to do list. It serves no purpose other than allowing neighbors to know of dysfunction.
Lets Retry This:
Close the door! Walk back down the stairs and …