Healthy Living, Kids, Parenting

Ways to Keep Children Healthy, Safe and Comfortable While Playing Sports

In a day where video games and cellular use is on the rise, it’s important to keep your children active. One of the easiest ways to do this is to sign your children up for sports. Sports teach discipline and promote teamwork. With after-school practice sessions, several days each week and games on the weekend sports also offer a great way to keep your child physically fit. Before sending them onto the field it’s important to make sure they are safe, healthy and comfortable. Luckily, there are several ways to achieve this.

Ways to Keep Children Healthy, Safe and Comfortable While Playing Sports
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Equipment

Just as the pros protect themselves on the field, you, as the parent, must make sure that your children have the proper equipment to offer them the ultimate in protection against injuries. Things like a helmet, arm, knee and elbow pads, where required, are also essential. No matter what sports you select for your child, the shoes and undergarments are just as important for long-lasting traction and sustained comfort. For instance, there are socks for baseball and football that have a built-in stirrup. Worn over the socks they insulate to prevent foot injuries, offer support, while also preventing the undersocks from falling down.

Proper Nutrition and Hydration

Maintaining a healthy weight is key to success in any sport. Proper nutrition created with a healthy diet rich in carbs, protein, vitamins, and minerals and low in fat helps to fuel and thus energize the body. Luckily, this is easy to achieve. Eating foods such as lean meats, fish, green vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and nuts will keep your child at a healthy weight and build and repair muscles. It’s also essential that your child remain hydrated. While water is the beverage of choice before and during practice sessions and games, afterward, a sports drink will help to replenish lost carbs and electrolytes.

CPR

While it’s not likely that young children will have a heart attack while training or playing the game on the field, it can happen. Sudden Cardiac Death, SCD, rarely happens. However, the fact that it can happen is quite scary for any parent, especially a parent without the skills to possibly save their child. CPR training is important not just for parents with kids involved in sports, but for all parents. Anything can happen, like a toddler getting a small toy logged in their throat or a player on the field losing consciousness with a small window of survival in front of you. The good news is that a CPR course takes just a few hours to complete, giving you peace of mind.

Getting Enough Rest

All children need a lot of sleep. However, for a child involved in sports, getting enough sleep helps to improve their mental focus, maintain a positive attitude and keeps their body healthy against sickness. Luckily, in most cases, children who partake in sports fall asleep pretty easily. They have a hectic schedule that consists of attending school, doing homework and practice and games.

Sports provide a wonderful way for children to stay physically active, make long-lasting friendships, and learn discipline and teamwork. These are the fundamentals of life that your child can take away from the game and use for the rest of their lives. Just make sure that your child continues to enjoy the sport, train hard and has fun. Sometimes parents lose sight of the small details like what’s in the best interest of their kid. Even if your child possesses natural athletic abilities, if they don’t enjoy it, they will resent doing it later on.

Gift Ideas, Kids, Parenting

Toddler Pillow To Help Children Sleep Better

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Toddler Pillow To Help Children Sleep Better

You may have seen Twin Z Pillow on ABC’s show Shark Tank! The Sleep Zzz Pillow is their popular kids sleep pillow (ages 3 and up) that surrounds your child with the snuggly softness and security of their very own body pillow sized perfectly for them! This pillow helps kids fall asleep faster and most importantly STAY asleep providing a more restful nights sleep for your child and you! Everyone wins! See more in the video below….

Right out of the package you can feel the softness of the pillow and immediately you want one in an adult size (yet they have an adult pillow)! I plan to give mine to my nephew for his 4th birthday (maybe my brother and SIL can have their bed back to themselves if E likes it), but my almost 10 year old saw it and would not let go of it.

There is an adult pillow and several color and design options for the kids pillows as well as extra cover options available to choose from.

Keeping the pillow clean is as easy as removing the cover and using your washing machine.

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mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat Is Making Carpooling Easier

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mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat Is Making Carpooling Easier

mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat Is Making Carpooling Easier. How? It is very portable. It adjusts for child’s size in seconds and fits most seats and belt systems to safely hold onto your child as you drive! Let’s explore more…

Anthony is almost 10 and not in a car booster seat anymore but as you can see him holding it the size is very convenient. Despite how small it is you get an approved seat by the standards. For ages 4 and older and 40-100 pounds you can fit this booster in a bag. Just see my video below….

The long strap clips onto the should belt at your child’s shoulder height for proper restraint. It is so easy and works with your cars lap belt. It comes in many fun colors too. Now you can just unbuckle your child, fold and hand off to the grandparents or daycare for carpooling needs when in their care. Even airplane and rental car travel becomes easier. It makes our travel lives so much easier without sacrificing safety!

As your child grows you simply adjust the width. The padding is comfortable and it is just enough lift to give them that window view for their entertainment. You can find these on Amazon and at Target stores nationwide! Learn more at mifold.com Available at Target!

Healthy Living, Parenting

How To Get Your Family To Walk More

Being a physically active person reduces your risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and many other health issues. But it starts with the habits we form as children. Recent research has suggested that childhood exercise has a preventative and protective effect. Providing adults with better health in later years.

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But when your child comes home from school, perhaps the only thing he or she wants to do is sit in front of the TV or play on a mobile device?

Getting kids up and moving can be as difficult as prodding ourselves to hit the gym. And let’s face it, we don’t always succeed in getting ourselves to stick with our own exercise plans.

So what’s the solution to getting our children more active? The good news is that even a walk counts toward increased physical activity. And everyone, even kids who hate sports, can manage to fit in a walk per day. The benefits of walking are numerous. Harvard Medical School lists the following:

  • It serves as a preventative against weight promoting genes
  • It keeps your sweet tooth in check
  • It reduces your risk of developing certain cancers
  • It boosts your immune system

Naturally, walks should be limited to pedestrian walkways. And a word of caution from a personal injury lawyer in Houston, TX, “Because pedestrians typically have no safety gear as a bicyclist would and are not afforded the same protections as anyone inside a vehicle, the injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident can be catastrophic.”

So teach your kids pedestrian safety rules. With that out of the way, here are some ideas that can help get the whole family out the door and getting in more steps.

Make it part of your family routine.

Every day after dinner, go out for an evening stroll altogether as a family. Watch the sunset or sunrise. Talk about your day. Walk the dog. Play at the nearby park. Use your walk to unwind from a long day or to connect with your kids before the day starts. Establish your walk as part of your family routine. Sure, your kids might balk at first, but remain firm. You never know, it might turn into your family’s favorite ritual if you stick with it.

Explore your area’s outdoor spaces.

How many parks or outdoor spaces do you have in your area? List them all up and explore each of them in turn. Bring a frisbee or a soccer ball. Pack up your dinner and eat it outdoors. Having a destination in mind can help provide structure to increasing your physical activity. If you live near a forest or some foothills, all the better. Go for a nature walk with your kids. Walking in nature has many more benefits than simply walking around the block.

Be scavengers or collectors.

Turn each walk into an opportunity to find beauty along the way. See who can spot the most bugs. Or who can find the most original looking leaf for a nature display. The strangest colored rock for your garden’s rock collection. A rare bird to take a picture of. A four-leaf clover. Setting out with a purpose can help direct your kids’ energy away from complaints and toward engaging with their surroundings.

Get Fitbits or step trackers for your family.

Having a way to keep track of how many steps each person is logging is a terrific way to prompt more walking and physical activity. Set a goal as a family to log in a certain number of steps every day. See who reaches it. It might be a challenge to hit 10,000 steps on the first try, so you could go for a lower number and slowly increase the step count as you go along. Turn it into a game by awarding prizes for the individual who logged in the highest number. Additionally, apps like Pokemon Go can turn the outdoors into one large game!

Have your kids document their walk.

Does your child love to take pictures? Give your kid a camera and you might find it difficult to keep up with him. When kids are interested and engaged in the outdoors, the walk and the exercise don’t even register. Discuss ways to get better shots. Talk about what he or she can photograph next. Look for picture opportunities that might take a bit of a hike to get there, but will be worth it for the exercise you logged and the picture as a reward.

Healthy Living, Parenting

How To Show The Sensitive Man In Your Life How Appreciative You Are!

It’s not something that is discussed widely, but if the man in your life is of a sensitive nature, sometimes their feelings can be hurt all too easily. Showing our appreciation, especially if we try to balance out the odds and be the person who “wears the trousers”, can be a difficult task. Most advice columns, when it comes to pleasing the man in your life, shows how to bring out the “inner man”, by taking them to baseball games, monster truck rallies, wood chopping events, and so forth. But, if the man in your life doesn’t like any of these things, and it’s very likely that they don’t, how can you show your appreciation for them?  

Give them space

Sometimes, the problem we all have with modern life is that we can feel hemmed in. If you live with someone, it can be difficult when you are both on top of each other. If he is too sensitive, he may withdraw from social situations, even in your own home. So, instead of giving them the third degree for not spending proper time with you, give them the space they need. Maybe they can get a proper night’s sleep, especially if life has been particularly stressful recently.

A little gift or token of your appreciation

Men don’t always feel like they matter from time to time, and this is especially true of the retiring type. If they do a lot around the house, or pick up the slack without asking for anything in return, it’s very simple, just show them that you’ve taken notice. A gift doesn’t have to be an over-the-top affair to show your appreciation, but something personalized shows them how much you care. You can find a perfect gift for dads online, especially if they’ve been withdrawn recently, and haven’t been able to spend as much time with them or your kids. But it’s the little things that count. You might show your appreciation for them online, but how would they know that you are supportive of them?

Help him accomplish his goals

If he’s got goals in life, but he’s not making leverage, you should help them out of the sticky situation. While relationships aren’t about giving to receiving, if they’ve taken the load recently, give them some inspiration or words of advice. Because they know you are on their side, this will make them feel cared for. Sometimes, men can be sensitive or inward facing because of a sense of unhappiness or unfulfillment in their life. If you can dig deep into the problem, and help to provide a solution that you appear to be 100% behind, this will give them additional confidence.

Treat him as an equal

While a couple should balance each other out, yin and yang, light and shade, and so forth, if you don’t treat him as an equal from time to time, it’s very likely he will feel small and intimidated. Something like money, which he can’t directly control, can feed into many insecurities. If you make a passing comments about the fact that they should earn more money, this could be very hurtful indeed. It will only serve to make them withdraw and keep their distance.

Make him feel attractive

As life duties overtake your relationship as a couple in many ways, such as life admin, or children, quality couple time could go by the wayside. Of course, it’s not just us women who are sensitive in relation to this, but men want to feel attractive too. Those insecurities about their attractiveness can breed considerable problems if left untreated. So, make sure that he feels attractive, but also, make sure that you are communicating this to them. Even if he doesn’t appear so forthcoming in offering you comments, if you can start the ball rolling by telling him he looks attractive, and this will help. We seem to do a lot of things in relationships so we can get something back. This isn’t the right attitude to have, and so, you should consider telling him how attractive he is to you.

Brag about him

Sometimes we can brag about our significant other on social media, but they won’t see it. Instead, while it’s great to boast about your partner’s strength during a tough time online, do they know that you appreciate them? If not, show everybody else how much he means to you when you are together. Everybody likes a little compliment and buttering up in public. In fact, we relish this!

Make time for the two of you

Sometimes the old ones are the best! If the pressures of family life are getting the both of you down, fix this by having quality time together. Communication can be a big problem if we place priorities on other parts of life, and take our relationship for granted, so talk to each other! Make sure that you are both on the same emotional page. If you don’t talk about anything apart from diapers and bills, you both need to make the effort to spend good quality time together. You might spend time together in the same room, but if you’re both on the phone, what is this going to achieve? Instead, make some quality time a fixture in your calendar. And while money is always an issue, you don’t have to consider a night out in a posh restaurant as the definition of “quality time”. It’s the little things that matter, much like when you were first together, talking late into the night, or cooking together; it’s all those little things that mean a lot.

When couples grow apart, we can both retreat into our shells, and while many men appear to show a sense of bravado, or don’t display their emotions, there can be an underlying sensitivity in the man in your life. Many men are like closed books, but this doesn’t need to be the case. By showing the sensitive man in your life how appreciative you are of their efforts, it will build a solid foundation all over again. So take the time, take the effort, and take the opportunities to appreciate them.

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