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Keeping Kids Healthy with GIANTmicrobes – Review

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Keeping Kids Healthy with GIANTmicrobes - Review

Vitamins come in many forms from tablets and capsules to yummy gummies. Most kids get their vitamins in gummies or flavored, candy-like tablets. Now they can play with their vitamins! With actual, enlarged molecules of Vitamins A, B6, C and D they will learn all about these compounds that are essential for growth and nutrition. See these fun Vitamin GIANTmicrobes.

Vitamin A plays an important role in bone growth and vision. It also is great for the skin and teeth as well as cell and tissue growth. What foods are a good source of Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is found in yellow and orange foods like carrots and squash. Ask your child to name a few they can think of?

Microbes Plush

Vitamin B6 is one of those B-Vitamins that converts food into energy. In particular, B6 is important for the cardiovascular and nervous system as well as immunity and digestion.

Vitamin B6 is found in meat, fish, nuts, bananas and potatoes! Ask your child what Disney Minion they think gets the most Vitamin B6?

Vitamin C Facts

Vitamin C fights the cold and flu bugs and helps heals wounds. You can’t stay away from germs, they are all around us but Vitamin C helps our body not get sick from those germs.

Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage and kiwi to name a few. Ask your child what Vitamin C food they want as a side for lunch or dinner today?

Vit C nutrition

Vitamin D is for the bones! Vitamin D also gives us a mineral that helps our body take in Calcium. Calcium (milk) and Vitamin D are best friends.

Vitamin D can be found in grains, green leafy vegetables, egg yolks and some cereals. Ask your child what they like to put on their green salad?

Learning biology

Now that you and your child have learned about their vitamins, how about some plush molecules to play with. They will use these to learn and memorize. If vitamins don’t excite them, there are so many cells, diseases and critters to learn and have fun with at GIANTmicrobes.

Healthy Living, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Parenting

How We Helped Our Son’s Dentist Anxiety

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How We Helped Our Son's Dentist Anxiety

Anthony’s Story: How We Helped Our Son’s Dentist Anxiety

Anthony is 9. He hasn’t always had doctor and dentist anxiety until about 3 years ago. He has a very crowded mouth and overbite. One day he came to me saying his tooth hurt and I saw his gums looked angry so I drove him into the Dentist. He hopped up on the table and come to find out the tooth is literally breaking apart and needs to come out due to overcrowding pushing on and destroying the tooth. They sent us home with an Antibiotic and told us to come back in the morning for tooth extraction.

That next morning his cheek was so swollen and that tooth was angry. They gave him novocaine and felt he needed a bit more. Well, let’s just say that tooth had gotten so angry we realized after a blood curling scream that the Novocaine couldn’t make its way past the infection. The tooth was out but he felt that. That was the day he lost trust in Doctors and Dentists and the anxiety over “what if pain” started.

The next month was his flu shot. They announced it was coming like all others in the past he would cringe about only this time he lost it. 3 nurses later, a kick to the Dr’s chest in the struggle and screams that could clear a building we stabbed him and he was vaccinated. Wow! At one point they asked if we should just reschedule but I really felt giving in would not make the ‘next time’ any better. He does not have low pain tolerance, he just has anxiety about the anticipation of pain. Two totally different anxieties. How do We Help Our Son’s Dentist Anxiety?

Over the past year I took a break on Dentist and Doctors and hoped this year would bring an older, changed Anthony. Wrong! This year we started Ortho. He made it through a cleaning, we moved and the Dentist we go to is his Aunt’s office so due to possible embarrassment by his cousins he sucked it up. The referral to the Ortho and the appointment to put on his expander was a whole different story. The 20 minute appointment took 1 hour and 15 minutes. Why?

He refused to lay down. He needed to know the exact plan, touch the device, see the tools they will use, give him a blueprint for this visit, etc. 3 techs later one gal finally did great with him and began asking him questions-like taking the control of asking questions away from him. He began to trust her and it took careful talk but he was finally laying on the chair, hands away from his mouth allowing her to put it in ONLY because he needed her to be precise about her every move. I regretted one thing that day…not charging our Touchpoints!

How Touchpoints reversed his behavior

In NYC this summer I met with the Touchpoints crew and was sent a pair of Touchpoints to try. This was my piece of heaven coming to the rescue. I knew right away this could help Anthony with his dentist anxiety as well as at the Doctors office. Only what I soon realized is it did so much more.

Touchpoints are best explained in the video below:

For Anthony’s follow up visit we had to turn his expander and then after watching them turn we were instructed to do so at home nightly for 21 nights. He was a champ. With Touchpoints charged I sat in the car a moment to get him into the right mindset. He had Touchpoints in his pocket and we practiced some self-talk. I also had a toy prize for him he got to see IF he could make it through. There was no pain involved with this follow up but his anxieties started anyways the night before. The office was almost in tiptoe mode with him yet played it well. I could sense they had that same bit of anxiety I was also having about ‘what if he..”.

He asked if he could ask 1 question-“what will this feel like?” The Orthodontit who came to him first tickled his nose and said “like that”. Then the cutest thing happened…he said “OK!” and lay down. Only his ‘OK’ was a high-pitched squeal, hence his nerves totally showing in his attempt to be cool. He allowed her to show me the turn and expressed he felt it a little but “it feels fine”. We turn it every night without struggle at home. Thank you, Touchpoints!

The funny thing! Anthony recently came to me an said, “Mom, Can I have my Touchpoints to help me fall asleep faster?” Why not! The next morning he told me…”all I could focus on was the Touchpoints, Mom and I fell asleep so much faster”. Honestly my thought was , “really?!” Could it be mind over matter? Every night since if he is still awake after so much time he asks for them. It isn’t every night but when he needs them he knows it and he really is asleep in no time! Now for the stressful video game play he expresses! Touchpoints, can you calm him down with his game play frustrations? There is no doubt these will battle that aggression too!

If this story resonates with you, I cannot stress the benefit of Touchpoints enough! From anxieties to sleep and anger it is definitely on for our parenting tool belt that can d wonders for anyone at any age.

Parenting

How Your Christian Faith Could Help You Thrive as a Well-Balanced Parent

How Your Christian Faith Could Help You Thrive as a Well-Balanced Parent

How Your Christian Faith Could Help You Thrive as a Well-Balanced Parent
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If there’s one certainty about parenting, it’s that circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. That reality means that you often have to work hard to stay levelheaded despite the chaos. Fortunately though, if you’re a Christian, there are many principles and practices of your faith that translate into more sanity while raising kids.

Get Kids in the Habit of Studying the Bible Daily

Whenever you travel, have someone new over to the house, or get a new babysitter, it becomes especially clear that kids love routines and tend to become cranky without the consistency they offer. The Bible teaches that as parents, we should train our kids to uphold the morals and beliefs that we want them to depend on for the rest of their lives.

One way you can do that is by teaching the Bible to your children during daily study sessions. Taking that approach gets your kids used to applying the things they learn to their lives. As you explain famous stories and parables to them, your youngsters may even realize they relate to well-known characters.

Adhering to a daily Bible study schedule gets kids accustomed to scriptural teachings. It also encourages them to use what they’ve learned when deciding how to behave when they’re around classmates, friends, and relatives. Even better, as you’ve already been reminded, routines of all kinds tend to keep kids more stable, which could mean you’re less stressed as a parent.

Expand Your Circle of Friends

Does it feel like all you do is change diapers, make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without crusts, and soothe your kids when they fall and scrape their knees? Those are all typical duties involved with parenthood.

But, if they consume your life, it can also seem like your social life is totally dried up. As a result, you may start to resent your responsibilities and feel jealous when reading social media posts about how your friends went to the new Italian restaurant in town (without their kids) or watched the latest action-adventure blockbuster at the cinema.

One great thing about being a Christian parent is that it’s easy to find common ground with people you don’t know well, such as other people in your congregation who also have children. Even if you disagree with some aspects of the faith, there are undoubtedly some shared beliefs that can serve as jumping-off points for further discussions.

If you’re strong in your faith and feel confident about bringing it up with other people who have not been Christians for such a long period, you could also serve as a disciple and help new people of the faith build a broader belief system and strengthen what’s already there.

Churches often have childcare facilities, too. Imagine how refreshing it could be to sit in a pew during a service and notice there are lots of other adults around you, but no kids.

In this scenario, you can take a breather from some of the most pressing demands of being a parent and rest assured your children are in good hands. At the end of the gathering, you’re in a great position to strike up a conversation with someone and potentially plan a coffee date or other outing, all without dealing with your anxious toddler tugging at your shirt and asking to go to the bathroom.

Deal With Doubts in a Constructive Way

Being a parent often makes doubts pop into your head without warning. Did you make the wrong decision about letting your daughter go to school even though she sounded stuffy while eating breakfast? Did you reprimand your son in the right way when he came home with a bad grade on a pop quiz?

Those kinds of uncertainties are common, and they can also crop up about things related to the Bible. Resources from a Christian organization called The Way International include useful, topical presentations, including one that helps you remember that the Bible is a worthy, God-inspired guide for your life.

When you become more steadfast about what the Bible says and why you should trust it, you’ll find it easier to trust your decisions, too. By now, you’ve accumulated some experience as a parent and probably didn’t only give birth yesterday. Regardless of the specifics, every minute of parenthood is a learning experience. You won’t always make the right choices, but as time passes, you’ll enjoy a growing confidence that you know how to take wise actions most of the time. And, when you don’t, other parents can weigh in with input.

Being a parent is not easy, but when you use these suggestions and make your faith and parenting combine, you’ll be more likely to adopt a mindset that helps you stay calm under pressure. Even if everything you do seems to fail, remember God is on your side and works everything together for good in your life.

Healthy Living, Parenting

3 Reasons All Parents Should Try Yoga

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When it comes to finding the time to exercise, the demands of parenting mean that most parents find themselves struggling. We all know the benefits of exercise, but that doesn’t mean we can make the space in busy schedules to complete the exercise that we need.

The above is just the first reason that yoga is so attractive to parents. With yoga, there’s no need to visit a gym; if you’ve got a spare square meter in your house, then you’re good to go. Yoga is the kind of exercise that you can fit in anywhere, at any time, making it ideal for busy parents. Additionally, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to establishing a yoga routine as a parent; there are plenty of other reasons yoga is the perfect parenting exercise choice.

1) Yoga Is Inherently Calming

As well as the physical benefits, one of the benefits that yoga can offer is an opportunity to center yourself and find a little calm. As a parent, you’re likely always on the go, running to catch up with yourself and the tasks you need to accomplish. Yoga gives you the chance to breathe, take a moment, and inject a little calm into your day.

2) Yoga Allows You To Futureproof Yourself

At the present time, you might not be overly concerned with conditions such as back pain or osteoporosis. We all tend to think of these issues as a matter for “old” people, but there’s no time like the present when it comes to ensuring your health for the future– for the sake of your kids, and what you’re able to do with them, as well as yourself. Yoga offers myriad benefits that will keep you supple and strong in later life. Intensive, standing yoga contains plenty of effective osteoporosis exercises and lumbago-busting movements that will keep you feeling fit and spry for as long as possible; develop the habit now and you’ll be well set for your golden years.

3) Yoga Is Simple

The simplicity of yoga is one of its main draws, allowing yoga to slot into your existing schedule without a long learning process. You can take classes if you wish, but for the most part, a beginner’s YouTube video is all you need to get started. If you’ve never practiced yoga before, then entry-level videos are a perfect way to introduce yourself to the pursuit. Here’s one to get you started.

In Conclusion

Yoga not only fits into the busy parenting schedule, but also gives you the opportunity to improve your body in ways that will benefit you for years to come. It is the perfect discipline for busy, time-poor parents who don’t have the availability in their schedule for long, demanding gym workouts; parents who need to find methods of exercising that don’t compromise their desire to be there for their kids. Along with a healthy diet, yoga can improve your life in a variety of different ways, so why not give it a try and see what it can do for you?

 

Education, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Parenting

Q Wunder Helps Children With Social and Emotional Skills

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Q Wunder Helps Children With Social and Emotional Skills

Q Wunder is an entire system of products by EQtainment that is here to help parents and professionals make children happier by working on the social and emotional skills that every child truly needs help with at some point in life. Whether you have a special needs child or a child who experienced trauma or a life changing event has occurred these are great tools to help your child cope.

Edit: Right now you can find Q Wunder prizes will be featured in Chick-fil-A® Kid’s Meals. While supplies last.

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The Q Wunder Tools

Q Wunder uses episodes to watch, music and games all along the same theme and continuing story and topics your child will relate to. Q is a monkey. Q is very intelligent but he can use some help at times learning the right way to talk to people and can let his feelings and emotions get away from him sometimes. The tools of the Q Wunder system allows us to go alongside Q and learn and grow.

  • Q-Time Buddy: He is the lovable monkey plush that when held and played with can offer children a simple way to develop focus and attention span with a simple breathing exercise they will learn about
  • Q’s Race to the Top (Board Game): help Q race to the top of his tree house by answering questions and performing fun actions. The questions are designed to promote feeling identification and verbalization, manners, social skills, creative thinking, balance, and coordination
  • Q’s On-The-Go Pack: 90 question and action cards in a convenient carrying case
  • Q’s Wild Ride CD & Book: Q races to the ballpark on his hovercraft but he will learn some lessons along the way and your child can follow along too
  • Q’s Coloring Book: Just some added fun about Q’s journeys
  • Q Wunder App: there is even more to do within the app as well as see your child’s progress through the shows and games

How to use Q Wunder

First, I would start by downloading the app and creating an account. A story at bedtime and some cuddling with the Q-Time Buddy then some game play and coloring make for a well-rounded lesson on those social and emotional skills.

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The app has an interactive kids show, fun games, fun songs and bonus features including some celebrities you and your child will recognize. Parents will find podcasts with well-known guests, parenting resources. Start with a short quiz about your child so that their app world is set up right for them and start playing and growing. The books, board games and plush are the fun additions to complete this system.

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More fun with Q Wunder

“The show episodes and app feature Sofia Dickens, Chief Creative Officer of EQtainment and former video correspondent for the Emmy Award–winning quiz show, Jeopardy!, and anchored the nation’s largest youth news source, Channel One News, along with her celebrity guests, such as Michael Strahan, Nick  & Vanessa Lachey, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David  & Christina Arquette, Willie Robertson and many more!”

Education, Kids, Parenting

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