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6 Things to Do Early With Your Kids (That You May Think Are Crazy)

Many people are often saying that today’s children are growing up too fast, and while we certainly want them to keep their innocence for as long as possible, it’s still very important to do certain things early with your children. This doesn’t mean they’ll be forced to grow up sooner, but it will help you from experiencing some meltdowns or other issues as your child gets older. Here are six things to do early with your kids that you may think are crazy but will actually help keep you sane.

6 Things to Do Early With Your Kids (That You May Think Are Crazy)
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1. Visit the dentist.

Ever since your child was born you take him or her to the doctor, but most parents think they can put off the dentist until your child is on his or her way to kindergarten. Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to professionals like Stanton Smiles in Florida, “Seeing a dentist early can not only accustom your child to a dental professional, but it can often help us resolve issues before they turn into more expensive fixes like root canals or pulled teeth.” According ot the American Dental Association, you should bring your child for his or her first dental visit around the age of one.

2. Eat healthy.

Sure, popping some chicken nuggets in the microwave or heating up a nice grilled cheese sandwich is the easy way out, but it’s meals like this that will get your kids to deny what’s good for them. From the moment you can feed your child something other than formula or breast milk, be sure to include healthy foods, such as vegetables, into his or her diet. Teaching them to be open about food and recognize what’s good for them can help you have a less picky eater as your child grows.

3. Talk about money.

Talking about important issues like money may seem crazy, but teaching your child about the importance of money at an early age will only benefit your child in the long run. For instance, be sure your child understands how to save money and the value of things like an allowance. You can even teach your child about how money comes in and goes out by “charging them” for things like rent, electricity, food, etc. Obviously, this can be done at a very small scale, but by doing so, you’ll have a child who understands the value of a dollar and can create a lifestyle that doesn’t involve too much debt.

4. Talk about sex.

If you think talking about money was hard, you know the sex talk may be a bit harder. However, when you can talk with your children early about sex, it will help them have a better understanding of their own bodies and how to protect it from harm. Let your child know what parts of their body are private and what to do if they ever feel uncomfortable with someone’s touch. Raising this awareness early can keep your child from situations that put them in danger.

5. Teach proper hygiene.

Kids are notorious for never wanting to bathe, but if you can make bath time fun and get your kids used to washing hands and brushing teeth regularly, you’ll have a child with better hygiene than most. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to your child’s body. Boys as young as first grade can start to produce a stink when they sweat, and this may mean you’re buying your son deodorant at that age. However, by teaching these things early, you’ll have an easier time with your child when they start to go through puberty.

6. Talk about other big things.

Talking openly and honestly with your child will be very advantageous for them, so don’t hold back on having big conversations. For instance, if you’re a religious person, then you may want to talk with your child about religion when they’re young. If you want to teach them about the dangers in the world, don’t hesitate to talk about things like “stranger danger” or even bullying in school or online. These conversations will not only help your child learn, but they’ll also encourage your child to come talk to you when they’re in need or troubled.

Being a parent is a tough job, but if you can start on these things early, you’ll find that your child has an advantage growing up. Plus, you’ll just be happy to know you were helping to shape them into good people from the start.

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Should Your Teen Get a Summer Job?

Have you been toying with the idea of your teen taking on a summer job this year? On the one hand, you want them to help pitch in with various expenses, but on the other hand, are there risks you should know of? And do the pros outweigh the cons?

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Here are the benefits, risks, and things you should know before parents and teens make this decision.

Pro: Your teen gains professional experience.

Want your teen to learn how to write a resume? Or how to present themselves during a job interview? Nothing beats real-life experience like real-life experience. Your teen’s summer job will give them a chance to use skills they will need when they are job hunting after college.

But gaining professional experience is not only limited to how to get a job. Today’s recruiters are looking for those who can communicate well, are able to collaborate, and who are adaptable. Teens with summer jobs will learn how to get along with coworkers, an ornery boss, and demanding clients. These are soft skills that attending school cannot teach.

Con: Less time for traditional summer activities.

Last year, the Atlantic reported that high school students are skipping summer jobs in favor of summer classes. Why? High school requirements have become more demanding than in years past. Combined with an increased pressure to go college, students are now using their summer days to study. If your teen gets a summer job, this will curtail their time spent studying, or engaging in other school-related activities.

Of course, a summer job or an internship can be an educational experience on its own. So you will want to weigh up the educational ramifications of where your teen can best use their time.

Pro: Real-life money lessons.

Does your teen fly through their weekly allowance? Is it hard to get them to think through purchases? Want a fast way to foster an appreciation of the value of money in your teens? Let them take a job.

In a Charles Schwab survey, the poll showed that 4 out of 10 teens do not understand how to budget. Learning how to be financially responsible is a hallmark of adulthood. The surest way to teach this lesson in a way that stays with your teen? Allow them to earn and then spend on their own to get a taste of financial consequences on a small scale.

Not only will they learn about how to save for larger expenses, but they might end up appreciating you—the parents—more when you give them some extra cash.

Pro: Gain experience related to interests.

If your teen is a serious thinker, they might be already pondering job choices and career options. A job can help them explore their interests and give them a taste of what a career in that profession might be like. Occasionally, romantic notions can put a rosy glow on a career choice. And real-life experience can provide a close look at what professionals in a certain industry face daily. This can help your teen cull out the duds and figure out what they are not interested in.

If your teen becomes sold on that career, then that summer job will pay off in other ways, too. Recruiters and companies look for individuals who have a long-standing passion in that field. The right summer jobs can provide experience for your teen’s resume that will impress future recruiters and companies.

Con: High-paying summer jobs could hurt financial aid chances.

Are you counting on government aid to help pay for college? If so, just make sure your teen does not earn above the formula for getting an EFC grant. If your teen earns too much, it could nullify their request for financial aid. Petty cash that is not calculated amounts to about $6500 a year.

Pro: Develop time management skills.

Learning how to manage their own time is a trait that many teens could use a full-fledged course in. Having a job will require them to show up at a certain time each day. They will learn to be accountable for the hours they spend at their place of employment.

Teens with summer jobs will need to learn how to juggle multiple responsibilities. Summer homework assignments will not magically disappear just because your teen is now employed. Nor will household chores.

But all of this is a good thing for teens to learn before they head off to college, where they won’t have you as their personal to-do list reminder.

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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Tips For Your Teen To Sleep Better – Nectar Mattress Giveaway

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Tips For Your Teen To Sleep Better - Nectar Mattress Giveaway

Teens and sleep? Can we ever get it right? They have their cell phones and music. We tell them they need good sleep, but do they listen? Do they turn off their phones and headphones? We can all assume they don’t. I can tell you how much sleep a teen needs and you can relay that all you want but it won’t get taken seriously. The best we can do is set them up for a good and best sleep possible for when they do finally drift off. We just had a Nectar mattress delivered for our 10 year old and I feel a lot better about him getting proper sleep with a proper mattress combined with the right bedding, temperature and lighting. Those are things I do have control over.

The Nectar mattress fits right in the middle between soft and firm and those growing bodies need the support. You get all that is needed for a comfortable sleep with this mattress with its 5 layers. These comfortable layers are what makes it a top-reviewed mattress by many who have tried it!

  1. The top Layer is Tencel Cooling that works to circulate air and wick away heat as you sleep. This layer is bedbug resistant
  2. Quilted Gel Memory Foam contours your body so well and the gel cooling foam is quilted together for added comfort
  3. Gel Memory Foam. Yes! Another memory foam layer that distributes your weight for relief of pressure on your body
  4. Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam gives the crucial rebound and bounce for the ultimate body support
  5. Breathable Base Layer is the bottom layer is the stability that reinforces the contouring of your body

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It arrives very well packaged and is ready to sleep in very quickly! See our unboxing video below:

Tips For Your Teen To Sleep Better

  • Even if we can’t make them fall asleep, give them that quiet time so they are in bed at least 8-9 hours before wake up time. This means guiding them to finish homework and any chores earlier in the afternoon. Once they begin to find jobs, try to lead them to not volunteer for any late shifts on school nights. Training them to start ‘turning off’ at a certain time is sometimes the best we can do to guide them to a good sleep time.
  • Invest in proper bedding. Especially the athletic child, they need the best support to relieve stress and battle pain areas while they sleep. Having a mattress and pillows that are quality really is the difference between comfortable and OK sleep.
  • Do a quick room check each season. If their room gets hot in the summer, get them quality fans or small AC units. Even a ceiling fan can be quickly installed for proper circulation in a poorly vented room. Make sure they have dim lighting near their bed access so they don’t resort to having the room light on for their needs. If you keep a lamp by their bed they will most likely use that so make sure the bulb inside is dim.
  • The right bedding can make all the difference. There are a lot of options for cooling sheets that work to wick heat away from the body. Teens seem to just sleep hot so there is affordable bedding out there that will fight that for them as they sleep.

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Singing Machine’s Wise Ol’ Owl Blackboard Calculator – Video Review

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Singing Machine's Wise Ol' Owl Blackboard Calculator - Video Review

Math help! Do you need it? With homework to homeschool work we do our best to help our child, but many times we need that trusty old calculator just to make sure we guided them correctly. The Singing Machine’s Wise Ol’ Owl Blackboard Calculator makes learning and checking your work fun. It is an owl that speaks to you.

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When Anthony does his math homework I have one rule – no calculators. There will be a point in higher levels of math one day where the work is calculator driven, but for now I want him problem solving without the easy help. With his division and multiplication he needs to learn in the same way he will be tested. Because they cannot use a calculator on his tests in class he needs to know how to solve without one. His grades show me it is the right decision. However, he loves having a calculator handy to check his own work at after he solves the problems.

This calculator has many functions listed below:

  • Basic Multi-function: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Blackboard calculator sounds when buttons are pressed
  • Language function to learn math in three languages: English, French, and Spanish
  • Large LCD display for easy viewing
  • Colorful soft rubber keys make homework time fun
  • Auto shut off after about 4 minutes of inactivity
  • Battery operated

>>Anthony shows you more and offers his subscribers a giveaway!

Enter the giveaway below. One lucky reader will win this very unit we have featured. To get your own Wise Ol’ Owl Blackboard Calculator, visit HERE! Enter below for the giveaway. Open to US and ages 13+. Good luck!

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