Tis the season for busy and hectic, but also family and vacations. It is easy for us to find our short fuse this time of year and tend to blow the kids off or get easily irritated by there excited behavior. I See Me wants to remind you of this and offer you tips on how to make your child feel special.
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Our Culturelle Story
On recent visit to my 8 year old son’s Doctor I brought up an issue he has had for some time in a mild manner, but has now worsened. His gas pains! He used to get gas pains 2-3 times a year that were bad enough to wake him in sleep and keep him awake all night. No he started at about once a month.
He has enlarged bowels. We think from him being a toddler and holding #2 unless he was home. He refused, even in a diaper, to go at daycare or grandma’s and would hold it and come home to have massive bowel movements. I thought it was something he would grow out of and once out of diapers it is hard to monitor bowel movements.
Now, by age 8 he has trained his bowels to hold more-a lot more. What a fun topic, isn’t it? It is to the point where the muscles are so stretched that the trigger for needing to go is essentially pinched off. This explained why he suddenly jumps up and runs to the bathroom. So we need to get them back down to size.
I had to find 3 days of not much happening and essentially laxative him up. Once he was empty we are on a MiraLax and probiotic regimen for 6 months and eventually just the probiotic ongoing. During this process we have to limit dairy as well. The probiotic will help with overall digestive health and help the live culture supplement while limiting milk. I also give him a Calcium and Vitamin D supplement.
With the powder magnesium supplement he has to drink for 6 months, it was a fight to add another powder supplement. I had him on the Culturelle Kids Regularity for the added fiber, but wanted something besides the flavor packs so thank goodness Culturelle makes a tasty chewable tablet.
He loves them and may have to keep him on the chewables even after the regimen ends because there is no fight at all in getting him to take the tablets. Perhaps added fiber is what your child needs and then I highly recommend the Culturelle Regularity Gentle-Go packets or even the standard Culturelle Kids Packets work great if giving a chewable is not the right regimen for you. Plus, you can sneak those packets into recipes like I feature here.
The Culturelle Kids Chewable Daily Probiotic Formula is a berry flavored tablet. It is small and contains 100% naturally sourced LactobacillusGG. Keeping a child’s digestive health on track is also a great immune support for the body. The reason we chose Culturelle Kids is because it does not have dairy and it also does not contain gluten, lactose, milk, synthetic colors, soy, yeast or preservatives.
We did our homework and some Q&A with his doctor and it was determined that Culturelle was the best probiotic for him. Visit https://www.culturelle.com/ to learn more.
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by: Claudio Sanchez
Can you say PLEASE? How many times have you had to say that to your children? This book is all about the power in those words.
Kid Crazy Carlson longs for adventure in the far-off and bustling City of Ever. His world changes when he meets a strange droid called Denunzio who warns Kid of the city’s grumpy Kilowatt King, a rude man who forces the citizens to sing for him. Despite the robot’s warning, Kid decides to make the voyage to the city and the two set sail in a car made of bread through beautiful and bizarre landscapes, passing extraordinary sights like candy bar men, robot travelers and dancing elephants, before finally reaching the city. When Kid eventually comes face to face with the rotten ruler, he decides it’s time someone teaches him a lesson in manners: the power of the word “please.”
The illustrations are so much fun and my son thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and story in this book. He asked if he can donate this one to his classroom so other kids in his class can read it to so it went to his teacher to put out. You can find your copy at bookstores and retailers like Amazon. Visit the book and Author page as well.
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Holiday Gift Guide Feature: The Moodsters Book Sets
Complete with a book and tool and from an award-winning child development and parenting expert, Denise Daniels, the Moodsters are a group of kids and characters that help talk through common emotions with you and your child. After reviewing my Moodsters children books sets, Talking Plush and book as well as the Feelings Notebook, I feel that every household needs the Moodsters. With the holidays coming, this is such a great gift for families of children young and older!
The Moodsters consist of a team of 5 characters that all have detective skills to help your child navigate through emotions as they experience them. Talking about emotions and mood with our children can be difficult. We tend to wait until situations arise and suddenly we are left afterwards with a toddler who is very angry or a child who is anxious. It is hard to know the right things to say that will help their emotions because saying the wrong things may highly impact them in a negative way.
Some topics are best discussed through books and activities that speak to them in a way they can understand when we can’t find the words. The Moodsters are those words and situations.
The Moodsters Talking Plush and Activity Book with stickers is one of the newest sets. We have Coz who is the Moodster’s lead detective. The set is all inclusive with stickers and activities to guide your child through a more positive attitude and way of thinking in difficult situations.
The Moodsters Emotions Notebook is more of a play activity. It comes with jumbo crayons to use and keep together as a set. It features the 5 Moodsters as they learn to navigate through 5 strategies to deal with the emotions of happy, sad, angry, fear and love.
Visit The Moodsters to see all of the gift ideas and look out for them on Amazon, Toys R Us and at Target stores.
Visit the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the master gift list-it is updated daily.
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As a parent who has always supported our boys education, am a daughter of a teacher and work in the schools myself I have always been interested in STEM for boys and girls. One thing is clear-boys relate better to technology than girls do. It is just the way it has been for a long time and it is only steady and in some cases declining. That is why STEM has been a teaching concept reaching out to both boys and girls alike.
As a parent you don’t have to work in technology to be their encouragement. You just have to foster-foster the interest in your daughters game playing, building and electronics. Even major building block brands have girl varieties and that is new and a great thing to see. But, when we think of building and video games it is the boys that come to our minds first. Young girls see it that way too.
So, here is your first tool in that parenting tool box for you to learn more and have a portal through CompTIA, a non-profit organization to find more resources and join in the discussion of girls in technology. Watch this video I was below and head to: http://maketechherstory.comptia.org/, another organization focused on girls and education.
Having raised three boys who are now 8, 18 and 24 we have done our fair share of trying different routines. The older 2 boys are my stepson’s who I have helped my husband raise for the past 12 years. The youngest is our son together so it has been years of homework, studying, all grade levels and playtime. Since the oldest was in middle school we would have them come home, get a quick snack and do homework. Any reading time was saved for bedtime. Then we would end with play until dinner and after dinner.
Our youngest is in the third grade and things did a shift this year on us. His school decided to do away with homework for grade 3. Instead they wanted to keep schoolwork at school and playtime and family time for home. I was actually very excited about this. I have talked to my son and told him that this won’t always be the case each year, but that this homework break won’t be without learning play. Although there is no homework, we were given 2 sets of log-ins for our 3rd graders- one is Typing Club and the other is an Online subject learn they do in class and can do at home too. So, I have him do those as ‘homework’ even though it is not required. It is fun learning though. This way play remains a motivator and a positive.
Even today he came home, grabbed a CLIF Kid Zbar® and logged onto his online learning. More important than practice or homework is having nutritious snacks available for him after school. He is starved when he gets home and dinner is not too far away. If I feed him to little he wants to keep snacking right up to dinner time and then he does not eat his meal. The CLIF Kid option gives him just the right amount of fullness and he is able to eat dinner later on. He will even eat it as he starts his work at home since they are portable snacks.
Having a routine is a positive all in itself, but a routine of homework before play works well for several reasons:
- It instills the importance of schoolwork being a priority in their young lives
- It gets the work out of the way so they can truly feel free the rest of the day
- We stay organized as parents. While they do homework, we read go-home folders and sign or complete tasks from the school. It all goes in backpack and ready for the next day.
- Our evenings stay on track-no lost time from showering or reading and bedtimes
- It makes playtime feel like a reward- a positive.
When you decide to give schoolwork a place and get the kids used to a routine, they appreciate knowing the schedule for the night. Adding a nutritious snack is another great benefit to their growing mind and bodies. The CLIF Kid ZBars® that my son prefers also sends a message about the importance of play. CLIF Kid knows how difficult it is to fit playtime in around all the other activities back-to-school brings. By getting creative and establishing a routine, you’ll be sure your kids are healthy and thriving all year long. Eating these snacks means your child is getting nutritious snacks from organic ingredients. They are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives.
The CLIF Kid Bar® come in several organic flavors. They are made with organic ingredients, are non-GMO and no HFCS or artificial ingredients. Hand them a snack, sit them down and get that homework out of the way so you can fit in scheduled active play time. Perhaps the weather keeps you indoors. You can pull out the board games like we do. It really takes the entire family to stay with a routine and you all benefit from it is multiple ways. Especially when the kids are motivated to get up and play.
What playtime activities does your child enjoy you participating in with them?
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