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10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Hand A Smartphone to Your Children

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Hand A Smartphone to Your Children

Technology has done a lot to make our lives easier and more efficient. Yet as a parent, you ought to be concerned about the impact that devices such as smartphones can have on your child. At a time when it is becoming commonplace for kids to have their own mobile device, shouldn’t you be worried about what negative impact a smartphone could have on your child’s growth? Read more

children and allergies

Children and Allergies

A child who sneezes or coughs a lot, who frequently develops a rash or hives, or who gets a stomachache, cramps or nausea after eating certain foods may have allergies. Any child may develop allergies, but they are more common in children from families with a history of such reactions.

Early identification of childhood allergies will improve your child’s quality of life, reduce the number of missed school days and help you avoid having to use sick time or vacation days to care for your child.

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How to Teach Your Children Mind-Mapping

How to Teach Your Children Mind-Mapping

Do you have children? Would you like to give them more fun in studying? Do you want to help them in ace-ing their tests at school? If so, you should definitely continue reading, as there are amazing things your child can learn from you! After reading this article, you will be a personal mind-mapping coach for your child.

Most people know about mind-mapping already. Do you use it yourself as well? I am sure most people use or have used the technique in one form or the other. The reason it works so well is because it makes use of both sides of your brain, taking the slightly more analytical left side and using words and relationships. It also benefits from the slightly more creative or colourful right side, using images and colours. Read more

fruit pouches

Are Vegetable and Fruit Pouches Healthy?

As a parent of two little ones, I’m always on the lookout for quick, healthy snacks. But as a registered dietitian, I know that most packaged snacks are full of sugar, fillers and preservatives, and lacking real nutrition. So I was intrigued when squeezable vegetable-and-fruit pouches appeared on shelves—especially when I saw that many contained organic produce without refined sugar and had few preservatives. Parents have gone gaga over them, and companies now offer up every imaginable combo, even including Greek yogurt and quinoa. For busy, health-conscious parents, these pouches are gold. Read more

Handling Your Child’s Fears

5 Tips to Handling Your Child’s Fears

Anxiety

It can be easy to assume that anxiety, stress and fear are only adult emotional issues, however the truth is that children as young as toddlers can experience these feelings too. In many circumstances they are healthy and normal such as when you leave them with a new baby-sitter or they go off to their first day of Kindergarten. But in other cases, such as a preoccupation with feelings that you might abandon them forever, or if you notice your child is worrying about bigger issues such as money or family problems, it’s time to ease their fears. Read more

Dealing with Angry Kids

Dealing with Angry Kids

As parents, we set out with the greatest of intentions, telling ourselves that when our children are badly behaved, we will handle the situation with ease, knowing exactly what to do. Yet, this is rarely the case when faced with the reality of a screaming toddler or a defiant teenager that is trying their best to test your patience. However, there are ways to handle difficult situations like these, and by following our helpful tips all about dealing with angry kids, you can find ways of minimising the stress and creating long-term solutions that will make both of you happy. Read more

What to Do if Your Child Starts Swearing

What to Do if Your Child Starts Swearing

I hate to break it to you, but if your sweet and innocent child starts blurting expletives the chances are they heard them from you. As parents we are our children’s role models. This feels quite a heady privilege until you observe your child exhibiting some of your less desirable behaviours. Role modelling is a warts-and-all role. Time to embrace your mini-mirror. And watch yourself like a hawk. Read more

Is Your Teen’s BFF A Bad Influence

When Your Teen’s BFF Is A Bad Influence

There’s this boy in the neighborhood, you know the type, reverse Mohawk streaked green, an earring, and a dangerous look in his eyes. He’s a bad influence. And your son is attracted to him like iron filings to a magnet.

So what’s a parent to do? If you forbid the relationship you’ll only be driving your son to this boy. Forbidding a teen to do anything is like daring him to do it. In fact it’s tempting to suggest you actually urge your kid to hang with this bad boy. Reverse psychology, you know? Read more

Responsible Children Become Responsible Adults

Responsible Children Become Responsible Adults

When a child is born they are completely and utterly dependent on their parents—and that’s exactly as it should be. Even a toddler needs most everything done for them. But it is also at that toddler stage that a child begins to exhibit the first signs of having the capability to be a responsible, contributing member of the family. Do NOT ignore these signs! Read more

9 Skills That Every Kid Should Learn

9 Skills That Every Kid Should Learn

Kids in today’s school system are not being prepared well for tomorrow’s world.

As someone who went from the corporate world and then the government world to the ever-changing online world, I know how the world of yesterday is rapidly becoming irrelevant. I was trained in the newspaper industry, where we all believed we would be relevant forever — and I now believe will go the way of the horse and buggy. Read more