Want To Get Away As A Family? Get The Kids Involved!

Planning a family vacation can be both enjoyable and stressful. It can be fun to decide where you want to go and choose all of the things that you want to do. But faced with accommodation issues for the whole family or the logistics of the flight with a couple of kids can feel overwhelming. Quite often it will be one person taking charge of the planning, and the rest of the family just turns up. But have you ever thought about getting your kids to help and getting them involved in the whole vacation planning process? Here are some tips and tricks to get your children involved, and to help them to help you.

Read Books

Our children won’t know where they want to visit or won’t know what things to see and do if they have never heard of places before. So as part of their schooling or nighttime reading, choose some books that are based on different countries to amaze and inspire them. If you have a particular destination in mind, then why not head to the library with them to see what related books you can find. Getting them excited about where you’re going helps so much for when you’re actually away.

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

If you watch or read the news, the events around the world today may have you particularly concerned about your family’s safety. However, the biggest threats to you and your family’s safety, such as drowning, vehicle accidents, falls, and accidental poisonings, are found closest to home. Fortunately, there are many easy things you can do to help protect your family from danger.

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Child Sprained Their Ankle? How to Diagnose the Severity and Treat It

A child can receive a sprained ankle from athletic activities, playground injuries, from jumping games or simply from clowning around. Ankle sprains can range from very mild to severe, and the degree of discomfort can vary from one individual to another. If your child comes home with a sprained ankle, you may be able to treat it at home. However, some sprains can be severe and should be seen by your pediatrician.

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5 Nutrients That Should Be in All of Your Kids’ Meals

It can seem overwhelming to think of all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients kids need to be healthy. Harder yet is making sure your picky kid not only gets them in every meal but eats them as well! While our children might seem to be eating healthy, shockingly, it has been reported that up to 99% of some age groups are low on one or more of these vital nutrients. As you read, you will see that there are some easy and delicious foods you can add to meals to ensure your child is getting what he or she needs.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is necessary in our kids’ diets because it is an important antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from being damaged by oxidation caused by free radicals. It can prevent many long-term diseases, and it’s great for the immune system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an information which shows how much Vitamin E your child should be getting based on his or her age. You can make sure to get Vitamin E in your child’s meals by serving nuts, green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, peanut butter, avocado, tomato sauces, and fortified cereals.

 

Iron

Iron is necessary for hemoglobin to transport oxygen to the rest of your child’s body. Not only is it important for body function, but an iron deficiency can lead to a greater chance of lead poisoning. Lack of iron can cause the body to absorb the lead more readily. Baby formula is usually fortified with iron for good reason. Iron can also be found in meats, dark leafy greens, raisins, and iron-fortified breads, cereal, and pasta. At times, your child may need even more iron than is recommended. Young athletes, children who are experiencing rapid growth, are teen girls experiencing menstruation might need an extra dose of iron. Check with your doctor to make sure they are getting enough.

 

Fiber

Fiber may not be the first thing you think of when you think of your children’s nutrient needs. Fiber is great for aiding digestion and keeping your kid regular. Not only that, but it’s great for long-term health, lowering cholesterol and preventing diabetes. You can make sure your child gets what he or she needs by adding fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, almonds, and beans to their meals.

 

Potassium

Make sure your nutrition meals consist of potassium. Potassium is a very beneficial mineral found in bananas, oranges, milk, yogurt, potatoes, and prunes. It helps stabilize water in their growing body and offsets dehydration. Your kids’ bodies need potassium to help their muscles move and nerves to work. Your child needs anywhere from 400mg/day to 4,700mg/day depending on their age.

 

Calcium

It shouldn’t be a surprise that we need to keep our kids’ bone health in mind while they are constantly growing. Not only is calcium necessary for strong bones, but it also assists muscles and nerves, and it helps the body deliver enzymes and hormones necessary for proper body function. Children 1 to 3 years old should be getting 700mg of calcium daily. 4 to 8-year-olds need 1,000mg a day, and 9-18-year-olds need 1,300mg. Milk, yogurt, cheese, fortified cereals and orange juice, beans, broccoli, and even ice cream are great sources of calcium.

Many of the foods your child already knows and loves contain many of the vital vitamins and minerals necessary for their health. Keep in mind these 5 specifically, and make sure to provide the foods that contain them in every meal. A happy, healthy child will be your reward.

 

5 Ways to Treat a Child’s Earache

There’s nothing quite so miserable as a child with an earache. The worst is when the ache starts in the middle of the night; both you and your child are in for a sleepless night unless you can get the pain under control. If the pain is severe, you can take your child to a facility like Emergency Care Dynamics for help; however, you might want to try one of the following home remedies first.

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5 Fun Games to Keep Energetic Children Busy During a Long Wait

The unexpected can throw a stick in the spokes for little ones who thrive on routine. Sometimes we have to move out of a home while work is being done, or a parent might have to be away unexpectedly on a business trip. These kinds of bumps in the road have a greater effect on children than adults, especially young ones. When your child has a long wait ahead of her, it’s important to find the fun; this will make it much easier on all the members of the family. Try out some of these fun games and ideas to help you while away the time while you wait for life to get back to normal.

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4 Impactful Strategies You Can Use To Help Your Kid In School

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Every child has their own way of learning. If you tap into this learning process the right way, it can make all the difference in how your child develops and grows along with their education. While many strategies exist to help your child excel, it is those learning strategies that complement your child’s innate learning process that will produce the best results. Fortunately, because young minds are able to learn new skills, certain learning strategies exist that will augment any child’s ability to move towards the head of their class. Here are four such strategies that will impact your child’s performance in school. Continue reading “4 Impactful Strategies You Can Use To Help Your Kid In School”

Keep Them Learning: Top Ways to Connect Your Kids with History This Summer

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A child’s summer vacation can be a long, idle playtime, but it can also be an opportunity for them to grow and learn. Discovering history can be a fun pastime that doesn’t require a lot of reading or study to experience. With a little planning and investigation, you can find interesting resources to lure them away from the TV and video games. It could be a welcome distraction from boredom to introduce them to family, local, or world history. Here are some ways to connect your kids with history this summer:
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Listen to Your Dentist: Start Taking Care of Your Kids’ Teeth at an Early Age

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Dental problems can occur at the very early age in children. Parents should consider the fact that babies who don’t have teeth yet also need complete dental care. Dentists suggest that to every parent so that bacteria will not generate inside their tiny mouth. There are few mandatory things that every dentist suggests to the parents for their kids’ dental care. Also, it must be considered that these procedures should be done from the very early age of the kids.
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