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These 10 Things Make Life With Kids Easier

For a busy mom like us, it’s not new anymore how hard for us to keep up with the kids. But thanks to these advanced generation since there are lot of things that we can do now to make things easier with them.  To all moms out there you can check out these tips and apply it to your home.

From wrangling backpacks and finding lost shoes before the morning school run to the last kiss at bedtime (and just one more drink of water), life with kids is an adventure. We can’t prepare for everything, but these 10 small changes can make the time spent at home with our kids a bit easier.

1. Stash kids’ books in the dining room. Keeping a selection of children’s books (and perhaps some drawing paper) in the dining room can help antsy kids stick it out a little longer at the dinner table. And between mealtimes, if the dining room gets more use as a playspace, storing a few favorite books and games here will make cleanup time quicker and easier.

2. Instead of wainscoting, try a kid-height chalk wall. This half-height chalk wall makes a nice compromise when you don’t want to give over an entire wall of your home to kid-friendly scribble space. Little ones get to draw in the space they can reach, and you get to choose grownup paint and artwork above the rail. It’s a win-win.

3. Invest in adjustable stools. Kids can’t resist twirling these metal stools to adjust the height — but beyond the fun factor, they serve a practical purpose as well. Being able to twist to raise or lower the seat means everyone, big and little, gets to sit at the just-right height. And the stools work as well at a desk or a craft table as they do in the kitchen.

Read more: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/83666209/list/these-10-things-make-life-with-kids-easier

 

4 Must-Have Supplements for a Healthy Pregnancy

When you are pregnant what you eat and drink affects not only your health, but also that of your baby. The question is should you complement your diet with vitamin and mineral supplements?

 

supplements for pregnancyIf it’s 2 a.m. and you just have to have a plate of brownies with a side of roasted turkey (and mustard), then you’re probably expecting more than just a strange flavor combination. Pregnancy cravings are famous for being bizarre, but often the most delectable snacks can be both high in sugar and lacking nutrients.
It’s no secret that proper nutrition is essential for growing a healthy baby, but getting your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals can be difficult, even with the healthiest diet. That’s why supplements are so highly recommended during pregnancy, as they help ensure that you and your baby are getting the maximum benefit from vital nutrients. But how do you sort through the multitude of dietary supplements on the market to find what’s best for you and your little stomach-kicking ninja?

The good news is that now you don’t have to! While there are a slew of helpful supplements out there, we’ve sorted through the pile to help you discover the top four supplements to focus on when promoting a healthful pregnancy.

1. Prenatal multivitamins

Prenatal multivitamins are a wonderful supplement to help give your baby (and your body) the proper nutrition needed to support a healthy pregnancy. We can’t always guarantee that we’re getting enough of these nutrients in our diet, so a daily multivitamin is a great way to bridge the gap. No wonder so many health practitioners recommend them!

Unfortunately, the truth is that not all prenatal vitamins are created equal. From nutritional value to quality of ingredients, it’s important to know what to look for when choosing a prenatal vitamin.

Many generic brands are actually missing basic essential nutrients or offer lower quality, synthetic versions of these nutrients that are less bioavailable in the body. Choosing a food-based prenatal vitamin from natural brands such as New Chapter, Garden of Life or MegaFood will ensure that you are serving both yourself and your little nugget optimal fuel for premium health.

You will also notice that food-based vitamins contain folate, whereas most lower-grade prenatal vitamins opt for its synthetic counterpart – folic acid, which may actually be difficult for your body to metabolize. Additionally, many generic prenatal multivitamins may not contain an important component, vitamin D3, which encourages proper bone development and immune function from birth through adulthood.

2. DHA & Omega 3

During the last eight weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s brain is growing faster than ever. Research over the past 20 years shows that even mild degrees of malnutrition during the last few weeks of gestation can adversely affect this phase of the baby’s brain development.1 The same research indicates that it can be astronomically helpful to consume high-quality fish oils (such as Nordic Naturals brand) during this time as the brain cells are connecting rapidly. Some studies have shown that taking supplemental DHA improves hand-eye coordination, motor skills, IQ levels, and even …

 

Read more: https://www.hyperbiotics.com/blogs/recent-articles/77746435-4-must-have-supplements-for-a-healthy-pregnancy

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Discipline is a hard thing to comment on, as it varies from person to person. 

June Arbelo, a second-grade teacher at Central School, comforts a student who wants to go home during the first day of school. Tristan Spinski/GRAIN

Leigh Robinson was out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 when a call came from the principal at her school. Will, a third-grader with a history of acting up in class, was flipping out on the playground. He’d taken off his belt and was flailing it around and grunting. The recess staff was worried he might hurt someone. Robinson, who was Will’s educational aide, raced back to the schoolyard.

Will was “that kid.” Every school has a few of them: that kid who’s always getting into trouble, if not causing it. That kid who can’t stay in his seat and has angry outbursts and can make a teacher’s life hell. That kid the other kids blame for a recess tussle. Will knew he was that kid too. Ever since first grade, he’d been coming to school anxious, defensive, and braced for the next confrontation with a classmate or teacher.

The expression “school-to-prison pipeline” was coined to describe how America’s public schools fail kids like Will. A first-grader whose unruly behavior goes uncorrected can become the fifth-grader with multiple suspensions, the eighth-grader who self-medicates, the high school dropout, and the 17-year-old convict. Yet even though today’s teachers are trained to be sensitive to “social-emotional development” and schools are committed to mainstreaming children with cognitive or developmental issues into regular classrooms, those advances in psychology often go out the window once a difficult kid starts acting out. Teachers and administrators still rely overwhelmingly on outdated systems of reward and punishment, using everything from red-yellow-green cards, behavior charts, and prizes to suspensions and expulsions.

How we deal with the most challenging kids remains rooted in B.F. Skinner’s mid-20th-century philosophy that human behavior is determined by consequences and bad behavior must be punished. (Pavlov figured it out first, with dogs.) During the 2011-12 school year, the US Department of Education counted 130,000 expulsions and roughly 7 million suspensions among 49 million K-12 students—one for every seven kids. The most recent estimates suggest there are also a quarter-million instances of corporal punishment in US schools every year.

But consequences have consequences. Contemporary psychological studies suggest that, far from resolving children’s behavior problems, these standard disciplinary methods often exacerbate them. They sacrifice long-term goals (student behavior improving for good) for short-term gain—momentary peace in the classroom.

 

Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/schools-behavior-discipline-collaborative-proactive-solutions-ross-greene

Attachment and Adult Relationships

Every thing that a parent does to their child will definitely impact her in so many aspects of their lives.

 

Attachment and Adult Relationships

Have you ever been in love? We all have, at least once. The attachment bond is the term for your first interactive love relationship—the one you had with your primary caregiver as an infant, usually your mother. This mother-child attachment bond shapes an infant’s brain, profoundly influencing your self-esteem, your expectations of others, and your ability to attract and maintain successful adult relationships. By learning about attachment, you can build healthier, attuned relationships, and communicate more effectively.

Attachment, bonding, and relationships

You were born preprogrammed to bond with one very significant person—your primary caregiver, probably your mother. Like all infants, you were a bundle of emotions—intensely experiencing fear, anger, sadness, and joy. The emotional attachment that grew between you and your caregiver was the first interactive relationship of your life, and it depended upon nonverbal communication. The bonding you experienced determined how you would relate to other people throughout your life, because it established the foundation for all verbal and nonverbal communication in your future relationships.

Individuals who experience confusing, frightening, or broken emotional communications during their infancy often grow into adults who have difficulty understanding their own emotions and the feelings of others. This limits their ability to build or maintain successful relationships. Attachment—the relationship between infants and their primary caregivers—is responsible for:

  • shaping the success or failure of future intimate relationships
  • the ability to maintain emotional balance
  • the ability to enjoy being ourselves and to find satisfaction in being with others
  • the ability to rebound from disappointment, discouragement, and misfortune

Scientific study of the brain—and the role attachment plays in shaping it—has given us a new basis for understanding why vast numbers of people have great difficulty communicating with the most important individuals in their work and love lives. Once, we could only use guesswork to try and determine why important relationships never evolved, developed chronic problems, or fell apart. Now, thanks to new insights into brain development, we can understand what it takes to help build and nurture productive and meaningful relationships at home and at work.

What is the attachment bond?

The mother-child bond is the primary force in infant development, according to the attachment bond theory pioneered by English psychiatrist John Bowlby and American psychologist Mary Ainsworth. The theory has gained strength through worldwide scientific studies …

 

Read more: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships/attachment-and-adult-relationships.htm

What To Do When Kids Talk Back

Indeed, there are things that we cannot control. However, there are also a lot of ways to handle certain situations. Take for example you child shouting or talking back at you. Worst is when he/she did it in front of other people. How are we going to effectively correct them and let them realize that what they did was wrong?

 

What to do when kids talk back

Our kids can say the sweetest, funniest things ever, but they can also drive us up the wall with their smart aleck comments and retorts.

“Don’t talk back to me like that!” is a refrain that we heard a lot from our own parents when we were children, and now it’s our turn to be on the receiving end.

Dealing with a child who is a smooth talker or who always has to have the last word on any matter can be quite frustrating and draining. The good news is that little kids being cheeky can be quite cute, and even funny, at certain moments. But when it becomes a common occurrence, it loses its charm very quickly!

 

Read more here: http://thenewageparents.com/what-to-do-when-kids-talk-back/

10 Errors I Made with My Two Sons That I (Probably) Won’t Make with My Daughter

Parents are humans and tend to get mistakes. There will be always be things we have done wrong in raising our kids that we do not want others to do as well. We cannot always rely on ourselves to raise our children to the best person he can, we definitely need some guidance and perhaps some inputs from other parents as well.

 

1. Leaving my groin unprotected

It’s an actual miracle I was able to conceive multiple children based on the effort each one has made to ensure my testicles are permanently on the disabled list. And we don’t even have to be wrestling for it to occur. Making pancakes, reading a bedtime story…both golden opportunities to slam me mightily in the balls, apparently. So, from now on, I’m wearing a cup at all times when I’m around any of my children when they’re awake. Not kidding.

2. Diagnosing illnesses via Google

It never fails. One of my kids has a stuffy nose and a fever, and the Internet tells me that my son has Polio. I’ve since realized that Google.com never earned its doctorate. So I’m staying away from that like I would stay away from someone with the terrible diseases it keeps telling me my family has.

3. Over. Booking.

We are an arrogant bunch, us humans. We somehow believe we can take Christmas card photos, attend a bounce-house birthday party, go grocery shopping, and map out a financial plan for your entire family all in one afternoon. With my third child coming, I don’t see myself committing to much more than “wake up, get dressed, eat things.”

 

Read more: http://www.parents.com/blogs/baby/2014/12/24/babies/10-errors-i-made-with-my-two-sons-that-i-probably-wont-make-with-my-daughter/