Showing posts with label parenting kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label parenting kids. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fun Things To Do With The Kids On The Weekends

As any parent knows, children get bored easily, which means that on weekends, they need to be kept occupied. Obviously, you can’t keep your little ones busy 24 hours a day, but you can plan fun activities for the weekends that will tire them out.

When it comes to planning things to do with the kids, it can often be hard to know what to do. This is partly because of the cost of activities, and also because of the weather - it can be hard to know what to expect.



To help make keeping the kids occupied on the weekends a little easier, here are a few ideas to take note of:


Have a baking session

Children love to bake, so if you are stuck for ideas for keeping them occupied, why not have a baking day? While it might not seem like a tiring activity, baking is actually an excellent way to tire the kids out. This is especially true if you get them baking more than one thing, perhaps they could cook something savoury and something sweet?

Don’t decide what your children make, let them choose for themselves. Once you know what they are baking, take a trip to the supermarket and let them choose their ingredients.


Go on a bike ride

If you want to keep the kids occupied while tiring them out, taking them on a bike ride is ideal. Plan out a route that doesn’t go on any busy roads, and head off on your bikes for a day of cycling. Just make sure not to make the route too long, as children can get tired easily.

To make a day of it, pack a picnic and stop halfway along your route for a break. Fill a backpack with sandwiches, fruit, yogurts, and bottles of water. Don’t forget to pack a blanket to sit on and enjoy your lunch.


Visit a theme park

Every so often, it’s nice to do something a little bit different with the kids. If you live close to a theme park or children’s attraction, plan a day out there. Don’t let the idea that entry will be expensive put you off, as if you look online, you can get cheap theme park tickets.

When choosing the perfect theme park to visit, make sure to check that it’s suitable for your children. This is especially important if you have young kids, as many rides are only suitable for over 10’s.


Go swimming

A cheap and easy way to entertain the kids at the weekend is a swimming trip. Whether this is to your local pool or a water park, it’s up to you. Not only can swimming be a lot of fun, but it is also an ideal way to tire the kids out.

While entry to most swimming pools isn’t too expensive, you should still be able to find some fantastic deals online. So make sure to take a look, to make your family swimming trips a little cheaper. After all, when you have kids to care for, every penny counts.


It can be hard to know what to do when it comes to keeping the kids occupied on the weekends. Hopefully, these ideas will help to keep them busy for at least a couple of weekends.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Kid Disasters: 4 Tips for Getting the Kid Stains Out

Parents with small children often find themselves with stains and messes to clean up. Right when a new outfit goes on the baby, stains are sure to appear shortly. Many parents can resonate with this concept, since children are not the tidiest of people. The following tips are sure to make a parent’s life easier, since they help treat every day stains that are common to children.


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Wet Wipes

Keeping wet wipes around is very important when you have small children. A mess is bound to be made, and a moistened wipe often works better than a dry one. Picking up any excess residue with a wet wipe and immediately blotting the area lightly is a good step to take. This can be especially helpful during a trip outside the house, where washing in the laundry is not possible.

Immediate Stain Treatment

Immediately treating the stain produces the best results. Food stains can be sprayed with water with a paper towel behind the stain. Rinsing a fresh stain with cold water normally removes any excess debris and allows for proper treatment. It is always better to pre-treat the stain immediately, even if you are unable to fully remove it. This keeps it from setting in, possibly making it a permanent stain. Soaking an article of clothing in water allows for the stain to begin loosening in preparation for a washing later on.

Keeping Floors Clean

Carpet stains can be very frustrating to a parent. This is because a carpet cannot be easily cleaned in the washing machine or thrown away if you cannot remove a stain. With continued use, a carpet collects dust, dead skin cells and other germs and stains. Periodically getting a professional carpet cleaning from companies such as AAA Steam Carpet Cleaning Ltd. helps prevent against the allergies common with small children. For hard-to-remove stains that do not lift with conventional treatment, it is advisable to enlist the help of professionals who have the proper equipment to remove carpet stains.

Universal Products

Two ingredients that work for most stains are liquid dish detergent and ammonia according to Martha Chapin from The American Cleaning Institute. Mixing these two ingredients with water works for many stains including blood, poop, formula, breast milk, urine and vomit. General measurements that work are 1 quart room-temperature water, ½ teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1 tablespoon of ammonia. For larger fabrics or surfaces, doubling the ingredients is recommended.

Stains are to be expected when little children are around. They can be easily treated with the proper ingredients and immediate treatment. Having small children does not have to mean spending a lot of money on new clothing and home furnishings. These tips are useful in maintaining clean areas and clothing that are kid-stain free.


Image credits to: Jessica Lucia - https://flic.kr/p/89DHYC

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Effective Parental Ways to Control a Computer Savvy Kid


Most of the kids these days are lured to play video games and online games. Most often, some are even willing to skip meals just to eliminate that monstrous creature or get that precious weapon to clear the level. Parents might not be able to understand their language and most of the time they end up raising their hands and say “whatever!”  every time they convince their kiddos to stop and get some sleep.

Being able to raise a computer savvy kid is something to be proud of, but when it becomes addicting thereby compromising their health and their education, then it’s another story. Your kid can no longer improve his potential to other things if right at the very beginning he cannot discern the difference between real and virtual happenings.

Convincing them to go to bed early is one of the most challenging quests, especially during the holidays or during weekends. They would immediately reason out that they don’t have any school homework and sleeping late is just alright. However, once they get used to it, even their school days schedule would be severely compromised. Some will not seriously do their homework or worst, skip classes. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Teaching Kid’s Hygiene

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“People will make judgments before you even speak based on the way you look. Most definitely your physical appearance matters. The way you dress, your hygiene - it all matters”. – This is one of the best quotes from Jonathan Adler that I best agree.

Being the light of the house, we mothers are the ones responsible in honing our children to good manners and right conduct. Coaching our little ones of the proper behavior is very much important to develop a pleasing personality, likewise training them with the right and proper hygiene counts a lot in their growth.  

When is the right time to start teaching our kids their personal hygiene? Well, in my opinion and through experience, the earlier the better.  At age 1, I already began informing my two sons the significance of washing their hands before eating and brushing their teeth.

As my children grow older I continuously instill the knowledge and polish them of the effects brought by maintaining cleanliness and sanitation. Allow me to give you a list of the basic personal hygiene a child must learn.
  • Hand washing specially before eating
  • Proper brushing of teeth
  • Use of own face towel and bath towel
  • Wearing of clean clothes and underwear
  • Daily bath
  • Use of own comb and face powder – for school boys and girls
  • Regular nail trimming
  • Cleaning of ears – we should assist them in cleaning their ears until such time they know how to clean it by themselves without injuring their ears.
  • During the puberty stage – explain to them the need of using an underarm deodorant, as hormonal changes takes place during this stage.
  • Appropriate cleanliness for girls during the first onset of menstruation should also be exercised.
  • Habitual cleaning of school shoes before wearing them

We just have to be patient in directing them and constantly remind them the benefits of a healthful living.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Tips for helping your child get a good night's sleep

Many mums and dads lack a good night’s sleep. Not because they aren’t exhausted but because their children are having a difficult time sleeping. It’s at these times that parents begin looking for solutions. Children sleep better when they have an established routine and consistent schedule. Following these tips will help not only children, but parents, sleep better at night.

Blackout Curtains

When rooms have an excessive amount of light, be it from a street lamp, headlights, late evening or early morning sun, it can be difficult for children to sleep. Hanging  blackout curtains will stop light from coming through the window and help children sleep more soundly.

Daytime Preparation

When children have a full day of homework, sports, playing or tagging along with mum and dad on the high street, they have a more difficult time falling asleep. The calmer a child’s day, the more likely they are to sleep well at night. Children who are incredibly busy during the day should be given the opportunity for quiet time, an opportunity to calm down, before bed.

Consistency

Even though children may fight for a ‘later’ bed time, a consistent schedule will help them sleep better at night. Establishing a set bed time for children is one of the first steps in helping them get a good night’s sleep. While every child is different, an average child needs between eight and ten hours of sleep per night to be able to function properly during the day. If a child has to wake up at 7:00am, for instance, they should have a bed time of no later than 10:00pm. The time can, of course, be adjusted to the individual child.

Bed Time Routines

Like adults, children fall asleep better when they have an established bed time routine. Whether it is a hot bath, a cup of tea or a bed time book, a routine will give the child mental cues that it will soon be time for bed. Parents should choose a bed time activity that can be realistically accomplished every night.

Sound

It has been found that some people sleep better when there is noise in the room rather than in a completely silent environment. White noise, such as a fan or air conditioner, or soft, nature music may help some children fall asleep more quickly than lying in bed listening to the sounds of the house. Sleep radios that play these sounds can be purchased as can applications for smart phones and Apple devices.

Sleeping soundly through the night is not an easy task for some children. Blackout curtains, consistency and routine can help when parents find that their children are restless at bed time. While it may take a bit of trial and error to find what helps a child sleep, finding the right combination is not only helpful to the child but to parents as well.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tiny speck in the eye: First aid

Bringing children to parks and playgrounds is a good form of exercise to let them stretch their muscles and at the same time have fun running and playing.  Playing outdoors holds many surprises for our young explorers.  Unfortunately, there are times that due to strong winds and dust, a foreign matter gets into our little one’s eyes. When this happens do not panic, instead tend to your kid at once so he will not rub his eyes which may cause a serious eye injury.

When going outdoors with your kids, make sure to bring with you their extra clothes, clean towel, water to drink, food and most especially an alcohol or a hand sanitizer.

What to do if a foreign matter gets into your kids eye?
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or put on alcohol on your hands before attempting to examine your child’s eye. Tell your kid not to rub his eyes, it is much better if he cries so the irritant will be washed away by tears.
  • Do not touch or blow into the eye to dislodge the irritant, doing so will risk scratching the surface of the eye, particularly the cornea.
  • Tilt your kid’s head with the affected eye down and gently pull the eyelids apart to open up their eyes as wide as possible. 
  • Gently run a steady stream of water from a drinking bottle or a pitcher to flush the irritant off.
  • If flushing fails to dislodge the irritant, bring your kid to the emergency facility nearest you.
  • If any prolonged post irritation occurs, have your child be examined by a doctor for corneal scratching is at risk of infection.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Children Learn What They Live


Last quarter, while I was reading my youngest son's notes and lessons to prepare him for his review in his first quarter examinations, I was hooked-up on this passages in his Language book.  I find it very worthy and informative to share especially when it comes to rearing up our children. 

Here are some pointers to ponder that could serve as a guide and reminder for us.

If a child lives with:

Criticism, he learns to condemn.  He would always find others also wrong and would always look for other’s fault.

Hostility, he learns to hit back or fight back.

Ridicule, he learns to be shy and timid, always has the tendency to avoid mingling with other people.

Tolerance, he learns to be patient.  He would be able to endure and bear circumstances calmly.

Encouragement, he learns confidence. He will develop belief in himself and his ability.

Praise, he learns to appreciate. He will know how to value and recognize the good in others.

Fairness, he learns justice.  He will easily differentiate what is just and unjust.

Approval, he learns to like himself and would appreciate the feeling of attraction and admiration for someone.

Acceptance and friendship, he learns how to find love in the world.  He will be able to develop the sense of strong affection and caring for someone or something.

Faith, he will learn how to have a strong belief and trust in the Higher Being, someone or something.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Sibling Personalities No Two People are Alike


Parenting is not an easy task, we just cannot rely on what we know and experienced.  There are times that we also need to ask other opinions and do some researches too.  Do not set aside the fact that we also can learn something from our children. 

In case you have two or more children, you will observe and discover that they possess different personalities as they grow older.  In my case of having two sons, my disciplinary actions for my elder child do not apply with my youngest child.  Both of them are stubborn but as my youngest son is having ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), he needs a different and special approach in terms of disciplining. 

Our kids born under the combination of two genes (parents) may have common traits and physical appearance but we can also notice their differences in some ways.  They may look very much like you, but they are not exactly like you.


We cannot ignore the fact that we sometimes compare our children’s personalities especially when we reprimand them.  Doing so as I’ve learned through my motherhood experience is not fair.  Every individual is unique in some way, character, emotions, attitude and behavioral response patterns differ from one sibling to another. 

No two people are alike and the same, even twins have their contrasting ways, habits and attitudes.  I can attest to that because my youngest siblings are twins. They may look alike in some ways but definitely they are very much opposite in other fashion.


Each and every kid has distinctive skills and characteristics, their own personality that we need to guide, enrich and instill basic values such as kindness, honesty and compassion to help them develop into a great person.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Informational Toys for Kids


Children loves to play and it is beneficial to them if they will play on educational toys at an early age for they will learn as they play. We as parents need to know that functional and constructive playing takes a vital part in developing a healthy mind and body.  Informational toys will enhance a natural child’s curiosity, creativeness, and cognitive and logical thinking that will lead him to explore possibilities and learn to test each one.

In these simple playing activities, the child is learning basic problem solving skills while discovering and exploring the colors, numbers, letters, sizes and shapes.  Repetition of playing with these educational toys, the child gains confidence in his abilities which will encourage him to do new things.

Aside that playing is fun, it will also keep him busy while you can finish some of your house chores as well.

Here are suggestions of less- expensive educational toys that you may buy.

Toddler kids
  • Color, number and letter blocks
  • Construction blocks
  • Toy kitchen set
  • Puzzles form boards
  • Stackable blocks

 Preschool Kids
  • Activity boards or tables
  • Nursery Rhyme books with pop-ups
  • Shape and number sorter
  • Coloring Books
  • Edible Clay
  • Puzzles
  • Board games


I usually bring my kids to a bookstore during their preschool years to encourage and get them interested in reading.

More suggestions? Please feel free to write it in the comment form.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kids Never Run-Out Of Questions



Kids, especially toddlers are full of queries.  The stage of getting to know and curious about the things around them.  This is the phase where the foundation of knowledge and wisdom begins.

The most frequent questions they ask always starts with “Why” in Filipino “Eh Bakit?”  We, mothers are their first teacher so as much as possible we try to answer them truthfully and straight in a way that their little innocent minds will comprehend.

Never show them that you are annoyed of their unending questions.  If you are too tired to think for a good or best answer to his/her question, explain why you cannot answer him/her for the meantime. You may tell your child that would be your assignment and you will discuss it with him or her again later, while you divert his/her attention to play or do some writing.

My youngest son is already 11 years old, but still he never run out of questions.  It’s a good thing Mr. Google is always to the rescue ahaha. I can no longer answer his questions right away, I need to do some researching before I could come up with a correct answer to his querries about the greek and roman mythology. I bought him books to read on, yet still questions arise lol.

I am sharing with you some fun facts to share with your toddlers. I find these lines very educational for a small child.
  • You cannot stand on a cloud – you’d fall right through it.
  • If a dog has a wet nose, that’s a sign he’s healthy.
  • The buzzing sound a bee makes, comes from its flapping wings.
  • If a starfish loses a leg, it grows back.
  • The moon is round like a ball and its light came from the sun.
  • If you mix all your colors of paint together, you’d get dark brown.
  • With seahorses, the daddies get pregnant and have babies, not the mommies.




Thursday, June 16, 2011

Are Your Kids Stubborn?


I believe that there is no stubborn child by nature.  Some of my friends keep on asking me why my sons JM and Yahmir are not bullheaded.  They told me theirs were so hardheaded, tough and naughty that no matter how much they cajole and threaten them, they just won't budge. I always answer them that my sons were no exception especially my youngest son who’s having an ADHD syndrome.  We, their parents also had passed the stage of being stubborn when we were still young.  We only have to teach them that despite of stubbornness they should learn how to obey.  I learned from my Mom that we parents has to handle and deal with it the sooner-the-better,or the younger the kids-the-better.  My Mom always reminds us “putulin ang sungay habang bata pa, wag hayaang mag-sanga at tubuan ng buntot” (cut the horn, never allow it to put forth branches and do not let a tail grow while still young)

Here are some Tips on how to handle and deal with stubborn kids.

  • Start them young, instill in their young minds the good manners and right behavior in any given situation.  Speak to a level that they can easily understand.  If he comes to the point of being naughty and misbehaving, try to show understanding than showing disapproval.
  • Do not immediately argue, know and understand the root of their stubbornness. Simply state your stand, the reasons for it and make known to them the consequences of disobedience.  
  • This is a hard thing to do – never get angry, instead talk to them calmly pointing out the reason why he has to do it or refrain from doing it.  Anger only serves to fan the flames.  In case, you cannot hold your anger anymore, I find it no harm to show it to them once in a while, but give them time to speak up for themselves, and give them time to think.
  • If the cause of the hardheadedness is not an issue, you can negotiate and discuss that with your kid and you both come to compromise.  It is important to identify the problem.  Alibis, irrational fears to resistance to change or just a simple attack of rebellion are the most common causes of being a bullheaded.
  • Be firm in your decisions and praise his good deeds and cooperation, you may give rewards but also make clear to them the consequences of non compliance
  • Do not interrupt when your kid is talking; lend your ears, let him express his thoughts and opinions.
  • Parental guidance is always a must for every child. Be close to your kids and talk to them about good and bad.
  • Try to see things through their point of view and try to solve the problem without hurting your kid.
  • Show respect so as you will gain it back.  If you want to let him do something for you, try to avoid conflict, make time to your request so it will not interrupt him while he is doing something else.  Let him finish what he’s doing first.
  • Most of all, you must need a lot of patience in order to deal or handle a stubborn kid.  Make them be aware of your expectations – that they should exhibit proper behavior even when you are not around to remind them.
  • And, lastly, as I always keep on saying in my former posts, open the channels of communication between you and your kids.