7 Things to Avoid Saying in Front of Our Kids

June 4, 2018 0

It may be a safe bet to say that every parent agrees that parenting is no easy job. In fact, it requires a lot of patience and skills as well. Yes! Parenting requires skills. Like learning how to talk to your child is one skill that most parents fail in, and usually ends up affecting the child in the long run. Parents need to know that children take everything they are told literally which means that the way you address them will go a long way towards building their personality and life too.

Every parent has gone through this at one point of the other with his/her child or maybe been on the verge of it. But even so, here are seven things that you must always avoid at all costs, saying in front of your kids no matter how mad you may be at them.

1. You are a bad boy/girl

Negative thoughts kill the child’s self-esteem, which is a bad idea. Children are born innocent and believe in the goodness and positivity. And as a parent, it is your duty to always tell them that they need to be good, positive, and happy. Your kids also need to know that some actions and words are bad and can hurt other people and that they must never do or tell them to others. But never tell your kids that they are bad.

2. Why aren’t you like your brother/sister?

Another thing you must never do to your children is to compare them. It will only make them jealous and feel left out in the family. This is what will drive the feeling of failure and dislike for the other siblings. Here is where hatred starts between brothers and sisters because of something you said as the parent.

3. A straight ‘NO’

The kids that hear ‘no’ coming from their parent’s mouths all the time, usually ends up losing confidence that they have with their parents. They know that their parents won’t approve of anything that they do. Instead of saying a straight ‘no’, you can try and talk to the child softly and make him/her understand that whatever they are doing isn’t right or divert their attention elsewhere.

4. You can’t do this

This is somehow similar to saying a plain ‘no’ to your child. It will shake their confidence in themselves. If your child wants to do something, as long as it won’t hurt them, you can give them the chance to try it out. Like if your child wants to lift a heavy chair, don’t tell him/her that he can’t do it, but instead you can even opt to help him out. A simple ‘let’s do it together’ will work magic in your child.

5. Don’t talk to me

Why on earth would you deny your child the chance to talk to you? It doesn’t matter what you are going through at work or in your relationship or whatever, you must never turn your child down when he/she wants to talk to you. You will only be subjecting your child to fear of you and loneliness which will definitely affect his/her personality and relationship with you.

6. Girls/boys don’t do that

Never create gender-biased rules with your children. A child is a child. Just let him/her be. Let your kids decide for themselves and don’t stop them from exploring the things that they are curious about or are good at.

7. Leave me alone

This is almost similar to the ‘don’t talk to me’ point. As a parent, you are everything to your child. And demanding that they leave you alone can make them feel like they are not wanted or loved. There is no excuse for wanting to push your kids away. No matter how difficult time it is for you.

5 First Aid Tips That Your Children Should Know

June 4, 2018 0

Every parent of a young child will always be on the lookout for what his/her child is doing literally all of the time, sleeping included. The reason for this is quite simple, children are reckless, curious, arrogant, and daring (maybe). But one simple fact remains, small children have no clue how the world runs yet and everything they see is basically new and for that, a plaything.

But as your children grow older, and you start to feel as if you can entrust them with some basic things like stay home alone as you head off to work each day, it is imperative that you teach them some basic first-aid tips that are necessary and will enable them to react whenever an emergency occurs. That being said, here are some five first-aid tips that you would be wise to teach your children in case of an emergency and you are not around or are incapable of handling the situation yourself.

1. Calling 911

This is only the simplest and most vital lesson you will ever share with your child. As soon as your kids can recognize and tell the numbers, 911 should be the first calling service that they need to know, maybe even before they know your mobile number. It is also important that they know that calling from a mobile phone isn’t the same as calling from the house phone. As a parent, you also need to teach your child what they need to say in case they need to call for an emergency and let them know that dialing 911 must never be a joke or a number to be played with. Teach them the things that can constitute an emergency and be clear while doing this as well.

2. Using a first-aid kit

You also need to find time and go over the contents of the first-aid kit with your kid/s. Take your time and explain to them what each item is for and its purpose and then let them try to handle the items in your presence as you try to create an imaginary emergency scenario that may need the use of the first aid kit. Doing this regularly at training to your children will allow them to know exactly what they need to do with the first-aid kit should they need to use them sometime in the future when you’re not around or unable to handle the emergency yourself.

3. Controlling bleeding

It is also vital that you teach your children how they can apply direct pressure to their wounds or someone else’s using a paper towel, article of clothing, or gauze pad. Your children need to know the exact amount of pressure to put on the wound and that they need to cover the whole wound to stop the bleeding or help arrives.

4. ‘Stop, drop, and roll’

This concept is used mostly when your clothing catches fire and your children need to know this concept as well, especially since you may have to leave them in the house alone as you head off to work every day. Who knows, they may end up playing with fire and something happens like someone’s clothes catch fire.

5. Broken bones

You need to educate your children that bones can also be broken or cracked sometimes during an accident, and that fractured also means the same thing. They also need to know that when bones crack or break, they leak out blood, which cause pain to the victim and that it is best that they don’t touch the injured area. If your child comes across a person with broken bones, he/she should call for help, ask the victim to keep the injured place still and try to be comfortable, keep the person calm, stay with the person, if he/she can, until help arrives.

6 Early Signs That Your Children May Have Dyslexia

June 4, 2018 0

Dyslexia is a genetic disease which causes the victim to have trouble reading. It is frequently referred to as a ‘disability’. The word itself, dyslexia, sounds better. Dyslexia is a neurological condition which interferes with the victim’s ability to process, store and produce information. Dyslexia can, however, be caught at an early age by looking at its signs and starting to take early precautionary measures to try and work through how it affects your child.

Early detection and diagnosis of dyslexia have enabled parents to give their children the necessary support and tools for reading and protect them from frustration and lowered self-esteem as a result of this reading issue. If not detected or diagnosed at an early stage, the affected children may even turn off from reading completely. But early detection gives both the affected parents and their children the opportunity to become more invested in learning and even motivate them to work harder in their efforts to try and combat the issue. Here are six signs that should reveal to you at an early age if your child is affected by dyslexia.

1. Doesn’t remember letter sounds?

For example, /a/ as in apple. The moment you realize that the phonemes like sounds of letters are not sticking in your child’s long-term memory, then it may indicate an auditory problem, another learning challenge, or a processing issue. Either way, you need to pay more attention to your child to try and figure out what the exact issue is.

2. Confuses look-alike letters like (b/d/p) or even sound-alike letters like (f/v and d/t)

It is perfectly normal for all beginners to rotate and reverse these letters as the children start to develop an understanding of language. But these errors should go away over time. After age 7, if you realize that your child is still confusing these letters, it should raise a red flag as it may be a bigger learning issue.

3. Has difficulty rhyming words like (bat/cat/mat)

One way that you can know that your child can hear language is by measuring their ability to rhyme. As a parent, you can also take some time to practice some of the rhyming words with your child to work on his/her rhyming skills. But if you notice that your child is continually struggling with these rhyming words, even after intervention and practice, then you need to start thinking that it may be a bigger issue than you initially thought. Your child may have dyslexia or apraxia of speech.

4. Doesn’t remember sight words?

Sight words are those types of words that kids can recognize instantly as they are some of the most commonly used words in the English language. Some examples include; ‘a’, ‘to’, ‘her’, ‘for’, and ‘was.’ These are the first words that children learn in order for them to easily read full sentences. If you realize that your child is having difficulty remembering sight words, even after ample repetition, it could be a sign of dyslexia.

5. Omits word endings like -s, -ed, or -ing

If you notice that your child isn’t reading the ending of words like the rest of his/her peers, it could mean an articulation or phonological disorder, dyslexia, or apraxia. Even your child’s teachers need to notice this.

6. Poor memory

You realize that your child has trouble remembering what he/she has read or was read to him/her earlier in a story. Dyslexia also makes the brain process information slower and the victim has attention issues. These signs should alarm you of your child’s condition.

5 Natural Treatments for Dyslexia

June 4, 2018 0

What is Dyslexia?

This is a learning disorder, also known as a developmental reading disorder. It occurs when a person has difficulty reading from the fact that he/she has trouble distinguishing between sounds and speech as they relate to the words and letters. Dyslexia is a genetic disorder, meaning that it is passed down through generations and doesn’t really reflect on a person’s intelligence. But rather than impairing the person’s ability to comprehend, Dyslexia impairs his/her ability to read which also impacts on his/her understanding of sentences.

In children, Dyslexia is usually underdiagnosed, and can sometimes not be diagnosed until sometime in their late childhood and into adulthood as well. Dyslexia is a lifelong disorder that you have to live with if you have the gene with you. But there are special tutoring programs that are designed to help the affected people with adaptive learning methods and meet the educational needs almost like that of a non-affected person.

What Causes Dyslexia?

As mentioned earlier, the primary cause of Dyslexia is related to genetics. Researchers believe that there is some kind of genetic predisposition that can lead to developing this reading disorder. Studies have also revealed that these inherited genes can affect how some parts of the brain work and, thus, develop too, which is one of the main reasons why affected parties have difficulty or inability to read and also translate the words into speech. But you also need to be aware that this hereditary disease doesn’t, in any way, relate to any health vision problems.

In cases where the disease doesn’t appear or show any signs until adulthood, then chances may be that its causes could be as a result of some traumatic brain injury or something of the sort. Traumatic brain injuries can sometimes cause severe damage to the brain, which may also lead to some kind of reading disorder that is somehow similar to Dyslexia.

After sharing with you all that information, let’s move on to the natural remedies and treatments for Dyslexia that you can try at home.

1. Flaxseed oil

Usually high in omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed oil, are believed to improve the brain’s functions like memory retention and concentration which can help a great deal especially for victims of Dyslexia.

2. Fish oil

Fish oils are also known as natural remedies for Dyslexia. Fish oils are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to improve the cognitive functions of the brain and also help to manage any Dyslexia symptoms.

3. Bee pollen

Bee pollen is another good natural remedy especially for childhood brain development as it is rich in nutrients that are safe to use as a Dyslexia natural remedy for both the children and even the adults.

4. Royal jelly

Royal jelly is another good natural remedy for Dyslexia as it is an excellent source of the vitamin B complex which is important for childhood brain development. Royal jelly is thought to be some kind of preventive treatment for the disease in children.

5. Jyotishmati

Jyotishmati is another good traditional natural remedy for Dyslexia and is used to improve the brain’s memory retention and concentration abilities and is effective especially in children.

Seven Diet Rules for All Pregnant Women

June 4, 2018 0

Every woman, especially the pregnant women, needs to know that everything that she eats and drinks during her pregnancy is her baby’s source of nourishment. Which means that this is the period that every woman needs to watch what she eats more than ever. And experts recommend that expectant mothers need to choose from a variety of healthy foods and drinks that will provide the best nutrients for the baby’s growth and development.

Here are some key foods and drinks that pregnant women need to include in their diets and the reasons why they are important for the pregnant women.

1. Folic acid

Mostly known as folate, folic acid is a B vitamin which is crucial for preventing birth defects in the baby’s spinal cord and brain, also known as neural tube defects. Pregnant women might find it hard knowing the exact amount of folic acid to take in their diet, which is why the March of Dimes, a company dedicated to preventing birth defects, explains that women who want to have a baby and are trying need to take a daily vitamin supplement that contains 400 micrograms of folic acid every day for about a month before getting pregnant. And during pregnancy, it is advisable that the women increase that amount to 600 micrograms per day.

Some of the food sources of folic acid include; bread and pasta, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, fortified or enriched cereals, etc.

2. Calcium

Calcium is the mineral that is going to build the baby’s bones and teeth, which is why it is extremely vital that every pregnant woman introduces enough calcium in her diet. If a pregnant woman doesn’t take enough calcium in her diet, then the mineral will be extracted from the woman’s stores; her bones and given to the baby so as to meet the extra pregnancy demands of the baby.

Food sources or calcium includes; milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon or sardines with bones, some leafy greens like bok Choy and kale, and calcium-fortified foods and juices.

3. Iron

Iron is the mineral which will stimulate the production of more blood, which will supply oxygen to the baby. Pregnant women need about 27 milligrams of iron daily which is almost double of what is needed by the women who aren’t expecting. If you don’t take enough iron during pregnancy, then complications and diseases like anemia can kick in and other risks of infections to both the mother and baby.

Foods rich in iron include; meat, fish, poultry, iron-fortified cereals, dried beans, and peas, etc.

4. Protein

More protein is also needed for the pregnant women. But you find that finding and including foods rich in protein in their diets hasn’t ever been a problem. Protein is the ‘builder nutrient’ as it will help to build the baby’s organs like heart and brain.

5. Fruits and vegetables

It is vital that pregnant women take more fruits and vegetables in their diet. These foods are low in calories and are also filled with vitamins, minerals, and fiber which are all beneficial for normal baby grows in the womb.

6. Whole grains

Whole grains in the diet will help provide both the growing baby and mother with the energy needed throughout the time the baby will be growing in the mother’s womb. They are also rich in B- vitamins, iron, and fiber. Some of the whole grain foods can include oatmeal, bread, brown rice, and whole-wheat pasta.

7. Dairy

Pregnant women need between 3 and 4 dairy servings every day. Foods like yogurt, milk, and cheese are good dairy products and are also rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein.