(Written by Melanie S.) Research shows that you can boost your child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development by having a pet at home. Pets have the capability to teach kids values and they may even help improve your child’s self esteem. It’s important to note, however, that while pets may have a positive effect on your kids they can also become harmful and dangerous. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure that you take the necessary measures to keep your children safe around your pets. You can ensure your child’s safety in five different ways. These include, choosing the right pet, supervision all the time, training your pets, taking care of the pet, and by teaching your kids how to respect your pet.
(Written by Lindsay Holland) Pets are amazing creatures. They provide unconditional love, support, and a sense of comfort to people of all ages. In response to the overwhelming supportive research of the benefits of pet ownership, many teachers are bringing pets into their classroom environments in an attempt to recreate the benefits of having a pet. Teachers are finding that having a pet in their classroom actually provides the students with significant benefits that go beyond those that are experienced by having a pet at home. Even if the pets just visit a few times a week, the benefits to the students are long-lasting and measurable. Whether it is a rabbit, a dog, a snake, or a turtle, classroom pets can make a huge difference in a number of ways. [Read more...]
(Written by Dylan Lott) There’s still a surprising amount of parents that don’t understand what even causes actual tooth decay for kids. A popular myth states that tooth decay is caused by worms in your teeth. An even more popular myth, perhaps one that’s continued by marketing, is the idea that the handle on your tooth brush effects how well a toothbrush fights plaque (which also isn’t true).
Oral Health for Toddlers: 8 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Teeth
The point is, there’s a lot of misconceptions about what teeth need and what does and doesn’t hurt them. Marketing doesn’t help, either. Did you know that electric toothbrushes don’t do any better either? And that putting your tooth in milk after it gets knocked out can help increase your tooth’s lifespan? [Read more...]
(Written by Elena White) Pregnancy is not a good excuse to ditch your trainers and lounge around. It is in fact, a good reason to keep fit and even build awareness about the food you eat, what it contains and how it benefits (or perhaps does not) your baby and yourself. But let’s take a look at some important aspects of exercise and how best to keep active during those nine months of pregnancy.
It makes sense to begin by stating that exercise does not necessarily mean hard-core, exhausting work outs. First and foremost, your body will dictate just how much exercise you can or cannot take. Do you seriously think that in your eighth month you will be able to walk as fast as in your second? You need to listen to your body and be sensitive to its needs. Do not over exert yourself. Whilst pregnant and exercising, always ensure breathing is not too difficult and that you are not panting away. Can you hold a conversation whilst exercising? This is a good rule of thumb to follow. If you cannot talk and exercise at the same time, you are obviously going too fast. In terms of duration, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes daily.
Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines
(Written by Richard Finn) Marriages do not often end happily. There are some couples which, at the early stage of being together, find out that they are incompatible. Oftentimes, this results in separation or divorce where the supervision of and care for the children is granted to one primary custodian (usually the mother). While this particular scenario leads to single parenthood, the early death of one partner is also a known cause of being a single parent wherein the guardianship of the kids will be under the responsibility of the surviving spouse. Because a single parent needs to fulfill the roles of two parents in a normal household scenario, single parents are known to be tough, hard working individuals. [Read more...]
(Written by Wendy Derbyshire) Planning days out with the kids in London can be a somewhat stressful affair. Having a handy guide of where to go and what to do often makes the process a whole lot easier, providing some fun for all the family along the way.
What To Do In London With Children?
- The Best Things in Life Are Free
Believe it or not, there are some free activities on offer which ensure days out with the kids in London are pretty spectacular. Try heading down to Buckingham Palace to witness the Changing of the Guard, watching as the Queen’s Guards trade places. Both sets of guards are traditionally dressed, donning the famous bearskin hats. The ceremony takes place daily from May to July but can also be witnessed at other times of the year. [Read more...]
(Written by Sameer Bhatia and Edited by Elle Yi) When majority of parents think of technology in school, most might think about online courses for high school and university students. Online classes and technology environments at these levels have become commonplace. However, few outside of those who have experience with e-school would think that students as young as Kindergarten could benefit from and enjoy an e-learning experience. Because of the pervasiveness of technology in the lives of our students, it is a natural progression for some, if not all, of their learning experiences to include an online element. [Read more...]
(Written by Susann Goddard) Here are some super fun outdoor games for kids. They are great for school time play, for brothers and sisters, and for nurseries and playgroups. Childhood outdoor games are fantastic way for young children to bond with each other, get some exercise, and learn about cooperation and teamwork.
Many reports suggest that children simply don’t get enough exercise, so here are 6 great outdoor games to get them active. The six games featured in this graphic are Hot Potato, Bonfire!, Spider and Flies, Sticky Toffee, Shopping Baskets, and Relays. With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time of year to encourage your kids to get outside and have some fun. [Read more...]
(Written by Noelle Eberts) Math and reading are the two most important academic skills that students must develop in order to be successful not only in school, but also in life. Many students, however, find math to be difficult to understand and become frustrated very quickly when asked to participate in a math class.
Research has proven that students learn better when they feel as if they are playing a game which is why smartphone math apps are a great way for students to get more practice without endless rote memorization or muddling through problems in hopes of getting the correct answer. Parents will also find these apps helpful, giving them a resource to better help their student succeed – even if it has been a long time since the parent’s last math class! [Read more...]
(Written by Kris Bennette) Summer is here and it usually means outdoor excitement, especially for toddlers. During warm summer days, children loved to enjoy outdoor activities, such as baseball and soccer games, camping, and swimming. Unfortunately, it is also the season when mosquitoes and other bugs are most active. These insects can easily ruin outdoor fun.
Insect bites are common skin problems during summer months. They are itchy, unpleasant, and unsightly. In some cases, these bites can also lead to illness and diseases, such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and Dengue. For these reasons, parents should protect their young ones from insect bites. But before you reach for conventional insect repellents, you can consider safer ways to protect your child from insect bites. here are a few simple tips for insect bites on children.