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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Giving Your Child Good Habits For Life - s post

Chances are that when you wake up in the morning, a good portion of your early routine runs on autopilot. This is the natural function of our brain at work, trying to make things easier for you by putting certain habits into place. There’s a classic study that suggests it takes 21 days of consecutively doing something to turn it into a habit, which may be why we see so many diets and workout routines fizzle out before hitting this point.
However, when it comes to children, the stakes may be a bit higher. When it comes to establishing good and bad habits, you may be creating trends that can last for years to come, impacting their health, school performance, and beyond. Here are some ways that you can get started on the right foot.
Let’s start by talking about healthy habits. It can be difficult to establish these in some households because it generally requires more than one thing to be done in order to actually stay healthy. A good example of this is oral hygiene. Think about it. The key to dental health is regularly practicing brushing and flossing as well as monitoring your diet for excess sugar.
Another thing you should be doing is making sure that you get in the habit of visiting a dentist on a regular basis. According to Dr. Mileidis Pena Marro of Truedent Family Dentistry in Miami, FL, “Regular dentist visits for your child should start shortly after his or her first birthday. This is usually a short visit and acts as an introduction to both the dentist and oral health care in general. No major treatment is involved during this initial visit and you are encouraged to hold your child’s hand while his mouth is being examined. The object of the visit is to check your child’s teeth to make sure that there are no problems and to show the young one that a trip to a dentist’s office can be a stress-free experience.”
If your child is a bit afraid of going to the dentist, as many are, what you don’t want to do is get of the habit of trying to bribe or trick them into going. This only establishes the negative habit that they may get rewarded by being difficult about something, or that you aren’t to be trusted on certain things. Ideally, you’ll be able to explain the importance of the visit to allay their fears, and in extreme cases, sedation dentistry may be an alternative.
This belies one important point when it comes to instilling habits in your children: try to focus on the positive. Some parents, in trying to encourage good habits like studying or exercise, may accidentally go too far in a certain direction, trying to use negative stimuli to encourage them to follow through. Have you ever seen the classic image of someone telling their child to look at a retail worker or laborer and use that as inspiration to stay in school? Not only is this an inaccurate way to look at things, it may end up causing resentment later on. When children are younger, try to focus on what they gain versus what they risk. For example, getting your child to clean their room may be framed as a way to make sure they always know where everything is.
In some cases, it may pay as a parent to be a little inquisitive when it comes to establishing good habits for your children. This can be especially useful if they are trying to start a good habit but are having trouble, like spending more time studying. Where are they finding roadblocks? If it’s with getting frustrated, you may want to give them an exercise they can do to calm down or focus on something else. If it’s a matter of distraction, you may need to find a way to keep the television or their phones off during designated study time.

The thing about habits, especially at a younger age, is that we generally don’t even recognize them as a conscious thing that we do to improve or reduce our quality of life. It’s just something that we do. By making sure that you encourage habits that encourage physical, mental, and financial health, you’re creating a platform that will help your children make the right decisions in these areas when the time comes to act alone.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Last Minute Gifts: Loving Your Mom on Mother’s Day - s post

When we were children, our teachers would remind us about Mother’s Day. Not only would they remind us, they would guide us in making cards and gifts for her during school hours. As adults with busy schedules, it is easy for Mother’s Day to slip our minds and we may find ourselves in a panic as we frantically try to come with gift ideas for our mother.


No matter how far away you live from your mother, you can have FTD deliver beautiful arrangements to her. The first thing you need to do is to pick the right florist. You can look at different websites to compare prices, but it is best to speak personally to the florist who can give you ideas you may not have thought about. It is best for you to visit the shop if you have enough time. If there is not enough time, you can order the flower arrangement online.
Consider your mother’s favorite colors. What colors has she chosen for her home? What color does she wear the most? What color is her favorite pocket-book? Picking flowers with those colors will ensure that she enjoys looking at the arrangement. Think about what type of flowers your mother prefers. Does she plant roses or daisies in her garden? Does she have any paintings in her home that have flowers in them? Giving lots of thought to the flower arrangement will make your mother feel special and loved. Roses come in all kinds of pastel colors and are always a good choice. Avoid flowers that may cause allergies. Some people have experienced allergic reactions to Stargazer lilies. The best flowers to send to those who may have allergies are Orchids, Alstroemeria, Hydrangea, Tulips,and Irises.

Candy and Baked Goods

Some mothers aren’t that crazy about flowers but have a sweet tooth. Gift baskets of candy or cookies are available online to send to your mother even at the last minute. Some candies your mother will enjoy are Savannah’s candy, Gianduja chocolate, Old Time Candy, and Sugarfina. She will love cookies and cakes from Mrs. Fields, Great American Cookies, Shari’s Berries, Bake Me a Wish, Empire Cake,and Mother Mousse. Flower shops also make gift baskets filled with various candy such as Skittles, M&M’s, Snickers, Reeses,andHershey's.

Gift Cards

If you send your mother money to buy her own gift, you have no guarantee that she will buy something for herself. Many mothers have trouble spending money on themselves. For mothers who want to choose their own gift, gift cards are a great idea. Some mothers prefer shopping online rather than going to many different stores. Amazon has every category your mother could want or need. She can shop from the comfort of her own home or while visiting a friend. An gift card will enable her to choose and shop for the gift she wants.
For mothers who are coffee lovers, Starbucks has gift cards. A benefit of this is that a little bit of money can go a long way or may be redeemable for future visits. Many mothers would feel guilty about spoiling themselves at a spa. They would consider it to be self-indulgent. Giving your mother a spa or salon gift card isn’t just an ordinary present. It is literally giving her permission to spoil herself without guilt. If your mother has a favorite department store, you can get her a gift card to Nordstrom, Macy’s, JCPenney or others. She can use it on Mother’s Day to take advantage of the sales.
Last but not least, most women love shoes. Unlike men, they like shoes in different colors to match various outfits. A gift card for a shoe store will always be appreciated by your mother.
Unless you live far away from your mother, you can actually be her Mother’s Day present. Buying her a loving and meaningful card doesn’t take much time, and you can arrive on her doorstep ready to take her out to a fancy brunch, lunch, or dinner. You can take her to a play, a movie, the beach, or a museum. Try dressing as a maid and volunteering to clean her house. Have a slumber party and watch Netflix movies all night.

The good news is that it is never too late to get a gift for the one who brought you into the world. You can even be creative in doing so.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tips to Take Care of Yourself During Twin Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be bliss! Twin pregnancy is a double bliss! Twin pregnancies are on the increase as of late. The moment when you get to hear that you are pregnant with a twin, the joy, happiness and the responsibility also doubles. Twin pregnancy is the same process as a normal pregnancy but will demand extra care and perception. The pregnancy period brings in several changes in the physical and mental lifestyle of the pregnant woman, so you can expect a new you henceforth. This post is exclusively intended to give double tips to take good care of you during your twin pregnancy.

Regular Checkups

Smooth travel of a pregnancy phase relies largely on properly attending the regular medical checkups and scanning routines. This gets even more crucial for twin pregnancies. Advanced ultrasound technologies have facilitated the early prediction of being twin child, which helps in having early consciousness during the pregnancy. 11 weeks pregnant ultrasound is a true paradise for twin any pregnant woman because that is when they can clearly see their babies with good development of almost all sensory organs. Get professional medical care as and when required.

Diet Watch

Twin pregnancy demands you to eat for three. Every meal plate should have balanced good foods with all essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to fulfill the health requirements of all the three lives, mainly the mother-to-be. Folic acid rich foods must have a prominent place in the plate. Some pregnant women might feel nausea and will have an aversion to eating, but remember what you eat and how much you eat decides the life of all the three. If you find difficult to eat all in one go, then split your meals or graze throughout the day.

Stay away from alcohol and aerated beverages. Be fruit and vegetable-friendly during your pregnancy. Greens in the form of smoothies can be good energy for twin pregnant women, as this helps the body to absorb all the energy.

Count On Weight  

Watch your calorie count. Eat more, but eat healthy with fibre rich content, so you don’t really gain more weight than required. Weight gain during pregnancy is mandatory. A regular single child pregnancy itself calls for maintaining the right weight. When crossing the limit; the pregnancy ends up in risk. This is one of the reasons twin pregnancies are considered high risk. Increase fibre and protein intake, while always having fat-rich foods within the scale will help keep weight healthy.

Stay Hydrated

Any pregnancy calls for high hydration level, especially during the first trimester where nausea and morning sickness seems to be high. Take plenty of juices and water to keep your hydration level to the mark.

Sleeping Position

With twins inside, sitting, walking, especially laying down becomes very challenging and calls for a high level of consciousness. It is possible to stay right in position when awake, but, during sleep, try to somehow protect yourself from rolling and moving from the advised position. Seek medical help to fix your sleeping position.

Twin pregnancy is a rock walk, however the moment you safely reach your destination, life will be full of happy colors.


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