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4 Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

Apart from their mental and physical capacity, it is important to help your children improve their social skills. Socializing is one of the best learning avenues for children. Through interacting with other people, they ...
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Razor MX650 Dirt Rocket Review

Do you enjoy the feel of the wind on your face and the feel of a strong, sturdy ride as you cruise up and down the rolling dirt hills? Yet are you held back from achieving this dream as you fear a high-quality bike will ...
Blog8 410x260 - 6 Common Illnesses Experienced by Children

6 Common Illnesses Experienced by Children

Your children are vulnerable to certain illnesses and diseases. Their immune system is much weaker compared to adults. As parents, it is your primary responsibility to feed them with healthy foods, teach them about prope...
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Buying a Drone for Your Children? Consideration to Make

There was once a time when children had their toys, as anything used by adults was deemed too dangerous. However, as technology continues to advance it has become commonplace for both age groups to be using the same devi...
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7 Ways to Boost A Child’s Memory Without Gadgets

The advent of technology has redefined education. Today, we have computers, internet, and other technologies that aid the learning of people. Children nowadays also use smartphones, tablets, and gadgets to expand their k...
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7 Ways To Regulate Your Children’s Screen Time

Being a parent of this generation is very challenging. Unlike before, children today are born in a world dominated by different kinds of technologies – smartphones, tablets, mobile devices, TV, and computers, among...
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6 Negative Effects of Smartphones and Mobile Devices on Children

The children today are born in the era of modern technology. Instead of toys, they are exposed to smartphones, tablets, and other high-tech gadgets. In a Canadian survey, one in four children owns a mobile device. In the...
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6 Parenting Tips For Raising a Well-Learned Child

The parents’ role is vital to the growth and development of a child. The personality and the behavior of the children is a reflection of the quality of parenting. Without the proper guidance of the parents, childre...
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8 Super Foods To Boost Your Children’s Immune System

Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of death of children. According to the recent data of UNICEF, almost 50% of the death of children under five in the world are due to malnutrition. It is widespread in Africa and ...
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6 Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle in Children

Many children now are becoming less active because of the rise of technology. It’s either they watch TV or play their gaming tablets the whole day. In Canada, more children are unhealthy. According to Canada’...

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Tips to Help Your Children Overcome A Fear of the Dentist

Tips to Help Your Children Overcome A Fear...

Wide and fearful eyes, a few screams and yelps here and there-is that the scene of you trying to take your offspring to...
4 Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

4 Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

Apart from their mental and physical capacity, it is important to help your children improve their social skills. Socializing is one of the...
The Best Paddle Boards of 2018

The Best Paddle Boards of 2018

If your 2018 New Year’s resolution was to venture more into the great outdoors and paddle your way to success, then you’ll probably...

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Tips to Help Your Children Overcome A Fear of the Dentist

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Wide and fearful eyes, a few screams and yelps here and there-is that the scene of you trying to take your offspring to the “scary” dentist? Do not worry, we all have been in that rocky boat. The truth is that as adults, we are accustomed to dentist visits and have overcome that irrational fear we held on to during our childhoods. However, it is not an “irrational” fear for your child but a genuine dread that exists in his head.

Perhaps your kid saw you heal from a root canal or a tooth extraction and equates a trip to the dentist as a trip to the doctor. To make the dentist a “safe” place will be a daunting, challenging task, but there are steps you can take to reduce the level of fear or help your children face it.

  1. Begin Young

It is never too early to go to the dentist! It is recommended by https://anooshafifidds.com/ to schedule your child’s first visit by the time his first birthday rolls along. You can get advise on how to handle thumb sucking and pacifier situations whilst building a relationship between your child and the dentist. By doing this, you will be instilling a habit in your child from a young age and he will be a pro at hopping on/off the dentist’s chair. Of course, he will be comfortable in the environment as he will be familiar with it and may even look forward to the fun rewards he may get from his dentist (lollipop anyone?)

  1. Role Play

Children love to engage in role play. Be it a chef, a barber, a doctor, a fireman or now a dentist-it will help them comprehend the process of visiting the dentist. Put up a play version of a dentist’s chair in your living room and pretend to be the patient whilst your child portrays the role of the dentist. If he does not know what questions to ask or what to say, switch around and give it a shot. Pretend to look inside his mouth, ask questions about his teeth, and discuss X-rays. Tell your child how shiny, clean and white his teeth can be when a tooth polisher is used. Perhaps share the fact that it may tickle him a little and make him laugh. Give him a reward at the end (a small ice cream treat?) and thank him.

  1. Allow “Control”

A recent number of research studies discovered that children are scared of the dentist as they feel they lose control. You can address this by giving them the perception that they are in control in the dentist’s chair. For instance, allow them to choose the flavour of the fluoride treatment or which tooth will be polished first.

  1. Praise Away

Adopting an encouraging approach may work wonders for your child. Tell him (or her!) how proud you are in the fact that he braved the dentist’s chair and passed his dental examination. Praise can often alleviate a child’s fear and helps him feel that he can do anything as he has his parent’s support. Give him a small reward such as let him stay up a bit later, an extra taste of chocolate or a bit more time to enjoy his favourite cartoon.

  1. Distract Away

Little children, especially infants and toddlers, are emotionally attached to a physical item. This can be a toy, a blanket or even your smartphone (today’s kids are born with a technological gene it seems). They will not be want to be away from their favourite article and will lead to tears as well as an unproductive visit to the dentist’s office. Take his stuffed toy along and let him hold it as he sits in the dentist’s chair. Crack a few jokes to lighten the atmosphere and to lift your kid’s spirits. Whilst at the dentist’s office, talk about what you will do after: a trip to the ice cream salon or a delicious dinner awaits.

  1. Remain with Your Child

One of the simplest yet most effective tricks is to just remain with your child as he undergoes his dental check-up. Even if you have prepped and educated him on what to expect, it is natural if there will still be a small level of anxiety. Help him by sticking around and staying positive. Hopefully, your dentist will have an open door policy towards parents and understand the calming effect your presence will have.

  1. Avoid Negativity

Without realizing, parents will frequently complain about their own dental experiences in front of their children. Kids are smart and pick up the negative signals associated with the trip to the dentist. Try to consciously avoid the usage of words that depict pain or illustrate your own fear. Paediatric dentists are used to handling difficult children and have ways of managing them. Let them use their own jargon and language to communicate with the kids. They may apply words such as “cleaning sugar bugs” to make your child understand what is going on. Another popular phrase is that their teeth are being counted and how wide their smiles can be.

  1. Teach Oral Hygiene

Letting your child learn the essence of oral and dental hygiene from a youthful age will be the best thing you can do in his entire lifetime. Explain to him that in order to grow, he has to eat right. And to be able to eat, he must develop strong and healthy teeth. Relate it to his favorite superhero cartoon.

  1. Read Up

If you wish to broaden your horizon of knowledge in dental healthcare for children, you can always read up and it may help you when preparing your child for a dentist’s visit. There are plenty of authentic, reliable resource available in the digital world along with print journals and magazines with recommendations to help you. Not only that, you can tell stories to your children about how their favorite characters (from their favorite stories) went to the dentist and how brave they were or how excited they were to have strong teeth. There are a multitude of ways to incorporate and only you, as a parent, can make the call which technique to use with your kid.

4 Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

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Apart from their mental and physical capacity, it is important to help your children improve their social skills. Socializing is one of the best learning avenues for children. Through interacting with other people, they can learn the essential values and acceptable behavior that will prepare themselves for the life outside your home.

Socialization can be done in school, in the park, in the playground, and anywhere where they can meet other people. In this article, we will teach you how to improve the social skills of your children:

Maintain eye contact

A child with great social skills can establish a solid eye-contact with people. This reflects their confidence in interacting with people, especially in entering a conversation. Normally, children who are new to socialization are ashamed and cannot look into other’s people’s eyes. There are secrets on how to teach your children in establishing a good eye contact.

First, engage in an eye-to-eye contest. Stare at each other until one of you lose eye contact. You can also place a dot or sticker of an eye on your forehead. Train your child to look straight at the dot or sticker. This will help them look at the direction where the eyes are. Lastly, try the swinging exercise. Maintain an eye contact with your child while they are swinging on a swing.

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Teach them emotions

It is important that your children understand the concept of emotions. Let them imitate a variety of emotions – joy, sorrow, anger, disappointment, excitement, weirdness, nervousness, mischief, and danger, among others. Through this, your children can differentiate emotions, making it easy for them to react appropriately to certain situations. Further, it will teach them not to be insensitive to various circumstances that may encounter while they grow.

Encourage them to talk

The most important phase of socialization is communicating. Your children should not be ashamed to express their thoughts, insights, and ideas. They should learn to express verbally or non-verbally. This will help them overcome their shyness and gain trust and confidence in themselves.

Always communicate with them. Ask them questions and encourage them to respond. Let them share about their day in school and with friends. Further, teach them the magic words like “thank you”, “please”, “excuse me”, and “sorry” which are essential in communicating with people.

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Expose them to people

To test your children’s social skills, expose them to a group of people. You can bring them to school, park, or playground and let them interact with other people. This will allow them to read social cues, interpret non-verbal gestures, and exchange insights with people. Other avenues for children to socialize are sports activities and hobby classes. Gradually, bring your children to a large crowd until they can conquer their fear of interacting with people.

As early as now, take efforts in helping your children learn how to socialize. This will help them when they grow up. Their intelligence will be useless if they do not learn to speak up.

The Best Paddle Boards of 2018

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If your 2018 New Year’s resolution was to venture more into the great outdoors and paddle your way to success, then you’ll probably be thinking about either upgrading your current paddle board, or breaking into the paddle board scene as a beginner.

Not to fret, while there is an abundance of boards to choose from, we’ve done the hard work for you- scouring the internet, pouring over reviews and compiling our list of the Best Paddle Boards of 2018! Don’t waste another second wondering which board is best, dive into our list below and soon you’ll be the envy of the paddle boarding scene in no time.

  1. Atoll 11 Foot Inflatable Stand up Paddle Board

With the perfect balance of size and weight, the Atoll is both suitable for more athletically built individuals and those on the smaller scale too. It is built with durable and lightweight materials, and offers a large deck space which gives additional stability in the water.

It stands at 11 feet in length, 32 inches in width and 6 inches in thickness – measurements that make it one of the largest in this list. It is constructed from PVC in a dual layer format which allows the board to retain strength and still have some lightness. The dual layering also gives an additional layer of protection against bashes and bangs.

It can withstand up to 135kg in weight and features a lightweight aluminium alloy paddle that will give you an edge in the water. Included with the paddle board is a heavy duty carry bag constructed of nylon and features a waist strap to assist with transportation. When it comes to inflation, you’ll be assisted by a high-pressure hand pump, and should anything go wrong the onboard repair kit will make sure everything fits back together perfectly.

  1. iRocker Inflatable ALL-AROUND Stand Up Paddle Board 11’ Long 32” wide 6” thick

If you’re after an all-around board suitable for nearly all conditions, and can support heavy weights, then the iRocker ALL-AROUND board is built just for you.

With its 32-inch width and 11’ length it is suitable to be used in a variety of conditions. All the while supporting up to 175kg in weight, and considering it only weighs 10kg we’d say that for its weight it offers great durability.

Its large width means it offers great stability in the water, and features a bungee cord storage area that will allow you to safely store more gear while on the water. It is constructed of three-layer drop stitch material, which gives it a near indestructible finish. It is easy to inflate with a dual action hand pump and can easily be transported with its inbuilt carry strap.

You’ll also receive a removable 9-inch centre fin, and two permanently attached side fins that will greatly assist in the board’s stability on the water.

Deflating the board is an easy process and once complete, the board can be packed away in the included backpack – ready to be transported back to your next destination.

  1. ISLE AirTech Inflatable Explorer Stand Up Paddle Board

This stand up paddle board is built for exploration, and with its 14 perfectly positioned D-rings, you’ll have plenty of places to store all your extra rations that will be required on your day’s journey. It is built to navigate smoothly on flat water and offer great stability through wavy conditions. It weighs in at 8kg and is constructed of military strength PVC – offering a durable finish and lightweight build.

It can take on taller and heavier users with its extra length and width, and is built for recreational paddle board use, but can navigate confidently through more choppy conditions.

It has a one-year warranty and a month-long money back guarantee and can be packed down and transported easily.

  1. BIC Sport ACE-TEC WingStand Up Paddleboard

Winner of the Outsiders Magazine Gear of the Year Award, the Bic ACE-Tec paddle board has a stable, and efficient touring board shape which gives you stability and the ability to cut through the water in an efficient manner. It features a removable fin, 9 D-rings to attach your necessary excursion gear and with its V shaped hull, you’ll experience great glide through the water.

ACE-Tec stands for Advanced Composite Engineered Technology – a technique which uses stacked layers of fiberglass between styrene polymers – the resulting product offers a board which is both durable and relatively lightweight at 13 Kilograms in 11’ configuration.

You’ll find that the boards offer great stability, with their wide stance, so beginners find them particularly easy to ride. The shape of the board offers it the ability to track through flat waters and take on some light wave conditions too. Additionally, you’ll find that turning is a lot easier on this board.

While the centre fin is included in the buy price, you won’t find a lot of accessories with this board, so expect to pay for a paddle or carry bag.

It’s great for someone after a durable board, that can handle a variety of conditions, and is probably suited to rides with between a beginner to intermediate level of skill. Someone who can transition from flat water to surf conditions.

The Close Out

When choosing a board, you have to match it with your skill level and objective. Are you are looking to ride the waves, become the next Formula One racer on the water, or even tour the Atlantic Ocean? Whatever your goals, you have to choose a board shape that matches them.

Wide boards offer stability but sacrifice speed – they are good for beginner riders. Touring boards will be longer in length and are suited to flat water conditions, and racing boards will be thinner and offer a speed advantage at the sacrifice of stability. The final point to be made is that the price of a board mostly comes down to the construction materials and durability.

So, with all those things considered it is now in your hands to choose one of the best paddling boards of 2018 and paddle your way to happiness.

 

Razor MX650 Dirt Rocket Review

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Do you enjoy the feel of the wind on your face and the feel of a strong, sturdy ride as you cruise up and down the rolling dirt hills? Yet are you held back from achieving this dream as you fear a high-quality bike will leave a massive dent in your family’s wallet? Do not worry, the solution is the Razor MX650 Dirt Rocket bike.

This is a safe, ideal biking innovation that will appeal to the adventurer in you. Powered by a battery, the Razor MX650 Dirt Rocket is built with a robust structure and framework. Its high-torque, variable motor is not only safe to use, yet will excite its target market of teenagers that are 16 years old minimum in age and above.

However, plenty of parents have bought this incredible bike for children who are younger than the advertised age of sixteen. A regular, gas-driven bike poses as a potential threat to countless parents.

From any point of view, a bike will appear as a speedy danger. Then, there is the noise pollution to consider! With all the sound that a bike generates, the neighbours surely get disturbed too! Well, the Razor MX650 is relatively silent in comparison and will win your neighbours over.


It is a strong vehicle and can support riders with a weight of one hundred kilograms approximately at a speed of seventeen miles per hour.  The Razor MX650 comes armed with sixteen inches and fourteen inches inflated knobby tires that offer the greatest amount of power.

Check out its awesome features as listed below so you know what a great deal you are getting:

  1. This versatile piece of fast machinery can take you on a ride of up to 17 miles per hour.
  2. Despite being a tough, durable vehicle, the Razor MX650 only weighs 98 pounds once it has been put together. It measures 56″ x 24.5″ x 36″ in size.
  3. Its power is sourced via a trio of 12V rechargeable batteries that have a charging time of twelve hours. Drive the Razor MX650 for ten miles without the need to retune its battery or can be driven for up to forty minutes as well. There will be no need for you to procure a battery charger separately as it will be part of your sales purchase.
  4. The Razor MX650 can support a weight of two hundred and twenty pounds-or in other words, an individual weighing up to a hundred kilograms can sit in comfortably and confidently.
  5. The Razor MX650 has features comparable to its predecessor-the Razor MX500. These include but are not limited to: metal foot pegs that fold, dual suspension, a retractable kickstand, grip acceleration management, a double crown for and much more.

Dual Suspension

It is imperative for a bike (even a teenager’s ride) to be equipped with reliable dual suspension. However, if there is a rare situation where a dirt bike does not dual suspension, then the rider will have quite a challenging time when steering over bumpy, uneven roads. The previous biking products released by Razor did not all contain this critical facility. For instance, the MX350 was manufactured without this attribute. Perhaps, that is the reason safety concerned parents prefer to procure the MX500 instead. 

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10 Miles Is What You Get

It is very normal for children to get annoyed and irritated at toys or gadgets that have short charging interval times. This is one of the most popular issues with battery-operated inventions for children.  The MX650 will give your offspring a usage time of forty minutes. In other words, it will allow him to ride ten miles without worrying about a recharge.

Awesome Speed of 17 Miles per Hour

Utilizing the hand driven variable speed function, the rider can enjoy speeds up to seventeen miles per hour aboard the MX650. How do you operate the throttle? Simple! Turn or twist the right-hand side and control the acceleration, just as you would in a regular bike. The “lever brakes” have been placed on each side of the handlebar and are disc-operated.

Now, we do not want to encourage teenagers to go on a wild ride but to promote a concept of safety and fun simultaneously. This is why we have kept the speed up to seventeen miles per hour only.

Considering that the Razor MX650 as a product targets children and teenagers, that is a reasonably high speed. It is no substitute for original, powerful gas-oriented motorcycles yet serves as a safe, initial stepping stone to pursuing the passion of dirt biking.  No matter how old your teenager or child is whom you are buying this for, always ensure that he or she adorns a safety head helmet. We believe security and health come first!

Durable Steel Frame

The Razor MX650 was designed with durability and consistency in mind. It comes protected with a strong steel frame that guards it against the jostles and thumps of irregular, craggy ground. You and your Razor MX650 should enjoy an auspicious relationship for many years to come. After all, it is not just some toy: but a fully, functional dirt bike!

Awesome Technical Manual

Who does not love a do it yourself project? Well, we do not if the user guide is confusing and penned in a manner that we do not comprehend. The Razor MX650’s technical manual is quite user friendly. Mind you, it does come with a bit of legal jargon to ensure that the company is protected.

It states that the Razor MX650 is suitable for youth that is 16 years old or older. The Razor MX650 is bigger and heavier than its other counterparts. It does bolster a weight of up to one hundred kilograms. But a lot of parents have posted reviews that highlight their nine-year-old children driving the Razor MX650 and advocating it as a secure, enjoyable dirt biking option. Ensure that you ride it on somewhat flat ground that has a bit of rocks and pebbles here and there.

Or at least, that is how the manual describes it!

6 Common Illnesses Experienced by Children

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Your children are vulnerable to certain illnesses and diseases. Their immune system is much weaker compared to adults. As parents, it is your primary responsibility to feed them with healthy foods, teach them about proper hygiene, and take care of them. On the other hand, children getting sick is inevitable. It is important that you are aware of the certain illnesses that may attack your children and the treatment for these certain conditions:

Sore throat

Sore throats are common among children, especially babies and toddlers. It can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, or by certain environmental conditions like dry air. Sore throats are characterized by a scratchy and burning feeling in the throat that is usually painful. Other symptoms include a hoarse voice, trouble swallowing, and appetite loss.

In cases of a sore throat, bring your child to the doctor. They will check the throat and prescribe certain medications.

Ear Pain

Some children also experience sudden ear pain. It can be caused by an ear infection (external or internal), pressure from a cold or sinus infection, tooth pain, and others. If your child complains of ear pain accompanied with fever, bring her to an ear specialist. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial-driven ear pain.

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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection or UTI is one of the most disturbing conditions among children. Based on a 2008 systematic review, 7% of infants and 8% of children two years old and above experience UTI.  UTI is caused by bladder infections or accumulation of bacteria in the urinary tract. Children with UTI may experience difficulty in urinating, accompanied by severe fever. In this case, the doctor will need a urine sample. Hydration, along with medication is the treatment of UTI.

Skin Infection

Most children experience skin infection in their life. The most common are skin rashes. Rashes are caused by viruses or bacteria. Other skin infections include ringworm, chickenpox, impetigo, heat rash, and dermatitis.

 All of these skin infections are characterized by annoyingly itchy feeling that may affect your children’s normal interaction with people. Dermatologists may prescribe medication that will control the itch and eliminate virus and bacteria that are causing the infection.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. It can be acute or chronic. When a child has bronchitis, she will experience difficulty in breathing. It can also be accompanied by a cough, fatigue, and slight fever. In case of chronic bronchitis, the child will be more susceptible to lung infections, including pneumonia. To prevent your child from acquiring bronchitis, bring them away from places with cigarette smoke. Teach them to wash their hands regularly and let them wear surgical mask especially in public places.

Common Cold

Every child experience common cold. As a matter of fact, a child can get an average of 8 colds per year. It is caused by viral infection in the upper respiratory tract. To prevent them from getting colds, feed them with superfoods that will boost their immune system.

Buying a Drone for Your Children? Consideration to Make

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There was once a time when children had their toys, as anything used by adults was deemed too dangerous. However, as technology continues to advance it has become commonplace for both age groups to be using the same devices. This includes video game consoles, smartphones, tablets and drones.

Where we’ve had time to grow with some technology, other forms have been thrust into the limelight. The growing popularity of drones means that they’re becoming one of the most wanted items by children, as well as adults.

However, if you’re looking to buy your child a drone, then there are some considerations you need to make before committing to a purchase.

Ensure Your Purchase a Safe Drone

When you purchase a drone for an official manufacturer, you can be confident that you’re purchasing a drone that meets safety standards. However, some manufacturers aren’t interested in delivering an experience, only about yielding a profit, and this where it’s vital to carry out research.

If you come across a drone that has very little information surrounding it, it’s probably best to be avoided. A slew of models are released under various names and often use components that at best fail to work, or at worst cause a catastrophe.

While it’s tempting to opt for a drone that seems a little easier on the pockets but investing in a genuine drone will instil confidence that there will be no unexpected occurrences.

Where Will the Drone be Flown?

The way some drones are marketed, it would be easy to assume that there nothing more than toys. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. While there aren’t too many rules in place surrounding drones, the ones that are in place do need to be adhered to, otherwise there could be serious consequences.

Depending on where you are in the world, there will be a series of guidelines that need to be followed. It’s also important to note that there could be differences in the rules depending on the city or town you live in, so it’s vital that you do your research beforehand.

Will You Need to Accompany Your Child?

If you unsure of whether your child will be able to contend with the drone, then it can be a good idea to accompany them when flying. However, to be able to ensure that the drone is used in the right way, you too will need to become familiar with its workings, as well as considering others.

For example, if you have neighbours in the vicinity, then it may be a good idea to advise them of our planned drone time. If you live on a street, then you may need to take the drone further afield. However, even if you’re flying in the local park, there are still factors you need to consider ensuring that the drone doesn’t collide with anyone or cause any invasion of privacy.

As well as the safety aspects, flying a drone with your child allows you some quality time for bonding, and it can be a lot of fun learning how to pilot the drone together.

Consider Further Costs

When purchasing a drone for your child, it’s important to note that there is often a cost involved to maintain the drone moving forward. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but accidents do happen, and if a collision occurs, then you may need to purchase some replacement parts. How much this will cost will depend on the severity of the damage. The cost doesn’t have to be great, but it something that you should consider if you’re planning on purchasing a drone for your child.

Consider the Controls

It may surprise you to learn that some of the younger generation may have never seen anything that resembles an analogue controller, because nowadays so much is done via our smartphone. Instead of radio control, many vehicles can be controlled with an app. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t solutions available for more nostalgic drone flyers.

When purchasing a drone for a child, you need to consider what the best form of control will be for them. If they’re used to playing on a tablet, then it may be worth opting for a drone that makes use of an app, as detailed in this review of the OD DJI Osmo. Plus, the prospect of children using their tablet for something other than playing games needs to be applauded.

Will You Be Using a Camera?

There’s no denying that drones are a lot of fun, but they can garner even more enjoyment when capturing your child’s flight on video. And what fun would it be if us parents didn’t get involved too? However, not everyone likes to be filmed, especially in such a fragile world, so you need to ensure that you’re thinking of others when capturing photos or videos.

For example, if there are a lot of children in the area, then it’s probably best avoided. This can also apply to high traffic areas where collisions are more inevitable. If using a camera will be the main use of the drone, then it can be worthwhile doing some research to ensure that you’re not going to cause any upset.

It can seem like that there are a lot of rules in place when it comes to purchasing a drone that it can take the excitement of it all. Fear not, there is still plenty of fun to be had with a drone, and this is amplified when flying them with our children. However, the rules set are put in place to protect everyone else, and once we learn them, there’s no reason why we can’t get full enjoyment from a drone.

7 Ways to Boost A Child’s Memory Without Gadgets

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The advent of technology has redefined education. Today, we have computers, internet, and other technologies that aid the learning of people. Children nowadays also use smartphones, tablets, and gadgets to expand their knowledge and skills. Indeed, learning has become more fun and interactive through the use of technology. But apart from overly-depending on technology, there are conventional ways that keep a child’s brain sharper and smarter.

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Encourage them to read books

Children’s brains are hungry for knowledge. A young brain is also perfect for absorbing different kinds of information. It’s best if you expose them to books, magazines, and other reading materials. You can also take them to the library so they can have the freedom to choose whatever book they want.

Let them play memory games

From the name itself, these games are great in boosting your child’s memory. Memory games do not just exercise the brain and enhance other brain functions, but they also prevent children and most especially adults from developing memory-related illnesses. Moreover, American Journal of Geriatrics Society found out that memory games also increases auditory functions. Memory games include a crossword puzzle, word search, and rhyming word game.

Board games are great, too

According to experts, board games boost the skills and knowledge of children. There are a wide variety of board games to increase the brain power of your child. You can let them play UNO cards, Bingo, Sock Money, Dominoes, Animal Mastermind Towers, and Monopoly, among others.

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Challenge their creativity

While they are still young, children should be exposed to situations in which their creativity is being challenged. Give them a clean sheet of paper, set of crayons, and ask them to draw anything they like. Illustration improves your children’s visual memory. Their creativity can also be tested through various writing exercises.

Let them interact with other children

The real learning takes place outside the house. It is through real-life experiences where they can learn how to be strong. Let them play with other children. This will help them improve their social skills and develop strategies on how to live life outside their comfort zone. Moreover, it provides them an opportunity to exchange knowledge with other children.

Improve their special skills

Children should be exposed to various extracurricular activities. They can be enrolled in schools and organizations that specialize in special skills. This includes swimming, basketball, karate, gymnastics, and skating. This will keep your children active which we all know is essential in keeping them healthy.

Feed them with brain foods

Another factor in the brain development of the child is proper nutrition. Parents should feed them with foods that increase the brain power. An egg is a total package of protein and all essential nutrients essential for brain development. You can also feed them with yogurt, green vegetables, fish, nuts, and seeds, among others.

In this digital era, your children deserve to take a break from their smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets. Let them learn things through the means we have before.

Top 8 Healthy Habits of Healthy Families

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It is true that healthy living starts in your family. If the children are healthy, the parents are healthy as well. Healthy families share a culture that promotes a healthy lifestyle. They work hand-in-hand to reduce their risks of acquiring disorders. These families do not just want to live longer, but to do more while they are alive. In this article, we will share with you the top healthy habits of healthy families:

They prepare healthy meals

Healthy families are conscious of what they eat. They make sure they prepare a pleasant meal, packed with all the needed essentials, especially for the children. Main meals commonly have 3 to 5 food groups while snacks have 2 to 3. Fruits and vegetables are always present on the dining table.

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They eat together

Healthy families always make sure they gather as one on the table. They share not just healthy foods, but also stories about their day. It is best for parents and children to dine together. According to Pediatrics, children who are picky at foods may develop food acceptance once they see their siblings and parents the same food.

They sleep on time

Healthy families value sleep. After work, school, and household chores, they make sure they go to bed as early as 8 in the evening to end the day, rest, and wake up early the next day. According to a research, lack of sleep increases hunger hormones leading to stress eating. Moreover, Pediatrics found out that children who get the recommended amount of sleep are less likely to become obese.

They exercise together

Healthy families are into an active lifestyle. They jog, walk, bike, or swim together. They may also engage in various sports. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children should have at least an hour of physical activity every day, whereas parents should spend at least three hours of exercise every week.

They limit their screen time

Healthy families are also cautious of their consumption of technology. Today, most families have normalized the use of technology as part of their daily habit. They watch TV, use smartphones, play computer games, etc. It is okay but should be regulated. Too much screen time threatens your family’s health. That’s why healthy families limit their screen time.

They grow their own organic food

Healthy families also find happiness in running an orchard or a mini-farm. Here they grow organic fruits and vegetables. They also raise chickens, pigs, or cows, and even keep honey bees. Healthy families teach their children about sustainability.

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They always have family time

All habits mentioned above are family time. On the other hand, healthy families always find a special time to bond with each other, travel, and experience new things in life.

They help other people

Lastly, healthy families are into helping other individuals and families. They are active in joining organizations, charities, and foundations that raise awareness to certain causes in the society.

Do you consider your family a “healthy family”?

5 Ways to Keep Fit in the Water

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Water can be an effective tool to aid exercising. The water slows down your movements and also partially supports your weight, meaning you’re much less likely to injure yourself. With the added support, exercising in water is also much gentler on your body, making it a great way to keep fit for those with arthritis or muscle or joint pain. Pregnant women will also feel the benefits of exercising in water. That’s not to say that people in great shape should stay away from the pool – all can reap the benefits of a water workout!

So, if you’re considering adding a huge dose of H2O to your fitness routine but aren’t in the mood to just swim lengths, why not try out one of these forms of exercise?

1. Aqua Aerobics

There are many reasons why aqua aerobics is so popular with the OAP crowd. It comprises of exercises you’d normally find in a normal aerobics class on dry land, but instead performed in shallow water. Typically, classes take place in a swimming pool and do not require you to fully submerge yourself. Essentially, aqua aerobics is a form of resistance training with a great pace that’s set by music. With water providing a resistance to movement, there’s a pull and push required to perform the exercises, giving a more balanced workout for muscles. Typically, the average class runs anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour, allowing participants to burn between 300 and 700 calories per session, depending on the length of time and difficulty level. Exercising in water also helps to reduce lactic acid build up, so you’re less sore for the next few days. Check out the timetable at your local swimming pool to find a class.

2. Paddleboarding

If you live by the coast, then why not give paddleboarding a try? It involves lying, kneeling or standing on a paddleboard, where movement is either provided by the waves, or by using your arms in a propeller motion to drive yourself forward. It may seem like your arms are the only thing being exercised, but paddleboarding also provides an excellent workout for your core, legs, back, shoulders and neck. In particular, pro paddleboarders are known for having rock hard abs, developed from a basic move known as ‘rotation in the stroke’. Using a combination of strength, balance and endurance, even leisurely paddleboarding can burn up to 430 calories an hour. In fact, it burns more calories than running or swimming. If you’re looking to purchase a paddleboard of your own, there’s an amazing variety of them available to suit every budget and skill level. Have a browse online to find the best cheap paddleboards on the market reviewed by other customers.

3. Kayaking

Give your upper body the ultimate workout with a spot of kayaking. It’s popular with injured cyclists and runners, as kayaking is a great way to keep fit. It also engages your core and legs for balance, so your whole body is involved in the exercise. It differs from canoeing in that the kayak has a double-blade paddle where the canoe requires a single-blade. You’ll also often find a canoeing on their knees, while a person in a kayak is seated, with their feet braced to create a strong and fluid motion when rowing. If you’re feeling up for the challenge, you can kayak upriver in the UK, or even head to one of the country’s white water river sections to get an adrenaline rush while you keep fit. Alternatively, you can punt along the canal before stopping off at the pub for a well-earned drink.

4. Water Polo

Let your competitive side loose with a game of water polo. The game was invented in the late 19th Century to resemble rugby – except it’s played in the water. Typically, water polo is played in water that’s too deep for standing up; so you’re burning calories even when you tread water. In addition to keeping your head above the water, players also need to move quickly, throw and catch the ball and work defensively against the other team. All of these actions develop strength and dexterity, and also burn an impressive number of calories. A typical game of water polo involves 32 minutes of intense exercise, split into 8-minute-long periods. With a warm up and potentially a practice game to start, you can expect to burn over 600 calories a session. Head to the Swim England website to find a water polo club nearby. There are around 15,000 people who play water polo in the UK, so you’re sure to find a team that suits your ability.

5. Scuba Diving

Thinking about scuba diving conjures up images of crystal clear waters, colourful coral reefs and the sun shining overhead. Luckily for residents of the UK, scuba diving doesn’t mean you need to hop on a plane to experience the above – there’s plenty of beautiful spots to explore right off our very own coastline. Like in the tropics, scuba diving in the UK involves a wetsuit, breathing apparatus and a pair of flippers to propel you in the water. If you’re considering a spot of scuba diving to keep fit, you’ll actually burn more calories in the temperate water of the UK than somewhere warmer. Typically, you can expect to burn up to 600 calories for every hour of scuba diving. If you decide to try your hand at scuba diving, make sure to take a course beforehand, as its important for divers to know how to enter the water safely. There are plenty of certification courses across the country, and they’re relatively affordable too. Once you’re certified you’re able to dive anywhere in the world, so you can keep fit even when you’re on holiday!

How to Survive Christmas Without Breaking the Bank

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‘Overspending’ and ‘Christmas’ are words that seem to go hand in hand. It’s the season of giving, though it can sometimes feel as if the only thing you’re giving is a battering to your bank balance. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are things that you can do, which will help keep your Christmas spending in check. That doesn’t mean cutting back on festive cheer, it’s just about spending your money more wisely. So, without further ado, here are the best ways to survive Christmas without breaking the bank.

Make a plan and stick to it. 

The first thing you want to do is make a plan. Work out how much money you can reasonably afford to spend at Christmas and then begin dividing it up between all of your expected purchases. Try and think of every little thing that is going to cost you money. How many people are you buying gifts for? Do you have wrapping paper and gift tags for all those presents? If you’re feeling super organised, you can even make a list of what present you’re buying each person to then scour the web for the cheapest place to buy it. Remember to reserve a portion for Christmas dinner, another portion for cards and stamps, and so on. Once you’ve worked out what needs purchasing, and more importantly how much you have to spend, only then can you head to the shops to begin ticking things off your list. This method will also help you refrain from any impromptu purchases that may throw your budget into disarray.

Bulk buy ingredients for Christmas dinner.

When it comes to budgeting, the multipack is your best friend. Luckily, bulk buying can be applied to Christmas dinner ingredient purchases relatively easily. That’s because, realistically, many of the ingredients that you intend on using for Christmas dinner can be used for other meals. Stuffing? Yep. Sausages? Check. Cheese? You bet. Therefore, there’s no point buying the exact amount of each ingredient, when you can always pop surplus in the freezer. Similarly, it’s also worth having a check in the freezer before you even begin shopping, as you might find something useful in there from a previous shop.
Bulk buying can also apply to different components of Christmas. If you have the storage space, the likes of wrapping paper and Christmas cards are much cheaper when purchased in larger quantities and can be used year after year.

Do a pot luck.

Another great technique for saving money on Christmas dinner is to ask guests to participate in a pot luck. This is where each guest is responsible for bringing a component of the Christmas dinner. If the lack of organisation scares you, then you can always assign people to courses or even specific dishes. The way you don’t have to worry about potentially having 50 Brussel sprouts and no roast potatoes. If you’re cooking for a large party, a pot luck also solves the issue of running out of oven space. The best thing about sharing out the cooking of Christmas dinner is that it doesn’t just save you money, it also saves you time and effort. However, if any of your guests have any allergies or intolerances make sure to communicate them to everyone who will be bringing a dish.

Buy now, pay later.

The month of December sure is an expensive one. And unfortunately, some costs are unavoidable. If you’re having trouble finding the funds to buy all of your Christmas gifts, then why not consider buying things on credit? You’re hardly expected to buy a new sofa outright or renovate your kitchen using a single pay-check, so large purchases like amazing gifts can follow suit. For the exceptionally organised, they’ll have saved and scrimped throughout the year to afford the perfect purchase. For the rest of us, we can reverse the process and buy the gift first, then pay later. You’ll find catalogues and websites covering almost every category imaginable. There are even catalogues for bad credit, so those with financial turmoil in their past and a less-than-perfect credit score need not worry about missing out. 

Get crafty and make your own gifts.

If you have ever watched Art Attack! then you’ll know that almost every household item can be transformed into a new and exciting gift. Parents with small kids can take advantage of the opportunity to make homemade presents, as it can double as a lovely weekend activity. Perhaps you can get the little ones making homemade gift tags by turning finger prints into characters. For budding chefs, you could make a large batch of truffles or jars of jam, and distribute your wares amongst your friends and family. Meanwhile those with nimble fingers could knit socks or crochet hats for their loved ones. There are so many crafty Christmas ideas online, so get browsing to find something that suits your skill level. 

Wait for the sales.

Unless you have understanding friends and family, it may be difficult to put off buying Christmas presents until the sales hit. However, there are some things that you can forgo this year but enjoy in 2018, in order to make a massive saving on the purchase in the January sales. This includes things like an artificial Christmas tree and all of its decorations. In the run up to Christmas, you can expect to pay a small fortune for this festive staple. But once the big day has passed, shops will begin flogging their stock to make room for their non-Christmassy items, and that’s when it’s your time to pounce. Then, when Christmas 2018 rolls around, you’ll be able to gleefully boast to all your guests about how you managed to decorate your home for a fraction of the cost it would have otherwise been to purchase everything full price.