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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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7 Ways To Regulate Your Children’s Screen Time

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...
6 Negative Effects of Smartphones and Mobile Devices on Children

6 Negative Effects of Smartphones and Mobile Devices...

The children today are born in the era of modern technology. Instead of toys, they are exposed to smartphones, tablets, and other high-tech...
6 Parenting Tips For Raising a Well-Learned Child

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...

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7 Ways To Regulate Your Children’s Screen Time

Blog5 - 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 others. It is inevitable for these children to be exposed to technology. Supposedly, they are created to make learning for children much easier and interactive. However, these technologies have been abused. Parents also fail to regulate their children’s use of gadgets.

According to ParticipACTION, Canadian children spend an average of 7.5 hours in front of screens every day. Too much screen time for children has a lot of negative effects. Children may experience sleep deprivation, attention problems, obesity, and decreased social interaction.

In this article, we will teach you how to regulate your children’s exposure to screens:

Always communicate with your children

Children may be overly attached to your television or their mobile devices. You may lose time talking to them, asking them about their day. The lack of communication affects your relationship. It is important that you spend time communicating with them.

Encourage them to learn new things

It is healthy to keep your children busy. Instead of sitting the whole day watching TV or playing video games, encourage them to unleash their skills and expand their knowledge on certain things. For example, you can send them to music classes, dance school, self-defense training, or anything they are interested in.

Keep them physically active

Another way of keeping them busy is to expose them to various sports. This will help them enhance their sensorimotor and visual-motor skills. Plus, playing sports is the best way to keep them healthy.

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Set a limit on screen time

It’s alright for children to watch television. But it should be your responsibility to regulate their screen time. Select shows that are appropriate for children. You can also limit their screen time from one to two hours maximum. Also, it is best if you accompany them while they are watching TV. This does not only apply to TV but also includes smartphones and mobile devices.

Let them sleep on time

Make it a habit for them to sleep early. Also, avoid putting a television in their room. Keep smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices away from them during the night. As mentioned earlier, screens emit blue lights that inhibit the sleeplessness of a person.

Check the apps

With the internet at home or anywhere, your children can download any application they want. You need to regularly check their tablets or smartphones. Evaluate the apps on their devices. Uninstall apps that promote violence and has sexual content. At an early age, they should be playing with educational apps.

Use technology to regulate technology

There are various technologies that can help you regulate your children’s exposure to technology. There is a device that allows you to automatically turn off all appliances, even the Wi-Fi router. Moreover, install software that regulates your children’s access to unhealthy content on the web.

6 Negative Effects of Smartphones and Mobile Devices on Children

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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 United States, 97% of children under four use mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Most parents use them for educational and entertainment purposes. The internet makes it accessible for children to download educational and gaming applications.

But parents cannot resist questioning: “Is technology healthy for my child?”

Mobile devices are meant to aid children in their learning. However, experts found out some negative impact of smartphones and other mobile devices on children.

It affects child-parent relationship

Parents are supposed to guide their children. During infancy, your child needs your voice and touch. You should be the first person to educate your children and guide them in their learning. However, some parents introduce gadgets to their child at an early age. This will prevent the child from developing a deeply personal relationship with their parents.

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They may develop addiction

Do not wait for your children to become addicted to gadgets. According to multiple studies, technology is everyone’s first addiction. They become obsessed until they lose self-control. The UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior states that the use of smartphones and tablets do not teach children moderation and impulse-control, thus developing an addiction.

They may develop insomnia

The use of smartphones may contribute to sleep deprivation. According to Sleep.org, 71% of people, including children sleep with their smartphones and gadgets. These devices emit blue light that suppresses melatonin, the hormone that affects our circadian rhythm. According to Boston College, three-fourths of children aged 9 and 10 years old are sleep deprived, affecting their school performance.

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It affects their learning

Contrary to educational purposes, a study suggests that smartphones are harmful to a child’s ability to learn. It decreases their concentration and attention. According to Boston University, the use of mobile devices replaces hands-on activities that are essential in the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills.

It can lead to obesity

When they become too attached to their gadgets, they will develop a sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle has a lot of negative effects not just to children but also to adults. According to a study, 30% of children are obese because of a sedentary lifestyle. In Canada, the rate of overweight children has tripled for the last three decades.

It changes their behavior

Children with smartphones have easier access to any kind of content, including sex and violence. Their minds are vulnerable. They are at risk of imitating the actions and behaviors they see in the videos and games. As a matter of fact, one study suggests that technology is regarded as one of the top reasons why children today are becoming more aggressive. Furthermore, children are also at risk to cyberbullying which may cause them stress and depression.

As their parents, it is your primary responsibility to regulate their use of smartphones and other mobile devices to keep them physically, mentally, and socially healthy.

6 Parenting Tips For Raising a Well-Learned Child

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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, children will be led astray. Definitely, parenting is a difficult job. But in the end, it will really be fulfilling and rewarding. The primary goal for parents is to raise their children well by being with them in their learning phase. To help you out, follow these parenting tips:

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Encourage them to learn new things

Every child has a set of innate skills and talents. Some of them show early signs of giftedness. On the other hand, some children need an extra push. As their parents, you need to encourage them to learn new things. Be with them in expanding their knowledge. Let them engage in music classes, dance lessons, self-defense training, etc.

Always recognize their efforts

As early as childhood, make your children realize the importance of goals and achievement. In a research conducted in Stanford University, a person’s mindset can influence behavior. Thus, parents should inculcate in the children’s mind the value of success by recognizing their little accomplishments and efforts instead of labeling them as “smart” or “talented”.

Pay attention to their way of learning

Every child is unique in terms of how they learn things. According to Harvard researcher Howard Gardner, there are different kinds of intelligence. The kind of intelligence determines how children learn things. It can be mathematical, linguistic, logical, musical or interpersonal. Your role is to pay attention to how children learn new things and support them in their ways.

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Teach them how to read

The fundamental part of learning is being able to read. Through reading, children can acquire information to expand their understanding and knowledge about a lot of things. Apart from the teacher, you should guide your children how to say sounds and read words. It is not just a great opportunity for you to bond with each other, but an integral step to teach your children the value of learning and communication.

Eat dinner together, talk with each other

The best time for families to come as one is during dinner. Apart from enjoying the food, dinner is a perfect opportunity for parents to talk to their children about their day, share some experiences, and communicate about certain things before they conclude their day. Moreover, Columbia University found out that children who eat at least five meals a day with their parents achieve higher grades in school. They are also less likely to develop an eating disorder.

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Always let them sleep early

While they are young, they should develop the habit of sleeping early. Turn off the TV and keep smartphones and other gadgets away from them at least 30 minutes before bedtime. We cannot debate the fact that sleep is important for children and even adults. In a 2005 study by Tel Aviv University, sleepless children have lower cognitive abilities than those children with ample sleep hours.

How do you cope with your child or children’s demands? Share us your stories.

8 Super Foods To Boost Your Children’s Immune System

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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 some Asian countries.

As we all know, without proper nutrition, your children will be deficient in all the needed nutrients, minerals, vitamins, protein, and carbohydrates, among others. This will weaken the immune system of your children, making them susceptible to various diseases.

In this article, we will discuss to you the super foods that will boost the immune system of your children and protect them against various illnesses:

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Leafy vegetables

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and other leafy vegetables help fight infection. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. They are also good sources of potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and beta-carotene which are all essential for a strong immune system. Serve leafy vegetables to children along with burgers or in smoothies.

Almonds

Almonds are among the healthiest nuts that are great for children. They are loaded with essential antioxidants and are effective in reducing cholesterol in the body. They are also good sources of vitamin E and manganese which is needed to strengthen the immune system. Almonds are best eaten as snacks.

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Berries

Berries are great sources of antioxidants, including anthocyanins and resveratrol.  Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidant content among others. If your children have a sedentary lifestyle, make berries as their snacks as they are good at improving blood sugar levels in the body.

Yogurt

Yogurt is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are essential in keeping your heart healthy. But above all, yogurt is a powerhouse of probiotics which boost your children’s immune system. There are readily available packs of yogurt drinks.

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Salmon

Another rich source of omega-3 fatty acids is Salmon. These fat essentials do not just protect your children’s heart, but also strengthen their lings from colds and respiratory infections. Salmon is also loaded with vitamins B and D, potassium, phosphorus, and choline that stimulate the immune system.

Eggs

Basically, an egg is a good source of protein. But apart from that, it is loaded with vitamins B and D and selenium which are essential to fight any threat to the immune system. Eggs can be served in various ways – Sunny Side Up, hard boiled, or scrambled.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, needed to increase the production and activity of natural killer cells. They are also rich in vitamin C, an essential immune system enhancer. Further, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A and B6 and potassium.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds and its oil are rich in zinc, a great component to strengthen our immune system. They are also rich in magnesium, manganese, copper, antioxidants, and protein which all stimulate the immune system.

What are your secret recipes for making your children healthy and strong?

6 Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle in Children

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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’s Public Health Office, only 1 in 10 children and youth met the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. A huge percentage of children and teenagers are having a sedentary lifestyle.

We should all be aware that a sedentary lifestyle is not healthy. According to the Center for Disease Control, an individual should have at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise. In the world, 85% of the population does not engage in physical activities, based on the report of the World Health Organization.

As a parent, it is your primary responsibility to be educated on the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle in children.

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Sudden changes in mood

Children who are most of the time inactive experience sudden changes in their behavior. According to a study conducted in Australia, individuals who sit all day at home, school, or work were 90% more likely to experience psychological distress. Further, BMC Public Health suggests that sedentary behavior like watching TV or playing games can increase anxiety.

Increases risk of cancer

Based on a German study, four million people are at high risk of several types of cancer due to sedentary behavior. Individuals, children and adults alike who love to sit all the time may experience a 24% higher risk of developing colon cancer, 32% of endometrial cancer, and 21% of lung cancer.

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Causes obesity

The number of overweight children in Canada has tripled in the last 30 years. The increase in childhood obesity can be attributed to children’s sedentary lifestyle and lack of nutrition. Sedentary behaviors include television viewing, video game playing, and computer use. Obesity can lead to various health problems, including heart diseases and diabetes.

Experiences musculoskeletal problems

When you have a sedentary lifestyle, your body has less movement. This means your bones, muscles, and joints are not exercised. This will increase your children’s risk of developing musculoskeletal problems. Your children may experience problems in their back, spine, neck, and lower extremities.

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Develops venous disorders

Prolonged sitting and standing can lead to vein problems. It restricts the proper blood flow in the body, especially in the lower parts. If there is lack of proper blood circulation in the body, the veins will weaken and will stop working properly. This is called venous insufficiency which will lead to varicose veins and even worse medical conditions like Pulmonary Embolism.

Weakens brain function

Studies suggest that prolonged sitting discourages the proper flow of ideas in children. That’s why educational organizations promote an interactive way of learning in school. Instead of just sitting while listening to the lecture, they should be engaged in group activities, fun programs, etc. Furthermore, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the common causes of dementia in adult people.

How do you prevent your children from having a sedentary lifestyle?