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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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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...
Buying a Drone for Your Children? Consideration to Make

Buying a Drone for Your Children? Consideration to...

There was once a time when children had their toys, as anything used by adults was deemed too dangerous. However, as technology continues...
7 Ways to Boost A Child’s Memory Without Gadgets

7 Ways to Boost A Child’s Memory Without...

The advent of technology has redefined education. Today, we have computers, internet, and other technologies that aid the learning of people. Children nowadays...

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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.

7 Ways To Regulate Your Children’s Screen Time

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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.

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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?