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8 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School

Your children’s education is one of the most important things in the world. As their parents, you are their first teacher. But of course, they have to undergo formal education with real teachers. Apart from the aca...
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4 Best Activities for Children with ADHD

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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

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8 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School

8 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in...

Your children’s education is one of the most important things in the world. As their parents, you are their first teacher. But of...
Benefits of Swimming

Benefits of Swimming

You will live to be a hundred if you exercise regularly and eat healthy! If you had a nickel for every time we...
Best Electric Skateboards 2018

Best Electric Skateboards 2018

The electric skateboard market is hitting new highs with every month that passes. Incredible new designs, impressive power and top speeds – and...

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8 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School

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Your children’s education is one of the most important things in the world. As their parents, you are their first teacher. But of course, they have to undergo formal education with real teachers. Apart from the academics, the school will also be their avenue to improve their skills. In this stage of their life, your role is to become their supporter. You need to accompany them on their journey. Their goal is your goal, too. In this article, we will teach you how to help your children succeed in school:

Know their teachers

As a parent, it is your role to meet the people who will be part of their lives. Try to find a way to meet your child’s first teacher. The goal is not to tell the teacher to increase your child’s grades, but to tell her about your child’s personality. This will help the teacher understand the special needs of your child.

Tour the school

Apart from the teacher, you also have to know the other important people in the school. This includes the teachers, administrators, principal, director, and even your child’s classmates.

Participate in conferences

Schools conduct monthly or annual parent-teacher conferences. In this event, teachers and parents discuss key issues surrounding the learning modules, growth and development of students, and various programs that will help students mold their skills and knowledge.

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Ask about your child’s day

You need to be fully aware of what is going on with your child. Ask them about their day. Did they dissect a frog? Did he meet new friends? Did he ace the test?

Let them do their homework

Responsibility starts when your child learns to accomplish his assignments and homework. Make sure they finish all their school homework. Remove distractions like TV, gadgets, smartphones, and toys.

Apply for special services

If you think your child is having a hard time in learning, you can apply for tutorial services. There are schools that offer these special services. Further, there are professional tutors who provide home services.

Help them study

When they are in school, it is normal for them to get busy. But do not forget to make time for them. One way is to help them study and prepare for their tests.

Encourage them to join clubs

Schools have clubs and organizations specialized in various fields – music, art, drama, etc. Encourage them to join these clubs to improve their skills.

Benefits of Swimming

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You will live to be a hundred if you exercise regularly and eat healthy! If you had a nickel for every time we have heard this statement, you would probably be a little bit richer! Sure, you should definitely find whatever format of exercise that excites you. However, after hearing all the incredible benefits that swimming will offer your body, you may just decide to switch to swimming full time from a diverse fitness routine.

What are the objectives of anyone’s fitness regime? To tone up, build stamina and muscles, get stronger and to lose weight. Guess what? Swimming fulfils all of the above and much more. It is a full body workout with a lower probability of risk as compared to other fitness categories.

Also according to Willsha Pools Remodelling Service an hour of swimming burns almost the same number of calories that you would as running? The awesome news is that you can do achieve that volume without risking your joints and bones. A lot of recovering athletes choose swimming as the preferred form of exercise whilst they are unable to engage in their regular workout routine. There is no equipment and no machinery involved as it is just you and the deep blue water. If you want to know why you should be in the pool (apart from the fact that It is super fun!), read on!

1.      Get Stronger

As you propel yourself through water, each kick or stroke that you make falls in the class of resistance exercises. This is because water is twelve times denser than air and you are working against it. Hence, swimming is an incredibly effective tool to increase the level of your muscular strength and to tone up your body.

The reality is that people who swim use most muscle groups to move through the water. When your arms pull, your legs kick. In response, your core is engaged as your stomach contracts to create power for the movement of the legs. This kind of cardio increases your heart rate without stressing out the whole body.

You won’t get bored as you can change up your swimming style in the pool. Go for 50 laps of a breaststroke today, 30 laps of sidestroke tomorrow or 40 laps of freestyle the next day. Not only that, it provides bone strength which is great for women who have crossed over to menopause.

2.      Happy Heart

Speaking of your heart, swimming makes this vital organ pump blood more effectually around your body which means in an increment in your blood flow. Your heart can become larger and has a lower rate of disease due to reduction in your body’s inflammatory response. It also decreases blood pressure and builds stamina. Studies have found that if you spend thirty minutes swimming every day, the chances of coronary heart disease in women will be reduce by thirty to forty percent.

3.      Increase Flexibility

Your ankles stretch with each kick as you move through the water like a fish and push through the aqua pressure to drive yourself forward. Swimming makes you twist, pull and stretch. Of course, if water makes you feel uncomfortable, you can always ameliorate your flexibility by stretching yourself and engaging in other kinds of aerobic exercises. But our personal favourite is swimming!

4.      Healthier Cholesterol

It would be a utopian world if we did not have to deal with issues such as cholesterol. Unfortunately, we are only human and have to manage all sorts of health issues-cholesterol being one of them. HDL, being a positive form of cholesterol, increases with swimming. For every one percent of HDL, the probability of heart disease reduces by 3.5%. Endothelium, a thin layer of cells based along your arteries, tends to lose its level of flexibility as the human body ages. Research has found that individuals who swim or take part in any kind of aerobic exercises, have the endothelium capacity of people in the age bracket of thirty to forty.

5.      No Sweat

Swimming creates eighty-five percent of body heat as you push and pull in the deep blue. However, as the water is cooler than your body, it also cools you down simultaneously. The magical end result being: no sweat!

6.      Summer Days

Nothing like taking a welcoming plunge into the cool water on a hot, sunny day. You instantly feel rejuvenated and fresh. Your movements are smooth and in sync as you swim. Your body releases any form of toxins as you sweat naturally.

7.      Smile More

Yes, exercise makes you high on endorphins! Swimming is no different! You step out of the pool with happier hormones and a relaxed feeling (similar to yoga). As stated earlier, your body is automatically stretched whilst swimming and as you take deep breaths, you feel tranquil.

Swimming is a quiet sport where it is just you, your body and the water. There is no loud music to motivate you as it is your own mind that makes you push your limits and explore your potential. It allows you to clear your mind and de-stress from the nuisances of daily life. This, by itself, lowers the risk of depression.

8.      Sleep Better

The Sleep Foundation published findings in the year 2013 that individuals who engaged in aerobic exercises had better sleeping patterns. Problems such as tossing, turning and insomnia either did not exist or reduced by twice.

9.      Stay Young

No need to find that mythical fountain of youth-just go find a pool and jump in! Swimming will allow your blood pressure levels to remain within recommended parameters, improve the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain and build your muscle mass. If you are a senior person suffering from join pain, hit the pool! It decreases joint inflammation and builds your flexibility. As a low impact physical activity, it will not risk your body and you have the freedom to move at your own pace.

10.  It’s Economical

The best part is that you don’t need to pay horrendous gym or fitness monthly fees to anyone to let you swim. Go find your community’s swimming pool and just dive in! Perhaps the school in your district allows free access if you are a local resident or will let you in for a small fee.

Best Electric Skateboards 2018

The electric skateboard market is hitting new highs with every month that passes. Incredible new designs, impressive power and top speeds – and falling prices, but there’s one problem:

How can you cut through all the marketing talk and truly work out what’s right for you?

Well, you can’t – unless you find a site that’s tried and tested a huge range of boards and then ranked the best 10 for you to read!

Which is exactly what we’ve done!

You can browse this list of the 10 best electric skateboards with the confidence that you’re buying based on real user reviews and long terms testing! Read on!

BajaBoard

We’re starting with a really serious piece of kit – but the BajaBoard isn’t for everyone!

If you’re looking for something that’s going to take you over practically any terrain (or be complete overkill for your commute!) then you’ve found your perfect match. The BajaBoard packs more all-terrain performance than some older military vehicles (no joke!) – with traction control, custom braking configuration and the ability to handle hills up to a 35% gradient.

Oh – and did we mention it goes nearly 40mph too?

This isn’t the best choice for the city, especially considering it’s hefty weight – but take it out onto some tough terrain and you’ll be unstoppable. It’s not cheap – but it’s masses of fun.

Evolve Bamboo GT 2in1

Evolve make great electric skateboards – hence they feature on this list twice.

This is a powerful board and I can almost guarantee its acceleration will shock you the first few times you skate it. It’s good for a whopping 20+ miles on one charge too – although it does take a bit of time to fully charge up.

If your commute or leisure rides involve hills then the Evolve Bamboo GT 2in1 is a great choice as you’ll barely notice the difference in performance, even on some decent inclines. The quick 4-5 minute wheel change means you can easily convert between smooth street riding and all terrain stuff quickly and easily.

OneWheel+

Probably the least conventional looking board on this list, the OneWheel+ is a bit of a ‘love it or hate it’ design – but it’s gone down as a style hit with us here.

The huge central wheel and tyre make it really versatile – it eats up the pavement lumps and bumps no problem at all, and grass, patches of mud and pavement puddles don’t bother it in the slightest.

We loved the lights (ideal for dull evening commutes) and the sturdy feel of the design. The ultra-quick charging (around 20 mins full charge!) meant it was a favourite for going back and forth to work. The unique design takes some getting used to, but when you do, it’s fun and very manoeuvrable.

Boosted Dual+

If we had to grade the boards on this list for beauty, the Boosted Dual+ would be at the top. It’s got traditional long-board good looks and even the closest inspection will satisfy the skating connoisseur – as it’s made from really high-end components.

We loved the fact that you can swap batteries out fairly easily – meaning a carrying in spare will save you having to find a charge point at work or half way through a leisure ride. We noted it was a quiet ride too – presumably owing to the belt drive mechanism, instead of the chain on most other boards.

At 15lbs it’s not massively heavy either, meaning it’s a great choice for anyone who’s likely to scoop it up and take in a bit of the city on foot.

Inboard M1

This is a classy looking board – with quite a following thanks to winning combination of style and performance.

Part of the appeal for the Inboard’s followers is the unique way it’s driven – it’s got two hub motors rather than the belt or chain drive you’ll find elsewhere. This mixes things up a little – meaning you can switch between using it as a traditional non-electric board and powered – without having to stop to power on or off.

It’s light too – weighing in at around 14lbs (not far off half the weight of the OneWheel+!) so ideal for picking up if you’re jumping on and off public transport or tackling busy parts of town. A great board with a solid skating purist following.

ZBoard 2 Blue

Where most electric skateboard manufacturers opt for a handheld remote, ZBoard don’t, instead installing patented weight-sensing controls which rely on your shifting your weight on and off your front and back feet to accelerate and brake.

This is a great looking board and benefits from built in carry handles, meaning you can hop on and off and carry as you see fit.

A reliable, easy to use and smart skateboard that’s going to appeal to people who are used to controlling their skating with their feet.

Lou Board 3.0

The Lou Board 3.0 is one of only a small number of electric manufacturers who go for the short-cruiser style – and that’s a definite benefit to people who are likely to be picking it up, strapping it to a backpack or tackling a busy city with it.

It’s cheaper than most others on this list – but still offers an impressive 15-mile range and 21pmh top speed. It’s a pretty board that you’d be hard pressed to identify as an electric skateboard if you didn’t know what you were looking for!

Elwing Boards E1-500

If you’re a non-electric skater you’re going to feel most at home making the transition to the E1-500.

It’s practically the same dimensions and ride height of a normal deck/truck combo – and because of the in-wheel motor, you can push like you would a non-electric set-up. This also gives the option of continuing to skate when you’re out of power, a big benefit when compared to most other boards on the list.

It’s light, cost-effective and will take you around 8-10 miles on a full (90 minute) charge.

Acton Blink S2

The Acton Blink S2 is another alternative to the longboard style that many manufacturers opt for – it’s shorter and lighter – but still offers an impressive 14-mile maximum range.

We felt the Acton was a really great all-round performer. It’s a dual motor system and powers up really quickly.

The lights are a bonus too (although you can’t switch them off) – making for safer commute or leisure ride when the sun’s going down – especially as the forward-facing lights do a really good job of actually lighting your way.

Evolve Carbon GT Street

If distance is your enemy – then the Evolve Carbon GT Street should be your weapon of choice – as it has a massive 31-mile range on a single charge.

The distance doesn’t come at the expense of speed either, it’ll hit 25-26mph no problem and swapping over to off-road wheels will see the same performance over all-terrain. The remote has a small LCD screen too, giving a really ‘smart’ feel to the riding experience.

The board looks incredible too – the unpainted carbon weave makes it look like a seriously costly piece of kit. It takes a while to charge, but it’s possible it’s only going to need to be plugged in now and again with such a huge range.

Very impressive pro-level electric skateboard that outperforms virtually anything else on the market.

4 Best Activities for Children with ADHD

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ADHD or “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” is a mental disorder common among children. According to Maxi Mind, 5 percent of school children have ADHD. This condition is characterized by (1) inattention (2) hyperactivity and (3) impulsivity.

First, they have difficulty sustaining focus and are disorganized. Second, they are extremely active. Third, most of the times they make hasty decisions without thinking about the consequences of their actions.

These symptoms are evident between ages of three and five. Children with ADHD need special attention. They need to undergo treatment and medication. As a matter of fact, approximately 75 percent of children with ADHD continue to have a diagnosis until adulthood.

Children with ADHD should not be treated differently. They have their right to interact with other people. In this article, we will teach you the best activities for children with ADHD:

Biking

Biking is one of the best exercises for children with ADHD. In a 2012 study, RTSG Neuroscience and Specialized Bikes found out that biking offers great benefits to children with ADHD. They have observed that middle school-age children with ADHD improve their attention, enhance their processing of information, improve their mood, and increase their cognitive performance after biking.

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Swimming

Another aerobic exercise great for children with ADHD is swimming. It helps them improve their focus and self-esteem. When you see your children with early symptoms of ADHD, send them to swimming classes. As a matter of fact, Olympian Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of nine. Today, he is a renowned world-class swimmer.

Music Classes

Music is really powerful. It is not just an avenue for people to showcase their creativity but also provides numerous health benefits. Let start with singing. Singing can help them improve their language development and boost their concentration and social skills, especially when they sing with a group.

Learning how to play instruments also benefit them in building confidence, reducing stress, and improving focus. Other studies suggest that music can decrease the impulsiveness of children with ADHD.

Drama Lessons

Acting workshops also help children with ADHD realize the concept of emotions. It will allow them to put themselves in the role of the characters. Through this, they can improve their social skills. Drama lessons are also great in improving their memory, comprehension, concentration, and confidence.

As a parent, how do you raise your child diagnosed with ADHD? Tell us your secrets.

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.