• Relaxation Strategies for Toddler's Bedtime

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     Toddlers have the energy of four adults put together. They need relaxation techniques or strategies to help them calm down to enable them to go to sleep.Even when it is bedtime, they are still active and refuse to go to bed. According to  NYU LAGONE HEALTH, children need about 8 hours of sleep up to about age 10.

    I remember on a camping trip my sister-in-law said she wished she had energy like a toddler, as she watched the kids tirelessly jumped from one activity to another. It might seem like your young child does absolutely nothing but play all day, he's working really difficult and by no ways is his life hassle-free. All this activity is bound to make for an exhausted young child.

     If you find his regular play or favorite activities are irritating him, he's most likely overtired and in need of peaceful and restorative sleep. Physical exhaustion, enjoyment, and tension build up till he does not understand he's tired. It is up to you as a parent to assist him to figure out how to stop and rest. You can help make the shift from busy, active, energetic day to tranquil, and peaceful night by luring him to sleep with quiet activities at night after supper. Coloring a photo, taking a seat and watching a favorite, but quiet, video, checking out books, singing, quiet play at bath time, or singing lullabies together helps your toddler detach and begin winding down.

     If this is done within the structure of a constant bedtime routine, your young child will come to associate these activities with bedtime and discover them soothing and he'll have the ability to quickly acknowledge when bedtime takes place.It's also important to unwind with your toddler. If he sees you busy in the cooking area cleansing, outside gardening, or doing other hectic activities in the evenings, he'll be likely to want to do the very same, making the bedtime routine frustrating for everyone involved.


     After the toddler has laid down, parents can unwind with something soothing like reading a book, watching movies or catching up on work on the computer. There should not be unnecessary hassling and bustling around the house which will keep the toddler awake. He/she might be curious and would want to know what is making the noise, therefore getting out of bed.

    Toddlers enjoy cuddling, whether with their parents or toys. Parents can get their toddlers teddy bears or night lights to keep them company while they sleep. Lullabies also help to soothe and calm them before they finally fall asleep.

    What are some of the techniques you use/used as a parent to help your toddlers go to sleep



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  • Storehouse(Cache) Of Summer Activities: Entertaining ideas For You And Your Kids

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    The word "summer" can have two completely different meanings for adults and kids. To kids, it's that precious time that they can do what they want without the set schedules of school, without set bedtimes and without school work. To you, it can seem like an endless time of trying to keep your kids occupied without allowing them to sit in front of the television and video games all day. Let me ask this question, have you ever had your 4year old standing at the window and screaming 'Get Me Out Of This Cage'? I have, so trust me when I say, you need activities to keep them busy. 

    Of course, there are the usual summer activities that include spending days at the beach, taking walks and bike rides, or playing in the backyard. It may not sound too hard, but when you have a houseful of kids who are "sooooo bored" you'll want to have a bunch of fun, interesting activities handy to help you keep your sanity. Here are some hints to help you get started with your "Summer Activity Cache":

    1. Figure out where you are going to keep your cache: a box, bulletin board or notebook.
    2. Encourage your kids to add activities they want to do to the cache.
    3. Look through websites, books, and magazines to find ideas to add to your cache.
    4. Make sure you keep a bunch of supplies around to do the activities you have in your cache.


    Start your "cache" with these ideas:

    Spur of the Moment Games

    1. Look around the house to find an object that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
    2. Write "add-a-sentence" stories or draw "add-a-line" pictures.
    3. Create a treasure hunt for each other.
    4. Have a paper airplane contest. See who can make the biggest, smallest, and furthest flying planes.
    5. Go on a rock hunt. Look for different sizes, shapes, and colors.

    Outdoor Games

    1. Play kickball but change one rule to spice it up a bit.

    Create shadow art on the driveway. Have one person make neat shadows while another one traces them with chalk.

    1. Rely on some old favorites: double-dutch and hopscotch jump rope.

    Crafts and arts

    There are so many things you can do to create a fun arts and crafts area for your kids. Here are some staple supplies you should always keep on hand:

    1. Plenty of paper, crayons, markers and colored pencils
    2. A box full of collage items (stray buttons, leaves, scrap papers, glitter, popsicle sticks, stickers, and any other small items you might find around the house).
    3. Paints.
    4. Modeling clay.
    5. Chalk.

    When it comes to creating, let your kids use their imaginations.

    Looking for Something a Little More "Productive"?

    Here are some ways you can use it:

    The product is easy to install into your computer and easy to use. It comes with a bunch of templates that allow you to simply fill in the blanks and add your own pictures. Each trading card takes about five minutes to print and create.

    Take advantage of those rainy days and finally find a way to organize your mounds of pictures. One great thing you can do is use Your Trading Card Maker (www.customtradingcardmaker.com). This is a really great product that has so much versatility you and your kids won't get bored with the possibilities.

    1. Make trading cards to highlight your child's favorite extracurricular activity. Whether she or he likes baseball, football, soccer, forensic, debate, art club or cheerleading, a set can serve as a timeline highlighting the year's events with great photos on the front and stats or information on the back.
    2. Help your children create and interesting memorabilia of their classmates using all of those school photographs floating around. Put the photo on the front and your child can write information about each classmate on the back.
    3. Create invitations for summer gatherings and other special occasions. Or, have your child create a set of greeting cards to have on hand.

    They make great stationary additions for clubs and businesses: Use them for real estate marketing, employee awards, and promotional cards. You can also create memorabilia cards for any clubs you are in such as a classic car club highlighting special cars and.

    Other great uses for the product:

    1. Fundraisers: sell and create custom trading cards for your group's next fundraising event.
    2. Trophies: Instead of trophies that get dusty on the shelf, make custom trading cards to commemorate an individual, team or group accomplishment.

    You can try our Book Buggee Pull Toy. Kids can have fun pulling their toys and books around.

    It doesn't matter if you and your kids like arts, academics or sports and crafts. Just make sure you have a variety of activities and the right supplies. Try these and let me know if it works.


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  • Back To School Tips For Parents

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     Summer is ending fast and kids are almost ready for back to school. This period of the year can be intense for many parents because they have to pay attention to their kids' worries and demands alongside with their own daily life activities.

    To aid kids get ready for back to school physically, parents can make a list of tasks. Some of the tasks are given below and can be helpful for parents to build their own list.

    1. To go to and from school, kids use some type of transportation. Make certain of the kids' safety on the way to school. If you drop off and pick up your kids, make sure the car seats are ready. If kids walk or ride a bike choose a path to school with least motor vehicle traffic and maximum pedestrian traffic.
    2. Ask kids to avoid physically dangerous activities during last weeks of summer break. This way they can avoid physical injury.
    3. For young kids choose a proper backpack. Many of us don't care about the kids' back pack but a wrong type of back pack can cause muscle strains. Use a back pack with two strips which can be hanged uniformly over the kid's back.
    4. Review for any due immunizations for your kids and if they are due, visit your doctor to update them.
    5. The last tip is not only for summer but it is suitable all the occasions. Encourage your kids to eat fruit and greens and exercise a lot. Talk with them to avoid junk food items as it can make them sick before starting the new school year. Urge them to stop playing video games for now.

    Above are the general tips, parents can add to their list of tasks for sending their kids back to school physically healthy.

    Keeping above tips in mind, the other most important concern for parents is to prepare the kids emotionally or mentally for the new school year. Similarly, the following are key tips parents can add to their list of tasks to help kids to go back to school happily and joyfully.

    1. Many kids have really enjoyed the summer freedom and don't like to go back to school. If this is the case, parents have to listen to kids and if they have a strong relationship with the children, they can change this anxiety to joy easily. Parents can give their own examples, how did they manage the back to school. Assure kids that they are not alone. Everybody including other parents, teachers and other kids feel the same way.
    2. Kids need tons of school supplies and clothing for the new school year. New clothing, school supplies and shoes shopping can keep the parents busy for a time. Some parents can put away some unnecessary tasks for a bit because they need to pay attention to their kids. Listen to their worries, demands and fears, and trust me, many of these problems are real. Don't just ignore their problems and questions.
    3. The most effective thing to make your kids strong emotionally is to expose your kid(s) to a faith. A faith you believe in, your ancestors believed in. Set an example and take them to a church, a temple, a mosque or a gurudwara, wherever you have belief. Pray there with your kids.
    4. Keep kids engaged in some kind of physical action which also helps them to set their emotions and keeping them healthy mentally. This can be a dance class, some yoga class or gymnastics.
    5. Reassure your kids that they'll do great in the new school year. If they have classmate or friends, encourage them to reconnect with them.
    6. If possible, help your kids to review the previous year study skills. This can help kids reconnect with studies and refresh their memory of the learned topics. This is also important because many subjects such as mathematics and language arts build over the skills learned in the lower grades.
    7. Keep yourself strong and be a role model for your kids. If kids see their parents so nervous about back to school, parents are getting angry if kids want to talk to them; this certainly creates anxiety in kids, avoid it. Stay calm and happy during this time and help the kids most by listening to their questions, worries and demands.

    Lastly, the period of going back to school can be very hard for many parents. But parents should see it as a challenge and not an obstacle to enable them overcome it bravely. This can help kids start a great new academic year.

    Do you have any tips on how you manage your kids' school year?

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