Study Finds Baby Blues Dietary Prevention

Study Finds Baby Blues Dietary Prevention

Perhaps you’ve experienced “baby blues” yourself or know someone who has. This special time in a woman’s life when she is “supposed” to be blissfully happy can become something far from it. As per BabyCenter, “Anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues – an emotional state of tearfulness, unhappiness, worry, self-doubt, and fatigue. The baby blues typically begin a few days after delivery and go away on their own within a week or two.” According to American Pregnancy, other symptoms can include impatience, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, poor concentration, and mood changes. Instead of hoping and wishing women never experience this post-birth period, new research out of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has discovered a three-supplement “nutrition kit” that has been found to virtually eliminate baby blues in women who have just given birth. CAMH found a notable difference in the emotional stability of 21 new mothers who, as part of the study, were given two amino acids for mood-regulation, and a blueberry extract for its anti-oxidant effects. A control group of 20 women did not receive the supplements in the days after giving birth. The 21 mothers who received the nutrition kit were given the supplements over the course of three days, starting on the third day after giving birth. Those who were given the supplements did not experience any depressed mood, while the new mothers who were not taking the supplements had much higher instances of depression. These findings can be a blessing for mothers-to-be who are worried that they will suffer from baby blues, particularly if they did with a...
More Delicious Popsicle Recipes the Kids Will Love

More Delicious Popsicle Recipes the Kids Will Love

Spring has finally sprung which means the weather will warm up soon… hopefully. A while back, we posted some recipes for fun and delicious homemade popsicles and many of you have asked for more yummy ideas. The creamy orange pops, cranberry lime pucker pops, and marvelous melon pops were fruity fan favorites and there’s more where those came from. Please enjoy some new, creamy-style recipes for homemade popsicles the kids will love. Adults will gobble them up too, especially on a warm and sunny day as a way to cool down in the tastiest way possible. Again, you’ll need popsicle molds or plastic cups with wooden popsicle sticks in order to make them. These recipes should yield about 6-8 pops depending upon the size of your molds. You can also make mini-pops in your ice cube tray for a sample-size treat.   Root Beer Float Refreshers Who doesn’t love a refreshing and zippy root beer float as a special summertime (or anytime) treat? Think of how tasty this flavor combo would be in a popsicle form. Here’s how to make them: Combine a cup of root beer (regular or diet will work) with ½ cup of heavy cream and ½ cup of whole or low-fat milk. Pour into a blender with ¾ cup vanilla ice cream or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt. You can also try a caramel flavor if you can find it for extra richness. Blend until smooth and pour into the molds. Freeze until solid, preferably overnight. Once they are ready, pop ‘em out and enjoy! You’ll feel like you are at the ice cream shop.  ...
Tips for Raising a Giving Child

Tips for Raising a Giving Child

We all want our kids to be caring and compassionate individuals. Teaching a child to be giving must start early so it is always part of her personality and demeanor. It won’t feel forced, and with positive reinforcement, it will be something she’s proud to do and excited to continue to carry on for a lifetime of giving to others. You can help your child to be giving and she will always have concern for those less fortunate and in need of help or just a friend to lean on. You don’t need a lot of money or resources in order to make a difference. Sometimes, it’s the little things that count the most.   Lend a Hand Sometimes just being there to help or for comfort is all someone needs from somebody else to know they care. Teach your child to offer to help a friend put their toys away or walk their dog. Older kids can help the younger ones make their bed or with their homework. There will be times when a friend will need a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to about a hard time. Tell your child that she can be this person and in return, she will feel proud of herself for showing care to someone who needed it at the time. Helping others is a way to help yourself grow to become a stronger and more patient person.   Visit a Shelter Kids need to experience things in order to learn the full extent of what’s really going on. Take your child to an animal shelter so she can...
Teaching Kids About Using Common Sense

Teaching Kids About Using Common Sense

Book smarts is one thing, but “street smarts” and common sense are quite another. Every person is different and has a varying degree of natural common sense in their personality. But no matter the level of your child’s common sense and intelligence, you can still teach him to use what they’ve got to the best of their abilities and help them develop it wisely and thoughtfully. Kids are like sponges and will learn by instruction, example, and practice. Here are some ways you can instill common sense into your child and help him get better and better at putting his common sensibilities into practice. He will grow into a more responsible person and make smarter choices when faced with a struggle. Start Early Allow your child to make simple choices at an early age. If you do everything for him and never let him experiment or explore, as he gets older, he won’t be as confident to make decisions. Of course, your parenting will guide him down the smart path, but give him a chance to choose right from wrong and see where his mind takes him. Kids are smarter than we think, and the more we put our trust in their basic decision-making skills, the more they’ll use them. Kids are naturally curious, so let them seek answers on their own when possible. Allow Them to Fail/Make Mistakes Along the way, your child will pick the wrong choice or make poor decisions. This is how he’ll learn to reassess the next time and try something that works better. Failure is only the stepping stone to future success. Let...
Simple Ways to Start Your Child’s Day Off Positively

Simple Ways to Start Your Child’s Day Off Positively

When a child starts their day off on the right foot, it can make their entire day a great one. As a parent, you can help your child begin each day on a positive note so the energy from within is upbeat and she’s ready to take on the world… or at least the classroom. With a little parental inspiration, your child will have the self-esteem and reassurance to make her day a positive one from the moment she wakes up until you head out for daycare or school. This vibe will stick with her throughout the day and will make a real difference in how she performs in school, interacts with peers, and how she feels about herself in general. Here are a few ways to start the day on a high note that will make your child eager to awaken each day. Knowing that you’ll always have words of inspiration and tools to help her to succeed, your child will be confident, happy, and supportive of others by spreading her positivity all around. Play Music to Wake Her Up Alarm clocks can be quite alarming and shouting “Wake up!” isn’t exactly the most peaceful way to start the day. Instead, play your child’s favorite song in order to wake her up. You can come up with a week-long playlist for some variety, or have one special “wake up” song to start the day off with some fun. Popping out of bed ready to get on your feet and dancing towards the breakfast table is eye-opening and energizing. You may even want to try this technique for yourself!...
2 Major Ways Kids Show They’re Anxious About School

2 Major Ways Kids Show They’re Anxious About School

It can be tricky to get the truth out of our kids. We can ask how they like school or how their day was, but kids may hide what is really going on. Sometimes kids will say everything is OK when they are really having anxiety about their schoolwork, their teacher, their friends, or something else that is school-related. If you think your child is anxious in some way about school but they are not telling you directly, there are signs you can look out for. Not everything is cut and dry and each child is different, but if you see either of these behaviors from your child, it may be time for a heart-to-heart talk about what may be bothering them and then to take the needed steps to make things better. Getting to the root of the matter may take time, but you can help your child open up by starting the conversation and offering tools and intervention methods to lessen or get rid of their anxiety altogether. They Feign Illness Do you find that your child pretends to be sick before school regularly but they feel great after school and on weekends? It may be more than a case of wanting to play “hooky.” Your child may be having issues at school. Maybe he cannot keep up in class. Perhaps kids are bullying him. He could be afraid to participate in classroom discussions for fear of embarrassment. What if he has no friends? Let your child know he can talk to you about anything. Let him know that all kids have insecurities. You can also talk...
What to Look for in a Babysitter

What to Look for in a Babysitter

Finding the right babysitter can be a challenge. You want to be sure your kids are in safe and responsible hands while you are not around. But choosing the right babysitter may leave you in a state of confusion. Who should you go with? How will you know your kids will be happy with your choice? Is the babysitter any good at her job? These and other questions will surely flood your mind. In order to be certain you’ve done your best to pick a babysitter that you feel confident with, ask yourself these questions below. You’ll narrow down your search and zone in on the sitter that’s perfect for your family. Does She Come Highly Recommended? Ask your friends and family if they can confidently recommend a sitter they’ve been pleased with in the past. Or, you can look to online care sites which can give you lots of in-depth info about sitters in your area. Word of mouth is always a great sign that a sitter has done a good job. Ask around at daycare, PTA meetings, or other family-friendly gatherings and you’ll be sure to get a recommendation (if not a few) for a great sitter. Is There Chemistry? Meet up with a potential sitter and see how the conversation and compatibility goes. Are you comfortable around her and vice versa? If so, bring her to meet your kids and see how the chemistry is. See if she gets the kids to feel comfortable and open. A good sitter knows how to put kids at ease and make them feel safe and cared for. If the...
Make Family Dinner Time to Connect

Make Family Dinner Time to Connect

Today’s family is always on the go. Even the kids’ schedules are jam-packed with after-school activities like dance, sports, art class, religious studies, play dates, and more. It’s difficult for families to find any time to get together as a unit to discuss family life, how their days went, and to just reconnect with the ones they love. It’s time to prioritize family, at least a few nights a week if you simply cannot do it every day, and bond as a group over dinner. Eating together as a family is important for relationships to continue to grow and to make sure the members of the family are in-the-know about each other’s happenings… even the small stuff. Here are some tips to reconnect over family dinner that will not only feed your body, but your soul.   Prepare the Meal with the Kids Get the bonding started even before the meal begins by cooking with the kids. Depending upon their age, level of maturity, and cooking skills, they can learn from “the master” and develop a love for cooking. They can help peel the potatoes, knead the dough, or toss the salad. Helping out with setting the table is an appropriate chore for kids too. It has also been shown that when kids help prepare their meals, they’ll be more inclined to eat it, so go for the healthiest ingredients you can get. As you prep the meal, talk about their day at school, your plans for the weekend, or how their friends are doing. Watch as your kids start to open up more and more and begin to...
Tips to Help Kids Choose an Extra-Curricular Activity

Tips to Help Kids Choose an Extra-Curricular Activity

Kids have a lot going on these days, from school to religious programs to playdates to sports teams to hobbies and more. Some kids know right off the bat where their interest lie, while others have a hard time finding their niche. Not every kid will be great at what they set out to do, but that’s not the point of exploring new horizons. Childhood is a time for our kids to dabble in a variety of sports, arts, music, and the like in order to realize what makes them happy. When kids look forward to their after-school activities, you know you’ve helped them choose the right one. If your child is having trouble selecting an activity that best suits her, you can help her hone in on one or two that you think she’d enjoy. Here are some ways to help your child choose an extra-curricular activity that’s sure to have her eager to get started.   What’s Her Personality Type? Your child’s personality can be a good indicator as to what sort of after-school activity she’d thrive in. If she’s on the more creative side, an art class or a cooking class may be to her liking. She can use her creativity to create wonderful drawings or to whip up a delicious dish. An outlet to use her imagination will keep her interested. If your kid is extroverted and loves being around other kids, a sports team may be a great after-school choice. Look into a Little League team or a school-sponsored team. Not only will it be fun, but the exercise will keep your child healthy...
My Kid Embarrassed Himself at School- How to Help Rebuild Confidence

My Kid Embarrassed Himself at School- How to Help Rebuild Confidence

It happens to us all. We trip, slip, put our foot in our mouth, or make fools of ourselves. As adults, we have the experience and know how to get over the faux pas and get back to normal life without any lingering embarrassment or shame. But many kids can’t process the feelings they’re having when they do or say something regrettable. They think their world is over and they or their friends will never forget their “mess up.” When your child feels like there’s no way he’ll ever get over it, as a parent, you can give him the tools and advice to come out on the other side feeling confident and self-assured. We’re Only Human Part of growing and learning means taking the lessons of our failures and putting them to good use. Even the most intelligent, influential, and powerful people in the world have made errors of judgment and mistakes. Dwelling on them only hinders us. Teach your child that everyone has their slip ups. Even you have been embarrassed by something you’ve done but made it through by realizing you’re not alone. Share personal stories to help your child see how it happens to us all. Humans are not perfect creatures and we all can learn from our pasts. When your child understands that part of getting older and wiser means taking a step back at times, he will be well-prepared for the inevitable mistakes that lie ahead. But in the future, he won’t focus on fear or embarrassment, but take his actions in stride and emerge with new tools for pushing forward. Laugh It Off...