Friday, August 10, 2018

Healthy Tips for Your Child’s First Months at Daycare

When your child first starts going to daycare, it can feel like you live at the doctor’s office. Most of us have done our best to make the home a sick-free zone, but that first exposure at daycare is like biological culture shock. Today, we know more about bacteria and germ growth works at schools. That’s thanks to the same tools that helped scientists discover diseases like Multiple Sclerosis. Widespread usage of tools like the microscope helped identify what makes us sick, but it also taught us where we catch colds and what we can do to defend our families. 
Doing Timeline Project
Here are a few basic tips for getting through those first few months and getting your child acclimated to school. 

Health Starts at Home
The type of food you eat, the environment you keep, and how frequently you take care of the basics around the house all affect a child’s health. Let’s first look at food, since it’s the basis for a healthy body. 
Fruits, veggies, and iron-rich foods are all crucial to your child’s health. Picky eaters might need supplemental vitamins. SmartyPants Vitamins, for instance, recommends taking a single dosage each day because it uses multiple vitamins to deliver a complete regiment of important nutrients. 
Other measures at home can help your child learn how to approach toys and playground fixtures with a sanitary mindset. Instructing kids not to place their fingers in their mouths, noses, or eyes is a good approach for daycare prep. One way to encouragegood hygiene is to wash hands together before and after meals, after dishwashing, trash handling, and other chores. Good hygiene is the basis for staying healthy at preschool. 
Observe School Policies
One of the ways well-meaning parents spread sickness is by bringing their child to school with a fever. Sometimes, we just don’t have a choice and we have to hope the fever will break. Those are the worst times to send a child to school, though, because the sickness spreads like wildfire. 
Children put toys in their mouths, touch things adults would not consider touching, and do all of this in the two or seconds our backs are turned. 
The best thing you can do for a child who is getting sick, or who already has a fever, is to keep him or her at home. When in doubt, ask your child’s teachers. Let them know the symptoms and ask them to call if anything goes wrong throughout the day. 

Get Plenty of Rest
A healthy sleep schedule helps reinforce a child’s immunity and gives them enough energy to face the day. Kids consume a lot of food and burn a lot of energy, and everything is still new to them. They require naps to allow the brain to process all of this new information, and for the body to recharge. 
Your child will usually signal how much napping he or she needs to stay functional. Some parents find their child’s nap schedule doesn’t sync up with what the books or the doctors say. In this case, encourage more quiet time and relaxation that isn’t reliant on sleep. Calming and soothing times have a similar effect and can help ease your little one into a proper nap schedule. 

Final Thoughts
If your child does contract something, the best thing you can do is keep the fluids coming. Children will become dehydrated quickly when they are sick, so give them as much water as they can handle. 
Learn when to keep them home, and be sure you have some medicine handy to break fevers (like infant Motrin or Tylenol). Call the doctor as needed and be prepared for a few worried nights, but with these tips, your child will stay healthy and safe. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

5 Ways to Get the Family Involved in Nature

There are numerous reasons why you should encourage those around you to explore nature, especially your children. Reducing stress, encouraging co-operation and compassion, helping them with their homework and thinking more creatively are just a few of the valid reasons why your kids should be spending their free time outside in green spaces. There are also many vital health benefits such as improved immunity, better eyesight and stronger muscles and bones. If you’re wondering how you can encourage them to put down their mobile gadgets and get outside, here are a few ideas.
Indian Echo Caverns, Hershey PA - 2015
Build a Garden Pond
Introduce a water feature into your garden, and you’ll be amazed at the nature it encourages to visit! Young children, in particular, will need constant supervision around any water but this is an ideal opportunity for you to teach them what you know about wildlife. Building a pond doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair; companies such as can provide all you need to get the project underway.

Take Them Insect Hunting
Ask most kids, and they’ll say they think insects are cool. They might make your skin crawl, but for your kids, insects have the opposite effect. Encourage them out in the garden, armed with a magnifying glass. You’ll have to keep them company though, just in case they encounter something not very friendly! Talk to them about the colours of the insects they find, where they might live and whether they bite or sting. Take their observations back inside and do some research and maybe start a insect album.  

Nature Photography
This is a way of combining their love of the latest gadgets with spending time outdoors. There are some important benefits when kids spend more time in the open air, getting up close and personal with nature. As well as bringing them closer to nature, photography will also give them a sense of purpose and introduce them to a new hobby.
New River Gorge, WV - 2017

Set up a Nature Window in Your Home
It’s possible to bring nature into your home by creating a nature window in your living room or kitchen. In the window, you can have a pair of binoculars or maybe a beginner’s telescope for looking at the stars. Stock it with nature books and a bird identification book. If the weather allows, pitch a tent in the garden. Take a walk around some of the wilder parts of your neighborhood and see what’s lurking in the weeds at the edge of your local park or playground.

Use Apps to Make it More Interesting
If you can’t convince your kids to put their smartphone down, encourage them to use one of the many nature apps that are available. For example, there’s one that will help them identify birdsong. Another will help them learn the names of trees when they upload an image of a leaf. If they’re more interested in the greater universe, many apps will help them to identify stars, planets, and constellations.

It’s a big wide world out there beyond your front door so why not encourage your kids to take advantage of it? As well as the many personal benefits, teaching them respect for the environment is an important lesson to learn for their future.   
Lake Arthur Regatta - Moraine State Park, PA 2014
Lake Arthur Regatta - Moraine State Park, PA 2014
Lake Arthur Regatta - Moraine State Park, PA 2014

Monday, July 30, 2018

Tips For Bonding With Your Teenager

If you are concerned about the relationship that you share with your teenager, it is vital that you take control of the situation as soon as possible. Otherwise, you and your teen could continue to drift further and further apart. Have no fear! Reconnecting with your youngster is much easier than you would think. Below are four tips that can help you on your way. With any luck, they will assist you in getting your relationship back on track. Within a matter of weeks, you may see a chance and could be enjoying a fun, friendly, and fabulous relationship with your teenager, so what are you waiting for?

Redecorate their bedroom
Depending on the current state of your teenager’s bedroom, it might be time to redecorate. Redecorating a bedroom is a fantastic opportunity for you to embrace the fact that your youngster is growing up. Instead of forcing them to make do with a childish design scheme, you should be guiding your teen towards the next stage of life. Hopefully, this will encourage them to have more respect for their living space. In addition to this, the process of making design decisions should help to bring you and your teen closer together. Just think of all the fun you could have picking out paint samples, building flatpack furniture, and selecting the perfect final touches.

Look out for fun activities to enjoy together
Another great tip is to look out for fun activities to enjoy together. If you are finding it hard to convince your teen to spend any time with you, the trick is to organize an exciting event. You could go to a concert, attend a sports competition, or visit an incredible attraction. Whatever you decide, the most important thing is that you involve your teen in the decision-making process. Although it might be tempting to plan a surprise, this could result in you choosing the wrong event. That is why you should play it safe by encouraging your teen to join you as you scroll through Ticket sales. Don’t worry; it won’t be long until you find an option that excites you both.
Support their educational endeavors
The next tip is to support your teen in their educational endeavors. As your youngster grows up, it is likely that they will face more and more pressure at school. They will have papers to write, exams to study for, and important decisions to make. Of course, you don’t want to add to this pressure by becoming a pushy parent. However, you do want your child to know that you are there for them. In order to achieve this, you will need to take an active interest in your teen’s education. Every day, you should be asking your teen about their experience at school. You should also make an effort to attend any educational events that they invite you to.

Build up their self-esteem
Finally, you should make it your goal to build up your teen’s self-esteem. Even if your child appears pretty confident, they are sure to have their hang-ups. Rather than allowing these issues to go unchecked, you should teach your teen the importance of self-love and self-belief. This will help them to flourish into a confident and well-balanced adult. It should also work wonders for your relationship, as your teen will start to see you as a constant source of praise, love, and support.

Friday, July 20, 2018

School Olympics 2018 Part 2

As I have mentioned in my  previous post, the school olympics was divided into two parts.  The first part was the non-competition part where  the bigger kids  enjoy a variety of games while the little kids are competing inside the gymnasium.  The second part for the  bigger kids are the actual competition and the group  competition toward the end.
My son was very worried about the  long jump because he have never done it before.  We told him to just enjoy  the game and   do the best he can.  I mean it doesn't really matter but I guess for the kids, it is a big deal to do  really well especially that their parents are watching.
My daughter is a  a happy go lucky gal, she just compete to have fun.  She doesn't really care if she win or lose.  Most of the times, she loses but I like the fact that it doesn't bother her.  This is the last year that my daughter is participating to the games, next year they will be the facilitators and helpers.  I can't believe she will be in 8th grade already, my oh my, where did the time go?  I can still remember so vividly when I first drop her off to school  when she was in kindergarten.  I felt so sick of leaving her there, I wanted to hurl when I got home.
My son will be in 6th grade this year so  he still have a couple of years before he goes to Madonna High School.  Tuition fee is getting so  expensive but we are happy to send them to a place where we think is best for them not only  for their  educational  growth but  spiritually and socially.  
The tug of war is always the fun game.  It's funny seeing parents cheer on their   kids.  This year,  girls  competed versus boys and the girls dominated which is not surprising because the  girls outnumbered the boys.
Instead of giving out certificate to the winners, they gave out  candy bars  which I thought was  a  great surprise.  My son said, he preferred  certificates as he can keep them but I told him that he can enjoy the sweets!

They have  a lot of  games such as marshmallow toss,  relay race, sack race, 50 meter dash, and a lot more.
I think my son was very happy of his performance.  He shared the candies he collected for winning with us.
My daughter was so surprised that she won something.  They won the relay race.
It was another year of fun for all of the  students, teachers, parents, family, and friends.  I wish my Mom could watch my children play the  school olympics.  It would be  different next year.  I am feeling a bit sad already thay  daughter will be  in highschool soon.  I am not sure why I am  feeling this way but I think it has to do with the fact that she  is slowly transforming into a  different person, not the little girl anymore that I used to take pictures of no matter what she does.  Now, I have to ask permission to take picture of her and for  posting it ha ha.  Oh well, part of growing up.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

TEEN-Thirteen-13! Happy Birthday Sweet Rye Bean!

Dearest Daughter,

Do you remember when we ran our first marathon?  You were still inside Mommy's tummy.  That was our long flight together as well.  You must be thinking what kind of mother you will be having because we ran a long ways  to catch our connecting flight  in Houston.  You were such a  real trooper.  You held on and  told me that we can do it, that we can make it to the other end.  I am thankful that even though Mommy got sick  from all that running, you were alright.
Do you also remember when 2 weeks before you are due, we had to  ride with Daddy on a long  road trip to Maryland to get our car that was shipped from Guam?  Yeah, that bumpy ride we had.  Again, you were a real trooper, despite the doctor's advice for us to  travel, we managed to do it.  You are definitely my baby, a fighter and a strong one at that.

It's been 13 years, I can't believe that time   goes fast.  I guess we are having so much fun that we hardly notice it that you are now a teen.  In my eyes, you are still my teeny tiny baby I was holding when you were born.  

As you celebrate your birthday,  I want to thank you for all the joys you brought and continue to bring into our lives.  Our lives won't be complete without you.  We are so proud of the little woman you are becoming.  Smart, beautiful, and kind!  We can't ask for more, God truly blessed us  a daughter that anyone can be proud of.  Always remember that no matter  where life takes you or success you attain, to keep your feet on the ground always.  

As scared as I am  to see you grow, I am confident that you will be a great  person, that you will be just fine, that you will conquer the world and  deal with whatever life  would throw at you.  We will be here for you no matter what the circumstance is.  Be fierce but be kind, be  honest but be thoughtful, be carefree and be YOU!
I hope and pray that God will continue to bless you with good health and  guide you  to be  the person that He designed you to be.  



Friday, June 29, 2018

School Olympics 2018 Part 1

St. Joseph School had their  olympics on May 24th.  I always love this time of the year because the kids get to release all of their  energy and have fun with their friendly competition events.  They did  it a little different this year.  
Above is my daughter's class and below is my son's class.
They started with a parade around the school vicinity with a faux torch. I thought that was a nice touch as the kids never did that before in the previous administration. So seeing kids from each grade pass and carry the torch to the school was neat.
What I love about this year's  olympic was the fact that the  weather was  awesome.  It did not rain  and it wasn't cold.
They also divided the  upper and lower grades.  While the lower grades are competing with the different events  inside the gym.  The  bigger kids  get to have fun outside.  They set up a lot of  activities for them to do which is nice.
I do admit that I miss watching the little ones compete though..  We didn't get to watch their individual games because of the set up but still was fun.
It's funny how the kids are so serious with competing.  Our son was  stressing the other events that he wasn't sure how he's gonna  do.  We told him to just enjoy and not worry about winning or losing.  We said if he wins, it's great but if he lost, it's okay as long as  he had fun.  His  response is always "It's fun when you win" lol.  
This year's  olympic wads a a bitter sweet one for me because it is my daughter's last time participating/competing.  I mean they are still part of the olympics next year but they will no longer competing but merely facilitators as they will be  graduating already.  The 8th grade usually has the graduation before the olympics.
I can't believe that my little gartner  from years ago will now be in 8th grade  come next school year.  Ahhh time flies!
Jumping for joy is what they were doing in these photos.
There were a lot of games to play outside.  The parents get to catch up and the kids get to burn some calories running around and playing.
Glad they set it up this way.  My son get to  release some of his nerves out before  competing to the events.
I was also happy that my husband took a day off   to watch the kids.  Although he is always busy at work and  his boss always want him there at the office, he make sure to  be present for occasions like this.  I told him that  it means a lot to our kids.
I also  designated him to take some  photos with the other camera so it's a win win situation.
I thought this swimming pool noodle game is great.  We even tried playing it with our kids.
This big ball brought a lot of laughter to every kids that played with it.
As much as I would like to forget about school now that we are on summer break, we will have to get an appointment soon for  the registration which will be happening next month.  That will be another 5 grand to flush down the  school.
In a week, my daughter is  turning 13!  I will now be an official teenager Momma.  I think my daughter's teenage  character came out early, I notice that it is getting better and better each day.  Looking back at my teenage life, I don't think I have enjoyed it as a teenager.  I was tasked to take care of my younger siblings so I didn't really get to enjoy teenage life,  ha!  It was fine though, I learned a lot.

Healthy Tips for Your Child’s First Months at Daycare

When your child first starts going to daycare, it can feel like you live at the doctor’s office. Most of us have done our best to make the...