Save Money Grocery Shopping

8 02 2007

Shopping for groceries is sometimes a hassle and can get quite expensive, especially with a family of 5. Want 50 ways to save money on your grocery bill? Find out here…..

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Fast food in children’s hospitals a bad lesson

7 12 2006

A very interesting article worth reading…

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Fast food outlets are common inside U.S. children’s hospitals, leading more patients to consume hamburgers and fries and encouraging them to view the fare as healthier than it probably is, a study said on Monday.

Of 200 hospitals with pediatric residency programs surveyed, 59 had fast-food restaurants on site, said the report published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

More than half the patients or family members visiting hospitals with fast food outlets said they ate fast food the day they were surveyed, which was four times the rate among people at hospitals without outlets, the survey of 386 people found.

McDonald’s, which does provide financial support to some of the hospitals surveyed and operates several homes for ill children, was the prevalent restaurant in hospitals studied.

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Love and Presents – The gift of giving

1 12 2006

It is the Christmas season and that day is drawing near. How do you share with your child the gift of giving? Giving is the best part of any holiday. To see my kids or any other kids faces light up when they receive something special is amazing and it makes my hear melt. I love seeing kids so happy. The best gift in this world is the love and closeness that you provide. Toys and such are just material thing and you can give them anytime, but love is what is always here and not that many kids get enough of it. I teach my children to love unconditionally. No matter what race, gender, or nationality. We are all the same on the inside.

Here is an article I found. Please read and share your comments.

Love and Presents
Posted by Robert Needlman, M.D.
on Wed, Nov 29, 2006, 1:14 pm PST

Here in the world’s richest country, we often confuse material things for love. “I give him everything,” a frustrated mother complains, “New shoes, videogames, his own TV. You’d think he’d at least show me respect!”

Of course, love and consumer goods are related. Most parents work hard to earn money. They want their children to have more than they did. They sacrifice so that their children can have better lives.

The problem is, most children don’t connect the things parents buy with the labor that pays for them. Children have more, but our culture — and television in particular — teaches them that more is never enough. Having more does not guarantee that a child feels loved.

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How Parents Can Choose the Proper Little League Coach for Their Child

22 11 2006

Another great article! Since I am a mom of an 8 year old boy who dreams of playing professional baseball when he’s older, I thought I would provide this link to a great article.

Before parents just sign their kids up for little league, they need to do some research on the coach. Little league could negatively or positively impact a son or daughter and most of the time the initial impact is made by the coach. Imagine your ten year old trying to stretch a single into a double and unfortunately they get thrown out. You would expect the child to receive encouragement from his coach for good hustle and aggressive behavior, but what if, they didn’t. What if, instead of congratulating the athlete for his or her efforts, the coach starts yelling and screaming at the ten year old for poor judgment. How can you as parents spot a good coach from a bad coach? Parents want their kids to have a great experience and learn that sports are meant to teach. So what are the characteristics in a coach that a parent should be looking for? Is it the team that always wins or the coach that plays everyone? Well, the real question should be: what coach will be best for my kid? Most professionals suggest that when looking for a coach you should look for one: that is going to be positive, that knows the limitations of little leaguers, that is going to educate their players about the game, that respects the athletes individuality and shows they care for them as a person, and one that will create an enjoyable experience for the kids.

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Your baby at 7 months

3 11 2006

My daughter will be 7 months old in a week, so I thought I would share with you a guideline on how she should be developing. Every baby is different so I do not rely on these but it is nice to see what she has mastered and should be learning. I got this article from www.babyzone.com

Physical Development
Sitting becomes a favorite pastime for babies in their seventh month. Most babies can now sit unsupported — although keep those cushions nearby in case she topples!

When your child sees an interesting object out of reach, she may try to get it. Lunging forward from a sitting position is a very important movement. In time, as she continues lunging, she may pivot up onto her knees for an extra long stretch. She’ll learn that she can hold herself up on all fours. She may rock back and forth with this new position, practicing for the next big movement: crawling.

Crawling in itself is not a milestone, seeing an out-of-reach object and figuring out how to get it is a milestone. Some babies creep on their bellies, some crawl, others scoot on their bottoms. Some babies skip this stage altogether and start pulling up to a stand and walking. But your baby is probably very content right now to sit and observe the interesting sights around her. Enjoy this time, because she will soon be in constant motion.

Safety

This is a good time for you to start thinking about safety. Look at your home carefully. Start covering electrical plugs, encasing cords for blinds and draperies, and removing breakable or sharp objects from coffee tables and other places where baby will be able to reach.

Consider spots in the home, which might require a gate — definitely at the top and bottom of stairs! It’s important that baby has a safe space to explore, because for the next months that will be her job: to check out and investigate every nook and cranny in your home.

There is a continuum for how active and inquisitive babies can be during this stage. Some parents have reported barely child proofing the home for one child and then doing a major child proofing overhaul for the next.

If you have a very active child who is almost crawling, you may consider having a safety expert come to your home and point out potential dangers. If your baby seems content sitting and not as interested in learning how to crawl, you may still have some time.

Bath Time
By now, baby is probably too big for the infant tub, but wet baby bodies are slippery, and placing baby directly in the tub may be frightening for parents. You may want to use a bath seat, a small seat with suction cups on the bottom that attaches to the floor of tub, especially now that baby enjoys sitting. Often these seats swivel and have seat belts and toy bars. They offer a helpful to introduce baby to the big tub.

Additionally, there are devices on the market designed to minimize drowning risks; these items help maintain shallower bathing depths while recirculating clean bath water at a temperature comfortable for baby.

Just remember, whether baby is in an infant tub, a seat, sitting on her own in the tub, or even in a tub with a shallow-water device, you should never turn away from your child in the tub — not even for a second. It takes very little time and very little water for disaster. Enough said.

Another fun way to handle bath time with your child is to join her in the tub. She will feel secure with you right there, and you can both relax and enjoy the water (and the bath toys!)

Bath time is a great time to connect with baby after a long day. Test the water with your elbow, a part of your anatomy that is more sensitive to temperature than your hands. Have your supplies ready: towel, washcloth, cleanser, shampoo, and anything else you need. Take baby out of the water carefully, but quickly cover her in a fluffy towel and dry off. Often, it is not the water that bothers babies who don’t seem to like the bath, but being wet and cold.

There are, of course, great toys for the bath, ones that squirt water or soft sponges in the shapes of animals. Plastic cups for baby to stack, fill with water and pour are winners. And no baby’s bath is complete without a rubber ducky.

Stranger Anxiety
Sometime between six and twelve months, your baby may show the first signs of being wary of strangers. She can now clearly distinguish between people she knows and people she doesn’t. It is a normal phase and affects children in varying degrees.

You play a very important role in helping her deal with strangers. First, you never have to apologize to anyone for her reactions. Her response is not an indicator of insecurity or a reflection of your parenting skills. Instead, talk to your baby about the stranger. “This is your uncle Peter. He has heard a lot about you. He looks very happy to meet you.” Your baby will accept the stranger must faster if she can feel your own acceptance. If you like this person, then maybe he is okay.

From the safety of your arms, baby will watch the stranger’s face and listen to the tone of the conversation between you and the mysterious, new person. Give her the space to become more comfortable. If your baby is more sensitive to strangers, it may not be a good idea to hand her over to the new person to be held. In time, she will warm up and engage the stranger in her own individual way.

Separation Anxiety

Also, around this time, baby may seem to have a harder time separating from you. Separation anxiety can appear anytime after six months, but usually peaks closer to twelve months.

Separating from baby is a huge milestone for parents, too. If baby is upset or clinging, it can be heart breaking. This raises questions for parents such as “Is my baby insecure?” “Is she too dependent?” “Why can’t she trust others?” “Am I a bad parent for leaving her?” Hard as it may be, try not to worry. This is a normal stage in her development, and there are specific strategies that you can use to help you and baby separate more easily.

Leave her with a caregiver that you and she know and trust. Stranger and separation anxiety often go hand in hand. Spend some time with this caregiver together, so she can feel your own trust in this person.
Communicate to the caregiver about the specific ways to support your baby. Does she have a special blanket? Does she use a pacifier? What is her napping schedule? How does she like to be held? Does she have special words to signify special objects?
If you are separating from her regularly, try to establish a routine. Children thrive in predictable, responsive environments. If they know what comes next, they feel safe.
Always, even if baby is happily playing, say goodbye. Tell her that you will be back and you want her to have a good time with _____ (name of caregiver). Drawn out goodbyes are hard on everyone. Be confident! Your baby will have a much easier time if she knows you feel good about leaving with the caregiver.

Here is the link just in case you want to find out more on the month of your child





New SIDS information

2 11 2006

There is a new study linking sids to a brain deformity and not the way your child sleeps.

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — In a small study with big implications, researchers found some of the strongest evidence yet that sudden infant death syndrome — a medical and sometimes legal mystery once known as crib death — may be caused by brain stem abnormalities.

The finding “takes the mystery away from SIDS,” said Marian Willinger, a SIDS researcher at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which funded the study. “It should take the guilt away from any parent who has lost a baby because they always wonder, `What did I do wrong?’ Now, they need to really understand, `My baby had a disease.”‘

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What is your parenting style?

24 10 2006

I was searching to find out what other types of parenting styles work for other parents and I can acroos a few articles that I thought that might interest you….Take a look and enjoy!

What is attachment parenting? The term, “attachment parenting”, was conceived by pediatrician William Sears and his wife Martha, to describe a highly responsive, attentive style of caring for a child. Attachment parenting promotes physical and emotional closeness between parent and child through what the Sears refer to as the “Baby Bs.” The Baby Bs are bonding, breastfeeding, babywearing, bedsharing and boundary building.

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Four Parenting Styles

Indulgent parents (also referred to as “permissive” or “nondirective”) “are more responsive than they are demanding. They are nontraditional and lenient, do not require mature behavior, allow considerable self-regulation, and avoid confrontation” (Baumrind, 1991, p. 62). Indulgent parents may be further divided into two types: democratic parents, who, though lenient, are more conscientious, engaged, and committed to the child, and nondirective parents.

Authoritarian parents are highly demanding and directive, but not responsive. “They are obedience- and status-oriented, and expect their orders to be obeyed without explanation” (Baumrind, 1991, p. 62). These parents provide well-ordered and structured environments with clearly stated rules. Authoritarian parents can be divided into two types: nonauthoritarian-directive, who are directive, but not intrusive or autocratic in their use of power, and authoritarian-directive, who are highly intrusive.

Authoritative parents are both demanding and responsive. “They monitor and impart clear standards for their children’s conduct. They are assertive, but not intrusive and restrictive. Their disciplinary methods are supportive, rather than punitive. They want their children to be assertive as well as socially responsible, and self-regulated as well as cooperative” (Baumrind, 1991, p. 62).

Uninvolved parents are low in both responsiveness and demandingness. In extreme cases, this parenting style might encompass both rejecting–neglecting and neglectful parents, although most parents of this type fall within the normal range.

You can read the full article HERE