CHILD CARE IN SUMMERS-FOOD

The beginning of the enjoyable summer season brings with itself, the complexities too. And the most vulnerable to this scratchy weather is the tender health of kids. The most responsible of all is the summer vacations wherein the kids, in the urge of enjoying to their limits, completely forget about their proper living schedules and patters. Other than the clothing and hygiene factors, the most obvious and striking target is the food they intake, the quantity and the quality provided.

It is scientifically proven fact that the stomach is the first affected part of the human body, and also kids are most prone to get attacked by the bacteria and germs; especially in the summer season. It is highly recommended by the doctors and the specialists to take care of the children regarding what they eat, to plan the food items according to their taste but keeping in mind, the proper precautions; because every time it is the health that comes first.

We may not realize the diseases; kids can be exposed to if they continue with the uneven and disturbing food habits. It is human tendency to enjoy at family gatherings by the source of entertainment being the food counter, least realizing the outcomes. Here are some of the tips which can be kept in mind by the family members for protecting their loved ones from bad situations-

1. Food poisoning is the most commonly prevailing disease among small children because people technically are not sound with the proper maintenance of the refrigerators. It should be made sure that the ice in fridges should be replaced regularly at the freezer temperature to be below

2. Food related problems can also be caused when the bacteria attacks the food items at a rapid speed. It usually happens when the raw food like meat, chicken and chilled seafood which are uncooked are kept at the same shelf in the refrigerator or close enough with the cooked food. Hands should be thoroughly washed after chopping or touching the raw stuff.

3. In families with large number of members, the food prepared is usually left after the meals. And it is a normal tendency to use the food later or store it anyhow. But there should be a proper cooling system as a storage area. Also, every left over or stored food item should be consumed.

4. If by any chance, the food items are forgotten to be stored, and say left open for 4-5 hours, it should be directly thrown away; no matter how tempting they still look, no matter we think it still could be edible or fresh, specially cooked rice, pasta, and non vegetarian food items.

The researchers say that kids spend most of their times in sun, playing and exhausting themselves; resulting in increased hunger which they usually satisfy with the junk food which makes them fat and sick. It is a tried and tested concept to plan the summer vacations of children by a proper made up.

1. A home maker should always set a routine for their kids to eat food and be healthy even in vacations. Any disturbance in the meal timings also affects the health of children. Breakfast should be served between 8-9 am in the morning; lunch should be consumed between 1-2 pm and proper dinner lastly by 9 in the night.

2. After playing and exhausting themselves badly in the summer sun, the kids have an urge to go for packed items, say a packet of chips or cold drink. Rather than satisfying their hunger by cooking highly fried and heavy items, the mothers should serve them with easy to digest food items like salad, curd, milk etc.

3. Since children now-a- days are getting too moody with their taste buds, not everyone in this upcoming generation has a fondness for the highest source of calcium i.e. milk. The best way to feed them the same is to bring out the better tasting alternatives like buttermilk, milk shake.

4. People think that fruits can be eaten in any form and can be served at any time. But the case isn’t true in summers. The freshly cut fruits should always be kept in fridges or should be made eaten by children in the raw form, not by cutting. The cutting of fruits releases their nutrients. The foremost important way to keep children safe in summer season is by restricting them to eat or drink outside because we cannot assure of the cleanliness of the ingredients and the manner of the preparation of the food items at the outdoor stalls.

Baby Napping!

Some mothers think that getting their baby sleep is not much of a deal. Their baby will sleep right on time, according to the schedule and they can do the household chores peacefully and take rest. But often times it turns out to be a fantasy and not a reality. Making your baby nap is like a battle ground between you and your baby. But it’s not as hard as you fear. To avoid the battle ground between you and your baby you need to know everything to make a nap work.

So let’s start:
How long does my baby need sleep?
Every child is different when it comes to how much sleep they need. Some babies need two or more hours of sleep than other babies. And some need one hour more than other babies. It takes awhile for newborns to develop a sleep schedule. During the first month, babies usually sleep and wake round-the-clock, with relatively equal periods of sleep between feedings. After the new born period, from 4 months your baby will likely nap at least twice a day- Once in the morning and once in early afternoon. Some babies also need a late afternoon nap. Many babies nap a total of three or more hours during the day.
Now here are some dos and don’ts for a safe and happy baby napping:

Dos of baby napping:
• Make sure baby sleeps in the crib.
• No one is smoking in the area where the baby is sleeping.
• Baby’s face is uncovered.
• Baby is sleeping on his back.
• Firm mattress and a tight fitting sheet and firm pillow.
• Keep the temperature of the room around 20 degrees Celsius. Anything above maybe too hot or anything below can be too cold. Don’t fluctuate the temperature of the room or cause overheating.

Don’ts of baby napping:
• Don’t bed-share in a room that is too warm or dress your baby too warmly.
• Don’t use heavy comforters, duvets or fluffy pillows.
• Don’t leave a baby alone in an adult bed.
• Don’t over heat or over dress your baby
• Don’t wait until your child is overly tired before beginning your going-to-sleep routine. If you do, your child may be too wound up to sleep well – or even to go to sleep at all.

Follow these few tips and hopefully there won’t be any trouble in your baby’s napping.

Being Decisive

Your child has to build his own future. He has to make his own decisions. And his decisions will decide how his future is going to be like. So, decision making is one of the most important skills your child needs to develop to become a healthy and mature adult. Teaching your child to make their own decisions has their own benefits. When they make good decision, they gain the greatest amount of satisfaction and fulfilment because they chose it. When they make a bad decision, they may suffer for it; they can learn from their mistake and gain experience to make better decisions in the future. By giving your child the full right to make their own decision in everything is unwise. It is a process based on age and maturity. Don’t give them the full right of making decision regarding everything at a small age as it can be dangerous. But begin to teach decision making in small doses even with very young children. And slowly begin to expand the number of choices you give them to make decisions. With each decision they make, they recognise whether the decisions were good or bad, and they are responsible for the consequences of that decision.

So, here are some tips on how you can build and develop your child’s decision making skills:

1. Give your child opportunities to make choices as it builds their sense of responsibility as well as decision making skills. It is important that the choice is really theirs, so provide options that you will be happy with no matter what they choose. Showing interest in their choices helps to reinforce that you see their decision as important.

2. Involve children in your everyday decisions. Talk to them about the advantages and disadvantages of each suggestion so your child can learn how to thoughtfully evaluate different options.

3. Teach them to identify the decision to be made. Then to think of the options they have. Tell them to evaluate the options and choose the best one. Check how his decision goes.

4. Asking open ended questions that prompt children to think through their reasons for choosing a particular option helps them to learn how to evaluate options and think through the consequences.

5. Let your children to set their own goals to work towards. Encourage child to plan and think ahead. It helps them to understand the link between decision making and taking actions. The goals should be achievable and motivating for a child. Steps needed to reach goals should be clear, small, definite and good for the child.

6. Don’t scold or be upset on your child for making a bad decision. Let them learn by trial and error and experience the result. Let them learn.

7. Set a good example for your kids. You should be the role model for your kids. You should take good decisions and balance your work and personal roles. So, by seeing you, your child will eventually learn and grow.

8. Young children and teens hardly understand the need to prioritize; they want everything now, they want to fulfill their immediate desires now. Responsible decision making is about making priorities. Apart from instilling decision making skills in your child, you must show them the importance of making priorities and how to do it. Teach him to ask questions like why he wants it and what he wants.

9. Simple board games and card games entertain children while providing a structured way for them to make choices and see the consequences of their choices. Keep the activity interesting by choosing a game based on favorite theme, such as dragons, cats, colors. Set up the game and reads instructions together. You can also promote critical thinking and decision making skills by allowing your children to negotiate rules with each other as they decide how they will play the game.

10. Allow poor decisions which will not have dangerous consequence on your kid. He will cry, but he will understand that consequence were due to his own decision.

The more decisions you can let your child make, the better. But remember there is a place for “no”. Healthy decision making requires parents to know they are the ones in power. They provide the structure, and their kids will learn better skills in the long run.
So, ENJOY IT!!

Confidence Conundrum

Confidence is the most important weapon that a person possesses and it can help them venture new heights in their life. When your child becomes self-confident and is able to display it in their daily lives, almost half of your problems in raising a child vanish. Children with low confidence levels have behavioral problems and are often victims of bullying all through their childhood and teenage years which can adversely affect their learning capacity and mental growth curve.

However, children are not born with confidence and thus parents have an important duty to try and equip their child with all confidence they are going to need in their future. Here are few ways in which you can help your child develop their confidence skills as suggested by experts:

1. Remember the mistakes that your parents committed and try to rectify them in bringing up your child.

2. Give your child positive feedback during their formative years.

3. Do not overlook the faults in your child but make them aware of it so that they can improve upon it themselves.

4. Make your child feel special every day and do not ever let them feel unloved . A mother’s love can work wonders for a child’s self esteem and make them feel more suited and accepted in society.

5. Helping your child develop talents and acquire skills is part of discipline. If you recognize an ability in your child that he doesn’t, encourage him. Strike a balance between pushing and protecting. Both are necessary. If you don’t encourage your child to try, his skills don’t improve, and you’ve lost a valuable confidence builder.

6. Sometime during your parenting career you may run into the idea that a young child should be exposed to children with different values so that he can choose for himself. It’s like sending a ship to sea without a rudder or a captain. Only by chance will that ship reach a desirable destination. Children are too valuable to be left to chance.

7. Schools can be hazardous to a child’s emotional health. To raise a confident child, school choice (if you have one) needs to be carefully considered. The connected child who enters the school arena with peers from various upbringings and degrees of attachment will have a set of expectations that he may not find at school. Children meet the challenges of a new social group with different behaviors. If a child is securely attached to his caregivers and armed with a strong self-image, he may not be disturbed by these different behaviors.

8. Children need jobs. One of the main ways children develop self-confidence and internalize values is through helping maintain the family living area, inside and out. Raise a confident child by giving them household duties. This helps them feel more valuable and channels their energy into desirable behavior and teaching skills.

9. Raise a confident child by teaching them to express their feelings comfortably. Expressing feelings comfortably does not mean the child is free to explode at every emotional twinge, but rather develops a comfortable balance between expressing and controlling feelings. She should eventually be able to keep a lid on her emotions when needed, but not so tightly that she can’t remove the lid in a “safe” setting, such as exercising (i.e., run like mad to blow off steam), or with a trustworthy friend. All babies freely express their feelings. Maturity develops through years of learning how to stay calm in difficult situations.

Hope this helped you to organize your priorities where your child is concerned so that you can raise them into cool, calm and confident adults ready to tackle life.

Does your kid watch too much television?

You just got home with a new batch of groceries. Your phone has been ringing. You decide to put your little one in front of the television for a little while to be able to tend to the chores. The toddler sees a big screen with incredible features. All sorts of sounds and visuals. It is a different, probably a lot more exciting kind of toy! Oh and the little one has seen you play with this toy as well. So it works!

 

Such trivial events mat lead toddlers to love watching television. Even if what they see does not make a lot of sense to them, they see something new every time. It won’t be surprising if they start to prefer watching television over other toys.

 

This situation raises flags because the first three years are the most significant period of a child’s development, especially for the brain, which grows faster than other parts of the body- tripling in mass in just 12 months. During this time, a child’s brain is more receptive to positive influences and more vulnerable to negative ones. The stimuli children experience during this period profoundly influence brain development.

 

While TV provides no educational benefits for a child of this age, it also eats up time for physical activities that actually develop his brain- experimenting with cause and effect. It also takes away the time a child needs to develop necessary skills like language, creativity and social skills. Language, for example, does not improve by passively listening to the TV. It is developed by actively interacting with people as he learns to talk by interpreting adult language.

 

When kids who watch TV go to school, they have to make a change from being primarily visual learners to listening learners. If a kid watches more TV than interact with the family,the transition will be hard and school learning will suffer. TV may also expose the kid to negative behavior if the parent is not careful. The child does not know the difference between right or wrong. Television may induce baby’s sponge like brain to always expect fast paced inputs. They may not get such fast-paced inputs in their real life which may later affect their personality filling them with frustration, anger and anxiety. It is also found that children watching too much television are more likely to have shorter attention spans, problem concentrating and impulsive by age 7. Sitting in front of the TV while day long ceasing outdoor activities and may cause obesity right in the early years.

 

While it is advisable, it isn’t always possible to have someone to watch over the kid while you take care of chores.

  1. Plan chores around baby’s nap time
  2. Little exposure to the television does not harm, but the parent should accompany the child. Make it an interactive event, use the events to instigate some learning. Respond to their smile, speech and actions.
  3. If the child asks to watch the TV very frequently, do not always give in. Create a little ecosystem which instills learning, inquisitiveness and curiousness in them.
  4. Since children tend to mimic their parents, avoid watching too much television in their presence.

 

Their personality and thoughts depend on what they learn and gain. spend your time with them and make their personality stronger and better.

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