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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Five Awesome Reasons to Travel with Your Kids

If you are a parent who loves to travel, then there are many reasons to take your little ones with you. Traveling as a family can be a fun and exciting experience for both adults and children, along with being a hugely educational experience that everyone can learn from. Even though traveling with little ones can often be a stressful experience, it’s definitely worth doing – even if just for the amazing family memories that you will be able to create. We’ve put together some of the best reasons to take your children traveling as often as you can.

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Reason #1. Family Bonding:

There’s nothing better than traveling together as a family and doing fun things together when it comes to strengthening your bond! When you’re away from the everyday activities of your home life and are able to go on plenty of adventures together, you’ll return home to find that you’ve all gotten closer together as a family after your much-needed break. Since you’ll be able to spend a lot of quality time together simply relaxing and having fun, you’ll all come back home feeling refreshed and revitalized!

Reason #2. Education:

Traveling with your children isn’t just a lot of good fun, it can also be a very educational experience. Depending on the destinations that you visit, there will be several awesome things that your family can see and do together, such as visiting world-famous attractions, eating and learning about various world cuisines, and even learning more about cultural traditions. As a result, your children will grow up more globally aware and appreciative of cultural differences.

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Reason #3. Making Memories:

Simply put, one of the best reasons to travel internationally with children is to make awesome memories together. Wherever you travel, you’ll be able to create wonderful memories for your little ones that are going to last them a lifetime. The first ten years of life are the most important for any child, and it’s often during these years where happy memories help to shape them into the adult they will one day become. And of course, don’t forget about the stunning pictures you’ll be able to take!

Reason #4. Ease:

Although going on vacation with children is often seen as stressful by many parents, it can actually be a very easy experience if you make the right choices. For example, if you’re staying in a luxurious villa or townhouse from, you’ll have a great time with all the amenities that you and your family need for a great home from home experience. In addition, all-inclusive options can be a wonderful idea for traveling with your little ones, since there’ll be no need to worry about preparing food for the duration of your stay.

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Reason #5. Outdoor Fun:

Today, our daily lives are often taken up by technology, and many parents are worried about the amount of time that their children are spending on their smartphones, tablets and computers. Whilst using technology is an important part of learning today, it’s also great for kids to get outside and play. Traveling offers an amazing opportunity for your little ones to get some much-needed outdoor fun and games.

Why do you like to travel with your kids? Let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Moms Think They Fail At Parenting But What The Kids Say Will Melt Your Heart (VIDEO)

When I was younger, I like going out with friends at any time of the day to just loiter anywhere or to do different activities related to organizations we are involved with. During those days, I never thought of having kids and I always had that fear of having one because I think it is tough to raise children.

When I got pregnant with my first born, I was enveloped with worries and I always questioned myself if I am capable or raising a child. Good thing my mother is there to help me take care of my daughter especially in the early weeks of her life. The same happened when I had my second child, I still worry about being a mom.

Challenges of Being a Mom

As we all know, being a mother isn't just about keeping the kids alive and healthy. It is more than that. We have to make sure that they are well-groomed, they get the proper education, they learn how to deal with other people and much more. But no matter of hard it is, we give our utmost effort to teach them everything that they need to know- most of these are also from our own mothers.

Like most moms, I also ask myself if I am a good mother. Am I doing everything the right way? Will my children grow up into responsible and respectful citizens? Did they learn something about the Bible and would they apply it in as they grow up? Am I giving them the right amount of food or are they getting enough nutrition? Am I too strict? Did I go beyond the line when I disciplined them?

A Moving Video

While browsing Facebook, I saw a touching video wherein moms of different situations and professions were interviewed. Most of them are not sure if they are able to give their kids everything that they need. Since most of them are working moms, they feel like they are not giving enough time for their children. They are guilty about it and are even afraid of what their kids think about them.

When the kids were interviewed, their answers are surprising. They understood why their mothers need to work and despite the lack of time, they still appreciate their mothers and all of the children expressed how much they love their moms. The video from Fern-C is indeed very tear jerking because of the responses of the children.

It shows us that if we give #KalidadNaAlaga to our children, we would definitely be successful in parenting. One way to do that is to make sure that they are healthy at all times whether they are inside the house or outside. Aside from giving them healthy and nourishing food, it is also recommended that they take Vitamin C which will protect them from different kinds of disease.

And one good source of Vitamin C is Fern-C Kids which is formulated with Zinc and contains Sodium Ascorbate. With Vitamin C and Zinc working together, our children can surely build a strong immune system. As for Sodium Ascorbate, it is a non-acidic form of Vitamin which is different from Ascorbic Acid. In short, Fern-C Kids is perfect for our kids and if we give them one, they will surely feel how much we love them and care for them.

A Relieving and Touching Assurance

After watching, I remembered how my daughter would give me notes almost every day to express her love and appreciation. Sometimes I think it is funny but at the same time, it is very heart warming. Ever since my 5-year-old learned to write, she would always write "I Love You Mommy" on small pieces of paper or on large sheets.

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Sometimes she writes "You are the best mommy ever" and she would make drawings and different kinds of stuffs that she calls "crafts" and she would give it to me as a surprise. I always keep everything she gives me even if she would repeatedly write "I love you mommy." She would also apologize every time she makes a mistake by giving me a note that says "I'm sorry mommy. I will not do it again."

Aside from that, she always says "I love you" without any reason at all. She would just come to me, hug me and say her magic words. Although I am already used to all of this, I am always happy that she thinks I am the best mom. According to her, I am the only mom who is perfect for her. Isn't that touching? I wonder what my son thinks about me. I would need to wait until he can talk since he is just 6-months old now.

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For me, the words of my daughter is an assurance that even if I have doubts about myself as a mom and even if I have shortcomings, everything is enough for her. She even thinks I'm perfect even if I know that I'm not. It is amazing that other kids also look at their moms this way. This only shows that everything we do as a mother is valued by our children. Because of that, we should not be afraid to trust our instincts and just give the best that we can.

For sure, our mothers also felt this way but now that they are grandparents, they have earned the crown of wisdom and we are blessed that they can give us parenting advice based on their experience. With the help of our moms and our motherly instinct, we can surely give our children what is best for them. If you are unsure about it, do not hesitate to ask your kids for their opinion. Sometimes, kids know something that we mothers are not aware of.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Key to Becoming a Good Home Tutor

Home tuition is gaining popularity all over the world and it could be the preferred choice for several parents and their children. Some parents might be highly qualified in their respective fields, and this gives them an upper hand to teach their kids at home. 

However, there are still parents who aren’t professional teachers and for them to understand the need of choosing the right study material for their child is essential. In such scenarios, getting home tutors helps. A lot of home tuition agencies based in countries like India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and other education deprived countries are focusing on additional study hours for kids that focus beyond the school curriculum.

The idea of becoming a good tutor for children should be driven by the objective to reaching a goal. And the best way to get there is to develop a plan and stick to it. Like, lessening distractions when home tuitions are on, taking not of the kids’ learning pattern, what resources you might need and how much time will it take to help the kid learn a particular subject, lesson or topic.

The Key to Becoming a Good Home Tutor

Here are some other important tips that will help you to become a good home tutor:

1. Make sure you know the curriculum you are going to follow. Check, whether it is a good match for the kids and goes in accordance to the school system of that particular region or country.

2. Before educating a child, educate yourself first. Learn about the curriculum before you begin to teach the children.

3. After learning about the children’s learning style, you can prepare with the home tuition layout. Do take notice of the number of hours, the days, equipment and resources that you will need down the road. You can also include the measures to reduce the disruptions and distractions in this time.

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4. One of the major benefits of applying home tuition for your child is that he/she can be more relaxed, will show higher participation skills and even allow a two-way communication. But, all this depends upon the positive ambience that you create at home. It is a fact that children love to express their thoughts and views, so you have to make sure it happens.

5. Achieving your goals can take time, so having a strong level of patience is essential otherwise chances of frustration setting in will be high. A child might love-hate one subject and love another, so you have to bear all the long queues of confusion and help him/her to understand that thing. Understanding the root cause of the problem will help your resolve it in a better way.

6. The frustration can get the kid as well. The lesson might bore them and take their focus away. In such scenario, it is better to be more relaxed and focused. Since you’re teaching at home and not at school, the parameter of discipline should be at different level. A playful learning environment will ensure that the kid will succeed even at the hardest subjects.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Positive Parenting - Empowering Disabled Children to Be All That They Can Be

Empowering Disabled Children

Being a parent in today’s society can often be a trying experience no matter how much you love your children or how hard you work to give them all they need to succeed in life. Without going into all the cultural influences you need to overcome, in fact it would be impossible to do so as entire volumes have been written on the subject and are still not inclusive, there are some ways you can counteract what is going on around you to raise up children who are empowered to be the best that they can be as human beings and as professionals in the workplace. 

However, being parents of a disabled child brings with it a new set of challenges which must be faced, so here are a few tips to give you strength and help you along the way.

Empowering Disabled Children

Working with Kids with Disabilities

One of the things which educators learn early on when seeking their degrees, and are even more in tune with when studying for a higher education leadership degree, is that it is vitally important to follow a few simple rules when working with disabled children. One of the first things you learn is how to inspire them to do well without putting undue pressure on them. 

They can often do all of the things a non-disabled child can do - and sometimes even better. It just takes them longer to learn new tasks in many cases. Sometimes they are faced with physical disabilities and other times these are emotional or psychological. 

If your son or daughter is interested in going straight up to achieving an online doctor of education degree there is no reason to believe they can’t do it! Help them realize that anything can happen if you are willing to work for it. Perseverance is often a vital key to success.

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Finding Modes of Study that Suit Their Disability

All government and public buildings are required by federal law to have entryways accessible to physically disabled persons. Even so, some schools have disabled ramps that are not easy to navigate and although they pass legal guidelines minimally, they are not adequate for the needs of a disabled student. 

In cases like this, did you know your son or daughter can get their degree online? It is always best for a student to study in an environment where they are most at ease, which means you can explore your options if you feel your child will not do well in a traditional classroom.

That’s the beauty of technology. Parents now have many more ways to empower their disabled children to be the very best they can be in an environment that places little stress on the child. 

It’s all about facilitating an atmosphere where they can learn and grow and with the literal explosion of online degrees it is something that was never before possible. By exploring your options you are empowering your child to grow in the best way possible for him or her - and that’s what empowerment is all about after all. Empowering them to be their very best in the life they have been handed.

Friday, June 17, 2016

5 Ways to Become a More Self-Reliant Parent

How to Be a More Self-Reliant Parent

When you become a parent, it’s great to get help from other people, but it’s also important to be able to stand on your own two feet. Starting a family is a life changing event so it’s important that you know how to be self-reliant when the time arises. Below are some of the best ways to do this.

Learn to Drive

Learning to drive is one of the most effective ways to become more independent. Unfortunately, many parents don’t know how to drive and feel isolated in their homes because of this. The best way to solve this problem is to start taking driving lessons and apply for a driving theory test. You can greatly improve your chances of passing your theory test and driving test by taking some mock tests in advance on the Top Tests' website.

Take an Online Course

If you are a parent who spends a lot of time at home, you can put this time to good use by taking an online course. Almost every course imaginable is now available online which means you don’t have to leave home or spend a lot of time at college.

5 Ways to Become a More Self-Reliant Parent

Work from Home

The internet has changed the way many people work and has opened up a wide range of employment opportunities for people who have a young family. It’s now possible to complete a full week’s work without ever leaving home.

Writing, accounting, graphic design, virtual assistant work and web design are just some of the home-based positions you can do from the comfort of your own home and still be able to take care of your child or children. Setting up a home based office is relatively easy to do and costs very little. The main things you will need include a computer or laptop, an area to work in and a broadband connection.

Use the Internet to its Full Potential

The internet is the most powerful communications tool ever invented and has the potential to change the lives of many parents. Social media websites, community websites and blogs contain millions of pages of useful information and records of interactions between parents and people who need parenting help.

As well as this, you can ask your own questions and get help directly from people who have more parenting knowledge and experience than you have. You can then put this knowledge and experience to good use when you are taking care of your own family.

How to Be a More Self-Reliant Parent

Don’t Depend Too Much On Other People

When you have a child, most parents are inundated with offers of help from family and friends. However, you should not depend too much on other people. If you feel you are losing control of the situation, kindly remind others that you will ask for help when you really need it.

When you become a parent, you need all the help you can get. However, it’s also vital to be independent too. The tips above are just some of the ways you can do this and not have to rely on family members and friends all of the time.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How Your Toddler Can Play and Learn at the Same Time

Our kids can play all day and they don't seem to get tired. But did you know that playing can help them a lot? Here is a guest post from Sally who have shared to us some helpful articles last month.

How Your Toddler Can Play and Learn at the Same Time

Parents who are looking for a way to have fun with their child while promoting physical, emotional and cognitive health should look into a variety of puzzles for their child. Child’s provide so many benefits to the child’s development, and it’s something that you can do with your child as a family activity. Puzzles and problem solving activities for toddlers are also ways that your child can spend time on their own.

There is a wide selection of puzzles available for infants up through the toddler age and into grade school that target the improvement of mental and physical skills. You can start your child out at a young age to start problem solving with puzzles, and increase the difficulty of the puzzles as they grow. There are many levels and suggested ages to look at as they begin their journey solving puzzles. Here are a few reasons to include puzzles in your child’s daily routine.


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Cognitive Benefits

Options like a snake cube or jigsaw puzzles are going to help your child’s cognitive development in a variety of ways. They are going to learn how to recognize shapes and patterns, and figure out how to make shapes connect with each other. The child’s memory has to work to remember how to turn and move the pieces around, and to remember which pieces didn’t fit when tried. At first the child may have a hard time recognizing which points connect together to create a total picture, but over time they will know how to align the pieces so they slide into place, or so they can easily be pushed or snapped into place.

Sorting the pieces by classification, like color, character and edges helps improve eye recognition tactics. The child will be able to see that just like the puzzle, and many things around them are built like a puzzle. They will have to solve problems with their hands using puzzles, and learning how to solve a snake cube puzzle is something they can progress to.

Physical Development Enhancement

Moving and turning the puzzle pieces helps develop fine motor skills, which will help the child with tying shoes, buttoning their pants, writing and coloring and more. Hand to eye coordination is also going to improve. The mind has to deliver the right message to the hands, and over time the puzzle configuring and mind to body messages will improve and get faster. This allows the child’s hands and mind to learn to react to things more quickly.

Physical Development Enhancement

Puzzle activities that stack will help your child recognize and learn about weight distribution and balance. Working with the puzzles by stacking, sorting and balancing, will help your child make things fit, when cleaning their room or doing other physical activities.

Emotional Encouragement and Improvement

Puzzles are great for encouraging emotional development and improving confidence. The child will have to see that if they don’t give up and keep trying, they can use their mind to get through their struggles and situations. Finishing the puzzle is a goal, and the child learns that their goals can be accomplished even if they have to work on them a little at a time.

Emotional Encouragement and Improvement

The puzzles can also show your child how to work and solve problems independently, without you guiding them step by step. They should learn to resolve problems and try all possible positions or solutions until asking for help. The puzzles are going to improve the mind by strengthening their confidence, decision making and critical thinking.

There are puzzle games that you sort by color, size and shape. As your child gets older puzzles can help to teach numbers, letters, animals and other things, and the child will think that they are playing a game and having fun. You can use puzzles to help the child learn without it feeling like you are trying to get them to memorize information.

If your child is having any struggles or is missing any milestones in their physical or intellectual development, ask their pediatrician if there are any specific types of puzzles that could help them overcome this or improve the concerns. Having time where you work with the child to see if they are doing the puzzles correctly, and having time to let the child explore and work on their own is going to be the most ideal for their progression while they develop and grow.

About the Writer

This post is written by Sally is a working woman and a mother of 2 kids (currently 10 and 8), living in a suburb of Brisbane. As mom, she learn so much about providing healthier and happier lifestyle for her kids. You can find more of her articles being featured on

Images provided by Sally.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

How Parents Can Control Kid's Internet Use [Infographic]

Most parents worry about the influence of the Internet on their children. An outright ban isn’t possible, of course, as the Internet is both educational as well as distracting.

New research, however, has found that compulsive Internet use can lower children’s performance in the classroom. A new study of 3000 parents by Stop Procrastinating, the website blocker, has found parents didn’t realize their children were browsing the Internet or using social media late at night when they should be sleeping.

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The parents found that their children were more irritable, had less concentration and were more tired in the classroom as a result.

Fortunately, the study found the best techniques and strategies the parents used to reduce the negative impacts of social media and the Internet on their children.

Parents suggested building up a trusting relationship with their children, so that they were able to have open conversations about the Internet without stress and confrontation, as well as setting boundaries. For instance, stopping children using digital devices an hour before they go to bed. Some parents also tried to make cutting down on internet use an enjoyable and fun challenge that their children could share and compete with their friends by creating a digital detox challenge week.

The survey also found that parents are more successful at cutting their children’s internet use if they work with other parents and the school. If all a group of friends are all treated in the same way they will feel less pressure to break the rules and get online when they shouldn’t.

The survey has been designed into an accessible infographic which details all the findings and help for parents who want to control and reduce their children’s internet use. You can view the infographic below:

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Courtesy of: Stop Procrastinating

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Children and Imaginary Friends

The subject of imaginary friends is one that tends to confuse and confound most parents. It can be baffling to see your child playing with a friend that is invisible and even has their own backstory. If you want to know more details and make some research you'll be able to find the books you need in Kohl's at an affordable price with the use of Discountrue coupons, but know that studies have shown that imaginary friends are no longer a cause for concern. Research proves that such kids are actually ahead of their peers when it comes to their social development. Why are children who invent imaginary friends to play with so far advanced?

Children and Imaginary Friends

As opposed to the old ways of thinking, when parents viewed imaginary friends as a warning sign that their child would become socially inept, we now know that the prevailing wisdom is not necessarily true. Instead of being seen as a way to withdraw from the world and deal with stress, imaginary friends are seen as a chance for children to boost their social skills.

A recent study that was conducted by La Trobe University in Melbourne discovered that children who are between the ages of three to six benefit greatly from the presence of an imaginary friend. Playing in this way is wonderful for a child's creativity, as well as their language skills. It has been proven that these children use far more complex sentence structures than their counterparts, have a vast and varied vocabulary and encounter less problems getting along with their classmates.

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The explanation for this phenomenon is actually quite simple. A child who has an imaginary friend develops crucial experience in taking up both sides of a hypothetical conversation. They can play a variety of different roles, think in an abstract manner, and come up with original ideas rather easily.

The areas of the brain that allow for imaginary friends are the regions that tap into some of our most advanced thinking. Studies show that any sort of imaginary play is great for a child's overall development, which is why parents shouldn't become hung up on made-up friends. Children need healthy amounts of creativity and encouragement to reach their true potential and their guardians should provide them with the space that they need to explore. Discouraging a child from having imaginary friends may only serve to impede their social and personal growth.

Don't micromanage a child's schedule as a means of keeping them from having imaginary friends. They need the support of their parents when it comes to directing their own play. So be sure to take a step back and watch the show. When your child is using their mental capacity to invent an imaginary friend, they are laying the groundwork for the continued building of brainpower!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Teach Your Kids to Pray Anytime, Anywhere

At an early age, it is important that kids get to know about God. This way, they will grow up knowing that there is a Supreme being who made them and they will be more mindful of their actions because they know that God is watching them. Aside from that, they will also be aware that God will take care of them and that he listens to their prayers.

Yes, the only way to talk to God is through prayers. It is best that our kids will learn the value of prayer while they are still young. In our family, we are trained to pray since childhood. We pray together before meals and before going to sleep.

But sometimes, we have to do it alone especially when eating in public areas or when we need to ask God for something personal. When we pray, we recognize the fact that we depend on God to help us with our lives. Also, we are cultivating our relationship with God by talking to Him through prayers. It is similar to constantly communicating with friends in order to establish a good relationship.

Teach Your Kids to Pray Anytime, Anywhere

There are different kinds of prayers- prayer of thanksgiving, supplication, petition, and prayer of praise. Prayer of thanksgiving refers to how we express our gratitude for the food we eat, for the protection and guidance as well as the blessings we receive. One would pray with supplication when he is asking for something from God like to provide food and others. When one prays for petition, he is requesting something important like passing an exam or help a family member heal from a certain sickness. The prayer of praise will allow us to express our faith to God.

Whatever kind of prayer you do, what is important is that you say it from the heart. You do not have to utter the same prayers over and over again. Say what you want to say because God listens.

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Bella prays on her own and I am touched by how she really express herself through prayers. If she is in pain, she will pray, "Please make my feet okay" or if she want something, she would ask for it on her prayers, even if it is a toy.

One time, I reprimanded her and she was crying. When she asked for forgiveness, I hugged her and said it was okay. On her prayer, she said, "Thank you that Mommy and I are already friends." That tugged heart strings!

She even prays for her Daddy who is having some problems saying, "Please let Daddy be okay." But there are also funny things she would say like "Thank you for letting me play my game" or "I hope I can watch YouTube on my iPad tomorrow" and even "I hope we will download Minecraft, Red Ball and fun apps." LOL! Well, we can't blame my four-year old because that is what she is thinking of.

The good thing is, she knows she can express herself through prayers.

Yes, we can say ANYTHING we want to say to God. Anyway, He can see what we are doing and He can look into our hearts. He knows what our hearts desires are but we need to pray for that.

Also, we can pray ANYTIME we want and ANYWHERE we are. God will listen to our prayers whatever is the situation. If we are asking for something and we can't get it now, do not feel bad because God knows the right time and when you pray, always remember that it is God's will that is important because it will always be for our goodness sake.

How about you? Do you teach your kids to pray? At what age did you start teaching them to pray?

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Ultimate Guide in Choosing the Best Food for Babies (Infographics)

Of course, we always make sure that our babies would eat the right food at the right amount. What they eat while still babies could have a huge effect on them as they grow up. That is why we have to start early and make sure that they are eating healthy food while still young.

Choosing food for babies is a crucial thing for moms because we always want to make sure that they will acquire their much needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients from it. Food cooked in your kitchen would be best but if you do not have the luxury of time to cook (especially for working moms), then you can try some ready to eat or easy to prepare food for the babies.

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I can recall, that when Bella was still a baby, I would cook mashed potatoes for her and even mash some rice with some vegetable soup. She would also eat squash too. Aside from that, I also let her eat Gerber and Cerelac on various flavors like peaches, peas, banana, chicken and others. There are so many flavors to choose from, each one could provide various nutrients to the baby. I could say that because she got used eating vegetables and healthy food while still a baby, she still love to eat veggies up to this date and would steer away for anything that is too sweet like candies. I know. I know you are srrprised because most kids hate veggies and love candies. Luckily, Bella is the other way around.

Going back to the food for babies, I have found a very helpful infographic that tells us what kind of food we can get for the baby, what to avoid, what certain food are perfect for specific ages, and others. Scroll down and take a look at the important information from this infographic.


Want to check this infographic from time to time to guide you in choosing the best food for your baby? Bookmark this post and get back to it when you want to. Also, don't forget to share this to your friends who are expecting or have babies.

Infographic Source: New Born Baby Zone
Veggies Image Credit: Preachers Institute

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bath Time is Play Time!

When bath time comes, Bella would always be excited! I never had a hard time to bathe her since she loves the water so much. Even when she was still younger (actually since her first bath time), she already enjoys taking a bath. I can tell because she never cries like other babies do. She is just quite while being taken into the water. She would even smile once in a while. But that doesn't mean that I bath her for a long time since she love the water. I still make sure that she gets clothed at once.

When Bella was 6 months (I think, not sure :p ), I decided to make bathing time more fun for her. So, instead of merely doing the usual routine of taking her clothes off and then bringing her to the bathroom, I added excitement to her bath time by letting her play. She would dip her hands in the water and splash it over and over again! She enjoys doing that. So, while I am busy bathing her, she is busy playing.

And then I started bringing toys to the bathroom. There are bathroom toys for babies that you can buy. But I did not buy so much bathroom toys. I only had rubber duckies for her because she loves ducks. I do not know where her fancy for ducks started but she just love ducks. She would grin at once upon seeing one. She used to call them “quack quack” but now she knows that these are actually called “ducks” and that “quack quack” is the sound they make. Let’s go back to the rubber ducky thingy. I brought rubber duckies to the bathroom and let it float on water. Well, that added to her fun bath time. She would even grab her soap holder cover and let it float on water too with the rubber duckie sitting on top of it. I also use a sponge to bathe her. The sponge has a different texture which can also be good for tickling her senses. That doesn't end there.

While playing with her ducky and splashing with water, I also sing songs while bathing her. She would sing along with me. I made it a habit to sing every morning. I have memorized this song from the videos that we have downloaded and found it appropriate for a great morning start. It says,

"Rise and shine the sun is up now
get my sleepy head outta bed
first I have to brush my teeth 
up and down quiet a few times
wash my face it's what friends will see
take a shower so my body's clean
brush my hair and get in a new dress in the mirror I see pretty (instead of ME, I replaced it with pretty)”

You can also check the video here:

She can memorize that song. We sing that every morning while taking a bath. The good part about this song is that she will know how a day should start. It tells her of the activities she needs to do which of course includes taking a bath. Other than that song, we also sing other nursery songs that I could remember. Sometimes, she requests songs or she even start to sing a certain song and I’ll just follow.

So, that is how Bella’s bath time is every day. For her, bath time is playtime! But the downside is, she would cry when bath time is over! I have a ducky towel for her. I’d let her see herself in the mirror with the ducks head covering her head. This makes her smile and her bath-time-is-over-issue is finally put into an end. Another batch of excitement follows when dressing up comes. I see to it that every activity that I do with Bella is fun and exciting. I also make sure that she learns something from it.

baby bath game

You can do the same with your little ones to make bath time fun. So, to sum it up, i'll give you some tips on how you can have a fun bath time and play time. Your first bath time moments with baby could be tricky but once you get wet, you'll certainly get wild with fun!

1. Bring in some bathroom toys. Aside from rubber duckies and plastic boats, you can also use plastic cups so you can teach your baby to fill and pour it with water. You can also use plastic letters and numbers to enhance baby's learning. 

2. Sing songs. Do not be ashamed to sing songs while in the bathroom. Bring out the song bird in you and sing baby's fave nursery songs. Your baby will love that and like Bella, he or she could sing along with you.

3. Play with bubbles. Make bubbles! You can use your baby's body wash to make bubbles. But you can also buy toys that make bubbles. It would surely be a fun bath time with your baby popping bubbles!

4. Look for textures. You can tickle your baby's senses by using bath scrubs, wash cloths, or even the bubbles. You can even try giving your baby a plastic mirror so he or she can look at it while taking a bath. Babies love to see themselves!

5. Create stories. You can also make bath time as story time. Make up stories that your baby will love. Use toys and stuff in the bathroom to do that. There are also bath books or bubble books especially made for baby's bath time.

Well, baby's bath time will surely not be boring after all if you try to apply the tips above. Aside from making it fun, you will also make bath time a good time to learn. It will be very fulfilling on your part that you made your baby happy while you are able to bath her. You can even develop a better relationship with your baby through this. Bath time can indeed be playtime and learning time!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Comfort First Before Fashion

Mothers see to it that their little ones look good all the time. Some moms (like me!) would be buying so many clothes for their little ones. That ranges from sun suits to dresses, pajamas to skirts, blouses to t-shirts and so many others. Having a girl really gives me a lot of choices for her. But I guess, if I had a boy, I would still do the same. I will still get him every available clothing that will look good on him. But since I had a girl, I was given a wider range of choices when it comes to clothes.

I love clothes that is why my closet is so full that some of them are already in plastic containers and bags. So, you won’t wonder if I’ll also get so many clothes for Bella. Her closet is also full. Bigger clothes are kept on a different container and smaller clothes are separated, too! All she has in her closet are those that fit her at the moment. Oh, well. Good luck to me and her closet for I am certain she will still get more clothes in the next days to come! Online shopping just makes it easy for me to get pretty clothes for Bella. But I don’t just pick any type of clothing. I make sure that I choose them well. I don’t want my baby to feel uncomfortable while on it. So, today, I will share to you some tips on how to choose clothes for your little one. Here are some things you need to consider. These tips are for choosing both infant and toddler clothes regardless of gender of course.

1. Know your baby’s size. First thing you need to consider is the size. Know the size of your baby. Sometimes, what you see on the clothes’ tags are not suitable to your baby’s size. It might be bigger or smaller, like if the tag says “6-12 months” but it might still fit until 18 months. This happens because clothes differ in sizes. That is why it is important to know your baby’s size.

      2. Make sure it’s comfortable. A beautiful clothing is useless if it’s uncomfortable. So, see to it that your baby will feel comfortable while wearing it. It means that she can move and play freely. Be sure that it is not tight against baby’s skin. If there are zippers and snaps, check if there is a layer a fabric that protects the baby’s skin from direct contact with them for it might harm them.

      3. Check how it can be worn. Make sure that it won’t be hard to get on and off the clothes you buy. There has to be a long zipper at the front or a snap at the bottom. When you are buying tops, see to it that there are openings or snaps at the upper back or front part (sometimes snaps are on the shoulder part) so that it can be opened when worn through the head. This way, you can ensure that you will not hurt your baby’s head when getting into it. If there aren't snaps, be sure that the neck opening is stretchable to fit the head.

      4. Check the material used. Look into the material of the clothes you will buy.  Baby skin is sensitive to some artificial materials. That is why, it is recommend to buy clothing made of natural materials like cotton. If you want your little girl to wear tutus, see to it that it is made of good quality soft tulle so that it won’t be itchy for the baby. (Tutus are so cute! We’ll have a round-up of beautifully made tutus on our next post, look forward for that!)

5. Be practical. Your baby grows fast. Hence, do not be buying too expensive clothes. But if you want to buy expensive clothes for a special occasion, make sure that the price is worth it. Look into the quality of the clothing if it suits the price. You can look for items on sale or on bargains or even on shops that sell second hand clothing. Also, let it fit to your baby’s age. Infant clothes are different from toddler clothes. This is important to make sure that it will look appropriate on your baby. There are different clothes for new born babies and for babies that are already 6 months old and up. I bet you know what types of clothes are right for your baby’s age.

Basically, those are the things that one needs to look into when buying and choosing clothes for babies. Moms really like to get trendy clothing for their little ones but it is always best to consider the above mentioned points in order to make sure that our babies will feel comfortable and presentable at the same time.

Personally, when I get clothes for Bella, I look for those that are not tight on her skin and those that make her feel fresh and comfy. But of course, I get pretty clothes for her all the time. I know mommies out there are like me, you also get plenty of clothes for your babies. We just can’t help it! It is one of our ways to express our fondness and love for them. We also see to it that our little kids look great all the time –even if they are just at home! 

"Remember mommies, comfort first before fashion!"

How about you mommies? What do you consider in looking for clothes for your kids? Would you like to add some tips, too? We’d appreciate your comments on this. Till next time!

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