5 Awesome Porch and Patio Activities for Kids


By Chloe Smith,

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Carefree, fun-filled days as a kid in the family yard make for some most blissful memories. As a parent, you can use the full potential of your home and enjoy watching your kids play, learn and grow – and you can get in on the fun also! With a little bit of imagination, creativity and organization, you can transform your porch or patio into a „base“ that will station numerous activities, so you can invite relatives or the neighbours’ kids and create a magical environment that you will all admire.

1. Theater stage

The denivelation of the porch provides a great setting for stage performances, with the audience comfortably seated below, and the entrance of the house used as the backstage if necessary. The children can improvise, make their own plays with your help, or act out certain children’s plays from books – what matters most is that the atmosphere is charged with creativity and freedom. Help them get organized so that everybody gets a turn to be on stage as well as to be in the audience. It’s a great setting for story-telling time also. Additionally, for the ultimate theater feel, you can hang a string between two posts of your porch on which you will clip improvised red curtains.

2. Make bird feeders

This is a fun and simple way for everyone to get crafty, and once the feathered friends start coming over to eat, your kids will be happy to observe them, listen to their chirps, and learn about which birds are native to your area (you might want to prepare some information and find a colourful book about the birds you will encounter). You can make a bird feeder easily, without any special tools or materials required:
- Get a paper plate and something to put underneath to hold it so it doesn’t topple over from the weight of the seeds and birds (for example, a wicker plate holder that you can find at any dollar store)
- Punch 3 evenly-spaced holes around the edges of the paper plate
- Get 3 pieces of thick string, thread one through each hole on the plate and tie the plate to the plate holder on one end
- On the other end, tie the three pieces of string into a strong knot and hang it on your porch or wherever available on the patio
- Fill the plate with seeds and bread crumbs and get ready for some feathery visitors! Continue reading

3. Give the space a makeover

Use the floor, whether it’s wooden planks or patio stones, as a canvas for drawing with chalk, or if you don’t mind a more permanent intervention, for etching into wood or painting. This is a great activity because the children have a lot of space to spread out and be creative, to use it as a decorating project on which everybody is working together or to try some active games, and plus it’s neat for children to have a different perspective when drawing (aside from the usual paper on table). If you’re using the patio, it’s good to have some kind of a retractable awning or pergola (you can consult Oztech to help you research this option), because children easily get lost in these kinds of activities and forget time, so you need to ensure there will be enough shade from the sun at a certain point in the afternoon. That actually stands pretty much for any other patio activity, because chances are, the kids won’t be eager to go inside even once it gets too hot.

4. Make a hideout

The porch/patio area will be used as a base for all backyard activities – something like a fortress. Set up a tent or make a little hideout nook out of fabric, which can serve as a station for playing hide-and-seek, a castle, or anything else the imagination suggests.

5. Have an outdoor movie night

If you can get your hands on a movie projector, you’re halfway there. Get white blackout fabric and attach it to the posts of your porch, with the audience facing it from the yard, or attach it to the wall of your house, with the audience comfortably seated on the patio. It will be a fun experience and a good excuse for everyone to stay outside after dark!

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Enjoy the little playground you have created in your own yard with the kids! It’s a great way to spend the whole day in fresh air, with the convenience of your house right there. And the best part is – you don’t have to drag the kids inside for lunch. You can make a little picnic in the yard, a full family dinner on the patio, or a patio tea party for snacks, just like in Alice

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Top Pregnancy Tips for New Mothers to Get a Healthy Baby


By Kate Elizabeth,

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For women who are already expecting mothers, or plan on getting pregnant, the essential tips for maintaining a healthy pregnancy period to ensure that the baby is perfectly healthy include refraining from smoking, drinking, getting sufficient rest.

However, those above alone are not enough, some of the tips mentioned below, for example, are also among the key components that should be followed to guarantee a safe as well as a healthy pregnancy. Before I go on with the tips, one thing I would like to recommend here is that you must make sure you take your pregnancy test accurately. You can always use digital pregnancy tests for more accuracy. So, here some great tips for you to have a healthy pregnancy.

Prenatal Vitamin

Prenatal Vitamins are advised not only for those who are already expecting but also for women trying to conceive. The neural cord of a baby, responsible for the creation of the spinal cord as well as the brain develops in the initial most months of pregnancy; therefore, maintaining a healthy diet which includes prenatal Vitamins is essential to fulfilling the requirements of essential nutrients by the body.

Staying Active via Exercise

For not only controlling the baby weight being put on but also for boosting the overall mood, aid with better sleep as well as enhanced blood circulation; regular exercise should be of primary importance.

Yoga, walking, utilizing a stationary bike, Pilates are all excellent choices in trying to stay active as well as fit during the pregnancy timeline. It is of the utmost importance; however, to make sure that consultation with the doctor is done before beginning any exercise program. Continue reading

Educate Yourself on the Essentials of Pre and Post-delivery

Regardless of whether it is your first child you may be expecting or your fourth, it is always highly advisable to attend prenatal, or childbirth classes for making sure that you are in the correct physical as well as psychological state of mind as the delivery date approaches.

Such classes are a great way of addressing any concerns or a specific question you may have regarding the pre as well as the post-delivery process. Issues such as any past congenital disabilities or family history incidences can efficiently be discussed with professionals in the field.

Altering Chores

Daily chores such as climbing up ladders, cleaning up the cat’s litter, being exposed to harsh chemicals incorporated within cleaning products, lifting objects that may be relatively heavy or taxing upon the Vertebrae or even standing for long periods such as over the stove should be boycotted strictly when expecting a baby.

Keep track of Weight Gain

When eating for two, it is inevitable to gain weight if an active lifestyle or regular exercise is not adopted.

Gaining too many pounds may lead to difficulty when trying to shed them off post-pregnancy; however, at the very same time, not eating enough or gaining enough weight can place the baby itself at risk of issues such as low-weight birth or even in severe cases, cause issues with the baby’s body development.

Lastly, but not the least it is always important to carry out regular checks with your doctor to check up not only on your health but also that of the baby to adequately ensure a healthy as well as a pleasant pregnancy experience.

Author Bio:

Kate Elizabeth is mother of 3 kids. She likes working with new moms and women that are expecting babies. She has been blogging about pregnancy and gives great advice to the women that are expecting or struggling get a baby. She likes going to the beach on weekends and playing volleyball with her family. Read her latest posts on https://sugarfreepregnancy.com/

 

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How to Teach Your Child to Love Sports


By Diana Smith,

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Discipline, motivation, commitment and cooperation are just some of the important life skills sports will teach your child. Sport is also one of the best ways to make your child physically active, which will benefit their health in the long run. Be it soccer, basketball, swimming, tennis or any other sport, it’s essential that you use the right approach when you decide to point your little one at the right direction, so they can enjoy the sport every step of the way.

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Introduce them to the sport

Taking your child to sports matches or letting them watch a game with you on TV is the first step you should take before making them play any sports. Once they see what the sport is all about, how the players on the field are working together and how they are all enjoying the game, it’ll be easier for your child to decide whether they want to start playing it or not. Make sure you’re there to answer all their questions and clear the possible uncertainties they may have while they think about starting to play the sport in question.

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Teach them about commitment

It’s vital that you explain to them that once they decide they want to play a certain sport, even if they don’t think it is the sport for them, they should try to do it for at least one season. Everyone has their good and bad days, and we learn everything in the process, so just because their first and second practice didn’t go well, it doesn’t mean the next one will be bad as well. This will also teach them to be persistent, and to work on themselves, rather than to give up the first time they hit a bump on the road.

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Go through the basics together

Teaching your kids the basic principles of the sport is as important as teaching them more advanced techniques later. Show them the right way to play, and don’t rush going through the fundamentals with them, because they need to understand everything well before they can proceed with more advanced strategies. Try to make the sport as fun as possible to them, so they can learn the rules but stay entertained at the same time. Continue reading

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Get the equipment

If you’ve noticed that your child is leaning towards soccer, for example, feel free to get all the necessary equipment, so you can enjoy some sports at home first. Invest in a quality jersey, a comfortable pair of shoes, and don’t forget to buy soccer goals so they can practice all the moves right in the backyard. Once they are fully equipped, they will be able to train any time they want and discover whether they want to continue with the sport or not.

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Don’t push them too far

Parents always want the best for their child, but sometimes the desire to encourage them can become overwhelming and turn into unnecessary pressure. It’s good to support your child and reassure them when they need it, but don’t overdo it. Furthermore, you may feel the need to enroll your child into multiple activities at the same time, so they can discover which fits them best, but that will only be stressful for them. Too much variety can confuse them and prevent them from loving or becoming outstanding in one specific sport.

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Playing soccer, football, handball, baseball, or any other sport is vital for the healthy development of a child. However, before you enroll your kid into a specific sport, make sure you introduce them to it properly, go through the basics with them, help them practice at home, and always try to be a healthy support for them. Don’t try to force them into something they don’t like, but be their companion in finding the sport they’ll enjoy.

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Top 5 Signs That Your Child Might Need Braces


By Diana Smith,

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Every parent wants to be assured that their kid is perfectly healthy. And even if there is a problem with their kid’s health, they will always feel more at peace knowing that there is a solution to the problem. But something that many kids will need when they get slightly older is braces. It’s nothing to be scared of or worried about: millions of kids around the world wear braces for both aesthetic and medical reasons and if a dentist recommends braces, you would do well to take their advice. But, if you are not sure whether your kid needs braces or not, look for these signs:

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1. Speech difficulty

If your child is having trouble pronouncing certain words or letters, it might be because their teeth are not growing correctly. Overcrowding of the teeth or an irregular setup can interrupt their tongue while they are trying to speak. Likewise, if they have a speech impediment, like a lisp, they might be simultaneously be pushing their teeth forward with their tongue, which can displace them or make them crooked. Continue reading

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2. Thumb sucking

Many children suck their thumb. It is completely normal and something most kids do, but if it continues past the age of four, it can cause problems, because it can push their upper teeth forward, resulting in an overbite, or cause their lower jaw to develop abnormally. It is best to start getting them out of the habit when they turn three, to prevent potential harm.

3. Difficulty biting

Watch your kid when they are eating. Do they chew normally? If you see that they are straining their face in a strange way or always pushing their food to one side, it might be a sign of an imbalanced jaw, which prevents their teeth from comfortably meeting. A similar symptom can be mouth breathing, and they are all signs that there is something wrong with your kid’s teeth, and you should see a dentist to see if there is something that can be done with braces.

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4. Biting the inside of their mouth

If your child complains about wounds in the inner part of their mouth, or if you notice that they often bite or scrape the inside of their cheek, it is most likely because their teeth are not aligned correctly or they are growing out very sharp. Your child might be hiding this from you, so make sure you pay attention to details such as them chewing food with their front teeth instead of on the side, or avoiding hot foods.

5. Overbite or underbite

If you notice that your child has an overbite (top jaw and teeth protruding over the bottom ones) or an underbite (bottom jaw protruding), it is a sign that your child’s jaws are not properly aligned, and if not taken care of, it can cause problems down the line, like the inability to restore fractured teeth, bigger risk of trauma to the teeth and even accelerated face aging. If you notice this abnormality in your child, talk to a dentist about the possibility of kids’ braces.

If your child doesn’t want to wear braces out of fear of being teased, in pain or uncomfortable, explain to them why it’s important to wear them now, and explain the benefits of it in the future. Braces are rarely recommended for children under the age of seven, but every situation is different and your dentist will know best. The sooner your child is fitted with braces and their teeth start healing, the less time it will take for their teeth to get fixed and the sooner the braces will come off.

 

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5 Tips To Make Your Toddler’s Park Time Mosquitoe- Free


Playing at the park or in open spaces is one of the most important aspects in the development of kids especially, during toddlerhood where they need to be close to nature. This allows the kids to explore their surroundings, where they do not have to restrict their activities as in confined spaces indoors. They develop muscle strength, coordination and gain self-confidence. It also helps in burning those extra calories.

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Outdoor play also helps in developing those much-needed social skills when they interact with other kids. In this process, they build skills such as team-building, sharing and negotiation amongst other things. But nature also poses many threats which cannot be overlooked like evening play in the park with mosquitoes bothering your child.

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While it’s next to impossible to stay indoors as toddlers have their park time clock set inside, where they will simply wear their shoes and say let’s go. Therefore, here are some tried and tested tips which will make the toddler’s outdoor playtime mosquito-free.

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Wearing full sleeves will save the little ones from not only the mosquito bites but also from the bug bites. Continue reading

 

Wearing light coloured clothes
So, while you have selected the full sleeved clothes, there is one thing which you need to keep in mind while selecting the clothes for the evening outing. It should be light coloured. Firstly during summer, light coloured clothes are cooler and secondly dark coloured clothes act as magnet for mosquitoes in the evening. Ever spotted a mosquito tiara on someone’s head? Now you know the reason for that – ‘Dark coloured clothes’.

 

Play games which involve a lot of movement
Involve your toddler in games which involve a lot of movement like running. This will not only ensure good physical exercise and strengthen their muscles, but will also ensure that they don’t become a target for the mosquitoes.

 

Avoid playing near the bushes or water bodies in the park
No doubt those bushes and water bodies beautify the park but they are also a den for mosquitoes. Make sure your toddler plays away from these, as it reduces the chances of mosquito bites.

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Using mosquito repellents
This goes without saying. To ensure one’s evening playtime is not disturbed by the mosquitoes, apply 4 dots of Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on your toddler’s clothes. It is certified as baby safe by paediatricians & thus, safe for using on babies above the age of 2 months. If your child is below the age of 2 months, apply the 4 dots on their cots & strollers. This product is 100% natural as made up of citronella & eucalyptus oils.

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Goodknight Patches 
If you wish to make those evening outings fun and free from mosquitoes and if you have a Chhota Bheem fan in your house, then these patches are for you!
They are 100 % natural, safe for babies and available in different designs. These can be applied to clothes for 8 hours of protection.

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Goodknight Cool Gel
And finally, if you wish to apply something on the skin which is absolutely safe for toddlers over 2 months then opt for the gel which is skin-friendly and non-sticky.

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How to Make Brushing Teeth the Highlight of Your Child’s Day!


By Sally Writes,

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Cavities can be a real bugbear for mums in India, since even when they occur in baby teeth, they can have long-term consequences for our kids’ oral health. Because we need our teeth throughout our lifetime, it is important to teach kids correct brushing techniques from the world go. Surveys show that the rate of cavities in children in India has increased lately, but we can always reverse this trend with a few handy tips.

The Reasons for Tooth Decay in India

According to dentists, the biggest causes of this problem are convenience foods (especially foods containing refined sugar, such as biscuits, pasta and bread), sharing utensils (adults can pass dangerous bacteria to children, for instance) and a lack of oral hygiene. Children can be reticent to put the required care into their teeth on a daily basis, but if you establish a fun routine, brushing can actually be the best part of the day. Follow these tips to keep your little ones’ sparkly whites free of harmful decay.

Start Young

Did you know that even when your child has no teeth, you should be running a clean, damp washcloth over their gums to remove harmful bacteria? Once teeth erupt, use a children’s toothbrush and age-appropriate toothpaste, which is gentler than adult versions (since children have weaker enamel).

The Importance of Flossing

When teeth touch, start flossing; children should see flossing as a daily activity they carry out every time they brush their teeth. Food can easily get stuck between teeth, and flossing will ensure that even small pieces of food are removed.

Avoiding Late Night Snacks

Make sure to feed your child before they brush their teeth, avoiding late snacks. Even milk can contain sugar, which eats away at enamel when left to sit on teeth for many hours. By starting in their toddler years, kids will see oral hygiene as part of a routine - as important as breakfast, nap time or reading books. Continue reading

Let Children Choose their Toothbrush

There are many appealing toothbrushes for children; studies show that electric toothbrushes work better at removing plaque (especially where the gums meet teeth). Good options include the Philips Sonicare, which comes with a super fun app that accompanies children throughout their entire brushing routine. Rather than just choose this or any other toothbrush yourself, let your child take part in selection; they are more likely to be excited about purchases they have been involved in.

Join in the Fun

Parents can make brushing teeth funner than ever for children, by brushing their teeth alongside their kids. Use their brushing app while they do, groove to music, or create your own ‘brush time choreography’. Children learn best by example, so if they see that you take your own oral hygiene seriously, they are most likely to do the same. The same applies when going to the dentist; make it a family visit, so children understand that regular visits are a vital way to help them prevent decay. Dentists can also talk to your kids about the importance of brushing and flossing, giving them techniques to ensure they do it right.

Protect your children’s teeth by establishing a cleaning routine from the earliest of ages. Make brushing fun and add as much independence into the equation by enabling your child to pick their toothbrush. Use apps and music to turn this chore into vital bonding time for parents and kids. Finally, lead by example, making sure to visit the dentist regularly so that any existing cavities can be treated before causing major decay and tooth loss.

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Our Pediasure Journey- onto the 3rd month now!


We have been using PediaSure for a little over three months now. I can happily say that I am fully satisfied with PediaSure. After three months’ usage of PediaSure, I can now claim that my son has better immunity to infections and has passed picky eater issues. Like I said in my first two blog posts, that the results aren’t drastic and will take some time. That is the reason why I continued PediaSure for a little over three months and then decided to pen my experiences with this wonderful product.

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As highlighted in my second month blog post for PediaSure journey, my son was having picky eater issues. This phase had started to slow down when we had just hopped onto the 2nd month of PediaSure usage. Now with PediaSure becoming our daily breakfast companion, either in the form of Milk, or in Suji Ka Halwa, I can surely say that the picky eater phase has also faded out of our eating routines.

IMPROVEMENTS IN MY KIDS IMMUNITY

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My son has shown remarkable health improvements as far as his immunity is concerned. July is the month of rains and it is one month when I am at my mummying best. I try all sorts of recipes to keep his immunity strong and take all precautionary measures in monsoons. But even after doing so much when he would fall sick, I would wonder what was I doing wrong, or rather what was I missing onto? Well the answer is PediaSure. These monsoons, I can say both me and my son have enjoyed to the hilt, as I could see an increased resistance in his immunity. That is all thanks to PediaSure. Now that PediaSure has found a place of permanence in my kitchen, I need not worry about monsoons and the infections it brings along. My child can now enjoy and play outdoors in this weather as much as he wants to because he does not fall sick that often.

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With monsoons, we have always had a love-hate relation, all because we used to enjoy and get wet in rain, but then it made my son fall sick as well. But with 3rd month of continued usage of PediaSure powder, I am happy that we have managed to kick infections down the drain. Also, visits to the doctor in monsoons had become an integral part of our lives after the baby. That is not the case anymore. I can conclude by saying my or rather my kid’s Monsoon Miseries (which came in the form of decreased immunity, cold) have found a solution in the form of PediaSure Powder.

PICKY EATER ISSUES – A THING OF PAST

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Yes, you read it right! I can now claim that my son has adapted well to all sorts of food. There are still things to which he hasn’t yet adapted. But like I said, I need not fear as we are already having PediaSure powder in our daily glass of milk. I can also see a slight increase in son’s weight, after continuous usage of PediaSure for a good three months. I am happy to buy him new set of clothes, given that he has outgrown his old ones now.

 

START OF SCHOOL

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My son was to start his playschool in the month of July. Like all mothers, I too was apprehensive of the new environment among other such things. One thing which constantly bothered me was that children fall sick and catch infections at double the rate if they are at school. Student gatherings in school is one of the main reasons of infections among kids. But since my kid was already on PediaSure, we didn’t face any such issues. All in all, our journey in the play school is going all fine! THANK YOU PEDIASURE

PEDIASURE FLAVOURS & RECIPES
As I told, in my previous blog, that I was too scared to experiment with PediaSure’s other flavours, as my son had picked a liking for the chocolate one. But now I am all up for experimentation with different flavours and I even plan to invest my thoughts into incorporating PediaSure into some new recipes or drinks for my kid.

PediaSure powder can be purchased from your local chemist or from http://pediasure.in/ or http://www.amazon.in/s/ref=bl_dp_s_web_1350384031?ie=UTF8&node=1350384031&field-brandtextbin=Pediasure

I should mention that although PediaSure approached me to review their product as part of their #90DaysWithPediaSure campaign, all views and opinions expressed in my writing are my own.

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13 Best Birthday Gifts for Teenage Girls and Teenage Boys


By Diana Smith,

We all agree that teenagers are already a lot of work by themselves, so just imagine how much ‘fun’ you’ll have deciding what would be a perfect gift for them. The teenage years are the time when a person is finding themselves and developing physically and mentally. And all of them have a specific taste, hobby and passion. Also, don’t even get me started on how fast they can CHANGE their taste, hobby and passion. However, there are always a few universal gift options you can go with.

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Girls

Even though it is completely opposite in life, girls are a lot easier to shop for.

Hair straightener

During the teenage years, girls will start showing (more) interest in beauty and fashion. And since a bad hair day means a completely bad day, providing your teenage girl with a tool for neat and slick hair is one of the best solutions. However, make sure she knows how to use it.

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Perfume

Even though a gal can never have enough perfumes, this really is a tricky one because you need to know her taste (unless she has a favorite one she always uses). Have in mind that that particular fragrance should represent her and her style. Continue reading

Piece of jewelry

Probably the most classic as well as the most effective girl gift. Consider getting her something special that will remind her of you. Depending on the jewelry she already wears and owns, choose something you know she’ll wear. If you are really close, consider having it engraved.

Large makeup case

Let’s face it, in this day and age, almost every single teenage girl on planet Earth is fully armed with all kinds of makeup products. So the best thing you can do to help her keep all of that neatly organized is get her a makeup case. You wouldn’t want her to go through a well-known mini heart attack when she realizes she can’t find her favorite eyeshadow palette, right?

Polaroid camera

Polaroids are coming back while selfies are now so last year. Unconventional and unique, this is something every teenage girl wants. However, don’t forget to purchase the film for it as well.

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Boys

Boys will be boys, and getting them a gift will always be quite an adventure.

Video game

Believe it or not, more than 80 percent of teenagers play video games. And in the lives of teenage boys, they are a huge part of maintaining friendships. Get him a cool multiplayer sports game such as NBA, PES etc. that he can play with his friends, and make sure it matches his gaming console.

Bean bag

If he is already fully armed with a bunch of video games, get him this cool seat. There are no age limitations for it, and he can use it for gaming, sleeping, studying etc.

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Portable charger

In the era of 5-second-battery smartphones, this is something every teen needs. Plus, there will now be no more excuses for him not answering his phone.

Basketball laundry shoot

We all know how boys are with their tidy screensavers and messy bedrooms, so the least you can do is make cleaning fun for him. You will forget all about dirty clothes all over the floor.

Group paintball card for him and his buddies

Let’s be real – there is nothing more to be said here.

Play it safe

If all else fails, there are some extra options you can never go wrong with.

Driving lessons

Remember yourself when you were a teenager? Your biggest wish was to drive a car. Many of us even stole our parents’ cars and drove around the neighborhood in the middle of the night. Maybe your teen has done that too. Jokes aside, the least you can do is sign your teen up for quality driving lessons in Sydney and make sure they are at least safe while stealing your car.

Gift card

Another safe option is to give your teen a gift card to their favorite retailer. If you don’t know which retailer that is, consider maybe filling a temporary credit card with money.

Cash

Alternatively, there is always cash. This way, you know they’ll get something they like and want. Buy a fancy card for the occasion and put the money in it.

And that would be it – gifts teens will definitely love. Do you have some more ideas? Let us know.

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Amazing Tips to Keep Your Home Fabulous and the Energy Flowing Freely


By Chloe Smith,

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Getting stuck in a rut can happen very easily and it can happen to any of us. Doing the same things over and over again, day after day, can intensify the feeling of dullness. That is when most of us find shelter in the comfort of our cozy homes. But what happens when relaxing at home does not help you feel energized enough to face the day, when you just don’t feel the vibe anymore?
The solution lies in several tips and tricks that will make your home flowing with positive energy. It doesn’t take a lot of effort and many things you can do without any additional help. Just focus on what makes you feel good and create a place where spending time will have therapeutic effect, on your mind as well as the whole body.

De-cluttering and minimizing

Start with de-cluttering to achieve harmony. Put away all excessive things you don’t really use and avoid over-crowding shelves or any open-concept surfaces with too many items. Surround yourself only with things that are necessary or connected with good memories. It will make you feel motivated and pleased. Also try creating more empty spaces. Beside the fact that it will make your home visually bigger, creating more space will help the free flow of positive energy therefore influence your mood.
Minimize the amount of furniture you own or position it so it encourages comfort. This too will help creating more room and make a good vibe. Push sofas or chairs against the walls so you have more space in the middle while creating coziness by surrounding the room with furniture. Use a lot of pillows made of different materials for decoration as well as enjoyment. Try to put away your TV, computer or any electronics that you own. If you don’t have extra storage or generally have a problem with storing unnecessities, consider investing in an easy storage option. That way your excessive belongings will be stored safely and you will have more time to work on keeping the positive energy flow in your home and in your body.

Connecting with nature

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Use calming, warm colors for walls but add colorful details. Try bringing in more natural materials like unprocessed wood for floors and shelves or add some character combining rocks and shells for coastal feeling. Put different works of art on your walls. If you are more of an outdoorsy person, you can also use outside finds for decoration. For example, if hiking through forest is something you are keen on, you can simply use odd looking tree branches as wall pieces. That way not only you will make your home connected to nature but you will also have an interesting story behind every item you find. Continue reading

Bringing the light inside

First, get rid of curtains! Let natural light illuminate your home. Open windows to let the air circulate through your house. Use fragrance sticks if you love oriental aromas or fill your rooms with your favorite scented candles. Using them instead of lamps will create a warm and homey atmosphere and make you feel calm and relaxed. A Himalayan salt candle is also a good option since it will cleanse and deodorize the air as well as increase your energy level.

Adding greenery

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Adding greenery to your home is very important for keeping the positive energy flow. Your home will look more outdoorsy and taking care of plants will help you connect with nature. Purchase exotic plants like lemon or orange trees for extra mediterranean essence or just keep it simple with plants that you think will look decorative indoors. When it comes to greenery in your home, there is no such thing as too much. Buy whatever you like and find inspirational.

Motivating yourself

Start practicing yoga or meditate. You can do it in the comfort of your house just by investing in a yoga mat and having willingness to start. Try meditating whenever you have spare time. Keep in mind that It will help you feel more calm and will help you clear your mind. You will feel more energized and more grateful about things you have. If that is not enough to keep you motivated, try putting up your favorite motivational messages all around your home or office to remind yourself not to quit. Use them as wallpaper on your phone as well, if it helps. Making your own is an option if you are handy and crafting is your cup of tea.
By following these simple tips you will make sure that you have created a peaceful place where spending time will boost your energy and recharge your batteries enough to beat the daily routine with ease. It will give you more strength to cope with the stress in the time ahead.

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Touch Feel versus Touch Screen


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Play, isn’t the same as what it used to be. Thanks to technology and changing lifestyles, the concept of play stands redefined today. If someone says that, their child is playing a game,there is a high possibility that they are referring to them playing on a gaming console, tablet or the mobile phone. So
now the question is – ‘Are these touch screen devices good for children?’. One really can’t debate this topic, without choosing sides. People for or against technology continue to detail its advantages or disadvantages to prove their point. However, an objective look at the issue will help us understand it
better.

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A simple game of Hide & Seek, consciously or unconsciously, instills several qualities. Here are just few of them:

  • Observation Power – What are the possible spots where I can hide?
  • Decision Making – Would it be better if I hide here or there?
  • Strategy (Defense or Offence) – Should I hide deep to escape the seeker or hide close to home base to outrun the seeker?
  • Social Skills – Should I discuss my strategy with other children and act as a team to win, or should I do my own thing?
  • Physical Fitness
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The basics to excel in real life, are often picked up by physical games that we play as children. Science proves that the more your fingers move (be it while writing, painting), the more your brain develops.History documents the fact that there was an unusual spike in the standard of living of humans, the moment we started writing & carving. To see how Touch & Feel is directly related to your brain, just think about the feeling you get when you see a video of rain viz a viz actually smelling Petrichor – the scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The difference is huge! Things aren’t different when you compare a real game with a virtual one.

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Undoubtedly, technology is a great thing that children should be exposed to. However, it should not be the only or the first thing that they get exposed to. Overexposure to electronic devices often results in several technology induced problems like reduced ability to make friends and ADD (Attention Deficit
Disorder) among others.

Children should be first encouraged to play with physical games for developing their basic skill set. There is plenty of time later in life to absorb technology, use apps and more! Technology is certainly here to stay, and help us evolve, but it is best that children’s foundation must be based on reality, nature and touch and feel with healthy toys & games.

About Skola Toys:

Skola Toys is India’s first range of toys designed with learning at its core. Made for children between 2 years & 7 years, Skola Toys; design principles have been scientifically backed by child psychologists, childexperts & educationists including Montessori teachers. Founded by Mridula Shridhar, VK Manikandan & Nitish Agrawal, Skola Toys was set up to fill the void that existed in the Early Learning & Learning Toy category for intelligently designed toys. Skola Toys help children learn through play and also keeps them engaged. Skola Toys uses Experiential Learning & Sequential Learning through ‘Journeys’ & ‘Lands’ to help children pick up crucial skills in areas like Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Sensorial, Mathematics,Language, Social Science, Science, Cognition & Creativity.

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How to Look After Your Elderly Parents while Pregnant


By Chris Palmer,

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There are many ladies out there who are taking care of their elderly parent while pregnant. Pregnancy is a time in woman’s life when she needs to be taken care of. Such women face trouble with battling fatigue, and chronic stress. As much as your elderly would be happy about a new family member coming but let’s get real, they cannot help much owing to their limitations imposed by age. But there are ways in which you can take care of them and yourself simultaneously. Just stick these few tips, and you should see the results.

  • Take long walks. During the first trimester, pregnant ladies tend to suffer from fatigue, and various smells can cause aversions as well. Walking is very beneficial for pregnant women because this exercise doesn’t cause any strain on the body and therefore there aren’t any chances of miscarriage happening due to this exercise. Walking is equally beneficial for elderly people, sot taking long strolls in the morning or evening in a park is the best way of caring for both yourself and your beloved elderly parent.
  • If you’re not using in-home care services, then I’m assuming you’d have taken up most of the tasks of your elderly parents, such as washing their sheets and cleaning their room, etc. Sometimes, the room of elderly people can smell awful and as I explained above pregnant women, especially during their first trimester suffer from terrible smells. In this case, you can try using a scarf while performing the cleaning activities or wear a mask. Using air fresheners and lemon and lavender flavor helps as well.
  • Seek help from your spouse. Mostly, spouses are very understanding and they can super helpful in such matters but if you see that your spouse doesn’t perceive the act that you need help, have them sit with and talk about how they can be of any help. Most of the time, problems get solved only because one communicates their needs to people who can be of any aid or assistance. So don’t be shy, and do seek some help from your loved ones.
  • Get a nurse! You can approach some in-home care services, and I’m sure they will be of great assistance in such times. Even if you usually do not trust a caregiver or agencies that provide caregiving, for your good you must have to select a suitable and dependable nurse for at least the last couple of months before your delivery so that you can make sure your child remains healthy and fit.
  • With the divided attention, your elderly parents might end up feeling lonely. Be careful about the social needs of your parents. If you cannot take them out to parks, museums and events, etc. you can try using befriending services so that they do not end up feeling lonely. I’m sure this will help them stay cheery and happy.

I hope these simple tips would help you get through the rough phase with a lot of good memories.

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Author Bio: This article was written by Chris Palmer who regularly shares advice on elderly care. In particular dementia and supporting your elderly parent. You can find more by Chris on: https://www.agespace.org/

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How Super Moms Can Diagnose Asthma in Kids


By Oladimeji

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Seeing your child coughing or wheezing can be heartbreaking, especially if you do not know its underlying cause and what should be the right treatment. It is difficult to determine whether your child is exhibiting signs of asthma attacks or not as many possible conditions have the same symptoms.

If your child develops signs and symptoms of asthma, visit a doctor for accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. While waiting for your appointment, this article will show you how super moms can diagnose asthma in kids.

Asthma in Children

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs. The prevalence of this condition is increasing, as well as other allergy conditions like hay fever, food allergies, and eczema. A number of conditions can also have asthma-like symptoms, such as airway abnormalities, rhinitis, acid reflux, sinusitis, and bronchitis.

In cases of asthma attacks, the airways become swollen and irritated that make breathing difficult. It is crucial to observe your kid’s behavior and to work with your child’s physician so you can prevent or control asthma attacks.

Can Allergies Trigger Asthma?

Exposure to allergens such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites or mold can trigger the symptoms of asthma. It may also worsen symptoms in asthmatic people. This condition is called allergic asthma.

Seasonal allergies or hay fever do not usually cause any problems until your child is 5 as it takes that long to develop sensitivity to them. However, allergies to pet dander, dust mites, or mold may occur earlier. Continue reading

About 80 percent of children with asthma have allergies. If you think that your child has allergies to food or certain substances, it is best to see a doctor for further evaluation and proper treatment to prevent symptoms from occurring.

Other possible triggers include common colds, cold air, and smoke. If your child wheezes and coughs after playing, he may have exercise-induced asthma.

How to Diagnose Asthma in Kids

Diagnosing and controlling asthma in kids can be tough as many health conditions have similar symptoms. Signs of asthma can also be different from one person to another. Not all coughs and wheezing are due to asthma, so using asthma treatments for a different health condition may delay the child’s recovery.

Common signs and symptoms of asthma in children include:

· Cough
· Coughing at night
· Wheezing, producing a high-pitched whistling sound
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

The patterns of the symptoms may also vary:

· Short periods of wheezing and coughing
· Frequent episodes of coughing and wheezing
· Symptoms become worse at night

Other symptoms are uncomfortable feeling in the chest area and poor endurance. The condition is commonly aggravated by:

· Viral respiratory infections
· Acid reflux
· Changes in weather
· Exercise or activity
· Allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, smoke or dust

Without proper treatment, asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Take your child to the nearest emergency department if you notice symptoms of asthma attack.

Symptoms of an asthma emergency in small children include:

· Difficulty speaking due to restricted breathing
· Gasping for air
· Breathing in hard that the stomach area is sucked below the ribs

Diagnosing asthma in younger children can be challenging as the primary symptoms can also be signs of other condition. With older children, a doctor measures how well lungs work by using a breathing test.

Your doctor will also ask questions to make an accurate diagnosis, such as:

· How often do symptoms occur?
· How long do symptoms last?
· How often do episodes of trouble breathing occur?
· Is there a family history of asthma?
· Does wheezing or coughing wake your child?
· Does your child have allergies?

Allergy test, blood test, and chest X-ray may be performed to check if your child is allergic to certain substances and rule out other health conditions.

How to Treat Asthma in Children

The treatments for asthma in kids aim to:

· Reduce and treat inflammation in the lungs and airways
· Keep symptoms under control
· Minimize the effect or avoid all possible triggers

If your child has asthma, it is important to work with his doctor so you can make strategies for preventing and controlling asthma attacks. You will need to identify what triggers the symptoms and make sure that your child avoids those.

Your doctor may prescribe rescue inhalers or quick relievers for your child to inhibit an asthma attack.

These drugs relieve the spasms in the airways quickly to help your child breathe easier. Short-acting or quick-relief medications like albuterol (Ventolin HFA, ProAir HFA, others) are administered using a metered-dose inhaler or a nebulizer machine.

Types of short-acting medications include:

· Short-acting beta agonists
· Oral and intravenous corticosteroids
· Ipratropium (Atrovent HFA)
· Immunomodulatory agents

If your child has to use a short-acting drug too often, your doctor will recommend long-term treatment. Long-term controls are usually taken every day.

Types of these medications include:

· Inhaled corticosteroids
· Leukotriene
· Cromolyn
· Oral corticosteroids
· Long-acting beta agonist

For children with mild symptoms, short-acting medications may be the only treatment necessary.

For children who use long-term control medications and have persistent asthma, short-acting drugs are only used as quick-relief to treat asthma attacks.

You can also try these natural remedies for asthma if you don’t want to start medication straight away.

Final Word

Asthma can be triggered by air pollution, allergies, weather conditions, certain foods, and respiratory infections. It is essential to observe the behavior of your child and check the symptoms carefully.

The common symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, and chest tightness. If your child develops symptoms that worry you, it is best to see his doctor for proper diagnosis and right treatment.

References:

1. Treating asthma in children under 5. Viewed at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-asthma/in-depth/asthma-in-children/art-20044376
2. Diagnosing Childhood Asthma in Primary Care. Viewed at: https://patient.info/doctor/diagnosing-childhood-asthma-in-primary-care
3. Asthma in toddlers. Viewed at: https://www.babycenter.com/0_asthma-in-toddlers_11412.bc

Author Bio:

Oladimeji is an experienced health writer pursuing his passion for blogging at Homeremediesforlife.com. While not watching soccer, he enjoys researching various topics and coming up with solutions for natural home medicines. Interested in knowing more about this home remedies expert? Follow him on Facebook!

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