Top 10 Effective Home Remedies For Constipation In Infants


By- Hang Pham

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When the bowel movements of an infant are less regular than normal, he or she may suffer from constipation. In addition, there are also other signs such as straining more than normal to pass stool, a firm tummy, refusing to eat due to discomfort, and even blood in the stool. This problem can result from the consumption of new solid food, dehydration, and lack of activity. If your kid suffers from constipation frequently, you should consult a pediatrician. However, you can also try using some natural home remedies below to aid in dealing with mild constipation.

1. Prune Juice

Both prunes and prune juice are high in fiber, which will assist in bulking up stool content and promoting its passage easily through your kid’s digestive tract. Moreover, they are also good sources of sorbitol that is a great colonic stimulant and helps to create and release the bowel movements.

Directions:

• Firstly, combine water and prune juice at the ratio of 3:1 in a clean bottle.
• Then, mix them together.
• After that, give this bottle to your baby.
• Finally, you just need to wait for this juice to do its work!

2.Add High-Fiber Foods

As you know, fiber helps to make the stools softer by drawing liquid into them, which makes them bulkier & easier to pass. In case your kid has started consuming solid foods, try to add some fiber-rich foods in their diet.
Directions:
• Simply, add some high-fiber foods, like broccoli, peaches, pears, skinless apples, or peas, to your kid’s diet. You can even feed these boiled or pureed.
• Or, you can also try baby cereals that have bran or barley.
• Another option, you may give your kid an adequate amount of cooked grains such as barley, quinoa, or oats.
• Moreover, breastfeeding mothers need to add more fiber-rich foods to their daily diet.

3. Exercise

Using certain exercises is also one of other home remedies for constipation in infants. They help to improve the digestive tract and regulate the bowel movements, thus treating constipation easily. In fact, active babies will suffer less from constipation, stomach pain, and gas.
Directions:
• Keep your baby on his or her back. Then, hold his or her legs in a half of bent posture. Now, gently move his or her legs in a way, as if he or she is pedaling a bicycle. You should do this process at a steady pace. This exercise is a fun for your baby and helps to loosen up the intestines.
• Another exercise, carry your kid around in a squat posture. Then, elevate his or her legs in a way as if he or she is squatting on the forearm like a frog or bunny. It will exert pressure on the rectum of your baby and help your baby to defecate.


4. Massage His Or Her Tummy

This is considered as another great remedy for constipation in infants. Gently massaging your baby’s stomach and lower abdomen will stimulate bowel movements. In addition, they can also aid in relieving colic pain and gas in infants. Moreover, a gentle massage also helps to give your baby a sound sleep.
Directions:
• Firstly, put your kid in a lying position.
• Then, put a little of warmed coconut or olive oil on his or her stomach.
• Working your index fingers widths away from his or her navel, gently massage your baby’s stomach clockwise for 3 to 5 minutes.
• You should massage this area for a few times during the day till your baby has a bowel movement.
5. Warm Bath
Giving your baby a warm bath is also a good way to treat constipation. Warm water aids in relaxing all the muscles of the body, especially the tensed rectal muscles caused by the pain of constipation.
Directions:
• For better results, you should add 2 to 3 teaspoons of baking soda to the bathwater. This can help to make the child feel easy to have a bowel movement.
6. Increase Fluid Intake

Keeping the body hydrated is essential for frequent bowel movements. For infants, the great options are water and milk that keep them hydrated as well as help the function of their digestive tract smoothly. This will help to prevent gas and constipation and have regular bowel movements.
Directions:
• Simply, give your kid water to drink regularly. To improve digestion, you should give your baby warm water.
• Apart from water, you can also breastfeed your kid or give her or him milk.
7. Sugar Solution
Some experts recommend using brown sugar to cure constipation in infants. It helps to make the stool softer, so your kid can have a bowel movement fast and regularly.
Directions:
• Firstly, mix half a teaspoon of brown sugar in one ounce of clean water.
• Then, stir them thoroughly until the brown sugar dissolves completely.
• Now, give your baby this solution for 3 times per day before feeding her or him formula food.
8. Probiotics
Some infants who suffer from constipation can benefit from probiotics. This is a great dose of live bacteria that is similar to bacteria present in the gut naturally.
According to a study in the journal of JAMA Pediatrics in 2014, Using lactobacillus reuteri prophylactically during the first three months of life reduce the appearance of functional gastrointestinal disorders, including constipation, Gastroesophageal reflux, and colic.
Directions:
• Simply, give your child probiotics by feeding her or him a little yogurt with live cultures.
• Or, you can also buy a probiotic supplement that is suitable for infants after consulting your pediatrician.
9. Lubrication To Anus
You can take a water-based lubricant and then apply it to the anus of your baby. It will aid in lubricating the excretory passage, thereby reducing the discomfort.
Another option, when changing your baby’s diaper, rub around the anus and gently wipe it off. It will encourage her or him poop.
10. Fennel Seeds
Using fennel seeds is also beneficial in treating constipation in infants. They help to encourage a smooth movement in your baby’s digestive tract, which leads to healthy digestion and frequent bowel movements. Fennel seeds also aid in preventing gas.
Directions:
• At first, add crush 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds and then add it to 2 cups of clean water.
• Then, boil it and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
• After that, strain the liquid and allow it to get cool.
• Now, give 1/2 or 1 teaspoon of this water to your baby for a few times per day.
• Moreover, breastfeeding mothers can also drink fennel tea for 2 or 3 times per day.
I have recently given you a few of effective home remedies for constipation in infants and hope that you will expect my next articles related to other health issues!
Guest Post by Hang Pham
Author Bio:
This guest post is by Hang Pham, a blogger with over 10 years of experience on searching the best solutions for health and beauty problems.

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Sapna, Bachat, Udaan: Aarthik Bal, Har Parivar ka Ha


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For kids, financial planning is a task for elderly people, they just know that money can buy them things. But, if kids will be taught the value of savings, it will present a way to a generation of mindful, consumers, investors, savers and givers.

Considering the absolute need for financial empowerment amongst children and their families, Sesame Workshop in India and MetLife Foundation, launched a new multimedia global initiative called “Sapna, Bachat, Udaan: Aarthik Bal, Har Parivar ka Haq”. The workshops are currently being held in Shahdara, New Delhi, where Sesame Workshop is organizing Mobile Community Viewings (MCVs). SWI has converted a vegetable cart into a mobile TV, which travels to each street of the selected area calling out for children to watch educational and entertaining videos on financial empowerment. The workshop also sets an environment where the attendees are seen enjoying every activity which is conducted for the people like making your own piggy bank or activities related to planning, sharing and saving. Also, enlightens the kids by letting them learn the tacts to set goals, have aspirations, make plans and understand the fact that the choices they make everyday could help them achieve their dreams. Continue reading

Launched in April 2015, the programme has its priority set on young children and their families in order to help them acquire prudent healthy financial skills and behavior. Infact, the workshops involve some engaging ideas like featuring the Galli Galli Sim Sim Muppets,language for discussion, and effective strategies for spending, saving, sharing and donating to easily get through the minds of innocent kids.

Not just this, the workshop has its focus on improving the overall dialogue between parents and children towards making informed choices around spending, saving, sharing and to help them realize their financial and non-financial goals.The workshop is a complete feed to the development of a strong foundation that encourages wise financial decision-making and provides them with information to emphasize the importance of financial Planning.

In India, Sapna, Bachat, Udaan will reach approximately 1.7 million people through community engagement in Rajasthan, Delhi and Jharkhand and over 18 million children through national television. A core set of audio-visual, print and digital resources have been created for the initiative in Hindi language.

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#DunkyDoIt – 5 ways to Pep up your Tired Kids


Lets go back to our own childhood. We were full of energy and had time for fun activities. Sadly, kids these days are full of after school assignments, extra classes, extracurricular activities and what not. There is no end to how much we expect from them, and how hard they are working to blend in with their peers.

So here are five ways we can pep up our tired kids to keep them motivated:

1. Set up a home spa

Yes, kids do love a gentle massage session to activate their tired cells. Give them a head massage and put them in a bubble bath with their favorite aromas

2. Take a sweet escape

A dessert treat is always a great way to keep up a child’s spirits. A delish box of 6 Dunky Doos at just INR 199 is a fantastic way to bring a smile on those gloomy little faces. They offer such great options for moms and kids alike, we just love to #DunkyDoIt . The happy ambiance and their colorful bright doughnuts can really brighten anyone’s day.

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3. Play their favourite sport

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There’s nothing like playing football on a rainy day, or playing beach volleyball. More play is less stress.

4. Sweet talk and cuddle

Talk to your kids, it’s the best way to understand what they are facing, and giving them a shoulder to rest. To be raised with warmth works wonders for any kid, and a warm hug works wonders any day.

5. Take them on a Holiday

A short trip is always great to move them away from their routine. Choose a fun destination, get them involved in the planning to keep their energies high.

Hope these little tips will help you boost your kid’s energy. What are some of the tips and tricks you have up your sleeve? Do share it in the comments section below.

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Why Kids Love Holidays


By Tracey Clayton,

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Have you ever wondered why children are so affected by that holiday euphoria? It certainly isn’t just about the presents…or is it? No, while children enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?), there’s a much deeper meaning to all of it and a lot of different factors which are responsible for that holiday frenzy. So if you’re ready to dive into the magical world of childhood once again, perhaps you’ll be a step closer to finding out why kids really love holidays.

You Can Feel It in the Air

There is just something magical about the complete holiday season; it’s as if you can actually feel it approaching. The whole anticipation, the suspense and mystique which follow the season can almost be felt in the air. Children have the ability to sense these things more deeply, perhaps because their carefree minds and open-hearted personalities can focus just on the enchantment and splendour which are going on around them. Somehow the whole everything is possible mantra, becomes true during these times and children need to believe it.

It’s About Family…

One of the most important things by far is surely the fact that holiday seasons are all about family, friends and togetherness. Children are very much fond of that particular loving atmosphere that reigns over the world during this season and have great value for those precious moments spent with their loved ones. It’s also the time where parents take a break from work and dedicate themselves more to their children, which is especially crucial for these little innocent beings.

…and About Tradition

Holiday traditions are one of the most distinctive features of this season and there’s no doubt that children eagerly anticipate the beginning of yet another festive period. While there are some general customs which are well known to everybody, what makes holidays so special are those little family wonts which are practiced just during a specific festivity. Every family has its own, whether that is watching holiday movies all together, baking treats or going on a small excursion, kids particularly treasure these beloved traditions. Continue reading

Gifts Are a Bonus

While it certainly isn’t the only thing that children look forward to, it’s definitely a good enough bonus. But it’s not just about receiving presents, but also about the art of giving. Children are taught from an early age about the value of sympathy, and giving to the less fortunate and are always eager to help someone in need. Also, during the Christmas season, the whole concept of writing to Santa Claus and anticipating his arrival makes the whole holiday season that much better.

Food Is Amazing

And who can forget about all those tasty treats and baked goods which are an essential part of every major holiday. These feasts and the variety of decadent treats are enough to make the holiday season one of the most appealing periods in a child’s life. Another thing is the whole preparation process of these delicacies, where it’s quite common for the whole family to participate in making these goodies.

The Art of Decoration

Lastly, there is probably nothing more satisfying than spending the holiday’s surrounded by magical lights, flashy ornaments and divine decorations. Not only is everybody in the holiday spirit and all stores, buildings and trees are decorated, but the sole act of embellishing your home as a family is a moment worth of praise. Most children simply live for the moment of decorating the Christmas tree and fortunately, there are all kinds of online stores such as Amazing Christmas which specialize in Christmas decorations, baubles, wreaths, garlands and trees that can be delivered straight to your door, making this season that more jolly.

Tis the season to be jolly! Everybody knows that children experience things more deeply than adults. This is especially visible in that holiday season around Christmas, New Year’s, Easter and Thanksgiving. Perhaps the world would be a better place if we learned to value certain things as kids do.

About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate about writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

 

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Picture Books – A Must Have For Kids


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In our country, not many children have the reading habit. Educators and parents, librarians and policy makers often complain that children do not read anything beyond prescribed text books.

The reason behind this is not difficult to understand. Visit any bookstore and you will find numerous ABC and 123 books, and books with names of animals, vegetables, etc., after which you have books about Akbar Birbal, or Panchatantra Tales, and similar books where there is more text matter.

What is missing is the IN BETWEEN step: Picture Books. If a child is exposed to picture books at an early age, either by reading aloud from the books or showing the pictures and narrating the story, more often than not, the child will try to read by himself. Continue reading

Unit Books has brought out three picture books for kids.

Super-Duper Monty

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Monty lives in a pond with his family and friends. He loves to hop, leap, and jump. Everyone calls him Leapfrog. One day, Monty takes a long leap and lands on the road.

He sings, “This is super-duper fun!

I can hop, leap, and run!”

However, the fun does not last for long and Monty gets into trouble. Does he find his way back home?

This is a lovely story that have several lessons. It teaches children not to wander away by themselves, as well as showing ‘there’s no place like home.’ The story also gives a lesson about the importance of natural habitat for animals.

Kids of all ages will love the book. Children as young as two will want to look at the vibrant illustrations of the frog while older children will understand the story line and want to keep reading. The vocabulary is easy and the sentences are simple, to encourage children to begin reading on their own.

Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous

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These days Bala-Gala is a tiger. Before that he was a deer. He was a very big deer with a golden skin and huge antlers.

This opening sentence with hook the child. As he progresses, words like Gamba-Bamba and Brammy-Gommy will tickle his sense of fun, and he may want to say them again and again.

Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous is the story about a child’s imagination. It is very relevant in today’s high-tech world because children have forgotten how to play make-believe games. The illustrations are bright and keep the story moving. The text is simple, lucid, and easy to read.

The Ant Thief

The Ant Thief

Noira the Ant wears a diamond ring and tells everyone a king gifted it to her for bravery. She becomes famous as the Great Traveler Ant. But the truth is something else. Noira is a thief. The diamond ring is stolen. Will the other ants learn the truth? What will Noira do if they find out?

After the story has been enjoyed and the illustrations admired, parents can talk about Noira’s behavior. Children are never too young to learn about actions and consequences, and this book serves as a starting point for such discussions.

Like the other two picture books, The Ant Thief also has expressive illustrations and text easy enough for a five year-old to follow.

Why parents should buy these books:

  • They are attractive to look at, with high quality printing on glossy paper. Books for young children should have visual appeal so that they pick them up.
  • They provide children with a visual experience, as the story is supported by rich illustrations.
  • They are a wonderful tool to generate excitement about books and reading.
  • They provide opportunities for discussions about the story and the illustrations.
  • They are an important step towards building vocabulary because the pictures provide clues to unfamiliar words.
  • They introduce children to the concept of reading, even if they have not started reading independently.
  • Listening to the stories teaches them to pay attention and it improves their comprehension levels.
  • The books introduce children to art, and strengthen visual thinking skills.

 

You can watch the book trailer Super-Duper MontyBala-Gala the Brave andDangerous

Where You Can Buy These Books

You can buy these books from the links provided below:

Super-Duper Monty,  Bala-Gala the Brave and DangerousThe AntThief.

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Stem Cells – Master Cells of Human Body


By- Varda Agrawal

Nowadays, whenever one visits a gynecologist clinic, for any reason, may it be a pregnancy or a general health issues, one thing which can be observed for sure is display banners for stem cell banking.

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It won’t be wrong to say, that whenever most of us visited the gynecologist, during our pregnancy, we were approached by the people, to give us the information regarding stem cell banking, & things related to it. But were we in right situation to understand anything in a very short discussion.

Well I wasn’t… owing to all the discomforts one gets during pregnancy… swelling, nausea, dizziness…

So this article is for all my friends, who are expecting soon or are planning for baby or may be thinking of a second child… so that you will have all the information beforehand. Continue reading

What are Stem Cells

Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide (through mitosis) to produce more stem cells. Stem cells are the master cells of the human body. It has capacity to develop into more than 200 types of cells present in the human body.

How Can The Stem Cell Be Obtained

The stem cells can be obtained from various sources mentioned below.

  • Embryonic Stem cells

Embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos. Most embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitro—in an in vitro fertilization clinic—and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors. They are not derived from eggs fertilized in a woman’s body.

  • Adipose Tissue

These are derived from adipose tissue (lipid cells) with the help of liposuction.

  • Bone Marrow

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are defined as self-renewing and multipotent cells capable of differentiating into multiple cell types. MSCs were originally isolated from the bone marrow stroma but they have recently been identified also in other tissues, such as fat, epidermis, and cord blood. Several methods have been used for MSC isolation. The most common method is based on the ability of the MSCs to selectively adhere to plastic surfaces.

  • Dental Pulp

Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) are stem cells present in the dental pulp, the soft living tissue within teeth. They have the potential to differentiate into a variety of cell types. Other sources of dental stem cells are the dental follicle and the developed periodontal ligament.

  • Cord Blood

Cord blood comes from a newborn’s umbilical cord and can be collected immediately after birth. It contains powerful stem cells that have been used to regenerate healthy blood and immune systems. So far, cord blood stem cells have been used in more than 35,000 transplants worldwide.

Doctors are also researching cord blood as potential treatment for conditions that currently have no cure.

Keep Reading!! & Happy Parenting!!

 

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CG Slate – A Premium Economical Educational Tablet for Kids


By – Varda Agrawal

In today’s modern life, where technology has become an inseparable part of life, children are equally exposed to the latest trends in technology. And these new generation of kids are tech savvy by birth, or at least it seems so. They are experts in handling gadgets like smartphones, laptops and tablets. Though these gadgets are very helpful in education, kids mainly use them for entertainment.

It is the need of time, to have one such product which combines technology & education, in such a way that it serves all the aspects of child education in a fun & interactive way.  And the answer to such need seems to be in the shape of CG Slate. When I got the CG Slate to review, I thought it will be one tablet with some children apps but I was pleasantly surprised.

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CG Slate powered by Lenovo, created by ConveGenius is the most awaited product by the parents. Continue reading

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Kids Kitchen Tour – California Pizza Kitchen Indira Nagar, Bangalore


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Recently my daughter and I had attended a Kids Kitchen Tour and Pizza making session at California Pizza Kitchen, Indira nagar Bangalore. It was a great event organised by California Pizza kitchen. The event started with a Pizza making session. Kids could choose the pizza they want to make and all ingredients were supplied.

They had given the kids little caps and aprons which fit perfectly. Then the kids were taken into the kitchen and allowed to see how their pizza goes into the oven, and comes out fresh and all fluffed up. My daughter enjoyed her day. It was a great bonding time between all moms and kids. The staff took special care to make sure the kids were engaged and even gave them crayons and colouring books to colour, while the moms could take a bite of some food. Continue reading

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From what I see special care was taken to keep the food hygienic. The Chef was very kind to explain some of the pizza making steps and answer questions by all kids. My daughter misplaced her bottle in the store and since they could not find it, they replaced the bottle and made sure they delivered it at my place. And yes it was quite an expensive bottle (Pura).

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Thankyou California Pizza Kitchen Indira Nagar, we enjoyed our visit and are sure to visit in future too.

CPK is organising many fun events for kids, make sure you follow them on Facebook to know their latest events.

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Personalized Books for Kids- Klonebook


By – Varda Agrawal

Both I & my husband are fond of reading. So when our little one turned two, we decided to introduce him to books. Better start early than late!

In today’s world of technology, we don’t need to guide our kids, how to use smart phones & tablets, or even a laptop..  But to encourage them to read the books is a tough task. In such a situation we parents need something very attractive, which will capture their attention.

We were in search of the right book for him, which will be very interesting, interactive, A very special book, as it would be his “First Book”.

Then we came across, KloneBooks, it had everything we were searching for.

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About Klonebooks

KloneBooks uses latest technology, to give a cutting edge to the storytelling. It puts children in their favorite cartoons / favorite story, which captures their attention & makes storytelling & reading books interesting.

What I Liked About the Book

Easy Creating & Ordering

Ordering of the KloneBook is made very easy.

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Timely Delivery

We had ordered the book, as the birthday gift to our son & we were very pleased to receive the shipment before time!!

Gives A Real Life Feeling

The Klones of the kids included in the story, gives storytelling & reading of the book, a real life experience.

Colorful

The book is colorful, full of big pictures, which makes it interesting for the kids.

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Easily Readable Font Size

The font size of the content of the book is very easy to read for kids especially.

Easy To Understand Language

The language used in the book is very easy to understand.

Good Quality Pages

The pages used in the book are of good quality & smooth texture.

Wide Variety Of The Books

The books are available in wide variety. Hence this makes it ideal for kids of every age group, be it boy or a girl.

Ideal For Gifting

These are ideal for gifting, as what could be more special for kids than to be in their favorite cartoons & stories.

So, if you wish to encourage reading in your kids in a very innovative , fun & interactive way, You should soon get a Klonebook for your kid.

 

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Educational Benefits Of Aquariums


By- Emma Lawson

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Even as a fully grown up woman, I still get excited at the sight of the smallest aquarium in shopping malls or pet shops. There is something inexplicably mesmerizing and beautiful about them, and it always makes me want to linger and explore the tank’s content.

The youngsters tend to be even more impressed by this sight, so why not utilise their interest in aquariums and make it a proper learning adventure? Here are some of the educational benefits of visiting public aquatic worlds or having one of your own at home. Continue reading

Vocabulary Enrichment

Going through a list of unknown terms is not the same as having the living representation of it in front of you. For little ones, visual stimuli play a substantial part in their cognitive growth, so we should expose them to it from a very young age.

Whether they’re only identifying the animals they see, or they can even discuss the features of various species, aquariums are a potent learning tool for kids’ vocabulary enhancement.

Tactile Experience

If you’re a licensed teacher or you know one, you have probably heard of the term realia. Basically, this refers to the real life items that are used as teaching aids. The presence of living, animals in the aqua worlds take the learning process a step further.

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Some public aquariums have the so-called “touch tanks” where kids can be acquainted with all sorts of textures and surfaces present in the water world, or pet the animals like dolphins, (friendly) sharks, seals or orcas.

Imagination Kick-Start

Have you heard that Christopher Columbus thought that he have discovered mermaids on one of his travels, when he had in fact encountered manatees? Ask your child about it, and they’re certain to devise plenty of theories about it.

To find out more and get the answers to their questions first hand, pay a visit to the nearest water world. The myriad of breath-taking colours and unusual textures and shapes of the under-the-sea setting will easily spark your kid’s imagination and inspire them to create (draw, write, etc.)

The Versatile Educational Tool

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Aquariums and water worlds are not only a thrilling sight, but also an educational tool that attracts a wide variety of learners. For instance, predominantly visual learners will be drawn by the vivid tints of the fish and the coral reef. Some of the fish species even glow in the dark! The auditory types of learners will be equally engaged by the sounds animals are producing, or the guide’s lectures. Lastly, the kinaesthetic learners will enjoy roaming and exploration of the premises.

Part Of The Educational Programme

Many school classrooms have a small-scale aquarium of their own, and you may decide to replicate this in your home as well. It will be a feast for the eyes and the mind for you and your children alike. Still, before embarking on such an adventure, make sure you have obtained all the necessary aquarium products for the chosen species. Finally, the water worlds also have educational tours for different age groups so you can take advantage of this as well.

Nurturing The Interest In Independent Research

You may be paving the path for the future marine biologist or natural scientist by taking your little ones to the aquarium. This will nurture their already curious nature and allow them to grow into attentive and organised individuals.

Apart from being a thoroughly enjoyable activity, a visit to the aquarium offers a plethora of educational content. Alternatively, you can built one at home and provide a constant source of inspiration for your kids.

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Outdoor Play Helps Improve Kids’ Thinking Skills


By- Tracey Clayton

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When you are blessed to have a family and gorgeous kids running around, you’ll do everything to help them become the best versions of themselves, regardless of the hard times, false relationships and difficult surroundings to be living in.

Truth is, apart from the good education, healthy family relationships and the unconditional love, kids need to be taught ways how to interact with children of their age, build relationships and a positive attitude towards life.

With plenty of factors integrated in what we call “upbringing”, there are a few aspects that stand out. One of those aspects is helping children cultivate a healthy approach to spending time outdoors, especially in a time that’s technology-oriented and gadget-focused. Continue reading

Apart From The Fun Part, Why Is Outdoor Play Important For Children?

While playing outside, children witness a new life, explore with all their senses, spark their curiosity and negotiate with each other to create a playful environment; they can create imaginary worlds which drive their flourishing imagination and they get the opportunity to get to know themselves better.

Kay Redfield Jamison, a clinical psychologist writes, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”

Children learn ways of the world through open-ended creative play with no necessary structure and/or guidance and rely on their personal judgment for direction.

What Benefits Come From Encouraging Children To Play Outside?

Except that it increases kids’ physical activity levels, improves immune systems, reduces anxiety, promotes  socializing with other kids and is extremely fun, there are plenty of additional aspects that make outdoor play the best thing a child in their early age (and later) can experience:

Outdoor Play Is A Multi-Sensory Activity

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Children will smell, hear, see and touch things unavailable to them when they play in an indoor space. They’ll engage their brains to understand and process these new stimuli and engage critical thinking to conclude whether they are ok or not with what they’ve just discovered. Further, by actually experiencing things from nature they’ve only prior learned about at school, children are grasping concepts and linking them to the real experience. This form of informal play encourages formal learning.

Outdoor Play Increases Attention Span

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Playing outdoors is a natural attention builder which is extremely important for children’s development; research has shown that children who’ve experienced difficulties sitting still for long periods of times are significantly more successful in it after time spent outside.

Outdoor Play Is Imaginative And Stimulates Creativity

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When children are given the opportunity to unconditionally explore the world in front of them without being subjected to any pre-conceived ideas and rules, children must create the surroundings they are comfortable with. They start using their imagination extensively by embracing problem-solving situations and are working towards finding a solution through means available to them – stones, rocks, trees, dirt, water, grass… Allowed to use all natural materials and spaces, children’s limitless imagination becomes a medium of inventiveness and creativity.

Outdoor Play Encourages Cooperative Play

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Allowed to rely on their skills and work towards a goal, children communicate, brainstorm and finally agree upon solutions that everyone agrees on. They learn to compromise and work together to meet a desired outcome. If you’ve ever observed the way children function at birthday parties with kids party entertainers around, you’ve noticed they communicate way better than adults and that they are using the outcome of that communication for a higher goal – bend the entertainer to their will and play that game they all like one more time. Clever!

Playing Outside Promotes Leadership Skills

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Mingling in a group, kids quickly learn who they are as characters even though, at the time, they may not be aware of it yet. In an environment with no parent-influence, kids work together on a goal and natural leaders will arise. What’s wonderful about outdoor child play is that all types of leadership (or lack thereof) are encouraged as there are plenty of opportunities for children to exercise them – while one child may excel at coming up with a new game, the other one may enjoy setting up the physical challenge of an outdoor obstacle course.

Playing Outdoors Helps Children Build Friendships

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Spending time outdoors, children interact with one another and may quickly notice similarities and differences between them and their peers. Easily, through game-play they’ll find children they are most alike with and continue building relationships that may easily end up being for life. They’ll also learn to compromise and adapt to children who are a different character to theirs, but still will play and interact with them (read: team work).

Being In Nature Develops Empathy

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Spending time in nature lets children understand and appreciate the beauty of living things. Further, they are developing the ability to consider other people’s feelings, by interacting with creatures in nature and observing other children’s reactions to it.

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Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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Moving With Babies In Tow


By – Roberts Heather

There are many ways movers handle relocation each year and as data shows about 20% of the people moving are actually at the age of 5 or less. For these kids the changes of moving can be very stressful at the least, so we would do well to make the experience as free of trouble as it can be. The advice up ahead will give you a chance to pull off the job without tantrums:

Moving with Babies in Tow

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Keeping Things Calm With Babies

When it comes down to moving, infants will be least affected as long as their routines are not disturbed and things are kept quiet around them. Make sure that is so and you will have an easier time overall.

Discussing The Move

Breaking the news about the move to your family should be done together, focusing on the when and where as well as other important questions who need to be covered. Be sure your family and children understand the move is a positive event for the family and do your best to paint it in such a light. There is no sense in feeling down and dragging everyone under if you can help it. Helping toddlers understand that they are important to the move will help calm their fear of being left behind. Child logic can sometimes surprise even the best of us, so make sure you reassure them everything will be alright. As moving day draws closer and closer you will need to answer the questions your young ones may have. Do your best to reinforce the timetable set aside and you will help include them into the moving process instead of feeling left out.

Involving The Kids In The Moving Process

Keeping the kids around you for as long as you can during preparations would be a really good idea, allowing you to keep them engaged in the tasks ahead. Let the child have its own pack of their own treasures and help assist them in any way you can from importance to belongings.

Making New Friends And Keeping The Old

Before you move you should give the kids a chance to spend time with their friends so they can say goodbye. You can make some fun cards for kids to exchange address information on a paper medium. Even though we live in the digital age you can still make use of such older ways of keeping useful information due to being more special than a simple e-mail or IM message.

Taking The Drive

If you plan on driving by car, allow for enough time to make a fairly leisurely trip from your old home to your new one. Just as you will need to stretch your legs on a long trip, babies and toddlers will need to move around too. Taking regular breaks will also let you remain on schedule for feedings, as well as letting your kids routine stay as close to normal as possible.

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