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How To Keep Your Child's Teeth In Great Condition

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How To Keep Your Child's Teeth In Great Condition

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When you become a parent, your child becomes the most important thing to you. You want to make sure they start their life on the right footing and protect them from harm. One of the ways to achieve both those goals is by ensuring you help them look after their teeth.

Giving your child's teeth the best care and attention means they will have a significantly high likelihood of developing adult teeth that won't cause them any problems in later life.

After all: the only reason you want your child to see an emergency pediatric dentist is if they've accidentally injured one of their teeth - not because they've started decaying due to a lack of care!

Taking the above points on board, the following tips and tricks can help you and your child protect their young teeth:

Regular Brushing

The most obvious way to help your child protect their teeth is by ensuring they stick to a daily tooth brushing routine. You might worry that they'll avoid brushing their teeth because they find the routine boring or annoying. But you can always make it fun!

For example, you can buy them an electric toothbrush with their favorite cartoon character on it, or you could hum a song with them if you brush your teeth with them simultaneously.

Avoiding Sugary Foods And Drinks

It's no coincidence that eating and drinking many things with high sugar levels can do bad things to teeth. The thing about sugar is that it erodes the enamel in teeth and can cause cavities to form.

The bacteria in your child's mouth can use sugar to create acids that attack enamel and can eventually cause other issues like further tooth decay and even tooth loss.

Whenever your child has something sugary, make sure they drink some water or rinse their mouth out with it afterward.

Consuming A Balanced Diet

A quick search on the Internet will reveal the many health benefits that consuming a balanced diet offers. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, for example, will boost your child's immune system and increase the nutrients and vitamins their body needs.

Ensuring your child consumes a balanced diet will also help protect their teeth because the food they eat will help promote healthy teeth and gums.

Scheduling Dental Check-Ups

Another way to help keep your son or daughter's teeth in good condition is by scheduling annual or bi-annual dental check-ups. Doing so is an excellent way to check on your child's dental progress and can help alert you to any potential problems in the future.

If you take the above steps to help look after your child's teeth, dental check-ups will be the only reason they see the dentist each year!

Drinking Plenty Of Water

One final but essential tip to ensuring your offspring drinks plenty of water each day. Firstly, water will keep them hydrated, and it's a beverage with no sugar.

Secondly, water will help flush away any food debris or sugar from anything they've consumed. Lastly, water is readily available, and you should encourage them to drink it at school, when they visit their friends, or attend a birthday party.


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What Does Your Teen Actually Need From You?

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Parenting is the most magical thing you’ll ever do, but it does present new challenges once your son or daughter becomes a teen. This is a strange time in their lives, and it can leave you feeling a little useless from time to time. However, your teen still needs you in their life.


Knowing what your teen actually wants and needs from you can seem like a battle in itself. As long as you pay attention to the following features, stunning results should follow.


To Know You Are There


Teenagers are unlikely to rely on your guidance in daily life quite like they did during the toddler years. Nonetheless, a close relationship between parent and child is still vital. Maintaining a strong relationship with your teen will give them a source of stability. It also provides an outlet for them to discuss any issues that they may face in daily life. 


Given that those issues could range from bodily changes to problems at school. Providing this platform is key. Even if your child doesn’t feel the need to open up that often, knowing that they can is an emotional safety blanket.


A Growing Level Of Independence 


While teens still need their parents, this is also a time of self-discovery. As such, they will require increased independence. It allows them to maintain popularity with friends, become more responsible over the years, and feel ready for adult life. It is particularly important if they plan to go away for college as they’d suddenly need to fend for themselves.


As well as giving them more responsibility, you should help them learn valuable life skills like how to cook. Meanwhile, paying for your child’s driving lessons can be priceless. Not least because it is a qualification that they can use for life.


A Responsive Approach To Problems


Teeneagers see their bodies undergo many changes. While many of them are normal, there are several situations that need outside support. Taking them to see a pediatric chiropractor for muscle issues that are beyond growing pains can work wonders. The realignment can combat pains. Ongoing exercises will promote a full recovery.


As well as physical damage, you should pay attention to signs that your child needs help with mental health problems. Whether it’s medication or therapy, treating anxiety at the earliest stage will be vital. Letting them suffer is never the answer.


A Chance To Thrive


Every family has a different living situation. The fact is that you can’t help the fact that you need your teen to help care for a sibling or change your financial situation. While you can’t shield them from the reality of life, they should be able to enjoy life to the full. After all, these are some of the most magical years in their lives. Or at least they should be.


Your teen may have more responsibilities than some of their friends. Even so, there should be time for them to play out or enjoy hobbies. Likewise, they deserve the opportunity to complete homework and other tasks. Time is the greatest gift you can give.


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Keep A Healthy Relationship With Your Child As A Weekend Parent

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Are you a weekend parent? Ultimately, it’s possible that your partner is the main care provider for your child due to your relationship ending. This means that you will likely only see your child at the weekends, some evenings or in the holidays. The reason for this is that courts don’t tend to provide equal custody unless you live close enough for the child to go to the same school while they are with you. This can be restricting because it limits how far away you can move from your partner and you probably don’t want to be close to someone that you have split from. 


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Keep Things Amicable 


First, you need to make sure that you work to keep things amicable between you and your partner. It’s important to ensure that your child doesn’t feel as though they are entering a battle ground when they see you or that they have to choose a side. This should start from the beginning because rather than heading to court for a divorce you can explore an option like family mediation. This will put far less of a strain on the relationship your child has with you and your partner. 


Make Your Time Together Count 


Next, you should think about the time that you spend together when they are in your care or at your house. It’s important that you make the time, however limited, count. This might mean that you should avoid going on your phone or another tech device when you are with your kids. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you are spending time that is focused on them or the both of you. 


Use The Tech At Your Fingertips


It’s important to use the tech at your fingertips when you are a weekend parent. You won’t always be able to see your child in person as often as you like. But there’s no limit on how often you can call them or speak to them. If you are comfortable with your former partner, then you can likely speak to them every day. That’s important as it ensures that you are a more active part of their life. It might seem unnecessary to ring them every day as very little is going to change in 24 hours. However, you can ask them about their day, make sure you keep up with their interests and be there if anything is wrong. 


Plan Activities 


Finally, you should think about planning out activities that you can enjoy together when your child is over or you are visiting. This will stop you from doing nothing for two days which can be dull for you and your child. Instead, you should think about engaging in lots of different activities. This could include everything from bowling to other sports or simple planning a movie night in the house. 


You might think that if you are only seeing your child on weekends or in the holidays then it could impact your relationship. The good news is that there are steps that you can take to guarantee this won’t happen. Here are some of the options we recommend. 


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Christmas On A Budget: Tips For A Fun And Affordable Holiday

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Giving gifts during the holidays can be stressful, both mentally and financially. I've compiled a list of ideas for spending less money on Christmas this year.


As you get older, your attitude toward the holiday’s shifts. Even though your feelings of happiness and friendliness should remain, your attitude toward gifts should shift.


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It goes from being something you are looking forward to being something you dread doing.


Maybe not, but when you're expected to give as much as you receive, gift-giving takes on a whole new meaning. When you're working with a limited budget, spending a large sum of money on a large number of people can feel like an imposition. It should come as no surprise that so many Americans end the year with credit card debt, unable to pay it off before the next holiday season rolls around.


Christmas shopping, on the other hand, does not have to be expensive. There are a number of strategies that can be used to reduce or eliminate holiday expenditures. All that is required is an openness to new ideas.

Make A Plan

When shoppers fail to plan ahead for Christmas, their spending often exceeds their budgets. Determine your Christmas spending budget, and then make a list of all of your responsibilities, including gifts, travel, and decorations, and stick to it. Add a monetary value to each item, erring on the side of overestimating.


Saving money this year may be difficult, but consider this: it will allow you to get a head start on your debts next year if you spend less this year.


One of the best ways you can create a plan is to read some budgeting tips on frugal living blogs

Look Out For Extra Savings 


A long list of gifts to buy? Here are a few favourite ways to look out for savings:


  • Look for coupons.

  • Join a store's mailing list

  • New subscribers usually get an extra 10%-20% savings. Even creating a new email address to receive several discounts.

  • Use a rewards card

  • Credit card with a cashback offer

  • Buy used gift cards


Talk To Your Loved Ones

If you are struggling to make ends meet, Christmas may seem like an imposition. Stress during the holidays may cause people to harbour ill will toward their more prosperous relatives and friends.


Discuss with your loved ones the possibility of skipping the gift exchange or spending less money. You don't have to tell them everything; just enough information to make sense to them is sufficient. Your brother-in-law who has recently become a parent might appreciate a year off from the madness of holiday gift-giving.

Summary

As an adult, purchasing gifts for friends and family members become a chore. Although it's not really enjoyable, coming up with non-traditional gift ideas is.


Remember that there are many different ways to be creative, so continue to think beyond the box.


Do you have any other ideas that could help? Please share some of them in the comments below. 



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5 Ways To Get Your Kids To Be Physically Active

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5 Ways To Get Your Kids To Be Physically Active


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Like adults, children need to get some exercise and be physically fit. Encouraging your kids to exercise regularly will boost their immune system, help them maintain a healthy weight, and protect them from several diseases. According to research, about 80% of kids between 11 and 17 aren’t as physically active as they should be. This can be attributed to the accessibility of technology. Here are some ways to get your kids to be physically active. 


  1. Set a good example

Kids are more likely to remember a lesson if they see a practical example in action. Therefore, to encourage your kids to exercise more, being a good role model will give them the push they need. If your kids often see you exercising, they’ll most likely mimic you, giving you an excellent opportunity to teach them about the importance of being physically active. 


  1. Get everyone involved

Exercising together can be a great way to bond with your kids, no matter the activity. You can get your kids involved by signing up for an activity you all enjoy, such as playing soccer together, swimming, playing games in the park, etc. You can even consider inviting some of your kids’ friends over occasionally to take part in these activities. Getting everyone involved will help sustain your kids’ interest and get them to be more physically active. While engaging in such activities, remember to have items such as children’s ice packs on hand to apply if your kids have a minor injury. 


  1. Walk more

If there are activities where you can walk instead of taking a car, you can consider doing so with your kids. For instance, you can take an early morning walk in the park or during the weekend, depending on your schedule. You can also walk to the grocery store if it’s close by or walk your kids to school. While walking, remember to be safety-conscious and keep an idea on your kids at all times. 


  1. Reduce screen time

Studies show that children are less physically active because they spend more time behind the screen playing video games, watching TV, etc. Therefore, one great way to get your kids to be physically active is to limit their screen time and replace it with activities that will get them on the move. Even when you and your kids are watching TV together, you can still sneak in a little physical activity by stretching together, dancing to some music, or doing some hula hoops during commercial breaks. Doing this enables you to find fun ways to encourage your kids to do more than sit behind the screen.


  1. Give them gifts that encourage them to be physically active

Whether it’s for their birthday, a holiday, or just a random day, the gifts you give your kids can encourage them to be physically active. You can consider options such as bicycles, balls, skates, etc. Giving them such gifts allows you to spend more time with them as you teach them how to use it, and will also lead them to spend more time exercising as they enjoy putting these gifts to good use. 


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Is Your Family Ready For A Puppy?

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During these coronavirus days, we can begin to reflect on what is truly important in life. For some, the annual summer vacation, having lots of money put aside for a rainy day, and achieving that promotion at work becomes a lot less crucial to our happiness. Instead, we care more about the health of our family, ensuring that we are able to manage our finances astutely, and having the job stability that everyone craves at the moment. 


When you consider your brood, you want them to be happy and fulfilled. The Covid-19 threat that is forever lingering in the air is forcing us to adjust to a new normal. This means homeschooling for many, working from home, and spending more time together as a family. As you are staying at home more, it makes sense that now is the right time to consider welcoming the patter of tiny canine paws into your home, doesn’t it? If you have the time and energy to dedicate to a puppy, this could be one of the most wonderful experiences you could offer your children. Dogs can be incredible companions, be playmates for the kids, and give your family something positive and innocent to focus upon. 


However, with a dog comes great responsibility. While you may assume that a pooch is ‘just’ a pet, you’d be mistaken. This creature will imprint on you, be endearing and capture your heart. A puppy isn’t like a kitten. Their eyes will draw you in and you will forge a tight and close bond. A puppy really is a new addition to your family. Take a look at whether your family is ready for a puppy.


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Time


Even though you are at home at the moment, there’s nothing to say that life will be this way forever. Welcoming a puppy into your home while you are working on your laptop at the dining room table seems ideal. But, what happens when you are having to do the usual nine to five in the office for five days a week? If your work doesn’t offer remote working as standard and you fear that your pup may be home alone, you need to consider whether this is fair. At the very least, you will need to think about those breeds that don’t suffer from as much separation anxiety. Breeds like miniature schnauzers make wonderful family pets, but they become such an integral part of your clan, they will be devastated to be left alone for hours at a time.


If you do have the time to dedicate to a puppy, think about the breed you would like. There are so many to choose from so thin about what you want from a dog. Does he need to be small? Does he need to not shed hair everywhere? Do you want a pooch that is easy to train? And don’t forget to consider suitability around kids. 


When considering the time that you need to dedicate to a puppy, think about him as a newborn baby. Yes, you really do need to be on hand twenty four hours a day. A puppy will need to go outside two or three times a night to do his business. He will need feeding small meals four or five times a day. He will need your constant love and attention. Play with him, hold him, and create that bond. The early weeks are important to foster positive behavior and that close bond that you yearn for.


Training


Some mutts are stubborn little things. They may be able to hear you calling them back when they are frolicking in the park, but if they are having too much fun, they will ignore you. This is why training is crucial. Don’t go it alone and head to a site like Puppy Trained Right to take a look at training videos and articles to help get your puppy on the right track. You need to think about dedicating enough time to training your pooch. Being young, they don’t have great attention spans. This is why it is important to do some training in ten or fifteen minute bursts.


To begin training, start with the basic commands of sit, down, stay and come. If you can hone all of these, you will have a well trained dog. Start early and make training sessions fun. Nearly every hound is food motivated so get tiny pieces of their favorite treat. This might be hotdog, chicken or cheese. Keep it to hand and let your pup know that it is there as a reward for excellent behavior. Your dog will be motivated to do well and please you in training sessions.


To make the sessions fun, play games. As your dog sits, give him some chicken. If you are looking for your dog to lie down, get him to follow you around the home before saying down. If you turn around and he is down waiting for the tiny piece of cheese in your pocket, reward him with it. 


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Commitment


A puppy requires commitment and dedication. However, he will help with your mental health, cheer you up when you are down, and make you laugh. This isn’t a pet that you can discard when times get tough. A puppy will challenge you as much as he pleases you. Sometimes, he may chew an expensive pair of shoes, he may pee on the new rug, or he might become poorly. You need to be there every step of the way. In the same way that all babies have different personalities, your puppy will also have his own sense of self. He might see himself as the leader of the pack, he might be super shy, or he may be fearful of traffic, other dogs or men with beards. There is no accounting for their quirks but they all have them!


Your puppy will grow into a dog that will be your faithful companion for the next ten to fifteen years. This is why you need to consider whether you can commit to that length of time. He will be by your side during family trips, vacations, and memorable events. It’s not unheard of for dogs to help walk people down the aisle, attend graduations, and be important members of a family.


Rescue


Remember, a pedigree puppy is only one route to securing a new member of your brood. You might wish to look into the rescue pups that are abandoned, placed into kennels, or rescued from puppy farms every year. Thousands of puppies are eager to look for new homes. If you can offer this sort of mutt a home, look in your local area and enquire.


Rescue puppies may be slightly older, but they can offer your family something unique. They may be more fearful of human contact and could require extra time and love to help them come out of their shell and become confident again. They don’t have the same price tag as a pedigree hound and can give back so much. If you aren’t fussy about the breed and it is the initial contact that is important, go rescue! If this is something that you could commit to, your whole existence could become more worthwhile and positive.


A puppy will bring love, warmth, happiness and contentment into your life. Your family will have a new member and you will be embarking on brand new adventures. However, a dog requires a wealth of commitment from you. If you feel like you can dedicate time, effort, energy, love and positivity to your mutt, you can enjoy the company of a faithful companion for years to come.


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Newborn Checklist: Essentials You Need Before Your Baby Arrives

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Expecting a new baby is an exciting time in many parents’ lives due to the chance to welcome a new life into the world. According to Baby Center, just under 4 million babies are born in American annually. There is no shortage of advice for expectant parents regarding getting ready to receive their bundle of joy. Nevertheless, there are some bare essentials you will need for starters to prepare for your child. So, if you’re keen to find out which needs to be in place prior to your baby arriving, take a look at these points.

  1. A crib


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Securing a sleeping place for your child is perhaps the most essential arrangement you have to sort out before the baby arrives. Bassinet cradles and three-sided cribs are ideal for the first few months. Many cribs come without mattresses, so you must buy quality, comfortable, and fitting ones. Double-sided mattresses are popular among parents because you can use them for the baby and toddler years, giving a little extra "mileage" in usability. Alternatively, you can choose a certified mattress as a more sustainable choice for your baby. Consider getting more comfort items like crib sheets, light blankets, a sleep sack, and waterproof mattress covers.


  1. Diapering


Reusable cloth nappies and disposable diapers are the options available to parents for their child's diapering needs. Cloth nappies are reusable and eco-friendly, making them a great choice if you are big on sustainability. Also, cloth diapers are more pocket-friendly, considering that a whopping 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used in the US annually! While the idea of using cloth nappies may be new to you, you will get used to them after a while. And even though disposable diapers may seem more convenient, they are costly, more likely to rip during changes, and are less environmentally friendly. Therefore, consider which diapering options will best suit you and invest accordingly.


  1. Clothing


Some experts think you should secure at least six “onesies," about four infant gowns, and three blankets wide enough to swaddle the baby as a start to welcoming your child. You will also need about five pairs of pants, eight stretchy sleepers, a sweater and cap, and about six pairs of socks or booties, scratch mittens (to keep the baby from scratching his or her face), and some cardigans for winter. Experts suggest that you consider the fabric, safety, size, and comfort of your baby’s clothes when making your choices, so keep this in mind while shopping.


  1. Feeding


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Many nursing mothers will agree that bibs, burp cloths, nursing pillows, etc., are essentials for feeding your baby, whether you are breastfeeding or not. So, invest in these items before the baby arrives. You will likely need breast pumps and milk storage containers for convenience in case you have to be at work or somewhere else urgently. Should you choose not to breastfeed, you would need supplies like formula, bottles, and pacifiers. Also, a bottle brush and dishwasher basket will help clean your feeding items, so prioritize this when shopping.

  1. A Baby Support Pillow

Baby support pillows, like the ones sold by the topponcino company are a must-have for any nursery. They ensure that your baby is safe, comfortable and cozy whenever you have to put him or her down for a while. You can also use them to wrap your baby up while you hold him or her for extra support during those first vital months of nursing.



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