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How Much Sugar is Harmful for Kids?

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Do sweets really makes children obese or hyperactive? How do sweets affect the health and behavior of your child? What limits do you need to deploy to improve their diet?

Is sugar the “white poison”?

Numerous research studies and scientific evidence proves that sugar is the main cause of various problems in children – from behavioral change, obesity and an diabetes. Is sugar really “white poison” or is candy inevitable and a harmless factor of childhood?

As usual, the truth is always somewhere in the middle. Pediatricians and nutritionists disagree that sugar in moderation has a useful place in the diet of children (and adults). The problem is that many children consume sweets too frequently and in excessive quantities. Moreover, high-sugar foods usually contain a lot of “empty” calories that provide energy, but not essential nutrients.

What damage can sugar cause?

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Discoveries show that high sugar content in the earliest age leads to more cravings later in life. Fortunately, parents can do a lot if from an early age to create proper eating habits of their children. But as  children do not develop their eating habits at the same pace, there is not a precisely defined “scoop” of sugar which would be equal for all.

The conclusion is, you should give your child the occasional chocolate bar, but bear in mind that excessive sugar intake is bad for everyone, especially children.

Healthy Tip: Make them healthy treats like Date & Zucchini Muffins, recipe by P.Jeanne from Finding Pure Happiness blog.

How often do you give your children sweets?

 

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Small Children & Night Terrors: Why they happen and what to do about them

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After a long break, here is a topic I haven’t read anywhere about – night terrors that occur in small children. My step daughter only has nightmares from time to time, but a friend of ours has a child that sometimes has night terrors so I was wondering what is the difference between the two and what causes night terrors.

So, here’s what I found out:

Night terrors are common in children and according to statistics, they occur in 15% of children. They are most common in the age of 2-6 years, but can occur at any time. They are considered to be harmless, but they are very frightening and shocking for parents who often exaggerate, especially when it happens the first night terror.

Symptoms
Children who have night terrors suddenly get out of bed wide-eyed, frightened, screaming. They sweat a lot, breathe rapidly and their heart beat rate raises. It may seem that they are awake, but after a night of terror they will look confused and words of comfort will not help.

A typical night terror lasts from 5-30 minutes after which the children go back to regular sleep. Don’t wake up the child during their night terror, and don’t yell at them to wake up. Instead of trying to wake the child, it is better to make sure that the child is safe, to comfort them and help them go back to sleep when the night terror ends.

Diagnosis
Night terror means that the child wakes up early in the night screaming inconsolably. Often people confuse night terrors and nightmares, but unlike a night terror, a child who has a nightmare wakes up easily and is quickly comforted.

Another concern of parents is that the child’s behavior after a night of terror is in many ways reminiscent of seizures. However, it is necessary to know that the seizures are rather short (from 30 seconds to a few minutes) and usually occur in older children and adults.

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Treatment
No treatment is necessary for regular night terrors.Generally, they occur in children who are too tired or need sleep, so if you stick to their usual routine, attacks will be prevented.

For children who have frequent night terrors, it would help if you waked them before or during their night attack. It is thought that this may interrupt or disturb the sleep cycle and prevent night terrors and sleepwalking.

What should I know?
– Unlike nightmares, children do not remember that they had a night attack.
– Also in contrast to nightmares, night terror occurs in the first part of the night, about 4 hours after going to bed.
– If the child has night terrors, tell the babysitter or nanny what to do if the terror happens when you’re not there.

Don’t worry, most children outgrow night terrors. If if happens too often, you can also consult a child psychologist.

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The Top Four Most Effective Tips to Deal With Whining – Guest Post

I have the honour to introduce Lara from Mommy Kazam blog. She will be talking about the top most effective tops to deal with whining, a common problem for all moms.

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Hi, ya’ll! I’m excited to have the opportunity to come over to Amy’s lovely blog and visit with you today. I’m sure that there are at least a few mommies out there that are with me in the trenches of the whining stage, with that awful nasally sound that makes you want to remove your own ear drums. While my little guy is a good kid and usually happy and chatty, he definitely enters whiner territory very quickly when he wants something or feels that something is “not fair” to him in some way. We’ve been working to combat the whining for a few months now and have made some excellent progress.

  • Act Quickly

Don’t tune it out and wait for the child to be in distress or out of control before you acknowledge their quest for attention. If you are in the middle of a conversation, brief eye contact and raising one finger to let them know that they have been noticed and will have your attention momentarily will suffice. Be sure to follow up by giving them your attention as soon as it is politely possible.

  • Empathize Before Scolding and Lecturing

When that nasally voice grates on your eardrums, it can be tempting to immediately scold and lecture. I’ve caught myself any number of times wanting to respond with “Well, we don’t always get what we want,” which usually makes everything worse instead of better. Empathizing with them and validating them will go much further in diffusing the situation. “Yes, that is a pretty cool toy, but we can’t get it today. Would you like to save your allowance to buy it later?”

  • Spend a Few Minutes Connecting

Whining is often more about attention and craving connection than about the specific thing that the child is whining about. Engaging your child in conversation or finding an activity to do together, even if only for a few minutes, will help to make him feel valued and validated. If you are in the middle of doing a chore or cooking, letting them help you is a wonderful option.

  • Positive Reinforcement

Letting your child know when he is doing it right is exponentially more effective than telling him he’s doing it wrong. We often let our children know that a certain tone of voice is not acceptable but rarely acknowledge when they are doing it right. “Thank you for using your big boy voice when asking me for that, that’s awesome!” If they do extra well without having to be asked, a creative reward may be in order.

  • What Doesn’t Work

Since the beginning of the whining phase, we had tried almost everything before landing on what actually worked for us. From this, we were able to determine that most of the knee jerk reactions to whining are completely ineffective and tend to turn the situation into a full blown tantrum instead of  diffusing it.

  • Don’t ignore the whining
  • Don’t mock the whining
  • Don’t snap or yell

 

About the Author

Lara is a US-based parenting, homemaking and traditional lifestyle blogger over at MommyKazam. She loves being a homemaker and taking care of her family and small farm.

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Thank you, Lara!
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Fun Things To Do With Small Children on Easter – Guest Post

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My first guest post was written by Clarissa from KK Moo And Monkey 2 blog. Check out her parenting & lifestyle blog!

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It’s spring and oddly still feels a little autumn?
By now we’re all hoping to be in maxi dresses and flip flops, well for London it’s still a little chilly for that.

Anyway, Easter is upon us and that means yes half term argh what to do with a 10-year-old and 16-month-old baby? Well, I’m thinking to make some cornflake nests will have to nip to Poundland or 99p shop to see what easter goodies are on offer.

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Chocolatey-yummy-Ness also hot cross buns .. OK serious question how do you eat yours?

1. Toasted Hot crossed Bun with lots of butter
2. Plain dry Hot crossed Bun with butter and or jam?

Personally, I would have the top one.

So back to half term, I shall be looking and meeting with some friends, and seeing what is on in and around the local area, there are a few places to get the imagination and creativeness flowing, the Greenwich maritime museum is good for this and if the weather is especially good there is a paddling pond for floats.. in my opinion over priced but puts a smile on the kids faces.

So here is a short but fun list of Egg-cellent ideas:

  1. Easter Egg Hunt at Cutty Sark Greenwich

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Date: Sat 26th Mar 16 — Mon 28th Mar 16
Location:
Cutty Sark, Greenwich, SE10 9HT

Chocolate lovers ahoy! One of the most famous ships ever built, the Cutty Sark was the fastest ship of her time and the only surviving tea clipper. This Easter, she’s hosting an Easter egg hunt ? how many can you spot? There’s a family ticket to Camp Bestival up for grabs so make like the Easter bunny and start those carrots!

FREE with entry: (£8.50-£18.50)

     2. Egg-cellent Easter Trail at Woodlands Farm

Date: 25 March 2016
Location: Woodlands Farm
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: £2 per child
Join Woodlands Farm in their annual Easter Trail.

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Can you find all the different Easter Eggs and Spring Animals hidden around the farmyard? Find them all and you will get your own Chocolate Easter egg to take home.

      3.   And lastly

Join in the Easter fun at the Horniman!

Discover unique gifts in the arts and crafts markets, go on an Easter egg trail, hop your way around the gardens with the Horniman bunny, Farmer’s Market (Saturday only) and enjoy live music from Elvers on Sunday.

Easter Egg Trail

10.30am – 4.30pm
£1 per trail from the Easter Desk outside the main entrance.
Solve a riddle and collect your Easter gift.
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Hop your way to the gardens with the Horniman bunny. He’ll be waiting for you at the Sound Garden.

Family Art Fun: Chirpy Chicks

Celebrate Easter by making a Chirpy Chick to take home. Suitable for families with children aged 3+
Every 45 minutes from 11.00. Last entry at 14.45

Whatever you choose to do I hope you have a Hoppy Time!

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This article was written by Clarissa from
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Easter Traditions Around The World

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Easter  is celebrated in various ways around the world – with traditional food and interesting ways of egg hunt, festivals, releasing paper dragons, spilling water and colourful Easter eggs, and all in the glory of health, power and revival.

In France, after the traditional Mass on Easter Sunday and egg hunt in the garden, the family gathers to eat roasted lamb at the festive table. The next day is usually reserved for a family trip, while in the southwest on Easter Monday a giant omelette is made for the whole family.

Italians welcome the holiday with the Colombo, a cake in the shape of a dove, a symbol of good news, and a golden Easter cake, mona, sometimes with eggs arranged on the surface before baking.

The Spanish are dressed in white during the Holy week and organize plays and events they have been preparing a few months earlier.

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In England, ham is mainly served instead of lamb. Of course, Easter eggs are a compulsory part of the holiday, and on this occasion various games for both children and adults are organized. Children often go from house to house ask for candy, as is the custom on Halloween.

This tradition is especially common in Finland, where children at Easter disguise as an old woman or a witch, and they knock on neighbors’ doors to get candy and chocolate. The “Easter Witch” tradition called Virpominen comes from an ancient legend according to which the trolls and witches come out between Good Friday and Easter.

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This tradition has been practiced in Sweden for about a 100 years too, and in the Scandinavian countries it is believed that for Easter you should be up early because you can see the sun dance. The yellow color of the sun, by the way, is the best color to decorate eggs in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Swiss decorate fountains before Easter, paying tribute to water, which is essential for life. This represents a celebration of renewed life.

In Poland we come across to the same symbol: water is here also a symbol of life and also a part of the Easter holidays. On Easter Monday friends sprinkle each other with water to “wash away sins”, and so that day and called Smigus Dingus, meaning “wet Monday “.

In Germany the traditional “Easter Fire” brings together parents and children in the evening, and is a symbol of the sun which celebrates spring and the end of the winter period. Germans have another tradition – Osterbaum, an Easter tree or a bush decorated with colored shells of eggs and fruit that symbolize the return of heat. The children in the country are preparing a small nest in which, as is believed, the rabbit brings chocolate eggs.

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In the United States the Easter rabbit usually brings children chocolate bunnies, candy and marshmallow among other gifts. The US President organizes the traditional Egg Roll in the garden of the White House on Easter Monday. The goal is to roll the egg the farthest possible, without breaking it.

Instead of chocolate eggs, exotic specialties such as meat iguanas, turtles and caiman are on the Colombian menu for a traditional Easter dinner. Colombians travel for hours to spend a holiday with their family and relatives in big cities and bring ingredients from distant provinces to prepare a festive meal together.

In Bermuda, handmade paper dragons are being flown on Good Friday, a symbol of Christ’s Ascension. They eat cod cake and hot pastry decorated with a cross.

In the Czech Republic an unusual custom marks Easter Monday  – boys tie girls around their legs with willow twigs which is a symbol of health, youth and strength, but also shows how popular the girl is – the more twigs, the better!

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Where are you from? What are the Easter traditions in your country?

Have a lovely Easter! Celebrate it in peace and love with your family!

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How To Calm A Crying Baby

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You gave birth recently and your baby will not stop crying? The attacks usually begin two to three weeks after your baby is born, usually in the afternoon and in the evening, and finally stop when the baby is about three months (occasionally older). Familiarize yourself with cramps.

Between 3 and 12 weeks of life most babies will appear restless. This is an irritable crying period that happens usually at the end of the day. This can exhaust the parents and other family members as the baby becomes very restless: twitches at the slightest sound, has spasmodic movements, its face scowling, holding hands raised, fists and feet clenched. The baby acts like it has a tummy ache and often spits out the newly introduced food. In most babies it is a fairly common occurrence, the so called cramps.

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Some advice on what should be done when your baby is crying restlessly:

  • Try to determine the type of crying and recognize what your baby wants to say with its behavior. Note the signs – for example when it was last fed, when was its last short daily nap, last change of diapers, the baby’s reacting to sounds, light, temperature, air movement etc.
  • If the baby is crying just after breast-feeding or feeding from a bottle, it is probably not hungry. Help the baby find its fist or thumb because it can soothe the baby to suck its thumb.
  • Vary breastfeeding positions. Try to breastfeed lying sideways, lying on your back with the baby’s belly on yours etc.
  • Speak to the baby with a gentle and soothing voice. If your voice is quiet, the baby should also be quiet.
  • Hold the baby’s limbs to avoid jerks.
  • Wrap it in its blanket so that the baby’s arms and legs are tightly wrapped. Be sure to put the baby on its back and do not leave it alone.
  • Raise the baby slightly in the air.
  • Try gently massaging the baby’s back and limbs.
  • Sing to the baby in a silent soothing voice.
  • Carry your baby in a baby carrier. Both your hands can that way be free for other tasks while you hold, soothe and nurse your baby.
  • Walk with the baby in your arms. Rock the baby up and down or gently swing. Use a quiet, monotonous noise or movement.

Many parents use “white noise” produced by a machine such as hair dryers or vacuum cleaners to calm the child. These noises are uniform, monotonous and in most cases the baby, listening to these sounds, go to sleep.

How do you soothe your child? How do you make her/him stop crying? Share some advice with newbie parents!

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How To Pick A Toy For Your Child (Baby to Toddler)

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Toys can sometimes be attractive to parents even if the one they chose has no particular influence on their child’s growth. Therefore, the selection of toys should depend on the age of the child. In general, every age prefers a certain type of toy, although there are toys that are always favorites and present at all ages, such as a ball, a doll, dice and books.

Each period in a child’s development is characterized by a certain form of the game which, of course, restricts the choice of toys.

Toys for Babies Up to a Year

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At an early age, from birth to 8 months of age, generally only one form of the game is present- a functional game. This is a game that enhances motor, perceptual and sensory skills and consists mainly of multiple repetition of actions and the involvement of senses.

Toys For Children up to Three Years

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In the period from 12 to 18 months of age the games become more complex because the child has mastered the function of walking upright and its motor skills have developed. A child can be offered toys that are pulled or pushed (cars, trucks, shopping carts etc.), large beads that can be strung together and inserted in a box, plastic bottles and so on.

This period represents the beginnings of symbolic, imaginative or imitating games. Therefore, children should be provided with objects – toys that resemble real objects or living beings they represent. So, slowly the child’s needs and desires for new and more complex toys are growing.

Three Years Of Age

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A third year old child walks, runs, climbs and talks a lot. It has a lot of energy and a small amount of attention. This is the perfect period to ride a tricycle, to use drawing tools (wax crayons, water colors, pencils, colored chalk), shape clay into simple objects etc. Each new situation for the child is a research, the child begins to combine items to build a “tower”, “bridge”, “train”, or “gate,” and therefore it should be provided sufficient structural materials – various types of cubes with holes etc. At this age, symbolic games get real momentum. The child in the game creates a “dramatic story” in which symbolic objects appear (if there is no appropriate toy, the child will designate an object that he needs). Role-playing game, which is a novelty and has a special significance for the socio-emotional development of the child, becomes crucial. Therefore, the toys that are attractive to children are home furnishings, a master tool, medical supplies and the like.

How do you pick out toys for your child? Which toy has become his/her favorite?

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