Tips for Taking a Long Flight With Your Young Kids Kids, especially babies and young children, don’t always behave as well as we’d like them to on long plane rides. A plane ride can be frightening, uncomfortable, and just plain boring for a child. And if your child is unhappy on the plane, so are [...]
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Tips for Taking a Long Flight With Your Young Kids
Kids, especially babies and young children, don’t always behave as well as we’d like them to on long plane rides. A plane ride can be frightening, uncomfortable, and just plain boring for a child. And if your child is unhappy on the plane, so are you, and so are many of the other passengers on the plane as well (depending upon how vocal your child is about his or her feelings). If you want to avoid some of the more stressful things associated with flying with kids, here are a few tips to help you have safer and happier travels:
• Try to book a red eye or early evening flight – The later in the day or night that you book a flight, the better. A perfect flight is one that your children sleep through.
• Bring entertainment with you – Of course, you won’t always be able to book a late flight. In which case, it’s essential that you bring some things along with you to entertain the kids on the plane. Coloring books, tablets loaded with games, regular books, and handheld gaming consoles are all ideal.
• Prevent ear discomfort – Most kids can’t stand when their ears pop and ache on a plane. So, be sure to give them a decongestant before the flight to help prevent ear discomfort. Additionally, you should consider bring some gum and lollipops on the plane to help them out if their ears do begin to pop or feel uncomfortable.
• Establish some rules – Let your children know that you expect them to stay in their seats on the airplane, keep whining to a minimum, and disrupt the other passengers as little as possible. Offer some kind of incentive to motivate them to behave well on the plane. For instance, you could offer to buy them a souvenir if they behaved on the plane. Incentives almost always work when used appropriately.
• Let your kids know what to expect – There’s a chance your kids may be a little anxious about the flight. Let them know exactly what to expect. Tell them that the plane may shake a little, and their ears may pop, and they may feel a little nauseous. Talk them through all the major things that happen on the plane. Let them know when the plane is taking off, when the plane’s up in the air, and when the plane is landing, especially if they chose not to sit by the window. Letting them know exactly what’s happening and is going to happen as well as remaining calm yourself will help ease their minds.
So, consider trying out the tips above next time you go on a long flight with your friends, and enjoy your trip!
Author’s Bio: Logan is a guest blogger who writes about how to spend your vacation, how to travel with kids, and when to consider taking a private jet charter.
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Not everyone in the world likes fish, especially children. Children prefer to eat more junk food than anything; however, a responsible parent cannot always give their children junk food. It is important to realize that fish is very good for the body as it provides an array of health benefits.
If the parent does not like to eat fish themselves, that?s fine, however, they should always try to convince their children to eat fish. Now children will rarely eat fish by choice so the ultimate question comes down to: how does one make their kids love fish?
To be honest, there are a variety of ways a parent can do this; however, it all involves setting an example. Understand that children are not like adults. They need to be taught everything and most children learn through visual observation meaning observing their parents.
As a result, if a parent wants their children to start eating fish, they should also eat fish for the sake of setting an example. Just think about what you tell your kids about eating their vegetables. The same concept applies here.
With the obvious out of the way, in order to improve the taste of fish and create it into a dinner item, there are a variety of tactics that a parent can use to get their kids to love fish. These various tactics are mentioned below:
Try Different Recipes
One of the best things a parent can do to get their children to love fish is to give take their taste buds on a rollercoaster. Purchase a fish cookbook and make a variety of different fish meals by using different recipes.
Having a different menu every night or every fish night will ensure that the children never get bored of eating the same food. Try also cutting the fish into different shapes if possible. This adds creativity and also catches the child?s attention.
Start From a Young Age
An important thing to understand is that children should be taught to eat healthy foods, such as fish, from a young age. This way, their taste gets accustom to fish which ultimately results in them wanting to eat fish themselves, without a parent having to use tough love?.
Take Baby Steps
Teaching children to like something is not as easy as people may think. It is a wise idea to start giving your children the tastiest fishes first to get them accustom to the taste and smell of fish. Over time, sample the children to a different assortment of fish. Eventually, they will start liking the taste of the other fishes. If not, then they can always resort back to eating their favorite fish.
In any case, the parent should set an example. Parents should eat fish themselves in front of their children to ensure that their children learn by observation and eventually start loving fish.
You are a parent now and while you know that the clothes don’t make the man (or kid), you certainly appreciate that clothes can say a lot about a person. They can even boost your confidence levels. And who doesn’t want their kids to feel at their best? The trouble is you just can’t afford a brand new wardrobe at every season change. By hitting the stores that carry less expensive labels and making sure you have plenty of items to mix and match, you can please both your children and your wallet.
There are many places to save money on clothing. Thrift stores and second hand shops offer great prices every day. You can also save by stocking up on basics when they are on sale. The end of season sales usually feature trends instead of basics, but if you take your time, you will be able to find clothing that your kids will still love next year. This is especially useful for cheap baby clothes because your child doesn’t yet have opinion about which clothes are fashionable.
If you are not buying a size or two up for a bit of a stock pile, it is always better to have your child with you to try on the clothes before buying. Sizing varies by brand and you may find that something just doesn’t fit, even though the size says it should. Most stores offer a full return policy, but it will cost you an extra trip. Department stores and some specialty stores offer great values on their fashionable kids clothing ranges. Often these stores will stock the same styles as more expensive retailers, only with a price tag that doesn’t make you gasp when you see it.
The Children’s Place is a great store to find the latest fashions at reasonable prices. You can add to your savings by signing up for email coupons from the retailer or using coupon codes for online purchases. Wal-Mart has recently stepped up their game to offer more ranges and styles for everyone from their baby store to their teenager section. As always, these come with the low prices this store is associated with. If you can manage to find a good sale, Gap Kids and Baby Gap offer the latest styles, although their standard prices are a bit on the high side.There are several items of clothing that every kid’s wardrobe should include. This will allow you to mix and match the latest styles with more affordable basics. You should always have a couple pairs of jeans on hand. Cardigans in basic colors can easily be paired over the coolest new t-shirts. Fleece and leggings can also help to extend the life of the latest trends when you use them as layers.
One of the best ways to save money on cool kids clothes has to be including them in the decision. They have to like in and it has to take their lives into account. If it doesn’t, you may as well have spent your money on a size too small for all the attention it will receive.
BIO: Melissa Davis is blogger and freelance writer from Australia, she has 2 kids and fashion blog. She loves to give useful advice and tips to other parents.
How to Deal with Kids Teething
Teething is an experience that varies from parent-to-parent. There are some babies that go through the transition without a tear. At the same time, there are babies that experience unrest; some pain and suffering with the growth of teeth.
Ideally, babies begin developing teeth after six months of age. There have also been children that got teeth at three months and some at twelve months. During teething, some babies develop redness on the gums. There is persistent swelling, itching and sometimes pain before the tooth appears. Such babies become irritable and cry a lot. In some cases, babies produce tiny teeth without any fuss. The process is painless, smooth and the baby begins eating solids almost immediately.
Children that develop teeth between 3 – 6 months experience certain changes. Parents must be aware of these changes to help them deal with the situation at hand.
* Relieve the Pain: Teethers help children get some relief from the pain. If you don?t want to use a chewable teether, go for chilled fruits or cold wash cloth items. If none of these work, meet a doctor and get some prescribed medicines that help soothe the baby?s gums.
* Emergence pattern: Babies have a complete set of 20 teeth below the gums. When teething begins, these teeth start pushing their way through the fleshy gums. The first teeth that usually appear are the lower central incisors. Following this the upper incisors begin to appear. Subsequently, lateral incisors, other front teeth on the top and bottom gums begin to appear one after the other. Lastly, the molars on the upper and lower gums appear at 14 ? 18 months. With time, canines come up as well and fill the spaces. By the time the baby is two or three years old, all the teeth are out.
The best approach for parents is to acquaint themselves with the symptoms of teething.
Symptoms of Teething
Here are some common symptoms, although they may vary.
* Increased saliva and drooling
* Face rash due to drooling to lubricate gums
* Excessive clearing of the throat because of excess saliva
* Constant chewing and biting at any hard surface, or even biting the mother while nursing
* Attempts to massage the gums by taking things into the mouth
* Sensitive, irritable and agitated behavior leading to frequent crying
* Loss of appetite because of difficulty in chewing
* Diarrhea due to excessive bowel movement
* Fever may occur frequently
* Pulling ears in response to pain on the gums when molars are appearing
* Sleeplessness due to continuous itching and pain in the gums
Once these symptoms manifest, consult a doctor and get chewers or soothing medicines. Apply them on the gum as prescribed and give the baby nutritious food to keep them energetic.
Mike has been taking care of 2 toddlers over the last 3 years and have gained quite a lot of experience on the topic. Aside from blogging, Mike works for a baby toys store, where he specialises in educational toys
In today’s world we are constantly trying to better ourselves and better the things around us. Some parents have chosen to live a more green life by making some life choices that they know will better the environment. Some parents will only buy their groceries organic and locally. Some parents have gotten rid of their dryers in exchange for an old fashioned clothes line. However you have chosen to give back the Earth, it’s a challenge to get your kids involved. There are a few things to keep in mind when you are teaching your children your family’s lifestyle.
To help you children better understand your decisions you need to teach them. Talk about why you have chosen to go green and the benefits to going green. Then tell them why it would be a good idea they do the same. You can find many books and online videos on kid friendly, eco-friendly lessons. Prepare for their questions and answer positively. Once your child understands the importance and the positive affect it has on their and others lives, they will be on board.
Believe it or not your kids watch you. They learn your good habits (and sometimes bad habits) from you. Lead by example and they will follow you. Keep it positive and part of your natural daily life and this will be a habit they will pick up in no time.
Making it fun and less of a chore is the key to getting your kids interested and actively participating. Take them to the local farmer’s market and have them help you pick out the veggies and fruit. Time them when they shower or brush their teeth, make it a competition to see if they can beat their time.
As cliché as it may sound, your children are the Earth’s future and we know that the Earth is not in a great place. It is up to you to educate and help your children understand the benefits of going green so that one day they will be able to teach others and their own children. Happy Go Greening!
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to hire a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.
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