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Children & What to Put on Their Toothbrushes?

Added March 9, 2020, Under: Babies, Children's Health, Dental Care, Parents

Parents of babies and young children frequently ask which toothpaste they should use for them? However, using toothpaste can be more trouble and mess that it is worth.  In fact, toothpaste isn’t actually essential for protecting teeth from cavities – but a healthy diet, nutrients and brushing are. How to Brush Baby’s Teeth Once your baby starts to develop one or two teeth, you can start to brush them twice a day for two minutes at a time. Wet a soft-sided, natural fiber toothbrush with ...

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Is There a Thumb Sucker in Your Home?

Added February 24, 2020, Under: Children's Health, Dental Care, Natural remedies, Parents, Top 10

I was a thumb sucker as a child (up until at least the age of twelve) and unfortunately the habit did a lot of damage to my teeth and my jaw so that I  had to undergo extensive and expensive orthodontic work and even jaw surgery as an adult. When my own children came along, I made sure they did not take up the habit by providing pacifiers instead.  The eldest was not interested (preferring a blanket to fidget with instead), ...

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How To Understand & Help the Highly Sensitive Child

Added February 6, 2020, Under: Books, Children's Health, How To, Parents

It might be hard to imagine that 15 to 20% of all children are born highly sensitive, meaning they can be deeply reflective, sensitive to those things that non-HSC are not, and can be easily overwhelmed. Until recently, parents and teachers alike were not given the tools to help such children as there just was not the information out there. Now, courtesy of Dr. Elaine N. Aron, PH.D, help is at hand... She is the bestselling author of The highly Sensitive Person as ...

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Helping Your Child to Beat the Bed Wetting

Added December 25, 2019, Under: Children's Health, How To, Parents

Bed wetting is a very common childhood problem, affecting some one in five children aged five years - and one in ten aged seven years. It is now considered to be a medical condition and not just something that children will grow out of. The two main reasons for bed wetting  Children producing too much urine during the night or Children having a problem with storing urine in their bladder all night. Never punish your child for bed wetting While bed wetting tends to ...

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Why We Need To Keep Up Our Hand Writing Skills

Added October 7, 2019, Under: Children's Health, How To, Parents, Technology

It might be considered almost old fashioned today but handwriting remains an essential skill for both children and adults. For younger children, handwriting activates the brain more than using a key board - and this is because it involves more complex motor and cognitive skills. At the same time, handwriting contributes to reading fluency because when you write the letters, you gain a visual perception of them too. So parents, teachers - and those at the forefront of having a say at what goes ...

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How Modern Parents can Limit their Children’s Screen Time

Added August 16, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Insomnia, Parents

It is a common concern among parents today - and that is how much "screen time" their children are spending on their different devices. But what are the solutions? Here in the UK, nearly twenty five percent of parents say they use pocket money to bribe their children away from their screens.  And such bribes are not limited to screen time, they are used for getting them to bed on time and to encourage them to get on with their homework too. In ...

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The Bond That Can Develop Between Grandparents & Grandchildren

Added July 27, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Parents

Decades ago when extended families were often living under one roof, grandparents and grandchildren would naturally develop a closeness. Then came that period of history where parents and children lived together while grandparents lived elsewhere - often many miles away. Now, roles are often reversing - especially when both parents have busy careers - and the grandparents live close by and are able to step in. Good news is that there are benefits for everyone with this new direction The University of Oxford ...

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Encourage Your Children to Love Reading, Setting Up Skills for The Rest of Their Lives

Added June 24, 2019, Under: Books, Children's Health, New Moms, Parents

I have always thought that one of the best things you can do for your children is to instil a love of reading from an early age. And now this is born out by the words of Dan Snow (the UK historian and TV presenter) who says that reading to children from a young age is one of the best ways to set them up for life.  He is one of several ambassadors for Coram Beanstalk which is an organization helping ...

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Time To Go Down To The Woods Again

Added May 25, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Exercise, Parents, Vitamin D

I remember a song from my childhood (Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Anne Murray) which went: If you go down in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise If you go down in the woods today You'd better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Picnic time for Teddy Bears The little Teddy Bears are having A lovely time today Watch them, catch them unawares And see them picnic on their holiday. See them gaily gad about They ...

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Do Our Children Really Need All Those Plastic Toys?

Added March 27, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

There has been a lot of attention recently in the UK about a nursery school/ preschool in Bristol (not too far away from me here in Somerset) that has taken the decision to replace the school's plastic toys with cardboard boxes and other natural items. This is a 'back to basics' trial to encourage improved socialising and creativity. Although the trial is just for a month, it may be made permanent. What has the school found to date? Staff say the 'back to basics' ...

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