Category Archives: Health

Back-to-School Germs Hacks for the Savvy Parent

August may still feel like summer but so many of our kids are already going back-to-school. That means that all of those back-to-school germs hacks will be needed soon! So lets get ready to combat them!

Back-to-school germs hacks

  1. Hand sanitizer!! Don’t just send one to school for you kid, pick up a giant bottle and gift it to their teacher!!
  2. Sanitizer wipes. Keep a container in the car or where your kids come in the house. Give their bags and books a quick wipe down when they come home.
  3. Spray cleaner! This awesome spray cleaner is easy to make and works wonders at keeping things clean and keeping those germs at bay! back-to-school germs hacks
  4. Humidify the house. A humidifier helps keep cold germs at bay by keeping your sinuses clear and moist.
  5. Air purifiers are also great for keeping the air clear of allergens

Kids will get sick, but hopefully with these tips we can cut down on the length and severity of those invading germs. Don’t forget to eat well and drink lots of water to limit illness!

Pokemon Go: Pokemon Playing Tips

Have your boys become sucked in to the latest Pokemon craze Pokemon Go? Pokemon is a long standing love of little boys (and girls) everywhere. Many parents have even begun to play along, wisking themselves back to their own childhoods with the old and familiar characters. Pokemon Go has become such a fun activity to share with your family. However it has become very popular very quickly and there have been some incidents of people not paying attention when playing. So we have come up with a few rules to make it easier and safer to play.

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  1. Be aware of your surroundings!! DO not let the fun world of make-believe keep you from paying attention to the world around you. Follow the rules of the road and community when playing. Use this time to teach your kids about safety. Look both ways before crossing a street. Do not cross when you do not have a signal telling you it is safe to do so.
  2. DO not go in to a place you do not know, or that looks unsafe or isolated. Stay clear of condemned buildings, gated areas, and wooded or isolated areas.
  3. Stay off of private property.
  4. Do not wander farther than your parents would want you to go.
  5. DO not walk staring at your phone. Look up, be aware of the people and places around you.

We want you and your family to have fun and enjoy your time playing this fun new game, but we always want you to do it safely. So be on the lookout, watch, and listen, and most of all, have fun!

Positive Parenting: Taming the Tantrum

We have all been there. Our kid is throwing a tantrum, they are screaming at the top of their lungs, they are telling us no. They do not want to cooperate, they do not want to listen. They have made up their mind, so now what do you do? You feel defeated, you feel angry, and you feel embarrassed. All of these emotions and more are completely normal. Both the parent and the child are in the midst of an emotional battle, mostly amongst their own emotions. Mom is warring with her inner mom, and child is warring with their own emotions. It’s a very difficult situation.

It can be made infinitely worse by being somewhere public. It is human nature to want to appear like we all have it together. Well, guess what, we don’t, and that’s ok. Everyone may be watching, and judging, but guess what? I can guarantee they have all been there, and if they haven’t they are lying.

So what do we do when we are at our wits end. Honestly, there is no cure all. Kids have tantrums, parents argue with them during tantrums, parents get upset, kids get upset. But does the world end? Nope. Child development experts tell us that children have tantrums because they cannot control their emotions or rule their world quite yet. Which makes sense, if you couldn’t make yourself calm down, and you were in a situation in which you felt helpless you would freak out too. Keeping this in mind there are some ways to make it easier to help your child help themselves doing a tantrum.

  1. Validate what they are feeling in the moment. If your kid is screaming because they want to keep playing and not sit down to eat lunch even you can understand that. Imagine the alarm just went off and you don’t want to get up for work. Similar feeling. So get down to their level, look them in the eye and validate that feeling, “I know you want to keep playing because its more fun than eating lunch.”
  2. Compromise, and give them an alternative. “You can finish playing when we finish eating lunch, your toys will wait for you.”
  3. Connect with them. Sometimes when a child misbehaves they are really looking for a physical connection. Giving them that connection can help ground their emotions and lets them know its ok to feel the way they do. A simple way to gain a physical connection everyday is a hug.
  4. Choices!! This is a toddlers bread and butter. Choices help them feel like they have some control over their life. So give them two or three options that work in the moment that you approve of. They still end up doing what you want, but by their own choice.