Preventing Lice in Children’s Hair

The school year is in full swing, and almost halfway over. Chances are, your kids have brought home everything from happy crafts and loads of homework to germs and sickness. Hopefully you haven't been faced with an outbreak of lice; if you have, you know just how big of a pain it can be. Lice are miserable. The itching and scratching is incessant and inconsolable until they're dead and gone; trust us, if you haven't dealt with it, you'll want to take every precaution in preventing it. Here's what you'll need to do to prevent lice in your child's hair.

Preventing Lice in Children's Hair

Discourage Sharing

It may sound like the complete opposite of what you're trying to teach your child, but it's vital to the health of her head without lice. Lice are transferred by contact, so keeping your child's personal space separate from the rest of her class is key. Label her belongings, specifically clothes, coats, hats, and hair accessories, and teach her that she's never to share them without speaking first with an adult; nor is she to take someone else's stuff. Have a talk with her teacher and ask her to prevent the children from sharing these items (she likely will already).

Keep it All Clean

Lice are simply microscopic bugs that are attracted to dirt and oil and live life laying eggs in their “dens”. For that reason, lice are more prominent in places where dirt and grime run rampant (think inner city slums). You better believe that lice are more likely to find a home in an unclean toboggan rather than a clean one, and once they lay their eggs, they spread like wildfire. For that reason, make a habit of washing clothes, hats, gloves, scarves regularly, and keeping your home clean.

Mayonnaise Will Do the Trick

If you've seen your child scratching a bit, but you're not convinced that lice is the culprit, take an extra precaution before you dismiss it all together: cover her head in mayonnaise. In extreme cases where head lice has become a major problem, mayonnaise may not do the trick (you'll want to spring for a chemical applicant like Rit), but mayo is perfect for the beginnings of an outbreak. Mayonnaise is thick, it's heavy, and it will suffocate the life out of each louse that's trying to take up residence and lay eggs in the hair. Allow the mayonnaise to set for an hour before rinsing it out and then gently combing through with a very fine comb to pull out any nits (egg sacks) and lice carcasses.

Cut it Short

If you're still pretty paranoid about your child contracting lice, keep their hair short. Long hair touches more, so it's much more likely to come away with an infestation than, say, shoulder length hair on a girl, or buzzed hair for a boy. It's extreme, but eliminating a lice “den” all together will definitely do the trick.

Take the proactive steps necessary to prevent your child from being a victim of a dreaded lice infestation. They will thank you (and you will thank yourself) in the long run.

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3 Educational Movies You Must Watch with Your Kids

Most children absolutely love movies, and jump at just about any chance to veg out in front of one. The line is drawn, though, when it comes to educational movies... those all seem to be boring or just not entertaining enough. As parents, we want our children to enjoy learning as they grow, and finding solid educational films is one solid way to ensure that happens. Added bonuses factor in when these flicks are worth your time, as well. Believe it or not, there are a few educational movies out there that will keep both you and your child entertained.

March of the Penguins

Actor Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary film that depicts the annual journey taken by the emperor penguins of Antarctica. It begins in Autumn, as all penguins of breeding age leave the ocean, their normal habitat, to walk inland to their ancestral breeding grounds. There, the penguins find a mate and produce an egg that results in the hatching of a chick. Over the next year, both penguin parents make multiple journeys to and from the ocean from the breeding ground in order to produce food to ensure the chick's survival.

The film is wrought with intense situations as the penguins face predators and environmental challenges, but is lighthearted and amusing as it really emphasizes the beauty and the quirkiness of these cute animals. In 2005, the film actually won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Truly, you'll learn something new each time you watch it, and you'll laugh and cry while you do.

Educational Movies

Finding Nemo

Entertainment really melds with education in this funny and cute film about the underwater world. It all starts when an over-protective clownfish forbids his son, Nemo, from swimming out of their Pacific Ocean Reef. Nemo rebels, and in turn is taken on a wild journey away from his home. Eager to find and rescue his son from the dangers of the ocean, the clownfish and his friend Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) set out on a great adventure to bring Nemo home. The movie explores and educates children about anemones, coral reefs, sea turtles and the different types of species found in the ocean. Ecological messages abound in this one that proves to be a hit for both children and adults alike.

Bears

Disney Nature released its documentary “Bears” in 2014, and quickly found it to be a hit among parents and children who are eager to learn. It's a film that depicts the fierce Alaskan grizzly bear family in their everyday life and habitat. The cubs, who are adorably curious and oh-so cute, are taught important lessons daily as they approach dangerous situations with innocent and inexperienced minds and bodies. Kids will learn a ton about brown bears, and about the role of the irreplaceable role of mother bear in the family. Intense situations abound as the bears face challenges in the wild.

Any one of these educational films will do more than teach your child something new – they'll entertain for hours while imparting a plethora of useful information. We guarantee that both you and your child will watch these films once, and look forward to seeing them again in the future.

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5 Ways to Stop Tantrums on the Spot!

Tantrums are something that every kid goes through.  Sure, you may see that family in the grocery store who looks perfect – their kids hold hands and follow their mother like little ducks (I saw this just today, actually!), quiet and smiling.  It’s cute – and probably a complete fluke.  Kids are an absolute joy – they also make you want to pull your hair out approximately 60% of the time.  Some days you may have an angel.  Some days you might have some blips. And others you may have a little banshee. I love my child, don’t get me wrong – but man can that kid scream when he wants to!  Tantrums are unavoidable, no matter how much you try to prevent them.  Sometimes, they simply happen. How you deal with it is the key. So, without further ado, here are 5 ways to stop those tantrums ASAP!

5 Ways to Stop Tantrums on the Spot!

Hugs

Tantrums are often a cry for attention. Whether you took away a treat, a toy, or scolded, the common message is taken by a child as withdrawing or isolating.  A tight hug releases oxytocin and may just be what you kiddo needs to bring a full fledge tantrum down to a tearful (yet quiet) discussion. Letting your child know that they are loved and that you are not trying to be mean will let them talk to you.

Distraction

If a tantrum is because you put something back at the store, or needed to take something away, distraction can be the key ingredient to a happy kid. Give them a toy to play with, or let them be in charge of something new (Anyone else give their kid the shopping list to distract from the candy?  No?). The change of gears can often direct a child away from their preoccupation, stopping a tantrum before it even gains steam.

Counting

I have yet to try this with my child, but I have done this many times at work. It is amazing how a child in the midst of a tantrum can become quite happy and calm before you get all the way to 3. That timeout at the end must really be something to avoid!

Talking it out

Sometimes kids are just flat out unhappy.  Tantrums may be set off by some specific trigger, but the underlying cause could be something that you cannot fix by distraction, etc. Sometimes, all that is needed is to sit down and talk it out.  When your child knows that you care about them and that you are listening, the whole world will start to calm down and they may be able to use their words instead of unintelligible sounds.

A quiet space

Lastly – some kids have a hard time with a lot of activity.  If you child seems to throw temper tantrums more often in a store, at parties, or other places with a lot of activity, you may want to devise a quiet space they can enter.  Whether that is a spot in the car should you be out and about, or a quiet space at home (we have a quiet corner with books and some puzzle toys), this can be great for a child who simply needs some quiet time to calm down. Let them know they are going to their quiet spot, and let them take it from there!

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5 Unusual Baby Products You Didn’t Know Existed

5 Unusual Baby Products You Didn't Know Existed

Babies are very high maintenance. They need you to feed them, cloth them, bathe them, and cuddle them almost all hours of the day. Thankfully, there’s a huge market of baby products out there to help you care for your little one. Some of them are a little out of the ordinary.

Nosefrida

You ever had a sick baby? It’s not a happy thing to see. Since babies are still pretty much helpless, if mucus starts to build up in their nose they can’t just grab a tissue to blow it out. Nosefrida is basically a tube and a hose. You place the tube in your baby’s nose and suck out the mucus blocking their nose up. Yes, we know it sounds gross. Thankfully, that’s why there’s a filter that prevents the mucus from ever entering your mouth. So you’re safe.

Hulabye Happy Changer

It’s basically a holder/strap that attaches to your changing table. Babies squirm a lot, and sometimes they’ll cry when you’re changing them. So the strap actually makes sense. It prevents your baby from rolling off the changing table and hitting their fragile little head. It also helps to keep your baby in one spot and prevents them from accidentally smearing poop everywhere.

Puj Baby Portable Bathtub

Ever had a problem dealing with the large, infant baby tub when it comes to bath time? This portable tub is made out of soft foam that can fit into any sink. This way you can use the tub wherever necessary in order to give your baby a proper bath. Another great thing it does is to hang completely flat against the wall, and allowing you to have a place to dry you baby once you’ve bathed them.

Yoomi Bottle & Warmer in One

Ever been on the go and your baby starts getting hungry? Well, the rechargeable bottle actually warms up the milk for the baby in just one minute. The great thing about this warmer is that you can use it almost one hundred times before it needs to be charged. When you need to charge it, just heat up a pan of water, bring it to a boil, and set the warmer in the pan for twenty-five minutes.

Boon Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon

Feeding the baby can get pretty messy. This product actually helps to make it less messy and even easier all at the same time! Once your baby is done eating a spoonful, you just squeeze the spoon, and more food comes out! It makes it a lot easier since all the food is stored in just one handy place.

These are some interesting baby products we got to take a look at today. They can even be called whimsical, but at the same time they’re extremely useful. If you’re ever wondering what you need to help you take care of your baby a little easier, these are certainly some products worth taking a look at.

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Don’t Be So Hard on Your Kids

Don't Be So Hard on Your Kids

Kids can be frustrating sometimes. They get into things they’re not supposed to. They don’t always follow the rules even though they know better. Despite how much you love them, you find yourself being strict with them. Pressing them to work hard in school, do their chores, and not to eat to much candy on Halloween. Well, we know your work hard. We also wanted to share with you why, sometimes, you shouldn’t be so hard on your kids.

Mistakes Happen

Did someone accidentally spill milk on the carpet again? Maybe another child accidentally broke a plate? Mistakes happen even to the best of us. If your child makes an honest to goodness mistake, don’t give them to much of a hard time about it. Sure, it can be frustrating. You now have to clean up the spill or pick up the shards of the broken plate. Still, your children are still growing up. They’re still learning. It’s only natural they make mistakes as they try to make their way through life. Besides, making mistakes is part of growing up. Help your children to learn from their mistakes instead of berating them for it.

Let Them Fill Their Own Shoes

You want your child to succeed. What parent doesn’t want that? However, in today’s society things are becoming even more competitive than they are before. So, naturally parents will push their child even harder. While pushing your child to be the best they can be is a good thing, at times it can become extremely stressful. Don’t push your child to be something or someone they don’t want to. Allow them to be themselves and to fulfill their own dreams. Children have shoes of their own they want to fill, and honestly, don’t they deserve a chance to do that?

Cut them Slack Once in a While

Most of the time a child has a good head on their shoulders. Sure, they may misjudge a situation and make a mistake. Maybe they made the wrong decision at one point. Don’t cut them down to the point though where they won’t ever want to try again. Sometimes it’s okay to cut your child a little bit of slack. Mocking them for a failure or being frustrated over a bad grade for one semester isn’t going to make them feel better. Sit down and discuss the matter with them. Help them to explore options to improve themselves, and how they can do better next time.

Let your child grow up into their own person. As a parent, you’re there to guide them and teach them. Show them how to make the right decisions for themselves. Also be patient when they come to you with questions. What may be obvious to you is not always obvious to you children. It’s hard to understand what it was like to be their age, but it’s very confusing. Being to hard on your child also dissuades them for coming to you for help. Make sure you show them you’re someone they can trust no matter what.

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Is Your Child Addicted to Minecraft?

Is Your Child Addicted to Minecraft

Minecraft is a fun game to play for all ages. It’s basically virtual Legos if you’ve never played the game. Minecraft allows children to use their imagination and let their creativity soar. What if your child frequently plays Minecraft? Are you worried about them becoming addicted? Well, today we’re going to look at a couple of things to see if your child plays Minecraft to much.

They Play Minecraft Constantly (and Nothing Else)

Now, children love to play. This is a given. It’s normal if they prefer one game over another. However, if your child is playing Minecraft to the point they ignore everything else this could be a sign they’re addicted to the game. While it’s normal for a child to latch onto a favorite of theirs and go to town with it, you may want to intervene at this point. Only allow your child to play the game for only a set amount of time. For example, only allow your child to play the game for an hour at a time if they usually play six hours or more. This way they’ll be forced to do something else to entertain themselves for the time being

Become Aggressive when the Game is Taken Away

It’s normal for a child to act out now and again. This is not unusual. However, if your child has begun to act out to the point where they’re aggressive when you take their game away this is another sign of addiction. While it’s not unusual for a child to whine a bit and moan over having to quit a game, if they start fighting you for it is when you should be concerned. You may want to sit down and have a talk with your child about playing the game. At this point, it may even be better to take it away altogether.

Play for Hours on End

How long does your child play Minecraft? Do they play for only a few hours every couple of days, or is it every day? You’ll want to intervene if your child plays Minecraft for hours at a time without a break. This is another sign of addiction. At this point it would probably be best if you took the game away altogether. Your child may throw a fit, or even become angry with you, but this will force them to seek different entertainment. It also helps to push them to hang out with friends or to even play outside for a change of pace.

Having your child addicted to Minecraft is bad, but the game itself is not. It’s okay if your child enjoys playing it. However, like with any good thing it’s in moderation. If your child is continually playing it and ignoring everything else it would be best to keep them off the game for a long period of time. Work out a way so that they only play for only a maximum of two to three hours at a time every other day.

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8 Awesome Ideas to Announce Your New Pregnancy

8 Awesome Ideas to Announce Your New Pregnancy

So, you’re getting ready to have your baby. Congratulations! Even if the pregnancy is only a few weeks along, we’re still very happy for you. If you’re wondering how to announce your pregnancy we decided to give you a few awesome ideas to do that. So, here they are!

  • Write a message in your favorite childhood book – Do you have a storybook your parents would read you all the time when you were little? If so, the perfect way to announce your new pregnancy is to write a message in that same book. It’s a beautiful way to announce it, and as a bonus now someone can read your favorite book to your baby.
  • Music video – You don’t have to create anything elaborate. There are plenty of video programs that are easy to use and to figure out. You can use pictures, video, or anything you want.
  • PowerPoint presentation – If you really want to surprise everyone, make a power point presentation! You can talk about the benefits of having kids and at the end announce your pregnancy. There are a number of ways to go with this idea, so just roll with the one you like best.
  • A cake or some other treats – Does your family have a sweet tooth? You can write, “I’m pregnant!” on a cake. It’s a fun way to announce a new baby is going to be on the way to join your family.
  • Gifts – Do you have other children in the family? You can buy each of them a small gift with a small note card that says you’re pregnant. This also lets your children know you still love them and think of them. Even though a new baby is on a way, they won’t be set aside.
  • A sign – Decorate a large poster board with the good news on it. You can go to town and set it up somewhere where everyone will see it.
  • A party – Who doesn’t love a party? Pretend you’re just having a little get together and then make the announcement to everyone. A bonus since now everyone has something amazing to celebrate! A surefire way to let everyone know about your new bundle of joy on the way.
  • Announce it on social media – Don’t want to big of a celebration to go on just yet? Well, you can get the word out quickly and efficiently by posting the announcement on Facebook. You can also do this for any other social media site.

We’re so happy to hear you’re going to be having a new baby! Announcing you’re pregnant to your loved ones can be scary. You want everyone to be happy, but at the same time you want to come across with the right message. No matter how you choose to announce the new member of the family the end result will always be the same. Do what you like best in welcoming your new child into the world.

So, you’re getting ready to have your baby. Congratulations! Even if the pregnancy is only a few weeks along, we’re still very happy for you. If you’re wondering how to announce your pregnancy we decided to give you a few awesome ideas to do that. So, here they are!

  • Write a message in your favorite childhood book – Do you have a storybook your parents would read you all the time when you were little? If so, the perfect way to announce your new pregnancy is to write a message in that same book. It’s a beautiful way to announce it, and as a bonus now someone can read your favorite book to your baby.
  • Music video – You don’t have to create anything elaborate. There are plenty of video programs that are easy to use and to figure out. You can use pictures, video, or anything you want.
  • PowerPoint presentation – If you really want to surprise everyone, make a power point presentation! You can talk about the benefits of having kids and at the end announce your pregnancy. There are a number of ways to go with this idea, so just roll with the one you like best.
  • A cake or some other treats – Does your family have a sweet tooth? You can write, “I’m pregnant!” on a cake. It’s a fun way to announce a new baby is going to be on the way to join your family.
  • GiftsDo you have other children in the family? You can buy each of them a small gift with a small note card that says you’re pregnant. This also lets your children know you still love them and think of them. Even though a new baby is on a way, they won’t be set aside.
  • A sign – Decorate a large poster board with the good news on it. You can go to town and set it up somewhere where everyone will see it.
  • A party – Who doesn’t love a party? Pretend you’re just having a little get together and then make the announcement to everyone. A bonus since now everyone has something amazing to celebrate! A surefire way to let everyone know about your new bundle of joy on the way.
  • Announce it on social media – Don’t want to big of a celebration to go on just yet? Well, you can get the word out quickly and efficiently by posting the announcement on Facebook. You can also do this for any other social media site.

We’re so happy to hear you’re going to be having a new baby! Announcing you’re pregnant to your loved ones can be scary. You want everyone to be happy, but at the same time you want to come across with the right message. No matter how you choose to announce the new member of the family the end result will always be the same. Do what you like best in welcoming your new child into the world.

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Kick the Mommy Blues with These Simple Tips

Kick the Mommy Blues with These Simple Tips

It’s okay if you feel a bit blue sometimes. Being a mommy you have to deal with a lot of stress. You have to care for your child, run errands, go to work, and be available if an emergency happens. Awesome as you are this can be a big burden to bear. So here are a couple of tips help you kick away those darn mommy blues.

Hire a Sitter, and Take a Night Off

It’s okay for you to have fun. You’re an awesome mommy! One of the best ways to kick the blues is to take a night off from watching the kids. Hire a sitter, or even a friend or family member, watch the children for a night. After this go out and have some fun! Go out and have dinner, see a movie, or even just try something new with your spouse. As a mom you deserve to have some time to enjoy life. While you do love your children unconditionally, they can drive you a little nutty at times. This will also give you chance to recharge. Afterwards, it will be easy to come back to watching your children.

Enjoy a Quiet Moment

If you’re a mother, there are no doubt times when you will have quiet moments. Why not enjoy them? If you find yourself with some spare time when the house is quiet take an hour or two to relax. Read a nice book with a cup of tea or coffee. If the weather is nice outside you can even enjoy the outdoors. Drink your favorite beverage as you listen to the birds sing. These quiet moments can let you reflect on the day. Allow your mind to rest for a little while. When it’s over, you’ll feel refreshed and ready for action.

Take a Walk

You can jog too if you want too. When your children are away at school or being watched by the spouse, go out for a walk. Walking has been shown to help boost your mood almost instantly. It will also give you a chance to get out of the house to escape the chaos a little bit. This is especially important if you’re a stay at home mother. Even if you just take a twenty minute walk around the neighborhood it’s bound to boost your mood once you return home.

Don’t feel ashamed if you get the mommy blues now and again. It’s completely normal. When you have children you have to set aside a part of yourself to raise them. While it can be fun, you also have to make a lot of sacrifices for them. This doesn’t mean, however, that you still can’t take some time off to enjoy yourself. Your children will still love you unconditionally when you get back. It’s normal if your children drive you a little nutty because, hey, they’re kids. On those days you feel even more down it’s best to relax for a little while.

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How to Teach Your Young Child Where Babies Come From

Where Babies Come FromSo, your child asks where baby come from. Maybe they overheard you, or heard something when they went to school. Heck, they may have even heard it from a friend who was talking about it. How do you go about teaching your child where babies come from? Well, we’re going to help you teach them about it.

Keep it Simple

If your child asks you where babies come from, keep it simple. A young child won’t really understand what sex is at their age or how it works. You want to tell your child the truth, but not reveal to much. The best way to do this is to explain that a baby is made when a mommy and daddy love each other very much. This is true, and something a young child to grasp. It also prevents them from knowing the gritty details until they’re old enough to truly understand.

Answer the Question, but Don’t Give Away to Much

Children are curious, and this is perfectly natural. You’re going to want to tell your child the truth without revealing all the small details. If they persist explain that the baby grows inside the tummy. When the baby is big enough the mommy has to go to the hospital to give birth to the baby. While these are the simplest of ways to explain it, it also satisfies a child’s curiosity. If you want you can even use pictures as examples to show your child about how the baby develops in the womb. There are many books out there meant for children to show them how a baby grows inside their mother. It can actually be very exciting, and even cute to see your young child learn these new facts.

Keep it Relax, but Matter of Fact

You don’t want to show your child how uncomfortable you are by answering their questions. Keep your tone relaxed as if you’re having a normal conversation. Also keep it in a matter-of-fact tone of voice so they know you mean business. Young children will know that you’re telling them the truth. They’ll also be more likely to ask you more questions if they see you’re respecting them by giving them an answer. This also helps your young child to trust you more because they know they can come to you to ask questions without being reprimanded.

Explaining to a young child where babies come from can be a big step. Thankfully, there are many ways to handle it. There are children’s books out there to help explain this to small children. Remember, keep the conversation simple. You don’t want to give your child the wrong idea. Also remember to speak the truth when discussing this topic with your children. Children tend to have no filter, and will often go tell their friends. You don’t want your child to have to learn the truth from the kid down the street. So, tell the truth, but don’t go into the details to much.

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Hand Washing 101 – The Rules to Follow

Hand Washing

Washing your hands is very important. It prevents diseases from spreading, keeps your hands clear of sticky substances, and keeps grit from getting underneath your fingernails. So, are there actual rules to follow when it comes to washing our hands? In fact, there is. Here are a couple of them.

Always Use Soap & Water

Hand sanitizer is great. It’s good for when you’re on the go or at work to quickly clean your hands. However, nothing beats getting your hands clean quite like soap and water. If your hands get dirt on them, hand sanitizer isn’t going to get the dirt out. When going to the sink to wash your hands always use water and soap. This not only kills off any germs, but also bacteria or viruses that may make you sick.

Wash Your Hands Before Eating, After Handling Animals, etc.

You will want to wash your hands after doing certain activities. For example, you would want to wash your hands after handling a pet, using the bathroom, or even spending time with a sick person. In some of these instances, say if you were handling cash, hand sanitizer is perfectly acceptable to use. However, if you’re using the bathroom you’ll want to go the old fashioned soap and water route. It’ll clean your hands a lot better than hand sanitizer will.

Scrub

When washing your hands, always make sure to rinse them first. Put some soap on your hands, and scrub them for at least a good twenty seconds. You’ll want to scrub your palms, the backs of your hands, in between your fingers, and your wrists. Once this is done rinse your hands beneath the water again. Grab a towel to dry them off, and then turn the water off with the towel.

Use Cold Water

It’s important to note that you should use cold water when washing your hands. The reason for this is the cold actually makes your hands less of a breeding ground for germs. If you use warm, sudsy water germs will thrive more on your hands. The difference is not a huge factor, but it does help to lower the risk of you catching something by washing your hands. No one wants to be that person who gets everyone sick in the office. So use cold water when scrubbing instead of the warm water.

Washing your hands is extremely important. While you don’t always have to follow the rules to the letter, it’s important to stick to them in general. Washing your hands helps prevent the spread of disease and sickness to other people. This way those around you are safe. This is especially true if you have pets, elderly, or young people around you. You may be able to fight off the flu if you catch it, but they won’t. So always exercise caution after doing a dirty task. A small thing of hand sanitizer can also go a long way in making your life a little safer.

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