Friday, 15 July 2016

3 Ways To Teach Kids Healthy Food Habits



One of the healthiest habits we can pass onto our children is how to eat well. As parents, we know the value of food and how it impacts on all aspects of our lives. Creating healthy eating habits in your kids is likely to have a positive impact on them in their adult lives.

1. The Origin Of Food

When we go to the supermarket, the food is often displayed in a clinical way in plastic packaging. It is washed and processed. As adults, we know where the food comes from, and we have an awareness of the processes it goes through. It is important that kids are aware of this too.


There are several ways we can teach our children about the origins of their food. One way is to take them to a working farm. Many farms allow visitors and staff will explain how everything works.

Another way is to raise livestock at home. Keeping chickens has become popular in recent years. And it’s a great way to teach your kids about good food. Freshly laid hen eggs are different to those that are bought at the supermarket. Once you taste one, you will be reluctant to go back.

Of course, hens need care and attention. They also need to be fed with good quality food. This teaches kids about nutrition. The better the quality of food, the better the eggs. It is also a good lesson in care and respect.

If you’re thinking about keeping chickens, they will need shelter, somewhere to run, food, and water. Fox resistant chicken coops can be purchased from companies like Eggshell. They are easy to assemble, and many are also portable.


Finally, chicken poop makes a great fertilizer. This can be recycled and used elsewhere in your garden to feed plants.

2. Growing Your Own

Another excellent way to teach kids about food is to get them involved in growing their own. The good thing about this is that anyone can do it. You don’t even need a garden. Plants such as tomatoes and herbs can be grown successfully in pots on windowsills. If you do have some outdoor space, you can turn some of it into a mini allotment. It needn’t encroach on your outdoor haven. You only need a small plot.

Get children involved from the beginning. Explain to them what you intend to do and let them plan it with you. They can be involved in everything from preparing the soil to choosing the seeds. If you can provide a small space just for them, even better.


Go through the whole process with them. Once the seeds are planted, show them how to water them. As they begin to grow, you may need to look into ways of keeping the birds and pests away from them. This is all an education.

Once the food is harvested, encourage kids to help with preparation and cooking. The first meal you have that is made up of your own produce is wonderful.


3. Lead By Example

The best way to teach your children about the value of good food and its effect is to lead by example. Practice healthy habits yourself. Eat good food that is cooked from scratch. Teaching children is only part of the equation. For success, you need to model those lessons. 


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Making Your Little Boy's Dreams Come Alive!


Anyone who has ever known a mum to a young boy - or who has ever been a young boy - will know how their imaginations work. We've all seen it, when a big toy is opened up on Christmas morning. The must-have present of the season, it cost a few weeks' wages. And your little child looks delighted and then crawls in to the box. That box instantly becomes a spaceship or a racing car. Because that's boys for you.
A boy's imagination can turn anything into anything. A few boxes and a duvet and, hey presto, it's a fort. And this is why a boy's room needs to work with their imagination. In years to come it will be plastered with posters and "Keep Out" signs, but for now it needs to feed that active imagination. All of his interests will be reflected by how you decorate it.
Although you can be confident that any boy will have a wide range of interests, you cannot just go with the standards and think "job done". Some boys want to be astronauts. Others dream of being sports stars. Still others will show a musical side from an early age. Let's face it, they won't be shy about letting you know. And you can bring their interests into decorating their room either with wallpaper or, for versatility, wall art.
A child's fast-moving imagination means that wall stickers are a very useful way to make their interests come to life. If they show an interest in nature, then there are animal stickers aplenty. There's also the chance to make a space-obsessed kid feel like bedtime is a trip to the moon. Additionally, there are educational options that will help when it comes to learning to read. Done this way, learning never feels like a chore.
One of the advantages about using stickers to decorate is that each wall of your boy's bedroom can reflect a different interest. On one wall he can be on safari in Africa, and if he turns 90 degrees he's in an enchanted forest. Boys themselves can jump from interest to interest, so it makes sense that boys wall art reflects this. It seems strange to say it, but at this early stage lifelong interests can be forged. It makes sense to give him options.
One useful benefit of wall art is that various kinds include a chalkboard or whiteboard option that allows your child to customise it. You don't want them drawing on walls (but you know they will because, hey, they're boys). By providing a space where they can do it without mess, you can give free rein to their creative side.
Offering your little boy the chance to turn his bedroom into a waking dream world will ensure that he's not bored and can always find something to do. We can all remember that time when we were their age. We developed interests in those days that are still with us now. The greatest gift you can give a boy is a lifelong interest, and how you decorate his bedroom can achieve this.

Congratulations! You're Pregnant. Here's What Happens Next


More and more women are having their first child later in life. There are lots of supposed reasons for it. Careers, meeting life partners later, not being ready for a family. I guess a lot of people simply can’t afford it too early in life, with the cost of family houses being so high. They say pregnancy is harder if you’re over thirty. Maybe they’re right. Or maybe when you’re older and wiser and settled in life, you can slow down and enjoy the magic that’s about to happen.

Morning sickness doesn’t happen to everyone. Some people that do suffer it only have a day or two of nausea. But it can be quite serious if you are vomiting for days. Dehydration quickly sets in, and you can become quite poorly. Doctors are pretty good at treating this kind of thing. If you choose to ride it out, make sure you drink plenty. It’s rare for the morning sickness to last more than a couple of weeks.

As you start to fill out a little, you may need to start telling people that you’re pregnant. And if you work in a hazardous job, you may be obligated to reveal your condition from the very start. There are lots of things that can harm you and your baby. But for most people, working until a week or two before the due date is possible. You just might not want to!

There are lots of things to do to get ready for your new arrival. You may not have a choice, especially as the nesting instinct kicks in. The sooner you start, the better, because as you get bigger, physically demanding tasks are harder. However, you may need a few extra weeks to save up for all the nursery furniture! When you reach your third trimester, you will definitely be showing, and you should be considering the type of birth you want.

You can choose a hospital birth, surrounded by the best professionals to help deliver your baby safely. This needs to be booked in based on your due date. Many women prefer to have their baby at home. You might choose a particular room in your house like the bedroom. Or you may choose a water birth in a larger space like your living room. There are certainly more options if you deliver at home. Midwives will be present to help you through the labour and to safely deliver your child.


Even if you want to have your baby born at home, do still pack a ‘go bag’. You have every right to change your mind. And your midwives have a responsibility to advise you to move to the hospital if they feel you would be more comfortable. The bag may never be opened, but it’s handy to have it just in case.

Your newborn will need a little hat, a dozen or so baby grows, a swaddling blanket and newborn nappies. Cotton wool and warm water is the best way to clean him at first. You may need a few more postpartum accessories, all of which can be popped in your go bag. Now you’re ready to welcome your tiny bundle of joy into the world.