5 Steps to Teach Your Kids Patience

Steps to Teach Your Kids PatienceChildren hate waiting. They can stand in line with you for only a few minutes before getting into trouble. Never bring them to the DMV!

Waiting, unfortunately, is a hard fact of life and our kids need to learn to be patient. Whether we’re waiting for help, waiting our turn, or waiting for a colleague or customer to get their ducks in a row, the ability to wait patiently or (better yet) use that time wisely will help your child get ahead in life.

Here are some tips to teach your children patience.

1. Model patience wherever you can – This is the hardest step, but it has to come first. You can’t expect your kids to behave a certain way unless you behave that way yourself. You have to wait calmly without showing your internal frustration. Instead of melting down when something doesn’t go right, resort to humor and laughs. Don’t complain about the problem, verbalize solutions.

2. Use timers – Telling your kids you’ll help them “in a minute” is meaningless and vague. Is it one minute, or twenty? Or do you forget about it after a while? Children need to learn delayed gratification, but you have to eventually offer that gratification. Give hard timers on when you’ll be there or when they can have dessert or how long they can play outside.

3. Play activities that teach patience – These days, we are overexposed to gadgets and screens that offer instant entertainment. There’s no “delay” in “delayed gratification.” You can help your kids learn patience by setting them up with projects and games that take time, like arts and crafts, board games, and gardening. These activities will teach them to strive for a reward later.

4. Acknowledge everyone’s feelings – It can be tough for a little kid to sit there bored, impatient and frustrated. The longer he waits, the harder the waiting is to bear. With a calm voice, eye contact and stress-free body language, talk about how tough waiting can be. Let your child be heard so they understand they aren’t alone struggling with boredom.

5. Develop coping skills – In many cases, we don’t have any choice but to wait. Teach your children to cope with these moments of inactivity by entertaining themselves in simple ways. They can play simple games like “I Spy” or tell each other silly stories. It’s also a great time for one-on-one conversations without distractions. Teaching strong conversational skills is also important.

Of course, if you knowyou’ll be somewhere where you’ll have to wait, it’s great to bring something along to occupy the kids.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Art of Playful Learning – Edutainment

Art of Playful Learning - Edutainment How play is important for learning and cognitive development!

The importance of play was first described by Dutch researcher Huizinga in his treatise; he refers to play as a “meaningful activity, which is carried out for its own sake; in a separate space and has separate time allotted for it”. The art of playful learning i.e. playing with toys or other gadgets or objects in a hands-on fashion, has been shown by research, to be required for the development of the cognitive skills of the child. In fact, research has shown that learning is better when play is integrated into learning. This has lead to the development of toys and games, which can facilitate learning. The principle is that when people are engaged in activities which they enjoy, their learning would be better and more effective.

What is playful learning?

Playful learning with toys and gadgets, as relevant to the topic under discussion, is considered as contributors to active learning; it is supposed to enable use of the full senses such as kinaesthetic sense etc. There are numerous opportunities for incorporating playful learning into the curriculum. An example is seen in the scenario where students are engaged in pursuing their own creative projects in the direction of a particular study-related goal: they are actually engaging in hands-on play and yet, through that play they are also playing and understanding concepts. Examples of such projects include art and craft, modelling, engineering, and computing projects. A more modern version of playful learning is on the rise. That is edutainment.

A new version of playful learning – edutainment

Edutainment is a version of “playful learning” and involves the use of electronic games, simulations in the teaching and learning of science.  The edutainment industry is growing by leaps and bounds as they seek to capture the attention of the student population who are into buying games. The industry is now incorporating the use of VGA chips (graphic accelerator chips), which can provide visuals, and graphics of very high quality. This is on the lines of the computer gaming industry, which uses these technologies in different kinds of games. Hence, such games could be used as models for development of educational games, which can be attractive, entertaining and also educational and teach students something. The gaming industry has the skills and expertise to do this when they are provided adequate background in education and pedagogy. This can be considered to be an example of serious gaming; a use of gaming for more serious purposes. There are various examples of such software, which enables students to create and solve puzzles concerning devices and physical phenomena, mathematics, creative thinking etc.

Is edutainment really an effective form of playful learning?

Some professors find that the use of edutainment as an approach to learning is highly artificial. The approach leans towards using entertainment as a tool to make education consumable. This, they feel, is not the correct approach. They teach you to consider entertainment as a reward for education. Learning is thought to be something indigestible and unpleasant, which needs to be dressed up in an appealing way to be consumed. Edutainment is here to stay; it is up to educators as to how much they can use it in a meaningful way without interfering with other more active forms of playful learning.

Guest Blog by Jacy Johnson

Jacey Johnson has been a member of the English Language Center and is now associated with www.aussieessays.com as student advisor. Her expertise includes planning and development of e-learning courses and programs. She’s writeaholic and passionate educator.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

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7 Parenting Mantras to Stay Positive

Parenting Mantras to Stay PositiveParenting is a weird mix of frustration and delight, fear and joy. You’ll deal with tantrums, arguments, and injuries. But there’s also lots of hugs and smiles. When times are tough, sometimes you need to close your eyes and repeat some mantras to refocus yourself on the positive.

1. “I am enough.”

There’s a tendency for parents to feel like they aren’t good enough for their kids. They don’t spend enough time with them, provide enough things or give them the best home. But all you can do is your best and trust that your child will appreciate your effort and hard work.

2. “Stay in the moment.”

As parents we juggle a million things every day. Between meals, homework, soccer practice, your job, and in my case, a business, it can be overwhelming. But life is usually a lot simpler than we make it. Solve the problem in front of you right now. Then solve the next, then the next. Multi-tasking and planning are good, but don’t stress yourself.

3. “It’s not supposed to be easy.”

They say anything that’s easy isn’t worth doing. If being a parent were easy, I think there’s more you can do. That’s not to say parenting isn’t enjoyable, but it’s always going to be a challenge. Once you master something, a new obstacle presents itself. That’s the way it’s supposed to be and you shouldn’t feel down on yourself if it’s hard. That said…

4. “This will pass eventually.”

There will be moments during your child’s development that will want to make you scream. Why is he so fascinated with climbing up the banister? Why does she hide crayons under the couch? When is he going to stop spitting up? In time, all these struggles will fade.

5. “I have to enjoy this now.”

You’ve surely glanced at your child and wondered where your little tot went. One day your babe is helpless in the bassinet, the next day she is running around the playroom. When the challenges of life take you away, remember to keep yourself in the moment and enjoy what you have now.

6. “I need to let go.”

Don’t let things consume you. A bad day is just that… a day. It ends and a new one begins just as simply. So your child rolled off the couch and you feel awful, but let it go and continue being a good parent. There’s no need to dwell on our mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

7. “Kids will be kids.”

Why did your son smack that other boy? Because he’s a kid and doesn’t understand proper social conventions. Yes, he needs to be disciplined and steered down the right path, but there’s nothing fundamentally flawed with him that can’t be fixed. Don’t expect your children to act like anything other than, you know, children.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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Facts on Baby Overheating and How to Prevent

Baby OverheatingDuring babies’ early months, they struggle to regulate their internal temperatures. It’s easy for their bodies to lose heat quickly, so parents sometimes overdress their children to compensate. However, it’s also easy for babies to overheat, so we have to find the right balance.

Overheating increases the risk of a child succumbing to SIDS. Naturally, the risk of overheating increases during the summer months.

Here’s how to tell if your child is too hot:

  1. Touch baby’s head, chest, neck and collar and check for dampness. If the area is wet, your baby is sweating and too hot.
  2. Inspect baby’s face and neck. If it’s redder than other skin, baby is too warm.
  3. Listen carefully to baby’s breathing. Rapid breathing is a sign of overheating as your baby’s body is working to cool down.
  4. How is your baby sleeping? If she is waking up more often than usual, she might be too hot.
  5. Is she restless or fidgeting when you hold her close? If she rejects contact, she might be irritated by the extra warmth mom or dad’s body is giving off.
  6. Baby might be fussy, although this could be lots of things so on its own is inconclusive.
  7. Take baby’s temperature. If it’s higher than normal, you’ve (obviously) got a hot baby.

Now that you have an understanding of what overheating looks and feels like, here are some tips to prevent overheating.

  1. Unless you live in an usually cold place, do not cover your baby’s head, even during sleep. Those cute little hats are really just for traveling outdoors. Babies lose most of their heat through their heads, so you want this pathway exposed.
  2. Bed-sharing is almost always a bad idea. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages it as it increases the likelihood of SIDS. However, if you do bed-share, your body heat will warm your baby, so do not add an extra layer for baby’s sake.
  3. Only dress your baby in the same amount of clothing you would find comfortable plus one additional (light) layer. Overdressing could lead to overheating.
  4. At night, dress your baby appropriately for the weather and use your swaddle as the extra layer. Do not cover your baby in blankets and sheets.
  5. If your baby is premature, discuss strategies with your doctor. Premature babies have special needs depending on their ages and development levels. For example, some might need to have their heads covered during sleep. Discuss this with your doctor.
  6. When you go out, avoid shoving your baby inside a bulky coat. These can overheat your child and make your car seat not work properly.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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6 Awesome Apps for Parents

Awesome Apps for ParentsThere are countless apps to help us simplify our lives and solve our problems. If you own a smartphone, you probably have a few dozen already. There are tons of apps dedicated to making parenting easier. Here are some of the best.

1. MamaBear 

MamaBear calls itself the “all-in-one worry-free parenting app.” This helpful app not only tracks your kids’ whereabouts, but alerts you when they’re tagged in a photo, use bad language, or are being bullied online. Other features exist as well to make this a true all-in-one app.

2. SecuraFone

There are apps that locate your children, but how about one that tells you how fast they’re driving? This app can do so by using the smartphone’s built-in GPS. Plus, the SecuraFences feature sends notifications if your child goes beyond a designated geographic area.

3. Find My Kids 

Ever wish you could know where your child is, all the time? Using GPS in real time, this app helps you keep track of and automatically locate where your child goes with his phone. If he’s traveling alone, you can confirm that he arrived at a specific destination, or if he’s meeting up with friends, they can confirm each other’s locations.

4. Lassy Project

While we hope you never need to use this app, the goal of Lassy Project is to minimize the amount of time it takes to set out an alert that your child has gone missing. Unlike an Amber Alert, Lassy Project provides an image of the missing child and a real time map showing the coordinates of his last known location. It works in seconds, not hours, and only alerts relevant people in the immediate area.

5. Baby Monitor HD 

Touted as the “next generation baby monitor” from Engadget, this camera/video app allows you to keep tabs on your baby’s crib. Other features include password-protected audio and video, audio alerts, and infrared night mode, but only specific cameras (mostly Y-Cam and WiFi Baby) are compatible with this app.

6. Good Food Near You 

This app is perfect for finding healthy food while on the road. When you don’t want to feed your kids another meal of fast food, this free app finds you healthy restaurants nearby. If fast food is your only option, you can also use it to find the healthiest items on the menu.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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4 Ways To Gently Organize Your Newborn’s Daily Naps and Feeds

Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post to win a copy of The Baby Sleep Site’s amazing guide on newborn sleep in the first year!

 

Newborns may be cuddly and adorable – but predictable? That’s not a word most parents associate with their newborns! And that’s to be expected, really – newborns need to eat around the clock, which means you can’t depend on hours of sustained nighttime sleep, or lengthy naps. But what’s more, your newborn baby is growing and changing at a phenomenal rate in the first few months of life. Your newborn will go through four growth spurts in the first 3 months alone! No wonder, then, that your newborn’s sleep and feeding patterns may seem erratic, and may change from one day to the next.

 

That said, I’ve learned in my years of sleep consulting that many new parents crave some kind of predictability – some kind of order – in their days. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be a pipe dream; while your newborn is certainly not ready for a rigid, by-the-clock sleep and feeding schedule, you can create routine “shells” that help you organize your baby’s naps and feeds.

 

4 Ways To Gently Organize Your Newborns Daily Naps and Feeds

 

1.   Log your babys sleep to determine natural patterns.

 

Your baby’s sleep may seem all over the map to you, but many parents with whom I’ve worked have been pleasantly surprised to discover that, when they spend some time  logging all their babies’ sleep and feeding sessions, there are some consistencies that emerge. For that reason, I recommend that you try logging your newborn’s sleep for at least a week (maybe two), and then look for patterns. If you see any, those will be the starting points for creating consistency from day to day. For example, if your baby usually goes down peacefully for the first afternoon nap of the day, then you know you can build that in as a consistent nap each day, and work in other naps and feedings around that fixed point.

 

2.   Create one or more fixed pointsin your newborns day.

 

Speaking of fixed points – if your newborn doesn’t have any consistent moments in his schedule, then you can create them for him. Simply put, a “fixed point” is feeding or a sleep time that you make sure happens at roughly the same time each day. For instance, I often urge my consultation clients to make the morning wake-up a fixed point. To do that, you would simply wake your baby within the same half-hour window each morning. The morning wake-up time really sets the schedule for the rest of the day, so if you ensure that it happens at about the same time every morning, you are well on your way to establishing some consistency. The start of the first morning nap is also a great fixed point to establish; bedtime is another.

 

3.   Use routine shellsto organize sleep and feedings (but make large allowances for growth spurts and developmental leaps).

 

Truth be told, routines are much better for newborns than are schedules. Routines allow you to organize your newborn’s typical activities (sleep and feeding) into predictable patterns, which means that they provide a semblance of order to your day – but they aren’t clock-based, which means they’re highly flexible. If one of your goals is to help your baby or toddler learn to fall asleep alone, when it’s age-appropriate, then an Eat-Play-Sleep schedule is a great idea, as it makes it easier to put your baby down in the crib drowsy, but awake.

 

However, you may need to change up your usual routine when your baby is going through a growth spurt, or a developmental leap. During growth spurts (which will happen at 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, and 12 weeks), you may find that your baby is extra sleepy; for that reason, a Sleep-Eat-Sleep routine may be necessary much of the time. During developmental leaps, you may find that your newborn is extra-fussy (the 6 week fussy spell tends to be very tough in particular); at those times, an Eat-Sleep-Play schedule is a good idea, as it allows you to feed your baby to sleep.

4.   Create a general clock-based schedule, but be prepared to be flexible.

 

Now, all this said, you can establish a loose by-the-clock schedule for your newborn, as long as you’re ready to be very flexible from one day to the next. Just keep in mind that some newborns are utterly unpredictable (my eldest son was that way as a newborn), so a clock-based schedule may prove more frustrating than helpful, depending on your newborn’s temperament. If you do try a clock schedule, be sure to build it around feedings in the first 8 weeks; ideally, your baby will eat frequently during the day, in order to allow for one longer (4 hour or so) stretch of sleep at night. You can see a few sample newborn sleep and feeding schedules here.

 

Regardless of how you choose to organize your newborn’s day, keep in mind that your baby’s newborn phase is short indeed. As I advise all my clients, it’s a good idea to balance the “work” you do on your baby’s sleep with time spent enjoying and cuddling with your little one! After all, years from now, you won’t look back fondly on your newborn’s sleep routines and schedules – but you will have fond memories of times spent simply enjoying your baby.

 

 

Nicole Johnson is a married mother of two wonderful boys and owner of The Baby Sleep Site®. When her eldest son was born, he had a lot of sleep problems he would wake every one or two hours, all night long! She got busy and thoroughly researched literature and scientific reports until she became an expert in sleep methods, scheduling routines, baby developmental needs, and more. She overcame her sons sleeping issues in a way that matched her own parenting style, and knew it was her mission to help other tired parents find their childs sleep. If you have your own sleep issues, maybe she can help you, too! For more free tips to help your newborn build healthy sleep habits right from the start, download 15 Baby Sleep Facts New Parents Need To Know. Its a free e-Book designed to give you the practical, actionable tips you need to help your newborn sleep soundly!

 

 

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5 Fun Ways to Make A Baby Smile

Fun Ways to Make An Infant SmileSome babies are constant gigglers, others require a bit of work and jumping through hoops to get a smile out of. Either way, the reward of a baby’s smiles and laughter is unmatched and well worth it. When it comes to getting baby to grin there are some classic tactics that just work. We’ve listed five…

1. Eating those little fingers and toes

Babies love when mom or dad pretends nibble on their toes. Even when they are up to 2-years-old this method can get your little one to crack a smile or release a hearty laugh. Smiling back at your baby when you do this will keep up the giggly momentum.  This method employs touch, which babies cherish.

2. Songs and Music

Babies love to listen to music with you. Dancing and singing their favorite tunes can be a sure fire way to put a smile on their face. Repeatedly playing songs you know baby loves can guarantee a smile on their face every time they hear it. So put your pride aside and do a silly dance for baby when his song comes on. The smiles are worth it and baby will never judge you

3. Peek-a-boo Game

This game isn’t a classic for no reason. The wealth of smiles and laughs it brings when you go away and come back saying “peek-a-boo” is fun for you and baby. Use baby’s favorite blanket or even hide behind your own hands for loads of adorable baby smiles.

4. Funny faces

Exaggerated faces and expressions make babies giggle. They love the attention and the silly faces you give only peaks their interest more. Finding a face that really gets them going and make it a go-to for when babies seem sad or uninterested. Even a sneezy face or a jaw dropping facial expression can get them going.

5. Last Resort: Tickle Time!

If baby is feeling a little cranky and all of the above tips aren’t cutting, go in for a gentle tickle. Touch is important for development. It makes baby’s feel safe and adored. Tickling baby’s tummy is sure to put a smile across his face and snap him out of a bad mood.

What are some ways that guarantee a huge smile out your precious baby? Tell us in the comment section and share photos and videos of baby laughing on our twitter. We’d love to see!

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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The 6 Best Apps for Mom and Dad

Best Apps for Mom and DadLike most people, you probably have a smart phone. There are tons of apps available for parents to help them do their job – be a great mom or dad! Here are some of the best.

1. MamaBear 

MamaBear calls itself the “all-in-one worry-free parenting app.” This helpful app not only tracks your kids’ whereabouts, but alerts you when they’re tagged in a photo, use bad language, or are being bullied online. Other features exist as well to make this a true all-in-one app.

2. SecuraFone

There are apps that locate your children, but how about one that tells you how fast they’re driving? This app can do so by using the smartphone’s built-in GPS. Plus, the SecuraFences feature sends notifications if your child goes beyond a designated geographic area.

3. Lassy Project

While we hope you never need to use this app, the goal of Lassy Project is to minimize the amount of time it takes to set out an alert that your child has gone missing. Unlike an Amber Alert, Lassy Project provides an image of the missing child and a real time map showing the coordinates of his last known location. It works in seconds, not hours, and only alerts relevant people in the immediate area.

4. Find My Kids 

Ever wish you could know where your child is, all the time? Using GPS in real time, this app helps you keep track of and automatically locate where your child goes with his phone. If he’s traveling alone, you can confirm that he arrived at a specific destination, or if he’s meeting up with friends, they can confirm each other’s locations.

5. Baby Monitor HD 

Touted as the “next generation baby monitor” from Engadget, this camera/video app allows you to keep tabs on your baby’s crib. Other features include password-protected audio and video, audio alerts, and infrared night mode, but only specific cameras (mostly Y-Cam and WiFi Baby) are compatible with this app.

6. Good Food Near You 

This app is perfect for finding healthy food while on the road. When you don’t want to feed your kids another meal of fast food, this free app finds you healthy restaurants nearby. If fast food is your only option, you can also use it to find the healthiest items on the menu.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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8 Ways to Raise Eco-Minded Kids

Raise Eco-Minded KidsIf you’ve ever used a naughty word, you know your childrens’ minds are like sponges. They pick everything up, regardless of whether you like it. But that means they are the perfect students, collecting information as quickly as they can. So it’s a great time to instill healthy habits you want them to keep forever, like being conscious of how they impact the planet.

Here are some ways you can make your children eco-friendly people.

1. Create a recycling center in your garage – Pick up a few colorful recycling bins, each for different recyclable materials. Teach kids about the different types of trash and how easy recycling is if you sort before throwing something away. Aluminum can? Simply drop it in the designated container and you’ve recycled with little effort.

2. Shop at secondhand stores – Buying clothing and toys at thrift stores is a great way to reduce the items that we throw away. Kids go through close so quickly, there’s no need to pay full price for it all. And any toy feels like new to a child, no matter where it came from.

3. Celebrate our planet – Make sure to talk about the Earth and responsibility to keep it in working order. Show kids how we benefit from the Earth by taking them to a farm. Spend holidays outside so they can enjoy our lovely home.

4. Leave the car behind – Whenever possible, avoid taking the car. Pick up some quality, comfortable bikes for the family and opt for biking or walking wherever you go. For many people it’s not possible to completely forgo the car, but avoid it where you can.

5. Keep a garden – Every item of food you grow on your own is something that didn’t have to be produced for you. When your kids are young, you can start with a small pot and expand the site over time. Not only is this Earth-conscious, but kids enjoy actually making something of their own.

6. Reduce resources – Play family games to reduce the most resources. Take a regular trip around the home each night to make sure everything is turned off – computers, lights, etc. Cut regular bathing times down to conserve water.

7. Learn to upcycle – Upcycling is the practice of turning something you would have thrown away into something useful. This can be a fun, creative game for kids as they figure out how to use old things. For example, a used wine bottle can become a vintage flower vase with a little decoration. Baby food jars can be used to hold craft supplies. A cardboard box isn’t trash – that’s a spaceship or pirate ship! There are countless possibilities.

8. Carry personalized reusable bags – I don’t want to think about how many plastic bags get used once and thrown away every year. Pick up a few reusable bags (usually a dollar or less) and personalize them with paint or stickers or something so the kids feel ownership and want to use them.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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Trouble in Family Paradise: How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry

How to Deal with Sibling RivalryBrothers and sisters fight for many reasons. While you might get tired of hearing the bickering, these arguments may be helpful as kids are learning tolerance, patience, kindness and productive ways to resolve conflicts. By teaching each other balanced relationships, they’re also learning how to love one another even if they don’t like the other person’s behavior. These tips will help you teach kids respect and problem-solving skills.

Helping Kids Sort Out Issues

As the parent, you don’t have to be judge and jury. Allowing kids to sort out issues themselves, with your supervision, allows them the independence to resolve their own problems. These skills will help them to be successful adults. You can help facilitate the process and guide them with expression of feelings. Only intervene if you see that family rules are being broken or someone is at risk of becoming injured.

Children Must Know That Violence Is Unacceptable

Explain to your kids that you won’t accept any violence between them. Praise their efforts for peaceful conflict resolution. Because kids often act before thinking, define what violence means and suggest better ways of expressing their feelings.

Never Compare Your Kids

Comparing two or more of your children results in feelings of resentment and loneliness. Your child may think he or she is unappreciated or unloved. Comparisons may even increase the conflicts between your kids. Some children may develop problems with self-esteem and self worth due to comparisons. Avoid punishing or pointing out differences of one child in front of another. Deal out any punishments in a private and quiet environment while another parent supervises the other children.

Set Rules and Make Consequences

Kids benefit from clear rules that explain acceptable behavior in the household and while out and about. Allow kids some participation in setting these expectations as well as the consequences. Doing so gives them some control and helps them accept responsibility for their actions. Explain that you won’t accept the kids getting each other in trouble but make it clear you also need to be told about imminent danger. Consider enacting a rule that if brothers and sisters fight, everybody goes to bed early, no matter who initiated the fighting.

Make One-on-one Time

Give each child as much one-on-one time as possible and as frequently as you can. Focus on just that one child during the time you have together. This helps to curb sibling rivalry and promotes your child’s feelings of safety, importance and love. Recognize when your kids need alone time when they can do individual activities in separate areas from one another. Let each child have his or her own space with personal belongings.

Enact Healthy Competition

Participating in regular family activities such as games, competitive events and common toys helps to ease sibling rivalry. This sort of competition is healthy and helps kids bond with one another and with you. Try a weekly family meeting during which each child can air grievances. This provides an opportunity to learn about give and take in close relationships.

Don’t Force Equality

Treat each child as the individual that he or she is. Explain to your kids that you’ll try your best to be fair under all circumstances, but that you may occasionally make mistakes. Trying to treat everyone equally sometimes creates more problems than it solves in the household.

Eradicate Jealousy

Downplay envy between your children. Instead, spend time pointing out the positive characteristics of each child. Talk about specific examples of positive actions and behaviors. Let each child know that you value his or her strengths as an individual.

Develop a Rewards System

Consider establishing a reward system for good behavior. Try out a points system that the kids can “cash in” for rewards that everyone can enjoy. Some rewards might include buying a new board game, going bowling or playing mini golf as a family, or ordering pizza for dinner. The kids may cooperate better when there is a concrete goal in mind. Brothers and sisters tend to oscillate between being buddies and enemies, so try splitting up into pairs with your kids to lessen the household tension.

Be a Good Example

Your kids are always watching you. They will learn from your behaviors and actions rather than your words. If your children see you yelling and slamming doors when you’re angry, that is how they will handle their own conflicts. Emulate who you want your kids to be. When you do make a mistake, make sure your kids hear you apologize for your actions. Let the kids see you and your partner make up for the poor behavior. Also, be sure to explain to your child the importance of respecting their elders as well. These are important values that kids must be taught early on.

You do not have to attempt to lessen or exert control over animosity between your kids. A better strategy is to set a good example and encourage your kids to solve situations on their own. All conflict resolution should follow the house behavior rules for respect and responsibility for one’s own actions. By acting with patience, planning and thinking ahead, you can encourage positive competition between your kids while at the same time minimizing the arguments, stress and feelings of rivalry among your children.

Patricia DimickGuest Blog by Patricia Dimick, Parenting Writer

Patricia Dimick is a Denver based writer and a passionate coffee drinker. She loves to write about parenting topics and loves DIY jobs. When Patricia’s not writing or playing table tennis, she usually spends time with her precious daughter and a husband enjoying trips to nature. You can reach her @patricia_dimick or her social profiles: Google+TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

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