Children nowadays are presented to the web, TV and motion pictures. At the point when not in school, they spend their days surfing the web, playing internet amusements or watching You Tube recordings. Or on the other hand, they watch their most loved toons on TV and films. On the off chance that they select to play with toys, it is as a rule with the electronic devices that, as a general rule, repeat the web based recreations. Or on the other hand, they divert themselves with the activity figures of the characters they see on TV.
Relatively gone are the days when youngsters climb trees, offer lemonade, or take care of business. You ponder – is it sound for your children?
You can make a move. You can urge your children to take up a game – b-ball, baseball, soccer, badminton, swimming. Discover one where they can exceed expectations. Convey them to a games center or club where children of their age accumulate. Volunteer your home for gatherings or rehearse, or even mentor them. Once your children see that you are keen on such game, they will get intrigued too.
Let’s face it, most people looking for life insurance for children end up buying a Gerber Grow Up Plan and are done with it. After all, Gerber offers a great whole life policy for kids.
However, we hope to bring about a new perspective when deciding on the best policy for children. This perspective posits life insurance as different than death insurance. And it can revolutionize not only how you view life insurance, but also how you view money.
And the good news is kids qualify for no exam life insurance, so your children to not have to undergo a life insurance blood test.
Here is the basic premise of this article: a properly set up cash value life insurance policy can create incredible life giving benefits presently and down the road for your child.
American kids are making headlines. But, the news isn’t something to cheer about. Turns out they are becoming more overweight than ever before.
Today, about 16 percent of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the number is steadily increasing.
The dangers of being overweight in childhood are the same as in adulthood: heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, the precursors to type 2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer.
Experts say children need at least one hour of physical activity each day. Is your child this active?
Parents play a big role in shaping children’s eating and physical activity habits. Helping your child maintain a healthy weight requires a long-term commitment with modifications the entire family should embrace.
Here are a few suggestions from the experts at NIDDK.
Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat their veggies? I sure do.
My daughter used to be great about trying and eating just about anything…and then she turned 2 ½. Now it is pretty much impossible to get her to eat anything other than corn when it comes to vegetables. So I had to come up with some fun and sometimes sneaky ways to get some veggies in her. Here are a few of my favorites.
1) Make big pot of vegetable soup, and then add some fun noodle shapes. You can use alphabet noodles or look for some fun novelty shapes. You may be able to find some cartoon characters, toy and sports shapes etc. I have even seen pumpkin and Christmas tree shapes. With a little luck your kids will be too busy spelling words, or identifying the shape to notice all the veggies they are eating in the soup.
2) If you can’t make them eat it, make them drink it. Pour some vegetable juice over ice and add a straw, a cocktail umbrella or a stick of celery and watch them drink it up. Your kids may not get as much fiber as eating the entire vegetable, but getting them to drink their vegetables is better than not getting any vegetables in their system.
3) Have you tried offering them some raw vegetables with some ranch dressing to dip them in? Many kids who don’t care much for cooked vegetables will eat them up if they can dip them. Just grab a bag of baby carrots and cut up some red and yellow peppers and some cucumber. Arrange them on a plate with a little bit of ranch dressing or your favorite vegetable dip on the side.
4) Take it even a step further and let them create artwork out of their vegetables. Offer raw vegetables in different colors and shapes and encourage them to make a vegetable collage on their plate. You can easily make a face using slices of cucumber as eyes, a baby carrot as nose and a slice of red pepper as a mouth. You can use watercress or shredded carrots or even some cheese as hair. Before you know it, you’ll find them sampling their “art supplies”.
5) To get them to eat more vegetables at dinnertime try a little salad bar. Put out some lettuce, some sliced or chopped tomato, slices of cucumber, shredded carrot, slices of red and yellow peppers, small broccoli flowerets and anything else you can think of. You may also want to offer them some choices when it comes to salad dressing. Favorites in our house are Ranch, Italian, Catalina, and French. To top it all of set out some croutons and shredded cheese.
6) Get the kids together and make a cold vegetable pizza. Start out with a can of crescent rolls. Unroll the dough, but don’t pull the triangle shapes apart. Instead push the seams together and bake on a baking sheet according to the package directions. Let the sheet of dough cool completely, then spread with some crème cheese (we like a vegetable or herb flavored one) and top with some thinly sliced raw veggies. Cut into squares and serve.
7) Get them involved in the kitchen especially when it comes to cooking. Ask them to wash the vegetables, if they are old enough let them cut veggies (under your supervision of course), let them help you stir, or anything else you can think of that would be age appropriate. You’ll be amazed at how proud they will be of their finished product. Believe me, they’ll try just about anything if they made it.
8) If everything else fails, hide the vegetables in other food. My mom used to make us some special orange mashed potatoes. We thought it was very fancy, but all she did was to cook some carrots with the potatoes and mashed them right in there. You can also cover broccoli with tomato sauce or cheese. Think of a dish your child really enjoys and sneak a little bit of vegetable in there.
Give a few of these ideas a try and see which ones work best for your children. Keep at it and sooner or later they will start to develop a taste for vegetables.
Children are very susceptible to illnesses, in part because their immune systems are not fully mature.
Breastfeeding of course provides some immunity to common illnesses, but nowadays most children are weaned by the time they are 1 year old.
Children also have a habit of exploring the world around them with their mouths and their hands. Anything that comes into contact with their mouth and hands can potentially cause an illness.
The good news is that the more your child is exposed the stronger their immune systems will become, and their ability to fight off infection in the future.
Some of the most common childhood illnesses and symptoms to be on the look out are listed below:
Colds/Cough – Cold and coughs are usually caused by viral infections, thus must be spread by person to person contact, not through the weather alone. Common symptoms of a cold include a stuffy nose, cough, possible sore throat and occasionally a temperature. Colds can become more severe and result in bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. Signs that a cold is becoming worse and may need medical treatment include green or yellow nasal discharge, fever lasting more than one day or a persistent and wheezy cough.