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Advice For the Parent of the School-Age Child

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

School-age children are great to have around. Children around the ages of five through twelve are at a great time in their lives to receive moral training and to be reinforced in every good thing parents want to teach their children. This is a good time to look at habits and traditions that will give children a good grounding for life. Children also love to have some amount of undivided attention from their parents each day. Here are a few ideas for things you can do with your child each day.

Though they are getting independent in dressing and self-care, children of this age will still appreciate a bedtime routine that involves a parent’s attention. Turn off the television for at least the half hour before bedtime and take one’s time in overseeing the brushing of teeth and hair. Help them pick up things they may stumble over in the dark and be sure they have clothes, books and papers in place for the next morning. They are not too old to have a bedtime storybook, and as they improve their reading, they may even like to read the book to the parent. A hug and a kiss as the last thing before turning off the light is a great tradition, too.

Develop a routine for what you do in the morning before you part from your child. Breakfast is recognized as being essential to a child’s learning. Depending on your religious traditions, morning and breakfast time is as convenient as any for a devotional. Just before your child gets out of your physical reach for the day, a kiss and a hug and an “I love you” or a “have a great day” can set a positive tone to the rest of their morning. Depending on their mode of transportation to school, you may wave until the bus drives out of sight, or throw a kiss as they get out of your car.

Your child’s school-age years are your opportunity to set a tone for love and involvement before they enter their teen years. Hopefully, you will form a strong enough bond to outlast those years and form a respectful and affectionate relationship with them for the rest of their lives. Your school-aged child needs to know that you will take the time for them.

Post Pregnancy Workout – Good Foods For Weight Loss

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

The good foods are the unprocessed foods that provide you with great nutritional value. They provide you with protein, good fats, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that are very essential for a healthy nutrition. Your diet should mostly consist of these types of food.

* Poultry, fish, eggs, and lean meats: These foods are high in protein, contain all the essential amino-acids, and most of the times, are great sources of Zinc, Selenium, Vitamins B6 and B12, Iron, and others.
* Vegetables: They are always recommended in any diet. They have a rich content of nutrition and provide a lot of vitamins and minerals that complement those found in both red and white meat. Most vegetables are low in calories, high in fiber, and take up a lot of space in your stomach. So if you are looking to lose weight after pregnancy, these can be great as they make you less hungry and allow you to limit the consumption of junk foods.
* Fruits: They are usually not very high in calories, and help fill you up fast. Making sure to get several servings of fruit a day might satisfy your sugar craving and provide you with the minerals, vitamins, fiber, and enzymes you need.
* Low fat dairy: These foods are relatively high in easily absorbed protein and provide some vitamins and minerals, especially Calcium. These foods would include cottage cheese, milk, and fat-free yogurt. Try to avoid the yogurts with fruits at the bottom as they are filled with sugar additives and not much fruit.
* Healthy fats: These come from nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc…, avocados, fish oil, flax seed, and extra virgin olive oil. These fats are helpful in maintaining good cardiovascular health and keeping both cholesterol and inflammation levels low.
* Whole grains and similar: Oats, brown pasta, brown rice, etc… are some of the best sources for carbohydrates. They also provide you with fiber and some vitamins and minerals. Compared to their white versions, whole grains have a lower chance of turning into fat stored by the body.

These foods are the cornerstone of healthy nutrition. They cover all the bases needed, and making sure to start consuming them while reducing your intake of processed foods is perfect to lose weight after pregnancy and to include as part of your post pregnancy workout.