What Moms Should Understand In This Pandemic Situation

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There are a lot of questions right now that a mom like you particularly has about COVID-19. Perhaps you are also one of those parents who are currently experiencing a different level of stress and anxiety due to the situation’s uncertainties. Understandably, you are worried about your family’s safety, especially your kids. That is because they are the most emotionally, physically, and mentally vulnerable during this pandemic time.

About the news you get from the media, you are aware that most infected individuals of the virus are the elderly. Maybe that puts you in a safe level of anxiety, thinking that children have a low risk of getting the Coronavirus infection. However, it does not entirely secure any kids’ health. That is because you only have a limited amount of data of those infected people. And that data is insufficient since you do not get a first-hand experience of what these virus-positive people are going through.

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For sure, you are even unaware that perhaps some of the people around you already have the virus. However, the data of those children with underlying conditions that are at potential risk of obtaining an infection might cause an alert. Some of these conditions that can put children at significant risk are asthma, lung disease, neurological conditions, and so on. So even if you think that children are out of the bracket of potentially being at risk of the illness, you might want to reconsider your assumptions concerning those who suffer from underlying health situation.

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Keeping Children Safe

All people are aware of the public health message that the government and World Health Organizations is providing. That is the reason why all of us are practicing social distancing, even the kids. However, as a mom, the responsibilities don’t stop after you teach your children the things they have to do during this global health crisis. Yes, you can often remind the kids always to wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths, and physically distance themselves from other people. But unfortunately, that is not enough.

Telling kids what they don’t and have to do during this time is challenging. That is especially if that is something that contradicts their intensely social nature. Children understand the situation, and they know the risk of getting an infection. However, not all of them are capable of following strict guidelines. Not all kids can participate in a stringent line of measures because most of them depend on interaction.

So in case that you put pressure on the children’s way of managing the situation, it becomes a problem. That is because instead of you securing their safety, you become the reason for their emotional and mental instability. Perhaps as a mom, you can say that this particular situation is not providing any benefits for you and to your family in a whole lot of instances. Honestly, everyone can agree to that.

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Takeaway

So far, the one bright spot of this global health crisis is that children do not appear to be severely affected by the Coronavirus infection.  Some of these kids only suffer mild symptoms of the disease due to their young, healthy immune system. But as a mom, you should not let yourself become overly confident about that. The virus is still spreading to other people, and kids’ are not exempted from getting that.

To keep your family and kids safe during this pandemic time, all of you in the house must understand the importance of the necessary habits you should do regularly. Remind yourself always to be safe than sorry.

Protect The Preschoolers

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The 2017 Preschoolers Conference was educational, especially for parents of preschoolers like me. It was all about building the injury-free community for our dear children. For me, it is an eye-opening symposium because I have learned that there can be actions to take as far as the safety of our children is concerned. Though injuries and accidents may be inevitable, especially for children, it is still uplifting to know that certain people are concerned about minimizing these accidents from happening.

I am very thankful to our dear pediatricians and preschool teachers for coming up with an activity like this. I strongly support the idea that making a safe haven for our children is the parent’s responsibility. But as our kids get older, it becomes a shared responsibility with the teachers unless we aren’t letting our child go to school.

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Coming up with safe outdoor activities is an excellent way for our child to enjoy childhood and not dread having to go to school every day. Through this conference, I have realized that you can let them play outside without jeopardizing their safety. Maybe after some coloring session inside the room, you can introduce some activities outside the classroom but still inside the school premises.

It is a refreshing thought that educators, community leaders, physicians, firefighters, public health professionals, and law enforcers are coming together hand in hand to discuss how important it is to create an injury-free community for our children. I have realized that as parents, we should not use these authorities to scare our children whenever we want to discipline them. We can instead introduce these authorities to our children as someone they can run to when things go wrong outside. But of course, parents are the main disciplinarian or caretaker, so as much as possible, we should be there for our children most of the time, especially during their preschool years because this is the time when they have the most questions and are easily vulnerable to some unwanted accidents.

Parenting An Anxious Toddler

 

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Dealing with anxious toddlers is difficult because toddlers are ten times worse than ordinary babies who have tantrums. They have anxiety issues in potty training, eating, listening, and obeying. Toddlers easily meltdown all the time, and that’s because they are so emotional. They don’t know how to control their feelings.

According to Erin Leyba, LCSW, PhD, “Some kids experience anxiety more than others. About 15-20% of kids are born with a more anxious temperament (the amygdala part of their brains are more reactive to novel stimuli from the start).”

As a parent, you will want to do everything to help your child. However, Clark Goldstein, PhD points out, “When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child to suffer, actually exacerbate the youngster’s anxiety. It happens when parents, anticipating a child’s fears, try to protect her from them.”

So how do you parent an anxious toddler? Let’s talk about the tips I’m going to share. Here are some broad strokes that are important for you to remember when it comes to parenting.

Teach Them To Express Their Feelings 

Toddlers can’t express feelings just like that. Even if you think you know your kid, you don’t. Also, although they have a fantastic vocabulary and can directly tell people what’s on their mind, it doesn’t mean they can already figure out their anxious emotions. As a parent, you can teach them how to express their feelings so they won’t get used to melting down.

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Encourage Them To Fight Fears

Letting your toddlers handle stressful situations is good. However, it doesn’t mean you have to throw them into things and expect them to do it when you tell them to. That way, instead of helping kids achieve stable mental and emotional states, you’re only adding pressure and stress. Alternatively, let them discover the things that scare them, provided that you’re going to guide them along the way. You have to be there with them and show them how it’s supposed to get done.

“All too often we teach kids to take deep breaths and to get their “minds off their worries” instead of teaching them how to defeat those thoughts,” explained Natasha Daniels, LCSW. “Distraction only go so far. Parents need to get to the root of the worry and pull out that weed.”

Let Them Explore Their Feelings

It’s usual for some parents to become over-accommodating, but it doesn’t help at all. It only enables toddlers’ anxiety throughout their behavioral, emotional, and mental development. When you don’t allow them to experience agitation, anger, and pain, they will have a difficult time differentiating it from other emotions. Don’t stop them from learning just because you are too afraid that they might get hurt. They need to understand that sooner or later, they will eventually experience the challenges in life.

Acknowledge Their Emotions

When you tell toddlers to get up there and stand on their own, you’re not doing the right thing. You might think that it’s helpful in teaching your child independence, but it’s not. It will only make them feel pushed and feel betrayed. In fact, when you ask toddlers the things that scare them, what gets them mad, and what makes them sad, they won’t be able to answer it in detail. They will have problems connecting their experiences with those questions. As a parent, you need to acknowledge their emotions and know their capabilities as well.

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With sensitive and anxious toddlers, the emotions are uncontrollable. The sooner they can tell you that they feel scared, sad, and angry, the more significant changes you can figure out what to do. These tips are not exactly mind-blowing, but all of these are important in handling your baby properly. Do not risk your child’s overall health. Show them the importance of getting out from their comfort zone, and be there to assist them with their needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology On Co-parenting The Kids Nowadays

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Can the generation today still say “I had an awesome childhood?” If we look at the kids, do we even see the happiness they are supposed to be getting from their youth or are they prisoner of what we call the modern world? Yes, the advancement of technology is a good leap for humanity. There are tons of things that can be done easier by using it, but like everything else, its excessive use can be damaging as well.

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Adverse Effects Of Fighting And Arguing In Front Of The Kids

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Many of us, parents, think that it is okay to argue or fight in front of our children, especially when they are still young. We believe that they do not understand what we talk about, but we are wrong. Notice how smart infants and toddlers are. They are similar to a sponge that absorbs everything around them. They can quickly tell what the emotions are related to the tone of our voice or our facial expressions.

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The 5 Best Educational Apps For Kids: Toddlers And Preschoolers

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With the advancement of technology today, it is difficult to keep away our children from it. There are tons of apps that are available for them to access. They can download it from Google Play for Android and App Store for iOS. There is a way to turn this technology to our advantage when it comes to raising our kids. We could download games and apps to help our children learn numbers, shapes, colors, sizes, alphabets, phonetics, and many more.

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Tips For First-Time Parents In Welcoming Their Baby At Home

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One of the most exciting feelings we could ever experience is awaiting a new-born baby’s arrival at home. Everyone in the family must be ready and thrilled to see and touch your angel. The grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives are all lining up to find out from whom your baby got his eyes and lips.

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5 Feeding Ideas For Moms With Toddlers

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Are you confused with what to feed your toddler? Are you have a difficult time knowing the kinds of food that they can eat? Do you have any questions when it comes to your kid’s eating habits? Do you want to learn how to do it the right way? If yes, then consider yourself lucky because we have decided to come up with a list of practical suggestions for all moms out there.

 

We understand that caring for a toddler is not an easy thing to do. There are lots of challenges that come up, especially when it comes to feeding a toddler. Check this for the list of suggestions to follow:

 

  1. Always Go For Healthy Options

 

Obviously, you need to make an effort to ensure that your kid follows a healthy lifestyle. Start early by training him to enjoy eating vegetables. Avoid food products known for being high in fat or cholesterol. At the same time, do not buy baby food items that have too many preservatives. Go for those that are rich in vitamins.

 

  1. Make Mealtimes Pleasant

 

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Find the perfect time to feed your toddler. It is necessary that you make his mealtime relaxing on his part. This is an excellent way of making him interested in eating his food. Try to eliminate distractions when he is eating. Otherwise, he will end up ignoring you or the food that you want him to consume. If your kid has a low appetite, try to use fun utensils to get his attention.

 

  1. Set A Schedule

 

The next thing to do is to make it a habit to feed your kid at a particular time every day. Develop a system so that everything will become easier on your part. To determine the perfect schedule, you may need to find out what is the sleeping time of your toddler in the morning as well as in the afternoon. Be sure to take your time in choosing the right schedule to avoid making mistakes.

 

  1. Go For Small Portions

 

One of the most significant errors that most parents make is thinking that their toddlers want to eat a lot. Well, this is a misconception because kids with ages 1-4 are not big eaters. They may be picky regarding the food intake, but they will always consume only a small amount of food served. For this reason, it now becomes necessary for you to always go for smaller portions whenever you would feed them.

 

  1. Avoid Sweets

 

While your child is still at a tender age, it is highly recommended to train him in avoiding sweets. It is significant to point out that sugar can lead to severe illnesses such as diabetes. It can also trigger some medical complications. Because of these, you need to be extra careful in planning the meals for your toddler. Keep them away from chocolates and candies.

 

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Take your toddler’s mealtime a particular bonding moment for both of you. Make every moment count. Remember that time flies fast. Before you know it, your two-year-old has already transitioned into a teenager.

 

 

Common Diseases in Children

Parents are always concerned about their child’s welfare; thus, they should be aware of some of the most common diseases affecting children.

Common Cold

 

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Expect common colds to happen up to five times a year. The standard remedy for cold is to treat mild fever, congestion, cough and sore throat with plenty of fluids and rest. Certain drugs bought over the counter like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can aid in the management of fever. Always follow the direction carefully and seek your child’s pediatrician if the child is less than six months old. According to pediatricians, parents should avoid giving cough and cold medicines. The dosage is frequently confusing and can lead to an overdose, and the effectiveness is debatable. Use a saline spray to provide moisture in nasal passageways and aspirator to evacuate excess mucus. A cool-mist humidifier can help in congestion. Expected recovery is five to 7 days.

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