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Becoming a mother is a joyful and exciting time, but motherhood is not an easy world to navigate. Proper planning is essential; having all the right things ahead of time makes life a whole lot easier. Often mothers and other parents only find out about these things after giving birth, when it’s difficult to get a lot of shopping and researching done. Hearing about new, helpful ways of doing things after the fact is frustrating. It’s important to receive helpful advice from other moms, experts, and industry professionals in preparation. A wonderful place to do this is a trade show.
A Baby and New Mom trade show is a one-stop place to learn about new ideas and products that make the first-time motherhood experience a lot easier. In just one place, new parents can gain much information on the latest products, parenting techniques, and facts. It’s a fabulous place to buy the latest gear, beautiful and useful items, and find inspiration for pampering babies and properly stocking up with quality items before the big day comes.
A professional trade show like Thebabyshows.com has the industry’s best and brightest in one location. Many things need to be bought to prepare for baby, including diaper and hygiene care, feeding accessories, bedding and nursery, toys, and items to make moms more comfortable while feeding and putting baby to sleep multiple times a day, to name a few. The list can seem endless and having all the essentials as well as some extra pampering items for your precious newborn in one spot is extremely helpful.
Having access to a range of experts offering seminars and advice is an invaluable resource. On top of the shopping a quality baby trade show provides, there are a range of info sessions to sit in on and information to take home. Being in an atmosphere that is promoting good health and happiness for baby, mother, and other parents is comforting, and having other mothers, fathers, and other family around to meet and talk about everything baby is a memorable experience. Being a new mother can be overwhelming and having the support from others and access to a wide range of necessary items can make the transition an enjoyable one.
Before attending a show, check out the vendors, exhibitors, and talks ahead of time online. It’s a good idea to note a few places and where they’re located. Pamphlet and maps will be available to make notes and highlight places to scope out. And take a tip from expert trade show attendees: do a survey of the place one day and mark places of interest, then recharge and return a second day to purchase the things you liked the most.
Becoming a mother for the first time (or second or third) has so many emotions tied to it: joy, fear, love, anticipation, uncertainty, and so many more. A high quality, local trade show that focuses on you and your needs is an incredible help and will supply you with the confidence you need to welcome baby into the world.
There are many ways parents can find a physics and maths tutor. With the number of agencies providing tutoring services in the country growing, some people find tutors through personal ads while a greater number rely on recommendations. Tutorfair is one of the first websites that allow people to book a tutor online, and since the site funds charity work it addresses different educational disadvantages. I strongly suggest that you look there first.
Before settling for a physics and maths tutor, it’s advisable that you meet several first. Since tutors are people just like you and me, each has their own style of tutoring. It is, therefore, vital that you first take the time to consider each to see who will best fit the student’s potential. It can be quite tempting to make a decision based on your liking for a person, or on the fact that the tutor seems to have a unique tutoring style that you liked as a child. However, it’s not you that will be working with them. It’s, therefore, important that you listen to your child and see who they’d like to work with and who they think they could learn best from. If your kid likes a tutor, then half of the problem is solved as they’ll often work harder to impress their mentor.
If your kid does not like any of the tutors available, then this could make finding one a bit harder, and the problem might not be about the tutors but more about the student – he or she probably has a problem with tutoring. I have heard parents say to their children ‘okay, you are going to have to work with a tutor, so find one who you hate least’. This isn’t to say that you should not trust your own instincts, just remember that it is your child that will be working with the tutor.
During the decision-making process, there are some very important questions that I believe are worth asking the new potential tutor. If asked early in the selection process, these questions could save you a lot of time later. Here are some:
– What kind of learner are you? As a student, were you more kinesthetic, auditory, visual, or did you learn best by rote?
– If a student does not feel like studying that day, how would you handle the situation?
– Ever had any difficult students, and if you did, how did you deal with them?
While this might sound like an interview, in part it is. I’d advise you not to give potential tutors a hard time during your initial meet up, but make sure that you voice your concerns or questions. Part of the tutor’s work is to act as a link between the kid and the parents academically. However, I’d be wary of a tutor who can’t explain their working method and ethics. Nowadays, I use my gut feelings a lot. Nevertheless, I still have some things that I like to do first. if the tutor cannot explain some things during the initial meet up, then I would be very concerned about their aptitude to explain challenging things to a student who’s really stuck.
Something else to consider is how qualified the tutor is. Most tutoring agencies have stipulations that their tutors should possess specific qualifications at least a level above those they are teaching. For instance, a GCSE History tutor should have an A-level on the subject, with some even stipulating that they should hold degrees in the area. This does make a lot of sense, however, it is still worth noting that just because one holds a PhD or a degree in a subject, that does not necessarily mean that they can teach it.
Some of the best tutors I have ever met were once people who struggled at school themselves. Most maths teachers back in my school days never really had a problem with maths. However, it’s clear to me now that this made it harder for them to empathise with students who were not ‘getting it’. I only got to really understand maths later on in time, which is something, in some ways, that led me to be more patient with struggling students, since I went through the same struggle.
Apart from being great teachers, the most successful tutors are the ones who are halfway between a best friend and a teacher. Such tutors inspire students to want to learn, and kids often like them a lot they’ll work even harder, sometimes just to impress them. This is amongst the most powerful tools that a tutor has and therefore their success will mostly depend on the chemistry between the tutor and his or her students. I am not saying that all students will love and connect with every tutor they get, but if they really aren’t getting it on, this could be really bad news for both the student and tutor.
The tutor could risk negative reviews from the student’s parents (and this does count in the playgrounds outside of school) while the students could risk wasting a lot of valuable time. It is, therefore, vital that you see how a tutor you are considering interacts with your kid, and although I recommend giving them time alone to work together, do not be afraid to ask your child about how he or she felt after the lesson.
They do not have to be super excited about their tutor, but it is a good idea to check and see if they feel like they learned something and that they do not feel lacking in confidence and completely overwhelmed.
Once you’ve settled for a tutor, the next thing to consider is how you are going to get the most out of the tutor. To find out more about my thoughts on this subject matter, see my next blog post coming soon “Parents: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kid’s Tutor”
Bath bombs are a relatively recent innovation in health and beauty products. They’ve also exploded in popularity in the past few years. Bath bombs are typically pressurized packages of various ingredients that create a fizzing reaction upon exposure to water and they come in varying sizes and properties. Here are five things you should know about bath bombs before you use them.
Bath Bombs Aren’t for Everyone
Bath bombs were originally developed for those who can’t use traditional bath products, but they aren’t for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, you should probably avoid bath bombs altogether. Avoid bath bombs if you have a tendency toward urinary tract infections as well.
Check the Ingredients
While many bath bombs include ingredients no different from the soaps and other beauty products in your home, you should check the ingredients. Avoid bath bombs with glitter or vegetable oil-based luster. If you opt for glitter, opt for mineral based glitter over pieces of plastic. While it looks pretty in the bath water, plastic glitter can irritate sensitive parts of the body.
If you know you’re allergic to an ingredient, don’t buy a bath bomb that contains it, so check the ingredient list on every bath bomb you buy – or make your own. If you don’t know what an ingredient on the back of the package is, look it up. Or consider buying a different bath bomb.
You Could Still Be Allergic to Common Ingredients
Fragrances and the coloring agents in bath bombs can cause mild skin irritation. Fluorescent bath bombs are the most likely to contain artificial dyes that may cause allergic reactions. In general, it is safer to choose bath bombs that contain natural ingredients. If you start to feel irritation, the best advice is to clear the tub, wash off your body and then wash out the tub.
If the irritation doesn’t calm down in a few hours, talk to a doctor. However, you’re probably not reacting to the citric acid or sodium bicarbonate found in many bath bombs since they’re so diluted by the bath water. Note that these are the ingredients that react to make the bath bomb fizzy in the first place.
Fresher Is Better
The best bath bombs are fresh ones. You can tell how fresh they are by how fizzy they are on contact with the water. A general rule of thumb is to use the bath bomb within three weeks of buying it. If you ordered it online, take the shipping time into account, so if it took a week to arrive, you have two weeks to use it.
Understand the Safety Hazard that Bath Bombs Create
There have been stories of people going to the emergency room due to a serious rash from exposure to ingredients in a bath bomb. However, there is another hazard that bath bombs can introduce. All of those essential oils and butter can coat the inside of the tub, making it slippery.
Take care not to slip when getting in and out of the bath after using a bath bomb. You may want to clean the tub before using the bath bomb since these slippery oils will stick to dirt and grime in the tub. If you don’t want to be cleaning the tub before taking a bath, choose a bath bomb that doesn’t contain oil.
Bath bombs can be great for relaxation and fun as well. But if you want to enjoy them without the side-effects, know what you’re getting into first.
Sometimes marriages and partnerships break down; this can be a difficult time for both of you and your children as well. You can both get so engrossed in the problems you are having that it can be easy to ignore and forget about how your children are feeling. If you are in a similar situation, here are a few tips for dealing with your children’s feelings during the tricky time of a separation or divorce.
Try Not to Put Them Between You
Many parents use their children as a messenger, especially if they are living apart. Although you might think there is no problem doing so, in fact, this type of communication via your children can have an impact on their feelings. They might have to say things to their parents that make them upset or anxious, and it also places a burden on them that they shouldn’t have to deal with at any age. To minimise any problems, you need to discuss things in private or via email. Things that involve the children can be discussed as a group with all of the family members there because this then gives them the opportunity to ask questions.
Understand Their Feelings About Both of You
Even though the two of you can no longer live together, your children will still love you equally. For that reason, you should try to understand that they might not share the feelings you might have for your partner. It can be easy to talk to your children about the separation and perhaps say negative things about your partner, but this can make your kids feel awkward and upset. You should also avoid taking your kids to the family solicitor London, so they don’t have to hear negative things about their parents. If you have feelings that you want to share, try talking to a therapist or someone you trust rather than talking to your children.
Take Time to Listen to Your Kids
A period like this in your children’s lives can cause a great amount of turmoil. They won’t always understand what’s happening, and they might form ideas that aren’t true. That is why it is vital that you are there for them and that they can ask you about what’s happening. Allow them to talk and to express how they feel, try not to dismiss their feelings, but also try to let them know that things will be ok. Both parents should do this in case one of your children want to confide on one of you and not the other.
Avoid Asking Too Many Questions
When your children spend time with the other parent, you should think of this time as visiting an aunt or uncle. You should ask them fun questions about their stay but try not to grill them or ask about what your partner did. It will make them feel uneasy and in an impossible position.
Separation is never easy, but if you can all try to be as open and approachable as possible, it will make it a lot easier for your kids.
Are you planning for a London trip? Whether you go with your family or friends, there are a lot of fun things to do in England’s capital city. In this article, we provide a list of some of the activities or places that you should include in your itinerary.
The Tower of London
If you love visiting historical places, you’ll surely enjoy visiting the Tower of London. This palace, prison, and fortress is definitely a must-see. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the crown jewels of the British monarchy.
The Harry Potter Set
If you are a Harry Potter fan, seeing the Harry Potter Set at the Warner Bros Studio would be a dream come true! In this place, you will be able to see all the details about all Harry Potter movies. You’ll see all costumes and props used for the movies. Isn’t that cool?
The Harry Potter Walking Tour
This is another treat for Harry Potter fans. With the Harry Potter Walking Tour, you’ll get to see the real Diagon Alley, Platform 9 3/4 in Kings Cross Station, and other places related to Harry Potter. This tour is perfect for couples, friends, families, and of course, Harry Potter fans!
The London Zoo
Did you know that the London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world? Because of that, it probably is the most famous zoo as well. It hosts at least 750 species. You will find over 17,000 animals in this zoo. If you love animals, visiting this zoo would surely be a treat for you.
The Borough Market
Tourists highly recommend this market. It is located at the heart of London so it’s not hard to find. It is also considered as the city’s most renowned food market. You can find it right next to the famous London Bridge, just a short walk away from the Big Ben. Foodie lovers would easily love this place!
The Ghost Bus Tour
Are you ready for a fun and spooky adventure? If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll surely love the Ghost Bus Tour. The tour occurs every single day after sunset and usually takes between 1 and 1.5 hours. It is perfect for families with kids.
The Jack the Ripper Tour
Here’s another treat for tourists who love spooky adventures. This tour is known for their latest hand held projectors with the latest graphic photos many people have never seen before. It is also the most up-to-date, most shocking, and most exciting Jack the Ripper tour you’ll ever find in London. Click here to learn more about this tour.
Beautiful views from a car park
One of the coolest things to do in London is to see the views from a car park at Frank’s Rooftop Bar and Restaurant located in Peckam. This multistory car park is located on the 10th floor of the building.
What do you think of this list? Which ones would you like to visit? Bring your loved ones to any of these places and you’ll surely enjoy the experience.
There are plenty of gorgeous gifts that you can make with yarn for Mother’s Day that won’t take weeks and weeks of hard work. Knitting an entire sweater or crocheting a throw pillow will be difficult tasks to squeeze into your schedule, which is why you should try to put together the following handcrafted presents for your mom.
Before you even get started on the craft for your mom, you will need to stock up on yarn — you don’t want to be half-way through your project and realize you have run out of your most important material. You can get a deal and buy your yarn online and then have it delivered to your front door within days — this means that you can skip the long drive, avoid slow lines and save more money in just a few clicks. The website Yarnspirations carries an incredible range of yarn colors, fibers, weights and brands so that you can find the exact material that you need.
- Spa Kit:
The website also offers free knit and crochet patterns that can help crafters of any skill level. For instance, you can follow patterns for bath mitts and facecloths so that you can put together a lovely spa kit for your mom to have a soothing day. You can also make homemade bath salts or bath bombs with essential oils for the ultimate relaxation experience — if you don’t feel like creating these items at home, you can buy specialty options from the store.
- String Art:
This craft uses a few simple materials to make a colorful design in whatever shape you prefer — some of the most popular choices are hearts, flowers, stars and letters. All you have to do for a string craft is get a flat wooden board, trace the desired shape on the surface and then hammer in nails along the outline, making sure to leave gaps in between each nail. Tie a very long piece of yarn around one of the nail heads and then wind it through and across the outline until the shape is filled out.
- Wrapped Vase:
This is an easy craft that you can whip up on your own, or that you can put together with your kids. All you will need is colorful yarn, scissors, glue, embellishments and a simple vase — mason jars or glass cylinders will also work if you can’t find the right vase. Add dots of glue along a clean and dry vase, and then wrap the yarn around the glass until it creates a smooth pattern. Don’t forget to fill your cozy crafted vase with real blooms when you are done or make several pom pom flowers with your leftover yarn as a finishing touch.
You won’t have to stress about whether you’ll have enough time to complete your simple spa kit, your string art piece or your wrapped vase. These fantastic presents will be finished in a flash so that you can tie them with ribbon, sign a card and be ready to impress when Mother’s Day arrives.
Babies are born with the innate skill to put anything they come across into their mouths. Some have even been seen on ultrasound sucking their thumbs while still in the womb. It is a reflex action. Sucking brings them comfort and doesn’t necessarily mean they want food. A pacifier may come in handy in comforting and calming down your baby. Some babies can’t get enough of suckling and cuddling or rocking them won’t be soothing enough. It is better to get them a pacifier (which you can get rid of) than to let them get used to sucking their thumbs.
Here are five tips to get the best out of your baby’s pacifier;
Don’t force your decision on the baby
Yes, you need something to distract your baby as you struggle to meet some tight deadline. A pacifier might just be the answer. Do not however force it on your baby. If they are receptive to it, go along. If they are not, try again some other time or just let them be. You’ll have more on your hands than you can handle.
Pacifier isn’t a substitute for your attention
Read that slowly and let it sink in. While pacifiers can come in handy when the baby has to wait, for example if you are in a check out queue, it should not be a substitute from you giving the baby attention. It is your parental duty to spend as much time as possible with them.
Taking care of the pacifier
Tying the pacifier around their neck or the crib to avoid it getting misplaced is a bad idea as the cord can strangle them. Instead, pin it to the baby’s clothes using a clip. Keep the pacifier clean by frequently detaching it and rinsing it with warm clean water. Do not clean the pacifier by sucking on it, neither should you dip it in sugary drinks. Replace it once it starts cracking up or wearing out. A silicone nipple-shaped pacifier is the Best Pacifier For Breastfed Baby since they are much easier to clean.
When not to use a pacifier
Pacifiers aren’t recommended for babies who have a problem breastfeeding. Suckling on the pacifier and breastfeeding require two different techniques and combining them at the same time might cause ‘nipple confusion.’ It can lead to them having weight problems from poor feeding. Keep the baby off pacifiers too if they have ear infections. Extended periods of use has also been known to cause dental problems to the baby, so get them off a pacifier as soon as you can.
Cleaning the pacifier
Before you get your baby on a pacifier, clean and sterilize it first. You have no idea the amount of germs you’ll find on things that otherwise look clean. You can use hot soapy water and a clean dish rag. You can also boil the pacifier for about five minutes then let it cool totally before letting the baby use it. If you are willing to dig deeper into your pockets, you can purchase an electronic sterilizer.
Language, speech and communication skills are of key importance in a child’s formative education and success. Humans use a variety of ways to communicate, but arguably none are as important to a child’s academic success as language and speech skills – their ability to express themselves through spoken and written language. A child’s brain is a flexible, curious and bottomless object, and as a parent it is your job to help them wrap that brain around speech and language conventions, exposing them to new and different ways to communicate. Whether your child is a language whiz or having difficulties with expression, here are four ways you can help their speech development.
See A Speech Therapist
If you have any concerns about your child’s speech development, it’s a good idea to start looking for a childrens therapist that specializes in speech therapy – they’re often known as speech-language pathologists, or SLPs for short. SLPs focus first on assessing and evaluating the speech issues, and then on creating a treatment plan, which can help children express themselves better and, in turn, see greater academic and social success. This is the first and best line of defense if you are concerned about your child’s speech development – language acquisition and usage is a vast and complex subject, so it’s best to get help from the experts.
Hearing you read to them, seeing the words go by on the page, and then taking a turn themselves trying to read – these three steps, as part of an evening family ritual, can be extraordinarily effective in helping speech development. Don’t be afraid to start your kids early. Even if they just sit there and absorb themselves in the narrative of the story, they are learning valuable things about language and speech operate. Choose books that are appropriate for their age group, but don’t be afraid to give them something complex – children listen on a higher language level than they are able to read, so this is a great way to expose them to complicated ideas.
Chat About Everything
Chat about the book you just read together. Chat about the things you see out the car window. Chat about their day at school, their friends, their teacher, their lunch, their hobbies, their hair… anything! The more you engage with your child, the better their speech development will be. And don’t be passive in the conversation – get in there and talk about yourself, your day and your interests, because receiving information is just as important a language skill as being able to dispense with it. Try to vary up your vocabulary as well; whereas yesterday you asked them about their favourite “sports”, today ask them about “athletic activities”.
Be Supportive, Not Critical
Finally, it’s important to always be supportive of your child’s attempts, and refrain from being critical if they make mistakes. The last thing you want is to stifle your child’s desire to express themselves, but the fear of failure can be a strong deterrent to a child. Helpful, happy corrections are welcome, of course.
Language and speech skills are the foundation upon which much of your child’s academic, social and (later) work life will be built, so it’s important to help their development any way you can. Visit a Speech-Language Pathologist if you are concerned about your child’s speech development, and remember to read and talk with them often.
As a parent, the most natural thing in the world is to want to protect your baby and give them the best possible care. But with the baby equipment industry being bigger than ever, it can be hard to know when you’re making the right choices for your child. There are simply too many offers, each claiming that they are the best one. But the trick is to know what you are looking for in products, rather than looking for a specific recommendation.
Know your child
The first part of buying perfect products for your child is to know what perfect means for them. Each child is different, and since they have no way of telling you what they like, you need to look at all the other signs that might indicate that a product is or isn’t good for them. Some things you should pay attention to are quality of sleep, skin reactions, stool and the general mood of the child. All of these can be subtle signs, and it’s especially important to pay attention to them in the period right after introducing something new into their life.
The first thing you want to make sure your baby is getting is proper food. If you are breastfeeding, then you are going to need a pump, and any other breastfeeding assistance like a pillow and a synthetic nipple if yours are inverted. However, if for any reason you can’t breastfeed your child, then you want to make sure they are getting a suitable replacement. There is a variety of different formulas, from animal-based to plant-based, and it’s up to you to pick what you think is best. Of course, you should always consult your doctor to see which brands they recommend and to check whether the ones you pick are good enough. If your baby doesn’t have a proper diet, they will get sick easier and might fall behind on growth. Keep an eye on any symptoms of an upset stomach (apart from the usual gas and cramps) and inform your doctor during regular check-ups.
A soft touch
A baby’s skin is so delicate that it should only come in contact with other delicate materials. When choosing clothes, many parents opt for cheaper options, under the explanation that they will only be wearing these clothes for a month or so, and that there is no use buying something expensive. However, the quality of cheap clothing is often low, and your child might feel itchy and even get skin irritations. Always check the clothing and bedding materials that your baby is in contact with. Ensure that it is made of bamboo, cotton or wool, like the ultra soft Bubba Blue products. The same goes for towels, blankets and literally anything touching your baby’s skin. But since they are so delicate, you might want to keep some rash cream on hand all the time for when their skin gets irritated.
The life of a baby is pretty great, but when there aren’t many places to go, you should at least give them plenty of things to do. Yes, when the baby is very small, it will mostly sleep and cry, but even then, they can enjoy some things, like electronic cradles with sound effects that remind them of the womb or their mother’s heartbeat. And after just a few months, they will start grabbing things, which is the perfect time to see if their hands are developing properly. If you see that their grip is a bit off, there are simple correction toys that will put their hands in the right place when the child simply plays with them. And, of course, every child needs their favorite stuffed toy. Make sure that the toy is completely safe, without any parts that they can swallow or any harmful stuffing.
Getting the best for your baby also means being the best parent you can be, which means getting enough sleep, eating properly and making sure you’re in a good state of mind. Going to parenting workshops before the baby is born is a great way to hit the ground running, and make sure you give your child the best love and support you can, from the day they are born.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – known better by its acronym, ADHD – affects an estimate of over 50 million people, and is common in children. Characterized by impulsivity, difficulty paying attention, and excessive restless activity, ADHD can be difficult on children and parents. But the good news is that, through therapy, diet and medicine, it can be managed.
But many parents here in Ajax are sceptical of medicine prescribed for ADHD, either of its side effects or its overall efficacy, and that’s why they look to natural medicine as either a replacement or supplement to their child’s traditional ADHD medicine. Using non-invasive, non-toxic treatments natural medicine helps a child with ADHD gain better focus, control impulsivity and become calmer.
The first step, as with anything, is to do some research, and learn about the benefits of seeing a naturopath for your child’s ADHD. Finding a Naturopath here in Ajax will take some looking, but the ones that are here are wonderfully helpful, offering an array of naturopathic services, like botanical medicine, vitamin supplements, homeopathy and acupuncture. A Naturopathic Doctor will treat your child personally – that is, they will resist an easy, catch-all approach and instead delve into the specifics of what might be underlying your child’s ADHD.
This focus on the big picture belies a more preventative approach, one that seeks not just to remedy symptoms, but get to the root of what’s causing those symptoms. It’s the kind of personal approach that, unfortunately, is missing in much of mainstream medicine, which is another reason parents should consider supplementing their child’s traditional medicine with naturopathic treatment as well.
There is solid evidence that diet plays a major role in ADHD symptoms, so one of the first things that a Naturopathic Doctor is likely to do is create a diet for your child. This might include a focus on overall nutrition, or supplemental vitamins and minerals, or it might entail eliminating certain things from your child’s diet. There have studies done that indicate rolling back simple carbs and introducing more omega-3 fatty acids – found in nuts and olive oil, and also in fish and fish oil supplements – help treat ADHD symptoms. There is also good evidence that food additives (such as these nine) and artificial colour are linked with hyperactivity, so a Naturopathic Doctor might suggest eliminating those from your child’s diet.
Of course, ADHD symptoms can vary greatly between people, and you shouldn’t take as gospel anything you read on the internet; you need to look into seeing a naturopath about your child’s specific form of ADHD to properly treat it with natural medicine. According to this study, from BMC psychiatry, a significant number of children overcome or partially overcome symptoms of ADHD as they grow older, and it’s with the help of a number of approaches. If you are treating your child’s ADHD with conventional medicine, it might be time to think about supplementing those efforts with naturopathic medicine. Visit a Naturopathic Doctor here in Ajax to learn more.