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Productive and Positive Potty Training

Your child’s showing all the signs of being ready to potty train. That’s great! But now, where do you start?

Explain to your toddler that going potty is a normal process of life and everyone does it, even animals. Talk with them about the toilet, a special place where they can potty just like the big kids. Tell him how the potty works and let him try flushing himself. Explain that they will be wearing underwear and not diapers.  Find some educational and entertaining videos of their favorite characters learning to go potty. Be sure to involve other family members in the process and emphasize the importance of consistency during this process.

Make a special trip to the store and purchase new underwear with your toddler.  Let them have a voice in what you get. The underwear will have much more significance if your toddler helped choose them.

Overalls, pants with lots of buttons, snaps or zips, tight or restrictive clothing and oversized shirts will all be an obstacle to your child during this process. Put these kinds of clothes away for the time being.

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Decide whether or not you’re going to use pull-ups, training pants or regular underwear and try to stick with this decision so your child has consistency and isn’t confused. Think about whether or not you want to use rewards or not. Figure out a strategy on how to handle potty issues when you’re away from home.

If your child is in child care, ask your provider for their advice and make sure there aren’t any hard and fast rules the center or caregiver has in place that may be an issue. Let them know that you’re going to start and enlist their help with the process.  

Praise your child for each successful trip to the potty, and comfort them when accidents happen and try to remain patient and calm when they do.

Avoid using candy or other treats as reinforcement. Let them know that it will take a while to get the hang of using the potty, and encourage and praise each attempt they make.  With consistency, encouragement and praise, they’ll soon be completely trained.


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Becoming Your Own Child’s Tooth Fairy

Who gets excited and delighted when they hear the word fairy? Children, you would say… But believe it or not, even adults have an unexplainable fascination with fairies. What if I tell you that you can become your own child’s tooth fairy? Sounds funny?

Tooth care has almost always been a very serious concept among parents. Even for some, tooth care seems to be a dreadful thing in the parenting world.

What if I tell you again that by becoming your child’s tooth fairy, you can actually make tooth care a lot more fun and less stressful?

So how do we start the process of transforming from an ordinary parent to a stress-free and happy tooth fairy?

1. You will need to place yourself in the position of your child’s tooth fairy.

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Do this by conditioning your mind that you want tooth care to be as magical as it can be. Remind yourself of your huge responsibility to prevent your child from experiencing a horrible toothache. Imagine the time when you last had a terrible pain because of tooth cavities. Would you dare let your child experience the same?

2. Embody the values of a tooth fairy and be familiar with the tooth kingdom.

If you are interested in acting like a real tooth fairy, then you better understand the rules in the tooth kingdom.

First Rule: A lovely tooth fairy makes brushing fun.

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Second Rule: A devoted tooth fairy is patient even when the child resists brushing.

Third Rule: A knowledgeable tooth fairy knows when a child is about to experience pain. She will notice the following symptoms:

  • White spots are beginning to form on the tooth that is infected. This is a sign that the tooth enamel is about to break down.
  • An area of the tooth has a light brown color. This is a sign that the child has an early tooth cavity.
  • The tooth shows dark brown and black color when the cavity is deep. This can already be painful and highly sensitive.
  • The kid expresses discomfort when having hot or cold drinks or eating sweets. This is a sign of extreme sensitivity.

Fourth Rule: A great tooth fairy is friendly. She does not harbor the fear of dentists and dental procedures but tells good stories about them.

3. Introduce yourself as a tooth fairy to your little child.

397212-PCJ0NX-30A little role-playing surely wouldn’t hurt your image as a mom. As a matter of fact, by transforming into a tooth fairy once in a while, you can make brushing teeth as a fun and exciting routine that is worth looking forward to.

But how do you do this? You can decide to be a tooth fairy once a week or even every night depending on your schedule. There is no need to put on any elaborate costume – unless you want to. All you need to do is create an entirely imaginary world by acting out certain fairy expressions, holding the toothbrush like it is your wand, and uttering words similar to this: “Oh little child, little child, here is your tooth fairy. Want to experience the magical world of clean teeth?” Use your creativity and it will surely do wonders.

Becoming your child’s tooth fairy is a fun job. You will have to be dedicated to make sure that your child would have the happiest moments of her childhood without the unnecessary pain of tooth decay. Now go spread some magic.


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Birth to Six Years: Children’s Sensitive Years and Activities to Nurture Them

Do you know that our children’s sensitive years happen from the time they were born until they reach the age of six? But what exactly are the sensitive years? What do we mean by being sensitive?

Basically, these are periods of power when we can still highly influence our children to develop holistically. These years can be considered as the most important in child-rearing because they provide us with an irreversible chance to provide them with a good foundation for cognitive, physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

So what are some of the best activities that you can do with your children during their sensitive years?

1. Shower them with a physical touch from birth to one year.

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The grandest milestones during your baby’s first year include a variety of movements. Yes, her cute little body turns, grasps, and crawls are milestones that you can help her with. Encourage physical development by frequently holding her fingers, letting her grasp your hand, allowing her to balance her body with both legs standing, and so much more.

2.  Repeat and repeat until you establish routines from six months to four years.

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Once your child turns six months, she will start to recognize routines and thereby have a cool perception of order in her life. It would be best to have consistency in your daily routines such as the proper scheduling of nap, bath, play, and meal times. Certain things at home must also have their designated places like nappies must only be placed in the cabinet, kiddie plates and utensils kept separately from other kitchenware, and more.

3.   Have tireless babble from birth and eventually turn to deeper communication until six years. 

The ability of your baby to make sense of her surroundings and the words uttered around her is truly surprising. Never underestimate her capacity to comprehend your words and her ability to eventually adapt to your language tradition. Gradually deepen and expand your level of communication that is appropriate to your child’s growing years.

4. Have a limitless opportunity for the exploration of senses from two to six years.

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Well, your child would already be starting to explore her little world using her senses immediately after birth. However, it is upon reaching the age of two that she will be more inclined to explore various things through sensorial experiences such as smelling colognes, playing with musical instruments, trying food with different tastes and textures, and discovering colors through crayons, among others.

5. Teach spatial relationships through puzzles from four to six years. 

Don’t we live in a world with complicated spatial relationships? As early as four years old, you can help your child understand spatial relationships by setting aside time for some puzzle activities. Be sure to increase the level of complexity for every puzzle that is solved.

6. Introduce the love for numbers and embrace the excitement for mathematics from four to six years. 

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Let your child have a concrete experience of mathematics by starting with friendly and easily understandable concepts. Incorporate math in your daily activities such as by counting the apples in your pantry, subtracting flowers that fall off from the branch, and more.

There are so many nurturing activities that we can try during our children’s sensitive years. What’s important is that we allow our own creativity to flourish as we travel the wonderful road of parenting!


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Sunny Days & Swimming Times: 4 Ways to Protect Your Children from Drowning

Yah! It’s the summer season and it’s the best time to have some water adventures! But wait, do you know that there are about ten people who die from accidental drowning every single day? And 20% of these are children ages 14 and below. How devastating, right?

But let us not dwell on these unfortunate circumstances. Let’s learn to better prepare ourselves for a safe yet super fun swimming adventure with the entire family!

So here are the top four ways that you can make sure that your children are safe from drowning:

1.Create Physical and Conceptual Barriers

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If you have put up an inflatable pool in your backyard or if you have constructed a swimming area in your property, then you better install four-sided isolation fences and barriers to prevent sudden jumping and diving of your kids into the pool.

Apart from physical barriers, I would also urge you to create a conceptual barrier. But what exactly is it? Well, consider it as an imaginary “No” signage. It is an understanding between you and your child that pools are not to be immediately jumped into. Let your child know that swimming into the pool requires asking permission first and receiving an affirmative “Yes” from you.

2. Establish Swimming Routines as Early as Possible

What do you do first upon reaching the resort venue or hotel swimming area? Do you just allow your kids to immediately jump into the pool? Maybe you should reexamine your swimming routine?

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To prevent accidental drowning, it would be best to establish a pre-swimming routine which includes putting on a swimsuit and other gears, applying sunblock, going into a shower, and of course, asking your permission first.

3. Never Feel Confident About Floaters and Life Jackets

Let me be clear about this, having fun in open waters and natural bodies of water such as seas, lakes, streams, and rivers require that your child wear life jackets to prevent life-threatening situations when sudden natural circumstances occur.

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However, you shall never feel confident about just having floaters and life jackets even when you are merely in a swimming pool. Many of the drowning incidents happen just because parents have felt a false sense of security so they left their children afloat with such devices without thinking that these floaters could fall off or be broken.

4. Eyes on Kids at All Times

janko-ferlic-specialdaddy-MIUqc2mmdBA-unsplashWhat an obvious reminder, we may say. But this very simple tip is the very least that parents can do to make sure that their children are safe from drowning. Despite its simplicity, still many parents fail to keep their eyes focused on their children while swimming.

Even when you are enjoying a barbecue time at the backyard or some chatter with your spouse, do not ever let a second pass without looking at your child. Even when your kid knows basic swimming moves, still she could be in danger of drowning because of cramps or other unexpected situations most especially when other children are also playing with her.

Let this summertime be among the best memories of your family life. Do not let fear keep you from enjoying the pool. Follow these tips and don’t forget to keep the special moments in your heart and captured through photographs!


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Guilt-Free Parenting: Why You Need Self-Care the Most

I’ve talked to a number of parents and surprisingly, many of us actually feel guilty when we spend a little time at the salon, at the shopping mall, and in other places of interest! Why? That’s because of the prevailing mentality that parents shall be forever tied to their kids to prove that they are performing their duties well!

Parenting is a tough job in itself and we shouldn’t make it more difficult by creating imaginary and unnecessary pressure to meet the unrealistic expectations of other people. To make you feel less guilty about self-care, let me prove some points:

1. The way you feel as a human being has a consequential effect on the way you act as a parent.

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Was there ever a time when you unintentionally blurted out a negative word to your child or shouted at her just because you were so stressed from all the household chores or frustrated from work?

Millions of people across the globe would come to a point when the relationship with their children would get affected by the difficult circumstances of their career and personal lives.

Don’t wait for the time when your emotional bucket overflows with negativity. Rescue your soul from tiredness. Save yourself and your children from regretful situations that you may never take back.

2. Depression and anxiety are increasing at alarming levels among parents.

Generally, parents are regarded as heroes and strong figures in the eyes of their children. Although that could be true, we still cannot disregard the fact that a lot of parents today are facing anxiety and depression from unmet goals, unrealized desires, insecurities, and so much more.

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The feeling of emptiness among parents is even furthered by their lack of opportunities to explore their own source of personal fulfillment. Many are trapped in the notion that once you become a parent, your world must now only revolve around your child.

3. Happiness is contagious. Where will your child’s happiness come from when you are void of it?

sebastian-leon-prado-dBiIcdxMWfE-unsplashWe all want to have happy children. We want them to grow up with the ability to smile despite life’s struggles. We’d like them to see laughing yet also learning from their mistakes. We want them to take the world easily yet also with full responsibility.

Such a predisposition in life can only be attained when they have the right influences. And who can most easily affect the way that children think but their parents, right?

4. Self-care is a right, never just a privilege. You do not lose this right by virtue of being a parent. Never!

Whoever said that you lose your right to self-care when you became a parent? Yes, you were given the responsibility to raise little souls but that does not mean that your basic right to experience personal happiness from your own hobbies, leisure activities, and other stuff would consequentially be removed from you.

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Remember, you can and you must still take care of yourself and allow yourself some fun even when you are now a parent. Take a few hours off in a week to go to your favorite place, visit your friends, or have some me-time in a coffee shop. Don’t be afraid to ask help from your spouse or your extended family. Allow them to help you in raising your child so that you can also have the time to take care of yourself.


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