How to Get Kids Involved in the Game of Golf

Golf isn’t the first game or sport that most kids think of when they conjure up images of getting outside and having a good time. Oftentimes, they would rather be playing sports like baseball, football, basketball, or soccer because those activities really get them moving and running around, and some of them, like football, are contact sports that are attractive to kids as well. But the truth is that golf can be a lot of fun too, even for kids, and it can build physical strength, as well as concentration. So how can you get your kids involved in the game of golf, especially if they have negative preconceptions about it? Keep reading for a list of handy tips you can start using today.

Start with Mini Golf

A good place to start if you are hoping to get your kids interested in golf is by taking them to a mini golf course while they are still young. Mini golf is a lot of fun for kids, and it can also be a good way to get some exercise. Once your kids get used to playing mini golf and they see how much fun it is, you can mention that regular golf is a more advanced, and even more fun, version of miniature golf. That could be the perfect segue to taking your kids to the next level of golfing. Before you know it, your kids might even be ready to shop with you for the best blade putters.

Next Up, the Driving Range

After your kids have played a lot of miniature golf, you can move on to the driving range, where they can even bring a friend or two in order to make the experience even more social and fun. Again, you want to emphasize that golfing at the driving range is enjoyable, but it is also a good form of exercise. This is also the ideal time to start teaching your kids how to execute a perfect swing in order to improve their accuracy over longer distances than they are used to at the miniature golf course.

Go Golfing Together for the First Time

After a few times nailing down the right form at the driving range, you can then go to the golf course together with your kids in order to show them just how much fun a real game of golf can be. Just be sure to take them when you know that the golf course will not be experiencing a lot of traffic. In this way, you can keep the pressure off as you show your kids how to play the game, and they can also experiment with hitting the ball, perfecting their form further, and learning about all of the obstacles that golfers typically encounter and how they can overcome those obstacles.

Just be sure to start off by playing on a course that your kids could actually handle. Diving in too quickly by heading to a course that is too difficult could deter your kids from sticking with golf. Choose something like a local public course that is not too long, or a par-3 course. These options will give your kids the opportunity to learn the basics, as well as the ins and outs of the game of golf, and their odds of being successful at it are higher than if you ventured into a tough course from the start.

Avoid Competing with Your Kids

Many parents make the mistake of competing with their children when they are attempting to get their kids interested in a specific activity, such as a sport like golf. But the key to success will lie in making the experience a pleasant one for your kids, so avoid directly competing with them. Otherwise, they might end up resenting the experience rather than looking forward to more.

However, once your kids do become more comfortable and confident on the golf course, and once they have honed their skills and gained plenty of experience, you can certainly make it a little competitive by playing a game against one another. Just be sure to follow match play rules, and keep in mind that all of the holes that your kids win will basically give them a fantastic memory of spending time with you and achieving something special. That will serve to further encourage your kids to stick with the sport and keeping learning and improving.

Watch Tournaments on TV or in Person

In the same way that your kids love to watch sporting events, like football games and basketball tournaments, on television, you can spend quality time with them while watching a golf game on TV, such as the PGA Tour. If you can go to an event in person, that would be even better. Watching these events can be exciting, and it can be a good opportunity to show your kids just how skilled the players need to be, and how competitive the sport really is. In other words, you are basically proving to your kids that golf is not boring or non- competitive at all; in fact, the opposite is true.

Hire an Instructor and Invest in the Right Gear

If your kids start to show a more serious interest in golf and you can only teach them so much because you are not all that advanced, don’t worry. There are golf instructors whom you can hire to teach your kids. A good resource to start your search is the PGA website, where you can look for local PGA pros who are willing to teach children who are hoping to improve their golf swing.

As with any other sport, having the right golf gear can make a big difference in your kids’ ability to succeed and really enjoy the game. So, in addition to searching out the right professional instructor for your kids, you can also invest in the right golfing equipment. Stick with junior sets that are specifically designed for kids, as these are offered by the biggest golf club companies to make it easier for kids to learn on gear that is made with their size in mind. After all, if your kids develop their swings on equipment that is faulty or is not appropriate for them, they could end up holding onto those mistakes as they get older, so you want to make sure they learn the right way to swing from as early on as possible. The right gear will be balanced and will be the appropriate weight for your child, increasing their odds of perfecting their technique in a shorter amount of time.

Purchase the Right Golf Wardrobe

Kids love to shop, and they love it when their parents buy new things for them. Considering the fact that, like other sports, golf requires a certain uniform, you can use this as yet another opportunity to bond with your child and get him or her excited about the game. But it is a good idea to wait until your kids have a solid grasp of the rules of the sport and you have already invested in higher quality gear for them. This will ensure that you do not end up spending money on clothes that will end up sitting in the closet.

You want to be sure that your kids are serious about the sport. Then head out and look for apparel lines designed for young golfers. Junior golf apparel companies are surprisingly easy to find, and you can find a good selection of everything from outwear and hats, to golf shirts and accessories for kids of all ages. By dressing the part of a golfer, your kids will be even more proud and even more excited to head out onto the golf course and play, so this can be yet another way to get your kids ready to take this sport more seriously.

Don’t Force It

Not every kid will be interested in golf, no matter how hard you try and no matter how many times you take them mini golfing, to the driving range, or to the more advanced golf course. Keep in mind that every child is an individual who may or may not like the same things that you do, and that is perfectly fine. So, if the tips above still don’t seem to get your kids excited about golf or they continue to be more interested in other activities, respect their wishes and encourage them to pursue whatever it is that they are most passionate about.

By following these easy tips, you can certainly get your kids involved in the game of golf, even if they start off not knowing much about it and thinking that they will not like it. Focus on proving to them that this is a sport that requires focus and form. Your kids will discover that golf is not just a competition, but also a means by which they can improve both mentally and physically while doing something fun. And when you start playing together, you will be making memories that will last a lifetime.

Top 5 Easy Dog Tricks That Even Your Kids Can Teach Fido

Adopting a new puppy can be exciting but, properly training a new puppy can be exhausting, especially if you have kids. Dog training requires consistency, which can be derailed by young kids who just want to play with the new family member.

Luckily, there are many ways to ensure your puppy gets the proper training, even when you have eager children running around. While you may be responsible for more serious training, such as teaching your puppy to go to the bathroom outside, there are many ways kids of all ages can assist with training.

When kids are a part of dog training, not only is the puppy receiving consistent training, the kids are also learning how to interact with him or her. Therefore, if your kids are old enough to play with your puppy then you should let them teach him or her a few tricks.

The younger your kids are the easier the tricks they teach need to be. Young children aren’t known for their patience or long attention span. Luckily, these 5 dog tricks are easy for kids of all ages to teach Fido.

Trick #1: Teaching Your Puppy Its Name

Teaching your puppy his or her’s new name can make the rest of the training process easier. It’s also one of the easiest tricks your kids can teach, as it doesn’t require intense concentration—at least not for your kid.

Instruct your kid to say your dog’s name every time they pet, hug, or play with him or her. You could even instruct them to say your dog’s name when he or she is passing through the room. Make sure they give your dog a couple of delicious dog treats when he or she responds to their name.

While this isn’t a difficult trick for your kids to teach, make sure they understand your dog only gets a treat when he or she responds to their name. One suggestion is to repeat your dog’s name several times. If your dog responds and comes to you or the kids, then he or she deserves a treat.

Trick #2: The Sit Command

In the beginning, teaching your dog to sit is a trick you and your kid should do together. Or if you have more than one kid you can teach them to work together. As your dog starts to learn the command it won’t take more than one person to finish the training.

When you first start teaching this command, have your child hold a treat above your dog’s nose. If your child’s arm is long enough, place his or her hand on top of your dog’s butt. Or put your hand, or have another child put his or her hand, on your dog’s butt.

Then have your child move the treat upwards, while you press down on your dog’s butt. Make sure to repeat the word “sit,” while you are gently pressing down. Once your dog sits reward him or her with a treat. Repeat this cycle several times throughout the week.

Trick #3: Hush

“Hush” is another easy trick for kids of all ages to help teach. It only requires your kids to watch and respond to your dog’s barking. Therefore, even the youngest toddlers can learn to hush your dog.

When you first teach your dog to hush, have your kids watch your when he or she is barking. If your dog notices you or your kids staring and gets quiet, have your kid reward him or her with a treat. Do this every time your dog become quiet, even if it’s only for a second or two.

As your dog starts to respond to the treats, instruct your kid to say hush. Repeat this as often as possible, so your dog associates “hush” with him becoming quiet. After a while you will no longer have to give him or her treats to quiet down.

Trick #4: Heel

Depending on how young your kid is, you might have to help him or her to teach your dog to heel. Even if your kid isn’t old enough to walk your dog by him or herself, they should be a part of training. This trick is key to being able to walk your dog without him or her pulling on the leash.

Start off walking your dog at home, either throughout the house or in the backyard. Put your dog’s collar and leash on him or her. Instruct your kid to hold the leash close to their side as they slowly walk around. Then have them say “heel” when your dog stays too close to their side.

When you think your dog is ready you can start to walk him down the street. If your dog pulls on the leash say “heel.” Remember to reward your dog with treats when he listens and stays at your side.

Trick #5: Stay and Come

Once your dog understands the “sit” command, “stay” and “come” are fairly easy tricks to teach. They are also simple for your kids to teach. It’s also a good trick for kids who are slightly hyperactive, as it allows them to move around.

Start by teaching stay. Once your kids have instructed your dog to sit, have them walk backward. If your dog starts to follow them, have your kids stop and repeat the process. Once your dog stays, even if it’s for a few seconds, give him or her a treat.

Repeat this process, increasing the distance between your kids and your dog each time. Once your dog is willing to sit and stay for a few minutes, you can move on to teaching the “come” command.

Once your dog is sitting still, have your kid walk a small distance and say “come.” They can also pat their legs or say your dog’s name. When your dog comes to them, tell your kid to pet and praise them. They can give the dog a treat every few times he comes.

There are many tricks you can teach your kids and your dogs. However, these five tricks are usually the easiest tricks your kids can help teach the dog. They also tend to be the most useful, as they are the backbone to teaching your dog more complicated tricks.

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Anna Smith resides in beautiful Santa Monica, CA, where she works as a Pet Nutrition Expert in a leading retail pet store. She is responsible for nutritional strategies for different breeds and development of new products on the market in compliance with Association of American Feed Control Officials. Anna’s passions are education about proven methods and best practices in the industry and her dog Max, who is always well-fed. She also helps curate contents for DogsAholic.com

What Should Be In My Nursery?

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Having a baby means you will be building a brand new home. You will be more focused on the stuff your baby needs rather than your own. Of course, you will want your baby to have a place of its own, to have a nursery. But you have questions, like:

But how do I start building my nursery?

What do I need in a nursery?

What is necessary for my baby to have a comfortable space?

Fear not, dear Mom. We’re here to help and suggest a few stuff you will be wanting and needing for your nursery.

Crib

Of course, this is the first thing that would come to mind, right? A safe sleeping space for your baby. You can pick a crib that will be surrounding soft cushions and round edges. This is to prevent or avoid any bumps or bruises from your growing infant. Choose a bed padding that is not too soft, but can just rightly support your baby’s body while sleeping.

Crib Mobile

Some would say that this won’t be necessary. But during the first few stages, infants will stay mostly on their backs and will enjoy this kind of view. It will serve for two reasons, one is to entertain your baby, and the other is for them to be kept calm. Besides seeing toys with lots of colors above them, most crib mobiles are musical. It’s both for the visual and auditory senses that will make your baby calm while inside their crib.

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Rocking chair

Now, this is for you and your baby. Instead of carrying your child most of the time while standing up, you can relax, sit, and rock your baby to sleep. It is also ideal while breastfeeding your baby. But don’t rock it too much while breastfeeding, so not to cause a bit nausea to your baby while feeding.

Baby Jumpers

This product will be tons of fun for your baby, I’m sure. So this is a seat that is attached to an elastic strap that will make your baby bounce up and down. This is a very good activity for your baby while developing their leg muscles. And because this is an activity that will drain your baby’s energy, this will ensure a good night’s sleep for your baby. The moment that your baby can support his head without any help, then you’re good to go. But some baby jumpers have age, weight and height limit. So just choose a baby jumper that will match your baby’s specifications.

 

Play Pen

Now that your baby is getting more active, probably would spend more time crawling around, the crib won’t suffice anymore. So you will now have a broad space for your baby to have his playtime. Playpens are usually a not so small, not so big space, just enough for your baby to enjoy his toys. If you’re not comfortable with the flooring that you have, you can install rubber mats for your playpen, so as not to irritate or avoid blisters for your baby while crawling around. Of course, you can also play with your baby in the playpen. Have fun with them.

Baby Gate

This is to ensure your baby’s safety within your house. Some would call this baby proofing. Before buying a baby gate, you have to make sure the details and measurements of the one’s you will be baby proofing, like doors and stairs. You can purchase those pressure mounted baby gates. It’s the most common and most available in the market.

Changing Station

Of course, this is probably one of the most important parts of your nursery. Most of the time, for an active baby, changing is repeated as many as the times your baby feeds or sometimes even more. By having a changing station, all your changing and cleaning stuff is organized in one space makes it a lot easier in cleaning up your baby.

Now, these are only a few things that you would want to include in your nursery; this stuff will get you started.

 

Bio : My name is Stacy Belk. As a mom who only wants the best for her kids, I believe that all of the moms would want the same thing. We love our kids so much that we are willing to give up anything for them. For you mom’s out there, let’s enjoy every bit that we have with our kids, don’t hesitate to share your experiences and beautiful moments.

 

 

How to Cope If Your Child is Injured

A little one sustaining an injury is a worst nightmare for any parent. However, sometimes the inevitable can happen, so it’s always best to be prepared. Injuries can happen for all kinds of reasons and in a variety of environments; your little one could be hurt at home, school, at the park, or somewhere else entirely. Being prepared for the worst will help you get through any unforeseen difficult times; you’ll be less stressed, which can also help your child to stay calm and even have a speedier recovery. Here are some top tips on what to do if your child is unexpectedly injured.

Tip #1. Know First Aid:

As a parent, the best thing that you can do to prepare yourself for any accidents or injuries is by learning basic first aid. When you have the skill and the know-how to treat an injury quickly whilst waiting for the emergency response to arrive, you will be more in control and will likely find yourself feeling a lot calmer about the situation than you would if you had no idea what to do. There are many places where you can sign up for first aid classes and get a certificate, or, you can find plentiful first aid tutorials and guides available for free online.

Tip #2. Hospital Visits:

Certain childhood injuries such as scrapes, cuts and bruises can easily be cared for at home with some antiseptic solution, a band-aid, and plenty of tender loving care. However, in more serious cases, a hospital visit may be required. For example, if your child breaks a bone, they’ll probably need to go and have it x-rayed and further examined before having a cast put on. Understandably, this can be a very stressful and frightening experience for a little one. The best thing to do in this situation is to try and remain as calm as possible – if your child sees that you are stressed, this will likely worry them even more.

Tip #3. Recovering from Trauma:

If your child sustains a serious injury or is involved in a horrific accident such as a bad road collision, it may take a while for them to heal psychologically, long after the physical injuries have gone. As a parent, seeing your child in emotional distress due to an injury or accident can be awful to go through, however, there are a few things that you can do to help them get back to normal. Encouraging them to speak about their experiences and the fears that it caused can often help – a good pediatric therapist can help with this.

Tip #4. Making a Claim:

If your child was injured and another person was at fault, then you might be considering making a claim. If this is the case, you should make sure that your child is checked by a medical professional as soon as possible to get everything on record; it’s also a good idea to keep a diary of their progress as it may be needed in court. Personal injury law can be tricky, so be sure to have a good lawyer by your side.

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments.

The Importance of Libraries for Children

The Importance of Libraries for Children

 

If you’re a parent or someone who feels a calling to help children, it’s essential to foster a love of learning in the children in your life. Whether you’re looking for a new career that can help influence future generations or you’re simply trying to find ways to entertain your kids during the summer months, consider the importance of bringing children to the library.

 

Teach Children Responsibility

 

When you’re looking for new ways to teach the children in your life how to be responsible, look no further than a trip to the library. The library is often a place of wonder for young readers, but it’s also an excellent way to teach responsibility in a positive way. The books in the library are public property, and taking them home for a little while is a privilege. Whether you’re a librarian, a teacher, or a parent, you can gently remind the kids to treat the books with care so that others can enjoy the books at a later date.

 

Encourage Reading for All Ages

 

If you’re thinking about ways to have a positive influence on the lives of countless children, consider getting a master’s degree in library science. Librarians are a vital part of the community, but an advanced degree is required to become a librarian. If you’re interested in helping children and adults of all ages expand their minds and think critically, consider enrolling in USC’s online library science degree. Every community needs librarians who are passionate about helping children develop a love of learning, and you can have a direct impact on the lives of many when you become a librarian.

 

Socialization With Peers

 

Sadly, many parents are completely unaware of the many benefits of the local library. In addition to taking home several books that pique their interest, kids can also socialize with their peers during free events hosted at the library. From story time to fun demonstrations, going to the library is a great way to encourage children to meet new friends that share their interests.

 

It’s Cheaper Than Buying Books

 

If you have a little reader at home, it can be expensive to buy a new book as soon as he or she has devoured the last one. To keep your child reading without breaking the bank, check out your local library. Denying kids access to new books can actually discourage reading, so go sign up for a library card and take home several books at a time. If your kids need help choosing a book, seek recommendations from the librarian. Most librarians are more than willing to speak with kids about their interests and suggest age-appropriate books that will be a good fit.

 

Help Children Unplug From Electronics

 

Encouraging library time for the children in your life is beneficial on several levels. While it’s always great to let children practice their reading skills with books that they’ll enjoy, spending time in the library is excellent for letting children spend time away from electronics. Of course, electronics can have their place in a child’s life, but it’s recommended for kids to learn how to step away from their tablet or smartphone and enjoy peace and quiet.

 

Boost Reading Level

 

Whether your child is struggling with his or her reading skills or trying to get ahead, library time can be incredibly valuable. Some libraries place an emphasis on helping children learn to read in a fun and positive way, and you might be able to get the librarian or a volunteer to sit down and read a book with your children. Associating the library with fun times can help your kids become even more enthusiastic about reading, which can make a big impact on their reading skills as they gain more confidence in reading.

 

 

 

Staying Safe at the Amusement Park

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Taking your children to an amusement park is one of those simple joys that most parents do at least a couple of times in their kids’ childhoods. They’re lots of fun, and they help you to make family memories that you will all treasure together. However, amusement parks are not without their dangers, and most parents know that. So, if you want to enjoy your day out without worrying about your children’s safety, check out these simple tips for staying safe at the amusement park:

 

Use Sunscreen

 

You’re going to be spending a long time outdoors, so cover those kids in sunscreen, especially if it’s summer when you take your trip! The last thing you want to have to deal with is a burnt, sore and sick child, so apply, apply and apply throughout the day to stay safe.

 

Supervision

 

Amusement parks are crowded places, which means that it’s easy for adults and kids to get separated and end up lost. If you don’t want to feel that dread in the pit of your stomach when you lose sight of your child in a crowd, it’s a good idea to bring along more adults, which is why visiting the amusement park with other families, who will look out for each other, is often preferable to a lone trip. Of course, if you only have a couple of kids to watch over, going it alone should be fine.

 

Label Your Kids
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Writing your cell phone number on a wristband, sticky label or even your kids’ arms, will ensure that, if they do get lost, someone will be able to alert you and reunite you quickly. If your kids are older, they’ll probably have their own cell phones, so just ensure they’re fully charged, and you’ll be good to go.

 

(Don’t) Let them Ride

 

Even if a ride says that it is safe for a young child or a kid who is tall enough to meet the requirements, you are the one who is responsible for your child, and you should be the one to judge whether a ride is suitable for them or not. This goes for rides which could be too scary for them too. Of course, if your kid does go on a ride that you’ve been assured is perfectly safe for them, and they are injured as a result, you can and should seek help from personable personal injury lawyers, who may be able to help you obtain compensation to cover any medical bills and injury-related expenses that your child has suffered as a result of the park’s negligence. But, don’t worry about the safety of rides too much because amusement park accidents caused by rides are very rare. It’s more likely that you’ll be injured by falling over in a crowd than anything else!

 

Water, Water, Water

 

A day at the amusement park is very exciting for kids, they will spend a lot of time running around exploring the park, and queening up for their favorite rides, so it is important that they stay hydrated. If you want to ensure they have something healthy to drink, take plenty of water with you and be sure to check out where all the diners and restaurants are in the park.

 

Top Tips For Keeping Your Kids Safe When You’re Out And About

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Anything happening to our children is a parent’s worst nightmare, bar none. Even the thought can keep us up at night. But when we’re out and about in public places, there’s a multitude of risks that our little ones face. There are, however, measures we can take to keep them safe. Whether it’s about teaching them their emergency contact number, or buying the right equipment to ensure they’re protected, here are some ways to help to ensure your little ones are safe.

 

In the park

If you’ve ever tried to keep track of more than one child in an expansive public place, you’ll know the challenges. They seem to be able to zip off at a moment’s notice, and somehow end up 50 feet away with no warning. The park is open to strangers, animals, and other dangers, which can make a trip to the park quite anxiety-inducing for any parent or carer.

 

Firstly, keep them safe from injury. The park is usually full of all manner of equipment, but these pieces of equipment were created with different age groups in mind. Encouraging your children to only play on pieces which were created with their age group in mind will help to reduce the likelihood of injury, or them getting stuck at a height – which you typically have to climb up to to help them down. When you arrive at the park, give the equipment a quick once over. Check that it is sturdy, installed properly, and that it isn’t obviously damaged in any way. It’s also worth doing a quick scout of the ground too, checking for sharp objects and broken glass, as well as any dirt or dog excrement – you’d much prefer to find it before the games begin, then you children find it later on. Never leave your children unattended when playing on park equipment – the risk of fall, a banged head, or worse are too high to risk it.

 

Try only to go to play parks in enclosed areas. This tends to help keep pet dogs at bay, who may only come over out of inquisitiveness, but could startle children. It also helps to avoid them running away and hiding while your back is turned. There is obviously the concern of Stranger Danger in parks. Be sure to discuss this with your youngsters as soon as they’re old enough to understand. If they know to avoid people that they don’t know, and never to follow a stranger, their safety is improved. Be vigilant when you’re in the park – keep an eye out for people who look suspicious, warn other parents nearby and, if you think it’s necessary, be sure to contact your local police department. Stranger danger is no small matter, and vigilance must be maintained.

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In a crowd

It’s so easily to get separated accidentally from your loved ones in a crowd. Many parents feel very nervous while walking through a crowded space with their young children, as it is so easy to lose sight of them. It isn’t possible to always avoid crowds at events or the mall, but it is possible to make your children safer.

 

If you’re attending an event which you expect will be busy, there are a few things you can do. At the start of the day take a photo on your cell phone of your child – this will be useful when forming a search if you do end up being separated. It’s also a good idea to write your cell phone number on your child’s wrist, covering it with a liquid band aid to stop the ink from being rubbed off, and telling them to show that to an authority figure if they can’t find you. It’s always worth agreeing on a meeting point when you arrive at a venue, so that if you do become separated your child knows where to ask a member of staff to take them to to be reunited with you.

 

There are also exercises you can do with your children before an event, so they know what to do if you get separated. For example, as soon as they’re old enough to memorize numbers, teach them your cell number by heart – you could even make it into a little song to help to aid their memory. A good game to help them to recognize authority figures is to play the “who works here?” game when you’re out and about. Ask them to pick out police officers, shop assistants, lifeguards, security officers, and help them to recognize identifying features. That way, if you ever do get separated, they’re comfortable working out who to approach for help.

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In the car

If you’ve ever driven a newborn baby home from the hospital, you’ll know at that point you will never speed, brake hard, or take chances on intersections ever again. Driving with your child in the car can be terrifying, but obviously you can’t take responsibility for how other road users behave. You can, however, ensure that everything within your vehicle is as safe as possible for them.

 

Start with the car seat – any child under around the age of 12 should be in a car seat – a baby seat for small children, and a booster seat as they get a bit older. This ensures they are held properly in place if any collision does occur, but it also helps to keep them comfortable on the journey, and allows them to see out of the window. Choosing the right baby seat for your car can be tricky, but using a review website such as https://babyseats.reviews/ can help you to find one which works for you and your vehicle within your price range. Once you own the seat, it’s also essential it’s installed properly. Not only does a poorly installed car seat not properly protect your child in the event of an accident, but it can also even put them in more danger.

 

Having a conversation with your children about the importance of good behavior in the car is also important as soon as they understand. It should be explained that they should never distract the driver during a journey, as this could mean they miss something important on the road. It’s also crucial to teach them not to throw things around the car, as objects can find their way into the driver’s area, and even get stuck under pedals, which can potentially cause accidents. Talk to them about the importance of their seatbelt, but also lead by example. If they always see you wearing your belt, they’ll be far more likely to follow suit.

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By the road

Walking down the sidewalk, crossing through traffic, or cycling along the road are all activities fraught with their own dangers. Teaching your child about behaving properly by the road is crucial to avoid accidents. Crossing at proper crossing points is something that can be taught at a young age, and you can lead by example and be a great role model too. If you do need to cross a road which doesn’t have a crossing, be sure to demonstrate the safest means to cross, and never cross between two parked vehicles. It’s also important to demonstrate the safe way to walk by the road. Youngsters should always walk on the size away from the traffic, and it’s essential that they walk, and never run. Running by the road can be really dangerous, especially for small children who have a tendency to fall. It’s far easier to teach good habits than to break bad habits, so leading by example is definitely the way to go.

 

Keeping your children safe while you’re out and about is about equal part preparation, education, and vigilance.

 

 

 

Benefits Of Putting Your Child In A Child Care Centre

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One of the first big decisions that parents need to make pertaining to their child’s future is choosing a care centre. Unlike those days, most parents opt to leave their child for a few hours in a day care centre whether or not both parents are working. One main reason for this is, nuclear families are increasing in number and therefore, there aren’t many people at home for the child to interact and develop social skills and interpersonal relationships. So, it has become mandatory for parents to leave their child for several hours of the day in a reliable care centre.

There are parents who are not certain whether they can leave their children in a care centre at an early age of three or four; however, with ‘single child’ concept spreading tremendously, children do not have anyone to play with or interact at home. They need kids of their age group to play, learn, grow and enjoy. So, attending a good care centre will be a great option for these children.

Here are the benefits of putting your child in a care centre:

 

There are many benefits that your child can get from being in child care. Once your child is enrolled in the care centre, they are placed in a structured program with other children. This will help your child to learn how to socialize with others and how to be part of a team. They get to learn how to share with others and how to resolve conflicts. Since the children follow a certain routine, they will not have a problem settling in once they join school.

A care centre offers your child the opportunity to learn at an early age through observation and play which improves their intellectual abilities. The care centres are being inspected every time to ensure that they adhere with the legislative requirements. This means that your child will be in a safe environment that has the required health and safety standards. Care centres are required to have a certain adult to child ratio which means that your child will get the attention that she needs.

Children in disadvantaged homes are less likely to have ample cognitive/ intellectual stimulation as within the home environments. Such type of stimulation are found in such care learning programs, which can greatly help in narrowing the existing achievement gaps. In fact, the study revealed that the intellectual and social benefits derived from preschool learning extended far beyond a child’s early years and on to his/ her adult life. Even at 40 years of age, such a child would have much better economic performance, educational outcomes and far less commission of crime.

The interactions among children and with teachers, afforded by a preschool learning environment, are great opportunities for young kids to sharpen their communication skills. This also helps in building much better social skills, which they would not have otherwise achieved.

Therefore, the best way to ensure that your child easily settles in when she joins care centre is to interact extensively with the staff. They should be aware about any special requirements your child has and what makes her calm down when she is agitated. The more the staff know about your child, the better placed they will be to handle her. You can visit the care centre with your child before the actual start date so that she can begin to get used to the environment. You can also carry her favourite toy so that she can have something to comfort her.


 

How to Keep Your Kids Safe When Swimming

When I was little, I remember feeling a wave of excitement come over me whenever I was within striking distance of a swimming pool.  I’d shriek in delight at the smell of chlorinated water.  And now that I have kids, I see that they share the same enchantment with pools.  If your kids are anything like mine, you’d be smart enough to consider the following pool safety tips- especially for toddlers:

Get in gear.  Buy proper-fitting floatation devices such as life vests, and have your kids wear them whenever they’re near water.  For toddlers, it’s advisable to pick one with a strap between the legs and a “collar” for enough head support.  This will keep the kid’s head and face up and out of the water.

Never leave the kid alone.  Don’t think for a minute that just because your little one aced his swimming lessons, he’s going to be the next Michael Phelps.  That does not make him “drown-proof”.  No matter what, a child always needs to be supervised in water. An adult swimmer should be within arm’s reach.

Keep them fenced in.  Be sure to swim in a pool surrounded by pool fencing that is four-sided, and has no openings where a kid can crawl under. Choose a pool with a gate that closes and latches by itself.

Slather on sunscreen. Never underestimate the importance of protecting your kid’s skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Apply a generous amount on all exposed areas of his skin to keep him from burning to a crisp.

Swimming or playing in the water can provide your toddler lots of fun. Just always remember to make safety a priority. And then you too can relax and have fun!

Big Kid Budgets: When and Why to Get Your Child Their First Savings Account

Do you remember when you first discovered what money is and what it can do? If you’re like most folks, you probably collected money from the tooth fairy and started saving dimes in a bank shaped like a pig. That’s fine, but there are more realistic ways for kids to learn to manage money than pillows and piggies. Is your child old enough to handle a bank savings account? They will be, if you pay attention to the following information.

Savings habits are established early

A nonprofit community development group called Neighborhood Works recently completed a study that revealed a startling fact: Out of every three Americans, one of them has no emergency savings at all. This may be due to the fact that if people fail to establish good savings habits early in life, they tend to be forgetful about setting aside money as adults.

John Buerger is a financial expert in San Luis Obispo, California. He notes that money habits, whether they show a tendency toward saving or spending, are generally put into place between the ages of five to 12. Parents who set a good example by saving 10 to 20 percent of their income stand the best chance of raising kids who smartly manage money.

The first time kids open an account

For their first banking experience, help your kid open a savings account in lieu of a checking account. Once your child has been saving for several years, they may wish to have a more complicated account, but for starters, keep it simple. Shop around for a bank that offers low- or no-fee savings accounts for kids. Many local credit unions will do this. Be sure to open an account at a bank that has a secure website where kids can watch their savings grow. Don’t deposit money online, however. Making a deposit in person at a brick-and-mortar banking institution helps kids understand the magnitude of saving money.

Keep it simple

Long winded lectures about investments are not going to be of much interest to your child. Therefore, look for a bank with a website that provides kid-friendly features. Ask other parents what banking site their kids like the most. Some banks offer cool rewards such as bonuses for good grades in school and interactive savings clubs where kids can be inspired to save even more.

Adults who learned to manage money at a young age tend to be smarter about financial matters. When it comes to selecting a credit card for travellers and other credit products, they tend to be savvy shoppers. So you can see why teaching your kids to save now may bring big rewards to their futures.

Set a good example by showing your kids how to save. If you can’t afford to set aside 20 percent per paycheck, save what you can and explain why it’s an important habit for life.

 

Sam Bentley is a Father who is passionate about teaching his children some good to know life lessons when it comes to money.