How parents ruin trust their kids have in them

Although love and respect between a parent and child are beautiful, the real gold lies in the level of trust a kid has in his or her parents. But there are quite a few ways in which parents ruin trust with their kids. Here’s what NOT to say and do if you want your kid to trust you…   Ways parents ruin trust Giving ultimatums without following through on them Kids know how far they can push their parents, and they’re aware when their parents lose control and start making impossible ultimatums. This is just one of the ways in which parents ruin trust with their kids. Threatening to ground them for like is kid-code for “never going to happen” and a sign that you can’t always be taken at your word. It’s essential to communicate firm boundaries and use consequences to actually enforce those boundaries.   Threats of physical punishment Instead of making any kind of threats, even if you don’t plan on following through with them, talk to your kids as people and lis…
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What every parent needs to know about dry drowning right now

Dry drowning isn’t something that only families with pools need to be worried about. Water is a serious safety hazard for kids that can lead to disastrous and fatal outcomes at the drop of a hat. Here are some things that all parents need to know and keep in mind.   Facts about dry drowning The risks don’t stop when you leave the pool Drowning might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s an all-too-real phenomenon. Despite the fact that it’s a widely discussed topic, drowning is still a rare occurrence, but it can happen to anyone and knowing the signs can mean the difference between life and death.   Dry drowning happens when somebody becomes ill or dies to their symptoms several hours after being submerged underwater and inhaling through their mouth or nose. This isn’t like the typical scenario most of us know. When someone has a submerged incident, there’s a spasm of the vocal cords that causes them to shut, and they struggle to breathe against those closed c…
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How to prevent weight gain in kids and keep them fit and healthy

We recently discussed the topic of addressing your kid’s weight, and now, it’s time to look at how to prevent weight gain in kids. The winter and summer holidays are tempting times for kids, with inactivity and an abundance of screen time all but ruling their lives. The combination is a ticking time bomb for weight gain, but here’s how you can keep that from happening!   Tips to prevent weight gain in kids Be a great leader In order to prevent weight gain in kids, you need to lead them in that direction. Your kids pay a lot of attention to your behaviour and use it as their guide. Role model healthy eating and ensure you always have healthy food options on offer. Drink more water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day.   Use the 1-2-3-4-5 rule According to the 12345 Fit-Tastic programs from the Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives, kids need to follow 5 rules to maintain a healthy body weight. They need 1 hour or physical activity every day. This is followe…
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Your kid’s weight and how to subtly address the issue

Addressing your kids’ weight can be a super sensitive topic, and if you’re not careful, you can do a lot more harm than good. Here’s how to walk the fine line between wanting your kids to be healthy and getting them to accept their bodies.   Tips for talking about your kid’s weight Always stay focused on health, not weight Yes, you want to ensure your kid’s weight is normal, but you also want to keep it within healthy limits. Over the last 40 years, childhood obesity has tripled around the world and now affects one in five school-aged kids. Kids that are overweight have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. The first thing you need to focus on when addressing your kid’s weight has nothing to do with the scale, but instead, should be focused on health. Discuss some lifestyle changes, which will lead to the outcome of a healthier weight.   Ban the word “diet.” When you’re healthy and follow a balanced diet, you’re nev…
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Terrible school-learnt behaviours and how to address them

Your kids will pick up on a range of school-learnt behaviours over the years. Here are some of the biggest problems and how you can help ensure your kid doesn’t get stuck onto them.   The worst school-learnt behaviours Gossiping Gossiping is an almost irresistible pastime in our culture, and it’s one of the most widespread school-learnt behaviours ever. The problem with gossip is that it’s rude and prone to serious backfiring. Teach your kids to talk respectfully to and about others. Teach them about how rude and disrespectful gossiping is and how much it hurts to be gossiped about.   Nervous habits Going back to school can provoke anxiety in kids, particularly the ones that are prone to get nervous. Nervous behaviours include nail biting, hair pulling, lip chewing and thumb sucking. Talk to your kid about this if it happens, and let them know that it’s okay to have these feelings. Help them find positive solutions and alternate ways to deal with their anxi…
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Social media and your kids: What to teach them

How can you safely navigate the world that includes social media and your kids? How can you ensure they’re using tech smartly and safely? Here are some rules and guidelines that can help ensure your kids stay as safe as possible in the online world.   Rules for social media and your kids Live in real time You want your kids to live full lives and seize the day. We should all live our lives in real time and not behind screens. It’s important to teach them not to ignore real life.   Everyone is basically showing off, remember that Social media is the only place where people get to show only the “good” of their daily lives. You need to explain to your kids that nobody’s life is perfect. Nothing, not even money, fame, or thousands of social media followers, will make your life run perfectly.   Always ask yourself these questions before you post anything Before posting, teach your kids to ask themselves whether the post is true, kind, damaging, and whe…
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What teenage boys think and need their moms to know

Moms and their sons don’t always get along, even more so with the onslaught of puberty. To lend you a helping hand, we’ve got the scoop on what teenage boys think and need you to know, Mom!   Teenage boys think along these lines… Becoming a man is tough Teenage boys think that being a guy is a tough gig. There’s a lot of expectations and peer pressure from other guys out there.   I need you to recognise my autonomy even when you’re checking it The teenage years are full of conflict and contradiction, especially when it comes to your son’s social life. On the one hand, he wants you to be aware of his social activities, but he also desperately needs to be able to do his own thing. This means you’ll have to set boundaries but still make it clear that he has a choice in the matter. You can pay for his cellphone and the Wi-Fi and allow him to use it. But those privileges call for some guidelines to be in place, which he needs to follow.   Please ask me …
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Kid toothpaste ain’t for adults, and here’s why

Although you might think it’s okay to use kid toothpaste, it’s not suitable for adult use. Here’s why using toothpaste made for kids can be damaging to your smile.   Why you shouldn’t use kid toothpaste It doesn’t have the fluoride your adult teeth need Most brands of kid toothpaste – as tasty as they are – don’t contain nearly enough fluoride when compared to adult toothpaste. They purposely formulate the stuff this way to help keep fluoride out of little tummies. Most kids swallow their toothpaste while brushing, and ingesting too much fluoride can lead to kidney problems. As adults, our teeth go through much more wear and tear than those of kids, which is why we need more fluoride for better protection.   It makes the enamel on your adult teeth susceptible to tooth decay This is basically because there’s just not nearly enough fluoride in the kid toothpaste. If you HAVE to use the bubblegum flavoured toothpaste, make sure you follow it up with fluoride m…
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Should you keep baby teeth? Here’s why it might be worth it

When it comes to baby teeth, we’re often keen on telling our kids about the Tooth Fairy story and just let that be that. But according to new studies, you might want to keep baby teeth. Why? Well, as it turns out, baby teeth can help indicate problems like autism. But it goes beyond just that.   How research urges parents to preserve baby teeth According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, parents can begin expecting their little humans to start losing their baby teeth by the time they turn six. Although these temporary teeth might not seem important, they actually hold a rich supply of stem cells that can be used for important research.   When kids lose their teeth, the stem cells inside remain alive for a short time. When compared to adult teeth, the stem cells in baby teeth are quite unique. They can live longer than those in adult teeth, they grow faster in culture, and can potentially form specialized dentine, bone, and neuro…
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Little things that all healthy kids have in common

By adjusting your approach ad changing up a handful of small things in your routine, you can have healthy kids all year long. Here are some of the basic things that the world’s healthiest little humans have in common.   Healthy kids all do these things They get enough shut-eye Most kids, especially teens, don’t get as much sleep as they’re supposed to. But they need to sleep enough to obtain healthy growth patterns. Sleep is also essential for all body functions and mental health. Plus it can help ward off obesity and the risks associated with it. Young kids need between 11 and 14 hours of sleep. Teens function well when they get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep each night.   Healthy kids wash their hands before meals Did you know that you can drastically lower the rate of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness in your kids just by teaching them to wash their hands before they eat? It’s been proven in multiple studies like this one.   The healthie…
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