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  • June 24th, 2022
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by Ray | Comments Off on 3 Reasons to Let Baby Make a Mess When They Eat on 3 Reasons to Let Baby Make a Mess When They Eat

I’m sure you may be cringing seeing the words baby and mess put together. But if you can keep an open mind about this, I promise it will pay off in the long run! Babies do not value tidiness in the way their parents do. They were designed to be explorers and getting messy comes with the territory. Allowing your baby to explore and develop their skills has some major benefits for their development.

Builds Independence

Allowing your baby the opportunity to feed themselves gives them the earliest chance of autonomy. Handing them the spoon from 6 months of age allows them to practice using it at an early age with the potential to become an independent young toddler. At first the food may go everywhere except their mouth, but overtime they will learn to make it to the target more successfully. 

Provides Sensory Exposure

Babies that are constantly being wiped down can become more sensitive to touch due to lack of exposure. Their tactile system needs to feel a variety of sensations in order to learn to tolerate and enjoy the stimuli the word has to offer. Try to avoid bibs that cover their entire upper body. Even better, keep baby in only a diaper during mealtime. Leave whatever food gets on their skin until the end of the meal and then clean them off well when they’re done, before they put their sticky little hands on your furniture.

Promotes a Positive Relationship with Food

As adults we understand that a person’s relationship with food and eating can be complicated. This is because of our past experiences and societal values. It is so important that we do what we can to help our children establish a healthy relationship with food. Allowing meals to be a fun experience helps your child to look forward to eating and can help to prevent mealtime struggles. As adults, it is fun for us to go to a great new restaurant with friends, gather around the dinner table with family, and to celebrate holidays by making our favorite dishes from childhood. For kids, painting the table with yoghurt and blowing bubbles into their drink is fun. Of course, you can draw a line where you need to, but allowing some silliness and flexibility goes a long way. 

As with all things child related, the messy phase won’t last forever. Try to let your child enjoy it and maybe even learn to enjoy it yourself!

By Marielle Marquez

Marielle Marquez is a toddler mom, wife and pediatric occupational therapist with over 12 years of experience. She specializes in feeding and swallowing, is a lactation educator and is certified in neonatal massage. She is passionate about respectful parenting and empowering other parents. Find her at https://thrivelittle.com/ and http://instagram.com/thrivelittle

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  • September 14th, 2021
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by Ray | Comments Off on Bedtime Routines For Children on Bedtime Routines For Children

In a previous article, “Routines For Young Children: How They Help Your youngster,” I suggested six parts of the daily routine for kids. The first three parts explained why routine is important; the fourth explained several examples of how routine can be modified for different situations and the fifth gave a brief discussion of how kids experience procrastination. These articles have given some useful new perspectives on the importance of routine in helping young children. Thus, I now want to discuss how we can modify our routine to meet the needs of our children with special needs.

The National Association of Housekeepers believes that children experience procrastination because they are not “put off” from doing their homework by feeling anxious about it. Thus, as part of a healthy sleep routine, they seek consistent bedtime routines – those patterns that a parent, guardian, or other caregiver has established for them early in their development. A good example of a routine for young children might include taking a bath, reading a story, playing some musical instruments, eating a snack, and getting dressed before leaving for school. By providing a consistent bedtime routine, these and other activities become routine for them. Thus, the hope is that by developing a set of bedtime rituals, early childhood learners will feel “put off” from doing their homework.

Parents who are currently trying to create a consistent bedtime routine for young children may be focusing on making sure that bedtime activities are as exciting and enjoyable as possible. Parents who are more attuned to the needs of their young children may also be more attuned to the reality that young children need consistent stimulation. This is especially true of very young children who, because they are so very young, cannot communicate their needs to their parents in any kind of meaningful way. Such communication may be restricted to gestures and facial expression. It’s no wonder that parents of young children need to take steps to provide a consistent, meaningful interaction with their toddlers and preschoolers.

Providing consistent bedtime routines for young children may also lead to a much higher acceptance of bedtime routines by the very young children themselves. This can lead to a much more peaceful sleep, as there would no need for confusion or interruption. Some parents have even reported that by teaching their toddler’s bedtime routines, it has lead to a greater degree of calmness and happiness in their households. If a routine helps the child to settle into an internal state of calm, the parent can then proceed to helping the child to calm down in more difficult situations.

There are all kinds of great ideas for routine for young children that can make your life just a bit easier! Routines can include activities that you’ve always done before (like brushing and combing the hair), games that you play with them at night (like hide and seek, or counting sheep), cooking (like baking cookies), and other things. Once you have established a routine for them, it can help you get your rest and feel better at the same time. The best part is that once they’ve gotten used to a routine, most children seem to be able to get into a daily routine without much effort on their part.

Bedtime routines can really make a difference in your children’s life. The best thing to do when deciding what bedtime routine for young children is to get online and look up some great resources. There are many bedtime routines that you can find to make the process of teaching them a routine easier. Once you find a routine you like, just be patient, and stick with it, and your children will be happy to fall asleep with you.

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by Ray | Comments Off on How to Save Money on Electricity and Other Bills on How to Save Money on Electricity and Other Bills

Did you know that you can save money on your utilities every month by taking steps to make your home more energy efficient? Even if you don’t want to switch to solar power or other green energy sources, saving money on your utilities is a great way to help lower your bills. It’s not only about saving money now, but it’s about reducing your dependence on energy sources that are steadily rising in cost. Let’s take a look at some ways you can save money.

The first step to saving money on your electricity bills is to have a better understanding of what you are paying for every month. Getting a better handle on those costs can seem obvious but most people are just used to paying for the electricity without really thinking about how the utility company actually charges them. For example, did you know that often you are charged for the cold water you need, as well as your gas and electric? Sometimes you are charged for a mixture of services rather than just one. Understanding this information will allow you to start cutting down on those costs.

The next thing you need to do is figure out what type of bill you currently pay. If you don’t already have an idea of how much you are spending every month, you should consider getting a credit card. Most credit cards have a fixed rate that you pay every month. This means that if you spend more than you pay back, you will end up paying more money. When you figure out how much you spend each month on your utilities, figure out the amount you pay for your credit cards as well. By making just a few simple changes to your bill, you can save money.

Another good way to save money is to buy a programmable thermostat. These thermostats control the temperature of the house and adjust the heat and air in specific areas based on current temperatures. By using a programmable thermostat, you can cut your utility bills by as much as 50%. This can have a significant effect on your monthly expenses. In fact, some families say that they were able to save money by nearly eliminating their monthly heating and cooling bill every year when they implemented a programmable thermostat into their home.

When you take the time to look at your bill, it may seem like there are no ways to save money. However, if you look closer, you will see that there are a number of things you can change to lower your utility costs. Things like replacing old appliances with energy efficient ones, installing energy saving light bulbs, and changing to energy-efficient appliances can make a big difference. By changing the products that you are using to lower your monthly expenses, you can save money on your heating bills as well. Even making a few simple changes can help you save money every month.

Even something as simple as taking the time to read your billing statements could help you save money on your electricity and cable bill. If you notice any unusual charges or any places where your bill could be better than it should be, you should write down those things so you can make note of them later. If you have an auditor with you, this might help as well. The auditor could point out things that you did that could be helping you save money, but were not being paid for. By paying attention to these things when you are reviewing your bills, you can start to learn how to save money, which will ultimately help you to save money on your electricity and other utility bills as well.

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