Browsed by
Tag: parenting

Moms! 5 Relaxation Tips To Make You Stress-Free

Moms! 5 Relaxation Tips To Make You Stress-Free

A baby is truly a blessing for every parent. Being a mom is a beautiful experience and there is no doubt about it. Raising a child is also a very stressful 24-hour job with no vacations for a really long time. Moms have a tendency to forgo their own needs and relaxation over everything else which can lead to exhaustion and other health risks. It is necessary for every mom to make a conscious effort to relieve your stress and anxiety by investing some time in self-care. But if you have a lively little infant, toddler or a preschooler, you just don’t have time! How can you de-stress with such a busy schedule? Don’t worry, here are 5 simple and easy tips for you to relax and clear your mind of all the pressure and anxiety that comes with parenthood.

1. Find some time for yourself.

Wake up early if you have to, but find some quiet time where you can be in your own company. Make yourself a cup of hot coffee, take a long warm bath, snuggle in the sheets or read a book. While your baby is taking a nap, try to relax your mind, body and your soul. This will energize you for the long day of parenting responsibilities that await you.

relaxation tips for busy moms
image credit: stokpic/pixabay

2. Take a deep breath.

A calm mind ensures that you won’t let out your anger on your little one or your significant other. Make sure you take a deep breath every time you feel stressed or anxious. Meditate whenever you get some free time. There will be moments in your day when your toddler is throwing a massive tantrum which can irritate you, but a deep breath can help you think clearly and make you calm.

working moms stress management
image credit: PublicDomainPictures/pixabay

3. Take a break from your mommy routine.

It’s not wrong to want some free time in your daily routine where you can do something that you want to do, be it shopping all by yourself, going out with your friends for dinner or even a quiet walk down the street. Ask your significant other to hold the fort at home while you’re away. Such time-outs can be a breath of fresh air and can also be helpful to slow down your otherwise hectic life of running after your toddler.

tips for busy stay-at-home moms
image credit: liblicas/pixabay

4. Get some exercise.

Now, running after your toddler isn’t enough exercise! Organize your busy schedule to include some yoga during your child’s nap time. Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to hit the gym everyday. You can do simple, 10 to 20 minute workouts at home or jog around your neighborhood. It will make you feel pumped, refreshed and also make you fitter for the long day ahead of you.

tips for busy working moms
image credit: skeeze/pixabay

5. Find a creative outlet.

Everybody has a hobby – it can be painting, doodling, writing or dancing! An important part of every mom’s ‘me-time’ should include you returning to your hobbies and enjoying yourself. A mom’s busy schedule can get so overwhelming that their creative side takes a backseat. Finding a creative outlet not only helps you to get refreshed and enjoy your time, but it will also make you a happier person in general.

relaxation ideas for mothers
image credit: Stocksnap/pixabay

Children are a source of immense joy, but make sure you don’t stress yourself out in the process of raising them. Some strategic organizing and planning of your day will help you find the perfect balance that is required for motherhood!

5-relaxation-tips-to-make-moms-stress-free

How To Help Your Toddler Welcome A New Baby

How To Help Your Toddler Welcome A New Baby

A new baby on the way is an exciting time for everyone. But how do you prepare your toddler for the change that’s coming? Try to tell your three-year-old that she’s getting a new brother or sister before you tell other family and friends. If her auntie asks her if she’s looking forward to the new baby, and you haven’t explained it to her yet, she may get a bit baffled. Here are 5 ways you can prepare your toddler for a new addition to the family!

1. Talk about the new baby daily until and after she arrives.

Explain that a new baby is being brought into the family because you have more love to share. Try this, “Daddy and I had you because we had lots of love to give. We are having/had your
sister because we found even more love to give. Do you think you’ll have love in your heart to give to your new baby sister?”

toddler-welcome-new-baby

2. Include your toddler in your preparations.

Let him help you pack your bag for the hospital, clean the bottles, paint the nursery and put diapers away. Take a tour of the hospital or birthing center with your toddler in tow. Be sure to
sneak a peek at the new arrivals too.

3. Have your toddler pick out a gift just for the new baby.

Take a special trip to the store and have your toddler pick out a gift just for the new baby. Likewise, pick out a special gift from the baby for his big brother or sister. When your baby and toddler meet, have them give their gifts to each other.

toddler-welcome-new-baby

4. Give your toddler a role.

Talk often about the fact that each member of the family is important in their own way and makes their own special contribution. The family needs each person for it to be whole.

5. Give a little extra love.

Emphasize the older child’s importance by going through his baby pictures and talking about what a wonderful baby he was, and what a wonderful boy he is now.

help-toddler-welcome-new-baby

Image Credits: sathyatripodi, christianabella, sathyatripodi

7 Best Halloween Costume Ideas For The Family

7 Best Halloween Costume Ideas For The Family

7 Best Halloween Costume Ideas For FamilyHalloween is right around the corner! It’s that time of the year when your entire family dresses up in quirky outfits and wears crazy make-up – the spookier the better! Halloween is filled with great activities like costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, putting up spooky decorations, trick or treating and so much more. Every parent loves to team up with their child and become the center of attention of every Halloween party. It’s a great experience for you to bond with your child and create memories that you can treasure for the rest of your life.

If you’re not sure of what you and your kid want to dress up as for Halloween this year, don’t worry!
Here are 7 easy and awesome Halloween costume ideas for you and your little one!

1. Tortoise and Hare

‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ is one of the most famous Aesop’s Fables. For the tortoise costume, you can dress your munchkin in a green colored outfit. Get him a backpack shaped like a tortoise shell and you have a cute little tortoise! You can dress yourself in a brown outfit and add bunny ears to go with it.

2. Elsa and Anna

If you have a daughter, she’s most probably obsessed with the Disney movie ‘Frozen’. Halloween is the perfect occasion to team up with your daughter as Disney princesses. You can let your daughter be either Anna, Elsa (or even Olaf!) depending on her choice, and you can be the other Disney princess. And don’t worry, Dads can dress up as princesses too!

halloween-2016-child-costume

 

3. The Addams Family

‘The Addams Family’ has been an integral part of our childhood. You can take a trip down memory lane by dressing yourself as either Morticia (the mom) or Gomez (the dad). Your daughter can be Wednesday Addams or your son can be Pugsley Addams. This is also a great family Halloween costume idea!

4. Cruella De Vil and a Dalmatian

Both famous characters are a part of ‘101 dalmatians’. Your toddler can dress up in an adorable dalmatian costume. As Cruella De Vil, you can wear a long black dress and temporarily dye half of your hair silver or wear a wig!

5. Batman and Robin

Spice up your Halloween by being the Robin to your child’s Batman! Find an awesome Robin costume for yourself online and a tiny Batman costume for your little superhero! What fun it will be to be your son’s sidekick!

halloween-2016-child-costume

6. Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears are extremely easy to find. Grab a pair of those ears, add short red pants with two buttons for the Mickey Mouse costume and a polka dotted red skirt for the Minnie Mouse costume. That’s it! Easy as pie!

7. Starbucks cold coffee and employee

Dress up as a Starbucks employee by wearing a black shirt and black pants with a green apron. Stick the Starbucks logo on it. For your child, you can make the cold coffee outfit yourself – just take a big cylindrical cardboard roll, print the Starbucks logo and stick it on the cardboard. Add ruffled white fabric to imitate foam, add a green straw made by cardboard, and voila! Your cold coffee is ready!

happy-halloween-2016

halloween-infographic

Image credits: lcr3cr, Mojpe, Jill111, PublicDomainPictures

10 Ways To Raise Shy Kids

10 Ways To Raise Shy Kids

Every child is inherently different. Some children are extroverted and outgoing, while some others are shy and introverted. Every child has a distinct temperament. If your child is one of the shy ones, don’t be worried! It’s okay to have a shy child and there is nothing wrong with it. Researchers have found that inhibition is an important aspect of temperament that is partly hereditary. They also believe that some children are biologically born shy. So instead of trying to change the fact that your little one is shy, embrace it!

Here are 10 ways you can care for your introverted bundle of joy –

1. Let them know that you understand

Your child needs conversation and he will be most comfortable with his own parents. Make sure you keep talking to your child gently and let him know that you understand and care for him.

2. Ask questions

Ask your child if something or someone is bothering him, kindly. Do not interrogate your child in any way. Have patience and give him time to open up. He will respond positively to kindness.

shy-child

3. Encourage outdoor play time

Your shy child doesn’t have to stay at home all the time. Let him be around other kids of the same age. Even if he doesn’t open up to the other kids easily, at least it will expose him to social settings which will eventually help him warm up to them.

4. Be Patient

Nothing is worse than pressurizing a shy child. Don’t rush him to do something. Give him time, even if he’s taking more time than the other kids. Take a deep breath and just be patient with your child. Use a calm and soothing voice to help your child.

5. Help them find their passion

Some kids can be very timid but can express themselves better through art. Maybe your child likes to draw or maybe your child loves to play the piano. Whatever it is, channel this interest of your shy child into a passion she will truly treasure forever. It will be a liberating experience for your child and bring great joy to her.

shy-kid

6. Motivate your child

Be their personal cheerleader. If your child is making an effort to do something out of his comfort zone, appreciate him and remind him that he’s doing great! “I know that this was difficult for you but you did it so well!” is a great way to uplift and inspire your child.

7. Don’t shame or humiliate them

Do not compare them to other children, especially with harsh words. Don’t put them on the spot. This can give your child anxiety and lower her confidence even further. Your child doesn’t choose to be introverted – this is just how she is.

8. Don’t force them

Don’t force them into any situation they clearly want to avoid. If they really don’t want to do something, don’t push them to do it. Interacting with other people can be stressful and emotionally draining for your child and sometimes it’s better to take a break.

shy-girl

9. Encourage them to express themselves

Your child might have a lot of ideas, questions, opinions, fears which she just doesn’t know how to express. Make it easier for her by encouraging her to ask you anything at all. Make it a routine so that she gradually gets comfortable with it. Answer these questions with attentiveness & positivity.

10. Be affectionate

Avoid calling your child ‘shy’ every time. You don’t need to put your child into a category. Be affectionate, sympathetic and loving to your kid. Snuggle and hug your little one every chance you get!

It is essential to know if your child is introverted by nature or has become reserved because of a specific event. If your child is going through something or if the shyness is severe, it is best to take her to a mental health professional who specializes in child care. Either way, keep loving your children just the way they are!

10-ways-to-raise-shy-kids

Image credits: LuidMilaKot , Ben_Kerckx , Unsplash

10 Easy Exercises For Your Child

10 Easy Exercises For Your Child

Any form of physical activity or exercise is a must for every individual. Children are active little creatures and running all around the place comes naturally to them. Being agile right from an early age has health benefits which will be useful even when your child grows up.

Unfortunately, childhood obesity is the number 1 health concern in the United States according to heart.org. Childhood obesity in turn leads to other health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. An overweight child can also suffer from low self-esteem and sadness, which is extremely worrying.

This can be prevented by maintaining a healthy balance of a good diet and sufficient physical activity for your child. ShapeAmerica.org has great guidelines for the exercise duration and requirements of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be boring!

Here are 10 fun and easy exercise ideas that your child can do easily :

Read More Read More

20 Most Positive Things To Say To Your Child!

20 Most Positive Things To Say To Your Child!

A little child is like a flower, the more you water the flower with kindness and positivity, the more beautifully it will bloom. A positive attitude towards your children is highly important right from the beginning. Including encouraging words and gestures in your conversation have an immensely long-term effect on your child’s thinking and growth.

Every child looks up to his or her parents as a source of inspiration and it is essential to practice positivity by example. Negative and aggressive comments made in times of anger will only create issues in their psyche and behavior. Children will express and communicate all of their thoughts freely only if the environment around them is cheerful and lively which is inherently the parents’ responsibility.

Here are the 20 most positive things you can say to your child for effective communication between you and your bundle of joy.

1. I love you.

Let your child know that they are loved, unconditionally.
i_love_you

2. You’re really good at this!

If your children are putting effort into something, make sure you applaud their endeavors by complimenting them.

3. I appreciate you.

Let your child know that you care.

4. It’s okay to make mistakes.

Children make mistakes. Let them know that it’s alright.

5. What are you feeling?

Children, sometimes, do not realize how to convey their thoughts and open up. Ask them about their feelings clearly and lovingly.

6. Thank you.

Thank your child when he/she does something nice for you. It will instill good manners in your kid right from the beginning.

7. I’m proud of you.

Even if your child didn’t succeed in something (for example, an art competition or a school race), say that you’re still very proud of their effort.

8. You make me so happy!

Just tell them that they’re a ray of sunshine in your life and watch as their face lights up in joy.
you_make_me_happy

9. I admire your kindness.

Kindness is a virtue which must be inculcated early on in the childhood. Teach them that a kind demeanor is greatly appreciated.

10. That’s an amazing idea!

Accept every idea, suggestion and opinion from your little one with cheerfulness.

11. I’m sorry for this.

Saying sorry to your children helps them understand the importance of accepting your mistake and sincerely apologizing for it.

12. We understand you.

There will be times when your child becomes stubborn & throws a tantrum. Saying ‘we understand you’ makes the child realize that his/her parents are trying their very best to help.

13. I am here to talk about anything at all.

When your children are growing up, they will have questions – lots of them. Don’t let any topic be taboo and be open to answering any questions that cross their minds.
mother_talking_to_child

14. I’m here to help.

Let your children know that no matter what they’re going through, you’re always there to help!

15. You are important.

Help your child understand mutual respect by making them feel important and valuable in every way.

16. I trust you so much.

Saying this builds a strong foundation of trust among family members and helps the child build better relationships in his/her lifetime.
trust_you

17. Do you like it?

Ask for their genuine opinion and ask whether they like certain things or not.

18. You can do it!

Your child will struggle at various things while growing up. Be their personal cheerleader and remind them that they are very capable of doing it well.

19. I forgive you.

Saying ‘I forgive you’ is as important as saying ‘I am sorry’. Teach your child that forgiving someone and not holding grudges against them takes a big heart.

20. You look great just the way you are.

Avoid belittling comments about your child’s physicality or abilities. Appreciate them in all their cuteness!

Be an epitome of kindness, love and affection around your child because you never know which of your words are shaping your kid and will be carried by them throughout their lifetime!
5bcf2jqj

Image Credits: deboyscyfoto, PublicDomainPictures, Profile, thedanw, PublicDomainPictures

7 Tips To Become An Ideal Parent

7 Tips To Become An Ideal Parent

Parenting is both an art and a science. An ideal parent is the one who displays unconditional acceptance of what the child is. A parent’s relationship with his/her child has great
influence on child’s actions including child behavior problems. If your relationship with your child is not good, they’re not going to listen to you. See yourself how you relate to
other people. If you have a good relationship with them, you tend to trust them more, listen to their opinions, and agree with them. If you don’t like someone you just don’t
like, you will ignore their opinion.

7 Tips to become an ideal parent are:

1. Avoid harsh behavior

Don’t yell, be loud or vent your frustration on your kid. Convey your message in a soothing tone. Always remember to make a proper choice of words. Talk to them about their
mistakes and teach them not to repeat the mistakes again. There are many other ways to discipline a child, including ‘time out,’ which works better and does not involve
aggression.
harsh_eyes

2. Motivate and appreciate

If your child is less motivated, it can be a source of great worry, frustration, sometimes even despair and that’s where the trouble can begin. Convincing your children to do
things they don’t want to do can be too challenging. Also making them stop doing the things you don’t want them to do can be even trickier still. If your child experiences
failure, motivate him to try hard and leave a trail of positivity! Also appreciate your child for good work, which boosts confidence!

3. Parents should adapt and adjust with time

Keep a proper track of your child’s development. Your child is growing up. Consider how age is affecting the child’s behavior. Encourage question answer sessions and appreciate
their curiosity. Answer every question they ask you and are curious to know. A child’s curiosity knows no bounds! Get on track with them so that they travel ahead smoothly!
After all you play a vital role in the smooth life cycle of your kid.

4. Cultivate your child’s independence

Children may undergo some restrictions imposed by their parents which means that even if the child wants to do something, he cannot do because of the restrictions. This
creates a sense of self-control. When a parent encourages independence, it helps the child to develop a sense of self direction in which the child is free to explore and perform
things! Independence is a gift that a parent can give to their children. Cultivate independence by showing confidence in your children’s capabilities, teaching them that they
have control over their lives and giving them the freedom to make their own decisions.
parent_with_child

5. Be steadfast with your child

There is nothing more powerful than believing in someone unconditionally. We often see parents nagging at their children and pushing them to be the perfect child. No doubt
they love their children, but this very act of trying to change someone gives out a strong signal of disbelief. Be steadfast when your child is being stubborn or just plain bossy.

6. Parents must respect their child

The best way to get respectful treatment from your child is to treat him respectfully. You should give your child the same courtesies you would give to anyone else. Speak to
your child politely. Respect his opinion. Pay attention when he is speaking to you. Treat him kindly. Try to please him when you can. Children treat others the way their parents
treat them. Your relationship with your child acts as the foundation for his relationships with others.

7. Show unconditional love

Unconditional love is love without requiring anything in return. Some powerful ways to show unconditional love to your children are by learning their language, serving them
unconditionally, learning to listen to them, being spontaneous etc.
parent_love

ideal_parent_infographic

 

Image credits: Public Domain Pictures  VaniaRaposo  mh-grafik Unsplash

Welcome To The Kidloland Blog!

Welcome To The Kidloland Blog!

The world is getting more and more tech-savvy, so why should your child be left behind? We, at Kidloland, strive to give your kids the best preschool learning and education but also with loads of fun!

Kidloland is a complete learning app (available on the App store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore) for kids between the age of 0 to 5 years old, full of thousands of vibrant and colorful animations. It includes various stories, activities, puzzles, games and more.
Here are some of the best things your child can learn through this app:

  1. Nursery Rhymes

    old_macdonald_nursery_rhyme Itsy_bitsy_spider

    Kidloland offers your favorite rhymes like Old Macdonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Itsy Bitsy Spider and much more. Your child can sing-along to various classic nursery rhymes which are highlighted with the song. The interactive and educational rhymes are easy to follow and guaranteed to make your bonding experience with your toddler even more fun! Watch with glee as your child touches the characters on the screen and giggles with surprise at the silly animations.

  2. Stories

    ant-and-dove-story

    It’s very important to instill good values and morals in a child as early as possible. That’s where stories come in. Fables and stories have been a source of learning since ages and your kid can learn them all in this app. Kidloland includes a variety of stories with good morals along with eye-catching visuals and animation.

  3. ABCs and Phonics
    Happy_Apples C_cat_alphabet

    Learning is fun with phonics! Your child will learn all the alphabets and the alphabet song easily while enjoying as well. This includes alphabets and phonics right from A-A-Apple to Z-Z-Zebra!

  4. Games

    space_puzzle_game fruit_puzzle_game

    With our games, children can hone their cognitive skills by arranging pieces of puzzles together, sorting them correctly, counting them, identifying them and a lot more. They will also help your child note the difference between light and heavy objects, recognize colors, find the odd ones out and sharpen their memory.

  5. Activities

    beetle_learn_shapes

    Within this category, kids can touch the screen to make the characters (like bees, cows, beetles, sheep etc.) perform various educational activities. A calm voice guides your child through the activities and motivates them when they accomplish it.

  6. Animal Kingdom
    sheep_animal_kingdom

    This section in the app helps your child learn facts about animals in the animal kingdom in an innovative way. Enjoy the music and sing along to the cheerful songs in this category.

  7. Fruits and Vegetables

    pineapple-game

    Nutrition is very important for your child and after playing with this section, your child won’t refuse to eat fruits and vegetables! Original and catchy tunes will help your toddler learn more about them in an easy and interactive way.

  8. Vehicles

    airplane_vehicle

    Be it an airplane or a boat, your kid will know about them all. Kidloland includes a wide range of fun and exciting vehicle songs!

  9. Lullabies

    lullaby_for_kids

    Getting your super active child to fall asleep easily is definitely not an easy task – moms and dads around the world will agree. Lullabies are a great way to make your baby feel calm and drift into sweet dreams. Rock-A-Bye, Sleep Baby Sleep, Hush Little Baby are just a few of the lullabies on Kidloland which are sung with a deeply soothing voice. These will make sure your baby has a golden little slumber.

  10. Learning The Basics

    kids_learn_colors

    Develop your preschooler’s thinking, concentration, hand & eye co-ordination, memory and recognition skills as they practice the names of days, months, colors, shapes etc. with cute and funny characters on the device screen.

Technology has made learning more fun than ever. Over 200,000 happy families use KidloLand Nursery Rhymes For Kids and you can, too!

At Kidloland, we aim to encourage your child to keep learning and keep growing smarter everyday! Subscribe to our blog to keep yourself updated about future posts dealing with parenting, child care and learning.

Download the App here:

google_play appstore amazon_app