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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Want To Boost Your Baby's IQ? A Healthy Diet May Be Your Ticket.

Researchers from Australia’s University of Adelaide have found a link between healthy infant diets and slightly boosted IQ scores. In the new study, the feeding habits of 7,000 infants were tracked when the children were 6 months, 15 months and 2 years old. The participants then took IQ tests when they reached the age of 8, and the researchers found that children who ate healthy diets between the ages of 6 and 24 months outperformed children who ate less nutritious diets. On average, children reared on healthy diets had IQ scores 2 points better than those who ate a lot of junk food during the study period.
“Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, and the aim of this study was to look at what impact diet would have on children’s IQs,” said study leader, Lisa Smithers, a public health researcher at the University of Adelaide.
“While the differences in IQ are not huge, this study provides some of the strongest evidence to date that dietary patterns from six to 24 months have a small but significant effect on IQ at eight years of age. It is important that we consider the longer-term impact of the foods we feed our children.”
The study’s findings are not definitive, and the researchers acknowledge that other, unknown factors may also have caused or contributed to the difference in IQ. Researchers also admitted that the IQ spread among the control groups was clinically significant, but not very large.

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Source: Wowktv
Written by: Jim Greene on Friday, August 31, 2012



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Monday, August 28, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking?

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!


Look, Mom, I'm doing Yoga?
I've been watching you.
It's easy isn't it?
I could be a Yoga teacher?






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Friday, August 25, 2017

Mom's Response to Crying Baby A Reflection of Own Experiences

New research from the University of Carolina at Greensboro finds that the way a mother responds to her baby’s crying has a lot to do with her own experiences as a child.
The University of Carolina study, which also involved researchers from Fuller Theological Seminary and Hebrew University of Jurusalem, included roughly 250 women who were monitored throughout their pregnancy and the first six months of their lives as mothers.
The major finding: those mothers who had positive childhood experiences with caregivers — mothers, aunts, babysitters, etc — were far more attentive to the needs of crying children. Researchers found that women with these positive childhood experiences — and those who had come to terms with negative experiences — responded in a more sensitive way to a baby’s crying.
Meanwhile, the researchers found that women who had had negative childhood experiences and those who had a history of depression and difficulty controlling emotions tended to focus more on themselves and less on children.
Ether Leerkes, a family studies professor at the University of Carolina, believes the study will help childcare providers better understand the needs of children and their parents. “Responding sensitively to infant crying is a difficult yet important task,” Leerkes said. “Some mothers may need help controlling their own distress and interpreting babies’ crying as an attempt to communicate need or discomfort.”

Leerkes went on to suggest that mothers concerned about the study’s findings look for help through home visiting programs or parenting classes that can assist parents in dealing with the stresses associated with caring for infants.




Article written by ActiveBeat Author on Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Obese Mother = Obese Baby?

It seems that more and more North American women are overweight or obese before and throughout their pregnancies.
This might not mean much on its own accord. However, a recent study from the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism says that if mom is overweight before and during pregnancy; the chances of delivering a heavier baby are much higher.
The new research, which looked at key factors that cause obesity during pregnancy and after delivery also find that the more overweight mom happens to be; the higher risk that baby will be not only overweight as well, but also develop weight-associated chronic diseases down the road.
Study researchers looked at factors that affect weight gain for expecting women—including maternal diet, gestational weight gain, and metabolic disturbances—and found that pregnant moms can pass along these traits to their unborn children.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Written by: Jim Green







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Monday, August 21, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking?

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!


See, Mom, I've got teeth.
I will get more won't I?
I'll have to what? Brush them.
Why?






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Friday, August 18, 2017

6 Items That Should Be On Your Child's Checkup List

As adults there are certain tests that should be done by a particular age to maintain optimal health.  For your child, even though you feel he is in the pinnacle of health there are certain checkups that are needed even when he is still in pull-ups.  This article provides helpful information on these necessary checkups.  You can read the complete article here.





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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Benefits of Naps for Toddlers and Babies

Naps are enjoyable, but as an adult it is often difficult to work one into your day.  However, for a toddler and baby naps are more important, in fact, they are a must.  This article tells you why.  You can read the complete article here.







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Monday, August 14, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking?

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!

But I don't want to take a nap.
I might miss something.
Please, Mom, no nap.
Guess this face didn't work, nap time.









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Friday, August 11, 2017

6 Tips to Lull Your Child to Sleep Naturally

Getting your baby to sleep in the first six months is easy, they just seem to fall asleep anywhere, anytime.  However, after they are a toddler that completely changes and getting them to sleep becomes a bit more difficult.  This article will provide some helpful ways to accomplish this trying task.  You can read the complete article here.



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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Early Warning Signs of Hearing Impairment In Babies

As a new parent it is not always easy to know if your baby has a hearing impairment.  This article provides helpful insight into being about to determine this.  You can read the complete article here.




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Monday, August 7, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!

 Pretty, oh so pretty!
Don't you agree, Mom?
I'll be even prettier when I have hair.
I will get more hair won't I?







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Friday, August 4, 2017

20 Silent Thoughts Your Babysitter Has About You, But Won't Say To Your Face




From what they  know about your marriage (hint: it's a lot!) to your parenting habits that drive them crazy, babysitters get honest about what it's really like to watch your children.

Little things that make my job easier
1. Before I babysit for the first time, have me come over and meet your child for a few minutes while you're home. If you can't do that, show your child a picture of me ahead of time. (I can probably text you one.) it really helps the kids feel more comfortable before you leave me with them.

2. Make a big deal when I arrive. It sounds like such a small thing, but if you open the door, give me a hug and act excited to see me, the kids think, "Oh, Mom really likes her. She must be OK."

3. If your child has separation anxiety and starts to cry when you're leaving, hurry up and get out the door. Combing back for one more kiss or tying to soothe him before you go just prolongs the crying. Once you're gone, he will stop crying --I promise. Most kids calm down in 10 minutes or less. (If it makes you feel better, ask me to text you once he stops.)

4. It's hard to remember all the details you're throwing at me in the 10 minutes before you leave. Taht's why we love when you write down everything. In addition to emergency phone numbers, include the full bedtime routine, the rules o the house (Can the kids eat in the family room, play on the iPad?), when I can find things like extra toilet paper, and how o use that tricky TV remote. Don't forget to include your WiFi password.

Here's How to Make Me Happy
5. Most of the time, I could care less when you come home. Go ahead and get your party on, parents--that's a bigger paycheck for me! But if you're going to later than you said, please give me the courtesy of a heads up. One time, the parents stayed out all nigh when I had another sitter job booked for the morning.,

6. If you want a happy sitter, have something besides kale chips and organicapple sauce for me to snack on, and make sure to mention hat i's OK for me to help myself.

7. Yes, I like your kids. I may even love them. But I'm still doing this for the money. If you pay me well or tip me at the end of the night, I'm going to feel much more loyal to your family. And I'll be more likely to say yest next time.

Juicy Secrets We Know About You
8. I'm not sure why you feel so comfortable confiding in me, but to tell you the truth, it makes me uncomfortable. Moms are always complaining about how their husbands never do anything around the house, how they spend to much money, and worse.

9. Your kids can't keep a secret. They told me when Daddy lost his job, when Mommy went away to rehab, and how you both walk around naked.

10. Sometimes parents haven't had cash and need to raid their kids' wallets or piggy banks to pay me.

11. Chances are, I know about your marital problems. Your kids tell me about your fights, and sometimes i hear you arguing outside before you come in. At one job, I learned the mom was having an affair because all of their devices were kinked through iCloud, and her text messages to her lover popped up on the kid's iPad.

12. One time I wen to put in a DVD for the kids, and there was porn in there.

13. Don't leave things on the counter you don't want me to read, whether it's a bill, a to-do9 list, or a bank statement. I saw one family's tax return and after that, I didn't feel so bad asking for a higher rate.

14. If you ask me to do the laundry, you might want to think about what's in your hamper first. I was shocked to find out the buttoned-up Dad I babysat for wears brightly colored briefs.

A Few Pet Peeves
15. One thing we can't stand: reusable cloth diapers. They are totally disgusting. On the nights when I'm coming, please be considerate and leave me a few disposable ones.

16. I hate it when kids have super late bedtimes. I know you want to get the most band for your buck, but your 3-year-old should not be going to be at 9 p.m. He's just going to be cranky and ruin your day tomorrow.

17. If you keep asking me to babysit and I always have an excuse, take a hint. I probably didn't like babysitting for you for some reason, so you may want to reconsider what you pay or work on your child's behavior.

18. It drives me crazy that you're so inconsistent when it comes to discilin. One mom told her son in fron of me that he couldn't have any ice cream that night because he hit his sister. But when I came back the next day, he said, "Guess what> I got ice cream last night!"

If we could give Parent a Piece of Advise...
19. When a toddler is having a tantrum, my favorite trick is to stay calm, get down at heir leel, and start talking really softly. They'll quiet down just so they can hear what I'm saying.

20. Stop coddling. Let him cry it out in the crib. Don't cook her a separate meal if she doesn't liek what you're serving  And never, ever give in when they whine.

Sources: Kate Jenson, a babysitter in Chicgo; Kathryn Poeschl, a babysitter in San Mateo, Calif.; Emily Levitan, a babysitter in Marin County, Calif.; a babysitter in Charlotte, N.C.; Lynn Perkins, founder of urbansitter.com; and Rachel Charlupski, founder of The babysitting Company.

Article written by Michelle Crouch for Readers Digest.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

12 Ways to Find a Babysitter You Trust to Watch Your Children

Leaving a child in the hands of a babysitter while you head to work or out for the evening out can be daunting, especially with a new sitter.  While finding a babysitter you trust is not a simple feat, rest assured there are caring, loving, and reliable babysitters out there.  Here's how to find them and made the relationship work.




Check the sitter's background
Before you hire a person to come into your home and look after your children, you should conduct a background check, says Efrat Cohen, a licensed private investigator in Florida, New Jersey, and Ne York. "When we do a background check on a babysitter we look for any criminal records, sexual assault incidents, any robbery, or kidnapping charges. We also look for any driving records in case the babysitter will have to drive the kids around "  Cohen says, "all these factors are so important to know before trusting someone with your kids and letting them in your home,." (In my next blog you will find 20 things your babysitter secretly thinks about you.)

"Do your homework on the prospective sitter," recommends Kasey Edwards, co-founder and CEO of Helpr, an on-demand babysitting app that will get you a screened sitter (CPR certification included) to your door in as few as three hours. "Call references and ask thorough and open-ended question, look for time gaps in resumes, and ask for different type of references like a roommate."

Use online resources, but proceed with caution
There's another growing option for babysitting leads, online resources. According to a recent article in the Denver Post, Web-based services like Care.com, UrbanSitter.com, and SitterCity.com connect families with local sitters, with many offering user reviews and easy-to-access background checks. "no matter what method you choose, though, parents say finding the right person comes down to doing your own research. That includes doing in-person interviews, checking references, and running basic background checks," says the article. Katie Bugbee, global parenting expert at Care.com, told the Denver Post. "To sit at that dinner table with an extra level of comfort and relaxation in the person you hired, it's worth the due diligence."

Make sure you're on the same page
Laura Davis, a franchise owner of college Nannies + Sitters + Tutors, says parents must discuss how discipline and other issues will be handled. "find out how he/she would handle a child having a tantrum. What about bedtime routines like bathing and changing diapers? Is he/she certified in CPR? Ask him/her if he/she drives and how he/she would handle an emergency if your child needed to be taken somewhere," says Davis. "You really need to sit down and have an interview with the prospective sitter."

Check references
References are important. "Speak with them, don't just request the number," says Charlupski. "Make sure it is a person that they have provided similar services for and not a friend or family member. We do extensive research on references to make sure hat i isn't someone that they know too personally, it should really be professionally." Even though references may check out, a formal drug test and background check is recommended.

Let your children chime in
Davis says to ask your children, if they're old enough, for their thoughts. "Get the family involved," she says. "since your children are the ones most affected by this decision, make them part of the process. Plan a meet and greet with your children and your top sitter or nanny candidates and observe how everyone interacts."

It's OK to be picky
According to an article from the University of Rochester Medical Center, when you're looking for  babysitter, give yourself enough time to be selective. The article suggests to look for a sitter within your circle of friends, religious organization, or other community groups; select someone who already works with children; and have the sitter spend time with you before babysitting to meet the children and learn their routines.

Have a trial run
Meet with the babysitter a day or two before to set expectations."when hiring a babysitter the most important thing that we feel you can do (if time allows) is meet with the sitter before the day hat she actually begins working," says Rachel Charlupski, founder of The Babysitting Company, a firm that interviews, hires, and trains professional babysitters for hotels, travel, special events, private residences, and sports teams. "This way you and your children will be familiar and excited about this person."

Realize trust rakes time
Establishing trust takes time, but you can work on building it fast by taking the challenge on upfront. "Ask for simple tasks to be accomplished at the end of the first few shifts, and see if the sitter caters to the checklist."

Take social media presence into account
"I always tell parents to ask potential babysitters if they have a social media account and then to take a look at it," says Jeffrey Kelly, owner of MyFirstPaycheck.com, a platform that provides training and information for teens and college students looking to find their first job. "Every now and then you will see something that is not consistent with the values or behaviors you have for your family" he says. That's a sign that the babysitter is not for you.

Keep tabs on social media going forward
After a few babysitting sessions, Kelly says he sends friend requests to his sitters. "It is a great way to build a relationship and keep in touch outside of the very short periods of time at the beginning and end of a job," he says. "It also allows me a little insight in to what the sitter is doing when he/she isn't babysitting." You can also see if he is posting on Instagram or Facebook accounts when he is supposed to be actively watching your child (you may, for example, be OK with social media use after your child's bedtime).

Be a good boss
Sitters tend to respond to mutual respect, says Edwards. "Build that trust on your end by being a great employer. To do that, notice the things that are above and beyond and say thank you." like sweeping the kitchen floor or caring for your child's 'ouchy' with special TLC," she adds. "You can tell a great sitter by your child's reaction to him/her; if your child smiles when the sitter arrives and cries when he/she leaves, you've got a great one. Parents should also text or call when they're on the way home so the sitter has a chance to tidy up." Communication is key to the successful building of trust and a bit of mutual flexibility goes a long way.

This article was written by Erica Lamberg and published in the Reader's Digest.

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