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Parenting Essentials

February 24th, 2015by admin

parents to beKids need sleep From your first night at home with a newborn to living with a grumpy teen, one thing is certain: children need sleep. More than this, they need a sleep schedule that is respected by the entire family and followed as consistently as possible. Well-rested kids make for happy kids and a better family dynamic. Did you know that when a child is tired from lack of sleep they perform one or two levels below their current school grade?

Rules are your friend

Rules should be clear and reasonable for your child’s age and skills. Consequences for breaking rules should be obvious from the onset so that children know what to expect. When a rule is broken, make the undesirable behavior very clear “You broke our household rule about cleaning up after ourselves by leaving out dirty clothes and dishes.”

Consistency is Key

Exercise Tips during Pregnancy

February 20th, 2015by admin


pregnant woman sittingPregnant women need exercise just as much as everyone else. However, it needs to be light exercises, which has a lower chance of affecting the growing baby. Pregnant women have a lot to gain by exercising during the course of their pregnancy, especially if they want to be energetic and vibrant after birth, perhaps to take their new bundle of joy to a baby model casting! Expectant mothers are usually affected by many mood swings due to hormonal imbalances. Research shows that women who find some time to do exercise are less affected by negative moods than those who do not.

Pregnant women are usually faced with the problem of lack of sleep due to discomfort in bed. However, with good exercise, they can enjoy a much more comfortable night’s sleep. Exercising also makes you use certain muscles in your body and reduces pain in other parts. The muscle sets used at this time are different to those you would normally use, due to the extra weight and change in your center of gravity. In this way, exercise makes the pregnancy more bearable and less achy.

Three reasons we enrolled our teenager in karate classes

February 16th, 2015by admin


teen karateAs a mom, I’m always concerned about how my son is handling the challenges of life. So when we moved to a new state, I wanted to minimize the emotional roller coaster that often accompanies a big life transition as much as possible.

With that move came a number of changes for him: new school, new friends, new daily routine, and a new house. Major changes like this may disrupt a teenager’s life more than parents realize, so we owe it to them to make it as easy as possible.

While his behavior had not changed significantly due to the move, we did want to provide him with a structured environment where he could adapt and adjust to all the new changes in his life, and karate just fit into that naturally.

Here are the top three reasons for our decision: