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BabyGym App – Roll Over Exercise

By |2019-08-20T10:47:53+02:00Sep 21st, 2019|Categories: Parenting Advice|Tags: , , |

Motor skills are important for your child.

You can help your child along already when he/she is a few days old. It does not require a gymnasium or complicated equipment to help your child develop good motor skills. With this app, you will get carefully picked exercises for your child aged 0-18 months. The exercises are instructed by professionals, so they can easily be performed at your home or wherever you need to play and do some exercise.

Roll over-exercise From 1 month. This exercise strengthens your baby’s head movements and ability to roll from back to stomach

BabyGym in App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/baby-gym/id1292598297

Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.babygym

 

 

 

DIY UNICORN DREAMCATCHER

By |2019-08-23T12:28:18+02:00Sep 21st, 2019|Categories: DIY for kids|Tags: , , |

Add yarn, a glittery horn, felt ears and glued on flowers to an embroidery hoop for a beautiful handmade unicorn dreamcatcher.

Materials

  • 6″ Embroidery Hoops
  • Yarn and ribbon of various textures and colors
  • Hot glue
  • Felt (stiff white and light pink)
  • Decorative craft flowers
  • Glitter paper
  • Scissors
  • Glitter heart stickers and decorative roses for a Valentine unicorn dreamcatcher

Tools

Instructions

Step 1. Wrap yarn around your embroidery hoop and secure with a dab of hot glue when you’re done.

Step 2. Tie yarn around one end the hoop and then tie around the hoop, crisscrossing yarn tightly. Tie off the yarn when you are done.

Step 3. Cut out felt outer white ears and inner pink ears. Use a stiffer white felt for the outer ears so they stick up. Hot glue the inner pink ears to the white ears.

Step 4. Cut out a paper horn shape from your glitter paper.

Step 5. Cut out lengths of various colored yarns and ribbons for your hangings (cut as long as you want the yarn to hang, but keep in mind they will be folded over to make a loop)

Step 6. Determine how you want to arrange your flower pattern.

Step 7. Assemble your unicorn dreamcatcher! Hot glue your glitter horn, flowers, and ears to your hoop.

Step 8. Loop your yarn hangings through the embroidery hoop (watch video for this step).

Watch the video and get full instructions here: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/diy-unicorn-dreamcatcher/

Bullying: It’s Not OK

By |2019-05-25T15:50:08+02:00Sep 16th, 2019|Categories: Child Safety Tips, Parenting Advice|Tags: , , |

Bullying is when one child picks on another child again and again. Usually children who are being bullied are either weaker or smaller, are shy, and generally feel helpless.

Facts About Bullying

  • Both girls and boys can be bullies.
  • Bullies target children who cry, get mad, or easily give in to them.
  • There are 3 types of bullying.
    • Physical—hitting, kicking, pushing, choking, punching
    • Verbal—threatening, taunting, teasing, hate speech
    • Social—excluding victims from activities or starting rumors about them

Bullying Happens:

  • At school—in the halls, at lunch, or in the bathroom, when teachers are not there to see what is going on.
  • When adults are not watching—going to and from school, on the playground, or in the neighborhood.
  • Through e-mail or instant messaging—rumors are spread or nasty notes are sent.

Bullying is Different from Fighting or Teasing:

  • A bully has power over another child.
  • Bullies try to control other children by scaring them.
  • Being picked on over and over can make your child a victim.
  • Bullying usually happens when other children are watching.

Talk With Your Child About Bullying

Even if you don’t think your child is bullied, a bully, or a bystander, you will be helping to protect your child just by asking these questions:

  • “How are things going at school?”
  • “What do you think of the other kids in your class?”
  • “Does anyone get picked on or bullied?”

When your child is bullied, talk with your child about how to stay safe. Bullies always pick on smaller or weaker children. If there is a fight, and the bully “wins,” this will only make matters worse for your child.

Help your child learn how to respond

Let’s talk about what you can do and say if this happens again.

Teach your child how to:

  • Look the bully in the eye.
  • Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
  • Walk away.

Teach your child how to say in a firm voice:

  • “I don’t like what you are doing.”
  • “Please do NOT talk to me like that.”
  •  “Why would you say that?”

Just telling your child to do and say these things is not enough. For many children, these skills do not come naturally. It is like learning a new language—lots of practice is needed. Practice so that, in the heat of the moment, these skills will come to your child naturally.

Teach your child when and how to ask for help. Your child should not be afraid to ask an adult for help when bullying happens. Since some children are embarrassed about being bullied, parents need to let their children know that being bullied is not their fault.

Encourage your child to make friends with other children. There are many adult-supervised groups, in and out of school, that your child can join. Invite your child’s friends over to your home. Children who are loners are more likely to get picked on.

Support activities that interest your child. By participating in activities such as team sports, music groups, or social clubs, your child will develop new abilities and social skills. When children feel good about how they relate to others, they are less likely to be picked on.

Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.

  • Since bullying often occurs outside the classroom, talk with the principal, guidance counselor, or playground monitors, as well as your child’s teachers. When school officials know about bullying, they can help stop it.
  • Write down and report all bullying to your child’s school. By knowing when and where the bullying occurs, you and your child can better plan what to do if it happens again.
  • Some children who are bullied will fear going to school, have difficulty paying attention at school, or develop symptoms like headaches or stomach pains.

When Your Child is the Bully

If you know that your child is bullying others, take it very seriously. Now is the time when you can change your child’s behavior.

In the long run, bullies continue to have problems. These problems often get worse. If the bullying behavior is allowed to continue, then when these children become adults, they are much less successful in their work and family lives and may even get in trouble with the law.

Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior. Be sure your child knows that bullying is never OK.

Be a positive role model. Children need to develop new and constructive strategies for getting what they want.

Show children that they can get what they want without teasing, threatening, or hurting someone. All children can learn to treat others with respect.

Use effective, nonphysical discipline, such as loss of privileges. When your child needs discipline, explain why the behavior was wrong and how your child can change it.

Help your child understand how bullying hurts other children. Give real examples of the good and bad results of your child’s actions.

Develop practical solutions with others. Together with the school principal, teachers, counselors, and parents of the children your child has bullied, find positive ways to stop the bullying.

Source: https://www.healthychildren.org

EASY 10 MINUTE TIRAMISU RECIPE

By |2019-05-26T18:13:51+02:00Sep 10th, 2019|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |

10-Minute Tiramisu recipe takes all the fuss out of a classic Tiramisu by simplifying the method while delivering you maximum delicious results!

Ingredients
  • cup (8oz/225g) mascarpone cheese, room temperature (see substitute idea below)
  • 1/3 cup (2 1/2 oz/71g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Amaretto liquor or Brandy (optional but yummy!)
  • 2 cups (16oz/450ml) espresso or STRONG coffee at room temperature
  • 1 pack Ladyfingers (Boudoir biscuits/Savoiardi. Look for eggless if needed)
  • Cocoa powder for dusting the top
Instructions
  1. Beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form.
  2. Add in mascarpone cheese and amaretto (if using) and continue to whip to stiff peaks.
  3. Dip ladyfingers in coffee (and brandy if using) and place in an 8×8 pan to make the first layer – you can fit about 7 cookies in each layer. Don’t let them soak as the will fall apart, just a quick dunk in the coffee is enough.

  4. Spread half of the whipped cream mixture on top of the first layer of ladyfingers. Repeat process with the second layer of ladyfingers and cream mixture.
  5. Dust the top of dessert with cocoa powder using a sieve. Refrigerate for about 2-4 hours (it gets even better in the fridge and is a perfect make-ahead dessert).

Are Your Kids Drinking Too Much Sugar?

By |2019-07-29T10:54:22+02:00Sep 9th, 2019|Categories: Child Safety Tips|Tags: , |

If you’re worried about how much sugar your kids are eating, it’s time to take a second look at how much they’re drinking. New research confirms that children and teens are downing far too much sugar from sweetened drinks. A study from the CDC shows that two-thirds of kids in the U.S. drink at least one sugary beverage per day (think soda, sports drinks, or sweet coffee drinks). The report also found that boys drink slightly more on average: 20% of boys have 2 or more sugary drinks per day, compared to 18% of girls.

Since added sugar contributes to health issues such as weight gain, heart disease, high blood sugar, and cavities, there are plenty of reasons to keep kids from slurping it down daily. The American Heart Association recommends that children and teens limit sugar-sweetened drinks to 8 ounces per week — that’s less than a regular 12-ounce soda can.

As an overall daily limit on added sugar, young people should get less than 6 tablespoons (which is about 100 calories or 25 grams). Compare that to the whopping 39 grams of sugar found in a 12-ounce can of soda. Plus, with added sugar hiding in seemingly innocent foods like pasta sauce, yogurt, and salad dressing, it’s all too easy for children and teens to go over the limit in just one meal — without accounting for treats. In addition to cutting back on sugary sodas and other sweet drinks, experts recommend that kids should avoid processed foods and baked goods like cookies, cakes, and sweet cereals.

Source: https://www.webmd.com

 

 

 

BabyGym App

By |2019-08-20T10:23:18+02:00Sep 7th, 2019|Categories: Parenting Advice|Tags: , , |

Motor skills are important for your child.

You can help your child along already when he/she is a few days old. It does not require a gymnasium or complicated equipment to help your child develop good motor skills. With this app, you will get carefully picked exercises for your child aged 0-18 months. The exercises are instructed by professionals, so they can easily be performed at your home or wherever you need to play and do some exercise.

Here Are The Top Baby Names Of 2019 So Far

By |2019-09-15T11:11:40+02:00Sep 5th, 2019|Categories: In the News|Tags: |

Two new names are topping Nameberry’s popularity list this year.

Halfway through 2019, some interesting trends have emerged in the world of baby names.

The folks at Nameberry have been tracking the most popular names of 2019 so far, and they’ve identified Archie and Isla as the current top names for boys and girls, respectively. Nameberry’s popularity list is based on number of views each name page receives on its website in a given time period.

“Nameberry’s original data is most valuable as a predictive tool, with names on our Top 100 likely to become more popular on official lists,” Nameberry co-founder and CEO Pamela Redmond explained in a post announcing the new list. “Midway through the year, Archie attracted 50 percent more page views than any other boys’ name, thanks largely to Britain’s latest royal baby.”

The Social Security Administration reported that Archie was one of the fastest rising baby names from 2017 to 2018. Although it fell off the SSA’s Top 1,000 list after 1988, Archie reappeared in 2018 at No. 992.

Like Archie, Nameberry’s top name for girls ― Isla ― is also popular in the U.K. While it’s on the Top 10 lists in Canada, Australia, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England, it’s only No. 82 on the SSA list.

The Nameberry experts also identified trends in “O” names (like Milo, Olivia, Arlo, Bodhi, Elio, and Margot) and in Latin favorites (à la Cassius and Silas).

Below, find Nameberry’s Top 100 names of 2019 so far for girls and boys.

Top 100 Girl Names on Nameberry

  1. Isla
  2. Olivia
  3. Aurora
  4. Ada
  5. Charlotte
  6. Amara
  7. Maeve
  8. Cora
  9. Amelia
  10. Posie
  11. Luna
  12. Ophelia
  13. Ava
  14. Rose
  15. Eleanor
  16. Genevieve
  17. Alice
  18. Elodie
  19. Lucy
  20. Ivy
  21. Evelyn
  22. Astrid
  23. Freya
  24. Anna
  25. Iris
  26. Mia
  27. Violet
  28. Eloise
  29. Aurelia
  30. Thea
  31. Adelaide
  32. Maisie
  33. Esme
  34. Nora
  35. Adah
  36. Chloe
  37. Emilia
  38. Jane
  39. Aria
  40. Penelope
  41. Maya
  42. Hazel
  43. Adeline
  44. Elizabeth
  45. Eliza
  46. Imogen
  47. Clara
  48. Isabella
  49. Phoebe
  50. Elsie
  51. Evangeline
  52. Mae
  53. Audrey
  54. Elise
  55. Emma
  56. Arabella
  57. Lyra
  58. Julia
  59. Claire
  60. Josephine
  61. Lilith
  62. Beatrice
  63. Willa
  64. Caroline
  65. Anastasia
  66. Grace
  67. Elena
  68. Abigail
  69. Clementine
  70. Mabel
  71. Willow
  72. Sadie
  73. Isabel
  74. Wren
  75. Stella
  76. Lydia
  77. Emily
  78. Seraphina
  79. Margot
  80. Mila
  81. Gabriella
  82. Gemma
  83. Matilda
  84. Naomi
  85. Poppy
  86. Lyra
  87. Margaret
  88. Madeline
  89. Cleo
  90. Hannah
  91. Elliana
  92. Zara
  93. Cordelia
  94. Maya
  95. Delilah
  96. Harper
  97. Ottilie
  98. Sienna
  99. Lily
  100. Florence

Top 100 Boy Names on Nameberry

  1. Archie
  2. Milo
  3. Asher
  4. Jasper
  5. Silas
  6. Theodore
  7. Atticus
  8. Jack
  9. Aarav
  10. Finn
  11. Oliver
  12. Felix
  13. Henry
  14. Wyatt
  15. Aryan
  16. Leo
  17. Oscar
  18. Levi
  19. Ethan
  20. James
  21. Julian
  22. Arthur
  23. Ezra
  24. Theo
  25. Eli
  26. Aaron
  27. Liam
  28. Bodhi
  29. Jude
  30. Soren
  31. Arlo
  32. Louis
  33. Charles
  34. Emmett
  35. Kai
  36. Atlas
  37. Charlie
  38. Sebastian
  39. Axel
  40. Cassius
  41. Caleb
  42. Archer
  43. Thomas
  44. Lucas
  45. Amias
  46. Zachary
  47. Jayden
  48. Benjamin
  49. Tobias
  50. Miles
  51. Harry
  52. Declan
  53. Roman
  54. William
  55. Elijah
  56. Josiah
  57. Alexander
  58. Owen
  59. August
  60. Hugo
  61. Luke
  62. Elio
  63. Elias
  64. Cyrus
  65. Xavier
  66. John
  67. Callum
  68. Isaac
  69. Jacob
  70. Cassian
  71. Ambrose
  72. Gabriel
  73. Nolan
  74. Otis
  75. Kit
  76. Caius
  77. Noah
  78. Samuel
  79. Everett
  80. Ryker
  81. Otto
  82. Gideon
  83. Andrew
  84. Sawyer
  85. Graham
  86. Daniel
  87. Adrian
  88. Beau
  89. Max
  90. Zane
  91. Ronan
  92. Caspian
  93. Isaiah
  94. Simon
  95. Abel
  96. Beckett
  97. Bear
  98. David
  99. Vihaan
  100. Lachlan

Source: https://www.huffpost.com

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Thighs

By |2019-09-03T09:16:25+02:00Sep 3rd, 2019|Categories: 4aKid, Recipes|Tags: , |

Soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger (along with the natural juices of the chicken) become irresistible sauce to serve over chicken thighs and rice. If you like a thicker sauce, simply add cornstarch at the end and cook a little longer.

Directions for: Slow-Cooker Chicken Thighs

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick cooking spray

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (2 to 2 1/2 lbs total)

⅓ cup honey

⅓ cup ketchup

⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce

½ tsp dried oregano

¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced

2 Tbsp cornstarch, optional

1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Chopped scallions and cooked white rice, for serving

DIRECTIONS

1. Coat the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray and add the chicken thighs. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oregano, pepper flakes, garlic and ginger and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low until the chicken is cooked through and tender, 5 to 6 hours. Turn off the heat, uncover and let rest for about 10 minutes before serving. The chicken and sauce can be served as-is or, for a thicker sauce, remove the chicken and set aside, covered, to keep warm, then turn the slow cooker to high. Stir the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water together until it resembles heavy cream. Pour the mixture into the sauce, cover and cook until the sauce is thick and bubbling, about 30 minutes. (The mixture must come to a boil to activate the starch and thicken the sauce.) Return the chicken back to the sauce and heat the chicken through, about 5 minutes.

2. Transfer the chicken and sauce to a platter, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and scallions and serve hot with rice.

Read more at http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/slow-cooker-chicken-thighs/19492/#Sv9zYg3DJ0ZAFGRI.99

Entries Now Open for Face of 4aKid September 2019

By |2019-09-03T08:47:37+02:00Sep 2nd, 2019|Categories: 4aKid, Competitions|Tags: , |

Entries Now Open for Face of 4aKid September 2019

September 2019 entries for Face of 4 A Kid now open. Ages 0-8 yrs. Email ONE recent picture to win@4akid.co.za with the child’s name, age as well as parent’s contact details. #BestBabyCompetition #BestKidsCompetition

Good Luck! sparkly rainbow good luck illustration

face of 4akid september entries image

Rules:

  • Only 1 picture per child will be able to enter per month and it must be emailed as a .jpg attachment.
  • We will not accept any “nudie” or partial “nudie” shots. Children need to be fully clothed in the photo! The photo will be removed automatically with no further correspondence.
  • We will not accept entries that have been edited, snap-chatted or photoshopped! The photo will be removed automatically with no further correspondence.
  • A clear photo of the child’s face must be submitted.
  • You may enter your child every month but will need to submit a new picture every new month.
  • The winner may be subject to media marketing for 4aKid.
  • The decision is final and NO correspondence will be entered into.
  • No 4aKid employees or their families may enter the competition.
  • This competition is suitable for ages 0-8 years old.
    Winners must reside in Southern Africa and delivery costs are included in the voucher.
  • The winning voucher can ONLY be used to purchase on www.4akid.co.za and is not transferable.
  • To win, you have to be subscribed to our newsletter. Subscribe here: Newsletter

 

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