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Breyla.com Parenting Tip #1:
Making grocery shopping with your children fun and productive:
O.K. so it’s that time of the week again when your normally well behaved children go crazy with complaining as you utter the words “time for a trip to the grocery store.”
After getting your children all strapped in the car or your littlest ones buckled into the stroller for a walk to the local grocery store your mind wonders into a daydream about a grocery store trip that will only take three minutes total – with every store item needed leaping from the shelf into your cart not to mention the checkout lane that automatically scans and bags in a split second. Woken from your daydream by voices saying - ‘can I get that?’, ‘can I get this?’ - you realize that you have arrived in aisle one with no magic genie in sight.
Before leaving for the grocery store create for each child age two and up their own grocery store list. Depending on how much time you have you may choose to cut and paste a list using that week’s grocery store flier (this type of picture plus word list works great for children who are not yet readers or who are just learning to read.) Have the children choose items for their own list or choose items for them that they would like or use (example: Kerri likes apples, carrots, bread and cheese. She uses paper plates and bendy straws. Aaron likes ice cream, salsa, blueberries and bananas. He uses tissues, toilet paper and zip-lock bags.) Read over the lists with the children before entering the store - before leaving the house, in the store parking lot or during your walk to the store will work well. Right before entering the store hand each child their own cloth grocery shopping bag to place the items from their own shopping list into. Before entering each aisle read the aisle number and the item categories found in that aisle. If you are with children that can read have them read the categories to the family out-loud. Knowing what to expect in each aisle will help the children look out for an item that they might find from their list to be placed in their own cloth grocery shopping bag. With children that are old enough to go through the store on their own or be an aisle ahead or an aisle behind you a scavenger hunt shopping trip is also a great idea. Have the older children take 10 items each from your master plan shopping list along with a cloth grocery shopping bag and see who finishes gathering their items first or who saves the most at check out time with coupons and sales. As you and your children work together to accomplish a main goal co-operation skills, communication and on a good day bargain finding skills are developed.
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Breyla.com Parenting Tip #2:
Making bath-time fun for the child who is afraid of getting wet in the bath tub:
Is it hard to get your child into the bathtub? Some children love their bath time while others are determined never to get wet no matter how muddy they are from playing outside or tangled their hair has become.
A hooded character towel that your child has picked out by themselves may make all the difference during bath time. Also water crayons, boats and bubbles all make a bathtub a friendlier environment for a child. Here is a fun game to try: with your help, have your child, fill the bath tub with water, bubbles and boats for bathtub fun time. Remember to always check the water temperature before letting your child touch the bath water. You and your child can play in the bath water while fully clothed from the bathroom side of the tub. Before you know it your child will be ready to hop right in the tub for more fun. P.S. remember to take off his or her socks first. We have had many wet socks in our household from this game. At the end of bathtub fun time have your child’s hooded character towel waiting for the after bath dry off and cuddle time. This special one-on-one bathtub fun time and cuddle will strengthen your child’s ability to tackle difficult and fearful situations while also enhancing a trust bond between parent and child.
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Breyla.com Parenting Tip #3:
How to Help a Motion Sick Child by Carsickkids.com:
As the mother of a little girl who suffers terribly with motion sickness on any car ride that lasts longer than about twenty minutes, I have become intimately familiar with the battle cry of "mommy I feel sick!" I've spent countless hours combing the internet, books, and medical journal articles looking for help and have quizzed every adult I know who has suffered from motion sickness about how to help her. Here's what I've learned...I hope that it helps you and your little one.
Motion sickness is the result of the brain receiving conflicting messages from the inner ears (which control balance and equilibrium) and sensory receptors in the body and what the eyes see. The greater the conflict in signals; the greater the chance of distress. For example when a child reads a book, watches a video, or plays a handheld game in the backseat of a car, they feel the motion of the car in their inner ear and body but since her view is focused on the printed page or screen the eyes are sending the message that they are stationary. This conflicting sensory input causes confusion in the brain that triggers nausea, vomiting and other symptoms of motion sickness.
Most doctors say that motion sickness peaks between the ages of 2-12, however it can develop in infancy and some people never outgrow it. If your baby is unusually fussy on long car rides it could be caused by motion sickness. Our daughter had her first episode of vomiting from motion sickness at 10 months old, which is when we realized that her fussiness on car trips was a symptom of feeling car sick.
Each child is different and finding the right combination of therapies is usually a matter of trying different things until you hit on the combination that best helps your child. Remember that motion sickness remedies are most effective if you begin using them before nausea starts rather than waiting until your child is already feeling ill. The following suggestions should help you to find the right combination for your child.
Open the windows. Fresh air seems to help reduce nausea as does keeping the temperature cool. Overheating and stale air seem to worsen symptoms, so crack the windows open as much as the weather allows.
Avoid strong smells. Strong smells can trigger or exacerbate nausea and vomiting. So try to avoid smoke, heavy perfume, exhaust fumes, factory smells etc. If possible use the "recycle" setting on the ventilation system to keep road smells outside. Aromatherapy can sometimes help, you may want try a few drops of natural citrus, lavender or peppermint essential oil on a cloth that can be sniffed as needed.
Stop frequently. Since many kids don't get sick during the first 30 minutes or so of a car trip, frequent stops can reduce the likelihood of becoming ill. Be sure to let your child get out of the car for some fresh air and physical activity at each stop. This will help them to get their equilibrium back before getting back in the car.
Sit your child as far forward in the car as their age allows. For children younger than 12 sitting in the first row of rear seats rather than in the back row in a van is usually best. Encourage them to look at cars and scenery out ahead of you or have them look at the horizon. This helps to reduce the conflicting signals between the eyes and inner ear and the rear seats tend to experience the most motion. Try playing some games such as "I spy" or "license plate letter hunt" to keep them to looking out the window and keep their mind occupied. For children over 12 who are big enough to sit in the front seat safely this position should help to reduce motion sickness.
Put your child in an approved car seat or booster. Not only is a car seat critical for your child's safety, but it also helps to prevent nausea by letting them sit up high enough to see out the front window.
Avoid reading or playing video games. Reading, coloring, playing handheld games or even watching videos in the car can trigger motion sickness or make it worse. Books on CD or games focused outside are a better bet for entertaining your child without increasing nausea.
Eat a light snack before hitting the road. When motion sickness symptoms start one of the things that happens is that digestion slows. Heavy or greasy meals before traveling or along the way can make nausea worse. Starting with an empty stomach may cause trouble too a light healthy meal or snack is likely to be your best bet. Rather than relying on fast food on the road bring healthy snacks such as crackers, fresh veggies, fruit, or cheese sticks.
Bring a cold pack. Placing a cold pack or even a cool washcloth on the back of your child's neck the moment nausea begins to set in can be very soothing.
Try Ginger. Have your child eat a few pieces of crystalized ginger or strong ginger candies before you start the trip and then periodically during the trip. For those old enough to swallow pills ginger capsules can work wonders as well.
Try accupressure bands.BioBands, are adjustable Velcro wrist bands with a small round bead that presses into the P6 acupressure point on the inside of the wrist. BioBands have been shown to be so effective in treating motion sickness (and other types of nausea) that they have received FDA marketing clearance.
Keep plenty of lollipops on hand. Sucking on a lollipop in flavors known to reduce nausea can work wonders and it is one treatment that your child will love! CarSickKids.com carries Queasy Pop Kids which are specially formulated to help relieve motion sickness and also Yummy Earth Organic lollipops in flavors known to ease nausea for those children whose parents prefer organic product and those who cannot eat products containing corn syrup. (As nearly every other lollipop on the market does.)
Be prepared for the worst. No matter what treatments you try it is still important to be prepared for unexpected vomiting. Knowing that they have a safe place to get sick if they need to will help to keep your child calm and will in turn keep everyone else in the car more comfortable as well. Keep a supply of sturdy , leak proof, bags in the car for emergencies, plus wet wipes for cleanups and a fresh change of clothes in case it is needed. The Red E Bag is a perfect solution for unexpected (or not so unexpected) vomiting. It is a reusable sickness bag with disposable, leak proof, liners and space to store the rest of your motion sickness supplies.
We would love to hear from you. How did this tip work for your child's car sickness? Contact us today with your stories, comments or suggestions.