Tips for Giving Kids Responsibilities Around the Home

give kids responsibilitiesFamilies are a unit and they function the best when everyone is working toward the same goal. Even though your children require you to care for them, that doesn’t mean they are entirely helpless (although some kids end up that way). Use these tips to give your kids some responsibilities around the home.

1. Give them reasonable tasks.

If you ask your six-year-old to organize the garage, of course she is going to resist. She can’t move many of your items, let alone manage a project that size. You have to give them tasks that are within their abilities to complete, even if those tasks are just pieces of a whole. For example, your child may not be strong enough to push a vacuum cleaner, but she can run the extender along the edges and underneath furniture.

2. Let them make decisions.

Any time you can give your child an opportunity to make decisions, you will cement them in the process. This gives them a sense of ownership over the task or chore. For example, ask your child if she would like to put away toys or dust the shelves. By simply making the decision she’ll feel empowered to complete the task.

3. Patiently answer questions.

It might seem, at first, that your child is asking questions or faking confusion to get out of the chore. Often this isn’t the case. You’ll need to give very specific instructions to your child for even the most basic tasks. Remember, she hasn’t swept a floor before, so you’ll have to walk her through holding the broom, brushing the floor and scooping up the debris.

4. Involve them, even if it’s not practical.

In order to instill a habit, you have to start young. Have your children help you around the house, even if their “help” makes the job take longer. Don’t be tempted to blur through the house getting things in order. Tote your kids along with you and teach them the steps. Think of it like an investment: the more time you spend now teaching them, the less you’ll spend later.

5. Write everything down.

If you’ve gotten to the point with your children that you’re designating responsibilities, it’s time for a chore chart. A chore chart can be anything – a calendar, a list, a wheel, or something clever you invent yourself. Use anything you can to write everyone’s responsibility down. This gives them accountability. They can’t say they forgot or didn’t know if the chart clearly defines their chores.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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Healthy Pregnancy: How to Adjust Your Diet for a Growing Baby

Healthy Pregnancy How to Adjust Your Diet for a Growing BabyEating healthy is important, but especially so during pregnancy. The food you eat will be used by your baby as they grow and develop. How can you be sure that you are eating healthy during a pregnancy? Here are some tips and ideas for how to stay in tip top form.

Make Each Calorie Count

During pregnancy, you’ll need to increase your calorie intake. However it’s important to increase your intake with healthy foods. Chips, candy, cake, and soda have a lot of calories, but lack vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you and your baby need. Think before you eat, and make up a calorie counter if it helps you stay on track.

Listen To Your Body

If you are craving meat or other iron rich foods, your body may be trying to tell you something. Within reason, you should pay attention to your cravings and make the necessary changes. Cravings can vary from woman to woman. Some women crave spicy foods while others are drawn to milk and cheese. While you don’t want to be a slave to your taste buds, give into what you want every now and then. It may be something your baby just needs more of.

Take A Multi-Vitamin

During pregnancy, it is important to take vitamins designed especially for pregnant women. These vitamins will contain nutrients like folic acid which has been shown to decrease the risk of certain types of birth defects. Some women find that prenatal vitamins cause nausea. If this is the case, a maternal care physician, Gilbert Webb suggests taking your prenatal vitamin just before bed.

Other Adjustments

Constipation is very common during pregnancy. Some women find they need to increase their intake of foods with fiber to alleviate the problem. Other women find that taking a dietary fiber supplement works better. In addition to increasing your intake of certain minerals and vitamins, you should also be careful to drink enough fluids. A pregnant woman should drink at least eight glasses of fluid per day.

Eat A Variety Of Foods

Try your best to eat a variety of foods during your pregnancy, including whole grains, low fat meat and cheeses, vegetables, and fruit. This may be very difficult during the first trimester when you may experience morning sickness. On the other hand, if your morning sickness is so severe that it affects your ability to get the nutrients you need, you should contact your doctor or local St Lukes hospital. In most cases, morning sickness will resolve itself during the first trimester.

If you have specific questions about eating healthy and adjusting your diet during your pregnancy, you may want to contact a nutritionist or your doctor.

Guest Blog by Brooke Chaplan, Freelance Writer and Blogger

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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All Natural: At Home Remedies for Your Kids

All Natural At Home Remedies for Your KidsWhen your child has a medical issue, some parents don’t want to jump right into drug remedies. Sometimes they only treat certain symptoms, and the side effects of some can be dangerous for sensitive kids. Here are some natural remedies that often work, and are safe for children.

Honey

For children over 12 months old, honey has many medicinal effects. Honey in hot water with lemon can soothe a sore throat, and there are also several recipes mixed with honey that will soothe coughs naturally. When a child is dealing with local pollen allergies, eating local, unprocessed honey can help make their body more accustomed to the pollen and allergens in the air over time. Just make sure you have some honey ready to eat with every meal.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile helps calm colic in babies, and calms upset tummies in young children. It also is good for its relaxation, and has soothing qualities to help children sleep.

Ginger

Ginger and ginger root is another good remedy for tummy issues in children. It is also antimicrobial and can kill the germs that cause colds, and help reduce fever. Ginger also has a soothing effect for cold symptoms when mixed with other herbs.

Saline

Saline can be used to soothe and moisten nasal passages, and soothe sore throats. Saline can be purchased at the store in drops, saline rinse, or netti pots, or made at home. Homemade saline is simple to make. Just mix ½ tsp of salt with 8 ounces of boiled or sterilized water. With lukewarm saline, squirt 2 or 3 drops of it in the nose, put it through the netti pot, or gargle it to help soothe cold symptoms.

Vapor Rubs

Vapor rubs help children sleep better at night when they have colds or allergies. Vapor rubs can be purchased at a store, and many of them have mixtures that include eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol. However, children under 2 should not have menthol products. Look for products that have aloe, herbs, oils, beeswax and essential oils. These rubs can also be made at home.

Herbs

There are many herbs that are used for medicinal purposes. For example, hyperactivity can be treated with certain herbs such as red clover, lime blossom, Valerian root, catnip, and lemon balm. Herbal medication can be purchased in pills, capsules, or liquid form. If you like to know what is in the capsules, capsule filling supplies can be purchased separately and filled at home with herbs purchased or grown yourself. Make sure you have a capsule filling guide handy so you know you’re getting a safe amount for your kids.

Doctors and drugs have their place at times. However, using these remedies can help a parent feel safer knowing that there is a more natural way to try to soothe that cold, quiet the tummy, and calm anxiety for their child.

Guest Blog by Brooke Chaplan, Freelance Writer and Blogger

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Inexpensive Ikea Furniture To Enhance Your Playroom

When it comes to a playroom, you want to make it the best possible play area for your child, while also getting good deals on the toys and furniture you use for it. Luckily, Ikea is packed to the walls with modern, quality furniture that you can get for a very reasonable price. Plus, playrooms are transitional, meaning you only need them for three to five years. As your child grows, eventually a playroom won’t be necessary. Ikea furniture is great because you can continue to use it after the playroom stage.

Here’s a list of inexpensive Ikea furniture that you can purchase to enhance the kids’ playroom.

1. TROFAST Toy Storage Series

Ikea furniture for your playroom

A playroom is bound to get messy with a ton of toys being used throughout the week. Getting storage units for these various toys, among other items that will quickly become clutter, is a vital aspect of the playroom area to keep it nice and tidy. This brand offers more options than you could think of with a complete range of sizes, colors, and shapes. Whether you just need a small bin for a few toys or multiple compartments for a ton of storage, the TROFAST series has you covered.

2. DUKTIG Toy Series

Ikea furniture for your playroom

This series of toys makes it easy and fun for kids to copy what adults do. These toys are not only going to be fun to play with for your child, but they will also be important for developing social and technical skills in the process. From realistic kitchen set-ups and products to workbenches with tools and accessories, this inexpensive furniture is perfect for your children to have at their disposal.

3. MAMMUT Furniture Series

Ikea furniture for your playrooms

“Inspired by the creative shapes in cartoons, the MAMMUT series gives kids fun furniture of their own.” Featuring rounded corners, odd-looking shapes, and colorful shades of paint these miniature pieces of furniture are the perfect fit for a child’s playroom. They even offer raised edges on the tables to prevent spills during all those tea parties your kid will be hosting!

4. KALLAX Shelving Series

Ikea furniture for your playroom

We recommend this piece to a LOT of our clients. It’s modern, white and works well with our labeling system. It’s also very affordable. We have most of our clients lie this piece on its side, so not only do you get great organization, but the “top” serves as additional play space and space to store toys. When your children grow out of their playrooms, you can use this piece in just about any other room in your home.

custom designed playroomsGuest Blog by Karri Bowen-Poole, Founder of Smart Playrooms

Smart Playrooms is owned and operated by teachers with many years of classroom experience and expertise. They bring the most effective classroom organization techniques and learning strategies into your home.

Smart Playrooms works to encourage kids to get back to the basics of play, using their creative side for art projects and imaginary play. Stressing that less is more, they help moms focus on the toys that will add to the experience. Some moms ask them to help organize their home, but Karri and Chris really like the idea of using their educational backgrounds to create custom designed playrooms. Plus, this gives them a niche in the market. Former teachers setting up your playroom – what could be better!

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What to do When Baby Reaches the Terrible Twos

terrible twosThe terrible twos are a normal stage of development where a child’s need for independence clashes with their need for parents. The result of this situation is often temper tantrums, oppositional behavior and all around moodiness. Since their moods will change very sporadically, it becomes tough to figure out what’s wrong and how to solve the problem. Following some of these tips will hopefully make the twos not so terrible!

Choices

While your child may demand to have their way about a certain issue, you as the parent know exactly what you’d like to happen. Rather than giving them a single command and expecting no disagreement, try to offer choices when possible. If you are able to give your child two different options for a certain situation, they won’t feel like they’re being told what to do, and rather they are the ones in control. If you are trying to get your child to eat, try offering them a choice between two healthy options rather than forcing only one upon them.

Rest

Anyone who is tired has a greater tendency to be cranky or moody, regardless of age. This can especially be true for younger children who are not experienced in handling their emotions the way an adult can. Making sure your kid is getting proper sleep at night and rest during the day is crucial to helping avoid battles during their terrible twos stage. Try implementing a regular nap schedule during the day to provide extra rest, but be sure they are still tired enough to get a sound night of sleep.

Award Responsibility

One way to empower your little two-year-old is by bestowing them with certain responsibilities around the house. A kid with responsibilities will not only make them feel as if they have some sort of power, but it will also instill discipline in them. Simple tasks like setting the dinner table and bringing their plate to the kitchen will show them you trust them enough for responsibilities.

Praise

While reprimanding a child for bad behavior teaches them right from wrong, praising them for the good stuff is just as important. Every little accomplishment in terms of attitude, action, and behavior deserves praise from a parent. Showing your child this admiration will not only give them self-confidence and an esteem boost, but it encourages them to continue whatever good they are doing to receive the praise in the first place.

baby headrestGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.

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What to Pack in Your Emergency Hospital Bag

Photo Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/64148767@N00/6693570575/">penelope waits</a> via <a href="http://compfight.com">Compfight</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>As the baby’s due date approaches, many moms (often on advice from their doctor) like to prepare a bag of essential items for their big day. If your labor happens suddenly and progresses quickly, the last thing you’ll want to do is pack a bag. Here are some essential items for your hospital bag.

Maternity Clothes – Unfortunately, your body won’t snap back the day after the baby is out. Even though you’ll be anxious to get back into your old jeans, that will have to wait a bit longer. A bathrobe for your day in the hospital might be handy too.

Camera – If you don’t have a smartphone, make sure your camera and extra batteries are in the bag. You don’t want to miss those Day 1 photos!

Pillow – Hospital pillows leave something to be desired. Use a non-white pillow case so it doesn’t blend in with the hospital’s supply.

Slippers/Flip-Flops – You’ll move around the hospital at some point and you won’t be in the mood to lace up shoes. You also might want to wear them in the shower.

Nursing Bra – If you’ll be breastfeeding, don’t forget to bring your new garment. Also, consider tucking a few nursing pads in your bag just in case.

Sensible Underwear – Child birth creates a lot of stress down there and there will be some strain for a little while. Bring something sensible that offers coverage so you feel secure.

Toiletries – Most hospital stays are pretty regular, but sometimes you have to stay longer than you anticipated. Make sure to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, glasses, contact lenses, hair ties, a brush, etc.

Book/Magazines – Some labors involve a lot of waiting. You’ll want something to do to keep your mind of the tedium of it all.

Birth Plan – If you have a specific idea of how you would like your birth to go, jot down some notes and give to your spouse. Make copies if necessary.

Going Home Outfit – Pack something easy to wear for yourself to go home in, like a maxi dress or yoga pants. You’ll also want something cute for your little one to wear too, but something practical and comfortable so your baby doesn’t get upset on the car ride home.

Diapers – Most hospitals will give you some, but you’ll probably want a few extra just in case. Bring a couple size ones as well; you never know how big your baby will be.

Insurance/Hospital Forms – If you need any paperwork to get into the hospital and to a room, make sure it’s in an easy-to-grab spot in your bag so you don’t delay.

Snacks – If you deliver after the hospital cafeteria closes, you might be hungry and need something to eat. Throw something healthy that gives you energy in your bag along with a couple bottles of water.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Alternatives to Timeouts

alternatives to timeoutTimeouts are an invaluable tool that all parents use at some point in their life. It’s the right balance of discipline that doesn’t involve cruelty. Like all things, however, you need to weigh whether a time out is right for that particular instance. Sometimes you need a different tool. Here are some alternatives to timeouts you might find helpful.

Loss of Privileges

At a certain age, kids begin to understand that the timeout is temporary. They start to gamble that the boredom of the timeout is worth the risk to behave however they prefer. In this case, identify what they like doing the most and take it away if your child misbehaves. You don’t have to be cruel about it, however.

For example, if your son loves reading before bed and usually insists on three to four books, remove one from the pile each time he misbehaves during the day. Only read what’s left at night. This will give him a tangible way to see how his behavior has affected him. Eventually all you’ll need to do is warn that a loss of privilege may occur.

Positive Reinforcement

If you’re proactive and thorough, often positive reinforcement can overcome your need to discipline through other methods. If you clearly make your child aware of the types of behaviors you expect and lather on praise when those behaviors occur, your child will seek those behaviors out to please you. As they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

When it comes to positive reinforcement, remember to praise the behavior, not the child. For example, instead of saying “You’re so kind Jenny,” say “I’m so happy that you shared your toy.”

Comfort Corner

The comfort corner is a tactic used for kids who are just learning to modulate their behaviors for various situations. A younger child (two to three years old) is still capable of becoming overwhelmed, even in situations to which is he familiar. In this case, a time out wouldn’t be effective because the child isn’t misbehaving, he’s struggling with internally.

A comfort corner is a space away from chaos and commotion of other people and children where your child can relax and regroup. Whisk your child to a quit place with plenty of comforting items that are known to calm him down.

Redirection

You’ve probably been in a situation before where your child is so angry, sad, excited, or frustrated that no amount of reasoning and guidance will help. No matter what you say, you won’t be getting through with your words. In these instances, sometimes the best solution is simple redirection.

Redirection means turning your child’s energy elsewhere until the emotions are under control again. For example, if your child is hitting other children out of frustrating, take him by the hand and go for a walk. Remove him entirely from the situation. After a few moments he will have had regained control and you can talk it out.

Redirection only really works if your child is old enough to understand his previous behavior, whereas at young ages you need to discipline immediately for it to have an effect.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.