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Helping Children Embrace Their Glasses

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According to Eye Care Business, vision accounts for as much as 80% of the learning process for a child. It is important to known whether or not a child is having problems with their vision. If your child displays frequent eye rubbing, excessive blinking, delayed motor development, and failure to maintain eye contact, it may be time for an eye exam.

According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first eye exam when they are six months old. Toddlers should have an addition eye exam at age three and again before they enter the first grade.

Wearing glasses can be a big adjustment for children. To help your children get acquainted with their glasses, teach them how to embrace their glasses and new appearance. We found some tips from BabySitting.net that may help empower your children about wearing their glasses:

  • Glasses are special: Glasses give kids super powers! Let your child know that glasses will help him to see better, and seeing better is a super power.
  • Avoid teasing: There is a chance that your child might be teased for wearing glasses. However, by providing her with the confidence of liking her glasses, she might be able to disregard the negative words about her new appearance. Bullies may stop the teasing once they realize it does not faze your child.
  • Pick the perfect pair: When it comes to selecting frames, give your child some options so he feels like he is in control of the situation. If he picks out his glasses, he may like them more than they would if mom or dad picked out a pair for him.
  • Make glasses a part of the daily routine: Help your child put on her glasses every morning. This will help her to remember to wear them every day.
  • Be positive: When your child fusses about wearing his glasses, just remind him that he will not have his “super power” if he does not wear his glasses. Try to be patient with their frustration and allow him to take small breaks from his glasses during his adjustment period.
  • A lot of people wear glasses: If mom, dad, or another family member wears glasses it may make a child feel more comfortable to realize and understand she is not the only one who needs to wear them. Explain that many people wear glasses, which help each of them to see the world better.

What tips do you have when it comes to helping a child embrace their glasses?

Spark Imagination during Summer Vacation

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As we approach the end of summer, many families decide to have their last family outings/activities of the season. The choice on what to do and where to go can be difficult; but going somewhere where your little ones can use their imagination will make the experience more fun! According to Parents.com, here are some adventure options that the whole family can enjoy while encouraging little minds to make believe:

  • Botanical Gardens: You may not have to travel far to experience the beauty and majesty of a botanical garden. Children can put on their pretend wings and travel around the garden as fairies. For added fun, bring some bubbles and explore the magic of the beautiful outdoors.
  • Tour a Castle: Whether you are on vacation or know of a neighborhood attraction nearby, take the family to a real-life castle! Your children can pretend to be kings, queens, princesses, and princes as they explore a large antiquated castle.
  • Boat Tour: Have your children dress up as pirates as you plan a trip to find sunken treasure. Before the trip, children can create a treasure map they can use as they can explore the old pirate ship.
  • Dinosaur Museum: Find a dinosaur museum while you are on vacation or close by your house. Children can learn about the history of dinosaurs while imaging that they have traveled back in time to the prehistoric era.
  • Zoo: Animal lovers will enjoy seeing all of the animals at the zoo! Encourage children to make the noises of each animal they encounter. Take a trip through the rainforest and act like a family of explorers!

Where will you go this summer to spark your children’s imaginations?

 

Preschool Jitters

As we finish up the last days of summer and transition into back to school time. Are you ready? Most importantly is your child ready? They may have all their school supplies in order, and their bedtime routine may no longer be a hassle but are the mentally ready? Your child might have concerns about beginning preschool. Here are some important ways to prepare your child for school according to BabyCenter.com:

Get your child talking: Encourage your child to voice their concerns about going to preschool. Sometimes, children may not want to talk about the situation which has not yet occurred. However, you can try to play games with your child to show them what they will be during when they are in preschool.

You can also set an example by gently telling them about your own fears: “Sometimes I feel scared when I meet a new person, but I try to be brave and say ‘hi’ anyway.”

Don’t minimize their feelings. It’s natural to want to comfort your child by telling them not to worry, but it is easier said than done. This may intimidate them because if they do begin to worry, they may believe they are doing something wrong.

Instead, sympathize with your child. Talk about the first time you went to a new school and how it was. Be honest with them about how you felt. Ask your child what you can do to help ease their worries.

We also found some more tips from ModernMom.com:

Play up the Fun: Get them excited about starting school. Say thrilling statements like, “There will be a ton of toys to play with at preschool!” or “You will get to sing songs, learn new things, and play games all day. How cool!” By giving them a concrete idea of what they’ll be doing, you are easing their fears of the unknown.

“Mommy, Don’t Leave Me”: Uh-oh, the frightful words that may even make you cry. Most kids will cry the first couple morning that they start preschool. However, be brave; set an example for your child. Use encouraging words to coax them through the morning. It is important to reassure your child that you will see them at the end of the day.

What are your suggestions for relieving the preschool jitters?

How Specialty Kids Furniture Keeps your Child Safe

Keeping your children safe is a number one concern for parents of kids of all ages. Instead of dragging the old furniture out of your parents attic, investing in the new and improved specialty kids furniture will give you peace of mind. You want your children to have fun and enjoy all that being a kid has to offer. When looking for safe furniture for your children, consider durable picnic tables, kids beds and toddler beds.

Choosing the best picnic tables for kids may be more difficult than you think. There are many great choices and sizes and you will need to carefully consider who will be using the furniture. You may have several grandchildren who love to have picnics when they come to visit grandma and grandpa. If so, you need to purchase a large picnic table with an umbrella. Even if you plan to use the table in the basement during the winter months, when the kids are playing outside for long hours, an umbrella over the picnic table will give them some shade. Kids will improvise when they need specific furniture for their playtime. If you do not want them using the expensive coffee table in the formal living room or the flimsy t.v. tray in backyard, choose colorful picnic tables to provide the space they need.

Kids love a cool bedroom and finding a safe bed is important. If your son is into NASCAR he would love the stock car convertible bed. Once your children move out of their crib into a regular bed, you may worry about safety and making sure they don’t fall off the bed. Instead of putting just a regular twin size bed in the room, find a fun safe piece of furniture that will appeal to your child’s imagination. Affordability may also be a key concern when looking for children’s bedroom furniture. Although you may be tempted to use the old daybed in the spare room, you will feel much better when putting your child to sleep in a Lifestyle or a Princess Palace twin bed.

Toddler beds come in all different shapes and sizes. Once your child begins to climb out of the crib, it will be much safer to give her a toddler bed. You can find safe beds that use a crib size mattress and will be comfortable and cozy for your daughter or granddaughter. Give the kids a safe place to sleep and endless hours of fun.

Furniture made especially for kids is key to keeping them safe during the day and the night. You will find creative and colorful picnic tables and kids and toddlers beds. If you want to make the children happy for years to come, make their space fun and imaginative.