Explaining Shots To Your Kids

Children have a hard time understanding why they need immunizations like Chickenpox, Polio, MMR, and the DPT Vaccine. Agreed it is easier to take a baby to the doctor for shots than it is for the 5-year-old getting ready to enter kindergarten. Here is a guide to help you explain to your 5 years old why they need to have shots at the doctor.

Remind your child that it is much better when they are healthy rather than being sick. Tell your child that doctors give you shots to keep you healthy and that to go to school or daycare, every child has to have them. Tell them about the shots they received as a baby and tell them how good they were for those and that they acted like it didn’t even hurt. This will make them think a bit about already having it done to them in the past, and of course, bad memories won’t be remembered unless you bring it up, so keep it positive.

Tell your child about diseases that can make you sick like measles, mumps, and whooping cough. Make sure to tell them that there are lots of other diseases that have big names and are too hard to say. You can tell them it is easy to be protected from getting these diseases by just taking these few shots now. They can even protect them from these diseases when they are grown-ups like you.

If your child needs more persuasion to get them to go willingly, talk about when you were a child and had to have your shots. When they realize that people have been doing this for many years, and they are not alone in getting shots, it helps. You can even tell them that they might see one or more of their friends who are the same age at the doctors’ office getting their shots too.

Some parents feel differently about how to approach their older children when they know they have to get a shot. Some prefer to tell their children in advance so that they have time to mentally prepare for it whereas some parents prefer waiting until the morning of so that their child doesn’t have to spend too much time thinking about it and getting all worked up over it. The choice is yours to make, we just hope to provide you with some easy ways to discuss getting shots with your children.

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Face The Facts About Single Parenting

Those who are single parents understand all of the stress and emotional trials that come with the job. Trying to be a mother and father at once can cause turmoil and heartache for even the strongest individuals, as you struggle to find a balance between love, support, and financial security. There are many basic facts that many people are unaware of, and by learning these facts it is easier to see just how tough being single parenting can be. The facts about single parenting below can help to shine some light on what it takes to wake up each day and raise a child or children on your own. There are also several resources listed that can help you cope with the many burdens that you face.

Facts About Single Parenting

There are many false beliefs that people have about single parents. Firstly, most people have no idea just how much single-parent households affect our society and just how prevalent they are. Also, individuals are often wrong about where a single mother receives her support. The facts below can help to set the record straight about common single parenting misconceptions.

• 13.5 individuals in the United States are single parents according to a 2000 U.S. Census.
• Most single-parent homes consist of more than one minor child according to that same Census.
• The average support received from a non-custodial parent each year is $4,900.
• The running average of the yearly income of single parents is $28,000.
• 5.6 million Children are now living with their grandparents according to the 2000 Census.
• 84% of single-parent households are headed by single mothers.
• 53.7% of single parents hold full-time jobs and another 30% work as temps.

These facts about single parenting can make it easy to dispel myths about single moms living in luxury from child support payments alone. As you can see $4,900 is not enough money to raise a child on, even with a full-time income of $28,000, single parents are far from living in luxury.

Coping With The Facts About Single Parenting

Although the facts can paint a fairly bleak picture of single parenthood, many different resources can help you cope with raising a child alone. For instance, counseling can help you come to terms with the guilt, frustration, and resentment that you will surely face as a single parent. IF you do not come to terms with these feelings and develop ways to deal with them, then you will soon find yourself with emotional conditions such as depression or anxiety.

Financial assistance from the government and other local agencies is also available to help make your life a little easier. For those who qualify, assistance for food, childcare, housing, and educational expenses are accessible to help you provide a better life for your children.

Local support groups provide a much-needed venting and socializing playground, where you can go to meet others who are in the same situation as you. Sharing your experiences with others who are in the same boat can make your life seem a lot less hopeless, and sharing resources or having a shoulder to cry on can go a long way in helping you cope.

Being a single parent is not simple. All you have to do is look at the facts about single parenting to understand just how difficult the process is. If you take the time to look into the various resources that are available to help you cope, however, you will soon find that you are not alone and that there are is a way to be a single parent and maintain your positive outlook on life.

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Feeding And Health Care

The other day I came across an article “Feeding the Brain For Academic Success” by Philippa Norman, MD., M.P.H. I found it enlightening and it also reaffirmed many things that I have read on nutrition and child brain development.

“I derive a certain perverse pleasure in sneaking flax oil into ketchup. Do my children thank me for helping them maintain healthy brain cell membranes? Not yet, not until they are 40 and sprinkling flaxseed on their own kids’ cereal. Though I give them flax at home, I wonder if they will be able to make the best choices for themselves as they live in this culture that pushes junk food and disregards the needs of a growing child’s brain.

Though food processing began as a way to increase the availability of foods, it has become a renegade public enemy, with fluorescent green condiments, bits of candy served for breakfast, and snack cakes that won’t spoil for years. What has been the impact of poor nutrition on our children’s brains? How has it influenced their emotional well-being? In some cities, nearly half of school children (and their parents) are on medication for ADD. Many children are depressed, anxious, and tired. Others have behavior problems and seem to lack impulse control. Even if they do not have these problems, they live in a world replete with potential threats to their brain health; pesticides with hormone-like activity, toxins that damage membranes and DNA, and stress levels that throw their brains into a state of unrest, short-circuiting their ability to learn and diverting energy reserves that could be used for creativity and higher-level processing. Eating the typical, unconscious American diet certainly takes its toll.”

One cannot go back yesterday when it comes to rearing a child. I am hoping this blog can provide parents with common sense parenting skills. The reason the first Blog is about Nourishing Your Child’s Brain by Dr. Norman is that the child’s brain starts developing the day it is conceived. So what the mother eats for the 9 months up until birth is one of the most important times for the Child’s brain. Once the child is born, organic and natural foods have been shown to provide for better brain development than those with heavy preservatives and pesticides. Good brain development is just 1 piece that the parent needs to be aware of and informed on.

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