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Separating from a partner can result in many raw emotions for both parties, which could lead to much conflict and tension. However, if you have a child together, you must find ways to effectively communicate with each other.
A separation can be upsetting for children, which is why you must put their well-being ahead of your own feelings. To make the transition as smooth as possible, read the following advice on how to maintain an amicable relationship for your kids.
Set an Example
It might make it difficult to maintain an amicable relationship with your ex-partner if they are awkward or cruel when you meet. However, rising to their bait will only amplify the problem. Whenever they test your patience, take a deep breath and aim to maintain a mature, calm demeanor, which will set an example to both your children and your ex-spouse.
If you and your ex are experiencing a breakdown in communication, and cannot come to any form of truce, it might be worthwhile undertaking mediation. An objective onlooker could help you to reach an agreement on the best course of action for moving forward, which will allow your children to enjoy a happy childhood and a positive relationship with both parents.
Avoid the Blame Game
Children are more in tune with their environment than you might think. For this reason, you must avoid playing the blame game in front of your kids, or they might believe they need to pick a side.
Even if you’re upset or angry with your ex-partner, you must bite your tongue and avoid saying negative comments to your son or daughter. If you have strong feelings you need to get off your chest, confide in your trusted friends, family members or a therapist, as they could help you to work through the negative emotions.
Remain in Close Contact with Your Children
While you might no longer be in a romantic relationship with your children’s mother or father, this shouldn’t come at the cost of your relationship with your kids. Your parental duties will remain the same, which is why you must regularly see and communicate with your children, and financially support your partner if you no longer live inside the family home. If you don’t, you could receive a message similar to this TSR IG parent.
Never Ask Your Child About Your Ex
While it is perfectly acceptable to ask your children how they spend their time with a parent, you should avoid asking personal questions regarding your ex’s life. Not only might they misinterpret your questions, which can cause unnecessary confusion, but they could relay the information back to your ex-partner, which can lead to additional conflict or tension.
Remaining amicable with an ex-spouse might not always feel easy, but it is necessary for your children’s wellbeing. So, work through your emotions away from your kids, maintain a calm, mature demeanor and avoid interfering with your ex’s personal life, which will ensure your children have a healthy, happy childhood.
Kids can quickly become bored and restless when cooped up inside on a rainy day. Rather than allowing them to climb the walls, you should encourage them to have a little fun within the home.
You’ll be glad to know there are many activities that can occupy your children when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Check out the six ways to entertain your kids on a rainy day.
1. Build a Fort
If your children want to escape the home but can’t go outside, allow them to create a brand-new environment by building a fort in their bedroom. Grab a blanket, cushions, and maybe even a large cardboard box and create a unique den where they can go to watch movies or play games.
2. Bake Together
Spending the day inside doesn’t need to be dull. All you need to do is find fun baking recipes, gather up your ingredients and create some delicious treats together in the kitchen. Your kids will love getting their hands sticky and decorating cookies and cakes, and they’ll forget all about playing in the outdoors.
3. Watch Fun YouTube Videos
The internet is filled with many videos your kids are bound to love. The hours will quickly pass by when watching a fun YouTube Channel, such as Shawn Toy Car. Plus, as they’re immersing themselves in a fun video, you can enjoy a little downtime or clean the home without disruption.
4. Create a Family Magazine
Grab some pencils and paper and encourage your kids to create a family magazine. They’ll not only need to decide on what stories to feature, but they’ll need to write the articles and draw pictures.
Maybe they could interview a grandparent over the phone for a story, or they could glue photos of the family into their first edition. They could even add in a fun puzzle or a joke. It’s a great way to occupy your child’s time while sparking their creativity.
5. Host an Indoor Picnic
The rain doesn’t have to stand in the way of a fun picnic. Pull out some blankets, set out dishes and fill the space with drinks, snacks, and napkins. You could even ask your kids to bring along their favorite toy as a guest, so you might need to set out a few extra plates!
6. Enjoy a Disco
Turn down the lights, push back the furniture, turn on the disco ball and dance the rainy day away. Every family member should pick five songs they love to add into a playlist, which you should put on shuffle before busting a move. You could even get everyone to try limbo dancing, the tango, or the can-can – and you can then hand out awards for the best and worst dancer.
As you can see, there are many ways to entertain your kids when the weather is a little miserable outside, from finding fun videos for them to watch alone on a tablet computer to enjoying a disco with all the family.
Having little ones is an adventure! You never know what each day is going to bring. Along with all of the good stuff, there are going to be days of bumps, bruises, aches and pains, fevers and sickness. Such is life as a parent!
When a child is sick or gets injured, it is never easy to calm them down! Simple ice packs and heating pads can be intimidating to children. With
Children love stuffed animals and these products help parents try to comfort their children by giving them an animal that also acts as an ice pack or heating pad.
There are a wide range of animals and various colors of bears to choose from, ensuring that every child has a product they are happy with and comforted by.
The animals can be cooled in the freezer and heated in the microwave, allowing parents to use the animal for any form of injury or illness. Unlike usual therapeutic treatments that become smelly and old, the animals are made of natural cotton, and contain a heating/cooling element composed of a specially treated and processed corn product that eliminates molds, fungi and odors. The animals are also washable, allowing parents to use them as often as needed.
I have several of these animals. They are adorable! My eleven year-old son, Braxton is always getting bumps and bruises, so these animals are perfect to have on hand. Most recently, Braxton was sunburned at the beach, and we placed his frozen monkey pal, JoJo on his back while he slept, and it was the perfect solution to cool his sunburn. He adores his monkey!
My sweet little seven month-old granddaughter is teething. She loves to chew on her little Thermal-Aid elephant, Ellie after I have had it in the freezer. Baby Reylin enjoys cuddling with her cooled down Thermal-Aid animals on these hot summer days!
I can imagine that these animals will also be perfect during the cold winter months, too. Maybe we can put one in the microwave and warm it up to place in her car seat with her before traveling.
Thermal Aid animals are perfect for soothing:
Sprains,Strains, Muscle Soreness: Start with cold to reduce inflammation and swelling, After 48 hours, alternate hot and cold.
Headaches/Migraines: Alternate hot/cold Thermal-Aid animals on child's forehead.
Growing Pains & Leg Cramps: Lay a warm Thermal-Aid animal on the child's legs at bedtime.
Babies with Colic: A warm, not hot Thermal-Aid animal placed alongside baby's back or tummy can help soothe baby for a restful night's sleep.
Earaches: Place a warm Thermal-Aid animal on the child's ears, neck, or head.
Bug Bites/Bee Stings: A cold Thermal-Aid animal will decrease swelling and inflammation.
Flu Symptoms: Reduce fevers with cold Thermal-Aid animals, or offer comfort with warm.
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Even with outside childcare available, there is going to come a time when you are going to have your kids home while you need to study. Perhaps one of your children will be home sick with the flu. What are you going to do when you have dueling responsibilities? At best-dentalassistantschools.com, aspiring students can locate schools with the dental assisting education programs they desire to attend. You can study while still caring for kids, but you have to be mindful of the time you have available. Read below to learn how to manage educational and study needs along with the needs of growing and developing children.
Studying with a Baby in the Home
Just when you go to crack open your textbook, you will probably hear your infant begin to stir through the baby monitor. Caring for children under 12 months of age is hard work. They need their diapers changed, you have to warm up bottles several times a day, and most of all they need lots of love and attention. The best thing you can do when you have a baby at home is study when they’re sound asleep. This can be easily accomplished by putting your baby on a schedule.
Distracting Toddlers While You Hit the Books
Toddlers are slightly less needy than infants, but they are also prone to get into mischief if they aren’t watched carefully. You won’t get much studying done when your toddler wants to play, eat, or has a tantrum. Thankfully, toddlers take long naps in the middle of the day, which should leave you with at least one hour of interrupted time to study during daylight hours. At night, when your toddler is fast asleep you can hit the books once again.
Working with Elementary School Age Children While in College
By the time your kids are ready to enter elementary school, going to college becomes much easier. From around 8 or 9 a.m. until at least 2 p.m. you can be sure to have loads of time available for studying. Children in this age group generally need help with homework after school, so you might find yourselves studying together at the kitchen table.
Making It Work in Middle School
In middle school, your child should be old enough to get him or herself ready in the morning. Your child might also be able to get to school independently or report to the bus stop on time without any assistance from an adult. You’re going to want to get the bulk of your studying done while your middle schooler is away as your child will want to monopolize your time on the weekends and whenever you are available.
Studying Together with High Schoolers
When your child gets to the point of attending high school, you will start to see a real change in behavior. This will be a strange and beautiful time for you both as your child blossoms, develops a social life, and a definitive identity. At this age, your child will know that you need time to study for your dental assistance program.
It will be harder for a person with kids to complete dental assisting school than a single person, but it is doable. In addition, you will have a household with kids who look up to you because of your dedication. Don’t feel bad about making time for yourself to study - it’s what has to be done to achieve greatness.
PBS KIDS Expands Multi-Year Partnership with Whole Foods Market™ Through Launch of New Tree Planting Initiative
Through New Licensing Partnership with Maxim Enterprise, Inc.’s EverEarth Brand, PBS KIDS Will Plant a Tree for Every Wooden Toy from the New, Sustainable Toy Line Sold at Whole Foods Market™ This Holiday Season
This holiday season, PBS KIDS continues its multi-year partnership with Whole Foods Market with a variety of toys, including a new line of sustainable, educational wooden toys for children. Part of a new licensing partnership between PBS KIDS and Maxim Enterprise, Inc., the new collection of PBS KIDS EverEarth products spans multiple product categories for both indoor and outdoor play, encouraging families to explore and learn together. Additionally, PBS KIDS will premier eight new plush animals, made by Aurora, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market this holiday season.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the sale of all PBS KIDS toys at Whole Foods Market will support PBS KIDS’ mission to help all children, especially those who need it most. Whole Foods Market will also donate one percent of total sales to Whole Kids Foundation®, an organization dedicated to improving wellness and nutrition across the country.
“PBS KIDS is dedicated to helping kids learn and grow, and we’re delighted this new line of toys takes that commitment to a whole new level,” said Dawn Ciccone, Vice President, Brand Licensing, PBS KIDS. “The eco-friendly PBS KIDS’ wooden toys are designed to inspire children to explore important concepts such as sorting, storytelling, shapes and colors through active and imaginative play.”
The new PBS KIDS toy line includes stackers, blocks, wooden vehicles, pull-along animals, musical instruments and more. Each toy is manufactured sustainably with FSC®-certified wood and organic cotton, and embellished with water-based paint.
As part of the product line’s commitment to sustainability, PBS KIDS and Maxim Enterprise, Inc. are also introducing the PBS KIDS EverEarth Plant-A-Tree Initiative. For each toy purchased, a tree will be planted in a first-of-its-kind FSC certified forest created by EverEarth. Families will be able to register each toy purchased from the line to have a tree planted on their behalf and receive an official certificate. More information is available at pbskids.org/plantatree.
This adorable little giraffe is from the PBS KIDS Aurora line of plush toys...isn't she sweet?
“We are excited to continue to build our partnership with PBS KIDS through the launch of these new educational toys just in time for the holiday season,” said Jeanne Tamayo, Beauty Category Manager at Whole Foods Market. “Their interactive and colorful products are not only fun, but also promote and encourage environmental stewardship among kids and families, aligning well with our core values.”
The PBS KIDS EverEarth product line launches at Whole Foods Market this month, just in time for the 2017 holiday season. The toys will be available at other retail outlets nationwide beginning in 2018.
The PBS KIDS Aurora line of plush toys debuts in November exclusively at Whole Foods and will feature a new lineup of animals, including a narwhal, flamingo and black jaguar. The toys feature fun, kid-friendly facts about each animal, connecting children with the diversity of wildlife.
I just cannot decide where to put her!
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.orgprovides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video app is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.
For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org
When I need nutritional supplements, I trust Jarrow Formulas to have the highest quality of products available to meet my family's nutritional needs.
Jarrow Formulas' mission is reflected in its motto 'Superior Nutrition and Formulation". Jarrow Formulas' complete line of nutritional products includes vitamins, minerals, probiotics, standardized herbal concentrates, amino acids, enzymes and enteral nutrition products. Both retailers and consumers are assured of purity, value and potency when choosing these products.
I was given the chance to review a few of Jarrow Formulas' supplements for my self and my family, and I chose the following: Women's FemDophilus, Chromium GTF, Type II Collagen, and Yum-Yum PS100 Gummies.
Women's FemDophilus Women's FemDophilus: Fem-Dophilus® contains two patented and clinically documented probiotic strains, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, GR-1®and Lactobacillus reuteri, RC-14®, discovered and developed by Dr. Gregor Reid and Dr. Andrew Bruce at Urex Biotech. Over 25 years of research supports the oral use of GR-1® and RC-14® to colonize and promote vaginal and urinary tract health. A special manufacturing process protects the probiotic strains in Fem-Dophilus® from stomach acid and enhances probiotic bacterial survival to the lower intestine.
I am taking these supplements daily to ward off my frequent bladder infections. I have been taking them for about 15 days now, and I haven't had any sign of any urinary tract problems, so hopefully those are a thing of the past.
Chromium GTF: ChromiumGTF is a complex known as Glucose Tolerance Factor and is made by fermenting nutritional yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with chromium. Chromium GTF facilitates the transport of glucose into cells by insulin.
I requested these Chromium GTF samples for my father, who is pre-diabetic. He takes one capsule every day to help keep his diabetes under control.
Type II Collagen Complex: BioCell Collagen® is a low molecular weight, water-solubleglycosaminoglycan complex completely derived from chicken sternum cartilage. BioCell Collagen® has clinically documented bioavailability, and has been shown to support joint health and skin hydration.
I take these collagen supplements to help keep my skin looking young. It really works to keep wrinkles away.
Jarrow Formulas® Yum-Yum PS100 Gummies: These delicious gummies deliver 100 mg phosphatidylserine per serving in a delicious gummy.Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a natural phospholipid that is an essential component of cell membranes. PS promotes brain function by helping to maintain neuronal membrane fluidity to support cell-to-cell communication, which is essential for cognition, mental performance, attentiveness and reaction time. PS may be beneficial during stress because it can modulate the release of cortisol, a catabolic stress hormone.
I give two of these tasty gummies each day to my son, Braxton who is 9 years old. These supplements help him to stay focused and on task in school. I have noticed that he is much calmer when he takes these. They are almost a miracle for him!
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Mannatech, a global provider of skin care and wellness products, introduces its newest 3-step skin care system in the U.S. to provide a way for customers to experience their best skin yet with one set of products.
This trio works synergistically to support beautiful looking skin, at any age. All three Generation Ūth products combine the finest ingredients with the most advanced skin care technologies.
Crocus chrysanthus , a flower from the iris family, is a source of a special ingredient in Mannatech’s Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème. The nutrient-rich Crocus bulb extract may enhance the production of collagen and elastin necessary for skin firmness.
Start by gently cleansing and exfoliating the skin with the Ūth Facial Cleanser . Next, apply the nutrient-rich Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème to help restore a youthful appearance. Lastly, lock in daily hydration with the Ūth Moisturizer for a winning combination . It’s that simple!
"Discover how naturally beautiful your skin can look and feel"
My thoughts: I was given the chance to review this amazing trio of Generation Ūth products to review. I have been using these products for a little over a month now, and I have definitely seen an incredible difference in the way my skin looks and feels. I begin this skin care regimen by cleansing my face using the Ūth Facial Cleanser in the morning and at night. The cleanser makes my skin feeling extremely clean, especially with the gentle exfoliators it contains. I love how it removes all of my makeup, oil and dead skin cells that may clog my pores.
Next, I apply the Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème, which absorbs perfectly into my skin without a greasy, heavy feel. It truly diminishes my fine lines, which I especially notice around my mouth and between my brows. These lines really seem to vanish!
After the Rejuvenation Crème has fully absorbed, I then apply the Ūth Moisturizer, which completely seals in the moisture on my face, neck and upper chest/ cleavage area. This cream is also very light and absorbs very nicely so that I do not look like an oil slick. I am even able to apply my makeup over both of these face creams without my skin looking shiny. I am really impressed with Ūth products. I am very intrigued by the science behind this brand's formulation and I am excited to see the long term effect it has on my skin to keep me looking youthful. This is definitely a brand I will be purchasing in the future.
Learn more about Mannatech and the Generation Ūth 3-Step System by visiting Mannatech.com , and start seeing and feeling the difference!
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Circle of Friends® was founded and nurtured by the world's great experts on children: moms. Since its inception, the mission of Circle of Friends® was to create a professional hair, bath, and body line for children, while introducing them to a world of styles and cultures.
Circle of Friends® belief is that children deserve products designed for their special hair and bath needs, as well as ones that challenge their active minds. To achieve this goal, they carefully craft each product, using only the highest quality ingredients, such as exotic botanical extracts, natural elements, and enchanting fragrances, and bottle these magical formulas in a playful "kid friendly" package. And Circle of Friends® products are always safe and gentle, packed full of vitamins and proteins, and are never tested on animals!
We received samples of Circle of Friends wonderful products to review. They are Klunie's Chocolate Shampoo, Hans' Blueberry Shampoo, Chehn's Mandarin Orange Conditioner, Erik's Shaping Hair Gel, and Jacques' Hair Jam. My son, Braxton loves these products and I have found that he actually looks forward to shampooing and styling his own hair now.
Klunie's Chocolate Shampoo
This moisturizing shampoo features Klunie, a little boy from Papua New Guinea. Cocoa grows on trees in his country and is made into chocolate.
Hans' Blueberry Shampoo
This delightfully fruity moisturizing shampoo features Hans, a little boy from Germany. He loves to play soccer and looks forward to Oktoberfest every year in the fall.
Chehn's Mandarin Orange Conditioner
This conditioner leaves hair completely soft and detangled. It features a little boy named Chehn from China. His country has the largest population in the world!
Erik's Shaping Hair Gel
Disclaimer: I recieved samples of these producs to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
Introducing PhosphOmega Fish-Oil Supplements
Why do our bodies need Omega-3 supplements?
Disclosure: I received samples of the product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
I just felt compelled to write a little ditty about what makes me feel the happiest in this lifetime, and that is definitely and without a doubt my family. I will start off by saying I am truly blessed with the most wonderful parents on earth. They are the greatest Mom and Dad that I could have ever been blessed with. They are there for me in everything I do, helping me along with any of life's problems, big or small. My sweet Dad has to undergo knee surgery on Wednesday, the 29th. This will be my chance to help my parents. I will be at their beck and call. My frail little mother will probably need my help, although she does not often ask for anything. She had relied on my Dad for everything all of these years, so I hope she will actually swallow her pride and ASK me!
My husband is a wonderful man who has been working so very hard lately. Hard times are a-coming, however, due to a lull in his company. No jobs right now. He is a sheet metal foreman. When the going is good, it is GREAT. When it slows down, well, it sucks!
My son, Jonathan is 18 years old and a senior in high school.
Wow, my little boy will be graduating! He gets GREAT grades and stays busy writing songs that blow me away. He and his band, Harken can certainly put on a great show! They get better EVERY time! Listen here to his latest recordings.
Kendallyn is 16, and she is so beautiful, kind, passive sweet and humble.
She has her first boyfriend who seems like a gentleman. Now that dance team is over, she has been painting quite a bit. Here is an example of her work.......it is amazing!
My third child, Myelie will be 14 on March 14th.
She is my baby girl, and I am not excited for her to date, either, but she has her share of boys asking her out on almost a daily basis. She is so beautiful! She is very interested in acting. She is a member of AIA, Actors in Action. I just need to update her profile, get some current pics. up and she'll be good to go. She got to be in a TV movie one time when she was 8 years old, but that was not enough for her, of course:) Myelie also loves to paint! See her work below:
Last but not least is my little Braxton. He is five years old and the love of our lives. He can certainly be a stinker, but he is our precious baby boy. He loves to play video games, go swimming, play outside on the trampoline and play with his favorite cousins, Macey and Zaden. Braxton also loves to attend his big brother, Jonathan's band performances, where you can see Braxton hanging out with all of the teenagers, thinking he is one of them! He is so cute!!!! We want to get him a drum set, because he certainly shows an interest in drumming!
And, I almost forgot to mention that braxton loves sledding an dis learning to snowboard!
Family is the best, and I would not trade mine for ANYTHING on earth! You can desire money, riches and fame, but in the end WHO CARES about that stuff? That is just STUFF! You can't take it with you!
Family will always be there for you forever!!!!