Schedule Your Child’s Checkups When It Is Convenient
As a parent, you want to do everything possible to keep your child happy and healthy, but sometimes life gets in the way. It does not matter if you work long hours or are a stay at home parent, your time is valuable and often filled with responsibilities that can make keeping up with all of your child’s medical appointments a challenge. If you cannot get an appointment that works with your schedule to see your child’s pediatrician, the next best thing is to bring them in to be seen at an urgent care facility.
Checkups Can Detect Underlying Health Issues
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for you to schedule regular medical checkups for your child. Your child is still developing, and their health and growth need to be monitored. Although you may feel that your child looks and acts fine, you are not always going to be able to detect when there is an underlying heath issue. Only with the guidance and care of a qualified health professional can you fully protect your child’s health.
Urgent Care Checkups Are More Convenient
Urgent care offers parents a great deal of affordable and convenient medical services that they can use for their children. It is the perfect place to go if your child is suffering from nonlife-threatening injuries, illness, or in need of a physical, vaccination or checkup. In fact, many parents prefer to take their children to an urgent care doctor because their child can be seen and treated faster. The cost is also much more affordable than going to a hospital or an ER. Urgent care centers provide convenience and affordability to parents making it easier for them to manage their time without neglecting their children’s health.
Although you make an effort to put your child first in everything you do, do not neglect their regular checkups. When it comes to children, there is no such thing as being too safe or cautious, especially when it is about their health and overall well-being.
Summer is the ideal time for mothers and daughters to carve out quality time for one another. It can be difficult, however, to come up with an activity that is a good fit for both of you without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas to bond with your daughter while staying within a budget.
Take a Hike
Whether you live in a mountainous region or in the flatlands, there is bound to be an area nearby where the two of you can set off on a scenic hike. Pack a lunch to enjoy at a picturesque point and let the conversation flow. Check out parks and other nature spaces to find trails compatible with your physical abilities.
Learn a New Skill
Sign up for a class together to learn a new skill set. Learn to make sushi or take a class focused on her favorite ethnic cuisine. Consider something on in the realm of adventure and sign up for rappelling or climbing instruction, which can get adrenaline flowing and allow her to witness the more daring side of mom. Bonus: Learning physical skills such as these can also increase a girl’s self-esteem and create a more positive body image. Continue reading
Sibling rivalry is an age old tradition that rings true in every household. When people live together there are bound to be disagreements, but the spats between siblings can rise to extreme heights at times if left unchecked. Below are three powerful tips that you may not have considered to help stop sibling rivalry.
- Attack the Root
Sibling rivalries stem from different situations and circumstances that cause the children to feeling a certain way. There are a few common feelings that can spark a rivalry:
- Feelings of injustice
- Compounded resentment
- Craving attention
Healthy food plays a big role in helping kids stay focused throughout the school day, but packing healthy lunches for your child can be challenging. The most convenient options are often not the healthiest, and healthy school lunch options often do not seem very convenient. Here are five tips to help you streamline your school lunch routine and ramp up the quality of your kids’ noontime fare.
- Prep Lunch Items in Advance
Set aside an hour or two at a consistent time and day each week to focus on lunch item preparation.
- Peel, cut, and/or portion individual servings of carrot sticks, grapes, strawberries, or other fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Cut servings of cheese slices and wrap them in waxed paper.
- Fill serving sized zip-top bags with healthy whole wheat crackers.
- Make a loaf’s worth of sandwiches and refrigerate or freeze them.
Children crave structure. This may not be apparent as they run screaming through the house throwing breakfast cereal, but they do. Routine subconsciously tells a child that someone is in charge. It helps them feel grounded, secure, and safe. A bedtime routine is one of the most pivotal ways you can add structure to your child’s life. In addition to creating a sense of security in your child, it can also bring some much needed relief to you, the parent. Here are steps to creating a bedtime routine for your child. Continue reading
Welcoming a brand new baby into the world is an exciting time, but it can also be extremely trying for new parents. The lack of sleep, worry and complex emotions that are very common can create a cocktail that may result in tension and high levels of stress. It is important for parents to take a little bit of time for themselves in order to relieve that stress and enjoy the short period of time that is the newborn stage.
For many new parents – especially moms – taking care of a baby requires nearly 24/7 attention. This often leads to neglect in the exercise department. Instead of putting off a workout, try adding one in to your day and see how it makes you feel. Many experts agree that any amount of physical activity can reduce anxiety and fatigue, leading to reduced stress as well. Continue reading
If you are reading this article, then congratulations! There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new life into the world. Now that you are expecting a child, you are probably feeling overwhelmed to say the very least. As with anything else, preparation is the key to pregnancy and raising a baby. Here are a few tips to help you make it from pregnancy to motherhood without a hitch.
You are solely responsible for your baby’s health care while you a pregnant, so you know to eat right and to avoid risky foods and activities. But the moment that you give birth to your child, you are no longer in complete control of your child’s well being. This is why having a healthcare plan and a great doctor is so important. Whether you are on an employer’s health plan or Obamacare, there are options available to make sure that your child is well taken care of. Make sure that you elect an adequate amount of coverage for your growing family. Continue reading
Research shows that many adopted children tend to develop a mental health diagnosis. In fact, a 2008 study compared about 500 adopted and non-adopted children and found that the odds of having an ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) diagnosis were approximately twice as high in adoptees compared with non-adoptees.
This can be even more problematic when adoption agencies hide information and mislead parents who are leaning towards adopting. Then, when adopted children begin to exhibit mental health symptoms, parents may not know how to respond. Furthermore, they may not have made the decision to adopt if they knew that their child might develop a mental illness.
The mental health of adopted children is becoming more and more significant, particularly because the number of adoptions in the United States continues to rise. According to the National Council For Adoption,there were 130,269 domestic adoptions in 2002, whereas in 1996 there were 108,463 domestic adoptions. Continue reading
Sometimes as parents, there might be an event or a life changing circumstance that affects the way you relate to your children. Perhaps you recently went through a divorce. Or perhaps you lost one of your children in an accident. Or it could simply be that the day to day responsibilities of home and work somehow required putting the relationships you have with your children aside temporarily.
Regardless of the reason, it’s important to return to the basics of parenting from time to time. To refresh yourself on what’s necessary and important for facilitating healthy psychological and emotional development.
First and foremost, research indicates that parents need to provide consistent care to their children. And this begins from infancy. Studies show that an infant must develop a strong bond with at least one primary caregiver in order to appropriately develop socially and emotionally. In order for this bond to become secure between infant and caregiver, the following must happen:
- The caregiver must be responsive and sensitive in the way that he or she responds to the infant.
- The child must be able to consistently rely on the caregiver for soothing in times of stress.
- The caregiver must remain a constant in the child’s life from 6 months to approximately 2 years of age.