Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Importance of a Positive Attitude



Teaching Kids the Importance of a Positive Attitude


As an adult you know that a positive attitude (and positive thinking in general) can make life a happier and better place to be. But most of us learn that the hard way. We go through difficult times and eventually we get better at coping with issues that cause us frustration, disappointment, or other negative emotions. The good news is, a positive attitude helps make those times easier to deal with. So it only makes sense that we want to share the idea of positive thinking with kids.
The problem is, how to do that?

If this is something you’re interested in, we think you will like this post. We’ve pulled together some information that we think will be helpful.  

Gratitude

There seems to be an agreement that giving gratitude is a great way to develop positive thinking. And no matter where you are at in life, we all have something we can be grateful for. This may be related to our health, our family and friends, or it could be about a number of these and other things.
Talking to kids about the things they have that matter to them is a great way to start the flow of positive thinking. You can even play simple games that force kids to think about the good things in their lives. For example, during your evening meal you can ask that each family member tell the others about the best thing they saw, did, or thought about during the day.

Put the Focus on Them

While it is good to think about the positive things in our lives, you might also want to encourage your kids to think about the positive things in them – for instance, they may be especially well-mannered, or they may be good at running or at playing an instrument. Focus on the positive things about your kids.

This is a great way to show your kids that although each and every person is unique and different, each person is also perfect and offers value. This can help children learn that we should value ourselves (and others) for the traits and qualities we bring to this life.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Comforting Your Children When They Are Sick



Comforting Your Children When They Are Sick

 

Every parent’s heart breaks when their child comes down with a cold or the flu. You feel helpless watching your little one suffer through the fever and congestion.  While there is no magic wand that will completely put an end to the cold or flu there are things you can do to help both you and your child cope.  In the following article I will share tips and ideas for things you can do to help give your child some relief.

Simple Relief

Sometimes the simple things you do can make a big difference. For instance, if your child is running a fever or just feels warm to the touch an easy way to comfort them is a cool wet wash cloth. If your child is sleeping simply place the wash cloth folded across their forehead or neck. Please note, this is not recommended for very young children or babies. For a child who is awake allow them to place the wash cloth where it will bring them the most relief. Continue getting the wash cloth wet as it warms to your child’s body temperature. 

Put It Within Reach

Have an area set up for your kid so that everything they might need is within arm’s reach. This might be in their bedroom or maybe a spot on the couch. Place a small waste basket where they can easily reach it in case they feel sick and cannot make it to the bathroom or they may need to throw away used tissues from a runny nose. A box of tissues is always handy when you have a sick kid on your hands.  

Be sure that you keep a drink available; it is easy for children to become dehydrated when they are sick.  If your child is very young make sure that they have their favorite blankets and stuffed animal with them.


Entertainment Concerns

Find things to keep your child entertained while they are recovering. Gather a stack of books that you can read to your children or books your child enjoys reading, or a couple of puzzle books. If your little one likes to color have crayons, colored pencils, and coloring books out for when the they feel up to it. Since they will be laying around a lot while they are sick why not turn on a movie that you can watch together?

I hope that you found advice in this article that will make it easier the next time your child becomes sick. The truth is, in addition to following doctor’s orders, it is important to be there to offer your love and support. Keeping your child as comfortable as possible will make both of you feel better!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rainy Day Reading With Your Kids

Rainy Day Reading With Your Kids

Rainy Day Reading
The sky is gray, the clouds are dropping rain, and your ids are stuck inside bored. In this article we will discuss activities that will entertain your kids and make you the hero of the day.

Reading

The easiest activity to do with your children on a rainy day is to read together. Gather your kids in a snuggly place with some of their favorite books. If your children are very young simply read to them aloud from a book. Make sure that you hold the book so each child can see the pictures. If you have older children take turns reading or even better allow them to read to you. Not only will this be quality time for you and it will also help boost your child’s reading skills.

Telling Stories

Telling stories is a great way to keep your kids busy on a rainy day and it will spark their imagination. A fun way to do this is by having one person start out a story. This person should tell the beginning of the story for a minute or two. The next person will pick up where they left off adding their own twist to the story. Keep these stories going around the room from person to person. You will be surprised by how funny and outrageous the stories may become.

Another fun way to tell story is to write out words on a sheet of paper. Be sure to include nouns (person, place, or thing) and actions words like wiggle, jump, and so on. Next cut each out and fold it in half. Place all the folded words into a bowl. Each storyteller picks a few words out of the bowl to incorporate into the story. Continue this until the bowl is empty of words.

At the end of the story have your children make pictures about the story that was made. These can just be simple drawings using pencils and crayons. This will help your child’s imagination grow. While they are drawing ask them what they liked best about the story.

Reading and telling stories with each other will turn a gloomy rain day into a chance for bonding and building a stronger relationship with your kids. 

This Package From Santa blog includes posts about everything from ways to entertain your kids to ways to budget for the holidays and much more.
 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Life Insurance … For Kids?



Life Insurance … For Kids?

Financial decisions are a part of life, and some are more difficult to discuss than others. One such issue is life insurance, in particular, concerns about life insurance for kids.  Many parents and grandparents have struggled with questions about the need for life insurance for kids. Should you buy life insurance policies for your children?
First and foremost, this is a topic that can be emotional and there can be good arguments for both, buying and for not buying life insurance on kids.
If this is a topic of interest to you, please keep reading.

Purpose of Life Insurance

For most people, the purchase of life insurance is made to be used as a means to either pay for funeral expenses or to replace a salary.
Given that, buying life insurance on kids is probably not a wise financial decision.

Thinking Deeper

As with most financial decisions, life insurance for kids is something that should be considered from different angles. Sadly, there is a possibility that a healthy child or one with a health issue, could develop serious illnesses later on, and in some cases, those illnesses may make that child ineligible for life insurance.

Fringe Benefits of Life Insurance for Kids

The most obvious benefit of life insurance for kids is funds for funeral expenses. But these policies can provide other benefits too.
As already mentioned, it can be a way to ensure against potential illnesses that can develop in the future – illnesses that could make a child ineligible for affordable life insurance policies.
In addition, some life insurance policies for kids may include a benefit that can help pay for college. However, in most cases, a savings account will offer better returns.

Conclusion

Your personal situation and circumstances should be considered when making decisions about life insurance for anyone, but perhaps especially when considering life insurance for kids.
In some situations, life insurance is a good choice. But in others, it may be wiser to add money to an emergency fund or savings account. Evaluate your particular situation and circumstances when making this and other financial decisions.
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