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How to Teach Your Kids Their Address and Phone Number

178708102Everyone knows how important it is for children to memorize their address and phone number. This is true not just for convenience, but also for safety. Children often learn best when there is some sort of game involved, and there are many fun ways you can teach your child his or her address and phone number.

  1. Make a Map of the Neighborhood

Have your child draw a map of the neighborhood, or draw one together. Place your address and phone number on the house. Put other important or fun locations on the map as well, like the school or a best friend’s house.

  1. Put It to Song

Make up a song comprised of the address and phone number, or find a variety online. A common choice is Frere Jacques.

  1. Make a Sequence Activity

Separate your address and phone number onto separate index cards, like so:

  • House number
  • Street name
  • City or Town
  • State
  • Zip Code

Place the index cards out of order, and then have your child put them in the correct order. You can also do this with just the telephone number, by placing each number on a separate card.

  1. Practice in Real Life

Have your child practice punching the numbers on a cell phone or house phone. You can also teach your child the correct buttons to push, like “send,” in order to complete the call.

  1. Use an Abacus

An abacus, or any other type of manipulative, is a great way for your child to practice and visualize your phone number. It’s also a great counting exercise.

  1. Make a Mailbox

Create a makeshift mailbox out of a cardboard box, or purchase a play mailbox. Your children can send each other letters through the mailbox after addressing the envelopes.

  1. Turn It into a Craft Project

A fun 3-D alternative to a map is a small, standing house. You can make it out of cardboard or anything else that will stand upright. Kids can design the front to match the house, and then add the street number. You can also put up a marker next to the house with the street name.

  1. Create a Game

Make a phone number game from popular games like hopscotch and BINGO.

Use one method, or mix and match. The possibilities are endless for teaching your child his or her phone number.

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How To Deal With Kids That Overeat

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Parents may often worry about the number of snacks their child seems to eat through the day. If you too fret about kids that overeat, do not worry, this is a situation faced by many parents. Children tend to need food in shorter and more regular intervals that adults do. When you consider the fact that they have a small stomach, a high growth rate and energy level, it makes sense for them to feel hungry more often than you do.

How to Help Kids that Overeat

The most important thing that you can do when dealing with children who overeat is to be prepared. It would be wise to have a selection of healthy snacks, easily available. This way, when your child is hungry and needs to eat between meals, you can offer a nutritious snack.   Children need 30% less fats than they did as babies. So when you plan family meals and snacks you need to bear this in mind. Fruit, yogurt, whole grains are great options to choose from. For young children do avoid foods such as peanuts and raisins that may be choking hazards.

It is vital that you allow your child to understand when his or her body is sending them signals that they are full. Do not force a child to finish everything on their plate if they are full. Instead next time you could reduce the size of the portions. Of course, you would want to ensure that they do not leave out the vegetables and only finish the pasta or sandwich that they love!

For some children eating is a way of spending quality time with the parents. To avoid this association we think you may want to plan on some one-on-one time with your child daily. The last snack for the day could be eaten an hour or two before bedtime, after which you can declare the kitchen closed. This will help avoid any delays at bedtime.

Unless your pediatrician is concerned about your child’s weight, do not worry if your child is eating frequently. Do ensure that they have adequate healthy snacks and meals through the day, and understands when their body is full.

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Tips For Keeping Kids Safe On Vacations

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How many times have you seen a child wandering in a crowd and then think, “How can the parents be so careless?” Upon talking to a mother and a father, however, most likely you would find that the parents simply turned their backs for a moment and the child was gone in flash, no carelessness involved. That situation could happen to anyone, including you and your partner.

In the rare event that your child runs off, here are some practical tips that you can use to help ensure kids’ safety.

Go With the Wind

You may laugh at this statement, but it’s true. Children who get separated from their parents tend to go the way the wind pushes them. If your child is separated from you on a beach or other expansive area, see which way the wind is blowing and keep it at your back while you are trying to track and find your child.

Place Vital Information on Your Child’s Possessions

Put information such as your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight, blood type and other vital statistics such as persons traveling with you, etc., along with your contact information in items such as belts, backpacks, fannypacks and clothing with pockets. Place the information on your computer and update as required for future trips. Keep it waterproof by placing vital statistics in a plastic bag.

Use a Sharpie

Using a Sharpie or another type of permanent markers to write cell phone numbers and essential vital information such as address, parental names, etc., on your child’s arm. These moves can make a difference when your child becomes separated from you. Using a metal ID bracelet with the same information can accomplish the same thing.

Family Photos

Place a family photo with your child’s belongings so that in the case that you do become separated, law enforcement officials can try to pick you out in a crowd.

Pack Business Cards

Another easy, but vital, piece of information are hotel business cards. Place these within other essential identifiers to help individuals contact you in the event of an unforeseen separation.

Time Is Ticking, Register For The Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon In 2015!

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As the days go by, we are edging closer and closer to the race day of Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon! If you haven’t registered yet for this half marathon organized by CGI Racing, then you definitely should before its too late! The half marathon is scheduled to take place on March 29th 2015 from 8 am onwards, at Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. The half marathon is currently 95% sold out, therefore those interested should act fast. Those completing registration before 15th March will be able to enjoy registering at a discounted rate of just USD 99. By registering for this exciting event you will be able to enjoy a lot of perks as well!

Lots Of Perks!

The first perk offered by Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon is free Phillies tickets, for the first 10,000 registering for the half marathon is entitled to getting this special perk. In addition to this, runners registering for this half marathon will also get a long sleeve tech shirt and a commemorative coffee mug which is black on the outside and bright red on the inside. Those who finish the half marathon will be awarded with the incredible Love Run spinner finish medals. There will be private tents or port-a-potty available to those who are registering for group racing with twenty members or more. Runners can also enjoy complimentary BOGO beer at the race party!

Exciting Marathon!

Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon is definitely one of the most exciting marathons out there. It is the best way of exploring the beautiful Philadelphia city, which is also known as the City of Brotherly Love. The total distance to be covered here is 13.1 miles, which is quite long but the perks offered by the race and the beautiful sights and sounds experienced during the marathon will keep you going! Thus, you will be able to have a good time at the half marathon because this one will love you right back!

Not A Runner? That’s Ok!

Even if you do not like participating in marathons, you can always register for volunteering at the race to enjoy the perks. You can sign up for group volunteering (20 members minimum) and raise money for your team, club or organization because you’ll receive donations. Register now to join as a participant or a volunteer!

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Why Teen Girls Should Avoid Drinking Soda

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Young people like soda, but it is not the best beverage for teens and preteens.  If you have a teenage daughter, there are reasons to encourage her to make healthier choices.

Drinking Soda May Cause Early Puberty in Girls

Girls in their preteen and early teenage years risk entering puberty sooner than girls who do not drink these carbonated beverages.  One study has shown that girls who drink soda on a daily basis experienced their initial menstrual periods 2.7 months before girls who drink less soda or none at all.

While thirteen years of age is the average age for first periods in girls who do not drink carbonated beverages, the age is only 12.8 years in girls who consume it regularly.

Early Puberty May Lead to Adolescent Depression

There can be complications to early puberty.  Early puberty is one risk factor in developing breast cancer during the adult years.  Early menstrual periods also increase the risk of adolescent depression.

Early Puberty May Lead to Girls Being Sexually Active at an Earlier Age

Early puberty may also increase a girl’s chance of becoming sexually active at an early age.  It can make a girl feel different from her peers when she has started having periods before her friends.  While the sugar in standard sodas affect her body’s blood sugar levels, diet soda can actually increase the risk of weight gain.

Whether your daughter is a young teen or has not yet reached her teenage years, it is never too soon to discourage her from drinking soda.  You can explain the health complications associated with teens and soda, and provide healthier beverages for her to drink.

You do not need to have soda in your home, or provide it when your daughter has guests.  You can stress the importance of drinking fruit juice, milk, and fresh water instead.  If you start a “no soda” policy at home, your girl will begin to enjoy beverages that are actually good for her. She may not miss soda when you offer her a wide range of healthier options, however replacing soda with healthy beverages will benefit your daughter’s health.  Frequent soda consumption is a habit your child does not need.

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10 Common Mistakes Every Parent Can Make

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Parenting is the toughest job you will ever have. Childhood is the time in which your child develops the personality he or she will have for the rest of his or her life, and the way you conduct yourself has an impact that will last long after the child leaves home. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of these ten common mistakes that every parent can make.

How Parents View Their Children

Some of the mistakes have to do with how we as parents view our children. Sometimes, we believe our children to be perfect – other times, we tend to underestimate the character of those children we have worked so hard to raise. The mistakes we have can also come in how we treat our relationship with the children – some parents worship the ground that their children walk on, while others are incredibly concerned with being the child’s best friend.

Mistakes That Impact A Child’s Life

Parents can also make mistakes that impact a child’s life. Some parents live vicariously through a child’s activities, while others are more concerned with having the child they want rather than the child that they have. These are dangerous mistakes that can cause a child major problems later in life. These problems are magnified by the next mistake – raising a child that is missing out on the wonder that is childhood.

Competitive Parents

Still, there are other problems that tend to have nothing to do with the kids. Some parents are competitive, trying to out do one another for their child’s love. Others forget that their actions are constantly being viewed by the child, forgetting that the child learns more from actions than words. Finally, there are those that simply spend too much time judging – forgetting that every parent has a different journey, and so too does every child.

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There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, and your parenting journey will be filled with mistakes. The most important thing that you can do is to acknowledge those mistakes and try harder to be a better parent. If you’re looking for ways to succeed and to avoid these pitfalls, make sure that you follow us to read more at Successful Parenting Today.

Having A Family May Improve Dad’s Career

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All parents, it seems want the same thing.  They want a challenging and rewarding career and a healthy and happy family life. Most parents including fathers are working to facilitate their family life first and to climb the career ladder second.

For decades the male was expected to put his work life first followed by his home life.  Today’s fathers are more in tune with forging bonds with their children. They want paternity leave and flexibility in their schedules to pursue family obligations.  A recent survey of 970 working fathers found that their job satisfaction was directly tied to whether or not his employer was sympathetic to his sense of obligation to his family.

A Better Work-Family Balance

Whether it’s the dad’s career or the mother’s, parents today want less conflict between work and family.  They want employers that understand men and women find enrichment in work family environments that promote the relationships of parents and their children.  It is far more satisfying to work for a company that encourages the family relationship while seeking growth in their perspective industries.  These employees work harder because they know the value their job offers their families.

This fosters the worker’s allegiance to the job. And it works for men and women.  Women have traditionally felt more conflict between work obligations and family life. While fighting for the quality of their family life is new to men, they are experiencing far less conflict.  Any worker who knows they are appreciated for what they bring to the table at work will feel a greater appreciation for their jobs especially when family obligations must take precedence. They feel a sense of comfort knowing their jobs will be there when they can return to work.

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Guilt-Free Days Off

More and more men are taking family leave and they’re doing it with the support of their employers. They’re taking guilt-free days off to pursue family matters and experiencing no repercussions for those days off. And they’re not experiencing any career setbacks due to their choices.

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The tide is still turning as more and more fathers are learning the joys of fatherhood.  They continue to take more of an active role in rearing their children. Fathers do this not with the intention of sacrificing job satisfaction, but with the intention of gaining satisfaction in their roles as fathers.  Now that the concept of work family includes one’s professional career and one’s personal family life, we are poised to see continued change as workers demand it. To keep up with the trends in family and parenting, follow us at Successful Parenting Today.