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Tips for Traveling with kids

We made our first family trip last year. Two parents and a two and a half year old and a 5 month old. My husband wanted to visit England, so we decided to go, but this was the first time we made the trip with our kids. Trying to keep the children happy during such a long flight was going to be a real challenge. This is how we prepared for this long flight.

 

Bring New Toys and Books

Something they have never seen before will hold their attention for longer. We bought a few books and toys of Diego, my sons favorite cartoon character. Once you are on the flight you need to wait for the explosion to begin and then bring out the secret weapon.

 

Use Technology

Even when you restrict digital games and television at home, these items can be a godsend on a flight. Pictures are a great way of distracting kids. If you have a tablet or phone bring it to keep them busy. Be sure to download a few apps to keep them interested.

 

Pack Appropriate Diaper Bags

Keep items for children separate and be sure to keep a plastic bag available for messes. Place at least two diapers for the child in the seat pockets in front of you. This way you can get to the bathroom as soon as possible.

 

Keep Kids Comfy

Let your child travel in pajamas. This will interest them and it will be more convenient for you. Keep an extra set of pajamas handy to deal with emergency situations.

 

Bring Spare T-shirts

You might need to change yourself, especially if you need to deal with a child throwing up.

Bring Hand Cleanser

Be sure to bring antibacterial hand cleansers to clean little hands of food and drink.

Child and His Carry On

If your child is old enough let him bring his on bag. He can put his own toys in his carry on. This can keep an older child occupied if there are delays.

Bring Snacks

Your child may not like the meals on a flight and they may not time well with your child’s needs. Airport food isn’t something a toddler might like either.

Bottom Line

When making long flights with small children. Be sure to bring stuff that can keep them interested  so they will sit still for this long period of time. Put yourself in their shoes, and think about how sitting still for so long is utter torture for them.

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How to Deal with Picky Eaters

My daughter has always been a picky eater. Her diet consists of mostly milk and applesauce and pb&j sandwiches. The doctor says not to worry because she is healthy. But I just never felt like this was nutritious enough.

I even hate to take him to birthday parties and family gatherings. He just wont eat anything. So I got help and this is what I learned.

 Tasting

I asked her to start tasting other foods. According to the psychologist, we needed to let her do it on her own terms. So we even let him leave the table, go to another room and try it. Now she can handle kids size portions of meatballs, chicken and cheese quesadillas. No longer does she only eat crackers and applesauce.

 

Here are a few tips you can try.

Start small. Start with pieces so small that they could even blow away. Try a single pea, or a part of a noodle, even a crumble of cheese. Encourage the child by saying, “This is easy- it will just take a second.”

 

Try the Reward System

Tell your child just to try the smallest piece and afterward he can have some of his favorite foods. You can gradually increase the amounts of good foods and decrease the foods your child always eats.

 

Persistence is Key

Stick to your guns. Children need to try something 10 to 15 times before they like something. It will get easier.Start Eliminating the Bad Stuff.Reduce the snacks and sugary drinks. Record what your child eats and drinks for about three days. You may find that your child is snacking all day. Let your child get hungry and he will be more receptive towards new foods.

Bring Friends Into the Game

Invite his or her more adventurous friends. Friends can make a big difference. All it may take is for a friend to grab a piece of brocoli to make it look more attractive.

 

Kids Who Have Extra Sensitive Taste Buds

If your child seems to try new foods but doesn’t like any of them. He may have extra sensitive issues with experiencing flavors and textures. Take it extra slow when introducing your child to new foods. Start by having your child near the food and look at it. Then help him get comfortable with handling it. Use it in an art project or game. Then do snake tastes which are quick licks. Then encourage him to take small bites.

The Fight Against Childhood Obesity

All around the world, childhood obesity is rising at an alarming rate. Of course, the United States is no exception. It’s not only obesity, though, that is the problem, but there is an alarming rate of children that are overweight also. In children grow at different rates, it can sometimes be hard to determine whether a child is overweight or obese. That is why measurements are done based on the height of a child and their ideal weight.

In the history of the world, obesity is a rather new problem. Up until the 20th century, obesity was rarely seen. At that point, though, it was classified as a global epidemic by the World Health Organization because of how common it became. The biggest issue is that we sit around a lot more than we should.

Technology has been a huge issue when it comes to the quality of our lives. Our day-to-day living tasks have become much easier and, in a lot of ways, more enjoyable. Technology provides us with many forms of communication and entertainment as well. Unfortunately, it is also played a huge role in our physical health. Countries around the world are becoming more sedentary as they move less, thanks to technology. And, of course, as we become more inactive, our bodies become more fat. Our technological lifestyle is contributing greatly to the obesity epidemic in adults and children alike, especially in countries that are developed.

In the United States, childhood obesity rates have been around the same since 2007. Since 1980, though, the US obesity rate of children between the ages of two and 19 has tripled. That rate is currently 17.5%. Of these numbers, 17% are children between the ages of six and 11 years old. A little over 20% of children between the ages of 12 and 19 are obese.

Research has shown time and time again that children who are overweight become adults who are overweight. This is very concerning as the population ages, creating significant health concerns around the world.

To help fight against this epidemic, we need to get our kids moving. Find what your children enjoy when it comes to physical activities and encourage them to keep moving.