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Monday, 18 November 2013

Things That Kids Say, Parenting, Kids
Parenting: Amazing Things That Kids Say
Kids are amazing gift from God. You just gotta love kids in their element, they some amazing things and gestures and also say some amazing things. I don’t have any yet but I love the ones around me and play with them a lot. I also caution them properly when the occasion demands it. The things that kids say never cease to amaze me. They exhibit wisdom way beyond their age sometimes.

My elder cousin’s 4 year old son revealed something to the father recently. The dad had picked him up from school and was heading home when he said it. This little boy is a passionate and very interesting kid. Kids just say these amazing things innocently just the way their little pure minds can grasp them. This is where the work load of parents are tested in making the kid reinforce the thought process or activity that lead to these startling things kids say or reject it and any future occurrence.

The little boy said;

4 yr old : Daddy do you know what my girlfriend told me?
Daddy  : No I don’t know. What did she tell you buddy?
4 yr old : She said I can tell her anything I want

The daddy’s eyes popped wide open, he laughed hard and then tells the 4 year old son with girlfriend issues…

Daddy : Don’t tell her anything that’s how they deceive us

He was still laughing hard. The son would’ve been a bit disappointed. He is fond of saying funny amazing things like this. I wondered what kinda conversation between male and female 4 year olds that they were having. But you know the best part of parents-kids bonding and intimacy is when you have kids that can tell their parents anything, kids that can confide in their parents. It makes it so easy to keep track of what your kids do and reduce the burden of parenting. It gives a clear glimpse into the mind of that child. It makes you fully aware of what happened in your absence so you make commendations or corrections.

Also Read: Why My Kids Are Not My World

So if there is anything bothering the kid like any bullying, sexual harassment or any kind of red flags will be nipped in the bud. It is every parents duty to strive and create sustain an ideal communication culture with their kids better understanding and raising better children.


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Parenting: Amazing Things That Kids Say

Nwabu King  |  at   11:29 am  |  No comments

Things That Kids Say, Parenting, Kids
Parenting: Amazing Things That Kids Say
Kids are amazing gift from God. You just gotta love kids in their element, they some amazing things and gestures and also say some amazing things. I don’t have any yet but I love the ones around me and play with them a lot. I also caution them properly when the occasion demands it. The things that kids say never cease to amaze me. They exhibit wisdom way beyond their age sometimes.

My elder cousin’s 4 year old son revealed something to the father recently. The dad had picked him up from school and was heading home when he said it. This little boy is a passionate and very interesting kid. Kids just say these amazing things innocently just the way their little pure minds can grasp them. This is where the work load of parents are tested in making the kid reinforce the thought process or activity that lead to these startling things kids say or reject it and any future occurrence.

The little boy said;

4 yr old : Daddy do you know what my girlfriend told me?
Daddy  : No I don’t know. What did she tell you buddy?
4 yr old : She said I can tell her anything I want

The daddy’s eyes popped wide open, he laughed hard and then tells the 4 year old son with girlfriend issues…

Daddy : Don’t tell her anything that’s how they deceive us

He was still laughing hard. The son would’ve been a bit disappointed. He is fond of saying funny amazing things like this. I wondered what kinda conversation between male and female 4 year olds that they were having. But you know the best part of parents-kids bonding and intimacy is when you have kids that can tell their parents anything, kids that can confide in their parents. It makes it so easy to keep track of what your kids do and reduce the burden of parenting. It gives a clear glimpse into the mind of that child. It makes you fully aware of what happened in your absence so you make commendations or corrections.

Also Read: Why My Kids Are Not My World

So if there is anything bothering the kid like any bullying, sexual harassment or any kind of red flags will be nipped in the bud. It is every parents duty to strive and create sustain an ideal communication culture with their kids better understanding and raising better children.


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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Parenting, Over-parenting, Over-pampering, Kids should toughen up
Parenting & Society: Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World (TheMetzFamilyAdventures)
Don't let the title confuse you. This article is really a thought provoking piece. It takes a hard critical look at parenting and the society. The issue affects the west most but its fast creeping into the African setting. Please if you love your children take your time and read this to the end, it'll definitely teach or unteach you for the greater good of parenting in particular and the society at large. I don't have kids now but I 'definitely plan to over-parent or over-pamper them. A little pain is good for learning.

Wait, what did she say?  Yeah, you read that right. 
This blog post is a bit of a rant and it's a bit all over the place. My kids are NOT the center of my world, and that's quite simply because they aren't the center of any world, anywhere.
 
If you're feeling adventurous today, feel free to read on. I'll forewarn you though, this post contains subject matter about which I feel very strongly.  As are most emotionally heated issues - I suppose it's controversial.  But hey, I feel how I feel and that's not going to be changed.
 
The emotions that sparked this blog post were given a little bit of a supercharge last evening.  Hendrix was picking out what he wanted to take to school for Show & Tell.  He chose a little Imaginext action figure - one that he's had for about two years now.  With the action figure comes a little yellow object.  For the two years that he's had this toy, that yellow object has always been a drill to him.  He gathered the action figure, the mask that goes with him, and the yellow drill and proudly told me he'd chosen that for Show & Tell.  Then, you could see him thinking.  And he promptly changed his mind and said to me, "You know what, I better not take this.  My teacher will probably think it's a gun, and then I'll get in trouble," put the action figure back, and chose something else.
 
I often think about the world my boys will grow up in.  I often get angry when I think about it.  This particular situation just furthered those emotions for me.
 
In completely selfish terms, bringing my boys into this world was such a great decision - for me.  They bring me so much joy, they fill my heart, they make me happy.  But I often question whether or not it was the right decision for them.  My boys are typical little boys.  They love to play guns.  They love to play good guy versus bad guy.  They love to wrestle and be rowdy.  That's the nature of little boys, as it has been since the beginning of time.
 
How long will it be before their typical boy-ish behavior gets them suspended from school?  How long before they get suspended from daycare???  How long will it be before one of them gets upset with a friend, tells that friend to go away and leave them alone, and subsequently gets labeled as a bully?
 
The mentality of our society in 2013 is nauseating to me, friends. 
 
Many years ago, there was a time where young boys could run around with their toy guns, killing the bad guys.  You could take the toy guns away from the little boys, and they'd find something else around them - a stick, their fingers, etc -  and pretend it was a gun.  Today, those little boys - if caught doing that - are labeled as threats, and immediate action is taken to remove that threat from the group.
 
There was a time - not too long ago - when bullying was defined as slamming someone up against a locker and stealing their lunch money.  There was a time when kids got called names and got picked on, and they brushed it off and worked through it (ask me how I know this).  Now, if Sally calls Susie a bitch (please excuse my language if that offends you), Susie's whole world crumbles around her, she contemplates suicide, and this society encourages her to feel like her world truly has ended, and she should feel entitled to a world-wide pity party.  And Sally - phew!  She should be jailed!  She should be thrown in juvenile detention for acting like - gasp - a teenage girl acts.
 
Modern parenting and thinking makes me crazy.  The young generations of today (yes, I sound old.  I realize I'm only 29 years old.) are being taught that they shouldn't have to ever put up with anything doesn't make their hearts feel like rainbow colored unicorns are running around pooping skittles onto piles of marshmallows.
 
Modern parenting is creating a generation that's not going to be able to function in society.
 
  Your child, who you cater to every need, who you shelter from all things "evil."  How will this child react when he or she grows into adulthood?  "Debbie" graduates from high school and goes to college.  She writes her first paper and meets with her professor about that paper and the professor tells her that it's junk and it will get a failing grade.  How will Debbie cope with that if she's always been made to feel that no one should ever make her feel sad, or criticize anything she does?
 
"Donna" graduates from college and gets a job - you know, in the real world.  She has to work on a committee to come up with a marketing plan.  She shoots out an idea, and it gets immediately turned down.  What is she to do?  Go home and cry because no one liked her idea?  Quit her job because she can't handle rejection?
 
Modern parents, who drop everything all the time to sit and play with the child, who "needs attention," or drop what they're doing to help the child the second he or she gets frustrated?  How is Joey going to deal with the fact that there won't be anyone in his adult life who's willing to stop what they're doing, stop living their busy lives, to cater to his every whim?
 
How do you think Billy is going to cope in the real world, when his boss gives him a vague task to complete, and offers no helpful information as to how to complete this task?  Mr. Boss is certainly not going to hold Billy's hand and help him through the task.  Mr. Boss expects it to be completed by Monday.  How has Billy been prepared to use his critical thinking and problem solving skills to be able to complete that task?  He hasn't.
 
I certainly hope that the title of this blog post is starting to make sense.  Parents who make their children the center of their universe are not doing anyone any favors.  Obviously, as parents, we love our children more than anything.  But dropping everything to cater to their every need is only going to lead to a very rude awakening once they enter the real world.
 
I'm not telling anyone how to parent, and I'm far from perfect myself.  But when my kids can't find something, I refuse to help them until they've at least made a concerted effort to find it themselves.  This isn't being mean, it's teaching them to at least attempt to solve a problem themselves before just giving up and asking for help. 
 
When the TV gets turned off after the allotted time on the weekends, my kids are instructed to go play together in their room.  I love and miss them during the work week, but I am not just a mom, I'm also Matt's wife, I'm also Stephanie, and I also run our household.  There are things I have to get done, and my boys understand that.  My children - while Matt and I  both spend time playing with them - understand that the world doesn't begin and end with them.  This allows them to find ways to entertain themselves, it builds imagination, and it teaches them to get along with each other without constant intervention.
 
We follow the rules and don't take toy guns or weapons to daycare.  But I'll be darned if my boys aren't allowed to be little boys when they're at home.  They have several toy guns and it's constantly a good guy vs. bad guy battle in my house.  I feel like this teaches them to do the things they want to do, while respecting other's rules and regulations.  It also teaches them that there are differing opinions about things in this world and that's ok.  We can like and believe in the things we want, while respecting that others may not agree with us.
 
My children are all but ignored when they ask for something without using manners.  They understand that when someone addresses or speaks to them, they are to speak back.  When we go out to eat, we don't take 5 electronic devices to keep them "entertained" for the 15 minutes we have to wait for our food.  If Hendrix is "bored" (and I use that term loosely), then he can put on his jacket and go play outside.
 
Everyone parents differently, and I respect that. The current generation may be one that expects nothing less than everything from this world.  But I know of two gentlemen that are going to be able to accept failure and move on having learned something from it. 

I know of two gentleman who will be hurt emotionally, but who will be able to work through the hurt and carry on with life.  I will cushion the emotional fall as much as a mom can, but I will not completely prevent it from happening. They will not expect whoever hurt them to be punished.  Heck, I might even teach my children the power of forgiveness. 

These two gentlemen will understand the value of hard work, and know that hard work is required to get where one wants to be in life. 

They will, while understanding the need for caution, appreciate that not everyone out there is out to get them.  Not everyone is out to do evil things. 

These gentlemen will understand that there are about a gazillion people in this world.  While they are incredibly special to me and my family, they are not special to the world.  That probably sounds terrible, but people!  It's the harsh truth, and it needs embraced!

I know that I can't change the mindset of modern parents.  That's never been and never will be my goal.  I just want to make sure that I raise my sons to grow into respectable men who can thrive and succeed, due to having been prepared to do so.

My kids are not the center of my world because I love them enough not to allow them to be.

Have a great weekend, friends.


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Post Author: Stephanie

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Parenting & Society: Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World (TheMetzFamilyAdventures)

Nwabu King  |  at   5:59 pm  |  24 comments

Parenting, Over-parenting, Over-pampering, Kids should toughen up
Parenting & Society: Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World (TheMetzFamilyAdventures)
Don't let the title confuse you. This article is really a thought provoking piece. It takes a hard critical look at parenting and the society. The issue affects the west most but its fast creeping into the African setting. Please if you love your children take your time and read this to the end, it'll definitely teach or unteach you for the greater good of parenting in particular and the society at large. I don't have kids now but I 'definitely plan to over-parent or over-pamper them. A little pain is good for learning.

Wait, what did she say?  Yeah, you read that right. 
This blog post is a bit of a rant and it's a bit all over the place. My kids are NOT the center of my world, and that's quite simply because they aren't the center of any world, anywhere.
 
If you're feeling adventurous today, feel free to read on. I'll forewarn you though, this post contains subject matter about which I feel very strongly.  As are most emotionally heated issues - I suppose it's controversial.  But hey, I feel how I feel and that's not going to be changed.
 
The emotions that sparked this blog post were given a little bit of a supercharge last evening.  Hendrix was picking out what he wanted to take to school for Show & Tell.  He chose a little Imaginext action figure - one that he's had for about two years now.  With the action figure comes a little yellow object.  For the two years that he's had this toy, that yellow object has always been a drill to him.  He gathered the action figure, the mask that goes with him, and the yellow drill and proudly told me he'd chosen that for Show & Tell.  Then, you could see him thinking.  And he promptly changed his mind and said to me, "You know what, I better not take this.  My teacher will probably think it's a gun, and then I'll get in trouble," put the action figure back, and chose something else.
 
I often think about the world my boys will grow up in.  I often get angry when I think about it.  This particular situation just furthered those emotions for me.
 
In completely selfish terms, bringing my boys into this world was such a great decision - for me.  They bring me so much joy, they fill my heart, they make me happy.  But I often question whether or not it was the right decision for them.  My boys are typical little boys.  They love to play guns.  They love to play good guy versus bad guy.  They love to wrestle and be rowdy.  That's the nature of little boys, as it has been since the beginning of time.
 
How long will it be before their typical boy-ish behavior gets them suspended from school?  How long before they get suspended from daycare???  How long will it be before one of them gets upset with a friend, tells that friend to go away and leave them alone, and subsequently gets labeled as a bully?
 
The mentality of our society in 2013 is nauseating to me, friends. 
 
Many years ago, there was a time where young boys could run around with their toy guns, killing the bad guys.  You could take the toy guns away from the little boys, and they'd find something else around them - a stick, their fingers, etc -  and pretend it was a gun.  Today, those little boys - if caught doing that - are labeled as threats, and immediate action is taken to remove that threat from the group.
 
There was a time - not too long ago - when bullying was defined as slamming someone up against a locker and stealing their lunch money.  There was a time when kids got called names and got picked on, and they brushed it off and worked through it (ask me how I know this).  Now, if Sally calls Susie a bitch (please excuse my language if that offends you), Susie's whole world crumbles around her, she contemplates suicide, and this society encourages her to feel like her world truly has ended, and she should feel entitled to a world-wide pity party.  And Sally - phew!  She should be jailed!  She should be thrown in juvenile detention for acting like - gasp - a teenage girl acts.
 
Modern parenting and thinking makes me crazy.  The young generations of today (yes, I sound old.  I realize I'm only 29 years old.) are being taught that they shouldn't have to ever put up with anything doesn't make their hearts feel like rainbow colored unicorns are running around pooping skittles onto piles of marshmallows.
 
Modern parenting is creating a generation that's not going to be able to function in society.
 
  Your child, who you cater to every need, who you shelter from all things "evil."  How will this child react when he or she grows into adulthood?  "Debbie" graduates from high school and goes to college.  She writes her first paper and meets with her professor about that paper and the professor tells her that it's junk and it will get a failing grade.  How will Debbie cope with that if she's always been made to feel that no one should ever make her feel sad, or criticize anything she does?
 
"Donna" graduates from college and gets a job - you know, in the real world.  She has to work on a committee to come up with a marketing plan.  She shoots out an idea, and it gets immediately turned down.  What is she to do?  Go home and cry because no one liked her idea?  Quit her job because she can't handle rejection?
 
Modern parents, who drop everything all the time to sit and play with the child, who "needs attention," or drop what they're doing to help the child the second he or she gets frustrated?  How is Joey going to deal with the fact that there won't be anyone in his adult life who's willing to stop what they're doing, stop living their busy lives, to cater to his every whim?
 
How do you think Billy is going to cope in the real world, when his boss gives him a vague task to complete, and offers no helpful information as to how to complete this task?  Mr. Boss is certainly not going to hold Billy's hand and help him through the task.  Mr. Boss expects it to be completed by Monday.  How has Billy been prepared to use his critical thinking and problem solving skills to be able to complete that task?  He hasn't.
 
I certainly hope that the title of this blog post is starting to make sense.  Parents who make their children the center of their universe are not doing anyone any favors.  Obviously, as parents, we love our children more than anything.  But dropping everything to cater to their every need is only going to lead to a very rude awakening once they enter the real world.
 
I'm not telling anyone how to parent, and I'm far from perfect myself.  But when my kids can't find something, I refuse to help them until they've at least made a concerted effort to find it themselves.  This isn't being mean, it's teaching them to at least attempt to solve a problem themselves before just giving up and asking for help. 
 
When the TV gets turned off after the allotted time on the weekends, my kids are instructed to go play together in their room.  I love and miss them during the work week, but I am not just a mom, I'm also Matt's wife, I'm also Stephanie, and I also run our household.  There are things I have to get done, and my boys understand that.  My children - while Matt and I  both spend time playing with them - understand that the world doesn't begin and end with them.  This allows them to find ways to entertain themselves, it builds imagination, and it teaches them to get along with each other without constant intervention.
 
We follow the rules and don't take toy guns or weapons to daycare.  But I'll be darned if my boys aren't allowed to be little boys when they're at home.  They have several toy guns and it's constantly a good guy vs. bad guy battle in my house.  I feel like this teaches them to do the things they want to do, while respecting other's rules and regulations.  It also teaches them that there are differing opinions about things in this world and that's ok.  We can like and believe in the things we want, while respecting that others may not agree with us.
 
My children are all but ignored when they ask for something without using manners.  They understand that when someone addresses or speaks to them, they are to speak back.  When we go out to eat, we don't take 5 electronic devices to keep them "entertained" for the 15 minutes we have to wait for our food.  If Hendrix is "bored" (and I use that term loosely), then he can put on his jacket and go play outside.
 
Everyone parents differently, and I respect that. The current generation may be one that expects nothing less than everything from this world.  But I know of two gentlemen that are going to be able to accept failure and move on having learned something from it. 

I know of two gentleman who will be hurt emotionally, but who will be able to work through the hurt and carry on with life.  I will cushion the emotional fall as much as a mom can, but I will not completely prevent it from happening. They will not expect whoever hurt them to be punished.  Heck, I might even teach my children the power of forgiveness. 

These two gentlemen will understand the value of hard work, and know that hard work is required to get where one wants to be in life. 

They will, while understanding the need for caution, appreciate that not everyone out there is out to get them.  Not everyone is out to do evil things. 

These gentlemen will understand that there are about a gazillion people in this world.  While they are incredibly special to me and my family, they are not special to the world.  That probably sounds terrible, but people!  It's the harsh truth, and it needs embraced!

I know that I can't change the mindset of modern parents.  That's never been and never will be my goal.  I just want to make sure that I raise my sons to grow into respectable men who can thrive and succeed, due to having been prepared to do so.

My kids are not the center of my world because I love them enough not to allow them to be.

Have a great weekend, friends.


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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Priceless Mom & Daughter Moment Cute Emotional Baby Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing, Crying Baby, Emotional Crying Baby, Precious Moment

Priceless Mom & Daughter Moment: Cute Emotional Baby Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing


I thought I share this awesome video. I must confess, I shed tears of my own watching this lovely video. It's amazing what how this 10-month-old reacted with such powerful impassioned response to her mother's private performance of "My Heart Can't Tell You No" gives a whole new (beautiful) meaning to the word "cry-baby."

The mom has a beautiful singing voice too. This precious moment a very powerful mother-daughter bonding exercise that should be encouraged.

The little one was identified by Canada's TVA as Mary Lynne Leroux. Mom, Amanda, told TVA that she's too shy to sing in public - but clearly, she's found an appreciative audience at home.



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Priceless Mom & Daughter Moment: Cute Emotional Baby Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing (Video)

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Priceless Mom & Daughter Moment Cute Emotional Baby Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing, Crying Baby, Emotional Crying Baby, Precious Moment

Priceless Mom & Daughter Moment: Cute Emotional Baby Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing


I thought I share this awesome video. I must confess, I shed tears of my own watching this lovely video. It's amazing what how this 10-month-old reacted with such powerful impassioned response to her mother's private performance of "My Heart Can't Tell You No" gives a whole new (beautiful) meaning to the word "cry-baby."

The mom has a beautiful singing voice too. This precious moment a very powerful mother-daughter bonding exercise that should be encouraged.

The little one was identified by Canada's TVA as Mary Lynne Leroux. Mom, Amanda, told TVA that she's too shy to sing in public - but clearly, she's found an appreciative audience at home.



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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Parenting And Healthy Foods: Parents Send Kids Back To School With Healthy Meals And Snacks (ConnecticutPlus)
Parenting And Healthy Foods: Parents Send Kids Back To School With Healthy Meals And Snacks (ConnecticutPlus)
Parenting And Healthy Foods: Parents Send Kids Back To School With Healthy Meals And Snacks (ConnecticutPlus)

As a kid my dad made sure I went to school with healthy meal from home. He never gave me a dime to buy any snack or whatsoever. If I wanted tonnes of healthy food and snack made from home, I will have it. This article on healthy meals and snack from by America Heart Association is what every kid needs.
In the coming year, new federal rules on school lunches will help provide children with more nutritious meal options. But, according to the American Heart Association, the best way to ensure healthy and less expensive meals for your kids is to send them with meals from home. So while you’re getting the kids’ backpacks ready with notebooks, pencils and paper, it’s a great time to plan for healthy back-to-school lunches.

The American Heart Association recommends packing a healthy lunch at home to ensure that kids get the nutrition they need without all the fat, calories and salt found in convenience foods and many school lunch meals. Too much salt, calories and fat can contribute to long-term health issues like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

Tips On Packing Healthy Lunches:
“Kids love to have a variety of foods in their lunch boxes, especially finger foods,” said Gretchen Acquanita, Chef and owner of Epicure Catering & Fine Foods in Poughkeepsie.

When packing a healthy lunch, Acquanita suggests choosing from the rainbow of foods in your supermarket’s produce department. Include foods that are red (red peppers, apples, tomatoes), orange (carrots, peaches), green (salad, celery sticks) and choose foods from the different food groups.

See Also: Healthy Living: 20 Superstar Superfood For Super Healthy Heart

“The goal is to provide a variety of healthy options at lunch,” she said, “And getting kids in the kitchen to help pack lunches and help with dinner preparations is a great way to get them excited about eating healthy foods.”

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded in 2005 with the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, suggests including one serving of vegetables or salad and one serving of fruit (fresh, canned or dried all count); one serving of a low-fat or fat-free milk or dairy item such as a low-fat cheese stick, a yogurt cup, or some cottage cheese; plus one serving of meat, chicken, fish, eggs, peanut butter, beans or another protein source.

Ten Healthy Lunchbox Tips:
  1. Pack healthy drinks such as water, low-fat milk or 100% juice with no added sugar. 
  2. Beverages boxes frozen the night before can keep a lunchbox cool until lunchtime. 
  3. Cut out the calorie-rich and nutrient-empty soda and energy drinks. 
  4. Use whole wheat bread, pita, wraps or flatbreads for sandwiches. 
  5. Pick lean luncheon meats like turkey, ham or leftover chicken breast. 
  6. Use reduced fat mayo or salad dressing or mustard to dress a sandwich 
  7. Add mixed greens or baby spinach leaves for extra nutrients
  8. Try protein/iron-rich hummus with fresh veggies and whole wheat pita triangles for dipping. 
  9. Low-fat or fat-free calcium-rich cottage cheese with carrots, cherry tomatoes, berries, or melon.
  10. Top green salads with lean protein like hard-boiled eggs, beans or chicken. 
Didn’t pack a lunch? There are many options to choose from in the lunch line at school, some of them are healthier than others. Encourage kids to choose fruits and vegetables instead of French fries or chips and ask for grilled meat instead of fried.

“Review the school lunch menu to select healthier meals in advance,” said Acquanita. Then make a plan to pack a healthy bagged lunch on the other days.

For more information and recipes, visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org/healthierkids.

MORE TIPS:

Back To School Lunchbox Strategies:
  1. Get lunch ready right after dinner when you’re in the kitchen or the night before.
  2. Pack leftover dinners in lunch-size containers.
  3. Keep dressings on the side to prevent soggy lunches.
  4. Freeze healthy drinks to keep your lunch cool.
  5. Rinse and pack fruit & veggies in snack bags on Sunday night, so they’re ready to go all week long.
  6. If you’re buying convenience lunches or snacks, look for those with fewer than 100 calories and the least amount of sugar, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.
  7. Kids eat more fruit when it’s already cut up. Try oranges and Ginger Gold or Cortland apples since they’re slow to brown.
Watch Your Portions:
Size matters. Portion size has a lot to do with why our kids are gaining weight. Because there’s too much of everything on their plates, our kids are getting far more calories than they need daily. To start “Operation Portion Control,” you need to know how big a portion size really is.

You may be surprised to learn these are serving sizes:
1 slice of bread
½ cup rice or pasta (cooked)
1 small piece of fruit (super-large apples are 2+ servings)
1 wedge of melon
1/2 cup fruit juice
1 cup milk or yogurt
2 oz. cheese (about the size of a domino)
2-3 oz. meat, poultry or fish (this is about the size of a deck of cards)
Most servings are well over the standard portion size, so we’re all getting extra calories we don’t need. But with a little effort, we can take control. Cutting down the helpings will cut down the waistlines.


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Post Author: American Heart Association




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Parenting And Healthy Foods: Parents Send Kids Back To School With Healthy Meals And Snacks (ConnecticutPlus)

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Parenting And Healthy Foods: Parents Send Kids Back To School With Healthy Meals And Snacks (ConnecticutPlus)
Parenting And Healthy Foods: Parents Send Kids Back To School With Healthy Meals And Snacks (ConnecticutPlus)
Parenting And Healthy Foods: Parents Send Kids Back To School With Healthy Meals And Snacks (ConnecticutPlus)

As a kid my dad made sure I went to school with healthy meal from home. He never gave me a dime to buy any snack or whatsoever. If I wanted tonnes of healthy food and snack made from home, I will have it. This article on healthy meals and snack from by America Heart Association is what every kid needs.
In the coming year, new federal rules on school lunches will help provide children with more nutritious meal options. But, according to the American Heart Association, the best way to ensure healthy and less expensive meals for your kids is to send them with meals from home. So while you’re getting the kids’ backpacks ready with notebooks, pencils and paper, it’s a great time to plan for healthy back-to-school lunches.

The American Heart Association recommends packing a healthy lunch at home to ensure that kids get the nutrition they need without all the fat, calories and salt found in convenience foods and many school lunch meals. Too much salt, calories and fat can contribute to long-term health issues like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

Tips On Packing Healthy Lunches:
“Kids love to have a variety of foods in their lunch boxes, especially finger foods,” said Gretchen Acquanita, Chef and owner of Epicure Catering & Fine Foods in Poughkeepsie.

When packing a healthy lunch, Acquanita suggests choosing from the rainbow of foods in your supermarket’s produce department. Include foods that are red (red peppers, apples, tomatoes), orange (carrots, peaches), green (salad, celery sticks) and choose foods from the different food groups.

See Also: Healthy Living: 20 Superstar Superfood For Super Healthy Heart

“The goal is to provide a variety of healthy options at lunch,” she said, “And getting kids in the kitchen to help pack lunches and help with dinner preparations is a great way to get them excited about eating healthy foods.”

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded in 2005 with the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, suggests including one serving of vegetables or salad and one serving of fruit (fresh, canned or dried all count); one serving of a low-fat or fat-free milk or dairy item such as a low-fat cheese stick, a yogurt cup, or some cottage cheese; plus one serving of meat, chicken, fish, eggs, peanut butter, beans or another protein source.

Ten Healthy Lunchbox Tips:
  1. Pack healthy drinks such as water, low-fat milk or 100% juice with no added sugar. 
  2. Beverages boxes frozen the night before can keep a lunchbox cool until lunchtime. 
  3. Cut out the calorie-rich and nutrient-empty soda and energy drinks. 
  4. Use whole wheat bread, pita, wraps or flatbreads for sandwiches. 
  5. Pick lean luncheon meats like turkey, ham or leftover chicken breast. 
  6. Use reduced fat mayo or salad dressing or mustard to dress a sandwich 
  7. Add mixed greens or baby spinach leaves for extra nutrients
  8. Try protein/iron-rich hummus with fresh veggies and whole wheat pita triangles for dipping. 
  9. Low-fat or fat-free calcium-rich cottage cheese with carrots, cherry tomatoes, berries, or melon.
  10. Top green salads with lean protein like hard-boiled eggs, beans or chicken. 
Didn’t pack a lunch? There are many options to choose from in the lunch line at school, some of them are healthier than others. Encourage kids to choose fruits and vegetables instead of French fries or chips and ask for grilled meat instead of fried.

“Review the school lunch menu to select healthier meals in advance,” said Acquanita. Then make a plan to pack a healthy bagged lunch on the other days.

For more information and recipes, visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org/healthierkids.

MORE TIPS:

Back To School Lunchbox Strategies:
  1. Get lunch ready right after dinner when you’re in the kitchen or the night before.
  2. Pack leftover dinners in lunch-size containers.
  3. Keep dressings on the side to prevent soggy lunches.
  4. Freeze healthy drinks to keep your lunch cool.
  5. Rinse and pack fruit & veggies in snack bags on Sunday night, so they’re ready to go all week long.
  6. If you’re buying convenience lunches or snacks, look for those with fewer than 100 calories and the least amount of sugar, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.
  7. Kids eat more fruit when it’s already cut up. Try oranges and Ginger Gold or Cortland apples since they’re slow to brown.
Watch Your Portions:
Size matters. Portion size has a lot to do with why our kids are gaining weight. Because there’s too much of everything on their plates, our kids are getting far more calories than they need daily. To start “Operation Portion Control,” you need to know how big a portion size really is.

You may be surprised to learn these are serving sizes:
1 slice of bread
½ cup rice or pasta (cooked)
1 small piece of fruit (super-large apples are 2+ servings)
1 wedge of melon
1/2 cup fruit juice
1 cup milk or yogurt
2 oz. cheese (about the size of a domino)
2-3 oz. meat, poultry or fish (this is about the size of a deck of cards)
Most servings are well over the standard portion size, so we’re all getting extra calories we don’t need. But with a little effort, we can take control. Cutting down the helpings will cut down the waistlines.


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Post Author: American Heart Association




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Saturday, 20 July 2013

I signed the #ChildNotBride petition today at The Palms Mall Lagos. I didn't stop there, I even volunteered to work with fellow concerned Nigerians over the issue trying to get people to sign the #ChildNotBride petition. The real organizers didn't come due to logistics issues according to them. A few of us that came to sign decided to take it upon ourselves to do the #ChildNotBride petition signing job on their behalf.



I have never more passionate about doing anything in my life like I was for this cause. The response was good and bad. Good that some people eagerly signed even when they were hearing it for the first time. Some people first of form topnotch lawyers when they don't know where or what a law school is and question why they should sign. All sorts of people, different folks different reaction. Then the classic Nigeria killer attitude is, "I'm not signing. Whether I sign or not they will still do what they want." just like voting during election. Some people will say "I'm not voting, whether I vote or not they will still rig and win"

I don't really blame most of them. Most Nigerians has lost the will to fight the scourge in the system. We are just what Fela Anikulapo Kuti prophesied a long time ago in one of his song " Shuffering and Shmiling" In all I was glad I volunteered to get people to sign the #ChildNotBride petition.

I signed the #ChildNotBride petition and I'm happy in my conscience that I did. I'm saving the future generations of girl child in Nigeria from forced marriage.

Locations and time for #ChildNotBride signatures | #NaPikinNoBeWife #S29 #ChildNotBrideNG

Petition for #ChildNotBride in PH: Date/Time: Sat. 20th July 2013

Port Harcourt
Location
PortHarcourt Civic center, Moscow Road. 10am – 2pm. @TouchPH
Date/Time: Sunday, 21st July 2013, 10am-2pm
Locations
PortHarcourt CIWA Catholic Church
House on the Rock, Heritage House.

Abuja
Date/Time: Sat 20th July, 2013 9am-12pm
Location
Unity Fountain, Near Transcorp Hilton. Maitama. Abuja

Lagos
Date/Time: Sat 20th July, 2013 9am-12pm
Locations:
1. Ojeez Restaurant, National Stadium Surulere. @Nedunaija

2. Alausa Park, Opposite Lagos State Governor’s Office, Ikeja. @dupekilla

3. The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki

4. New African Shrine, Agidingbi, Ikeja.

5. Union Bank, Alaba Junction. Oja-Alaba axis

6. Anthony Under bridge – @Africanchildrig

Ibadan
Date/Time: Sat 20th July, 2013 9am-12pm
Location:
Mokola behind Group medical hospital, Press correspondent building

Akure
Date/Time: Sat 20th July, 2013 12pm
Location:
Adegbemile Cultural Centre Akure

Contact @gabrielkolade.

KADUNA
Date/Time: Mon 22nd July, 2013 9am-12pm
Location:
Lugard Hall Front Gate

New York City:
Pls Contact @mzseaun .

828, 2nd Ave New York, NY 10017. Nig embassy building NY

London
Contact: @TopeOlowu

Ilorin
Ilorin: Today 20th July 10am – 12noon Venue: Mr Biggs, Tanke Junction GRA | Contact @Tosyn_rehab

Warri
Warri have a venue now, it’s today. Meeting point is beside synergy centre Jakpa rd btw 12-3pm contact @itsSally2

Benin :
Pls contact @bugsyspree at the Museum ground, Ring Road from 10am today.

#ChildNotBride: I Signed The #ChildNotBride Petition Today

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I signed the #ChildNotBride petition today at The Palms Mall Lagos. I didn't stop there, I even volunteered to work with fellow concerned Nigerians over the issue trying to get people to sign the #ChildNotBride petition. The real organizers didn't come due to logistics issues according to them. A few of us that came to sign decided to take it upon ourselves to do the #ChildNotBride petition signing job on their behalf.



I have never more passionate about doing anything in my life like I was for this cause. The response was good and bad. Good that some people eagerly signed even when they were hearing it for the first time. Some people first of form topnotch lawyers when they don't know where or what a law school is and question why they should sign. All sorts of people, different folks different reaction. Then the classic Nigeria killer attitude is, "I'm not signing. Whether I sign or not they will still do what they want." just like voting during election. Some people will say "I'm not voting, whether I vote or not they will still rig and win"

I don't really blame most of them. Most Nigerians has lost the will to fight the scourge in the system. We are just what Fela Anikulapo Kuti prophesied a long time ago in one of his song " Shuffering and Shmiling" In all I was glad I volunteered to get people to sign the #ChildNotBride petition.

I signed the #ChildNotBride petition and I'm happy in my conscience that I did. I'm saving the future generations of girl child in Nigeria from forced marriage.

Locations and time for #ChildNotBride signatures | #NaPikinNoBeWife #S29 #ChildNotBrideNG

Petition for #ChildNotBride in PH: Date/Time: Sat. 20th July 2013

Port Harcourt
Location
PortHarcourt Civic center, Moscow Road. 10am – 2pm. @TouchPH
Date/Time: Sunday, 21st July 2013, 10am-2pm
Locations
PortHarcourt CIWA Catholic Church
House on the Rock, Heritage House.

Abuja
Date/Time: Sat 20th July, 2013 9am-12pm
Location
Unity Fountain, Near Transcorp Hilton. Maitama. Abuja

Lagos
Date/Time: Sat 20th July, 2013 9am-12pm
Locations:
1. Ojeez Restaurant, National Stadium Surulere. @Nedunaija

2. Alausa Park, Opposite Lagos State Governor’s Office, Ikeja. @dupekilla

3. The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki

4. New African Shrine, Agidingbi, Ikeja.

5. Union Bank, Alaba Junction. Oja-Alaba axis

6. Anthony Under bridge – @Africanchildrig

Ibadan
Date/Time: Sat 20th July, 2013 9am-12pm
Location:
Mokola behind Group medical hospital, Press correspondent building

Akure
Date/Time: Sat 20th July, 2013 12pm
Location:
Adegbemile Cultural Centre Akure

Contact @gabrielkolade.

KADUNA
Date/Time: Mon 22nd July, 2013 9am-12pm
Location:
Lugard Hall Front Gate

New York City:
Pls Contact @mzseaun .

828, 2nd Ave New York, NY 10017. Nig embassy building NY

London
Contact: @TopeOlowu

Ilorin
Ilorin: Today 20th July 10am – 12noon Venue: Mr Biggs, Tanke Junction GRA | Contact @Tosyn_rehab

Warri
Warri have a venue now, it’s today. Meeting point is beside synergy centre Jakpa rd btw 12-3pm contact @itsSally2

Benin :
Pls contact @bugsyspree at the Museum ground, Ring Road from 10am today.

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Sunday, 14 July 2013


Why A Woman Will Stab Her 8 Month Old Baby Boy 90 Times Beats Me, Mental Health, Mental Illness
Some women are desperately looking for a child either by adopting or carrying the pregnancy for 9 months while one Chinese woman wants to kill her own 8 months old baby with 90 scissors stabs to the face. It's so insane. Why a woman will stab her 8 month old baby boy 90 times with a scissors beats the hell out of me. The mental health of this woman is in question.

An eight-month-old baby boy has miraculously survived after his mother stabbed him 90 times with a pair of scissors. Xiao Bao, from Xuzhou, eastern China's Jiangsu Province, needed more than 100 stitches after his mother relentlessly stabbed him for biting her while she was breastfeeding.

Xiao Bao lives with his mother and two uncles, who earn a living by recycling trash. According to the Daily Mail, it was one of the uncles rushed Xiao Bao to the hospital after he discovered his nephew's limp body in a pool of blood in the yard of their home.

Xiao Bao's mother later confessed to stabbing her baby after he nipped her during breastfeeding.

After the horrifying incident, neighbors have pleaded with the local government officials to take the baby away. However, authorities have rejected their pleas, saying that there was no evidence that the mother was suffering from a mental illness and that Xiao Bao still has his two uncles as guardians.

Mental illness is still a taboo subject and modern China, and neither medication nor psychiatric treatment is commonly accepted. Nonetheless, a 2009 study published in the journal The Lancet, estimated that 91 percent of the 173 million Chinese adults believed to suffer psychiatric problems never receive treatment.

What kinda relationship will this woman have with her son by the time he grows up?

Why A Woman Will Stab Her 8 Month Old Baby Boy 90 Times Beats Me

Nwabu King  |  at   10:55 pm  |  2 comments


Why A Woman Will Stab Her 8 Month Old Baby Boy 90 Times Beats Me, Mental Health, Mental Illness
Some women are desperately looking for a child either by adopting or carrying the pregnancy for 9 months while one Chinese woman wants to kill her own 8 months old baby with 90 scissors stabs to the face. It's so insane. Why a woman will stab her 8 month old baby boy 90 times with a scissors beats the hell out of me. The mental health of this woman is in question.

An eight-month-old baby boy has miraculously survived after his mother stabbed him 90 times with a pair of scissors. Xiao Bao, from Xuzhou, eastern China's Jiangsu Province, needed more than 100 stitches after his mother relentlessly stabbed him for biting her while she was breastfeeding.

Xiao Bao lives with his mother and two uncles, who earn a living by recycling trash. According to the Daily Mail, it was one of the uncles rushed Xiao Bao to the hospital after he discovered his nephew's limp body in a pool of blood in the yard of their home.

Xiao Bao's mother later confessed to stabbing her baby after he nipped her during breastfeeding.

After the horrifying incident, neighbors have pleaded with the local government officials to take the baby away. However, authorities have rejected their pleas, saying that there was no evidence that the mother was suffering from a mental illness and that Xiao Bao still has his two uncles as guardians.

Mental illness is still a taboo subject and modern China, and neither medication nor psychiatric treatment is commonly accepted. Nonetheless, a 2009 study published in the journal The Lancet, estimated that 91 percent of the 173 million Chinese adults believed to suffer psychiatric problems never receive treatment.

What kinda relationship will this woman have with her son by the time he grows up?
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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Kim Kardashian Delivers A Baby Girl 5 Weeks Earlier, PregnancyPregnancy, Parenting, Motherhood
Online media sites have reported that Kim Kadarshian has given birth to a baby girl. Howcome the baby arrived 5 weeks ahead of schedule?

According to TMZ Kim Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to KK tell TMZ the baby and Kim are both in good health. We're told Kim delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning (Saturday June 15th)... 5 weeks sooner than originally planned.

Our sources say BF Kanye West was there for the entire thing. We're told Kanye cancelled his appearance at his own record release party last night when Kim told him she was feeling "a little off." It is the first child for Kim and Kanye.

Does it mean the baby is premature or they lied to us about the pregnancy due date?

Kim Kardashian Delivers A Baby Girl 5 Weeks Ahead Of Due Date

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Kim Kardashian Delivers A Baby Girl 5 Weeks Earlier, PregnancyPregnancy, Parenting, Motherhood
Online media sites have reported that Kim Kadarshian has given birth to a baby girl. Howcome the baby arrived 5 weeks ahead of schedule?

According to TMZ Kim Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to KK tell TMZ the baby and Kim are both in good health. We're told Kim delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning (Saturday June 15th)... 5 weeks sooner than originally planned.

Our sources say BF Kanye West was there for the entire thing. We're told Kanye cancelled his appearance at his own record release party last night when Kim told him she was feeling "a little off." It is the first child for Kim and Kanye.

Does it mean the baby is premature or they lied to us about the pregnancy due date?

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Friday, 7 June 2013

Conjoined Male Twin Delivered At University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
It’s been long I heard of cases of conjoined or Siamese twins. Conjoined male twin delivered at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital five days ago through caesarean section. The conjoined twins are pictured on the rescucitaire and radiant warmer as the doctors are working round the clock to keep them alive.


Their abdomen and thorax are fused. 2D Echo showed that they have separate heart. Abdominal scan also showed that they have different abdominal organ.

Conjoined Male Twin Delivered At University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
When things like this happen the spiritual ask God why? Yes I know science will have a plausible answer why it happened. I just pray they get the care they need to survive. If there’s going to be a surgical operation to separate the conjoined twins, let it be successful.

someone suggested they should be taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland ASAP so that they can be separated before they get very strong. Funding may be a problem but think of them as yours. If you can assist in any please do. Children are the leaders of tomorrow.

Conjoined Male Twin Delivered At University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital

Nwabu King  |  at   7:08 pm  |  No comments

Conjoined Male Twin Delivered At University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
It’s been long I heard of cases of conjoined or Siamese twins. Conjoined male twin delivered at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital five days ago through caesarean section. The conjoined twins are pictured on the rescucitaire and radiant warmer as the doctors are working round the clock to keep them alive.


Their abdomen and thorax are fused. 2D Echo showed that they have separate heart. Abdominal scan also showed that they have different abdominal organ.

Conjoined Male Twin Delivered At University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
When things like this happen the spiritual ask God why? Yes I know science will have a plausible answer why it happened. I just pray they get the care they need to survive. If there’s going to be a surgical operation to separate the conjoined twins, let it be successful.

someone suggested they should be taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland ASAP so that they can be separated before they get very strong. Funding may be a problem but think of them as yours. If you can assist in any please do. Children are the leaders of tomorrow.
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