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How Rear-Facing Car Seats Actually Work

Most parents try to transition their kids from rear-facing seats to front facing ones as soon as possible. In most cases, people want their child to transition quickly because they’ve outgrown their old chair. However, this can be a huge mistake for child car safety, which is why we urge you to wait. According to AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), children should ride in rear-facing car seats until they are at least two years old.

Child Car Safety

Moreover, studies have shown that rear-seats reduce the risk of sustaining a serious injury or even dying staggering 75%. That’s a huge difference when you think about it. So why are rear-facing car seats so necessary? Or better yet – how do they keep your child so safe?

In short, rear-facing seats spread the force your child experiences during a crash across the back seat and their body evenly. What’s more, these seats also limit the motion of the child’s head, which helps to prevent serious neck and spine injuries. And these injuries can potentially have a huge effect on your child’s life quality for the rest of their life.

So to sum things up, here are a couple of facts about rear-facing car seats you should know:

  • They protect the feet, legs, head, and spine of your child far better than front facing seats
  • They are far more comfortable than front-facing models and help the development of joints
  • They come with a five-point harness system that distributes the force equally during a crash

In order to help you better understand the importance of rear-facing seats, good folks from the Parenting Pod have created the infographic about child car safety below. After all, we as humans remember visual data better. Make sure to share the infographic with other parents you know to protect as many children as possible.

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Child Car Safety Graphic


So, your kid has a crush…

 Whether it happens in primary, middle or high-school, chances are your kid is going to be in love at some point. By this I mean, obviously, he or she will develop a crush on what of their classmates and will probably struggle over telling them, pouring their heart’s desires and whether or not others will make fun of them. Love hurts, so this will probably cause you to worry.

Here is some advice on how to deal with your kid when she or he has a crush.

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Don’t romanticize unrequited love

Unrequited love does not make us happier, more sensitive people. It can disgrace us, especially when others around us keep telling us to “go for it”. You don’t go for it when the person tells you no, particularly if they have to tell you no over and over again.

If your kid has a crush on someone they never even talked to, the chances for romance are low. If they are from different social groups or if the crush in question has a collection of disillusioned suitors, perhaps the best thing to do is just move on.


Don’t encourage your kid to do “grand gestures”

The politics of love in middle and high school are no laughing matter. If these are the first real crushes your kid ever had, they might end up defining how he feels about relationships for a long time. If you encourage your kid to write a song, make a love declaration, write a letter, etc., especially if it is supposed to be in front of the whole school, and if it goes wrong, that can completely shatter your kid’s self-esteem. Remember: there are smartphones everywhere now, so your kid’s humiliation can end up on the internet forever.


Don’t laugh

Laughing at people crazy in love might be fun, but your kid won’t think so. If you act as if crushes are something to be made fun of, he might be reluctant telling you about it. If that happens, you won’t be able to do any damage control in case he really is suffering. Think twice before joking about the subject, depending on how sensitive your kid is.

Be there for a broken heart

Oh yes, that can happen too. We all know that unrequited love is by far the most painful. Time will heal it, as always, but you need to show your kid some empathy and be there for them. Mention some of your love experiences from childhood so your child realizes that what he or she is going through is perfectly normal.

Don’t panic. Think about this love lesson as a wonderful opportunity to help our kid understand the power of emotion. Early infatuations usually don’t last long – and most kids get over them quickly, so just don’t worry, everything will be ok!


5 Tips to getting a shiny wooden floor

Hardwood floors have a reputation of being high maintenance, and this stops a lot of people from having them in their homes. It can be a challenge to maintain that beautiful glossy sheen on your hardwood floor, especially with kids or pets playing all over the house. For this reason, you need to know what to include or exclude in your routine to maintain their shiny appearance or they end up dull and dingy.

  1.    Sweep or vacuum before mopping

Before mopping your hardwood floor, make sure you sweep or vacuum it first. If mopped before vacuuming or sweeping, dirt is shuffled around leaving streaks and scratches on the floor, which ends up dull in the long run. Vacuum cleaners are an excellent option, with some suited for hardwood floors and pet hairs as featured on Optionally, if you have to sweep, make sure to use a dust mop because a broom will leave scratches on your beautiful floor.


  1.    Buff after mopping

Buffing is probably the one thing you don’t do immediately after mopping your floor. Most people leave the floor to dry up on its own after mopping, not knowing that they need to manually dry it up. It is a good trick that will leave your hardwood floor shiny. If the floor is left wet after mopping, streaks are left behind and this is more of a hindrance to a sparkly floor. To buff, you can use a clean cloth diaper, a microfiber cloth or even a flat mop head, they all get the task to restore shine perfectly done.


  1.    Refinish your floor

The reason as to why your hardwood floor has lost its shine may be because it needs some refinishing. Pet nails, shoes and furniture are major contributors to scratched and dull hardwood floors. This will require the floor to be refinished to prevent complete damage. For safety purposes, use furniture protectors, ensure pet nails are frequently clipped and no shoes in the house! However, it is important to note that even with these precautions, your hardwood floor will need to be refinished at some point. Water spillages that soak into the wood also leave it gray or white.


  1.    Strip off wax buildup

Waxing your hardwood floor is a way of maintaining it, but doing too much of it dulls it. The recommended number of times is two a year, but a lot of people do it more often. And this is what leads to undesirable buildup. If you frequently wax it, make sure you strip of the buildup and this can be achieved by finding a good commercial product to help clean of the wax. After that, you can then switch to waxing twice every year.

  1.    Find the appropriate product

It may take a lot of experimenting to find a good product that works perfectly on your type of flooring. With a lot of products in the market it may be hard to find one that will leave your floor how you want it. You can ask your floor manufacturer to recommend the best for you. This is a good place to start because they already know what works and what doesn’t.


How to Win the Fussy Eaters Game

Until recently, my dear daughter was a real nightmare when it comes to food. We rarely enjoyed a meal together. She didn’t like this, she didn’t like that, that is green and she only likes red food, this is smelly… She had a million reasons for hating her food. We let her be, but we realized that we are just postponing the problem. We realized that we need to face our little fussy eater head on.

The question was: how to do this and still manage to keep your sanity? Check out my tips below!

How to win the fussy eaters game

How to wind the fussy eaters game

Is your child a fussy eater or a problem eater?

Before you explore the different tips on how you can win the game, first you need to find out if your child is just a fussy eater or he has other underlying problems. Study their eating habits. A fussy eater can feed on different varieties of food but they tend to be picky. They will put up a fight and throw tantrums when there is new food but eventually they will consume it. They can even take one variety for a week or so before rejecting it.

On the other hand, a problem eater will only feed on a limited variety. Features such as texture, color or taste are a determining factor on what they prefer. Once the kid has decided they don’t want a certain food, they will never consume it no matter how you try. With such condition, you need to consult your doctor to examine if there are other underlying problems.

For the fussy eaters, here are some awesome tricks that work wonders.

Be creative in the kitchen

Try out different recipes with different ingredients. Don’t bore your child with the same food over and over. Every meal should be different from the previous one. This creates excitement as the child anticipates finding a new thing on the dinner table. Also, use different methods of cooking, if you have been frying sausages, bake them. Grill your chicken instead of deep frying. Different methods of cooking make the same food taste differently.

Baptize the food with new and interesting names

This sounds funny, right? Giving food different names creates excitement. If your child doesn’t like green vegetables you can try mixing with other ingredients. You can match potatoes with peas, and then rename the meal. Powered matched potatoes for dinner. Kids like associating with such concepts and they will love it. Who doesn’t like being associated with power?

Reverse psychology

You have to employ this method when your children are still young. How does it work? Whenever you introduce some new food, ask your children to preserve some for you. Let them know you don’t want to miss a share of the yummy food you have just discovered. Children are adventurous in nature. They will want to try the new meal and ensure there is none left for you just to see your reaction. Make some hilarious expression if your share is gone. Next time when there is a new menu, they will clear their plate in anticipation of your comics.

Create a sense of responsibility

Next time you are visiting the grocery store, take our little fussy eaters with you. Let them participate in the grocery shopping. You can also let them help you in the kitchen. Teach them how to prepare simple meals with some of the ingredients they hate. They will love the outcome and the food too.


Benefits of Exercise during Pregnancy

Physical exercise improves as well as maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness of a person’s body. That’s why exercise during pregnancy is so essential, for it helps with preparing your body for labor and delivery and manages common discomforts during the pregnancy. Several studies have shown that exercising for 20-30 minutes a day or several days a week boosts you and the baby’s health.

Benefits of Exercise during Pregnancy

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy

Common benefits of exercise during pregnancy include:

Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance

Exercising tones your muscles, therefore you do not need to put much effort while going on with your daily tasks such as grocery shopping. Exercising three to four times a week gives you strength and endurance. The strength and endurance that you gain may ease labor and even shorten the time it takes to deliver your baby. You are able to withstand labor pains and get through delivery fast.

Helps you sleep better

Sleeping during pregnancy at times can be difficult for example finding a comfortable sleeping position but exercising tires you out enough to lull you into a deeper restful sleep.

May help prevent or reduce gestational diabetes

Several studies show that exercising during pregnancy can lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes it is important to consult with your healthcare provider about exercising. Your condition and how far you are in your pregnancy will determine the exercises you can do or not. A certain major study revealed that regular exercise for women with the condition reduces the risk of having very large newborns by 58% which in turn led to 34% lower risk of caesarian delivery.

Boosts your energy

Regular exercise can help you get through your daily activities more easily. This is because exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system thus ensuring you do not get tired easily. Also check out our picks for best pregnancy foods.

Gets your body back faster after childbirth

After maintaining good posture, muscle tone, and strength all through your pregnancy, your body has an easier time shedding the baby weight after you give birth. Exercising also assists in gaining less weight during the pregnancy.

Helps reduce swelling, bloating, constipation and backaches

The stretching and joint movements done during pregnancy improve blood circulation all around the body which in return minimizes backaches, and feet swelling. It also helps to prevent constipation and bloating which is due to the high progesterone levels and a growing uterus. Exercising along with a high fiber diet promotes better digestion.

Improves your mood

Exercising gives you a sense of accomplishment and confidence that spills over to the rest of your day. The lifted spirits ensure good interactions with people in your life.

If you were physically active before getting expectant it is advisable to remain active during the pregnancy, and if you were not active before, it is also advisable to start exercising. The activities you choose to take part in should not pose any danger to yourself and the fetus. Exercises that involve falling, jumping, waist twisting, bouncing while stretching, hopping, holding your breath and exercising during humid weather should be avoided. Be sure to wear comfortable exercise gear and hydrate for a better exercising experience and safety.

Remember it is best to talk to your healthcare provider before choosing an exercise.


How to Handle a Toddler Saying No to Everything

NO! NO! NO! This is the only word I heard from my daughter since she turned two. Although it can be very stressful for a mom, saying no is a natural stage in your child’s development. Toddler saying no is just a way for your toddler to gain self-confidence by feeling like she has some control over her life too. As parents, we can’t prevent the annoying “no” stage, however, we can learn how to handle it.

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Here are a few strategies to help you deal with your toddler saying no all the time.

How to Deal With Your Toddler Saying No All the Time

Provide controllable alternatives 

It is easy to say no to a no/yes question. However, when there is a choice, your kid will be more willing to choose at least one option. Instead of fighting with your picky toddler over the breakfast, give her a possibility to choose her morning meal on her own. Ask if she wants cereals or toast. You will be surprised how easy your child will make a decision and how happy she will be with her breakfast. What is more important, there won’t be any “no”. By giving your child an opportunity to choose between several alternatives that you control, you engage her to take part in a decision-making process, therefore, creating no need to for her to rebel.

Give reasoning and show how much you care

Providing simple short reasoning to your request, using friendly body language and child’s vocabulary, can help you to make your toddler agree. The best reasoning is the one that shows your empathy as every child wants and needs to feel loved and cared. You don’t really have to be strict all the time. If your child refuses to take his cold medicine, answer saying “I know it does not taste good, but if you don’t drink it you will stay sick and won’t be able to go play outside with other kids. I want you to drink this medicine to get better because I love you and I don’t want you to be sick”. The child will be more inclined to listen to you if she understands the reasons for your request and feels that you care about her in the first place.

Try to avoid using no around the toddler

Have you noticed how many times a day you say no to your child? Your toddler is tired of you saying no as much as you are tired of her refuses. If a parent continuously uses “no” in her requests, the child starts to associate this word with a voice of authority. Hence, when struggling to establish her own rules, your toddler will also use “no” in order to take power and control a situation. Try to avoid using no around the child. Tell your kid what you want, rather than what you don’t want.


Be firm when giving instructions

In some situations, you will have to be firm without giving choices, without providing reasoning and definitely using no. When your child is two or three years old she only begins to learn how to express her opinions and make decisions. However, a toddler cannot be completely responsible for herself. As a parent, you have to make sure your child understands when she can negotiate and when she has to obey. If the toddler stops in a middle of a crossroad and refuses to move, you have to be firm and get her out of the car way quickly, leaving the explanations for later.