The Benefits of Karate For Kids

If you have watched any of the old karate movies, you may think that karate for kids is a terrible idea, fearing it will encourage violence and aggression. But, the movies got it wrong. Getting your child involved in karate, or any of the martial arts, will improve many areas of your child’s life. Practicing martial arts teaches kids respect, mind-body awareness, self-defense, confidence, and encourages physical fitness.

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Tips to Calm the Chaos in Your Home

No one wants a home and family life that is out of control. We don’t wake up in the morning and think “I hope I lose my mind and yell at my kids all day today. You know what would be great, an unexpected trip to the store and a big mess all over the whole house!” Chaos in your home is unnerving and sets you up for a day that ends in stress and discouragement. Life with kids can feel inherently chaotic but there are some tips and tricks you can apply to your life to calm the chaos and bring peace to your daily routine.

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What Parents Need To Know About The Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, with 2/3’s of those deaths from opioids. Recently, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. So what do you need to know as a parent to keep your child safe? As a parent, you should educate yourself about this crisis and know what to do if your child has a problem with drugs.  

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Mentor: Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

As parents, we so often take for granted the difference that an adult role model or mentor really makes in the life of a child. For most of us, we are either raising our children together with our spouse under one roof or as part of a larger blended family. Many of us have extended family as well with aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins either down the street or just a phone call away. Unfortunately, for a large part of our society, this is not the case. Take a walk through the inner-city streets, the projects or even just the low-income neighborhoods present in every city and state, and look around. There you will see young children through young adults who are trying to make it in this world virtually all alone. Whether it is kids living in foster care, living with an elderly grandparent, or living with an overtired, overworked single mom, there are millions of children in need of some quality adult attention. An invaluable resource for these children is a mentor. If you or someone you know wants to make a difference in the life of a child or teen, consider becoming a volunteer mentor.

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5 Pregnancy Safe Stretches

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now, bring on the back and hip pain. Want to do something about it? Try stretching.  For the most part, stretching does not require any equipment or gym membership, so it is an easy way to maintain a fitness regimen during pregnancy. Aside from its accessibility, prenatal stretching offers many benefits. Stretching helps you prepare for labor, eases hip pain, and helps you relax. Pregnancy is a time when your body constantly changes. Because your body is different everyday, so is stretching. During pregnancy, most stretches are still safe as long as they are done correctly and modified. Here are five safe stretches that are safe throughout pregnancy.

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Virtual Victims: Protecting Yourself and Your Children Against Cybercrime

Cybercrime is at an all-time high. The Department of Homeland Security explains that as Americans become more reliant on modern technology, they become more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Criminals aren’t just stealing your physical property anymore, they are robbing you virtually. Every single time you use the internet, you are at risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime and you should always use caution. As technology advances, so do cyber attacks. Learning about cybercrime can help protect yourself and your children from becoming virtual victims. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Think about safety as you prepare for your new baby

When you’re expecting, you’re working to prepare your family and your home for your new baby, from painting the nursery to diving into parenting books. One of the most important ways to prepare is to think about safety precautions, especially safe sleep, safe stress relief, and water safety. In the Tampa Bay area alone, nearly 200 children under the age of six have died in the last five years (2012-2016) from the top three causes of preventable child death: suffocation caused by unsafe sleep practices, abusive head trauma caused by shaking a baby and drowning from lack of supervision around water.

These tragedies can happen to anyone, and every member of our community – not just parents – bears the responsibility of educating themselves on these dangers. While you’re preparing for your new baby’s arrival, take a few moments to learn the measures you can take once your baby is born to prevent needless child deaths in our community.

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The Power of Prenatal Vitamins

You get a lot of information thrown at you when you start thinking about having a baby. Does every little decision really carry as much weight as the world would lead you to believe? Just spend an hour online and the mommy forums will have you all worked up! Here’s a little secret from one mom to another: not everything is super important. Not every choice you make carries a lot of weight or power. Some decisions do though, and choosing to take a prenatal vitamin is one such decision. When trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, prenatal vitamins are a must because they are actually powerful and can make a difference in the life of your future child. 

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Parents as the Problem: Why We Need to Stop Over-Scheduling & Stressing Our Kids

Children learn through play. We see it, we hear it, we know it, yet as parents many of us seem to, at some point in our children’s early development, forget it. We no longer think they should have long, lazy days on a playground and rather expect them to sit at a desk. We do not encourage them to be active and creative, but rather to work at a desk and in front of a computer. We completely forget that there is no substitute for 3-D learning and hand our children an iPad claiming we don’t want them to fall behind so we must educate them with all the latest technology.

Our society seems to have come to a point where kids no longer get to just be kids. Between school and extracurricular activities, there is no time for simple existence, reflection, imagination and creative play. We aren’t building budding architects with wooden blocks, but rather with Auto-Cad and 3D printers for kids. While clearly there are some benefits to the new-fangled technology, our persistent state of overdrive with our children may also be causing mental, emotional and physical stress that is simply too much for their young bodies.


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Using The 5 Love Languages With Your Children

Love is one of those words that have multiple meanings and yet unless you know how you express love individually, it can be rather challenging when discovering another person’s love language. Your children are no exception. According to Gary Chapman, the author of The Five Love Languages, there are five very distinct ways in which a person feels “loved”. He uses the love languages to fill their “love tank”- or even better – to have it overflowing, it’s best to discover not only your own love language but that of your partner. Well, let’s take the same logic behind the successful love language talk and apply it to your children.

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Educating Your Child About School Violence

When considering the discussion you should have with your child(ren) regarding school violence, it seems like a daunting and unpleasant task. How do you broach this subject? What are the signs that it is time to have this talk? How can you recognize if your child is being bullied and what can you do to prevent bullying in your child’s school? We may not want to think about this or believe it, but what if your child is the one doing the bullying? All of these questions lead to the same important answers that, as parents, we can’t always rely on children to make the right choices naturally. There have been 31 school shootings ranging from elementary school to college in 2017 and the year isn’t even over. We must step in and do our part to prevent tragic violent events in schools.

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Helping Your Child Sleep Better with ZAQ

All mom wants this Christmas is a silent night. Can we get an amen?

AMEN.

Sleep. It’s something most of us don’t get enough of, and let’s be honest, our kids probably aren’t getting enough either. From frequent wake-ups, to midnight potty breaks, eleventy billion sips of water, to monsters under the bed, and the ultimate – a full-on, “I don’t wanna go to beeeeeeeeeeed!” fight every night, parenting during nighttime hours is not for the faint of heart. Add in the hustle and bustle of the holidays – parties, candy, late nights – and bedtime routines usually are the first thing to take a hit. We’ve recently discovered a much better way to approach bedtime this holiday season, thanks to ZAQ.

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When Your Baby Has a Fever: What To Know and What To Do

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories. The opinions and text are all mine.

When your little one spikes a fever, it can be scary for the entire family. As parents, it is hard to feel hopeful in moments of hopelessness. Nothing leaves one feeling more helpless than watching a young child in pain, wishing something could be done to help them. Fevers, although a sign that one’s body is fighting off infection, can be terrifying. 

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6 Mommy Brain Breaks (That Your Kids Won’t Even Know You’re Taking)

Mom life is hard. There is multitasking, tantrums, planning, negotiating, cleaning, cooking, managing, delegating, and teaching. All of these things sometimes occur before sunrise. When any given day can feel like an eternity, and feeling like you have a moment to breathe can be nonexistent, try some of these Mommy Brain Breaks to decompress. These Mommy Brain Breaks are designed so that moms can take impromptu breaks as needed with minimal equipment, low fuss, and no prep. The best part? Kids won’t even know their mother has gone mentally MIA. 

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5 Ways to Turn Your Mom Guilt into Something Positive

Every mom has it – that pang of mom guilt that makes you question everything you have ever done as a mother. Do I play with my kids enough? Are they falling behind? Am I a good mom? Do I ignore them too much? These are questions that every mom asks herself probably at least once per day. They can sometimes eat away at you, making you feel inferior or sad. They can sometimes make your heart hurt, leaving you to stay up at night wondering how Linda-down-the-street does it all when you are barely holding it together. As a mom who works from home, I get these pangs of guilt constantly. And like all good moms, the guilt eats away at me for a bit and then…well, I use these 5 ways to turn my mom guilt into something positive. 

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