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How To Maintain Children’s Development When In Lockdown?

Despite the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, parents need to ensure that their children have proper early development in life. The pandemic won’t last forever, and children will need to cope again with the fast-moving world. Good physical and mental development makes it easier for children to stay productive and competitive as they grow older and maintaining those developmental qualities is important.

With that being said, we are going to look at some ways to maintain children’s development when in lockdown. Let’s get started:

Cardiovascular Training- a strong cardiovascular system is crucial for long-term health. Parents can do aerobic activities at home with children. Do 30-minutes of physical activity sessions with moderate intensity. For children, a good aerobic training should cause heavier breathing, but without causing them to gasp. As children become more conditioned, they can do more vigorous exercises.

Strength Training- children can prevent injuries and improve performance with strength training. Tug of war, pull ups, sit ups, and push ups can help children get stronger muscles. Adjust intensity to avoid overexerting children. Adult supervision is necessary to prevent muscle injuries in children.

Flexibility Training- children are naturally flexible and this training can help them stay flexible. Make sure they stretch properly before and after workout sessions. It is important to stretch all major muscle groups during the cool down phase.

Improve Mental Strength- mental and physical strength can make your children a balanced individual. Parents should provide good moral compass to help children make proper decisions. Positive values should be instilled in your children. Compassion and honesty are examples of good values that children should have.

Be Grateful- in this challenging time, gratitude can help children to become mentally strong. Parents should show help children to be conscious of all the good things they have. Practice thankfulness each day to boost mood and improve confidence.

Teach Personal Responsibility- each individual has personal responsibility that they need to fulfil each day. Make sure children do daily home chores and homework. If children are still participating in online schooling, personal responsibility is crucial.

Teach Mindfulness- parents can teach mindfulness early to children. An effective way is to become role models, by living in and focusing on the present moment. Stop the habits of regretting the past and worrying about the future.

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4 Healthy Homemade Autumnal Snacks For Kids

If you have been waiting for autumn to arrive, it’s officially here! Both parents and children are already craving those autumnal dishes and snacks made of apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, peaches, and more. Tasty and healthy snacks for kids are easy to make with some ingredients you should already have on hand. There are many healthy autumnal snack options to tuck into your kid’s lunchbox, and here are a few recipes to try:

4 Healthy Homemade Autumnal Snacks For Kids

Cinnamon Apple Chips- apple and cinnamon work well together when we make strudels, cobblers, and pies. Cinnamon apple chips are easy snacks to make and they are healthy. Slice apples thinly with a very sharp knife and you can leave their skin on. Arrange them on parchment paper and use paper towel to pat them dry. Sprinkle cinnamon powder over the sliced apple. Bake for one hour and turn the apple slices over. Wait until they are crisp.

Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies- regular chocolate chip cookies are popular, and you can add boiled pumpkin to the dough to improve the flavour. Just use the usual ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. When mixing the dough, add mashed boiled pumpkin and a bit of cinnamon powder.

Baked Tomatoes- if the tomato harvest is abundant in your area, baked tomatoes are healthy snacks that your children should try. Mix minced garlic, chopped fresh rosemary, black pepper, salt, and olive oil, then spread it over sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley. Bake in the oven until tomatoes are well-cooked.

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges- boil sweet potatoes until they are soft and sweet. Slice into wedges and preheat oven to 204 degrees C. Spread sweet potato wedges evenly on the baking pan. Sprinkle in chopped fresh dill, thyme, and rosemary. Also sprinkle sea salt and bake for twenty minutes.

These snacks are tasty enough that most kids will try them right away, and easy enough to make that you can include your child in the preparation and baking process. Children love to cook and being a part of the cooking process will make these autumnal snacks even more fun.

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The Importance Of Physical Fitness In Children

Fewer and fewer children today are physically active and many of them are spending more time indoors. After a long day at school, children tend to relax at home while watching TV and playing videogames. In today’s technologically driven world, children may spend more than 10 hours each day doing light activities, like studying online and using electronic devices. In the UK, one out of three children have a weight problem and, when children are overweight, there’s a much bigger risk that they will become obese as adults.

With that being said, it’s important for children to stay fit physically for the following reasons:

Better Mood- studies show that an active lifestyle and physical fitness can make children feel better emotionally. If children are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, being physically fit can encourage them to find positive distractions. A steady release of dopamine, endorphin, norepinephrine, and serotonin should help to relieve stress and lighten their mood. Parents and teachers shouldn’t ignore the emotional and psychological benefits of being fit as children.

Better Cognitive Performance- children are always pressured to perform well at school. By being physically fit, children can learn quicker, memorise information better, and have better exam results. It is not precisely known how physical fitness affects brain function, but the positive impacts are well documented. If children are lethargic and have poor fitness level, it is less likely for them to succeed at school.

Manage Weight- when children aren’t fit, it could be caused by prolonged inactivity. This is a major factor in childhood obesity. By being active, children will have a higher daily energy expenditure. Our body burns calories when digesting foods, maintaining body functions, and performing physical activities. If children sit for long periods of time, their overall energy expenditures will be low. If children have more muscle mass, their metabolic rate and it means, they will burn more calories, even while sleeping.

Increased Energy Levels- children are often busy. They need to study at school, exercise at gym class, and participate in various after-school activities. If children have chronic fatigue syndrome, gradually increasing their activity will help to boost their energy level.

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4 Ways To Make Your Child’s Bedroom A Safer And More Comfortable Environment

If children have prolonged tiredness, restless nights, and trouble sleeping, these could be caused by poor bedroom management. This can lead to poor performance in school or bad behaviour at nursery for many children which can hinder their learning and development process as well.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some ways to make the bedroom a safer and more comfortable environment for children:

Don’t Make It A Multi-Purpose Room- the main purpose of a bedroom is to allow children to sleep comfortably and become well-rested. If possible, children should study and do their homework in a special study room. Unfortunately, many children are still being bombarded by external stimuli and information in their bedroom. If there is something that makes your child become less peaceful, it should be removed from the bedroom.

Avoid An Overdose Of Electronic Devices- in many children’s bedrooms, electronic devices are within their arms’ reach. Gaming PCs, a laptop, a TV or gaming console, and smartphones can be very distracting. It’s more likely for children to stay awake late into the night if there are too many distractions. Constant mental stimulation from electronic devices, especially screen time, may cause disturbance to more sensitive children at night. Non-stop notifications on smartphones can make it more difficult for children to get to sleep.

Proper Ventilation And Temperature- stagnant air in a poorly ventilated bedroom can make it a lot less comfortable for children to rest. Good air flow flushes out toxins and dust from the bedroom. Parents should make sure that temperature inside the children’s bedroom is well managed throughout the day, so it won’t be too warm during the day and too cold at night.

Prevent Clutter- it’s likely for children’s bedrooms to become cluttered. Disorganisation may confuse and demotivate children. Parents should impose a system to actively prevent clutter inside the bedroom. Children should be allowed to play with only a couple of toys at any time and the bedroom layout should be simple and easy to clean. It’s a good idea to reward children regularly for keeping their bedroom organised.

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3 Easy And Fun Summertime Recipes For Kids

Children love to emulate their parents and they especially like to pretend that they are cooking. Whether using pretend food ingredients, or actual toy foods, children quickly become miniature chefs as they use their imaginations to bake and create new and exciting dishes.

Why not nurture their love for cooking by inviting your children to help you in the kitchen? We are going to share some kid-friendly recipe ideas that require minimal help from mum or dad and that can help create a learning experience in the kitchen. Let’s get started:

Easy And Fun Summertime Recipes For Kids

Fresh Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cantaloupe, flesh removed with melon baller or cut into chunks
  • 1 honeydew, flesh removed with melon baller or cut into chunks
  • 1 pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 quart strawberries, tops removed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Directions:

  • Combine fruit in large bowl.
  • Drizzle in orange juice.

Italian Ice Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 (340 g) bag frozen raspberries, defrosted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons simple syrup, recipe follows
  • chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 14 wooden ice pop sticks

Simple Syrup:

  • 56g water
  • 113g sugar

Directions:

  • Combine the raspberries and the mint in a blender and puree.
  • Add the lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of the simple syrup, adding more to taste. Blend to combine.
  • Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze until partially frozen.
  • Insert the wooden sticks and return trays to the freezer to freeze completely.

Simple Syrup:

  • Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Take pan off heat and cool the syrup.

Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 large orange, peeled
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 12 chocolate dipped strawberries, recipe follows

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries:

  • 70g dark chocolate
  • 453g strawberries, washed and trimmed

Directions:

  • Cut the kiwi and orange crosswise into 4 rounds, then cut each round into 3 pieces.
  • To prepare the skewers, put 2 blueberries about 1/3 of the way down the skewer, add a piece of kiwi, a pineapple chunk, a piece of orange, and top with a chocolate dipped strawberry.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries:

  • Line a tray with waxed paper.
  • Break up the chocolate into small pieces and place about two thirds of it into the bowl of a double boiler over barely simmering water, making sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
  • Stir occasionally, until the chocolate has melted.
  • Remove the bowl from the double boiler and add the rest of the chocolate, stirring gently until it has melted.
  • Dip the strawberries into the chocolate and place them on the waxed paper to chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes until chocolate is set.

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