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Basics of brushing teeth

Cleaning your baby’s teeth wasn’t such a big priority — after all, there weren’t many to worry about. But since the second and third years are busy times in terms of your tot’s tooth development, get ready to step up the toddler dental care. First, give your cutie plenty of good-for-you foods and beverages to keep those tiny teeth healthy and strong. Then get your child into an oral hygiene routine by following these steps:

Brush twice a day. Baby teeth are vulnerable to decay as soon as they break through the gums. The best line of defense? Brush regularly — and optimally, for two minutes at a time — in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after bedtime snack. Be prepared to be the brusher-in-chief — your toddler won’t have the motor skills to go solo until he’s between five and eight. But teach your toddler to brush and try tooth-brushing games to make cleaning teeth a whole lot more fun.

Get the right brush. Buy a colorful brush with his favorite character — maybe he can even choose it himself. Does two minutes seem like forever to your wee wiggler? Sing a song, tell a story, or ask a nightly riddle as you brush — anything to distract and make the time pass more quickly. Or buy a toothbrush that lights up, plays music, or makes a noise after the job’s done. Whatever type of toothbrush you use, replace it every three to four months.

Get the right toothpaste and mouthwash. Stick to water only or fluoride-free training toothpaste until your child can be trusted not to swallow it (that’s probably not before he turns two). After that, he can start using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. When he’s around two, you can show him how to rinse post-brushing, and he’ll probably be a fast — and most enthusiastic — student when it comes to spitting. You can also use a fluoride-free mouthwash if the dentist or pediatrician gives you the go-ahead.

Get the right technique. Work on one tooth at a time, and use a gentle back-and-forth motion across the chewing and inner surfaces, then switch to a circular motion along the sides, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle. On areas that don’t have teeth yet, lightly brush the gums, and don’t forget the tongue — a popular hangout for bacteria.

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Break Your Child’s Video Game Addiction!

Is your child a video game addict? Do you often wish he would leave the computer or PlayStation and spend some more time playing outdoors? We’ve got some ideas for you on how to redirect your child’s attention from video games to the world around him!

Get Him Busy:
 You must have heard the cliché about idle minds. The best way to keep your child away from the computer is to make sure he’s spending his time on better activities! Extracurriculars are your best friend here – enroll your child in hobby classes, sports clubs or music lessons to make sure he has a full timetable.

Negotiate Game Time:
 Research has shown that video games are actually beneficial when played in reasonable amounts. They can help increase concentration and make your child alert and observant and improve his ability to think on his feet! Allow your child a few hours every week for video games – he’ll appreciate the play time and won’t complain too much about not being allowed to play at all!

Turn Home-Time into Family-Time:
 Set some new house rules about evenings at home. Use these hours, when your family is gathered and rested, to do activities together.

Scrabble, Ludo, Business, Life – the list is endless.

Opt for Play-dates in Parks: 
If you can, take your kids out to the park every day, to meet up with friends. The more time they spend playing outside, the less they’ll want to stay cooped up in the house hunched over a Playstation game controller

Set Deadlines
: The hardest thing to do is not stopping your child from beginning to play – it’s stopping him from playing it once he’s started. The best way to avoid constant pleas for “just this level!” is to set a deadline – and warn then once the deadline gets close. So if they have 15 minutes left to play, let them know – then keep reminding them till time’s up. Giving them some time to finish their level, save their setting and close their game will prevent friction.

Be Prepared for Opposition:
 It’s not easy to break an addiction. You may find yourself dealing with tantrums, pleading and crying. Make it clear to your kids that video games are not a hobby but a privilege, and that any misbehaviour or argument regarding the matter will result in their games and PlayStation/Game-boy/X-box being taken away.


Of course, the best way to fight video game addiction is to not buy your children a PlayStation or video games at all. However, games can still be enjoyed in moderation – as long as rules are in place about game times and other activities.

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Top three healthy habits for children

You do all you can think of to prevent your children from coming down with a cold or an upset tummy — from feeding balanced meals to scrubbing the floors they plays on. But that’s only half the battle: they have to learn how to keep themselveshealthy. And there are plenty of lessons to teach them: Start by explaining that germs are responsible for the yucky feeling they gets when they sick. Then instruct them on healthy habits. You’ll have to demonstrate these hygiene lessons over and over, but pretty soon they’ll be able to grasp them — and follow through them. So what are the most important lessons to start with? The top-three healthy habits for children are:

HEALTHY HABIT #1: Give Hands a Good Scrub

Hand washing tops the list of healthy habits children should learn for one simple reason: Doing it often — and doing it right — can reduce the number of colds, flu, and other infections children get by 50 percent! A lot of sore throats and runny noses can be avoided simply by stepping up to the sink, especially at key times: before eating or heading to the playroom with a friend (this will keep germs on shared toys to a minimum), after coming in from playing outside, and after sneezing, coughing, petting an animal, or using the washroom.

HEALTHY HABIT #2: Do the “Sleeve Sneeze”

What’s next on the list of healthy habits for children? When your kid feels an “aa-choo” coming on and there’s no tissue in sight, show him how to let loose into the inside of his elbow, rather than into his hand or the air. This way, germs won’t wind up on his fingers — 80 percent of germs are transferred through touch — or spewed out into the air. This healthy habit applies to coughs as well — and to you too, so be a good role model whenever you sneeze sans tissues.

HEALTHY HABIT #3: Toss That Tissue!

Once your child has mastered the fine art of nose-blowing, get her into the habit of disposing of dirty tissues right away, rather than leaving them lying around on a table or the floor: Some bacteria and viruses can live for two hours or more outside the body, so getting rid of tissues is another healthy habit for children to learn. Make sure there’s a trash can in every room your child spends time in.

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Introducing new foods to toddlers

Toddlers get bored with the usual menu. Moreover, the calories obtained from breast milk or formula milk is no longer sufficient to meet the energy demands of these tiny tots. Introducing new foods to your baby in his or her early years is much easier than trying later on. Nevertheless, if you haven’t introduced new foods so far, it’s alright. It’s never too late to begin.

Let’s find out some ways to introduce new health foods to toddlers. Remember:

  • Try introducing only one new food item every week. Don’t overdo it.
  • Introduce one food item and then check for allergic reactions.
  • Give your child time to look at the food, touch it and examine it for as long as he or she likes. Don’t hurry them.
  • Depending on your child’s motor skill development, he or she may want to hold a spoon. Allow them to do so and let them feed on their own. It may be a messy affair; however, it will encourage your child to try new items.
  • Don’t pressurize your toddler to taste or eat anything. This will cause the little one to dislike food-tasting sessions.
  • Do not introduce new stuff when your baby is extremely hungry, cranky or ill.

You may get all kinds of advice from family and friends, regarding the best time to introduce new foods to toddlers. However, it is best to consult your pediatrician before doing anything. Moreover, be patient and persistent. Don’t be quick to assume that if your child has rejected most of these foods, he or she will be a picky eater. Let your child take his or her time to develop an interest in these new foods. All the best!

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How to Raise Happy Children

A happy person is the one who has loving relationships, who knows how to care for other people, who can give, be responsible and is ready to compromise, if the situation demands. A person is happy when he is positive, confident and values himself as well as others. As parents, it is very important to incorporate all these qualities, in kids, right from childhood itself.

Tips on How to Raise Happy Children-

Appreciation and Positivity: Appreciate your child. If he has learned something new or achieved anything, even if it is very small, point it out and praise him. Appreciating the child and positive reinforcement goes a long way in making a child confident and happy! At the same time, do not overdo it! Do not use words like “the best” or “perfect” or “brilliant”, as it will raise expectations, which can pressurize a child and cause him stress.

Allowance for Mistakes: Tell your child that it is all right to make mistakes as long as he remembers them and does not repeat the same! Childhood is a time of experimentation. Children are up to trying all kinds of things and in the midst of it, can end up making many mistakes. Instead of scolding and criticizing the children, parents should instead talk to them about it, explain to them why a particular action is wrong on their part and that they should not repeat it. Scolding, being aggressive with the children – these are some things that parents should completely avoid as they can have an adverse effect on a child’s psyche.

A Loving Family: A touch is very important in building relationships. So, hug your child, kiss him and embrace him, to show that you truly love him. Also, take out some “family time” every day and eat together, while discussing how the day went for everyone. This will also give you an opportunity to assess whether your child is facing any kind of problems in school or how he is faring, in terms of his relationships with his peers and teachers.

The Art of Giving: Teach your child to be “giving”. You can do this by taking him to an NGO and involving him in doing something for the have-nots of the society. Let him join some charity too and help him raise funds for it. If you want to keep things simple, get him a pet or keep a potted plant on his bedroom window sill and make it his responsibility to take care of it. These are some ways in which you can teach your child not to be individualistic and self-centric, but to help others, do something for fellow beings, animals and plants, without any kind of expectation. As true happiness lies in “giving”, your child will become happy from within, while caring for and nurturing, those around him.

A Fit Body: Healthy children are happy children. So, provide your child with healthy meals, which are preferably cooked at home. Suggest healthy food choices to your children. For instance, instead of sodas, ask him to drink low fat milk, instead of pizzas, give him fresh fruits to eat. Make most of his diet from fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. If healthy eating habits are inculcated from childhood itself, it is much more likely that they are carried right through adulthood, thus keeping a person disease-free and happy.

As you can see, there are no fixed ways and rules with regards to how to raise happy children. Good parenting is all about being positive, giving time to your child, supporting him, being there for him and involving him in all kinds of activities which enhance his creativity, natural goodness, knowledge and intelligence.

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Ten tips to improve your child’s IQ

Raising IQ in your children involves a series of activities that focus specially on developing the mental faculties as well as physical abilities. Enhancing IQ is also a dedicated activity that needs plenty of patience, will power and knowledge from parents. Learning House Jaipur suggests some simple techniques and methods that are known to raise IQ levels in children:

1. Are you an expecting parent? If yes, talk to your baby every day, sing songs and rhythms and say pleasing things throughout the day.

2. Help your children sleep early. Children need a minimum of 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep and ensure that they get it without fail. Available research findings suggest that brain function drops drastically with decreased sleep.

3. Never, ever exert too much pressure on your children! It may be counter-productive in the end! Set realistically possible expectations for your children and never be hasty in your efforts.

4. Love your kids and adore them for their good qualities. Shower affection whenever necessary.

5. Young children need intelligent and smart toys to play with and develop a range of useful skills like motor and cognition. Choose your toys wisely and intelligently. Toys are available in a number of forms, patterns, shapes and activities.

6. Reading bedtime stories and singing lullabies are known to boost brain growth. It will also help your child develop an emotional bond with you.

7.Never, ever provide lead-rich playthings and toys as lead can seriously impair brain growth functions. Ensure that you are buying lead-free and toxic paint-free toys for your children.

8. Encourage your children to eat plenty of vegetables, proteins and good carbohydrates. Make breakfast a mandatory activity. Give them full and complete meal consisting of eggs, fish, green vegetables, good oils and recommended nutritional supplements. Control intake of caffeine and nicotine rich beverages. Instead, promote nutritional drinks.

9. Repetition helps your children master academic studies. To master any type of technique, your child may need to repeat the process many times over and develop his or her brain power to achieve the best in life.

10. Daily exercise, aerobics, sports will help your child boost oxygen supply to the blood and brain which eventually result in brain development. Physically active children are agile and intelligent.

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11 Resolutions for happy parenting!

Learning House, Jaipur strongly advocates good parenting as one of the most important factors in a child’s development. We understand that being a parent means working endlessly towards your child’s development and assuring a bright future.

To help you a bit, Learning House suggests you to take up these resolutions for better and stress-free parenting:

Resolution #1: Don’t try to fix everything.

Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child’s minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save them, you teach them self-reliance and resilience.

Resolution #2: Say “I love you”

Express your love whenever you feel it, even if it’s 746 times a day.

Resolution #3: Gossip about your kids.

Fact: What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child “catch” you whispering a compliment about him/her to Grandma, Dad or even his/her teddy.

Resolution #4: Avoid food fights:

A healthy child instinctively knows how much to eat. If he refuses to finish whatever food is on his plate, just let it go. He won’t starve.

Resolution #5: Avoid expensive “event parties”

Avoid throwing expensive “event parties” for your children on their birthdays. Instead, confine all birthday celebrations to your family, including extended family. Keep it uncomplicated: a special dinner of the birthday boy or girl’s favorite food, a cake, the song, and a few simple gifts, mostly clothing or other useful things.

Resolution #6: Play. Be silly. Act like a child.

Have fun with your kids by being a kid. You will notice the connection you form instantly.

Resolution #7: Get out of the way:

Adults sometimes need to get out of children’s way. Give your child unsupervised time, either alone or with friends. Teach your children to trust in themselves. Let them make mistakes and experience the consequences.

Resolution #8: Reclaim your home:

Resolve that one day each week will be a day without television, videos, computers and electronics of any sort. Shut the things off! Be present with your child without beeps, flashes, music and voices other than your own distracting you from one another.

Resolution #9:Talk about what it means to be a good person.

Start early. When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why.

Resolution #10: Celebrate boredom.

Resist the pressure to become your child’s day planner, social secretary and entertainment organizer. Allow for days where nothing is planned. Don’t protect your child from a day with nothing to do. Day after day filled with adult-organized activities and events destroys any possibility of creativity or self-discovery.

Resolution #11: Get creative together:

Play together, fantasize together, and get creative together using only the simplest of materials: old clothes, a cardboard box, crayons, paper and glue. Pretend to explore a world under the sea or find wood nymphs and fairies. Make up characters and go on grand adventures.

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