Help Manage Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

If you ask any child, they can probably tell you that going to the dentist is the last thing they want to do. Most children are afraid of going to the dentist – the only problem with this is that it is vital for children to go to the dentist once or twice a year. Children must go to the dentist for a variety of reasons – they have new teeth coming in and they can be more susceptible to cavities, mainly because they eat a lot of candy and they have a high sugar content in their food. When it comes down to it, there are many ways to alleviate a child’s dental anxiety. Here are five tips to help parents manage their child’s dental anxiety.

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The earlier the better. Alleviating a child’s fear of dentists earlier in their life is important, because they will be more accustomed to going to the dentist when they get older. You can imagine going to the dentist the first time – with all their shiny metals tools – it would scare any child. So, it is crucial that you build up a child’s comfort factor when it comes to going to the dentist. You usually want to start when your child’s first teeth come in.

Make it easy. Most parents assume that they have to explain to their child about all the procedures that a dentist will perform, but if you want to alleviate a child’s anxiety, you want to keep it vague. The reason for this is simple: the more you explain to them, the more questions your child will have. The more questions there are, the more nervous they will get. This is especially the case when they are in the chair and asking about the tools on the dentist’s table.

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Vicks Humidifier

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The temperature is dropping and with school now well into the swing of things that means one thing, colds and the flu are on the way.  Sniffles and headaches are bound to happen, if not count yourself incredibly lucky.  In our house when a cold or flu hits, it goes round and round until everyone has had it, sometimes more then once unfortunately.  To help remedy the situation as with most, preparation is key.

To prep for flu season we are taking a look at the Vicks Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier.  The humidifier is hold 1.2 gallons of water and can run for 30 hours per filling.  The mist that comes out is cool to the touch so it is perfect for a bedroom over night.  One of the other nifty features is the scent pad.  The scent pad lets you add a smell to the mist which comes out.  There is also a way to control the intensity of the scent.  There are slots for 2 pads, so on those extra stuffy nights, two can be used at the same time.  But the option is always there to use one or no pads as well.  The pads are especially good for congestion.  Instead of a long night of coughing and nose blowing, with the help of these pads a more restful sleep is at hand.  The mist itself is controlled by knob which lets you control how much mist comes out as well.  The mist will stop when the water is empty, but I would not suggest letting that happen- and with the ability of the humidifier to run for 30 hours, running it overnight won’t be a problem.
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Coping When You Have Trouble Conceiving

One of the most exciting times in a couple’s life is when they make the decision to try and have a baby. And while it would be so great if it was a simple as “coming together and making one”, the reality is that, according to the Center for Disease Control, there are over 1.5 million women each year who are between the ages of 15-44 who are considered to be infertile and 7.4 million who have tried some kind of fertility treatment over the course of their lives as a direct result.

infertilityIf you are someone who been trying to conceive for the past 12 months and you have yet to get a positive result on a pregnancy test, that can be hard to deal with.

Don’t take it out on yourself. During this time, it’s really easy to want to put the blame on yourself by wondering if it’s the result of something that you’ve done or didn’t do. However, this kind of thinking only puts stress on the body which can make it even more challenging to conceive. So, try and stay as positive as you can.

Do a lot of research. Due to the fact that infertility is not an uncommon issue, there is more and more information that’s becoming available to individuals who want to get pregnant. Websites such as The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination and Miracle Babies Online and organizations including The American Society for Reproductive Medicine can provide you with a wealth of information on the issue.
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Yogarilla Review

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I have practiced yoga for some time, my four kids sometimes join in with me but I have never really found a super yoga book for kids. Yogarilla is wonderful! Bright colorful cards, 55 of them of them fully illustrated front and back. You can find Yogarilla at Super Duper Publications, which I highly recommend you doing.

There is nothing I don’t like about Yogarilla it’s an all around win here is my take-

You have 55 cards, front and back illustrating a certain pose with OTis. On one side you have the playful OTis posing with the name of the pose. On the other side is the entire break down of the pose, directions to move into it, a challenging variety and some activities you may want to add into the pose. There’s also some facts and game like things to do with your children as you go through the deck.

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Teaching kids to exercise is important, but it should also be very fun and enjoyable. Yogarilla was all this and more. Cards come in a metal tin case with handle so you or the kids can tote it around and have easy storage while you aren’t using them. The cards itself are large, awesome for little kid hands. My soon to be four year old had a blast placing the cards down and going through the poses. While some are tricky to do, most are all easy for the kids to move into you can easily help them and there are directions to help you do so if needed.
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Food Myths Debunked

Over the years we have all heard advice related to food safety and preparation, much of it from word of mouth, or a simple Google search online. But how much of what we hear and read is actually true?
To help consumers protect themselves and their families from food poisoning, the Ad Council, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, FDA and CDC and their Food Safe Families campaign as well as the Partnership for Food Safety Education are setting the record straight on food safety to save you time, money and most importantly, peace of mind, that your food is safe for your family’s consumption.
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Stillettos and Self Defense

Jennifer Cassetta is a self defense expert, trainer and nutritionist. Early on in her career, Jennifer was attacked while in high heels. Even though she was not dressed to fight, she was still able to ward off her attacker. Since then, she has run UFC test nutrition test groups and training guidelines, worked with celebrities, members of royal families, and even moms like you and me.

This exercise comes with empowerment and a touch of class. Jennifer Cassetta has released a brand new instructional DVD series titled Stilettos and Self Defense. This series was inspired by Jennifer’s own run in with a would be attacker using her experiences and training in HapKiDo, so these moves work! The DVD is broken down into parts, the first being the ABC’s of Prevention,:
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Supplements- Yay or Nay?

There is a discussion going on over the usefulness of supplements. Some swear by them, swallowing entire cups of vitamins and minerals with every meal, morning noon and night. Others think all you are doing is making expensive waste, or as Sheldon from Big Bang Theory put it, “What you’re buying here are the ingredients for very expensive urine.” Whatever your opinion of supplements is, without trying something first, an opinion is little more then a fairy tale.

Taking suplements on their own is not very helpful. The trick to supplements is supplementing (see? see how that works? LOL) you regular meals and dietary intake. Let’s say you are having a particularly stressful day and just want to sleep, but there is no way the sandman is visiting tonight with your mind running around in circles. So instead of taking a sedative or a sleep aide, why not try an herbal supplement. Melatonin does wonders as does Valerian. Plus in general herbal supplements are less habit forming and have less dangerous side-effects. If getting into supplements, do some research, a few simple searches and you could find the highest quality, most effective supplements for a great price.
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Run for the Planet

National Geographic Kids has launched a new campaign to try and break not one, but TWO, Guinness World Records. The program is called Run for the Planet, and it is an effort to encourage children to do something good for both their health and the environment.

  • The first record they are going after is the longest shoe chain. Participants are encouraged to send in used athletic shoes, which will be tied together to break the record and then recycled into athletic surfaces, such as basketball courts and running tracks. This record is underway, and we have already gotten submissions from Taylor Swift, Eli Manning, Danica Patrick and One Direction (along with other celebrities)! See the image below.
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