Healthy Snacks For Kids To Keep Them Fit

Children often play a lot and never seem to lose energy throughout the entire day. Most of them will surely need carbohydrates and protein in order to sustain their daily energy needs. If not, they will manifest different kinds of signs of being unhealthy. Children with less carbohydrate intake will feel tired all the time, they become sleepy, and they become inattentive at school.

Parents who want to take good care of their children should serve them healthy food. Most parents usually let their children decide which food to eat by giving them money to buy food at the cafeteria. But, that should not be the case. Any parent who wants their child to be healthy should be ready to prepare healthy food every day. Also, some parents who are too busy to prepare meals everyday consider meal delivery services that can save the time.

In the UK alone and according to the Food Standards Agency, 9 out of 10 packed lunches contain food that is high in sugar, salt, and preservatives and not enough fruit and vegetables. Parents should be aware that high amounts of sugar can lead to early diabetes and salt can lead to an early form of hypertension to children. More and more young people are experiencing the early signs of these diseases all because they were fed with these type of food early in their lives. As a concerned parent, you should be able to take control of the kitchen and be ready to serve them the food that they need in order for the children to grow up healthy and be incorporated with good eating and lifestyle habits.

Use Wholegrain

Use wholegrain or wholemeal bread when you serve your children with bread, bagels, or raisin bread. Wholegrain has complex carbohydrates that are digestible and are very good for those who want sustained energy throughout the day. Pack pasta or rice salads for your children instead of the usual sandwich. Use less butter or mayonnaise when serving sandwiches and choose low fat meat instead of the usual ones.

Add Fruits

To provide your children a meal that is good to look at and healthy as well, add portions of fruits in to the packed lunch or meal that you serve them. Dont just stick to the usual fruits. Perk up their interest by introducing new fruits or fruits that are in season. Avocados and grapes or even slices of melon are new to kids who usually get the apples and pears. You can even give them all by packing a fruit salad for them.

Juice And Sweets

Of course, your children will always ask you if you have packed something sweet. Do not disappoint them by saying no. Instead, pack them a lunch with some unsweetened juice or fruit smoothies. You can replace cakes and chocolates with fruit bread or cereal bars that are way healthier for their diet than the commercial ones. You can also use fruit yogurt or yogurt drinks to serve their appetite for something sweet in a healthy way.

Healthy Breakfast

Serve a healthy breakfast by providing them with plant food that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids for brain development. Children are very easy to manage when it comes to providing food for them. You can serve them a healthy dose of breakfast by having the usual waffles and milk but with flaxseed into the mix. Replace a quarter of a cup of flour with ground flaxseed to boost the healthy goodness of their breakfast.

Meat and Protein

During lunch, be playful with the food that you serve. The all time favorite meatball spaghetti can turn into a healthy meal by using grass fed ground beef and whole wheat spaghetti. Bake the meatballs instead of frying them. This releases the flavor and is a much healthier way of cooking food. Chicken is another substitute for lunch meals. Coat chicken with whole wheat flour and oven fry them.

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The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling For Kids

Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular among parents in US these days. Research conducted in last few years showed a significant increase in the number of children, who are homeschooled, from 1.7% in 1998 to 2.9% in 2007. What for some is a question of choice, for others is a necessity. Many children, who live in remote, rural areas or frequently travel and relocate have no other choice but to be homeschooled by their parents or professional tutors. However, in the vast group of homeschooled children there are some families, which deliberately made the decision to refrain from sending the children to public or private schools. What are the benefits and disadvantages of this decision? Is homeschooling better or worse than typical school education?

Pros – more freedom, curricula better adjusted to individual needs of the students

The typical education system puts a lot of pressure on the students, who often have problems with adjusting to the school rules or do not feel comfortable in a highly competitive environment. Some students find daily activities at school too exhausting physically or mentally, others are bullied at school and are afraid to face their peers. Homeschooling offers a freedom from all that. The parents or tutors are in control of the time the students spend on learning new skills and they can adjust the pace to individual requirements of the student.

The latter is extremely important for children with learning difficulties and atypical learning styles. Large classes in public schools offer very little space for individual treatment of every student. Individual curricula provide an opportunity to deal with the learning difficulties, to improve the weakest skills of the student or to make sure that the child is more focused and more interested in all academic disciplines. Homeschooling can be a good choice not only when your kid is performing worse than the rest of the children in the class, but also when he or she far exceeds the results achieved by the peers. Individual contact with the tutor and support of homeschooling parents provide motivation the student needs the most to keep achieving the best possible results.

Cons – alienation, the risk of ideological teaching, more pressure on parents

The most common anti-homeschooling argument is the alienation of homeschooled children: while typical school environment can be tough, unfair and challenging for the kids, it is the mini version of the real world, where competition and the ability to find your place in a group are everyday reality. Children, who are homeschooled 1-on-1 or in small groups require more time to adjust to academic environment at colleges or universities and often have hard time adapting to their work environment. It is extremely important to provide homeschooled children with free time they can spend with their peers to develop certain social skills.

The reason why some parents choose homeschooling over traditional public schools is because they can model the curriculum the way they want it to be, putting more emphasis on issues and disciplines they think are most important or adjusting the curricula to their own political views and religious beliefs. This puts heavy limitations on the children’s ability to express their own opinions. Finally, most parents, who decide to homeschool their children discover that all the pressure is now on them: they either have to find a lot of time, energy and skills to teach their children by themselves or they require financial resources to provide their children with private tutoring, which is often quite expensive.

To sum up: homeschooling has some undeniable benefits over public schools, but before you make the decision make sure that you can afford it. Do you have the right skills to teach your children? Can you provide them with professional tutoring? Many homeschooling parents rely on online resources and courses, which allow them to reduce the costs of tutoring and provide their children with professional training. The disadvantages of homeschooling can be significantly reduced if you can provide your children with enough free time to spend with their peers.

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Trouble Sleeping? Calm your Mind and Body with these Natural Cures!

Nothing is more frustrating then not being able to sleep!  Tossing and turning, as your mind is racing, checking the clock over and over as minutes seem like hours.  Sleep deprivation affects millions of people.  Lack of sleep not only ages you faster, but lowers your immune system, leads to stress, irritability, depression, and cognitive/memory loss.


  1. Go to bed at the same time every night, even on the weekends. Your sleep cycle needs to have a regular rhythm.
  2. Stay away from caffeine, nicotine,and alcohol for 4 hours before bed.  Try sipping chamomile tea 30 minutes before bed instead to help wind down. Or try 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 oz. of water, sweetened with a little honey.  This healthy concoction right before bed, may work better than counting sheep!
  3. Avoid heavy meals or snacking for 2 hours before bed, but refrain from being too hungry before bed as that can interrupt your sleep as well.
  4. Refrain from exercising for at least 4 hours before bed. Exercising in the morning or afternoon is preferable and will help to induce sleep at bedtime.
  5. Only use your bed for sleep (and sex).  Refrain from watching T.V., reading, working on the computer, paying bills etc. in bed.
  6. Develop night-time rituals before bed such as listening to calming music, drawing a hot bath (90 minutes before bed) with lavender aromatherapy essential oils, stretching, and practicing deep breathing exercises.
  7. Emotional Freedom Technique or (EFT) has been shown to be very helpful for insomnia and sleep difficuties.  EFT can help balance your body’s energy system and resolve some of the stresses that are contributing to the insomnia.  For more information and the numerous benefits of EFT – Please check out my article Emotional Freedom Technique – Alternative Treatment For Emotional Healing
  8. Make sure your bedroom is condusive to sleeping.  Your sleep environment can have a profound effect on the quality of your sleep!  Your bedroom should be decorated in cool, calming, restful tones, not bold, bright, energizing colors that stimulate.  Make sure the room is dark or wear a sleep mask and if you’re bothered by noise, wear earplugs. Also, a cooler room is recommened. If your room temperature is too warm, it may stuffy and uncomfortable.  And make sure your room isn’t cluttered or messy as this can stimulate negative energy.
  9. Throw away your old alarm clock.  No one likes to wake up to the sound of a loud, shrill, shrieking alarm clock.  Instead, invest in one of the new natural light stress-free alarm clocks that are designed to awaken you naturally.
  10. Don’t bound out of bed in the morning.  First – Take a few deep breaths, stretch, and smile!

The major causes of restless sleep are worry and an overactive mind. If you have too much on your mind, write down last minute concerns, so you won’t rethink them over and over. If you can’t fall asleep in the first 15-20 minutes of going to bed, climb out of bed, go into another room and do something nonstimulting in low light.  Once you feel drowsy, return to bed and try again. If all else fails you might want to try natural and herbal remedies such as melatonin and velerian root which may help to reduce insomnia. Here’s a GREAT site with information on insomnia as well as some of the BEST natural supplements  available!

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How To Encourage Your Child To Learn To Play The Piano

At some point or another, your child may express a desire to learn how to play the piano. If they do – then jump on it! Children are far more likely to progress with their learning if they feel like it has been their choice to do so. Learning the piano is great for kids because it is so visual, and unlike an instrument such as the violin, it is possible to get a note out straight away. This parenting advice below lists the importance of learning to play the piano in an early age and provides a few tips to guide an individual through the basic steps.

Here is our guide to helping your child get to grips with the basics of the piano:

Get a Piano Tuned

The first thing to do is to acquire a piano if you haven’t got one already. Check the classified ads because a lot of people give theirs away if they have to move quickly and can’t take it with them. You’ll need to pay someone to move the piano for you, but once it is installed in your house (and you have had it professionally tuned) it will be well worth the effort.

Find a Teacher

The next step is to find somebody that will teach your child the rudiments of piano playing. Choose someone that is friendly and easy to approach otherwise it may scare your child off. Ask the teacher how much they charge per hour, what their teaching ethos is, whether you child will be able to do grades, and which book you should buy them for the teacher to teach from. Establishing a good and long-term relationship with your child’s teacher is a really good thing to do. Show interest and ask for a resume of every lesson so you know which stage your child is at.

Supervise Practice

Don’t expect your child to be able to motivate themselves into doing regular practice – they won’t. As soon as the novelty wears off their interest may dwindle, but if you are paying for lessons then they are going to have to practice to get any value from them. Set up a practice diary for them and suggest that they do half an hour of practice every day at the same time of day so they get into a routine. Ask the teacher what practice schedule he or she recommends. Oversee the practice but don’t interfere too much – leave the child to it, but be around and about in case they have any questions.


If your child is doing well then praise them! Perhaps you could reward them with a new piano stool, or a new book to say well done. If on the other hand they are showing less and less interest then don’t force it – have an honest conversation with them about whether they actually want to pursue it or not. If they don’t then you will be wasting your money paying for lessons.

Playing the piano, or any sort of musical instrument, is great for a child’s development. They will learn social skills, listening skills, and they will learn how to communicate without talking. For many children the first lesson is the beginning of a life-long love affair with music.

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How to Make The Best Use Of Online Tutoring For Kids

Online tutoring is one of the emerging trends in broadband internet era and it offers children a valuable support during the learning process. Online tutoring is not only an alternative approach to 1-on-1 tutoring sessions, but it is also becoming a strong competition for traditional tutoring, offering modern vision of learning, supported by robust technological solutions. Today you can find online tutoring in many different disciplines, but the most popular are math and science trainings.

The best value for money

Online tutoring is not only less expensive than the traditional face-to-face tutoring sessions, but often online tutoring offers better quality services. Private tutoring sessions usually cost from $30 per hour to even as much $80 or $90, and the more experienced and knowledgeable the tutor, the higher the rates are going to be. When we look at the best online tutoring services the prices are surprisingly. Does it mean that those online lessons are of lower quality than traditional tutoring sessions? Quite contrary.

Unless you live in a big city or in a town close to a university, you probably do not have that many good math tutors in your area, especially if you are looking for a tutor for your high school kids – someone, who is good at advanced math. If you decide to hire less experienced tutor you can never be too sure about his level of proficiency. Online tutoring courses, on the other hand, are created by experts in their disciplines and if you decide to hire an online tutor you can be sure that his qualifications have been checked and this person is a reliable specialist.

Accessibility, convenience & the best use of technology

How to Make The Best Use Of Online Tutoring For KidsWith online tutoring you are free to start practicing your skills and learning new stuff whenever you want to. You do not have to pay for any additional costs, for example the costs of regular traveling to meet your tutor face to face. You are not bound by any scheduled meetings with your tutor. Instead, you are 100% free in planning your trainings, adjusting the duration of each lesson and the pace of tutoring to your personal requirements and progress. Another big advantage of online tutoring is its focus on the best contemporary technologies.

Most children learn faster and comprehend complex issues better, when they are presented with illustrations, pictures, animations or diagrams and typical online tutoring sessions make a smart use of all these solutions to keep the student focused on the lesson. Personal tutors, who work with their tutees face to face, usually do not employ as many helpful technologies and rely on their verbal skills when explaining new math concepts. In result, online tutoring is often perceived by children as more playful and fun option, in comparison to the traditional way of teaching.

The opportunities, solutions and technologies offered by typical online tutoring, combined with excellent price and good quality online lessons, are the main reasons why people choose this method over traditional, 1-on-1 tutoring sessions. In upcoming years we can expect to see even more growth in the popularity of this method, so why not give it a try and check whether online tutoring solves all your problems and improves your children performance at school? After all, it does not cost much and the effects can exceed your expectations.

In summary, there is no question about technology in education. Online courses and e-learning will become more normal at all levels as the technology becomes more ingrained into the educational process.  It is up to teachers and parents at all levels to be sure that our kids come to the learning table prepared and confident not only in their subject knowledge but also in their skills in using technology to assess their learning.

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