Journey Through Parenting

Wedding planning takes up only one year of our time. Maybe some of us take up another two to three years for honeymoon and maybe spend these times rearing puppies rather than having babies.

I know of a friend who wants their honeymoon period to be at least five years. One is abroad and the other one is in Singapore.

They still want to feel single in the sense and enjoy life with each other at times. The one in Singapore still goes clubbing with friends once in a while.

Who says you can’t enjoy singlehood after married? My friend is doing it.

My cousin just had her baby and now the honeymoon period had disappeared.

No more honeymoon period for them. No more.

The focus is on the baby, my cute nephew.

She mentioned she had to feed the baby with breast milk or other milk once every 2 to 3 hours.

And there goes her 10 hours of sleeping time she had before her wedding.

I guess if I am the dad, I will come home and play with my baby.

See, the attention is all on the baby!!!

What happens when the baby grows up?

Are you equipped with the right parenting skills?

Again, you may hold a Masters in Child Psychology but when it comes to your very own kid, you are going to feel as helpless as 99% of the world’s parents out there.

Parenting a child is also dealing with your own childhood issues.

We do in some ways, parent our children just like how our parents parent us.

Make sense?

If your dad focuses on academic, most likely you have the similar expectation on your child.

If your mom dotes on you alot, you may do similarly to your child.

Wedding-planning takes 1 year. Honeymoon period takes 5 years. Parenting is forever!!!

So for those couples looking at having a child, are you really ready?

Creative Ways To Help Children Stay In Shape

It’s important that children take steps to stay active and healthy.

Yet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that the percent of American children who are overweight has more than doubled since 1980. In fact, it’s estimated that about 15 percent of all children in the U.S. today are overweight-and carrying those extra pounds can lead to a number of health problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

So how can you help your kids fight the battle of the bulge-or avoid becoming overweight in the first place? Get creative and try these tips:

Eat Smart

Involve your kids in the meals you eat, every step of the way. Start by taking them grocery shopping. Discuss smart food choices and the importance of eating plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. Let kids pick out some healthy side dishes for dinners and teach them to look at labels before they make a choice. Also, point out that there are a number of foods out there that taste good and are good for them. They shouldn’t associate healthful foods with bad taste. Then, when you get home, have your kids help prepare a healthful dinner.

Watch Smart

Odds are, your children like watching TV, so you might as well have them get a little exercise while they do it. Kids can tune in and dance along with shows such as “Dance Revolution!” on the KOL Secret Slumber Party lineup on CBS. The sensational new dance competition was inspired by the hit video game franchise, Dance Dance Revolution. With host DJ Rick Adams (Radio KOL, Nickelodeon UK), the show challenges teens and tweens to bring their best dance moves to the show and viewers are encouraged to get off the couch and join in the fun. It’s part of what KOL says is their overall effort to encourage kids to lead healthy, balanced active lifestyles.

Be Smart

Parents who are overweight are more likely to have children who are overweight. So you may want to think about leading by example. Make smart lifestyle decisions and explain to your children the reasons you do the things you do. For instance, the next time you drive to the mall with your children, park far away from the entrance. Tell your kids you parked far away because you like to take walks during the day and that exercise helps keep you healthy and happy. It may sound simple, but a little effort can go a long way.

Need For After School Activities

When children are literally up to their gills with the learning and sport activities in school, it may seem superfluous to enroll them for after school activities. In spite of this, after school programs are sprouting up in large numbers and most of these are booked full. This shows that there is a real need for after school activities.

The unavailability of parental supervision is the leading cause for the surge in after school programs. It is seen that many children spend about 20-25 hours a week unsupervised and alone at home. And as the saying goes, “An idle mind is a devil’s workshop”. Children who are left alone to contend with too much free time invariably fall into the wrong company. Drug abuse, alcohol, tobacco and crime come knocking at their doors sooner rather than later. Parents enroll children to various after school programs to keep them occupied in a productive manner. This way, the kids are free to enjoy themselves in a supervised activity.

Crime is considered to be at its peak during the after school hours, between 3- 4 p.m. During such a time, children need protection. Getting the children together under one roof and encouraging them to participate in a group activity is protection enough. It diverts the children from ennui too.

Obesity is a matter of growing concern in this country. It is noticed that more and more children are becoming couch potatoes. After school, many of them relax on the sofa with packets of chips, cool drinks or chocolates while they watch T.V. 30 % of the kids below the age of 19 are considered overweight, and about 15% of these are obese. An after school program ensures that the child shakes off his lethargy and keeps himself busy. This also helps to reduce the child’s fascination for T.V and computer games.

After school activities that promote social awareness develop the individual’s sense of social responsibility. It is seen that these sorts of programs not only keep kids out of trouble, but also help to produce responsible citizens. To that extent, they are valuable building blocks in a child’s personality.

Times are changing and parents want their children to excel in academics as well as in other activities. This may be a reflection of the parent’s unfulfilled desire to excel – a remnant from his own childhood. Whatever the reason, parents today encourage their children to enroll themselves in various programs and develop the various facets of their individuality. Children too seem to be comfortable learning many things at the same time, and gain satisfaction from this.