Things you should do to take care of yourself as a mother

Here are some things that you need to focus on if you are planning to have child in the near future or current had one to take care of yourself:

1. Pay Attention to Your Body: Try to stay in excellent condition.  Try to avoid getting sick.  Eat well and get lots of sleep.  Keep your stress level down.  Try to keep your stamina high and your endurance high as well.
2. You should pamper yourself occasionally.  Consider going to the spa a few times before it is time to deliver your child.
3. Take Time Out for yourself:  Having a child or preparing to have a child can take up a lot of your time.  It is important to take some time out for yourself to take a break from your busy schedule.  So take the time out to do some yoga, for example, to relax and unwind.

Teaching your children to play musical instruments

Teaching children to play an musical instrument takes a lot of time and effort because kid at a young age love to play video games and watch television. Playing instrument or learning how to pay an instrument is not easy especially if your children do not love music. But if you want to get your kids to start playing with different musical instruments then here are some important things that you need to keep in mind.

As a matter of fact, there are more than 35 different instruments that you can offer to your children but each instruments will take some time and patience to learn. So, the best thing that you can do is to familiarize first with the different musical instrument. The most popular instruments are drums, guitar, and flutes.  They are also actually the easiest to play with.

If you don’t know how to play a instrument, you can learn with your kid and make it a fun activities for both of you to do together.  It will help bond the two of you and give you something in common to work and practice on.

The second thing that you can do is to help your children identify his/her talent before you decide to send your children in a tutorial school of musical instrument. It is very important to know the talents of your children in order to know their personal interest. If your child enjoys music and shows interest in a certain kind of music then it’s worth thinking of teaching children to play that  musical instrument. You just have to make sure that your children is learning and enjoying while playing any kind of musical instrument.

Another thing that you need to consider is the attitude of your children, because playing or learning musical instrument takes a lot of patience as well as understanding. You also need to consider the physical attribute of your children like for example playing drums or guitar. Your child needs to have long arms for the guitar in order to comfortably reach the strings and play the guitar happily. Or else your child needs to have a long leg so that it is easy for your child to reach the base drum.

Teaching children to play any musical instrument requires motivation and support from their parents. It will really help them learn if they see that their parents are really eager and proud see their children practice and perform with their instruments.

It is also very important that you give them all your support so that they can learn and play their instruments.  But remember this is for fun so make it a fun experiment and not an ordeal to learn.

No matter what your interest of your children whether musical or not, as parents you need to know first the best things that can make them happy and can make you proud parents. Avoid forcing your children from playing musical instrument if they don’t like music or holding any kind of instrument. All you need to do is just guide them to whatever they like to do and help them identify your children’s talent.

Sponge painting

Our blog has mentioned before that slender writing instruments aren’t always accessible or easily manageable for the small-sized hands of a toddler.  That’s why we’ve suggested items like bingo daubers, jumbo markers, stamps and finger paints that are much easier for little fingers to hold and create.  Same goes for our latest suggestion: dishwasher sponges.  Simply cut a dish sponge into squares, and demonstrate to your toddler how to dip one side of the sponge into washable paint, then use the sponge to paint a paper surface.  If you are doing this project with young children, make sure you choose washable paints.

Marshmallow People

This is a fun and tasty project to make with your tot!  You will need, jumbo marshmallows, cake sprinkles, uncooked spaghetti noodles, and jelly beans.

The jumbo marshmallows will make the body.  Stick two marshmallows  on an uncooked spaghetti noodle.  Dip them quickly in water then douse with sprinkles.

Break the jelly beans into small pieces. Use these pieces and stick them on the marshmallows as eyes, nose, mouth or antennae’s.    The finished Marshmallow Person will look something like this, but you can get as creative as you want with the type of creatures you make.  The treats are fully edible after they dry.



Window Crayons

Your child’s eyes will widen when you announce that they can color on the windows! Window crayons by Crayola can be wiped away with a damp paper towel in seconds.  Sold in packages of five colors, you can encourage your child’s imagination to run away with them.  They can draw their family, nature, the sky, aliens, flowers, cars, their favorite cartoons.  You can use the window as your chalkboard and pretend to play school, or just let your child practice writing their name on the clear glass pane.

Cotton Ball Art

Cotton balls are a common household item; one that really comes in handy for toddlar arts and craft activities with your little one.  All you need is glue, cotton balls and some paper (even paper plates will do!) to make cotton ball art.  For example, you can use the cotton balls to make a rain cloud, and maybe tape or glue ribbon to the cloud to make a rainbow or a rain shower.  You can paste cotton balls on three round circles to create a snow man, or use the cotton has a character’s hair or beard like a Santa head during the holiday season.

Winter Fun

‘Tis the season for winter fun across most of the country.  If you’re lucky enough to get a decent amount of snowfall during the winter months, get your kids and toddlers out there to play!   Parents can partner with their kids to build snowmen that kids usually only read about in books or folklore.  Sledding is an exciting activity however if your child is very young and very small, it would be wise to choose bunny hills, or sled with your child in your lap.  Try to avoid sledding too close to trees, fences or walls. We’ve all seen multiple sledding accidents on America’s Funniest Videos to know the hazards involved.  Nonetheless, playing in the snow is a special time of year.  Start new traditions by treating your child to a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows after an hour or two of playtime in the snow!

A Trip to the Zoo

Young children naturally identify with animals.   As we read stories to them, and show programs to them with animal characters, they learn how to empathize for animals.   Households with family pets often support teaching children how to be compassionate toward animals.  PETA encourages parents to teach their children how to be compassionate toward animals.  There is nothing more exciting or more educational than a trip to your local zoo where young children can learn about animals.   Seeing a variety up close ignites children’s imaginations and expands the possibilities to the world they are learning about around them.  The Association of Zoos & Aquariums has a national directory on its website so that you can locate a zoo in your city.

Toddler Tooth Care

Around age 2, you can introduce tooth care to your toddler.  You need a small children’s tooth brush with soft bristles and a children’s toothpaste.  Childrens’ toothpastes are sold in many flavors and colorful packages.   When you start, you might want to demonstrate how you brush your teeth first.

Then, show your toddler now to show their teeth. Use a pea-size speck of toothpaste on your toddler’s brush and begin to brush your toddler’s front teeth yourself.

It is best to keep your toddler’s tooth brush and toothpaste out of reach unless in supervised situations.  At first, your toddler will assume toothpaste is food and immediately try to eat it.  Swallowing a trace amount of fluoride is fine, however too much at once or over time is not a good thing.  If your toddler swallows a large amount at one time, you will need to contact Poison Control immediately.  If your toddler is nibbling away at toothpaste over time it can lead to a minor condition called fluorosis.

Stamp Pads

Around age 2 or 3 toddlers’ coordination is still evolving.  Easy-grip stamps and non-toxic ink pads make an excellent, creative and, more importantly, an accessible tool for toddlers.   While many tots will struggle to control a crayon or pencil, toddlers can easily manage their grip on a stamp.

Your toddler simply presses the stamp on the ink pad, then presses the stamp on paper.

The activity requires less coordination than coloring between the lines or even writing alphabet letters with a pencil.  Ink is sold in numerous, non-toxic, washable colors.  Ink pads are also sold in jumbo-size cases making them even more accessible for toddlers to find with a stamp.

The jumbo-sized ink pads and easy-grip stamps support your toddler’s capability to complete the activity independently.