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Always Watching: Behaviors You May Not Realize You Are Modeling for Your Child

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Parents have the most influence on their kids and act as their main teachers. Whatever attitudes and behaviors you exhibit, your child will notice and start to pick up on them. Many parents know this and try to set a good example for their kids. Other parents are completely oblivious and aren't exactly thinking about modeling example behavior. From your choice of words to how you deal with stressful situations, here are some behaviors your kids are picking up from you.
Physical Activity Your kids are bound to pick up on whatever level of physical activity you exhibit. Parents who care about staying physically active and fit will model the importance of physical activity. Their kids may take an interest in sports or outdoor activities, and their parents will support them. Kids of parents who lounge around the living room aren't likely to have much of an interest or see much of an importance in physical activity. Typically, people who are physically inactive are overweight. Par…

What to Know About Hiring Exotic Animals for Your Child's Birthday Party

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It can be a challenge to come up with fun birthday ideas as your children get older. If you have a child who loves animals, reptiles, snakes, and bugs, then it might be a good idea to have exotic animals at their party. This can provide an entertaining activity for all of the kids to partake in. Before you put a deposit down on a local show, let’s talk a bit about what you should know about hiring exotic animals for your child’s birthday party.

Make Sure to Hire a Reputable Show It's best to hire professional exotic animal educators rather than having a friend stop by with a few of their pets. You want to have a professional on hand who knows what to do when many people are around the animals. Hiring an amateur with poorly trained animals can result in accidents, like bites. This is the last thing you want to occur at a birthday party for children. Look for reviews from past customers, and ask about the animal handler's experience.

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3 Major Social Skills Parents Must Teach Their Kids

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There are so many different things that children must be taught as they grow up. We teach them how to walk, talk, use the bathroom, feed themselves, and read. There are some other life skills that we need to focus on as well that will ensure our kids have the social skills necessary to be successful and to have friends throughout their lives. Here are three major social skills that parents must teach their kids.

Don't Fear Rejection Sometimes you meet someone, and you hit it off right away. There are other times when you talk a bit with someone, only to find that you really aren’t hitting it off with that person. You don’t want to fear rejection and not talk to someone in the first place, so teach your children that it’s ok not to get along with everyone. The important thing is that you take that leap and introduce yourself to someone in the first place.

What Not to Say There will be times when your child sees someone out in public who is different from him or her. There may be a…

How Can I Help My Child Be Safe on a Bicycle?

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Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for many children. Before your child takes off, you need to equip them with the knowledge and tools to keep them safe. Here are three primary ways that you can help your child to be safe on a bicycle.
Make Helmets MandatoryA properly fitting bike helmet is literally a lifesaver. Helmets protect the head in the event of falls, absorbing the force of the impact and shielding the brain. This protection is especially important for young children with brains that are still developing. Wearing a helmet at all times while on a bike is a black and white issue. As a parent, you must show no room for negotiation on this rule. This means that you need to model safe behavior by also wearing a helmet. If you have a bad crash while wearing the helmet, you will need to replace the unit.
Use the Sidewalk When Possible Sidewalks are there to be used. Using a sidewalk instead of the road can drastically reduce the risks your child faces when on a bike. In…

How to Choose the Perfect Swimsuit for Your Little Girl

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Girls have a ton of options when it comes to what type of bathing suit to wear. How do you choose
the perfect one? How much should your daughter be involved in choosing since she is the one
wearing it? Knowing what approach to take when buying a swimsuit for your little girl will make the
process more efficient and will ensure that she ends up with just the right one. Let Her ChooseEveryone wants to have a choice about what she wears, no matter how old or young. That’s why it’s
important to let a girl choose her own bathing suit, even if it’s not the style that mom might choose for
her. This teaches girls that they have control over what they put on their bodies. Parents are also less
likely to receive complaints about the swimsuit later if a girl chooses one instead of being assigned a
specific suit.
Parents can offer guidance and tips for how to make a good choice, but the decision of which bathing
suit to wear should ultimately be the child’s. Give kids ownership and responsibility o…

3 Fun Party Ideas for 3 Different Age Groups

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Throwing a birthday party for your children in many ways has turned into an anxiety-inducing undertaking. With so much to consider, such as cleaning, costs, and entertainment needs, it's no wonder that so many parents are opting to throw themed parties in unique environments instead of at home. Here are three fun party ideas and who they work best for!
Fun in the Sun If you love the outdoors and aren't afraid to get your hands dirty, consider holding the party outside. Outdoor parties can take place at a park, lake, farm or just about any venue. You can incorporate activities like bubble blowing, swimming, building sandcastles, blow-up games, and more. These parties work great for all ages, but especially for toddlers. Outdoor playtime is a great way for children to get exercise, develop creativity and improve gross motor skills. Plus, cleanup is easy when you can dispose of garbage in the dumpsters in the parking lot or simply sweep leftover crumbs onto the grass.
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How to Find the Perfect Sport for Your Child

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The benefits kids learn from playing sports go far beyond learning how to be a winner. Participation in sports teaches teamwork, healthy living, ways to improve weaknesses, and, yes, how to have fun in life. To maximize these benefits, a kid's time spent on sports should be an almost entirely positive experience. Parents must guide young ones through a life of sports the correct way.
Identify and Encourage Interest  Parents have their favorite sports. Someone who grew up playing baseball usually feels an inclination to guide a child to step onto the diamond. There's nothing wrong with trying to encourage a child to play a sport. Problems arise, however, when a parent tries to force a choice on a youngster. Nothing will poison a young person's mind worse than forcing them to take part in a sport they don't like.

Parents must remain open-minded about what the young one wants. Look closely to see what activities interest him/her. Then, provide the necessary encouragement…