Health Tips For the Family

The team at Blossoms Healthcare involved me in a new project to share health tips for the travellers.

As you travel with your little ones, we can not prevent them from interacting with other people. Contact with others is one way to get infected with strange viral diseases like the reported MERS-Cov or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or even the usual flu. It is highly important that we know good hygiene practices to prevent getting infected.

Here are some good practices that we all need to learn especially while travelling:

Wash hands frequently. It is no longer enough to just wash hands before meals, hand washing should be a habit. You should wash your hands right after sneezes, coughs or from bathroom trips.

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Use single use tissues for wiping your nose. Don’t re-use tissues.

Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery.Virus can spread through saliva.

 

For us moms, here are some additional reminders as well:

Make sure the room has enough ventilation.

Consider bringing hand sanizters for emergency use.

If any member of your family is sick, please ensure that that person stays home. Cancel or post travels during this period.

Make sure vaccinations of your family members are updated.

If you suspect symptoms outside of the usual, don’t hesistate to go to medical centers, clinics or hospital to ensure proper care and medication is given.

 

As they say, prevention is better than cure. We should be vigilant for our own protection and well-being.

 

Graduation Gifts

Graduation day is an important milestone for the family. It celebrates the journey that has been and arrival at the final destination. It marks the end of a chapter and signifies a new beginning. Graduation days are special to the graduate but moreso, it is extra special to the parents of the graduate. With all the sacrifices that every parernt goes through, graduation is fulfilling moment for them too.

On this special day, I believe that the graduate should give gifts to their parents as a sign of gratitude and appreciate for all the sacrifices of their parents. Here are some possible gifts that you can buy from Lazada Philippines.

Emporio Armani’s Men Watch for your dad would be a gift he will cherish through the years.

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For your mom, an Imarflex 2-in-1 Juice Extractor and Ice Shaver would be a great gift for the summer and for her healthy living.

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For the graduate, an ideal gift would be a smart phone like Sony Xperia Z1!

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These gifts would really mean a lot. Being thoughtful in such a special moment would bring wonderful results to your family’s relationship.

 

Being Sociable is Good for Your Health

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It is often thought that being more social in your day to day life could be beneficial to your health. Gala Bingo believes that regular socialising and having fun with your friends can have a positive impact on your health and can even help you to live longer. This idea is supported by many scientists who have seen similar benefits arise in some baboons due to social interactions. The Guardian have investigated this further and have saw that baboons who live in ‘close-knit’ social groups tend to be healthier and have longer-lived children than those baboons who live a more isolated life. Social elements such as group-living may have also directly drove the evolution of bigger brains in humans.

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Maintain Friendships

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There are various ways in which to improve your social life such as simply catching up with some of your old friends. Meeting people face to face is probably the best way to develop a closer bond between the two of you, however just chatting online or over the phone can help to make your social life more thriving.

 

 

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Family Members

Family relationships are very important and developing a close bond between yourself and your family can really benefit your Family_Portrait_-300x199outlook on life as well as stabilising a healthy and happy social life. Make sure to visit your relatives, whether that be your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins or siblings. Your family members are the most likely people to stick by you no matter what, so appreciate and cherish them.

 

Plan Occasions

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It can be hard to keep in touch with friends, life just seems to get in the way and we drift apart from those we once were so close to. In order to avoid this, plan regular outings with your friends like a trip to the cinema or to the pub for a few drinks. If you want to try something different, fun activities such as bingo can really bring friends together. Why not plan a bingo night at your local Gala Club? Find your nearest club here.

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New Friends

favim-com-29766Meeting new people is a great way to make new friends. It can be difficult at first but by trying new things or joining a new club for instance, will let you open yourself up to the possibility of making new friends. Whether you want to improve your social life via bingo, phone calls, Facebook chat, meetings or even a visit to the zoo, a healthy, thriving social life may guarantee a longer and more fulfilling life.

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Help! My Child Is Not Interested in Music!

If your child is a music enthusiast and you might be looking for a cheap saxophone, keyboard or guitar right now, my only piece of advise is before you buy your child a new instrument, give him the opportunity to try it out first so you wouldn’t be heart broken when your child loses interest on that new piece of instrument that you just bought! I have my own share of heartbreak when I bought my son a guitar and after a few weeks, he hardly touches it anymore. Good thing I only bought him a cheap guitar.

It is actually one of my struggles right now how to teach him music lessons when he seems to be not interested much at all. Do you have any personal experiences on this kind of situation? Share with me how you were able to help your child learn about music even if he is not musically inclined.

 

 

3 Activities to Develop your Child’s Social Skills

 

Let’s face it, some children can walk into a room and find a new friend in seconds. Other children kids freeze in fear when facing new social situations. I have one child in each category, and I have to parent each differently. Children’s social skills come with practice, but each child tends to learn in different ways. Getting kids involved in activities can help them gain confidence necessary for long-term success.

Parents tend to fall somewhere on a continuum between those who overload their children with activities, and those who crave simplicity. You know your children, your schedule, and everybody’s limitations. Here are three types of activities worth considering for their social development:

1. Learning an instrument.

I am a big believer in bands. Kids learn to work in a team to make beautiful music. Yes, it doesn’t start off very beautiful, but they’ll get there in a few years. Each player has a part, and children have a chance to gain communication skills and responsibility. Experts recommend playing to a child’s strength when selecting an instrument.

Trumpets and flutes often have the main melody, so an outgoing person does well. Trombones and clarinets often play a supporting role, so a shier child may be more comfortable. Energetic little ones will love the physical aspect of kids’ drums like the ones available at West Music. Pensive children may connect with the intricacies of the piano or keyboards, available through Yamaha and Casio.

Band also is a great equalizer: everybody starts out knowing pretty much the same amount of nothing. Each musician’s success depends on how much he or she is willing to practice. Those who gain status in the group do so by hard work, not raw talent.

2. Join a sports team

Getting the energy out in children’s busy little bodies is incredibly important. Picking the right sports team and the right sport is equally important. Experimenting and doing research pays off.

Rather than just signing up for a sport, let your child try it out. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) can give you ideas.

Swim programs are great because they often combine swimming safety with competition and team building.

Soccer is a perennial favorite. My son absolutely loves to kick that ball and chase that ball around.

Part of developing social skills is the ability to recognize your comfort zone. As with all activities, chose them based on your child’s strengths. Forcing them into an activity means you will be trading off social skill development for discipline lessons.

Research the type of team your child is considering joining. Is it a church basketball league with an emphasis on sportsmanship or a for-profit program with an emphasis on competition? Both have their advantages, but each will teach a different type of social skills.

Also, the older your children are and the more advanced they become, the more likely they will be asked to try out for a traveling or year-round team. These organizations offer terrific opportunities, including training for college scholarships, but they also can be hard on the mind and body. Keep a clear vision of your child’s goals and needs, as well as your pocketbook. Traveling gets expensive quick, but if you want the commitment, the rewards are massive. Children end up spending lots of quality time with adults interested in their development, as well as other young athletes committed to the same goals.

3. Scouting

Hands down, the most popular social development and confidence building programs are Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. By selling Girl Scout cookies, your child learns how to speak to adults from all walks of life and request money for a product. That skill is priceless.

Furthermore, the troops can spur lifelong bonds and connections.

Scouting places kids in the great outdoors. Nothing builds a sense of togetherness like collaborating to pitch a tent up or start a fire in the rain. Badges are rewards that require great effort at a low financial cost. While working with one another to achieve the goals, the kids learn basic first aid, digital photography, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking, orienteering, wilderness survival, and on and on.

The previously mentioned activities create opportunity for service, which allows kids to think about people outside their own families and peer groups. By practicing service while they are young, children see themselves as empowered to make a difference in the world.

So what activities have enabled your children to build confidence and social skills? Let me know in the comment section below!