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How to Keep Your Child's Brain Happy and Healthy

How to Keep Your Child's Brain Happy and Healthy

From the moment your child is born, protecting them is your top priority. A big part of protecting your baby is making sure that their brain is cared for properly. There are things you can do to make sure your child's brain is happy and healthy and stays that way as they grow up. Here’s everything you should know about keeping your child’s brain happy and healthy. 

Choose Brain Food

What kids eat matters. Though companies market processed food as convenient and fast, it's not good for brain development. That's why you need to introduce foods that are known for helping children with brain development. This will give your child an early boost. Once your child is old enough, introduce fish, eggs and leafy greens, which are known to aid in brain development, into his or her diet. Add berries and nuts, and don't be afraid to use a supplement that contains omega-3s to further enrich brain development.

Pad the Corners

It's important to pad the corners in your house to make sure falls don't result in major brain injury. When your child is first learning to walk, he or she may not be very steady on his or her feet. Even after they grow, it's possible for kids to trip and land right on the sharp edge of a table or an entertainment center. Padding corners and leaving the pads in place is essential when it comes to protecting a child's brain. Traumatic brain injuries can cause serious problems later in life. It's true that we can't wrap our kids in Bubble Wrap and protect them from everything, but padding corners in the home is an easy way to keep them safe.

Wear Protective Gear

No matter how innocuous you believe an activity to be, if your child is riding on something with wheels, then he or she needs to wear protective gear. Helmets are specifically made to fit little heads, which offers a layer of protection in case of a fall. Bike riding, scootering or anything else that involves a child balancing on wheels requires a helmet for safety. Even when a child has mastered a skill, he or she still needs to wear a helmet in case of an accident. This small protective measure can make a difference if it keeps a child's head from coming into contact with concrete. 

Take steps to protect your child's brain from the very beginning of their life, and don't stop as they age. Brain injuries are dangerous and can leave a child with lifelong struggles.

Reading is another great way to boost your child’s healthy brain development. Create a customized story today and give your child a personalized reading experience. 

Why Offline Family Time Is Best

Why Offline Family Time Is Best

Family time once included playing board games on a Saturday night and spending time walking and running outside. With the proliferation of TV and phone screens, the frequency of these types of family activities has decreased dramatically and with terrible consequences. While your kids’ future job prospects include technology skills, they also include other attributes that don’t get as much play in our modern world. The people who stand the best chance in the future will combine screen and personal skills. Here’s how you can help your kids in this regard and why you should.

Prevents Screen Addiction

We live in a media-driven culture, which has created screen addiction in some people, including kids. It’s a serious problem. Screen addiction can put children in danger later in life, especially when they learn how to drive. Statistics show that screen-addicted drivers only pay attention to the road a little over 70% of the time. Spending time with your kids minus phone screens develops deeper bonds with them and lessens their likelihood of developing a dangerous screen addiction later on.

Teaches Children to Use Their Imagination

It was none other than Albert Einstein who proclaimed the importance of imagination. He ranked the ability to imagine purple dragons and flying carpets higher than he ranked intelligence. That should give us a clue about how important imagination is. Too much screen time robs kids of the opportunity to develop their imagination. Doing creative activities with family members develops problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Less screen time and more time with family and friends also teaches kids how to interact with others, a skill that they’ll need once they join the job force.

Encourages Kids to Spend Time Outside

Playing outside has significant mental health benefits. It also reduces the amount of stress a person feels, helps to develop concentration and plays a role in the development of self-esteem. By playing outside with your kids, you reduce their risk of developing self-esteem and mental health issues. As a byproduct of this, you give them additional reasons to put their phones down and pay attention to what is going on around them.

Screen addiction has become a real problem today. With the proliferation of 24-hour cable, video games, and smartphones, kids are among the most addicted. You can alleviate this issue by limiting your kids’ screen time. In the process, you’ll develop strong ties between yourself and your children, which will benefit them significantly in the long run.

Reading with your children is a great screen-free way to spend time with them. Make a personalized story for them today!

Should You Let Your Child Walk to School Alone?

Should You Let Your Child Walk to School Alone?

If you live in close proximity to your child’s school, you might have the option of having them either take the bus or walk to school. It’s an easy decision to make if you live within eyesight of the school, but a longer distance that requires your child to walk a few blocks might give you cause for concern. While it’s great to teach your child about stranger danger and how to properly cross the street, there may still be some dangers that lurk with this situation. There are also some pros and cons to consider.

CON: They Might Get Lost

If you live many blocks away from school with a few different turns here and there, your child might end up getting lost. This risk gets higher the further you are away from the school. You can prevent this from occurring by having your child run through the route with you a number of times until they are comfortable with it.

PRO: It Builds Independence

If your child has to learn a route, walk to school by themselves and keep an eye out for danger as they go along, this is a great way for them to develop independence. They will learn how to react safely in a number of different scenarios. Allowing your child to be independent in walking home could help them to be confident in being independent in other aspects of his or her life. 

CON: It's Dangerous

Walking from place to place can be an issue for both children and adults. With vehicles, people on bikes and other people on foot in the area, there is a danger you’re your child could get hit by a car, hit by a bike, harmed by a person, etc. Pedestrian injury is the second-leading cause of accidental death among children ages 5 to 14 in the United States. If your child is old enough to walk to school and understand these dangers, have long talks about what they should do in certain scenarios. Teach them the dangers of the world and stranger danger.

PRO: You'll Learn Not to Be a Helicopter Parent

Being a helicopter parent means that you are always watching what your child is doing. As a parent, you want to keep your child out of harm’s way, but it's also important to make sure that they can learn to be safe on their own. Constantly hovering over them will only make them dependent on you. Allowing for some independence will help teach your child, and it also teaches you how to let your child learn for themselves.

Before you let your child walk to school each day, the best thing you can do is to prepare them for what will come. If your child is prepared for different kinds of situations that could compromise his or her safety, accidents are less likely to occur. 

If you want to teach your child about safety, reading our book, Where in the World?, is a great place to get started!