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About becoming a mother and all the joy, love, sweat, tears and stresses that comes along with the job called "Mother".

Updated: 2018-04-10T20:03:21.180+08:00


Helping Your Children Develop Healthy Dental Habits


One of the most important things that a parent can do is to set their children up with good habits and a firm foundation of strong health. All parents know how important it is to make sure their kids have good, nutritious food, enough restful sleep, and regular checkups with a doctor. However, it is just as important for children to take care of their teeth. In fact, dental health affects all sorts of future health issues, making it especially crucial that your kids are in good shape.

First of all, make sure that you have a dentist that you trust and rely on. Your children should start seeing their dentist by one year of age. It also helps to have a dentist that is familiar with your kids in case of an emergency, especially during those busy and clumsy toddler years. Find a local dentist you can help you when you really need it. For example, if you need Charlotte emergency dentist, reach out to an established provider like Charlotte Dental Partners for your whole family.

Every day, practice a routine that takes care of your kids' teeth and sets them up for a lifetime of good dental habits. Choose a toothbrush that is the right size and shape for your child's mouth. Also, use dental floss or a hand-held, single-use floss holder that will fit your kids' smaller teeth. Let your kids feel like they are part of the process by allowing them to pick their own toothbrush and toothpaste. This way they will feel like they are part of the process and care more about the outcome.

Make brushing and flossing more fun by incorporating songs and stories. There are a number of kids' TV shows that talk about the importance of taking care of your teeth, so let your children's favorite characters help make brushing fun. Singing the same song every morning and night while brushing is good for two reasons. First, it makes the experience more fun. Second, it makes sure that your kids are brushing long enough to have a good effect. Pick a fun song that lasts about two minutes.

Taking care of your teeth is a crucial part of everyday hygiene. While teaching your kids the importance of taking care of their teeth, make sure you lead by example and take care of your own.   (image)

How to get your toddler to accept the new baby


The bun is in the oven..... again. You are expecting number 2 and will soon be a mother of 2. Will you have enough space in your heart to love another child? How can you get  your toddler to accept the new baby? These are questions that often race through the thoughts of a mother when she is expecting her second child.

Quite often, I get these question from mothers "Will I love my second child as much as my first child?" I always tell them that the more the merrier. The more children you have, the more chance you will have of receiving unconditional love, for that is the kind of love that children give. Unconditional love.

The more children you have, the more love you have to go around your house. Eventually they always come back to me and say "I never knew I had it in me to love another." It happens all the time. As a mother, you have the capacity to love as many children as you have.

However, what about your toddler? Will your toddler accept the new baby?

The key to acceptance is involvement. Involve your toddler every step of the way. Here are some ways you can involve your toddler in welcoming the new baby to your house.
  • Bring your toddler along to doctor visits
  • Show your toddler scans of the baby and explain to them where the head, hands etc are
  • Let your toddler feel your bulging tummy and talk to baby
  • Say "our" baby and "your" new brother or sister whenever referring to the baby
  • If possible, bring toddler along to the hospital to take baby home
My toddler accepted her newborn baby brother with ease with her complete involvement every step of the way. We didn't have anyone to watch her while we were at hospital during the delivery, so we brought her along. She was there to see baby as soon as he was cleaned. She slept on a sleeping bag together with daddy in the hospital room while mummy was breastfeeding baby. All the nurses thought she was adorable, this little girl in pink who didn't mind sleeping on the sleeping bag. We had wanted a bigger room but it was unavailable so we had to make do with a sleeping bag and she thought it was rather fun to camp out. 

When we went home, our toddler went home along with us together with the newborn. We had our new extended family. Our toddler did not have to be separated from us during the process. She did not have to be taken care of by grandparents or aunts and wait anxiously at home for the newcomer to take over her position on the pedestal. She was part of it all. 

I can't repeat it often enough. The most important way to help your toddler accept the baby is to involve her every step of the way, whenever practical. Good luck and congratulations on your new extended family.


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Toddlers can play online games too. This post shows you some parent approved sites for toddlers to play games online. Toddlers and ComputersIs a toddler too young to use a computer? I don't think so. Not with proper GUIDANCE. The keyword here is guidance. With proper parental guidance, toddlers can use, play, have fun and learn using the computer. They can also learn hand-eye coordination from online toddler games.Here are a list of sites with suitable online toddler games my kids used to enjoy.Online Toddler Educational gamesDid you know that Fisher Price has a dedicated page for Online Toddler Educational Games.Apart from Toddler Games you can find Infant Games and Preschool Games too.Remember, for young children playing games online, it is advisable that parents and guardians sit and play with them. Your child can get the best benefit that way while having fun with you! Up To Ten Games for KidsThe site lists the games for kids aged 6 to 10. However, I find some of the kids easy enough for younger children. Here is the index to the free kids games on Up To Ten Games Galore. There is a great number of games here and new games are added every month. The games are categorized according to labels such as "Coordination Games", "Racing Games", "Puzzles" and "Mixed Bag". Everybody Loves Elmo!My kids learned the alphabet playing around with Elmo's Keyboard-O-Rama. They also enjoyed Magical Numbers with Mumford the Magician, creating a beautiful garden while playing Snuffy's Magic Garden and dancing along with Zoe while playing Zoe's Dance Moves.Besides these, there are many more toddler suitable games on Sesame Street which teaches a toddler all about numbers, shapes, familiar songs, potty training, feelings, health and safety and much more. Excellent site for toddlers. The games are organised alphabetically, according to subject matter as well as themes or favourite Sesame Street character for easy searching. PBS Kids Character GamesPBS Kids has many wonderful characters which toddler loves. This link leads you to the Find It or Search box for PBS Kids. Children or parents can easily browse for kids favourite PBS Kids Characters by clicking on a picture of the character. You can choose from Angelina Ballerina, The Cat in the Hat (in association with Dr Seuss, Mr Roger's Neighbourhood, Make Way for Noddy, Jay Jay the Jet Plane and much more.You can also search games by topics if you prefer. The icons are very easy for kids or parents to navigate about.My kids' favourites are Barney and Friends and Clifford the Big Red Dog which I will give special attention to below.Play Barney GamesBarney and Friends. My kids love them. They learned to pick up their toys and brush their teeth, learned to say their please and thank yous, as well as learned about their feelings and manners and many more with Barney the good old purple Dinosaur.This link takes you to the Barney's Games Index however the site is not limited to games. Toddlers can also enjoy storytime, songs and color with Barney.Barney fans will enjoy this: Barney: Learning Pack (Six-Disc Set)Clifford the Big Red DogEmily Elizabeth loved Clifford, her Big Red Dog and so did my kids. Here is the index to all Clifford the Big Red Dog games. Of course you can also play with Cleo and T-Bone Games as well as other Clifford the Big Red Dog characters.My kids particularly enjoyed Clifford's Kisses and Which Clifford.Clifford's fans will enjoy Clifford's Really Big MovieBBC - CBeeBies Character GamesI have mentioned this site for my Educational Sites for Children Lens which include many sites for older children. However, for younger children, I would certainly recommend these BBC Character online games.1. Bob The Builder Games2. Teletubbies Games3. Number Jack's Games4. Postman Pat Games5. Pingu GamesFungoomsGames for preschoolers, toddlers and babiesYes, even babies will be attracted to this free online games for babies, toddlers and preschoolers site. This site is just nice for children just learning to use a computer mou[...]