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Quiet Time For Parents

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Quiet Time For Parents

OK, so that title sounds like a pipe dream for a lot of parents. You're probably busy taking care of your children all day, and if they're too small for school you don't get that break. But there are still ways to get some quiet time.

One way is to have your spouse take the kids for a day. If your spouse works outside the home while you stay home with the kids, that doesn't mean you deserve a seven day workweek every week. Come to an agreement about when you can have time for yourself. The amount and frequency will of necessity depend on the hours your spouse works. If your spouse or significant other is working two jobs to keep you home with the kids, you can't expect him to give up his one day off too often so you can go relax. Keep it fair to both of you.

If that simply cannot work for you, no matter the reason, try making arrangements with a friend. Trade babysitting in the middle of the day if you're both at home. The kids will get to play with each other, and you'll get a break without spending money on a sitter. Make sure you do the same for your friend. You may also be able to make arrangements with family members.

Another option is to take time after the kids are all in bed and asleep. Even a half hour soaking in a bubble bath can work wonders for frayed nerves. Set up your bath in whatever way you find to be most relaxing - candles, music, books, etc.

Sometimes, of course, the need for time for yourself will hit in the middle of the day when no one is available to help. What you do then will depend on the age of your children.

If you have an infant, there just isn't too much you can do. If they've been crying enough to get to you, you may have to walk out of the room for a few minutes, but make sure the room is a safe one first and do not go far. Take a few deep breaths and relax.

If you find that isn't working, it may be time for a change of scenery with your infant. Go for a walk, sit in the back yard, just get out of the house for a while. You may not even have to drive to find a better place to enjoy your infant. Just remember, they are infants for a short time only, and while it may be dragging now, it will later seem to have flown by. Enjoy it as best you can.

As children become toddlers, it becomes more difficult in some ways to get quiet time when you just need a break. You have to create a much safer area for them to play and ensure they stay there. For some children, their bedroom is simply ideal for this situation. A childproofed bedroom with some special toys can keep a toddler busy for some time.

Older children, can, of course, be sent outside to play when you need a break, weather permitting. It's not only a good breather for you as a parent, it gets them away from the TV and video games and into some exercise. How much you need to supervise them will of course depend on their ages and your comfort level.

It may not take a huge break from your children to make you feel much better and more relaxed. If the stress of parenting is getting to you, take some time for yourself, get relaxed and think about why you are getting stressed. You might just come up with a solution for your family.
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BONUS : Raising A Healthy And Fit Child

It’s alarming to read the headlines of the newspaper and think parents today might be outliving their children. The rise in childhood obesity has increased the incidence and prevalence of medical conditions in children, in the past that had been rare. More frequently, cases of obesity related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension are being treated in children. These diseases were once thought of as adult conditions.

The two most important things a parent can do to prevent childhood disease is to develop a family lifestyle of healthy eating habits and being physically active.

The exercise goal for children is to teach children the importance of movement. Don’t allow them to sit for prolonged periods of time in front of the computer, TV, or electronic games. Have them go outside to play or ride their bike.

As a child I liked to play with my Barbie dolls. I could spend hours in my bedroom, very quietly playing. I remember my mom used to call me and tell me to go outside and play. It didn’t matter if it was cold or hot outside. She just wanted me to get fresh air and exercise.

Exercise should be fun and non-competitive for children. If your child is currently not doing any form of movement, have him/her start off slowly and easily so he/she doesn’t get too tired and frustrated with feeling out-of-shape. If the child experiences fun and success in exercise activity, it will keep the child going.

Scientists have discovered something called a “thrift gene.” People who have this genetic profile are more likely to develop obesity and even worse, Type II diabetes – if they live in an environment that promotes a sedentary lifestyle combined with an overabundance of food. Genetics may be a factor, but sedentary lifestyle is becoming more prevalent in today’s children.

Move it or lose it. Studies of the effects of prolonged bed rest or weightlessness in astronauts have taught us that by not carrying our weight around, we lose muscle tissue. Just as a leg gets thinner when it’s put in a cast, so our muscles get smaller if we aren’t active.

The window of opportunity to learn and integrate new skills is much greater in the brains of children than adults. Muscles depend on the brain, too. Waiting until your child is an adult to use muscles is a far greater challenge than putting them to work during their young adolescent years. Listed below are a few ideas and strategies to get your child active and keep moving.

• Be creative in finding playful exercises for children both indoors and outdoors.
• Make fun choices for the family to be active together.
• When your child first gets home from school, allow him/her to play now and work on homework later.
• Exercise keeps dieting children healthy.
• Exercise is healthy for children with stress and depression, it builds their self-confidence.
• Strength training for kids includes organized sports and playful activities like climbing trees, monkey bars or swings, skipping rope or hop-scotch, gymnastics, dancing, martial arts, etc.

Remember that exercise and physical activity should be considered a fun activity where the entire family participates. Active parents breed active children. Parents, don’t blame your child for being inactive if you aren’t being a fit role model for them. For motivation, information and tips on exercise, go to

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