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September 23rd, 2008 — Children
Studies show that more than adults, children are highly vulnerable to chemicals used in foods. They tend to absorb higher ratios then adults because they are inclined to eat more in ratio of their body weight. Children are usually picky about what they will eat and favor some foods over others which results in a higher level of accumulation of one particular type of pesticide. They bear the full brunt of its harmful effects in the absence of fully developed detoxification system the chemicals keep collecting in their little bodies. It is argued that the main cause of pesticide related cancer is the toxins accumulated during childhood.
There is no denying the superiority of organically grown food over conventionally grown. It does not only taste much better but it’s also best for the environment and our health. Parents are becoming more aware of the benefits of organic products vs. synthetic and since they want what’s best for their children, and have started turning towards the former. Food children prefer like peanut butter and ketchup has also starting to be made organically by some manufacturers.
It’s not only food habits that have changed. Products like shampoos and soaps used by children have also started coming with 100% organic labels. These products are used regularly and are absorbed by the skin in some cases. If made with harsh chemicals they can wreak havoc with a child’s sensitive hair and skin.
Parents must ensure that not only should they feed their children organic, but also teach them its importance so they can make healthy choices.
August 5th, 2008 — Children
In Los Angeles, the efforts of California summer camps are geared towards making familiar kids and teens with academic models and curriculum. Their main area of focus is on developing various skills like language skills and skills in computer. Children are trained in some of the areas of technology. They are provided the environment of fun and enjoy at the camp.
If we talk about summer camps in California, Los Angeles are worth mentioning for their contribution to education. They are bets for those students who are above average at the schools and have some language problems. These camps can help them to improve upon their weak performance and can acquire competencies in languages. Apart from this, they also provide outdoor activities and opportunities meet with the native tribes of North America.
July 29th, 2008 — Children
Look around you and you will see that many advertisements today are centered on children. Increasingly, children are becoming the decision makers in the household, deciding which toothpaste is to be bought, which breakfast cereal is the best and so on. For today’s parents, their child is the center of the world. There are many reasons for that; the main being that today’s couples are mostly working-couple and so, have enough money to pamper their little tykes. Furthermore, large families are also becoming rare, especially in the urban regions, so parents are providing more for their progenies. It is not that they are spending only on education; every little detail of the child’s life is carefully planned out by the parents nowadays. Again, it is not just the parents who are spending money on child-oriented things; Baby boomers who have now retired with good income too are coming up as Santa Claus-like grandparents to their grandchildren.
It is estimated that they spend an average of $2,000 per month on them and the amount, quite naturally, goes up during the holidays. Hence, child toy-shop franchises love targeting this group. It’s no wonder that niche franchises like Educational Outfitters are finding favor with them. Then there are the supplementary education franchises such as College Nannies and Tutors, Computer Tots, The Tutoring Club, etc. Recent survey has showed how badly American children were lagging behind in science and technology in school level, compared to other industrialized nations. That forced the government to bring the “No Child Left Behind” Act in 2002, which opened up the market for such franchises even more. It allowed government funding to be used by deserving candidates to get supplementary educational needs.
Today’s parent make sure that “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” does not happen to their children. That is why franchises offering drawing and after-school activities are seeing a boost in their market. Since today’s generation remains glued to TV and computer, surveys show that one out of five children are overweight and some morbidly obese. Such unhealthy lifestyle is not a good thing and parents seek out centers that offer the scope of performing vigorous physical activities. Such franchises not only help the children to stay fit, but they are also place for parent-child bonding, since most of them insist on parents joining in. JW Tumblers, Bounce U, The Fun Bus are a few such franchising concepts. Birthday parties are big issue for any child, so there are also franchises like Party Time Palace that help parents organize a great party without the hassles associated with it. In conclusion, it can be truly said that child-related franchises were “hot in the start, prosperous now and promising in the future”!
July 24th, 2008 — Children
September is a dreaded month for the student community in the United States as Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) starts in this month. This is one test that will change their future forever as SAT scores are the keys to unlock the doors of colleges. The way student population is increasing; soon there won’t be enough college seats to accommodate them. Hence, only the best will be selected. This means, outside the school, the student community will need additional guidance in order to crack the SATs. Hence, the growth potentiality of tutoring service franchises within the broader Child Education category is huge. Already in 2004-05, the profit level rose by 6% and will further go up this year.
Now is the time for tutoring services as more SAT examinations will be held in the coming months and school year comes to a close in June. Everybody wants to do well in the exams and the schools sometime fail to provide that extra something needed to get into premium colleges. So, parents are hiring private tutors to help their children pass SAT/ACT with flying colors. The demand for tuitions is also high for students in schools; with increasing pressure of studies, they are in need of further help for doing their homework and project works properly. Another reason why tutoring franchises are having a great time is because people are more aware of the learning disability among their children and want outside help to overcome this barrier. These children need individual care and attention according to their needs that, sadly, sometimes a public school fails to provide. Tutoring services offer that and helps them to stay at par with their classmates.
The 2002 act called “No Child Left Behind” is aimed at increasing the test score of school children. By this act, government funding can be used for private tuitions of students who have failed to make yearly progress for consecutive three years. That has given another boost to the tutoring service franchises as more and more government sponsored students has started looking outside the school for help. Another reason why this segment of Child Education Category is hot because today’s parents are more educated and financially well-off than before and know the importance of good education. So, they are ready to spend extra money to see their children go to Ivy League schools.
If you are interested in this booming franchising field and want to know more, contact the brandEXPANSION associates.
July 20th, 2008 — Children
Car Seats for Babies
Perhaps the most valuable investment you can make for your child’s safety is the proper car seat. Yet, in 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that, according to a multi-year study, misuse occurred in 79.5 percent of the child safety seats inspected. By failing to properly use the safety restraints, the study reports, many parents unknowingly put their child in peril. Many people, in the study, allowed the harness straps and safety belt attachments to be too loose. The same study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls these types of misuses of safety seats the most ‘critical,’ because the possibility for injury is so great.
Keep in mind three things as you pick out a car safety seat: your child’s age, weight, and the position of the seat. Many parents put their child in rear-facing car seats, but this should only be done if the child is less than one year old and smaller than twenty pounds. These types of seats are designed especially for babies; they are a snug fit and small and portable. As with all child safety restraints, infant car seats should always be placed in the back seat and only in the rear-facing position.
Many parents do not see the purpose of an infant-only seat, choosing instead to go with a more flexible convertible seat. Frequently more bulky, these car seats are heavier to make room to hold your growing baby. Place children in a rear-facing position in the convertible seat if they weigh less than 20 pounds or under one year of age. Convertible seats can then be put in a forward-facing position once the child reaches the age or weight requirement, until they reach a maximum weight of 40 pounds. It doesn’t matter which seat you choose for the child; what does matter is that you use it correctly. Two tools to help in this are the vehicle owner guide and the seat manufacturer guide. There are two sets of buckles to worry about: those that put the baby into place, and those that do the same for the car seat. The harness straps should be firm-fitting around the baby’s chest and it is important that you slip it into the right slot. If strapping the harness into a slot position in a convertible, the appropriate slots are above or at the shoulder; if using an infant car seat, the appropriate place is below. Always check the owner’s manual for proper placement, but the harness clip should be at armpit level and the straps should not be twisted.
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The path of the safety belt depends upon the position you have it in, so make sure your path is correct, and tilt your seat back at about a 45 degree angle. A rolled towel under the base helps secure the seat into position. After installing the towel, tighten the safety belt. For any car that has LATCH systems, the owner must take note of that and make sure their seat is installed the way their car seat guide and vehicle ownership guide detail. Other important facts to keep in mind are the general seat age and condition. If buying a used seat, keep in mind that it should not be over five years old and must come with the seat buyer’s guide. If you suspect your seat has been in an accident or is missing parts, it is better to be safe than sorry and do not buy it.
July 18th, 2008 — Children
There’s no doubt it’s a child-centric world whether a family has one child or four. With both parents working, the children are being looked after very well in every department. They are being given private tutoring on a regular basis and often being taken to different fun-filled places to celebrate various occasions. Even their hobbies and extra curricular activities are encouraged by the parents. That is why child-oriented franchise concepts are witnessing an increase in the number of franchise business for sale offers.
These franchise opportunities are quite diverse in nature, starting from gyms for babies to coaching classes for children with learning disabilities. Many of them like College Nannies and Tutors are home-based low cost franchises attracting many people. If we explore the category, we can also come across franchise opportunities that are aimed at parents who want their children to have a great future and career. The passing of the “No Child Left Behind” act has also opened a floodgate of people willing to buy a franchise from this category. The act allows using government funds to teach children in private tuition who have learning problems like dyslexia. Huntington Learning Center is certainly one of the major franchisor in this area.
Even toddlers and babies have their own franchise categories. With parks become rarer, socializing and exercising are becoming difficult for babies. Hence, baby gyms and activity centers like Baby Power/Forever Kids or JW Tumbles are experiencing huge demand nowadays. Art and crafts classes are always popular among children and now, they are becoming more professional with the emergence of different franchise business for sale offers from the segment. Even the grandparents, who are as doting as the parents and similarly well-off, are being targeted by franchise concepts that center on children like Children’s Lighthouse – a book and gift-selling franchise opportunity. To get further details, link to the following page: http://child-education-development.brandexpansion.com/
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July 14th, 2008 — Children
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Perhaps the most valuable investment you can make for your child’s safety is the proper car seat. Despite the obvious concern for child safety, parents misuse the seats on an average of 79.5 percent of the time, at least according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2005 study. By failing to properly use the safety restraints, the study reports, many parents unknowingly put their child in peril. In trying to make their child comfortable, many people leave the harness straps and safety belt attachments looser than they should be. Because they can cause so much harm to the child, it is those types of misuses that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classify as ‘critical’.
Firstly, your duty should be to make sure your child is strapped in the seat made for his or her weight and height and in the correct position. Because they are designed for newborns, only infants that weigh less than 20 pounds and who are younger that one year should be placed inside a rear-facing car seat. Infant-only seats are designed for younger, smaller babies, so they are a good choice for your newborn; they offer a good fit and are conveniently small and portable. For your child’s protection, always place the infant only car seat in the back seat and always make sure it is positioned facing the rear.
Convertible seats provide a good opportunity to get the most bang for your buck, because they fit infants and still allow the baby to grow. Growth of the child is accommodated through the heavier convertible car seat. They are used in the rear-facing position for children under one year of age and for children over one year who do not yet weight 20 pounds. The seat should not be turned around until the child reaches the 20 pound weight requirement, or the 1 year age requirement, and at that stage, they can comfortably face front until they reach 40 pounds. Every parent must make sure that whichever style or type of safety seat they go with, they use correctly. There are two reading pieces that should help you learn how to do use the seat properly: the manufacturer guide that came with the seat and your own car’s vehicle guide. Two buckles must be fastened correctly: the one in car seat and the buckle connecting the seat to the car. Many parents are frustrated by harness straps, but they simply need to fit around the baby’s chest tightly and into the right slot. Always put the convertible car seat harness straps into slots above the baby’s shoulders, and aim below for the infant seats. The harness clip that holds the straps together should be at about armpit level and the straps should not be twisted: check the owner’s manual to confirm appropriate placement.
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Things to keep in mind about the seat belt are that many do not fasten them correctly; to avoid becoming one of those parents, make sure the belt is slid through the correct path and recline the seat by an angle of 45 degrees. To further secure your seat, place a rolled up towel underneath it. Make sure that the safety seat is fastened to your vehicle, and tighten the seat belt as needed. If you have a LATCH system, use it according to the instructions in your car seat guide and car ownership guide. If you purchase a seat that is not new, make sure you check it’s age and condition. Your seat should not be over five years old and you should never purchase any seat that does not include the manufacturer’s instructions. The seat does not have to be an expensive investment for those that cannot afford it, but if buying a cheaper seat, make sure it has its parts and has never been involved in an accident.
July 1st, 2008 — Children
Need to get your kids off the couch or away from the X Box? Choosing fun outdoor toys will make your job much easier. An X Box is pretty fun and watching cartoons after school is the way many kids wind down. Unfortunately the real facts are schools are not having PE due to budget cuts and our kids are not playing outside like they used to. Kids need to be active and parents can help choosing outdoor toys that you kids want to play with will help you get them outside.
Outdoor toys do not need to be expensive to get kids moving. Consider a ball. Many balls retail at $1 or $2 and can be used to play kickball, soccer, and many other fun games that we used to play when we were kids. Once you start the game, watch the kids around the neighborhood come and play too.
Ride On Toys also are great for getting your kids up and moving. These toys are a bit more expensive but if you give the toy as a gift for a special occasion such as a Christmas toy or birthday present, the cost will be worth it. For toddlers, choose a ride on toy that has a handle for mom or dad to help push while the little one is learning how to use their feet to move the toy forward. For older children, consider a ride on toy such as a ride on tractor, ambulance or dump truck. Watch your kids use their imaginations with these fantastic toys. There are even pedal cars with your favorite baseball team on them. Yankees fan? Choose the Yankee’s pedal car for your child.
For even older kids, take a look at trampolines and pogo sticks. I used to love jumping on my pogo stick way back in the old days and I bet your kids will love this toy too and will probably be the only ones in the neighborhood to own one. NewCoolToysOnline.com has an awesome selection of cool toys including all those listed above.
June 30th, 2008 — Children
Childproofing Your Home
You know what? Being a parent isn’t an easy task. Oh, it starts out easy enough because the newborn is helpless and can’t get into much trouble. As they grow older, however, your job gets more difficult. You have to work at keeping one step ahead of your child by childproofing your home to keep them safe.
Of course you want to keep your child safe, so when do you begin the process? What can you do to childproof your home?
Basically, you want to begin childproofing your home prior to bringing the baby home from the hospital. That may seem unnecessary since the baby can’t do anything at this point but sleep and eat, but you’ll be glad you did once your bundle of joy becomes mobile. These early changes may make a big difference in the not too distant future.
Purchase outlet covers for every room in the house, being sure to cover any unused outlet. This one action could save your child from being electrocuted because they have such small fingers and will use them to explore any hole their fingers will fit in.
Install doorknob covers on any door that leads to the outside or any area that is not childproofed. If you prefer to leave doors open in your home, purchase the door guards that will not allow tiny fingers to be caught in a door that accidentally closes.
Keep the bassinet, crib, or changing table away from windows. Make sure you install the hardware to keep the blind cords out of the baby’s reach if you do place these items near windows. While you’re there Child Safety Tips, install window guards that will keep a child from falling out an open window.
Install safety catches on cabinet doors and drawers to keep little ones from getting to things they shouldn’t. Store medicines and hazardous cleaning materials in areas that are high up out of reach, if possible, to ensure your child’s safety.
Purchase a cordless phone. This will enable you to keep an eye on your child wherever they are because you can take the phone with you.
Smoke alarms should be installed on each floor, the kitchen, the utility area, and outside all bedrooms. Be sure to change the batteries every six months, or when daylight savings time changes.
June 20th, 2008 — Children
Do you want to Organize Birthday Party for toddlers?
Birthday parties for preschool age children can be challenging. In the first place, trying to plan activities and keep these small children entertained is not an easy feat.
Preschoolers given their young age can only perform limited activities. Harder games can be too much for them to understand. They also have shorter attention spans then older children, which is an important thing to keep in mind.
The key to planning birthday party activities for preschoolers is to keep the activities simple and to keep the children busy.
It can help to always have some back up activities in case an activity does not work out. A good back up is a coloring table or a movie. These things are usually always a hit with preschoolers and can make them busy if needed.
You should make all the necessary preparations for identified activities prior to the start of the party. Make sure that all the requirements such as supplies are within your reach so you do not have to leave the party to go get something.
Good activities for preschoolers should be those that entail less explanation. They should alsopromote fun and allow the children todo it by themselves.
Preschoolers have a strong tendency to be very dependent so choosing activities that require little parental involvement will be the best choice.
Some good examples of activities for a preschooler’s birthday party include blowing bubbles, face painting, bean bag toss and water balloons. You can alsouse other party games, but you may want toalter the to rules or simply make up your own, less complicated rules.
You want to keep the activities flowing. You definitely would like to avoid a scenario wherein everyone is just standing around doing nothing. Preschoolers areimpatient and they like to stay busy, so if you are not keeping them busy they will definitely find something to keep themselves busy and that could spell trouble.
Depending on the number of children at the party, you may want to break them up into groups. This will help to keep everyone busy and minimize waiting time. You may also want to use|introduce[/spin] your back up activity for those children waiting for their turn at an activity.
For activities which can involve everyone like blowing bubbles, ensure you have enough supplies. This will help to reduce arguments and allow everyone to participate.
Also keep in mind that messy activities, like blowing bubbles or playing with water balloons should be saved for the end of the party. You should also advise parents if you think a child may get wet or messy so they can bring an extra set of clothing should their child need to change.
Preschoolers at an early age have limitations in doing activities. Birthday party activities for preschoolers should allow them to express their desire to be independent and grown up, but also take into consideration their limitations.|Birthday party activities for preschoolers should be planned out in a such a way that these children can learn how to actively participate, and express themselves in these activities.
You can also check out face painting for theme parties. Here’s the website for Singapore Face Painting