What Should You Do If You Think Your Child Has Vision Problems?

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groupkidsAs a parent, your primary goal is to ensure that your kids have the assistance and guidance they need to become successful, independent adults. You’re driven to look after them, keep them safe and treat any problems that may crop up along the way. Treating the occasional flu or a bout with chicken pox is one thing, but how do you treat a problem if you’re not quite sure that it exists? One of the more difficult issues for parents to accurately identify, especially in very young children, is problems with vision. Unless your child is actively squinting when she tries to focus on an object or is holding a book too close to her face for comfort, you may not be able to spot the signs of vision problems if you’re not well-versed in the symptoms. Knowing what to do in terms of treatment, prevention and correction isn’t always easy, but there are a few things you can keep in mind to make the journey a bit less complicated.

Know the Symptoms

Classic symptoms of vision issues, like squinting and sitting too close to the television, are red flags for parents, but what many don’t realize is that there are a host of other, subtler signals that can indicate a struggle to see clearly. For newborns, it’s even more difficult to discern any problems because their eyes are not fully developed. In older infants, however, the warning signs can be easier to spot. Irregular movement, one eye that stays stationary while the other moves normally, one eye that’s consistently closed or the failure of mobiles, lights or movement to catch her attention can be cause for concern and should be discussed with her pediatrician at the next well child exam. Toddlers and older babies may bump into furniture or walls when they’re crawling or learning to walk, rub their eyes frequently when they’re not sleepy, cover one eye to see things better and lose their balance when standing from a seated position.

Schedule an Appointment with an Eye Doctor

Around preschool age, even if your child is not exhibiting any signs of vision problems or difficulty seeing, it’s wise to make an appointment with an eye doctor. Even if he can’t yet read, there are still vision tests that can be performed on a young child that are capable of diagnosing many common sight problems. Rather than trying to diagnose a vision problem yourself, it’s important that you make arrangements for your child to visit the eye doctor for a check-up and full exam.

Prepare Her for Glasses

cutekidsIf you suspect that your child is having trouble with her vision, it may be a good idea to start talking about what glasses are used for, how they help people who have trouble seeing and how important they are to people whose sight is compromised. Your child may leave her first ophthalmologist’s appointment with nothing more than a sticker and a pat on the back, but she may leave with a brand new pair of glasses that she’s less than thrilled about. If you have reason to suspect that your child might be suffering from some vision issues, the best course of action is to ensure that she’s prepared for the possibility of corrective measures.

Rethink Harsh Punishments

Kids who can’t see clearly at school may suffer a drop in academic performance, become less active participants in the classroom and show a negative change on their next report card. Because a good education is so important, many parents are quick to treat academic neglect with a zero-tolerance policy, but it’s best to rethink things if your child is also showing other signs of having trouble seeing. The last thing you want to do is punish a child who’s already struggling for doing badly in school. Before flying off the handle when kids act out in school or return home with bad grades, stop to consider whether or not having difficulty seeing could be the motivating factor behind these behaviors.

Stress Compliance

Your child may not be eager to wear her new glasses, but failure to do so can lead to worsening vision problems down the road. After the diagnosis comes and corrective steps are taken to manage a vision problem, it is your job to ensure that compliance with ophthalmologists’ and pediatricians’ orders continues at home. Work with your child, his eye doctors and his teachers to find a plan of action that stresses cooperation and provides a supportive environment for your youngster.

– Submitted by Anne Laurie of GoNannies.com

Pregnant? Partner’s Pregnant? It’s Time To Think About Life Insurance

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grandparentchildEven if you have never thought about life insurance before, if you are starting a family it’s time to start considering your life insurance options. Needless to say, finding the right life insurance policy and provider is not always easy. You’ll need to put in the ground work to find life insurance that suits you, at the right price.

Why do you need life insurance?

Having kids is pretty much the ultimate responsibility. You are bringing someone into the world that will rely on you completely – to feed them, teach them, and provide for them. That’s why you need to think about their future, and what would happen if you’re not in it.

No one likes to think about death. It’s depressing, and surely, if you don’t think about bad things, they won’t happen to you. Unfortunately bad things happen all the time, and as a parent, you need to prepare for them.

Getting life insurance cover can help to provide for your family financially if something should happen to you. It’s not great to think about, but being prepared is definitely better than not being prepared. You can visit this link to find out more.

Other commitments

Apart from the responsibility of having children to care for, you may have other responsibilities too. If you have financial responsibilities such as a mortgage or other large debts, it’s important to think about how your loved ones would cope paying them off if you were no longer around.

Getting life insurance can help cover these types of debts, and can allow your family to carry on without a huge financial burden to worry about.

Working out how much you need

seniorwoman2There are various ways to work out how much life insurance you need. Some people multiply their annual income by ten, some use a life insurance calculator, some speak to an insurance expert to get a more accurate result.

If you are a stay-at-home parent, you won’t have an actual income, but that doesn’t mean you should undervalue your worth. Think about how much you do around the house – especially when you have kids to care for too – and work out the cost of hiring someone else to do your job.

A rough estimate would be around $400,000 in coverage, but speak to a professional for more information if you are unsure.

Different types of life insurance

There are many different types of life insurance, each offering varying levels of cover to suit different types of applicants. It’s important to research what’s available before you start looking for life insurance, to make sure you choose the right option.

Think about what you need from your cover, how much you are willing to pay, and whether you have any pre-existing medical conditions or reasons why you may not get approved for a standard policy.

Remember, if your application is declined, it’s not the end of the world. Find out why it was declined, try to fix the problem if possible, and reapply with an insurer that is more likely to accept your application.

Can you afford it?

Life insurance doesn’t have to be expensive. Compare all your options to find a policy that you can afford, and that gives you the cover you need. Try to make a budget to fit your premiums into your monthly expenses, but don’t overextend yourself. Only choose cover that you can afford.

– Submitted by James Andrews

10 Ways Slender People Think Differently And Stay Slim Naturally – Part 2

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Continued from Part 1 of the article…..

By Michelle Hastie

http://yourhealthjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/kickhabit.jpg6. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Work out Just So They Can Eat Food

This was probably the worst part of dieting EVER! Every time I ate I had to think about how much movement it would take to then remove that food off my body. This is an insane way to live! When you don’t have worries around weight you simply eat because you are hungry, and exercise because you want to.

7. The Naturally Slim and Slender Know They Don’t Need to Be Athletes

I don’t know about you but I grew up in the arts not the athletics. This doesn’t mean that I am completely inept when it comes to exercise (I mean I did become a personal trainer at some point). But when I decided to live like a personal trainer does, I gained weight faster than a speeding bullet. Ok well not that fast, but pretty darn fast. I move daily, don’t get me wrong… around my house, walking my dog, doing chores, etc. The truth is I lost 10 lbs. stuck on the couch for 30 days, so clearly this is not the answer.

8. The Naturally Slim and Slender Know that Missing a Day, Week or Month of Exercise Doesn’t Cause Weight Gain

Unless you are training to be in a marathon, body building competition or becoming a bikini model you do not need to worry about missing workouts. Your body is constantly changing. Some days it will want to move all day! Some days you will not want to move from your bed. The important thing is if you listen it will always balance itself out, so stop trying to do it for it! It’s only dieters that worry and guilt themselves over a missed workout.

There are sooooo many ways to move our bodies. You can do simple movements all day and never go to the gym and stay trim.

9. The Naturally Slim and Slender Understand the Importance of Enjoying Exercise Rather Than Burning Calories

There are sooooo many ways to move our bodies. You can do simple movements all day and never go to the gym and stay trim. You probably won’t have the strength or endurance you prefer, but you won’t be overweight. You can walk, do yoga, dance, cross fit, go to the gym, and it’s literally endless. It’s only dieters that choose their movements based on what burns the most calories versus what’s the most fun or feels the most amazing during… So many clients tell me how much they enjoy it after but not during. I choose not to do anything I don’t enjoy even for a minute that includes the stair stepper.

10. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Worry About Exercise as a Means for Weight Loss

I know so many people who are thin and don’t ever “exercise” in the way you would define the word. They just do their regular movements throughout the day, eat until they are full and that’s that. Your body can adjust for anything. It can adjust your appetite for the months when you run 5 days a week and then the months when you barely get out walking. As long as you are listening you can always keep your body in balance. Eliminating your stress is the real cause of your weight loss and most dieters stress over their exercise or lack thereof. Focus on relaxation instead of exercise and see where that gets you!

– Michelle Hastie, President/Founder, As Seen In Shape Magazine, Total Body Health Solutions

10 Ways Slender People Think Differently And Stay Slim Naturally – Part 1

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By Michelle Hastie

girljogIt’s no secret that those with their ideal body have different thought patterns and beliefs. The question then becomes what the heck are those different thought patterns and beliefs? Being that I lived my life in my ideal body, overweight and then back to my ideal body I am very aware what those differences are. Today we are focusing on the 10 ways to change your thinking around food and exercise. This will allow you to have your ideal body by thinking the same way those who have the results you desire do! Now as you read these you may think to yourself… “Well of course they don’t do the things I do because they aren’t trying to lose weight, they are already slim!” I want you to think about whose habits you are modeling… most of you are modeling dieters. It’s time to listen to the real experts, those who don’t think about their weight ever!

1. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Count Their Calories

Have you ever met someone who stays slim naturally? Not the person who is dieting to stay trim, but that person who you quietly scowl at because they are on their 3rd piece of pizza and you are wondering where the heck they put it? Well that person does not count their calories. Nor do they care. They simply eat until they are full and they trust that their body will give them that cue therefore it’s not their job to determine how much to eat.

2. The Naturally Slim and Slender Refuse to Starve

When you talk to someone who has never struggled with their weight they will tell you they love food, and they especially love to eat it. Duh right?! The only people who are starving themselves are dieters and last time I checked those aren’t the results you desire… so it’s time to stop following their habits!

3. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Understand the Need for “Cheat Days”

Whenever I hear someone say they are having a “cheat day” I cringe a little because it takes me right back to my dieting days. Trust me when I tell you there are no naturally thin people having cheat days. In their mind every day is a cheat day because there are no rules! And when there are no rules, there is no desire to overeat, binge eat or eat the 3 pints of ice cream that you have to get out of the house before the cheat day is over.

4. The Naturally Slim and Slender Emotionally Eat without Weight Gain

Everyone emotionally eats! Why? Because eating is an emotional experience.

Everyone emotionally eats! Why? Because eating is an emotional experience. It can bring up memories from our mothers home cooking, or our first date at that delicious Italian restaurant. The problem starts when you abuse food, which you will not find in the household of someone who is in their ideal body. So to recap… emotional eating… Good… abusing food… Bad.

5. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Believe in Labeling Something as “Eating Bad”

First of all there is no “eating bad” when you aren’t worrying about your pounds. There is simply food that made you feel good and food that made you feel bad. No judgment. No shame. No guilt. Just an understanding that eating that food again definitely has a consequence. You can still eat it; you just have to deal with the consequences.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article…..

– Michelle Hastie, President/Founder, As Seen In Shape Magazine, Total Body Health Solutions

Survey: Most Kentucky Parents Think Their Child Is The Right Weight

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From Your Health Journal…..”I strongly urge my guests here to visit an excellent article written by The Lane Report of Kentucky, which we are reviewing on Your Health Journal today. The author of this article brings up some excellent points between facts and perceptions. In Kentucky, many parents feel their children are at the correct weight, but reports coming in about their weight tell a different story. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 37 percent of school-age children in Kentucky are overweight or obese. Yet most Kentucky parents (76 percent) think their child weighs about the right amount and few (14 percent) think their child weighs too much. This is very common, not only in Kentucky, but throughout the US and World. The truth is, we cannot really tell if a child is overweight simply by looking at them. A slim child may be overweight to some extent, especially if they do not exercise and eat poorly. Their body mass may not be lean body mass, rather fat mass – – even if they appear thin. So, what can we take from this report? All children need to eat properly, exercise, and practice good health habits to lead a healthy life. It is a team effort, as parents need to lead by example, and educate their children on the proper techniques to a healthy lifestyle.”

From the article…..

As part of its Kentucky Parent Survey, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky released new data about children’s health behaviors. The parental perceptions measured by the poll provide valuable insight into the health habits and behaviors of Kentucky’s children, which often fell short of recommended benchmarks.

“Our children’s habits and behaviors impact their health today and shape their quality of life as they grow,” said Dr. Susan Zepeda, president/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “When kids eat poorly and don’t get enough physical activity, it increases their risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases. This poll data helps us understand what parents think about the behaviors that are so critical to health.”

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 37 percent of school-age children in Kentucky are overweight or obese. Yet most Kentucky parents (76 percent) think their child weighs about the right amount and few (14 percent) think their child weighs too much.

One strategy being used to reduce childhood obesity in Kentucky is called 5-2-1-0. The numbers correspond to behavior recommendations: each day, children should eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, limit screen time to no more than two hours, have one hour of physical activity and zero sugar-sweetened beverages.

More than half of Kentucky’s children (56 percent) are watching more than the maximum recommended amount of “screen time” per day, according to their parents. Screen time refers to time spent watching television, playing video games or surfing the internet.

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