How to Travel With Children
Traveling with children can be a difficult process for parents, no matter how old the kids are, and no matter how many times you may have traveled with them before. After all, dealing with you own luggage, movement, and transport is stressful enough – let alone dealing with children, as well. There are many families […]
Preparing Your Home for a Newborn
Are you being graced with one of God’s greatest gifts — the birth of a child? Having a child is a beautiful event and one that cannot be matched with any other worldly event. God has touched you with the responsibility of raising a child, nurturing this child, and giving them all the lessons they need […]
How I Deal With Dreadful Plantar Fasciitis
Many of you may know me as a runner — I love to get out in the fresh air and give it all I can. Unfortunately, since I picked up running about 2 years ago, I’ve had increasing pain in my feet. Doctors say that’s not uncommon, especially for people who have not ran for long periods of time (or ever) and decide to pick up the sport. They go into the activity with too much gusto (basically too fast, too soon). Then they become sidelined with pain due to the amount of pressure put on their feet. Yep, that’s me, always pushing too hard!
People that suffer from plantar fasciitis know how devastatingly painful this condition can be. The condition can easily become so painful that it is virtually impossible for a person to walk, making it hard for the individual to function on a daily basis, much less participate in any type of regular physical activity. People that are dedicated to staying in shape are often faced with a very difficult choice in this particular instance. They want to continue to exercise but the pain is often so severe that they can barely imagine walking from point A to point B, much less running or engaging in some other type of strenuous physical activity.
How Does Plantar Fasciitis Develop
Plantar fasciitis is essentially a condition that develops when the tendons and the muscles near the heel become so inflamed that it feels like a stabbing pain or like walking on hot coals every time that pressure is placed on that area. Many times it is actually caused by running, as it is a common condition that happens from overuse. As a result, it is something that runners probably deal with more than other individuals, simply due to the amount of stress and pressure that is placed on their feet at virtually all times. The question becomes more about the way that runners deal with the condition. If they want to continue to exercise and stay in shape, it is important that they find a way around the condition because plantar fasciitis is something that can take weeks or even months to completely resolve.
How to Effectively Handle the Affliction
One of the most effective ways the runners deal with the condition is to use running shoes for plantar fasciitis. In fact, the choice of shoe can make all the difference between being able to continue with an exercise regimen or being in so much pain that it is virtually impossible to go on. In addition, choosing running shoes for plantar fasciitis can prevent future cases of the condition from occurring. Once the foot has been irritated in this fashion, it is important to take the necessary steps not to allow that to happen again or it can become a chronic condition. The use of shoes that are specially designed for this condition cradle the foot and provide the necessary level of support and stability where it is needed the most.
Using shoes of this type is essential for runners who are suffering from this condition. In addition to the added level of support that the shoes provide, the use of the shoes often helps a runner to develop better running techniques that can reduce the amount of pressure being placed on that area of the foot. Many times an improper running technique is what causes the condition in the first place and this improper technique is often directly linked to using shoes that are simply not right for the runner in question. Therefore, switching to running shoes for plantar fasciitis can eliminate problems in the future and make the current situation manageable so that the individual has an opportunity to continue exercising on a regular basis.
I’ve recently decided to make a switch to a hire performing pair of shoes that will give me the added support I need. I’m tired of the pain and suffering, and even though they are more expensive than regular shoes, the moment I’m able to return from running without aching soreness will be the moment I realize I made the right decision. For any runners out there that are starting to get that twinge of pain, stop what you’re doing and make sure your arches have all the support they need. Whether it’s insoles or inserts, or specially designed plantar fasciitis shoes, make sure to get them fast to avoid future pain.
Children Growing Up to Be Skaters
Are you the parent of a skateboarder? Do you support his or her skateboarding actions or do you wish he or she would take on a different hobby in life? Are you worried skaters end up running in the wrong crowd? Here are my top tips for parents of skateboarders, which mostly answer basic questions on how one should deal with a child that shows interest in tricks and dives. As a mother of a skateboarder, I know firsthand what needs to occur from the moment they show interest in the sport.
Skateboarding Tips to Take to Heart
Skateboarding does get a bad rap because many times it’s (unfairly) associated with hooliganism and leads to mischief. Bottom line is I know a lot of skaters who are nothing but honest, reliable, polite kids who follow extreme sports on TV and want to duplicate what they see their favorite artist perform. As a parent of a skateboarder, I am more concerned with the safety of the sport, and not so much how the sport, or the kids he hangs with, is going to influence his or her behavior and personality. Falling on your head just one time is all it takes to end up in a wheelchair. The way your child acts is a reflection on parenting.
Skateboarding gear and parts can run pricey, if you allow it too. You can get a lot of the stuff used or for cheap just by doing some easy research. EBay, Amazon, Craigslist, hand me downs, resale shops are all wonderful places to get the top skate shoes, safe helmets, used skateboards, and must-have elbow and knee pads. There is no harm in buying used…..it likely means other kids have given up on the sport or they’ve grown out of the gear. Either way, looking at secondary marketplaces is the best way to keep costs down and be able to locate cheap skate shoes.
Should skateboards and shoes get broken during their skating activities? Well — yes. For beginners and novices alike, part of skating is learning. For amateurs just starting out, you’re not always going to hit your trick right on, and damage to a skateboard is inevitable. Same with skate shoes – while soles are built to last, even the safest rider will cause some minimal damage to the soles, uppers, and tongues. Again, that’s why buying used gear is an absolute. For novices, you’ll find they don’t scuff up their shoes or break their boards nearly as often, unless they’re getting into high impact, high risk stunts that one bad fall can cause board and footwear damage.
Girls have a little bit more trouble getting up the courage to get involved in a “boys” sport. It’s true that boys have the strength and agility to fly higher and perform crazier stunts. If you’re a girl, getting up the courage to skate in public is the first obstacle you must pass. Coming with male friends, or another girlfriend is a start. Practicing at that skate park when the crowds are sparse is a way to gain confidence. Boys actually like girls who aren’t afraid to take chances and ride with the boys. You may find your daughter will fit in right away. Skateboarders are an honest, caring group of individuals that want others to succeed as they do.
Just know as parents that your son or daughter skateboarding is a great social activity and athletic activity alike. It helps from friendships as well as promotes cardiovascular activity. What you can do as a parent is make them believe in themselves and provide them with safe, but used, gear when they are just starting out. This will give them all the confidence they need to succeed with all the other boys and girls.
Looking at post high school career options
When your children are young, they all have that dream of what they want to be when they grow up. Most are the time they are unrealistic aspirations of being an astronaut, professional sports player, or a doctor. The realism of the matter is that as your children evolve through the years, their likes and dislikes change. With their interests changing, their career thoughts also begin to turn from those unrealistic dreams to careers that are more attainable.
As I have a child that is nearing their junior year in high school, me and my husband began to discuss his options once he is done with high school. Just as with almost every high school kid, he really didn’t have a clear and concise decision on what he wanted to do once he was done with school. He was right in the middle of the pack as far as grades so it was unlikely he would go to a high end ivy league school because honestly it wasn’t in the budget.
One of the things that Nate, my son, has always enjoyed is working with his hands and constructing things. With that thought in mind, we suggested that maybe he look into doing some kind of trade school. The main difference between trade schools and regular college degree paths is trade schools focus primarily on the trade they will be going into. Enrolling in a trade school is also much different then applying to a reputable college making the process less stressful and time consuming.
Some of the trades that we suggested for Nate were :
Carpentry – Being a carpenter is one of those skills that includes a great deal of manual labor. Nate isn’t the biggest fan of having to carry lumber or very heavy materials around all day. One of the aspects of carpentry that was appealing was the application of math and working extensively with your hands.
Electrician – Electrical work can be extremely dangerous, but most of that danger is negated by following proper safety procedures. Entering into the electrician trade can be a bit risky because you always hear about layoffs especially for union employees. Personally, I would prefer that my son enter into a trade that is more stable, or something that he could do freelance.
Mechanic – One of the passions that Nate has always had revolved around cars. Even from a young age, he always showed a vested interest in cars whether they were old cars or newer model sports cars. When my husband would work on our vehicles, my son would always assist in some way even if it was just to hand the tools over. There will always be mechanical work in abundance and there are additional opportunities by opening up a small business centered around mechanical work and maintenance.
Gunsmithing – Another one of the passions of my son is guns. He has always enjoyed the fall hunting season because it’s another bonding experience he has with his father and he’s even learned how to clean the guns that we own. I’ve never seen him focus as much as he does when he is taking apart and putting together his hunting rifle. He actually started the general cleaning a few years ago when he began to experiment with a fairly cheap bb gun he bought with his own money. From that point on, it’s been one of the things that he enjoys spending his time doing. We actually investigated the process of how to become a gunsmith here.
As with any parent, my priority is making sure that my child is successful once he ventures out on his own after high school. The economy is always fluctuating and different career paths becomes popular while others end up in obscurity. The main benefit of general trades are there seems to always be a need for them. Whether it’s carpentry for housing, or a mechanic for car maintenance, or gunsmithing for gun cleaning and maintenance, they all have endured the test of time as being a staple of life.
The Pain in My Feet – The Life of a Nurse
Good nurses are hard to find, especially the ones that take the extra time and nurturing with a patient who is really struggling to stay upbeat and happy with the unfortunate predicament they are in. Good nurses go above and beyond the call of duty to not only handle patient care, but to accurately and reliable fill out charts, enter data into the computer, and make the rounds on their floor. That adds up to some excellent patient care after a ten hour day. But you know what else that adds up to? A growing epidemic that hospitals are starting to take more seriously. Have a guess? I’ll tell you…foot and back pain.
Nurses are on their feet all the time, all day long. Think about it, when do they really get to sit? Lunch? Sure. 15 minute breaks? Yeah, those are supposed to happen but they are more like 5 minute breaks and they’re usually walking to the break room or coffee shop during that time. There’s been more and more information about the after-affect of nurses moving around all day and not getting enough down time.
MEDSURG nursing has reported that this issue deserves much more attention that what it’s ben getting. Experts began to zero in on back pain and foot pain among nursing staff and what factors are leading to the pain. Turns out the year long research led to the agreement that nurses need to buy new shoes more often. The best nursing shoes will help cure a lot of the foot and back pain than ones that have been worn down or ones that really don’t stand up to the best kind like Dansko or Nurse Mate. The support of shoes being worn for just six months can ready deteriorate from 10 and 12 hour shifts.
Another issue that can lead to back pain is carrying too much weight. The additional pounds on your feet can really chew through you shoes faster, forcing you to wear shoes with little support or turning to a new pair every couple months. Owners hesitate to buy nursing shoes every couple months because the cost of shoes can range from $75 and up, making it an expensive purchase.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common afflictions forced upon nurses. This is an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the feet. Nurses are commonly becoming stricken with this issue after spending just six months on the job versus never experiencing this before taking a full time nursing position. The pain and suffering one is dealing with can then potentially have an impact on the level of care one is providing to the patient, making it a very serious issue to nip in the bud today. Hospitals are considering a mandatory shoe policy that requires nurses to have a certain type of shoe or one that is not more than two years old if foot problems have been a part of your history.
To ease your pain, the best course of action is to ice your feet after your shift, take anti inflammatories and continue to stretch each day. Custom orthotics may help the condition too to make it more comfortable. A doctor can give you a true diagnosis as to what is ailing you and can help correct the issue by prescribing medication or giving advice on how to massage your feet. As time goes on and the number of hours worked by a nurse increases, this foot pain will only become more prevalent to the point in which something will have to give. Make sure you have the right nursing shoes for women for your situation, so you can beat the odds and complete your work pain-free.
Looking out for the safety of my children
The other day I heard of a break in down the street. None of the occupants were injured but it seriously made me think about the safety of my family and especially my children. In the neighborhood that I live in, we’ve never had issues with burglary or home break-ins…until now. This put a scare into me and my husband and we were deciding on different avenues we could go in order to protect our home.
1) Motion Lights – On the outside we decided to install motion lights on the driveway and the walkway up to the house. Now this isn’t a gauranteed deterrent because obviously there are home invasions during the day. In addition to that, some thieves just won’t care and will continue on the path. But, it will deter some criminals because when the lights come on, they will be in view, and maybe our neighbors will get a view.
2) Deadbolt the main and rear entrance – Locks can be picked by pretty much any competent thief so it’s important to put a secondary level of protection between your valuables and the crooks that are attempting to get to them. While there are other entrances into the home, the main and secondary entrance are pretty popular as entry points and a dead bolt will help turn away some of the more novice burglars.
3) Lock up objects that can break windows – Believe it or not, many times you make the entry into your house EASIER for the robber. If you leave a shovel or a rake or bricks outside of your home, it doesn’t matter if you lock up the windows and doors because they can use those instruments to break your windows and gain easy entry into your home. Simply having a shed and locking the shed up, or locking them into your garage are places to store such items so they cannot be added tools to possible home invaders.
4) Purchase or find alarm system stickers/signs – This may be your most cost effective method of protecting your home. Most beginner thieves will see a sign that says your house is protected by ADT and they will be persuaded to not attempt to enter your home. Sometimes this is enough to make sure that no-one will enter into your home.
5) Install mock video cameras outside home – You all may be reading this and laughing at this tactic, but it works. If you buy some cheap cameras and install them in OBVIOUS places outside your home, thieves are going to definitely think twice before attempting to enter your house. This is another simple and cost effective method to protect your family and your home.
6) Install Camera System/Alarm System – This is one of the more obvious methods and the reason I didn’t mention it earlier is because it can be expensive to put these in place. Most camera systems will cost a few hundred dollars and an alarm system is going to be a monthly fee and you will need to purchase additional accessories because most alarm company only provide the basics. These are effective ways to be alerted to criminal activity but at this point they’re already in the home.
7) Buy a gun – This is my absolute last resort because I’m very hesitant about having a gun in the house with young children, and my husband did point out that we could look at some gun safe reviews and secure the firearm in a gun safe. While that did ease my nerves a little bit, I am still very leery about having that around children.
These are all methods that can protect your home going forward if you are worried about the security. Even if you aren’t worried about the security, I would definitely suggest putting some of the cost effective methods into effect. They general do not cost very much and they will provide at least an initial level of protection for some thieves out there.
How to Increase Listening in Your Kindergarten Child
Single child parents are so lucky! Having only one child to dedicate their time and focus on sounds so appealing right now. When child number 2 is born, things start to shift quite a bit. The focus that you put on your first child, including teaching, napping, reading, writing, discipline, etc takes a back seat when your second child is born. That’s unfortunately the nature of the beast since you only have 24 hours a day to get things accomplished.
As you’re spending every waking hour (and sleeping hour) with your newborn and toddler, the behavior pattern of your first child can start to shift. In our case, we’ve had problems with our first child’s listening skills. Now I should first report that he is a wonderful child, very caring, loves to read books (especially the Bible) and play games. He’s a good student and is extremely well behaved in school. However, when he is at home, he takes every chance he can to tease his brother. He has a very low tolerance for patience and “expects” to be entertained when he is bored. We have talked with him about what to do when he is bored, as he is turning 6 soon, and should not have to be entertained 100% of the time. The television keeps him occupied but we are looking for other ways to help him understand that teasing is not the right way to go about things.
His listening skills have also deteriorated to the point in which we have to ask 2-3 times for him to do something. We have resorted to sending him to his room for extended periods of times when we have to ask for things more than once.
So What Can One Do to Help Their Child Listen Better?
1) Constant reinforcement of the rules – a question is asked once and no response or the lack of following through on the request puts the child up in their room for 10 minutes. Continued ignorance of questions puts the child back in their room again, except for 5 minutes longer. This is continued throughout the day or night until the next day starts up again.
2) Award chart for listening – children love to be rewarded with stickers or have their name placed at the top of lists. Throughout the day if your child listens to a request, move their name up an award chart or give them a sticker to add to a chart. This will encourage them to continue listening for the entire day. The idea is for this to snowball into consistent listening.
3) Reward them with their favorite food – tell your child that if they listen well for half a day and not tease, they can go out for pizza or a donut or whatever their favorite food is. Follow through if this occurs.
4) Do listening exercises and make it fun – have them help you with a chore – hang up jackets, organize shoes, do the dishes, vacuum the carpet, etc. They enjoy doing chores they know will make their parents happy. Appreciate their help and let them know they are doing a great job. This will encourage them to continue listening.
Hopefully all or a combination of these four ideas will help you get your kindergartener on to bigger and better things rather than just causing ruckus and teasing their sibling. It’s important for parents to be patient, kind and understanding as the child may be going through a lot of growing pains and changes both at home and at school.