in our house. The kids never want to go to bed and setting up a night
time routine has been a continuous process. We have been trying out our
newest routine over the last couple weeks and it has been working like a charm.
Anthony has to be up by 6:30 and the twins are up by 8, so aiming for an
8 pm bedtime is our goal.
the way early so that any stress it causes is settled and out of their minds by
bedtime. Then we have snacks, play, and dinner all before 7 o’clock so
that we have an hour to unwind. Granted with
extra curricular activities, sports, and other
random activities that pop up, it’s not always possible to
maintain a strict down time at 7 rule. However, we do make
a conscious effort to keep our routine in tact whenever
night, I turn off the TV and turn off any unnecessary lights that
have been turned on through out the house. Then it’s bath time, pj’s on,
the kids take turns reading some stories, prayers, snuggles, and then right
before bedtime I read the book “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep”.
been a valuable asset to our nighttime routine.
to read a story of their choosing, so this stops any fighting over which story
we will read at night and the children are excited when I come into their rooms
to read an extra story. Plus the twins seem to get wound up easily, so they
can become a bit energetic while reading a sillier story . This book
helps to calm them back down as they are told to relax their feet, relax their
legs, and other relaxing activities.
Asleep” is a great extra step that has stopped me from having to go back
into the room over and over to stop kids from jumping around in bed. Since even
if they are not completely asleep when I leave the room, they are still fully
calm and relaxed and able to drift off to sleep soon enough. This makes
evenings in my house a lot less chaotic and stressful!
With all this outdoors time it is inevitable that one of the kids will get a bug bite, step on something yucky, fall off their bike, or end up with one of the 10 perils of summer.
1.Bee Sting – Ouch! Bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging bugs are sometimes unavoidable.
2.Sunburn – Protect your skin from the sun, and avoid the most severe UV rays between 10am-4pm.
3.Concussions – A concussion can result from a blow to the body or head, such as a fall from a swing set.
4.Poison Oak & Ivy – In the woods everything is green and leafy and… poisonous? Some plants really make you itch.
5.Jellyfish – They’re not really fish, and they don’t attack. But their tentacles pack a painful and potent venom.
6.Tick bites – Lyme disease and other complications can arise from a nasty little tick bite. Ask a doctor.
7.Sunstroke – Kids and seniors are at higher risk for heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Be aware.
8.Sports Injuries – After a long winter, we’re in a rush to get outdoors. Sometimes leading to a trip and fall.
9.Burns – Accidents can happen when we’re around campfires or BBQ grills. Get treatment right away.
10.Kids bumps and bruises – Sometimes it’s a minor scrape, but it may be a more serious bruise. Let’s have a look.
I’m a lot less nervous about all these potential accidents now that I’ve tried Doctor on Demand! There has been so many occasions when I have sat with a kid that just got a boo boo not knowing if it really warranted a trip to emergency room and when the pediatricians office is closed trying to describe symptoms to a covering doctor over the phone isn’t always easy. With Doctors on Demand, I am video chatting with the doctor so they can see what I see, plus I can snap pictures during the chat and send them right to the doctor.
Another great thing about Doctor on Demand is the app is its available when ever you are. As a busy mom I often have little illnesses that I just don’t want to waist the time sitting in a doctors office for, so I put off going. Now I can just tap my phone and the ‘waiting room” only takes a few moments.
I used Doctor on Demand today for a rash I have on the arch of my foot. The rash has been a nuisance but not painful or bothersome enough to schedule a doctors appointment during my busiest time of the year. Luckily Doctor on Demand came to the rescue, I was easily able to turn on the app and connect with a doctor immediately. I was able to send pictures to Dr. Sullivan along with video chatting so that she could get a great visual and then she called me in a prescription for an antibacterial cream and an anti itch lotion. Both prescriptions were ready at my pharmacy within an hour, I simply ran through the pharmacy drive-thru and my rash is on its way to being healed.
A Doctors visit at Doctor on Demand cost $40, but you can give them a try for free with coupon code EASTCOAST.
Stuff happens but Doctors on Demand is always just a few taps away, no matter where you are this summer!
My family loves to swim, we are like fish all summer long. Swimming helps the kids cool off and burn off energy over school vacation. Plus it is a relaxing way for mommy and daddy to spend a hot summer day.
The best part is there are so many benefits that come along with swimming for children!
Here are just a few:
1) Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise. This is especially important in a generation where kids spend more time playing with electronics than playing sports.
2) Swimming improves balance, posture, flexibility and coordination. This is an incredible benefit considering how low impact swimming is.
3) Learning to swim initially and then improving on the skill builds confidence and self reliance, while cultivating high self esteem. Which are skills that can help children in all aspects of life.
4) Swimming can be an individual or team sport. I have a child who is very outgoing and another who is extremely introverted. I love how swimming is a sport that works so well for both personality types.
5) It’s fun and challenging. As soon as you get a bunch of kids in the water it seems instantaneous that the games, races, cannonballs, and laughing begins.
I can definitely vouch for these benefits. Having children with special needs often makes the improvements from being in the water much more visible. Aidan is instantly calmed down once he hits the water and Lilly’s strength and balance improves greatly during our swimming months.
Now that the kids are getting older I look forward to enrolling them in our local swim team. Swim teams are the perfect combination of fun and competition!
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