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Unique Christmas Gifts for Caregivers in 2021

By Katie Tejada

Caregivers are the heart of many families and facilities. Most caregivers are responsible for both the physical and emotional care of their patients. From various illnesses, disabilities, or injuries to handling financial and legal affairs, caregivers do it all, often without much recognition. If you’re looking for meaningful gifts to give a caregiver, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at 5 unique Christmas gifts that are perfect for caregivers in 2021. 

Custom Photo Prints

Memories can fade, but photos make a moment last a lifetime. Give a caregiver a custom photo print from a special moment that they treasure. Every time they look at the picture, it will trigger those fond memories that will stay with them for years to come.

Religious Trinkets

Being a caregiver is not always easy. Gifting a caregiver with a religious trinket may help them feel motivated and inspired throughout their day. If you know a caregiver who is dedicated to their faith or one who would appreciate a spiritual boost, this gift idea is definitely the way to go. 

Floor Cleaning Robot

Most caregivers are tired and exhausted at the end of the day. A floor cleaning robot is an exceptional gift choice. While they’re busy tending to the needs of others, their floor cleaning robot will be busy making their floors spotless. This gift is perfect for caregivers who move in and out of their homes quickly. 

Engraved Chairs

Engraved children’s chairs are great gifts for caregivers who enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, Godchildren, nieces, and nephews. Most people who love spending time with children like to ensure they have a comfortable space while they’re away from home. 

Engraved children’s chairs are beautifully handcrafted with solid maple. Allowing them to be comfortable and sturdy. This gift is not only unique but it is also timeless because it can literally last a lifetime. Add the family’s name to the chair and enjoy seeing it be passed down from generation to generation. 

Self-Care Basket

Self-care baskets are ideal gifts for all caregivers, although women may appreciate them just a tad bit more. Whether you’re searching for gifts for women or men, a self-care basket is a great choice. Here are a few items you can put in a homemade basket to encourage your favorite caregiver to pamper themselves every once in a while:

  • Bath bombs – Bath bombs are great for unwinding after a long day
  • Cocktail glasses – Perfect for solo wine nights at home or intimate date nights in the living room
  • Candles – The right scent, like lavender or eucalyptus, can provide excellent aromatherapy
  • Body oil – Most caregivers do not wear heavily scented fragrances while at work. Body oil is a great way to moisturize skin while also adding a subtle scent to the body that isn’t too strong
  • Snacks – You can’t go wrong with snacks! Add a few of your caregiver’s favorite snacks to their self-care basket, they’ll enjoy having something to munch on throughout the day

Wooden Sign

Coming home to an uplifting wooden sign in the perfect place is a great feeling. Gifting wooden home decor is tasteful, timeless, and appropriate. Because of their unique look, wooden signs can effortlessly be placed in any room – regardless of colors or themes. Help your favorite caregiver make their house feel like a home with a beautiful wooden sign this Christmas. 

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If the gifts on our list didn’t particularly catch your eye, there’s no need to worry. Regardless of whether you’re choosing a gift on this list or not, the top two things you can keep in mind are:

  • Pampering gifts – Everyone needs to take care of themselves, but especially those who work tirelessly to take care of others.
  • Gifts that make life easier – Gifts that make life easier are a dream for most caregivers. Imagine not having to worry about a clean floor at home after spending the day cleaning up after others or instantly feeling encouraged when you enter your home

We hope this list is helpful and you have a wonderful time Christmas shopping for a caregiver who has impacted your life. 

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5 Ways to Teach Mathematics to Your Young Toddler

By Annabelle Fee

Mathematics is a key subject at the school level and a vital one to understand for everyday life. However, it can be tricky to bring a toddler’s attention to it and help them to grasp how interesting it can be. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use every day to teach mathematics to a young toddler without them getting bored.

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1. Make It A Shared And Fun Activity

Toddlers can easily start learning the shapes and meanings of numbers by the time they are 2 so there is no such thing as too early. Make counting and recognizing numbers a daily activity and you can always make it fun by using music (or even musical counting videos on Youtube) or by aligning it with a fun outdoor activity. Using musical numerical rhymes such as one-two buckles my shoes is also a way to get them to retain numbers better.

Practice counting forwards and backward and encourage children to apply this knowledge to their own daily routine such as counting toys or building blocks. This number sense can then be applied to adding and subtracting albeit on a minor level; for example, if you had 5 dolls but I took 3 away how many do you have left? These daily activates will mean they will pick up what is being taught in school very quickly because of its familiarity.

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2. Daily Tasks Can Be Mathematical Too

Encourage your toddler to do daily tasks like setting a table or setting cups but give directions like ‘there should be 3 plates for 3 people.’ This can also be done when they are role-playing in games such as with a doctor’s playset or a toy kitchen. Furthermore, get them to sort items or toys into groups and then count them. For example, certain toys like cars should be in one group and so on and you can get started on basic word problems from there.

As with any learning initiative involving very young children, patience is an essential virtue for a parent as any children’s tutor that specializes in math tuition will tell you. Your child may take his/her time to grasp concepts and even then the result might not be what you want but it is important to remember that the mind loves repetition and the best learning is the type done consistently with practice over a period of time.

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3. Encourage Spatial Skills

Mathematics is in part about measurements, directions, shapes, and sizes. Encourage your toddler to notice these aspects in his/her environment on a daily basis. ‘How high do you think that slide is?’ or ‘how fast do you think you were running?’ Direction, movement, positions are all geometric principles they will learn later in their school life but you can give them starters and a preliminary understanding.

Also allow your toddlers to use basic measurement tools such as a ruler or measuring tape. Let them measure objects around the house like tables or chairs and write down what they think the measurements are. It might be too early to teach them the units of measurement such as centimeters or inches but you can give them a primer and just let them follow the numbers on the tape or ruler.

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4. Shapes And Sizes

Shapes such as a square table or a round plate or clock are easy shapes for a toddler to recognize and be familiar with. Teach them about the dynamics of shapes and sizes and tell them to point out these shapes as they see them when they are at home or walking around. Buy specific educational toys that inspire toddlers to recognize shapes such as Legos, puzzles, shape blocks (that give you shapes to fit inside a special cube), and so on. Online games on tablets and phones are also available but toddlers should be kept away from the blue light in devices as there is a great deal of research saying it impairs cognitive development at that age.

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5. Undertake A Project

Plan a collaborative project with your toddler such as creating a table from scratch or putting together a swing set and allow them to help you. During the process, point their attention towards various aspects like measurements, shapes, and sizes. Let them see that mathematics does not exist just in theory but has practical real-life daily applications that can be a ton of fun. Allow your toddler to undertake measurements or help put an item together and praise them, you can always correct it later! 

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5 Most Common Eye Problems in Children

By Aaron Barriga

We consider eyes the mirrors of our soul. Undoubtedly, we know it is the most valuable body part.

A child’s health is always a priority for a parent. Eyes being the most sensitive body part, it is normal for you to freak out whenever your child experiences any kind of eye problem.

Over the years, your child can develop a variety of vision problems. Always consult your doctor if their problems cause them excruciating pain.

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We will discuss the 5 most common eye problems in children:

1. Refractive error

When the eye struggles to focus light on the retina, it leads to blurry vision and other visual problems. This is called a refractive error.

It is an umbrella term for the following eye conditions:

  • Astigmatism: Due to improperly shaped cornea, your child can have astigmatism. This affects your child’s near as well as far sight vision. 

If the cornea (front portion of the eye) has a physical defect in its curve, the retina cannot focus on the light entering the eye. This results in blurred vision.

  • Presbyopia: Translated literally into the ageing eye, it is a condition of reduced elasticity of the lens. Because of the loss of elasticity, the eye cannot focus on nearsighted objects.

Presbyopia is not a disease. It is caused by ageing in human beings, which is entirely normal. It is termed a progressive eye condition.

  • Myopia (nearsightedness): In this eye condition, children can see close objects, but objects at far distances appear blurry. This is a genetic condition, and your child might get affected by it at a young age.

The light cannot focus on the retina, but it focuses on images in front of the retina and hence, this causes blurred vision.

  • Hyperopia (farsightedness): The exact opposite of myopia, hyperopia is an eye condition where the child can see objects at a distance, but things nearby appear blurry.

With this condition, children’s eyeballs are shorter than usual and the cornea has a flatter curve. The focus point of light rays falls far beyond the retina when looking at objects nearby.

2. Amblyopia

Amblyopia is poor vision in children’s eyes because of a lack of proper visual stimulation in the early childhood stage.

This condition is also commonly referred to as lazy eye. It can result from diseases like strabismus, a pediatric cataract, or a high glasses prescription that is not detected early.

3. Strabismus (Eye Turn)

In strabismus, the eye muscles do not work correctly in sync. This means that one eye is turned inward, outward, upward, or downward. Hence, this condition is also called crossed eyes.

It can be that your child is born with this condition or can also develop because of an accident or other health problems.

4. Conjunctivitis

This condition is a contagious viral or bacterial infection. Commonly known as ‘pink eye’, your child’s eye will appear red and inflamed with discharge running out of their tear duct.

5. Cataract

In this condition, the eye lens gets clouded, obstructing light, leading to unclear vision and sometimes blindness in your child.

If your child’s pupil looks white when a flashlight is shined upon their eye, your child has symptoms of cataract. Surgery is required to remove the clouded vision in their sight.

Stay Alert

Eye problems are always a subject of concern for parents across the globe. Although, with proper treatment and early diagnosis, you can avoid any kind of severe damage to your child’s eye.

Keep looking for signs of problems in your child’s eyes and always run to a doctor to avoid further damage.

Author Bio:   

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Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care especially LASIK. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travel.

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Six Thoughtful Baby Baptism Gift Ideas

By Shariq Khan

A baby’s baptism is a special occasion. Commemorating this occasion will ensure that the day remains special for the newborn and the parents. If you’re a family member or a friend looking for baby baptism gift ideas for your nearest and dearest, you’ve come to the right place.

While something like a Clintons card certainly does the trick, when it comes to gifts, there are many thoughtful options that you can explore. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of thoughtful baby baptism gifts that are worth considering for your loved ones. From cute clothes and baby bonnets to a baptism keepsake box or bracelet, there are many ideas you can get inspired by.

So without further ado, let’s take a look!

1. Comfortable Newborn Baby Clothes

Baby clothes are without a doubt one of the cutest things. Since every parent may have their own preferences in terms of colours and designs, gifting them neutral coloured, comfortable baby clothes can be an idea you could consider.

From cream coloured baby bonnets to pastel onesies, there are several amazing designs and baby outfits available on the market. Since parents love dressing up their newborns with many amazing outfits, your gift will surely make them happy.

2. Baptism Keepsake Box

Since baptism is a special occasion for every family, having a keepsake can help you remember the memories of this occasion as if it happened yesterday. This thoughtful gift lets the parents store precious memories with their newborn to remember down the years.

Another idea you could consider doing is get the box engraved with the date and perhaps the name of the little one. This can be that special touch to the gift that will make it even more memorable for everyone.

3. A Simple Bracelet With A Cross

If you wish to give the newborn and their parents something delicate and elegant, consider a beautiful bracelet with a cross charm attached to it. While this may not exactly be something that the newborn can use very often, it’s definitely something they’ll appreciate in the future.

Whether they use it regularly or have it as a keepsake, this bracelet is something thoughtful and special that they’ll always remember down the years.

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4. Personalised Baby Blankets

Another great personalised gift idea that you could consider giving the newborn is a personalised baby blanket. We all know that baby blankets are different from regular ones in terms of material and size.

Since babies tend to get things messy easily, having extra blankets will always come in handy for them. Moreover, by personalising it, you add a special touch to this and make it even more thoughtful. With this, you could attach a simple yet memorable card to convey your wishes and love for the little one.

5. Crocheted Baby Footwear And Outfit

Warm, cosy baby footwear is something every baby needs. Since a baptism requires them to be dressed well, gifting the parents crocheted baby footwear can be a thoughtful gift that they are sure to love.

You can find some cute baby shoes that will match the little one’s baptism outfit and give it to the parents beforehand so that they can put them on for their little one during the ceremony. You could also consider giving them a matching outfit to make the gift even more memorable.

6. A Framed Picture Of The Special Moment

The entire occasion is full of memorable moments and interactions that will always remain beloved for the parents and the newborn, especially in the years to come. With this in mind, why not capture a few to immortalise the feelings?

With so many amazing memories, you can capture your favourite moment from the ceremony and get it framed. You can then gift this to the new parents, they’re going to absolutely love the gift.

While these are only a few thoughtful gifts for baby baptism, there are many more options that you could explore. Whether it is something functional like blankets and clothes or something more memorable like a keepsake, the sentiment and love behind the gift will make the parents feel touched and happy down the line.

The baby too can have a few keepsakes saved for them to commemorate the thoughtful occasion and have a reminder of how many people love and care for them.

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How to Foster Positive Mental Health in Young Children

By Victoria Smith

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If you talk to most adults who’ve gone through therapy, they’ll tell you that a lot of therapy sessions are focused on what happened during their childhood years. The childhood years are the formulaic foundation for the rest of a person’s life. While you can’t control their actions and decisions, you can provide a good foundation in their childhood years. Consider some of the best ways to foster positive mental health in your young children.

1. Prioritize Adequate Rest, Nutrition, and Natural Light

The H.A.L.T. method is an acronym that helps people monitor their mental and physical health. If you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired (H.A.L.T.), you’re more likely to make poor decisions. Especially when children are young, they’re learning how to manage their emotions. This is one of the reasons why the timeframe that’s known as the “Terrible Twos” can be so tough. However, it’s important to teach your children to communicate their needs. Sometimes, a child is having a tantrum because they’re lonely and feel like they haven’t gotten enough quality time with you. If you’re spending hours at the computer, schedule more breaks to read a book with your child, take a walk, or do a different activity that they love.

2. Create a Safe Space for Open, Honest Communication

From a young age, children quickly learn the importance of protecting the feelings of others. They learn how to hide their emotions in order to avoid hurting someone else. While they may not have mastered filtered responses the way adults do, don’t be surprised by how much children can keep to themselves in order to protect the feelings of others. While it’s good to be thoughtful, you do want your children to be honest and open about their feelings. Foster a good sense of communication with each other. If you want your children to be open and honest with you, you also have to make sure you’re non-judgemental. If your children feel as though they’ll be punished if they’re open and honest, they’re less likely to do it.

3. Learn More About Various Disorders

Educate yourself on the various ways different mental health disorders can develop. It’s also important to pay attention to the signs of a developing illness. It’s possible for children to be depressed or anxious. It’s important to recognize it as it develops because it’s often viewed as a child being disagreeable or disobedient. Many mental health professionals like Dr. Ramani Durvasula continue to relentlessly fight against the raging epidemic of narcissism. Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is severely underdiagnosed because many people don’t realize the severity of it. However, a narcissistic personality disorder is actually developed in childhood years. By providing a healthy emotional foundation, you may be able help your child avoid the snares of a disorder or a mental breakdown in the future.

4. Prioritize Your Own Mental Health Routine

Your children can learn so much from you. What they see you do, they’ll naturally emulate. If they see you taking time to prioritize self-care, therapy sessions, and a thoughtful way of living, know that it will impact their lives as well. As their parent, you are your children’s greatest teacher. Lead by example. By prioritizing your own mental health, you’ll teach your children to do the same. Whether they recognize it as children or as adults, your habits will influence their future habits.

While these tips can be incredibly effective in creating a beautiful experience for young children, be mindful that there will be times when you make mistakes. If you make a mistake, you can learn from it and try to do better. By utilizing these tips and strategies to provide and foster a healthy space for mental wellness, you’re doing your part to make sure your children can soar as individuals in the world.

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