Keeping Your Children Happy

When Your Baby Is Having A Baby: Three Tips For Navigating Your Teenage Daughter’s Pregnancy

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Your Baby Is Having A Baby: Three Tips For Navigating Your Teenage Daughter’s Pregnancy

“Mom, I’m pregnant.” You probably hoped you wouldn’t hear those words until your daughter was financially stable and mature, but now that she has uttered them as a teenager, it is up to you to make the most of the situation. Navigating your teen daughter’s pregnancy can be an emotional roller coaster — for you, for your daughter, and for the baby’s father and his family. Every situation is different, and the best ways to deal with the questions and concerns that come up along the way are largely dependent on your relationship with your daughter and her relationship with the baby’s father. In general, however, you will benefit from adhering to these three tips. If you truly think adoption is the best choice, let your daughter come to that conclusion on her own. The decision to give up one’s baby is never easy, whether a mother is 16 or 36. If you tell your daughter straight out that you think adoption is the best option, the emotions that she feels as she even first considers adoption are likely to make her feel resentful of you for even daring to suggest it. However, if you simply provide her with the resources to explore adoption as an option and let her come to a conclusion on her own, she will feel empowered by the choice she makes — no matter what that choice is. Some ways to provide your daughter with information about adoption without making her feel like you’re making the decision for her include: Signing her up for informational seminars on options for teen mothers. (These are often offered at local hospitals and usually cover adoption in a positive light.) Arranging for her to meet with any adoptive parents you know. Tell her that you’d just like her to keep her options open and that you think talking to someone who has adopted a baby will give her a more realistic perspective of what adoption is like. For more information about placing a baby for adoption, visit these guys. Make sure the father and his parents are informed — and include everyone in the decision making along the way. The longer you put off discussing the pregnancy with your teenage daughter’s partner and his parents, the harder it will be. Ask your daughter if the father of the baby knows. If he does not know yet, emphasize to her how important it is to tell him. Provide her with a safe environment in your own home where she can tell him, if needed. Once the baby’s father knows of the pregnancy, you should make a call to his parents to arrange a meeting. But do not discuss the situation with them right then and there — this may make your daughter feel like you’re intruding. Whenever you discuss the baby and your daughter’s options, you should make sure the baby’s father and his parents are there, in person, as well. This way, nobody will feel left out — and the whole process will go more smoothly. Be there for your daughter emotionally. Understand that this is traumatic for her, too. All too often, parents take a “well, you’re getting what you paid for!” attitude when it comes to dealing with their teenage daughters’ pregnancy. They use phrases like “this...

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The Postural Impact Of Poor Cycling And Swimming Form And How To Rectify This

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Postural Impact Of Poor Cycling And Swimming Form And How To Rectify This

Exercise is the best way to combat a sedentary working day, as sitting at a computer can have a detrimental impact on your muscles and joints. However, many people make the mistake of practising poor form while exercising, which can cause a number of structural and postural problems by itself. The two most damaging forms of exercise for poor posture are cycling and swimming, so below are the effects that poor form can have on your body and how to rectify this: Cycling Cycling is a great cardio-vascular exercise that can help you manage your weight, control your blood pressure, and significantly increase your lower-body strength. However, it is important to notice that cycling can have a detrimental impact on your upper body if proper precautions aren’t taken whilst cycling. The reason for this is that the posture adopted during cycling can cause rounding of the shoulders, bringing your head forward from its natural position and weakening the supporting muscles over time. To understand the effect of cycling on the upper body, you must first understand the muscles that are in play while you’re on the road. The biggest muscular imbalance that cycling can cause is related to the chest and upper-back areas. Whilst on your bike, your shoulders are rotated forward to grab the handlebars, stretching your deltoids, rhomboids, and trapeziums. This has the consequence of tightening your pectoral muscles, causing your chest to contract and become smaller. Over time, this can cause a rounding of the upper back, which is held in this position due to the muscular imbalance between your chest and upper back. To prevent this from happening, consider the following tips: Tilt the nose of your saddle down 10-15 degrees to give your pelvis enough room to tilt forward. This will put your spine in a neutral position that will help avoid any postural problems from occurring. Whilst riding, lean the entire trunk of your upper body forward to the handlebars, rather than simply rolling your shoulders forward. Pinch your scapula (shoulder blades) together to ensure your spine stays neutral whilst cycling. To rectify poor posture caused by cycling, you’ll have to open up your chest and rib-cage area with some muscle-specific stretches. This will restore balance to your upper body and ensure your spine stays neutral during your day-to-day life. Swimming Swimming has a similar effect on the body as cycling does. Whilst it is a great full-body exercise for toning and strengthening your muscles, the posture adopted during swimming have a negative effect on your normal standing posture. The extent of this depends entirely on which type of stroke you typically practice; butterfly swimming will have a bigger impact on your body than breast stroke. For regular swimmers, one of the biggest problem areas is the lower back. The lumbar spine naturally has a gentle C-configuration, curving towards the front of your body to offset the curvature of the thoracic (middle) spine. In swimmers, however, there is often a rotation of the hip that causes this portion of the spine to be held straight. This is often referred to as posterior pelvic tilt, and can be rectified in the following ways: Stretch the posterior hip muscles to restore balance to the area. The best stretches for targeting this area include standing lunges,...

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4 Reasons To Choose Cremation

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Choose Cremation

When it comes to your final rites, there are many options from which to choose. Although the most popular option is still a traditional burial, the fact of the matter is that cremation is becoming increasingly popular. There are several reasons why this is the case. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn of 4 reasons that many are choosing cremation over other forms of last rites and perhaps will serve to convince you to give cremation a thought, as well. Cost When it comes down to the bottom line, funerals are very expensive. Everything from a wake to storage of the body is something that costs a considerable amount of cash. In today’s economy, the average cost of a funeral is between $7,000 and $10,000. That includes the price of embalming and the casket, but that does not even cover the cost of a cemetery’s charges. The phenomenon of cremation skips over that entirely. You won’t have to worry about 1/3 of that price if you so decide on a cremation process for your last rites. The average cost of direct cremation is only $1,100, a far cry cheaper than a burial. Secularism One of the most common reason that people invoke burial as the prime manner in which they would like to be honored after death is due to religious reasons. As the world becomes increasingly secular – and if you are a secular person, as well – then chances are you are not particularly concerned with the phenomenon of rite and ritual. As such, it would be prudent from a number of standpoints to simply allow yourself the practicality of a cremation. As mentioned earlier, it is significantly cheaper, which will make the burden upon your family much less worrisome, and without the burden of religious conviction, the rites performed should be as practical as they come. Flexibility There are several things involving a cremation that make it far more flexible than a traditional set of last rites and funeral service. As such, you can mix and match elements from a traditional funeral as you deem them necessary. For example, your family will have much more time to organize and mobilize themselves, as often times family are spread out throughout the country (or even world). You also do not have to have the funeral or visitation within the halls of an institution. Rather, a funeral can take place within a family member’s home and friends, family, and other loved ones can pay their final respects there. Environmental Concerns If you are a person who is concerned with the state of the environment and leaving behind a far lesser carbon foot print upon the earth, cremation is a much more acceptable form of last rites than the somewhat more popular form of burial. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. For example, embalming fluid is well known to contaminate otherwise clean water with chemicals such as arsenic, mercury, and formaldehyde. Furthermore, the materials from which caskets are constructed can serve to bring further damage to the environment. There are a larger number of chemicals, metals, plastics, concrete, and wood in caskets, which, when buried, take up a considerable amount of space and are not necessarily the best things to place...

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