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The Internet, TV and Our Toddlers

While there are many benefits to navigating the internet or watching TV, there are also many problems when it comes to allowing our children to navigate these means independently. Our children are becoming obsessed with watching cartoons online or on TV, it’s almost a sickness. I noticed my 4 year old would throw these random tantrums or be rude or talk back to me or just plain act bratty and I was becoming very concerned. I would wonder, what is she so angry about (she’s 4)? or why is she being so rude or acting up (she knows better)? Until one day I noticed one of the kid’s YouTube channels she was used to watching was of this girl (about 8 or 10 yo) acting up and doing the rudest things to her parents…screaming at them or throwing things at them, ect. The parents filmed and were also part of the “skits”.  They acted as if it was funny or as if it was ‘ok’ for her to treat them disrespectfully. I found it so odd and immediately told her she was not allowed to watch that channel and told her mimicking the wrong things of others is not right and gave her a whole speech as to why the little girl was acting wrongly. Since I prohibited her from watching that channel, she’s no longer acting this way…she has her moments of acting up, like most 4 year olds, but it is not nearly as bad as during those days of her watching that channel.

I also noticed that when it came time for me to take away the phone or the tablet or if I didn’t want to turn on the TV, she would cry, as if it was the end of EVERYTHING in her world. That actually made me so upset because it showed a type of obsession. I would tell her “if you cry you will not be able to watch anything for a long time.” Now she gives me the back the phone or tablet as soon as her time is up or doesn’t give me such a hard time about keeping the TV off or even asks if she can watch something. Basically, monitoring what they watch and setting up rules is something we need to be adamant about.

There are cartoons that look perfectly safe and cute and we would never think anything negative about them, but if we actually sat down and paid attention to them we would find some pretty disturbing things being ingrained in our kids. For example the Peppa Pig cartoon which many parents believe it is wrongly influencing our children.  Thankfully my daughter doesn’t watch Peppa Pig, but I know this cartoon is very popular. Check out this particular article HERE where a mother reveals some of the negatives of the Peppa Pig cartoon.

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But it doesn’t stop there; recently an extremely disturbing Mickey Mouse video surfaced in the YouTube Kids App.  This particular Mickey Mouse video shows normal Mickey Mouse cartoons singing the “Finger Family”song.  TODAY better describes it was follows, “one channel available on YouTube Kids, Superkidz Finger Family, has offered a dark take on the “Finger Family” song. Recently, some moms have shared on social media their shock at finding graphic images of Mickey Mouse and his family, shooting one another — and themselves — in the head with guns.” How crazy is that?!  See full article HERE

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As crazy as it may sound, we have to monitor everything; all of the kid’s YouTube channels and even the cartoons on TV have to be reviewed by the parent(s) first.  Oftentimes I sit down with my daughter and analyze what she’s watching whether it is on TV or YouTube to see if it brings anything valuable to her life.  Even if it is strictly entertainment, I make sure it is typical kid humor and entertainment.  I would say, sit down with your kids from time to time just to get a feel of they are watching.

xoxo

Kari Aragon

-a concerned mom-

 

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Kiddle.co  – The New Search Engine For Kids

As parents, we always strive to protect our children as best as possible; including, but not limited to their protection from the craziness of the internet. Nowadays our technology is part of our everyday lives and the majority of us have access to at least one medium of technology that allows for our connection to the internet.  Our children are now growing up in our more technologically advanced world and can easily maneuver a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop or computer from a very early age, whether it is to use a kid friendly app or to watch or read something on the internet.

With my now almost 4 year old, I often find myself constantly checking in on her while she is using her tablet to watch kid-friendly YouTube channels, because it is very easy to end up on a different channel that is absolutely not kid-friendly.  I recently came across this post which talked about a new kid-friendly search engine called Kiddle which filters searches to only show kid-friendly results.  Even though my daughter is still not reading or searching for anything on the internet, when I heard about this new kid-friendly search engine I thought, “wow, a fabulous idea” for when she does start using the internet for her own searching

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Although, I think this is a great idea for kids between the ages of 7-14 who are constantly on the computer, who read and write and can maneuver their way around the internet,  this might only work if parents can really restrict access to other search engines and still monitor their kid’s searching habits. I don’t really believe there is any true way to restrict our kids from searching the internet, however, this idea is fantastic, as I strongly believe kids need to be kids first and foremost and our internet certainly exposes kids to all sorts of negative things at an earlier age than necessary. I figured that once she starts using the internet to search I can take away access to the other search engines and download Kiddle for her to use.  And even though there’s only so much I can control and keep away from her, I think any little bit helps to keep her mind as innocent as possible for as long as possible.  After a certain age I don’t think there is much you can do as far as restriction on their searching, but I think that if this search engine can really develop this idea and do more than what it claims it can do now, it can give some parents some peace of mind, at least for a little while. However, at the end of the day, our parenting skills is what is most important and what takes precedence over any negative exposures to our children.  If we are always doing our best as parents and teaching them as best as possible, right and wrong, good and bad and just being a good human being overall, they will be able to make good decisions in their lives regardless of what they see.

But if you would like to know more about this new search engine you can check it out here or check out this other article which goes into more details about the pros and cons of it. It definitely gives you a better breakdown of what to expect.  If you  are a parent of a child who is beginning to use the internet on their own, maybe you can check out this new search engine and see how it works for you and your kid(s).  I would love to hear about your experience.

XOXO
Kari

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5 WAYS TO NATURALLY INDUCE LABOR

11224741_10206608765801416_3816183014202982893_nI have a friend who just recently gave birth, but a week before and after her due date had passed, she asked if I knew of any methods to naturally induce labor as she was ready for the baby to ‘come out’. She was scheduled to be medically induced a week after we spoke, but she didn’t want to wait and at the same time wanted it to happen on its own.  She mentioned she had been walking tons for the past week and cleaning and just staying active overall.  I told her to do some light squats and hip circles on a yoga ball, etc…She said she had done all of that, but would try the squats.  She later asked me if I had ever heard of anyone drinking Castor Oil or Karo Syrup to induce labor…I said no, but that I would find out.

As someone who had a midwife during my pregnancy, I am all for promoting the most natural ways to give birth rather than it being medically induced.  So, I went on a quest to find out from other moms what they’ve done to naturally induce labor. I put up a post asking moms the question and was immediately showered with answers with things that they had done themselves that worked for them.  So for those of you preggos out there who are past their dues dates and are looking for ways to naturally induce labor, here are some of the most common answers I received to my question.

  1. SEX – Have lots of sex
  2. Foot Massage/ Pedicure/Acupuncture/Pre-natal massage/Warm Bath
  3. Walk, walk and walk… a lot (squats and pelvic circles on yoga ball are good too)
  4. Foods that can help: Eat Eggplant Parmesan (CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE), Pineapple, Spicy Food, Chinese Food.
  5. Let the baby come out when it wants to (it won’t be in there forever LOL)

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Although, many of the women were against drinking Castor Oil as it causes extreme abdominal pain, diarrhea and meconium (having the baby poop inside; which of course would not be a good thing), some of the women had actually used Castor Oil and claimed that it worked for them (as long as you don’t abuse the dosage).  Of course this post is for informational purposes only and in no way it is to be taken literal.  I am not a professional in this field and your decision to try any of these suggestions would your own responsibility.

I thought it was very interesting finding out what other women claimed help induce their labor process.  Some of the woman said that after doing one or two of the above they were in labor just a few hours later.

So if you are in this situation and are looking for a natural way to induce labor, I think the 5 suggestions in this post are fun to try and non-threatening.

If you do try any of these, I would love to hear if they worked.

Wishing you a happy and healthy labor and baby.

Xoxo Kari
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We Love Sesame Place!

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What a fun-filled weekend this past weekend was!  Lots of celebrations…I love celebrations…I am happy to say that there’s always so much love surrounding them and good vibrations emanating from all over the place.  We are truly blessed. Among all of the celebrations I attended to this weekend, one in particular was Sesame Place’s Autism Awareness Day!

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Sesame Place is a kid-friendly amusement-water park geared toward children ages 2-13.  It has a variety of rides which kids can ride by themselves or accompanied by an adult if the child is too little.  They are located in PA about an hour and 20 minutes from Northern NJ and officially opens for the season this coming weekend.

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A friend of mine gave us tickets to attend this special event and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to go. Since we know how much our little one L O V E S Sesame Street, we knew this would be a major event for her.  She was certainly over the moon with excitement once we arrived. I wish you guys could have seen the expressions on her face. She was in heaven! This certainly was the perfect amusement park, for the best little girl. Later in the day, one of my sisters and two little brothers came to the park to join in on the fun which made the day even more special.

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It was a sun-filled Sunday, just the perfect day to be outdoors. As I looked around, I noticed every child was truly enjoying this magical day.  It was great to see all of those little smiling faces, running around, going on the rides, eating candy, meeting all of the characters and more.  Everything was so perfect! My little one finally got to go on rides for her size… and she was having a blast.

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We got to sit and watch Elmo Rocks Concert which was fantastic.  She was totally enjoying and rocking to the beats of Elmo, Cookie Monster and friends. She also got to say hi to Elmo and take pictures with Cookie Monster and Abby…her favorite characters!  And to top it off, she got to see ALL of the characters during their wonderful 20 minutes closing parade.   She truly had the time of her life.  We can’t wait to bring her again once the water rides open…that will be another amazing experience.

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This day was just so wonderful overall.  Seeing her beautiful face lit up throughout the entire day we knew we made the right choice when we accepted those tickets.   If you are close to PA or willing to take an hour plus ride, I would suggest you take the kids. While we were there we ate at the Cookie Monster Cafe where each kid got to take home a super cute Cookie Monster Plate and Drink Cup as a souvenir.   My only suggestions would be to try to eat a good meal before arriving at the park. The food there is expensive and not the healthiest.  Other than that I can assure you, your children will have a great time!

There is a Groupon deal going on right now. Go HERE to view.

Hope you enjoy looking at the pictures of our Sesame Place Adventure!

Xoxo

Kari

zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events and Giveaway


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zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events and Giveaway 

Moms should always be celebrated and that is exactly what zulily is doing this week, celebrating moms all around by hosting various Maternity Week sales and a fabulous Maternity Fashion Week GIVEAWAY.  Yes! I said GIVEAWAY…zulily is giving away a Rosie Pope Maternity London Shopper Leisure Diaper Bag and you and I can win one!  

I know most moms out there would agree that having a stylish diaper bag is a big plus.  As a mom you want to be able properly store all of you baby’s needs and at the same time look fashionable. That is exactly what this gorgeous diaper gives you, practicality and style.  The Rosie Pope London Shopper Leisure Diaper Bag is durable,  has a washable interior with ample pockets for bottles and diapers, discrete stroller straps and a stylish changing pad and it comes in a lightweight silky nylon fabric. This bag retails at $295 but you and I can win one for free!

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All you need to do is pick out your favorite zulily baby product and tell us all about it in the comments below by Friday, Sept. 19th. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, Sept. 22nd.

Happy Maternity Fashion Week and good luck to us both!

XOXO

Karintia

Contest Rules: US and Canadian residents 18+ are eligible to participate. Winning affiliate selected at random.

Be sure to check out these stylish events for mamas-to-be from zulily this week:

***zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events***

Monday, September 15th
zulily Maternity Fashion Week Rosie Pope Diaper Bag Giveaway

HOTMilk Intimates on sale at zulily

Tuesday, September 16th
Fall Color Trend at zulily: Cognac

Madeleine Maternity on sale at zulily

Wednesday, September 17th
Soon Maternity on sale at zulily

Thursday, September 18th
Fall Color Trend at zulily: Royal & Sangria

Michael Stars & LAMade on sale at zulily

Friday, September 19th
Maternal America on sale at zulily

Keeping it safe on the playground!

2014-05-27 10.38.00Memorial weekend was off to a good start, my son, age 3, and I decide to attend a nice gathering with friends and family at Alley Pond Park in Queens, NY.  We were enjoying a nice day at the park, riding scooters, eating the inevitable chips and junk food that all kids love so much. Overall, we were having a great day.

My little boy was getting a bit bored towards the end of the day though, so we decided to head to the playground that was nearby.

The playground was a bit high and, in hind sight, tailored a bit toward older kids but I figured he would be ok. There was a bridge that he stumbled on, but again I figured he would be ok. About 5 minutes later my boy trips on the edge of the bridge and goes flying head first into a wooden step. I swore he broke his nose!

It took all I had to keep calm and pick him up and assess the damage. He had a black bruise in the middle of his forehead almost immediately and it was swelling up by the minute. I was applying ice, but at a park with limited supplies it seemed useless.

A peaceful fun day had now turned into a frantic one in a split second. I gathered all my stuff and rushed him to nearest hospital, as head injuries are a bit tricky. I kept talking to him and making sure he was conscious and coherent.

He was evaluated and observed for 4 hours and determined to be ok. He was a very brave boy. We are definitely counting our blessings. The nurse reassured me that the forehead is the ideal spot for a kid to get hit, as it is the hardest part and odds are the brain won’t be affected. Not that anyone wants their kid to have a head injury but if it did happen, that is where you would want it to occur.

The doctor advised me to keep checking for the main symptoms such as fainting, vomiting, dilated pupils, dizziness, disorientation, headache and mood changes. She told me to apply ice on the bump for 20 minutes every hour to hour and a half for the first 24hrs and then only heat.  I was a bit surprised about the heat. I have never heard of applying heat to an injury before. Even in movies you see a piece of meat for a black eye or ice for injured athletes. So I chose to share this story in hopes of informing other parents who may not have heard about this and to make sure they know what symptoms to look for in case of a head injury.

Apparently, the swelling will go down with the ice but if you continue with the ice after 24 hours you will be stopping the blood flow the injury needs to heal and therefore causing a hard bump underneath the bruise. I forget the medical terminology for this bump. I believe it’s a hematoma, but apparently it will take a VERY LONG time go away unless you apply the heat early on. It may take years before you see a difference without applying the heat to increase blood flow.

This bump is not at all dangerous, and other than for cosmetic reasons, isn’t an issue but I figure no one wants their kid going around with a lump in the middle of their forehead if it can be prevented.

We were definitely lucky this time around and I will be a bit more conscious about the playgrounds he plays in. We learned the hard way that all playgrounds are not safe for toddlers. From now on I will choose playgrounds no more than 3 ft off the ground to make sure they are age appropriate.

 

Why every child should have a ZooMoos this summer!

20140710-103432-38072369.jpgWhen we received our package with our very own ZooMoos, Kiara immediately snatched it from my hand and ran with it as she said “mine, mine.” She has not let go of her Sparkle ZooMoos ever since.

What we love most about the ZooMoos is that they are super cute, insulated sippy cup holders that look like a toy and my little one loves to carry it around. I definitely think every parent should get their child one of these.  The holder is designed to keep your child’s beverage nice and cold. It can also keep milk from spoiling by keeping it fresh!  ZooMoos come in various, fun designs your child will love. Go check out www.ZooMoos.com and let us know how you like it.   My daughter’s favorite is Sparkle – the cutest little unicorn ever!  The ZooMoos holder comes ready with its own BPA-free and phthalate free sippy cup, which is very convenient and safe. Its useful design allows you to fit in most sippy cups, bottles or cans. How perfect is that!?

Diana Dinges is the mom-preneur behind this fabulous invention. Her ingenious idea is sure to make every mom or dad grateful, particularly on a hot summer day.  Dinges is a mother of two and always found herself having to use her college coozies in order to keep her children’s drinks cool. This inevitably led her to the idea and development of ZooMoos as there was nothing out in the market like this for children.

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ZooMoos are suitable for children 6 months and up; they are easy to hold, machine washable and are made of neoprene.  Their durable material is meant for a long-lasting experience. Kiara has already taken her ZooMoos to the park, on our jogs and to restaurants. It is also very easy to spot thankfully, with their beautiful bright colors. No more forgetting her sippy cups (it’s happened a few times in the past before we got our ZooMoos).

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If you are working on introducing sippy cups to your little one, using a ZooMoos is actually a fun way to start. Also, if your child is going to school or daycare, this is by far the best way for him/her to keep their drink cool throughout the day and to identify their own sippy cup or bottle if thrown into mix.

We are absolutely delighted and in love with our ZooMoos!! We highly recommend it!!!

ZooMoos are currently featured on Zulily for a discounted price of $12.99 (retails for $19.99) www.zoomoos.com. Hurry on and get yours! This summer is super hot!!!

xoxo

Karintia