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The house is a mess, and so is the new family. Making the leap from coupledom to baby-makes-three status is exciting, exhilarating, and wonderful. It's also exhausting, exasperating, and worrisome. This combination can be toxic to the romantic relationship that made you parents in the first place. Maintaining a marriage post-baby takes a lot of time and energy, exactly what you've have the least of now. Here are some ideas that will help your family during this transition period.

Breaks are a welcome downtime for both children and teachers. A structured, rigorous academic schedule is necessary for teachers to teach and children to learn. However, a good source of learning also takes place during recess, allowing children to do what they want (to an extent) in an unstructured, safe environment. Here’s why:

Tantrums are a frustrating part of parenthood. However, as strange as it may seem, tantrums are normal. They are a part of children’s development, allowing them to express themselves if they are angry, frustrated, or upset.

Tantrums are common during the second year of life when language skills are starting to develop. Because toddlers can't yet speak using many words to express what they want, feel, or need, frustration may cause a tantrum. As language skills improve, outbursts tend to decrease. Here are some helpful techniques to remember if your children are close to, or in the middle of a tantrum:

All primary caregivers of young children are blessed with moments that may not be a “blessing.” These activities can include whining, high-pitched shrieking, and being witness to catastrophic temper tantrums over virtually nothing. They are also familiar with cleaning vomit, diapers, and rushing to bandage scraped knees. We work through these tough moments because we love our children. But why does it seem that children are the most misbehaved when they’re around their mothers?

Keeping your children safe around water is tricky but important. Water activities are a huge draw for families seeking summer-time fun or relief from the heat. Children need constant supervision around water—whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, or a lake.

With summer weather and its fun-filled activities around the corner, it is important to be aware of the causes and signs of dehydration in children. A combination of high and low impact movement facilitates water evaporation from our bodies. While a regular diet maintains healthy levels of salts and fluid that evaporates, our bodies can experience a chemical imbalance when exercise causes excessive sweating. This chemical imbalance can sometimes lead to dehydration, which can be dangerous for our children. Signs and symptoms of dehydration include a dry or sticky mouth, few or no tears when crying, eyes that look sunken, dry and cool skin, unusual irritability, drowsiness or dizziness; and in babies, the soft spot on top of the head appears sunken or fewer wet diapers than usual.

If you think your child is showing signs of early dehydration, you should act immediately. Children who are mildly dehydrated because of activity will be thirsty and should drink as much as they want. Plain water is the best option. They should rest in a cool, shaded spot until the lost fluid is replaced. A breastfed infant should continue to be nursed, even during rehydration, unless repeated vomiting occurs. Do not give a dehydrated child, soda, ginger ale, tea, fruit juice, gelatin desserts, or chicken broth. These don't have the right mix of sugar and salts and can make the dehydration worse. Older children who are dehydrated can have sports drinks, but an oral rehydration solution (ORS) is best for young children and infants.

Gardening can be a daunting task to some, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. It also doesn’t require a perfectly flat, large, sunny backyard. For example, you can plant in a small raised bed or existing landscaping. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, a few containers of soil in a sunny spot can be an easy way to grow herbs or sweet cherry tomatoes. We all know eating vegetables is good for you. In addition to the health benefit to your child’s body, planting a garden can also positively affect your child’s mind and soul.

Learning how to manage feelings is an integral part of children’s social and emotional development and overall well-being. Helping them understand that having different feelings is normal and naming the feelings they experience can help alleviate the anxiety from not knowing how to manage their own emotions. Here are a two fundamental ways parents and caregivers can help children deal with confusing emotions:

If you're like many households, you're working hard to prevent the flu from infecting your family. At Heaven's Elect, we do our best to keep our environment clean, so your little ones remain healthy. The following are insights from a nurse to help better understand what to do if our loved ones catch the flu.

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Heaven’s Elect Christian Learning Center and Daycare is a Non-denominational Christian childcare center fully licensed by the state of Michigan. Our Midland daycare center has been serving the community since 2000. The daycare center is open for your convenience: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. When at all possible, we are open during Midland Public School snow days.


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