Increase Your Child’s Logic With Sudoku!

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For the last several years Sudoku has become a popular game for many children and teens to play and has been fast to spread across the world! This simple logic puzzle is popular and very entertaining. Kids benefit from this game of logic.

Sudoku puzzles were published in the US around 1970. They are sometimes known as “Number Squares”. They were popular for many years in Japan, where the name “Sudoku” was coined. The current craze was started when newspapers started publishing the puzzles. Within weeks the puzzles were picked up in other publications and Sudoku became the pastime of choice for commuters, adult – and even kids!

From a parent’s point of view, Sudoku puzzles are great for long trips, waiting rooms, and rainy afternoons. They have become popular in the classroom as teachers challenge kids with their benefits and using them as activities for children who finish early, as whole class activity, or as “homework”. Many teacher magazines have has recommended that Sudoku puzzles be used in the classroom as brain exercise!

These puzzles develop a child’s logic, reasoning skills and concentration. Sudoku puzzles, done at the right level, build a child’s confidence. Children of all abilities enjoy the challenge of a Sudoku puzzle,as long as the puzzle is age-appropriate. Keep in mind that many puzzles published in newspapers are too difficult for young children, it is worth looking for puzzles made especially for kids. Children as young as five years old can are entertained the 4×4 grids, then build up to the 6×6 grids and finally the traditional 9×9 grid.

Sudoku is an appealing way to use numbers, your child does not need high mathematical skills to solve the puzzles – only logic. By using logical reasoning appropriate to a child’s age, he can decides how to place numbers into a Sudoku grid. There is only one correct answer for each puzzle, no guessing is necessary, and rules are easy to learn. The more puzzles you do, the better a person becomes. Most puzzles typically take a child about 20-30 minutes to complete, and gives them a outstanding sense of satisfaction when finished!

This is really, is the secret of their popularity. A person feels good when after finishing one! Your child will want to try another one, and another …. They are excellent for both learning and entertainment.

Baby’s Furniture for Rooms on a Budget

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You’re pregnant with a new little bundle of joy. However, with the new baby on the way you know your budget will be stretched a bit. You’ve cleaned out the small bedroom and you’re ready to set up your baby’s new room. Here are some ideas that will keep baby safe and comfortable and will easily fit your limited budget.

When setting up a nursery, safety is the number one factor to keep in mind. Check out the safety guidelines before buying or borrowing a crib. Changes in safety issues are ever changing. Be sure to check the government website of recalled cribs. many of these item find their way to secondhand stores and garage sale. What seems like a bargain could turn out to be a safety concern. Use your money to buy things that will last at least a few years, such as a crib that converts to a toddler bed and a nice dresser. You may choose to use a cradle in the early months and keep it by your bed, but sooner of later you will need a crib.

Other types of baby furniture includes a diapering table and a high chair. And don’t forget a comfortable rocking chair for late-night feedings or to rock a fussy infant to sleep in the wee hours of the night.

When setting up baby’s room, make sure everything you’ll need will be close at hand, so you never have to leave baby alone not even for just a moment! Especially on the changing table, where she may easily roll off.

One of the biggest expenses in fixing up a nursery is the expense of hiring someone to design it. The best way to save money is to do it yourself! Refinish and paint (low VOC) furniture, make curtains. Inexpensive flat sheets work well and come in a variety of patterns. If you knit or crochet make a matching baby afghan or get {grandma|auntie} to knit a baby blankets. Paint the walls in colorful shades that will “grow” with the child. You may want to wallpaper one or more wall or perhaps use decals or decorative borders. If you are artistic you could stencil a design around the windows, ceiling and doors. The room can look elegant if you coordinate wallpaper and fabrics for a wall hanging, quilt, and window coverings.

If your family and friends will be giving you a baby shower, register for things to decorate the room, bedding, crib accessories (bumper pads, mobiles), and bright colored toys or stuffed animals. Don’t forget books, you will want to read to your baby right from the start. Your voice will soothe and comfort baby and lull her to sleep.

Use baskets, drawers, and shelves to store toys, clothing, and other infant essentials. Extend storage space by putting shelves over the diapering area or a dresser. The closet can also be fitted with shelves for basket extra diaper storage and clothing. Whatever you decide to do enjoy the time you spend in anticipation of your new family member.

Find New Recipes for Healthy Eating

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It’s time to find new recipes and make healthier choices for family meals. The obesity rate in the United States has more than doubled for preschoolers and adolescents and for ages 6 to 11-over it has more than tripled the past 30 years. Children who are obese are at greater risk for health problems. Diabetes and heart disease beginning in childhood carry over into adulthood.

Parents can help children, and the rest of the family to find healthier recipes and food choices, both at home and away-from-home. You family doctor or a registered dietitian can help you to determine the healthiest weight goals for the entire family. They can also give you recipes for preparing healthier food.

These tips can teach parents to help their families eat healthy:

1. Eat one meal together daily or more and eat at scheduled times.

2. Prepare healthy food recipes for the whole family.

3. Stop using food as a reward, comfort or punishment.

4. Don’t expect children to “Clean their plates”.

5. Eat slowly.

6. Drink water with meals.

7. Use low fat, low sugar condiments.

8. Encourage the entire family to walk, take the stairs and exercise.

9. Set limits on television, video games or computer time. Choose healthy snacks for these activities as well.

10. Limit eating out, especially fast food.

Parents are responsible for helping children reach health goals by making healthy changes at home, and teaching kids what to do away from home. Let children help prepare new healthy recipes to learn more about healthy food choices. Changing eating pattern does not happen over night, it takes time to make change.

You can find can find more information about healthy eating from your family doctor, government health brochures and websites. You can find healthy recipes for foods most everywhere today. Check you supermarket for free pamphlets, buy a new cookbook or consult magazine to help change your families attitude toward healthy eating.