CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ 5 Individual Sports for Kids <p>Parents want their kids to have an active and healthy lifestyle and many enroll them in team sports hoping to help them develop healthy lifelong habits and a love for psychical activity. While there are many benefits to team sports, they aren&rsquo;t always the best fit. Individual sports can be a great alternative to playing on a team especially for kids who have ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or struggle with socialization disorders. Individual sports help kids stay active while building self-esteem and focus. They also learn to set personal goals, and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the coach. Here are some great individual sports to try and the benefits for your child can gain by participating in each of them.</p> <p>##ad##</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tennis</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hand-eye coordination, speed, agility, gross and fine motor skills, and strong cardiovascular exercise makes tennis a great option for kids who like to keep moving, are quick on their feet, and want the individual attention that comes from one-on-one coaching.</p> <p>Martial arts</p> <p>Kids who want to learn discipline, respect for others and themselves, balance and coordination, self-control, and work on their listening and focusing skills should consider trying martial arts. This can also become a family sport as all ages are welcome in this activity.</p> <p>Gymnastics</p> <p>Gymnasts are known for their strength, coordination, flexibility, and discipline. Your child may never become an Olympic gymnast but the confidence and agility they will learn from participating in gymnastics will stick with them.</p> <p>Swimming</p> <p>Swimming is a great source of cardiovascular exercise. It also promotes strength, stamina, balance, better posture, and teaches water safety. Swimming, like martial arts, is a sport for all ages. A love of a sport like swimming can turn into a lifetime source of exercise and enjoyment.</p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p>Running</p> <p>While running sports typically start in late elementary school or middle school, it is never too early or late to enjoy. Besides a great cardio workout, running helps develop physical, mental, and personal development as kids overcome challenges and set new goals in distance or time.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1646 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Hobbies – How they Spark Creativity <p class="p1">&ldquo;To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.&rdquo; &ndash; Osho</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p3">As a child, I spent hours in my bedroom writing poetry and short stories. As I found different words and phrases to express my thoughts and emotions, my creative spark grew into a fire that would eventually result in five published books. My childhood hobby inspired a creativity that has benefited me for much of my adult life.</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">Now, as a mother, I watch how my sons&rsquo; hobbies have done the same. Through countless hours of drawing, building, filming, editing, acting, and painting, my boys have become creative young men with a definite passion for the arts. This is why I believe that, though the academics and sports we often push are important, free time to pursue one&rsquo;s own interests is the birthplace of creativity. Children must have time for hobbies.</p> <p class="p4">##adbig##</p> <p class="p3">Creative hobbies have been linked to better performance at work in studies on adults. In fact, these studies show that people who engage in hobbies are more likely to come up with creative solutions to problems at work and scored 15% to 30% higher on performance rankings in one study. I believe this is just as true with children. It stands to reason that children who engage in creative hobbies will perform better academically.</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">Better performance isn&rsquo;t the only benefit of a sparked imagination, of course. More and more research is emerging on the link between happiness and creativity. Creative hobbies reduce stress, build confidence, and lead to greater well-being. Children feel a great sense of achievement when they use their imagination and skills to create something. Visual arts have particular benefit in lowering stress and increasing psychological resilience.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1647 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities Can Last a Lifetime <p class="p1">Kids might learn how to conjugate verbs and do long division in the classroom, but organized activities teach kids life skills that have far-reaching effects in life. Research is showing that extracurricular activities are just as important as what kids learn inside the classroom.</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">The skills, habits and connections that kids develop from extracurricular activities can impact what kind of jobs they land, their earning potential, and yes, even their academics as well. Kids who are involved in extracurricular activities have been linked with better grades and higher graduation rates. And it&rsquo;s no secret that colleges favor applicants whose resumes are more colorful and well rounded.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Extracurricular activities can even help kids stay away from troubling behavior like drug use or sexual activity.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">How exactly do extracurricular activities benefit kids in such a dramatic way? There are at least five reasons how.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>The competitive advantage. </strong>Learning to be competitive in soccer or chess will also teach kids to be competitive in life. Everyone enjoys the thrill of winning, but a true competitor has learned to push boundaries and not get discouraged from failure, which brings us to our next point.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>The value of failing. </strong>It&rsquo;s one thing to hear that failure is the best way to learn and quite another to experience it. The ability to recover from loss and persevere because trying increases the chances of winning is known as something called grit, one of the most important characteristics expert cite as critical for success in life.</li> </ul> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1648 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Indulge your Imagination <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s been 21 years and counting since Aeromax set out to create dress up to spark the imaginations in children. &nbsp;Even though the company began with a tangle-free toy parachute, Aeromax is probably best known for its high-quality dress up gear for infants, adults, and everyone in between. Not just for Halloween, dress-up outfits from Aeromax are carefully designed to withstand the test of time. The quality is so amazing, that kids will outgrow them long before they wear them out. &nbsp; </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> Giving kids these amazing choices for costumes makes it so much fun to play dress up without raiding mom and dad&rsquo;s closet. &nbsp;There is nothing more amazing than watching your kids pretend and have a blast doing it. &nbsp;Children today need playtime away from TVs, phones and computers. Imaginative play is an important part of childhood. &nbsp;Aeromax, Inc. specializes in toys and dress-up gear that encourage creative, battery-free thinking.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> Aeromax has 30+ &ldquo;Get Real Gear&rdquo; outfits that are designed to look exactly like uniforms and attire worn by adults in real careers. &nbsp;Kids love pretending to be doctors, scientists, fire fighters and so much more in these true-to-life outfits. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The &ldquo;Get Real Gear&rdquo; Astronaut costume is so realistic, it&rsquo;s sold at the Kennedy Space Center&rsquo;s gift shop and at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Store. &nbsp;They have also shown up in TV commercials, shows and has even become the go-to dress up outfit of choice for celebrity kids. &nbsp;<br /> <br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.aeromaxtoys.com" target="_blank">www.aeromaxtoys.com</a></strong></span><br /></span><span class="s1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="mailto:info@aeromaxtoys.com">info@aeromaxtoys.com</a></strong></span><br />877-776-2291</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1644 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 MITTEEZ "The Ultimate Baby Teething Mitten" <p class="p1"><span class="s1">MITTEEZ&trade; is the ultimate baby teething company. &nbsp;The #1 creators of innovative, safe, organic and natural teething products for babies of smart parenting. &nbsp;Founded in 2012 by a mom of four, &nbsp;with a philosophy of health, simplicity, and safety while making a difference. &nbsp;MITTEEZ&trade; "The Ultimate Baby Teething Mitten" was granted it's patent this year and with being so fresh on the market for only 7 months, it has proven it's success by winning multiple awards globally and helping so many babies during a difficult stage. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">MITTEEZ&trade; &ldquo;The Ultimate Baby Teething Mitten&rdquo;(Stage One) is a two stage, multi award-winning, organic, developmental, hygienically friendly teething mitten and keepsake toy. Specifically designed to manage the drooling teething baby between the ages of 0-6 months. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It is such a fabulous product because it&rsquo;s made from organic cotton and bamboo fabrics so it's lightweight and free from harmful chemicals. The Teething Mitten is secured by an adorable PeaBear character rattle wrist wrap toy providing stimulation and entertainment and the bonus it&rsquo;s removable so it&rsquo;s the perfect babies first keepsake! </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A wash/travel bag is included. Available in Pink/Green.<br /> <br /> MITTEEZ INTERNATIONAL INC.<br /> 34A-2755 Lougheed Hwy, #172<br /> Port Coquitlam, BC CANADA V3B 5Y9<br /> <br /><strong><a href="http://www.mitteez.com" target="_blank">www.mitteez.com</a></strong><br /> Email: <strong><a href="mailto:info@mitteez.com" target="_blank">info@mitteez.com</a></strong><br /> 1(250)268-3464</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1643 Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Simplifying Kids’ Nutrition with the Traffic Light System <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Getting kids to eat right can be a challenge. According to the CDC, childhood obesity affects about 13.7 million children and adolescents in the United States. Pediatric obesity has reached epidemic proportions which has both immediate and long-term consequences for children. These consequences are grouped into three main areas: mental, physical, and economic. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Physical Consequences of Childhood Obesity</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23200634"><span class="s2">recent study</span></a> involving more than 43,000 children between the ages of 10 and 17, researchers from the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities found links between childhood obesity and chronic conditions such as ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, allergies, asthma, ear infections, and headaches. Obese kids are also at an increased risk of developing sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. They have a greater risk of developing bone, joint, and growth plate problems, as well as liver disease, GERD, and some types of cancer. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Mental Consequences of Childhood Obesity</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Obesity takes an emotional and mental toll on the child as well. In a culture that values thinness, children as young as six may associate negative stereotypes with excess pounds. There is a social stigma attached to being an overweight child, and it can be just as damaging as the physical effects. Obese children are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, and this lack of confidence can lead to poorer academic performance. These children are often subjected to teasing and bullying which contributes to their low self-confidence. Depression is another risk factor of childhood obesity. When children are often bullied, teased, or tormented, and when they don&rsquo;t feel they are accepted by their peers, he or she may become clinically depressed and withdrawn. Some research even suggests that heavy teenagers and young adults may be less likely to be accepted into a prestigious college or land a good job.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Economic Consequences of Childhood Obesity</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">One must also consider the direct costs of medical office visits, tests, and services. Indirect costs include decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and premature death. Researchers estimate that over $147 billion are spent yearly on the direct and indirect costs associated with obesity.</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Nutrition Made Simple</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In order to address better nutrition in my own home, I recently purchased the book <a href="https://amzn.to/2LRQtrG"><span class="s2"><em>Red Light, Green Light, Eat Righ</em></span></a>t by Joanna Dolgoff, MD. In this simple system, foods are broken down into three categories: Green light foods, yellow light foods, and red light foods. </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1641 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Back to School: How to Give Your Child Emotional Support at Home <p class="p1">For many of us, the time has come again to sign permission slips, pack lunches, oversee homework assignments, and empty folders. Yes, summer is over and our kids are back to school. You might notice that your child begins to melt down more often, becomes moody, or begins to act out. Before you send your eye-rolling kid to his room, consider this. <em>School is stressful, and children&rsquo;s developing brains aren&rsquo;t yet fully equipped to handle it. </em></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p3">Children must learn to navigate the ever-changing social climate. They may be put down, picked on, excluded, or called out in front of peers, and yet they mustn&rsquo;t show vulnerability. Their negative emotions are bottled inside, swirling and swirling all day long, and by pick-up time, the storm is ready to be unleashed. Home is the only safe place to unleash it. Home is the place where children (hopefully) know they are loved exactly as they are &ndash; a place where they can take off the masks they&rsquo;ve been wearing all day.</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">In addition to a child&rsquo;s social struggles, they are now given the task of sitting still, shutting up, and paying attention for long periods of time (going against their very nature) as well as the responsibility to complete work in a timely manner and take in a lot of new information. Some children are adjusting to new teachers, changing classes, and complicated schedules for the first time. Young children (and some older ones!) are adjusting to being separated from their parents for long periods, and this can be alarming on its own.</p> <p class="p4">##adbig##</p> <p class="p3">Finally, adding to the stress is the after-school marathon of homework, band practice, ball practice, recitals, and projects. Let&rsquo;s also not forget that, thanks to social media and cell phones, they never really get away from the pressures of school life. It&rsquo;s no wonder they&rsquo;re melting down or acting out, and no amount of lectures or consequences will ease their troubled hearts. Here&rsquo;s how to help:</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">1. Make home a safe place to express emotions. Children must learn healthy ways to express their feelings, and keeping them bottled up for fear of punishment doesn&rsquo;t serve them well in this goal. Yes, emotions get messy, and it can be hard to watch anger or sadness sweep over our children, but unless they are released and empathized with, they will fester. Of course, parents must hold boundaries regarding behavior. Allowing expression doesn&rsquo;t mean we stand by as our kids destroy property or yell nasty names at their siblings. It simply means that we listen and empathize while we hold our boundaries.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1639 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Let it Go: Seven Things to Stop Worrying About <p class="p1">Worrying, it&rsquo;s something all parents do. I am guilty of it, especially when I lie awake at three am, with the silence of the house ringing in my ears. I worry about what I forgot to do, what I need to do, what I should have done, and what I already did.</p> <p class="p1">Parenthood is hard. There is always something to be done, someone who needs assistance, and multiple things to worry about. The list is endless but may include everything from feeding your kids healthy foods, to your child&rsquo;s friendships, to what others think about your choices. Some worries are valid, but many are not worth the time and effort. What if we could learn to let them go?</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Personal Expectations</strong></p> <p class="p1">Before I became a parent, I had high expectations for myself as a mother. I had things I wanted to do and things I declared I would never do. After my first child was born, I quickly realized that I would change my perspective on most pre-child declarations. &ldquo;Let go of the idea that you will be the perfect parent because it won&rsquo;t happen.&rdquo; says twin mother Aly Ridgeley of Kansas City. When parents accept that they are doing the best they can, at that moment, for their kids, they will be able to cross this worry off their list.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Guilt</strong></p> <p class="p1">Do you worry that you don&rsquo;t spend enough time with your child? Do you feel guilty you were not able to breastfeed your child or that you missed a soccer game? Do you feel bad you forgot to remind your son to grab his lunch on the way out the door? The guilt of these things and more can weigh heavily on a parent but you have permission to let it go. It is okay if you miss a game or a school party. We all have to make choices and sometimes those choices cause unnecessary guilt. Once a decision is made, move forward and let go of the feelings of guilt. They will only rob you of enjoying the present.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Outward Appearances</strong></p> <p class="p1">A tidy house, a perfectly decorated home, an amazing wardrobe, all organic, home-cooked meals, the perfect marriage, smart, athletic, creative children, and a partridge in a pear tree. We want it all and we want it to be perfect, or at least appear that way. This picture is lovely but it is not a realistic, reachable goal. It is easy to get caught up in what our families looks like to others. It does not matter if your children wear perfectly coordinating outfits. Is your child is dressed in weather appropriate clothing? Great. Does it match? It&rsquo;s your lucky day. Social media puts so much pressure on us to keep up with what we believe others are doing. I have a secret for you, Pinterest is not real life and what is posted on Facebook is typically the best of what is going on in reality. Embrace the fact that no one is perfect and nobody's expecting you to be.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>What If's</strong></p> <p class="p1">Parents often worry about things that haven&rsquo;t even happened yet. What if he gets sick? What if she falls and gets hurt? What if I forget something important? What if he doesn&rsquo;t make the team?<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>What if&rsquo;s are not worth the energy they use. Acknowledge they are unnecessary and decide not to waste time on them. Face the problems in front of you rather than worrying about issues that do not exist.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1640 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 5 High-Tech (and Creative) Ways to Make Single Parenting Easier <p>Kids. They bring you joy and love, and give your life purpose. But we also know that parenting is not for the faint of heart. And parenting solo? Why are there no awards for this? With no one to tag team with during the day, single parents have all of the decisions, discipline, chores, and stress. If you find yourself parenting alone, you likely need to get creative.</p> <p>Smart home technology can simplify tasks, help monitor your kids, and even take care of a few things you just don&rsquo;t have the energy to do. And here&rsquo;s a secret for parents who aren&rsquo;t on the solo journey: Smart home tech can help you, too &ndash; no matter where you are, at home or on the go!</p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><strong>Smart Home What?</strong></p> <p>Smart home technology is a rapidly growing collection of consumer products that can be controlled remotely, typically via your in-home Wi-Fi or an app on your phone or tablet. These devices can also communicate with each other, either directly, or through apps and services that serve as a bridge. The technology ranges from simple DIY items, like a single Wi-Fi connected light bulb, to more cohesive systems, like you might get from your home security company or local cable provider. There are even high-end systems that can be built right into your home.</p> <p>Intrigued? Here&rsquo;s what all this technology can do for you to help you run your home.</p> <p><strong>Smart Appliances</strong></p> <p>You woke up to your smart speaker playing your morning jam and stumbled out of bed. Now you&rsquo;re staggering around the house trying to get the kids up and ready for school. All you really want is your coffee, but your daughter needs help with her hair, and your son is complaining about there being no food for lunch. Luckily, your smart coffee maker has already brewed you a cup of your favorite morning blend because you had programmed it. Your smart speaker sent an alert when you turned it off (just a few snoozes in), so the coffee is hot and ready to go.</p> <p>Before you head out the door, your smart devices can also remind you that the kids have soccer practice this evening. You&rsquo;ll have little time to make dinner, but with a few taps on your phone you can have your smart oven preheating the moment you leave work, so it&rsquo;s ready to go when you arrive home.</p> <p><strong>Smart Outlets</strong></p> <p>You arrive at work just on time, but something is weighing on your mind. Something you forgot. That&rsquo;s right&mdash;you left the curling iron plugged in! With just five minutes until your first meeting, you have no time to go home and unplug it. Pull out your phone, and use the app to turn off the smart outlet it&rsquo;s plugged into. Now you can focus on your big presentation without worrying about any incidents when you return home.</p> <p><strong>Smart Locks</strong></p> <p>Your kids are finally old enough to head home after school on their own, but even if you have faith that they won&rsquo;t burn the house down, you&rsquo;re likely still nervous that they&rsquo;ll lose their keys.</p> <p>Smart home tech has an answer to this age-old problem in the form of a smart lock. These locks allow you to enter your home using a code. Each person, including the housekeeper (if the housekeeper is not you), the grandparents, and the dog sitter can have their own code, so you can keep track of who has entered and when. Smart locks can connect to your Wi-Fi and even alert you to someone entering the house. You&rsquo;ll know your kids are home safe without them having to remember to tell you. And, if needed you can even lock or unlock the doors remotely if (when) someone forgets.</p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><strong>Environmental Controls</strong></p> <p>The kids are in bed (finally!), dishes are done, laundry put away, and you just want to curl up with a good book. Five minutes in and you know you&rsquo;re too tired to face another thing. Depending on where you live, your internet service provider can offer you a total home security and home automation solution. You can simply say, &ldquo;Good night,&rdquo; into your voice remote and automatically the lights turn off, the heat turns down, the doors all lock, the security system is activated, and some calming music drifts into your room.</p> <p><strong>Home Monitoring</strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;re no doubt asleep by the time your head hits the pillow. It&rsquo;s been a busy day, and you&rsquo;ve had a lot to juggle. But also, you&rsquo;re able to rest easier because your home is being monitored even while you sleep. Your smart smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors are on, and they can even text you to alert you to problems just as they occur. But you&rsquo;ve also got door and window sensors in case someone tries to sneak in (or out&hellip;). And there&rsquo;s even a water sensor in the basement in case the pipes freeze again and start to leak. Security cameras around the inside and outside of your home are keeping watch, with live monitoring and recording.</p> <p>Just a few years ago, this would have seemed like some sort of high-tech house of the future, but this technology is all readily available today. And although you can install most of it on your own, we know how busy single parents are. With some home security systems, like the one that may be available from your local internet service provider, you can integrate additional smart home features, all professionally installed (with customer support) and controllable with one mobile app. Whether you choose to buy a package or DIY, the right set of smart home technology products can feel like a second set of hands around your home. And who couldn&rsquo;t use that?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1637 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 When (and How) to Start Caring for Your Children’s Skin <p>There&rsquo;s nothing quite like caressing the supple skin of your newborn baby. While that ultra-smooth skin won&rsquo;t last forever, you can take steps to protect and care for it. Help set your children up for a lifetime of youthful skin and teach them how to maintain a healthy complexion through the years. Here&rsquo;s how.</p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><strong>Protect from the Sun</strong></p> <p>The most important thing you can do for skin is to protect it from the sun. While you shouldn&rsquo;t use sunscreen on infants, protecting your child's skin from the sun should start from day one. Keep newborns out of the sun&mdash;when they&rsquo;re outside, it&rsquo;s best to use a sun protective blanket over their carrier and always make use of shade. Once your baby reaches 6 months of age, the Mayo Clinic recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (test a small amount on their skin to be sure it doesn&rsquo;t irritate them). Avoid the sun during its peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help reduce UV exposure.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>It's important to use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day of the year when your child will be outside for longer than a brief period. Apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed areas. Choose an SPF that contains zinc or titanium dioxide and is formulated with sensitive skin in mind. Reapply sunscreen every two hours to keep the skin adequately protected. Keep in mind that even in colder months, the sun can still harm your child's skin. As your children get older, allow them to apply their sunscreen under your supervision to get them into the habit of using it.</p> <p><strong>Cleanse Gently</strong></p> <p>The skin is the body's largest organ, and it plays an important role in protecting the body. While we tend to think of the teenage years as the time when facial cleansing becomes essential, good care should start earlier. At around age 10, teach your children to cleanse with a gentle cleanser. Instruct them to use lukewarm water to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils. Tepid water can also reduce the chances of irritation and dryness. Cleansing once in the evening is generally adequate for children, as it will wash away dirt and sweat that accumulates on the skin throughout the day.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>As your children enter the teen years, they may become prone to blemishes. Explain that scrubbing, picking at or popping pimples is not the way to healthy skin. Instead, have them continue to use gentle cleansers formulated for blemish-prone skin.</p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><strong>Keep it Moisturized</strong></p> <p>Children may benefit from a gentle and fragrance-free moisturizer from the time they are infants, especially if they have dry skin. If your child has any specific needs, talk to your pediatrician about specialty products. A gentle moisturizer applied in the evening following cleansing can go a long way to keeping the skin smooth and healthy. As children get older, be sure to choose oil-free moisturizers that won&rsquo;t clog pores and irritate acne.</p> <p>Parents have a lot to think about when it comes to caring for their children, but skin care often goes forgotten. Keep that baby-soft skin for as long as you can and instill the importance of good skin care in your children.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Although it is intended to be accurate, neither Walgreen Co., its subsidiaries or affiliates, nor any other party assumes for loss or damage due to reliance on this material. Walgreens does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned in the article. Reliance on any information provided by this article is solely at your own risk.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1635 Sun, 12 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700