Top 5 Music Albums for Kids (That Adults Will Not Hate)

Top 5 Music Albums for Kids (That Adults Will Not Hate)

 
Many studies have shown that exposure to music and musical training boosts a child’s cognitive development with life-long impacts. In addition, music keeps children endlessly entertained and opens up opportunities for parents to interact with their little ones.
Exposing children to music should be an open-and-shut case, a no-brainer. However, let’s …

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Moveable Feast – Travel Snacks and Ideas for Kids

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Moveable Feast – Travel Snacks and Ideas for Kids

Summer has arrived in the UAE and it won’t be long before many families begin travel to cooler grounds.  Travelling with children comes with many challenges, especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy and wholesome diet and have certain foods that you don’t eat. Travel is incredibly important …

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Distressed to De-Stressed – Stress Management Techniques

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Distressed to De-Stressed – Stress Management Techniques

 
A few months ago, while having dinner with friends,I was venting about how stressful it was to be an expectant parent (don’t judge me – I had spent the first hour talking about how awesome it was). And then one of my friends said that one word that all Type-A …

Fishy Business – Safe and Unsafe Fish to Consume While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

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Fish has a lot of nutrients that are very beneficial for you and your baby. Fish is a great source of protein, healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids all of which have innumerable health benefits. You should definitely plan to regularly include fish in your pregnancy diet, as the benefits …

Changing Education Paradigms

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Changing Education ParadigmsPlay

Creative animated video of a talk by Sir Ken Robinson on the adverse effect of of our traditional education system on our children.
 
Animation provided by the RSA (The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce)

Food Wars – 10 Tactics to Win Over Your Fussy Eater

Food Wars – 10 Tactics to Win Over Your Fussy Eater

Does your child’s meal-time always feel like war-time? Is your dinner table a battle ground strewn with headless boiled cauliflower amid the red run-off from steamed beets? Does your young one always emerge victorious? Do you suffer from PTSD?

Kids are notorious for becoming fussy eaters around the time of their …

Sleep Solution Primer

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Ever wondered where the phrase “sleep like a baby” came from? I am fairly certain it wasn’t a parent who coined that phrase.
Sleep training children is a notoriously arduous task. To make matters worse, a lot of sleep literature for children offers contradictory viewpoints confusing parents even more as …

Avoiding Birthday Party Disasters

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Kids’ birthday parties are one of the things that parents look forward to, and dread the most. With all of the running around to make sure everyone has food, is having fun, and to make sure everything is going smoothly, it’s easy to miss out on all the best moments.
If …

Parent Solar IQ: Sun And Heat Safety Quiz

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How much do you know about heat and sun safety? Take this quiz to gauge your solar IQ and learn about heat and sun safety for your children.

 
 
 

Breastfeeding in Public

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Breastfeeding in Public

“I’m new to the UAE, and expecting a baby.  I was wondering what the rules are about breastfeeding in public.  Is it allowed?”
As a member of an online breastfeeding support group, I often see messages like the one above. The great news is that both Islam and UAE society …

Your Child is a Bully. What Should You Do?

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Your Child is a Bully. What Should You Do?

It is always shocking when parents find out that their child is misbehaving, partly because parents are convinced that they are fully aware of their child’s actions, and partly because parents are the ones responsible for teaching their children how to behave properly. However, before finding out that your child …

Checklist for Buying Infant Swings

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Checklist for Buying Infant Swings

An infant swing can be a blessing to help soothe a fussy baby and to help babies fall asleep. Baby swings are even known to calm colicky babies.

However, there are a lot of unsafe and ineffective baby swings in the market. Therefore, it is advisable to consider the following …

Bubble Wubble – A Spelling Edugame

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Can you spell words under pressure? Bubble Wubble is a fun-filled spelling App especially designed for children and young adults. It is a great learning aid to improve word recognition, spelling ability and vocabulary in children and young adults. It is a social game, so your children can compare scores …

Of Early Childhood Education

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An insightful interview with Asma Maladwala, co-owner and director of Inspire Children’s Nursery in Dubai, about the importance of early childhood education. Asma, a teacher at heart and by profession and has spent most of her career in the classroom. Asma has extensive experience working with children – from early childhood through adolescence, …

Why Parental Happiness Matters

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Why Parental Happiness MattersPlay

Christine Carter, Ph.D., and Lindsay Reed Maines discuss why kids benefit when parents prioritize their own happiness.
 
 
 

Common Questions About Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding.  We’ve been doing it for thousands of years, if not more. We have a strong biological instinct to nourish and nurture our babies this way. But as we look ahead to the birth of our first baby, we may have questions; we’ve never done this before, and neither has …

Book Review – Fox In Socks By Dr Seuss

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This classic Dr. Suess book is anything but dull. Some children’s books can be slightly boring for adults, but I assure you this book does not fall under that category. In fact it comes with a very apt warning label “take it slowly. This book is dangerous”. And ends with …

Health Account: Nutrition Guidelines While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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The importance of good nutrition is, perhaps, most crucial during pregnancy and after birth, to help sustain your energy and keep you and your baby healthy.
While you are pregnant, your baby requires many nutrients that he/she will receive from your placenta. Most of these nutrients are taken from the mother’s …

Early Learning Activity: Plucking Alphabet Carrots

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This exciting, yet simple early learning activity is geared towards making toddlers and preschoolers learn alphabets and numbers, improve their motor skills (particularly hand-eye coordination) as well as enhance their sensory development (as they get to  see, feel, touch and smell the contents of this activity).
This activity is appropriate …

Party Planning: Birthday Party Snacks For Kids

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We all know that first birthday parties are hard to plan. Chances are, photos are the only way that your baby will know it ever happened, and yet it is such a milestone – a time to introduce new traditions. Your main guests will be adults for this one, but …

When Was The Last Time You Were Called Childish?

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When Was The Last Time You Were Called Childish?Play

An interesting talk by child prodigy Adora Svitak about what adults can learn from kids. Adora says that the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, and this starts with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to …

Bright Beginnings: The Benefits Of Early Reading

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Bright Beginnings: The Benefits Of Early Reading

“The more that you read, the more  things you will know. The  more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Suess
You must have heard that reading to children is pivotal for their cognitive development. You may, however, wonder what the benefits of reading to infants and toddlers are, …

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