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The secret to eating healthy is simple: Single ingredient meals.

I have found that the absolute best way to lead a healthful, gluten free life is to eat the purest of pure things you can find. Whole foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry. The rewards are tremendous—whether you have celiac or not.

Have you ever made a breakfast of a perfectly poached egg, and nothing else?

Or a lunch of a half-dozen of boiled shrimp, a lemon wedge and an avocado? How about a dinner of pan-fried lamb chops in olive oil with a side of kale? If you shop carefully (or better yet, grow it in your own backyard), a single-ingredient meal can be so satisfying and easy, yet is oft-overlooked.

When I was growing up in the ’70s, and even still as I was raising my children, I unfortunately fell victim to food advertising and getting stuff to “grab and go”. Looking back, I wish I knew then what I know so well now.

I was laser-focused on work (with my intense nursing schedule) and raising young children, so I wasn’t paying as much attention to what was in my quick food choices as much as what I thought was the simplicity of it. For four years of college, there were the snack machines. It was easy to get a candy bar instead of a big navel orange or fresh grapes. A granola bar or a bagel was a full meal replacement back in those days. It was canned soups and boxed pasta meals, instead of access to fresh food. There were also the University and hospital cafeterias, and fast food was the right price.

Not smart, but very convenient.

Consuming a diet of unprocessed low carb foods such as fresh meats, vegetables, nuts, eggs and fruits is the way to go. Really, for everyone. It is how we are supposed to live and what we need to do every day—not just some days—to be at our best.

It takes discipline not to fall into the trap of a quick meal or a sugar fix. However, once we do it enough, single ingredient eating becomes so ingrained that we can’t imagine NOT living this way.

It makes portion control easy, too.

You may want to eat healthier, but the thought of preparing a salad with all the fixin’s and carrying it around with you seems too cumbersome, so you grab something from the drive thru yet again. But how about a hard-boiled egg, a wedge of cheese and sliced bell peppers or cucumbers? Or a perfectly-portioned carton of Greek yogurt with slivered almonds and a banana?

Any fruit or veggie, a fresh cut of grass-fed beef, or organic eggs are real foods with no additives or sugars and are truly what keep you strong, energized and healthy. A half-cup of almonds and an apple with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter will give you the fuel you need to hit your goals of the day. The key is to eat these foods that start out as one whole ingredient.

It’s really simple. For example, read the label on a jar of peanut butter and if it says, “ingredients: peanuts, salt” go for it. But if it has a list of ingredients that you don’t recognize as a whole food, like “fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (soybean and rapeseed), mono and diglycerides,” then skip it.

Because I have celiac, I don’t eat many whole grains.

Carbs get a negative rap because so many people are eating the bad ones. For folks without celiac, it’s the refined carbohydrates in white bread, candy, cookies, sugary cereals, and all sorts of other junk food and drinks. For those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, it’s the gluten-free replacement foods [https://glutenfreesage.com/gluten-free-replacements/] trying to imitate foods made with gluten that use too many processed ingredients and additives.

Whole grains are single ingredient whole foods. As a whole food, they form a bundle of fiber, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals. Packaged gluten-free products, such as bread, frequently use only the carbohydrate component using refined flours from rice, corn or potato.

“Fiber-depleted, refined grains represent 85% of the grains consumed in the United States, and because refined grains contain 400% less fiber than do whole grains (by energy), they further dilute the total dietary fiber intake.” writes Loren Cordain and Anthony Sebastian, authors of Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet [https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/81/2/341/4607411].

But there are whole grains from single ingredients that are good for us. For example, popcorn.

In its purest form—that is, plain air-popped kernels—popcorn is a healthy, whole-grain, antioxidant-rich snack food [https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/popcorn-nutrition-and-health]. Just skip the microwavable kinds that use harmful chemicals in the bags’ nonstick lining. Instead, buy organic popcorn kernels and pop them the old-fashioned way on the stovetop. This way you’ll also avoid the troubling toppings that include gluten, fake food dyes and MSG.

The supermarket is a place we go to feed and care for our families. We are the nutritionists, cooks, chefs, sous chefs, choppers, tasters, analyzers, and bottom line decision makers. Some us don’t even think about it. We’ve been doing it from our whole hearts for our whole lives. I did that and loved it. I lived for it.

I very much still love it and live for it. Food is love. Family meals bring joy.

But here’s where it gets really important. We are responsible for other people’s bodies. Not just our own.

Yup! We don’t always step back and think about it that way while we’re doing it, but it’s the truth. So, going to the market is dang important and getting good quality, fresh, single ingredient food items is imperative to our wellness and the wellness of our families.

It’s crazy to think that processed and chemical-laden foods have come to replace the whole, natural ingredients that our bodies need to stay healthy. That over the years as real food fell into decline, so did our health. We can change this!

If you eat only whole foods—by definition—you remove the processing and the dangerous food additives. A carrot, a handful of spinach, chunks of frozen or fresh pineapple, an ear of corn, an egg—are all all whole unprocessed foods. There’s no processed sugars or additives—and there’s no gluten. You don’t even have to think about it.

Bottom line: a daily diet of the most natural, whole ingredients you can—combined with exercise—will restore, balance and keep you high on life every dang delicious day.

Fruit is your direct drive
It’ll make you strong and feel alive
Summer breeze and citrus scents
Your body isn’t something you rent
You own it—so give it all that nature presents
Bliss, beautiful and divine
On many fruits you should dine
Put fruit on your list
And you can’t miss
Your life will be eternal bliss

Keep at it and don’t give up! Your health and your family’s health depend on it.

Jet Widick​, the author and poet behind the popular ​Gluten Free Sage​ blog, is a wellness expert and advocate for Celiac disease who has worked to share her story in hopes that others will find inspiration and hope. Jet, a nickname her sons bestowed her once she​ ​became healthy and transformed herself, has seen creative endeavors blossom since she published her first two collections of poems. She and her partner in crime, ​Kristen Alden, continue to expand their exploration of poetry with projects like their ​Poetry in Motion series​. Visit them online at ​http://www.jetwidick.com/​.

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Now that the weather is consistently warmer, it is time to fill in any gaps in your summer wardrobe. Here is my roundup of the essentials.

Activewear

Activewear is a good starting point. I kind of hate that term, but it does perfectly describe the type of clothing that ensures you are ready for practically any activity. Think jogging bottoms, shorts, and t-shirts. If you have those items in your wardrobe it does not matter whether you want to go for a run or are just picking the kids up, you are good to go.

Jacamo always has a good range of activewear. They sell a wide range of sizes and cuts, so pretty much cater for every man.

When choosing these items try to take a mix and match approach. Ideally, on a colder day, you want to be able to swap your shorts for a pair of jogging bottoms and to be able to pop a track top over the top of your t-shirt. To be able to easily do this, you just need to pay a bit of attention to colour-coordination.

A pair of smart trousers

Jeans are fine for everyday wear. But they can get a bit hot and you cannot always get away with wearing shorts. For this reason, it is a good idea to include a pair of full-length cotton trousers in your summer wardrobe. Chinos are ideal. But, if you do not like that style, a pair of lightweight jean style trousers would make an ideal alternative.

Short-sleeved shirts

In the summer months, most of the time, you will probably want to wear t-shirts. This is OK if you do not work somewhere that has a formal or semi-formal dress code. However, it does not do any harm to have a couple of short-sleeved shirts in your wardrobe. That way, you will have something smart to wear, should the need arise. Besides which lightweight cotton shirts are actually surprisingly comfortable. A loose one can be far more comfortable on a very hot day than a t-shirt. The fact that they allow the air to circulate more freely means that it is easier to stay cool when wearing one.

A hat and sunglasses

If you do not already own at least one good pair of sunglasses, invest in some. Protecting your eyes really does make a positive difference to your long-term sight. Wearing a hat also helps.

Some summer footwear tips

OK, so that is the basics as far as clothes are concerned, but what about footwear? Well, I wrote a whole post about buying summer shoes, which you can read here.

Putting together a minimalist men´s summer wardrobe

If you are working on a tight budget, you might want to have a go at following capsule wardrobe principles. Taking this approach ensures that you really think about what you are buying, which will help you to keep your purchases to an absolute minimum. You can learn more about how to put together a men´s capsule summer wardrobe, from this article.

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When I became a stay at home dad I was sure that I would have a better go at it than my wife did. I thought that 90% of what my wife’s job was sitting on the couch, telling the kids to play nice, and scrolling through endless amounts of pointless social media posts until right before I came home. In which at that time she would tidy up a bit.

When we switched places, though, I quickly found out that I didn’t know 90% of what she did for our family, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t doing it. Conveniently enough, I started my new career as a stay at home dad at the same exact time that my twins started teething.

I called my wife and asked her what I should do. She told me to rotate between Tylenol and Motrin, and if that didn’t work then she would pick up some teething toys from the store on her way home. To my dismay, OTC medication didn’t seem to put a dent in our children’s pain.

The teething toys that my wife had picked up were almost laughable to the twins. They hated them and didn’t want anything to do with them. In fact, they screamed louder when you handed them a teething toy. I was consumed with guilt. I hadn’t been a stay at home dad for even a month and I was already failing my wife and children.

During one of their naps, I did a little research of my own on ways to cure teething and found Baltic amber teething necklaces as the number one “mom-approved” way to cure teething. I followed a link at www.BalticWonder.Com/ that explained how Baltic amber works and why it’s so effective.

Baltic amber gets its name from the region that it’s found in. Regions surrounding the Baltic Sea have used amber stones for centuries to cure a number of ailments relating to inflammation; such as headaches, menstrual cramps, and joint and muscle inflammation. I bonus to the stone is that in recent years, it’s been recognized as nature’s most potent antioxidant.

Amber stones work best when worn or heated because the heated stone causes the succinic rich oils to seep through the beads surface and absorbed into the bloodstream. Once absorbed, it’s as if you took a natural ibuprofen. Succinic acid is the key component in amber and is solely responsible for it’s anti-inflammatory effects.

I purchased a necklace not only for the twins but for myself as well. I figured if it works as well as it claims it does, it will not only solve their teething pains but my aching back as well. When they arrived in the mail, we put them on immediately. In three days time, we were already noticing a decrease in their gum inflammation and that they were actually back to taking their naps at nap time.

After the end of the first week, not only were the twins 95% back to normal, but I had noticed a significant decrease in my back spasms and pain. By the end of the month, I was completely shocked to say that it was as if we had never had teething twins. A complete bonus to that was my back had been feeling better than it ever has since I injured it.

If you’re wondering what Baltic amber can do for you or your family, order a necklace for yourself and see the wonders of Baltic amber.

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The Audio interface is regarded as the nucleus of any home based recording studio on computer and it is crucially essential to come up with the proper selection so you can obtain the most effective outputs since an improper choice will restrict you in what you are eyeing to obtain with your kind of music.

Apart from cost-efficient measures, there are several other factors that you have to consider before you shell out your hard earned money to fulfill that purpose to obtain a good music recording. Listed below are some essential factors to consider when buying an Audio Interface for Music recording:

  • Are you looking for a boxed external audio interface of an internal sound card? For newbies, an initial setup comprising of an internal sound card in a built-in computer is an efficient choice. However, it should be compatible with the specifications of the computer. As far as money matter goes, this can be a cost-efficient choice because you are in a way eradicating case and controls so you are paying less. You are just limited to inputs and outputs because sound card is specifically small. But, knowledge in installation is a must so you will not pay extra for set-up fees.

On the other hand, an outdoor Interface is basically easier to set-up and operate. Basically, you are paying more because you are acquiring knobs and cases, cables and wire and some panel indicators to know that the device is up and running. Another benefit is the easy connection and removal to a laptop which appears to be a commonplace as CPU speeds have optimized.

  • What type of music are you intending to record? Generally, what you are eyeing to record will come up with a large impact on your selection of Audio Interface. For example, if you want to utilize a guitar and voice for recording, you can use a single channel USB. You just have to equip it with fundamental light recording software. If you want to record an entire band with separate microphones for all elements, and you want to feed these into your computer system, then a multi channel interface suits well for you. Some has 8 ports while other has 16 ports. Pick what suits you.
  • Do you want to work around MIDI in the future? Another factor to consider is if you are thinking of working with MIDI in which case you would select an interface that incorporates both features.
  • Are you intending to record while travelling at the same time? If yes, you have to consider a portable Audio Interface Unit that is easy and rugged to initialize and operate. There are several manufacturers that produce Audio Interfaces that operates via firewire or USB and simply plug it in your laptop and run without the need of an external power supply. You could simply record in the middle of the sea if you really want to.
  • Consider your operating system which you will utilize as your basic running element. Windows, MAC, Linux; a lot of Audio Interface will work on both Windows and Apple Systems and quite a handful will play better with Linux but you will have to check out the Linux community review to know what’s the best updated system. On the other hand, USB 2.0 is the most common connector for a lot of the smaller interfaces and it operates reasonable well. Firewire is dependable and MAC-friendly as compared to windows since not all firewire card installed in windows operating system operate without an issue.
  • Type of recording software you want to use. You can basically obtain a good deal that is bundled with music software. Majority of the Audio Interfaces will work with any of the primary DAW programs that are in the market. You have to consider this factor if you are having a particular item in mind. The software should be compatible with your desired Audio Interface.

CONCLUSION: Choosing the proper Audio Interface destined for your recording preferences will save you not only significant amount of time but more importantly with frustration and disappointment because you will have a chance to operate quickly and the technical aspect will be addressed even before initialization. Make time for a thorough research before you buy and it will surely come out to be an effective one.

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Pests, be it indoors or be it in the farms, they can cause us many problems. From damaging our harvest to destroying our furniture or carrying deadly diseases, pests are notorious for the cost they can add to our living. However, with some very simple techniques, we can control their occurrence and hence aid to our own healthy and sound living.

Let’s take a peek at some remedies that we can try for ourselves at to keep these nasty beings at bay:

  1. Learn to make homemade DIY traps

With some assistance from the internet, we can easily make our own pest traps.

Basically, pest traps work by luring the insects/pests and then keeping them hooked either by having a much narrower exit, or by using chemicals to stick the pests. You can learn the techniques of making a very efficient insect trap by reading our how-to blog on carpenter bee control.

 

  1. Use Sticky Traps

You can try making your own DIY traps by using resources easily available. Simply, it can be made by coating a thin layer of sticky substance like glue and sticky gels. While choosing the color of the substance, you should be particularly careful because different colors attract different groups of pests. There are many organic adhesives available in the market in variety of options for use.

 

  1. Don’t Kill all those beneficial insects.

Not all insects are harmful! With a bit of research, we can easily find out which group of insects are pests and which are not. For example, creepy crawlers like Orcons and other creepy crawlers are known to eat and hence destroy garden pests like aphids, flies, mealy bugs and brown garden snails. Moreover, there are parasitic nematodes that destroy the pests underground.

 

  1. Rear backyard Chickens

This might sound a little off the bar, but its practically the best solution to garden pests. Chickens are naturally brilliant at picking insects, and with them roaming and scratching your backyard, you won’t have to bother about the pests. Additionally, you can handpick some of the pests and let your chicken savor the protein rich diet.

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There are numerous keyboarding programs that you will find designed to help children improve on their keyboarding or typing skills. You should be able to find such keyboarding programs free on the internet but there are also others that need to be paid for. A good keyboarding program that may help your child learn and get skilled at typing is the Type Type Revolution game by Crazy Monkey.com.In this game, the child is required to type letters that pass through the timing bar. The child needs to type the letters that pass on the timing bar without leaving any letter. If the child actually succeeds to type all letters that pass through the typing bar, a combo is started. Every letter in the combo helps increase the score in the combo by up to ten. To begin the game, you have the option of selecting the kind of sound or music you want when playing. There are actually ten sounds each on a button for you to click to choose.

There are up to three levels that this kids typing game has which are; easy, medium and hard.  If you are introducing your kid to the game for the first time it is best to start off with the easy mode. As the child keeps mastering the art of typing the letters on the timing bar the level automatically increases from easy to medium

In the medium level, the speed of the letters that move from bottom to the timing bar somehow increases. This therefore requires the kid to even increase concentration and typing speed to score more regular points and the combo points. In the hard level, things get even tougher as the speed of the letters that pass on the timing bar greatly increases. This makes it hard for the player to type the letters successfully in the timing bar. Only a child who has mastered the art typing quickly can be able to score any combo points when the game is set to the hard level.

The essence of the game

While a game like the type type Revolution is fun for the child it helps to sharpen the child’s typing prowess and also helps to increase experience and concentration. Today many children of young ages get introduced to typing. Even in schools they are typing for essays and in some instances they are given assignments that involve typing. Currently there is confusion and debate as to whether typing may replace writing as the main form of communication. The importance of writing cannot be underrated however, but typing also remains an important aspect of today’s digitized world.

Even as you introduce your child to the world of typing please bear in mind that learning how to type is to be taken one step at a time. If it’s the type type revolution game that you are introducing your child to please let the child begin with the easy level and progress all the way to the hard level.

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A baby bouncer is excellent to add to a baby’s equipment. This piece of equipment is ideal for use from the first day of your infant’s life. Furthermore, a baby bouncer is useful in the early days as a secure place to rest your infant you take a bath or get something to eat. In this way, you are sure that your baby is safe every second you want to do something. If you are planning to get one soon, here are some ideas to assist you to choose.

Budget

The cost of the bouncer you plan to have, will determine how far you are willing to negotiate with the seller. The cost of the bouncer does not mean it will be durable, but several things impact the price of a product. Some of them include design materials, battery, and music. All these factors will determine the price of the bouncer. It all depends on your budget and what you what for your baby.

Safety

The safety of the infant comes first before anything else. Some years ago, bouncers were recalled on the grounds of having edges that broke the toy bars, fixed unexpectedly and triggered injuries, had pointed metal items in the seats. Therefore, if you are contemplating getting secondhand bouncers, be careful. Even if you plan on getting a new one from the market, ensure you inspect it thoroughly to determine if it does has a razor edge that will hurt the child. The best baby bouncer will have:

  • A strong frame that is wide and low to earth. This will help to avoid it from tipping on your child when she leans to either side.
  • Safety belts: The bouncer for your child should have a three-point gear to prevent your baby from falling out. If you can buy one with a five-point harness, that is okay because they will offer added security to the baby but will be more limiting as she grows.

Battery

Most bouncers are driven by the use of a motor that is operated by a battery. To save yourself the burden of going from one cell to another, you may choose one that has a plug-in alternative as a substitute for batteries.

Extra features

There are those times that you will be busy, but you would want your baby to feel relaxed or calm. Some bouncers have additional features that help to soothe or stimulate your baby. Some of the extra features include music, toy arches, Bluetooth, and light modes. Features like the Bluetooth enable you to play your baby’s preferred music through the bouncer seat.

Conclusion

When purchasing a baby bouncer, ensure it has a bendy frame. Even as you are excited about the baby, ensure she is always safe. Ensure you do not leave the infant unattended in the bouncer seat. However, before you go to buy your baby bouncer, ask yourself: Do I need it? Also, keep in mind that bouncers rely on your baby to move. Avoid placing the bouncer on a table with the child inside.

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The mosquito is often jokingly referred to as Florida’s state bird. Those pesky insects love the tropical and humid conditions in the state. Female mosquitoes are the ones that love to suck on human blood, but only for breeding purposes. The male mosquito prefers plant nectar. Controlling the mosquito population might seem like a battle that can’t be won, but there are things you can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your backyard.

Mosquito bites aren’t only a pesky issue, but a public health threat, carrying malaria and the Zika virus. In Florida, mosquitoes are a year-round problem, but the population grows after heavy rains. Females lay eggs in standing water. You may notice black squirming larvae in puddles or ponds. Those are mosquito eggs. It takes about a week for the adult mosquitoes to hatch. Mosquitoes only live three to four weeks, but they can wreak havoc in that time.

Florida’s cities all have to deal with mosquitoes, but these five cities have the highest population of mosquitoes:

  1. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale
  2. Tampa – St. Petersburg
  3. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne
  4. Mobile-Pensacola
  5. West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce

How to Control Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are attracted to humidity and water. To control the population around your home, you should remove friendly conditions that draw the pests.

  • Trim shrubbery that is lush and green. Mosquitoes will rest in dark places that are warm and moist.
  • Remove standing water where females can lay eggs. It only takes an inch of water for mosquitoes to lay its larvae. Small toys, containers and puddles are just an invitation for them. If you have a pond, make sure the water is flowing at all times. Fish are another great tool to remove mosquito larvae.
  • If you have a birdbath that you enjoy, change the water weekly to prevent mosquitoes from hatching.
  • Keep your ponds algae free, instead use oxygenating plants to keep the water clear.
  • Use mosquito repellent when you’re outdoors. Plant natural plants to repel mosquitos.
  • Install a birdhouse or bat-house in your yard to attract mosquito predators.

FYI – Did you know that the welt you get from a mosquito isn’t actually from the bite? It’s the allergic reaction to the saliva which was injected under your skin to prevent your blood from clotting.

Don’t avoid your backyard this summer. Call Terminix for mosquito services to protect your family.

If you’re searching for pest inspection near me, Terminix is the leader.

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Having a baby poses challenges for all new parents, but those with disabilities are often at a disadvantage on many levels. Physical impairments can make it difficult to prepare for parenthood. But it isn’t impossible. Here, we’ll share a few resources to help you prepare for your bundle of joy, no matter how many arms you may have to hold him.

 Getting pregnant

While missing a limb (or other physical disability) isn’t a barrier to conception, many conditions that co-occur with congenital limb reduction can make it harder to become pregnant. When nature doesn’t take its course, infertility treatments are a viable option. In vitro fertilization is responsible for 99% of assisted conceptions across the globe. The success and availability of in vitro fertilization have given hope to many infertile couples who have not been able to conceive. According to Qunomedical, since 1978, 5.4 million babies have been born worldwide with the help of IVF. You can read more on assistive reproductive technology and persons with disabilities in this National Council on Disability publication.

Despite infertility being considered a disability in itself, most insurance providers don’t offer IVF coverage. And with a cost that can easily exceed $12,000 per round, you’ll need to prepare ahead of time and save for the treatments. Consider skipping week-long vacations for a few years are getting a part-time at-home freelance gig. If you have a supportive network of friends and family, you can start a GoFundMe page specifically for crowdfunding your IVF treatment.

Gear

When you have a disability that affects your mobility, you’ll need to take extra steps to ensure your infant has access to expedient care when he or she needs attention. Midnight feedings, for instance, can be cumbersome if you’re trying to put on a prosthetic arm or leg in the middle of the night. You can get around having to get up and down by investing in a bedside co-sleeper for your baby. Many disabled mothers report that moving freely through the home is a challenge solved with a baby carrier made for wheelchair users. The Mobility Resource asserts that assistive parenting gear need not be made for persons with disabilities. Many ease-of-care products are readily available at big box retailers and online stores.

Home modifications

For the most part, existing home modifications, such as having an accessible bathroom and lowered appliances, will also come in handy as you venture into the world of parenthood. However, you will need to take care when choosing which products to baby proof your home with. For instance, there are two types of baby gates. Pressure-mounted gates are those that press against either side of the doorway in order to restrict a child’s access to off-limits areas. Typically, these gates maintain their position by utilizing a slightly raised threshold that extends across the bottom of the entryway. These are not easily passable via wheelchair. Frame-mounted gates, by contrast, are installed with hardware directly into the wall or doorframe and may be opened completely with no further obstruction. If you have front-controlled appliances, add childproof locks to easily-reachable knobs. For more information about home modifications, check out the UDS Foundation at UDServices.org.

Helping hands

All new parents face challenges in the early days of learning to care for their expanding family. You will be no different. Even the most able-bodied newby parent can benefit from a few helping hands. There are numerous night nurse and caregiver respite services that can help get you over the hump as you learn to adjust. Whether you crave the knowledge that comes from someone who’s cared for children before or simply believe you need to sleep through the night in order to better care for your baby, don’t be afraid to ask for help

Regardless of your disability, you have the same rights to parenthood as everyone else. Don’t be afraid to take steps to achieve your dream of becoming a mom or dad. It takes planning and foresight, but raising a child when you have a disability is not that different than the experiences of every other parent in the history of the world… it just takes a little more determination.

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As a parent, it is vital for you to keep your child safe. When it comes to bike riding, bike helmet safety is essential. There are a few rules that you should keep in mind when it comes to buying a safe helmet for your child. Where To Get A Helmet

You will be able to find children’s bike helmets in different places. Some of these sites include toy stores, department stores, or bike stores. You do not want to buy a bike helmet that is used because there is no way for you to know how old the helmet is. It is best to buy a helmet from a reputable store, and most bike shops are great.

Make Sure the Helmet Fits Right

You want to make sure that your child’s helmet is placed directly on top of their head. The helmet should not move around on the head or slide over your child’s head if it is jostled. Each helmet should have a chin strap, and the strap should not be too tight or too loose.

Choose a Helmet

There are different varieties of helmets, and it is up to you to decide which one is the best for your child. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has the safety standard for all bicycle helmets, and if a helmet has met the Safety Commission’s requirements, it will have a label inside. You should only buy helmets that have this tag.

Do All You Can To Keep Your Child Safe

There is no way for you to prevent every accident and scrape that your child will go through, but you want to do your best to keep your child safe. Prevention is the key when it comes to any safety method, so ensuring that your child has a safety helmet is a great way to prevent any severe injury during a bike ride.

Bike Helmets are Cool!

Graphic courtesy of http://jimsouzalaw.com

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