Good dental hygiene is very important – in fact, many other health issues can stem from teeth problems. That's why it's crucial to start very early in life. You can do a lot to protect your kids from getting cavities by showing them to clean their teeth and gums as soon as they are old enough to be able to know what to do. How to do that best? Read on to learn more!

1) Be Firm but Inspiring When It Comes to Teeth Hygiene 

Always stand firm on brushing, flossing and rinsing. Emphasize to your child the importance of these hygienic practices. Some tips and tricks to coax your reluctant kid to brush their teeth on their own include: being patient with them, letting them choose their favorite toothpaste or toothbrush, and using some motivators to encourage them. There are many child-friendly accessories you can get e.g. at Sears, such as toothbrushes with children's favorite cartoon characters, that are sure to make your kid want to spend more time in the bathroom. While you're at it remember about Discountrue coupons for helpful discounts on a wide range of products. And, most importantly, don’t forget to lead by example by actually showing your children how to brush the teeth!

2) Start Going for Checkups Early 

By the time your child hits one year, you should see to it that they begin visiting a dentist. Such early preventive teeth care also helps to save a lot of cash in the long run. In fact, dental care expenses reduce by almost 40% over a 5-year period for a child who begins dental visits by their 5th birthday, according to the CDC. 

3) Teach Your Kids Good Hygiene Habits 

In fact, brushing should start even before your little one has grown teeth. Gently brush your child's gums using water on a baby toothbrush or a soft washcloth. Once their teeth have appeared, use a special infant toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste to brush them twice a day. 

Flossing can begin once two teeth have touched each other. Your dentist can advise more on this, as well as when to start using mouthwash. Brushing and flossing should be done just before bedtime, after which no more food or drink (except water) should be taken till the next morning. This also helps to protect your kid from 'Baby Bottle Decay' that is caused by putting your child down to sleep with a bottle of juice, baby formula or milk. 

4) Watch Out for Sugary Foods, Drinks and Even Sweet Medicine 

You should definitely cut back on your child’s intake of sugary stuff. Things like juice or cake are not a very healthy daylong choice for kids. They can lead not only to cavities, but many other ailments as well. Keep in mind that more than four ounces of 100% fruit juice per day is very unhealthy to the teeth. 

Another thing that parents forget about often is sweet medicine. Don’t let their characteristic flavors and sugars stick for long on the teeth. Particularly, some antibiotics and asthma medications can lead to an overgrowth of candida (yeast), resulting in a fungal infection known as oral thrush. 

5) Control the Sippy Cup and the Use of the Pacifier 

As long as a sippy cup can help your child transit from a bottle to a glass, don't let them drink from it all day. Too much use of the sippy cup can cause decay on the back of their front teeth if drinks are sugary. 

Using a pacifier can be very beneficial to your child, however, it is recommended that they ditch it by the age of 4. Some claim that it can affect the lineup of the teeth in the long term, or even lead to a change in the shape of your child’s mouth. It's best if you get more advice from your doctor on this. And what you definitely shouldn't be doing is dipping the pacifier in something sweet!

Healthier Lunches for Homeschool. Preferable.

The great thing about homeschooling is that you’re in the driver’s seat. The way you think school should be, becomes your mission, and you try your utmost to make sure your teaching is effective and that your students have the opportunity to learn, and develop a joy of learning. But the schoolbooks themselves are only one aspect of the homeschooling experience. 

What about the food you serve your children? Everyone knows that what you feed yourself has effects on mood and abilities, so it is doubly important as a homeschooler to pay attention to diet. The food served in schools is notoriously bad for you, so what are you serving your homeschooled children instead?

Online Homeschooling and the Diet: A Closer Look

Vegetables are good brain food, and the introduction of veggies of all kinds at an early age helps to train the palate to enjoy them into adulthood. This and good carbohydrates help keep energy up—both mental and physical—as well as protein and good fats.

What you serve your child for lunch affects them for the rest of the day. Healthy lunches are key to having a productive experience during school time.

Healthy Lunches Key for Growing Children

We know that parents who homeschool do quite a bit of research on teaching methods and to find learning resources for their children. Don’t forget to research the best things to serve for lunch as well. It can be the difference between a sleepy, low energy child and a healthy, high energy one. The diet helps the child both physically and mentally get through a long school day. Bad foods high in saturated fat may taste great to the undisciplined palate, but do not keep energy up for extended periods of time. Pretty soon, those junk foods begin to taste terrible once you develop good eating habits and expand your diet.

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I thought I was the only one until one day a group of moms opened up to one another. We discussed the frustration, exhaustion, pain, and wasted money associated with pencil sharpeners. What started out as a homeschool co-op meeting quickly turned into a support group for moms who have had it with pencil sharpening. We all had been burned by sharpeners that did not live up to potential or created more broken pencils than sharp points. We purchased everything from dollar store brands to high-end electric ones and the end result was always the same; frustration. Some of us confessed to coming close to allowing the use of pens math. Mechanical pencils seemed like a solution but sadly broke more often than our poorly sharpened ones.  Then one wise mom stood up after staring into her phone and said, "Here it is...the sharpener that finally worked for us!"  Could it be true? Could there be a sharpener that would stand the test of the homeschool life?

This hope was found on the Classroom Friendly Supplies.  The site said it was the best sharpener in the world. Well, all of us moms have heard that before. More research would have to be done on this intriguing product. Soon many of us learned that this was the best-kept secret in the homeschool world. Moms came forward to say they owned this sharpener and since owning it never had another pencil issue again. So, I decided to give this pencil sharpener a run for its money.

The day finally arrived when the mailman dropped off a box of hope for the pencils in my home. I know it sounds silly to be so excited over a pencil sharpener but if this pencil sharpener lived up to the hype then it would change my world.  Okay, maybe not my world, but it would revolutionize pencil sharpening in my homeschool.  No, I don't think "revolutionize" is too strong a word. We were ready to test it out with old and new pencils alike. The kids and I had a little bit too much fun using this sharpener. It was easy and a bit fun to use. The pencils never looked so sharp...literally. No breaks, no uneven edges, no fuss, no batteries, and no swearing off pencils forever.  It is by far my favorite school supply.

Again, I know how crazy it must sound to love a pencil sharpener so much.  However, if you, like me, have wasted money on every pencil sharpener on the market even battery operated ones, you would understand. The kids love to sharpen pencils now.  No more broken pencil tips and wonky edges.  Anything to make your homeschool day a bit easier is a gift.  So gift this to yourself!

I loved it so much I had the opportunity to gift it to a lucky homeschool mom. She said she is forever in my debt. Homeschool moms are not easily impressed but I have yet to find one who has had the pleasure of using the Classroom Friendly Supplies sharpener and not loved it.

My Happy Pillow Makes Everyone Happy

There is just something about a comfy pillow that makes me smile. Perhaps it is the promise of a good night's sleep or the feeling of being held by a cloud, regardless I am a sucker for pillows. I also find young entrepreneurs irresistible. Imagine my delight when the two merged into one happy experience.

My Happy Pillow is the creation of a sweet 6-year-old girl named Isabella. She came up with the lovely idea of creating a pillow to help children express themselves. What better way is there to help a child than through the eyes of another child who understands. I instantly fell in love with the idea and Isabella's compassion for other children to bring this idea to them. 

Take a look at the adorable monkey named Zee and the cutie bear named Sunny giving their mad faces.  

Now look at these precious smiles!

The best measure of a product's value that is for children is by what children have to say about it. So Sunny and Zee were very special guests at a homeschool party. Two lucky children had the opportunity to win Sunny or Zee. I had a feeling Sunny and Zee would be well received but I had no idea they would make such a smash. The excitement in the eyes of each child as I pulled the pillows out of my bag was amazing. It was only topped by showing the back of the pillows (the mad faces) when they all laughed and some cuties began to growl with Sunny. You know, the party was not a Sunny and Zee party but I am pretty sure that is all anyone will remember; especially our two lucky winners. What I found the especially adorable was how the children responded when I explained to them that Sunny's and Zee's job was to help them express their feelings. The responded so favorably and while getting a hands on experience they used the pillows to show feelings. One little guy showed Zee's mad face when another child wanted her turn with Zee. Such cuteness!

Here are some quotes from the kids:
""Sunny can tell people when I am feeling happy and mad. I don't have to scream." --5-year-old, girl

Seriously, if that is all it takes, her mom needs to buy the whole collection.

""Zee is funny. Can he tell the doctor I don't like pokes?"" --6-year-old, boy

This child took my example seriously and he was not going to leave without the comfort of Zee in tow.

""I like monkeys but do they have a unicorn?""--6-year-old, girl

Passing this little bit of feedback to Isabella.

I had so many children come up to me with such positive feedback I cannot remember it all. I did have a mom tell me what an ingenious idea the My Happy Pillow is since it would help her child express himself in a positive way.

If you have a child who needs help in expressing himself, I agree with the mom who said this is ingenious. Not only can a child learn about emotion the child can have an outlet for emotions. Big emotions can be scary and overwhelming for a child. So visit My Happy Pillow and find the rest of the gang and full range of emotions!

Peanuts Word Cards

Anyone who knows anything about me knows I love Snoopy. It was with great sadness that my first three children were not impressed by Joe Cool and Charlie Brown. Then finally it happened, my fourth and final child became a Snoopy fan. Either she loves Snoopy and the rest of the Peanut gang on their own merit or she is trying to get on my good side. Either way, she is the inspiration behind the Peanuts Word Cards.

Each page contains four cards with an image and a word that describes the image that can be traced. You can either print it off and use a pencil or laminate the pages and use wet erase markers. I highly recommend Expo Vis-a-Vis Wet Erase markers. Dry erase markers can prove difficult to remove and make messy streaks. The wet erase come off beautifully for laminated sheets you want to use over and over again.

Here is what you will need to make your own set of Peanuts Word Cards for your child.
Once you print off your sheets, simply laminate, cut, punch a hole and fill your book ring up. I let my daughter use her cards at night before going to bed. In no time at all, she is able to read and spell the words! 

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