4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy and Like It

If I know anyone who’s a picky eater, I’d definitely have to say it’s my son. Typically, if something is good for Tommy, he doesn’t want to eat it. Luckily, I’ve stumbled upon ways to get him more excited about and involved in mealtimes. If your kids are picky eaters like mine, try some of these ideas to get them to enjoy eating healthy.

One of the best ways to get a kid to eat something is to let them help you prepare it. Even if they do something as simple as adding a sauce or cracking an egg, that minimal involvement in the process of making a meal is often enough to get them excited about eating it.

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You can also make fruits and veggies, foods that kids are notorious for rejecting, more appealing by adding a slight amount of sugar to them. They say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and that holds for veggies as well. Using dipping sauces is also incredibly helpful. Try using salsas or hummus to expose your kids to different kinds of foods and the wonderful world of dips and condiments. As a kid, I absolutely hated carrots, but when my mom offered them up with a little bit of ranch dip, I couldn’t turn them away.

In the same vein as adding condiments to foods they don’t like, you can also add these foods into those that they do. For example, adding onions to a meatloaf or including vegetables in a pasta can get your kids to eat their veggies without even realizing what they’ve done.

Kids are often afraid of new foods, so introduce them slowly. Talk with your kids to find out what they like and why. This can help you decide which foods to try to add to their diet, which can widen their acceptance of other foods, even those they’ve previously rejected.

Remember that some people simply don’t like certain foods, so don’t take it as a defeat when some of these ideas fail. Just know that your child’s tastes may one day change, and they may one day grow to love those healthy foods that they once resisted.

A Family Decision: Child Custody Options

The decision regarding custody of children is perhaps the hardest one to make when the parents are not willing or unable to come to an agreement. In most states, the judge must decide where the best interest of the child or children lie, and that involves a myriad of factors especially since the mother is no longer given automatic custody for young children.

The court infinitely prefers that the parents make their own arrangements for custody and visitations. When this does not happen, the judge will then appoint a mediator who will attempt to get the parents together long enough to come to an agreement. Failing that, the parents will be subjected to a Judicial Custody Conference where the judge will discuss the case again. If no resolution is reached at this point, the judge will order an Assessment, and based on the results of this in-depth process, the judge will decide on custody and visitation issues.

Types of custody

There are two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody is the right to make decisions concerning a child’s well being, such as education and health matters. Physical custody is the actual residence of the child with one parent. There are four combinations of custody: sole legal custody, joint legal custody, sole physical custody and joint legal custody. One parent can have both sole legal and physical custody; alternatively, one parent can have sole legal custody while the other parent has sole physical custody, and so on. In most cases, one parent has sole physical custody but both parents share legal custody.

Too often, the conflict in child custody is not so much consideration for what is in the best interests of the child but the desire of parents to exercise control, making it necessary for legal professionals to help a couple reach an agreement on custody.

Some Facts For Pregnant Women: Topamax and Birth Defects

Topamax is a medication that has been shown to significantly improve symptoms for individuals with epilepsy. Unfortunately, recent research has shown that mothers who take this medication while pregnant are at a significantly higher risk of having a child with a birth defect than those who were on other anticonvulsant medications or those not taking medications at all. These birth defects can have a remarkably negative impact on the lives of both the child and their parents.

Until recently, the impact of Topamax on pregnant women and their children was not widely known. However, the FDA has now placed Topamax in Category D for pregnant users, indicating that these effects are now acknowledged and that the use of Topamax may be inadvisable for pregnant women. For women who have already suffered the birth of a child with a birth defect, however, this stands as little consolation for the pain and suffering they’ve undergone.

Birth Defects Linked to Topamax

The use of Topamax has been primarily associated with the development of three different birth defects, which include the following:

  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Hypospadias

Without treatment, some of these conditions have the potential to pose life-threatening health challenges to those who suffer them. Unfortunately, the treatment options available for families with children born with any of these conditions are often prohibitively expensive, placing families in the difficult position of choosing between their own financial stability and their children’s health. No family should have to cope with this type of terrible decision.

Fortunately, those whose children developed a birth defect as a result of the drug Topamax may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through a Topamax lawsuit. Because its medication was more dangerous for pregnant women than initially acknowledged, the makers of Topamax may be held financially liable for the damages they may have caused.

Keeping Your Family Safe: Preventing Burglaries Around the Holidays

The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous and wonderful time of year spent with friends and family enjoying each other’s company. In fact, classic songs have dubbed the holiday season as “the most wonderful time of the year.” Unfortunately, it’s also the most wonderful time of the year for burglars looking to capitalize on living rooms filled with gifts and homes of families who have gone on vacation and left their homes vulnerable to invasion.

From cash and credit cards to expensive jewelry and the most advanced electronics, burglars can ransack a home and ruin a family’s holiday season with relative ease if the family isn’t fully prepared. Statistics from the FBI in 2011 showed an estimated 400,000 burglaries during the months of November and December alone, with 70 percent of all burglars classified as amateurs that were simply looking for an easy target.

Along with stealing physical gifts, burglars can also steal your feeling of peace and security – something much harder to replace than physical items. Fortunately, there are ways you can discourage burglary during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year. Some important tips for doing so include the following:

  • Do not hide spare keys in classic or easy-to-find places like underneath doormats or above doorframes. Burglars know where to look for keys.
  • Although it looks pretty, avoid putting your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window of your home so it is not as easily visible to passersby.
  • Burglars look for signs of an easy target so be aware of those signs. Do not leave boxes for expensive electronics or other items out on the curb. Don’t leave a note on the door saying you went out and will be back at a certain time, and if you go on vacation, make sure someone is picking up your mail and put lights on timers inside your house so it looks like you are at home.
  • Avoid posting status updates on Facebook saying you are on vacation and your home is empty.
  • Consider installing an alarm system or security cameras at your home. Seeing a decal in the window advertising the type of security system you have or cameras along the outside of the house will discourage a burglar from breaking in.

 

You should also make sure to keep all receipts and records of serial numbers for major purchases. In a worst case scenario, if you do get robbed, having the exact product description and serial number of the item will greatly help identity the missing items if they can be recovered. Additionally, take photographs of the inside and outside of your house before leaving on vacation so you can easily identity any missing items.

The holidays should be a time of laughter, excitement, and joy, not a time spent talking with the police or a criminal attorney about a break in / burglary. By taking preventative action, hopefully you can eliminate the chance of a break in during the holidays and throughout the year.

 

Preventing Burn Injuries During the Fourth of July

Burn injuries can occur from a number of different circumstances, many of which involve electrical equipment, fire accidents, or even bigger disasters like the Abel Law Firmexplosion in Waco, TX.  Regardless of the cause, burn victims might be facing physical injuries that make daily life difficult, through pain or discomfort, or even from the development of a disability.  Preventing burn injuries should be a top priority for both individuals and employers, as their effects can be traumatic and lasting.

The long-term effects of burn injuries are, unfortunately, more than merely physical.  Because they tend to be so serious, burn injuries often require extensive medical attention, which does not come inexpensively in most cases.  While some people might be able to afford the costs associated with a burn injury out of pocket, few can, and an experienced personal injury lawyer might be able to help you obtain financial compensation for your injury so that you do not have to assume financial responsibility for your treatment and recovery.

Tips for Preventing Injuries from Occurring

Burn injuries can cause extensive damage, so prevention is key to keeping yourself safe from the effects of such an injury.  There are several ways that an individual or a company can decrease the chances that people are injured by burns.  Some of these prevention strategies involve:

  • Eliminating / covering exposed wiring
  • Removing toxic substances from the area
  • Ensuring regular maintenance of electrical equipment
  • Replacing worn electrical wires / appliances
  • Reducing exposure to extremely hot water / surfaces
  • Ensuring that fire-prevention protocol is followed

All of these prevention tips might lessen the risk of sustaining a burn injury in an accident, whether you are at work or just going through your daily routine.  By implementing these strategies, you can guard against the costs that are also associated with burn injuries.  These costs can actually make a burn injury seem worse, because in addition to your potentially painful or uncomfortable physical injury, you may also have to deal with the financial burdens of medical treatment that can be difficult or even impossible to pay.  As such, it is best to do everything in your power to avoid burns and burn injury risks as much as possible.