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African Culture For Kids, New Learning Experience

January 18, 2021

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The richness of the African culture can be hard to capture in words, especially in a way that engages children. Statistics and maps exist that explain the geography and wildlife, but factual information doesn’t offer insight into day-to-day life. What do people eat? What kind of chores do kids do? What occasions do kids celebrate? How do kids greet adults?

Through workshops and new web site from Culture of Africa for Kids Everywhere (CAKE), INC called CAKEAfrica.com, children can learn about the African culture in an educational and entertaining way.

Fun and Engaging, African Culture for Kids
Using engaging, fun-filled workshops, Culture of Africa for Kids Everywhere (CAKE) offers a unique way to help kids of 4 to 14 years old learn about life in African countries. The workshops explores an incredible range of topics, such as art creation, cooking, music & dance, etiquette, language, clothing and more using hands-on, interactive activities.

To complement the workshops, the CAKEAfrica website includes African-inspired games, puzzles, videos, stories, music and more. Children will explore these interesting topics:
* African tribes, people and culture
* African arts and crafts
* Animals & insects from Africa
* Places in Africa

Safe, Created with a Family Focus
As Lande Sanusi and her husband Kunle, raised their children in North America, she saw opportunities to enhance their life skills by teaching them about various African cultures. CAKEAfrica, a vibrant and safe web site for kids, was born.

Africa for Kids, From Culture to Clothes
In addition to African culture for kids, Lande also developed a clothing line for children called SlicebyCAKE? hyperlink. SlicebyCAKE? adds a “Slice of Africa” to children’s wear by using fabrics with African themes and essence. The pieces are exquisitely designed in vibrant African patterns to make kids stand out but still coordinate nicely with items already in their closet. The SlicebyCAKE? online boutique features African-inspired, modern designed apparel pieces and accessories such as doll clothes, pencil cases, crayon rolls, aprons and more. The pieces include dresses, skirts, tops and pants for both boys and girls up to age 14. Visit the boutique at slicebycake.com.

CAKE brings the culture of Africa to kids everywhere, regardless of gender, location or ethnicity. Parents who want to introduce their children to the unique cultures of Africa or teach about the African heritage of their family will find it a tremendous resource. Both the web site and classes offer important educational information for the growing number of multicultural families who have adopted African children.
Learn more at cakeafrica.com or on Facebook and Twitter at “cakeafrica”.

Important Tips for Cash Child Trust Funds

January 16, 2021

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Child trust funds are a long-term investment strategy that allows parents, grandparents, friends, and virtually any interested adult, to ensure that a child is well equipped for a productive adult life. Three types of child trust funds are (1) cash (2) stakeholder (3) share-based.

Cash child trust funds carry the least amount of risk to the investment. They are equivalent to a savings account. One advantage is that the interest is tax-free. Investing in cash CTF is the ideal scenario for those investors who realize the importance of saving for their child’s future, yet do not want to utilize the stock market for such investment.

A Stakeholder child trust fund takes on somewhat of a higher investment risk than cash CTF, but usually earns a higher return. There are restrictions on stakeholder child trust fund to ensure that money is diversified. In addition, when the child is 13 years old, the investment is typically shifted to lower risk markets to ensure that the end of the CTF lifecycle will be rather stable.

A share-based CTF permits higher returns, but it incurs charges to manage such fund. Meaning that one can typically earn higher rates of returns because the investment is placed in riskier funds, but in order to shift the investment between funds, one must pay to have the CTF managed. Thus, a profit will not be realized until one deducts the appropriate charges that will be assessed. The share-based CTFs give investors two options upon opening the CTF. One option is to choose a couple of funds and shift the investment between the two at the investors’ leisure. The other option is to choose from an unrestricted list of funds, and shift the investment accordingly.

The following useful tips can be applied towards either type of CTF:

In cash CTFs, monitor the interest rate. Make sure you are receiving the most competitive interest rate as possible.
Keep in mind that any contributions to a CTF cannot be withdrawn until the child turns 18, and at that time, the child himself can only withdraw it.
Be aware of up-front charges when opening a stakeholder CTF and share-based CTF.
Remind friends and family members that they are able to contribute to a CTF
Understand the risks before deciding against a cash CTF
Start early. If one starts to invest early in a child’s life, and chooses a stable fund, the long-term benefit will be realized.
Be a savvy investor. Research, and study your options. Evaluate your particular situation i.e. realistic monthly contributions, etc., and make an educated decision based on that information.

Make Your Child’s Room a Special Place

January 15, 2021

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Are you trying to make your childs room a special place of their very own? Has your child been asking for a “new” room? Check out the following suggestions and you may soon be on your way to making your childs room their own.

1. Think about your childs personality. What type of things does he or she enjoy? Ask your child what kind of room he or she envisions for herself. Children even as young as two years old have distinct likes and dislikes. Talk with your son or daughter about a few different themes they are interested in and let them choose which they like the best.

2. A fresh coat of paint in bright colors is a quick and inexpensive way of creating a special place. You could let your child choose their room colors entirely on their own. After all, it can always be repainted. If you arent feeling quite so brave you could narrow down a few colors that would work the best and let them choose from them. Most children like bright and cheerful colors; however some may find more neutral colors to be comforting. Chalkboard and whiteboard type paints are popular and can be used on a small area to provide a fun and creative space.

3. Create special areas in the room for specific activities. Make their bed inviting and comfortable by using soft bedding for girls or bedding for boys made from quality materials. Many unique themed kids bedding sets are available that will please your little one. If you child seems to change his or her mind frequently perhaps choose a solid colored comforter and window treatment and several themed sheet sets that can be interchanged depending on your childs wants. Be sure to include a special reading place in your son or daughters room. A small bookshelf will be perfect for keeping those favorite books close at hand. If space allows, provide easy access to favorite toys using an additional bookshelf or brightly colored storage bins.

4. Add personalized touches around your childs room. All children love to see their own artwork displayed. Choose a poster frame or two that can easily hold various pieces of your childs work. A cork board is another great way to display all of those favorite pieces. Children also love to see their name in print. Personalize your childs room by adding objects with his or her name on them. In addition, colorful accent pillow are a great and inexpensive way to add your childs favorite colors to their room.

Overall, making your childs room a special place of their own is rather easy. Have fun planning and decorating your little ones space.

Keep Safe with Kids Electric Scooters

January 13, 2021

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Kids electric scooters are a great way for your kids to have fun, keep active and gain a little bit of that all important independence.

Although they dont travel at breakneck speed, most parents know that their children perhaps dont always think of safety first. Thats why if youre thinking of purchasing a kids electric scooter for your child you need to ensure that they will be safe in the event of the inevitable odd fall, scrape or tumble.

Firstly you need to make sure that if your children are going to be out on the pavements where there is traffic that they have a very good understanding of road safety. Make sure that they know how to stop, look and listen and explain to them just how dangerous it could be to be out on the road.

Your children should also be aware of pedestrians when using a kids electric scooter. Other pavement users can get very irritated by kids electric scooters whizzing past them. In addition if children arent careful about looking where they are going and controlling their speed that can end up having a collision. Unfortunately its vulnerable people such as the elderly and young children that are most likely to be affected and to get involved in a collision. So make sure that your kids are considerate and keep the needs of pedestrians in mind.

When your children use kids electric scooters they should always wear protective clothing. Most importantly this should include a helmet. Its advisable to buy the helmet from a reputable store as then you can be sure that it will have undergone all the appropriate safety checks and be fit for purpose. However if you are not sure then simply look for the CE mark which guarantees that the helmet has been certified as safe for sale in the EU.

Your child should also wear protective wrist and knee guards to protect hands, wrists and knees. These are essential as in the event of a fall hands, wrists knees, head and face are the most likely areas of the body to be injured.

Although you may find your child complaining about having to wear protective apparel you should ensure they definitely wear it otherwise they could find themselves with a serious injury.

Lastly you need to ensure that your child wears appropriate footwear when riding kids electric scooters. In the summer particularly many children wear sandals or flip flops but these can be quite hazardous and can impede their ability to ride a scooter safely. The best footwear to choose is trainers.

End child hunger to promote education

January 13, 2021

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non profit organisation in India that provides midday meals to children enrolled in government schools.
Akshaya Patra’s mid day meal programme provides mid day meals to 1.3 million children, covering over 9,000 schools in nine states in India every day. The organisation operates numerous kitchens under strict code of hygiene and efficiency to prepare fresh nutritious meals to the underprivileged children. The children’s non profit organisation is also involved in other humanitarian activities such as awareness and talent development programmes, teacher workshops, employment of women self-help groups, training programmes on sanitation and so on. It is through sheer hard work and commitment to the cause by non profit organisations that schemes like the mid day meal can be executed with greater efficiency and quantity, quality and accountability can be ensured. The potential of a mid day meal can be undervalued sometimes. A Mid Day Meal is more about free food that acts as an incentive for children to attend school; it’s a promise of a future. A child who has turned to labour only dreams of getting his next meal. Hunger acts as an obstacle, holding them back from realizing their dreams. Non profit organisations for children aim to empower them with education. A direct relation can be made between food and education. Free meals in schools act as an incentive for children to enrol, attend and complete school to receive a wholesome, tasty meal every day. Education has the potential to eliminate illiteracy and poverty, and the mid day meal programme aims to counter both these issues.

It is the continuous effort of this organisation to reach out to as many children as possible. The mission is to strive forward to feed 5 million children by 2020. To help more underprivileged children, donations are required to bear the running cost.
A donation of just Rs 750 can feed a child for an entire year. Every donation matters as it makes a difference in changing a child’s future. To donate to a non profit organisation means to take up the collective responsibility of promoting education and eliminating child hunger. For children to be effectively educated, they need to be fed.

By supporting non-profit organisations that provide free meals to school children we can ensure that no child in India is deprived of education because of hunger. Donate to Feed a Child.

Childrens Chairs

January 11, 2021

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Provide childrens chairs for smart, funny, interesting and special children. Childrens Chairs are made from a strong wood frame which are then covered with soft foam and then upholstered. Childrens chairs are great for Children from age crawling to 10 years depending upon the size of Children. Childrens chairs are available in wide range of padded material chairs for kids in a choice of fabrics for both boys and girls. Childrens chairs are resized for children and provide good sitting posture with an upright seating position.
Different varieties of Childrens chairs

Different size: Childrens chairs are of two sizes mainly. First one is little childrens Chair which is a great for Children up to age 4 or 5 depending upon the size of your growing Child. These childrens chairs are 19 inches high, 24 inches wide and 19 inches deep. The seating areas of these chairs are 10 inches from the floor and 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Second kind of childrens chairs are Big childrens Chairs which are suitable for older Children up to age 10. These big childrens chairs are 25 inches high, 32 inches wide and 23 inches deep. The seating areas of these chairs are 14 inches from the floor and are 14 inches wide and 14 inches deep.
Color and material: childrens chairs are available with over 100 different fabrics to choose from or you can supply your own fabric for production. Childrens chairs are made of quality wooden available both varnished or unvarnished. Childrens chairs come in sizes suitable for both toddlers and older children and are also available with matching footstools.
Selection of childrens chairs

The selection of childrens chairs we sell are designed to fit your child, your grandchild, your niece or nephew, or any other special child in your life. Most of the manufacturers have designed several collections of childrens chairs which include several elements to give comfort to your children.
Availability of Childrens chairs

Childrens chairs are easily available both on online stores or websites and local departmental stores. For online purchase browse through our huge selection of childrens chairs which offer them in wide variety of designs, sizes and colors both for boys and girls. Get childrens chairs at instance with trendy and classic styles, durable and long lasting quality as well as in decent and reasonable prices of your desire and budget
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Kids Vs. Cooperation Four Ways To Get Them To Listen To You!

January 10, 2021

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How many times have you said, “Don’t do that” only to have your youngster continue rocking back on the dining room chair? There are four errors with that statement. Let’s consider each tip individually.

1.Be Positive – If you want your young children to cooperate, you need to inform them precisely what you wish them to do, rather than what you don’t want them to do. Don’t and can’t are invisible commands. Kids only hear what comes after. Therefore, they translate “Don’t rock back on the chair” into “Rock back on the chair.”

2.Be Precise – When you said, “Don’t do that,” your youngster doesn’t know what you mean by “that.” It could mean rocking on the chair, chewing his gum, or teasing his sister. When you want to prevent inappropriate behavior, you must let the kids know precisely what form of conduct you expect. Here’s a positive alternative with precise information: “Put your chair down so all four legs stay on the ground.” Now junior is aware of what you want.

3.Add a reason – Certainly, he understands what you want, but he doesn’t know why it’s in his best interest to obey. To a kid, a parental request sounds like a dictatorship. Unless you offer an explanation, your youngster will continue to disobey. Add this sentence to your request: “So you don’t crack your head open after you fall.”

4.Add humor – Up to now, you’ve instructed your youngster what to do in a specific manner while providing a reason to obey. When you add humor, your child laughs, and the happy endorphins generate a message in his brain that says your request is acceptable to him. Add the last part of the sentence: “So you don’t crack your head open after you fall like Humpty Dumpty.”

So there you’ve got it, an effective way to get your little ones to cooperate. It’s no secret that when kids understand what you want and why you want it, told in a pleasant manner, they don’t have any option but to comply! (Well, almost always!)

Happy Parents Day

January 9, 2021

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Parents, who wouldnt know who they are, Parents are the loveliest, sweetest and most beautiful people of our lives. A person who loves her child the most a Mother and the strongest and hardworking man which helps us taking our first step a Father These two completes the worlds most beautiful relationship on the face of the earth known to be parents. Biologically speaking, without parents we cannot imagine coming to life and realistically speaking, without their presence we cannot imagine our survival.

When we were child our parents woke up all night to help us sleep, they work hard to bring us all the necessities of life. Our parents hold our fingers to help us walk. We brought up under the supervision of our parents, our parents help us grow into this rough world, and they help us being represent able person in this competitive world. They made us what we are now, they complete us. They complete the family and made us a part of it.

If we look our selves where do we rank us in giving back what our parents gave to us all their life? They ruin their resting nights for our rest, have we done it even single night when one of our parents were not feeling well, I am sure most of us would say no to it. Do we realize that our parents are equally responsible for success we have today? They helped us in every step we took in our childhood; do we help our parents to take few comforting steps when they need a supporting shoulder in last part of their life? We cannot give back our parents what they have been giving us all their lives, but if we try to help our parents for what they need, what they want and if we respect them and honoured them for what they have been to us, I am sure that will bring happiness to their faces and we will become favourite child of our parents.

Lets make promise with our selves to respect them, honour them, be kind to them and help them taking last steps before they leave us alone for rest of our lives. Take care of your parents before you spent your life regretting all your life. Wish happy parents day and bring happiness to their beautiful faces.

Child Trust Funds – Essential Investors Guide

January 7, 2021

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There are some situations in which it is used to generate a better future for a loved one. That is certainly the case when one is investing in a child trust fund.

A child trust account can be used for investing money that will later be used to pay for some expense in the future. Typically, the money in the trust fund is used to pay for a higher education or for a first home. Regardless of what exactly the money is being used for, it is apparent that it is being used by a loved one for something that is important.

The primary reason to set up a children trust fund is to give the money you put in it time to grow to much larger sum. It is for this reason that you set up children trust funds when the person is still a child. You might have a couple of decades or so to allow that money to grow before they are going to use it. When doing this, you are giving them a much better gift than just saving the amount that you would have invested.

If you are interested in how to set up child trust funds at this point, it is vital that you know some of the basics. The primary thing to know is that you are going to need to speak to an investment broker to set this up. For this kind of an account, it is important to speak to an actual investment broker. Trying to use an online broker will not be able to get you the results that you are looking for.

A child trust fund account is a special type of investment. It is not something that you are likely going to go into and mess with that much. What this means is that you are not likely to change the types of investments that are contained within the child trust fund account that much. As such, it is important that you have the right investment company handling this account.

Start searching for the right company and the right type of account for your child. This research can easily be done on the internet. You just need to look up any number of different comparison websites. They will lay out the options that each and every broker has to offer. From there, you just need to select the plan that you believe will be the best for your child in the future.

Buying childrens toys for the holiday season

January 7, 2021

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When Christmas time draws near the sales of toys increases significantly and most toy companies make use of this to flood the market with new toys to attract children. While the vast majority of toys in the market are more a marketing ploy that adds very little to a childs development there are some toys that are beneficial to a childs development. Parents need to learn how to navigate through the toy department to find childrens toys that actually contribute positively to their childrens development and enrich their play.

Instead buying the latest gimmick toy on in the market parents should shop around and try to find toys that are educational and developmentally appropriate for their children. Childrens toys should be age appropriate and they should in some way contribute to a child gaining skills in cognition, motor- coordination, creativity, and imagination. Since play is a huge part of development parents should use toys as tool to help their children gain the skills they require for the future. Toys that are created specifically to challenge and foster these skills are ideal Christmas presents for children.

Since quite a lot of money is spent on toys parents should make sure that the toys they purchase are made well and produced using high quality materials. Some toy makers and brands take a lot of trouble to ensure that the toys are made with non-toxic raw materials and that they are sturdy and durable. While major toy stores will stock toys from a wide range of toy companies without much thought as to the beneficial value of the childrens toys they sell, some smaller toy vendors sell toys that are crafted specifically with a childs development in mind. Parents should avoid going to the first childrens toy store they see. Instead, they should shop around, especially online, to find a store that caters to their childrens developmental needs. A store that supplies toys that are made with quality in mind as well as serves some educational or developmental purpose to children should be a parents first choice.

Childrens toys such as puzzles, blocks, pretend play toys, arts and craft games and toys are all great choices for Christmas presents. These types of toys develop cognition, fine motor coordination, visual perception, creativity, imagination and social skills. Different toys target different skills and are made for different ages groups so parents should choose toys that are age appropriate.

Through play, a child can learn so much and practice and fine tune the skills that they need to develop in a fun and multi-sensory way. It is a parents job to provide their children with the correct tools to aide development by buying toys that are educational.