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Standards for Keeping Track of Your Child’s Progress

Posted in Kid's World
on October 11, 2016
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Children are a blessing and knowing that they are progressing properly is a great source of pride and peace of mind.

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We all want to know that the child is doing alright in all aspects as they grow up. So we eagerly keep an eye on them and anticipate each measure of growth and developmental milestone along the way.

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Part of these are body changes. Every change signals whether your child is growing properly.

Sadly, not everyone may know exactly what to monitor. Many people especially new parents may be aware that there will be significant increase in body weight and height as the child grows. Hair will grow, teeth will come in then out, and then come in again.

They’ll know that the child will eventually hit puberty – but still, how exactly should you track these indicators of growth?

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Various entities have developed a number of tools like height charts you can use to  monitor your child’s growth.You have probably encountered these tools at one point or another, perhaps even  without being aware of it.

  1. At the Consulting Room

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Early in the child’s life, you take him or her to visit a doctor regularly for checkups.

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Have you ever wondered what these checkups are all about? What signals are doctors looking for to establish that your child is in perfect health?

These are questions few of us ever stop to ask.

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During each checkup the doctor often records the height and weight of the child. They use these pieces of information to compare with data from other children in the same age group. Doctors put down these details on height charts or a growth chart.

The height chart is a valuable tool, helping pediatricians to determine whether a child is growing at an appropriate rate or if there might be certain problems.

  1. Size and Weight

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These are the most basic elements of growth that parents often monitor. When you visit the doctor’s office, they will be documenting this data of your child to monitor their growth.

It’s important that you understand these elements so you can understand your child’s progression even without visiting your Pediatrician or GP.

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There will be astonishing changes during your child’s first year. On average, babies grow a length of 25 centimeters (10 inches) and their birth weights triple.

Like many new parents, you may be astonished when your child’s growth slows down after that first year.

All that initial growth coming to a stop at the onset of the subsequent years tends to startle new parents. It’s important to understand that no child will continue to grow quickly after infancy.

The baby’s growth momentum slows considerably after age 1. By age 2, kids grow in height steadily – approximately 6 centimeters (2.5 inches) a year until they reach adolescence.

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Use customisable height charts to plot your child’s growth at different ages. This data should stay on roughly the same percentile as that of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) standardised growth chart when taken accurately and plotted over time.

Nurses (Maternal and Child Health) normally use the CDC percentile charts for children aged between 2 and 18 years old to measure height, weight and the Body Mass Index (BMI).

The World Health Organisation has percentile charts that you can use to measure weight, length and head circumferences for baby boys and girls aged 24 months and below.

Here’s something you must understand. No child will grow at a perfectly steady rate throughout their childhood. So you may encounter weeks or months of fairly slower growth alternating with particular spurts in growth throughout the growth curve.

Thus, some children may also be inherently slow in development. Given this, you might see  smaller figures in their height charts. But you must know that these kids are absolutely normal and healthy. The delayed growth may be genetic especially if the parents are shorter.

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On the bright side, if you have any concerns regarding your kid’s growth, you can consult your GP. They are sufficiently equipped to evaluate your child more systematically and study your family history. This approach will disclose enough information regarding your child’s condition.

In case of any anomaly, the doctor can always order or conduct tests to see if there is any medical condition affecting your child’s growth.

They may then choose to track the child’s growth more frequently on a growth or height chart. They may alternatively refer your child to a growth disorders specialist (pediatric endocrinologist) for enhanced evaluation.

Any problem detected early enough can always be remedied to help boost the child’s health.

  1. BMI

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Body mass index, also Quetelet index is the measure of body fat based on height and weight. It’s a value derived from the height and mass of an individual – weight (kg) / height (m) Height (m).

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 You can therefore use the information recorded on height charts and BMI percentile charts to compute your kid’s BMI. A higher BMI value would signify a greater risk of diseases such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and some cancers.

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The good part is that if you know your child has a high BMI, you would also know the kind of attention that should be given to them.

If your child’s BMI is anywhere between 18.5 and 24.9, rest assured that they are perfectly healthy even if they seem overweight or underweight.

  1. Sexual development

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Here’s a challenging part: your son comes home from his baseball game and you can smell his odor from the other room.

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Your little girl shys off from jogging because her breasts are becoming noticeably bouncy – time to get her a bra. That’s puberty.

It’s a time for a major spurt on growth, usually between 8 and 13 years for girls and from 10 to 15 years among boys.

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Prepare to see a lot of sexual development in your child. Pubic and underarm hair will appear, sex organs will develop and for your girl, menstruation will begin.

Keeping track of these changes should give you that fulfilment that your kid is now becoming an adult.

Final thoughts…

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Personalised height charts are a great way to keep track of your kid’s height. There’s an endless list of adorable personalised height charts to work well with a broad range of wall sticker designs that together should motivate you to monitor your child’s progression in style.

A Gift To Remember Always

Posted in Happy Island, Kid's World
on June 3, 2016
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We’ve all received THAT gift that made our hearts swell with love. It wasn’t the most expensive gift, it wasn’t the fanciest gift, but it was the most thoughtful.

You can create that magic moment for a special child in your life – your own daughter or son, their best friend, your best friend’s child, your niece or nephew, your neighbour… They will always fondly remember that moment and thank you for it.

Here are a few ways to create that unforgettable moment. It may take a little bit of thought but it doesn’t have to take much time.

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Personalised Story Books – Gifts That Make Your Children Feel Special

Posted in Kid's World
on May 18, 2016
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Your children are your treasure and you want them to always feel that they are cherished. You want to do everything you can to ensure this, so you research and brainstorm ideas. You find out that there are different ways to bless your children. It can be done with material things, with your time, with enriching opportunities, etc.

As you research, you’ll note that there are parents who opt to show love for their children through creativity. Do you belong to this set? Did you want to give your kids homemade and handmade presents, convinced that these are more personal, which then makes them more unique?

Putting in a labour of love, after all, is a sure way to make something more special. If you could pen a poem dedicated to them, compose a song about them, and, even better, write a story that revolves around them, you would. Unfortunately, these endeavours require a particular gift, something that not all parents possess. No matter how inspired they are by their children, producing sweet tales and drawings would still be difficult, if not altogether impossible.

Nonetheless, if you’re not among those who have a flair for writing and illustrating stories, it doesn’t mean that your children can’t have their own personalised story books. You can still make sure that they have such charming and special keepsakes by ordering them online. The beauty in doing this is that you can ascertain great quality writing and illustration without having to turn yourself inside out trying to find some vestige of literary and artistic chops.

Personalised story books are such a great concept that you can’t go wrong giving them. They are truly unique, so your recipients can’t help but feel special upon receiving one. You can also be sure that the book is interesting and age-appropriate, that the story flows and pleases the young mind, that the illustrations are wholesome and delightful to behold, etc.

You can be certain that a personalised book will be enjoyed for years to come. Your children may outgrow the story at some point, but you can be certain that they will treasure their copy until they’re grown. It’s just the kind of keepsake from childhood that people want to share with their own kids one day.

There’s no doubt that your heart will feel so full from giving such a meaningful gift. Reading personalised books to your children is also a wonderfully rewarding experience. You’ll love seeing their eyes light up every time they hear their name read aloud, so consider giving one on the next special occasion.

Story Time With Personalised Books – Australia

Posted in Kid's World
on May 18, 2016
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A great way to broaden your children’s horizon is to gift them with personalised books. Australia may be one of the most incredible places on the planet, but even the amazing land down under has limits. Not so in the land of books.

What makes personalised books even better is that they put your kids right smack in the middle of the story. As a matter of fact, the story revolves around them, making it special and, in turn, making your kids feel special.

Story time is certainly more interesting when the story being told has your kids pegged as the main characters. Still, there are ways for you to make story time even more special as you read your children’s personalised books. Australia has an ideally mild climate, for instance, so you can make story time more fun by holding it on the lawn or even on the porch or patio. That should make story time more enjoyable.

What are some other suggestions for making story time with personalised books more special?

  • Have a story time routine – Kids generally thrive on structure and routine, so it’s good to follow one for every regular activity they participate in. This also works for story time. Routine could affect any number of elements from the hour and location to the company and effects used to enhance the experience. For example, reading their personalised books may entail situating themselves in a reading nook with cosy adornments or going through an involved step-by-step process (the storyteller putting on a reading hat, the listeners arranging their stuffed animals, etc.).
  • Take turns reading pages – To change things up and make reading more interesting, you can alternate pages with your children. This isn’t applicable only with readers. You’ll notice that non-readers pretend to read pages of oft-enjoyed books from memory.
  • Get silly – To make the story really come alive, change voices as well as use sound effects and exaggerated facial expressions. Some people feel self-conscious about doing this, but young kids really enjoy a dramatic reading. You might also want to consider using puppets and other props to make the reading more engaging.
  • Have an after-reading activity – It’s a good idea to follow up with a related craft project, game, kitchen activity, or even just a discussion. This gives a new fascinating twist to the reading of an old favourite.

All kids love story time, and you know they love it even more when their personalised book is involved. You can make it even more special and fun by applying the above tips.


5 Meaningful (and Simple) Anzac Day Activities To Try with Kids

Posted in Kid's World
on April 22, 2016
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I want my kids to know that we enjoy the lives we have, not just because mummy and daddy work hard (although this point MUST be drilled in before their teen years), and NOT because they are entitled to it, but because there are heroes we never meet.

My philosophy with these things is to choose activities that are both meaningful and enjoyable. That’s when my kids learn. Here are a few things I’ve done with my kids or that I want to try out this year to commemorate Anzac Day. Some require a bit of planning, and others, just a few moments of silence.

  1. Visit the War Memorial

The War Memorials I have visited are beautiful and peaceful. We visited the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance when my girl was three. I think the serenity of the grounds affected my little girl as much as it affected me. She walked quietly holding my hand, without complaining. We stood in front of the Sanctuary and bowed our heads. She wanted to know what it was, and I explained to her that it was to remember the brave people who fought for us.

I did this before the actual Anzac Day. As great as it would be to attend the Dawn Service, I have not managed with my little ones. Also, I am wary of the traffic and the parking situation on the actual day. If you have little ones, consider visiting the War Memorial before or after the actual date.

  1. Send a Postcard or an Email to the Troops

I sent a letter to a soldier when I was a little kid, and I actually received a letter back. I will never forget how cool that was. Even if my kid is not as lucky, this is something I would like to try with her this year. They now allow you to email (minutes well spent) or send postcards, so my daughter will definitely be able to connect with the troops. I guess my one-year-old could send his abstract piece as well!

Click here for information on how to send a postcard or letter.

3. Bake Anzac Biscuits

What child does not love squishing their hands in dough, smelling the aroma of fresh baked cookies, and then gobbling up the tasty morsels? For me, the point here is to tell the story of the Anzac Biscuits. The story goes, the wives of the soldiers sent Anzac Biscuits to their husbands abroad because the ingredients held up well. Because my girl is old enough, I asked her questions like, “How do you think the soldier felt when he received the biscuits from his wife?” “Do you think he shared the biscuits with his friends?”

Here is a really easy 4 step Anzac Biscuit recipe you can try out.

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4. Fingerprint Poppies

My kids are really into fingerprinting these days, so I know they will enjoy this one. Again, I will talk to them about the significance of poppies. The story goes, during the First World War, red poppies popped up in the battlefields where the soldiers fell and soaked the ground with their blood. The poppies symbolise the sacrifice of shed blood. Umm, that might be a tad heavy for my kids. My daughter couldn’t get past the first ten minutes of The Good Dinosaur, this might make her shriek every time she sees a poppy…. I will keep it to “It shows the love soldiers’ love for us.”

Here is a great Fingerprint to try out – pretty and easy.

5. Honour with a Moment of Silence

Now I know this might be the hardest one on the list, especially if you’re raising a Little Miss or Mr Chatterbox. I pick a time when the whole family is together, and the kids are feeling calm and quiet (I know, it’s a rare moment). Then I tell everyone to close eyes, hold hands, and in our hearts (without speaking), say thank you to the men and women who fought for us. It’s only one or two minutes, and everyone feels thankful afterwards.