Using Positive Language In Raising Happy Children

There is incredible power in language. This is evident in countless ways, such as the number of self-help books and leadership management training seminars on the topic.

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But an area usually unassociated with positive speak is child rearing. Clinical psychologist are often faced with cases of unhappy or misbehaving children. There are diverse causes for such, but a common denominator is the language parents use when speaking to their child.

Parents often have the best intentions, but they unknowingly influence their children based on the language and tone that they use. It is therefore important that parents take extra care with the words they say around and to their kids. Take note though that negative behavior such as aggression or violence is rooted in many things. It is always best to seek the professional advice of a licensed clinician before subscribing to any technique. That being said, it is still helpful to take note of these tips.

”You’re so…”: Parents should be careful when they begin their sentence with this. The natural conclusion to this statement is a label which can either help or hurt the child. Labels are extremely powerful, especially among children who are easily influenced by their parents. Regardless of whether the statement is true or not, children will typically respond by becoming whatever label is given to them. Even seemingly harmless statements such as “you’re such a klutz” can be harmful in the long-run, as the child will always consider himself clumsy and have his confidence undermined.

”Don’t cry.”: It is natural to want to protect children. However, parents should also be wary of inhibiting natural emotions. Children can sometimes find it difficult to put into words what they truly feel. Crying is their way of voicing out their emotions. This statement should be immediately followed with asking how the parent can make the child feel better. Simply saying, “don’t cry” sometimes implies that the child’s feelings are not valid.

”Why can’t you be more like your sister/brother?”: It can seem helpful to compare so that the child has models of proper behavior. Unfortunately, most children could end up feeling inadequate and become frustrated. At worst, children can lash out. Instead, parents should encourage specific behaviors in children, according to their personalities.

The most important aspect to remember is that children constantly need validation and praise. This does not mean excessively complimenting the child. As with most adults, children know when something is said genuinely.

Ines Cano Uribe is a language training professional who is studying to become a clinical psychologist. For links to similar articles, follow this Twitter account.

Egg-Free Baking: Three Ingredients To Try

Eggs are a staple when it comes to baking. But with the growing number of people who subscribe to plant-based diets for health and ethical reasons, they have discovered a way to substitute this ingredient with healthier alternatives. Here are some of the best ingredients that can replace eggs when baking:

Banana

Overripe bananas are the best alternatives to eggs. Aside from binding other ingredients, bananas also leave a sweet taste to the baked goods. Compared to the other options, bananas are cheap and easy to prepare. For one egg, just mash 1/4 cup of bananas. Those who want their bread fluffy and moist, this is the ingredient to use.

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Applesauce

Just like bananas, 1/4 cup applesauce can be used in place of one egg. Others add half a teaspoon of baking powder for extra thickness, but it’s not really necessary. Applesauce is also good for those who want to lessen the use of oil. Use sweetened or unsweetened varieties according to preference.

Flaxseed

Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 teaspoons of water for a few minutes to get a jelly-like binder. However, there are others who allow the seeds to immerse for hours to get the right consistency. This ratio is equivalent to one egg, so to accommodate big batches, it is better to soak more seeds in larger containers. With this ingredient, baked goods will also be filled with fiber and antioxidants. If flaxseeds aren’t available, chia seeds are also a good option.

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Trying these three ingredients as egg substitutes will make baked treats healthier. All-natural, fiber-rich, nutritious, and low-fat, those who have a sweet tooth will enjoy their favorite cakes and bread without the guilt.

Ines Cano Uribe advocates a healthy and mindful lifestyle. She is always on the lookout for dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free recipes to try out. For more on Ines, visit this LinkedIn page.

A Guide To Preventing Springtime Eczema Triggers

People with eczematous skin have immune systems that go on overdrive even at the slightest triggers. During spring, pollen, spores, mold, and other allergens carried by the windy season can cause inflamed skin. Those who suffer from eczema need to do the following to ensure an inflammation-free spring:

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Take antihistamines or allergy-blockers when going out.

Be sure to take the prescribed medication and not just any type of anti-allergy medication. When going out, it’s best to take preventive measures to keep away the triggers from aggravating the skin.

Go on a low-allergen diet.

For people with eczematous skin, eggs, nuts, and dairy can trigger the inflammation. Even if there are no strict prohibitions from these foods for most eczema sufferers, it’s best to keep away from these during the spring to keep the allergens in check.

Do a spring cleaning.

Here’s a tip: Sweeping can cause the spread of allergens as opposed to vacuuming. The dust swept may settle longer as compared to when using a vacuum cleaner. During this season, it’s also important to clean the beds, air filters, screens, and shelves where most allergens breed.

Go on a shower every night.

The body might have come in contact with an eczema trigger, so it’s best to scrub away all the dirt before calling it a night. Washing the hair before going to bed is necessary to remove the pollen and dust it gathered during the day.

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Eczema doesn’t have to ruin spring. Those who experience this condition can still enjoy the beautiful weather and the beauty of nature during this season with the right preventive measures.

Ines Cano Uribe aspires to help people with skin conditions like eczema. The UK-based mother and clinical psychology student is currently developing a clothing line suitable for those with sensitive skin. For more updates and insights, visit this blog.

Impressive Advantages Of Mindfulness Meditation

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In this busy, complicated, and stressful world, people are often in search for silence and peace. Some often feel they are losing connection with their present with all they have on their plates.

Mindfulness has become a booming practice in recent years. It is the practice of focusing one’s attention in the present and accepting the moment without judgment. Mindfulness is considered a key element in wellbeing and happiness, and can be done by itself or with other meditation practices.

A lot of scientific studies about mindfulness meditation have been produced, revealing the following benefits of the practice:

Mindfulness helps mental health

Most psychotherapists insert mindfulness meditation in treating those who have mental health issues including substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and OCD. These experts believe mindfulness works by helping patients accept their emotions and experience rather than completely avoiding them. Mindfulness can also be an alternative to antidepressants, especially for those who are at risk of relapse.

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Mindfulness aids weight loss

Mindfulness alone does not cause lower body weight, but it helps people become aware of their eating patterns and habits. When people are aware of their how they eat, they make better decisions when it comes to food. Mindfulness helps limit stress-related overeating, and it can also increase one’s awareness of satiety cues and hunger.

Mindfulness raises a person’s physical health

Mindfulness meditation techniques improve one’s physical health. It can help reduce risk of heart disease, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

Ines Cano Uribe is studying to become a clinical psychologist and language professional. She also follows Buddhist practices and the art of mindfulness. Visit this blog for similar articles.

What Causes Eczema In Young Children?

Many people, including young children, experience eczema. It is a medical condition where the skin becomes inflamed, cracked, rough, or blistered. There are different types of eczema, including atopic dermatitis or infantile eczema, which happens in children.

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Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema caused by the skin’s sensitivities to allergens in the environment like mold, pollen, dust, animal hair, and foods. Children with eczema may have family members who experience asthma, hay fever, and other allergic reactions. While eczema is not an allergy, it can be triggered by allergies. Emotional stress and extreme weather conditions can also trigger its development.

Most children develop eczema before they turn five years old. Children who have atopic dermatitis are likely to carry the condition well into adulthood.

Even with advanced medical technologies, there is no single, uniform test that can diagnose the condition. Doctors will have to check on a patient several times before landing an appropriate diagnosis, since people with eczema experience different symptoms. While doctors take symptoms into account, they also check the patient’s medical history as it can give hints as to how the eczema formed.

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There is no cure for eczema yet, and treatments (e.g. antibiotics, fungal medications, antihistamines) are usually aimed at healing skin sores and irritation. A lot of patients suffer from eczema even as they grow older, but for some, it goes away as they become adults.

Ines Cano Uribe is committed to search for solutions that can help people, especially children, who suffer from eczema. Visit this blog for more information about this skin condition.

What Causes Eczema In Young Children?

Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema caused by the skin’s sensitivities to allergens in the environment like mold, pollen, dust, animal hair, and foods. Children with eczema may have family members who experience asthma, hay fever, and other allergic reactions. While eczema is not an allergy, it can be triggered by allergies. Emotional stress and extreme weather conditions can also trigger its development.

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Most children develop eczema before they turn five years old. Children who have atopic dermatitis are likely to carry the condition well into adulthood.

Even with advanced medical technologies, there is no single, uniform test that can diagnose the condition. Doctors will have to check on a patient several times before landing an appropriate diagnosis, since people with eczema experience different symptoms. While doctors take symptoms into account, they also check the patient’s medical history as it can give hints as to how the eczema formed.

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There is no cure for eczema yet, and treatments (e.g. antibiotics, fungal medications, antihistamines) are usually aimed at healing skin sores and irritation. A lot of patients suffer from eczema even as they grow older, but for some, it goes away as they become adults.

Ines Cano Uribe is committed to search for solutions that can help people, especially children, who suffer from eczema. Visit this blog for more information about this skin condition.

Eczema Prevention: Workout Without Worry

Exercise is essential for well-being. Keeping a regular workout routine has positive effects on the mind and body. However, intense physical activities could cause flare-ups for those with eczematic skin.

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To prevent the skin from developing itchy and irritable rashes, those who have eczema can engage in different activities where perspiration is minimized. Sweating is the body’s way of regulating its temperature and can have a huge impact on the skin. Sweating causes quick loss of moisture and dehydration on eczematic skin, causing itchy and irritable patches.

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Many people who suffer from eczema have found swimming to be a suitable workout. The cool water is good for the skin and irritation from chlorine solutions can be prevented with emollients and lotions applied before and after a swim.

Engaging in outdoor sports like running and biking can be substituted by an intense workout at the gym. Activities like Pilates, yoga, martial arts, and spinning are good options for those who experience flare-ups easily when exposed to sun or brisk wind. In doing these exercises, a person should always wear breathable clothing that doesn’t trap sweat in the skin.

People experience different eczema triggers. It is important for those with eczematic skin to have medication and skincare products in tow to ensure that the condition will not hamper physical activity. A good hour of exercise a day can help reduce stress, which is a common eczema trigger. It can also improve a person’s immune system, hence reducing flare-ups.

UK-based Ines Cano Uribe is into discovering lifestyle improvements that help people with skin conditions such as eczema. For more updates on this topic, visit this blog.

Language Learning: Basic Approaches and Methods

There are many forms of language learning. Teachers with their individual styles master different approaches to ease their students into fluency in a new language. Here are some examples of basic approaches and methods in teaching a language:

1. Direct method

Teachers of this method speak to their students only in the language they want to learn. Not much emphasis is put on grammar and other structures.

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2. Immersion

This learning method lets the learner experience the language by joining and sometimes living with a community of native speakers.

3. Grammar-translation method

This kind of language learning is primarily graphic. It is suitable for those who are learning language for further study, translation, or another developmental purpose. This method constantly refers to the connection of the new language to the native language.

4. Structural approach

This approach emphasizes grammar and other structures involved in learning a language. The words are usually dissected before practicing.

5. Audio-lingual

This method lets the students listen to dialogue and practice it until they can use phrases and bits of conversation in their own communication goals. The goal is to make language learning a habit and a part of the thinking process.

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There are other methods for learning but these five are the most commonly used. Teachers can use one or a combination of methods for certain levels. Whichever the preferred approach, what’s important is the teacher aids the student in expressing himself freely in another tongue.

Ines Cano Uribe is a language teaching, training, and employment professional from the UK. She is currently finishing her studies at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) to become a clinical psychologist. For more information on her professional life, visit this page.