Monday, October 11, 2021

The Importance Of Annual Checkup's For Your Kids

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A yearly checkup is fundamental to maintaining the health of your kids. Throughout their lives, many factors can change or influence their wellbeing, some remediable and some not. Still, an annual physical exam provides your doctor with a chance to realize any deviations from the standard for your children.

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Here Are 6 Common Parts Of a Physical Exam

Hearing Checkup

A crucial part of diagnosing hearing loss is actually testing your child's hearing during regular visits and to learn more about his or her hearing ability. The test usually starts with low tones being played through headphones while they are wearing earphones themselves. Then, it can progress up to higher pitches until they cannot hear it anymore.

The best time to test your child's hearing is during their first year of life. Any problems detected at this time are typically easy to correct.

Eye Checkup

A standard eye exam may include testing your child's visual acuity or the sharpness of their vision. This simple test requires them to pick out specific letters or objects from a line of similar shapes and figures. The results are then used to compare with the normal range for the age group, which should chart out any possible abnormalities.

Another important part of an eye examination is coordination between both eyes, also known as binocular vision. If one eye turns in or out more than necessary while viewing, it can affect depth perception that can be tested using pictures on a screen.

Blood Sugar Level Checkup

Your doctor should check your child's blood sugar levels annually in order to see if they are exhibiting any signs of either having diabetes or of being at risk for developing it in the future. This blood test also helps to diagnose any other problems that could result from elevated or lowered blood sugar levels.

Cholesterol Checkup

Cholesterol is a fatty substance present in both the body and food, and it's important not to have too much of it in your blood.

Your pediatrician will check for high cholesterol levels at every visit until the age of ten years or later if risk factors such as obesity or family history exist. 

The screening is usually done in the form of a simple blood test that measures total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol. 

Your doctor may also use an ultrasound to measure the size of your child's heart arteries to look for any possible narrowing or blockage.

Dental Checkup

Dental hygiene should be taught early on in life by parents, and this includes brushing their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, using dental floss, and having regular appointments with the dentist.

Frequent trips to the dentist will help your child avoid unnecessary pain and damage to their teeth. Your dentist will examine the alignment of both arches of teeth (the upper and lower jaw) as well as any potential misalignment in the bite, which could lead to future orthodontic problems.

Vital Signs Checkup

This checkup includes taking your child's blood pressure, height and weight, checking their heart rate & respiratory rate, along with asking personal questions about your child's mood, the way they eat, and sleep patterns. 

All of these factors can indicate any signs of potential future issues for them, such as asthma or depression. If you have been concerned about your children's emotional wellbeing, then this is a yearly must-do for you and your doctor together.

In Conclusion

Early detection of problems is key to preventing them from becoming worse or life-threatening. Sometimes children develop medical issues that are not apparent until they have grown up - for instance, some cardiac conditions do not present themselves until adulthood even though they are genetic.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that all children should go through annual physicals in order to maintain their overall health. 

Annual physicals are important not only for knowing about these medical conditions but also because they help to create a relationship with your child's pediatrician, who will be watching out for their health as they grow up.

These tests should be a significant part of that yearly visit, and all parents should ensure that their children receive them as well as any other necessary tests in order to lead a healthy, happy life.

Annual checkups should be taken very seriously by all parents because the doctor's office is the only place where you can find out what might be going wrong with your child before it becomes a much more difficult problem to solve.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Here's How You Can Support Your Children in Achieving Excellence

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Some argue that parenting now is a lot easier than it was a few decades ago, but just because we have more knowledge and information does not imply that it is. In fact, it can feel impossible to just be a parent when you're overwhelmed with so many recommendations and suggestions. So, to help you navigate the information, here are the most crucial things to remember to help your child grow into the greatest person he or she can be. 

Encourage a trusting and loving relationship

The most crucial thing to remember is that your child must have faith in you. Just because they follow your instructions does not mean you have a trusted connection, and they may not seek your guidance when they are in desperate need. Simply trusting them is the best approach to build trust. Trust them to finish their homework without checking it, to keep a secret, or just to make their own decisions. And, no matter what hurdles you face in life, remember that maintaining trust is the most crucial aspect of your relationship.

Too many parents have regrets from their pasts that they are attempting to rectify via their children. You must remember that your child is an individual who has the freedom to pick their own path. You can point them in the right direction though sources like Pastor Paula White on social media, but you can't force them to go in a path they don't want to go. Make sure they have a lot of choices when they're young to help them discover what they enjoy. Most importantly, don't get offended if their hobbies shift.

Let them connect with their peers

Your children will always benefit from solid social skills, no matter where they are in life. It doesn't matter if they have siblings; what matters is that they spend time with other kids their age. Enroll them in playgroups, a fun learning centre, a team sport, or any other activity that will allow them to grow and learn as social beings. These are the people who will be their friends and families in the future, so growing up together will be quite beneficial. If you see that they aren't getting along with other kids their age, go to a professional to figure out what's going on.

Encourage them to be active

Not only is physical activity important for a healthy lifestyle, but it is also beneficial to children's mental health. It will help them in releasing excess energy, particularly negative energy, as well as clearing their minds and having fun! It will help them think and collect themselves if they learn to go for a walk every day, and you will have the opportunity to teach them about the value of exercise and health.

Giving your children the tools they need to grow up to be strong, independent people with good values is difficult; nevertheless, by encouraging them to be honest with themselves and discover what they actually enjoy, you can rest assured that your child will grow up to be a happy adult on the right track.


Setting a New Year's Resolution has never worked for me. Just saying this is what I want to do, only gets me to about mid-January. However, about five years ago I found something that actually works!

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Using Powersheets has tremendously helped me with big picture goals and with the little every day habits I want to cultivate. Powersheets have been life changing for me.

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Monday, October 4, 2021


I've long been a fan of the God's Not Dead movies. God's Not Dead, God's Not Dead 2, and God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness, are all powerful movies showing serious issues Christians are facing. The newest movie, God's Not Dead: We The People, is no different!

In God's Not Dead: We The People we find Pastor Dave called on to help defend a group of Christian homeschooling families.  As someone who grew up in a homeschool family and homeschooled my own children, this movie hits close to home.

As Pastor Dave helps the homeschool families, he finds himself taken aback by the interference of the government. Pastor Dave and the families believe that their right to educate their own children is a freedom worth fighting for. He finds himself called to Washington DC to testify in a landmark congressional hearing that will determine the future of religious freedom in our country for years to come.

This movie is powerful and shows struggles we are truly up against. Every family needs to see this movie. It doesn't matter if you homeschool, send your children to private school, or send your children to public school, you need to see this. It doesn't matter if you don't have children, you still need to see this.

God's Not Dead: We The People is out in theaters today and is only out for three nights so you do not want to miss it! Make plans now to head to the theater this week for God's Not Dead: We The People!


Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

My grandson turned 1! He has been such a joy in our lives.

3041. Celebrating his birthday with family.

3042. Beautiful weather.

3043. God's peace at just the right moments.

3044. My husband's encouragement.

It's your turn! Share something you are praising God for. I would love to rejoice with you.