Injury and Pain Free: Exercising Caution in Sport Activities

meltmethod Families young and old enjoy sports because staying fit keeps them feeling great both physically and mentally. It’s nice to have a way to be active, especially if your little ones are in school and enjoy burning off that stored up energy from sitting most of the day. However with any sport there is a risk of injury. In fact, the more you participate in sports, the more risk you have of a traumatic injury taking place. Most injuries happen because young athletes over do it. Instead of letting this happen to you or to your children there are ways to reduce the risk of an injury.

Take 1-2 Days off Each Week

If you plan to be athletic several days a week that’s great, but you need to provide your body with time to rest in between your workouts. This is especially important if you or your children participate in high impact sports such as football, soccer, or tennis for example. Plan to have at least 1 or 2 days off each week from the sport you’re participating in. This will allow a body to recover and will prevent injuries from taking place.

Invest in a Melt Method Kit

If you’re suffering from a sore body after a long soccer practice invest in a sports kit that will help ease your achy muscles. The MELT Hand and Foot Treatment is self-treatment technique that can make your whole body feel better right away. Try a Melt Method kit and stimulate your hands and feet, which can reduce common painful symptoms caused by sports and being active daily.

Wear the Right Gear

Whatever sport you’re participating in it’s important to wear the right gear. Players should wear protective equipment such as helmets, pads, protective cups, eyewear, face guards, and more. Even though you’re wearing the right gear doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be extra careful though. Protective gear still will not protect you from the most dangerous of sports, so be cautious in all that you do.

Stop Any Activity if you Feel Pain

It sounds like common sense but too many athletes they will not stop during a sports activity if they feel pain. However, there are unfortunate results from not stopping. If they try to push through the pain it can stop them from doing their favorite sports all together, especially if they hurt a muscle or worse break a bone. So what’s the bottom line? Take breaks and avoid heat injury by drinking plenty of water. If you do have pains during a sport don’t continue. There is stress relief for heels, your neck, and more with Melt Method techniques and other sports prevention methods.

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5 Tips On Understanding How Toddlers Work

Toddlers can be a ton of fun, and a lot of work. It is easier to deal with toddlers, if you understand how they work.

1. Patience Is Not A Virtue
You may not know how to be patient with a toddler, and they feel the same for you. The difference is, they are two. You are not. They are still learning. It is hard for him to control himself, and they have no fear. Therefore, jumping off couches and tables, just seems like a lot of fun.

2. His Memory Isn’t That Great
He can?t really speak in full sentences, he certainly can?t read, therefore you have to repeat yourself to make him hear you. Do not yell either. That only teaches the child that it is okay to yell and be yelled,

3. He Wants It Now
He?s still a baby and babies whine. When he sees something, he wants, it and he goes after it. He doesn?t matter if he has to throw a fit or fling a toy. And if doing either of those things merits a rewards, naturally he thinks that?s how you get things.

4. Impulse
If he wants to run into the street for the ball, he is not aware of the dangers, no matter how many times you tell him, because he is still a toddler. That is why you have to watch toddlers like hawks!

5. Choices Are Bad
He does not understand choices that is why you don?t give him any. He does not know what either is. You cannot reason with him, He constantly contradicts himself, because he isn?t quite sure what he wants. Taking away a toy and sharing makes him think it is gone forever, that is why you have to distract him and give him another toy.

He wants your love more than anything, all the time, for more hours than there are in the day. Because this is not possible, you need to know how to adjust to nurture him and make things easier for you. It might take time, but having a better understanding of how a toddler?s mind works might make it easier for you when he has a meltdown. The best thing to do, is to stay calm and assess the situation. You will be able to get through it and see his little smiling face.

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How to Create a Perfect Halloween Party

halloween-costumeHalloween is a great time for parties, whether for adults, teens, or children. You can throw a party that includes all ages, or you can make it more age-specific. No matter how you celebrate Halloween, it’s helpful to have some ideas on how to plan the perfect Halloween party. Here are some suggestions and ideas.

1. Themes

A good place to start in your planning is to decide on a theme for your party. Of course it’s a Halloween theme, but that’s a bit general. Coming up with a unique theme makes your party fun and special, and helps you decide on specifics like food and decorations. Try some of these themes on for size.

* Edgar Allen Poe – Pay tribute to one of literature’s greatest writers of horror. Choose some of his more famous and chilling works, such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Raven” and look to them for inspiration. Decorate with Poe-era items that denote his craft, such as an old typewriter or dip pens and ink wells.

* Alfred Hitchcock – While we’re on the topic of famous “scary” individuals, why not include Hitchcock? Look to his movies and books for decoration ideas (lots of birds!). You can include one of his movies as part of the party, too.

* Cartoon costumes – For kids, why not have a party where everyone comes dressed as his or her favorite cartoon character? You could serve food that corresponds with popular ‘toons, like “Krabby Patties” for SpongeBob and “Smurfberries” for Smurf characters.

* Haunted places – Decorate your house like an old, haunted castle and show episodes of ghost-themed reality shows. The haunted house theme could be funny (think “Ghostbusters”) or more haunting (think The Tower of London).

* Historical era – Choose your favorite historical era and build a party around it! Eighteenth-century England, the Middle Ages, the 1980s and everything in between can all be great party themes.

2. Invitations

Now that you have come up with your theme, design your invitations accordingly. Hitchcock- or Poe-themed parties could have invitations with a symbol of the person or one of his works on the invitation (Hitchcock’s profile, for instance, or Poe’s raven). Cartoon character invitations are easy to make or find. A haunted places theme could feature castle-shaped invitations cut from black card stock with silver or grey gel pen writing (or printer ink).

3. Games

Plan some fun games for everyone at your Halloween party. Why not have a pumpkin carving/decorating contest or bob for apples?

4. More Tips

Here are just a few more general tips for planning the perfect Halloween party.

* Give guests favors
* Make sure you have plenty of food and drinks
* Take lots of pictures!
* Make sure children’s parties have enough adults to supervise

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