Monday, April 29, 2013

Potty Training Using Reward Charts

Finally your child is ready to use the potty and leave the diapers behind. And as a parent or carer for a child you too should be ready to motivate your child for success and what a better way to do this than using a sticker chart which will help to encourage your child to use the potty. Using our NEW chart - The Ultimate Potty Training Chart_ will help you track your child's progress. Hanging the chart in a focal point in your house where everyone can see it.

For a child who is potty training receiving stickers each time they use the potty can be a great way to enourage and praise them, it maybe that you decide to buy a gift for them when they are fully potty trained- a new toy or maybe a picnic in the park. For a child of this age, stickers are often enough of a reward!. And each time your child uses the potty successfully, you can congratulate them and  select the sticker place it on the chart. Continue using this reward system to help you on the road to having ‘dry’ children.

Whether your child uses the grown-up toilet or happier on a potty, we believe that our latest dedicated  Potty Chart is fun and eye-catching and provides a central focus for both you and child to work from.  From encouraging your child to ask to use the potty through to completing the task with washing their hands, The Ultimate Potty Training Chart acknowledges these important steps with bright, eye-catching reusable stickers - appealing for any toddler to try their best.

In addition to the charts and stickers, we have provide a supportive information sheet highlighting ‘10 positive steps to successful potty training': these include how to plan for the task ahead, preparing your child, the importance of family involvement, key tips to using the chart and how to achieve the best results.

To purchase The Ultimate Potty Training chart click on the links below, and to receive 15% off use coupon code VCHART15. Once your child is fully Potty training we have prepared for you a FREE download of our  Potty Training Certificate which can be downloaded from our Facebook page at (USA) or (UK)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Teaching Kids About Microwave Safety

Do you own a microwave? Do your kids use it?  It has been 4 years since I last used a microwave at home but recently we purchased one. Of course, having something new in the kitchen my kids were eager to use it straight away.. (something they were too young to operate before when we owned one) which got me thinking! Safety first!!

We all know how to sue a microwave but do we really spend the time teaching our kids? Perhaps we take for granted and learn the hard(and painful)  way, but we of course would not want our kids getting burnt by either hot foods or beverages taken out of a microwave.

I therefore came up with a list of "Do's and Don'ts for Microwave Safety" which I thought I would share.
  • Make sure the microwave is on a low surface for your child to reach.
  • Make sure the microwave is located on a solid stand, perhaps with an are next to it to place food just out of the microwave.
  • Teach them how to open and close the door and also to stand back when doing so to let steam escape.
  • Show and teach your child the controls on the microwave. 
  • Know what kind of container to cook food in, we avoid plastic containers (unless they are microwave safe)
  • To avoid confusion, keep microwave-safe containers in one place.
  • Know how to take off cling wrap and/or lids carefully without the risk of burning.
  • Once the food is ready, let it sit in the microwave for a minute or two.
  • Never eat food immediately when it comes out of the microwave.
  • Use a pot holder to take out the container from the microwave. The temperature of the cooking dish can get very hot.
  • Make sure the time is entered correctly to avoid accidental fires.
  • Avoid cooking butter/oils.
  • If you have to cook hotdogs, prick them first with a fork.
  • Don't try to boil an egg - it will explode!
  • Do not use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave.
  • Read instructions on packaging correctly!
  • What to do in an emergency - such as a fire in the microwave.
  • Learn how to keep your microwave clean.
  • Display these microwave satety tips in your kitchen!
Obviously supervsion is key to a child using a microwave and will also depend on the maturity of your child. Young teenagers will show an interest in using a microwave, and it is imperative that they are given some form of guidance by you!

Feel free to add comments below of any other useful tips you may have.