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Top 10 Online Shopping Sites for Babies & Toddlers

Well, whenever the idea of online shopping crops up in our mind, we get to see and also find a wide range of sites that allow for online shopping. You can get your desired products and that too at extremely reasonable prices when you are shopping online. There are a huge number of shopping websites where you can buy a wide range of things for men, women and also children.

Products that you need for your kids

The products that you may need for your babies depend from your baby to another baby. After all, all kids are not same and the main thing to be kept in mind while buying your kid’s products is that their requirements may also vary. Here are a list of such products that you may need for your baby.

1. Baby clothes
2. Diapers
3. Blankets
4. Toys & games
5. Video monitors
6. Footwear
7. Books
8. Feeding products
9. Potty training

These are a few items that are extremely essential for your kids. Now let us have a glance at the list of 10 websites that you can opt for if you want to buy products for your kids. These are as follows:

1. First cry:

To speak of First Cry, it needs to be said at the very beginning that it is one of the biggest stores that allows you to buy products of kids and toddlers. First cry boasts of having a huge number of 70000 products that are basically Indian as well as International brands. Some of the things available on First cry for toddlers include Footwear, Apparel, Baby toys, Books, Health Care, CDs, Feeding products, Gifts, maternity etc.

Now to speak of the brands those are available on First Cry, it can be said that there are a huge number of options you can choose from. Some of the brands include Gini and Jony, Funskool, Pampers, Simba, Camel, Sun Baby, Angry Bird, Baby Hug, Farlin, Ben10, Mattel, Pigeon, Fisher Price, Barbie, Hot wheels, Gerber, Nataraj, Disney, and so on.

2. Babyoye:

Babyoye is a famous website for online shopping. You can buy products for toddlers and kids. This website offers you a wide range of products like Footwear, Apparels, Feeding & Nursing, Baby Gear, Nursery, Toys, Books & CDs, Bath & Health, Stationary Maternity, School and Accessories. All these products are of excellent quality and belong to either top Indian or International brands which include Chicco, Sunbaby, Happy Dino, Mothertouch, Hauck, Fisher Price, Goodbaby, Funskool, Little Tikes, Hot Wheels, Simba, Disney, and so on.

3. Hopscotch:

Hopscotch is another leading online store for shopping online where you can buy a variety of products for kids as well as toddlers. This online website boasts of having a huge number of products that which belong to Indian as well as International brands. Some of the things available on First cry for toddlers include Footwear, Feeding products, Apparel, Accessories, Baby toys, Health Care, Gifts, Personal Care, Books, Home & Kitchen, maternity etc.

Some of the brands available here on this website include Aquaphor, Beetle & Bottle, Wallcandy Arts, WaterWipes, Funkrafts, Ribbon, Magic Moms, Lollipop Lane, Hot Wheels, Ben Benny, Calvin Klein, Funskool, Angry Birds, Chooze Shoes, Green Toys and so on.

4. MyBabyCart:

To speak of MyBabyCart, it needs to be said at the very beginning that it is one of the biggest stores that allows you to buy products of kids and toddlers.

This website is a leading online shopping site for buying products for toddlers and kids. Here you can get offers products like Fashion Accessories, Toys & Gears, Clothes, & Party Picks, Diapering & Bath, Décor & Bedding, Gifts Feeding & Nursery, Health & Safety Needs, Books & CDs etc. These products belong to the best brands, be it Indian or International. The brands that you can find here include Morph, Nine Maternity, Be U Bags, Fisher Price, SunBaby, Little Wanderers, Little Feet, Bum Chum, Chicco, Molto, Tiny Care, Chicco, UVTI Clothing, Love Baby and so many others.

5. Redlily:

From RedLily you can do all of the shopping you want to do for your kids and toddlers. Some of the wide range products that are available her include The products offered include games, feeding & nursing, nursery, electronic gadgets and toys, soft toys, balloons & accessories, costumes and so on.

6. Shopclues:

Well, to speak of this famous site it only needs to be said that this is perhaps one of the most popular website among all of us. This online shopping website has the headquarters at Gurgaon, but it was generally founded in the Silicon Valley in California. On shopclues you can always get your desired products and that tool at reasonable prices. Here you can even get the best products for your kids and toddlers including games, feeding & nursing, nursery, electronic gadgets and toys, soft toys, balloons & accessories, costumes and so on. The best thing is that there are also certain offers on various products.

7. Crazy8:

Crazy8 is a new part of TheGymboree Corporation. From here you can always buy products for your kids, which include Feeding & Nursery, Personal Care, Toys, Furnishing, Electronics, Party Supplies, Gifts, Diapering, Stationary, potty training, etc.

8. Snapdeal:

Snapdeal is yet an excellent website that allows you to buy various types of goods and products online. The best thing is that here you can get access to the products that you can buy at very low costs. This is a great site to buy products for your babies and kids. Here you can always get bath and skin care, mom and maternity, baby bedding, baby gear & safety, feeding & nursing, diapers etc. Chicco, Avent, Mamy Pokopants, Pigeon, Mee Mee etc are some of the famous brands that are available here on this shopping website.

9. Amazon:

Well, Amazon is beyond doubt an excellent website for buying various types of products online. And when it comes to buying products for your baby or toddler, you can safely rely on Amazon. Here on this famous website you can get bedding, kids’ furniture, potty training, strollers, prams, carriers, baby monitors, nursery décor, feeding, baby care and also activity products and that too of excellent quality. Some of the featured brands that you can opt for include Libero, Avent, Luvlap, Fisher-Price, Pampers, Johnson’s baby, Himalaya, Nubby and so on.

10. LittleMe:

LittleMe is another excellent website that you can always opt for in order to buy products for your kids and toddlers. Some of the products include Fashion Accessories, Toys & Gears, Clothes, & Party Picks, Diapering & Bath, Décor & Bedding, Gifts Feeding & Nursery, Health & Safety Needs etc.

5 Benefits For Young Children And Teens Participating In Dance Exam Sessions Within Dance Schools

Dancing is something rather nostalgic to those of us who are now fully grown. Often adults will say, “gee I wish my mother had pushed me to stay in dance classes such as ballet and tap when I was little and not listened to me when I said I wanted to stop!” We tend to look back at these early years and recall and realise that we were in a good lifestyle routine.

1) Dance exams help to instill dedication and commitment in children and teenagers.

The young dance students must have a good work ethic to keep up with the work which is being taught to them within the dance school by their teacher. The young dancers must also think for themselves and many dance teachers will ask them to practice their exercises at home in the hope that the dance student will grasp and show great signs of improvement week on week. It is after all a two-way street!

2) A sense of responsibility.

The words ‘exam’ or ‘show’ can be quite daunting, especially to our youngest of dance students. It is the responsibility of the dance teacher to make this event seem like it will be a fun presentation of their dance, for a very important visitor who will give them good marks, so that they will be able to learn new dance steps.

A sense of responsibility is also evoked within the young dance students, to be in control of something for themselves, something that they understand they can do and are very capable of, that the outcome is dependent on them.

3) Exams are a way of measuring personal development and personal progression.

Everything in life has a standard, a bar, a grading system. The majority of us excel in life when goals and challenges are put in front of us. Through dancing from an early age and participating in exam sessions we are able to learn this life process and find our coping skills. More importantly we develop ways of coping with many other challenges, that also come our way. As the dance lessons get increasingly more difficult in ability level, we as dancers are therefore improving and the dance certificate assures us of that.

4) Discipline, respect and gratitude is encouraged naturally.

It is true that there are certain manners and ways of approach that are required to dance lessons. The only thing practiced in a dance studio is dancing. That may sound like stating the obvious, however there is an understanding from all that to succeed there is a level of self-discipline required, to put yourself week in and week out through the paces to get the results that you wish. The level of respect between yourself and your teacher is a positive force that counts for many situations in the world today. The dance students learn to appreciate the hard work and the belief that another does and has for them.

5) Achieving something and feeling successful.

It is a great moment to receive dance examination results, to see the smile on the young dancers faces appear when they hear the news that they and their friends have all successfully passed. The joy often bounces right out of the dance studio and into the arms of their parents or guardians. Many families today take the opportunity to enjoy a special treat or a nice day out to celebrate the achievement. This is so impacting on children’s confidence, knowing that it is all because of something they did! When you think about it, all they did was something they already love to do, it’s that simple and the benefits certainly do set up great foundations for the future.

How Vietnamese International Schools Are Failing Millennial Teens

The tension between the traditional attitudes of Asian parents and the reality faced by today’s Asian teens has always been a tightrope international schools in the region have had to walk – and never more so than now.

Now there is a real and widening generation gap on a huge range of issues, from smoking, drinking, underage sex, teen pregnancy, LGBT students, teen relationships, porn-watching and the Internet.

Here in Vietnam, a country I have called home for the best part of 17 years, my job as an English teacher puts me on the frontline in the battle between the generations that is currently being waged in homes and schools across Southeast Asia.

Middle-class Asian parents, brought up during the austerities of post-Cold War poverty, have worked hard to give their children a better life. Convinced by traditional Confucian ideas on the importance of education, they have encouraged their children to study hard, take extra classes, complete mounds of homework and get good grades, while equipping them with iPhones, laptops and all the latest mod cons, in an effort to give their children what they themselves could never have or afford when they were younger.

However, all this comes at a cost. Long hours spent running businesses selling knocked-off Chinese-made T-shirts in sweatshop premises located on busy streets seething with motorbike traffic has led to today’s modern Vietnamese teens being brought up by the rented housekeeper, who cooks and cleans for them while Mum and Dad are out earning money.

So while middle-class parents can now afford to send their kids to mid-budget “international” schools that offer a mix of the Vietnamese National Curriculum and a hastily slapped-together, devoid-of-all-credit-points English program of English, Maths and Science taught by expat foreign teachers, their children have grown up surrounded by modern millennial attitudes towards issues that would have been shocking in their parents’ day.

Allowed out in the evening with no adult supervision, alone in dealing with the stresses of upcoming exams, these teens are now frequenting shisha lounges, smoking weed, indulging in casual, no-strings-attached underage sex, getting pregnant at weekend parties at friends’ houses, watching Mia Khalifa on Pornhub and drinking vodka Cruisers during homework time, among more normal things, such as listening to K-Pop, learning to dance hip-hop and playing basketball.

What have these international schools done about this? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. On a quest to gain accreditation with international bodies such as the Council for International Schools (CIS), there has been a tightening-up of school rules, where students are punished more often for minor infractions, while, at the same time, schools endeavour to look the best they can externally, making cosmetic changes to curriculum design by putting foreign teachers into “head of subject” positions without any increase in remuneration and an expectation to put in more and more hours of free time in a drive to attain “international standards”.

However, more serious for the students is the way the schools ride roughshod over the individual rights of teens. Schools in this budget range are way more expensive than Vietnamese state schools, while at the same time being far lower in quality than the ultra-exclusive, “American high school in Vietnam” experience offered by IB World Schools to the Vietnamese super-rich, where a year’s tuition runs upwards of $20,000 per annum. Such mid-market schools as the one I worked in are terrified of modern teen issues, gossip and scandal, as these risk alienating the existing customer base of older-generation Vietnamese parents. Internal scenes of occasionally unruly classrooms lead to student mobile phones being snatched away by Vietnamese teaching staff, “officially” because carrying mobile phones to school is against the rules but actually because the school is terrified that the students will upload the photos to Facebook for parents and the whole world to see.

Perhaps the most serious threat yet to student safety in the school where I worked came in January 2016, when, after one schoolboy attempted suicide the month prior after splitting up with his girlfriend, the school announced to students that from now on, all their Facebook accounts will be stalked and if there is any sign that they have boyfriends or girlfriends, the school will telephone their parents, claiming that their grades are suffering. This has since led to a number of students receiving physical and verbal abuse from parents. Of particular concern is the student LGBT community, since such a policy is likely to force LGBT students to “come out” to their parents before they are ready, possibly putting them at risk of serious domestic violence and abuse.

Tension is nearing breaking point as the traditions of the older generation come face-to-face with a new generation who have no major hang-ups on casual sex, Internet dating, porn-viewing, recreational substance use and hanging out with their LGBT friends in the classroom.

SO WHAT’S THE ANSWER? As a teacher on the front line, a life coach and qualified youth counsellor, my contribution is in giving timely and sometimes straight-down-the-line accurate advice on teen self-esteem, personal development, health, wealth, sex, dating and relationships, while at the same time advocating and supporting my teens in every way I can, sometimes in the face of hostile reactions from school management and other teaching staff.

I NOW HAVE A PLAN to establish an afterschool activity centre close to the school where I worked, where my teens can learn life skills and the knowledge they need to turn their lives around, give up their more negative habits and choose new ones that lead them to taking the necessary steps to lead the life they have always wanted and achieve their personal goals. Based on the American 4-H youth organisation but “Vietnamized” and more focused on personal development and learning marketable skills that will be valuable in the online marketplace in the future, my vision is to create a values-driven and exciting centre of informal education that allows my teens to believe in themselves and make their dreams come true.

To do this, I intend to crowdfund the setting-up of the centre via the IndieGogo crowdfunding platform but to do that, I need a crowd of fans, followers and supporters willing to donate. To that end, I have become an author and I will soon publish my first novel about the issues my teen face. The novel is called “Shisha Girl” and the book cover is the picture at the top of this article. Published soon as a serial on Wattpad and as a print book and Kindle on Amazon, I hope the book will give me the fans I need to run a successful IndieGogo campaign.

Check out the Slideshare presentation below for a brief overview of my work to improve the lives of my teens. It’s time to make a difference. It’s time to change things around, to shake things up and start something new. Let’s have a new generation of young Asian millennials who embrace the realities of life in the 21st. Century, while giving them the inspiration and courage they need to achieve levels of success their parents could only dream of. LET’S START NOW!

3 Tips to Boost Self-Esteem in Today’s Youth

One of the more disheartening comments a parent or teacher is apt to hear from a child is “I can’t” or “it’s too hard.” These comments often hint at insecurities or low self-esteem. There may be a myriad of reasons why a child lacks confidence; sometimes it’s merely a matter of development and may come with age. Yet it’s important to nurture children’s self-esteem so that they can grow and thrive with a positive state of mind intact and ready to tackle future challenges in school and life. The following tips can help educators or childcare workers find ways to promote students to feel better about themselves and what they can accomplish.

Acknowledgment

In order to acknowledge and praise a child’s good behavior, the surrounding adults have to first be in tune with what is happening with that child and notice it. It’s easy to notice the negative behaviors, but it’s the positive behaviors and their acknowledgement that can boost a kid’s self-esteem–when they are acknowledged! When you see a child do something well, be sure to congratulate the child privately, publicly, or maybe even both. Kids will feel special when you make a special point to speak with them in private about their positive actions, but it is also gratifying for them to be recognized for something special in front of their peers.

Foster Independence

Kids that get down on themselves and believe they lack the ability to accomplish things often just require a bit of proof that, indeed, they can do it and can master skills and tasks like other children. In order for that to happen, they need to be presented with age-appropriate tasks and challenges that they can independently surmount. If they can’t do something themselves, they’ll know it and the self-esteem boost might be compromised. If they can accomplish something they set out to on their own, they will experience a jolt of confidence. With enough of these proofs in their ability, their self-esteem is apt to grow.

Communicate With–Not At

When instructors or caregivers engage in a give and take conversation with a child, they learn instinctively that they are worthy of such a level of communication. In their own eyes, they grow to become worthy of such conversations. Yet when a child is talked at, they remain more of an object even to themselves because that’s how they’ve been treated–one of the students–one of the anonymous students that doesn’t necessarily stand out one way or another. Make each student feel valuable simply by encouraging their input and sharing with them in meaningful ways that promote a two-way dialogue.

These are some simple yet very effective tips for encouraging self-esteem and confidence in kids. Adults can have such immense impact on children’s mental development; be sure to take steps to make sure that impact is positive. In fact, that may be the most important part of entering an occupation caring for children–to make that emotional difference in their lives.