Harmful rays!

We all know it’s incredibly important to protect your skin from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun especially if you are a child! Children’s skin is more sensitive to the damage the sun gives to the skin than adults. Sun damage can lead to skin cancer later in life; do we really want the next generation not to be protected?

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Exposure

Too much exposure to sunlight is harmful and can damage the skin no matter what age you are! Some of this damage is temporary such as sunburn, but is still very painful and harmful to the skin! However allowing your skin to burn can lead to future problems such as skin cancer.

DID YOU KNOW!!

There are two main types of damaging ultraviolet (UV) sunlight which are: UVA and UVB.

UVA rays penetrate deep in to the skin, damaging the middle layer of the skin called ‘the dermis’. The dermis contains the elastic tissues that enable our skin to stretch and therefore has the effect of ageing the skin and causing wrinkles when exposed to too many UVA rays.

UVB rays are absorbed by the top layer of the skin called ‘the epidermis’, UVB rays cause the tanning of the skin but more importantly cause the burning!

Who is at risk from the sun?

Everyone is at risk from excessive sun exposure no matter how many times you have been out in the sun or your age, you are always at risk from the harmful sun rays if you do not look after your skin! Children especially as their skin is incredibly sensitive, which means their skin needs to be constantly monitored and cared for in order for the skin not to burn and be subjected to harmful rays.

How can I protect skin from the sun?

Avoid the sun as much as possible when the sun is strong. In the UK, stay in the shade or indoors as much as possible especially if you have children between the times of 11am and 3pm in the summer months (May to September). This middle of the day is when the sun’s rays are the strongest! This applies all year round in hotter countries nearer to the equator.

Keep your family safe in the sun with YogaBugs UV wrist bands, suitable for adults and children; they turn from white to purple when subjected to too many UV sun rays. Purchase a pack of 3 for just £2.79 on our shop: http://www.yogabugs.com/shop_item.php?id=3

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YogaBugs Birthday Party in Singapore

YogaBugs was launched in Singapore at the beginning of 2013 and is operating a successful studio offering classes for children from walking to 12 years, as well as launching in a number of international schools. Below is a fantastic article written by a mother who experienced a YogaBugs party for the first time!

Every year, we set a theme for Nicole’s Birthday Party, and she has been through quite a few themes. In fact, the family has had a Zumba Party, a Milo Party, a Mad Science Party, and this is just to name a few.  Always looking to try something different, this year we decided to have a Yoga Party!

We definitely went on the lookout, for a kid’s Yoga Specialist, who could host our party. And from our long search,we found our friends from YogaBugs!

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YogaBugs was founded in the UK, and it offers classes for kids from walking age to seven years and beyond. The great thing about Yoga is that it helps improve concentration, increases confidence, and most of all the kids get to have fun.

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As the Yoga instructor put the kids through the various positions, every child was allowed to take things at their own pace. So, don’t worry, this was not a physical training session, where the instructor comes and sits on you. There was no “pushing” along those lines, although the guys will be very familiar with positions, that are synonymous with the Army.

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In between the Yoga exercises, the kids also got to play Party games as well. Naturally, everyone wanted to win, and the kids were all so ready to urge each other on.

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And to end off the whole session, the kids got to enjoy some Yoga Massages and learnt how to slow down and relax.

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Overall, the kids had great fun, and this party was certainly different from having a magician or having a balloon twister to grace the occasion.

If you are thinking of looking at the packages which Yoga Bugs offer, check out their website for the details.

Contact YogaBugs at:

T: +65 6469 1873
E: info@yogabugs.com.sg

Address:

200 Turf Club Road, #04-21,

The Grandstand, Singapore 287994

Kids eating healthy

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Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it incredibly hard to teach a child how they should eat healthy. The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy for us.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you are more than likely not like the results.

Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child/children to try and hopefully like at least a few of them. Allowing you can be as creative as you like, getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than people think.

Here are some great ideas to make eating healthy fun for your child/children.

  • Sneak the healthy food in.  Even though it would be great if your child to understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always the case. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making
    muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it, or blending vegetables into mash potato.
  • Call fruits and vegetables by funny names.  You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat. There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer. Majority of children prefer to eat foods that sound fun.
  • Try to make the foods taste better. Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery. There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better for children. You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable; even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself, they will think this is fun and will make them want to taste it as they have chosen what to out onto it.
  • Dress the vegetables and fruit up.  Just as much as calling them names help children eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps. You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people.

For example you could draw a funny face onto a banana skin and call the banana ‘Barry the banana’. Although some parents don’t like their children playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but in order for them to enjoy it also has to be fun as well, this means the parents interacting with them and making it fun.

Getting children to eat healthy isn’t always an easy task, because children usually don’t like foods that are good for them. It can however, be done with a bit of creativity and fun. Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.