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Dad, It’s Your Turn: This Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist Will Lessen Your Wife’s Worry

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Dad, It’s Your Turn: This Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist Will Lessen Your Wife’s Worry

The birth of your child is a life-changing event- from the moment your wife’s water breaks, to the surreal moment when you get to hold your little one for the first time. It is a special time, but it can also seem overwhelming, especially if it is your first time becoming a parent. Luckily, preparing a hospital bag well in advance of the big day will help ease some of the nerves and ensure that you will have all the essentials that are needed when the big moment comes.

Here are a few items that should definitely be in your hospital bag:

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Stopwatch

Whether you have one already available on your smartphone, or you prefer an old-fashioned one, this gadget is crucial for timing contractions. Make sure you know how to use it before the big day, since you don’t want to be fumbling around while your wife is in the middle of very painful contractions.

High-energy snacks

It is important to keep your energy levels up during the entire labor and birth process, whether it ends up taking eight hours or more than a day. Your wife is depending on you as her number one support system, the person who will be by her side through the whole experience. Snacks like dried nuts, protein bars (low in sugar), dried fruit, and beef jerky are ideal options that well help you to sustain energy over time. For her, have chewing gum or mints on hand, with a few bottles of coconut water for re-hydrating purposes.

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Hospital bag checklist

In the weeks leading up to your wife’s due date, draft a list of things to pack in your hospital bag to ensure that you do not forget any crucial items. You can make the hospital bag checklist on your smartphone with apps like Evernote. This allows you to make detailed lists and then share them with others easily.

Toiletries kit

Make sure to pack two sets of toothbrushes, travel-sized toothpaste, contact solution, deodorant and anything else that might make either of you feel refreshed. After spending a considerable amount of time in the hospital, washing up can do wonders for your physical and emotional state. Think of the things that will make your wife feel better; including small items like hair ties and lip balm may seem insignificant, but they could make a world of difference when the day arrives.

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Things to occupy your time

There can be a lot of downtime, especially in the beginning of the labor. It is important to bring distractions like an iPad full of your favorite TV shows or a few upbeat movies. It is important to keep the material positive, since you do not want to stress either of you out more than you already are. Genres like comedy are recommended, because having a good laugh together can help ease any anxiety you might have.

Extra clothes

Since you do not know how long you will be in the hospital for, it is important to bring at least one pair of extra clothes for both of you. Make sure to pack clothes that are comfortable and warm. Bring quite a few layers as the temperature can vary in a hospital. Make sure to also bring slippers and a robe for your wife that she can wear if it gets too chilly. Do not bring valued items, since you do not know what state they will be in when you leave the hospital.

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Basics for the baby

Nursing bras, maternity pads, a blanket, and some baby clothes are important to pack in your bag to ensure your wife and baby both have a comfortable experience after the birth. Make sure to bring extra clothing for your newborn, since they will need a few layers to stay warm.

Featured photo credit: Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

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How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

Children are most likely to say that they want to just lounge around or rest for a while after spending hours listening to lecture after lecture from their teachers. There is nothing wrong with this if they had a rough day.

What’s disturbing, is if they deliberately stay away from schoolwork or procrastinate when it comes to reviewing for their tests or completing an important science project.

When it seems that it is becoming a habit for your child to put off school work, it’s time for you to step in and help your child develop good study habits to get better grades. It is important for you to emphasize to your child the importance of setting priorities early in life. Don’t wait for them to flunk their tests, or worse, fail in their subjects before you talk to them about it.

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You can help your children hurdle their tests with these 7 tips:

1. Help them set targets

Ask your child what they want to achieve for that particular school year. Tell them to set a specific goal or target. If they say, “I want to get better grades,” tell them to be more specific. It will be better if they say they want to get a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Having a definite target will make it easier for them to undertake a series of actions to achieve their goals, instead of just “shooting for the moon.”

2. Preparation is key

At the start of the school year, teachers provide an outline of a subject’s scope along with a reading list and other course requirements. Make sure that your child has all the materials they need for these course requirements. Having these materials on hand will make sure that your child will have no reason to procrastinate and give them the opportunity to study in advance.

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3. Teach them to mark important dates

You may opt to give them a small notebook where they can jot down important dates or a planner that has dates where they can list their schedule. Ask them to show this to you so you can give them “gentle reminders” to block off the whole week before the dates of an exam. During this week, advise your child to not schedule any social activity so they can concentrate on studying.

4. Schedule regular study time

Encourage your child to set aside at least two hours every day to go through their lessons. This will help them remember the lectures for the day and understand the concepts they were taught. They should be encouraged to spend more time on subjects or concepts that they do not understand.

5. Get help

Some kids find it hard to digest or absorb mathematical or scientific concepts. Ask your child if they are having difficulties with their subjects and if they would like to seek the help of a tutor. There is nothing wrong in asking for the assistance of a tutor who can explain complex subjects.

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6. Schedule some “downtime”

Your child needs to relax from time to time. During his break, you can consider bringing your child to the nearest mall or grocery store and get them a treat. You may play board games with them during their downtime. The idea is to take his mind off studying for a limited period of time.

7. Reward your child

If your child achieves their goals for the school year, you may give them a reward such as buying them the gadget they have always wanted or allowing them to vacation wherever they want. By doing this, you are telling your child that hard work does pay off.

Conclusion

You need to take the time to monitor your child’s performance in school. Your guidance is essential to helping your child realize the need to prioritize their school activities. As a parent, your ultimate goal is to expose your child to habits that will lay down the groundwork for their future success.

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Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

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