In celebration of April being Autism Awareness Month, ABC of Kuwait is hosting a free public seminar this coming Monday, 8thApril, from 5.30 to 9.00pm at GUST University.
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Breastfeeding is revolutionary ~ especially if your mother didn’t…your sisters or friends aren’t…or your work and other life circumstances make it difficult to support. All these scenarios are likely here in Kuwait where the exclusive breastfeeding rate at 3 months is only 12%. So the decision to breastfeed is counter culture, with large marketing industries and social pressures trying to convince you to do otherwise. For those of us who were raised by hippies…or at least mothers who believed everything that was natural was better (garlic paste under the feet or in drinks for illnesses, comfrey tea for congestion, homemade home-ground wheat bread)…it was a decision that was second nature. But if you are new to to breastfeeding, your decision could be revolutionary for you, your children, your sisters and friends, and everyone you influence. Read the rest of the article on Birth Kuwait.
Food Revolution Kuwait will be held on Saturday May 19th from 11am-7pm
Location: The Women’s Culture and Social Society.
Get the chance to meet local farmers and chefs, taste free organic nibbles and find out how to get the best food for you and your family!
By, Sarah Paksima Co-Founder BirthKuwait, Doula, Childbirth Educator and Prenatal Yoga Teacher
As parents it is our job to keep our children safe. When I see kids hanging out of car windows I wonder to my self how can a mother/father put their children in such risk ? Don’t they know that god forbid any sudden break while their children are hanging out the window would have tragic consequences ? I feel like a lot of parents don’t take car safety for their kids seriously. We see kids jumping around the car, sitting in the front seat, no seat belt, no car seat and to make matters worse have them hanging out of car windows. This is a daily scene in Kuwait and it makes me so mad!! Something has to be done about it.
We are blessed to be born into families that love us, take care of us and who would walk the earth for us. We are blessed to give back to our parents who raised us to be the best we can be. We are blessed to be able to come home to families that are there for us always.
Close your eyes for a couple of seconds and think about your parents. Think about the love they gave you as a child, the security you felt being tucked into bed at night and the happiness that they bring into your life on a daily basis. Now, imagine giving that same feeling and security to a little boy or girl that has been deprive of such a blessing.
Color A Life Campaign is a great initiative to help people in Kuwait embrace the idea of adopting a child. It is amazing to be able to open up your heart and home to a child that deserve nothing more than the feeling of security and love.
You can visit their website for more information.
A friend of mine who is a dietitian decided one day to buy a meal from McDonalds and leave it to see what happens to it after a couple of weeks. He posts pictures every once in a while to show us the progress and how the meal changes throughout time. After looking at the pictures you truly wonder what do they put in our food??! I’m going to share with you a few of his pictures. This is the meal after 2 months. He says that the meal still looks edible, it has hardened but no mold has appeared.
Is this what we want to feed our kids? Remember this the next time your decide to treat your kids to junk food!
Photo credits to Sami AlBader. Follow him on twitter @Ilbader
Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for his or her whole life. This condition affects the brain’s functions. The first signs usually appear before a child is three years old. Experts estimate that six children out of every 1,000 will have Autism and males are four times more likely to have Autism than females.
How is autism diagnosed?
Autism varies widely in severity and symptoms and may go unrecognized, especially in mildly affected children or when it is masked by more debilitating handicaps. Very early indicators that require evaluation by an expert include:
- no babbling or pointing by age 1
- no single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by age 2
- no response to name
- loss of language or social skills
- poor eye contact
- excessive lining up of toys or objects
- no smiling or social responsiveness.
Later indicators include:
- impaired ability to make friends with peers
- impaired ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others
- absence or impairment of imaginative and social play
- stereotyped, repetitive, or unusual use of language
- restricted patterns of interest that are abnormal in intensity or focus
- preoccupation with certain objects or subjects
- inflexible adherence to specific routines or rituals.