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Today’s Gift on the Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home advent calendar for parents
3 fruit-based skin care products especially created for kids
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When our babies were born, we all rushed to the “baby care” aisles for the creams and lotions specifically designed for the fragile skin of our newborns.
Years pass…and we are still applying baby lotion to our children when they enter the teen years and changes in their complexion clearly reveal the need for an adapted skin care routine.
Zut (“darn” in French)!
Zits (“pimples” in English)!
But what about those years in between?
Katell Perrot, mother of 3 children, and biochemist Stéphane Lafond researched children’s skin and discovered that between the ages of 6 and 12 years, our kids’ skin lacks the ability to self-protect. Children are not able to create a hydrolipidic film to naturally protect their skin.
That’s why they founded TooFruit, to provide children with the care their skin requires: more nutrition than baby products, and more protection than lotions for adults.
A Touch of Fruit
Besides, children delight in the delicious scents of TooFruit’s fresh fruit, organic skin treats.
It’s a way to say, “I love you,” to provide the skin care that’s best for our kids.
The Touch of Love
Gary Chapman, in his Five Love Languages series, shares that individuals express AND RECEIVE love in a unique way. We each have a preferred love language.
As an American living in Paris, I fully relate to the notion of a preferred language. Although I converse fluently in French, my deepest thoughts are more easily expressed in English.
Similarly, people receive love through a variety of preferred means and Chapman presents these five:
- Loving Touch
We know we are loved through a caress, a hug, a kiss.
We know we are loved when people remember us with a present, even a small one like a note, or buying our favorite fruit.
- Services Rendered
We know we are loved when people do things for us like help to fold the laundry or fill up the gas tank.
- Shared Experience
We know we are loved when folk enjoy spending time with us as in watching a movie together.
- Words of Affirmation
We know we are loved through the ways people notice our strengths and encourage us.
The Loving Touch
Chapman remarks that a majority of men and boys respond best to the loving touch.
A hug a day can keep the doctor away!
Sian Beilock, Ph.D., psychology professor at The University of Chicago and an expert on the brain science behind performance failure under pressure, further asserts that a daily dose of loving touch helps ward off sickness.
Yet as our kids grow older it can feel more awkward to coddle them. A ten year old already pleas mom and dad to stay out of sight when we take them to school!
15 Fun Ways to Share a Loving Touch with your Child
Enjoy our list of ways to love your child with an age-appropriate Loving Touch.
- Massage their limbs after exercise.
Try it with TooFruit 🙂 Smells yummy.
- Give a good morning smooch.
Try 3 kisses: one for each word, “I love you!” He’ll ask you what that was about, and you’ve been given the invitation to tell him.
- Draw a love message on their body…like on their knees.
Klutz body crayons makes it easy and hilarious!
- Teach your child to cook and show him with your arms around him.
Transform a chore into an opportunity for intimacy. You’ll be feeding your emotions as well as your tummies.
- Play bump-into-you.
“Excuse me; there is just no room here!” Dad pretends to squirm through a crowd when it’s just the two of you…and it turns into a hug.
- Give a rub-a-tub-tub.
It’s a towel massage when princess steps out of the bath. “Wrap” her up and bounce her on her bed.
- Roll him up in his comforter.
Place junior in the middle of the bed with the comforter on top. Roll him towards you and tuck in the far cover. Roll him over the other way and tuck in the side close to you. Settle him on his back (with comforter edges secured under him), lift feet and tuck in the bottom edge. Snuggly!
- Give her a face massage when you say good-night.
Loving bedtime routines assure her of your caring presence. A gentle face massage relaxe stress from the facial muscles. That makes sleep come easier! Try TooFruit’s face creams.
- Cuddle together on the sofa.
Ideal when watching a movie or reading out loud.
- Put your arm around his shoulders when you ask how school went.
Even pre-teen and teenage kids do accept a brief and casual embrace.
- Twirl together and be joyful.
A loving touch all around. It’s no wonder they’re expressions like “dance with joy.”
- Go swimming as a family.
Pool games like “climb on me” or “throw me higher” offer lots of healthy skin-to-skin contact…and photo opportunities.
- Hold hands while you pray or envelop them in your arms.
Double whammy the love. Yours and God’s combined.
- Tumble together.
Wrestle. Give them a bear hug. Don’t let go!
- Let them give you a “farty” kiss.
The smooch that makes a “Pffft” kind of noise. My son tried to give me one tonight and laughed so hard he couldn’t finish the kiss. We all roared…and felt loved.