Preparing for Date Night as Parents

*Sponsored Guest Post

(Link: http://bit.ly/2qj4AuB)

Parenthood brings along many massive changes in your life. Things aren’t what they used to be, and it mostly brings along good changes! However, there are a few things that change when you’re a parent that you wish maybe didn’t.

For example, you no longer have the time to go out on dates as a couple. You and your husband have children to look after, which can be stressful as well as time-consuming.

But, it’s important that you try and go out on dates as often as you can, for the strength of your relationship. So, here’s my guide to prepare for date night as parents:

Dress Up Nice And Fancy

If date nights become a rarity, then you may as well make the most out of them and dress up nice and fancy. Wear your best clothes and make yourself feel like a million dollars. Ensure your husband is dressed up nice too, I know men have a tendency to just throw any old outfit together when they’re going out. This can be an excuse for you to shower them with a few gifts as you buy them the perfect date outfit. Get them some nice shoes and trousers, along with a lovely fashionable shirt, to ensure they look nice and smart. Think about accessories too, things like mens diamond rings are in fashion now, as are cufflinks and belts. All of this comes together to make your husband look like prince charming. You’ll both be well-dressed and ready for a special evening.

(Image: http://bit.ly/2qjaMm3)

Got To A Nice Restaurant

Restaurants are the best setting for dates when you’re married. It’s likely you won’t get to go on that many dates, so you need to make the most out of the ones you do go on. At a restaurant, you can sit for over an hour and talk to one another without any distractions from your kids or work. It gives you a real chance to properly catch up and slow time down for once. Plus, fancy restaurants serve great food, which gives you a nice break from cooking for everyone every day. You get a rest, you and your husband get to talk more, it’s just perfect.

Find Someone To Look After The Kids

Of course, you can’t go out without figuring out who’ll look after your children. If you’re lucky, then you may have family members nearby that will take care of them for the evening. This is great as it kind of gives you more freedom as you worry less and don’t have to rush back early. If you don’t live near family, or no one is available, then maybe your neighbors will look after your kids instead? Worst case scenario, hire a babysitter! Just make sure someone trustworthy is looking after your children while you’re out.

All parents need to go out on dates once in awhile. It will help strengthen your relationship and also take away some stress as you get a nice evening alone for once. When you go on your first date since being a parent, it will feel a bit bad. You will feel guilty and worried about your kids, but it gets better after that!

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

How to Help Your Kids Set and Reach Goals

*Sponsored Guest Post by Sarah Morgan

Our little kids are naturally dreamers of what they want to be in the future. Probably it’s because of the people they see around them. But because the individuals surrounding them change, they change their wishes as well.

My little girl for one has aspired to become a firefighter, a doctor, a McDonald’s crew, and a driver. It’s funny to look at, but it tells us one thing: our kids don’t know how to make up their mind yet.

So with their fluctuating mindset, how do we train our children to be goal setters and reachers?

5 Fun Activities To Teach Goal Setting

Let them choose the goal. I understand that we as parents have our own dreams for our babies even before they came into this world. While that is normal, it can be dangerous.

I have seen a number of parents who enrolled their children in different art and music schools only to have a frequently absent child in the end.

Our kids’ involvement is crucial in every goal setting because it is what they really want. Letting them voice out their preferences makes them think they matter in this decision making.

To make it fun, let them be as creative and imaginative as they want then write it down.

Filter the goal and explain why. At three years old, my daughter wanted to be a forklift driver. She was so determined that she would always volunteer to “drive” whenever she could. She would sit on the driver’s lap (either me or my brother) and maneuver the steering wheel. Well, at least in her perspective.

While it is good to know that she is determined to be a forklift driver, it can also be misleading. For her. A three year old can’t even ride a bike without bumping into something. What more with a heavy machinery?

This is where we step in and explain to them why their chosen goal may not yet be achievable at their age.

Use visual aids when explaining so they can get a grasp of this abstract idea. They won’t be able to understand what unachievable means, so you have to explain really well.

In my case, I was lucky to be residing near a publishing house where they use a forklift to transport the books from the warehouse to the delivery truck.

I brought my daughter there with me one day and showed her the forklift. The sight of its size scared her and that alone changed her mind. “I just want barbie dolls, mommy” she said on our way home.

After our kids realized how far-fetched their goal is, go back to the first step and let them try again. But make sure that the goal you set together is not too easy for your child.

Draw the goal. Once you have determined a reachable goal for your little one, draw it on a clean and special piece of paper.  If your kids are big enough, let them do the sketching. This will let your child feel that his or her goals are special. Include the date the sketch was drawn.

The drawing has to be as detailed as including the date and the milestones to achieve the target.

Including the steps in the drawing helps your child not to be overwhelmed by the target. The small chunks of the entire goal helps him/her see the tiny, doable acts. They will develop the “that’s simple; I can do that” attitude.

Also, including the steps help you carry out the next phase of goal setting and reaching.

By the way, paste your child’s goal somewhere conspicuous to set a reminder.

Check progress. Using the drawing your tot created for step 3, examine his progress. If there’s a date to the steps, you may check on the date indicated. You may also check every once in a while.

If it has been weeks from the time the goal was set, and nothing has changed, maybe you should reevaluate the goal (or your child).

I tried to make it more fun for my daughter by covering the milestones that are not yet the target for the time being. This way, she was able to focus on the small steps she had to do to get to the bigger goal.

The added suspense of what’s to come next also thrilled her. “What’s next? What’s next?” She would ask as I uncover the succeeding steps.

Give reward. Is it OK to give rewards? Experts have varying opinion on this, but I can say that it worked well for my daughter. I just had to make sure to focus on appreciating the effort.

Also, I did not lavish her with expensive toys. From the beginning of the goal setting, we also decided what she would get for every achievement she makes. They were as simple as getting a sticker, a star, or watching her favorite movie.

We wrote these rewards on a piece of paper and after reaching a step toward the goal, we would randomly pick one. The surprise factor adds to the fun.

In addition, I emphasize intrinsic motivation. Whenever she accomplishes one of her subgoals, I talk with her about it. “How did you feel doing it?” is my first question. Although her responses are short, I believe it made her think about her actions and why she’s doing it.

What I’m trying to say is, when motivating your kids for this activity, make sure there is balance between extrinsic and intrinsic motivations.

What to do next

After reaching your child’s first goal, make it a habit to do the same for the other goals. It may be laborious on your part, but you are training your child to be an achiever in the long run.

Once your kids have made goal setting and reaching a part of their routine, you can rest assured that you have leader in the making.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

How to Have an Easier Pregnancy

*Sponsored Guest Post

Image source

Being pregnant is amazing, life-changing and frequently mind-blowing, but it isn’t always easy. No matter how hard you try to do everything right and have a simple pregnancy, you are going to have struggles. That’s perfectly normal, and it happens to everyone, which is why you shouldn’t beat yourself up. Of course, you shouldn’t just sit back and accept it either – there are a number of things you can do to make your pregnancy easier.

 

Here are some tips to help your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible:

 

Eat A Nutritious Diet

 

When you’re pregnant, it is more important than ever to eat well. If your body feels good and you are well-nourished, you’ll be better able to deal with everything that your pregnancy throws at you, including the dreaded heartburn, and you’ll be helping your baby to grow and develop as well as possible.

 

Continue to Exercise

 

Some women worry that exercising might harm their babies, but as long as you are careful, keeping active will help to reduce your chances of experiencing a hemorrhage, prevent you from gaining too much weight and make your birth easier. Just listen to your body, stop when it feels to much and try out gentler forms of exercise like walking and pregnancy yoga. Click here to find out more about exercising when you’re pregnant and know that you’ll be fine and so will your baby.

 

Get Plenty of Sleep

 

Sleeping isn’t always easy when you’ve got a big baby bump getting in the way, and junior has decided bedtime is the perfect time to stretch his legs, but it will help your body to rest and recover from the hard work it is doing to grow your baby. If you find it hard to sleep because you’re uncomfortable, click here to buy a supportive pregnancy pillow, and look up progressive relaxation videos on Youtube. There’s a good chance they will sort the problem out.

 

Take Supplements

 

Even if you’re eating a healthy diet, you can improve your wellbeing by taking vitamins specifically designed for pregnant women. If you suffer from restless legs, headaches or cramps, taking a magnesium supplement may also be helpful.

 

Take the Time to Relax

 

Babies that are exposed to high levels of their mother’s stress hormones can be affected in terms of their IQ and their temperament, and of course, being stressed when you’re pregnant can make things a whole lot harder than they need to be. So, it really is very important that you take time out to relax. Book a pregnancy massage, try meditation or watch your favorite comedy shows with your hubby to relax, unwind and get rid of the day’s stress.

 

Ask for Help
If you are finding it hard to do the things you need to do, whether that be shopping, doing chores or anything else, do not be afraid to ask for help. Your friends and family are there to support you, and they would not want you to struggle. Let them lighten the load, and your pregnancy will go by much more smoothly.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

When They First Get Home

*Sponsored Guest Post

(Image Link)

Taking your child home for the first time is always an exciting and exhausting ordeal. At this point, you have already given birth. So, you will be very tired and drained. This can make it incredibly difficult to plan and take careful actions. Of course, you will already be prepared and ready to take on the challenge. But, the very first day is much harder than the rest. All of the challenges you’ve faced will be working against you. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some things to help you on this very special day. Don’t worry; with the right help, it’s nice and easy to survive this day without any trauma!

When you get home, it’s dad’s turn to start doing some work. Of course, he will have been there with you throughout the entire procedure. But, he won’t have had to deal with anywhere near as much as you. You need to eat before you sleep if you can. This will help you to keep your energy up after everything you’ve gone through. Along with this, dad needs to make the baby comfortable for the night. It’s best to keep the baby in a room with a parent for the night. In most cases, the best candidate for this will be dad. The baby could be easy or difficult on their first night; it’s different with every child.

(Image Source)

Of course, you will already be prepared for the work that you have taken on. You should have watched videos on websites like Youtube, to learn how to change nappies and feed babies. You should have spoken to professionals to make sure you know when your baby is sick. And, you should have everything on your baby essentials shopping list already ticked off. Preparation is the key to success in most things. And, it’s not different when it comes to keeping a baby happy. You and dad will have to work together to get work done. You should aim to share the load between the two of you. This will ensure that no one feels like they are doing too little or too much; saving any tensions around the baby.

Stress is an important thing to consider. Remaining calm isn’t just something you do for just yourself and your partner; you also do it for the baby. The baby will know when you are stressed. And, it won’t respond with reassurance like an adult would. Instead, your baby mostly relies on instinct and will be made to be stressed by your stress. This chain reaction can lead to even more anxiety on your part; as the baby responds with it’s own releases of the tension. It’s important to try and remember that everything will be alright. Everyone makes mistakes with their baby. But, most of the time; it won’t be the end of the world. Just be careful, and you should be alright.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to get prepared for your baby’s arrival. It’s a good idea to have your home ready to cater to a baby. You should have a room for the infant. And, you should have toys and food for them. Babies will usually have milk. And, sometimes you won’t even have to buy it; but, that’s for a different post.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Banish The Monsters & Ghoolish Hazards From Your Home

*Sponsored Guest Post

We all know that little ones worry about the monsters hiding under the bed and in the wardrobe. Parents take comfort in knowing that these dangers only exist in their kids’ imagination.

 

However, they should also know that there could be some very real monsters that could be present in the home in the form of safety hazards. It’s not the bumps and creaks that keep parents up through the night. It’s the worry that their home isn’t safe. If you’re kept up at night by this fear, here are some of the safety issues that you might want to take into consideration. Don’t worry, I’m going to provide the solutions too!

 

 

Second-Hand Toys

Pixabay Source

 

There are plenty of parents who will gladly accept hand me down items and toys for their kids, perhaps from older relatives. There are just a few dangers you need to be aware of here, before you bring them into your home and let your little ones use them.

First, be aware that older products might not have the same safety standards as the ones on the market today. As such, older toys might be made up of dangerous chemicals or even paints that could be toxic. Don’t forget, even charities often reject second hand joys and you can read more about that on www.dailymail.com.

As well as this, you need to watch out for loose or missing parts on toys. Children can swallow these and they can become choking hazards.

 

Damp And Dirty

Credit Link

 

You have to keep the home clean and tidy when you have children. You should be particularly cautious of letting mold develop around the windows. While this might not seem like a major problem, the spores mold releases can be dangerous for young children.

Not to mention the fact that mold and damp walls can also attract insects like termites into your home. While these little beasties aren’t poisonous, they can cause dust particle in the air that can affect breathing and even cause asthma in kids. You can read more about this on a site such as www.termitecontrolplans.com. Here you’ll also find some of the signs that you are dealing with this type of infestation and what you can do to prevent any further issues.

 

Dishwasher Dangers

Pic Link

 

We bet your dishwasher isn’t on the list of the monstrous dangers that you think are a threat to your child, but perhaps it should be. The problem with dishwashers is that they don’t always clean thoroughly. Or rather, they clean a little too well because the soapy detergent is left over as residue. You need to be careful of this because it can be poisonous for kids. Check out more info on this at www.helphealthhappen.com.

Make sure you rinse any cutlery or plates you’re using before using them with your child. Or, check them thoroughly before putting them away out of the dishwasher.

 

Where’s The Baby?

Link To Pic

 

Thank goodness for technology. Parents often have irrational fears about their kids. For instance, every so often through the day, you might panic wondering where your child is. Even though, you know they are in another room playing or perhaps in bed taking a nap.

Well, with the child trackers this fear is gone for good. Instead, you can make sure you know exactly where your kid is even if they are out playing in the garden. Not only does this give you peace of mind, but it also ensures that older children don’t stray too far from the house.

Using this advice, you can vanquish some of the greatest dangers to your kids from the home for good.

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Baby Love – The Things You Never Knew You Wanted

*Sponsored Guest Post

 

As Moms, we need to treat ourselves once in awhile. We deserve it. We are sustaining human life, and there is no job on earth that can come close to it. The sense of responsibility that we face on a daily basis is humongous, and there are few people that can relate well enough to the experience that you are going enough to appreciate it for what it is. Because they don’t appreciate it – if they’re going through it themselves, they’re having their own tough time.

They’re usually parents too.

Picture Credit

 

With Mother’s Day popping up around the corner, now is the time to lay down the foundations for things that you know that you really need … probably can’t justify, in some cases … but definitely really need.

 

New Bag

What’s a mom without a bag to carry around her life in? If you still haven’t upgraded from the nappy bag 4 years later, now is the time to indulge. There are so many great totes and generally big bags that are stylish too, you just have to have a look around and find one that suits your style. Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to skimp on fashion if that’s what you were previously used to. Just incorporate it into your lifestyle!

 

To Perk You Up

Sometimes, we just need a good dose of caffeine to get us through. If you’re not quite Lorelai Gilmore in terms of how much and often you like your coffee but are still partial to the odd cup, there are some cool gadgets like the W&E cold brewer which will be able to give your drink just the kick it needs. Especially if you don’t have the time or the availability to drink coffee when it’s hot, why not drink it cold instead? It makes for a much safer option when you’re out and on the go with your little ones.

 

Give Me Glow

There are some things that no amounts of clean eating and water won’t fix on your face – but that’s where magical makeup steps in. There are some great combination foundations on offer currently that give you a mix of both moisturiser, concealer and the main foundation itself. Who was the genius who thought this up? It shaves quite a chunk off your morning routine (if you have the time for a routine), whilst giving you everything that you need.

 

Handmade Honeys

There are some things that money can’t buy, and that’s homemade treats off your little ones. With the rise of the Pinterest generation, there are so many ideas and tutorials for them to be able to make something that is fun for them and meaningful for you, so nudge your partner over to take a look. It can be anything from crafts to baked goods or even a handwritten poem. It doesn’t have to be over top; something small can mean the world to your little ones when they hand it over to you. The best gifts come from the heart.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

A Year to Remember

*Sponsored Guest Post

Image Source

Any birthday for your babies is an important milestone of their development (and yours as a parent), but their first is particularly special. It’s a testament to how you’ve been able to bring them up through arguably the most challenging year of their lives – and possibly yours too! With that in mind, here are some things to do to help take away memories of this special occasion.

 

Take Photographs

Your phone memory is probably full of all sorts of different photos of your baby, but try going old school and printing a few off to have in an album that you can get out and have a flick through whenever the mood strikes. You could look at hiring a photographer for a special shoot of them playing with their favourite toys or even doing an ever-popular cake smash. You can never take enough photos; each one tells a different story and captures a moment that can’t be replicated again. Get snap happy and make sure you get some good ones. If family and friends are visiting on their birthday, ask if you can get photos of them with your baby to look back on in years to come.

Picture Credit

Make a Memory Box

It’s not hard to create a memory box full of lovely things to do with your child in his or her first year of life – you may find that it’s actually overflowing by the end of it. You can find anything to go in – from the identity bands that they were issued in the hospital to the cards and tags from the presents that they have received. Add to it snips of wrapping paper that their presents came in on their first birthday and any special notes on tags that were with them. If you have had a cake, remember that sugar paste lasts for quite a while when dried out, so any cake toppers that may be adorning the centrepiece can be taken off and saved as a memento.

 

Create Finger Art

Not only is this fun to do, but it serves as a memory of how tiny their little fingers used to be when they start to grow up. There are so many different pictures that you can create using different body parts like their hands and feet. You don’t have to use paint if you don’t want to – putting down stickers inside the shape of a birthday-related object like a balloon or a cake can work just as well. Plus, this doesn’t just have to be for the children – if your child is having a birthday party, invite all of the guests to do a fingerprint and print it onto a piece of paper. You could have a tree or strings of balloons already put into place ready to create a montage of who was there at their special day. It’s relatively cheap to do but makes for a great lasting memory as well as a piece of art that can adorn their rooms for years to come.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

It’s Time to Free Yourself

*Sponsored Guest Post

 

There is a big difference between saying that you need to change your lifestyle to enjoy a happier and healthier life, and being able to do it. Often, you will find that you are being held back, almost stuck into your old lifestyle. Then it’s time to free yourself to regain control of your life and destiny. The path to achieving your goals might be obscured by an unhealthy body, a negative mindset or simply unrealistic goals. But how do you tackle the obstacles when they are more subtle psychological threats to your happiness? Have a look at three common emotional barriers that can stop you from becoming a better person, namely addictions, difficult relationships and your worst enemy, yourself. Here is the key to your freedom!

Be free

Free Yourself From Unhealthy Addictions

Addictions are the result of a debilitating rewiring of your brain, which places unhealthy behavior as a priority in your life. This happens because you have created new habits that you have found rewarding in a way, and therefore your brain has been used to perceive the fulfilment of these habits as an existential priority. Thankfully, there are ways to free yourself from your addictions, whether they are related to drugs or social media. Opiate addicts can turn to an ultra rapid detox treatment to minimize the physical pain of withdrawal and help the brain starts a recovery journey. If your addiction is of a more digital nature, you will find a few rules and apps to help you start a social media detox by limiting your time online and disabling any social media alert on your phone.

Fight social media addiction

Free Yourself From Draining Relationships

Have you ever considered that the quality of your relationships could have a positive or negative impact on your health? This is even truer in an office environment where you can choose your colleagues and sometimes suffer from sitting next to energy-draining personalities. You need to find effective coping mechanisms to protect yourself from their destructive effects. For example, if you are working with a narcissist, you need to keep your expectations realistic as this personality type is keen to crave admiration at your expense. Similarly being paired with a whining type of personality will impact on your productivity if you don’t make it clear that you can’t talk for long and need to go back to work. It’s about affirming yourself and your goals against the objectives of more invasive individuals. It may take a bit of time to get used to it, but you will feel a lot freer with your day and your mind once you’ve managed to turn down the negative colleagues.

Don’t let negative office relationships drain your energy

Free Yourself From Yourself

Finally, your worst enemy is yourself and the negative perception that you have of yourself. It’s common for people to be self-critical, however, while it is healthy not to be too optimistic about your abilities and talents, constantly putting yourself down is not a helpful approach. Indeed, there is a big gap between constructive self-criticism, which helps you to improve yourself, and a more destructive approach which can lead to depression, anxiety and eating disorders. You need to break the cycle with self-compassion before it destroys you. People who have grown up with self-criticism tend to fear rejection and critics more than others, as a result, a negative comment can have dramatic effects on their psyche.

Stop self-criticism before it stops you

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Bonding With Your Baby

*Sponsored Guest Post

 

Ah, those first few weeks with your new baby. On paper, you expect them to be blissful and like something out of all the parenting magazines you have read – you in that post-pregnancy glow, and your baby happy and giggling all the time. The reality, however, is usually quite different. You’ll most likely be sleep deprived, and it seems as though your baby us crying 24/7. Not exactly what the media makes motherhood out to be like! But these early days of your new baby’s life are some of the most critical, not only for his or her development but you as a parent. This is the time where you establish early bonding, although how long it takes to bond with your child differs from person to person. For some new parents, it happens within seconds of the birth – for others, it takes a little longer, so don’t pressure yourself if the overwhelming attachment hasn’t come yet for you. There are plenty of things you can do to help you bond with your baby: here are just a few you may want to try.

Image source

Feeding them

We all know that breastfeeding is championed as a way to bond with your baby naturally. But if you can’t nurse or choose not to, don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you are unable to bond with your child. Use a special milk formula such as Aptamil Proexpert HA Pre, and settle down somewhere comfortable to bottle feed your baby. Encourage skin to skin contact if you can, and rid the room of any other distractions, such as the television. Maintaining eye contact and speaking to your newborn while bottle-feeding them is also a great way to help release those bonding hormones.

Carry him close to you

Many new parents opt straight for a stroller for their baby, due to their functionality and ease of use. For long journeys, they can be incredibly useful, and every new parent should own some stroller. But don’t feel the need to take your stroller out with you everywhere you go. Sometimes, if you’re only making a short journey, you will be able to carry your baby in a baby sling. Having your baby close to you is a great way for the two of you to bond, and the baby sling market has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years.

 

Image source

 

Engage in regular playtime

When you’re feeling exhausted from yet another sleepless night, it can sometimes feel like it’s all you can do not to forget to feed and clothe both you and your child. It is also very important, however, to try and designate some time every day to play with your child. Even in these early stages, playtime is instrumental to your child’s development, and by interacting with them, it is also a chance for you to feel closer to them. After all, nothing is more precious than when you see that first ever smile.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

The Curse Of Busy Families

*Sponsored Guest Post

 

Thanks to long working hours and kids’ schedules, spending time together as a family is a heck of a lot more difficult today than it ever was in the past. Moms and dads have to fit everything in – including work dinners and afterschool clubs – and sometimes it can be difficult.

Excuses for not spending quality time together are easy to make, which is why so many parents aren’t spending enough time with their kids. But for kids to grow up feeling supported by their parents, family time is essential. Here is some stuff to do together as a family.

 

Get Outdoors

Max Pixel

Now that spring is finally upon us, the time has come to leave the iPads and the games consoles behind and get out in the real world, exploring what it has to offer. You and your family could go hiking in the forests, or you could go biking around the lakes in your local, national park. You could also take a trip to the beach, build sandcastles and chow down on coastal food.

Bring Out The Board Games

Board games like Monopoly and Kerplunk have been bringing families together for decades. But board games are also a great opportunity for you to teach your kids something new and challenge their intellect. Games like chess and Go are particularly effective when it comes to building their logic and planning skills and are fun to master.

Pixabay

You can also engage in more active games, like creating a play or having a sing-along. Getting your children to practice storytelling helps them to have fun while developing their verbals skills.

Learn Something New

Learning something new is a great way for you and your families to expand your horizons together. There are all sorts of fun family activities where you can try something out for the first time. For instance, why not take the whole family to their first trampolining lesson and experience the thrills of bouncing ten feet in the air? An instructor will take you through the basics and make sure that you and your kids jump safely.

Wikimedia Commons

There are other clubs you and your family could join en masse. Swimming clubs, tennis clubs, and even golf clubs all welcome families.

If you’re a musical family, you could all get together and practice in classes or in an orchestra.

Get Sucked Into A TV Series

When the TV series Lost first came to our screens back in 2005, it created waves. It was one of the most gripping dramas of its era and went on for nearly a dozen seasons. Since then, many other dramas have been created on a similar model, captivating audiences all over the world. Find an age-appropriate drama for the whole family to enjoy and get everyone to sit down and watch the show. Try to find something that is mentally stimulating that will generate conversation and back and forth between different family members.

You could also take the educational route, buying documentary series like Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth, or David Starkey’s Monarchy.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

How Can You Get Your Little Ones To Take Care Of Their Health?

*Sponsored Guest Post

Picture From Wikimedia

 

Getting your kids to take care of themselves can be a seriously difficult task. After all, they simply don’t have the same level of knowledge and awareness that adults have. This means that it’s often your job to help them understand how important it is to take care of their bodies. Now, this is far from easy, but there are certainly some things that you can do to make the whole process a bit more painless. With that in mind, here are the most common issues that many parents have when it comes to keeping their kids healthy, as well as some advice on how to make the whole process much easier.

 

Their teeth

For something that takes almost no time at all and is, when it all comes down do it, a pretty painless experience, kids can really put up a fight when it comes to taking care of their teeth. Just getting them to brush them twice a day can be enough of a challenge but that’s not even to mention taking them to the dentist. Many kids tend to be pretty nervous about the dentist and that’s pretty understandable. After all, it’s a stranger sticking their hand in their mouth! The best thing to do is to find a great dentist like pmddentalcare.com.au and go along with them. You should even have your own appointment before them to show them just how simple and painless and experience it really is.

 

Their diet

Kids are surrounded by advertising telling them to eat as much junk food, snacks and sweets as possible so it’s your duty as a parent to help guide them towards healthier options. One of the best things that you can do in order to help keep your kids on a healthier diet is to get them involved with the cooking as much as possible. By being able to see what’s in their food and how it’s made, they’ll be able to develop a much better relationship with it.

 

Staying active

One of the things that today’s kids have that previous generations never did was constant access to the internet through things like smartphones and tablets. That means that there is, as far as they’re concerned, less and less reason for them to ever actually get off the couch and out of the house. This means that you need to help them find fun and interesting activities to do to help them stay healthy. Perhaps take up a sport that you can do together, or maybe set up little scavenger hunts around the neighborhood that they can enjoy.

 

The very best thing that you can do to encourage your kids to be healthy is simply to be a good role model. If you tell your kids that they need to do certain things in order to be as healthy as possible but then they see you doing the exact opposite, that’s hardly going to provide them with much motivation is it? If you really want them to take care of themselves then you’ve got to lead by example. After all, the best thing that kids can do is to turn healthy behaviours into everyday habits.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Pesky Parasites That Can Affect Children

*Sponsored Guest Post

 

Parasites are something that all of us can be affected by, these tiny creatures love nothing more than to suck our blood or live off our bodies. A lot of the time they don’t cause too much issue for adults, this is because we maintain personal space when it comes to contact and practice good hygiene. However, it can be more problematic in children, who are not only more likely to get certain parasites but also be more affected by them too. Here are a few to watch out for when you have kids.

 

Head Lice

Head lice are one of those irritating things we all have to deal with as parents. One kid in the class gets them, and it’s not long until everyone else does as well. While lice aren’t dangerous since they don’t spread disease, they’re incredibly annoying and can get out of control quite quickly. You can learn more about these pesky critters as well as book in for treatment at a site like LCA Lice Clinic. This saves you the hassle of messing around with over the counter treatments that don’t always work. Unless both the lice and the eggs are treated, they will continue to come back which is obviously very frustrating. Kids are most at risk of catching head lice because their play means head to head contact happens often which is the most common way for them to spread.

Photo credit

Intestinal Worms

Intestinal worms are something that can affect anyone, but they’re more common in children due to their hygiene. Kids get their hands dirty being outdoors, playing in mud and touching surfaces. As their levels of disgust haven’t developed like adults, they then think nothing of putting their hands in their mouth. As a parent, you will no doubt be getting your child to wash their hands before eating, but there’s not much else you can do. This is why most children have had intestinal worms at some point in their lives. They spread very easily, the eggs can be picked up from touching others hands or on surfaces- if they put them in their mouth before washing they enter the digestive system and the life cycle begins. Discourage thumb sucking, encourage good hygiene and carry disinfectant wipes with you to clean mucky hands with where possible. There are treatments you can get from your GP to help with symptoms.

 

Photo credit 

 

Crypto

Cryptosporidium also known as crypto is a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhoea. It’s the leading cause of waterborne disease in humans in the US, and can be spread in both drinking water and recreational water such as swimming pools. It’s common in children who are more likely to swallow pool water and can also cause more issues than in adults since they’re more easily dehydrated. Most people won’t have any symptoms and will recover within thirty days, but if your child experiences diarrhoea after spending time at the pool then suspect this to be a cause. Give them plenty of fluids to rehydrate them, and speak to a GP if you’re worried.

Photo credit

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Out and About with Baby: Things to Do

*Sponsored Guest Post

 

When your baby has to go everywhere you go, getting out of the house can be hard. They require more luggage for one day than you need for a whole week. On top of that, they need to be fed and changed regularly, and it’s not always easy to find somewhere to do either. But having a baby shouldn’t confine you to your home. With the right things packed in your bag and a plan in place, you should be able to get out of the house and explore with your baby. Deciding where to go might be daunting, but there are some great places for both you and your baby.

 

Relax in a Family-friendly Coffee Shop

Enjoying a coffee, especially with friends, isn’t something you want to only do at home for the next year of your life. Even if you have your baby with you, you can enjoy a relaxed cup of joe (or herbal tea) in a comfortable coffee shop. It’s a great way to get out of the house without having to exert yourself too much. But there’s also plenty going on to keep your baby entertained, from chatting and music to colorful art on the walls. A family-friendly coffee shop is handy if you can find one. They’ll have space for strollers, changing facilities, and maybe somewhere quiet for a feed too.

Source: Greyerbaby on Pixabay

Go to a Baby Show

If you’re looking for a baby-filled day, an event dedicated to parenting a baby has to be one of your best options. Baby shows give you a day or even two or more packed full of seminars and activities for you and your baby. You can get advice from baby experts on parenting matters, watching shows and seminars on stage. There are activities for you and your baby too, from entertaining shows to funny competitions. You can find local baby shows by looking online.

Catch a Baby-friendly Movie

Going to the cinema with a baby wasn’t a possibility not too long ago unless you were prepared to leave the moment your baby so much as whimpered. But now many theaters have baby-friendly screenings just for parents and their little ones. They’re shown at convenient times for parents and babies, and they can turn the volume down on the movie too, so it doesn’t hurt your baby’s delicate ears. If there are no special baby-friendly screenings, you can try going at a quieter time.

 

Just Go for a Walk

When was the last time you just went for a walk? If you’re desperate to get out of the house, you don’t have to have anywhere in particular to go. Going for an aimless wander can be a great way to get out and get some fresh air. Strap your baby into their sling or stroller and explore your neighborhood or go to the nearest store. You don’t have to go far to enjoy a trip with your baby.

 

There’s no need to be too worried about leaving the house with your baby. If you’re well prepared, you’ll survive your trip.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

What is it to be a Parent?

*Sponsored Guest Posts

 

Any two people can procreate; it takes something extra special to be a parent. Sometimes we find ourselves in the position where we’re going to be a parent, but we haven’t quite figured out what exactly that job means. Each and every parent bluffs it on occasion, because nobody has the answers. Yet there are some golden rules to being a parent that we should all follow. If we do, then our child is given the best possible start in life, and can go on to do great things. And in the end, isn’t that all that we want?

Source: Pexels.com

Navigating Life

Do you ever walk down the street, meet a fellow adult, and think ‘now how did they end up so rude?’ It’s your job in life to make sure that nobody says that about your child. There are basic rules you’ll teach them about how to look after themselves and all the other obvious rules, but you’ll want to go further and teach them, in essence, how to be. It’s hard to say exactly how you’ll do this, but if you’re a pretty well-respected, well liked person, then you’ve probably got all the answers locked right inside of you!

Support for the Future

You’re there to give your children all they need to be a success in life, regardless of what happens. If the whole country should for some reason collapse, then no bother: you’re too well prepared and it won’t affect their future. Their lives aren’t in the hands of strangers; they’re in your hands. Take a look at select quote life insurance and they’ll be well taken care of even if the unthinkable happens. You’ll also be there to make sure they’re on top of everything that has to be taken care of, from helping them navigate the murky world of college applications to helping them prepare for interviews. And all without asking what’s in it for you. You’re the best.

 

Pushing to be the Best

Aside from the tools and rules to be all they can be, you’re also there to push them to be the absolute best version of themselves. You should inspire them. It sounds corny, but it’s true that we often hold ourselves back. We don’t dream big enough, and that’s one reason why people from certain backgrounds don’t become more. You should teach your child to really believe that if they want to be the first person to go to Mars, then that they should go ahead and do it.

 

A Responsible Adult

Being a parent isn’t just about how you interact with your child. It’s about how you interact with the wider world. You should be conscious of your impact on the planet, because it’s the world you’ll be leaving to your children and their children and so on. In the future, you want your children to be able to say that you did all you could to make the world a better place – and that’s something you’ll pass on to them too!

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Should I Stay or Go?

*Sponsored Guest Post

 

It’s a challenge for couples when they come to a bit of a crossroads. They have to decide whether it’s time to call it quits, or whether they should continue trying to move on. And it can be a tough decision to make. Here are some tips to help you make the decision on whether to stay or go when it comes to your relationship.

Image Credit

 

Look back on your relationship

You need to sometimes look back to see whether there is any way of moving forward. After all, if you have had a solid relationship so far, this might just be a bump on the road. And you might be able to move past it to happier days. But if you look back to find that your relationship has been full of arguments and trust issues, it might be time to call it a day. After all, relationships are meant to be happy and fulfilling. And if you have spent the whole time miserable, it’s best to get out for both your sakes. Therefore, look back and reminisce about the history of your relationship. It’s worth going with your partner to places like your first date or where you had your first kiss to reminisce. It can sometimes push couples back together, as they remember why they fell in love.

 

Get advice from others

It’s sometimes a good idea to get advice from someone outside the relationship to help you get some perspective on your problems. After all, they can help you to see more clearly about what you should do. For one thing, this might be a friend or family member. Try and get them to be unbiased about the situation. After all, if they have seen your partner not treating you right, they might not be so pleasant. If not a friend or family member, you could go see a counselor. You could even go with your partner to try and work through your issues. And if you believe in that kind of thing, you could also get some psychic help. After all, they might be able to tell you if they see a future in the relationship. In fact, you can get a 24 hour free psychic reading to help you see into your relationship’s future. But remember whoever you do get help from, it’s down to you at the end of the day whether you continue with the relationship.

 

Think about the route of your problems

It’s also worth sitting down with your other half and working out where things have gone wrong. It might be that one of you has been particularly stressed with work and that is causing the rows. And if this is the case, it might be easily resolved. But if there are deeper issues such as not trusting each other, it might be that the relationship is toxic and can’t be fixed. Therefore, discuss your issues and be honest about where you see the relationship heading
And a break is sometimes the key to fixing a broken relationship. Actress Megan Fox and her hubby Brian Austin Green split for a few months back in 2015. But then the pair got back together a few months later and have gone on to have another baby!

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!
%d bloggers like this: