Things I Wish I Knew Before I Had My First Baby…

If you are preparing to welcome your first baby into the world, first of all, congratulations! This is undoubtedly an exciting time in any expectant parent’s life. You have a fun, incredible and surprising journey ahead of you. No matter how much preparation and reading you have done, nothing quite readies you for life as a parent. There are always hurdles along the way. Read on to discover some of the things that most people wish they knew before they had their first baby.

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  1. Get ready for the clichés – If you thought you heard all of the clichés in the world when you were pregnant, you have heard nothing yet. You will lose count of how many times people tell you that it goes by ridiculously fast and that you should enjoy every moment. Speaking about enjoying every moment, you probably won’t if the next point is anything to go by…
  2. Changing nappies isn’t the only yucky part – We’ve all heard expectant new parents joke about who is going to change their baby’s nappy. However, this merely scratches the surface of the yucky stuff that comes with having a baby. Expect to be a human toilet or napkin most of the time! Oh, and that’s without even mentioning when your baby decides to throw food everywhere or smear it across their face and the walls! Oh, and what about when they throw up on you? Lovely! And then there’s the belongings too! There’s actually a good read on how to clean and disinfect your diaper bag, which is something you will need to do often. The good news is you probably won’t even care about all this sort of stuff. It becomes the norm!
  3. The faster you can meet other moms, the better – You will really start to enjoy your new role as parent once you meet other moms that are in the same position as you. This is not to say that you should ditch your current friends. However, it can get really lonely being at home just with your baby, so it helps to meet people in the same situation.
  4. You’re never going to get it right – Well, in the eyes of someone anyway! No matter what you choose for your baby, be it going back to work or staying at home, breastfeeding or using a bottle, there is always going to be someone that is saying you are doing it wrong. Don’t be shocked when your close relatives become your biggest critics. But the best bit of advice is to simply ignore them! There’s no right or wrong way; it’s all about doing things YOUR way.
  5. Your relationship with your partner will change – Having a baby is a big deal! Becoming parents is the biggest change you will both go through in your life, and so it would be crazy if your relationship weren’t to change as a result. It’s important to be aware of this and to really work on your relationship. Try not to neglect one and other and ensure lines of communication are always kept open.
  6. Trust yourself – This is probably the most important part of them all. You need to trust your own intuition. There is nothing wrong with asking for help sometimes, but it’s your baby and this is your journey, trust in yourself! Every new mother wings it a bit; it’s part of the process. You’re not meant to know what to do all of the time.
  7. Your emotions are going to be all over the place – A lot of people assume that they are going to give birth and have a constant smile on their face because they are going to be filled with so much love. The reality can be very different, and there is nothing wrong with this. A lot of people experience the baby blues, i.e. they feel sad once they have given birth. This happens because your hormone levels drop. Of course, if this feeling persists, you should see your doctor. And again, there is nothing wrong with that either!
  8. Be kind to yourself – Being kind to yourself means being kind to your baby too. You’re not helping anyone by running yourself into the ground. Make sure you take a little bit of time to yourself, whether this means going to the spa, reading a book, or simply going for a walk.
  9. Don’t compare your child – Don’t fall into the trap of comparing your child to others. If your friend’s baby started walking at eight months, and your child is now ten months old and hasn’t taken his or her first steps yet, so be it! It happens!

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Child Friendly Home 2 – Parents Fight Back

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OK, so the premise of making a home safe might not sound like the next Hollywood blockbuster. But then again, neither does the idea of a kid adapting his property to keep out two useless burglars… 27 years later, Home Alone is weeks away from appearing on the festive TV schedule once more.

 

We’ve already discussed the basics of creating a child-friendly home in a previous post. This covered ideas like home security and handling natural disasters. However, the family home can pose a number of other threats. Thankfully, we have the simple tricks below, winning the war against those problems has never been simpler.

 

Preventing Germs Entering The Home

 

With the winter months fast approaching, there’s every chance that germs will enter your home. Having hooks in the hallway for kids to place their coats and scarves when getting home, followed by a quick wash of the hands, will work wonders. Likewise, utilizing the front porch for storing shoes can be very useful too.

 

It’s not all about the humans in your home, though. Advecta 2 flea prevention treatments can keep your furry pets in far greater health. In turn, this can go a long way to stopping the kids from suffering too. Apart from anything else, your pets deserve to be comfortable. Meanwhile, good air circulation is another key factor.

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Preventing The Silent Killer

 

Mother nature can be a cruel mistress This is why jobs aimed to upgrade safety before, during, and after natural disasters is key. However, problems can also start from inside the property too. Most leaks are more dangerous to the building rather than your health. Still, this damage can generate unsafe environment, so you must not overlook those issues.

 

Nonetheless, some elements are more dangerous than others. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal, which is why installing detectors is arguably even more vital than having fire alarms. The chances of suffering this type of issue due to a bad boiler is quite slim, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.   

 

Preventing Unwanted Departures

 

We all know the importance of keeping intruders out. However, it’s equally imperative that you learn to keep children in. Locking the doors goes without saying, but this is only just the start. You must also ensure that all windows prohibit curious youngsters from escaping. Otherwise, they could be in for very nasty falls to the floor.

 

Garden gates and fencing should also be considered. It’s impossible to keep your eyes on their every move, which is why you must always go the extra mile in these areas. Aside from the physical benefits, this will give you far greater peace of mind. As a parent, that sense of organization may be the greatest tool in this ongoing battle for safety.

 

The Last Word

 

Ultimately, you’re probably doing a fine job just as you are. Nonetheless, taking those additional steps for a safer home will have a hugely positive impact on your happiness as well as your child’s. If that doesn’t give you the incentive to take note, what will?

A Curious Case Of Teen Anxiety

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Parents with teenage boys or girls understand the fragility of their self-esteem. One word, no matter how benign, is enough to send them into a hissy fit. Moms and dads tend to put it down to hormones and continue without a second glance. However, sometimes the reason is more profound than puberty. When a teen suffers from an extreme case of anxiety, it can ruin their life. Just walking down the street is enough to get the wheels turning in their head.

 

As their parent, it is your job to support them through this challenging period. Below are four things you should try to help.

 

Encourage Them With Words

 

Everyone knows how useful words are. One nice comment from a stranger or a friend can make your day. Kids are no different. The thing is their peers are emotionally immature and won’t help. So, it is down to you to make sure they feel loved and valued. Saying “I love you” is a start, as is “be safe” or “enjoy your day!” But, the comments which make them feel special are the ones which are specific. Telling them they are talented or gifted is an excellent way to encourage them as it has nothing to do with love. Kids know when their parents use mom and dad logic because they aren’t stupid.

 

Push Sports Clubs

 

Now, the prospect of asking them to perform in front of a crowd of people will seem stupid. But, stage fright aside, being a member of a sports club has lots of rewards. To begin with, they will begin to develop self-confidence if they have success. Then, they won’t care about wearing 2-piece doublets and wrestling in front of dozens of people. The physical benefits are clear, but the personal advantages less so. Well, confidence is contagious. Once they feel it in one aspect of their life, it will spread like a disease. Instead of the anxious boy or girl you know, they will bloom into a confident young adult.

 

Reward Good Behaviour

 

No, it is not a bribe if you don’t establish a treat is up for grabs beforehand. When kids know there is a treat, they will do whatever to get the reward. Although they did it, their behaviour won’t be a real test of their self-esteem. Rather than tell them about a treat, wait until they build up the courage to act. Getting on the school bus on the first day of term is scary. So, letting them choose dinner when they get home is an excellent compromise.

 

Let Them Let Go

 

Anxiety is a build up of emotion which gets worse and worse until it explodes. The key is to release the tension and deal with it healthily. Kids don’t know how to do this because the culture tells them to be narcissistic maniacs. Admitting they are uncool is a hanging offence in a child’s eyes. But, behind closed doors, what they say never leaves the house. Once they know they can talk without repercussions, they will start to let go.

 

Everyone experiences anxiety, but kids don’t deal with it appropriately. As a parent, it is your responsibility to help.

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The Gospel of Luke, more than any other, fits the category of ancient biography. Luke, as “narrator” of events, sees Jesus as the “Savior” of all people, always on the side of the needy and the deprived. Narrated in the NIV by British actor Richard E. Grant and in the KJV by Sir Derek Jacobi, this epic production — featuring specially constructed sets and the authentic countryside of Morocco — has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story.

The Gospel of Luke will be at Walmart 10/17/2017. Perfect for a Christmas present. This is the 3rd movie in the series and is the ancient biography of Luke. He is the narrator and sees Jesus as the Savior of all people.

This movie is great to watch as a family or for youth groups. If you haven’t seen The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Mark I would suggest getting them. They are all amazing.

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Fun Christmas Gifts To Keep Your Kids Active

Whether you want to think about it or not, Christmas IS just around the corner. The commercials have already started, and you’ll soon start to get an idea of what it is your kid wants from Santa. So many of today’s kid’s toys are focused on games and screens that it seems like a long time since a bike was the top of every kid’s Christmas list. This Christmas, why not think about getting your kid a gift that is not only fun but helps them stay active too? Take a look at the following suggestions for ideas on Christmas gifts that will get your kids moving.

A trampoline

A trampoline is a great gift for kids; it’s something they can use to have fun while also helping them to stay active. Trampolines come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you can get small versions to use in the home, or larger domed varieties that are great if you’ve got the garden space. If you’re concerned about safety, then taking a look at a trampoline buying guide could help you make the best decision that will help you to feel at ease.

A scooter

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Scooters are a fun gift to give to kids, that will encourage them to head outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. There are several different types of scooter on the market that suit different budgets, and you can pick up some great accessories like helmets to go with them. It’s worth taking a look at an electric scooters for kids comparison guide to see which scooters are available. Scooters are great for helping your kid get to school or for when they go out with their friends and are easy to store in your home.

A Nerf gun

Did you know that Nerf guns have been around since the 1960s? Nerf guns have been a popular gift for decades, and they’re ideal for encouraging kids to get out of the house and play – even if it’s just in the backyard. A Nerf gun is a fun and harmless way for kids to blow off some steam, and you’ll probably want to join in and have a go too!

Active video games

You can’t expect kids to go outside all the time, especially when it’s dark or the weather’s bad. Finding fun and active games they can play at home can be tough, but there are some fantastic video games out there that will help them get moving, without them even realizing. Games like Just Dance and Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox offer games that all the family can join in, ideal for parties or family game nights.

Thinking ahead to buying Christmas gifts is one way you can start preparing for Christmas now. Toys and games that are active will be a much better investment than buying things that they’ll lose interest in or offer no value – helping you keep your kids moving. Who knows, you might even discover something fun for you too!

How To Manage Your Children When Relocating

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If you’re a parent, you will already know the gentle and aware touch it takes to help raise your little ones well. It’s likely that you’ve already experienced many high and low points in your parenting career, don’t worry, every parent does. What matters is that you try everyday to provide your children with the life you would love to give them, and for that you are a wonderful parent no matter how you define it. There are many stresses of life which you must educate and somewhat shield your child from in their young age.

 

Moving is one of these things. It can mean much more to a child than an adult to relocate a property, even if you are the one who’s paid and organized everything in advance. It’s important to understand that a child will not know anything different than the home life they have experienced. Moving a long distance can prove to be a greatly unsettling experience for them because they likely aren’t used to something so new. As an adult, it can take some time to acclimate to a new city or town, so just imagine what parallels can be drawn for a child still in their single digits of age.

 

For this reason, following these wonderful tidbits of advice can help the whole thing run smoothly, in a way that helps you and most importantly your child feel secure in the whole process.

 

Get Them Excited

 

It’s important to be open with them from day one about the move, and where you’re going, even if they’re a little too young to fully understand. Try to give them simple explanations, such as ‘We’re moving for Daddy’s new work,’ or ‘we’re moving to a bigger house for the new baby!’ Give them the simplest terms to understand, and they’ll be able to digest this at their own place. Also, show them photographs of the property, so they feel familiar with it (placing these photographs on the kitchen fridge is a good option too.) Be sure to avoid presenting this information too fast, however, as it can become quite overwhelming for them. Before long, they will be just as excited as you are.

 

Give Them Comfort

 

Try and keep the moving stresses as far away from them as possible. Try not to raise your voice when discussing something that is going wrong with your planning, or stressing in their presence too much. Try not to overfill the interior of the car, so your drive to the new area is clean and no different to any car journey they know. Using interstate removalists to house all of your belongings on the journey can majorly help with this.

 

A signature blanket, new cuddly toy, or something else they can easily identify will help them feel safe and secure in the changes taking place all around them. Setting up in-car entertainment, such as a portable and car-ready DVD player, or listening to music they appreciate can help them feel settled. Try to wear them out in the morning before your drive, to encourage them sleeping for the whole distance. Take regular breaks, and make sure they are well hydrated and looked after. Before you know it, you’ll be there. Make sure the first thing you set up is their sleeping area so they can nap as soon as you’re in the property, and you can get to the hard work of setting up all of your belongings.

 

With these tips, you’re sure to be even more satisfied in your new home, knowing that your child is comfortable with the whole process.

FAO Parents: You Don’t Have To Do It Alone!

Whether you’re a single parent or two, providing your son or daughter with the best start in life is no easy feat. However, you can make things a lot easier simply by accepting the available support.   

 

We all need a helping hand from time to time, and this can come from various sources in a number of situations. Here are just five where outsiders can have a hugely positive impact on your child’s development.

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Encouraging a skill: Whether your child is a talented soccer player or musician doesn’t matter. Seeking support from a qualified coach or tutor can accelerate their progress to help unlock their full potential. This might not always lead to a career in the chosen field, but it will almost lead to increased confidence and happiness. This in itself should be considered to be a reward that vindicates the decision to gain that help. Besides, every parent wants their kid to achieve the best they can.

 

Maintaining their health: Keeping your child in great health is top of the agenda at all times. It can be very difficult when children face problems, which is why they deserve the best help available. Experts like Daniel C. Allison, MD, FACS, who specialize in pediatric treatments are the best option. Opting for a generic medical team can often see your child miss out on the human elements that their unique treatments require. Aside from things like surgery, it can influence their rehab processes too.

 

Using the computer: There is no escaping the impact of technology in modern society. Computer literacy is a skill that all kids need for future school assignments and work situations. As a loving parent, you don’t only think about their development. It’s equally important to ensure that your son or daughter stays safe online. Using the right software packages will ensure that this happens. While this type of support may not come from a person, its impact should not be ignored. After all, computers are the present and future.

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Providing financial stability: Whether you like it or not, money is important. Parents can seek relief from various sources, including the Child Care Resource Center. While some people may feel too proud to accept it, this is the reason you’ve paid your taxes. Kids understand their family’s financial status from a very early age, which is just reason why you should care. Perhaps more importantly, every piece of support you gain can allow your son or daughter to live an enriched and enjoyable childhood. Frankly, that’s all any parent could ever want for their child.

 

Completing daily activities: Modern life is hectic. As such, arguably the best support that parents can gain is from each other. Whether it’s organizing a carpool or offering to help out at birthday parties isn’t important. Anything that makes life a little easier for parents will bring huge benefits for the children. Besides, sharing closer relationships can make discussing potential problems far simpler too. Given that these people could play an important part in our lives for several years to come, ignoring those incentives would be very naïve.   

TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snack Nabisco Sweepstakes

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Since Hurricane Harvey, life is slowly getting back to normal. For the first time in two weeks, I got to shop at my favorite store, Wal-Mart. My first mission was to find some type of snack that was different since we had eaten the same foods for two weeks. I was so excited to find these new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks!! These snacks are made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs, and chocolate. The best part is they contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and no artificial colors

My children have always loved the Teddy Grahams so I knew they would love to try these. I purchased both the vanilla filled and chocolate filled to see which one they liked best. Of course, both were winners in my house! I can see another trip to Wal-Mart in our future for more TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks!!

After all the devastation around us, it is nice to have something the children can enjoy and take their minds off of the “bad storm”.  They are requesting them in their lunch boxes for snack time since their day cares aren’t able to cook right now. They even offered to take extras to give to those children who lost everything. These are a fun snack to not only eat but to share!

 

I am excited to offer the Nabisco Snacktime Sweepstakes! The prizes are 12 prizes ($50 Walmart gift card each) and two grand prizes ($200 Walmart gift card each) and are going to run from September 11- 29th, 2017. So hurry and enter today!!

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Teaching Your Kids How To Take Care Of Their Health Is Too Important To Ignore!

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One of the biggest concerns for a lot of parents is how they can best make sure that their kids are properly protected from illness. After all, no one wants to see their child sick and suffering in any way. Of course, trying to get them to care about their health can be extremely difficult when they’re not quite old enough to fully understand the consequences of what they’re doing. Trying to explain to a child why they shouldn’t eat dirt can often feel like you’re banging your head against a brick wall! However, there are a few ways that you can help your child to learn some good health habits and teach them to care about their health a little more.

 

Lead by example

 

The very best thing that you can do if you want your children to become more concerned about their health is to lead by example. Do things like washing your hands together so that you can teach them how to do it as thoroughly as possible. Similarly, going to the doctor and dentist can be scary for kids, so going with them and showing them that it’s okay can be a real comfort for them. Places like Owens Dental can help you and your entire family take care of their teeth without any stress. Seeing you go to the doctor and dentist and understanding how things work can make everything a lot less scary for many children and encourage them to feel more independent when it comes to taking care of their health.

 

Put it in terms they can understand

 

Sadly, trying to explain things like viruses and bacteria to children can often be an exercise in frustration because they simply aren’t developed enough to understand what it all means. However, that doesn’t mean that you should give up on trying to educate them and resort to things like “because it’s dirty!” or, even worse “because I said so!” Sure, kids might not understand viruses, but that’s why we call them tummy bugs. By helping them to visualize things like hygiene and germs, you can help to give them a much better idea of what they can do to avoid getting sick. There are hundreds of books and videos out there which act as fantastic resources when it comes to explaining health to kids at any level at all. Sure, they might not fully understand, but if you can start to make those connections in their mind early on, it will be a lot easier further down the road.

 

The best thing that you can do is to be less concerned with hovering over your child and making sure that they’re always protected from germs and simply to teach them to avoid getting sick where they can. Sure, you’re never going to be able to protect your child from getting sick 100% of the time, but if you take more of a “give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime” approach to things then your children will be able to be much more independent in the future.

Healthy Kids That Happily Eat Everything Is A Myth, Right? Or Is It…

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We all know that having kids is a joy, and although times can get tough, you wouldn’t have it any other way. But there are certain challenges of parenthood that we’d all like to avoid. Even when you’re happy for their developmental milestones to vary, and for each child to reach their potential as and when they’re ready, there are things that you wish you could iron out as soon as possible. Fussy eating habits are definitely one of them. For their own health and enjoyment, it’s important to ensure that your kids are happy to eat pretty much everything, or at least be willing to try. So how do you make that happen?

 

Get Them Interested

 

When your children are disinterested in something, it can often feel impossible to get them to do anything. And this can be the case with food. So, you’re going to want to start off by trying to get them more interested in both food and eating. There are different ways that you may want to approach this task, but generally, you may find that shopping for food together is a great idea. Likewise, you may want to come up with ways to make mealtimes fun to start with, so that they look forwards to them more.

 

Try To Understand

 

However, you may find that it is difficult for you to move past the idea of them being a picky eater unless you’re able to understand it. Every child can have their own individual reasons behind their complicated relationship with food, but there is often an emotional reason behind it. So, you’re going to work with them, try to get behind their fears and ensure that you can break down those barriers together, bit by bit.

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Work With Substitutes To Start With

 

As you start off on your journey of trying to get your kids to eat more, you may have to make some exceptions and exclusions to get you all on the right track. If there are things that they will not eat, you may need to work them up to them or work with simple alternatives to start with. Whether you go for coated fish rather than plain fillets or watermelon water instead of standard spring water, now’s the time to make those substitutes. Before you know it, they will be moving on and feeling comfortable with new things.

 

Encourage Them To Cook

 

Sometimes, you can actually work to break down food barriers by involving your kids more in the cooking process. When they’re involved, they can often be proud of what they’ve made and more interested in eating it. Understanding food and how it’s made, along with the different ingredients, can also help to remove any fears that they may have.

 

Be Positive About All Food

And finally, you’re going to need to be positive about food all of the time. Sometimes, kids can pick up on fears based on your attitude to food, or the attitudes of others – like the childhood obsession with disliking broccoli. But if you want them to try new food, you have to be positive. Providing a safe environment for them to sample new things is often crucial because it’s often all about how you approach their eating habits over anything else.

Essential Questions To Ask Yourself Before Expanding Your Family

Few people know for sure the number of children that they want to have. They might have an idea, but not many of us are absolutely settled on the exact number.

 

When you get through the trials and tribulations of being a first time parent, you will have learned a few essential lessons. It might have been tough, but it will have been absolutely worth it. The lesson you might find yourself learning most of all is that… you want to have more children.

 

Whether you just have one or are already on your fourth, that nagging sense that you’d like to have another child is rarely easily quietened. While the impulse to add to your brood can be overwhelming, there has to be a moment where you allow a little investment in contemplation of what you might be undertaking.

 

Of course, that’s not to say it is an inherently a bad thing to consider having more children. However, it might be wise to ensure you’ve got all the right answers, to the following questions, prior to going ahead…

 

Question One: Do You Have Room?

 

While young children can usually share a bedroom quite effectively, the same is not true when they reach a certain age. Eventually, your kids are going to want privacy, especially those that are different genders. That might mean you need to think about choosing a home loan and moving somewhere larger, so that everyone can have the space that they need.

 

Bear in mind that you might need to do this sooner rather than later; it might not just be a thought for the teenage future. If you have young children and they would have to share their room with a baby at your present address, then you have to consider the ramifications of nighttime disturbances of a newborn. Realistically, a new baby is going to need their own space, or risk damaging their siblings’ quality of sleep.

 

Question Two: Are You (And Your Partner) The Only Ones Making The Decision?

 

Society has a way of pushing certain ideas onto us. When a couple gets married, the first question they will be inundated with is when they plan to have children. You might think that having children would actually get you a break from this invasive line of questioning… but it will still happen! Now the question is, “when are you planning on having a little brother/sister for [your child]?”.

 

Don’t be pressured into having more children by other people. You might hear a lot of people enthusing about the prospect of siblings for your existing child/ren, but this is one decision that only you and your partner need to be involved in.

 

Question Three: Are You Ready For The Expense?

 

It can feel incredibly unpleasant to talk about babies and expanding your family in such coarse terms, but nevertheless, it’s a conversation you need to have. Babies are expensive; children more so; teenagers still more again – and then you might have to think of the cost of an additional college education.

 

Do you have a financial plan for the future that’s going to allow you to afford all of that for an additional child?

 

In Conclusion…

 

If you can confidently answer all of the above questions, then you are well prepared to consider having another child. If you don’t have your answers figured out yet, that’s okay. Give it a little time and figure out solutions where needed; you’ll get there in the end. What’s more, you’ll be all the more prepared to welcome the joy of a new life when you can answer these questions – so you and your children can enjoy the benefits of your careful contemplation. Good luck!  

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Bouncing Bots was a blast to play. My friend’s seven-year-old grandson was even able to participate with bouncing the bots onto the scoring targets. What started out as a normal game soon escalated quickly into laughter and bots bouncing everywhere.

After one time playing, this game became our friends and families favorite game. We now pull it out in the afternoons when our friends come over and we sit down and enjoy our time together with this game. Bouncing Bots has brought out laughter and fun for us in the evening and has brought our friend and family together to spend quality time.

This is a game I would highly recommend for any family with children. The game is based on a point system. You receive points by bouncing it on the numbers on the board. Whoever has the most points at the end wins so you want to try to bounce on the highest numerical values to receive the most points.

This game was invented by Joseph M. Balcuk who had a degree in mathematics. He created this game as an educational learning tool. He coupled it with his experience in teaching and his mathematics skill. This allowed him to make a unique game that encourages the children and adults to have a good time while learning. It helps with social development, mathematics, and tons of other educational skills.

This game contains eight creative bot characters (which the purple ones are my favorite), two platforms to bounce the bots on and a list of instructions to help understand how the game is played. The game is for 1-4 players and ages even through adulthood can play. I highly recommend you adding this game to your collection for family game night, you will not be disappointed.

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Jarra-Dophils Probitoics Formula

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Being a mom and grandmother, I want what is best for my little ones. What mom/Mimi doesn’t? In the picture are four of the best special formulated probiotics I have ever been exposed too. What are probiotics you might ask?? Well, probiotics are living bacteria (the good kind) that are super beneficial for your body. They help regulate the good bacteria with the bad. As shown in the picture above are Jarro Dophilus infant formula, Yum-Yum- Dophilus formula, Jarro Dophilus Women’s formula, and lastly, we have Women’s Fem Dophilus formula.

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Starting with the Jarro-Dophilus infant probiotics, they have been known to calm a colicky baby, gassy tummies, improve the baby’s digestive system, and even have been known to help with constipation! They say it takes a village to raise a baby, so let this be part of the helpful village!

 

 

Next, we have the Yum-Yum Dophilus Probiotics formula, which has an EXCELLENT taste making it so easy for kids to enjoy taking them. Is great for kids getting sick a lot, or for kids with tummy aches. It is Allergan free so if your kids have major food allergies it is okay for them to take. My 3-year-old grandson loves them!

 

 

Following we have Jarro-Dophilus Women’s! Jarro-Dopjilus is special because it uniquely contains four patented probiotics strains known as the “Astarte” strain. All four Astarte strains are good for women in the third trimester of pregnancy and are predominant species found in the vaginal tract of healthy women. It is allergy friendly, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan. This is a great product you will want to try!!

Lastly, we have the Women’s Fem Dophilus Probiotics formula. You will not be able to get enough of these pills. If given the right chance they will completely illuminate odor. People who have been struggling with an ongoing UTI should try this!

You name it and Jarro-Dophilus can take care of it!

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Your Kid Wants Their Birthday To Be One Thing: Exciting

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We wish we could look forward to anything in life the same way a child looks forward to their birthday. The excitement on their face, the way they can’t sleep at night, how much they can’t wait to see their cake, or their friends, or what you have got them, or what you have planned, or just the fact they get to wear a badge that proudly displays that this is their day and nobody else. It is the most infectious type of euphoria we have ever experienced.

 

The problem is, this total elation that bursts out of them like sweets from a pinata really heaps the pressure on us parents. They are so excited about this day and it is our duty to make sure that it somehow exceeds all expectations (knowing that we are setting the bar dauntingly high next year, and all the years after that).

 

But no matter how hard we try to do something special, we always have that niggling feeling at the back of our heart that says we need to do more. We think back to our own childhood birthday’s, think how hard our own mum’s worked to supersede our imaginations and then try and work out how we can achieve the same thing, but on steroids.

 

The thing that probably stands out more than anything, though, is the fact your parents always made every part of that day about you. You’ve probably forgotten what you did, who was there, what sort of cake you had, how many candles there were and the fact you got to tear the wrapping paper off Disney Princess mystery box and fawn over it with momentary joy. All of these details seem to fall away. What lasts a lifetime is that feeling of excitement, and that is exactly what we are going to try and help you take to another level because we have come up with a list of ways you can keep the surprises coming and the feeling of joy bubbling away like a pan of custard left on the hob.

 

This is your kid’s birthday and it is going to be the best birthday yet!

 

  1. Make The Build Up As Exciting As Possible

Your kid is going to be naturally excited by their birthday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fuel that gorgeous little fire a little bit more. As we’ve established, the excitable thing is the best part, so latch onto this and have a countdown that lasts the entire week leading up to their big day. Have a black board in the kitchen that counts down or a calendar where they can mark the days off with a big, fat, red pen. Maybe have a bouquet of ten balloons, and let them take one away every morning. It doesn’t even have to be a countdown if you don’t want. It could be a series of clues, each clue leading them to another until they finally discover their stash of presents you’ve hidden somewhere genius. Whatever you think will get their excitement boiling over, do it. Your kid will love this as much as their actual birthday.

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  1. Nothing Beats A Birthday Breakfast

Every child has a favorite breakfast, that thing usually only reserved for special occasions. Well, whatever it is, make it with sprinkles. Literally. If your kid hasn’t got a favorite, know that you cannot go wrong with the smile-inducing classics. We’re talking a stack of pancakes (covered in sprinkles) or a breakfast milkshake (with extra sprinkles) or a pile of waffles (yes, with sprinkles). Anything that can be deemed fun and special and worthy of the best birthday breakfast ever. Oh, and if you can, try and add a candle or ten just to add to the joviality that much more.

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  1. Decorate The House While They Are Sleeping

Nothing beats that moment where you wake up, rub your eyes, stretch out your arms and legs, ponder the world for a moment and then suddenly remember that it’s your birthday, motivating you to jump up and run downstairs to find the whole house has been decorating in your honor. So go utterly crazy on this front. Buy a selection of shirts for the birthday boy and lay them out for them to choose a birthday outfit from. Hang up streamers and balloons and banners. Get pictures of their life up to now printed out and stick them all over the place. Write birthday messages on the mirror in the bathroom. Absolutely everything and anything you can think and, remember, the wilder your ideas the better. Get all creative on this birthday.

 

  1. Decorate Your Car Too

There is nothing that will make your kid feel like their birthday is 100% their day than having random people and passersby celebrate it with them. They kind of expect you to celebrate it with them, but they do not expect everyone to get involved. That’s why you need to get yourself some colorful window marker and cover your glass in messages like, “Birthday Boy!” and “Ten Today!” And “Honk for Sam!” And anything else you want to add, like pictures of balloons and cakes and all that kind of jazz. Having people honk as they drive past will have your little one smiling and laughing, and it won’t get boring for any of you either. Every single beep of a car horn will fill your little world right up, which is just how it should be.

 

  1. Little Things Can Make A Big Difference

The little thing on their day is what makes all the difference. Things like declaring it a screen free day for their siblings and you, the parents, will ensure that all the focus is directed towards them, which is a nice feeling to have. If it is their birthday on a school day, then why not go the extra mile and wrap every single item in their lunch box in birthday wrapping paper, while also throwing in a couple of balloons and party poppers and that sort of thing. Measure them too. Every kid wants to see how much they have grown since their last birthday, so make sure you have a wall chart you can add to, or start. Make this a new tradition in which to follow because, for them, every birthday is proof of how much bigger they are, and they will want to see that first hand. These are all little things, minuscule and minute things that can go easily unnoticed, but they are things that will make all the difference.

 

  1. A Very Special Meal Out

Go to your child’s favorite restaurant, or to that place that will completely blow their mind because it is more than just food on a plate, it is an experience that will totally blow their mind. This could be somewhere you have heard people rave about, or it could be somewhere you stumbled across in a local magazine, either way, indulge their childish fantasies. Just remember to call ahead and let the restaurant know that it is your kid’s birthday. Like we said with the whole decorating your car thing, the more strangers that celebrate their birthday with them the more special and unique it is going to feel, and nothing says that like a restaurant full of strangers singing happy birthday to you while sliding a cake you didn’t expect onto the table in front of you. This is what magic looks and feels like. These are the things that will stay with them for a lot longer than presents.

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  1. Get All Creative With This Day

We’re not just talking about arts and crafts here, although yes, please do indulge this side of things too. Make a special (non-alcoholic) cocktail or smoothie with them that they can get involved with, and let them name it. Maybe even add the recipe to a book of your creation, one that you can add to at every special occasion. It could be that you make a birthday crown with them too, something they can wear all day and attract calls of “happy birthday” from people everywhere they go. The other type of creative we were alluding to, however, was to do with memories. Set up a special interview with them. Have a video camera and ask them questions while filming, things that will make them smile and laugh years down the line, maybe even prove they were right about their hopes and dreams and aspirations. We live in a world where we can document things like never before, and these will be cherished in time. It doesn’t even have to be a video interview, though. It could be a written one, with you tucking the paper into their memory box to open on their 21st.

 

Making your child’s birthday is all about building their excitement, devoting every part of this day to their happiness and creating memories that will easily outlast the toys that you give them. Of course, the presents are an important aspect, but it is the feeling of this being their day that will make them happiest of all. So get your thinking cap on and think outside the box a little. There are ways to build their glee that you have never thought about, and it is up to you to exploit these.

Parents Of Smart Kids Always Do These Things!

Who wouldn’t want their kids to be smart? We all want our kids to be kind, thoughtful, happy, and so on, but being smart can be extremely beneficial too. It turns out that parents of smart children actually have things in common with each other. Here are some of the most common things that the parents of smart kids do, so you can ensure your children turn into smart individuals with plenty of opportunities too!

 

They Get Kids Involved In Chores

Getting your children involved in chores early on is so important. If they’re not making their own bed and tidying up their own mess, that means you’re likely doing it for them. When you do this, you might think you’re helping, or ‘getting it done properly’, but you’re actually hindering them in the long run. They’re going to need to get used to doing chores like this sooner or later, and the older they are, the harder it can be for them. Let them help you when they’re very young, and give things a go themselves as they get a little older. Even if they don’t sweep up as well as you, for example, they are trying and getting into good habits!

 

Children that have to do chores have been proven to be smarter than those who don’t. Don’t worry about your house looking perfect and instead focus on helping your kids to learn and develop in the best way possible. You’re doing them a favor!

 

They Help Them To Develop Socially And Emotionally

Helping your children to develop socially and emotionally is key to ensuring they become smart individuals. It can make a difference between going to college and getting a degree or getting arrested – literally. Children who didn’t have very good social and emotional skills were found to get arrested, fail to secure steady jobs, and generally struggle through life as they got older. Nobody wants that for their children, so make sure you make an effort to help them develop in this way.

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They Focus On Their Own Development

Parents with smart children always focus on their own development too. It was found that working moms had smarter kids, and parents that had a good education also had kids who had a good education. Getting your education later on in life and setting an example to your kids that way is possible, although it can be time-consuming. Using services like https://gradebuddy.com/ can help you to save time and focus on what’s important, so you can still get everything done and spend quality time with your kids. Don’t be afraid to go back into education. Not only will this set a good example to your kids, it could also help you to create a better future!

 

They Find Ways To Manage Their Own Stress Levels

Moods can be contagious. If you’re exhausted and stressed all the time, there’s every chance that you could pass that onto your kids. Try to greet them with a smile in the mornings, especially if you’re sending them off to school. Do what you can to manage your own stress levels, and your kids should be happier and more prepared to learn as a result.

 

Meditation is a wonderful tool to manage stress, but you can also get exercise, cut back on bad habits like smoking and drinking caffeine, and deep breathing. Being consistent is key to getting results!

 

They Value Effort

Parents with smart kids know that it’s the effort that’s important and not the actual grade that should be praised. It’s fantastic if you child is getting good grades, but you still need to ensure you’re putting a focus on an effort to study and practice, rather than simply exclaiming how intelligent they are naturally. When your kids know that effort is what makes them great, they won’t give up on different things so easily as they age. Praising them in a way that makes them feel like the effort isn’t a factor, such as saying, ‘you’re so talented!’ is a surefire way to make them believe things shouldn’t be difficult. Instead, say ‘that was great, all of the practice is really paying off!’. Make sure you really think about what you say to your kids when you praise them.

 

They Model And Encourage Good Relationships

Parents with smart children have good relationships with friends and family. They model this behavior to their kids and encourage their kids to foster good relationships too. Rather than encouraging their kids to make lots of friends and be popular, they encourage their kids to maintain a few close relationships.

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They Let Their Kids Know That They Will Always Support Them

Parents of smart children make sure that their children know they will always support them. They respond to their emotions in a comforting way rather than telling them off for getting upset or saying they are being silly. Parents who tell kids they are being silly for getting upset or anxious over something is a sure fire way to make them feel invalidated, and avoid sharing their feelings in the future. Make sure you consider how you will respond carefully, and respect that how your child feels about something is completely valid.

 

They Teach Them Good Financial Lessons While They’re Young

Parents of smart kids teach their kids good financial lessons while they’re young. Money is an important factor in anybody’s life. Kids need to know the value of it from a young age. Giving children pocket money and encouraging them to save/spend wisely is a good idea. Also, sharing with them stories about your finances, and normal things like how you work out the shopping budget is a great way to help them to understand. Giving your children pocket money and talking about money in a positive way around them is a fantastic way to encourage a healthy relationship with it. Just make sure you’re being a role model with your finances too.

 

Do these things and your kids should turn out to be smart, well-rounded individuals!

Make Your Family Home The Safe Space Your Kids Need

Every parent knows the importance of providing a stable growing environment for their children. The teen years and early adulthood, are rife with changes. Despite best intentions, there’s nothing you can do about that. Nor should you. Those changes are what will help them become the adults they need to be. But, one thing you do have a say over is how stable their home life is during that time. When they already have so many changes to contend with, having one constant space is crucial. Here are a few ways to make sure your home becomes that place.

Know What Makes A Forever Home

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When your kids are young, the chances are that a house move will be on the cards at some point. That two bedroom apartment won’t hold your expanding family. Uprooting them when they’re young may not be ideal, but it’s better than uprooting later down the line. Besides which, you can use this move as a chance to find a forever home for your family.

But, what makes a forever home? A few different factors should go into your decision. Most importantly, you need to think ahead and ensure you buy a house large enough. You don’t want to have to move again if you decide to make your family bigger. Instead, purchase a house which has a little extra space. Something as simple as a spare room provides you some leeway.

It’s also important you spend some time considering the location of your new home. Safety should be paramount, but don’t make the mistake of moving to the middle of nowhere. As your kids grow, they’ll need the opportunity to go out with friends and get jobs. That’s not going to happen if the nearest town is ten miles away.  

Pay Off Your Mortgage

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The majority of homeowners still pay their mortgages well into their retirement. It’s no wonder when you consider the house prices they’re contending with. But, having a mortgage on your property does create some instability. If you were unable to pay it for some reason, you stand to lose your home. Eliminate this possibility by paying off your mortgage as soon as possible. It may seem easier said than done, but there are companies who can advise you on mortgage reduction strategies. These will ensure you pay your mortgage off a lot faster. All the better for creating that stability which is so important.

Make It A Safe Space

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House buying technicalities aside, it’s also important you create a safe space within that home. This needs to be a place your children can trust. Make sure that nothing bad happens here. Avoid raised voices and negative energy. Fill your home with light and love. And, make sure that your kids have a room they can call their own. This, more than anywhere else in the house, will become their stable sanctuary. Let them decorate it how they want to ensure they feel safer here than anywhere else in the world.

How To Keep Your Kids Safe And Protected During Summer Break

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Summer break always seems to come around so quickly. One minute, you’re getting school supplies ready for the next year, juggling carpool and homework, and then next it’s all done again for another year. And then comes the fun of the summer. When your kids are off school, you often want to make sure that you’re able to keep them entertained, that they enjoy their time off, and also that they’re safe. But it’s often hard to make all three of those happen at once. One thing that you can control is their safety, so if you want to make sure your kids are protected during the summer, here’s what to do.

 

Wrap Them Up

 

When your kids are out playing in the garden or with their friends, you need to make sure that they’re going to be as safe as possible. So, if you know that they’re going outside to play on their bike or skateboard or inline skates, you need to make sure they’re all wrapped up. Be sure to put their protective gear on them, or make them know how important it is to put it on themselves, and you’ll rest assured that they’re covered.

 

Use Sunscreen

 

But then there’s also another kind of protection that you’re going to want to do. When it comes to the summer, we all know it’s important to keep out littles ones out of the sun, or at least wearing sunscreen when they are in the sun. So, when your kids go out in the garden, or you’re all out for the day, be sure to lather up the best sunscreen, and you’ll know that their skin is protected.

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Top Them Up

 

You’re also going to want to make sure that their health is protected too. Now, this is probably something that you do all year round. But, it is important to make sure that their vitamin and mineral levels are topped up with the right supplements, just to make sure that they’re getting all of the nutrients they need. That way, you know their bodies are topped up, and they’re able to fight off germs.

 

Stay Stocked Up

 

You should also make sure that your home is stocked up when it comes to everything from medical dressing supplies to medicines and home remedies. When your kids are out on summer break, as much as you’d like to wrap them up in cotton wool, you can’t. So there is a chance that they may fall down and hurt themselves while outside playing – or even in the house. But when your supplies are stocked up, you know you’re prepared.

 

Be Strict

 

Finally, you’re also going to want to make sure that your kids are fully aware of your rules ahead of the summer break. If you want to ensure that they stay safe at all times, they need to be able to know that they’re aware of why your house rules are important. Staying within the garden boundaries and not talking to strangers may just be some of them, but your kids need to know why they have to stick to them.

Money Savvy Soccer Ball #MoneySavvySoccerBall

The Money Savvy Soccer Ball is the perfect way to teach your little one how to save money. First off I want to share with you, this piggy bank is a soccer ball!! How cool is that? The soccer ball is clear where the white would be on a regular soccer ball so you are able to see how much money you have saved up! I love the idea of a clear piggy bank because it makes my son feel like he has achieved something with saving his money. “Almost there mommy” is what he always tells me when one of the slots are almost full. The clear soccer ball has four slots separating the ball into four different sections. In each of the sections, there is a spot to put a sticker (which they provide).

 

Above the sticker spots, they have four words listed, INVEST, SAVE, SPEND, and DONATE. In the INVEST slot, my son decided to put a picture of the orange globe so we can travel to Disney World when he is older. In the SAVE slot he put the green graduation sticker, so we can start to save for college. In the SPEND slot, we put the purple hamburger sticker to represent spending money on the food he wants to get (candies, ice cream, sweets, etc.). Lastly, we have the DONATE slot where we put the purple church to teach him to donate to our church. This piggy bank is designed to help kids get smarter about saving money.

It is a learning tool a child can take with them the rest of their lives. Helping kids learn how to budget and save for things in their life. This is the perfect gift for a little one. I highly recommend this piggy bank.

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Everything Your Child Needs For A Happy Start In Life

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As a parent, happiness is the one thing that you desire for your child at all times. Quite frankly, your influence on their upbringing will go a long way to whether they have a good enough reason to keep smiling.

 

All kids deserve to be surrounded by the fundamentals of a happy childhood. Here are four of the key factors that no parent should ever overlook. Get them in place, and you’ll be sure to see fantastic results for your child.

 

A Happy Home Environment

 

If a child can’t feel happy and content in their own home, where can they?

 

The home doesn’t have to be a mansion for it to satisfy the needs of your son or daughter. Building a playroom will provide a space for learning, entertainment, and using up their energy. If you are blessed with a garden, you should be eager to maximize the potential of this environment too.

 

Perhaps most importantly, though, your child needs a bedroom that is comfortable, practical and fun. As for other rooms in the home, just be sure that they are kept safe at all times.

 

Great Educational Facilities

 

After the home, school is where your child will spend most of his or her time. Moreover, it’s the place where they will develop the skill and the friendships that will guide them throughout their childhood.

 

Every parent should appreciate the importance of choosing a good school. According to TIME, there are seven simple tricks that will help you do just that. Of course, some of those ideas can be used when selecting a nursery too. However, the school environment is where it truly matters.

 

Depending on location, your child is likely to spend around 30 hours of each week at school. If they’re happy during this time, it will keep them smiling at home too. Just remember that spotting signs of bullying and other issues are just as crucial as the school itself, and you won’t go far wrong.

 

Healthy Habits & Routines

 

Surrounding your child with winning environments will clearly go a long way building a solid foundation of happiness. However, your work as a parent doesn’t end there.

 

This post at Mommy Makes Time suggests that routines are the most important thing. Establishing healthy habits will ensure that your child develops in the best way both mentally and physically. In turn, that will ensure that they grow up with a smile on their faces. Not least because interacting with other kids will be easier too.

 

There’s no excuse for ignoring the need for that stability, especially as all parents can provide it. Of course, individual situations may influence the finer details. Nonetheless, building those positive routines is key.

 

Magical Adventures

 

Nothing in this life beats spending time with loved ones, especially when you do something memorable.

 

Arranging regular family days out doesn’t only strengthen your bond, but it gives your child something to tell friends about. Likewise, holidays are a great source of happiness that will last for years. If they get to learn more about the world in the process, that’s simply a bonus.

 

Life is all about the moments that put a smile on your face. Seeing and experiencing new things is the perfect way to achieve this goal for all the family. Essentially, time is your most valuable asset. Use it in the most efficient manner, and life will look better than ever.