• 7 Ways To Get Your Children Loving To Learn

    Children are little sponges, and until you see the curious eyes of a toddler watching as you crack eggs in the morning, to seeing the nine-year-old you once rocked to sleep learn code, you won’t appreciate just how curious children really are. They’re born with a desperate need to learn everything and anything. They’ll walk and talk, explore and taste absolutely everything. When children soak up new information and skills, they thrive on that and along the way, the love of learning you once watched them develop begins to fade. It’s sad to see, but it happens. 

    The good news, though, is that you can help your children to claw this back. You can get them back their love of learning, and you can ensure that they want to learn before they go to school.

    Children go to school to learn from their teachers, but before they get there they learn from you. You are their first teacher, first friend and the first person to ever introduce them to anything resembling excitement. You are able to bring back a love of learning so that before they start with math, science and reading readiness skills, they are excited about the actual world. The flowers, the way clouds are formed, the textures in each room of the house. You can help to ensure that they love to learn whatever they can, and with the tips below, you can help to get your children loving to learn once again.

  • Tips To Help Create A Fuss-Free Garden

    A fuss-free garden is often what many people will want when it comes to their home. Not everyone is interested in gardening and so it’s a good idea to try and design a space outdoors that works for what you can do and spend your time on. There’s no point in trying to do something that is just going to involve a lot of hassle on your part. Here are some helpful tips to help create a fuss-free garden.

  • How to Support Someone Who Has Lost a Child

    If current times have taught us anything, it’s that you can’t always know what is in the near future or just around the corner. Many people have lost friends and family, if someone that you know has lost a child, you can feel utterly helpless with how you can help ease their pain.

    There is no way you can ‘fix’ this deep of a loss, however,  there are things that friends and family can do to help support them as they grieve. Although you are never going to take away the pain ther are some things you can do to help, we’ll go through some of them below: 

  • 4 Tips For Looking After Farm Animals When You’re a Beginner

    Some people are happy enough to keep cats and dogs on their property. But you? You’re looking for something a little different. It can be highly fun and rewarding to bring a farm animal into your life, no matter whether you’ve just got one animal in your backyard or you have many over an acre or more. But of course, if you decide to bring a farm animal into your world, then you’ll need to accept that it will be more challenging than adopting a cat. In this blog, we’re going to look at some tried and tested tips that’ll help to make the process much more smooth.

    We have certainly been expanding the Ryan Farm here. If you have been reading for the last year, you can tell that we have added: Chickens, Rabbits and Alpacas!! (Along with the new greenhouse for all the veggies so the raccoons won’t get back into the veggie patch this year). Here are the tips and tricks that we have learned along the way. Hopefully, they will help you out if you are getting started.

  • Is There Such A Thing As A Clean House When You Have A Newborn?

    Overloaded kitchen sides and a living room brimming with new toys are prerequisites for the first days and months of life with a newborn. Cleaning naturally slides as you spend every waking minute either sleeping with, feeding, or just staring at your new bundle of joy. Nothing beats it but, if you’re a naturally clean person, it’s surprising how stressful a messy house can become quite quickly. 

    Yes, you’re lost in your happy newborn bubble and the house doesn’t really matter, but before you know it, you might start feeling a little claustrophobic amongst the mess. And that’s not to mention all the visitors who are likely to be in and out! But, how exactly do you manage to juggle cleaning when you’re already so busy with your baby? 

    The good news is that, as many moms will tell you, there is such a thing as a clean house with a newborn in tow. All you need to do is change your approach in the following ways. 

     

    # 1 – Find ways to keep your baby distracted

     

    Cleaning is never going to happen if you have a baby in one hand and a brush in the other. Trust us; that’s a juggling act that will only end badly. That said, most moms find that they’re only able to put their baby’s down during nap time which, as we all know, should always be reserved for catching up on your own precious sleep. 

    With that in mind, you need to turn to solutions that allow you to put your baby somewhere that they’re happily distracted while you tackle whatever needs doing around the house. There are a few options that can make a huge difference here, with playmats proving fantastic at keeping even tiny babies distracted while you get on. Buying a baby bouncer could also allow you to go hands-free while your baby entertains itself. Do note that these options do still require a watchful eye, but taking these items around the house with you as you clean can be a fun way to keep your baby close, while also tackling that growing pile of laundry, washing up or whatever else. 

     

    # 2 – Make sure to clean as you go

     

    While you will likely have a large pile of cleaning to tackle as you first leave that newborn haze, it is possible to tackle cleaning as you go when the initial onslaught is behind you. After all, you have limited time on your hands now, so cleaning for a few minutes at a time here or there is guaranteed to work best. 

    Get into the habit of unloading the dishwasher every morning so that you can put plates and dishes straight in as they get dirty, or wipe down the side while you’re waiting for baby’s bottle to reach drinking temperature. Even just wiping down the bathroom after you’ve had a shower saves you from ever having to take longer than ten minutes or so away from the all-important task of playing with your baby. 

     

    # 3 – Develop a rota

     

    Unfortunately, some cleaning chores, like making the bed and vacuuming, don’t exactly arise on an ‘as-you-go’ basis, making them easy to overlook with your attention so occupied. 

    To overcome this, develop a rota that helps you to keep on top of these tasks too. Something as simple as a list of to-dos that you roll from one week to the next is all it takes. That way, you can refer back whenever you find yourself with a spare moment, and ensure that you get straight on with whatever task comes next on that list. 

     

    # 4 – Don’t be afraid to ask for help

     

    Even if you have the best of intentions, there are going to be days where your baby doesn’t want to be put down, or where you’re just too tired from the night before to even think about the house. In this instance, asking for help with your chores is the best possible thing you can do. After all, you might as well make the most of those visitors!

    Even if you’re embarrassed to breach the topic, those guests are there to help you as much as they can. By simply asking if they would mind putting a load of laundry on or running a wet cloth around the kitchen, you can take a great weight off your shoulders. And, given that it frees you to focus on your baby 100%, that’s got to be a good thing.

     

  • 5 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Different Cultures

    Whether you regularly homeschool your kids, or you just find yourself stuck inside more than usual these days, you might be looking for new, innovative ways to capture their attention and get them interested in different things. 

    While setting up geography lessons for your children is important, it’s not going to be as effective if they aren’t paying attention or if they aren’t interested in the subject(s). 

    So, what can you do to teach your children about different countries and cultures while turning it into a fun activity? Let’s cover a few tips. You never know what you might learn along the way, too!

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