Whether they admit it or not, every parent has a dream of what their life will be with a child. Not all dreams come true, but we can only blame our ill-founded expectations for it. Perhaps, you were hoping to share your passion for poetry with y our little one, only to realize that their dyslexia makes reading poetry difficult. Or maybe you thought your child would follow in your footsteps, but they have no interest in the topics that were your favorites at school. Everybody is different, you tell yourself. But you can’t help the little voice in your head that tells you that you are doing something wrong. And that is truly a problem that most parents experience. We don’t realize how much people are different until we discover that our children think and learn in an unusual way. Learning styles and learning needs vary greatly. Unfortunately, they can be confusing to understand. No one solution can fit everybody. As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. Yet, the only reference you’ve got, when it comes down to learning for school, is yourself. So how can you best support your child when you have different learning patterns?
So you’re pregnant? Congratulations! If your children haven’t reacted as well to the news as you had hoped, it can be disheartening. From their point of view everything as they know it is about to change, and Mummy and Daddy’s attention is going to be diverted elsewhere. But all isn’t lost! There are a number of ways in which you can calm any anxieties your children may have about the new arrival and encourage them to be just as excited as you are!
Kids are going to be tech crazy these days – it’s just a sign of the times. Many of you weren’t born with technology thrust into your hands, so it’s a bit disconcerting seeing very young children playing with tablets and smartphones. However, it’s perfectly normal, and you’d have been the same if these devices were around in your day!
Still, it’s hard to know how to act when your kids are always using tech products. You’re aware that it’s good for them as it helps them develop skills and learn how to use technology. At the same time, you also understand there are risks to be worried about, and that playing on tech devices all day isn’t a great idea. So, here are some parenting tips to help you take control of the situation:
Teenagers are challenging but it can also be a fun time in both of your lives. Your kids are getting older and wiser and it may be easier to connect with them on a different level.
However, they might also be feeling confused or frustrated and in their own world. Raising teens isn’t easy but there are top tips that can help ensure a successful journey and outcome. Remember to always be respectful and approachable so you can create a deeper bond with your teen and build trust in your relationship.
One of the worst parts of parenting has to be the constant struggle to keep your home clean and tidy. It can be a never-ending and thankless task, and more often than not, as soon as you have finished, you are back to square one. It is a huge challenge to keep children’s bedrooms and playrooms tidy. Encouraging them to tidy their mess or tidy up after themselves once they are done playing for the day can be tricky. Little and often will keep the clean up easier, but how can you encourage your children to help you keep their rooms tidy?
Your son or daughter heading off to college is a real milestone in life. So many emotions are swirling around, it can be difficult to know what to do to help them make the transition. After all, if you try and micromanage every aspect of their life, you’ll be sending them off without any of the real skills they need to be able to live independently. Yet you still want to give them any support you can to help with the transition. This support could be emotional, logistical or even financial.
So how can you make the transition from high school kid to college freshman, that little bit easier for both of you?
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.
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.
I am so excited to announce the launch of my YouTube channel. This has been something that I have been thinking about launching for a while. Okay, so I launched it last month, but wanted to get it rocking and rolling before letting you all know about it. We had some great topics last week. There are a few older videos that are worth a watch too, that I will link below.
Last week, we have topics from Dealing With Temper Tantrums, to The Worst Marriage Advice that people keep on giving, to Making Better Bread. The channel really a broad range of topics that cover all sorts of areas of life.
In this video we talk about two ways to deal with temper tantrums, whether it is with your toddler or your teenage. And why both age groups tend to have very loud tantrums. Check it out HERE
What is the worst marriage advice that you have ever received? Here is mine: What it is, what I think people are trying to convey, why it keeps getting passed around. And then what are some really great pieces of advice that I have heard. Check it out HERE
Making Better Bread
EVERY SINGLE TIME
Ever want to surprise your family with hot fresh straight from the oven bread for dinner? And sometimes, it just doesn’t go right. Well in this video we talk about the most important part of the bread making process, and how to ensure it goes better every… single…. time. One little trick and tip, will up your bread making game. Check it out HERE
If you have any topics that you would like me to chat about, then drop a note below or shoot me an email HERE.
10 Quick and Healthy Lunches Even Your Kids Will Love
What is the hardest meal to get on the table for your family? For us it is hands down lunch. Breakfast, my kids are old enough to be on their own for. They know what they can eat, and they can get it all put together themselves. Dinner is always a sit down as a family event, so that is always planned out a few days a head of time. But lunch…. Lunch always is a scramble last minutes. Do we make sandwiches (again)? Should we try to get leftovers a new chance? Hey, maybe just snack through lunch? No… If you are anything like me, here are 10 sure fire, quick, easy and healthy lunches; that even the pickiest of eaters will eat. (Yes I have tested them on my kids)
Here they are (in no particular order)