The Evolution Of Growing Up
Growing up isn’t easy to do. But it is something that we all have to go through. Thankfully, there are ways that you can give your kids a helping hand in getting older. To help your kids grow up into responsible and successful adults, you should try and give them the best possible start in life. Here is what you should do.
Get Them Into A Good School
Everyone needs a good education. Once you get the grades, you can go on to college and study for your dream job. Once you have your education, no one can take it away from you. Plus, you will have a better chance of getting high-paying jobs. What’s the best way to try and help your kids get a good education? You should try and get them into a good school. The only way you can guarantee a place in a good school is to live close to it. If you want to try to move close to a great school in your area, you can find properties for sale and news from Bridgfords here.
Discuss Big Issues
Don’t go through life protecting your kids in cotton wool. Be open with them and discuss big issues in life. If there is a current political turmoil, don’t be afraid to talk to your kids about it if they have questions. You should also discuss religion with them too even if you aren’t particularly religious. One of the most important things is that your kids experience different opinions and views on big issues. That way, they are in a better position to make up their own minds.
Encourage Them To Explore Hobbies
One way we develop and grow is by learning who we are through hobbies and pastimes. Hobbies are a great way to relax and spend time, but they are also super important for children. They can help them to develop certain skill sets that they could use in their adult life. For example, if your child gets into drama and acting, he or she could grow into a very confident and sociable person. Something that is their hobby throughout childhood could stay with them and develop into a successful career.
Teach Them Responsibilities
If your kids are going to succeed in the adult world, they will need to know the importance of leading a responsible life. And that means being responsible with their finances and in their work and home lives. So make sure they understand the value of money from a young age. You can teach them this by giving them pocket money and encouraging them to save up. Also, try and teach them the importance of family life by spending as much time as possible with all your relatives.
Ultimately, the best way you can set up your kids for their adult life is to show them as much love as possible. Let them know that you will always be there to support them and offer them help whenever possible. That, along with all these tips, can help to set your kids up for life.
Your Guide To A Fun And Practical Kid’s Room
If you’re into interior design, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy working on a kid’s room. This is where you can forget all the rules and conventions tied to other rooms, and go a little crazy. There isn’t anywhere else where you can really use a giant animal plushie as a focal point after all! While I’m sure you’re bursting with ideas already, it’s important to prioritise practicality, storage and so forth when you’re designing a kid’s room. Don’t worry, it can still be cheerful enough your little treasure! Here’s a guide to creating a kid’s room that’s both practical and fun.
We’ll start with the basics. At the very least, a bedroom needs a bed. Otherwise it would be… well, just a room! Like yours, bed in your kid’s room is going to have a huge impact on the overall mien of the room. I’m sure you don’t want to splash out on a double bed for such a small person, so we’ve got that out of the way already! What’s great about kid’s bed frames is that they range from some of the simplest designs to some really elaborate ones. You may want to go with a nice, minimal model with an upholstered headboard, something themed or even a full four-poster. Just make sure your kid doesn’t get a hold of the catalogue and get fixed on the most expensive model there is! If you know your kid loves having sleepovers, then you may want to get a set of twin beds instead of just the one. A lot of these can be zipped or joined together to make a king sized bed. This will make the room a lot more versatile when your kids are a little older. The Frozen duvet may have to go though! When your kids are growing, it’s important to choose the right mattress for their developing spines. Don’t rush through this part of your shopping trip! You can find some handy information on this from mattress-guides.net.
Once you’ve got the bed out of the way, it’s time to start adding layers and a little more character to the room. Before anything, you should try to settle on a colour scheme which goes well with the bed you’ve chosen. Generally, you’ll only need a neutral base and a couple of accent colours. The next big feature after the bed should probably be a rug. Rugs are a fantastic base layer for adding layers to a child’s room. When it comes to designs, I’d go with something fairly minimalist. With all the toys, posters and so forth, there’s going to be quite a lot going on in other areas of the room. A nice, simple pattern can really balance out a sense of chaos. We all know what kids can be like, so try to find a rug that’s fairly durable and easy to clean. Basically, anything synthetic. You might even be able to find a nice outdoor rug which served the purpose. Another big thing to think about is the window treatments. Your choice here will also have a pretty profound effect on the feel of the bedroom. Fortunately, there are some pretty simple ways to achieve that colourful, carefree look that kids like so much. If the walls around the window are neutral, then I’d recommend using some bold, bright colour or at least a fun pattern. If you’ve already got some showy, colourful wallpaper or a feature wall, then I’d go with something a little more subdued. Remember that subdued doesn’t necessarily mean boring! Bold, extravagant designs are eye-catching, but a tone-on-tone scheme can often be just as interesting and playful.
Your next step should be throwing in one or two features to make your kids room that much more kiddy! Remember how I said that the great thing about kid’s rooms is that you can break your usual parameters? Well, this is where it all happens! Provided you’ve got a good few years before you hit the teenage years, there are a lot of great features you can try adding to a kid’s room. They may have some ideas already, but if not I can give you a couple. One feature I’m seeing a lot of on design blogs is indoor play tepees or wigwams. These are easy to set up and collapse, and I’m sure your kid will get hours of play time out of it. Even in this age of tablets and consoles, dens still totally hold up! My only warning is to make absolutely sure you’re happy with the colour scheme before ordering one of these. You can find a handy buyer’s guide at gokidsplay.com. Another great thing to do is paint a whole wall in chalkboard paint. This may sound like a lot of effort, especially if you’ve already painted most of the room. However, the result is really striking, and encourages your kids to write and draw. You may even be able to get them on board with maths if the numbers are almost as big as them. Seen as you’ll be coming and going quite a lot, you can even use it to write little reminders to yourself. Just make sure that your kid knows which walls are for chalk and which ones aren’t! At the very least, I think there should be some large art feature in the room. Seen as it’s for a child, you can really have some fun here. Model sailing ships or planes make a lovely touch, albeit a little archaic. Then of course there’s all kinds of canvases with their favourite characters. Basically anything without a creepy clown will do!
The next phase in your design should be storage. Practical and good-looking storage is pretty important in any room of the house. However, with the sheer amount of stuff a kid accumulates, it’s even more important here! One simple yet very effective solution is to use open shelving and a few boxes that fit in the spaces. This means that you can hide away all the toys and clutter, and still keep your kid’s favourite toys and possessions out in the open. There are a lot of different open shelving units out there, but whatever you pick I’d recommend making sure you have the dimensions for a nice book section. We all want to get our kids reading more, and keeping their favourite stories within reach is a fantastic way to encourage it. When it comes to more permanent storage, it’s important to keep the future of the room in mind. For example, you may have the choice between a squat, narrow cabinet that’s easy on the budget and is just big enough for Mr Bunny to sit in. However, you may be able to pay a little more to get a larger cabinet, where you can mount a TV once your kid gets into their adolescence. Another practical feature you should be thinking about is a desk. When your kids are young, this may not seem like the most urgent thing in the world. However, in a few years they’ll need their own place to study and work on assignments. I’m sure they already like drawing pictures enough! If you get one that’s large enough, you may even be able to get use out of it much further down the line. When your kids leave home, you may want to redecorate and turn it into a study for yourself.
By this point, your blank canvas should be looking a little more like a child’s bedroom. However, if it feels like it’s lacking something, there may be room for a few more finishing touches. You’ve probably been El Capitano so far, so now’s the time to get your kid on the committee. After all, it’s their bedroom. Between you, I’m sure you can come up with some manageable décor theme. Pirates, fairies, dinosaurs are all big ones, but I’m sure your child will give you very specific instructions about what they want. I remember seeing one nautical-themed room with a compass clock, and a map of the world pasted onto a large sliding wardrobe door. With a dinosaur-themed room, you could throw in some nice artificial plants and wrap a timeline around the upper walls. Even if you can’t pick out a specific theme, I’m sure you can find some bean bags, throw pillows and so forth that go with the colour scheme. These are pretty effective as finishing touches, as well as being cheap and pretty expendable. When your kid inevitably wants to make a change to their room, it won’t be too hard to see these things go!
So, there you have it. If you started reading this in some big panic about how you were going to redecorate your child’s room, I hope that you’re now full of ideas and ready to go. For my final piece of advice, I’ll recommend that you relax about how it turns out! No one’s expecting a child’s bedroom to be stunning, and your kid will be pretty quick to fill it with toys and clutter anyway!
3 Tips To Improve Your Family’s Health By Deep Cleaning Your Home
Protecting the health of your family begins at home. It starts with the food you eat and the lifestyle you create. Your home environment is also important and impacts on health and wellbeing. There are a few small changes you can make to protect your family and promote good health.
- Upgrade Your Cleaning Products
Before we begin to talk about cleaning, it is important to address cleaning product. Many products claim to kill harmful bacteria, and that may be true. However, they may be causing further harm by the toxicity of the chemicals they are made from. Take a look in your cleaning cupboard and you may be surprised what’s lurking there. Take a good look at the labels.
When cleaning your home, opt for products that are kind to your health and the environment. View the info from Better Life and other brands for more information.
Dust feels like a never ending battle. As soon as you have dusted a room you look around, and it has begun to settle again. Household dust is made of many different particles. It includes animal dander, dead skin cells, and dirt. That’s not something that you want clogging up your home. It can cause allergies, and younger children are more prone to the ill effects of dust than adults.
To get rid of as much dust as possible, always begin at the top of the room. I.e. start with the ceiling. If you are prone to dust allergies, wear a mask. During the process, dust particles will be disturbed. When you’re dusting at higher levels, you may be tempted to use a feather duster. However, this will not be effective. It may catch some dust, but the majority of particles will fly up into the air and settle again. Instead, use a damp cloth to trap as much dust as possible. Wash it frequently to ensure you’re not spreading, dust, dirt, and bacteria around. Electrostatic dusters are also useful at trapping dust.
Pay close attention to fans, which will stir up dust when in motion. This can then be breathed in.
You will notice that dust collects in certain areas. For example, on electrical equipment. A microfiber cloth will remove most of the dust. You may also need to use a soft brush to clear dust that has collected in crevices.
One of the best ways to tackle dust is with a vacuum cleaner. This will suck in dust, and you can dispose of it in the trash can. Use the attachments to clean upholstery and furniture.
You may also consider an air purifier, to filter out particles from the air. A purifier will filter out dust and other particles, so you and your family are breathing in cleaner air.
- Forgotten Places
Dust, dirt, and grease builds up over time. There are some places where it isn’t always noticeable, such as behind the fridge or in vents. Don’t forget to include these places in your regular cleaning regime.
The best way to control the buildup of dust, dirt and grime is through regular housekeeping. Don’t let things build up over time. Instead, clean regularly. It will take less time, and you can feel comfortable that you’re doing everything in your power to protect your family’s health.
Summer Movie Express 2016
Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!
Great way to get out of the house and hang out in an air conditioned movie theater for an hour or two. Enjoy the family time with the kids and watch a movie or two. They are playing twice a week for the whole summer.
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
- Week 1
The Lego Movie
- Week 2
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
- Week 3
The Smurfs 2
- Week 4
Despicable Me 2
- Week 5
The Peanuts Movie
- Week 6
Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
- Week 7
The Book of Life
Hotel Transylvania 2
- Week 8
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Shaun The Sheep
- Week 9
Dr. Suess’ The Lorax
You can check out your local theaters to see if they are offering a summer movie deal for the family. The kids look forward to this the whole school year and it is a great way to spend some fun family time together. The movies aren’t brand new but a lot are ones we haven’t seen. As far as I know all are G or PG and family friendly.
Rainy Day Fun
How to Keep Kids Busy on a Rainy Day
Rainy days can be rough on parents and kids — even a big house can seem cramped when you are all cooped up together, and kids are bored and fidgety. If everyone is tired of the usual activities — reading, watching movies, playing video games — and are looking for something else to do, here are some ideas to try.
Have an Indoor Picnic
Anything that represents a break from routine can be fun for kids. Instead of usual lunch, spread a plastic tablecover out on the floor and put out the food there. Include a treat or two that is something you don’t usually have for lunch, like a popsicle or a piece of candy. Get creative and pretend that you are all outside — ask them what they see around you, if you are at a beach or a park, and what you will all do next. If kids get tired enough for nap time, spread out some beach towels and continue to pretend to be outside in the sunshine!
This is a two-part project. First, get the kids to join you in making bean bags. Send them off to their room to hunt down two or three pairs of socks, while you gather up sandwich or snack bags, twist ties or plastic zip ties, and some dried beans (navy beans work great!). Put about 1/2 cup of beans in each bag, squish all the air out, and use the twist tie or zip tie to hold it shut. Then put it into the sock and either knot the sock tightly, or use another twist tie to close it around the beans.
Next, make up some games to play. You can all have a game of catch where you start out standing close together in a circle and gently toss the bean bag to each other. After each catch, step backwards until the circle opens wider. When one person misses, form the tight circle and start again. Another game could be to use some paper to make some targets and put them on the floor. Toss the beanbags and try to land them on the targets.
Get in the Kitchen
Even the simplest cooking project is new and fun for little kids. Good Housekeeping suggests making simple recipe for a favorite dessert, mixing up instant gelatin or pudding, or getting out some refrigerated cookie dough.
Play a Card or Board Game
Teach a classic game from your own youth, like Monopoly, checkers, or Chutes and Ladders. Or break out a new game like Poop: the Game, a card game from Breaking Games that will definitely cause giggle outbreaks with the kids.
Find Activity Pages Online
The Internet is full of excellent educational sites that have activity sheets, puzzles, and coloring pages to print out. One great site is EEK! (Environmental Activities for Kids) which was created by the Wisconsin state government. This site has craft activities, quizzes, and coloring pages that can keep kids busy for hours.
Rainy days can be a drag, especially if you had plans for outdoor fun. But take the time as an opportunity instead, to play together as a family and create lasting memories with your children!
Thomas Black has 3 kids ranging in age from 3 to 8. A house husband, he enjoys writing and when the little one is napping can often be found tapping away at the keyboard, working on his novel or coming up with ideas for articles.