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Overcoming Hurdles To Bring Up Your Kids Well

They say there’s no rulebook to parenting, and this is true in a sense. After all, no two children are the same. Still, there are certain pieces of advice that universally apply to every child. Let’s look at how you could start overcoming hurdles to bring up your kids well.

Create a lovely home environment.
Obviously, the first step to bringing up your kids well is to give them a lovely home environment. Our surroundings have such a big impact on our mental health, and this is hugely influential for growing children. Showing them love and affection in a pleasant household will aid their development. You should keep your home neat, tidy, clean, and colourful. It has a big effect on your kids. Simply creating a fun little playroom can really make your home special for your little ones; it gives them somewhere to escape. Again, make sure it’s colourful and that there are plenty of storage options to reduce clutter. This isn’t just about creating a safe environment but also a visually pleasing environment. You want to bring your kids up to understand how a home should be maintained.

Give them the necessary educational tools for success.
Education is a massive part of any child’s development, but every child is different. That’s why it can be difficult to find the right academic strategy for your kid. If they learn things in a different way to other children then you might want to look into a special needs school. For children on the autistic spectrum, in particular, this can provide a setting that really supports their specific requirements. Rather than trying to help your child meet an educational institution’s needs, you should make sure the education institution meets the needs of your child. Learning happens at varying rates and in varying ways for all children, so you just need to give your little one the best opportunity for success.

Help them grow into independent adults.
Your children are little now, but (as you’ve probably heard from millions of parents) they grow up in the blink of an eye. The best way to bring up your kids well is to prepare them for the adult world. That way, you’re not just overcoming hurdles in the present day but ensuring that your children are ready to overcome hurdles in the future too. You don’t have to sit them down at a desk and make them fill out your taxes, but you can start to instil the right sort of values in them and help them to understand how to socialise in the big wide world. Maybe you could give them some pocket money for helping out with chores around the house. This will give them an understanding of financial responsibility; they’ll work hard for their money, so they’ll want to spend it wisely.

It’s also an opportunity to give them life skills. Chores could involve laying the table, hoovering, or even doing the laundry. Obviously, it depends on the age of your children. As they get older, you can give them more responsibility around the house. Once they’re big enough, you should definitely encourage them to help you with the cooking. Being able to prepare their own dinner will be helpful once they go off to uni or get a house of their own. You don’t want them to rely on supermarket ready meals or takeaways for sustenance. Teach your kids how to cook nutritional food. Turn it into a fun family activity if they’re still young. Children love getting involved with anything the adults are doing. Remember to validate their feelings too. An important part of being a well-rounded adult is being emotionally stable. In order to achieve this, we can’t suppress our feelings; we have to address them. Disclosure: this is a collaborative post

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Analogue/Dial Meter:
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As a busy mum, you are always looking for ways to create a happy, cosy and fun environment for your little ones to grow up in. Although you...

7 Happy Home Projects to Create a Fun Environment for the Kids

As a busy mum, you are always looking for ways to create a happy, cosy and fun environment for your little ones to grow up in. Although you don’t always have much spare time on your hands there will always be time to find new ideas to brighten up your humble abode. Your creative side always likes to come out to play when you have projects like this on your hands, however, you want to avoid DIY disasters at all costs. Make sure you carefully plan any big changes you’re going to make in and around the home and hire some help if possible. There are so many potential ideas you could explore when it comes to building a bright and bubbly atmosphere in your home, so start discovering your options right now.
1. DIY Duties
You love getting your hands dirty and trying out new DIY projects around the house. What better time to start something new right now such as decking outside or a homemade playhouse for the garden? You could purchase all of your supplies from George Hill Timber and know that you are getting the highest quality wood and timber on the market. Hire a handyman to give you some help if you think you might struggle to get it all done by yourself!
2. Perfect Playroom
Revamping the playroom can seem like a huge mission, especially when they are always accumulating new toys every day. You might want to rethink the dΓ©cor in the room and the storage solutions so that you can make the most of the space. Stackable boxes and in built shelving units are a great way to stash away toys and books without causing complete chaos.
3. Cool Kitchen Cupboards
Every mother knows the feeling of trying to hide the sweet treats and breakable objects in the higher cupboards and shelves in the kitchen; it’s only natural. Why don’t you take the opposite approach and create a couple of kid-friendly cupboards that the children are allowed to go in anytime they want. Plastic cups, bowls and healthy snacks could be easily accessible to them and it might just save you a lot of time when they want a drink or treat; they can simply help themselves and gain independence.
4. Getting Crafty
Every happy home needs a creative place for the children to relax and unwind. A craft table in the kitchen or playroom is the perfect way to keep them quiet when they seem to be running amok. Fill a plastic box with paper, card, glue, glitter and stickers so that they can dip into it whenever they want. It will be a lifesaver when you’re busy in the kitchen and they have already had too much TV time that day.
5. Great Garden
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, this is the perfect space for your kids to run off their energy and let off steam. Toys in the garden are always going to be a hit as they will be begging to play outside whenever they can.
6. Blissful Bedrooms
Your bedroom and the kid’s bedrooms need to be a super safe and soothing place for them to be at all times, otherwise you aren’t all going to get a decent night’s sleep. Invest in blackout blinds so that you can all get a peaceful night’s sleep without any blaring lights from outside on the streets. Come up with a relaxing routine that get everybody in the mood to sleep too. Bath time, story time and then bedtime is the most popular amongst most parents.

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7. Luxury Living
There are many ways in which you can make your living room cosier so that the kids always feel safe and relaxed. Why not add a couple of bean bags into your living space so that the kids have somewhere fun and comfy to sit? They will love it and you can get some really chic colours nowadays too!
You have always wanted your kids to grow up in a healthy, safe and enjoyable environment, so you want to do your best to support their childhood as much as you can. Exploring these different projects will bring you an excitable buzz that truly can’t be beaten. Watching your little ones thrive and flourish in a lively and loving atmosphere is one of the best feelings you could possibly have. Get creative at home right now and you will soon open up a whole load of doors for your kids in the future.

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Conversations are key to checking in on your children and their emotional wellbeing. A child who feels a connection to their parents ...

Mental Health Guest Post

Conversations are key to checking in on your children
and their emotional wellbeing. A child who feels a
connection to their parents is more likely to feel happy.
By engaging your child and talking about the little things
in life, they are a lot more likely to open up about the
bigger things. We often hear from parents after asking
their child questions only to receive monosyllabic
answers. “My kids don’t tell me anything.” The concern
is if your child can’t or won’t tell you about their day, how
can you be sure they’ll talk to you about their feelings.

The solution is simple. Conversations make

connections. You can also use conversations to help
address key issues they might have such as a lack of
self-esteem or self-confidence. By making the time to sit
with your child and asking them really open-ended
questions, it might surprise you what they say:

Conversation starters for self-confidence include:

- Is being scared a good thing or a bad thing?
- What is the best compliment you’ve ever had?
- What are you most proud of yourself for?

Conversation starters for self-esteem include:

- What makes someone clever?
- What is your favourite subject at school?
- Do you think you need other people to tell you your
good at something to feel good about yourself?

There are no right or wrong answers, these are just

conversation starters which will give you the chance to
talk and reassure. Helping children to identify their
strengths and talk about their fears, whilst reinforcing
their self-belief is always a positive step.
The benefits of encouraging your kids to talk are
far-reaching. Through improved conversations, they can
be building skills such as:
- Imagination
- Positivity
- Empathy
- Mental strength
- Ethical thinking
- Cognitive thinking
- Confidence
- Ambition

It sounds straightforward, but if you don’t know where to

start here are just three simple steps to follow:

1. Set time to talk. A teacher once said to me, there’s

no such thing as not having time, you can always
make time. I soon realised he was right and it’s
stood me in a good sense ever since. Carving out
time at key moments rather than trying to create
extra time is a pragmatic approach for the time
poor. These occasions could include:

- Long car rides/trips

- At the dinner table
- On the school run

2. Listen. Kids will register your body language and

involvement. They won’t miss a thing being especially
quick to disengage if they think you’re not paying
attention. So listen. Actively. Ask questions and extend
their stream of thought. Try not to correct them,
whatever you’re talking about, whatever they say, if their
train of thought is provocative help steer them in the
right direction.

3. Be prepared. Think about what you want to talk about.

If it helps, use a game or prompts such as our
Conversation Cards for kids. These can give you a fun, engaging way that enables your child to own the conversation in a structured way. We’ll finish with two words: Start Today.

Sarah is co-founder at Together Equal, specialising in producing conversation cards

which raise money for charities while having a social impact by creating conversations
which challenge social stereotypes. Follow Sarah and Together Equal @betogetherequal

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Speedy Ways To Freshen Up Your Tired Bedroom

Are you starting to get a bit bored of your bedroom? If so, it could be time you freshened it up a bit. Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean that you need to completely redecorate the whole room - there are a few smaller tweaks and changes that you might want to make instead. Here are a few that should give you a few inspiring ideas on how to freshen up a tired bedroom.

Add A Throw To The Bed

If you are quite happy with the decor of the room at the minute, but think that it could do with a few new features, you could simply add a throw onto the bed. This is a large blanket that covers the bottom end of the bed. If you shop for wholesale bed runners and throws, you should be able to find them at very reasonable prices. Not only do these runners and throws help you add a bit of extra colour to the room, but they can also make your bed look even neater once it has been made.

Use Some Plants

Another idea to add some instant colour and freshness to your bedroom is to bring in some plants. Lots of people use plants around their homes, but hardly anyone seems to bring them into their bedroom. I’m not really sure why that is as most plants will work wonders in this room. They will help it pop with colour and will also freshen up the air for you, so your bedroom doesn’t feel so stuffy through the night.

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Change The Lighting Scheme

It’s also worth changing up the lighting scheme in your bedroom. Using the main light all the time can make the lighting feel quite harsh, which isn’t what you want when you are trying to relax in the evenings. So, it could be a good idea to bring in a few smaller lamps. That way, your body and mind can start to prepare for sleep while you read in bed. One other great tip is to add some dimmer lights so that you can have the light levels exactly how you want them.

Lose The Clutter

You will be amazed at how effective clearing the clutter from your bedroom will be. Even just getting rid of all the rubbish that is on the floor and in your cupboards can make it feel like a completely new room! It may be hard work, but you will really be happy once you have spent the day going through everything in your bedroom and deciding what you get rid of!

Use Patterned Wallpaper

You don’t have to use patterned wallpaper only on your walls. There are other great ways to utilise this as well. For instance, you might want to add some to the inside of your wardrobe or drawers, for instance. If you want to be a bit bolder, why not add a vibrant pattern onto the outside of a wardrobe?!

How will you freshen up your tired bedroom?

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How To Avoid DIY Disasters

Doing work around the home can get pretty expensive once you add up the cost of all of the materials and labour, that’s why it’s always a good idea to do things for yourself wherever you can. But it can quickly backfire if things go wrong and you find yourself in the middle of a DIY disaster. If you make big mistakes, you might end up doing more damage than good and you’ll have to pay out a lot of money to get it fixed. That’s why it’s so important that you follow these steps to avoid any DIY disasters.

Know Your Limits

This is so important because there are some jobs that you can do yourself and there are some that you just can’t. There are a lot of great benefits to doing DIY but if you don’t know your limits, you could end up damaging your home or even worse, injuring yourself. Anything to do with the electrics or plumbing needs to be handled by a professional and signed off properly. Any structural work is risky as well. Always be realistic about your DIY skills and don’t try to overstretch yourself.

Gather All Materials Before You Start

There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a job and realizing that you don’t have all of the materials that you need. If you forget something, it might ruin the job entirely so make sure that you gather all of your materials before you start working. If you’ve forgotten anything, you can get Bryson products delivered same day. Always make a checklist and be sure that you’ve got everything before you start the job. It’s also worth buying more materials than you need in case you make any mistakes along the way, especially if you’re doing something tricky like wallpapering.

Check Planning Permission

If you’re painting a room or replacing the floors, you’re not going to need planning permission. But if you’re doing anything big, especially on the outside of the house or in the garden, there’s every chance that you might need to get permission first. A lot of people think that you only need to get permission if you’re building an extension or an outbuilding but that’s not the case. People also don’t realize that if you just go ahead with the work without permission, you may be asked to undo it at your own expense. It’s not worth taking any chances so always check whether you need permission first.

Measure Twice

Not measuring properly is a rookie mistake but it happens more than you think. Measuring everything properly is the key to any DIY project but everybody makes mistakes sometimes. Once you’ve measured up and marked everything, measure it a second time just to make extra sure. It only takes a few seconds but it’ll save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

DIY disasters can be incredibly expensive but the good news is, they’re easily affordable if you just follow these steps.

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