Are your kids all tied up?

Are your kids all tied up?

The moment you become a mother, you need to impart a whole wealth of knowledge. That child is a sponge. You need to make sure they absorb everything from how to walk and talk, to how to identify shapes. Even once they’ve grasped the basics, there are more lessons to learn. When they’re older, they need to learn how to get dressed and, what we’re focusing on here, how to tie ties and shoelaces.

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Both of these stumps every child at some point. They’re tasks we take for granted but they’re actually pretty complicated. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re difficult for little brains. Most parents praise velcro shoes and elastic ties. But, there comes a time when your little one will need to learn how to do these things for real. At the very least, they’ll want to follow the lead of other kids in their class. And, when that time comes, it can be difficult to know where to start. After all, these are things you’ve been doing without thought for years. Knowing how to pass that knowledge on can be tricky. Lucky for you, though, we’ve got some pointers which could help.

Remove alternatives

We get it; you’re a busy mom, and taking time out to teach things like this isn’t easy. Hence why you reach for alternatives rather than tackling the teaching task. The trouble is, substitutes don’t teach anything. Quite the opposite. If your child uses velcro shoes, they’ll never learn how to do their laces. If they slip an elastic tie over their heads, they’re not going to understand how to tie one. What’s more, having these options will stop them from even trying. The answer? Take away the alternatives, of course!

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Use rhymes

With alternatives out of the way, it’s time to find easy ways to teach those valuable lessons. One of the best options here is to use rhymes. Parents have been doing this for goodness knows how long, and with good reason. Kids seem to learn well with the help of rhymes. For one, these take the menace out of those kids ties and loopy laces. They’re also a fantastic way to ensure your child doesn’t forget the steps they need to take. There are many rhymes already out there you could use. Or, you could make up your own. Either way, this method is sure to wiggle into your child’s memory and make for long-lasting lessons.

Practice makes perfect

The last thing to bear in mind is that practice makes perfect. There are few children out there who will be able to do this after their first lesson. What’s more, expecting them to do so could lead to their feeling disillusioned with the whole affair. Instead, make sure they know that it’s okay to take their time with practice. It may take them a week or more to get right, but they’re sure to get there eventually. The more they practice, the more chance there is of your lessons sticking!

 

4 ways to record better videos of your kids

4 ways to record better videos of your kids

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How often have you tried to record videos of your kids only to end up with poor quality footage that doesn’t look great – or is just downright boring? Before you go and splash out on a new camera in the hope that it will let you record better videos, you should first look at the technique that you’re using.

In particular, there are several ways that you can start to record better videos of your kids – with your current camera:

  • Set the frame rate above 30 frames per second

Kids tend to move around a lot, so increasing the frame rate of your video recording will dramatically improve its quality. The difference that the frame rate can make to your videos will be readily apparent once you try it out, and everything should look smoother and more fluid.

Try to record at 60 frames per second if possible – but just be aware it will increase the video file size as well.

  • Get down to their level

One of the main reasons why your videos may look dull and uninteresting is because you’re standing up and recording from your eye-level – which means that you’re really mostly recording the top of your kids’ heads. To make your video look more impressive, you should get down to their level instead.

Assuming you do record from your children’s eye-level – make sure you’re in a comfortable position that you can hold for some time.

  • Don’t chase after your kids

Many parents make the mistake of running after their kids with the camera, thinking it will let them capture all the action. Normally all that chasing after your kids will do is give you a shaky and completely unwatchable video instead.

Rather than chasing after your kids, try to position yourself so that as far as possible you don’t need to move. If you’re using a tripod stand you should be able to pan gradually from side to side – but that should be it.

Make sure there’s lots of light

Lighting is a crucial factor in any video – and the videos that you record of your kids are no exception. Ideally the ‘best’ light is soft light that is diffused enough to evenly illuminate the setting without casting any hard shadows.

Admittedly sometimes you may not have the luxury of determining the lighting, but even a small step like switching on more lights before you’re going to record videos can help.

While the tips listed above will help you capture far better videos of your kids – being able to edit and tidy them up is essential as well. For example, you could use Movavi Video Editor, and while you’re at it may want to apply effects like split-screen using the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-make-a-split-screen-video.html.

Overall the type of camera that you’re using actually matters a whole lot less than any one of the items described. Odds are you’ll see that for yourself as you try out each tip, and may be surprised just how much of a difference they can make.

 

The habits you might want to start teaching your kids NOW

The habits you might want to start teaching your kids NOW

We all have bad habits that we take the time to try and correct. Some of those habits can be incredibly hard to shake. For many of us this is because, in part, we never learned how to. The habits we pick up from childhood can some of the most firmly rooted. That’s why, above all else, we need to consider what habits we’re creating for our children, too.

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Getting active

Learning how to exercise can be one of the toughest habits to try and teach yourself. Those who don’t have much experience getting active can have a lot of trouble finding the motivation to start, as well as the perseverance to get past the initial discomfort. Playtime can provide a lot of the exercise your kids need in the first few years, but as they start growing, if they’re not inclined to sports, you might want to try some basic exercises alongside them. Having company while tackling a tough activity can make it all the easier and they are more likely to stick with it if you’re right there beside them.

Healthy eating

Bad eating habits start right from the very beginning. It’s easy and convenient to treat kids with candy, ice cream, soda, and the like. All too often, however, those treats become an everyday thing and part of their lifestyle. The sooner you can overhaul their diet in a healthier direction, the better. It’s better still if they don’t develop the dependency or craving for super unhealthy food in the first place. You shouldn’t completely take choice away from them, but you can teach them good food habits by limiting their options somewhat.

Oral hygiene

A smile can be the key to confidence, but it’s easy to take it for granted if you’re happy with your teeth. If you’re not, the impact on your self-esteem and comfort around other people can be immeasurable. Teaching your children to stick to an oral hygiene routine from the very beginning is crucial and must be coupled with regular visits to a kids dentist. Again, this habit is best taught alongside them. Make a little family moment of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash every morning and every night. Not only does it make it feel more natural, it makes it easier for you to ensure they’re actually keeping up with it.

Responsibility

Not all habits are physical, either. Regardless of what career path they may choose later in life, there is no skill more essential than being able to manage your money. From saving money to budgeting to spending wisely, the earlier you can teach your kids about money, the better. One facet of financial life that many parents miss is credit, too. People get into debt because they don’t thoroughly understand the risks. When your children start getting into their teens, helping them learn with a (very closely monitored) credit card could help them see borrowing and loans much more responsibly in the future.

Learned behaviors stick a lot more than we might expect them to. Start teaching your kids healthy habits today and they will be a part of their life for much longer.

5 more examples you should be setting for your children

5 more examples you should be setting for your children

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Teaching children in a way that encourages positive development and prepares them for adult life is top of every parent’s agenda. And it always will be.

The previous ‘5 examples you should be setting your children’ post certainly laid the foundation. Now let’s take things to the next level with another five life lessons that should be encouraged by all loving parents.

Financial Organization

While you’ll want to teach kids that money isn’t everything, it’s vital that kids learn to respect it. Financial responsibility is a great asset that will serve them well for many years to come. Lead by example by regaining control of your situation. Debt consolidation loans from Buddy loans are a great example while lowering monthly expenses helps too. On a separate note, pocket money and paid chores can be used to highlight the ideas of working for money and budgeting.

Caring For Others

Teaching children to love themselves is crucial, but they needn’t be selfish. A sense of compassion for others is a winning personality trait for anyone to possess. Getting a pet teaches kids to love for another being while also taking responsibility. However, you should also look at charitable events and worthy causes as a way to get them thinking about those less fortunate. When combined with recycling and other ideas that are designed to help the earth, your kids will reap the rewards.

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The Love Of Learning

An excellent education is something that all kids deserve. In truth, though, their attitude towards learning will have a huge impact on what they get out of it. Showing children the enjoyable side of learning can start at a very early age with educational tools from the Clever Crocodile. When kids are interacting with those things in a fun manner, they’ll get far more from it. This can include extra learning with music and other items. When supported by reward schemes, you can’t go wrong.

Politeness

Communication has already been covered in the previous post. But you should also teach your son or daughter to be polite at all times. It doesn’t cost anything to have good manners by saying “please” and “thank you”. Table manners and other features can come later on. Having respect for others is vital too. Keep this in mind when communicating with your friends in front of the kids. Otherwise, the little rude quips that you say with affection could send mixed signals to your child.

Never Give Up

Resilience is a key skill for any child to learn. The ability to bounce back can often make the difference between success and failure, not least because life is filled with obstacles. Helping kids to develop a strong mindset will instantly put them ahead of most and can also work wonders for their sense of self-confidence. This attribute is something they will learn from you, however. So, in addition to saying the right things, it’s vital that you lead by example at home and work.

5 examples you should be setting for your children

5 examples you should be setting for your children

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘monkey see, monkey do.’ But do you realize just how true this is? Your kids will copy you, whether you’re exercising each day and feeling fantastic, or whether you’re a heavy smoker. It doesn’t matter what you actually tell them to do. What matters is what you yourself do. Kids are far more likely to copy their parents.

With that in mind, here are 5 examples that you should be setting for your children.

Eating A Healthy, Balanced Diet

Starting off, it’s important to note that the food we put into our bodies can have a profound effect on our mental and physical health. Eating healthy foods will make you feel great, give you more energy, and keep your body healthy. If you eat junk food all day, you’re going to feel pretty sluggish. Teaching your kids to eat a balanced diet, mostly whole foods with a treat every so often is important. However, it’s important not to label foods ‘bad’, as this can start fostering a bad mindset around food from an early age.

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Staying Active

Staying active can be tough if you lead a busy life, but making the time for it is crucial. Do you want your kids to be couch potatoes? Stay active together and you’ll bond as a family. When kids are active while they’re young, they find it easier and more enjoyable as they get older. Kids that didn’t exercise often grow up to be reluctant adults that say they don’t like exercise. Not always, but a lot of the time.

Doing Things You Really Enjoy

Working hard is great. It’s admirable, and you could teach your kids the importance of a great work ethic. However, you should be doing the things you really enjoy too. They are just as important, even though you’re not getting paid for them. Not only is this a must for a balanced life, you’ll get more enjoyment out of your life, too. You don’t want your kids to grow up thinking that a job is the only important thing in life! Their happiness should come first. Maybe you could try learning new songs with sites like Easyukulelesongs.com. Maybe you could get back into painting, or a hobby that you really used to love. Try new and old things. Have fun!

Communicating Properly

Kids learn their communication skills from you, so if you’re the passive-aggressive type or just the outright aggressive type, it can really affect them. Communication is about talking about things rationally and coming to a solution that everybody is happy with. Being able to talk things through calmly is important.

Self Love

If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect to love others? Loving yourself will teach your kids to love themselves, too. Self love isn’t selfish. It makes life far more enjoyable and ensures your kids don’t suffer from things like body image issues and confidence.

Are you setting these examples for your children? You should be!

 

Creating a nuturing home environment for your child

Creating a nuturing home environment for your child

No home is perfect, but there are certain things you can improve about your own home, to make a positive nurturing home environment for your children. It can be anything as simple as making it a fun and relaxing place to be, to improving your relationship with your children. Every home is different and has lots of different great qualities, and different aspects that could be improved too. It is good to remember that no home is perfect, we can only try and improve what we have, and work on what we can work on. Having a loving, supportive environment is the key this to creating a nurturing home environment for any child. But if you do want some ideas of what you can work on, and how you can make your home a place where your child can thrive, then read on. There are so many small things you can change or improve that can make a huge difference in your child’s life. A good home environment is where your child’s future starts, and it will set them up for the best chance of being happy and successful in life. If you want to know how to make your home a nurturing environment for your child, then read on. You never know what tips and tricks you might find. Whether you are a new mom or you have a bunch of teenagers, there is advice here that everyone can take away. What will you find out?

Make a Communicative Environment

Making your home a communicative one is one of the best things you can do for your home and your children. Communication will improve your relationship with your children, and you will find as they grow older they will feel comfortable sharing things with you. Most parents will know this is easier said than done. Opening up and being the first to talk to your children is a good place to start, sharing things with them will encourage them to share things with you. Starting this from an early age will help develop this habit and make your home one where people feel they can communicate openly and freely about any subject matter. Communication takes practice before it can become natural to everyone, but talking about anything and anything is a great way to show your child that nothing is off limits and that everything is okay to talk about. When your children become teenagers and they need to talk to you about something, being communicative from a young age will help them open up when they are older and will make your life a lot easier! Every parent and every child is different but have easy conversions with them helps everyone to talk about the more difficult subjects too. Make sure you put the effort into making your home a more communicative one and this will create an amazing and nurturing environment for your child.

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Make Your Home an Enjoyable Place to Be

We don’t all have huge budgets that enable us to make the house of our dreams but making somewhere that safe and enjoyable to be should be on everyone’s list of things to with their home. Somewhere warm and cozy in the colder months makes all the difference to your home and your whole family! Having a fireplace can be a great feature to include in your home. Not only do they look great, everyone loves to gather around the fireplace. Everyone being in the same place can create a great home environment and can gather everyone around and help your family to spend time together. Having a warm and enjoyable home can make even the most aggravated person feel a lot calmer! If your home is not as quiet as warm as you want it to be Lumo Energy might be able to help you. Never underestimate the power of a warm and comfortable home, it goes hand in hand with creating a nurturing environment for your children. Make sure you consider these aspects of your home and try to improve them if you can, it will make all the difference to your home environment and might even help it become a more nurturing and supportive place for your children to grow up and thrive.

Pets

Now, pets are not for everyone and if you have allergies this will restrict what pets are available to you, but anyone can have a pet no matter who they are. Pets bring a lot of joy to people’s lives and any home feels complete with a pet there. Children of all ages want animals, and as well as being fun and a joy to be around, they can also teach your children a lot of valuable life lessons too. Having a pet means being responsible for the well-being of another living thing, and so caring and feeding it is an important responsibility and life lesson to learn. As well as feeding and grooming it, doing the less advertising jobs like cleaning out the hutch or cleaning up after your dog is something they should learn how to do in life too! Learning that being responsible for something means doing the fun stuff and as well as the less fun stuff is a valuable life lesson to learn. Pets are also a great way to teach children about empathy. Learning how others feel and putting themselves in someone else’s shoes is a valuable skill that pets can help them learn. Being in touch with how their pet feels and trying to figure out what they need or want is a great lesson to learn, especially because animals can’t communicate. If your child is shy or has learning difficulties, pets an help to bring them out of their shells. Pets are a great way to make any home environment a more nurturing one and can bring joy to your home and bring your family closer together. Make sure you consider getting a pet as it can make any home environment a really enjoyable one.

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Spending Time Together

This might seem like an obvious one but it so easy to let spending time together as a family. You work late at work a few nights a week, your partner has to leave early in the mornings and then your children go to a club the night you have free. It happens to everyone and all families experience periods like this. So what can do about it? Planning when you are going to spend time together and arranging it is probably the best way. Look at all over your schedules and see when is best for you to spend some time together, rearrange some dates so you can make one night of the week board game night. A great way to do this is simply making sure you all sit around a table and eat dinner together. Although someone’s favorite TV show might be on, they can watch that later! Having dinner around the table together means you are spending some quality time with your family and you can all chat about how your days have been, and have a catch-up. This might seems simple but it is a great habit to have and can create a great atmosphere in the home.

Take a Family Trip

This is also another way to get in some quality time with your family, and can really help to strengthen your relationship as a family. Although relaxing family holidays are great, getting involved and being active can create a very supportive environment for your children. Active holidays or adventure holidays can be an amazing way to spend time together. If your children are old enough why not go on a hiking holiday and explore nature together? Making your way across streams and discovering hidden places can be such good fun and amazing experience for everyone to share together. Active holidays mean you are all getting involved and working through things together. While a relaxing beach holiday might be what you want in the summer, there is no reason why you can mix this with exploring the town you are staying and the museums or galleries there. Every place has something unique to offer and exploring new things and places with your family are one of the best ways to strengthen bonds. When you come back from this trip there will no doubt be a positive atmosphere in the air when you get home. Having these kinds of experiences away from home will contribute towards a nurturing home environment for any family.

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Here are just a few ways you can make your home a nurturing environment for your children. No matter how old your children are it is never too late to start making these changes. A home is the place in which you live, but it also so much more than that. Improving your relationship with your children is a great place to start. Try some of these ideas out today and see how your home can change for the better.

Life lessons every child will need their parents help to navigate

Life lessons every child will need their parents help to navigate

As a parent, the responsibility to help your kids through the challenges of life falls on your shoulders. The world can be a scary and confusing place when you’re still relatively new to it. With your experience and knowledge, you’re in the ideal position to help your kids in all kinds of ways so that they come out the other side of these things more knowledgeable. Here are the main life events and lessons that you’ll need to help guide your kids through.

Growing to Understand Empathy Better

Empathy is something that we all have to learn. When we’re young, it seems like the world revolves around us, but we quickly have to realize that there’s a whole world out there. This is a realization that comes at quite an early age, but it’s up to you to teach your children about the importance of empathy.

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Falling Out With Close Friends

Kids fall out with friends from time to time, so the first time this happens, you should be there to soften the blow. Make it clear to them that the falling out probably won’t be permanent. You could even choose to encourage them to take the high ground and be the bigger person by resolving the problem that caused the fall out in the first place.

A Death in the Family

This is one of those things that no one wants to think about but we all have to at one time or another. When someone in your family does sadly pass away, it’ll be the first time your child has experienced it. Make them part of the process when you’re choosing glass cremation art and plans for the funeral. And try to make sure that they feel able to talk to you about what’s happened. It’ll go a long way.

Hitting Puberty and Everything That Comes With It

When puberty finally hits, it can hit like a train. There are so many changes that your child will be going through and dealing with, so it falls to you to help your kids out. Try to explain what they’re going through and why it’s important. You might even want to share some of your own experiences of this. It will help them see that what’s happening is both normal and necessary.

Those Disappointments in Life

As you probably know all too well, there are many disappointments that we have to deal with in life. This is something you understand, but your kids might not just yet. You need to show them that there are plenty of ways to overcome disappointments and move on to new things. They’ll need to understand this as they enter adulthood, so help them with it when the chance arises.

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Life is all about learning, and we all do most of our learning when we’re young. If you’re able to be there for your children when they’re experiencing all of these important things for the first time, you’ll help them to make sense of the world and eventually develop into well-rounded adults.

 

Beating those baby blues: Survival tips for new moms

Beating those baby blues: Survival tips for new moms

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Motherhood is a joy. The moment your baby is born, you bundle the little cherub up into your arms and relish this new life that you have brought into the world. Your life will never be the same again, and that is a good thing. Baby is here, and your excitement will be bubbling over. And then the baby blues hit! You are fretful and anxious one moment and crying the next. Surely you shouldn’t be feeling this way; not when you have a bouncing baby to cheer you up! However, the baby blues are normal and affect most new moms. With chemical and hormonal changes in your body after pregnancy, these changes in your mood can be expected. Generally, they only last a few days until your mind and body restore to somewhere near normality, and life will go on as usual – well, with the addition of diapers, feeding schedules, and topsy-turvy sleep patterns.

While you shouldn’t worry unnecessarily about the baby blues, you can still do something to alleviate the problem. In this article, we will give you some survival tips, getting you out of that postpartum slump and reducing the fears and sad thoughts that are common to many new mothers.

Remember you are not perfect – and that is okay!

A large part of the anxiety you will be feeling is from the stress that you don’t know what you are doing. Still, you need to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect mother, no matter how much of an act other mom’s put on around you. Every new mom goes through the same worries, but it’s all part of a learning curve. Know that you aren’t perfect and you will feel better about yourself. Take as much advice as you can by all means, but don’t panic if you don’t bond with your baby straight away or you struggle to stop them from crying. This is motherhood, and it will get easier, eventually!

Surround yourself with helpful people

Remember those so-called ‘perfect’ moms who act as if they know all there is to know about child rearing? Ditch them, especially if they are making you feel inadequate with their pesky advice and eye-rolling facial expressions. In these sensitive first few days of motherhood, you need people who are going to lift you up, not bring you down. Only invite the people who love and care about you to your bedside or home, and instruct your partner to keep at bay anybody who is going to overwhelm you with their negativity.

Be realistic about your bodily changes

You have just been through pregnancy, so your body is going to change, no matter how you looked beforehand. Your breasts will grow, you will put on weight, and you will be tormented by stretch marks. These physical changes are perfectly normal, and your body will get back to its normal state eventually. Still, it is panic about the body that can fuel those difficult emotions after baby is born. You can do something about it, of course. You can apply stretch mark prevention cream during your pregnancy, as well as some healthy doses of exercise. Then after the baby has arrived, you can focus on a healthy diet under the guidance of a nutritionist, and take a mother and baby fitness class. It may take a while to restore your body to its original state, but you don’t need to worry unduly.

Take time out to pamper yourself

Guess what – you are not Wonder Woman, so you don’t have to be on call 24/7. There are times when you will need to rest and focus on yourself, so it’s perfectly okay to ask your partner or trusted friends or relatives to watch the baby for a while. You deserve to feel good – you have been through the ordeal of giving birth after all! So, pamper yourself doing the things you enjoy, be that taking a nice long soak in the bath or spending a chill-out evening with your friends, and don’t feel guilty about it. Provided your baby is in safe hands, you can relax and enjoy time alone or with others, turning your baby blue frown upside down!

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Spend time out of the house occasionally

Particularly if your partner is at work during the day, you can become very isolated and lonely at home, despite the company of your baby. Those four walls will creep in on you, and your low mood will only be exacerbated. So, do yourself a favor (and your baby) and get out of the house. A stroll around your local area will keep your fitness levels up, and that, combined with the fresh air, will start to increase the feel-good chemicals in your brain. Spend time visiting friends too, and if you know any other new moms, visit them and cheer up their day as well.

Talk about how you are feeling

You’re a new mom, and you are supposed to be upbeat, excited, and full of gushing love for your little one. Aren’t you? Maybe, but you don’t have to be. Don’t put on an act (like those other moms) if you aren’t feeling great. Let people know how you feel, and vent your anxieties and sad thoughts to them. There are support groups available where you will meet other moms in a similar position to yourself. Your partner should also be available to offer you an encouraging arm, and there may be family members you can offload your thoughts to. In short, you don’t need to be alone, and as the saying goes, a worry shared is a worry halved!

Speak to your doctor for advice

The baby blues should only last for a few weeks. However, if you are still feeling low after a couple of months, you should see your doctor. You may have postnatal depression, and this can have negative effects on your life if it goes untreated. Your doctor will probably offer you some form of medication or suggest a self-help treatment to you, so you won’t have to suffer from the condition for long if this is the case.

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If you have been suffering from the baby blues, we hope this article has been of use. Share it with other new moms, and if you have any tips that we haven’t covered, please let us know.

 

 





 

 

Does Your Child Need a Shrink, or Maybe Just You?

People from the younger generation can and do indeed suffer from mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Since they have neither the coping skills nor the knowledge to manage these problems by themselves, every parent should know what signs to look out for.

Of course, there’s a little hypochondriac in all of us and most parents are just a little unreasonable when it comes to their child’s welfare. If you suspect that your child may have a mental illness, there’s no reason to immediately launch into full-fledged sirens-and-screaming paranoia. Instead, take a deep breath, take stock of the entire situation, and take into account that you might well be overreacting due to your own state of mind.

Only Real Therapists can Diagnose Mental Illness

You may know your little bundle of squealy joy better than anyone and will, therefore, be the first person to notice any change in their behavior. This doesn’t mean that you can infallibly know what’s behind such changes, though: they may be a natural response to changing circumstances, your kid just having a bad day or two, or the normal speed bumps involved in growing up.

Plenty of aunts, friends, teachers and supposed “experts” will be happy to share their opinions, but how much stock should you put in these? Very often, their judgments will be backed by only a very limited amount of experience and whatever happens to be the last blog they read. Even medical doctors, who occasionally go as far as prescribing medicine for mental conditions, simply don’t have the training or outlook necessary to determine anyone’s psychological health, much less a child’s.

So, until and unless a licensed child therapist has diagnosed your offspring with a mental disease, treat them as if they’re perfectly fine. Talk to them about what may be bothering them, of course, but try to probe without prying. Most often, their worries and yours will be a thing of the past in a week’s time.

Taking a Step Back

Just in case this even needs to be said: all of our perceptions are filtered through the prism of our own mindset. Something a toddler gets up to can be cute and adorable when we’re having a good day, yet seem like one step short of pure villainy while we’re stressed out.

This tendency is perfectly natural, but also something every parent needs to be aware of and hopefully keep under control. If nothing else, there are few things more likely to make a child neurotic than dispensing praise and punishment at random, at least as seen from their perspective.

We should all keep in mind that, just possibly, the unwanted behavior we’re seeing in our child may be mostly in our heads, or even the result of our own actions. If you’re going through a rough time yourself, you have to take care of your own state of mind before you start worrying about that of your children.

Hire a babysitter once a week and go out for a date night, find a hobby you can do in short spurts while they don’t need your attention, or, if necessary, consult a therapist yourself. When other people are dependent on you, sometimes the best thing you can do for them is to help yourself first.

 

4 reasons why savings are important

4 reasons why savings are important

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One of the most important things you can teach anyone about money is the importance of saving it. Spending it on important items and keep some aside in your bank account is all well and good, but saving money is something different entirely. There are plenty of reasons why saving money is a fantastic idea, but here are four important ones.

Interest

Savings accounts with decent interest rates will mean that your money grows without you needing to lift a finger. The more money that is in a savings account, the greater the interest. It might seem like a small amount at first, but if you save money each month into this account, then it can grow and grow. All of this and you don’t have to do a thing. One thing that you should probably do, though, is change your savings account if the interest rate drops. This way you will constantly be getting the largest amount of interest possible. Using interest rates cleverly can earn you a lot of money without needing to do anything.

It Is There Just In Case

Savings are useful because they mean that you have money outside of your current account. This means that if there is an emergency, then you don’t need to take a small loan to cover the cost. For example, if you have been saving money then you will be able to cover the cost of getting your car fixed, buying a new fridge or plenty of other things without panicking about where the money is coming from. Saving money allows you to plan ahead and feel reassured that you have money in case of an emergency.

Allows You To Afford Expensive Things

If you want to be able to afford to buy a house in the future, then you will want to start saving money as soon as possible. In order to afford a deposit, you are going usually going to need somewhere between 5 and 20% of the total house value. This means that you are going to need to have saved a lot of money up to be able to afford the deposit. If you regularly make payments into a savings account, then over the months and years this will add up to an amount that you can use to buy yourself a house. Without doing any saving, this would otherwise be nearly impossible.

Retirement

Retirement might feel like a lifetime away, but saving a tiny amount each month can make a massive difference when you retire. If you keep a retirement savings account and only put the cost of a few cups of coffee into it each month, then by the time you come to retire you will be surprised by how much is in it. You will be saving such a small amount that you will hardly notice not having it, so it is well worth investing into your retirement. It is good to start as young as possible for the largest gains.