A Guide to Child-Proofing Your Home

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What is “child-proofing” in comparison to fire-proofing, shock-proofing, and the like? Though this term may seem new, child-proofing one’s home has been a longstanding concern for Australian parents. As per the statistics of the Homesafe group, approximately 320,000 Australian children under the age of 15 are admitted to the hospital every year, and this is largely because of accidents that occurred in their own homes. The most vulnerable age group is that of children from 0 to 5 years old.

A home that is perfectly safe and fit for the preferences of adults will change drastically when children come into the picture. And that’s why some effort has to go into child-proofing that said home: identifying the sources of risk, limiting and/or removing them entirely, and lessening the worry that young children will get hurt.

Necessary Precedents to Home Safety

Before we begin discussing tips on child-proofing your home, we’ll emphasise how necessary it is for you to fulfil certain conditions to home safety.

First, you must prepare to employ round-the-clock supervision for children who have not reached their teenage years. You can take care of supervision yourself, or you can enlist the help of professionals in day care centres, home care service providers, or a trusted relative or neighbour. The important thing is to make sure an adult can oversee the child’s safety even when dangerous obstacles are removed from them.

Second, it would serve your interests both now and in the future to refresh your knowledge of first aid. You can take a course in first aid training in Hoppers Crossing or your respective locality to brush up on the basics, as well as advanced topics such as anaphylaxis and asthma management. That way, you can be your child’s first responder in the event that they do get hurt.

Third, you should determine the areas in your house that will be absolutely off-limits to children. Some examples are the garage and the driveway, but if you have a home office you can declare that as off-limits too. That will make it much easier for you, your spouse, and anyone in charge of supervising your child to stay within safe boundaries.

Tips on Child-Proofing Your Home

Below are common concerns on child safety in your home, as well as tips on how to address them. Here are six sets of issues and points of action for child-proofing your home.

  1. Prevent your children from falling. According to the Australian parenting website Raising Children Network (which is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services), falls and tumbles are the most common cause of injury and hospital visits in all age groups. Falls are definitely more precarious on small children, as their bones are not as well-developed as their older counterparts. Moreover, falls could lead to fractures, wounds that require stitches, or in severe cases, concussions.

    Thus, one of the primary measures you should take in child-proofing your home is to provide ample support architecture in the riskier zones. That may include installing additional safety guards on the stairs, adding bath mats and rugs in the bathrooms to prevent slippage, and firmly locking all windows so that none of your children fall out. It may also involve installing high-quality light bulbs and/or sensor lights to keep things easily visible to your children.

  2. Keep your children away from hot surfaces and items that have a chance of burning/scalding them. Equally dangerous to children are the hot surfaces in your house, such as stove tops and heating appliances. Household items that could also serve as threats are exposed hot drinks and hot tap water above 50° C. If a child comes in contact with direct heat or a very hot liquid, they could risk severe burns or scalding.

    Keep your children well away from the kitchen surfaces that you use when you’re cooking. Don’t leave mugs of hot coffee or tea in the same vicinity that a child will play in. When it’s bath time, mix both cold water and hot water into your basin so that it’s just the right temperature for your small child’s sensitive skin.

  3. Stock all sharp things and “breakables” away from very young children. It’s very important that children up to 5 years old are kept away from what could pierce or cut them, such as knives, scissors, edged cutlery, pencils, barbecue sticks, and the like. Having them break dishes, cups, vases, figurines, or thin glass panes also puts them at risk of stepping on or being hit by broken glass shards.

    Store and lock up all such items in question, or at least make sure that they are displayed at a height that your small children won’t be able to reach. Keep them entertained with durable, clean, and age-appropriate toys that pose little risk of hurting when handled.

  4. Don’t leave any ropes, cords, boxes, or plastic bags lying around for your children to pick up. The rationale behind this list of “don’ts” is a child’s propensity to pick them up, play with them, get tangled up or trapped—and at worst, be strangled, constricted, or suffocated by the item. Unfortunately, it’s about as frightening as it sounds.

The solution? Tuck away the cords attached to your curtains, organise any exposed wire cables, store boxes in their proper cabinets, and securely tie or roll up your plastic bags. Caution your children from coming too near, and direct their attention elsewhere.

  1. Prevent choking and food poisoning. On the subject of risky things that children can bring in contact with their mouths, the following things could pose definite risks to them: adult medicines, foods that are difficult to digest, foods that are spoiled and contaminated with bacteria, and foods that are difficult to break apart. Children’s stomachs are more sensitive than those of adults, and in addition, their teeth may not be developed enough to chew and swallow thoroughly. Attempting to ingest any of these consumables could result in indigestion, symptoms of food poisoning, and choking.

All vitamins and medication should be properly stored in the medicine cabinet and locked away with safety latches. The same care should be afforded to food and drink items; parents must store them appropriately to prevent mess and spoilage. When they are old enough, enjoin your children to ask you whenever they want a snack or need a dosage of medicine. That way, obedience and carefulness will become a habit on their part.

  1. Keep them safe near bodies of water. If you have a pool in your home garden, be extra wary of how your children behave near the water. Babies and toddlers can drown even in shallow water; moreover, they can also display symptoms of dry drowning that are harder to pinpoint, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and dizziness.

    It’s an absolute non-negotiable to supervise children below 12 years old in their swimming areas. Very young children should have adults in the pool with them. It wouldn’t hurt to enrol your children in swimming lessons so that they can navigate the water easily and to equip them with flotation devices while they are swimming.

Conclusion

Curiosity, creativity, and a sense of adventure are all innate in young children. Truly, we have a lot to learn from the joys our children derive from the ordinary. Our commitment to child-proofing our homes should stem from our desire to make the environment safe yet free for them.

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How to Plan For the Worst as a Mom

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Generally speaking, it’s easier to be a mom in the good times than the bad times. It’s easier to teach your children to have fun, to be curious, and to interact well with the world, than it is to teach them difficult lessons. It’s easier to plan for birthdays, Christmases and vacations than it is to plan for worst-case scenarios. But that’s not to say that planning for the worst isn’t an important part of mothering. This article outlines some ways in which you can be a great mom in the good times, and a responsible mom in the bad times, too.

Read Parenting Guides

Most parents are fully aware of their responsibilities to their children from the moment the mother falls pregnant. Instantly, they’re planning for the baby’s room, the baby’s name and the new work-life routine that they’ll have to adapt to. Less take the time to read parenting books, or to take parenting classes. But it’s in this education that you’ll learn how to keep your children healthy and happy as they grow up, and how to deal with common problems encountered by parents across the globe.

Get Good Healthcare

Children’s health generally requires more maintenance than adults. They are more frequently ill, and are more likely to require dental work, than a full-grown adult such as yourself. As such, good healthcare and frequent trips to the doctor and dentist are essential. In addition, bear in mind worst-case scenarios such as accidents, serious illnesses or chronic diseases so that you always know what to do, whatever ailment or malady affects your child as it grows up under your nurturing parenthood.

Socializing and School

While school and making friends are some of the most important parts of early childhood, they can arrive with their own difficulties. Your children may be at risk of being bullied – or, indeed, of being the bully. They might exhibit behaviors at home that suggest that they’re hurting inside as a result of their school situation. It’s your responsibility as a parent to always have established a safe space in which your children can communicate with you about things that are troubling them. That way, any unpleasantness they encounter in their interactions with others can be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Money and Assets

It should go without saying that your children rely upon your stable finances to live a safe and fulfilling early life. Whether you’re a single mom or in a couple, you’re going to need to earn the money to put food on the table, and to pay for all the other requirements that come along with having children. Be smart in your financial planning – so smart, in fact, that you’ve planned for the worst (losing your main source of income, for instance). You should also take out a life insurance policy, with a trusted person as your life insurance beneficiary, so that in the unlikely event of your premature death, your children have some financial security.

Responsible parenting is as much about firefighting as it is about making your children happy and keeping them healthy – and in this guide some of the more important worst-case scenarios are pointed out in order for you to be confident you’re doing the very most for your children

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Tips On Writing A Great Birth Plan

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In the distant past, laboring mothers were expected to give birth without any particular preparation and with little help. As time has gone on, the medical world has come to realize that the more preparation a mother does before the birth, the easier it can be. This is why birth plans are such a good idea – they offer mothers (and their partners and friends and family) the chance to really think about the birth itself, and come up with their own ideas of how they will feel happiest when it comes time to go into labor.

Here are some useful tips for you to help you write a great birth plan; you don’t need to follow them all, as each plan is unique, but they should help you have an idea of what to include.

  1. Don’t Use A Pre-Printed Form

You can download a variety of different pre-printed birthing plans from the internet, but these aren’t always such a good idea. They won’t include everything that you want, or there might be sections that are included that simply aren’t necessary, and only go onto confuse rather than assist.

Writing your own plan means that you have a lot more control from the start, and it also means that you won’t be including information or details that aren’t really relevant.

  1. Pain Management Research

You might have an idea in your head that you definitely do or do not want to be given certain types of pain relief. Do these ideas come from proper research? If not, they should do – you might be mistaken in your ideas about what the pain relief does, and how it affects you.

Before making a final decision about the pain relief that may be offered and including your instructions in your birth plan, make sure you look into all the options so that you are completely informed and are making the right choice for you.

  1. Key Names And Numbers

Your birth plan can be a truly useful document for not only you, but the medical team delivering your baby as well. By including all the important names and phone numbers in your plan, they will know who to contact without having to disturb you when you’re resting or in labor. These names could include:

  • Your birthing partner
  • The baby’s father (if different)
  • The baby’s name (if known)
  • Your obstetrician
  • Anyone you don’t want to be informed of the labor or birth

This will help you to stay in control and will allow your midwife to do their job efficiently.

  1. Contingency Plans

It’s important to remember that while many births are absolutely uneventful, some won’t go according to plan, and this is why contingencies are a good idea. You might, for example, need to have a c-section, so it’s important to note down what your wishes are should this be the case. Or perhaps you will require an episiotomy, and you should know whether you want to decline this or not. Speak to your doctor about all the different outcomes and try to have a plan for each one. If you find that you suffer complications during the birth, you may find you need to reach out to a leading solicitor for birth injuries, who can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

A birth plan can help you prepare for what is bound to be an exhilarating, emotional time, that may bring you stress but will inevitably bring you plenty of joy as well. A little preparation is all that is needed to make your birth experience as relaxed and stress-free as possible.

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How the Divorce Affects Children of Different Ages?

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Completely various ages of the children truly affect their reaction to the divorce procedure itself. Sometimes children can argue with their parents, can use the inappropriate behavior, can become unpredictable and suspicious, but how to deal with them and what ages are the most dangerous towards the divorce process, we will know further in the following article. The divorce procedure influential not only on the adults but for the first time, it affects, especially children. Quite a successful online divorce company that deals with the preparation of the divorce forms in Texas, has made an interesting investigation regarding the ages of the children reacting to such an event as a divorce case of their parents. We will reveal several data for you to make this topic as clear as possible. Hope, you will enjoy the information.

1.  0-5 years old of the children

As a rule, this age is not fully reacting to the process of the divorce. When a child is too small, he/she for sure does not care about the divorce of the parents and does not realize, what has happened yet. The further process of the child’s growing depends on how well the parents have agreed to deal with the child. The spousal support plays a crucial role in such a case. With the process of growing the child step-by-step recognizes parents, their smell, smiles, their individual movements, individual intonations of voices, etc. If one of the parents does not participate in the process of the beginner growing and developing, the child will not accept such a parent as a father or mother. This person will be just a relative or somebody familiar to them. It will have its consequences in the nearest future, however, as a rule, parents think that everything is okay, and their child is too small to understand this or that point. Such a meaning is particularly wrong regarding the reaction of the child, because the parents will not be prepared for the future behavior of their children when they grow up a little bit.

  2. 6-12 years old of the children

Beginning of the school, the first fights or the first good marks are done without both parents, so children react on the divorce really in a crying way, constant asking about another parent, etc. Children are still too small to realize that parents are divorced forever and even can try to make a force major in the family to get the whole family together. They are still small but they already think that one of the parents does not love them, moreover, if the second parent who is constantly with them all the time tells them that the father or mother is wrong. Twelve years is the really interesting period when a girl is already a teen, however a boy is mentally not, so their reactions towards the divorce case can be whatever they want and feel. In such an age it is dangerous to speak about the divorce with the children, so you should just pay as much attention as you can to the child and never mention that something is wrong. You should wait till the child understands more.

  3. 13-17 years old of the children

The teen age…What can be worse and better at the same time? You want this and that, are eager to go here and there, you both love and hate all around you. In such an age the parents going to get a divorce decree have to understand that their children are not the toddlers, and they need to discuss with them that fact that a father or a mother cannot be with them due to the fact that they begin to live separately. Inside their souls the teens are also children, even more vulnerable children than ever, but they are afraid to show their real attitude to the divorce of their beloved parents. You should not tell them all the details, however, they should know at least minimum to prevent them from the inadequate reaction. They can run from home, make terrible haircuts, argue with you just to show you that they are indifferent to the current situation. As you know, it is not the very truth.You are dealing with the teens carefully, and everything will be rather well.

  4. 18-21 years old of the children

With the coming-of-age period the children are not children anymore. They are already members of the society and can make decisions on their own, They have their own problems, interests, hobbies, etc. However, they also can feel something disturbing inside when somebody asks about their mother and father. These ex-children are thinking about their own families only if they never divorce or something like that. The old injury of the divorce case is still alive, so it does not matter, they are children or not, they will definitely suffer from the divorce inside. If you are a divorced parent of such an adult, you need to support him/her with everything and each step in his/her life. They are truly ready for the grown-up life, although they want a better environment for their own children. It is not a rule but is your parents are divorced, you become afraid of the divorces and even can have some troubles with another gender, etc. You have to think about it, don’t you?

To sum up, we can say for sure that various ages of the children have absolutely different reaction on the divorce procedure of their parents. All people are individuals, therefore, nobody can tell you for sure what behavior of your child you can expect. He/she may expect everything really smoothly or begin to shout or argue with you. Remember that your children need your support, your love, and your attention. Unless you want to lose the contact with them, you should be really tolerant towards them, moreover, remember about your influence on them. Your divorce is completely your deal, however, do not make your children suffer and everything will be perfect in the nearest future!

 

 

 

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How to Keep Your Mind Sharp As a Stay-at-Home Parent

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There’s much to love about being a stay at home parent. You get to spend time with the kids, make your home in your creation, and so on. But there’s a couple of downsides. It can get a little boring, for sure, and it can feel like you go too long without speaking to other adults. An often underrated aspect of being a stay at home parent, however, is that you’re not engaging your mind as much as it needs to stay sharp. The good news is that mental sharpness comes back pretty quickly, if you do the right activities. We take a look at some these below.

Challenging Reading

There’s a lot of throwaway books that you can read at home. They’ll entertain, and take you on an adventure, but it might not sharpen your mind. For that to happen, you need to be reading challenging works. A good point of reference is to find out what reading level the book is written at. If it’s a young reading age (the content can be for adults but reading age younger), then consider throwing one or two heavier books onto the shelf.

Daily Puzzles

Puzzles and games are an excellent way to keep your mind sharp. You’re using abstract thinking and arithmetic, and that will boost your brainpower in no time. You can find engaging, challenging games in the puzzle section of the newspaper, or at sites like critiquesdecasino.com. Your mind will be a little rusty at first, but you’ll find that it gets back up to speed in no time. Your brain is just like any other muscle; you wouldn’t expect your arms to be strong if you never used them, but after several weeks of going to the gym, you’d see that your strength is back.

Get Exercise

If you don’t think exercise and brain power are related, then try the following test. Spend one week sitting on the couch. Then spend the next week doing daily exercise. You’ll find that after a few days in the first week, you were feeling sluggish and found it difficult to concentrate. After the following week, you’ll be firing out witty comments and smart insights. Well, maybe. In any case, you’ll definitely feel more alert and “with it” once you’ve made working up a sweat part of your routine.

Documentaries and Talks

There’s a whole wealth of information online. You can learn new subjects just like you were taking a course, and all without leaving your home. Watch some Ted Talks, listen to some of the most educational podcasts, and watch documentaries. You’ll find that you learn a lot more than if you were just scrolling through your social media channels.

Creative Pursuits

Finally, if you’re at home, why not pick up a creative hobby? Creativity uses different areas of the brain, and as time goes on and you get better at the activity, you’ll find that you’re able to go deeper into creative thinking, and better at abstract thinking, too.

 

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Cartoons Can Have A Positive Impact On Your Child’s Behavioral Patterns

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When your child is bored, what type of entertainment do you provide them with? Most people are likely to have answered this question with the following answer; “I turn on the television and allow them to watch some cartoons”. There is, of course, nothing wrong with this. In fact, it is rather the opposite. A lot of research and theory has been put together in order to conclude that cartoons may actually have a positive impact on your child’s psychology as well as their behavioral patterns.

Children like to copy what they see on television

This can be a positive or a negative depending on the cartoons you allow your children to watch. We will assume that you don’t let your children watch violent television programmes. Children are highly influenced by what they watch on television when they are young. This is because their mind can be easily influenced and manipulated. If your child is watching good cartoons that are age appropriate and educational, then this is definitely a benefit. They can use this to explore further too. Child anime shows, for instance, can open a wealth of doors because this phenomenon is so huge. Use this as a tool to get your child to look up anime news online and pursue other sorts of hobbies and activities that can really aid their development.

Positive educational behaviour patterns

There are lots of educational benefits to be had by watching cartoons on television. This is a psychologically positive point because these cartoons help to change children’s attitudes towards learning. Because children see their favorite cartoon characters readily learning and they see the massive positive effects that can be had by doing so, they are also encouraged to learn and pay more attention. Therefore, you may find that some cartoons encourage your child to stick in better at school and do their homework. Whilst cartoons can help with problem-solving and developing key skills, it is the change in the attitude towards education that is really important here.

Physiological benefits when reality and fantasy is differentiated

For the true psychological impacts to be felt children need to have a clear distinction between what is fantasy and what is fact. The best way to ensure that this is the case is to simply keep an eye on how much cartoons your child is watching. Make sure that they have other activities aside from watching cartoons every single hour of every single day. If your child has successfully determined the difference between the reality of real life and the fantasy of cartoons then your child has opened their mental capacity. They have a more thorough way of thinking and they are mature enough in order to know what is considered real and what is not. This is, of course, highly beneficial because it means that your child has taken an important step on the ladder of development. And this is what all children need to do when they are growing up.

 

The benefits of cartoons run a lot deeper than simply providing youngsters with some light-hearted entertainment. There is a vast selection of psychological benefits and behavioral patterns that can be attained by watching a good range of cartoons suitable for your children’s age.

 

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How To Get Ready For Your New Arrival

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If you are expecting a new arrival, it is essential that you start your preparations as soon as possible. It might feel as though your birth date is a long way away, but the big day is sure to come around sooner than you’d imagined. Luckily, you can ensure everything is in order by asking yourself the following six questions. They will help you to organize your life so that your new baby will be born into a calm, safe, and positive environment. Why leave your plans up in the air, when it is so easy to take control of the journey ahead?

How much money do you have to spend on your baby?

Before you do anything else, you will need to work out how much money you have to spend on your baby. Whilst it is only natural that you would want to treat your new arrival to the best of the best, it is never a good idea to abandon your budget. Yes, you want to take excellent care of your new arrival, but you also want to secure a bright financial future for your growing family. That is why you should create a separate savings account for the care of your newborn. Ideally, you should transfer a set amount of money at the end of every month. You could also ask your friends and family members to make contributions to this fund, instead of giving you tons of unnecessary gifts that will clutter up your home.

What formula are you going to give your baby?

Once you have your finances in order, you will need to move forward with your important purchases. Again, this will require you to make a series of informed decisions. For instance, you will need to decide what formula you are going to give your baby. Even if you are planning on breastfeeding your baby for the first few months, it is best to be prepared. It might be that you struggle with breastfeeding and have to move onto bottled formula before you expected. Or, it could be that you want to get ready for the weaning process sooner rather than later. Whatever the case, there is no need to worry! Simply read more here about the various options available to you.

How are you going to settle your baby to sleep?

The next question to answer is: how are you going to settle your baby to sleep? With so many options to choose from, it is important that you carry out extensive research. Perhaps you are interested in attachment parenting and would like to sleep alongside your baby. Or, maybe you want your baby to self-soothe from a young age and would prefer your child to have their own sleeping space. This is a decision that needs to be made before your new arrival turns up. You will also need to work out what kind of sleeping pattern you are aiming for. Are you going to allow your little one to dictate when they sleep and when they stay awake? Or, are you going to persevere until you have a system of set naptimes, bedtimes, and morning wake ups?

How are you going to decorate your nursery?

If you do decide to give your little one their own sleeping space, you will need to make a lot of important decisions about their nursery. Although it might be tempting to get carried away with the design scheme, the most vital aspect of your nursery is its practicality. You need to ensure this space is safe, secure, and easy to navigate. This will reduce the chances of common accidents such as your baby bumping into sharp corners, falling onto hard surfaces, or escaping their crib. When you leave your little one at night, you should be able to do so with complete peace of mind. Otherwise, it will be impossible for your family to get a good night’s sleep. It is never too soon to decorate your nursery, as it needs to be ready and waiting for the arrival of your baby.

What toys are you going to give to your baby?

During the process of decorating your nursery, it is essential that you think about the toys that you are going to give to your child. This will help you to work out how much storage space you require. It will also help you to plan the time that you are going to spend with your little ones. No matter their age, there is always something that you can be doing with your baby. It might be that you find a black, white, and red toy for your newborn to play with. These colors can be seen by babies from a young age, so they are especially stimulating. You should also look out for toys and accessories that include a wide range of different textures, sounds, shapes, and movements. Again, this will help to keep your baby stimulated and entertained. It should also speed up their cognitive development.

How are you going to introduce your baby to your other children?

Finally, you should create a plan for introducing your baby to your other children. This can be a complex process, so you need to be thinking about it well in advance of your due date. The trick is to get your older children involved in the pregnancy as much as possible. They could help you to decorate the nursery, pick out baby clothes, select fun toys, and even choose a name. Hopefully, this will encourage your brood to feel excited, as opposed to excluded. In addition to this, you should make plenty of time for your other family members. If they are going to welcome the new baby, they need to know that they are not being replaced. In fact, they should feel as though the new baby is bringing the family closer together than ever before. No matter what, don’t overlook this question. It could be the most important one you ask!

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Save Money on Eyeglasses With DiscountGlasses.com

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  • Free shipping on any size order and 365-day free return shipping – don’t like it, no worries, they pay for shipping to you and back to them so there’s absolutely zero risk! (This is a huge selling point for me as a mom. No risk!)

If you’re a contact wearer like I am make sure to also check out their sister company DiscountContactLenses.com as well.

  • Pricing – DiscountContactLenses.com has the lowest prices guaranteed on contact lenses including a 20% new customer offer.
  • Selection – They sell all major contact lens brands including Acuvue, Air Optix, and Dailies.
  • Lens Subscription – their subscription service eliminates the worry of running out of contact lenses by having them delivered at a chosen interval, directly to your door. Along with 10% off every future order.
  • Free Shipping and Free 365 Day Returns

Their company has been selling optical products online since 1996 with millions of customers during that time. They are USA based with their products shipping from Columbus, OH allowing for same day and overnight shipping capabilities for both contact lenses and glasses.

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Three Ways to Prepare for a New Arrival

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Being pregnant is one of the most wonderful things, but it is far from a walk in the park. You need to prepare during your pregnancy so that your baby’s health is safeguarded and that you are personally ready to be the best parents you can be once he or she arrives. The better you prepare, the more you can focus on trying your best and learning how to take care of your new baby, instead of dealing with trying to catch up and finish the nursery while you already have your new baby at home.

Improve Your Health

If you want to give your baby the best start in life, you have to first improve your health. This will involve two steps: one, visit your doctor so that you can have tests done and improve your baseline health from the results. The second step will be to then take all prenatal vitamins and make the necessary lifestyle changes to better your health before you conceive. It means taking folic acid and other necessary vitamins, and it also means cutting out toxins like cigarettes in your daily life. Only once you’re in tip-top condition should you try to conceive.If you have already conceived, don’t wait. Visit your doctor and start these lifestyle changes and health improvements today. The last thing you want is for your baby to suffer because your health wasn’t up to par.

Get Your Home Ready

Once you have conceived, it’s time to get your home and life ready. This will need to be done both by getting all the furniture you need and by stocking up. To save money, choose second-hand furniture where you can and reusable items for your supplies. An example of reusable supplies includes items like the hybrid diapers that are available on thegreennursery.com, which are cloth diapers with disposable inserts which you can throw away. Not only will this let you save money and produce less waste, but it is also how you can ensure that your baby is only being touched by organic, pure materials.

Get Your Life Ready
There are so many ways you can prepare your life for your new arrival. To start, it is wise to take out a life insurance policy now and to update your will to include your baby. This way, if anything were to happen to you during the whirlwind first year of your new baby’s life, you can at least give them all that you can to help them, such as afford the college that they want to go to.

Other preparations will include getting your finances in order, starting a college fund, and of course notifying your employer. The more you prepare, the better the life you can provide for your child.

Everything should be in order so that when the day comes that you bring your new baby into your home, you should be able to focus entirely on taking care of your baby and yourselves, not struggling to get everything ready at the same time. Prepare now and reap the rewards later.

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Raise Extremely Successful Children With These Four Hacks

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Parents have one goal: set their kids up for the future. For moms and dads, knowing that the children will be happy and financially independent with a loving family is bliss. There is no way to know until the future pans out further down the line, yet your parenting skills can influence the outcome.

Science has come up with an answer to the age-old problem. In fact, it has come up with several that, according to the nerds, are proven to raise successful children. Even better, you can find the list underneath. Here are the four main ones any parent can implement in their parenting style.

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Make Them Do Chores

“Cheer up; it’s time to do the chores!” That’s a sentence almost every kid on the planet will dread hearing. But, they will thank you for it in the long-term when they are wildly successful. Why? It’s because doing the chores teaches kids the value of hard work. Young minds that get to coast lack a strong work ethic because they have everything handed to them on a plate. Washing the dishes shows them the link between grafting and being part of life. Don’t be a dictator though, or else the fear will negate the lesson.

Let Them Fail

Everyone knows the saying about learning from your mistakes. As an adult, you will have firsthand experience which proves this theory to be true. Understanding what went wrong and why helps a person to avoid similar errors in the future. To get to that point, you have to have the opportunity to fail. Parents love to cover their kids in bubble wrap and protect them from the world. However, allowing them to try teaches them the importance of giving their all and shooting for the stars. Plus, they learn faster because their failures come earlier in life.

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Embrace Modern Life

Looking at society and the culture which exists today is difficult for parents. The previous generation is always better because it’s yours. Computers and social media are foreign, which means the dangers seem heightened. Still, it’s important to embrace modernity for the sake of your kids. Skills such as using Excel or Microsoft Office as a while are integral to a career because companies are internet-based. Public safety is another central feature too. Bosses need to understand how to keep employees safe while in the workplace or else face lawsuits and criminal charges.

Teach Them Social Skills

In the book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell compares two geniuses. One is Robert Oppenheimer and the other is Chris Langan. The latter isn’t well known, and there is a reason: he lacked the social skills of Oppenheimer. Being able to shape different situations is the cornerstone of a successful life. People call it luck, but it’s the ability to manipulate the scenario with charm and personality. Communication is a huge part of this equation. Kids should be able to listen and respond as well as cooperate as part of a team.

Can you think of anyone successful who has these traits?

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