Are family outings supposed to be time for fun or stress relief? That depends on the perspective of those being taken. I remember many family vacations taken in the 1970s when there was no such thing as cable TV or modern computers. Life was so leisurely that the stresses of work and school would take a back seat to more enjoyable family activities. Now we can look back and appreciate that there was something very important about those times that made them uniquely memorable. Today,...

Reading to your children is an important developmental milestone and it is crucial to develop reading habits from an early age. As a child matures, their reading habits tend to change drastically, becoming less receptive to the phonetic structure. This results in poor reading fluency, phonemic awareness, and a highly-developed understanding of word meaning. A parent must therefore encourage and teach their child the basics of reading, especially phonemic awareness and the importance...

Whether you are a parent of a two-year old who has just started school, a full-time nanny or a parent who is just trying to stay healthy and get more nutrients into their kids’ diet, it is your responsibility to teach them what is healthy and what is not. Whether you are a teacher who works with young children one on one or a full-time nanny, you know that the health of your child should be a priority. Luckily, there are many resources available to help you get your kids...

Parenting dos and don’ts are essential for the upbringing of your children. The best time to teach them is from the time they are young. As they grow older you can still guide their lives but you have to be careful about telling them what to do and what not to do because they may take this as a command. Always let them decide on the things that they want to do as well as those that they may not want to do. Be consistent in everything you say and do. Your words and actions...

Some parents may not know that the mattress their baby sleeps on is just as important for their development and health as what they eat and how they are nurtured. Natural mattresses offer many benefits for people of any age because the mattresses are made from natural materials only – no plastic or chemicals. This means your baby can sleep soundly without worrying about harmful off-gassing. Natural cot mattresses do not contain any flame retardants or other toxic chemicals...

Everyone’s heard of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, right? Many of us have dreamed of visiting such a place where almost everything is edible and delicious. But what if the chocolate factory came to life? How much would it cost? Is it actually feasible to have a real-life Willy Wonka who runs a chocolate factory? Well, we were curious, so we ran the numbers. Here’s how it played out: As you probably had guessed, bringing the chocolate factory to life is no inexpensive...

As some things start to get back to normality for some, many people are choosing to continue their work from a home-based environment. It is a smart move for many who have had their eyes opened to how much expense they had back when things were regular, with things like travel expenses and childcare costs proving to have been a huge drain on our resources that have been alleviated. People have found more accommodation to working from home and saving money to improve their...

If you tell someone you’ve decided to take up immigration law, they may react to you in the same way a light suddenly switches on in a dark room. It indeed is one of the most challenging law practices anyone can take on. This is primarily because it deals with high-stress situations with different factors affecting them from different directions. It is mainly influenced by politics as well. This is why anyone who wants to study it needs to be ready for an influx of pressure...

A few years ago, psychologists began to study and create different Parenting Styles. It is an attempt to bridge the gap between what works in a family and what does not. A parenting style is simply a mental construct reflecting common, typical ways that parents approach to child rearing in their family. The quality of parenting is more important than the amount of time invested with a child. Most parenting styles fall into one of three categories. There is Structuralism, Emotionalistic,...

Co-parenting is a great idea for many parents, but for others it can be very difficult. There are a number of issues to consider when co-parenting with your teenager. You will want to make sure that any arrangement you enter into respects the feelings and thoughts of both of you. Here are some things to consider as you try to work out an arrangement for your children. There are many people who believe that co-parenting is better than single parenting. They point to the benefits...

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