Thursday, 19 March 2020

Better Ways To Bond With Your Child

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As parents, we spend so much of our time working, cooking, doing the housework and trying our best to bring our children up to be the best little people they can possibly be. This is all vital stuff, but sometimes, the best thing we can do with our time is to spend it building bonds with our children, taking the time to enjoy each other’s company and relax a little.

If you want to spend some quality time bonding with your kids, here are a few ways you can have a great time together:

Get active

It’s important that kids stay active if they are to stay healthy now and in the future, so what better way to bond with them that by taking them to a fun Baby Balance class, playing a game of rounders with them in the garden, or challenging them to a jump-off at the local trampoline park. Not only will they have a great time being close to you in a fun environment, but they’ll also see you being active, which will encourage them to be more active too.

Go fishing

It isn’t for everyone, but if you enjoy it, a fishing trip is one of the best activities you can do with your kids. For one thing, it’s pretty relaxing, but the kids will also find it exciting. For another, there’s plenty of quiet time so you can just sit together and talk before tucking in to an amazing picnic lunch.

Listen to them

Sometimes, the best ways to bond with the kids are the simplest ones. As parents, it’s important that you talk to your children about anything and everything, but it’s also important that you really listen to them. When they’re speaking, stop thinking about the millions of things you have to do and really hear what they’re saying. They’ll appreciate it more than you might think possible.

Read together

Snuggling up and reading a great book with your kids is a great way of being close that is natural for you both, and which can bring you together. Good stories draw you in and bring you closer. They also give you opportunities to discuss various issues, even if it is just what you think the Hungry Caterpillar will eat next. It’s a lovely way to end the day.

Teach them something

Taking the time to teach your kids something you love, whether that be painting, knitting, gardening or cooking, for example, will make them feel like they are part of your world. They’ll learn more about what makes you tick, and they’ll love that you’re sharing an “adult” activity with them.

Make a date

Why not set a date each month when you spend a whole block of time with your child? Take them out to dinner, visit the cinema or watch the latest Netflix show with them and give them your undivided attention. They’ll love it.

For most of us, bonding comes naturally, but sometimes you have to work at it to make those bonds even stronger and the above ideas are a great place to start.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Planning The Perfect Nature Inspired Family Day Trip

In the modern world, children are spending more and more time indoors and very little time outside amongst the wonders of Mother Nature. The accessibility of smartphones and other electronic gaming devices means that nowadays most entertainment is based indoors, but it’s so important that you can introduce your kids to the wonders of wildlife to teach them some valuable lessons about animals, plants and the life cycle. There are so many great day trip opportunities that you can make the most of to give your children the chance to experience nature whilst having bucket loads of fun at the same time, and it couldn’t be easy to start planning the perfect family day trip. So, if you would like to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best nature inspired ideas that you can make the most of today! 

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Get Roaming 

One of the best things that you can do to introduce your little ones to nature is to identify a local area with a rich selection of wildlife, perhaps a forest, lake, or mountain, and encourage them to get roaming and explore to find some creepy creatures and fantastic flora. Planning an adventure such as this requires some equipment - you’ll need walking boots or strong trainers to protect their feet on any rough terrain, as well as some extra additions such as magnifying glasses and wildlife information books that will allow them to identify the different things they spot on their journey. It can be a really inspiring and imaginative day trip, and it could instill a love for adventure and the outdoors in your little ones too! 

Visit An Animal Sanctuary 

There are many species of animals that originate from all around the globe, and each different location boasts its own unique variation or wildlife. At one time this meant that seeing foreign wildlife would mean travelling abroad, but thanks to the modern man you can now see animals from across the globe in zoos, sanctuaries and safari parks around your local area. You may want to start off small and visit a kids’ farm to introduce your babes to common working species in a fun, activity filled environment, as they may be frightened of the larger creatures they spot in the zoo if they haven’t seen many others in real life before. It can be such a great day out when you get the chance to visit lots of interesting creatures and have some fun at the same time, so it’s the perfect concept you need to introduce your little ones to the animal kingdom.

Planning the perfect nature inspired family day trip has never been so simple when you can make the most of the amazing ideas detailed above! Encourage your little ones to roam by taking them on an outdoor adventure to discover some creepy critters and get lucky, or introduce them to the wonder of the animal kingdom by visiting an exotic animal sanctuary or a safari park. 

Friday, 10 January 2020

Getting The Adult Kids Motivated To Move House

There are many people out there who grow up and move out of their parent’s houses, but there are some adults who fly the nest only to come back. Like a boomerang. Some adults get divorced, some get laid off, some find themselves unable to afford their expenses. Their parent’s house is the refuge that they know they can always return to and so they do.

The problem is that parents get used to the house being back to their own again. They get used to being able to relaunch their own lives. No parent wants to live like a roommate to their child, and the kindest thing that parents can do (after caring and nurturing for a time or two), is to help motivate their adult kids out of the nest once more.

So, if you’re looking for a way to give them their wings back, here are some tips for gently nudging them back into flight once more.

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  1. Firstly, there’s nothing wrong with a little nurturing. Your child is still your child, even when they’re in their 30s. So, when they’re hurting, give them a safe place to lick their wounds. Let them heal and feel, but do it with certain rules in place. 

  2. The first rule is to make sure that your adult kid has a job. Their stuff from their other home may all be in personal storage right now, but they need to work toward getting a new house, and that takes money. Money comes from hard work. Don’t let your child live in your home without a game plan in place. A job ensures their decamping to your home is temporary.

  3. The next is to ensure that they are paying their way. You may let them move back for a while, but they need to contribute: especially as they are now using water, food and heat. You don't have to need their money, so just set it aside and give it back when they move back out again.

  4. They’ll also need to contribute their time in helping around the house. You don't have someone living in your home who doesn't do their bit; this is so important. Make it clear your expectations from the get-go and you’re going to be able to live harmoniously for the time they’re back with you.

It’s so important that you remember that your adult child probably wants to move back into your home less than you’d like them there. Their pride is hurt, their things are in storage and their tail is tucked between their legs. As a parent, you have to be equal parts home comfort and biting reality at the same time. Love them, hold them, heal them - then let them go again. Just make it very clear that you plan to let them go. Motivating your adult child to move back out again is going to be difficult when your child is sad, but it’s a must and you should consider how your bond will be forever cemented when you let them in and back out again.

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