How to Help your Kids Feel Close to their Grandparents

Many families are separated right now. This is difficult for everyone, but especially so for kids, who might not understand why there have to be restrictions. Even without the pandemic, some older people live in care homes or with live-in-care, which can be tricky for a child to understand and feel comfortable with.  Photo by emailme3 on Pixabay Early years are so formative for relationship building, so when children are kept away from their grandparents, these relationships can suffer. Research conducted by Ann Buchanan at Oxford University suggests that children with close relationships with their grandparents face fewer emotional and …

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Easy Eco-Friendly School Swaps for Teens

Image Pixabay CC0 License As every parent knows, equipping kids for school involves buying a vast array of items, which only increases when they hit their teenage years and start secondary school. The list of school supplies that you need to buy can seem endless. Purchasing all of this equipment may have left you feeling concerned about its impact on the environment, and you may be wondering how you can equip your teen with everything that they need without causing harm to the planet. Luckily, there are many helpful swaps that you can make to reduce the environmental impact of …

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Preparing Yourself For A Family Adventure

If you are going to be going on a family adventure as soon as everyone is allowed to travel again, then you might want to start planning now. It gives you something to look forward to at the very least, but it also gives you a head start at ensuring that this is the best trip yet. In this article, we are going to be looking at some of the things that you need to do if you want to start preparing for your next family adventure, so keep reading down below if you would like to find out more. …

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What’s involved in a Civil Ceremony?

Kevin Mueller on Unsplash At the end of 2019, it became legal for heterosexual couples to form a civil partnership, rather than get married. It was an important milestone in the UK as it meant that both straight and gay couples could choose either marriage or a civil union, depending on their own personal preferences.  With civil partnerships being a relatively new thing, there aren’t a lot of traditions or expectations about how you celebrate one. The good news is, anything goes and you can choose to adopt some of the usual wedding traditions (such as a bridal dress) if …

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Top Tips To Furnish A Tiny Bedroom

Image Source (CC0 License) Having a small bedroom is never ideal, but it’s rarely out of choice. If you’re looking for a family home in a busy location, the chances are you’ll have to sacrifice some bedroom space for an affordable home! Naturally, this is a price you’re willing to pay, but it does mean that you or your kids will have a cramped space to relax in. Don’t worry, you don’t have to feel claustrophobic when you’re trying to sleep at night! Tiny rooms can feel spacious, it’s all about how you decorate them.  Mainly, it boils down to …

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Protecting Your Dog This Flea And Tick Season

Spring has officially begun for many of us, which means warmer weather and brighter days, but it also means that many of those old pests are going to be coming back to haunt us and our family, including our pets. If you’re trying to be mindful of your dog’s health then you should take care to prepare for flea and tick season. Here, we’re going to look at some of the tips that can help keep your pet happy, healthy, and free from those minuscule menaces. Link – Pixabay License  The real danger of fleas and ticks Fleas and ticks …

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How do you stay COVID safe when something needs fixing in your home?

  Have you had to have repairs done in your home during the coronavirus pandemic? Or are you like me – do you keep putting them off until lockdown ends?  Unfortunately, things seem to go wrong at the worst possible times, don’t they? And you never can count on the weather – I’ve lost count of the number of people I know whose boilers broke down during the recent cold spell. I’ve been there and let me tell you, virus or not, nothing would have stopped me calling a plumber while everyone else huddled next to the fan heater!  Luckily …

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Has your child been groomed?

Emma describes how she was groomed from the age of 12, and the impact it had on her adult life

*Trigger warning – episode contains references to sexual abuse. The crazy thing… was that I felt really guilty  Has your teenager been groomed? Or are you a young person experiencing grooming? In this episode Emma Cantrell talks about her experience of grooming from the age of 12 over a number of years. What does grooming mean? The NSPCC defines grooming as follows: Grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them. Children and young people who are groomed can be sexually abused, exploited or trafficked. Anybody can …

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Is Your Child Old Enough For A Smartphone? 5 Important Factors To Consider

Kids are so tech-literate these days and some parents give their child a smartphone when they’re incredibly young. But there are some parents who don’t like the idea of their child having a phone at all and make them wait until they’re in their late teens before letting them have one.  Source – Pixabay CCO License If you’re a parent, your kids are probably nagging you about getting a phone if they don’t have one already. They’ll tell you that everybody else at school has one and you’re being unfair by not letting them have one, so what should you …

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I’m Going To Be A Lockdown 3 Entrepreneur

Oh hello. This is a message from lockdown number 3764. Or at least that’s what it feels like. We all understand the underlying reason for the third lockdown. But that doesn’t mean it’s getting any more enjoyable. The first lockdown was a breath of fresh air, as we could spend more time with our loved ones at home. But right now, this is getting boring.  And boredom, as it happens, encourages us to dream of a new reality. What would you do if you could change your routine? While there’s still the hope of winning the lottery one day to …

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Adjusting To Having Teens In Your Home

Photo by Naassom Azevedo on Unsplash   We all know that our babies will one day grow up and become teengaers but sometimes we are not prepared for how quickly that comes around. It can be challenging when your child hits their teenage years, there are alot of hormones flying about and learning how to communicate with each other and co-live can be a tricky task. We have come up with some ways to help both you, your teenagers and the rest of the family adjust to growing teens.   Learn To Communicate Teens are full of hormones and it …

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