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Inspire Your Kids To Exercise With These Three Easy Ideas

As aunts, uncles, cousins or parents, we want nothing more than for the children in our lives to be happy and healthy. Just as we take care of our children’s health meticulously when they are babies, it should be something that we pursue even as they grow older. Plus, there is plenty of good reason to do so. Studies from Public Health England show that around a third of 10-11 year olds and a fifth of 4-5 year olds are either overweight or obese. As family members who are close to the little people in our lives, this is a scary statistic. This childhood weight gain is said to be the effects of too many convenience foods and the impact of technology on young British children. After all, how many times have you seen your child spend entire evenings on the sofa playing on an iPad, or sat at the computer playing a video game? The culture of kids playing outside after school is quickly disappearing and as a result, our children are putting on weight. If you’re struggling to get the kids in your family to get active, try some of these tips.

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Think beyond the sports hall

Organised sports aren’t for everyone, so don’t immediately assume that your child will be into them. In fact, many children develop a distaste of sport at a young age thanks to negative experiences in school teams or in P.E lessons. But, there are plenty of other sports available for them to try if you cast your net a little wider. If they’re a big music fan, suggest a dance class where they can learn routines to their favourite songs. Dance is a great cardiovascular activity and is a lot of fun too, so your child may not actually realise they are exercising. Rock climbing, horse riding and martial arts are all other types of fitness based activities that may inspire your child more than regular sports such as football or hockey.

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Appeal to their competitive nature

For every child who is fine with simply taking part, there is another who believes it is all about winning. If the latter sounds like a child in your life, make the most of their competitive streak by encouraging them to enter sporting tournaments. Or, if you don’t have any around where you live, why not try making your own? Pick a nice afternoon in summer and get friends and family down to a local playing field where you put on races and activities for the kids. Get some prizes from a website such as www.trophiesplusmedals.co.uk to reward them for their efforts and make it into a fun, family experience.

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Set a good example

Kids pick up on actions and habits very easily, so it is vital that you lead by example. If you yourself are very overweight and vegetate in front of the television every evening, you child is not going to take you seriously when you tell them that exercise is important. Make it your mission to get fit yourself and you will see how your child follows suit. Plus, speak to your local gym about classes and activities you could both do together, as this will further motivate your child.

Get More Involved With The Food You Eat – Tasty Growing And Cooking Tips At Home

If you ever worry about the price of food or even where it comes from, now could be the time to be more proactive about it. The cost of food will continue to increase as Brexit takes hold. More of it will need to be sourced from the British Isles, but this could make some of our favourites harder to source off season. So what can you do about it? Why not have a go at growing your own?

When certain foods are out of season, powered greenhouses need to pick up the slack. This does increase the cost. The alternative is to import the produce. You could grow your own, which might prove a little costly on your time and energy. The alternative is to eat seasonally. If strawberries and oranges aren’t in season, pick apples that will be ready in late autumn and can be stored in the freezer. Frozen summer fruits could work quite well too. Buy them when they’re cheap, fill the freezer and enjoy all year round.

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Growing at home requires good soil and regular weeding or pest control. This can become a fun hobby, and eating from your garden is wonderful. You will need to hone in on some seasonal recipes to enjoy your crops. Why not sell your excess produce to create a little income stream? When you’re cooking from your garden, be sure to give everything a thorough wash. And if you’re growing organically, it could all be much healthier too.

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Some foods that are easier to grow at home can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. The British climate is great for root vegetables, but they can all become a bit samey. Some veggies that you can grow can be used to make fat-free sponge cakes. Courgettes and beets have become popular for that. You can sweeten with something like the miracle berry tablets to create healthy cakes that are low in fat and calories. And some of the ingredients could come straight from your garden!

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It’s not always easy to find the time to prepare your garden for growing. Why not build a simple raised bed? You can then add good soil ready for growing. Once you have planted your vegetables and fruits, you will need to keep the slugs and snails away. They are quite adept at climbing up the raised beds. However, you can make it less appealing by sprinkling something coarse like sand around the base. Cover with netting to keep the birds away too.

Don’t forget, you can grow your favourite herbs at home too. Some people like pots on the window sill. Others have a little-sheltered area outside the back door. Lettuces can be grown in a similar way. And why not grow your strawberries from hanging baskets next to the door? Pick and eat as you come home from work (after washing, of course). The best thing about all this is you can get the kids in your family involved too. It’s a great activity to do with the children, and it’s a fun way to spend time together. Bon Appetite.

Finding Your Strength When A Loved One Is Hurt

When you have children in your life, you will do anything for them. Even if you’re not the parent, aunties and uncles can bond closely too. You wouldn’t dream of turning your back if the little ones were poorly. You would be there to support the parent and take care of the kids too. Family is perhaps the most important part of all our lives. Which is why aunties and uncles need to step up and be strong if one of those loved ones gets hurt.

If anything ever happened to hurt one of the kids in your family, you would be pretty upset. The parent would be devastated and would probably need you to be there for support. When children are hurt in an accident, it can be one of the most awful things you’ll need to deal with. So where do you find the strength to cope and provide the support to the rest of the family?

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Parents struggle to see things clearly when one of their own kids is hurt. This is where you need to step in because they can’t step back. Make sure the other children in the family have full-time care. You can do this yourself if you can spare the time from work, or arrange a reliable minder. Simple things such as checking everyone is getting enough sleep and food is so essential. These are the basic things that can be overlooked when you’re dealing with your injured child.

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If Mum or Dad are busy tending to their little one, make sure everything is carefully documented along the way. They will need to consider making a claim for compensation in the near future to cover the cost of losses and treatment. Photos and copies of documents should be carefully collated. Keep notes on conversations had with the third parties or doctors involved. This is especially important when you’re dealing with a head injury, according to specialist lawyers ASB Aspire. Kids are very good at bouncing back to full health, but a knock to the skull can make it a long road to recovery. It can be important to claim for the help you’ll all need.

As your niece or nephew begins to recover, your input will still be vital. You can read books with them, and play fun games to keep them occupied. Spending extra time with them can be very much appreciated. It can also give Mum and Dad that much needed break to get some rest of their own. Perhaps you can bring round a meal for everyone once or twice a week? Can you tackle the ironing? Maybe you can just lend a friendly shoulder and ear.

It is so hard to see a loved one in pain through injury or illness. These are the times that we rely on extended members of the family to step up, show strength, and keep things going in our lives. It’s not easy, but aunts have pretty awesome skills that can be drawn upon to help make things right again.

Keep Your Kid On The Straight And Narrow: Moms Need To Read This

As a mom, I am always hoping that my child will grow up to be successful and happy in their life. However, it’s not always as easy as it looks. It doesn’t take much for your child to end up getting in with the wrong crowd and soon get into trouble. But there are some ways as moms we can help our kids to stay out of trouble. Here is some help for moms on keeping your kids on the straight and narrow.

Spend time with them every day

It’s so important for moms to make an effort to spend time with their kids every day. I know how difficult it can be if you are working every day and you have little time with your child when you get home. But you need to make sure they know how special they are to you. Children who don’t feel love and get little attention often fall into the wrong crowd and are less successful when they grow up. They tend to not do as well in school and can fall behind in classes. Therefore, make sure you give them plenty of love and attention so they stay on the straight and narrow. And remember to listen to them; show genuine interest in their lives.

Always be honest with your kid

Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to talking to your children. If you avoid certain subjects, it can lead to your children making mistakes as they get older. For example, it’s so important to talk to them about the dangers of drinking and drug abuse. That way, they will know exactly what will happen if they do anything like that. If you are honest with them when they are growing up, they are more likely to stay away from them. Some parents whose kids end up needing young adult addiction treatment wish they spent more time explaining the dangers. That way, they wouldn’t have made mistakes as they would have understood the risks. Also, if you’re honest with your kid and get them clued up in life skills, they are more likely to come to you if they do run into trouble when they are older!

Monitor their internet use

It’s scary to think that our children are growing up with unlimited access to the Internet through their devices. After all, kids as young as eight are now getting their own phone, and by the time they are a teen, they are on social media sites. But there are so many dangers online that moms need to be aware of. You don’t know who they are talking to and they might never have met them! Therefore, you should monitor their internet use so that they don’t end up getting involved with the bad crowd. Use a parent monitoring program so that they can’t access dangerous sites.

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A lot of parents are often worried about disciplining their kids, but it’s so important to teach them the difference between right and wrong. Therefore, it’s a good idea to implement rules, and they need to be aware of the consequences of breaking them. It can be applied from when they are toddlers so as they age, they stay on the straight and narrow!

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Four Things You Need To Think About Before You Relocate

Ever feel like you are a little bored with your local area? You’re not alone. For every person who is attached to the place they grew up in and wants to stay there forever, there is another person who just can’t help but move around. Many of us rely on new experiences to keep our lives interesting and in many cases, that can often mean relocating. You might be sick of a certain climate and want to move overseas to somewhere either hotter or cooler. Or, perhaps, you want to move from the country to the city in search of a more vibrant job market. Whatever your scenario, whether to relocate or not is one of the biggest decisions you’ll probably make in your whole life. Follow this mental checklist to see if it is right for you.

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Do you have kids?

If you have your own family, it is important to consider everyone in this move, not just yourself. If your children are still babies or haven’t started school yet, the move is unlikely to impede on either their wellbeing or their education. But, if they are a bit older, you need to think about the impact it could have on them. Children are very impressionable between the ages of four and ten and taking them away from friends and family could prove traumatic. Be sure to communicate the prospect of a move to your children right from the start to understand their reaction to it.

How far away are you willing to be from your family?

You may have found your dream town or city. Problem is, it’s 400 miles away from where your family currently live. Of course, there is the advantage of it being easier than ever to stay in touch these days, thanks to technology such as FaceTime and Skype. But, nothing quite compares to spending time with your family in person. Consider this distance and how willing you are going to be to make the effort to go back home to see people. If you have elderly relatives who won’t be able to make the journey down to you, it will rest on your shoulders to bring the family together, so this will have to be a factor in your relocation.

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What will you do with the house?

Assuming the property you currently live in is yours in your own right, you will need to work out what to do with it prior to your move. If you want to keep it for inheritance – say for your children – consider doing a buy to let. Speak to a property expert about whether there is any way you can let out your property to tenants whilst you live elsewhere. Or, if you just want to sell home fast, contact a local property buyer. This is especially ideal if you don’t have the time or money to refurbish your home like you would need to with an estate agent.

How is the move itself going to happen?

Moving house isn’t easy, let alone moving counties or moving abroad. Be aware you will need to take a bit of time off work in order to orchestrate everything, so put some money away prior to see you through. Rental vans or professional movers will also incur a cost, so be prepared to part with some money over the moving days.

Comma Sense: Advice For Students And Academics Living In Major Cities

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Whether you’re going to university yourself or have a child or relative who’s just starting off on their big adventure, there are a few things that every soon-to-be student should know. Especially if they’re considering a university in a large city. From preparing to leave home and moving into your new place, to socialising and knowing the right places to go. You’re going to have to do a lot of research on your new home, educational institution and general lifestyle.

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Common Sense

It’s easy to get lost in books. But it’s important that you use your common sense as much as your academic skills. Get to know where you live. Find out safe spots and crime hot spots. Be wise when it comes to working out routes home, be it from your seminars or a night out. Work out the cheapest way to do your food shopping. Is it cheaper to get it delivered or take public transport to the shops and back? Know your rights as a tenant and don’t let your landlord take advantage of you or exploit you.

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Accommodation

Major Cities are pricey. They’re renowned for high rent rates for notoriously small spaces when it comes to accommodation. Landlords know that students need a place to live and will take full advantage of this. Accommodation in student areas will be just as expensive as anywhere else in the big city. Contact your university’s accommodation department and request information on the best places for a student to live during their studies. Some institutions will have their accommodation at more reasonable prices than private renting. It is advisable to house share while you’re studying too. Studio apartments and one bedroom flats are hard to come by. When they do surface, they are often extortionately priced or poorly maintained. Arrange a house share with people you already know. If you are completely new to the area, there are sites that bring together students looking for housemates.

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Moving In

Moving in is going to be difficult. Especially if you don’t have your transport. Lugging large belongings on public transport is a feat in itself. Buses, the tube, trams and overground rail services are always relatively busy. At peak times, they are packed. It can be stressful enough getting on and off public transport without trying to carry your life’s belongings with you. If you are driving, or have a lift, you will incur charges if you are travelling through congestion zones. The solution? Pack light. Only take what you need. You can buy little things while you are away. Consider the effort of moving and the little space you will probably have in your home. Minimal living and design is most likely the way forward. If you have belongings that can’t be left at home but have sentimental value, you could leave them in a London Storage unit. These are affordable, will mean that you have easy access to your belongings when you need them and will declutter your personal living space.

Holidays

Many students return home for the holidays. Easter, Christmas and summer break. Who can blame them? It’s a getaway from university life and responsibilities. But think of the extortionate amounts of rent you’re paying while you’re away. A resolution to this could be subletting your room. This could help you save money that would otherwise be thrown down the drain. Just remember to check that this is allowed in your tenancy agreement.

Relocation, Relocation: Top Issues When Uprooting Your Home

 

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Some people stay in the same city or town for their whole life. They like where they are, and they’re lucky enough to be able to stay in work. However, many others live in different places around the country. Some even end up going abroad for a completely different experience. There are many benefits to relocating to another part of the country. Sometimes it’s the best place to go for your career. Other times you might be moving for a change of scenery, perhaps from the country to the city or vice versa. When you relocate, make sure you’re prepared to tackle these issues.

Your Reason for Moving

Before you can relocate, you need to have clear reasons for you move. You might be moving because you’ve already secured a job in your new location. Sometimes this is because of a transfer, but it can also be because you actively looked to move elsewhere. However, if it’s not your job causing you to move, you’ll have to look for work. You might be moving because you no longer like your current location. But you’re going to need work to facilitate your move, unless you’re self-employed and can take your work with you. It’s essential to make sure you’re moving for the right reasons, and it will be a positive experience.

Looking for a Home

Once your move is confirmed, you need somewhere to love. If you own your home, that could mean selling your current property and buying a new one. Or you might be looking for somewhere to rent. Looking for a new home in another location can be hard. It might mean making several trips to look at properties, which can be stressful. It’s an excellent idea to work with a good local estate agent. They can help you identify suitable properties so that you can make the most of your trips to view them. They can also deal with booking viewing appointments and other necessities.

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New Schools

Relocating with kids often means looking for schools. This could factor into your choice of home if you want to make sure you’re within a catchment area. Before you move, take a look at local schools to find out what each of them offers. You should also look at schools for later on. For example, it could be a while before your child enters secondary school, but it’s still important to consider. Remember that there is no guarantee of a place at any school. It’s a good idea to speak to some schools about potential places.

Becoming Part of the Community

Moving somewhere new often means you are without friends or family. You need to become part of the community so you’re not isolated. You can get to know your neighbours by introducing yourself or attending local events. You can also look for various things to do where you can make friends. You might join clubs or groups and even pick up a new hobby.

Relocating can be extremely stressful. The better prepared you are, the easier you will find the transition.

The Stress Free Guide To Creating The Perfect Bathroom

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The bathroom in any home is one of those rooms that just adds value to property. So it goes without saying that something freshly remodelled or looking modern is going to bring in the big payday. However, remodeling and decorating your home, no matter what room it is, has it’s fair share of stress and worry. Not to mention how long these things can take when doing them yourself. Which is why I thought I would share with you a stress free guide to creating your perfect bathroom. Whether you are selling or staying, you won’t be disappointed.

Get the plumbers in to do the hard work

Anything to do with pipework is going to be a tricky project for someone with no experience. So save yourself the stress and call in the professionals. Even if you are aware of all the Bathroom Lingo why make things harder on yourself? The professionals can do a speedy and thorough job. Which means you get your brand spanking new bathroom in half the time, without the sore back as evidence. On a serious note, pipework and plumbing are things that you don’t want to get wrong. Avoid future disasters and save yourself the grief.

Plan your budget before work commences

It’s important to plan your budget before you take on any work. This ensures you know exactly what you have to spend and provides you with a foundation for a plan to move forward with the project. A budget isn’t suppose to be a negative topic of conversation; it enables you to stick within affordable parameters to get the job done.

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Have a contingency fund in place

It’s essential to not only know your budget but to also have a contingency fund in place. This is for those unforeseen emergencies that are likely to crop up when you least expect them to. It means you don’t eat into your budget and you have the funds ready to correct the problem. This can be one of the biggest stresses of any project, so keep things simple and have emergency funds ready for when disaster strikes.

Stick with something neutral that stands the test of time

Sometimes we can think a particular colour is great, or choose something a little out of the ordinary and assume it is modern and funky. But will your design choices stand the test of time? The last thing anyone wants to do is redo a job that should last a few years, just because you made an error in judgement. Stick with neutral colours and a white bathroom suite. Ensuring your bathroom stands the test of time.

Make arrangements for when the bathroom is out of action

Finally, a bathroom can be a lengthy job, so make sure you have provisions in place. This is when your neighbours can come in handy. Having somewhere to shower or even relieve yourself when the toilet is being plumbe can be a lifesaver. Don’t get caught short.

I hope these tips help you on your way to a stress free bathroom update.

Driving Ambition: How Golf Can Increase Your Kids’ Self Confidence

Kids nowadays seem to be becoming less and less confident in themselves. There are plenty of reasons for this. We are living in a digital age, and kids are spending increasingly worrying amounts of time in isolated situations. They sit at games consoles in their rooms and often the most social interaction they get is speaking to a stranger overseas through a headset. But your little one’s early years are so important when it comes to forming their personality and character. It’s essential that they have self-confidence before they start school and throughout their education. Shy children often get left behind in classes, as they are scared to put their hand up and voice their views. They also tend to have fewer friends to play with at breaktime. Sport is a great method for boosting your child’s self-esteem. Here are a few reasons why golf, in particular, might be a great sport for your child to partake in.

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Social Skills

Golf is an individual sport. This means that your child isn’t being thrown into the deep end of team sports, where quieter children can be pushed aside or made uncomfortable by louder, more boisterous kids. Your child can ease into this sport, while still developing great social skills. They will learn to interact with their instructor. If you place your child in a class, they will have peers to communicate and have fun with. But in a less competitive environment than many other sport

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The Fun Factor

Golf, for children, is extremely exciting. It will make them feel grown up. Mini clubs, mini golf and fun, crazy golf courses are ideal for them. They’ll be able to play between small scale obstacles, such as windmills and little pools. The whole environment is energetic and bright. Golf isn’t something that your kids will have to be forced into. Many will take to it with fervor. The more fun a child is having, the more they will come out of their shell.

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Competition

Like all sports, golf can be competitive. As your child’s skills grow, they may wish to take part in golf-related competitions and events. Golf trophies and awards are presented at these events. These prizes will inspire your children to work on their skills and become the best in their field. They will feel a sense of pride as they achieve more and more. They will gain confidence in themselves and their capabilities. This will spread into other areas of their life. For example, school and friendships.

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Conversation

The more hobbies and talents your children have, the more they will have to talk about with others. A child’s enthusiasm for the sport will be a hot topic of conversation when they meet others their age. Shy children often keep quiet when meeting others. With confidence and interest in a sport, your child will want to tell the world about what they get up to in their spare time. A happy, talkative child will draw a larger friendship group.

Project Home: Rennovation Tips For When You Purchase A DIY Project

Buying a home is just one of those stressful things we all hope to go through at some point in our lives. We all want that investment and stability but have to deal with a whole heap of stress and paperwork to get us there. So what happens if your dream home needs a little love? We can’t all help that feeling we get when we walk through the door of a potential new home. We either love it or hate it. So falling in love with a renovation project isn’t always the easiest things to do. But I’m here to offer you a few tips and advice. I hope it helps you if you have jumped into a DIY project.

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Make sure you get planning for any extensions you do

Anything other than a lean to or conservatory will require some planning permission from your local council offices. It’s more paperwork I admit, but it’s one of those things you simply cannot avoid. Many people take on renovation projects in the hope of building up or out, so permission is something that will need to be granted. You will also be best to seek the services of an architect to draw up plans. Getting this right the first time is essential for a smooth process.

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Research out the materials you want to use

You may want to do some work inside as well as building outwards. So it’s important to consider all your material options. Researching Timber Merchants or other materials like sustainable or eco friendly alternatives would be advisable. It is better done at the early planning stage. Some people who are particularly good at building may want to use these materials to build cabinets or even the kitchen.

Don’t stick to the original layout if it isn’t workable

When it comes to your project, try and think outside of the box. If the layout doesn’t work for modern day living, don’t be afraid to switch things around. Kitchens always work well overlooking the gardens but in some older houses, they were built at the front. Being creative with your design and making it work for you is vital to stay motivated within the renovation process. It can be long and stressful.

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Remember the kitchen and bathroom are the most desirable rooms

It is always worth remembering that the kitchen and bathrooms add the most value. So make sure you invest both some budget and your time into these rooms. Whether you are selling or living in this renovation project, those rooms are not only the most valuable but the most used.

Have a budget in place and a contingency fund just in case

Finally, make sure you have a budget in place and don’t forget that contingency fund. The likelihood is that your project is going to unearth some unforeseen problems. It could be anything from a leaky roof to foundation issues. That contingency fund is there for those emergencies, ensuring you can stay on track with your budget.

I hope these tips help you if you have purchased a DIY project.