<![CDATA[NonperfectParenting - Product Reviews]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:39:42 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Talking To Your Children About Difficult Subjects]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:36:34 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/talking-to-your-children-about-difficult-subjects.htmlAs parents, all we want to do is protect our children. We want them to be safe and happy and fun-loving, no plagued by the hurt that life can sometimes throw up. That’s why talking to them about difficult topics is often cited as one of the worst things about being a parent. We know we have to educate them on these things - death, growing up, financial problems, divorce, politics - but that doesn’t make it any easier.
     These are all topics that put our parenting skills to the test. We panic, freak out a little, lose our focus and then start trying to figure ways we can sweep these conversations under the carpet and hope our children don’t notice. Of course, we know this won’t work. Kids are so intuitive.
     That’s why we have come up with some pieces of advice from leading psychologists to help you learn how to approach any tough talk you may need to have with you kids:
First, Look After You

Before you talk to your children, you need to make sure that you are okay first and have patience with this. The reason for this is, kids, look up to the parents or carers for cues. That is how they learn how to respond to a situation. Let’s say you are at the beginning of a divorce, and you’re feeling sad and angry; if you talk to your children in this state then they will reflect your emotions. Your best bet is to make sure you are okay first. Speak to friends and family, seek custody help and therapy if you need and, only when you are best possible shape, should you talk to them. This will show your kids that it is important to discuss and show their feelings, while also showing them that you can still cope with life despite hard times.

Always Consider Their Age

If children are young, then you need to know that it is okay to shelter them from bad news. Of course, this isn’t always a luxury we are afforded, such as when a loved one passes away. A lot of the time, though, it could be something that doesn’t need to be discussed at all, such as a national disaster. As such, it is always worth asking yourself some questions before having any chats with them. For example, if your child is not aware of violence yet, it isn’t worth expanding their knowledge. That is always a good way of knowing whether or not you should hold a talk or whether it is something that they would be better off not knowing.
How To Start Talking

When tragedy strikes, no matter what form it strikes in, it is always safe to start a conversation by asking your child what they think happened? What this will do is give you a clear understanding of how much information your child needs on the topic, or whether they just need reassuring about something. To put it simply: less is more in this scenario. So ask them what they know or what they think and then answer those questions without having to go into any more detail than you think is necessary. This isn’t to hold stuff back from them, but rather to protect them and their innocence.  

<![CDATA[The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:30:56 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/the-best-celebrity-engagement-rings.html     When all eyes are on you, as is the case in Hollywood, you need a sparkler that can be seen from the other side of the red carpet. Only the best of the best will do. Read on to discover more about some of the best celebrity engagement rings.  
Lady Gaga – On Valentine’s Day in 2015, Taylor Kinney proposed to the Bad Romance singer with a stunning heart-shaped diamond engagement ring. Showing that symbolization is well and truly alive in the jewelry industry, nothing says love quite like a heart-shaped diamond. If you are interested in buying a heart diamond engagement ring, one thing you need to be mindful of is the quality of the curve, as this will have a considerable impact on the diamond’s sparkle.

Princess Diana – Princess Diana captured hearts all over the world for her warm personality and her stunning style. When Prince Charles proposed to her in 1981, he presented her with a gorgeous 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring. It is a trend that has stuck ever since.

Amal Alamuddin – We have all become a little bit obsessed with Amal Alamuddin since she hooked up with George Clooney. The British lawyer has featured in endless celebrity style articles and features, and here engagement ring certainly caught the eye in April 2014. The ring features a seven-carat diamond, which has been ethically sourced and sits on a platinum setting.

Grace Kelly – If you are looking for a classic yet opulent style of engagement ring, take inspiration from Grace Kelly. She wore a stunning 10.5-carat square-cut diamond ring on her finger when Prince Rainier III of Monaco proposed to her in 1955.

Kim Kardashian – The Kardashians are well known for their extravagant lifestyle. Add Kanye West to the mix, and you can be sure of a bold, luxurious, and opulent engagement ring, and it certainly did not disappoint. Kanye designed to the ring with jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. It features a breath-taking 15-carat diamond on an elegant band.

Alison Brie – Star of ‘How To Be Single’, Alison Brie has one of the most stunning engagement rings. It is a beautiful double halo set diamond solitaire ring that is set in rose gold. Rose gold and halo designs are two exceptionally popular trends at the moment. Verragio rings are known for their halo settings, which make the ring look even more expensive and opulent, as small diamonds surround the main center diamond.

Pippa Middleton – Pippa Middleton recently tied the knot with her longtime beau, financier James Matthews, in one of the weddings of the year. He proposed to her with an incredible Art Deco inspired ring, which is truly one of a kind. It features a beautiful Asscher-cut diamond and is estimated to be worth roughly $263,000.

Charlene Wittstock – Last but not least, we have Charlene Wittstock. You may not know her by name, but she was one of the most breathtaking engagement rings you’ll ever see. Charlene is married to Prince Albert II of Monaco. She wears a three-carat pear-shaped engagement ring that is surrounded by round diamonds. The pear shape is ideal for those seeking a feminine style. Maison Repossi, a leading Parisian jeweler, designed the ring.

<![CDATA[5 Tips for Encouraging Your Child to do Well at School]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:28:03 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/5-tips-for-encouraging-your-child-to-do-well-at-school.htmlEvery parent wants their child to succeed. The reality is, they won’t reach their full potential without our encouragement. It may mean extra time and effort on your part, but it’s worth it to see them reach their goals. There are lots of things you can do to encourage your child to learn and develop at school. Here are some tips for boosting your child’s success.
It’s Okay to Fail

Every child must know that failing doesn’t make a failure. Doing something in the wrong way is just practice for getting it right. It’s okay to fail. In fact, most of us fail at something on our first attempt. Try to teach your child not to take failure personally. Encourage them to try things over and over again. Encourage them to try new things. Playing board games is a great way of teaching your child to never give up because the winner of the game is likely to change each time.

Learning is Fun

Anything is harder when it’s seen as chore. If your child isn’t enjoying school because he/she thinks of it as a job, it may be time to turn the tables. Your child will often look to you to set the example. That being said, do your best to have a positive attitude about learning. If you think language is a barrier to your child learning, have a look at the English learning system set up by A J Hoge. Learn new things with your children and get excited about it. If your children join in and have fun while learning, give them lots of praise.

Live the Dream

Many parents tend to dull children’s passions because they feel it won’t lead them anywhere or they won’t have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. If your child is into basketball or ballet, let them enjoy it. Allowing a child to indulge in their passions will often lead to them excelling at school. You may not find that your child has a passion for mathematics, but allowing him to play football may relieve the stress of having to study and understand maths.

Why Study?

Students often ask their teachers why they should study a certain subject. What will they need it for once they’re out in the big wide world? The answers they get are usually not what they need to hear. Make a point of telling your children why their subjects are important for them to study. Make connections will real life situations or things that could affect them in the future. For example, you may need maths to calculate monthly outgoings or apply for a mortgage. You’ll need good English skills to apply for jobs and develop interview skills.

Broaden Their Horizons

There may be things that schools are unable to teach your children but could help develop their studies. For example, travelling can show your children new things and they may come back home with a renewed motivation for their studies. After all, if they plan to live in France one day, it would help if they payed attention in French class.

<![CDATA[Why Outdoor Wall Fountains Should Be A Part Of Your Backyard]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:36:04 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/why-outdoor-wall-fountains-should-be-a-part-of-your-backyard.html     A wall fountain is one of the most vivid and relaxing things one can add to their backyard or in their home. Wall fountains can be worked in many shapes and sizes. If you want to give a stylish touch to your backyard, you can integrate the wall fountain with your swimming pool. Installing a wall fountain can make the surrounding atmosphere calm while you unlax yourself.  These outdoor wall fountains can likewise be made a part of your garden. They can be worked with huge rocks or a smooth surface contingent upon how you need it to display and sound. All that is required is a water pump to draw water in a fountain.
Outside wall fountain is a water feature that is ideal for your backyard and gives you a sense of relaxation due to sound of descending water. A wall fountain is more contemporary and will give your backyard a moderate and new look. You may give your wall fountain a traditional look – simply make it of large and rough stones. However, if you are more into giving your backyard a modern look, you can pick an installation with light and beautiful jets of water. Wall fountains that come with a mirror base appear to look fabulous and it seems that there is considerably more water streaming.

Making a backyard retreat is similar to adding an extra room to your home. Large or small, such water features add serenity to your backyard. The benefits of having an outdoor wall fountain for the backyard don’t end at the tranquil sound of trickling water but there is more.

Benefits of Outdoor Wall Fountain for the Backyard Here are some benefits for why should consider adding a wall fountain to your backyard projects.

•     Incorporates aesthetic charm. You visited your friend’s place or one of your relatives and saw a wall fountain running in their backyard. You were suddenly impressed by its look and the aesthetic taste your friend/relative has. Weren’t you? That’s what an outdoor wall fountain does. It creates a charming aura to the site and attracts people toward the feature.  

•     Minimum maintenance. You don’t need longer hours of your day to spend maintaining a wall fountain. What all you need to do is switch off the fountain, drain all the water and rub the fountain clean with vinegar or a non-toxic water clarifier. This will help prevent the growth of algae. So practically, it takes only a few minutes maintaining your wall fountain.

•     Humidify the air. Outdoor wall fountains are good for your skin and breathing because they humidify the air. It is specifically a nice feature during dry weather or the chilly winter nights, when indoor heating absorbs the natural moistness from the air.

•     Mood enhancer. The process when water molecules are rushing down the fountain is thought to discharge negative ions into the air. Scientific studies have proved considerable health advantages from negative ionization. For instance, the increased number of negative ions is considered to help lessen stress, boost energy and enhance your mood.

Benefits above accounting for better home décor and health improvement are reasons enough to installing an outdoor wall fountain to your backyard. If you haven’t had one yet, probably now is the time to start thinking about it.  

<![CDATA[Gadgets That Will Make Your Kids Help With The Chores]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:06:35 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/gadgets-that-will-make-your-kids-help-with-the-chores.html     All parents have a battle with their kids about helping out with chores! When they are tiny, they are desperate to help but it is not safe to allow them to do so and they are not that good at chores anyway! Then they get older and are physically capable of helping out. They could do a good job but now they don’t want to. At some stage, money will become involved. They may be willing to help out with some chores but you may have to pay them and you will have to work out what a fair rate of pay is. Kids can drive a very hard bargain so you may be out of pocket sooner that you realize.
     There is one trick that you can use to get your kids interested in helping out. You can get some cool gadgets. Kids of all ages love novelty and love to try out new things so get yourself one of these tools and you could find yourself with all the help you could want. It is true that the gadgets will cost you money but we all know that being a parent costs money. You should view these as more of an investment. You could save a lot of time in the future if you can persuade your kids to use them. Kids are also very good at working out how to use gadgets and often have a natural aptitude for technology that will be useful to you. If you can’t work out how to use your new gadget you could always ask your kids!
     A paint sprayer for the gardenThe garden is a great place to get kids to help out with chores. They are helping you out and getting some fresh air and exercise at the same time. This is good for them and they don’t even realize it.
      There are loads of things that they can do help you in the garden from planting through to mowing the lawn. Some kids have a genuine interest in how things grow. Others just like to get messy in the soil or like to use the lawnmower.
     They can also help out with a lot of the garden maintenance and summer is the best time to do that. After a long hard winter, most garden fences are in desperate need of some attention. Painting the fence is a long and laborious process but it turns into great fun if you get a paint sprayer. To find yourself the best model, check out the reviews on www.toolnerds.com/. There’s loads of information on the best models from the best brands on the market. You can read the detailed insight into how useful the tools are and what they are capable of. You can use the honest and well-written reviews to make a sensible choice. You could even get your kids to help with the decision.
     Once you have your paint sprayer you can leave older teens to get on with it themselves but younger kids will need your close supervision to make sure that they are safe. They will get a lot of satisfaction from doing a good job and it is something that they can be proud of.
     A bread maker for the kitchenMost families eat bread. Some families eat a lot of it! Older kids and teens can devour huge quantities of bread so you are probably continually stocking up from the local store. So, why not get the kids to make their own?
     If you invest one of the new bread machines you could find that your kids suddenly become very interested in what is going on in the kitchen. Bread machines can make all sorts of bread using a variety of recipes and the freshly bakes product smell amazing. Kids can look up the recipes that they like the look on sites like https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/easy-bread-recipes/ and do some experimenting. Many bread machines will make scones and bakes as well.
     A top tip for busy parents is to get your kids to batch cook loaves of bread. They get a full afternoon of playing around with the new bread maker and you get a freezer full of healthy and nutritious loaves that will last you for the next two weeks. Everyone will be happy and you could save a fortune.
      A pressure washer for the yardThere is something mesmerizing about using a pressure washer and it can be a little addictive. Once you have got them set up, older teens will be able to use them as long as you have given them some safety instructions and you supervise from a distance.
     They are great for removing debris and mold from the concrete in the back yard and making it look like new. They are also great at cleaning up fences before they are painted and garden furniture before you give them a new coat of varnish. Using one is very satisfying because they make such a difference to the yard or to the fence and they make a cool noise when you are using them which will appeal to big kids!
     You will not have to spend hours persuading them to wash the family car if you have a pressure washer because they will jump at the chance to help you out. Just check that the settings are correct so no damage is caused to the paintwork. Pressure washers make a fantastic job of cleaning up alloy wheels. They may even offer to wash your neighbors’ cars and could earn themselves some decent money.
      The key to keeping kids engaged in chores is preventing them from getting bored. Swap the chores around so that they are making bread one week and paint-spraying in the yard the next week. Give them plenty of praise and tell them what a good job they have done. Then they will be keen to keep helping you out for many years to come.

<![CDATA[Play Beyond the Screen With OSMO]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:17:01 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/play-beyond-the-screen-with-osmo.htmlThe reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
     Kids love to play anything with screens and parents love anything that helps our children learn. That is why both parents and kids love Osmo. This award winning game system brings your iPad to life and makes learning a hands on experience that your child won't want to put down!  Now, you won't need to monitor or limit screen time because with Osmo you know every minute is a minute of learning fun
     The Osmo system works on any iPad, as long as it has a camera. It is incredibly easy to assemble and set up. Within moments of opening your Osmo system, your child will be on their road to learning fun.  The Osmo kits contain everything you need to play: Each kit includes a white iPad stand and a red reflector for the iPad camera. The Starter Kit includes two sets of game pieces (two complete alphabet letter tile sets and wood tangram shapes). Masterpiece and Newton don’t require any pieces. All of these apps are available to download from the App Store free of charge but you need the Osmo Base (stand & reflector) to play them. A Genius Kit includes all of those items, plus a set of high-quality number and dot tiles for the Numbers game. Osmo only works with an iPad and is not Android based at this time. 
     Osmo is perfect for fostering STEM skills. My daughter loves the Tanagram game which is perfect for fosterig spatial relational skills. Other games help to build skills such as  logic and problem solving skills, spelling and critical thinking skills, creative problem solving skills, and drawing and creative confidence. Osmo is perfect for classrooms, homeschoolers or for challenging your child during the long summer days. 
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
<![CDATA[Bedroom Beauty Battles]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:36:09 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/bedroom-beauty-battles.htmlMoving into a new home generally means new bedroom layouts and even a changeover of who sleeps in with who when it comes to the kids. If you have a big family and the kids are currently sharing bedrooms, then a change in house can also mean moving into their own rooms. This then starts the big bedroom battle! Who gets the big bedroom? Are there enough rooms for each child? If not, who will have to share? It’s one big argument that you will be facing alongside moving to a new house and having to deal with packing and organising – which is one thing no one wants to deal with.
Decorating bedrooms for the kids is one of the most fun things about moving to a new home. For the most part, you get a blank canvas to start with and this can bring up all kinds of creative ideas you never knew you had. There are so many guides online for interior design ideas, but an area that is often lacking is the kid’s bedroom! Considering so many families are out there looking for the best ways to maximise space for smaller bedrooms, or balance the space for children who have to share a bedroom, there should be more ideas out there. The way you decorate your child’s space can have a huge impact on them as they grow up and ensuring that their personal space is comfortable and safe is in the best interests of every parent.

You may not be able to afford a themed bedroom with an entire indoor treehouse, but that’s not necessarily what a child needs in their life. You don’t always need a pirate ship shaped bed or a princess wagon, either, but if this is in your budget and your child would love it, then why not? Your little ones are only little once and if their bedroom feels like somewhere they can have fun and enjoy themselves in, then getting your thinking cap on and making it beautiful is going to be an amazing memory for them. They need somewhere to sleep that is comfortable, somewhere to hold their clothes and somewhere to do their homework. If you have more than one child in one room, then this is where you can get creative about how you organise the space. One word of advice here though: when it comes to being creative, be safe! There’s nothing safe about a bedroom full of hanging ropes and ladders, so be smart about your design ideas and keep the bedroom child-friendly as well as gorgeous!

So, when it comes to doing the design for your child’s bedroom, what should you get started with and what should you remember?

Colour. Believe it or not, the colour of your child’s bedroom can really affect their sleep and their calm. Painting a bedroom blood red is likely not going to make for a soothing, sleepy environment. Pastel colours like duck egg blue, lemon or lavender are perfect for a child’s bedroom, especially when they’re young. When you consider colours, choosing plain, neutral colours are so important – especially if you have a child with varied tastes who likes different character bedroom themes as time goes on! Sticking to neutral base colours with changeable accessories will save you a lot of money in the long run, as with each bedroom overhaul you won’t have to change the entire paint job on the walls. Keep the colours bright and airy, too, as matching to furniture will be so much easier!

Wall Décor. Wall stickers like these are extremely popular for children’s bedrooms, and you can get a variety to cover different age groups. Wall stickers aren’t the only décor options for a bedroom, though. You can use funky shaped mirrors as a signature piece on a wall, blown-up canvases with family photos and even simple posters to brighten up the bedroom. Children don’t really appreciate striking art pieces or wall-mounted radiators, so don’t over complicate it too much. The children’s bedroom should be beautiful but if you can sneak in some education posters, then definitely go for it! Giant, child-friendly world maps, math multiplication tables and alphabet posters are always popular for children’s bedrooms. With little children, a newly decorated bedroom can often be an invitation for displaying their own artwork from the crayon mines on the wall. You could easily diffuse this by painting a large square of chalkboard paint on the wall and allowing them to draw on that one area. You can really encourage their own artistry by doing this, and you can also allow your children to have fun. The best bit? Chalk is easily rubbed out, meaning they can draw again and again.

Taking some ideas from this website on frames that are friendly for a child’s bedroom is a good idea to show off artwork. You could create a gallery wall in their bedroom of all the pieces of artwork you can’t bear to be rid of and create a quirky, artistic look. You could also change the pieces out each year, meaning that as they grow, the quality of their art will have a defined change. It’s a lovely way to mark how they have grown!

Furniture. When you consider the furniture that you put in the bedroom for your child, it’s not just the type of wood you have to think about. You need to measure the space you have, you need to think about whether you’ll need bunk beds for more than one child in the room and you also have to decide on everything from the wardrobes to the mattresses. Children need comfort to be able to get the sleep they need so checking out this link www.Mattress-Guides.net/nectar-mattress-review-complaints  before you buy is a good idea. You want to make smart bedroom décor decisions and the mattresses you choose are going to make the difference between a great night’s sleep before school the next day.

Space is going to be the biggest issue and if you are tight on space, then be clever about your furniture choices. Cabin beds like these with storage underneath, and entire beds that have a desk and wardrobe built in underneath can be perfect for those smaller bedrooms. In the nursery, double up the dresser or cot with a change table and save the space you could use for other furniture options. For those of you with smaller budgets, plain and simple furniture is often the best option. You can, however, still get creative! Tying ribbons to the handles of the chest of drawers or wardrobes can really brighten them up. This instantly upgrades the look of the furniture, and you can even colour match the ribbon to the walls. Excellent look, minimum cost. You can do the same with closet doors, but instead of ribbon, adding magnetic boards and mirrors is a nice touch to brighten up plain furniture.

Attaching multi-closet organisers like these can help you maximise on shoe storage, sunglasses and sun hats and all those little pieces of clothing that you can’t find space for. Older children will really appreciate the space for all their trinkets! Speaking of older kids, these are the ones who need a desk and study area, so building a desk that is maximised for studying with a computer space will make an exciting difference to their studies. Encouraging independence is going to help your children go a long way in life!

Toys & Books. There is always a need for toy storage when there are children in the house, so maximising the space you have for toys is so important! Reading a story at bedtime is one of those things that all children really love, so creating a warm, inviting place for a shared reading area in the bedroom will be a wonderful addition to any room. You need some good lighting, a comfy chair for a cuddle and a bookcase stocked up with all the favourites from your childhood. The influence of storytelling from a young age can really change the way children see the world, so take advantage of that as early as possible. When it comes to the children’s artwork, you could string wire from one side of the room to the other high up and use small pegs like these to peg their creations. This is a great way to show off their creations and also a handy place to keep those pieces you just cannot get rid of.

Having a multi-function drawing desk like this in the bedroom is a great place to stash art supplies and if you add a small ottoman bench as a seat, you can store dressing up clothes and accessories for imaginative play. Creativity is important in a child’s life and keeping these things in their bedrooms will mean that they’re not laying around the house getting in your way!

<![CDATA[ Holding Together In Holy Matrimony]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:49:38 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/holding-together-in-holy-matrimony.html
     A lot of people find that tension is put on their marriage when kids come into the picture. Unfortunately, having children isn’t easy. And, this leads to a huge amount of meaningful relationships falling apart. Falling out of love with someone isn’t inevitable, though; you can put in the work to keep the fire burning. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the most important aspects of this sort of relationship. When you’re married, you have to put your own needs aside, and make room for those of others. But, with a push in the right direction and some practice, you’ll be successful in no time.
To start, from the beginning to the very end of your relationship with someone, you should be completely honest. There will be times when lying could be a situation easier or hurt easier to bear. But, if it ever comes out that you’ve not been truthful; the damage could have a much bigger impact. Along with this, it can often feel better to keep something secret rather than lie or tell the truth. But, equally, this can be very damaging. People often consider the very worst outcome when they visualise a conversation they’re planning to have. But, in most cases, you don’t get this reaction. And, regardless, if something is important enough to lie about; it's probably too important to lie about.

As you become more honest with each other, you’ll discover things you may not entirely appreciate. You should be open to criticism of your behaviour, though. Only through enforcement will it become clear as to what needs to be changed to improve your relationship. It’s often the smallest things which impact this sort of bond. For example, you may find it hard to chat in the morning, when you first wake up. But, your partner may need to talk. Ignoring them or being short each morning would harbour some bad blood between the two of you. And, so, you would have to have a conversation to make sure you’re both on the same page. It’s not worth having to call a divorce attorney and child custody lawyer because of a difference like this. But, a surprising amount of relationships fall apart this way.
    You can see the relationship you find in marriage as very similar to a team. You and your partner have to work together to overcome the odds in front of you. If you fail to work together during this time; you will struggle to remain faithful to each other. Fortunately, it’s easy to spread the workload you have as parents to make sure you both do your fair share. And, even if you don’t have kids; you should be sharing things like housework, finances, and other important tasks. Otherwise, grudges will start to form, and the connection you have might go sour.
     Working on your relationship doesn’t have to be hard. A lot of people fail to consider the important things when they get into a commitment like marriage or having children. But, you have to keep in touch with each other to make sure you stay strong. Love is a mysterious thing; but, it can be controlled with the right efforts.
<![CDATA[Forget Theme Parks, Explore The Outdoors With Your Kids]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:28:30 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/forget-theme-parks-explore-the-outdoors-with-your-kids.html
     Often when we go on holiday as a family we completely forget what a vacation should be about. It’s not just a chance to relax and escape from the stresses of the modern world. It’s also an opportunity to reconnect as a family, come together, appreciate one another and share some quality time. However, this idea can often get lost when you are traipsing around a busy theme park, rushing to the next plane or perhaps squeezing in some activities that are a tad educational. 
     Instead, you should simplify your next holiday and head into the outdoors, the great wild with your kids. You won’t be disappointed if you do this and we’ve got some great tips to get started.
Pick A Beauty Spot
     You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to find the perfect place to go on vacation. There are plenty of destinations near and around where you live, probably only a few miles from your home. You should have a look online and explore local rural areas around your residence. You might find that there is some stunning forests, gorgeous green hills or beautiful aqua lakes.
     Once you realise the potential of this location, you can then look for a place to go camping. You might find that there are a vast number of different places that allow you to set up a tent. Or, you may need to get permission to use private land. It’s always better to check rather than just heading out there and planting your pegs. Although, before you set off on your vacation in the outdoors, you should get the kit.
Buy Your Kit
     You’ll definitely need a tent and it should be big enough for your whole family. Don’t forget, there will be days when it pours down and you can’t leave the tent without getting soaked. On days like this, you want to make sure that you have enough space in the tent without everyone feeling over crowded. If you check out a site such as TentsAndCampGear.com, you’ll find that there is a wide range of different options when purchasing your first tent. You might want to think about opting for a deluxe choice if you have never taken the family camping before.
     As well as this, you’ll need to make sure you have a portable stove to cook food on. Otherwise, you’re going to be making a lot of trips to the nearest town or city and eating at restaurants. This might not be a bad idea but it can detract from the idea of this type of vacation and make it a lot more expensive.
Plan Activities
     Typically, when you go on a vacation for the kids, your activities aren’t planned for you. Hit this theme park, show up at that water park, don’t forget the night show and make sure you take them to that spot. On a vacation like this, there’s no time to catch your breath. Here, things are a little different because instead you can plan activities yourself from fishing to mountain biking. You might even discover that you if head to certain places that are more exciting options on the agenda like family river rafting. Check out some great ideas on NetMums.com.
     The bottom line is that if you plan a trip like this for your family you’re going to love how it brings you all together.
<![CDATA[Mom SOS: When Things Go Wrong And How To Solve ThemComments]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:13:31 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/06/mom-sos-when-things-go-wrong-and-how-to-solve-themcomments.html     Let’s be honest here, no day is ever the same when you are a parent. You have so much to fill your days with, working perhaps, chores in the home, school runs, school pickups, and not to mention all the mom taxi driving you do from one after school club to the next. It can be exhausting. So it shouldn’t come as any big surprise to you, that things can often go wrong. Be that with the family, with the children, or in the home. I thought I would share some of the most common issues every mom can face, and hopefully, offer a few nuggets of advice to get you through.
The home. It is the place we relax in when the evening comes round, your pride and joy perhaps. But when things go wrong it can turn very quickly from your happy place into a disaster home.
When the appliances decide to breakdown

I hope to say that perhaps we have all been here at some point in our lives. The washing is on its final spin, the fridge has a fresh load of food shopping stored, the freezer is jam packed from your latest batch cooking session, and one of them decides to break down unexpectedly. Queue a lot of potentially wasted food and a washing machine that just won’t drain that last lot of water, or quite simply floods everywhere. It isn’t easy to stay cool in this situation, especially if you have a house full of children to take care of or a list as long as your arm of things to do.

However, having a savings pot for these eventualities can come in handy. Most stores will deliver within a 24 hour period, and if you have great neighbors, I’m sure they won’t mind storing some of that food for you, so it doesn’t have to be the disaster you originally thought. But, not all of us have a savings pot that can be utilized at that exact moment, which is why companies like Personal Money Store could help provide a short-term solution. You can visit their website for more information.

When the food shopping bill get’s out of control

Food shopping is that one bill that we have complete control over. You may not agree, but you certainly make a choice on what you buy and what you don’t. But the food bill can also be an expense that can get a little out of hand. Suddenly one trip becomes two, you buy things you already have in the cupboard, or you stick with brands instead of trying store alternatives. We have all done it I’m sure. This is why it’s important to take a hold on this particular spend and try and be as frugal as you can be. Choose an alternative store to shop in, make a list before you leave the house of exactly what you need, and consider things like meal planning. This is a great way to reduce your spending habits. You could also consider batch cooking, as buying some ingredients in bulk can work out a lot cheaper in the long run.

When the bills, in general, begin to mount up

It isn’t just the food bill that can cause you problems, your general monthly outgoings can all be taking a toll on your disposable income and opportunity to save. While you may not be able to stop a mortgage or rent payment, and you certainly need energy into your home, there are a few things you can consider to lighten the burden of those bills. Switching providers is a great way to get a better deal and reduce your monthly outgoing, you can also consider things like reducing your general usage of energy in your home. Switching lights off, switching technology items off instead of using standby, only boiling the kettle for the water you need. Even things like flushing the toilet only when you need to can help to reduce water rates. Another option would be to consider saving rain water for your plants and garden or even considering solar panels as an alternative way of obtaining energy.

No plan for any future savings

Saving money can be hard, especially if you don’t have much disposable income at the end. It can be a real pain for any mom wanting to provide or treat her family. But saving little and often can really build up over time. A great tip is to move any odd number out of you main account into your savings. For example, if your current available balance reads $347.89, you can round that down to the nearest whole number and move $7.89 to a savings account. Doing this, no matter how small each day can build up your savings without you even noticing. There are other methods to consider such as the dollar challenge, or monthly incentives to save. Just head over to websites like Pinterest for more information and inspiration.


Growth spurts in children, or needing new things for school

We all know that kids can grow unexpectedly and fast, so you can often find yourself in a situation where no clothes fit. So if you can, try and be organized and buy ahead of time. Using sales and discount codes or vouchers is a great way to reduce your initial outgoing, and you always will have a stockpile of items ready.

Outside of the home

It isn’t just in the home that we can feel like we are heading into disaster. Here are some of the most common things any mom can face.


The car breaks down

Just like when your appliances decide they aren’t going to work anymore, your car can do the same. More often than not this will be when you are running late or have somewhere to be. Car repairs can be quite costly, so again it’s time to consider using savings or a short-term solution to help you through. However, you can try and avoid that altogether by investing in a  breakdown service. This normally incurs a monthly fee but could save you in your hour of need.

Being late

Being late in general can be a huge bug bear to many moms. Whether that’s picking up your children or meeting friends for coffee. Even getting to work on time if you have to be the office by a certain time can be tricky. While there is no cure for this, the only advice anyone can give is to try and take some time to plan your week and set timings accordingly. Establishing a routine is a great way to try and avoid rushed situations in the future. Although sometimes it just can’t be helped.


Earning an income for the family

Finally, it can be tough to provide for your family. Whether you have a job bringing in a stable income or whether you stay at home and take care of the family, many moms will agree that they would love to bring in extra income into the home. There are things you can consider doing, and there are many success stories of moms creating huge incomes from doing some of these very things. You could start a blog or become a freelance writer or virtual assistant. You could fill in online surveys or perform mystery shops while you are out and about. You could even use a talent you have or something that you create to sell and take advantage of websites like Etsy. Sometimes if you think outside of the box, you can really put your amazing skills to good use.

I hope this helps you fellow moms out in some way.