<![CDATA[NonperfectParenting - Product Reviews]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:13:55 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Black Panther is on the Way ]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:24:04 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/black-panther-is-on-the-way.html Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER opens in theaters everywhere on 
February 16, 2018!
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
<![CDATA[Family Decisions You Should Make Together]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:12:29 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/family-decisions-you-should-make-together.html      There are some decisions that families should make together. It isn’t fair for one person in the family to make the decisions all the time, nor is it fair to exclude the kids. While of course the final say will be down to the adults in the family, including the kids in important decisions will make them feel more valued, and more excited for any changes to come.
Here are a few family decisions you should consider making together for a stronger bond and happier family:

Whether To Get A Pet

If you’re going to get a pet, everybody needs to be on board. Do you want to be the person who walks, feeds, and takes care of the pet 24/7? You want everybody to chip in, because that’s what having a family pet is about!

Where To Move

Moving house is a big decision, whether you’re planning on move down the road or to another city. You should discuss this with the family as early as possible. If it’s an unavoidable move, say, for work, then you can still discuss it with the family. For example, you could perhaps have your kids look at schools and give their opinions.

What Car To Purchase

Choosing the perfect family car is a great feeling! Kids may not know much about cars, but they know whether they are comfortable, and you know whether they are going to be safe. Looking at cars together can be a fun bonding experience. Then all you need to do is decide whether you’ll buy outright or lease!

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<![CDATA[Join Me For the Feeling Buddies Twitter Party! ]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:16:55 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/join-me-for-the-feeling-buddies-twitter-party.html
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<![CDATA[Including Your Little Ones In Wedding Celebrations]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:13:51 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/including-your-little-ones-in-wedding-celebrations.htmlIt's more of a common occurrence nowadays: people are getting married later and saving the big day until they’re ready and happy for it. Kids are included as a result, instead of being the traditional gift of a new house when the couple moves into together. With families more likely to be blended in the modern era, and new opportunities arising due to the change in social conventions, planning the big day has a few more elements to it. There’s plenty of ways to make sure you include your children, so here’s a few nifty ideas on how to include the best people in your life in the a wedding celebration.
Let Them Design The Menu

Okay, maybe not the entire menu, but at least let them incorporate a kids’ menu. Or maybe you like the idea of the childish element, because it means you’ve included your little ones in the planning process and you want that to show. No matter what you decide, a menu labelled by children can be a lot of fun!

Even when it comes to the cake and dessert picking, take them along to the appointment with the baker and promise them plenty of tasty food if they promise to be good! Kids give the most enthusiastic responses of all, and they can be very honest as they don’t have our filters. You’ll know exactly how good each cake is, or what looks the best, based on their facial expressions alone.

Have the Perfect Page Person!

Having your kids around you on the big day can give you some comfort and a little hint of extra happiness. It also makes sure that your children get to see mommy and daddy tying the knot, a pivotal moment in anyone’s life.

Your kids can act in any role you want them to, either as a flowergirl, page boy, or ring bearer. To paint a picture: there’s nothing like turning to see your youngest skipping up to you, carrying a 77 Diamonds engagement ring and the like, whilst in a cutesy little flower crown, and feeling your face light up with love, knowing how well your big day is going.

Make Gift Bags Together

The idea of a present just for showing up is something we can all get behind, and kids’ parties are often a lot more fun because of it. However, as an adult we have little use for pocket dolls or yoyos. Break out the mini bottles of champagne!

Kids can bring a great down to earth element to a gift bag, on the other hand. Hand drawn little doodles on the back of a heart card saying ‘thank you for coming’ is a lovely touch, and just a small tidbit of the amount of creativity the both of you can get up to with this idea.

So go wild with your wedding plans and have the big day of your family’s dreams. Mark the beginning of a new life together with love and pride.

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<![CDATA[5 Reasons to Choose Béaba’s Babycook Versus Buying Baby Food]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:30:20 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/5-reasons-to-choose-babas-babycook-versus-buying-baby-food.htmlWhen you’re expecting, the feeling of anticipation you get while waiting for your squishy bundle of joy to arrive is indescribable. Although nine months may seem like a long time, it can fly by surprisingly fast. Whether you’re expecting your first child or your fifth, preparing for your little one’s arrival will keep you busy. 

Thankfully, there are many products that can make the transition into parenthood a little easier, including Béaba baby food makers. There are a variety of models to choose from, and each has its own convenient features and uses.  Here are five reasons to choose Béaba’s Babycook® food maker instead of buying baby food at the store.
1.      Convenience


Having the freedom to make baby’s food at home is much more convenient than buying baby food at the store. Babycook® is an all-in-one baby food steam cooker, blender, and processor that helps you make food quickly and safely. It can even cook raw meat in 15 minutes or less!  


2.      Affordability


Making your baby’s food at home is more affordable than buying it. In fact, families save over $1,500 on groceries each year (per child) when they make their own baby food.


3.      Nutrients


Food made at home doesn’t have to go through the rigorous pasteurization processes that store-bought baby food goes through. As a result, homemade baby food tends to retain more nutrients.


4.      Peace of Mind

When you make your own baby food, you know exactly what ingredients are in it. This knowledge can give you peace of mind that you’re giving baby a good, healthful start in life.


5.      Versatility

In addition to steam cooking, the Babycook® food maker can also blend (in pulses), defrost and reheat food. You can even make food for the entire family in the same machine.

If you value convenience, affordability and health, this product is perfect for you and your baby! Try the Babycook® for yourself and see firsthand why this convenient line of baby food makers is a parent’s (and baby’s!) best friend.

<![CDATA[You CAN Overcome Your Mental Health Hurdles]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:13:39 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/you-can-overcome-your-mental-health-hurdles.html     Parenting is a wonderful, fulfilling, rewarding experience that teaches us a love that we would scarcely have felt possible before our children were born… But it’s also hard. Incredibly hard. The daily trials of parenting from the seemingly endless cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping and ironing to the frustration of dealing with our kids when they get stubborn would be taxing for anyone, but when you are in the thrall of mental health problems, it can be virtually impossible to muster the energy to climb out of bed and attempt the mountain of tasks that is parenting. Yet our kids think that we’re unassailable and the feeling that we might be letting them down can only exacerbate matters. In light of this week’s World Mental Health Day, we’ve compiled a survival guide for parents experiencing difficulties with their mental health.
Educate yourself
     Before we talk about how you can help reconcile your mental health issues with your parenting, you owe it to yourself to better understand your own condition, whatever it may be and avail yourself to the plethora of help that’s out there. You’ll find that the more you know about mental health in general and your own condition specifically, the better equipped you’ll be to have a frank and open discussion with your kids. Many people even find that better understanding their own conditions equips them to help others in similar conditions and go into counselling or caring careers. While you can study a master in school counselling online, simply liaising with a mental health professional and researching your condition online can give you a great headstart. You should also check out the help available at Parentingwell.org, a website specifically for parents experiencing mental health issues.
Talk to your kids
    You may be apprehensive about opening up to your mental health problems to your kids, but an open and honest dialogue is always the best way to broach the subject. Children are very astute and perceptive, and well attuned to the emotional fluctuations of those around them, and it’s better to be frank about the subject when your children are cognizant enough to understand it rather than leaving them to guess. Children, after all, have a worrying habit of internalizing their anxieties and the last thing you want is for them to blame themselves for your apparent upset or distress.
If you’re at all unsure of how to open up this dialogue it’s a good idea to talk to a mental health professional about the best way to do this.
Expectation management
     Children can react in a wide range of ways to any form of vulnerability from their parents (whom they tend to assume are unilaterally indestructible). Your children can react in a number of ways and it’s important to be prepared for any eventuality:
  • Anger

  • Guilt

  • Shame

  • Responsibility

  • Anxiety

  • Relief

  • Supportiveness

    You know your children better than anybody and you may have some idea how well they will react. Over time, however, even if their initial reaction was negative they will eventually come to terms with, and be supportive of, your issues. 

<![CDATA[ Parenting 101: Being A Good Role Model]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:10:15 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/parenting-101-being-a-good-role-model.html     Whilst every child may be different and every living situation may be different (perhaps you’re a single parent or perhaps you have a loving partner), there’s one rule to parenting that holds true universally: you need to be a good role model. You’re not the only influence on your child’s life, of course. They’ll be influenced by teachers, friends, and other people they meet throughout their life.
     However, there’s something special about the person who physically raises a child. Your kid looks up to you, whether you realize it or not. That means you can have a very positive influence on this young person’s life by giving them guidance and showing them how to get by in the world. It’s a chance to be a better version of yourself too. Here’s the 101 on being a good role model to your child.
Lead by example.
     As mentioned above, being a role model to your child is all about how you present yourself. It’s no good to bark instructions at your children and then do the exact opposite. You need to lead by example. If you tell your kids that they need to be nice to people then you can’t be openly mean or rude to others in front of them. Teach them that random acts of kindness to people we meet can make all the difference because, hopefully, the favor will be returned to them.
Deal with relationship issues.
     Many parents make the mistake of prioritizing their child to the extent that they neglect their own personal relationship. It’s not a mistake to prioritize your child, of course, but it is a mistake to assume that the best way to do this is by putting everything else in your life on hold. If you’re having problems with your partner then you need to find a way to work through them. That might involve going into counseling or something as simple and straightforward as finding the time to sit and chat; make a schedule and book in dates on certain evenings. The best way for parents to be good role models for their child is to be supportive of one another.
     Of course, even if your relationship with the child’s other parent is beyond repair, that doesn’t mean you can’t still find a way to support one another as friends. You might want to do some research into divorce by mediation because the most mature way in which the parents of a child can deal with the dissolution of their relationship is to develop an atmosphere of mutual respect. The most important thing in this difficult situation is your child, so finding a way to resolve financial or emotional issues behind closed doors is the best solution; you certainly don’t want to argue in front of your little one. You need to make sure that you and your ex-partner are on the same wavelength in terms of providing the best future for your child. If you can, at least, be mature enough to remain friends then this should be possible.
Remember that you’re a parent above all else.
     Whilst you should strive to be your child’s friend, you shouldn’t strive to be their “chilled-out” friend. What this means is that sometimes you have to be uncool for the purpose of looking out for your child’s best interests. You might receive huffs, puffs, and protests in response, but the best way in which you can be a responsible and caring role model for your child is to do things in the interest of their own safety or happiness. You have to teach them that we can’t always do the things we want to do; sometimes, we have to stop and think about whether our decisions are sensible.
<![CDATA[How You Can Create An Allergy Free Home ]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:42:09 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/how-you-can-create-an-allergy-free-home.html     There is a broad range of potential allergens that can infest a property and render its inhabitants completely miserable. From dust to dander, pollen, VOCs, and more, there are many common allergens that will find their way into your home. Here are four ways homeowners can eliminate common allergens in the home, creating the healthiest space for their family and ensuring that everyone is comfortable.

Treat Your Sheets
     Dust mites are the most common indoor allergen, and they are most often found in the bedroom. As such, it’s worth devoting extra attention to this space. Add hypoallergenic casings to your bed and pillows, and don’t forget the importance of routine cleaning. The bedding should be washed in hot water at least once per week to mitigate allergy symptoms.

Clean Your Home 
      A deep clean is good for the rest of your home as well. Focus on the floor (upgrade to hardwood or at least low pile carpeting, if possible) by vacuuming weekly, and clean your curtains, blinds, and windows to prevent build up in those areas. Furniture should be dusted regularly, and any items that collect dust should be cleaned and stored instead of displayed or left on the floor. Finally, you can place doormats at entryways and encourage guests to remove their shoes upon entering to keep allergens from spreading throughout your home.

Check Your HVAC System 
      Don’t forget to schedule routine maintenance on your HVAC system. In addition to checking for major problems and performing repairs as needed, this should also include a professional cleaning. Though it is dangerous to perform any DIY repairs on your air conditioner, changing the filters and using a shop vacuum to clear the condensate pipes can be done on your own. Remember to use appropriate filters and HEPA vacuums when cleaning. You can also adjust the temperature of your home every now and then (keeping it above 78 degrees or below 68 degrees) to kill dust mites.

You should also consider investing in an air purifier. These systems pass air through a HEPA filter, which will catch smaller allergens as well as pet dander and other particles to purify your home’s air. Check the room capacity of any system before making a purchase. At the very least, having one by your bed will help keep the air clean while you sleep.

Prepare for the Worst Seasons

The worst months of the year for allergies will depend on what common allergens trigger symptoms for the people in your home. For example, ragweed is often in full effect in the fall whereas pollen is a major problem around spring. Note that these times will vary depending on where you live. Identify the peak months for allergies in your area and plan ahead by scheduling routine maintenance or performing the changes above before allergy season is in full swing. You should also keep windows shut and stay cool with just the HVAC system during the worst months for allergens.

There’s plenty of work to be done to keep the air in your home clean, but any allergy sufferers in your family will appreciate the effort. Remember these four solutions, and prep your home to handle the next major allergy season in your area.

<![CDATA[How Poor Money Habits Can Teach Your Kids The Wrong Lessons]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:31:39 GMThttp://nonperfectparenting.com/5/post/2017/10/how-poor-money-habits-can-teach-your-kids-the-wrong-lessons.html     We have all heard that parents who sometimes struggle financially can be in a good position to teach their children better habits. While this is often true, there are exceptions to the rule, and many parents who have gone through a rough financial patch question whether their children learn from their mistakes - or if they have to teach it themselves.
     Here is a quick guide to how financial difficulties may very well be helpful for your children’s finances, and the habits to avoid so that they can grow up to be responsible adults.
Don’t avoid creditors
     Let’s face it; owing money is tough, but owing money to multiple creditors is a lot tougher. It’s understandable that the first response is to stick your head in the sand and hope for the best, but for many parents with teenagers, this means that answering those dreaded phone calls becomes their responsibility.
     It’s good to give your children a bit of responsibility early on, but it needs to be in the right areas. Being in charge of buying groceries from time to time is always great, and the same goes for cooking dinner once in a while. Answering phone calls and making up lies for their parents about why they can’t come to the phone right now should not be one of them.
     Many families experience the same thing after going through a divorce, as one parent may refuse to talk to the other about their finances. It may become a problem even in an uncontested divorce where money matters seem straightforward, so make sure the two of you deal with the problems on your own.
Own up to your mistakes
Those who claim that coming from a low-income family helped them manage their finances better, know that the art of budgeting and living within their means played a big role. It could easily have gone the other way around too if their parents kept blaming it on other people or circumstances - instead of owning up to their mistakes and making an effort to dig themselves out of debt.
When you talk about the difficulties you’re going through currently, try to keep the conversations constructive. If you need to save money in order to pay back debt, say it as it as and don’t add that the economy is rubbish lately or that you’re in this situation because of someone else.
It only teaches your children that when they run into difficulties in life, it’s easy to avoid responsibility and just blame it on someone else. That way, we don’t have to change our behavior, right?
Have a plan and stick to it
To teach your kids anything at all about money, you need to be honest with them. The experts are clear about this; talk about finances, admit to having trouble, and make a plan on how to improve. It’s the difference between mindless complaining and actually doing something about it.
Show your children how they can help around the house in order to save money, involve them during the grocery trip, and make a competition out of who can save up enough by the end of the year. Money doesn’t have to be serious all the time, and by letting them get familiar with finance terms and budgeting early on, they’ll be in a better position to understand the idea when it actually gets serious.
When you realize how you may have been able to avoid the situation you’re currently in, it becomes so much easier to teach it to your children.
Make money matters a part of your everyday
Those who have been able to dig themselves out of the debt disaster know very well that somewhere along the line, they should have been better prepared. We can’t always predict what the future is going to look like and, if this is what got you in this situation, you should pass this knowledge onto your kids.
Think about what you would have liked to know about personal finances by the time you were a teenager, and make an honest attempt at treating your kids to this knowledge. It might mean that you should buy one of these great books on finances for young adults, or maybe that you treat your younger children to a game of Monopoly once in a while.
By playing games that involves budgeting, talking about the finances of the household, and giving your teenagers some responsibility without burdening them, they’ll be in a much better position to stay out of debt.
It’s the best way to raise responsible and money-savvy people, really, and your finances will take a turn for the better as well