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You only have 24 hours a day and you have your own health and life to look at too. When it comes to working parents, things get complicated. Here are the top 4 regrets almost every parent has – it’s inevitable, trust me!

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So!! Here we are in 2015! And a lot of people thought that the world is going to end, well booyaah! It’s time for toddler resolution! Read the rest of this entry

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The School Lunch Trials

This time of the year can be very busy. For some it is a relief to send our kids back to school, and for others it becomes troublesome. The hard part of buying back to school supplies is over. Now it is time to think of all that we have to worry about for the rest of the school year. Here are some tips to help you get through the school year answering the “what’s for lunch”.

Planning

Planning what is for lunch will help you when you are going to the store.

  • Create a menu. The schools create a menu a month at a time. Creating a menu can help you when it comes to shopping. Make at least a two week list ahead of time. Creating a menu will help to ensure that you provide for each of the nutritional needs of your family members.
  • Don’t Get Bored. It helps to keep the lunches changing. Keeping the lunch menu changing add a few different options for each food category. This can help you not can complaining children about school lunches.
  • Grocery List. A grocery list will help to ensure that you get everything you will need on your menu. A list ensures that you will only get what your kids will eat. No matter what is on sale.

Bulk and Sales

Whenever you plan on going shopping, it is important to look at your budget. When you begin to buy things for school lunches, you will find the need to purchase things smartly. This means finding sales for the things that you use often. Even purchasing them in bulk if that is cheaper.

  • Sales – look for sales available through coupons in newspapers. Another place to look for sales is online through computer websites.
  • Remember Low Cost Foods – There are many different foods that you can use to keep costs of packing lunches down. For example, hard boiled eggs, tuna, frozen fruits, peanut butter and even beans.
  •  Bulk – Shopping in bulk can help make the foods stretch a little further, as well as cost a little less in the long run.

ReUsable Items
It can be important for a person to purchase reusable containers. Some of these products might not be environmentally friendly, however you might get the most use out of them. However, now a days there are almost environmentally safe items of almost all reusable items.

  • Lunchboxes need to be good quality have good insulation, and several compartments if possible.
  • Instead of ice packs refill water bottles and freeze them. Homemade ice pack.
  • Use reusable snack bags and even utensils.

Preparation

Preparation is important when it comes to saving the early morning rush. When you purchase things in bulk it can require some separating in order to make the quantity manageable for lunches. Section out the bulk items you purchased into small snack size amounts. Cut up your fruits and veggies. Put individual portions into their separate containers. This is also a good thing to do for any crackers, or cookies that you might offer them as a snack or part of their lunches.

After snack prep is done, it is time to think about cooking things that will offer you a head start on the meals for the next week. Think about making large batches of easy foods and freezing them for use throughout the week.

Another option, is to use left-over meats for sandwiches over the week. You can combine meat and cheeses and wrap separately so that you can just pick up a portion to make a sandwich whenever you are ready.

Whenever you begin to get overwhelmed in the mornings it might be a good idea to step back and begin planning again. It is something that needs to be diligently thought about, as time goes we can sometimes let it slide, and then get overwhelmed. Use these steps to prevent stressful mornings.

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Sometimes do you find yourself repeating the same thing to your children? You might think that they’re forgetting, which they are, but there are better ways to communicate to your children in a way that they will listen to you. Here’s how! Read the rest of this entry

Accurate Pregnancy Tests from Home

Whenever you have noticed that, you are starting to feel the beginning effects of pregnancy, an at home pregnancy test might be in order. However, there are things to think before, during, and after taking the pregnancy test.

Before

There are several important things that a person needs to know before using a pregnancy test.

  1. You want to ensure that you do not test yourself too soon. Many women believe that they know their cycle; however, that is not always true. The cycle changes a little each month. Knowing this can stop the upset from false results.
  2. Read instructions. This can be very important. You are not an expert, each time you take tests things can change a bit. In addition, each brand has different instructions. The instructions can make a difference between false results and true results.

During

During a test does not always mean while you are peeing on the stick. Getting all the paraphernalia ready can make all the difference while taking your test. Rushing does not help you or your emotional state.

  • Testing at the right time. Some believe that you receive the best results from the first pee of the morning. The reason for this is based on the concentration that is within that urine sample. The concentration is important; however, the morning is not the only time that it is available.
    • Here is one option: Learning your test results first thing in the morning can taint your entire day, so one option is to test yourself in the evening. This can be accomplished by creating the right situation. First, you will want to only drink water for the entire day, this can help to ensure a pure test. Second, you will want to limit your salt intake as that can sometimes mess with test answers. Finally, drink nothing after noon and wait six hours, or more, without peeing.
  • Capturing urine is important. It is important to know alternatives to collecting your urine so that you obtain enough to get accurate results. Collecting urine in a cup can be the best option, as holding the stick in your urine stream.

After

Having confidence over the results can change your whole attitude. Be confident in knowing the chances of false results based on medications that you are taking. It can also be a good idea to take the tests a few times ensuring your test results.

If you have, any concern on how to take the pregnancy test or unable to understand the results contact your health care provider. They have the ability to give you a urine test; however, the doctor has other ways to determine if you are pregnant.

Weekend is just around the corner, but like every other weekend, what’s special about it? Same old things repeating over and over again…change it. It’s time for some family games!

Those who have regular family fun nights always end up with happy children! There’s a reason behind the importance of family game times, your children will less likely be involved in drugs, alcohols or other bad habits and earn better grades in school 🙂

They will also develop a sense of belonging and game time will also bring stability to a house. Instead of watching movies, families will be able to reconnect with each other the old fashioned way. Basically, game nights become prime time for communication and expression in a relaxed atmosphere!

There’s be lots of laughter, lots of fun and a good night’s sleep! So I’m sure you’ll agree that game time is fun time! Presenting our top 6 picks to help you decide which one to play this weekend!

For Preschoolers

Candy Land (Milton Bradley)

This simple racing board game is all you need to keep your preschoolers occupied. The game requires no reading and minimal counting skills, making it suitable for young children. Thanks to the design of the game, you will not need to have strategies as you will not need to make any choices. Just follow the direction and have fun!

Harvest Time (Family Pastimes)

The player needs to first plant the garden and then each players gets to roll a die to do a harvesting. The whole idea is to harvest before Winter comes! Includes: 12 x 12″ board, die, 48 vegetables, winter and spring puzzle pieces, rules for harder “spring planting” game.”

For School Age

The Amazing Labyrinth (Ravensburger)

The maze in this game constantly keep changing so players need to keep searching the labyrinth for magical objects and characters. The treasure cards which are divided among players, are kept a secret from other players. The maze cards are randomly placed on the playing board and the first player uses the extra card to start moving the first wall. Labyrinth comes with 1 game board, 34 moving wall cards, 24 treasure cards and 4 different colored playing pieces.

Monopoly Junior (Parker Brothers)

We all know how fun the game of Monopoly is? This is Junior Monopoly for the younger minds! It has a smaller, rectangular board and instead of being based on street names it is based on a Funfair, to make it more child-friendly.”

For Teens

Cranium (Hasbro Games)

These puzzles are all you need to turn a boring weekend into an exciting one! With over 300 challenges this game is outrageously fun to play. The first team to reach the Cranium Central space and complete one last challenge wins!

Jenga (Parker Brothers)

This is an adult version of Lego except that it’s harder and more fun! All you have to do is stack the wooden blocks and then take turns pulling them out without crashing the pile!

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Article Source: Today’s Parents

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New Baby and a Homeschooling Toddler

Congratulations on bringing home a new bundle of joy! Back home from the hospital, your bébé never sleeps more than an hour at a time and you already wish the little crawler could walk! It’s not easy to manage when a new baby comes to stay because everyone gets tired and life goes on hold for a while. You must be trying to figure out how to homeschool your toddler while taking care of the never-ending needs of your new baby. Well, guess what, you’ll soon enter the preschool stage all over again. Although you cannot do much about the physical stress your new baby can bring about, here are some suggestions to homeschool your toddler and make your life a bit easier:

Turn baby care time into home economics class for an older child

In public high schools diapering, feeding, cooing and cuddling are all considered part of a Child Development class. Therefore take this opportunity and teach your toddler the basics and give your older child, one who is ready for such responsibility – the baby to care for one morning each week. This way both your toddler and your older child will gain a sense of responsibility towards their siblings giving you some time to look into other homeschool materials.

Take advantage of natural down times

Babies require to be fed on and off throughout the day and because this becomes part of your daily routine, take advantage of it by encouraging emerging readers to strut their stuff. Pile onto the bed together for an oral history lesson, ask your older child to read a chapter from the book you’re working through together, practise vocabulary, foreign language you’ve been learning as a family or simply come up with general knowledge facts and stories.

Put children under 3 feet tall down for a nap

You cannot entertain smaller children when you’re busy educating an older child therefore make it a rule for all children under 3 feet tall to take a nap for an hour or so and use that time to work with older children on subjects that require one-on-one attention.

Establish quiet time for the entire household

Sometimes establishing an hour or two after lunch time as quiet time can bring back a little sanity into your day. Put your little baby down for a nap and distribute books to children who are both too old and too young to take a nap. You can lie down with a book to supervise your children and as soon as everyone’s had some well-deserved rest, continue with your day. You might even notice that you and your baby face the rest of the day with a better attitude.

A baby’s arrival is a great time to take a vacation from school. One of the best things about homeschool is that you can take a vacation as and when you need. You don’t need to wait for the calendar to tell you to take a break. Although teaching a group of older and younger children can seem impossible but it can be done. Mixing children of different age groups guaranteed some interesting days for the whole group. Here are some ideas to reorganize your life while you juggle your new baby and your toddler:

  • Use videos to entertain your little ones when you must have 30 minutes of uninterrupted time with an older child. If your little ones like nursery rhymes or particular cartoons, pop the most-loved videos into the player and allow them to watch while you teach an older child.
  • Keep a stash of special toys in your school area. These special toys should be given out to your little ones only during ‘school time’. This will keep them entertained while you go one-on-one with an older child.
  • Use nap time to your advantage. As mentioned earlier, when it’s time for your little ones to sleep, you have around a couple of hours to teach older children. If you concentrate on teaching new skills every day, you can get a good amount of one-on-one instruction period while your little ones are sound asleep.
  • Hold and cuddle your baby while you teach. Some babies and toddlers love to be cuddled so use that to your advantage. There’s no rule saying that you can’t hold you little one on your lap while you teach. A little bounce once in a while and a nice warm hug is all it takes to keep them occupied.

Take a break once in a while. If you feel exhausted, take an hour or two by yourself to relax and unwind. You can ask a member of your family or your partner to look after the little ones if they are awake, if not, simply take some rest when they sleep.

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