A popular topic amongst my other Mummy friends is how do we fit everything in. And in particular, how do we fit the weekly cleaning in. I established a great routine because I got fed up living in chaos all week, then spending all weekend cleaning. Once I started to use a simple routine, with a little bit of cleaning every day, it helps me to keep on top of everything (most of the time!). And even with a child, crazy work schedules (even though I’m working from home), I still am able to stick to this routine.
My cleaning routine can from a particularly bad time when my house was in so much chaos, we got an infestation of ants in the kitchen. Having pest control problems showed me that my cleaning was not up to scratch. Because I work my routine around my schedule, I feel that it can apply to a lot of different people.
Every day I have a specific chore. This simple routine helps me keep my little world clean and tidy. Plus, Empire Pest Control tell us, cleaning has a huge impact on staying free from pests. Living in London, things can get grimy quickly and the thought of cockroaches running around is incentive enough. Here is my secret formula…
Here are some ways you can implement your own simple cleaning routine into a busy parenting lifestyle.
If you have to actually go out to work (to another physical location), the daily commute can end up being really exhausting. By the time you get home at the end of a long day, you may feel like collapsing on the sofa with little energy left to put into a cleaning routine. The best way to tackle this is to start with a 5-10 minute clean before you go to work, and another 5-10 minutes when you get home. Start with the daily tasks, and try to complete them every day.
If you are finding the daily tasks a bit overwhelming, start by doing just one. Doing one load of laundry, picking up clutter and wiping counters can all be done in a short amount of time. Add one every week, and before you know it you’ll have a proper routine to suit your schedule. Once you have a good handle on the daily tasks, you can start on the weekly ones.
Having an irregular schedule is really difficult for a family. Maybe it’s overnight shifts, or 3 days on then 3 days off, or you may even work for 12 hour shifts. A cleaning routine can still be accomplished here, but you have to give yourself time to figure out what works best for you. You might need to double up on tasks, and do two or three when you have days off. But that means you won’t have as much to do on the days when you have to work.
Some weeks may be that you just get the minimum amount done. Other weeks you will be able to conquer the world and get everything done. Take it in your stride, and remember that doing just a bit of cleaning is better than doing none.
Taking a break during the day actually helps you to be more productive. I often take short breaks at specific times during the day, and use this time to throw a load of laundry in, or wash up the breakfast things. It helps my brain to relax a bit, and when I go back to my desk I become more productive. I also do quite a few relaxation exercises throughout the day.
I find it better to get my housekeeping tasks out of the way in the morning. Otherwise I get sucked into work completely, and any cleaning chores go right out the window. Finding my time to clean helps me keep the house tidy as well as getting my work done too.
When I started cooking for my kids, I know that I’ll be doing it forever. Why won’t I? I love the job! Knowing that their health depends on what I feed them, I make sure to give them the best nutrition there is.
Planning a well-balanced diet for everyday meals comes out as a routine for me. However, I never stopped finding ways to keep the food not only delicious but also healthier than the way it used to be. Hence, I am going to share with you some healthy cooking tips that a wise mom should know.
I suggest that you strive to bring out the best of everything. Don’t give up your favorite food, just because it’s not healthy. You can improve it. Even in cooking, there is always a better, safer, and healthier way to do it.
You’re planning to bake lasagna but is too guilty thinking of the calories? Get rid of extra calories by choosing the right ingredients. Pick lean meat cuts and the reduced or low-fat version of cheese and milk as much as possible.
I even remove chicken skin and trim the fat from the meat before I cook. Stop yourself from taking in more chips, processed meat, and other food that contains a high level of fat.
Cooking sprays are a great alternative for oil. Even the method of applying oil matters. Instead of pouring amount of oil, try using a pastry brush to apply it.
Or else, you can use liquid instead. There are plenty of choices like wine, stocks, juice, vinegar, or just water. What’s more, replace your cookware with non-stick features.
If you can, omit deep frying recipes or those that require plenty of oil or butter to use. Replace it with steam, bake, or grill method. Have you heard of air fryers? If the goal is to minimize oil usage, air fryers are the best option.
This machine lets you fry food in the hot air circulating inside making you save 80% of the oil that you usually use.
Do you know that vegetable peel contains many nutrients? I suggest scrubbing your veggies instead of peeling them. Save as many nutrients as you can. Eat more vegetables and legumes.
Boiling can easily destroy vitamins. Better go for steaming or use the microwave to cook. However, if you can’t help it, boil using a minimal amount of water. I usually stir-fry most of my vegetables. Stir-fry method cooks quickly and makes the food crunchy.
Some say it best to get used to the bland taste to be sure you’re eating healthy. I haven’t reached that far, but I’ve got some tips for a start.
Herbs are not just for medical remedies but also a natural way to season your food. Familiarize yourself with the culinary plants available in the neighborhood or market. They are healthy being rich in health-protective phytoestrogens. Try to experiment with in your cooking and discover how the right way to use it.
However, put in my mind that flavors of herbs are delicate, so add it at the last part of your cooking. If you can’t find fresh ones, opt for the dry kind. Although dried ones have a strong flavor than fresh, a little bit of adjustment of the amount to use will do. It’s best added to stir-fry dishes.
Your appetite starts to kick in as soon as you see the food on the table. Nevertheless, you can make it more appealing when you spend a bit of time with the presentation. There is nothing more inviting than a good food presentation, delicious taste, and heavenly aroma. Make your every meal with family special.
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If you see your child getting fascinated by watching you sew, it is high time that you consider transferring your sewing skills to him/her.
However, this is not an ideal thing to do if he/she is very young. Although children can learn sewing at least from age 5, the best time to teach them is from age 6–9.
At this age, they are neither too young to master new skills nor too old to consider it as a boring thing to do.
Well, this 6 – 9 age bracket is recommended for a couple of reasons. These include:
At an age below 5 years old, children are usually very clumsy. They start off by having gross motor skills, which means that they can make certain body movements so as to do activities such as running, jumping and crawling.
However, as they approach the age of 6, they start developing fine motor skills, which mean that they can carry something in between the fingers or even hold a pen to write.
With these fine motor skills, it is possible for them to practice some hand stitching beforehand so as to understand the basic principles behind how sewing machines work.
After this, you can introduce them to sewing machines and let them practice threading the unit, selecting the stitch patterns and adjusting the stitch width and length as well.
An important thing to note however is that, even though their motor skills are better off at this age, they are still kids and it would be a good idea to make the process safer for them for instance by using finger guards to keep them from harming themselves.
Have you ever tried to teach a child who is below 5 years old anything? Well, if it’s something easy, he/she might understand. However, teaching a slightly complex process such as machine sewing will fall on deaf ears.
Children’s brains are not usually fully developed to grasp complex processes and this is what causes the young ones not to grasp sewing at a very young age.
Therefore, to avoid continuous repetition and a lack of impatience on your end, it is better off to wait for a child to reach about the age of 6 so that you can begin the training process.
This is simply an addition to the fact that kids from age 6 have a better understanding. A good memory causes a better understanding.
The below-5 kids lack a good memory because their mind is not fully developed to remember complex things and thus, teaching them would be pointless.
Some might argue that these young ones have good memories because they usually learn how to play games on mobile devices very quickly but remember that sewing is somewhat dangerous because there are needles involved.
Therefore, just to be sure, it is important to wait until the right age where the mind is more developed to handle this craft.
If there is one thing that children have, its curious minds. This cuts across from the below five kids up to the teenage level, after which they show specialized interests in some things.
Teaching kids how to sew at this young age exploits their curious minds and helps them achieve their potential in becoming very skilled at this art later on in life.
If you wait for them to become teens, it might be a little difficult to train them because their interests might have shifted entirely to something else.
Therefore, if you want to pass on your skills to the next generation, you better have good timing or else, this window will pass you by.
As an instructor, it is important to consider the following things about your child as you carry out the training.
Children usually have less patience if they are being taught to sew with their parents. As such, the best decision would be to have someone else do it for you.
However, if you decide to teach them on your own, remember that they will be less patient with you and thus, you have to be more creative when dealing with them.
For instance, you can teach them for shorter durations so that they can learn little by little while the session becomes more bearable for you.
Additionally, you can use innovative ways to make the sessions more interesting such as by making them stitch funny faces on fabrics.
To achieve this, you can make them use crayons or other coloring pens to draw the outlines then help them stitch along these lines. This kind of patience will be beneficial to both you and the kids.
If you consider instructions such as those on sewing machine manuals, the rules might be very beneficial to you as an adult but to kids, such kind of learning is very boring.
Too many rules are boring and written stuff (theory) is much worse. They prefer the practical stuff and thus, you must teach while incorporating the use of the sewing machine in everything.
The idea is to make the lessons fun and exciting so that they can focus all their attention on learning so as to grasp as much information as possible in the shortest amount of time.
In general, age does matter a lot. Certain factors make children in the age bracket of 6 – 9 the best to train on machine stitching.
However, even though this is the recommended age bracket, children can be taught to sew even as teenagers. The most important thing is that they are not too young and that they show interest in this craft.
Another important thing to note is that most people like to buy cheap sewing machines for their kids because the intention here is to train. Well, this might work but such sewing machines can break down very often and this will interrupt with the learning process.
It would be better off to start of the training with good quality sewing machines so that they can learn uninterrupted then proceed to sew actual projects using the same machine later on.
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It’s music to the ears hearing that there are items given for FREE. It’s natural for mothers who find a way to stretch the budget at home. Along with the precious little one, comes plenty of benefits and surprises.
The world understands the role of a mother taking care of a newborn. Cheer up, help is everywhere, even on the least that you expect it to be! Free stuff is a lifesaver whether I am expecting, a new mom or preparing for my fourth. It does not need to be difficult when it comes to transition.
Here are how to get the chance of getting free baby stuff today!
Baby supplies are expensive, and when the budget is tight, I wish I could have it all free. Later on, I found ways to make it possible. If you want to try new products or simply need to enjoy free items, check this out!
Free diapers are the most common free item that you can enjoy. As part of their promotion, they give it free especially when they are launching a new type of product. Supermarkets usually do this like the recent Walmart Baby Box giveaways. If you are interested, find out more about it here.
You can actually request free diaper samples, join reward programs, and signing up for the diaper manufacturer’s mailing list are some ways to receive freebies.
Check out the nearest Walmart and baby formula companies for promos and freebies for your baby’s milk. Do you know that when you’re lucky enough, they even give free full- size container baby formula upon request? Well, on top of receiving an additional supply of your baby’s milk, you can also try out new products that may be better than your baby’s current formula.
When I was pregnant, I tried signing up to some Baby Magazines to update myself on what’s new about baby products. Try to find out how to avail of the privilege. In my time, the magazine comes by mail. I love reading baby magazines since they post tips and stories on how to take care of newborns.
Our family pediatrician has been with my family since my first-born. When she has new samples for baby paracetamols and vitamins, she makes it a point to call me and ask to pick it up. Med Representatives give free samples to doctors each time they make a sales visit.
Your health centers give free medicines, vaccines, and vitamins too. Give them a call and ask for the schedule. They have a specific budget for it each year.
It’s nice to have friends and family members who care for you. I did not get to experience a baby shower until my second baby. I guess baby showers are not yet common when I had my first. What’s great with baby showers?
I got to receive free stuff for my baby even before she’s born. What’s more, people gave me a chance to write down what I need before the baby comes. I end up having fun during the party; and before the night is done, I have all I need and even more for my baby.
I love the idea of creating a baby registry. I learned about this from a dear friend. A baby register is a list of products that I need to buy for my upcoming baby. Certain retail stores accept this arrangement in the hope for more sales.
Since all my baby stuff will come exclusively from them, they give you a free package with baby stuff in it as a thank you gesture from choosing their store. Your friends who want to congratulate you can check your registry and buy from the same store too. Some stores offer gift cards instead of items.
This idea came up when I was preparing the nursery, and I need space for the new baby. Instead of putting up a garage sale for my unwanted stuff, I called friends who got children and asked for a trade-off. I traded some of my bags, books, videos, and other household stuff for their children’s hand-me-downs.
There are many ways wherein you can get free stuff for your baby. You would not know if you would not ask around. Once you know, you will realize how much you have missed by not taking the chances. It could be formula, diapers, juice, vitamins, medicine, or clothes, but whatever it may be, you can have it free!
Babies are adorable, but we can’t deny the fact that they are expensive. If you have any way to get baby stuff free that’s not in my list, would you share it? You can share this article as well to all your friends who might like items free.
Amidst your busy life, can you still afford to pause for a while and spend time with your aging parents? However easy it may sound, in reality, it’s a challenge for every child. Balancing your time between your career and family needs commitment and patience.
All parents get old. One day, you’ll realize that yours are getting there too. Check out below tips to help you prepare on what you should do to keep them happy.
Taking care of your aging parents is not as easy as you may imagine. You need plenty of time, effort, understanding, and lots of patience. Having a helping hand will make the days lighter. Therefore, when you come from a big family, you can get as much help you need.
Plan together what you need to do in taking care of your parents.
It is important to know what your parents need. Some aging parents want to stay close to their children because they feel loved, secure and happy to see them all the time. However, others find it convenient to pay for nursing homes and a few find it hard to leave their houses. They find new life there because of new friends, environment, and activities.
I chose to let my parents live with me at home. I know that they feel happy to see the kids daily. I need not worry about how to do it since I got professional help.
There are home care services that are willing to assist me whenever I need them. They help with the housekeeping, medication monitoring, errands, cooking, and doctor visits.
Taking care of your parents does not only need your time and energy but also needs lots of financial support. With their aging comes along frequent visits to doctors, maintenance on medicine, food, and other basic needs. Make sure that you have money prepared to support their daily needs.
Your aging parents already have their individual needs not only for medicine but also on how to deal with them in other aspects. It is best to educate yourself first on taking care of your aging parents to prepare yourself. Familiarize yourself with their medication, routine, food, and doctor visits.
Aging parents tend to think that they no longer belong in your world. Since they are no longer healthy and strong like before, they are aware that they are no longer of big help. Arrange ways to keep them from feeling lonely and unwanted.
Eating together every meal is a great way to let them feel they belong. Update them on what is going on in your life to make them feel valued. If they are in a nursing home, visiting them often helps a lot. I suggest bringing along their grandchildren, other families, and friends.
Being sincere with what you’re doing is the key on how to take care of your aging parents. Seniors are already susceptible because of the thought that they’re no longer useful and the fear of being abandoned. Therefore, find a way to give them comfort.
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Who can predict accidents? If only we can, then there will be no emergencies and other unfortunate events. However, keeping a well-stocked first aid kit will help to alleviate the impact of the situation. Keeping this medical box at all times is the best way to prepare for unexpected circumstances.
As a mom, I made sure in placing a first aid kit at home and in my car. I check the contents regularly to make sure it’s always ready. Here is my personal checklist of the stuff I keep in my first aid kit.
If I would be able to put all the stuff that I think I need for my baby’s first aid kit, my car’s trunk will be overflowing with it. Therefore, I made it a point to stick to the basics. Here are the common items that a first aid kit must keep:
I personally requested a first aid manual from my family doctor. I want to make sure that the instructions are simple and easy to understand. In fact, I asked for orientation and quick tutorial from medical volunteers of everything about the manual. First Aid Manual is helpful during drastic situations when I know my reading comprehension is not at my best.
I make it a point never to run out of paracetamol for my little one. Since babies are prone to have a fever, pain relievers come in handy especially when we are outdoors. I include some for myself too. I suggest keeping a measuring cup, spoon, or syringe for convenience. Always follow the dosage instructions in the med package.
I bought different shapes and sizes of sticking plasters, sterile gauze dressings, bandages, and adhesive tapes to put it in place. You will need this supply for cuts, blisters and tender spots.
I have an antiseptic cream in place, but you can also opt for the spray kind. I apply this after cleaning the wounds (usual bruises from running around) before I put plasters to cover to avoid infection. I also keep antiseptic wipes in the kit.
Antihistamine is best for swelling caused by insect bites and rashes caused by certain allergies. A small bottle of calamine lotion is also a relief for itchiness caused by heat and another type of rashes.
I call them accessories because they are tiny tools that are surprisingly important and useful.
My digital thermometer is one that I consider critical and must always be in the kit. I know how to check the temperature without a thermometer, yet for urgent situations, the digital thermometer is the quickest way. Make sure to read the instructions to learn how to use the thermometer the right way.
The fast way of cleaning your scissors, thermometers, and tweezers is by using alcohol swabs. Sterile cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs aids in cleansing the bruises before applying treatment.
Among the items on my list, the small size sticking plasters are the most in demand in my family. With all these little feet running around, a pair is bound to trip. The next one is the thermometer. Any slight rise of the reading is an alert for a mom like me. Most likely, I cut short the drive and head back home.
However, having these items ready in your first aid kit is an assurance that anytime the need arises, you have the supplies needed for any medical situation. Applying first aid to your child is a huge help while waiting for the doctors.
Do you have an item that you consider essential but I did not mention? Feel free to remind me. Drop a message and let’s talk about adding it on the checklist.
I’ll be honest to say that taking care of children with autism cannot be taken lightly. I’ve been there. I have volunteered every weekend at our Sunday school as a teacher for these precious children.
The time I spent with the kids were never dull. It was full of life and compassion. Some instances were difficult to control, but I was not alone. I admit I need all the help I can get especially from autism doctors.
If you intend to learn how to interact with these children, then try these tips that I will share with you.
A child with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) finds it difficult to adjust to change. So not to disrupt coordination, you must ensure that the child sticks to the daily routine and schedules that she is well accustomed to. This includes leaving the house and playing favorite toys.
The obsession with a hobby, toys, and anything that interests a child with autism is one way to relieve stress and find comfort. This focus may last for a long time before they shift to another. Forcing will trigger their stress and anxiety.
Their inability to express themselves adequately makes it hard for them to understand the sudden alteration and may result in confusion and unfavorable behavior. If it can’t be helped, I suggest making a plan on how to make the adjustment. I recommend doing it gradually with the help of people who understand the situation.
Reward system is a positive approach to recognize a child’s good behavior and achievements. This proves to be an effective method to encourage motivation rather than giving punishments. For children with autism, peer modeling plays a huge role in developing their interest to follow.
This technique works great in teaching them the proper social skills.
Create a nook at home dedicated for your child with autism. Design the room based on your child’s interests to make it calming, secure and safe. Organize the place according to her understanding and never change the arrangement. To enhance coordination, putting special markers on important items may be necessary to maintain order.
Remember to keep the area safety proof. I suggest placing baby gates for toddlers. Children with ASD can throw tantrums when triggered.
You may find it hard to relate to children with autism when you hardly know about the condition. Ignorance can lead to disaster. It is best to learn all about autism to be able to cope up with it the right way. Learning about autism is helping you understand the child.
Once the family is familiar with ASD, communicating with the child will not be that demanding at all. I encourage the whole family to be experts regarding this matter. Spending time with the child together is excellent therapy and bringing her outdoors have special benefits.
Taking care of a child with ASD is challenging. You need much patience, time, effort, understanding, focus, and creativity. With all of this, make sure to establish a support system. Support system would mean you have people around you that are willing to lend a helping hand.
Being a mom with a child with special needs, taking care of yourself must also be a priority. Make sure that somebody is always around to replace you while you recharge.
Since children with autism can’t express themselves verbally, they often are misunderstood. Therefore, try to read their non-verbal communication. They try to talk to you with gestures, facial expressions, and reactions.
Pay attention to what they like to express to you and learn to pick up and analyze what is behind the actions. In the same way, they understand you by the tone of your voice and the way you touch them.
Going through the therapy need not be boring or stressful. Make sure to have fun along with it. In fact, the children learn faster when you teach them through games. They will not feel the pressure when you are having fun.
Find ways to create a routine that will catch the child’s interest. Simplifying your language for quicker comprehension would be helpful.
Don’t let yourself be caught off-guard. The more you learn about your child’s condition, the better you can cope up with it. Make sure to let the child feel that you are with her, no matter what. I encourage you to become:
There are plenty of autism treatments given. Moms know best when it comes to their children. Choose the right one. Put together a treatment plan and remember that it’s long-term. Patience, love, and understanding are what your child needs the most.
For moms out there with the same fight, I salute you. I hope that in return, you will also share helpful tips to help a child with autism. Let us spread the word!
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Children are unique in their own special way. As a parent, I consider the sports that my children are interested in joining. I believe that games are one way to strengthen my child’s mental development. Through it, she will learn to react to different situations the fastest way possible.
Hence, I searched for the top 6 sports that I know will test my child’s mental skills regarding problem-solving, decision making and creating strategies. Let your kid see the list and find out what game she likes the best.
It is best to introduce golf early for kids. Sports like golf develops the child’s ability to focus on her goal, interaction with people and decision-making. During the game, the child knows that she needs to pay attention and concentrate on aiming for the hole. In doing so, she has to do analysis on how far and how strong she needs to strike.
Playing with golf is like early training in life. It is best to let your child play golf with the family at first. There is no comfortable company than family.
Provide the best kids golf club for her first try. The first game experience has a big impact in liking the game.
Sports that need multiple members are important for a child’s healthy mental development. Group games enhance the child’s capability to socialize and belong to a team. In these type of sports, she will learn about loyalty, perseverance, obedience, discipline, and teamwork.
The game will stimulate the brain to formulate a game plan, teaches the child to coordinate with teammates, stick to a productive daily schedule, and manage time. All of which needs strong conviction and rigid planning. This will also hold true to other group ball games like soccer and baseball.
Not all children are capable of surviving gymnastics. It needs a huge investment of time and effort. Winning this would mean that the child has mastered discipline and is full of determination. Mental strength is the key to accomplishing a gymnast’s dream.
Gymnastics enhances brain development by training the child to follow directions, learn skills, and independence. Gymnasts learn to respect authority, do as instructed and establish their own routines and masters their moves.
I have told many times that learning martial arts is beneficial for self-defense. However, as a sport, martial arts support mental health. Practicing martial arts teaches the ability to pay attention, control anger, and improves memory.
Besides the fact that the child learns to pay attention by watching the instructor’s movement, memorizing the steps can activate good memory. Since these type of sports are more on the skill of self-defense, it is mandatory to master anger management while learning.
In any kind of dance, there should be many steps to learn. In any performance, the least time that a dancer use is 5 minutes. The ability of the dancer to memorize various steps is an excellent stimulant for good memory.
Not only does a dancer possess good memory but also, dancing develops her creativity. Besides, do you know that constant spinning since childhood changes the shape of the cerebellum? With this, the dancer will not feel dizzy during those turning and rotation moves.
Archery is not merely a bow and an arrow. Archers are the masters of patience and focus. Have you noticed that it takes time for an archer to release the arrow? It’s because she needs to make sure that her aim will hit the target.
Without focus and patience, an archer will have difficulty to hit the bullseye. It needs time and practice to learn the art of patience. It also requires attention and concentration to be able to have full focus on what is essential. All of it is equally useful for your child.
The obvious benefit that we know when it comes to sports is the physical aspect. Of course, sports strengthen the body and endurance due to persistent practice in time. However, along with the strong body should be a healthy mind and spirit. Therefore, mental benefits are similarly important when choosing sports for your child.
I let my little girl join the dance sports since I know that she can develop further her creativity in doing so. I suggest that you have to take note of your child’s interest first before choosing sports. If you have friends who find it hard to decide on sports that suits their children, this post may be a big help. Feel free to share!
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