Family, Health, Parenting

Child Can’t Sleep? Could It Be Because Of These Conditions?

Ever had one of those nights as a child where you couldn’t get to sleep? You felt like you were the only one in the world who was actually awake during the night. For some reason, you didn’t feel your normal self, and it’s only when you’re older do you realize what was happening. Some conditions that affect children affect us all, but because they’re younger and weaker, their symptoms can vary. Putting a child to bed at a reasonable time is the sensible thing to do such as a bedtime way before the adults have theirs. Usually, this is around an hour or so after dinner with the usual bedtime being around 8 pm for most parents. However, what do you do if your child can’t sleep and complains about their physical condition keeping them up? What are the common things you should look and ask for?

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How To Be A Firm But Fun Parent

How to parent… this has got to be one of life’s great mysteries. You’ll often spend so much time reading parenting books and uncovering the best approaches just to realize that you still have no idea what you’re doing even when your kids do come along. But you don’t have to panic. And you certainly don’t have to feel like a bad parent. Instead, you just need to find a balance. No matter what you believe in, how you want to parent, or what you want for your kids, you’ll find that being a firm but fun parent can get you the results you want. After all, your job is to guide your children, but you also love them and want the best for them, so working in a little fun is always a good idea. Let’s look at how you can do it.

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10 Money-Saving Tips For New Parents

There’s no getting around the fact that parenthood, while an exciting and life-affirming venture, can also be an expensive time of your life. There’s so much stuff to buy, and little of it is “optional”; you need these things. Still, bringing a child into the world doesn’t have to kill your savings account. There are plenty of ways in which you can cut corners and make savings, and these will make a big difference to your overall bank balance. Below, we take a look at ten money-saving tips for new parents that’ll make raising your child a little more financially manageable.

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Family, Parenting, Travel

5 Tips To Survive A Road Trip With A Toddler

Summer is right around the corner, which means that families from all over are starting to plan their vacations. If you’re considering taking a road trip this summer, then it’s vital that you plan properly. If you’ve ever done so before, you’ll know that travelling with a toddler can be a lot of fun, but that it can quickly descend into mayhem if you’re not properly prepared. To help you get the most out of your family road trip and ensure you have a great time, here are six tips to remember.

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Don’t Grow Old While Your Kids Are Still Young

When you have kids, you want to feel like a parent, not a grandparent. What do we mean by this?

You don’t want to keep telling them no when they ask you to come outside to throw the ball around because you have a bad back. You don’t want to embarrass them by falling asleep in the cinema watching a movie. You definitely don’t want to be out of breath after running around in the backyard with them for five minutes.

These issues are understandable when you hit seventy but not before your twilight years. When you have kids, you should still have the energy to play with them, to stay active with them and basically enjoy life.

Unfortunately, there are many issues that can prevent you from doing this. But we know how to avoid them and make sure that you’re in the best form possible for your kids.

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Making The Most Of Your Evenings As Newbie Parents

One of the toughest transitions any newbie parent will go through is the change to their evening plans. That’s when you start to feel a little itch. In those years BC (Before Children), evenings were your time to escape the humdrum of existing, to leap into the thick of the hustle and bustle to get over that bad day at work, to go out for a spontaneous meal, see friends and live a little. But for the first year AD (After Delivery) that becomes a bit tougher.

If you’re not a regular follower, you’re probably thinking “Why should I listen to you?”

Hi, I’m Marci, mom of three, and as I’m typing this, I’m feeding my three-month-old daughter.

If they don’t exclusively feed on the boob and you have a regular babysitter, then it’s no such much of an issue. But if you do, well, you need to start working out how you’ll make the most of your evenings. Sure, for the first month or so, that will be sleeping every time your baby sleeps.

But that will soon wear off and that’s when these evenings tips will become a godsend. Trust us on that.


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Family, Parenting, Self-Care

Why Sustainable Living Makes For Healthier Living

As a responsible parent, it’s only natural that you want your little ones to grow up in the healthiest, most comfortable and most pleasant home they can. You want your offspring to have the best childhood full of happy memories, plenty of opportunities to experience the outdoors and quality family time. When you commit to having a greener and more eco-friendly home, you are not only providing the opportunity to teach your kids about the environment and their responsibility towards the planet, you are also providing them with a healthier environment in which to thrive. Take a look at why sustainable living makes for healthier living.

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How To Stay Healthy As A Busy Parent

Let’s face it, raising kids is tough. It’s both the most rewarding and most challenging thing we do. It is so important that we as parents set a good example when it comes to taking care of ourselves. You have got to stay healthy as a busy parent.

I know my oldest is starting to show a lot of anxiety surrounding household stuff (he’s only four, and worries about the dishwasher and fire alarms..), it seems I’ve only shown him how I take care of everyone else. He worries about his brother needed a drink, or his baby sister crying and the reasons she might be. He doesn’t often let me know what he needs because he’s telling me what he thinks they need. I realized, I’ve got to show him how I take care of myself too, if I want him to take care of himself properly.

So, here are some tips on taking care of you, for them!

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Self-Care During Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it quickly goes from “How are you?” to “How’s the baby?” Everyone wants to know all about the changes within your belly. But what about you? You’ve still got to focus on self-care during pregnancy, now more than ever.

For a lot of women, pregnancy is a bumpy ride. Mood swings and body changes can have you feeling pretty bummed. No matter how much everyone focuses on the baby, you need to focus on you. Keep yourself happy, healthy, and calm, so that your baby will be the same.

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