As great as kids can be, they can sometimes be a lot of hard work. Whether they are throwing a tantrum because you did not agree to buy them something they wanted at a store or they are upset that you are disciplining them for some unkind behaviour, every parent knows just how tough it can be. This is particularly true when it comes to the summer holidays. You may be thinking of sending your child off to a summer camp this year. It is a great idea. It is a good opportunity for your child to learn some independence while also making friends and exploring nature at the same time (as soon as they leave you start to miss them though). However, if your children are staying at home with you this summer, you will need to figure out how to entertain them. When they are complaining that they are bored all the time, you will suddenly start appreciating what a great job their teachers do. In any case, if you are going on vacation for a week or two there is still the issue of how you are going to entertain them for the rest of the time. Here are a few ideas: Read more
Archive for Parenting
Over the last few years there has been an unbelievable rise in children visiting the doctor with sleeping problems. According to a recent survey there has been a tenfold increase in the number of kids visiting the hospital or GP with sleep related issues. This rise isn’t surprising given that it marries up with the accessibility to mobile devices.
Bereavement is very hard for us all to deal with, no matter how old we are. But children will find it particularly difficult to cope with death and loss, especially if they have never experienced it before. This is one reason why some parents decide to get a pet while they have children. Some parents think that the eventual death of a pet is an important life lesson for children to go through, and will help prepare them for even more significant losses. Read more
Author – Jayson Goetz
Teens and Financial Responsibility
Like most teenagers, I hated high school math classes. Don’t get me wrong, I understood the importance of basic arithmetic skills, and I could even see value in geometry. Advanced calculus, on the other hand, made me wonder, “when will I ever use this?” Now that I’m older, I wish I could have taken classes like “Interest Rates 101” or “Advanced Budgeting.” My mom did her best to prepare me for “the real world,” but some lessons are impossible to learn without experience.
When you find out you are pregnant, you know things are about to change forever. You’re ready for that (as much as you can be, anyway). Changes are going to happen to you, and to the way you live. What you may not be ready for is the way they will keep changing for the next several years. In many ways, that’s the story of parenthood. One huge change accompanied by endless smaller ones. Read more