Giving Your Kids The Write Stuff

Experts are telling us the written word is in danger of becoming obsolete. Our children want to be on their iPads or consoles playing the latest game and getting them to put pen to paper – well how last year is that! But you can get children to not only write, but to enjoy the process too. The secret is to make it fun and here are a few totally cool ways to succeed.

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Kids love to make lists

If you’re working on something in the kitchen, ask your child to write a quick grocery list for you as you dictate items. Tell them that spelling does not matter and to give each word their best guess. Perhaps get children into the habit of writing a ‘to-do’ list at the beginning of each day.

Children writing their plans, checking items off as completed, and keeping everything together in one notebook is a great way of chronicling progress!

Learned Behaviour

Children who regularly write in a journal or diary, often have parents who also do a lot of journal writing. That’s not to say that everyone has to go out and start spending hours a day writing in a journal, but perhaps your family could either begin each day with a journal entry or wind down each day by writing for a few minutes.

You’ve Got Mail

There is honestly nothing like getting an old-fashioned letter in the mail. Give everyone the challenge of writing one letter each week for 52 weeks.Encourage this by buying your children their own personalized stationery cards. This will give the child a real sense of pride in sending out something so unique. And at this time of year – perhaps a letter to Santa is due!

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The Perfect Pens

If kids have the correct writing utensils, they’re more inclined to write. Keep jars of fun pens and pencils on display along with funky notebooks and see what happens. They tend to have a favourite and will keep coming back for more. You may be surprised.

Cook Up Some New Ways To Write

Sure, kids can follow a recipe by following directly from a cookbook, but how about adding in one small step? Have them write the ingredients list required to make their favourite dish and then write down the method. Children are less likely to miss a step in the cooking process when they recopy the recipe, and they’re also getting some much-needed writing practice.

Chapter Capture

All children tend to have a favourite book, or perhaps they have received a new one that they haven’t got round to reading yet as their thumbs have been occupied elsewhere. A great way to learn a little more about what they are reading is to get them to read a chapter and write a short 5-6 sentence synopsis on what they have just read. Not only is it something fun to share but it improves their comprehension no end. They will love telling you all about their book and in the process won’t even know they’re learning new skills! Win-Win!

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Sometimes all kids need is a little bit of a push to get their creative ideas flowing. Grab a pencil and see where their imagination can take you.

Baby On The Way? Get Prepared On A Budget

Bringing a new life into the world is one of the best times for parents and if it’s your first time, the excitement can be overwhelming. As a parent, you don’t want to think about your expenditures or finances. It has been said a lot many times that having and managing a baby can cost a lot of money. Where they come for free, there surely are necessary expenditures that you cannot afford to ignore. But then again, it is entirely up to you that how you manage your expenses. According to a survey carried out by the Guardian Money, parents in the UK spend up to £1,000 just for the preparations for their babies. We believe that it doesn’t have to be this much costly because humans have been raising their babies safely for thousands of years without using any sort of expensive baby care products and gadgets. Where some of these items can be a necessity, restraining from the spending money on things that are useless can take a huge burden off your finances.

baby-on-a-budget (1)Plan Your Finances Before Your Baby’s Arrival

The best thing to do when planning to start a family is to start saving a little bit each month that will help cover the decline in income because of maternity leave or one of the partner leaving his job to take care of the baby.  Calculate the expenses for the time period you won’t be continuing your job and plan your budget accordingly.

Get Useful Insights From Parents Who’ve Been There
Have a sitting with your friends and family members and get useful tips about what things you would be needing and what expenditures can be useless. Being a parent and managing your baby’s need can only be learned by experience but you will be able to get a list of practical necessities that you will need. It will keep you from spending money on things that might not be so essential or serve the purpose on a longer run.

Make Friends With Other New Parents
You might get to have a lot out of this one. You would not only be able to make some great friends who would’ve shared a special life experience but having parent friends will allow you to cut cost by buying baby products and clothes in bulk. You can also workout play-dates, attend parental training sessions or just hang out together.

Go For New Products Only When Necessary
Babies grow fast so most of the equipment that you would buy will become useless in no time. You can buy a lot of baby products in fairly good condition online, at NCT sales and charity shops for half the price and in some cases, for free. You might have to give a good scrub to some of these use items but the amount of money that you will be able to save will be worth the scrubbing.

Being a wise parent isn’t hard. You just have to look for the opportunities to make the best out of a situation. You can also expect a lot of gifts on your baby’s shower that usually include toys, clothes, baby care products and diapers. These gifts will allow you to try out different brands and you will be able to pick the one that better suits your needs. You can also look for various diapers and baby care product samples online on FreeStuffBaby, who offer the very best free baby stuff.

A Guide for Moms and Dads – Summer Campers’ Essentials

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Summer camp can be a tough time for parents. There are many options available for the campers and if you select a sleep away option, the following summer campers packing list will guide you:

Clothes

This is essential. Your kids will not be able to clean up their dirty laundry. This means that you must pack enough sets of clothes to last through the camp’s duration.  Extra underwear, socks, shorts and t-shirts should be packed in boxes or bags.

You will also need to get your child a storage unit for dirty laundry. You can use a labelled plastic bag with handles or draw sticks.

Camping gear storage box

Camping means a lot of gear for camping and sporting. You can contact your local storage company and they will give you suitable solutions for keeping the camping gear. A closet will be suitable for keeping all the gear as well as a part for hanging clothes. This reduces the hassle of mixing clothes and wearing the dirty clothes with the clean ones.

The lower part of the storage closet can be used for storing sneakers and sandals. This will ensure order for your child. There are many closetbox locations around the different states and you can get a self-storage closet from them.

Sun Screening items

Protection from harmful UV radiation is very important for your kid(s). The sun will be all out in summer and this requires extra protection. Packing a cap is also important for the children as they constantly forget to apply sunscreen, especially on their hair and heads.

Toiletries

Even though this will be mentioned in the camping list of requirements, a reminder is worthy. Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and floss should be included in the list. Swimming costumes and towels should also be included. Packing these in smaller storage boxes will make access easy and they will not have to jumble through everything in the bag.

Ladies sanitary products (if necessary) and also deodorant should be packed.

Bug Protection

Crawling insects are creepy and will scare kids away; therefore, you should pack insect repellants. This will also keep mosquitoes away, preventing inflammations from mites. The non-aerosol bug repellant should be safe for use by kids because they are harmless if mishandled or misused.

Books

Even though children give many excuses not to read, the summer camp will have a few rainy days and reading will be a good exercise for them. A book or two should be in the camping gear list.

Medications

Preventive medication is necessary. You should also pack medications for sickly children. For instance, extra inhalers for your asthmatic child will be necessary. Just ensure that you communicate with the teachers and caretakers at the camp.

Finally, you should include a spotlight, extra set of batteries and beddings or sleeping bags if necessary.

 

In conclusion, your child could enjoy the camp or not. However, ensure these items are packed in good-quality storage boxes that make retrieval of items simple. This could also be a good time for you to remodel the kid’s bathroom or bedrooms. Contact your local storage company for offsite storage units as the work is done before the kids get back. Small room storage resources will be made available for the items.