Every child wants a pet at some point, and often their pet of choice is a dog or a puppy. They say they’ll take care of them and you won’t have to do any work, but they don’t realize that taking care of a dog is about more than just playing with them. They also don’t realize that a dog can be an expensive investment that costs money for many years.
One good reason to get a dog, or a puppy, though, is when your whole family wants one and wants to chip in to raise it and care for it. Don’t just get one for your child, as your dog will become a part of your whole family. Read More
Sometimes the idea of parenting isn’t just about kids, but also about your parents as well. When your mom and dad get past retirement age and into the ‘elderly’ category, there are a lot of decisions to be made, and the more you can communicate these details with each other early on, the better those decisions are going to be.
To make a point of this, consider living situation arrangements, the process of will-writing, moving financial resources around later in life, end-of-life care (like hospice, for example), and funeral arrangements. All of these can and should be dealt with when you are your parents are still both cognizant of consequences of decisions. Read More
With today’s ever competitive workforce, it’s important for parents to give their children the best chance possible to be able to provide for themselves as adults. Too often we see young adults who don’t have the drive or determination to put in the work necessary to become accomplished in their fields or persevere ahead of their peers. So what can parents do for their little ones now in order to help instill vital work ethic skills into their small characters? To help you on this journey of self discovery, here are three ways parents and other adults can encourage children to develop a healthy work ethic. Read More
Bringing a new baby into a home can be an exciting and stressful time. From purchasing all the baby gear to washing all those tiny clothes and banking as much sleep as possible, many parents feel that they have enough to worry about without having to prep the home for the havoc that a mobile baby can bring. But once those legs and arms start moving and you’ve got a crawler or a walker on your hands, you’re going to wish you’d put more thought into baby-proofing.
Not everything about being a parent means that you have to focus just on your kids. You’re still an adult. You still enjoy your personal time, and you still have your individuality. Plus, as an adult, you have money that you didn’t have when you were younger, so at some point, you should spoil yourself and give yourself a reward for your hard work. Yes, your time will probably be largely selfless as you help your kids grow up, but give yourself some credit!
And a few ways to do this, once you get the funds in order, would be to do things like buy a pedicure chair, take a vacation without the kids, go for the occasional dinner and a movie date, create your perfect master bedroom, or maybe even buy a nice car.
When having children, you experience a refreshed viewpoint of the world. While it is easy for adults to become cynical or distanced from the wonder of life, children see everything for the first time and are amazed. The joy a child experiences over every new thing, from their first taste of ice cream to their first trip to a museum can cause some of the most cynical adults to be renewed.
Museums are the kind of reverential places many children find amazing and intriguing. They are exposed to brilliant new colors in paint, abnormal shapes in sculpture, and portraits of people like Grandma and Grandpa in charcoal. Places like Park West Gallery can quickly become a favorite destination among children as they learn to create at home and mimic artists. Read More
The modern world can be a confusing place for both parents and children with respect to current social norms. And the harder that people try to traditionalize things, or the more they look to the past for answers, the more confused it all gets. Because time marches on, technology changes, the way the world interacts through communication changes, and how all of this connectedness and disconnectedness plays out is something that people can only guess.
But, when it comes to parents having issues and require time apart, trial separation, or even potentially divorce, it’s important to consider what kind of an impact that’s going to have on children. So think of the following if you or someone you know is in that situation. Read More
When it comes to being a parent you want to give your child everything they need, from raising them right to making sure that they have everything they want. You want them to be respectable, you want them to be knowledgeable, but in order to do all of that you need to work to raise a well rounded child.
Raising a well rounded child also has something to do with their experiences. A child that spends most of their time at home, playing games, will be less social. If you want your child to learn history, art, culture, and be more social, here are some ways to add more culture to their lives that will help with just that.
There are different things that go into being a great parent. Maybe you have done a lot to educate your child, you’ve made sure they know what it means to eat healthy, and they have a special love for reading. Those are definitely some signs of good parenting skills.
However, just being a good parent doesn’t necessarily mean that you are winning at it. If you spend most of your time hearing your child say they hate you, or arguing with them, you may not be winning so much. However, here are some things that can help you win at parenting. Read More
Do you buy? Do you build? Do you rent? These are the questions that face the individual, couple, or family looking for a new home. Each has perks and downfalls. It also depends on the market, where you live, and what’s available. Buying a home that has been around for a while might have a certain appeal to some. There is charm in older homes that can’t be recreated in newer ones. But often, older homes come with maintenance issues and renovation needs to be done to give the whole of the property a facelift. Read More