The family structure of the United States has drastically evolved into something else. More and more millennials are starting their own families. This constitutes to the changes in the household culture. Some of the traditions remain the same, while some may have changed their perception on how they bring forth in leading their families. As of 2016, millennials are classified as the largest living generation with a population of 79.8 million. This may be an important factor to look into since households spendings dictate a huge part of the economic growth of the country. More so, this gives a gist as to how generations have changed when it comes to their preferences. [Read more…] about The Millennial American Family
Whether you already have children, have some coming to visit, or you have a new baby on the way, you need to make sure that you have a family friendly home that is safe for little ones and young ones. There are many things that go into having a safe home, and you also want it to be a home where little ones can feel comfortable as well (a home with no toys is going to quickly bore a child of nearly any age).
You may think that a safe home is just about making sure that little hands canâ€™t get pinched in cupboards, but there is much more to it than that. Here are a few things to consider in creating your family friendly home atmosphere.
One of the important things needed in a safe home for children is the security of the home. There have been too many cases (one is too many) of children found wandering the streets on their own at ages like five or seven. They opened the door and left while a parent or sitter was napping.
Ensure doors and even windows are secured so that little ones stay in the home and stay safe. That could mean adding new types of locks to your doors, and it could also mean investing in some new windows that can make them safer in more ways than one. You donâ€™t want little ones falling out them or getting their fingers slammed in them either.
Babies, Toddlers, Teens, Oh My!
Babies need safe beds, safe bedding, and safe toys. Since they wonâ€™t be doing much moving around on their own in the beginning they donâ€™t need as many safety precautions around the home as toddlers do. Toddlers, and babies that are crawling and starting to walk, risk bumps and bruises.
Make sure large furniture is secured so it doesnâ€™t fall on little climbers. Have cupboards child proofed, as well as toilet lids, and make sure to have bumper guards on tables. Teens are better at safety, but you should consider keeping prescription drugs and alcohol locked up.
Your Entertainment Room
Having a family friendly home is about more than just safety. You also want everyone to feel comfortable in your home. Kids want to feel like they are a part of the family, and they want to have kidâ€™s things to entertain themselves with.
You also want to have some stuff that will let your family bond with each other, from movies that are family friendly to board games that everyone can play. It even helps to let your kids, when theyâ€™re old enough, have some say in decorating their own room.
Give your home a safe atmosphere that also lets the whole family feel like they can have fun and be comfortable.
While some people will speak out against hunting, and there are some people that do it the wrong ways and for the wrong reasons, there are also good things about this sport. There are also good things about fishing. If you are a family that likes to hunt and fish you may want to start now in teaching your children about how much fun it can be to hunt and fish, and why they are good sports to participate in.
You should also talk to them about the bad aspects, like poaching wild game or fishing without a license. You want to raise hunters and kids that like to fish that do both of these things by the law, and for the right reasons. These are also great ways to spend a little more time with your children bonding, learning together, and having fun.
Preparing For Hunting And How To Be Resourceful
Hunting helps with conservation and with population control. However, it is important to follow the laws and rules set forth by the Department of Natural Resources in your area. Teach your children, and learn yourself, about when different hunting seasons are and what the laws are for licenses and weapon usage. [Read more…] about Teaching Children About The Joys Of Hunting And Fishing
Did you know there are many benefits to swimming? Bucknell University lists 9 physical benefits:
- Improved flexibility
- Increased endurance
- Muscular balance
- Heart strength
- Improved physique
- Increased circulation
- Rehabilitates muscle
- Improves ease of weight management
- Low impact on weight bearing joints
All these are important, but for your children swimming is just plain fun. Â What are some reasons to get your kids in the water and create a healthy habit for life?
Safe from the start
Helping your child overcome their natural fear of water comes from a safe and stress-free introduction to swimming. Â Seeking out your local Red Cross approved swimming program will give you an age appropriate entry point. Â From babies to adults, there are first timer programs that will ease their way into swimming, by developing proper techniques and safety consciousness. Â Their ability to react calmly to situations in the water, because of good basic safety skills, could save their life or the lives of others. [Read more…] about The Benefits of Swimming: You and Your Child Should Get Along â€œSwimminglyâ€
Although kids are tiny humans, they tend to have a lot of stuff. From clothing to toys, books and shoes, your kidâ€™s room probably looks like itâ€™s always on the verge of bursting at the seams. While you can go in there yourself and straighten things up, this wonâ€™t actually solve the long-term problem of helping your child have a more organized room. So to help get rid of this headache for yourself and teach your child valuable life skills, here are three tips for helping to keep your childâ€™s room more organized.
Consider Their Age When Creating Organizational Strategies
While having your kids understand and enjoy cleaning from the day they can pick up a toy would be amazing, this just isnâ€™t a reality. For this reason, itâ€™s crucial that you take baby steps toward organization based on your childâ€™s age. Jennifer Haupt, a contributor to HGTV.com, recommends keeping things simple for children ages 2 to 4, getting creative with children ages 5 to 8, and gradually increasing organizational responsibilities for children ages 9 and up. For each age group, make sure you have the organizational tools you need for success, like toy shelves, bins and buckets for each and every item in the room.
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