The New Parents Guide to Decorating Your Childs Bedroom

When it comes to starting the process of preparing for your first child, it is likely that your mind is going to be swarmed with plenty of things to think about, like clothes and all of the other things that you will need in order to properly care for your child. Some things can be quite daunting and you may put them off for as long as possible due to their difficulty, one of the key victims of procrastination neglect is decorating your child’s room. This can be a very daunting task and requires a lot of work, there is just a lot to think about like furniture, themes and general decor. Though the idea of having to decorate your child’s bedroom can be quite off-putting, it can also be quite an exciting and fulfilling activity. One of the ways you can keep the project exciting is by following a strict guide and getting things done bit by bit, here is the new parents guide to decorating your child’s bedroom.

 

Paint

Painting the room should be the first thing that you think about. Choosing a color can make it easier when addressing other areas of your decoration, as choosing a color will allow you to establish a theme. Establishing this theme will also make it easier to pick out furniture and another decor. Not only is painting important to starting your other decorating processes, but it is also important that you do it before you bring any other furniture into the room. Having to paint around large pieces of furniture can be extremely inconvenient and so it is easier to just get it done from the very start. If you are struggling to pick the right color for your room and you are finding it difficult to continue the rest of the decorating process, perhaps choose a classic color based on your baby’s gender.

 

Furniture

You also need to focus on choosing the best possible furniture options for your baby’s bedroom. Some of the main things that you need to focus on our storage solutions and also your babies crib. When you first have your child you are going to accumulate a lot of baby clothes due to how quickly they grow, and so it is important to make sure that you purchase a large chest of drawers. If you fail to do this then you will just have to be dealing with a build-up of clothes taking over your life, so it’s best just to secure storage options to start with. It is also important to make sure that you have a comfortable place for your baby to sleep. Within the first few months of their lives, it can be impossible to get babies to sleep at a reasonable time. Something that a lot of new parents neglect to consider is upgrading their baby’s mattress past the average mattress solution. Something that a lot of new parents are doing is purchasing bamboo mattresses for their babies. These are far comfier than the regular mattress that you would receive with a crib and thus will make it far easier for your child to fall asleep, they’re becoming extremely common and can be purchased at several sites, such as those reviewed at bedroompedia. So be sure to shop about and you will be able to find one that fits into your price range.

 

Personalize

It is not uncommon for parents to go for plain rooms, however, one of the best recommendations that we could give is to personalize the room and give it a theme. This can make the decoration process way funnier and also give it a clearer direction, as a theme will make it easier to pick out things such as decor and bedsheets.

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Father & Son Activities: 8 Ways to Bond With Your Son

Raising boys can be difficult at the best of times. With generations constantly changing, it can be difficult to keep up with your son’s life as he enters a world you’re unfamiliar with. Whether we intend to or not, as your child develops, soon we’ll be the dinosaurs that need our kids to help with new and complicated tech. This is sadly just a fact of life and unfortunately can end up putting a strain on you and your son’s relationship. So, how can you make sure you maintain a healthy relationship with your son? Well, here’s a list of 8 activities perfect for father and son bonding.

Movies

The best way to bond is to find common ground with your son. Ask him about movies he likes and then maybe suggest watching some with him. It’ll reassure him that you’re interested in his life and it will also potentially help you learn things you may not have realised about your son’s personality. It may also be worth suggesting a father and son cinema trip to help you both get outside of the house. Who knows, it may end up becoming a regular thing.

Video Games

As long as you’re prepared for him to likely be far better than you, then another great way to bond with your son is by playing video games with him. Most boys nowadays spend a crazy amount of time on their consoles, what better opportunity to spend some quality time with him than by getting involved in one of his favourite hobbies. Find out his favourite games and if any of them happen to be multiplayer then you’re in luck. If you’ve never played a video game, it’s probably best to get some practice in before you suggest a game – it may end up frustrating for both of you if he has to spend his time trying to teach you how to play.

Fishing

A very popular father/son activity, but for good reason. It will remind him that you still have plenty of things to teach him. There’s still probably a lot more you can learn about fishing as well. Like, did you know you can get special fishing reels for catching bass? As long as you remain patient, fishing can be a calming activity for both of you and it’s always good for both of you to reconnect with nature. Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet and show your son there are more ways to enjoy yourself. Plus, actually catching something would be a bonus as well.

Cooking

Something we could all improve is our cooking skills. Try making some meals or even try your hand at baking with your son. It’s a great activity as there is room for error from both of you and requires you both to work as a team. Teaching him to cook will definitely benefit him in the future and you’ll also (after some trial and error) get some delicious meals out of it.

Sports

Whether watching or playing, there are so many different sports out there that there simply has to be one that you and your son can bond over. You could introduce him to your favourite sports team and take him to games as well as a treat. If you’re wanting to improve you and your son’s fitness then there are plenty of sports you can play in your backyard. Just be prepared to be a bit slower than you remember. Remember, you both have things to learn from each other.

DIY Projects

If you have some work to do around the house, then why not ask your son for some help? An extra hand will make sure you get those jobs done quicker. Anything from painting the walls or fixing up the car to building some furniture, there’s plenty of benefits for both of you by working together. Plus, by teaching him and letting him help, you’ll be giving him invaluable life skills as well. Boys always like to be right and can get frustrated when things don’t work out the way they intended. Be sure to keep your cool and reassure your son if he seems to be getting frustrated. Remind him that IKEA furniture is a challenge for everyone. There’s no harm in getting confused.

Ice Cream

If you’re looking for an activity that’s both sweet and simple (pun intended), then look no further. You don’t need to do anything fancy to bond with your son. Even just taking him to get some of his favourite ice-cream will help improve your relationship. It also works as a great reward after doing some of the other slightly more strenuous bonding activities from earlier like DIY or fishing. You never know, you might even find him feeling more comfortable with opening up to you.

Help them with homework

A bane of every kids’ existence, keeping on top of homework can be a difficult task. An excellent way to bond with your son is by helping him with more academic challenges like homework. Kids sometimes have trouble asking their teachers if they’re confused, so it could be beneficial for him to be able to ask you. Just make sure he doesn’t trick you into doing it for him. The most beneficial thing you can do is clear up his confusion so he can solve the problems for himself. This may require some refamiliarizing from you, but he’ll surely appreciate it.

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3 New Games Your Kids Will Love

Whether we like it or not, kids these days love their video games. Whether on a console, PC or on their mobile, there are an unbelievable amount of games for your kids to choose from. From FPS (First Person Shooter) games, all the way to roll playing strategy games, it’s a world that many of us are very unfamiliar with. It can be impossible to keep up with what kids are playing as it seems to be constantly changing. It can also be difficult to make sure your kids are staying safe if they’re playing online or if they’re playing content that may be a bit too mature for them. Well, fear not parents and guardians, here are 3 new parent-friendly games that we’re sure your kids will love.

Dreams

A new release exclusive to PS4 consoles, Dreams has been regarded as a breakthrough in modern gaming technology. From the creators of Little Big Planet, Dreams combines the traditional elements of gaming with playable levels and a progressing storyline with the opportunity to learn how to create and develop your own games. It’s an excellent opportunity for your child to use their imagination and you never know, this could even be the beginning of a career in game design or development.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross

A PC game rapidly growing in popularity, SDS is a cinematic role-playing game (RPG) based off of the Seven Deadly Sins anime. Absolutely filled with interesting characters, fun visuals and hours of gameplay, this is a great example of a game with a massive community of players. A great opportunity for your kids to make new friends. Online gaming may sound daunting, but rest assured, sdsgc is totally safe for your kids! Your kids will be free to explore a beautifully designed 3D world and will be swept up in an exciting adventure full of challenges.

Animal Crossing: New Horizon

A long-awaited game for many adults, there has never been a better time to introduce your child to the wonderful world of Animal Crossing. New to Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sees your character make their home on an island run by the ever-wonderful Tom Nook. The game offers a totally inoffensive world in which your child will be free to explore. With the opportunity to catch a wild variety of fish and bugs and also to dig up fossils, the game also offers an excellent opportunity for your child to learn more about the world around them.

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5 Benefits of Getting A Private Tutor for Your Children

Is your child struggling at school? Or are they coming home with more questions than answers? Then it may be worth investing in a private tutor. Throughout the US, you will find tonnes of tutors that specialize in pretty much every subject you can think of. For example, if you’re in around NYC, this private tutor specializes in LSAT testing – not an easy feat. But what are some of the benefits of getting a private tutor for your child? Well, here are a few to help you make up your mind.

 

Give them an edge

Getting a place at college can be tough, especially if your child is aiming for a place at one of the Ivy League universities like Harvard, Yale or Stanford. Competition for these universities can be intense and a tutor could help give your child an invaluable advantage to ace their tests and get that place.

Deepen Their knowledge

With most schools, there are set texts taught to every student. A tutor, however, allows for an opportunity to deepen your child’s understanding of their chosen subject with a wider variety of examples and questions.

Personalized Learning

Schools normally offer one method of teaching but, with tutoring, there is an opportunity for a more personalized learning experience as the tutor will be able to tailor their lessons to your child’s learning style, allowing them to have a deeper grasp of the information.

Communication skills

For some children, it can be difficult to ask questions in class, however, with a tutor your child will be able to improve their communication skills and ask those otherwise unanswered questions that may have left them stumped.

Confidence

One of the greatest benefits your child will gain from having a tutor is confidence. They will be able to build on their knowledge and when the test comes around, they can be sure that they can answer any question that comes their way.

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Gift Ideas for a 6-Year-Old Girl

Birthday’s for children are one of the most exciting times of the year, right behind Christmas. It’s the day they get to be spoilt rotten and the focus be on them. But it can sometimes be a challenge trying to work out what gifts will suite the special day. Below are a few ideas to help guide you in the right direction.

Painting Supplies

Even at a young age, kids love to get creative. Anything that lets them flex their creative muscles is going to go down well. And nothing is a better present than a set of painting equipment. Not only will your young one have a fantastic time creating works of art, it is something you can do as a joint activity and bond over.

Personalised Bracelet

Bracelets are a wonderful way to treat your daughter or niece. And nothing is better than having it personalized as well. It shows you care and lets them wear something that has a bit more flare to it. Personalized rubber bracelets are a cheaper and longer lasting alternative to traditional jewelry options and are more likely to survive the rough and tumble lifestyle that six-year olds lead.

Actions Figures or Dolls

Kids love to play games where they can live out fantasies and take characters on amazing adventures. Or sometimes they just want to play with their favorite heroes or villains. Action figures and dolls are the perfect gift for girls around this age. Take the time to find out what they are interested in, weather that be superheroes, barbie, cowboys or dinosaurs. Whatever it is, there is a world of options available to you.

Stuffed Animals

Six-year olds are nuts about cuddly toys. Having something they can squeeze tight at night is comforting and joyous. And they can often bond with the stuffed toys for many years to come. Nothing is stronger than the bond between a kid and their teddy. And there is such a large selection available. Find out their favourite animal and bring them a pleasant surprise friend.

Or go one further and take them along to a build-a-bear workshop and let them have the joy of creating their own friend to keep. Along with leaving with a fun present, it will have been a great bonding experience for you and them to take part in together.

A day out experience

It is often said kids have too many toys, and sometimes that is the case. So maybe you want to take a different approach. Why not take them out for a day experience. At age six, young girls are more curious and excitable than ever, so there are endless possibilities. Perhaps a day down a local farm or petting zoo. Maybe going to a show at the theater or cinema to see a movie. Or take them along to the funfair for an amazing day out. What ever you do, they will love being out and about with you.

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Biking with Kids: Choosing a Cargo Bike

Cargo bikes are becoming an increasingly popular method of transport, particularly for families with kids. This is due to their low cost, non-existent carbon footprint, and the myriad of health benefits of they bring. Consequently, many people have even swapped their cars for one.

Cargo bikes sometimes have two wheels, sometimes three. They can be big or small, and as stated, they are all great for families with kids, with some having space for child to sit in the front and others having space for them in the back. Only some are suitable for transporting babies however, and some may be unsuitable for older kids. With that in mind, what are the best cargo bikes for biking with kids?

Best Cargo Bikes on the Market

Urban Arrow Family CX

Manufactured in Amsterdam, the Urban Arrow Family CX is one of the pricier bikes on the market, costing £4,900 (or around $6,300). Also, it only has two wheels so may be a bit wobbly at first, however, if you ride cargo bikes often you should get used to it pretty quickly.

That being said, you do get your moneys worth. There’s tons of room in the Arrow, with a bench that can sit two children and you can even put a car seat for a small child in the front if you have the right adapter. You can also customize the bike and add another bench for an additional child, along with a bench at the rear for a fourth child.

Nihola Family-e

Coming in slightly cheaper at £3,600 (or $4,600), this Denmark built bike is it a bit easier to ride even for amateurs as it has three wheels. It is designed to carry two children and is extremely stable and safe. This is because the fact that it has three wheels means that you don’t have to worry about things like kickstands or the bike toppling over, which is very appealing if you will be travelling with kids and you don’t ride a bike often. The Nihola Family-e also has e-assist, which makes getting up hills much easier.

Bakfiets Riksja

If you’re looking for a bike that can transport adults as well as children, the Riksja is the bike for you. While it is very expensive at £5000 ($6,400) it is extremely sturdy and could be used for things like playdates with other parents and their children.

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The Most Important Parenting Philosophies of the 21st Century

Parenting is considered by many to be one of the most important life challenges that are out there, but with so many of us looking to services like online forums and parenting advice meetings for help it is a subject that is often questioned. The fact that so many of us are looking for help shows just how important it is to us, with high demand there has been a boost in the amount of advice services that are out there so it can be hard to know who to trust and nobody needs to see a bunch of inspirational quotes about life. Here is a list of the six best parenting philosophies of the 21st century to advise you on your parenting journeys.

 

  1. FUN !

Remembering to have fun is extremely important when it comes to parenting, when a family is laughing the household just seems so much more relaxed. It can be easy to slip into a dreadful mood as it is no secret that parenting is a stressful task. It can be easy to get into a rut of focusing on the negatives and forgetting about the rewards that come with bringing up a child, I would say the way to rectify this would be having fun with your family !

  1. Cleanliness

Something a little less enjoyable but equally as important would have to be remembering to keep clean, particularly when bringing up the younger children there is a lot of mess that comes with it so it is important to do your best to keep on top of it. Now I know that this is easier said than done but making simple changes such as using disposable bibs, nappies and wet wipes can help with convenience as you can simply throw them away when they get dirty.

  1. Family

Another important factor to remember when starting your parenting journeys would have to be to keep your family close. It can be so easy to want to shut out the world and relish in bringing up this little life especially when they are little babies but trust me, you’re going to want your family on hand to help out when you are in need of a break because no matter what you say that time will come. It is normal for your family to want to be involved and I think it is a blessing that you should take.

  1. Organised structure

Keeping organised is an important factor in parenting as it retains a solid structure for your child whilst also saving your sanity. A good structure is essential for raising a child as they like a safe routine and it helps with keeping an easy life for yourself too which are both great positives. Deviation from routines may not go down too well with your child and you may be likely to see acting out behaviour from them, this is why it is so important to have an organised structure.

  1. Have a break

Another philosophy to bear in mind with your parenting technique would be to remember to take the time for yourself, have a break, take every little ten minutes you can. Although you have a big responsibility to your child as a parent, you also have  a responsibility to take care of yourself and maintain your own mental health. When your child naps you should also be asleep, of course your sleep schedule is going to suffer but that comes with the job I’m afraid and the night feeds will be less daunting if you are well rested.

  1. Remember your partner.

Something else to remember would be (and of course everyone is in different circumstances so this doesn’t apply to everyone) your partners. Now I’m not saying that this is easy but it is important to remember the other relationships that you are in whether that be husbands, wives or partners whatever your feeling it is more than likely that your partner knows exactly what you are feeling. It is important to not only be a parent but also be the spouse that you were before parenthood, take the time to maintain that relationship we all put so much work into.

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The Advantages of Working from a Home Office

Working from home is a great way to save time and money on office space and travel so that you can prioritise the running of your business. Using a home office is great for someone who regularly has the issue of not being able to find childcare, or someone who spends a lot of time and money on physically getting to work. This can cause serious issues when it comes to things like motivation and exhaustion as it takes so much effort for you to get into the physical work environment. Imagine if you didn’t have to go and you would be able to do a full day’s work whilst remaining within the convenience of your own home.

 

Getting a quality home office setup is crucial to being able to work from home just as effectively as you would in the workplace. With a dedicated workspace within your home you can ensure optimal productivity. It can be a very expensive task and for someone who doesn’t already have an existing home office setup you may have to make a few purchases, with the most expensive probably being the office furniture, yourbestdeals has coupons for them here so that some reduction can be made to the cost of creating your home office.

Advantages.

More time to work – cutting out travel times can add hours to some peoples work days, by allowing working from a home office the work day can start much earlier than if you had to travel.

For those of you with kids, working from home can be a great way to avoid childcare costs and the inevitable day that you can’t find someone to look after your child. By working from home you can stay with your child not only saving you money but reducing any stress you may have when balancing home and work life.

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The Best Educational Word Games to Play With Your Kids

Using word games as an educational tool is a great way to inject some fun into learning. Making vocabulary expansion fun is very effective and if your children enjoy playing games then why not twist it in a way that can have some educational value too. With so many online and physical word games being available on the market it is certain that there will be a game out there that works for you and your kids. Why not try to make learning fun, if you can provide your child with some enjoyment whilst they learn you may find your methods to be a lot more effective in getting educational results.

Scrabble

Classic board game Scrabble is a household staple when it comes to board games, players choose letter tiles at random and are challenged to create words with the highest point value. The more obscure letters have more points and with the opportunity to boost your points with double and triple word spaces on the board, this game can get extremely competitive. In terms of how educational this game is, because it challenges players to make words from a random selection of letters it really does get your children thinking about the words they know and can even reveal new words they didn’t know the meaning to already. For beginners who may struggle with the concept of scrabble you may choose to use a word unscrambler, which makes words from a given set of letters, using a tool like this may seem redundant but it still encourages your children to think about expanding their vocabulary as they are being exposed to new words.

Words With Friends

With a similar concept to the board game Scrabble, Words with friends is another great way of getting your children to have fun whilst doing something educational. Play with friends and family online to to add even more competitiveness and enjoyment to the game, challenge yourself to make the best words in terms of point value from a set of given letters, as this game is on a smartphone application platform your children may be more inclined to get involved and expand their vocabularies whilst having fun with their peers.

Hangman

Classic time killer, Hangman is a perfect example of a word game that encourages the development of your children’s education. The beauty of this game is that it can be played anywhere, all you need is a pen and a notebook for hours of fun. The simplicity of Hangman with how well it encourages your children to think about vocabulary makes it an extremely useful educational tool. Players take turns to think of a word that fits a given category and the other players take turns to guess the letters the word contains, as you guess the letters correctly more of the word is revealed to aid you in guessing however, should you get a letter wrong a body part is added to the Hangman and once complete if you haven’t guessed the word you lose.

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9 Ideas for Decorating your New Baby’s Bedroom

Pregnancy is a long, often exhausting process, but there are lots of joyous times along the way. One of the most exciting times for expectant parents is decorating the soon to be baby’s bedroom. It is a lovely bonding experience and lets you flex your creative muscles. Below are nine simple, yet effective, ideas for decorating your new baby’s bedroom.

Cot

The most important part of the nursery is the baby’s bed. It is where it will spend most of its time. So you will want to invest in one that provides, not only comfort, but also safety for your little one. It needs to be sturdy and secure.

But looking further than that, you will want it to match the overall feel and theme of the room. Maybe look at the color scheme you are using and paint it to match.

Changing Table

Aside from the most obvious thing a new baby’s room needs, a cot, there is a lot more that can go into the nursery to make things easier for both the baby and you, the parent.

Investing in a new changing station will be invaluable. It will quickly become one of, if not the most used item in your house. You don’t want to be scrimping on cost when it comes to this. That being said, taking some time to look for one that meets your creative wants as well is not to be ignored.

Painting

Babies love colour. At a young age a colour scheme serves to stimulate their senses and engage them. At the same time it can serve to calm them down when they get upset. To that end you will want to look at perhaps some softer colors, baby blues or light greens.

This interior decorating company has a wide range of options and colours available and will be able to help you create room worthy of your new-born.

Toys

Kids love toys. It is the universal truth of being a child that the most exciting time of the day is playtime. To that end taking the time to invest in a solid selection of toys will be invaluable to you and your baby.

Play Mats

Playtime is a great bonding experience for you and your child. But it can be an absolute nightmare for your knees and legs. To that end you will want to invest in a playmat. Setting aside a corner of the nursery room just for a play station will be a good idea. Find something comfortable for both you and your little one.

 

Rocking Chair

Sleep will not come easy to you once the baby arrives. You will have countless nights of running into the babies room and soothing it back to sleep. A great idea will be investing in a comfortable rocking chair. Having somewhere by the cot to rock your baby back to sleep will be invaluable and a rocking chair will make things easier for you.

Baby Monitors

Baby Monitors are an obvious tool needed to care for your new-born. They will let you know when your baby needs you at all hours. But there is no reason this electronic device cant be used as a great decorating tool. There are many visual models that can be bought. Maybe have the monitors shaped like a comforting animal to help soothe the baby. Maybe have them shaped like fluffy clouds to fit in with the colour scheme of the room.

Themes

As the baby grows you might find they start showing an interest in certain things. Fairies, cowboys, space. What ever it is, this is a perfect opportunity to decorate to the theme. Maybe grab some interesting wallpaper or some cot bedding with their favorite animal on it. What ever it is, don’t be afraid to go all out for the enjoyment of your little one.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animals are a great decorating tool and plaything for your little one. Their softness means there is little chance of any accidents and children are naturally inclined towards softer objects. Having something they can cuddle at night is both healthy for them and will bring them endless joy. Alongside that you can fit the theme of the stuffed animals to match the theme of the room.

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