Why Having a Great Garden Can Benefit Your Children

Why Having a Great Garden Can Benefit Your Children

Now that summer is slowly approaching, something that we are all looking forward to is being able to spend a lot of time outside basking in the sun. For the majority of us, this is the first summer of normality that we have seen in the last 2 years.

Last year and the year before there were certain rules concerning being able to head outside, which meant that a lot of us were confined to our homes. If you are someone that has children, this may have been particularly difficult on you, as children can easily become bored and frustrated when they are unable to go outside.

If you were someone without a garden during this period of time, then you may have struggled even more with the rules put in place by the government. Though things are now starting to return to normality, covid has unfortunately not gone away. In fact, we are actually experiencing spikes and new variations of the virus all over the world, so as a parent you may be worried about allowing your children to play as freely with their friends as they once did.

Though you may not want your child heading out the same way as they used to, you still don’t want them to stay inside. Because of this, it is likely that you have moved to a house with a garden, but not just any old garden can keep your children entertained.

Instead of just leaving your child to play in a plain old garden, you should instead take the time to create a great garden that they can spend time in. Here are just some of the reasons why having a great garden can benefit your children.

They Will Be Proud of Their Home

As a parent, something that you are likely more than aware of is just how inconsiderate your children can be. Because they have put no work or effort into the home that they live in, it is not unusual for them to make a mess or destroy items within the home, as they don’t really care.

If you hire someone to do up your garden and allow your children to pay close attention to the process, then they will be much more appreciative of the process that made the garden look the way that it did.

Something that you should remember is that not every landscaping company that you hire will allow you to let your children observe their work, as they can be a distraction. Before you hire someone to landscape your garden, make sure that they are ok with your children looking at their work and explain the situation to them. I remember when I wanted to do up my very own garden, I contacted a landscaping company in Victoria BC, and told them that I would like my children to get involved with some of the odd jobs they were doing so that my children could appreciate the value of hard work. They were happy to allow that and even let my children help with mowing and other important tasks.

Birthday Parties

Something that you have probably experienced a lot this year is the constant cancellation of birthday parties. A big issue that a lot of venues had was that outbreaks of the virus meant that parties were not able to take place.

A lot of parents were also worried about sending their kids to parties and allowing them to potentially pick up covid. A lot of rules that are a product of covid make it so that you can no longer throw indoor parties for a number of reasons.

Depending on where you live, it can actually be very difficult to find an outdoor venue for you to be able to host a party and so most people just end up hosting a party at home in their gardens. This allows them to abide by covid rules, while also celebrating the life of their children.

If you are someone that has a run-down garden, then you may be too embarrassed to throw a party in your home. If your backyard is nothing more than empty grass and a shed, then it is not exactly the best venue to host a party and your children may be disappointed.

Not only should you focus on landscaping your garden, but you should also put some focus on getting some garden furniture and laying out a place where you can host events. Not only can you host parties for your children, but you can also create places where they are able to hang out with their friends and have a fun time.

You have to remember that this is just a one-time investment and once you have done it once, you don’t have to redo it anytime soon.

Get Them Out

The children of today are not the same as the children of the past. In the past, it would be impossible to keep your children indoors. However, in this day and age, it is now impossible to persuade your children to go outside.

Though you may not be able to get them to go out very far, by having a nice garden you will at least be able to convince them to sit outside and get some much-needed vitamin D. Childhood obesity is on the rise and by giving your child a place they can have fun and exercise, you will help fight these statistics.

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Easy Ways to Get Your Children Involved With Home Renovations

Easy Ways to Get Your Children Involved With Home Renovations

If you have ever renovated a house, then you will know that it is an incredibly long and strenuous process that is not easy. There are many reasons why someone would choose to renovate a home. For example, they may be looking to sell a house or they may simply feel as though their own home is in a need of a change.

No matter why someone chooses to renovate a house, it will always be an incredibly difficult process, and it is only made harder when you bring children into the equation.

If you are a parent, then you will be more than aware of how difficult it is to keep them occupied when you are working on a project. Children are very inquisitive and they always like to know what you are doing and they often want to get involved.

You may think that there is no way that you could allow your child to get involved in a renovation, as it would only make more work and potentially be dangerous. You may be glad to know that this is not the case at all, you could actually find many safe ways to get your child involved with the renovation of your home, and here are just some of them.

Get Them Involved In The Clearing Process

When you are renovating a house, there tends to be a lot of mess that you may not have considered before. You may need to rip some things out and knock some things down, which will create a lot of mess that could take some time to sort out.

This takes up a lot of valuable time that could be used in a better way and this is where you get your children involved. Children love to feel as though they are helping and so they will be more than happy to lend a hand in the cleaning process. Just make sure they don’t carry or clean anything that could be dangerous.

You should make sure that they have the right attire when they are helping. When removing things from the room, they could drop something heavy on their feet, so make sure to get them some work boots. If you do not know where to get work boots, you will be glad to know that there is actually a work boots sale online right now at workbootsireland.ie, so you will be able to get them some cheap boots and keep them safe.

Painting

A fun and creative way that your child can get involved with the renovations is with painting. Children absolutely adore painting and if given the opportunity to help paint the walls, they will be incredibly excited to help out.

Painting is one of the easier parts of the renovation that you will be doing and this means that it would be hard for your child to mess it up. If they do make some mistakes, you can simply go over them with paint and it will look exactly like it was supposed to.

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The Best Gifts to Get Your Child This Year

The Best Gifts to Get Your Child This Year

A new year means a brand new year of having to buy gifts. As a parent, it likely feels as though you are never able to escape the constant rush of presents. You have to deal with several different birthdays throughout the year and once those are over you need to think about Christmas and other holidays.

Children and adults have very different tastes when it comes to buying gifts and so you may be lost on what you can get your kids this year. Luckily for you, we have a lot of experience when it comes to buying presents and so here are the best gifts to get your child this year.

  • Gaming Chair

Most kids these days are dedicated gamers and your child is likely no different. They likely spend a lot of their time sitting up in a kitchen chair or slumped on the sofa. This can have a negative impact on their posture and by buying them a gaming chair, you will be ensuring that they don’t suffer from future back problems. If you are not sure where you can buy a computer chair from, I recommend taking a look at gamingchairsireland. Gamingchairsireland.ie are the official suppliers of Kirogi and they offer quality chairs for a reasonable price.

  • Outdoor Game KIt

If you are someone that wants your children to stay active, something that you can do is buy them an outdoor gaming kit. These kits usually come with all the supplies that you need for your child to spend hours of fun playing outside.

The kits usually involve racing bases, tennis rackets, and other similar sporting products. This means that they will not run out of things that they can do and they will not be tempted to go back inside.

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How to Teach Your Child to Be More Confident

How to Teach Your Child to Be More Confident

When you have a child there is so many things to think about. This child is solely your responsibility, they are completely dependent on you to look after them and to raise them right. You’re responsible for ensuring that they’re well fed, that they’re eating all the right foods to make sure they’re nourished properly, that they sleep enough, that they learn to walk around the write age, that they learn to talk around the right age, that they can read and write etc. There are so many basic things to think about and then on top of that you want to make sure that your child is happy and you want to make sure that they’re confident in themselves. There is a lot of pressure on parents to find the right balance between teaching their children how to behave and to have good morals, without damaging their self-confidence and their self-esteem. If you’re nervous about ensuring that your child is growing up confident so that they can do the things they want to do and form relationships with people as they grow up then we’ve found some great tips on how you can teach your child to be more confident.

What is confidence?

Confidence is the having faith in yourself and believing in yourself. Children are always being exposed to new situations and experiences and they have to have confidence to be able to handle them and grow as a person. When children start school they have to make new friends which can be nerve-wracking and they have to do things such as read out loud in front of the other children or raising their hands in class to ask a question, to be able to do these things they need to have self-confidence. Some children are naturally confident and don’t have to work on themselves to be confident but other children are shy and it is up to you to nurture them and help them to believe in themselves. Confidence is so important that some of the Best Quotes About Life are focused around it, reading some great quotes to your child is a great way to help them become more confident. Our personal favorite was said by Marcus Garvey – “With confidence, you have won before you’ve started”.

Appreciate your child’s effort

One way to help nurture your child’s self-confidence is to always celebrate your child when they try anything. It is important when you’re raising a child that you focus on the journey not the destination, it isn’t just about what they achieve but the life lessons they learn alone the way whilst they’re trying anything new. For example, if you child starts to participate in sport you shouldn’t put too much pressure on them to win as if they don’t this will have a negative impact on their confidence, even if they kick the ball off the field, you should congratulate them for trying and for carrying on, even though they made a mistake.

Give your child new challenges

Even as an adult, the best way to learn and to build confidence is to avoid staying in your comfort zones all the time and instead pushing these boundaries. This applies to your child too, if you want them to grow and learn then you’ll need to provide them with new challenges they can apply themselves to. If you start with small challenges then your child will be accomplishing things which will give them confidence in their own abilities. If you increase their responsibility they will be forced to problem solve and become more successful and confident. It is also important that you don’t fix all of your child’s problems for them, whilst they’re going to need your advice and parental wisdom but too much help will prevent them from developing their own skills.

Don’t criticize them

This is the most important thing. Feedback for a child is great to help them learn but never criticize your child as this will almost definitely cause them to feel bad about themselves. This will make them more shy and nervous and likely make them lose any confidence they’ve been building.

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Everything You Need to Consider as a New Parent

Finding out that you are going to be a new parent is both exciting and daunting, the idea that you will be responsible for the life of a child can be very stressful for some people but you should know that most prospective parents feel this way too. There are a lot of things to consider in the run-up to your child’s birth so it is vital that you are proficient in making sure the necessary preparations are made in time.

 

Preparation

In order to be truly prepared for your child’s arrival, you should research everything that you will need or even ask any of your family and friends who have been through this before for advice. You should make a list of the things that you need to buy and if you are having a baby shower you could put together a list for your guest to buy you gifts that you actually need to save yourself some money as well as providing your family with gift ideas that you will actually make use of.

 

Plans For The Future

It may seem a little morbid to be thinking about these things but when you have a child it is your responsibility as a parent to make sure that they are set up with everything they need in their lives. This includes making preparations for your death and looking into processes such as setting up a will detailing what should be done with your money and possessions in the event of your death. As a parent you have to think about these things as dying without a will can cause unnecessary stress to your loved ones when it comes to deciding who gets what.

 

Online Help

If you are struggling with getting ready for the birth of your child then I would urge you to make use of the various online forums that are available to help new parents. Forums created by experienced parents have been circulating the internet for many years now but it seems that this useful resource is often overlooked within the parenting world when the information is actually very detailed and trustworthy as much of it comes from people who have gone through being a parent. Using forums also opens up communication between fellow parents which is a very useful tool to have accessible even after your child has been born.

 

Making Sure You Have Everything You Need

With being a new parent comes a long list of essential equipment that you will need to buy before your child is born, there are many books and online resources available telling you everything you need so it would be a mistake to not make use of this. If you are worried about the costs then why not look into what second-hand baby gear is available in your area and as previously mentioned it is common for new parents to compile a gift list for baby showers or christenings so that your guests are able to buy you something that you actually need whilst saving you some money.

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The Best Kids Films that Encourage Kindness, Sharing and Positivity

As a parent, you dedicate lots of your time to teaching your kids the best morals and hope they pick them up and express these morals in their day to day lives. You probably try to be the best influence you possibly can on your kids so that they grow up to be good people and carry these morals with them into adulthood. This makes picking films for them to watch difficult, as after putting all this time and effort into helping your kids become the best version of themselves that they can be, you don’t want to allow them to watch any movies that will instill different morals into them.

Kindness can be learned by example so by being a good example and finding movies that emphasize kindness and positivity your kids will learn these quicker. Kindness, sharing, and positivity are all extremely important qualities in kids and in adults, they will help your child to be able to create and maintain friendships at school and this will follow on to adult relationships. These qualities will also help to teach your children to accept other people that are different as they encourage acceptance and tolerance which are also important qualities. We’ve found some of the best kids’ films that encourage kindness, sharing, and positivity so you can show your kids some great films.

 

Spirited Away

Spirited Away is a Studio Ghibli film, we found out from a quiz about Japanese animated films that this is the Studio Ghibli movie that most closely aligns with encouraging kindness, sharing, and positivity. The film is about the ten-year-old Chihiro when she and her parents stumble upon an abandoned amusement park her parents get turned into massive pigs and she is stuck. She meets Haku who explains to her that she has to work to free herself and her parents from the supernatural resort. This movie promotes many positive messages, it encourages people to always have time for others and to give them attention if they need it and to not hate those who hate you, but instead learn to love them regardless. These are very positive messages and teach kids how to be kind so it’s a great movie to show your child.

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service is another Studio Ghibli movie that promotes good morals and encourages kindness. It’s a movie about a young witch named Kiki who leaves home to carry on her witch training. She leaves with just her flying broom and her cat, Jiji to make a new life in a different city. She starts a delivery service to improve her flying skills but unfortunately, she loses confidence in her own abilities and begins to lose her magic. The kindness of other people in the village help Kiki to regain her abilities, this is a great example for kids to encourage kindness within their behavior. It also promotes positivity as it teaches kids to have confidence in themselves the same way that Kiki found confidence in herself.

 

The Secret World of Arriety

The Secret World of Arriety is another Japanese animated film, this type of movie is one of the best to promote kindness in films to children. Arriety is a tiny teenager who lives in a suburban home without the homeowner knowing. She spends most of her time remaining hidden from those who live in the house but occasionally has to risk going above the floorboards to borrow sugar cubes. This leads to an unlikely friendship forming between Arriety and the 12-year-old Shawn who lives in the house.

This friendship is a strong one but it has the problem of it could lead the homeowners to find out that Arriety and her family are living there causing problems for her family. This film is one of the most wholesome Studio Ghibli films and the entire movie is focused on the message that you should always be kind to others. It promotes that you shouldn’t just be kind to people that you know but you should be kind to every person that you meet. This is a great message to promote to kids so we highly recommend this movie.

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