When you first give birth to your child, your mind can’t help but drift towards thoughts of the future. Who will they grow up to be? What interests will they have? Where will they go? What about their education? Except for their education, you have no direct control or influence over any of those. So, you better make the most of helping to guide their education.
You’ve decided, given your surrounding options, that home schooling is the best option for your children. You know that you’ve got the intelligence and ability to educate your kid on your own, and tests prove home school curriculum can be an advantage, so why not give it a shot?
Plan For The Best
When working out a charted course for your child’s education, the two most important things to keep in mind are planning smartly and staying on track despite any roadblocks you’re almost certainly going to run into. Every day is going to be an adventure, but if you separate your personal life with your child from your academic one, things will eventually even out, and the two of you will find a balance between the two different aspects of your lives. You can help this process along by working out a schedule from quarter to quarter, and do your best to keep your child on the same relative schedule as their peers, if not slightly ahead of them.
Do All That You Can Do
But, also keep in mind that as your child grows, and nears the end of their high school years, you need to leave open the option for room to change and grow with them, according to where their passions and interests are leaning. If you have an artist in the makings, maybe don’t front load their education with mathematics and politics. And vice versa if you’re dealing with a young adult who is more practical and straight forward in nature. As the teacher, you must learn to be adaptable more than anything else. It will take some time, and mistakes will be made, but you’re in for one of the most gratifying experiences in your life.
We can never know who or what our kids are going to grow up to be. As parents, all we can do is give the the tools to succeed, and hope for the best once things are left in their hands. Home schooling is the ultimate realization of this, and it’s a process that will leave both you and your child changed for the better.
You don’t necessarily have to have the most expensive cleaning supplies to make sure that your baby’s room is cleaned and sanitized thoroughly, but it is a good idea to have something as close to the highest quality supplies that you can reasonably afford. Nobody ever said that having a baby was going to be inexpensive… Quite the contrary in fact.
Open Up That Laptop
Use your favorite search engine to find the website that sells wholesale, affordable, quality cleaning supplies and you could have a cleaning supplier for life. Make sure during your search, that you do some research on the company itself and the chemicals that they use. You don’t want harsh or toxic chemicals used around the baby or for that matter, the rest of your family either. Whether it is your significant other, your teenagers, or your pets… People and pets all react differently to chemicals but no one needs to be exposed to harmful ingredients found in many of today’s industrial-strength cleaning supplies. Is an industrial-strength cleaner nice to use for big messes, in the home? Of course it is. You still have to watch however, what you are using and exposing your family to. Eco-friendly cleaners, commonly referred to these days as green cleaning supplies, can do the job of any cleaner on the market but with safer and more natural ingredients.
Always Read The Labels On Everything!
You’ve probably finally gotten used to reading the ingredients/labels on your foods, now however it is going to be even more important to be aware of what’s going on the surfaces that your baby will come into contact with… be it on a regular basis or just a one time occurrence. And of course, no matter how safe something is you always want to store any kind of cleaning products safely away from the hands of children or from coming into contact with curious pets. Don’t worry about your teenagers finding the cleaning products, because they probably couldn’t see them if you set them directly in front of their face. It has something to do with selective seeing. It’s like when they don’t hear you say ‘take the garbage out on your way out the door’, even though you may have screamed it at the top of your lungs. They can’t hear you.
Doing your homework, when it comes to bringing any kind of chemical into your home is a safe bet for not just babies, but the rest of your family and the environment, as well. The freer we can all become of harsh and toxic chemicals, the healthier we can all be.
Having a new baby is truly one of the most exciting and rewarding events that you will experience throughout your life. While the first baby is the first time you experience this wonder, that feeling of happiness and excitement continues throughout each of your babies’ birth. As exciting as it is, there is always a bit of stress while you try to figure out how you are going to find the room for a new addition. Well, if you have the means to do it, designing a new home before that baby arrives is a great way to make sure you have all the room you could need.
During the recent economic crisis, the housing industry almost collapsed. People could not afford to buy homes, so homes weren’t being built nearly as frequently. While this was unfortunate, the benefit to consumers has been really substantial. While the crisis is showing every sign of ebbing and our country is definitely rebounding, the housing industry is still being very cautious and prices for new homes are being kept low so that people can actually afford to buy them. Even better than that, having a home custom built is no longer just a pipe dream that many people have. Instead, it is something that has become so affordable that many people may want to go this route instead of buying a prebuilt home.
Design Your Dream Home
There are plenty of contractors out there that would love to help you in the design of your home. They can show you quality house plans from previous customers so that you can get ideas, provide you with various options for every aspect of the build, and can generally even give you a fairly accurate quote for the home. Designing your dream home is going to be a blast! You finally get to have the nursery right next to the master bedroom; your kitchen can be everything you ever dreamed it could be; you could have an attic or a basement or both for extra storage or even for a future room; you can even determine where you want the bathrooms to be placed. You finally get to have the home you always wanted and a place where your new baby can grow up happily.
There are a few added expenses to having a home built but it is absolutely worth it. You will have to buy land where your home can be built but that is an investment in your future. Custom homes are getting very affordable for most people and if you have the choice, it is definitely the way to go. Why not look into it? You will likely be glad you did.
One of the greatest things about giving a child their own room to wander around in is that you are truly giving them an opportunity to explore the world on their own terms. Giving them the freedom to crawl around and discover new things on their own can help your child’s development and also help them to begin learning a bit about independence. That outdoor room you have is a perfect location for your baby to begin its journey to becoming a toddler and all it takes is a bit of planning.
Keep It Safe
Before you can let your child start his exploring, you really need to make sure that everything is as safe as possible. So, before you even consider letting your child wander, you will need to make sure that the room has been baby-proofed. There should be no electrical outlets that your child can get to, all cupboards and cabinets, drawers, etc. should be locked and your child should not be able to open them. All of the baby-proofing items that you will need can be found easily and are generally very affordable, making this an easy project to complete.
Along with the safety of your child, providing plenty of items to stimulate your child’s mind is also essential. You will want to have as many toys as safely possible, in a variety of colors and shapes. Many parents enjoy toys that also light up and make noise to get their baby’s minds going at full pace and this may even be something you want to look into. The point is to provide anything you can to help your child’s imagination grow.
Turning your outdoor room into a baby oasis isn’t tough and can be very beneficial for your child. You will probably want to move your outdoor teak bath mat to a space closer to the pool area and find something much softer for your baby to crawl on. Make sure that everything in that outdoor room is baby safe and fun to explore. Once you have everything set up, it’s time to start letting your child’s imagination run wild!
If only those little bundles of joy came with a manual. How many times has a new parent wished for that? And, though they can be extremely fragile, particularly as newborns, people mistakenly treat them as if they are made of bone China and will break at the slightest touch. Does it take special care when holding, dressing, changing, feeding and generally caring for a baby? Yes, of course it does. However, it can be taken too far. Every new parent is probably tempted to dress their baby in full, industrial safety clothing, but let’s face it… That simply isn’t practical. There are however safeguards that you can install in your home that will assist you in keeping your children safer.
Steps To Childproofing Your Home
Probably one of the most important and coincidentally popular items used to childproof a home are electrical outlet covers/plug covers. Hopefully once your child figures out how to get these off, they will also understand that there is a danger involved. I don’t know many children that haven’t received at least a tiny, albeit highly instructive, jolt from sticking something in a socket. Maybe it’s brain damage, but I had to learn the lesson more than once. Equally as important, in your ability to be a good parent, is to lock children out of cabinets that contain something dangerous. Cleaning chemicals are probably at the top of the list, even if you’ve gone green and are using eco-friendly products. I don’t care what’s in there, children simply were not meant to drink that much, of anything used to make something clean. Again, the time will come when your children figure out what combination of actions will allow them access to these cabinets, but hopefully will have an appreciation of what’s in them, by that time.
For Crawling And Walking Children
More things become fair game as your child begins to haul themselves up in a standing position and start walking. Things that were before unreachable are now completely accessible. Whether your child walks or crawls however, safety gates are essential for their safety and well-being. Whether you are blocking off a stairway or a room that contains all sorts of fun looking, but dangerous curiosities, for your child… a safety gate that cannot be undone, by a child, is something no home should be without. While latches are easy and more convenient for adults, they are for children as well. Until your child can become strong enough to apply the pressure, that is required to undo many of today’s more secure and sturdy plastic safety gates, they are and remain a godsend for a parent.
Even in the most ideal circumstances, having a baby is not cheap. Not only do new parents have medical expenses to worry about, but once you factor in diapers, food, clothes, toys, etc. and the many different expenses that you may have never planned for, you can soon be pleasantly broke. When you start out in debt and with bad credit, these expenses can be a bit hard to handle, but with a few changes to your lifestyle, you can be on the road to good credit, while providing a fantastic life for your new child.
How Will You Pay?
Parenthood is a task that is as financially overwhelming as everything you have read or heard.. Especially once you consider that expecting mothers generally take some time off, both before the baby is born and after, leaving only a single bread winner in the family. Of course, obtaining a few credit cards, with low monthly payments can help a bit, as will taking out a small loan. Even if your credit isn’t perfect, there are many loans for bad credit people can take advantage of available. Also, every state has assistance programs designed to help out parents, who are struggling. If you check your local phone book or even the internet, you will find contact information for these programs. Take advantage of the opportunity! Remember, you are doing it for your child.
Staying On The Path
Once you finally get your head above water, it is important to stay there. Set small goals for yourself. If there is a particular crib you would like, but the crib you own is perfectly okay, save a bit for the new crib rather than going out and splurging. Put together a weekly budget and make cuts where you can. When raising a child, parents can no longer think of just themselves. Parents teach by example and if you raise your child in an environment where bad credit is the norm, it is likely that they will fall into the same problems as adults.
Again, the expenses attached to raising a child can be overwhelming. New expenses will always arise and you will always have to find a way to weather the storm. Having good credit is a great help when obtaining credit cards and as a parent, you will need them. Getting yourself on the road to good credit isn’t tough, with a bit of planning and your child will be all the better for it!
Your newborn baby and her first Christmas; what a wonderful time of year! This should be the most special Christmas ever, so don’t let financial woes get in the way of making it special for her, as well as the entire family. You should be able to buy whatever you want for her, because you love her. She’s your baby; you want her to enjoy the holiday season as much as you do. So if you are financially strapped this year, then consider taking out a personal loan to cover your expenses and help you buy special presents for your new baby. A personal loan is a great option for anyone who needs a little help around the holidays.
How Can a Personal Loan Help Me?
Consider going to your credit union and taking out a loan; you know you can trust your credit union because they always put their customers first. So when you take out a loan with them, you can feel good that you made the right decision. They will give you an interest rate and payment plan that you can afford, with the option of refinancing that rate later. Personal loans are unsecured loans through financial institutions that quickly help families and businesses get back on their feet. These loans are never more than you can afford; the lender always considers carefully the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio, their credit history, and more. So they only loan what a person can afford to pay back. And these loans are much better than credit cards because they have a much lower interest rate than credit cards have. And since the lender only loans what the borrower can afford, there are no temptations to go on huge spending sprees with the cash!
A person who takes out a personal loan like this can make Christmas for baby a truly special and memorable one. Consider taking out a loan if you need a little help financially this Christmas and make it a holiday that you, baby, and the whole family will never forget for many years.
I don’t know of many kids that think sloppy joes from scratch are gross. More the exact opposite. Most kids love sloppy Joes. It’s right up there with hot dogs, burgers, pizza and mac ‘n cheese.
What Exactly Is In There?
That’s the magic question that you may want to be careful about answering. Unless one of the kids has an allergy that causes concern, some kids may have an aversion to things like peppers, onions—even celery since there’s no peanut butter to dip it in. Some things, like sloppy joe ingredients, are better left a mystery—especially when it comes to kids (and some ridiculously picky adults). If you really want to throw a wrench into the works and mess with their heads (without them even realizing it) change out the ground chuck for ground turkey! Healthy sloppy joes—who knew?
Mother Told You Never To Play With Your Food
Ah, but possibly Mother never had an imagination when it came to creative cooking. Want to make sloppy joes a little off the wall? Take some of that that rolled out dough that comes in a can and roll it out into a big sheet. Now cut triangles of dough, throw a dab of sloppy joe mix in the middle of each one and fold over the edges. Pinch it all shut on top and you have yourself neat-sloppy joes. Keep your mix on the not-so-wet side and throw in a little chunk of cheese in if you like before folding the ‘buns’ over.
Pop them in the oven and bake until they are lightly golden brown. Mmm. Have some potato chips on the side, maybe a dill pickle spear for each kid; and have stuff to dip the joes in even though you know that it isn’t needed. Kids love to dip things in things.
Having a baby is such a special time in the life of a couple, the anticipation, the hopes and dreams for the future, the warm and fuzzy feelings of cuddling, rocking and comforting your little one are all extraordinary. As you prepare to welcome your newborn to your family you will want to prepare a special room, a place that is uniquely decorated for the little one. Your nursery can be decorated with any budget you have available. There are many ideas that you can utilize to create the space that your child will sleep in, play in and grow in everyday. You probably want to keep with the basic theme of the rest of your home, modern, country, beachy or any other theme that works for your particular taste.
Function and Style
One of the most popular accessories parents include in their nursery designs are monogrammed accessories. A child name spelled out in appropriately large letters on the wall over the changing table or monogram initials mounted somewhere in the nursery space are popular choices. Baby names can sometimes be long and then you might want to just use initials for aesthetic purposes. Whatever design elements you decide to use monogramming will fit into every theme. Choose soft tones in blues, greens, and pinks, stay away from bright reds that may not soothe the baby. Use sort lighting, small lamps or a dimmer switch to add the ambiance that comforts your child into the night. Wallpaper with a calming or pacifying pattern or a large graphic with interesting graphics can grow with your child.
Other Elements of Your Nursery
Adding framed pictures of pages from children’s books, or family pictures that will help the child identify family members as they grow up are both good decorating ideas. You probably want to include a daybed or comfortable chair in the nursery, if space permits for those late night feedings or sleeping close by when the baby is not feeling well. A hardwood floor works best for cleaning up spills, but if you have carpet you might want to cover areas near the changing table or bed with rugs that can be picked up and washed easily when accidents occur.
So you were so happy with the results of the first one that you’re planning on having another child. Well good for you because that word ‘planning’ will not only increase your chances of getting pregnant, but of having a problem free pregnancy and a healthy baby. Hey, if you use an ovulation calculator for a girl (some say) you can even plan that!
Planning is the Main Factor
The time to start seeing a doctor re: your pregnancy is not after you get a ‘positive’ on that home pregnancy test. The time to start seeing your chosen baby doctor is before you even start working at making that baby. Unplanned pregnancies can spell trouble not only for the mother (for several possible reasons), but for the baby as well. Goodness only knows what you’ve been up to when suddenly you find yourself 3 months pregnant. Possibly you’ve been smoking, drinking, using ‘recreational’ drugs—even legal, prescribed medications can interfere with a pregnancy. And God forbid you’ve contracted an STD along the way somewhere and then find out you’re preggo! This is why planning is so important. A healthy baby starts with a healthy mother (and father or donor).
Is It Possible to Plan the Sex of My Baby?
You can plan all you want, but at least for the time being, the most you can probably hope for is to have a strong influence on the sex of your child. There are specific rituals and ovulation calendars that reportedly help to determine the sex of a baby. Whether you believe in a higher power or simply fate however; both can throw you a curve at their slightest whim. Don’t forget that both God and Mother Nature seem to have a terrific sense of humor that we, as mere mortals, seldom find entertaining.
So don’t go loading up on just pink baby stuff just yet. You might want to wait for that first (or 2nd) ultrasound before doing any major shopping.