Ways to Raise an Independent Child Who Appreciates Your Efforts


By Emily Harper,

Research shows that children who are trained to be independent from a young age develop a greater desire to succeed in school. They also have greater chances at reaching their dreams. As important a trait as independence may be, parents are often at a loss on how to properly foster the virtue. This is especially true for first-time parents. Many are worried about displeasing their young kids and causing unwanted bitterness. Training your child to be independent does not have to be a contentious process though, especially as your baby already has a natural tendency to assert his self-reliance. Read on for tips that surprisingly only require going along with your child’s natural inclinations.

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Allow your child to break eye contact

Instilling independence in your child can be as simple as looking away when he attempts to assert his autonomy. A child’s attempt to assert his independence can start at a very young age. You would notice your young infant showing signs of self-determination when she turns away from your stare. This behavior is called the “gaze aversion.” Breaking eye contact is one of the infant’s earliest attempts to take control of his/her surroundings. Once you’ve learned to recognize this behavior as a bid for autonomy, you can respond in ways that would actually encourage your child’s sense of self-reliance. Allow your little one to break eye contact, so s/he can feel a degree of power, however limited it may be.

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Be responsive and supportive

As early as their first few months, infants already start to intentionally and actively control their environment. They smile and Daddy smiles back, they cry and Mommy starts feeding them, and they throw a toy and big sister goes to pick it up. These behaviors may appear to be the opposite of self-reliance, but responding lovingly and positively to the smiles, cries, and jettisoned toys can reinforce the infant’s perception that it is well within his ability to affect the world around him. This perception becomes the bedrock of a healthy self-esteem, which is an essential component of self-reliance.3

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Graciously accept rejection

Another way infants make a bid for control is by turning away from the bottle, breast or a spoonful of rice cereal. As any parent of a 6-month-old infant would know, it can be extremely frustrating to be confronted with pursed lips during feeding time. One thing most parents are not aware of though is that it is worse to insist that the infant eats. Before your baby could crawl or walk, turning away efforts to feed is one of the means by which he asserts volition. Avoiding imposition of the spoon lets parents respect their child’s dignity. Keep in mind that you are responsible for providing a healthy diet, not forcing your child to eat.4

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Allow your baby to fall asleep on his own

Infants are able to take an early but huge step toward gaining independence when he learns to fall asleep on his own. You can encourage your baby to form the habit at about six months old, an age when the stomach can hold enough food to last the infant for most, if not throughout, the night. Once your infant is feeding less frequently, falling asleep and waking up on her own will become easier. Babies are much more capable of calming themselves than you would realize. If your child has gotten used to falling asleep on your shoulder or lap or while feeding on a bottle, it may be wise to start weaning him of that dependence. Your goal is to be able to place your baby in the crib right before s/he’s deep in slumber so s/he could fall asleep on her/his own. More than just the value of a calm bedtime, allowing your baby to form the habit of snoozing solo will have her/him learning to comfort her/himself without your or a bottle’s help, showing a degree of self-reliance.

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Be able to take “n” for an answer

During toddler years, major muscle development and accelerated mobility combine with a deep curiosity about the world. This leads to an almost unceasing exploration. You will notice that even infants who have been relatively compliant are suddenly recalcitrant and overly squirmy. Oftentimes, you will get a “no!” from your child whenever you ask a question. You might even find yourself longing for the days when all that your baby ever did was lie on his back and make gurgling sounds. Do not mistake his actions for defiance though, as your baby is merely experimenting with independence.

Toddlerhood is essentially your child’s first adolescence. It is a time when kids are trying to separate themselves from their parents. Avoid resisting too much. As long as your toddler’s health or safety is not compromised, feel free to let her/him call the shots. Not only will your child get his taste of self-determination, you will also be able to avoid a senseless shouting match. If you feel that you must oppose your baby’s wishes, make sure you do so in a calm and straightforward manner. It will also be best if you could acknowledge your child’s objection without caving in.6

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Promote freedom, but set firm limits

Confidence lies at the roots of independence, and fuzzy boundaries can threaten a child’s confidence. To foster independence in toddlers, you must be willing to set firm limits. These strict limits provide children with a strong sense of security and stability. It helps when they know exactly where they stand. During their toddler years, most rules you impose will be safety-related. When a rule is broken, immediately remove your baby from the activity and firmly remind her/him of the rule. While eager to assert her/his independence, your baby will be comforted by the idea that s/he still has someone to rely on to stay in charge.

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Let him be

As babies grow a little older, their attention span improves. By the time they are about 2 years old, toddlers would already have become capable of amusing themselves without you for brief periods. Encourage this ability. Leave your child alone when he’s absorbed in an activity. If you notice him fussing over something, make sure that he’s okay, but wait it out a little before responding. Remember to offer praises every time he’s happily played alone.8

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Let him succeed

 To help your child revel in his independence and not resent your efforts, make sure you guide your child toward activities that increase his chances of success. A child who repeatedly experiences failures can end up feeling discouraged. For one, you can encourage your young child to pour her/his own juice from a small, unbreakable container instead of a huge glass pitcher. Getting your child involved in simple household chores is also highly advisable, as it works great at fostering a sense of accomplishment and responsibility.

Effectively fostering independence in your child will go a long way in ensuring success in his own future endeavors. This is definitely worthy of your attention and efforts.

 

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A Healthy, Plant-based Recipe Roundup!


By Ida

Ever thought about using plants as the main ingredient for your daily diet routine?  If you are one of those diet conscious people who watch first then eat whatever they want to; plant based diet might not be a new terminology for you. However, it certainly is for many of us.

So, what exactly is a plant based diet? It is a kind of diet recommended by experts which include the regular intake of gluten-free vegetables and plants. Moreover, plant-based recipes are generally prepared on some occasions are considered to be the benchmark meals of these occasions including Thanksgiving.

Since plant-based diet is basically an allergy free diet; it can easily be prepared by anyone and is considered to be a must-have dish on a holiday vacation. Here are top 5 plant-based recipes that you can make at home conveniently and everybody will love them as well.

Gluten-Free Skillet:

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Best dish for any meal of the day! Be it the breakfast, the lunch or the dinner; Gluten-free harvest skillet can fill up your tables anytime. This skillet is free of any kind of dairy product and sugar items. Continue reading

This dish serves as satisfactory brunch items as well and you can kick off your holidays with a breakfast of this skillet to ensure maximum healthiness. It’s rich in good fats and proteins and can keep you healthy and sustained all day long. You can garnish it with beautiful seasonal vegetables like sweet potatoes, apples, and pears.

Apple Walnut Soup:

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As the name suggests; this tasty soup is made up of cauliflower, apple and walnut and balanced out perfectly with Turmeric. This soup is known to calm the senses and reduce stress and anxiety levels in the body. You can enjoy a creamy froth of this soup on any given holiday and you will feel good all day long. No sugar needed and no dairy products are required in the making of this soup.

Turmeric gives this soup an extra yellowish texture and since turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory product; it provides immunity to the body and detoxify the liver. Moreover, this vegan soup also helps in digestion and makes your stomach strong.

Braised Kale:

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 A very simple dish to make; Braised Kale is a popular one amongst the diet conscious people. You can add in some lentils in it to make it a bit spicy. This dish is considered to be an important item on a holiday dinner table because of its easy to make recipe. You can add carrots and apples with it or with any green vegetables of your choice which are easily available in the market.

Oatmeal Cookie:

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 Exercising alone will not give you ideal body weight if you don’t look after your diet at the same time. Lifting adjustable dumbbells everyday will not be that effective if your diet is not gluten free.

Oatmeal cookie is the perfect holiday dessert for you if you can’t resist sugar in your life. Make it more delicious by adding apple; chopped up nuts, coconut whipped cream or some sugar free apple juice on the top of it. The more ingredients you will add; the more scrumptious it will become.

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Ida Jones

Ida Jones is a mother of two little ones. She enjoys home-based workouts, cardio exercises, and long runs. She loves spending her vacations outdoors with her kids around nature. She believes in clean and healthy eating. She regularly writes about fitness tips and much more at Fitness Grit.

 

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5 Foolproof Tips for Losing the Baby-Weight


By Mathews McGarry,

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Having a baby is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful things in the world; however, new moms often find it very hard to lose the baby-weight and get back in shape. Dropping the pounds can often seem like an impossible mission, but trust us – it doesn’t have to be like that at all! If you want to learn how to shed those pounds, just stay with us and keep on reading. Here are five foolproof tips for losing the baby-weight you simply need to know!

Breastfeed your baby

In case you didn’t know, breastfeeding can actually help you lose the baby-weight by burning from 600 to 800 calories a day. The fact is that you need an extra 500 calories a day when you breastfeed, but you don’t have to worry about that at all, since you can carelessly sit, feed your baby, and still lose some weight. There are even some examples of women who dropped all their baby fat thanks to breastfeeding alone, so there’s definitely hope for you, too! Continue reading

Sleep as much as you can

You’ve probably already heard that you should sleep while your baby is sleeping, and you know what? That is completely true! Having a newborn in your home can be really challenging, especially if it’s your first child and you’re inexperienced. You may stay awake night after night, which can affect your sleeping patterns and lead to other issues like gaining weight. When you aren’t getting enough sleep, you are likely to turn to high-calorie and high-sugar foods for energy, which is the last thing you need. So, try to sleep as much as you can and keep your weight under control!

Get up and move

A lot of new moms feel too overwhelmed and sleep deprived to do anything outside their home, but the fact is that you need to get up and move in order to lose the baby-weight. You really don’t have to go hard on yourself and start exercising intensively immediately – instead, start by walking around the block. After your six-week checkup, you can step it up a little bit and introduce a 20-minute cardio 3 or 4 times a week. Just make sure to get quality RyderWear clothes that’ll make you feel even more comfortable while exercising, and you’re good to go!

Watch the calories and eat healthy

A variety of nutrient-rich foods is an absolute must, not only after you give birth, but in general. Whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables are just some of the components you need to incorporate into your diet. On the other hand, you should avoid empty-calorie foods such as chips and sodas as much as possible. Make sure to eat small but frequent meals during the day, since that’s one of the best ways to keep you blood sugar levels under control, which will stop you from overeating!

Drink more water

Needless to say, drinking enough water is another important aspect of losing your baby-weight. Even though the recommended daily dose of eight glasses of water seems like too much, you’ll get used to it very quickly. Bear in mind that it’s the best way to flush out toxins from your body, as well as to keep your cravings at bay. Drinking enough fluid will help you feel fuller, which is why you won’t be hungry as usual. You can always have a glass of water before a meal – it will prevent you from overeating since your stomach won’t be as empty!

Each of these five tips can be extremely useful if you’re a new mom who wants to get rid of her baby-weight as soon as possible. Make sure to take all of them into consideration and you’ll see an improvement in the blink of an eye!

 

 

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Why You Should Swaddle Your Baby


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The first thing my Mom taught me after the delivery of my eldest Son is Swaddling. Swaddling is the most basic yet very important thing of parenting … & it will be very helpful for you in long run she said…. So it did. It played very crucial role in my parenting journey.

It was so helpful that, when my second child was born… after receiving him, & dressing him in cute little clothes the first thing I did was Swaddle him. Continue reading

So in this article I will list down several ways in which my babies are benefited by Swaddling.

But before that, Lets see what Swaddling is …

Swaddling is the age old technique used by parents generations after generations. Swaddling is snugly wrapping the baby in the piece of cloth or blanket.

Benefits of Swaddling

  • Swaddling keeps Newborn babies warm, just as in the womb, till their body adjusts to the surrounding environment & their body’s thermostat starts working.
  • Swaddling recreates the limited space available for movement in the womb, hence keeps the newborn babies comfortable.
  • It keeps them warm & secure just as in Mother’s lap.
  • When sleeping, swaddling prevents jerking of hands & feet… thus helping them  to sleep snugly for longer time.
  • It soothes the cranky baby.
  •  It helps to calm down overstimulated baby.
  • It makes handling baby way easier.

There have been instances when I was asked by co parents & friends who had babies … why I swaddle my baby & how to do it.

Well I Say its technique of wrapping the baby in cloth.

 I say with smile it’s important art of parenting… & it truly is. It has helped me a lot in my journey of parenting …. It will help you too. So if you are soon to be momma … don’t forget to swaddle your baby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips for Childproofing Your Home


By Diana Smith,

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As soon as you get a child, you’ll start noticing how dangerous the world is. Ordinary items from your home suddenly seem like they could cause serious injury to your child, and they actually could. That’s why it’s important to invest some time and money in childproofing your home. The best way to do this is to combine gadgets and common sense. Try to think of the way a child would see each room and go from there one item at a time.

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Bedroom

The bedroom is usually the safest place in the home, but it all depends on how old and active your kids are. Falling from a crib could be pretty dangerous even if it isn’t that high a fall. As soon as the child can sit upright, you need to lower the mattress. Continue reading

The second problem with bedrooms is the windows, especially if the child is old enough to walk. If the window could be opened more than three inches, it needs a baby guard. That way, you’ll know that the room is ventilated but that there’s no chance of your child opening the window fully.

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Kitchen

The kitchen is probably the most dangerous part of your home. It’s where all the commotion is and the kids want to check it out. Coincidentally, almost all items in the kitchen could harm them in one way or another. That’s why it’s best to make the kitchen a restricted zone while you’re working in it and to add some protection as well.

The dishwasher should be locked when it’s not used and you might want to install a stove guard. The microwave needs to be out of reach, as well as all the chemicals that you need in the kitchen.

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Bathroom

When it comes to kids, a great number of accidents happen in the bathroom, so you need to pay special attention to this room. You can take some safety measures yourself, like making sure there’s a mat or towel in front of the bath tub, but there are also some other forms of protection that would require professional assistance.

A professional plumber from Sydney could adjust your faucets so you wouldn’t have to worry about your child getting burned while they are alone in the bathroom. For smaller kids, you should also keep the toilet lid down.

Around the house

Your furniture needs to have edge bumpers if it has sharp corners. It also might be a good idea to put door knob covers if you want to restrict access to some rooms completely. Tall pieces of furniture, such as bookcases, are also a hazard because they could tip over if you don’t secure them correctly.

Also, you should pay special attention to all the items that have cords. Even if they are unplugged, the kids could get wrapped up in them, so try to keep them out of sight.

The Yard

There are numerous dangers lurking in every yard. Some are natural and some are man-made. You should pay attention to both and take a different approach to addressing each. For instance, if you have plants that attract insects, you need to take care of them in a way that won’t create other health problems for your kids or your family.

It’s a bit easier with the yard-related machinery. The lawnmower should be kept behind a locked door, and even then, it shouldn’t be plugged in or filled with gas. That way the kids won’t be able to turn it on by themselves.

Childproofing your home should be taken seriously and addressed with attention to details because there’s nothing more important than your kid’s safety.

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Must-Have Items for a Comfy, Safe and Warm Nursery


By Diana Smith,

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If you’re expecting a new family member, it would be best to start preparing their nursery room as soon as you find out that you’re pregnant. That way you’ll have enough time to renovate, decorate and jazz up the room however you like. Of course, if you want to have a really specific color and theme you can start redecorating when you find out your baby’s gender. On the other hand, you can always go with colors such as yellow, orange and even light green since these are pretty universal. Moreover, a proper checklist will make this task a lot easier for you and the whole process will be a lot more efficient. Take a look. Continue reading

Sleeping essentials

The first thing you should pick a piece of furniture your baby will be sleeping on. You can go for a crib or a bassinet. There are special non-toxic baby cribs so don’t forget to ask for this information before purchasing. Make sure that the crib is not located too close to a wall. Further, the windows shouldn’t be right above the crib either. Another thing to remember is that you should keep the heater away from the crib as well. Together with the crib/bassinet, you’ll need a mattress as well as mattress protectors. After all, you never know what could happen. Essentially, mattress protectors are as important as sheets, blankets and wraps that can be secured so that the baby cannot move the fabrics.

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Changing essentials

Obviously, you’ll have to change your baby’s diapers and clothes in the nursery. This means that you’ll need an adequate surface to do all of this on. If you want to buy a changing table, go for it. However, you can easily get away with any flat surface as long as it’s sturdy and of appropriate height. Of course, if you’re not using a real changing table, you’ll have to buy waterproof changing mats. Also, don’t forget to place a laundry bin near the changing table/surface since you’ll have to go about this task fairly quickly and you can never leave your child unsupervised even if it’s just for a few moments.

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Storage essentials

As mentioned, you can use something else instead of a changing table as long as the surface is flat. Many parents opt for a smaller dresser where they already keep all the baby stuff. If you still want a real changing table, the dresser should be really close to it. However, turning the baby’s dresser into a changing table is a very smart idea since you’ll have everything you need at the reach of your hand – literally. Of course, you need to spice this room up a little bit. In that respect, don’t forget about wall shelves and toy boxes. These details will make the room come to life. You don’t need a ton of toys and decorative trinkets right from the start though. There will come a time when you won’t know what to do with all the baby stuff so try not to rush this.

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Feeding essentials

If you’re planning to feed your baby in the nursery, you’ll also have to create proper conditions for this. There are a couple of ways you can bottle or breast feed a baby and they all require specific positions. That being said, a comfy armchair is a must-have for new moms. Moreover, you may want to use a foot stool as well. Next to the chair you should put a nightstand or a small table, so that you have all the feeding essentials close.

Décor essentials

You may find it strange that there are décor essentials when the nursery is concerned. While toys and trinkets are just plain accessories that simply beautify the room, they cannot be called essentials. On the other hand, décor pieces such as rugs and curtains are must-haves for a nursery. Basically, curtains will protect the child from strong sunlight. Moreover, soft rugs will not only warm up the room visually, but will actually act as a floor insulation. Preventing the cool/warm air from escaping is essential.

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It’s important that you take the nursery prep slowly. You don’t need and you probably can’t do everything at once. This will only cause additional stress which is definitely not good for a mother or a baby and you’ll risk the sloppy end result. Feel free to take your time to transform this room so that your child is properly welcomed, comfy, safe and happy from the day one.

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Kids Swimwear Shopping at Speedo


Hi Moms,

We recently visited the Speedo store in Bangalore (commercial street outlet) to buy swimwear for my daughter. I have read a lot about Speedo before I actually stepped into the store. Most swimming coaches recommend Speedo swimwear. IMG-2758

Initially I was not expecting much for kids, but to my surprise they have an entire floor dedicated for kids swimming wear and swimming gears. The sales representatives at the store were extremely friendly and patiently showed up each swinsuit till we found the swimwear that perfectly fit my little one. Continue reading

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The have trial rooms to try your swimwear before purchase

Another surprise is the range of swimming goggles that they had. The colors and shapes will definitely suit your kids. We purchased a swimsuit, cap, goggles, and armbands and are very happy with the quality of the products. It is good to invest in the right brand especially for swimwear as you will need it to last for a long time.

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Hope you liked my post. Keep coming back for more product and store reviews.

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1st Speedo Annual Swimming Championship


Hi Moms

We had the opportunity to attend the 1st Speed Annual Non Medalist Swimming championship held at Ulsoor Kensington Swimming Pool this Sunday.

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The Championship was almost on par with international championships. I saw highly excited participants and coaches. Not to forget a venue filled with enthusiastic parents and grandparents. The pool is in its best form from what I have seen during my childhood. Continue reading

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The lake facing pool with multiple tracks was a scene to watch in itself. The kids were super excited getting their medals and all of them were true winners.

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I’m so glad that such sporting events happen in Bangalore and an event specially dedicated to swimming. The kids represented different academies.

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How to Remodel Your Kitchen in 10 Steps


By Wendy Dessler

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Are you planning on remodeling your kitchen in the future? Here’s a simple way to do it in 10 easy steps.

Step 1: Demolish the Walls and Cabinets in Your Kitchen

When completely gutting and remodeling a kitchen, the first part of the process is to tear down the walls and cabinets.

By starting the process from here, you’ll be able to look at your kitchen as a blank canvas and completely reimagine it in its entirety.

During the planning stages, make sure your new kitchen will fit in with the current decor of your home. There are remodeling magazines to help you come up with the perfect style, so feel free to use them.

Step 2: Replace Your Old Kitchen Plumbing

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Does your house have old plumbing? If so, it’s definitely a good idea to replace it now while the walls are completely opened up. You’ll never have an easier opportunity to replace your plumbing ever again, so take advantage while it’s easy to do.

Step 3: Replace Electrical Wiring and Install New Kitchen Lighting

Once again, you might as well replace your kitchen electrical wiring while the walls are opened up. And while you’re at it, place new outlets throughout the kitchen in the areas where they will be needed the most.

Next, it’s time to install your kitchen lighting. Feel free to upgrade your lighting if it will make it easier to prepare meals or read while sitting down at the kitchen table at night.

Step 4: Hanging the Drywall

Now that the electrical and plumbing has been redone, it’s time to start hanging up the drywall. If you do not know how to accomplish this task on your own, it may be in your best interest to hire a contractor to take care of it for you.

Step 5: Painting the Kitchen Ceiling and Walls

At this point, your new kitchen is really starting to come together.

Take a look around your house and think about the colors that make up the decor. And then look at paint samples from your local hardware store and see if you can come up with a great match for your kitchen.

After you’ve chosen your shade, it’s time to paint the walls and ceiling before we move on to the next step.

Step 6: Install Baseboards and Kitchen Flooring

In an effort to avoid quarter rounds, it’s best to install flooring and baseboards before you put up the cabinets.

To stay trendy and add more value to your home, consider using green building materials. It’s always best to use environmentally friendly products anyway because it shows that you care about the environment and that you want to preserve the world for future generations.

Step 7: Kitchen Cabinet Installation

At this stage of the game, it’s time to install your kitchen cabinets. Always follow along with the blueprint provided by the cabinetmaker. And if this is going to be too difficult a job for you to handle, it’s best to hire a professional cabinet installer at this point.

Step 8: Order and Install Kitchen Countertops

It’s now time to order and install your kitchen countertops. You’ll have to wait a week for delivery after you place your order, so keep that in mind.

Step 9: Kitchen Backsplash Installation

After your kitchen countertops have been installed, wait a few days and then install your backsplash. You have to wait for the countertops to settle, so do not rush this process.

Step 10: Installing Hardware, Appliances, Sinks, and Faucets

Finally, it’s time to finish off your kitchen by installing sinks, faucets, appliances, and hardware. If you’re having trouble choosing the perfect kitchen sink, modern vessel sinks are an excellent option.

Conclusion

As you can see, it really is possible to completely remodel your kitchen in 10 steps. Follow along with this process and your kitchen remodel will be finished sooner than you think. You’ll soon enjoy your new kitchen in no time at all.

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Tips For Teaching Kids To Balance School & Sports


By Wendy Dessler,

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Today’s children have a much more complicated schedule than any generation before them. The requirements for school mean children are ensured to have homework at least a few hours per week. They need sports for learning social skills and values and good health. But how can they balance all of this?

The only way to make a schedule that works for everyone is for the entire family to dedicate themselves to it. Every member of the family must sit down and map out their responsibilities for the coming week. This allows everyone to see the efforts each person is making. This makes children appreciate the time dedicated to them.

When the schedule is overloaded or too heavy for one member or there are major transportation issues, everyone must work together for a solution even if that means someone must give something up. While the kids have an equal say, it is the responsibility of the parent to oversee the schedule and not allow someone to cripple themselves.

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Children will have no problem carving out hours for their favorite sport or activity. But it is important that they know school is a priority. There will be times when they must do school instead of something they want to do. Just as you sometimes must work instead of going shopping. This is important life training. If you allow them to rush through school work, they will. This is not the kind of adult you want them to be. Continue reading

  • Make a colored chart

Every family member has a color and every family member is represented on the chart. Include things like time to transport or pick up kids.

  • Schedule in down-time

It is hard to say, “Sunday is a family day!” and stick to it. Sooner or later, someone’s life will interrupt your Sunday and then it is fair game for all players. Schedule your time in small windows that work for everyone. Also, schedule in downtime. These are pockets of time that the child has no responsibilities, Use these windows to teach the child how to unwind and release his mind.

  • Limit activities

A kid always thinks they have time for something else. There is not a child that will not rush through the things they don’t like (homework, school, dinner) to get to something that is fun. It is up to the parent to hold the break. Explain the time restraints and explain the expenses. Then instruct your child to limit their activities to 1 or 2. A child cannot do their best at anything if they are distracted by what they have to do next.

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Create a budget

Like an allowance, a child must learn to consider the cost of the things they want. Set a budget and show them when you apply things to the budget. This includes:

  • Entry fees

  • Clothes and footwear

  • Travel expense

  • Cost of extra gear

Teach them to work the budget

Teach them to budget time and money. A good example is buying supplies needed for their art. For example, buy beautiful dance costumes at a discount dance supply store. This also is a way to teach that quality matters. A dancer must have the right apparel and it needs to be high-quality so it performs and looks great.

If they are planning a birthday party or school event, show them how to make choices. For example, buying treats from an online candy store is less expensive and time-consuming than buying cakes and pastries. Teach your child to choose wisely.

Set an example

The best way to teach your child to balance their lives is to set a good example. Point out to them when a choice is made to benefit your schedule. Explain your thought process when schedules collide. Soon the entire family will be working and playing in balance.

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How to Tackle Kids’ Bedroom Design


By Diana Smith,

If you have kids, the living room isn’t the most important area of your home. In terms of décor, it is the kids’ room that needs the most sprucing up –a fresh, creative feel will greatly benefit your kid. Keep in mind, however, that your child should definitely play a large part in the design process, unless we’re talking about newborns and 5-or-below-year-olds. The tips that follow will help you come up with an awesome modern kid’s bedroom.

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Shared kids’ room for boys and girls

If your home is large enough, giving separate rooms to your son and daughter goes without saying. Unfortunately, not everyone is this lucky and creating a shared room is sometimes unavoidable.
This can easily turn out problematic, as boys and girls tend to age quite differently and you don’t want to overemphasize your kid’s bedroom as a predominantly boys’ or predominantly girls’ room.
It all starts with colors, the underlying palette for elements such as walls, rugs and furniture, in particular. If they are old enough, you need to make sure that color is a unanimous decision between the siblings.
The next part is furniture selection and your aim should be furniture with clean lines and without a particular theme, as a boyish or a girlish theme doesn’t play well with shared rooms. Continue reading

Everything else is up to you – customize the design elements to match their personalities and discuss everything with your children, if they’re old enough. Most importantly, ask each of your kids whether they’re okay with their sibling’s choice – you don’t want excessive conflict with sibling rivalry.

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Age difference

One of the biggest issues with kids’ bedrooms is the age difference – if one of the siblings happens to be more than 5 years older than the other one, you’re going to have to find a perfect compromise. This is especially true if you have a baby; paying attention to furniture layout is crucial here. If possible, place the beds in opposite wall corners and make the crib accessible to the door. The design objective here is giving each child a comfortable night’s sleep – they shouldn’t be waking one another.
Additionally, creating a play area that is enjoyable for both siblings, preferably simultaneously, is extremely helpful, especially for you, the parents, as having your kids playing with each other will take the edge off. A play area should contain floor mats, cushions and other neat ideas, which include getting a rocking horse or a teepee for kids (really cool for bonding, seeing how all kids love the idea of forts and tents).

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Emphasize what your kid loves

Having a kid that’s found what they really love doing is a pillar of their future success. This takes really hearing your kid, rather than merely listening to them. Settling for the good-old “my son’s going to be a baseball player” or “my daughter is going to be a designer” is the worst thing that you can do (unless this is something that they truly find appealing). In truth, once your child has shown interest in something, you should think past his or her gender and your own preferences. Even if you are absolutely uncomfortable with an idea of your kid taking too much interest in music, you should emphasize their preferences. If your young one is a sports lover, go for a football-shaped toy box, for example. If the kid loves drawing, equip the room with drawing paraphernalia. Keep in mind, you’re using the room to shape your children towards their aspirations, definitely not to your expectations.

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Even if you’re dealing with a small amount of space, you can do great things for your youngest. The key to designing your kids’ bedroom is compromise, whether it’s between the two of them or in terms of physical décor and your budget.

 

 

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Review of Umbrella Stroller (Cosco) – The must have for any travel with a toddler


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Hi Moms,

Its been a while since I have written. But please expect a lot of exciting blog posts in the coming days. Especially related to travel.

Travelling with a toddler is definately not very easy but at the same time it is not very hard when you travel is planned. You can easily move them around with an Umbrella stroller.

Its perfect for international travels, and can easily pass through the scanners in the airports. When your child wants to walk simply fold it like an umbrella and hang it on your hand. Continue reading

We have a basic one from Cosco and it could hold it easily. I know there are many fancy ones available in the market. But I preferred a light one as its easy to fold and keep it away when we dont require it. We switched trains many times and it was very easy to keep it in the overhead luggage storage area.

 

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When it comes to durability it lasted an entire trip with different terrains. I will surely give you my feedback once I use it on Indian roads.

Cost wise it is very reasonable, I guess we got it at 20$ from the US. So if your travelling to the US you surely know what to buy. Also dont compare it with a regular stroller as this one just helps moving kids around especially in large airports, and helps us with the pain of carrying those heavy strollers when kids want to walk. This is how it looks when folded:

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Overall a good investment.

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