Saturday, 7 May 2022

Tips To Help Your Children Deal With Stress

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While we might think of stress as something that only adults deal with, stress is also very real for children. There are a host of things that kids can feel stressed about and when it happens you want to make sure you're there for them and can help them through the tough period in their life.


Whether they’re going through exam stress, or you’re splitting from your partner and going through divorce lawyers, any big change is going to impact them and you want to be ready. You want to ensure you’re on hand to have them feel cheerful and back to themselves in no time at all. Here are some of our top tips to help your children deal with stress. 


Ensure they know you're there for them


One of the most important things you can do during a stressful time in your child’s life is to let them know you’re there for them. Make sure they know that no matter how big or insignificant their stress might feel, it’s never too small to talk about and that you’re there for them. By having them open up and confide in you, you can rest assured they will continue to do so in the future and you can help them in the best way possible. After all, you know your child and will know how to help them get through this time.


Encourage them to have fun


Children are meant to have fun and it’s a great way to help them to deal with stressful periods in their life. Make sure they put aside time to go and play with friends and do things they really enjoy. No matter what the stress is, having time set aside to go and play or do something they love can help distract their mind and make them feel much better about the time ahead. This is equally as important for teenagers too, as they can become overwhelmed with stress, especially around exam time.

Choosing Between Moving Home or Extending

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Are you wondering if it’s better to extend your home or move to a new house? Choosing between moving home and extending your house can be quite difficult. Both processes can be very costly and disruptive. However, each of them also has various benefits.

As your family grows, your current home may start to feel cramped or not sufficient to suit your needs. So how do you know if an extension or a new home is the best option for you? This article will go over three of the most important questions that you should ask yourself if you are struggling to choose between moving home or extending.

 

Will An Extension Add Value to Your Home?

When making a decision to extend your home, you will have to consider if the extension is the right option for your specific home. If you get an inappropriate or poorly executed extension, this can actually reduce the value of your home if you end up wanting to move home in the future.

It's important to remember that any exterior extension work on your home will impact and reduce the land available on your property space. With this in mind, it’s important to consider what you will be gaining as well as what you’ll be losing.

Luckily, there are many different types of extensions, so you'll likely find one that benefits you and helps increase the value of your home. Adding an extra bedroom to your home can increase the value by around 15% onto the value of your home. Whilst, the addition of extra space in the kitchen or an added bathroom can add around 5% to the value of your home.

 

Do You Have The Budget For An Extension?

This is something that only you can answer, and it will depend on how long you are planning to live in your current property.

If you don’t see yourself staying in your current property on a long-term basis, then it may be worth considering whether an extension would be worthwhile for you. The average cost to build a one-storey extension on your home is around £1200 - £2000+ per square metre, depending on the location of your property.

In addition to the cost of the extension itself, you will also need to factor in the cost of planning permission, which is often over £200, and any additional costs such as the addition of fixtures, fittings and redecoration.

However, in most cases, it works out much cheaper to extend your property rather than move house – especially if the reason for the extension is for additional space. Buying a larger property than the one you're in now will usually work out more expensive due to all the lost costs like removals, solicitors fees and stamp duty. It’s important to think carefully about your budget and how much additional space you’re looking for.