Tuesday, 28 June 2022

10 Simple Steps To Raising A Well-Rounded Child: From Early Childhood To Adolescence

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Having well-rounded kids, who are intelligent, confident, curious, and friendly, is a challenge that many parents struggle with. How do you instil these qualities in your child? There’s no magic formula. The answer isn’t sending your kid to the right school or signing them up for every enrichment activity under the sun. The answer is small actions repeated over time that add to big results. You can’t leave it to chance or hope things will turn out okay. You have to work at it -- consistently! 


Why is Confidence so Important for Children to Have?

We all know confidence is a key life skill. And one that kids need to be successful in all areas of their lives. But how does confidence grow in a child? How do parents help their children become more confident? 

A lot of it comes down to the way that parents interact with their children on a day-to-day basis. Parents are their child’s first and most important role models. They are the first source of information about the world. And the first source of feedback for their child’s actions. As a result, parents play a pivotal role in how their child perceives and responds to new situations. As the child grows and develops, it’s essential to let them know that they are unique and capable of achieving anything they set their mind to.


The Importance of Independence


Raising a well-rounded, confident child means helping them with stress and self-esteem. And it starts young. But parents often worry that they’ll fall behind their peers if they don’t do everything for their children. They’ll be less successful because they’ll never learn to fend for themselves. 

Well, yes, that’s true. If you don’t do everything for your child, they’ll fall behind their peers. But that’s not a bad thing. If a child is constantly being coddled, never having to work hard for anything, never having to solve problems on their own, they grow up not to trust their abilities. They don’t know how to take control of their own lives. They become dependent on other people. They don’t know how to break out of that rut. It’s important to let your child try things on their own and be successful. They need to learn that they can always depend on themselves. 

Monday, 27 June 2022

5 Reasons Why you Should Buy a Greenhouse from Halls

 

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Are you green-fingered? Can you often be found outside chatting to your plants or sowing some flower seeds? I have to admit that nowadays I don't do any gardening and this is because I get to live in a magnificent 220-acre estate with a garden team to look after the grounds. And this may sound idyllic and of course, it is - the kids have three lakes to swim in, we have the most amazing formal and higgledy flower beds and there's a 2-acre kitchen garden full of amazing produce, but I do miss my own space.

I often find myself daydreaming of having a private garden again, so I can go out and tinker and feel the satisfaction of growing my own vegetables. The first home that my husband and I bought was a tiny one-bedroom house with a galleried second floor but it came with a super 180-foot south-facing garden and we inherited a fabulous Halls lean-to greenhouse. This was my first taste of the satisfaction that comes with growing your own food to eat and seeding flowers too. 

Before owning a greenhouse, I just thought they were for people like my grandad, who was a real gardening enthusiast but soon after I realised they are great for everyone as they come with many benefits so it is definitely worth looking for a greenhouse for sale near me

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should invest in a greenhouse from Halls -


1)  You can grow all year round

We all know how rubbish the British weather can be at times and it is super frustrating when it looks like Spring is here and you plant out and then a harsh frost reappears from nowhere. Well, with a greenhouse, you can start growing and keep your plants in there until you are very sure the climate is right for moving them outdoors. 

This, of course, means you can have veggies in the winter that you wouldn't normally as delicates like salad leaves can't bear the rain and wind outside in a British winter. And I'm a big fan of extending the strawberry season as long as I can too!


2) They look great and there are so many options

I've got my eye on the Halls Supreme, which is the greenhouse pictured at the top of this post. It reminds me of the glasshouses in Kew Gardens and I think I'd feel super posh with one of those in my garden, but if you only have a small space this doesn't mean you have to miss out. Halls Greenhouses have a great selection from a 2ft x 4ft wall garden right through to a full 138 sq foot garden room. 

The choice doesn't stop with the size either, as you can choose from a silver, green or even black frame on different models. Go for regular horticultural glass, or maybe toughened glass or avoid the glass altogether and opt for polycarbonate. And you can choose to buy a base with the greenhouse as well to raise the greenhouse itself by about 12cm to ensure that the doors open smoothly without the need for constructing a timber or brick base.

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Top 15 Tips for Building Your Family's Savings Quickly

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Saving for your family's future can seem daunting, but with a little organization and some creative thinking, it's possible to bulk up your savings quickly. Don't be discouraged if you're starting from scratch - even small steps will add up over time. 

Young families sometimes run into money troubles by struggling to balance the family finances, often resulting in them exploring debt solutions and credit counselling. However, make sure to check out the below tips to ensure you can keep your finances on track and save for your family's future. 

Here are the 15 tips to help you get started. 

1. Make budgeting a family affair. 

There's no need to keep your budget a secret from your partner or kids. In fact, involving your family in budgeting can help everyone understand the importance of saving and be more mindful of spending. Get everyone on board by sitting down together to discuss your financial goals and how you can work together to reach them. 

2. Set savings goals. 

Saving money can seem daunting, but it's a lot easier when you have a specific goal in mind. Whether you're aiming to save for a down payment on a house, a family vacation or your child's education, setting a goal will help you stay focused and motivated. 

3. Automate your savings. 

One of the best ways to make sure you're saving money is to have it transferred automatically from your checking account to your savings account. This way, you'll never even see the money and will be less tempted to spend it. 

4. Cut back on unnecessary expenses. 

A great way to save money is to cut back on unnecessary expenses. Take a close look at your budget and see where you can trim the fat. For example, if you're spending $100 a month on cable TV, see if you can downgrade to a cheaper package or switch to streaming services like Netflix. 

Monday, 6 June 2022

Top 12 Budgeting Tips for Young Families

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Money is always a hot topic, especially when it comes to budgeting. For young families just starting out, it can be tough to figure out how to best manage your finances.

Check out this post for the top 12 budgeting tips for young families, provided by Your Debt Expert. Alongside helping families across the country beat debt each year, Your Debt Expert also provides advice on everything from everyday budgeting tips to DebtManagement Plans and more.

 Check out the top 12 tips below:

 

1. Start with a budget

Family budgeting is the best way to get a handle on your finances. Sit down and figure out where your money is going each month. You can use a budgeting app or spreadsheet to help you track your spending. By starting with a budget, you will be able to see where your family's money is going and make adjustments as needed. This will help you save money and make ends meet each month. t really is the foundation of good money management.

 

2. Know your fixed costs

You will need to budget for your fixed costs each month, such as your mortgage or rent, car payments, and insurance. These are the bills that you have to pay no matter what. Once you know your fixed costs, you can then start to budget for your other expenses.

 

3. Track your spending

You need to know where your money is going in order to budget properly. Track your spending for a month or two so you can see where you are spending the most money. This will help you determine where you can cut back on your spending. I'm sure you'll be surprised to find out just how much money you flitter away on nothing in particular - the cost of magazines and coffees soon adds up!

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

How to Create a Luxurious and Functional Baby Room

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When you're a new parent, there are many things to think about and prepare for. One of the most important is creating a safe and comfortable space for your baby to sleep and play in. A luxurious and functional baby room can make all the difference in the world for both you and your little one. This blog post will give you some tips on creating the perfect baby room!


1) Make the Baby's Room Safe

The first and most important step in creating a functional baby room is to make sure that it is safe. This means ensuring that there are no sharp edges or corners, electrical outlets are covered, and potentially harmful items are out of reach. You should also childproof any doors and windows to prevent your little one from exploring too much.


2) Buy Functional Furniture

Once you have made sure that the baby's room is safe, you can start thinking about what furniture to buy. The most essential pieces of furniture for a baby room are a crib, changing table, and storage. You could also consider buying a glider or rocker to help soothe your baby to sleep.

When choosing furniture for your baby's room, it is essential to determine between functional and stylish items. There are many beautiful cribs, changing tables, and storage units available on the market today. However, it is essential to ensure that they are also safe and sturdy enough to withstand daily use.

And don't forget about yourself, have a look at this beautiful breastfeeding chair available at https://www.brosa.com.au/nursing-and-breastfeeding-chairs. Such a chair can make your nighttime feeds so much more bearable.