When You Can’t Have Children

For anyone trying to build a family, any kind of obstacle getting in the way can prove to be concerning. At worst, it might be such a spanner in the works that you are completely distraught, left to wonder how you can possibly continue to try and create life. The truth, as ever, is much more comforting than you might think: generally there are always options you can follow to have a baby, even if at first it seems as though all is lost. Bearing that in mind, and making yourself more aware of what those options might entail, you might soon discover some methodology which is suitable to you and your situation. To give you some idea – and with any luck, some hope – of what you might be able to do, let’s look at some of the common options.

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First Of All: Persistence


If you haven’t actually been officially told that you have some kind of a gestation problem, then there is a chance that you have just been unlucky so far. It is therefore worth persisting before you look into other, perhaps more stringent, efforts, as it could be that you might still be able to get pregnant with a little luck. If you have been trying for a great deal of time already, then hearing the advice to merely ‘stick it out’ might seem downright insensitive. But the statistics tell us that it is often the case a couple will conceive long after they think all is lost, so it is still advice worth hearing and sharing. Consider it at least before you try for other options, or until you are advised by your doctor to seek out other routes. You might also want to try methods for improving the likelihood of conception along the way too, if you haven’t already done so to a large degree.



If you have discovered that you are certainly infertile, you still have a number of paths to pursue if you so wish. Arguably the most common one of these, or at least the most common first choice, is surrogacy. This is simply when you have someone else carry the baby for you before giving birth and handing over the child to you. It goes without saying that this must be done above board, through the proper legal proceedings, as otherwise it could be a much messier circumstance – and might end up with you disappointed anyway. If you do decide to go down the surrogacy route, you will find it enormously helpful to take on the advice and integrated services of a surrogacy agency like ConceiveAbilities. This is likely to be helpful for a number of reasons primarily. Most obviously, they will generally have a larger pool of individuals to choose from, and this means that you are more likely to find someone who is suitable to be a surrogate. But, just as importantly, they can offer you advice and support along the way far above and beyond what you can probably expect to receive in a traditional hospital setting. This alone can make it worthwhile, and doubly so if it proves to be an effective method for your circumstance.



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For one reason and another, adoption is very often painted as being the last resort, but this may be an unfair dismissal. Actually, adoption is a viable and handy way to be able to live the kind of family life you want without hindrance – and it happens to carry the extra advantage of being a good communal move to make. In other words, you are likely helping out people in your local community if you go down the adoption route, so it’s certainly something you will want to consider even just for that reason. Nonetheless, it’s not for everyone, and there is no shame to be found in not wanting to adopt a child at any age or time in your life. Besides, it’s still not the only option.

Infertility Research

Something else you might want to consider doing is putting yourself up for some infertility research. If you are keen to try and help others – while perhaps also finding a solution for yourself – then this can be a good way to reach both of those noble ends. You will find sign-ups for infertility research programmes at many clinics and specialist centres, so it might be worth keeping an eye out for them. It could be your key – and the key for many other families – to being able to expand your family.


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The Complete Guide To Online Tutoring

There is no denying that online learning is becoming more and more popular with every year that passes. For some, it is a great way for their kids to get assistance with areas they are struggling with. For others, it is a way for them to further their education, meaning they will do an entire degree over the web. Plus, a lot of students prefer to study in this way. Keeping that in mind, we will delve deeper into the advantages of online teaching in this post, whilst also providing key information on how you can find a tutor on the Internet. So, continue reading to find out everything you need to know…





Why has online learning become so popular?

So, first and foremost, let’s begin by taking a look at the many reasons why online tutoring is increasing in popularity at present. One of the main reasons is because not all parents are able to help their children when it comes to homework or studying. There are a lot of reasons why this is the case. Some parents simply do not have the time. Others feel like they are not capable of helping their children and so are worried they will give them false information. After all, they may not have learnt the same things as their children when they were at school.


Nonetheless, this is not the only reason so many people are electing to find a tutor on the Internet. Another key motive for doing so is to benefit from flexibility. Online tutoring can happen at a time that is convenient for the student. Learning can be set around your children’s routine, i.e. around any sports training they have in the evening. This will make them want to learn more as well, as they won’t feel as if it is getting in the way of other things they want to be doing. Moreover, there are plenty of resources available to students who use online teaching, and therefore, they will be able to study as and when suits them. This also means that they can opt for shorter lessons than they would if they were to be tutored in person. A teacher isn’t going to come to your house, nor is a child going to go to a lesson, that lasts only 20 minutes. Yet, you can have such short lessons when studying online, and this proves to be more effective for a lot of students.


In fact, online teaching is pretty much tailored to suit each student. They can learn via methods that suits them. As mentioned in the introduction, a lot of people prefer to study this way. We live in a digital age. Kids use the Internet all of the time and so it is only natural that a good proportion of them would prefer to learn online. By doing so, they will benefit from a whole host of different learning styles and teaching aids. This includes everything from shared whiteboards, to instant messenger, to graphing tools, to shared files, to text chat, to video calls and so on and so forth. The options are well and truly endless. This allows kids to learn in a manner that is best suited to them, which is always going to generate better results.


Aside from the points that have already been mentioned, it is also worth noting the fact that online tutoring is a lot more cost effective. Of course, you cannot put a price on the value of a good education. Nonetheless, not everyone has the money to afford the extortionate costs that are associated with hiring a personal certified tutor in their area. Therefore, online tutoring becomes a much more attractive proposition, especially when you are not going to lose any levels of quality by going down this route. In fact, many people will agree that it is actually the better option. Furthermore, when taking into account cost efficiency, you should also think about the fact that you will not have to pay for fuel or travel time, which of course, you would if you were taking your child to the tutor’s home or an educational institution.


You also need to consider the fact that online tutoring is available for older children, not just those that are in school. Online tutoring can facilitate high-level degrees. Did you know you can even do an online FNP nowadays? Who would have thought you would be able to do a nursing degree over the Internet? But you can! You can do any sort of bachelor, masters or PhD over the web, and you can find online tutoring to assist with this. The options are well and truly endless, so there are no limits with online learning, as was once this case.


One of the great things about electing to find a tutor online is the fact that you will have so many different professionals to choose from. If a tutor was to physically come to your home in order to teach your child, you would be limited to those in the local area. However, with online teaching, you can benefit from tutors here, there and everywhere. This means you have a greater scope to choose from and ensures you can find the ideal tutor for your child’s needs specifically. From career tutors, to homework tutors, to college-readiness tutors, to academic tutors – there’s definitely something for all. This ensures education is efficient and that your child is getting exactly what they need.


Of course, there is the convenience factor as well. All the child needs to do is turn on their computer and they are good to go. They can have their lesson in their pajamas if they really want to – although this isn’t the best idea in the world. This is highly beneficial, irrespective of whether you are a busy parent or a student at university who doesn’t want to leave their dorm room for extra lessons!


When you take all of the points that have been mentioned into account, it is really not difficult to see why online teaching has become so popular, and will undoubtedly continue to grow in popularity. The next thing you need to do is make sure you find a tutor on the Internet that you are happy with.


Finding the right online tutor

There are lots of different factors you can take into account to help make your decision easier. The first thing you should do is look at their credentials and qualifications. Make sure they have the capabilities you feel are necessary to teach the subject you or your child needs assistance with. It is also worth reading reviews that have been left by previous students. What do they have to say about the tutor? Would they recommend him or her?


Aside from this, there are other key factors you can take into consideration. Availability is one of them. As stated, one of the main benefits associated with online teaching is flexibility; therefore it is imperative to ensure the tutor you select is relatively flexible. You should also take a look at the different training methods they use. Do they take advantage of the technology provided to them by the Internet? And, last but not least, the cost is, of course, important. You need to make sure you can afford the online tutoring. Nonetheless, at the same time, you don’t want to go for anything that is too cheap, as this could indicate a lack of quality.


All in all, online teaching is certainly flourishing all over the world at present. Some children opt to use it to help them with their homework; others want lessons before they set off the college, and some want assistance with their university degree. Some parents even elect for it to be their child’s only method of learning. And, when you take all of the advantages that have been mentioned into account, it is easy to see why this is a solution many would turn to. The only thing you need to do is make sure you find the best tutor for your needs. Nonetheless, the good thing is, if it doesn’t work out – you can easily and quickly find another one!



I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Teens blow their thumbs on the screens of their smartphones more often. But what effect does this unprecedented behaviour have on teens?

A team of researchers from the NGO Common Sense Media has wanted to deepen this issue. To do this, they conducted a survey and asked 1,240 parents and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 to fill a questionnaire to follow up on the consequences of this massive use of mobile devices in their lives and in their relationships with others.

The data revealed that half of the adolescents said they felt addicted to the mobile phone and 60% of the parents felt the same. In spite of whether the parents thought if their children were mobile addicts or not, 66% considered that they spent too much time with the smartphone; in the case of adolescents, 52% saw it that way too.

In addition, 77% of parents agreed that their children were continually distracted – at least three times a week – due to the use of mobile phones.

Almost 80% of young people admitted that they reviewed or checked their notifications on the mobile phone at least every hour and 72% confirmed that they felt the need to respond to messages received on social networks almost immediately after receiving them.

Moment for a pause, but with caution

The phenomenon of mobile addiction is relatively recent, so there is no official diagnosis in this regard. However, psychologists warn about negative reactions of young people if this “object of desire” is removed very abruptly in order to eliminate this addiction. Hence, they suggest parents to make smart move such as using the parental control app like FamilyTime. 

With this app in hand, parents can first analyse factors that make their teens techno-addicts and can later take actions to remove their dependency. Having this app in hand, parents can:

  1. Mirror the contact book of their teens
  2. Monitor call logs
  3. Track SMS history
  4. Watchlist contacts
  5. Check the list of installed apps
  6. Track usage frequency 
  7. Blacklist unwanted apps 
  8. Allow specific time for an app usage
  9. Track internet usage & web-history
  10. Monitor bookmarks 
  11. Allocate specific hours for the device usage
  12. Schedule auto screen locks
  13. Remotely locking the phone
  14. Set speed limits
  15. Receive over-speed, SOS and PickMeUp alerts
  16. Track location in real time and past history
  17. Geo-fence important places 

And much more. The app has a long list of valuable features. To give each feature a free try, get the app now and see how does it help you to control tech use of your teens. To get the trial version of the app, go now to the app store on your phone.


My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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