How to Get Your Children Ready for the Real World

 

 

As mothers, we want the best for our children, and we can help them prepare for the real world so that they can carve out brighter futures for themselves. By getting your children ready to face the challenges of life, you’ll be doing them a great service that can be beneficial for them throughout their years. Here are some of the best ways to prepare your children for the real world.

Teach the Importance of Saving Money

Saving money is important for people of all income levels, and teaching your children the value of a dollar from an early age will help instill good spending habits. You should show your kids by example how saving money can provide a greater sense of financial security. This money can be used for emergencies or to cover any other unexpected situations.

Capitalize on Personal Talents

Your children may possess certain skills or talents that can get them far in life. If your child shows natural proficiency in a certain school subject or excels at a particular sport, you should encourage your son or daughter to get further involved in that area of life. You may also want to look into some singing opportunities for teenagers if you have an older child who’s musically inclined. Children who have special strengths often work with mentors to get advice and keep moving in the right direction.

Let Them Fail

Of course you want your kids to be successful, but success is usually only achieved after many failures. You shouldn’t be afraid to let your children fail as this can help them learn from their mistakes and make more progress toward accomplishing their goals. Failure can sometimes take a toll on a person’s self-esteem, so just be sure to be there to offer support during times when your children feel particularly discouraged.

Work on Communication Skills

Communicating is an essential component to functioning in the real world, and teaching effective ways of self-expression can be advantageous for your children. Having strong communication skills will be especially important during times of heated discussions when emotions run strong. Learning how to communicate effectively will also help your children in their careers and personal relationships. If you have a child who has communication challenges, you should consider seeing a specialist who can help with these obstacles.

Instill the Value of Hard Work

Hard work can pay off in many ways. If your children want to earn a lot of money, land the perfect job or get into the best college, teaching them the value of hard work from an early age will help them fulfill their dreams. Your children are also likelier to become more productive members of society if they’re willing to start working hard while they’re still young.

The real world can sometimes be a daunting place, but you can make your children feel securer and more confident about navigating throughout life by preparing them from an early age. Getting your children ready to face the real world is one of the most important roles that you’ll have as a mother.

Anne

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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Valentine Doodles

Last year I attended middle school art class. I work at a k-8 school and had to take a few students to art. Everyday the teacher had students draw a doodle. She would take ideas from WhatchamaDRAWit Game. I was inspired to start doodling.

I searched Pinterest and YouTube channels and found some fun doodles from both. I’ll attach a few favorites from Pinterest at the bottom of this post. I picked some fun Valentine’s Day Doodles since it’s February. I am also attaching some of my own doodles. Don’t judge! I have never been good at drawing or art but with practice…

I also like to add doodles to my chalkboard wall in the kitchen.

I found Doodles by Sarah on YouTube and subscribed to her channel. I really enjoy her videos. They inspire me to doodle more! Here is a video from last year, Valentine Doodles.

 

 

Anne

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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Steering to Success – 5 Tips for Purchasing the Right Car for You

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Purchasing a vehicle can be scary, especially if it is your first car, but it doesn’t have to be. They say there is a vehicle for everyone and this could not be truer. Often times, people who are unhappy with their car did not take time to find the right car for them. When it comes time to make a purchase, you do have a couple of options and those include purchasing the car outright, receiving one of the many options of car loans from Latitude, or leasing the vehicle.

No matter what, do know that it is okay to take your time when choosing a car. Your decision does not have to be made overnight and you do not need to feel pressured when at the dealership. If you do, politely let the salesperson know how you feel or let them know that you would like some time to think about the purchase before you commit.

Continue reading below to learn more about how you can purchase the right car for yourself.

Determine What Your Needs Are 

You could probably create a laundry list of items that you would love to have in your vehicle if asked to. Before you settle on just one car, you should sit down and think about both your current needs and your future needs.

For example, one of the biggest mistakes you could make would be to choose a two-door vehicle when you plan to have a large family soon in the future. Instead of the hassle of trading in your car and finding a new one, think about your needs now and in the future, as this will eliminate any stress later.

Know Your Budget 

Your budget is one of the most important aspects when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. You do not want a car payment that is more than you can afford, and you do not want to forgo so many features that you are unhappy with your purchase either.

Think about what you can reasonably afford. There are many monthly car payment calculators out there that can help you.

What’s the Purpose of Your Vehicle? 

Purchasing the right car for you means that you need to evaluate what you will use your car for. For example, if you know you need to tow around large pallets to and from work, then a coupe or sedan would not be a wise choice. In this instance, a truck, van, or SUV may be a better choice.

However, if you only need to move around from point A to point B, then you can likely choose a smaller vehicle without the worry that it will not be large enough.

What Type of Fuel Economy Do You Desire? 

Fuel economy is another big deciding factor. Will you be travelling to and from work? What about school? How far away are those places?

If you know that you will need to travel for work or personal reasons, then you may want to evaluate which vehicle would save you the most on gas.

Take it for a Test Drive 

Lastly, if you do not like the feel of your vehicle, you will not want to drive it. You should take any vehicle you are interested in on a test drive to see how it feels to you. Sometimes, vehicles may look nice, but the driver’s seat may be uncomfortable for you.

Don’t Just Settle for the First Vehicle You See 

Yes, there will be vehicles with affordable price stickers and others loaded with features you would love to have, but this does not mean that they will meet your needs.

Before you settle on any one vehicle, you should make sure that it is right for you. With the five tips above in mind, you will soon be on your way to owning a wonderful new car.

 

 

Anne

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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5 Reasons To Keep Your Establishment Pest-Free

5 Reasons To Keep Your Establishment Pest-Free

Nobody wants to see insects and other pests in their environment, especially in a commercial establishment. But, due to the nature of our ecosystem, eliminating them may not always be possible or beneficial for our planet. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t control pests and creepy crawlers and keep your business property free of infestations that can be unhealthy and destructive.

Below, we’ve outlined several reasons to consider hiring a professional pest control service regularly to keep your commercial establishment pest free.

  1. Pests are Unhealthy for You and Your Property

Pests aren’t just irritating, they also carry a wide range of infestations and disease into your business environment. A variety of different pests carry dangerous health hazards, and it’s not just bugs and rodents you have to worry about, but ticks and mosquitoes too. That’s why controlling both outdoor and indoor pests is important for everyone’s health.

  1. Pests are Highly Destructive

Many rodents and other pests can be destructive and ruin your property and possessions. If you have an infestation of termites, they could hurt the structure of your business. While they may seem harmless, carpenter ants can destroy objects around the property. If your infestations get that far, you’ll need advanced pest control available at Pest Free Australia.

  1. Pests Get into Food

Arguably, one of the worst things about pests is that they just love to target food. Whether you have a kitchen in your office premises or you’re running a restaurant, if pests can find their way in, then they’re not only going to eat everything in sight, they’ll also get you into hot water with food inspectors or health and safety authorities. Be sure to hire a team of professional pest controllers to ensure that your perishables are pest-free and safe and to ensure all possible points of entry to your establishment are properly sealed.

  1. DIY Measures

While you may think that getting rid of an infestation is as easy as buying a couple of traps and chemicals from the store, think again. Even though pesticides are sold in supermarkets, it doesn’t mean they are safe for you and those who visit your establishment. If you operate a commercial establishment, chemicals do not create a healthy work environment at all. By the time you invest in such products, you’re likely to end up spending a small fortune when you should seek expert help to begin with.

  1. It Shouldn’t Be a Worry

As a business owner, there’s a lot for you to deal with – from managing your business to motivating your staff. Pest management should not be one of your stresses. A pest management company will give you peace of mind that your establishment is pest-free, minus the harsh pesticides and chemicals.

 

By far, the best way to keep your commercial establishment free of pets is to prevent infestations in the first place. Tick it off your to-do list by enlisting the help of the professionals as well as quality pest control products to keep your premises free of pests.

Anne

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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6 Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

6 Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

Have you realised that your teeth aren’t looking as white as they used to? Are they remaining a shade of yellow even though you brush regularly?

There are several factors that contribute to the colour of your teeth. Some you can control and others you can’t.

Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

  1. Smoking

Smoking makes your teeth yellow since the nicotine, tar and chemicals that are carried in the smoke seep into your tooth enamel’s pores, staining your once pearly whites. Studies have found that smokers tend to have not-so-bad to severe levels of discoloured teeth in comparison to just over 12% of non-smokers. Studies also show that smokers tend to be less happy about the state of their oral health.

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene

If you start to notice a yellowish build up on your teeth, it could be tartar or plaque. Plaque tends to form when bacteria from drinks and foods aren’t cleaned efficiently from the teeth. Over time, the plaque hardens and becomes tartar, which can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist. If your teeth are stained, you may want to consider teeth whitening Brisbane professionals are offering.

  1. Your Diet

What we put in our mouths can impact the colour of the teeth. If your teeth are yellow, it could be as a result of consuming the following foods:

  • Curries
  • Red wine
  • Tea and coffee
  • Beetroot
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauces
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sugary foods
  • Sports drinks
  • Juices and citrus fruits
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Alcoholic drinks

By rinsing your mouth after consuming these items, you can help to minimise damage from any acid from the foods and drinks.

  1. Genetics

If you seem to have had yellow tinted teeth all your life, you may be able to blame your genes. Genetic variances can actually affect enamel porosity and tooth colour. What’s more, more porous enamel tends to be more liable to stain.

  1. Ageing

Aging is bad enough, but did you know it’s relatively normal for our teeth to yellow as we get older? That’s because the protective layer of enamel that we all have on our teeth becomes thinner with age, and it reveals the yellow dentin below the surface.

  1. Illnesses and Medication

Some antibiotics, for instance amoxicillin and tetracycline, can affect the shade of your teeth, particularly in younger children. Medications prescribed for adults with high blood pressure or allergies are also known to have this side effect. If you’re concerned that your medication is leading to yellow teeth, be sure to discuss this with your doctor.

There are also some illnesses, especially those that affect the liver, that can result in your teeth discolouring. Patients that undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatment for cancer may also find that their teeth begin to turn yellow or even brown.

Fortunately, with advanced teeth whitening treatments, you can go from yellow gnashes to pearly whites once more. Treatments are quick, easy and painless. You can talk to your dentist or hygienist about professional teeth whitening that is designed to last a long time and bring back confidence to your smile.

Anne

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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