Parenting 101: 4 Ways to Bring Up Happy and Successful Children

All parents want to raise kids who are happy and successful in life. However, they are confused with the many parental advice out there. Raising happy and successful kids doesn’t have to be an uphill task. It also doesn’t have to be only about giving them financial pleasure or instant satisfaction; instead, it is quite the contrary. Happy children have the skills that enable them to appreciate long-term happiness in life. They are also able to pass up the instant satisfaction to reach their goals. But as a parent or guardian, it is your duty to help your child realize the best version of themselves.

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Neighborhood

Similar to how family plays a role in shaping a child’s life, the neighborhood settings do so too. Some neighborhoods are places where parents know all their neighbors, and children see optimistic role models. On the other hand, others are full of crime and violence, where neighbors don’t see eye to eye and the children’s home surrounding is affected by stress and loneliness.

It is, therefore, your duty as a parent to make sure that the neighborhood you reside in is safe for your kids. Consider luxury living to give your child a place where they can feel loved and protected.

Allow your Kids to Fail

To boost your kid’s self-confidence, put more focus on providing them with numerous opportunities to learn new skills and pay less attention to compliments. Mastery is the real self-confidence booster. Luckily, when it comes to children, almost everything they do is an opportunity to achieve mastery since everything is new to them. They learn how to crawl, stand, walk, feed, and dress; however, the problem is that parents tend to do too much for their kids and fail to give them the chance to fail.

Children will never know the art of mastery unless they are left to struggle and learn from their failures.

Some skills can be perfected on the first try. But with experience and mastery, they will develop the ‘I can do everything’ attitude, which will help them deal with future problems with positivity.

Foster your happiness

As a parent, you are responsible for your happiness. And since kids tend to absorb everything from you, your mood will play a vital role. A happy parent is more likely to raise a happy kid. But what are you doing for yourself? Did you know that children of depressed parents suffer double the degree of depression? That said, the best thing you can do for your kid’s mental health is attending to yours first.

Set some time aside to relax and rest. Foster your relationship with your spouse, and the happiness of your children will automatically follow.

Give them Time to Play and Reduce Screen time

Studies have confirmed a strong connection between happiness and reduced screen time. On the other hand, play is essential for the kid’s growth and learning. Less playtime can also result in developmental problems related to children’s physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being. 

Bottom Line

Raising well-rounded children is not a walk in the park; however, there are many things you can do to make them happy. Kids who know they are loved and cared for tend to prosper even when faced with difficult situations. Give your kids time to play, allow them to experience failure and success, and more essentially, provide them with a safe and secure environment.

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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How To Encourage Your Kids To Eat If They Are Fussy Eaters

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One of the biggest challenges that parents can face is trying to get their kids to eat. You could spend the whole afternoon slaving over a delicious dish only for one (or more) of them to refuse to eat it. This is frustrating, particularly as you know they tucked into that exact dish the week before with no problems. It just happens to be that this week they are having an aversion to peas, or don’t want anything that is yellow on their plate. If you are facing this battle with your kids then it can be stressful – you want to make sure your kids are getting enough nutrients and minerals, but you also don’t want to pander to them. Luckily, there are a few different things you can do to try and stop them from being such fussy eaters and get them to eat their dinner. Here are some top ideas that you could try…

Encourage your children to cook with you

One of the best ways to encourage your children to eat is to get them to cook with you. By teaching them recipes and showing them how to cook, they will get involved in all aspects of the process and want to eat the end result. Whether you make a broccoli cheese casserole, a pie or something else, there are endless options your child can help with. Encourage them to pitch in ideas and help where they can. (Make sure you let them know they can’t use items such as the oven or knives when you aren’t there to supervise!) 

Arrange their food into fun shapes 

Another good way to get your kids to eat their food could be by arranging their food into fun shapes. This could be anything from animals to smiley faces using the ingredients in their dinner. By doing so, it makes it more fun for them to eat and they will be excited to see what shape you bring out for them. 

Be patient with them, but don’t pander to it

It is important to be patient with your child when they are not eating. If you shout at them or get cross then they will not want to eat at all. Instead, be patient, ask them why they don’t want to eat and give them plenty of time to eat. Make it clear, however, that if they don’t eat their dinner they don’t get anything else. They might just be being fussy as they want something that they prefer. Show them this isn’t an option and they need to eat the food that is in front of them.

These are just a few ways that you can encourage your kids to eat if they are fussy eaters. By trying these you are sure to find that soon they eat more food and you have more success at meal times. What are some top tricks and tips you use to get your little one to eat? 

 

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 Tips For A Camping Trip With Kids

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A family camping trip can be plenty of fun, a chance to explore nature, take a break from technology, and create some lovely memories. If you’re preparing for a camping trip with your kids, be sure to consider these six tips.

1 . Prepare For The Weather

Check the weather forecast before you go and ensure that you have all the appropriate clothing items and supplies you’ll need. Remember the weather can change quickly, so even if the forecast is sunny, you’ll still want to bring clothes for rainy weather. To help you pack for you and your kids, apps like ‘PackPoint’ can be useful. PackPoint is a pretty cool vacation app, simply type in the details of your trip and it will tell you what you should bring.

  1. Design An Itinerary 

When you’re going camping with kids, it’s best to create an itinerary to plan what you’re going to do each day. Once the camping trip is underway you won’t have the time to plan things and babysit at the same time! It’s best to get your planning done first, to keep things running smoothly. You might plan a hiking trip, a beach day, bike rides, or a few kids games. Book tickets for any activities in advance, to stay on top of things.

  1. Create A Similar Routine

To help your children enjoy the trip, try to create a similar routine. For example, ensure that your kids get the same nap times, lunch times and bedtimes, (where possible). Creating a familiar structure will help your children to feel relaxed and safe, and to make the most of the trip.

  1. Camping Apps To Help

When you’re planning a camping trip with your kids you might find that the following camping based apps come in handy:

  • All Trails: This application can help you to find the best hiking trails near your camping destination. There’s even a section where you can search for ‘kid-friendly’ hiking trails, to make life easier.
  • Wiki Camps: It’s best to book your camping in advance, but if you need a resource to find campsites, Wiki Camps can help. Here you can search for the best sites plus access camping checklists, and a forum for camping tips. You can also use the app to find the nearest eco-campsites to be more eco-friendly.

 Plan Your Meals 

Before you go on a camping trip with your kids, it’s a good idea to have planned out your meals. There are plenty of easy recipes for camping online, write down a few so you can get everything you need. It’s best to stick to simple recipes, (so you can juggle looking after your kids at the same time)!

  1. Safety Supplies & Checklist

It’s important to take safety supplies on a camping trip, you’ll need a first aid kit, a mini fire extinguisher, a torch, safety whistle, lanterns, and spare food supplies. You should also take insect repellents and sun creams. You might also want to look into clothing made from sun protective fabrics. To learn more about sun protective fabrics check out Rockywoods. Here you’ll also find waterproof fabrics that are ideal for camping and hiking trips.

Once you’ve got organized for your trip you’ll feel more relaxed and ready to enjoy yourself!

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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Simple Solutions – 5 Straightforward Solutions to Common High School Problems

 

 

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Ask any high school graduate, and they will tell you that their high school years were some of the most rewarding of their young lives. However, they may also tell you that they were some of the most challenging

From managing social circles to homework and grades, teenagers can find themselves with a lot to navigate. However, some of those issues may be easier to manage than you might think. 

Grades

Whether your teen is struggling with a class or wants to reach their full potential, high school tutoring online could be worth their while. One of the biggest stresses in a student’s life is the belief that they are not doing well enough in a class. Sometimes, though, they may not feel they are getting enough out of a class. 

In either situation, tutoring can be the answer. They can catch up, get one-on-one help with subjects, and gain further knowledge to advance their competency. Given that it’s in an online setting, parents also don’t have to worry about taking them to and from tutoring sessions. 

Anxiety

Many people suffer from anxiety throughout their teenage years, and sometimes into their adult life. Learning how to manage this early on is an essential life skill. As a parent or caregiver, you can help by acknowledging their anxiety rather than dismissing it. 

You can also help them set small goals when something makes them anxious and provide gentle encouragement. Love, support, and validation are of great benefit to an anxiety-prone teen. 

Bullying

Though every school in the United States must have a bullying prevention policy, that doesn’t always stop bullying from happening. Any teen, regardless of their social standing in their school, can be the subject of bullying. 

There are a few steps you can take to manage the problem with your children. First and foremost, be a listening ear. Allow them to vent without taking sides and without judgment. Help your child learn how to react, and if necessary, approach a teacher or staff member for assistance in tactfully managing the situation. 

Social Circles

Teens spend a lot of time figuring out who they are and how to be accepted for who they are. It’s during these years they may also find themselves in cliques and social circles

These friend groups are essential for teaching your teen to be independent and comfortable outside of their family unit. However, they can also be the source of much grief for many teens and their families. 

Parents can help children navigate the complexities of their friendships by offering a non-judgemental space in which they can discuss any issues that are bothering them. Some parents may even be able to help by sharing their own experiences, educating their teen on social dynamics, and encouraging friendships outside of school settings, such as in extra-curricular activities. 

Sleep Habits

Teens need plenty of sleep for their academic achievements, emotional health, physical development, and decision-making abilities. However, an alarming number of US teens aren’t getting enough. 

Several factors contribute to teens not getting enough sleep, but there are things you can do to improve the situation. Create a consistent bedtime routine, avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening, and put away electronic devices before bed. It can also be worth ensuring bedrooms are quiet, dark, and cool. 

As memorable as high school is for teenagers, it can also have its fair share of ups and downs. If your teen faces any of the challenges above, get ready to provide the resources and help they need to ride the rollercoaster safely.

 

 

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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Fitting Shopping into Your Busy Life

When you’re a working mother who also wants to make the most of her time with her family, it may seem difficult to fit shopping into your already packed schedule. Instead, by contemplating other ways of getting what you need done, or figuring out ways to incorporate this into family life, you may be able to make all the pieces fit together. Having a job whilst being a parent is challenging, rewarding, and often difficult to do on your own. When brought together, it may feel like you get no time to undertake the rest of the tasks that are required of you, even if your partner takes on their share of the work too. This is why a bit of forethought can be your new best friend.

Ordering Gifts

Gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions may seem like just one more job on your increasing to-do list, but there are ways to get around this. Rather than trying to make a trip to a bricks and mortar store, you may want to consider utilizing the internet. Ordering gifts to be delivered can take a lot of the work off your plate. This can include bespoke or personalized gifts, as you can get items such as custom canvas prints online, which will then be sent directly to either yourself or the recipient. Some sites may allow you to also include a gift message, which further removes work from your plate.

Grocery Shopping Made Fun

Getting grocery shopping is essential. After a long day working and then wanting to spend time with your children, you may not be thrilled about needing to also pick up the weekly shop. This can be used as some special time together, and also turned into educational fun. While out, you may want to consider giving your child one or time items on the list that they need to find. For older children, you could also give them some money and tell them to see how many items on the list they can procure. This can go a long way towards teaching your children how to buy groceries, as well as the importance of managing one’s money.

Self-Care

While you may want to be fulfilled within your career, help your children achieve their potential, and keep your home neat and tidy, it is also important to make time for yourself. You may want to consider asking friends or relatives to watch the kids for a while. There is no shame needed for taking a few hours to yourself on occasion to go shopping for things that you want. You could also opt to undertake this with your partner, allowing you both to practice a bit of self-care in the ways you both see fit, which can help to renew your energy and motivation when it comes to returning to work and childcare.

Finding different ways to get different aspects of shopping completed, as well as to look after your own mental health, can help you to become more productive, and reduce some of that daily stress.

 

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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