How to Nurture an Intelligent Child

 

 

Every parent hopes that their children will grow up into intelligent, successful adults, but is there anything you can do to help make this a reality? The simple answer is yes! There are many ways in which you can help to nurture your children’s intelligence and ensure they get off to the best start in life. Some people even believe children start learning from within the womb! If you are looking to raise smart kids, here are some tips to help you along the way.

 

Early Education 

School may not become mandatory until your children are a few years old, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t start their education earlier. Learning at home is a great option but unfortunately not all parents have the time to commit to this fully between work or study commitments. This is where a good child care facility comes into its element. Whilst some child care provides only a watchful eye over your children whilst you are at work, others such as Guardian child care in NSW offer a far more comprehensive service. By opting for a child care facility who focus on educating your child through play, you can begin enhancing their knowledge from an early age.

 

Extracurricular Activities 

Education should not be confined to the classroom. By enrolling your child in a range of extracurricular activities you can enhance their intelligence beyond textbooks and nurture their social skills and confidence. Activities such as music lessons have been scientifically proven to enhance intelligence by increasing your child’s IQ. Sport has equally been shown to have a positive effect on a child’s ability to learn, as increased blood flow to the brain and expending of physical energy allows them to focus better in the classroom.

 

Learning at Home 

Everyday life presents never-ending opportunities for learning, so make use of every last second you spend with your child. Reading a bedtime story to them not only enhances their imagination but also increases their intelligence. Rather than simply reading to your child, have them read with you in order to gain the most benefits. A trip to the park or the walk to school are all opportunities to learn about science and nature. Encourage inquisitiveness in your child and allow them to explore the great outdoors as this offers unparalleled opportunities for learning.

 

Focus on Health 

Your child’s health will have a huge impact on their ability to learn. A tired or hungry child is unlikely to be able to absorb much information in the classroom, so be sure to enforce strict early nights and healthy breakfast routines. If your child has a laptop or a mobile phone, don’t let them take it to bed with them as they may end up staying up late to play games or chat with friends. Be sure to educate them on the importance of healthy eating from an early age and try to incorporate fruit and vegetables into their diet in new and exciting ways to encourage them to eat well. 

By taking a holistic approach to your children’s health and learning, you can be sure to raise them up to be smart and forward-thinking adults.

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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Godparents Gift Inspiration Ideas

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A godparent offers their godchild the chance to talk about the biggest concerns in life, and helps them figure out the answers to life’s greatest questions. Godparents are a model for any godchild, encouraging them to develop Christian values. Their godchild will learn how to be compassionate towards others, generous and kind. Your child’s godparents would pray for your child through their ups and downs, helping him in him journey.

One way to show your respect can be offering them a gift. In what follows, we will offer you a list of ideas that could help you decide which is the most suitable gift for your child’s godparents. Here you could find the best gifts for godparents. Mainly, in this situation, personalized gifts could be the best choice.

1.Personalized Glass or Mug

Are your kid’s godparents coffee lovers? How about tea lovers? If the answer to one of these is yes, then you should definitely consider purchasing them two personalized mugs. In this way, every morning, when they will sip on their coffee or tea, they’d think about their little godchild and how much they mean to them. Make sure you choose a suitable message to print on the mug to warm the godparents’ hearts.

2.Engraved Wooden Photo Frame

A picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore, you should consider framing one of the best pictures your child has with his/her godparents. They would be more than happy to place it on their nightstand. Make sure you engrave a heart-warming message on the frame, immortalizing their best moment together. You could consider a photo from your child’s baptism or one from their godmother or godfather’s birthday party.

3.Name a Star

Since godparents are so special, why not name a star after them? You could find an online guide to help you do that and obtain a certificate. In this way, one of the stars that shines at night would have your child’s godparents’ names. They would be thrilled with this present and very surprised.

4.Birth Flowers

Another inspired idea would be offering your kid’s godparents birth flowers. They could plant the seeds in a flower pot and take care of the flower that grows there. In this way, they would watch the flower grow just like they would watch their godchild grow. Godparents would be more than happy with this gift. Furthermore, this birth flower also helps them nurture their gardening skills, helping them stay active and enjoy the flowers in the garden.

5.Photo Upload Cushion

If you liked the photo idea but you think a normal photo is too mainstream, you should consider printing one on a cushion. Hence, your child’s godparents would decorate their living room sofa with a cushion, completing their collection. It is always nice to keep your dear ones close to you. You would definitely put a smile on their faces with this incredible gift.

6.Religious Gift

Since they are your child’s protectors, offering them the Bible would be suitable. Your little one’s godparents would pray for their godchild whenever they need it. Furthermore, they would also teach them about religion and how important their relationship with God is.

7.Personalized Glass Token

Both the godfather and godmother would be thrilled to receive such interesting gifts. Purchase them two glass tokens on which you can engrave “World’s best godmother” and “World’s best godfather” to make them feel complete for being part of your big family. They would proudly display these gifts in their living room for everyone to see, praising their godchild.

8.Personalized Scented Candle

The perfume of this candle will float in your kid’s godparents’ house. Make sure you print a funny message on the candle’s jar. Godparents would be thrilled to receive such a nice gift.

 

Irrespective whether it is your child’s godfather’s or godmother’s birthday or not, a gift is always a great idea to show your gratitude. You do not need a special occasion to offer someone gifts. Do not forget that godparents are spiritual parents for your little ones, being ready to help whenever your child needs them. Furthermore, they also teach him or her how to live his life in a Christian way, being close to God.

 

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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Stop those nosey neighbours in their tracks with these Garden Privacy Solutions

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Is there anything worse than a nosey neighbour? We’d all like to get on with the people who live around us, but sometimes people make it so difficult to get along. We all have a nosey neighbour, someone that likes to comment on our business, tells others about what we’re “up to” and someone who pushes the boundaries of “neighbourly concern” – if you don’t think you have a nosey neighbour, you probably just haven’t realised it yet!

But don’t worry, there are ways we can give polite and helpful hints to our neighbours that they should mind their own business without causing friction or a confrontation. Here are a few ideas.

Obscure their view

Does your neighbour have a clear view into your garden? If your neighbour has a nasty habit of peering through a gap in the fence or heads to the higher points of their own property so they can see into yours better, then you should consider planting trees and bushes to obscure their view. A row of Evergreen Trees will not only look beautiful but will also do a fantastic job of blocking their view – click here for some ideas of what you could plant.

If they’re peering into your front windows and you have enough room, then try planting some bushes to obstruct them.

 

Wooden Fencing

Has your fencing seen better days? Perhaps it has gaps and holes and weak points throughout the perimeter of your garden. A strong, wooden garden fence is a straightforward, classic and simple way to keep those nosey neighbours at bay. It won’t look too out of place in your garden either, unlike a solid brick wall.

Hedges

Hedges may take some time to grow, but if you’re looking for more of an eco-friendly solution then a hedge would be perfect. If you like the idea of hedges but don’t wait to wait for them to grow, then why not invest in some faux boxed hedges instead for instant privacy?

Potted plants

If hedges and fences are little expensive or perhaps too drastic then try a few large and bushy potted plants in the problem areas. You’ll need plants that spread out wide as they grow. Your garden will look great too!

Privacy Screens

Has your neighbour got a view onto your patio? Block their view instantly with some privacy screens. If you’re creative enough, these can be made out of anything. Old doors, old bottles, wood and aluminium, curtains and repurposed shutters, fabric, pallets and even chicken wire! If you’re not too handy in the creative department then invest in some bamboo screens, or wooden slatted screens instead. You can hang or even grow plants on them to make them seem a little more inconspicuous.

Growing tall, grasses in planters also serve as natural screens. Or if you want to keep your garden looking a little more traditional then try erecting some garden lattice and grow some plants on it.

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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Amber Necklace: My Mother’s Family Cure

 

When I became a mom I felt that I was reasonably well off in the knowledge department. I was the oldest of seven children and pretty much helped raise the younger three. My mom was a very hands on mother, even well into adulthood. When I announced my pregnancy to the family, I could see in her eyes that she had been anticipating  this day for quite some time. She bought me all the pregnancy and childbirth books. We bonded over delivery room horror stories and how much things had changed since she had us. In some sense, it was like we were both new to this modern mothering world.

 

When my baby came into the world, I felt that all of my worries had virtually melted away the moment we locked eyes with each other. The first few months were easy, but around the time she turned seven months, I became pregnant with her little brother. Eight weeks into the pregnancy and I was experiencing the worst headaches and nausea.

 

I could barely keep my eyes open without become so sensitized to the light that I would vomit from the pounding in my head. Coincidentally enough, as all trouble does, mine came in two. My oldest and newly eight month old baby was cutting her first tooth. She had stopped sleeping and replaced it’s peacefulness with the rings of terror known as an teething infant’s cry. I was miserable, I was tired, my baby was in pain, and I was on the verge of being hopeless.

 

During one of my many discussions with my mom, she told me about using amber stones when she had us. She said that she used them for a multitude of things such as headaches, teething, growing pains, immune boosters, and even to help with my little sister’s anxiety when she started preschool. I asked her what about amber made it so efficient and she said that it was a natural anti-inflammatory that was packed with antioxidants.

 

While doing more research, I found that it was the succinic acid inside of amber that made it so potent and efficient. Succinic acid is made from the oils found in sap from trees. Baltic amber, specifically, is made from the collected sap of conifer trees and is known to have the highest traces of this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant!

 

When amber is worn, the body is able to heat the bead, allowing for the succinic rich resin to seep through the bead’s surface and be absorbed into the bloodstream. Once absorbed, you start feeling the effects almost immediately. Due to its natural form, this anti-inflammatory is safe for people of all ages, making it the perfect solution for any family.

 

We ordered two necklaces from balticwonder.com and hoped for the best. After they arrived we were delighted to see how well they were made! The beads were beautiful and could even be worn as a fashion statement. I put the necklace around my little one’s ankle to prevent any choking hazard.

 

After wearing our necklaces for a few days, I had noticed that my headaches had greatly improved and because of that my nausea and subsided significantly. My little girl was noticeably happier and had started sleeping through the night after the second day. What I thought was going to be the roughest few months of my life ended up blowing over quickly, all thanks to Baltic amber.

 

If you’re wondering what this precious stone can do for you and your family, try out the amazing magic of Baltic amber for yourself today!

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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Moving past a Major Life Event Safely and Successfully

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We all will face some sort of major life event or change eventually. Whether good or bad, sometimes that event can trigger a stress response that can cause a behavioral reaction. This could be in the form of drug or alcohol use or some type of emotional strain. It depends on several factors, including the mental state and overall sensitivity of an individual. Here are a few major life events and techniques that will help you move past them in a safe and successful manner.

Job Loss

Suffering from a sudden job loss can weigh heavily on the mind and trigger a stress reaction that can be hard to pull out of. If you’re unable to work due to illness, disability, or you were fired unexpectedly, being unable to get right back to work can be devastating emotionally and trigger a financial blow to your lifestyle.

It can also set the stage for more destructive personal behavior like drinking. If you’ve found you are drinking a lot more since your job loss, you may have a problem that requires professional assistance. A treatment center that offers a multifaceted approach to care is a good choice. You don’t necessarily have to travel to get the help you  need. For example, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, choosing an outpatient program in Seattle is the best way to get a proper diagnosis, medical evaluation and proper treatment plan to help you move forward. Having the proper coping skills in place will make dealing with alcohol triggers a whole lot easier as you move forward with a new career and new job.

Divorce

Divorce is a very emotional and stressful life event. There are just over 800,000 divorces granted annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a staggering number and seems to be growing as more people are also getting married each year. If you’ve been caught in a divorce and you’re trying to cope with the stress and uncertainty of the future, one thing you may have thought about was using drugs to help you cope with the pain and anguish. While it may numb the pain at the moment, the long-term effects can be devastating to your life. Not only can it cause problems with your interpersonal relationships, it can affect your job and financial lifestyle. A major concern is the side effects of using and withdrawal. If you are severely addicted to drugs and unable to stop on your own, you may need medical intervention. Getting professional help for your drug problem is recommended at any phase, whether you are new user or have been using drugs for many years. A pro can diagnose you properly and give you the right tools for a successful outcome.

Loss of a Parent

Saying goodbye to a parent is one of the hardest things that most people have to experience. If it’s something that you’re dealing with right now or will be facing soon, dealing with your emotions is important. Depression can easily take over and make it hard for you to function and cope with daily life. If you notice any signs of depression, it’s time to seek help. Some things to look for:

  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Isolation
  • Thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
  • Overeating or not eating enough

With all of the stress involved with making final arrangements and sorting through personal belongings, now is the time to ask for help. Rely on the support of others at this time to help you get through the tough times.

Losing Touch with a Best Friend

If you’ve had a good friend that you’ve shared a lot of memories with, you were probably thinking things could go on like that forever. But because people change, so do relationships—even close ones. While your best friend may have been someone that you depended on for emotional support, it can be hard to deal with a breakup. No longer having those long phone calls or personal talks over coffee can make you feel very lonely. If this triggers a change in your behavior that leads to signs of anorexia or bulimia, getting professional help is important in order to get back on track with your health.

Taking care of yourself throughout the ebbs and flows of life is vital to success. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.

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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