Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Making Your Child a Citizen of the World.

{Collaborative content} Take a look at history’s most impressive people, and you’ll find that many of them had a streak of exploration running through their veins. They visited far-flung places and could talk with people all over the world. But in other terms: they were citizens of the world. While it’s important to remember where you come from, it’s greatly important to look beyond your own borders and see what else is out there. This is something that we all should be doing. But it’s especially important for children. With the world getting smaller all the time, it’s likely that success in the future will come the way of people who have an international mindset.


So how can you help them get one? We’ll take a look at some of the most effective methods in this blog.


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Meeting All People

The more people that they meet, the more comfortable they’ll be with people. However, it’s important to stress that this only works if they meet a variety of people. If everyone’s just like them, then it won’t be as effective! You should aim to introduce your child to people of all backgrounds. The more they do that, the more open they’ll be to other ways of thinking -- and that’s something that’s deeply important.


Time Overseas

You can help your child along their journey towards having an international mindset by ensuring they spend some time overseas. There are plenty of ways that you can do this. You could make sure they go on any school trips to Paris that are organised, for instance, or you could send them to spend a few weeks with a relative that lives overseas. The most fun option, of course, is to simply go on a holiday with them yourself. However, be sure to consider the other options, too -- there’s something about spending time overseas without a parent by your side that’s especially powerful.


Documentaries and Books

You’ll push your kids towards a more global mindset by ensuring they spend time abroad. But let’s be realistic: you won’t be able to take a trip all the time. You can supplement their foreign knowledge by watching documentaries at home and having a selection of books from around the world. Even exposure to music from other countries (not America) will work.


Encourage Exploration

If your kids feel that they can explore the world, then they’ll be more likely to do so! You can push them in this direction by encouraging them to explore whenever possible and by letting them know that the world is by and large an extremely safe place; they should have no fear! 


Basic Human Values 

Finally, you can ensure that your child has a mindset that can take them all over the globe by making sure they have the basic human values on lock. If they know that they’re no better or worse than another person, know how to give respect, and have an empathic view towards people of all backgrounds, then they’ll be in a terrific position. 

Life Skills Every 18 Year Old Should Have.

{Collaborative Content} Parents love their kids and will do anything to keep them safe. Sometimes, protecting a child means that they don't learn any useful life skills as they grow up. By the time they are 18, they can't take care of themselves in the real world. This can be a big problem, especially if they want to go to college or get a job; they may not do as well as they could if they had the social and life skills they need. We've made a list of some of the most important skills an 18-year-old should have to help them get through life.


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Talk To Strangers 

Even though we tell little children not to talk to strangers, and it's probably one of the first rules they learn, it's important for an 18-year-old to be able to talk to everyone around them, even if they don't know them. That doesn't mean they should walk up to random strangers and start talking (unless it's a networking event!), but they should have the social skills to engage in conversation with a colleague, bus driver, landlord, shop assistant, employer, or anyone else they meet. 

If they can't talk to each other in a reasonable way, they might not be able to get what they want. They could even be seen as rude or standoffish, which won't help them in the long run.

Navigate 

By the time they are 18, your child should know how to use a map and find their way to where they need to go. This doesn't mean they have to be good at finding their way because not everyone is, but they must be able to read maps, road signs, and understand how to use a GPS. They might only need these skills to get around campus, but they could also come in handy when going to a job interview or just going out with friends or when they book a school trip to Paris, and they don’t want to get lost.

This is related to another useful life skill: knowing how to use public transportation. Buses, trains, and even taxis can be very helpful if you know how to use them well. If they want to learn how to drive, they should start as soon as possible as this is another useful life skill, although it's not something everyone is interested in. 

Organise 

When our kids are fairly young, we tell them what to do and when they should do it. That could include doing their homework, getting out of bed, leaving the house, eating their food, going back to bed at night, and many other things. This can make it hard for them to get things done on their own if no one else tells them what to do. But being able to juggle everything is an important life skill that they should learn sooner rather than later. This is because adults have to do this all the time.

It's better not to keep telling your 18-year-old what they should be doing and when they should be done with it. Of course, you should keep an eye on them to make sure everything is done, but let them figure out how to handle all of their different responsibilities. After all, they will have to do this when they go to work or college, so it's best if they can start doing it as soon as possible.

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

3 Ways to Determine the Worth of Your House.

*Do you know how much your property is worth? Well, it is not always about whether you live in a wealthy neighborhood or a run-down hovel. There are so many factors that come into play when determining the value of a property. In most cases, when people want to know the value of a house, they want to sell it, use it to acquire equity, or buy it. Whatever your reason, there are various ways to find out. This article expounds on three major ways you can determine the worth or value of your house and how you can enhance it.

1. Use a Professional Appraiser

You can hire a professional appraiser to find out the value of your house. However, you should note that this will cost you a good sum. It is advisable to only use this method if you plan to sell your property or borrow money against it. If this is the case, having the property appraised is the best way to bank on its full potential. Otherwise, it would be a waste of resources, especially if you were only looking to know the value of your house to evaluate its market condition.

2. Check out Online Websites

There are numerous websites on the internet that you can use to find out the fair market value of your property. These sites usually have a database to store past and current sales prices from your neighborhood. You can easily access this database and compare it with the price you have been offered for your property. Most real estate agencies or brokers already have access to this database and will provide you with information on how much houses like yours are selling in your area. This way, you don't have to do all the legwork yourself.


3. Ask Real Estate Agents

Another way to find out how much your property is worth is by asking for a real estate agents assistance. They usually compile reports on recent home sales in an area and will use them as a basis for forming offers from potential buyers or sellers. Many companies also offer these reports for free. You don't have to worry about extra costs because most agents are paid a commission when they sell or buy homes in their vicinity. You're not just paying them for their time; instead, they're paying you for releasing valuable information about the real estate in your area.

4 Tips to Enhance Your Property's Value

This section explores a few tips you can use to enhance your property's value. Some of them are time-consuming, while others offer immediate value.


1. Add a New Element to Your Property

For starters, try to add a new element to your property. If you have an extra room or space in your house, use it by turning it into something more practical. For instance, you can turn the space into a home office or workshop. If you don't have an extra room or space, why not turn a vacant portion of your backyard into a garden? This is also known as backyard landscaping.





2. Improve Your Homes Structure

Alternatively, if you don't have the time or money to add anything new to your property, try improving its structure. Real estate specialists recommend adding simple and cheap additions like wrought iron fences and gates or installing bigger and better windows and doors to give your home the aesthetic appeal that buyers are looking for. Windows with glass can also make the house appear brighter than it is, which is another plus when selling your property.

3. Have Someone Repair Your Homes Structure

Remodeling might be one way to enhance one's home, but finding talented contractors willing to do this job might pose a challenge. You're better off hiring someone who specializes in repairing structures because they know what to keep in mind when patching or fixing the home's structure. They can also suggest other improvements that might cost a little more but improve your property's value.

4. Landscaping

Landscaping the property is another way to improve your home's value and increase its aesthetic appeal. It may cost a pretty penny, but it's easier and cheaper to do than remodeling or adding new structures to the house itself. You can save on costs by hiring people who are better versed with landscaping to beautify your property. What's more? It enhances the property value.

Conclusion

Whether you want to know the value of selling or purchasing property, it is crucial to know how to do it. You can hire an appraiser, use online means, or work with a real estate agentWe have outlined these ways in the above text. In addition to the ways, we have also covered a few quick ways to enhance your property value.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

How Gardening can Improve Your Mental Health.

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Over the years, studies have shown that we benefit from time and active engagement in nature. There is considerable evidence that spending time in a green setting, or working in the garden, reduces stress, improves mood, and leads to self-reported better wellbeing. Read on to discover how taking up gardening as a hobby can help change your overall mental health for the better.


  1. It improves concentration

Are you or someone you know always losing concentration? Then your garden is the place to go. Gardeners have longer attention spans than the general population. Gardening can have a favourable, long-term effect on our emotions. If you have a temper, research shows that working about your house on a daily basis helps minimise the triggers that cause you to become angry, because the action provides you with a feeling of pleasure and success. Additionally, there are a variety of plants that can improve brain function, memory, and decision-making, which you should consider.


  1. It helps you be less of a perfectionist

Gardening might just be an excellent antidote for perfectionism. There are innumerable elements you can't foresee, no matter how precisely you plan and execute your garden – bug infestations, severe weather, hungry rodents, and so on. At some time, almost every gardener may face difficulties in growing and caring for their plants. Learn from your errors and don't let them discourage you from gardening.


  1. It encourages you to live in the moment

Anxiety grows greater when a person dwells too much on the past or worries too much about the future. Being in and near nature's ever-changing cycle helps us appreciate the mundane and concentrate on the 'present.' Gardening allows us to become more aware of seasonal changes as the garden grows week after week. Birds, bees, and butterflies visit at various times, and different plant species blossom at different times. You may have a work deadline approaching, but the breathtaking beauty of a newly blossoming peony will only be available for a short time, so take advantage of it. You can also relax and take in the scenery that you have designed yourself by decorating your garden with personalised touches that don’t have to be too costly or damaging to the environment – take a look at GlowGrounds for example.


  1. It lowers levels of stress and anxiety

Gardening can assist with depression and anxiety symptoms by encouraging mindfulness. Living in the now, being focused on what you're doing, and using your senses to distract your mind from negative ideas is what mindfulness is all about. Gardening may help boost your mood by giving you a sense of achievement and purpose. You might find that it is ultimately uplifting to see things you are looking after flourish and thrive.


Additionally, spending time in nature allows you to disconnect from the strains of everyday life. Even 10 minutes in nature can provide a mental reset and aid to reduce stress levels. The physical exercise and exertion required to garden can also assist to relieve stress by lowering blood pressure and lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol.



Monday, 25 April 2022

Take your Garden to the Next Level.

{Collaborative Content} Every garden reflects the personality of the people who own it. That being said, if you want to improve your garden and really give it the wow factor, there are several things you can do that will achieve that goal while still allowing you to make the garden you own. Let's take a look at some of them right now.


When it comes to flowers, more is more


If you want your garden to look truly spectacular, then planting as many flowers as you can in as many shapes and colours, with as many unique aromas, as you can is an excellent way to do it. 


Not only do bold blooms add visual interest and intense aromas to your garden, but they also give it a luxe and decadent feel that you will love. They’re great for attracting bees and butterflies to the garden too, which is always a nice thing to do.


Shape your shrubs


If you have a lot of shrubs and bushes in your garden, then turning them into perfectly sculpted topiary is another good way to take your garden to the next level and make it even more visually stunning.


Add an awning


Awnings are great because they provide you with shade when it is getting too hot, and enable you to have a safe place to sit out at all times of the day. Luxaflex® Awnings are a simple and affordable way to add exterior shading to your patio with lots of exciting style choices. Pick one that matches your taste in terms of colour, have it fitted in the location you would most like to sit and you’ll never have to go inside because the sun is overwhelming again.


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Fire and water are essential


If you want your garden to have the wow factor, then installing a fire pit that enables you to light up the yard at night, and spend more time out there under the stars is a great idea.


What’s also a great idea is adding a water feature such as a fountain or pond, which will not only look amazing but also provide you with that gentle running water sound that really helps you to relax and de-stress outdoors.


Create an outdoor kitchen


You don’t have to spend thousands of pounds on an outdoor kitchen proper, but investing in a nice set of outdoor dining tables and chairs and the best barbecue you can afford will really help to make your outdoor space seem much more attractive and more importantly, give you the spade you need to have great outdoor parties with your friends and family members when the summer comes around and barbecue season is in full swing.


If you want to create a next-level garden that will be the envy of all your neighbours for years to come, the above ideas are sure to help, but only choose the features that you truly love because, after all, it’s you who will be spending so much time in your garden!


Friday, 22 April 2022

How to Ease Dental Anxiety in Children.

How To Ease Dental Anxiety In Kids

{Collaborative Content} Dental anxiety is a pretty common occurrence in children. The unexplained fear of dentists and what they do is the main fuel driving this anxiety. Available data indicates that the anxiety prevalence rate is up to 20%. Usually, the problem is more profound when the child's first appointment is after age six. What can you do to allay their fears and make your kids' dental appointments positive to help them adopt healthy oral habits? Below are some tips.

  1. Start dental habits as early as possible 

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As mentioned in the introduction, children who are introduced to the dentist's office later in life have a higher chance of developing this anxiety. The underlying reason is that when their cognition starts to improve from age six and above, it becomes difficult to convince them that the dentist won't hurt them. Moreover, they're likely to have friends from school who may have recounted unpleasant experiences at the dentist's office. For this reason, dentists recommend booking an appointment for your child when their primary teeth cut through the gum.

The dentist doesn't carry out any procedure at that age apart from checking the primary teeth and gums. However, that single pleasant appointment becomes a positive reference point in the child's mind. That way, subsequent visits will be without the well-known anxiety and fear. The familiarity of the dentist's office and the instruments there will cease to become fearsome for a young mind.

  1. Use role-play at home

You can never get enough of the cliché, 'children learn through play.' It is an absolute truth that many parents and guardians have used to their advantage. When easing dental anxiety in kids, you may want to start the process at home. Role-playing offers an opportunity to encourage your child to learn about what happens at the dentist's office. Playful routines help normalise what would have turned into full-blown dental anxiety on the appointment day. You may want to buy dentist play instruments for kids for the best results. Furthermore, it helps to intensify these at-home role play in the weeks leading to the actual appointment. As you take turns playing the role of dentist and patient, your child learns the basic processes to expect before the appointment day.

  1. Explain dental procedures ahead of time

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Apart from role-playing, another tip that works quite well is to directly educate them on the procedure they will get. For example, you can take the opportunity to explain professional teeth cleaning to your child. If your little one has a chipped tooth and you suspect that will be attended to, you can explain composite bonding to them. Again, if your child has some dental misalignment, it would be a great time to teach them about braces and the types available.

For all you know, your young ones have peers wearing some type of braces and already have a fair idea. However, it would be in your interest to discuss other options like the invisible braces. Your child may even think of them as cool and want one. By staying ahead of their expectations, you would have dealt with their dental anxiety.

Last but not least, help the dentist by providing some vital information about your child. For example, their favourite colours, best cartoon characters, preferred foods, etc., can be chatting points between the dentist and your child. This helps in building rapport between the two. You will be too when your child is relaxed at the dentist's office.

Thursday, 21 April 2022

4 Easy Ways to Create a Comfortable Living Space for your Pet.

{Collaborative Content} A pet is a member of the family, and like any other family member, they need a comfortable place to live. If you're not sure how to make your home pet-friendly, don't worry! We've got you covered. In this blog post, we will discuss four easy ways to create a comfortable living space for your pet. Read on to learn more.

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1) Pet-proof your home

Get rid of anything that could be harmful to your pet. This includes things like chemicals, cleaners, and medications. If you have any plants in your home, make sure they are not poisonous to animals. In addition, get rid of anything sharp or breakable. Pets can be curious and may try to chew on or play with these things, resulting in injury. Finally, make sure all electrical cords are out of reach. Pets can easily chew through these and be electrocuted. Taking these precautions will help create a safe environment for your pet.

2) A Comfortable bed

Provide plenty of comfortable places for your pet to sleep. Pets need a place to call their own, so make sure they have a bed or crate that is just for them. Fill it with blankets and pillows to make it extra cozy. Additionally, provide your pet with a few toys to keep them entertained. Choose safe toys for pets that cannot be easily swallowed or chewed up. By providing your pet with a comfortable place to sleep and some fun toys, you will help create a comfortable living space for them.

3) Food and water

Of course, your pet will need food and water. Pets need a nutritious diet to stay healthy, so make sure you feed them quality food. In addition, always have fresh water available for your pet to drink. You may also want to consider investing in a pet fountain. These fountains provide pets with running water, which they love. Keeping your pet well-fed and hydrated will help create a comfortable living space for them. Additionally, you should create a feeding schedule and stick to it. This will help your pet know when to expect their next meal, and they will be less likely to beg for food at inappropriate times.

4) Exercise

Pets need exercise, just like people do. So make sure you provide your pet with plenty of opportunities to run and play. If you have a backyard, create a space with Fence panels and let them explore it! If not, take them for walks around the block or to the park. In addition, there are tons of pet-friendly activities you can do together, such as hiking, swimming, and playing fetch. By making sure your pet gets enough exercise, you will help create a comfortable living space for them.


These are four easy ways to create a comfortable living space for your pet. Taking these steps will help your pet feel at home and part of the family. Do you have any tips for creating a comfortable living space for pets? Let us know in the comments below!


Monday, 18 April 2022

Looking after yourself when Expecting.

{Collaborative Content} When pregnant, it is more crucial than ever to ensure that you are taking adequate care of yourself. Yes, you'll be overjoyed that you'll soon have a little bundle of joy to hold and care for, and your primary focus will be them, but caring for them also includes caring for yourself.


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There are certain areas that you should be concentrating on for you and your baby, whether it's sticking to consultations, eating the right food, resting, doing some regular exercise, or checking out a few pregnancy checklists,  both of you will be happier, healthier, and probably saner if you follow a few of the tips in this short guide:

Your Nutrition

Food and drink are extremely important before, during, and after pregnancy, but they are especially crucial for a healthy pregnancy. You should prioritize consuming full, healthful foods high in vitamins, iron, and protein. This should be done throughout your pregnancy by consuming small but regular meals. If you feel nauseating at the start of your pregnancy, consider eating little portions and eating something before getting out of bed, such as arrowroot biscuits. There are several foods you should avoid when pregnant as well, such as:


  • Soft cheeses with white rinds 

  • Soft blue cheeses

  • Raw or part cooked eggs

  • Raw fish and undercooked meat

  • Pate- Avoid all types of pate

  • Cold Cured meats- Only eat if cooked. 

  • Liver and Game

  • Shark, marlin, or Swordfish

  • Only eat pasteurized milk products. 

  • Limit Caffeine


Despite this list, there are still lots of healthy and interesting foods that you may enjoy, so try to eat a varied diet as much as feasible and remember that you should only be eating 200 calories per day throughout the third trimester to support the final phases of growth.


You must pay close attention to your water consumption when pregnant; staying hydrated is critical. Depending on your level of activity, you should drink at least six to eight moderate (200ml) glasses of fluid every day. The good news is that all beverages count, including hot beverages like tea and coffee. You could have the following drinks as an option:


  • Water

  • Fruit teas

  • Fresh fruit juice

  • Skimmed or Semi-skimmed milk


You are at risk of dehydration if you do not drink enough fluids. The following signs indicate you are dehydrated:


  • Feeling thirsty

  • Dark-colored urine

  • Not weeing very often

  • Dry mouth and eyes

  • Light-headedness or dizziness 

  • Headaches


A doctor or midwife should be consulted if you are concerned about your fluid intake or you have dehydration symptoms that don't improve when you drink more fluids.

Get Plenty Of Sleep

As your pregnancy progresses, it might become increasingly difficult to get the rest you require. This is one of the main reasons why people are permitted to take maternity leave before the baby is born. If you are tired during the day, take a nap to catch up on any sleep you might well have missed during the night. Using goods like a pregnancy pillow can help relieve back pain and make it easier to sleep on your side. Plus, getting in the habit of getting some rest when you can make life with a newborn much easier.

Be Self-Assured In Your Body

Maintain your self-assurance in your physique! Look for positive birth and pregnancy information. Avoid the birth horror stories that everyone wants to tell you. Your body is capable of giving birth. Don't listen to anyone who tells you it will fail. If someone tells you about her traumatic birth, encourage her to do it after you've had your baby. If someone gives you advice on what you must do, take it with a pinch of salt. There is no single optimum way for every woman to give birth. You can find your best path, and hearing about happy experiences can help you do so. You may experience pregnant dry skin, this is common, but it is something you can tackle to help you feel more confident while your body is changing so much. 

Talk To Your Midwife

Even if you believe you are not a candidate for homebirth or midwife-attended delivery in a hospital, it is a good idea to consult with a midwife first. Why? A midwife will spend much more time with you early on, will teach you more about nutrition and self-care during pregnancy, and will offer you a more confident start to your pregnancy. If complications emerge, your care can be moved to an OB.

Hire A Doula

No of where you plan to give birth or who your caregiver is, it is a smart option to have someone on your birth team who is primarily concerned with the emotional and comfort aspects of birth and does not have clinical care responsibilities. This way, if anything happens that requires all of your primary caregiver's attention, you'll still have someone to assist you in understanding the process. A doula may also make everyone at the delivery feel more at ease, even if the midwife is doing the most of the labor support for the mom.

When To Let People Know

When notifying others about your pregnancy, add two weeks to the official due date. This serves two purposes. For one thing, it saves you from the post-due-date syndrome, in which your mother-in-law phones you the day after your due date and asks, "Have you had that kid yet?" Two, it is more believable! A normal pregnancy lasts between 38 and 42 weeks. On average, first-time mothers are eight days past their "due" dates. This means that half of the first-time mothers have their babies more than a week late! Even with successive pregnancies, the majority of women miss their due date, with three days being the average and up to 14 days being typical. Even extended pregnancies are possible; different caregivers advise dealing with "past due" in various ways.

Ask About Your Care

Inquire about your treatment. When a test or procedure is advised (such as an ultrasound, blood test, or amniocentesis), you have the right, if not the obligation, to ask questions. "What exactly is this test?" "What is the point?" "What will we discover?" "How will we put this information to use?" "Are there other options?" "What are the test's potential negative effects?" "What are the ramifications of doing nothing?"

Educate Yourself 

 Get educated, take classes, and learn everything you can so you can make informed decisions about the treatment you receive. But remember this at the heart of what you learn: you don't have to be taught how to give birth effectively. When it comes to the nitty-gritty, the messy physical job of giving birth, the best thing you can do is throw your mind out the window and let your body do what it knows how to do down to the bone. That doesn't mean you should be distant from the process; quite the contrary.


It means you don't have to use a sophisticated technique to get through contractions, and you don't have to hold your breath and count to ten to bring your kid into the world. You've been breathing since birth and your know-how. You can do it while sleeping. Similarly, women are fully capable of giving birth without any cognitive guidance. What will aid in the birth of your child? Your willingness to go through the process, pain and all, and to listen to your body. If you let it, your body will tell you what you need to do. And your body is the most knowledgeable about what it requires to give birth.

Choose Your Birthing Partner/s

Choose the people who will be working beside you with care. Everyone should be dedicated to assisting you in finding your own best path through labor. Each should be willing to take a step back if you decide you need more privacy or more concentrated time with just one of your support team members. Birth should not be regarded as a social event. It is far better to be social a few hours or a day following the birth than it is during labor. During labor, you should not have to worry about taking care of anyone else's needs. You shouldn't have to worry about uncomfortable family relationships, and you're not compelled to invite anyone to your baby's birth who you don't want to be there.


Nobody, not even your mother. Nobody, not even your sister. Nobody, not even your best friend. If you want them present because you believe they can actively assist you in having a more peaceful birth experience, that's fantastic! They should be invited. But don't fall into the trap of viewing birth as a family social occasion.

Think About A Labor Support Person

A labor support person. Perhaps one friend or family member who can blend in or be helpful and encouraging without being overbearing. Why? Birth is a deeply personal and private experience. If you don't have your entire extended family and network of friends in the same room with you, it will be simpler to let go and allow birth to happen. It's not impossible to give birth to a large group of people there; it's simply not as simple. You are queen for the day you give birth.


If you remember these tips you should be able to take the best care of yourself possible during pregnancy. Are you expecting? What have you put in place to help look after your health? Please share some ideas in the comments below.