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Month: December 2016
There are a lot of reasons why you might decide to get a dog for your family. For one thing, they can be a first friend for your little one. Just look at these cute pictures for further proof. And dogs are an excellent way […]
Our furry friends are one of the best things to happen to us, aren’t they? They make every day a whole lot better and coming home to snuggles from your canine friend is one of the best things ever after a long, hard day at work.
Dogs really are a man’s best friend. They never stop loving us, they never grow bored of seeing us (that’s obvious by the fact they still go crazy at the door when you arrive home even after years have passed) and they can even tell when we are feeling sad which then means they initiate cuddling. How much more amazing could these little fluffballs be?
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Then there comes the time when you’re off on vacation and you can’t help but feel a huge weight of sadness bundled on top of you. Enjoying your vacation is pretty much impossible if you know your beloved friend back home isn’t happy, so follow this simple guide to ensure you’re both as happy as can be until you return home to be reunited once again.
- Walks are super important
Ensuring that your dog is still being walked on a daily basis is vital to keeping them both happy and healthy. If you can’t get a close friend or family member to do the honours for you, hire a dog walker to come and take your pooch out once or twice a day instead. Make sure you find a reputable dog walker, preferable through a well established company and introduce your dog to them before you leave so it’s a smoother transition. Sidenote: Before you leave, always take your dog for a walk. It will tire your furry friend out which means they’ll be much calmer when you leave.
- Consider giving them their own vacation
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If you’re going away on vacation and experiencing something different from the norm then why not give your dog the same luxury too? There are plenty of places that you can take your dog to whilst you’re away and they’ll get to have their very own vacation from home life too! Taking them to a place like Petropolis Pet Resort means they’ll be pampered with more love and attention than even you can manage.
- Keep your dog healthy
Having a healthy dog all year round is of course the best way to ensure peace of mind, but that’s especially the case when you’re away from them and possibly in a different country. Knowing your dog is healthy when you’re gone will stop any worrying that may lead to sleepless nights whilst you’re separated.
- Tackle separation anxiety
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If your dog suffers with separation anxiety then it will benefit them massively if you try to get it under control before you’re actually due to leave. Crate training is a fantastic way to help aid the anxiety they might feel whenever you’re gone. Make it a place of safety and happiness for them by putting their favourite stuffed toys, blankets and food in there.
Ask any dog owner, and they will tell you how tricky the first few weeks of having a pooch is. After all, the puppy is getting used to your new humble abode. And your family is getting to know this fantastic new family member who […]
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Being a busy mom can sometimes be overwhelming. You’re running around more than you ever did yourself as a child and you’re suddenly expected to do a million things at once. You go from being one half in a relationship to being a mom, a friend, a nurse, a counsellor, a teacher, a worrier and so on.
Not only that, but you’re also expected to somehow maintain the same fantastic relationship you had before the kids arrived but with far less sleep, energy and good hair days.
There are times when you just want to relax and not have to juggle multiple things all at once. On top of the washing, cleaning, school runs and whatever else you have on your schedule, you also need to find the time and energy to feed your gorgeous babies (and hungry husband too).
For the times when you are just too tired to cook up a banquet, here are some amazingly simple but delicious ideas for you and the rest of your family to share on a cosy winter night.
- Chicken stir fry
Ah, yes… the tasty but filling meal that’s staple to any busy mom’s diet. You can put together a gorgeous chicken stir fry in just 4 easy steps and have it prepped, cooked and eaten in less than an hour. You’ll also save the pennies instead of ordering a takeaway to get the same asian flavours.
- Oven baked risotto
Who doesn’t love a good risotto? Full of flavour and guaranteed to fill you and your brood up, it’s always a brilliant go to option when you’re rushed for time. You can cook up a simple version of it whilst you get on with the washing or blitz the house – it really is that easy.
- Smooth, creamy soup
A lovely warm bowl of soup on a cold day can be exactly what you and the rest of your family need. They are also usually very healthy because they tend to be packed full with vegetables. Plus they are super filling and so won’t leave anyone reaching for the cupboards afterwards. If you don’t have time to prepare a homemade soup then don’t worry, try out this creamy canned soup for a quick tasty fix instead.
- Macaroni cheese
What could be more filling than a bowl of creamy, baked macaroni cheese? You can have this ready in less than an hour with a quick prep time of twenty minutes – max. The great thing about it is that you always end up with a little too much so you can send the kids and hubby off out the next day with some tasty leftovers – just make sure you save a little extra for you to snack on the next day too!
- Quick and easy chicken burrito
This one will go down with the kids as it’s brimming with flavour and rather cheesy. Another reason why this recipe is great is because you can use leftover chicken from a previous meal (perhaps something you’ve made when you’ve had a little more time). Simply throw together some peppers, onions, avocado and chicken and add to a burrito. Delicious and super easy.
When you have a baby, it’s often the end of your old relationship with your hubby. After all, it changes into a new kind of relationship which is focused more on your new family. And for some couples, they find the transaction difficult. In fact, […]
There are lots of important issues to think about when you raise your children. In fact, you might not have thought about some of them before. Having another person you are completely responsible for makes you consider some things that might not have been on your mind before you had kids. One of the things that some parents worry about is the effect that gender stereotyping can have on their kids. This isn’t just something to worry about if you have little girls, but an issue that might concern you if you have little boys too. If you have daughters, you might worry that they will grow up thinking that they can’t be anything they want to be. You might be concerned that your son could feel unable to express his emotions freely. If these are issues that you think about, you can take steps to try to avoid harmful stereotypes.
Allowing for Fluid Clothes and Dressing Up
One of the things that can influence gender stereotypes for children is clothes. You only have to look at the differences between boys’ and girls’ clothes in a store to see how they are separated. Of course, there are big things like the fact that skirts and dresses are nearly always seen as being for girls. But there are more subtle issues too, which some parents might not notice right away. They can range from the colors on offer, to the fit, characters and even slogans that might be written on clothes. The main thing you can do is allow your child to choose their own clothes for both everyday and for dressing up. Make sure that they know they can wear what they like, as long as it’s appropriate for where you’re going.
Encouraging Different Types of Play
Another way that we can separate children by gender is the way they play and the toys they play with. Just like clothes, toys are often separated by boys’ toys and girls’ toys in stores. More often than not, the girls’ toys are a wall of pink, full of dolls, crafts and other toys that encourage imaginary playing. The boys’ toys might include trucks and cars, action figures, as well as things like science or magic kits. Many boys and girls will play with all sorts of toys up until a certain age. But then they may feel discouraged because they are told that certain toys are for the opposite gender. You can try to play a range of different games and use lots of different toys with your child. Let boys know that they can play with dolls and encourage girls to put on a tool belt.
Another way to take the stereotypes out of playing is to encourage your children to play in mixed-gender groups. Try not to have your daughter only playing with other girls or your son only playing with other boys. This will help to encourage them to do various activities, although you have to be careful that one child doesn’t dominate everything. Girls might encourage boys to take part in make-believe games, while boys might get girls running around more.
Providing Diverse Role Models
If you want to shatter stereotypes and expectations based on gender, try to provide diverse role models for your kids. Of course, they may come from your own life. You might have family members and friends who have successful careers in diverse fields, as well as stay at home parents of both genders. But you should look elsewhere too, including at TV shows. There are characters on TV and in movies, as well as celebrities or real-life business people, who can be excellent examples for your children. Show them that men and women can fulfill different roles in society.
Avoiding Gendered Language
You should also be careful with your own actions, as well as your words. At the same time, you can combat the words of others with your own opinion. Some phrases to watch out for include things like “boys don’t cry” or “that’s not very ladylike.” You should try to examine what some of these phrases might imply. For example, some see “boys will be boys” as a dismissive saying that excuses behavior from boys that girls wouldn’t get away with. In addition to the language of adults, listen carefully to your children. If they’re playing house, does mommy stay at home while daddy goes to work? Do they complain that boys or girls are stupid when someone is being mean to them?
If you want to avoid gender stereotypes for your children, you have to work at it. However, it’s worth it if you want to give your kids the freedom to be themselves.
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