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If you grew up with a pet, then no doubt you will have many happy memories of the time you had together. As it happens, just over sixty percent of American homes have a pet, meaning we are a nation that loves animals. However, there are still just under forty percent of homes that have no pet at all. With all of the benefits that come from raising children around pets, then it seems quite a sad statistic. If you’re not convinced about raising your children around animals, then here are some ideas and reason to get you inspired.
- Children that grow up around a pet are reported to have fewer health problems, especially when it comes to respiratory problems. So if you’re putting off getting a pet cat or dog because of them shedding, then it won’t be affecting your health as you might have thought.
- Pets can teach children responsibility. If they have a dog that needs to be walked or a fish that needs to be fed each day, then it gives them responsibility over that pet. This is an important lesson for us all to learn, so why not when they are young? Seeing the consequences of their actions, in both a positive and negative way, is also a good life lesson.
- Teaching children empathy and to have a nurturing side to them is also an important lesson that can be a result of having pets. Like us, our pets will get sick from time to time. But being able to care for a sick pet can be a great lesson for our children. Plus, if you have to give medication to your pet, such as equine laminitis treatment for your horse or an anti-tick and flea treatment for a dog, it requires time and patience. All good things to be learning when our children are younger.
- Studies have shown that children that grow up with a close animal companion are likely to have much higher self-esteem. You can see from some of the points above, that improved self-esteem could come from the things children learn as they have a pet; a kind of feeling of independence. It could just be that having a pet makes them more confident and like they are never alone. Either way, it is not going to be a bad thing for them.
- If you have children that are on the autistic spectrum or are diagnosed with ADHD, then having a pet at home, or a therapy dog has been shown to help them gain more confidence. It has also been recorded to show that autistic children’s speech and communication can be improved with a pet, as well as lowering their blood pressure.
If you’re thinking of getting a pet for your family, then as you can see, it is pretty much a no-brainer! Not only do they help in all of the ways mentioned above, but they also help to create a sense of fun at home as your children will always have a playmate that can feel just like part of the family.
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Post-partum, mothers and fathers the world over are TIRED. There is no other word for it. A tiny fireball has entered their lives and turned everything out of sync and upside down, and the only feeling that most new parents manage to identify is sheer exhaustion. Did you know that sleep deprivation was used as a torture method in the war? Well, welcome to torture! It’s only when you have a new baby in the house that you truly understand what exhaustion is. So, a new mother is generally weepy, overwhelmed, exhausted and in need of a good and hot shower to wake up and feel like a human being again instead of a milk machine. Because of this, it’s up to you fathers out there to pick up the reins of being a couple as well as parents. This is sometimes a difficult feat; the exhaustion we mentioned can skew the brain and the only thing you can think about is the next snatch of sleep.
Injecting a little romance back into your life after a baby is something you need to do slowly. A six-week check for Mom happens first, and baby needs to get into a routine of feeding and sleeping. Contraception is always discussed at the six-week check, but what you need to do is get yourself back in the groove as a couple without pressing the issue. Sex after a baby can feel like the last thing on the mind of a new Mom, and new Dads can end up feeling rejected, even when it’s not intended. You can do as much clothes shopping, manscaping and beard trimming as you like, but if Mom isn’t ready to get back on the horse – so to speak – you need to show her romance in other ways. Take the baby so she can have a catch-up nap. Run her a bubble bath to relax in. Support her by cutting up her food while she is breastfeeding. Change the dirty diapers and put on a load of baby washing so that she feels like you’re getting involved.
All these small gestures to show her you care actually warm a mother in ways you couldn’t imagine. Sex may not be on the cards the initial days after a baby, for either of you, but there are ways to be romantic without going the distance. A new baby changes your life, and it’s up to you to make sure that Mom feels like you are equally as invested in this little game changer as she is. Make those little gestures and she will fall more in love with you than she did before.
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The first thing you’re going to need to find is the right barware. To make drinks, you need to serve them in glasses, so make sure you figure out the styles you want to work with. You may decide to choose the shape and style based on your favorite drinks or even the look of the glass. Either way, make sure you shop around and find glassware that’s not only fitting for the drinks it will hold but the look of your bar cart overall.
An Ice Bucket
Next, you’re going to need an ice bucket. Whether you’re serving up shorts or classic cocktails, your guests or even yourself might like an ice cube or two with their order. Although you could run back and forth to the freezer, if you want your cart to look the part, you should find a nice ice bucket that will sit well with the style and work with your glassware too.
Then you need to think about the actual drinks stock that you’re working with. For starters, you’re going to need the base of most of your drinks: the spirits. Now, you may want to work with a wide selection that looks good on your cart, but you also need to ensure that you only select the spirits that you will use – it would be a waste otherwise. At this point, you may even want to research some fun cocktail recipes, so you know what spirits you will need to make them. As a start, a whiskey, gin, and vodka would work well.
With your research in mind, you then need to pick out the perfect mixers too. Be sure to pick out the juices or flavorings you will need, as well as sodas or flavored sparkling water for non-drinkers. They often give a lovely finish to your cart too, particularly when the bottles are quite eye-catching and work with the style you’re channelling.
And finally, you’re going to need to work with some set accessories for your cart too. Not only do they help to style your bar cart out nicely, but you may also need them. So compile a list of straws, napkins, stirring spoons, some prongs for the ice, a bottle opener, and maybe even a wine stopper if you think you may need them. Then, all that’s left to do is shop and style away.
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