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When it comes to your child’s birthday, you want to lavish them with love and attention on their special day. However, this doesn’t mean you need to empty your bank balance to show them how much you care. Birthday’s can be expensive, particularly when your kids are desperate for the latest toys and games, but you can save some money when it comes to the meal plan for the birthday party.
Here are a few ways you can still give your kids a great party without spending a fortune.
Have a shorter guest list
There is a tendency for parents to invite everybody from their child’s class in fear of leaving somebody out and offending other mom’s. By doing this, you are racking up a fortune, especially when you try and take into account every child’s dietary needs which could include all kinds of intolerances and allergies. Instead, ask your child who their closest friends are. By inviting only a few people, you are going to cut down on your food bill while allowing your child to build on those special friendships.
Make your own pizzas
For starters, store bought pizzas are unhealthy and contain fats, sugars, and salts which are not good for anybody. A cheaper and healthier alternative is to make your own pizza, with fresh ingredients and your own dough. You can even turn this into a bonding exercise with your child and let them create a pizza with you, or maybe turn pizza making into one of the party activities. Fussy kids are more likely to eat something they have made themselves, and it will cut down on buying other unnecessary foods and snacks.
Let them eat cake
Buying the most expensive cake from the bakery is pointless. No matter how nice it looks, once it has been cut up into pieces and eaten, you will only have the crumbs as evidence of your hard earned cash. Buy something cheaper from Costco as they can look as nice as any other cake you can buy elsewhere. You can even order Costco cakes online, with whatever decoration and fillings you require.
Buy supplies early
A little bit of planning goes a long way, especially when it comes to food. Bulk buy anything you know you are going to need, such as bottles of drink and snacks. Make room in your kitchen for your birthday supplies, and keep adding to them until the day of the party. As many stores also have special offers, take advantage when you see them, but be mindful not to buy anything with early sell-by dates.
Go for a picnic
Rather than stay indoors, head out somewhere scenic such as the local park and have a picnic. Not only is this a great way to get the kids some fresh air, but it also means you don’t have to cater for all the other children. The other moms should pack their own food for their kids, or you could suggest a bring and share picnic where you all dig into each other’s offerings.
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Taking care of a pet is an enormous responsibility. Of course, it’s also an essential responsibility for families in millions of households across the country. Learning to take on some of the tasks involved in pet care is a challenge for small children. But as they approach double figures or those tween years, it can be used as a valuable opportunity to help your child to understand what is involved. So how can you start to encourage your child to take on a more active role in taking care of your dog?
Should I Supervise?
It’s important to remember that all children and pets should be supervised at all times when they’re together. That means you need to take the time to show your kids the best approach to common tasks like grooming and feeding. The bigger the breed of pooch, the more challenging walking can be for smaller framed people like children. However, learning how to walk your trained dog responsibly can still be a good idea. If your dog or puppy hasn’t been fully trained yet, wait until this is complete before encouraging your kids to get more involved in their care.
Dog Training First
Ideally, your dog’s behavior should be pretty predictable and consistent. If your whole family knows your pet well, then you’re less likely to be doing things you know your dog doesn’t like. Start with feeding. It’s good to explain why food is measured or weighed out. You can raise issues like healthy diets that relate to our own lives. Talk a little about the nutrition label on the foods you use. Remember to explain the importance of fresh water every day. Perhaps you have a set time of day for feeding your dog. Can your tween take this job over now?
You should groom to keep the fur in good condition as well as to help your pooch look his best. Learning how to groom your dog properly is very important. Washing or bathing is an important part of their hair and skin care too. Of course, ultimately, it’s about good hygiene for the whole family. Talk to your child about dirt in the furniture and carpets too. How can you work together to avoid things around the home becoming unhygienic? Don’t forget – there are some parts of his body that your dog might not like to be touched. Make sure your tween is well aware of this!
Maybe Not THAT Bit
It’s not necessary to ask your child to pick up your dog’s mess. Instead, accompany your child when you go out to the dog park so you can manage it. The type of activities your tween can get involved in is behavior management. Teach her to call the dog back successfully and provide her with a plan of action if your dog becomes distracted. Talk about the importance of paying attention to other dogs and their owners too. One of the most important skills your tween can learn is to reattach the harness or lead quickly should she need to bring the dog back.
These early lessons will soon progress to an in-depth knowledge. Your child will have the skills they need to care for your pets. And they’ll soon be big enough to manage on their own! How do you teach your kids to become more involved in pet care?
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It’s a common misconception that dogs love attention. Not every dog is the same, just as all of us humans aren’t. Every dog needs a little bit of alone time, and it’s vital for their development and contentment that they get it. Having a busy household with children can be an immense stress factor for pet dogs, although they may not show it until they’ve had the final straw and snapped at somebody who was undeserving. It can be hard to read the signals for wanting some peace and quiet, especially as most of them can be mixed up with human emotion equivalents – but a dog ‘smiling’ is definitely not the same as us beaming at something that makes us happy. So what do we need to do to ensure that our furry friends are getting the time out they deserve?
Give Them A Designated Safe Space
You may find that, over time, you dog has found a nice quiet space for them to settle and relax in. It may still be quite open, so you could consider purchasing them an indoor dog house beforehand to really give them their own domain. There are reviews for the best ones for your house size and budgets on sites such as pawcastle.com, so you won’t be stuck to find one to suit your needs. This also highlights to those visiting your house and children that may be too young to understand the whole concept that it is a safe space for your dog.
Read The Signals
When a dog yawns, we mostly assume that it’s tired. This can be true in some situations, but it can also be an indicator of stress. Lips curling up into a smile may look friendly, but it’s again a stress signal that your dog is giving out. Bowing down into the ground as much as they can may read as a cute sign to play or be petted, but taking into consideration the circumstances that have come before this can determine whether the dog wants to have fun or feels threatened. Single out what the perceived threat is and leave the dog alone to come back round – give them a good amount of time to get back to rights.
Quit The Noise
While it may seem like some dogs thrive in a noisy household with so much going on, depending on the breed quite the opposite can be true. Herding dogs such as Australian Shepherds are great protectors of their owners, and they are constantly listening out for danger. Anything that gets in the way of hearing what they need to hear can be an unwelcome distraction. A lot of the time, loud noises such as music can cause noise anxiety in dogs. When a dog howls along to music, it is not singing along; it is an instinct left in by wolves, and it is howling back to the pack. The lack of pack appearing can often be a trigger to a certain stress, which is often disregarded.
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