No matter what, we all have a family. From our parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family right through to our partners, children and grandchildren of our own in later life, family plays an important role throughout the course of life. Our family is a vital support network, one which provides us with all-important love, care, sympathy and words of kindness. Families should be there to help you out in your time of need – after all, who else will know you better than your close family!
To begin with, extended family is the original and best parenting assistance service there is. Even if you don’t get on with your in-laws now, after having a baby, you will appreciate them being around and helping to look after your child. Thankfully I do get on with my in-laws and I know I am lucky as they have helped me a lot along this parenthood journey. Becoming a parent is both the most rewarding and the most challenging thing you will ever have to do, as each stage brings with it its own set of challenges.
When you’re moving home, there are a lot of important factors that you need to take into consideration. This is especially true if you’re raising a young family. If you’re moving outside of your local area, you’ll need to make sure that your new location is suitable for your children. To move home is an extremely expensive process, it can also cause a large amount of upheaval for your family. That is why it is so vital that you make the right decision. Luckily, there are ways for you to take control of the situation. Below are five steps for moving to an area that is good for your kids.
As a parent, you’ll spend hours of your life interacting with your children. From the moment they appear and flip your world upside down, those little smiles and telling looks will make all the difference. Even when your child doesn’t seem incredibly responsive, they’re taking things in, ingesting what they can see, and learning all the time. Communication is so powerful, and it’s such an important way to build relationships and get to know your children. If you find it difficult to break down barriers or you’re looking for new ways to interact with your kids and make the learning experience more fun, this guide should come in handy.
Whether you are a new mum or a veteran mum, picking out a crib mattress is one of the toughest decisions you are going to make. I say this because there are so many varieties on the market and it’s what your child is going to sleep on for at least 2 years. It’s important that the mattress fits the crib, doesn’t add to the SIDS risk that newborns are prone to, and you have to make sure it’s firm enough. You shouldn’t just go out and buy the first one you see on sale. Let me show you what to look for in a good crib mattress.
If you are currently gearing up to have a ‘big talk’ about the future with your elderly parents, you’re probably feeling a bit nervous about the outcome. Thankfully, I do not have to worry about this as both of my parents are in their 50’s, but it does make me worry about how things will be. Especially as I have watched how things with my GrandFathers have developed over the years, it’s difficult. It’s an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved. While making decisions on behalf of a mentally diminished parent can be emotionally draining, there are fewer worries about how to approach the situation and how to bring up the subject of outside care. With cognitively able parents, it can be tough just getting past the mental barrier that says ‘I’m the child. I can’t be in charge of this.’
The NSPCC has been announced as the official charity partner for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 – a year that also marks 30 years of the charity’s ChildLine service. Did you know that only 3 out of 4 children that call up for help are getting it at the moment? They’re asking our runners to raise £2.3 million to help them recruit and train more counsellors to reduce waiting times and ensure they can provide support to every child who needs them, however and whenever they choose to get in touch. Every step, every mile, will help them keep every child safe from abuse. So what are you doing in 2016?
When I was pregnant with Noah I wasn’t sure about breastfeeding, I didn’t “feel” like I wanted to breastfeed and I can’t explain why! It might be because I had never been around people that breastfed, or that were breastfeeding in front of me – I really don’t know! All I do know is that I tried to breastfeed and I know in my heart of hearts (because of how well Isla is doing) that I didn’t give it a proper chance with Noah and I should have persevered. If I had of given it a few more days then I am sure that I would have breastfed Noah for a lot longer than I did. I didn’t realise that for the first couple of weeks they use you to get your body into a routine of what milk they need and this means that they might feed a little more often than the “4” hour routine. I didn’t realise many things to be honest and I now know it was all down to the support that I had, or didn’t have. It’s not that I wasn’t offered support, I remember my antenatal classes and they tell you about support groups […]
Preparing for the arrival of your little one can be a huge undertaking and can often bring worry and stress to you at a time when you should be trying to enjoy your pregnancy, relaxing and maybe even putting your feet up! Here, experts from The Baby Show offer guidance and advice for expectant parents so you can begin your incredible journey to parenthood with only ease and excitement. The Baby Show is taking place at London Excel between Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February. Get Organised Being prepared and organised is the first step in making a stress-free environment for your newborn. Sit down and plan exactly what you think you need for your baby and write a list as it allows you to carefully think things through and consider what you really do need. Ask for help Having a baby is wonderful but it can also be quite daunting and confusing so don’t be afraid to ask others for their opinion. Ask friends and family their recommendations on products and key milestones, they will often offer advice that you may not have even thought of. There are always experts on hand to help and you can often find […]