Aug
07

Aging in Place: How to Design a House That Will Fit Your Needs in the Future

Investing in a retirement home is truly a wonderful way to spend your hard-earned money. Your main priority is going to be finding a suitable place that offers an environment to enjoy their later years, but also an environment that can offer them enough care and support.

As the nation’s population ages, accessibility has become an important goal for many new-home buyers seeking to ensure that their homes will continue to fit their needs — or those of aging loved ones — in the future.

Homeowners who plan on aging in place — remain in the home of their choice for as long as they’re able — should incorporate the principles of universal design into the home. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) defines universal design as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”

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Plan for Future Needs

Karen Smith is an occupational therapist who holds the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation from the NAHB. When Smith purchased a new home about a year ago, she decided it was time to start to age in place herself.

Smith purchased a 2,000-square-foot home in Dagsboro, Del., from Ryan Homes. The house has two stories, but the 61-year-old Smith uses the upstairs bedroom and bath for her home office, preferring to have her office space separated from the main living quarters of her home. “I thought the upstairs could become a caretaker’s quarters if that possibility happened,” she says. “Or for family members who come to visit who are able-bodied.”

Read more: https://www.newhomesource.com/resourcecenter/articles/aging-in-place-how-to-design-a-house-that-will-fit-your-needs-in-the-future

 

Aug
04

Choose the Best Potty Chair for Your Child

The quest for an ideal potty chair must start as soon as the child has begun to show a desire for the potty training process. You should shop early, since there are a huge quantity of potty chairs on the market these days. There are many essential items that each parent must buy, but a potty chair is probably the most critical of those purchases. It is important for parents to find the right potty chair, and the right chair may make the entire process of potty training a lot easier and far less of a hassle.

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We start with the basic potty chairs. They’re low budget but will often be what he will only need. They are usually made of molded plastic and so are intended to be dumped to the toilet. This is rinsed after use. Since these are low priced, it’s easy to obtain several potty seat. By having multiple seats, you’ve got them readily available in various areas of the house. You can find these to be available in numerous colors. Additionally, there are the extravagant and high-end potty seat models. Some are similar to the basic chairs however with your child’s favorite cartoon characters. A few have fancier designs. Others have incorporated a fantastic reward system such those who change colors with successful use.

Potty seats could have a safety issue attached to them. You will need to provide a step stool of some kind for your child to ascend onto the training seat safely. Some children love this, but some toddlers intensely dislike this part of utilizing a toilet seat; in fact, they’re downright scared.

If your little one is a huge fan of a particular character like Dora The Explorer (TM) or Elmo (TM), you may want to buy a potty chair with a sticker of her favorite. Of course you can also embellish any basic potty with a few stickers. This will make it a lot easier to persuade a stubborn kid to give potty training a try. Just tell her Dora send the chair and said it was time to get out of diapers.

When you have a few days or even weeks to choose a potty chair, look around. You’ll find some good sales on potty chairs both at your local department and discount stores and of course online. Shopping around can create a huge difference if you (or your child) have your heart focused on a more expensive model.

Once again, be very consistent and patient. Very soon, you are well on track to become a parent of a diaper-free child.

 

Jul
25

Why I Don’t Curse in Front of My Kids

Kids don’t get stressed out because their parents disagree but they do get stressed out when the intensity, frequency and nastiness of the disagreements are severe. But as much as you can, don’t show your kids that you are so cursing because it might cause a negative effect on him/her.

Constance Hall, an Australian mom blogger, has gotten a lot of attention and a lot of likes (over 28,000) for a viral post she wrote about cursing in front of her kids. If you read the entire post, it’s actually less about cursing than about teaching your kids to be respectful and kind to each other, and, hey, who doesn’t agree with that? But some of the conversations her post has generated seem to play into the idea that to be a really cool mom, you have to pepper your everyday speech with every version of the F word you can think of.

Then I guess I’m the least cool mom on the planet.

Oh sure, I’ve let out the occasional, “Oh, sh##” when I’ve stubbed my toe tripping over a wayward backpack (to much gasping and giggling from my kids), but I have never intentionally used a curse word in front of them. I believe words are incredibly powerful and uniquely hurtful, and I believe it’s a very slippery slope between using the F word as an adjective (“I’m so f***ing mad about that mess you made the kitchen”) to using it as a weapon (“F**k you!”).

One non-negotiable rule we have in our home is that everyone must speak respectfully to each other. The result is, my kids may bicker (put two adolescent girls into one bedroom and see the sparks fly), but I have never heard them call each other anything worse than “butthead,” a term of endearment they picked up from binge-watching The Wonder Years. Do I think my kids never hear a curse word or use one when they’re at school or with friends? Of course not. They live in the real world. But I do think they are far less likely to use those words, since they do not slip out naturally or easily.

Read more: https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/kids-parenting/cursing-with-kids

 

Jul
17

All About Pets and Kids

Kids and pets often become a heady cocktail and are great partners in crime! Dogs can be wonderful teachers, playmates and friends to children, teaching them responsibility, respect, patience and more.

It’s no wonder your tot is tailing the family fur balls. After all, what small child could resist a life-sized stuffed toy that doesn’t just sit there but actually bounds around and barks (or pads around and purrs)? The trouble is, of course, while you can understand what’s motivating your toddler to chase the dog and cat, unless you’ve got Dr. Dolittle’s talent for talking to the animals, there’s no way you can explain to them why that annoying pint-sized person keeps yanking at their fur and poking at their eyes. If Spot growls and bares his teeth and Kitty hisses and shows her claws, you can hardly blame them.

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That being the case, it’s going to take a combination of vigilance on your part and some lessons on basic pet-safety rules to keep your tot from getting nipped or scratched. Here are some keys to a peaceful (and safe) kingdom of pets and kids:

Remember the first rule for pets and kids: Never ever leave a toddler alone with a dog or cat, no matter how sweet and gentle the animal is.

Divide the pets and kid(s). Use a baby gate to keep your dog out of whatever room your child is in. Better yet, crate your canine when you need to create some distance between him and your child. Not only is this an effective way to separate the two of them, your pup will probably appreciate it: If he’s stressed out from being chased around, his crate will feel like a safe haven.

Read more:  https://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler/ask-heidi/pets-and-kids.aspx

 

May
28

How Being a Stay at Home Mom Hurt My Kids

A working at home mom might be beneficial in some areas where you can still take care of your kids and your home. However it also has disadvantages that we should be aware of. Learn how to avoid this and learn some of the mistakes caused by my stay-at-home life.

Let me say from the start that I’m not throwing stones at other’s choices. I’ve been a player in the unavoidable mommy wars for long enough to know that every choice has benefits and drawbacks. It’s hard to be a stay-at-home mom. It’s hard to be a working mom. It’s double the trouble, none of the fun to be a work-from-home mom. This is not a “grass is always greener” post. This is also not a post about regret. I don’t regret the time that I spent staying home. Those were some of the greatest days of my life. But I also have enough distance from those days to see some of the mistakes that seemed to be built into my stay-at-home life.

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My kids became lazy and overly dependent.

I heard it said once that a mother is the sun around which her children revolve like planets. While that’s an idyllic word picture, the sun never gets to take a day off without major planetary consequences. One day without the sun would result in people freezing to death followed by cataclysmic destruction as celestial bodies without gravity crash into one another. That scene is precisely what was happening at my house anytime I dared to be anything but fully present. In my stay-at-home role, I allowed myself to become too valuable and far too central to the success of the home and my children.

While every mother wants to be needed, you can quickly reach a point of diminishing returns. I reached that point somewhere between realizing that my children had never cleaned a bathroom and realizing that they couldn’t match their own socks. I had been doing those things for them—usually with the purist intentions of love and sacrifice—because I had plenty of time to devote to such things. In return, they had been living a life of luxury and were drastically missing age-appropriate skills.

Read more:  http://www.parenting.com/family-time/work/how-being-stay-home-mom-hurt-my-kids

 

Apr
22

7 Ways to Wean your Child off Video Games

Is your kid addicted to video games? This is one of the biggest struggles of every parent. Sometimes it’s hard to say no to our kids but it’s really important to remind them that too much of anything is bad. How do we deal with our kids when it comes to this?

The appeal of today’s ubiquitous video games is based on sound value – the games are fun, the action is fast, the challenges are inviting. Yet when kids and teens spend time in front of small screens – whether it’s the TV, computer or hand-held games – it takes away from the time they could spend playing sport, learning other skills or enjoying active play.

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When children constantly receive their entertainment through computer games, they develop an increasing desire for instant entertainment which decreases their attention span and hurts their listening skills. And while studies link excessive gaming with conditions like depression, anxiety and social phobia, simple common sense dictates that too much time spent playing online games is counter-productive to a child’s healthy growth and development.

The goal of a frustrated parent should not be to remove the child’s access to these activities, but to help the child find balance between time spent using these devices and time spent in independent activity, outdoor experiences in nature, and plenty of physical activity which a growing body craves.

What not to do

It is surprising that many articles which discuss strategies to reduce video-gaming time suggest “tiger-mom” measures such as removing the computer from the child’s room, installing access-limiting software, or simply pulling the plug on the computer. These methods, in my opinion, are confrontational, and send a message that the child lacks self-control. Pulling the plug will only drive your child elsewhere, perhaps to a friend’s house where controls are less strict.

 

Read more: http://learn.eartheasy.com/2011/02/7-ways-to-wean-your-child-off-video-games/

Apr
05

9 Important Strategies for Raising Children in a World of Technology

In this new generation it’s really hard to cope up with our kids. They are greatly influence by the new technologies or social medias. And too much use of them will somehow result into conflicts within the family.  So how do we manage our kids in a world of technology?

“We refuse to turn off our computers, turn off our phone, log off Facebook, and just sit in silence, because in those moments we might actually have to face up to who we really are.” —Jefferson Bethke

Recently, Allison Slater Tate wrote an important article in the Washington Post: Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything. 

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Allison articulates and draws attention to a unique struggle facing our generation of parents. Namely, how to raise children in an age of technology.

She sums up our current challenge like this:

My generation, it seems, had the last of the truly low-tech childhoods, and now we are among the first of the truly high-tech parents…

When it comes to parenting, I find this middle place extremely uncomfortable, because I know what childhood and adolescence were like before the Internet, but all my parenting models came from that era…

Technology wins the prize for being the trickiest parenting challenge I have faced.

Parents today know the decisions we make for our kids concerning technology are important—but entirely without context.

Our conversations on the sidelines at soccer games about these issues are never based on proven experience (When I was a kid, my mom used to…). Instead, it is based on guesswork and the little wisdom we have gained (Well, this is what we have decided to do. What about you guys?).

 

Read more: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/ikids/

 

Mar
17

4 things you can do to help your child learn at the playground

Most children do not get enough physical activity these days. With schools eliminating their physical education programs and kids spending more time watching TV and playing video games, it is no wonder childhood obesity at an all-time high (and still climbing). You have to encourage them and help them get physical activities.

 

Parents are very much encouraged to be involved in their children’s activities, especially during play. By playing with them, you get to strengthen your relationship with them, participate in activities that they like, and encourage impromptu learning opportunities.

Even time at the playground can offer many opportunities for you to bond with your child. Playing at the playground and chasing playmates may sound meaningless. On the contrary, there is actually a lot of learning taking place.

In order to move around structures successfully, children need to develop their motor skills and spatial awareness to have strong muscles and learn to be mindful of their bodies in that space. They also practice social skills such as communication and turn-taking when playing with their friends. Parental involvement can further enhance the quality of your child’s learning at the playground.

Mrs. Wong*, a parent of three children, said that she usually uses her phone to check her emails while her children are playing at the playground. Mr. Tan*, a member of the pioneer generation, also noticed that parents are very focused on their phones at the playground and do not engage with their children.

You may think that there is a certain limit to what you can do with your children at the playground but here are four ideas that you can take with you when you head to the playground with your kids!

 

1. Documenting Your Children at Play

Observe your children’s play and take pictures and videos of your children as they are playing. These pictures and videos give you an opportunity to look back at those memories fondly.

Share these pictures and videos with your children and show them what they did at the playground. You can also use it to talk with them about their play experiences.

 

2. Reflecting with Children about their Play Experiences

Mrs. Wong* also shared that play can be about engaging children in conversations. As a parent, she listens to her children when they are talking about their play experiences. Mrs. Devi*, an early childhood educator, highlighted that parents should give sufficient time for children to

Mar
14

5 things you should know about premature menopause

A woman who experiences menopausal symptoms as early as 40 (or even earlier) can be said to be prematurely menopausal. On average, menopause comes when a woman hits the age of 50.

 

Premature menopause—defined as the permanent cessation of a woman’s menstrual period before the age of 40—can be a devastating blow. While the majority of women can expect to deal with the “change of life” around 51, about 1 percent of women between 30 and 39 will experience the menopausal transition earlier than expected.

The hardest part for many of them? The loss of fertility during their childbearing years, on top of the many uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms of menopause—including hot flashes and mood swings.

Symptoms of premature menopause
The absence of monthly periods for more than one year—before the age of 40—signals that a woman is likely in menopause.

Hot flashes and night sweats are very common, and can lead to difficulties with sleeping.

Memory and concentration difficulties may also crop up.

Urination can also become more frequent and even uncomfortable.

These symptoms, coupled with decreased libido, can also lead to mood swings and irritability. A dramatic decrease in the female sex hormone, estrogen, is responsible for the majority of the issues  experienced during this time.

Causes of premature menopause
Women are born with the all the eggs they will every have—approximately one million. At the time of her first period, a woman has about 400,000 eggs left. By the time she is 30, 10 percent of her eggs remain. By 40, only 3 percent are left.

 

Read more: http://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancy/fertility/5-things-you-should-know-about-premature-menopause/

Mar
03

Essential Information for Employing Security Guards

It is extremely understandable that you want to ensure the protection of you and your loved ones. By using a home security system, you’ll accomplish the wisest choice in ensuring the safety and peace of mind in knowing that while your eyes are closed or you are at work, your home is within watchful eye. The problem in terms of home security is, picking the best option for yourself. Regrettably, the process can be very draining if you do not have help or an expert guiding you through the process. Here are just some tips to help you through buying process.

Check on the level of Security

Selecting the most appropriate security services isn’t always easy although there are innumerable companies in the same field of operation. A web-based research may provide all the relevant details regarding guard services. These websites display extensive information on the sort of services offered by the security personnel, testimonial of the company and the clients. Nonetheless, you should conduct an intensive background check prior to hiring the services of any security company.

Consider backgrounds

Some providers will hire any guard with the requisite licensing to meet contract requirements. Search for providers that get for military and law enforcement backgrounds. The skills and experience learned from these career backgrounds make sure a guard that knows not only how to rise to the occasion when the situation dictates but additionally tells you that this individual knows just what selfless service entails. These individuals will go above and beyond in order to ensure the safety and security of your house!

Verify the credentials

Prior to hiring the security guys, make certain you confirm their credentials. This verification will involve a detailed background check of the person that you are about to hire. Even though it is time consuming, this verification is a necessary method that needs to be followed.

Look at Customer testimonials

Don’t forget, at the very least, reliable companies will supply testimonials from happy customers and referrals who you can contact Not just should you learn about the company and security guard requirements, but you should learn specifics about the operation, like the way the dispatch center works, where the center(s) are located, what’s the plan if there is some sort of power failure or disruption of service, and what’s the company’s relationship with the local authorities.

Interview the candidates

Selecting security guards must include interviewing every candidate personally to get a better idea about their skills. Even when you are routing your request through a security agency, ensure that you get the opportunity to interact with the candidates before you take the final decision.

Clarify the terms of the contract

Make sure to lay out precisely what you expect of your security guard before you agree to terms. He must know very well what his job entails and what he is responsible for and you need to make it clear what you are paying him to do.