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The Homestead: Tips for Finding the Best Place to Raise a Family

It’s probably true when they say that ‘home is where your heart is’ or ‘where we are, that’s home.’ However, homes is still where it’s safe enough to raise a family; near enough to shops and restaurants; and close enough to schools or where you work. In short, home is where a good site is.

Location is just one of the many factors people consider when finding their next home. Let’s explore the other factors.

1: Combined household income

One thing that people consider when looking for a home is the price—not just the price of the house, but the price of living in that area. You have to live in that area without breaking the bank. That’s one of the biggest issues families are facing now, which is why people tend to move into the suburbs instead of choosing urban living.

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2: Housing availability

Many houses in the suburbs are mostly taken by the bank during the years the Recession happened. However, prices in the urban centers have gone up in recent years. This is partly the reason people are moving into the suburbs from urban centers; hence, the lack of housing for others who want to move here.

3: The daily commute

When you’re searching for a home you might have considered how you’re going to get to work or to school. If you find that the transportation in that place is terribly lacking, you should consider other alternatives. Sometimes, the price is not worth it if you’re going to sacrifice location, which should be on the top of your list if you’re searching for a new home.

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4: The schools

This is important if you’re raising a family. Fortunately, there are many places across the US where education is high priority. If you don’t find a school near where you live, the next thing you should look out for are bus stops and transportation. If not, the school nearest you usually has transportation in store for your children.

5: Safety of your family

Far too many children have gone missing and a lot of families have fallen victim to criminals for you not to consider this as an important factor. There are some places in the US where crime has gone down. If you’re looking for a place to settle down, find a place where you won’t be scared for your family when it gets dark.

There are still a lot of other things you should consider if you’re building a home for your family. These are on top of your mind when you’re looking for a home. It isn’t that hard to find a home if you value their safety, security, and ease of living first.

Happy Kids, Happy Life: How to Raise Happy Adults from Children

One of the many things parents want for their children is to be happy or, specifically, to live a happy life. This is not as easy to achieve, not if you don’t know what to do. Many people have different ideas of happiness and with that, they also have different ways and stuff that they want to make them happy. Children, albeit simpler, are the same.

What exactly do children need to be happy? We break it down to these few simple tips.

First tip: For them to be happy, their parent has to be happy

Happiness is infectious. Haven’t you heard of the saying that a happy person infects a room of persons with normal feelings? If you want your children to have happy dispositions, you have to be happy yourself. A large number of happy adults owe a happy, memorable childhood to parents who know how to have fun.

Second tip: Be friendly yourself, and they will be friendly

Do you have relationships both in and out of work? This is an important question to ask because it is a trait that may be imitated by your child. Generally, a friendly parent will always have a child who emulates the same friendship they see. Therefore, it’s important to guide your child in this by being friendly and cordial yourself.

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Third tip: Teach them about real life

Life has its ups and downs and often, you find yourself in more downs than ups. It’s how you get through these down times that define your happiness. If you know how to get through the hard times, it tends to reflect off you and on your children. If you already taught them how to be happy, you should also teach them that life gets you sad at times, but it’s okay.

Fourth tip: Praise excellence; cheer them up even when they fail

Everybody loves a winner. However, children who are no strangers to failure have a hard time if not for parents who support them, faults and all. If you want your child to grow up happy and confident, don’t instill in them the fear of failure. Instead, teach them that it’s okay to fail, but make sure that they know what they should learn from it and instill in them the need to be better next time.

Fifth tip: Let them be children

Child celebrities often suffer when they grow up because they had a strange, adult-like childhood. When your child is young, you should always let them be children. Don’t make them grow up too fast by stifling their play time; that’s when they learn how to explore and develop their thinking. More play time means more time for discoveries and a childhood fulfilled.

It’s not that hard to be a parent. It’s okay to fail, but always remember to think of your child first before yourself. It’s only then that you may be able to call yourself a good parent.

The Secret to Happy-ness: Tips on Raising a Happy Family

When summer arrives, as an adult, what do you remember? Do you remember going to the beach, playing games, and swimming with your parents? Do you remember visiting your grandparents and playing games with your cousins as well as the family?

Well, if you do, you’re lucky. You’ve had a complete childhood and your family was happy.

While you don’t need memories like those to say that your family is happy, having them is a sign that your parents did their best to raise you to be happy. It’s also one way of keeping a family happy, as is seen in these tips below.

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A|Set a Family play date

Some families don’t feel happy at all because they’re always at odds with each other. A big reason for this is because they don’t really know each other at all. If you want to get closer to your children, set some time for them. You can set family playtime where you huddle around and play a board game or spend some time at the park, playing ball or anything of the sort.

B|Acknowledge discoveries, no matter how trivial they are

A big percentage of adult knowledge stems from experiences in their childhood when their parents tried to explain things to them. When you find your child curious about the stars and the planets or the birds and the bugs in the garden, encourage this. You can try to explain them to the best of your abilities. It’s another way of bonding with your children.

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C|Make family meal time sacred but fun

Another reason children grow up to be disconnected from their parents is because they lack connections. One more connection you can create is to have meals where everyone sits at the table but talks to each other. You can also add a little spice to it to make it memorable for the children when they’re young. It’ll be another happy memory for them when they grow up.

D|Be friends with their friends

Strictness and authority is important when dealing with your children, but not so much that you shut them out from discovering who you are. This is another way of creating a bridge to connect with them. Learn what they like, and support that. If they’re into sports, try to install or build spaces for that. If they’re into art, support that. It’s also important because they might invite friends over; when you discover who their friends are, you discover who they are too.

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E|Teach them to be grateful for everything

Children might turn out spoiled and bitter in life, but not if they know why they have what they have. Instill in them a sense of gratitude and they’ll turn out fine. One way of doing this is to have a time in the day when they thank someone for everything they have. This is usually an activity where you come together in faith or when you just complement each other.

Parenting can either be very hard or very simple. When you know your children and teach them how to be good, that’s when you make parenting easier for you.

Watch what you Eat: Raising up Healthy Children through Food

Children are notoriously picky eaters.

That’s not an understatement. When given the choice between junk food and celery, children will almost always choose the junk food. It’s important then to have a diet that instills health in them, but one that they will also choose on their own to each.

This is one way of letting them develop an appetite for that food on their own. Here are the other ways on how you can do it.

Idea/ Grain on Pizza

No kid in his or her sane mind would say no to pizza, but they might think twice about this one. Instead of purely meat, you substitute that with healthier choices—like say, vegetables, leafy greens, as well as fresh tomatoes on to of tomato sauce. You can also replace the crust with a grain base and the sauce with pesto.

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Idea/ Grain Cookies

Children will always choose cookies over anything else, so incorporate something healthy to those sweets. Instead of the usual chocolate chips, you can change it up with raisin or oatmeal. Just make sure that your kids aren’t allergic to raisin; otherwise, you can always have them eating with oatmeal on your cookies.

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It’s sin without the extra sugar. You can bake a cake using cinnamon, nuts, whole wheat flour and yogurt. When it’s done, it looks like and tastes like the real thing without all the calories. You’ll be feeding something healthy to your kids and at the same time, you won’t feel guilty about feeding them junk food. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone.

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Idea/ Mushroom burgers

Try to wean them in with some vegetarian burgers made with mushroom. If your child plays Mario or is a video game fanatic, you can get in some bonus points and say that the patty is created using the same mushroom in that game that makes Mario grow. Serve them between buns made of whole wheat and you can also add in some sweet potato fries on the side.

Idea/ A coconut and banana mix

If they’re really craving for sugar, give them a treat by using fruits rich in natural glucose. Marinate and coat the banana and the coconuts with sea salt and lemon. You can also substitute honey for caramel and glaze the mixture with it. The kids will surely love the sweet, sugary flavor of honey and you won’t feel guilty since it’s au naturel.

Isn’t it a delight when you know you’re feeding your kids something healthy that they love at the same time? Make them grow and glow with these food choices and you’re well on your way to understanding what it takes to be a better parent.

Parenting with the Stars: Top Parenting Tips from Celebrity Parents

Do you remember your first day at school or in a job? There were a lot of doubts you might’ve felt and one of those feeling could have been fear. That’s the same feeling you get when you’re a parent. Being a first time parent can seem intimidating that you’re willing to gobble up any parenting advice you can read.

From Tom Cruise to Barack Obama, here are some parenting tips from celebrities themselves. Some of them could be sensible, the others—well, here they are.

From Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks thinks that parents should know when they can still do things on their own and when they need help. Being a parent is overwhelming most of the time but there are some times when overwhelming becomes too much. These are times when you should ask for help, as parents did during the golden days.

From Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum can be truly hands-on when it comes to parenting. In their household (shared with estranged husband Seal) she says that there is just pandemonium, but that’s a good thing. Klum says that to be truly happy, you just have to roll with the punches and adjust as the challenges come along. As a result, their children truly live their childhood every day.

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From Angelina Jolie

Children are creative enough to know what they want and what they do not want, and in Angelina Jolie’s case, she lets her children figure out how they want to express themselves. She believes in the power of letting children figure out who they want to be in life—with a little help from their parents, of course.

From Tom Cruise

Speaking about his daughter Suri, Tom Cruise says that he lets the child ‘dress herself.’ This is a good thing in most cases. When children learn to dress themselves from an early age, it lets them learn independence and fending for themselves at an early age. They also learn to express themselves earlier.

From Ewan McGregor

The advice from Ewan makes it seem like he’s a very hands-on parent. He says that the secret to being a good parent is being there—even when you’re tired from work or, in his case, tired from an all-day shoot. Connection between a parent and child is important and Ewan McGregor says you should immerse yourself entirely in their world, even if for a short while.

There you have, from the mouths of the stars themselves! It might seem overwhelming at times, but being a parent takes a lot of work—it’s okay to fail, but pick yourself up, and learn from your mistakes.

I Don’t Wanna Go to School and Other Unhappy Signs: How to Deal with Them

When you’re hands-on parents, you hear lots of things both interesting and alarming from your child. There’s the constant tantrums, craziness, and strange sadness a child can display. If they’re more sad than happy, sometimes you have to check if you’re doing something wrong to them or they’re lacking attention.

If, however, you find that the problem lies not with you, you have to figure out which of these they’re suffering from.

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Problem:Too many tantrums

You might notice them playing a little rougher than usual with their siblings or with other kids, and when you scold them, they throw more tantrums than usual. This could be a serious sign of an underlying problem. Usually, positive actions like kisses and hugs for good behavior solve this.

Problem: Feigning or suffering from ‘sickness’

Some children suffer from frequent sickness that also affects their schoolwork. The problem is when they seem to get sick more than usual. When this happens, they might be feigning sickness to get away from going to school. You should not tolerate such actions but do understand what makes them do it.

Why it Happens:Depression, or otherwise…

If any of these happens, chances are they might be suffering from something serious like depression. A study revealed 25% of children suffer from it, but it doesn’t happen automatically. You should have a hint of it if it happens; after all, parents who suffer from depression tend to pass the same problem on to their brood.

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How to Help:Figure out solutions

Just as adults like you need help, so do your children. It’s even better when you figure out the early warning signs. Take your children to the doctor as soon as the earliest possible sign surfaces. Do not wait until it’s too late or until they grow up.

Depressed or not, children need all the help they can get from people who can support them the earliest—their parents. You, as a figure of authority, can do so much more than just be a parent to your kids.

Happiness in the Family: How to have the Happy Family of your Dreams

Searching for ‘happy family’ on Google often gives out results of people smiling and laughing happily, sharing meals with each other or engaged in an activity. This is a prime example of a family contented with life. You find yourself wondering, perhaps; what did they do to get to that scene in the pictures?

If you’re not like the people in the pictures—who might have had happy lives—here are a few pointers to ponder.

Have Dinners with your Family

Dinnertime gets an unfairly low appreciation as a time in the day when the family is complete. Remember this and make dinners an affair where everyone has to be on the table. That way, you might hear them tell stories of how their day went and share their happiness and sadness to you.

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Genuinely Like Each Other

It’s not hard to like other people, especially your family members. One of a few reasons why we don’t tend to like each other is because of differences. If you learn to see past that, though, you’re on your way to really liking your family members and not just ‘liking’ them.

Tell Stories of your Day

It’s hard to do this, especially if you come home from a hard day’s work. However, the best way to become closer to your family is to know how their day went, and vice versa. This creates an atmosphere of trust and familiarity that leads to closeness to each other.

Tell Stories of your Family’s Achievements

Another way of instilling discipline and people to idolize is to tell stories of the family. Whether it’s your relatives or your wife’s, having knowledge of their forebears who did impressive things gives your children someone to aspire to.

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Have Time for your Family

A family stays closer longer if they spend more time together. It’s not only about the bills, the big house, the gadgets, and the car. It’s more than that; if you invest time in your children, you see that they know they have parents they can count on, and will also invest time to become closer to you.

Parenting can be pretty simple, if you know what your priority is—family, that is. Learn to spend time with your children and your spouse, and you’ll see your children grow up to imitate the examples that you’ve laid down.

Tips for Being a Great Parent

When you have a child, no matter if you’re the mother or the father, your world changes. In fact, everything changes – you won’t have time to sleep or to do the things that you loved doing before the baby.

It’s not something to worry too much because this is how your life is going to be. You’ll have a full-time job as a parent, and most of the times the mother is the one that takes care of the baby. For a woman, many things change when she becomes a mother. It’s not just the physical changes, but also the mental changes that take place when this happens.

For being a great mother, you’ll need to have plenty of patience and dedication, as you’ll always be worried about your baby, and no matter how old he or she is, you’ll always regard them as small children.

Here are some tips for raising great children, no matter if you have a boy or a girl.

Patience

The patience is the first thing that you’ll need to have in high doses if you want to have everything done right. Sometimes you’ll feel nervous, or you’ll feel like screaming, but it’s not a reason to take it out on your child. When they’re small, they won’t understand what is happening to you. However, when they grow up, they might feel rejected if you take out your frustrations on them. Even if you are nervous, make sure you explain to them in a language that they understand that they are not the reason for your state of mind.

Support

To prevent your child from developing behavioral inhibitions, make sure you always support him or her in the face of new situations. It’s a good way for avoiding developing anxiety disorders, as this will later help them a lot. Make sure they get out of their comfort zone without changing their nature – a shy nature cannot be altered so quickly, so it’s easier to work with shyness than against it.

Live Now

Mother and daughter in kitchen making a salad smilingWorrying about the future is a big part of your job as a parent, but your child won’t understand this until later in life. To make sure you connect easier with your baby, make sure that you also live the “now” moment. From ages 2 to 5, your child needs you there to live in the here and now with him or her.

You don’t need to give your child instructions for a future action because the child won’t understand the meaning of it. It’s better to give a clear explanation or direction. If you want to get ready for school, for example, tell your child that you need to leave for school and it’s better to take the coat.

Help Them Express

When the children are small, they don’t have the right vocabulary to express their emotions, and they might show frustration because of this reason. Instead of limiting them, help them express their feelings. When they are small, they’re just starting to understand the world and the fact that there are plenty of emotions to feel. Instead of repressing them, call out the emotions that you see in your child. It’s easier, and it will also help your baby associate the word with the feeling.