Author: Friends of Real Momma

Vacations are essential practices for every family. They have been proven to enhance your productivity, reduce stress and make children smarter while increasing their social awareness. Traveling also instills adaptability, independence, and responsibility skills while growing their self-confidence and self-concept. Most important of all, vacations enhance the bonding among families as parents spend quality time with their kids. While the thought of going on a family vacation may give you chills, especially with young children, the reasons above should be your motivators. But what should you create a great family vacation for your loved ones? Please read on to understand…

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For both parents and children, becoming a grown-up is exhilarating, demanding, and frightening. Adolescents are busier than ever in this fast-paced environment, which can quickly become stressful for them. Still parents must take care of their children to help them prepare to enter adulthood. Indeed, transitioning into adulthood is quite scary but with the right guidance and movement, parents and their children can be happy with the results. It will take a bit of work, some initiative and focus on the fundamentals. Here are a few ways to help your teen move into the next stage of their wonderful lives.…

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You might be a recent graduate but have found yourself working in an industry that isn’t right for you, or perhaps you have a few years of professional experience under your belt, but you are stuck in a job you don’t enjoy. Earning a degree could change all of that. Going back to university might be the last thing on your agenda, but an additional degree could help broaden your horizons. Here is a short guide to how you can achieve a second degree and how it can advance your career. Achieve a Second Degree Earning a second degree doesn’t…

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Your home, it’s the place where you feel comfortable, safe, and protected. You want the best safety for your family, including your children, but did you know that many children tend to fall from windows every year? You want to keep your kids safe and away from this kind of danger, so here are some steps to child-proof your home windows for maximum security for your kids and maximum peace of mind for you. Childproof Window Locks We all know that locking windows is the best way to keep strangers out and children in. That said, look into installing childproof…

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The late, American poet Maya Angelou once said this: “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Her words ring true. Most people want to give to others but often think that money is the only proper method for contributing to a charity, however, there are several other ways. Take a good look around your home. You’d be surprised what items can be donated to a worthy cause. Furniture Most of us have at least a couple of small pieces that we no longer use. Maybe you have an old rocking chair or couch gathering dust in the…

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There are few things in life more stressful than moving. You start out hopeful and starry-eyed with an armful of empty boxes and a dream of a home with an open floor plan and lots of natural light. The next thing you know you have accidentally packed away your cell phone and every home you have looked at brings new meaning to the term “fixer-upper”. Luckily, there are professionals that can help cross some items off your moving to-do list. Just Like Tetris Nothing fills up a friend’s weekend faster than asking for their help to move. Suddenly the beloved…

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A clean and tidy home has always been important, but there’s more to a truly clean house than dusting and sweeping. A sanitary home is clean beyond its surface level, with dangerous pathogens and bacteria kept to a minimum. We’ll never be able to achieve a completely germ-free home, but there are five easy steps you can put into practice today to keep your living space as clean and sanitary as possible. Read Your Disinfectant’s Instructions Hard surfaces can be easily disinfected with a variety of cleaning products. No matter what kind of disinfectant you use, if you spray it…

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When you volunteer and help out people in your area, you can make connections that you would not be able to make otherwise. When you give back, you feel good about what you are doing, and there are many ways for you to positively impact the lives of children living in your community. Consider Mentorship Opportunities If you are interested in making a deep connection with a single child, you should see what types of mentorship opportunities are available in your area. You can get set up with a child of a certain age, and you can spend time with…

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The signs of an overtired baby are clear: clinginess, crying, rubbing the eyes or face, turning away from stimulation, and yawning or hiccupping. Most moms try to avoid letting their baby get overtired, but even the best moms have to handle an overtired baby at least once. Whether this is your first time or your hundredth, there are some great ways to settle your baby for sleep. Check out these four savvy mommy tips to settle an overtired baby. Stomach to Stomach Hold your baby on their side with their tummy against you. This helps create connection between the two…

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Being unemployed can cause you to feel many negative emotions. It is natural to feel sadness, resentment, and even regret. Financial security is a common goal, but it can seem unattainable at times. If you are struggling with feelings of despair due to unemployment, here are four helpful ways to seek guidance. Practice Meditation You may wonder how meditation can help you cope with unemployment. The answer lies within your mindset. People who can maintain a positive outlook on life tend to live better lives despite any shortcomings. Meditation can mentally prepare you to let go of any negative energy…

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Having an injured family member can be a very worrisome experience. Some injuries are more serious and permanent than others, but when family members are at risk, no one is happy. Unfortunately, injuries are fairly inevitable in life. It is important to know how to respond appropriately if you know someone who has gone through a difficult injury experience. Offer Support While you cannot take the pain of a loved one’s injury away from them, you can still offer support. By following these 5 tips, you can help to ensure that any injured loved one is able to recover from…

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Vision problems at any age can be concerning, but, when vision problems occur in children it can be even more frightening. Depending on the age of the child, the child may not be able to communicate how they are feeling or issues with their vision. If your child is experiencing vision changes, here are the signs to look out for. Vision Impairment in Infants and Toddlers A baby or toddler can’t necessarily vocalize their needs and wants. If your baby or toddler can’t follow an object such as a toy or ball with their eyes across their field of vision,…

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Are you between dogs right now? If so, then maybe it’s time to think about what breed would be best for your family, because the best dog for you depends on your family. A Dog for New Couples When you’ve just moved in with each other, you’re in love and want to do everything together. If you love hiking and biking and communing with nature, think about a golden retriever for your first dog together. Goldens love being with you and if you go hiking, they’re all over it. They need a lot of exercise and are relatively easy to…

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A family vacation is one of the best ways to bond with your loved ones by spending quality time together. However, a successful and enjoyable vacation takes even months of planning and getting everything straight. There are many factors to consider when traveling, and you need to evaluate your scope for efficient planning. One of the things to incorporate in your vacation plan is your vehicle. If traveling with your family, you will need a sizeable car to accommodate both your family and the luggage that they have packed. Depending on your circumstances, you may prefer to leave your vehicle…

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It is important to teach your kids healthy oral hygiene. The reason being, the sooner they learn how to brush and floss, the lower the risk of gingivitis, cavities, and other oral problems. Try and make teeth cleaning and oral check-ups an exciting experience for your kids. This will promote not only an attractive smile but also healthy habits. Here are ways to encourage your kids to have healthy dental hygiene. Floss and Brush Together Kids have a habit of imitating what adults do. To make your child a lover of oral care, brush, and floss with them. Show them…

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Spring is almost here, which means your house is just about due for its biggest cleaning of the year. As the days get longer and the air gets warmer, you’ll have no excuse not to break out the cleaning supplies and get to work. While spring cleaning is never quick and easy, it can happen a lot faster if the entire family helps out. Cleaning is also a lot more fun when everyone does it together. Sometimes it can be tough to get everyone on the same page, but with a little strategizing, you turn your household into a cleaning…

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Raising kids is often expensive. In order to keep on top of your finances, it’s important to plan for future costs. Healthcare is particularly expensive, but it’s also massively important. As a parent, keeping your children healthy should be your primary concern. Dental health is an important component of overall physical well-being, and it’s vital you take dental concerns into account when considering your future budget. Here are four dental services you should have in mind for your kids. Regular Cleanings When it comes to dental health, preventative measures are always preferable to dealing with an issue that has already…

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There’s no place like home.” It’s been 80 years since moviegoers first heard Dorothy deliver that classic line in “The Wizard of Oz.” A lot has changed since then, but not seniors’ belief in her heartfelt words. Nearly 9 in 10 people 65 and older would prefer staying in their current home as they get older, a way of life called aging in place. But doing so requires planning. After all, your parents could end up living in an unsafe environment if their home isn’t set up to help them transition into their later years. Get a Grip Has arthritis…

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There’s no doubt about it; moving is often considered one of the most stressful things a person can go through. Add having to move long distance with your family, and the process can be a downright nightmare. Suddenly, everything you do will have a consequence to it. That is why it is so important to understand the proper steps you need to take to prepare your family for such a drastic move. Speak With Your Family About the Move Perhaps the most important thing to do in order to make the process that much easier for everyone is to open…

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One of the best ways to make sure every family member is happy is to take care of the essentials in the home environment. For example, everyone needs peace of mind for better health and well-being. Here are four essentials every family needs for the home. Laundry Items Since doing laundry is an essential task, it only makes sense to have a clean area to do this in. If you care about the environment or would like to learn how, your house and the planet can benefit from adding ENERGY STAR certified appliances like a washer/dry combo. In addition to…

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