Author: Lizzie Weakley

Once your child begins to go to the dentist, they may develop an irrational or unfounded fear. It’s a new experience that can be strange and scary. Helping your child to their first dentist appointment with minimal stress is possible. Consider the tips below. Maintain a Positive Attitude and Outlook Remain positive about visiting the dentist, especially in front of your child. The right attitude can go a long way if they are experiencing anxiety or fear over the process. When you have a positive outlook and show them that you are fearless when it comes to keeping up with…

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Moving to a new home is a big step. Still, it is something that most people will do multiple times during their lives. The home you choose to move into and the location of that home both matter a great deal. This choice can help shape the quality of life you live and the opportunities you and your family are afforded in the future. Put a good deal of research into making the best decision for you and your family. Below are five tips for finding and moving into a new home. Check the Crime Rate One thing you should…

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Parents have their hands full teaching kids a variety of basic hygiene habits. Brushing teeth is one of those that can be especially challenging. One reason is because families are often rushed in the morning with little time to do everything they should, including dental hygiene. Another reason is that many kids don’t like to stay still long enough to brush. Here are four easy tips for reminding your little ones to care for their teeth. Make It Fun Depending on your child’s age, choose fun and creative dental items to work with. Theme-specific toothbrushes are a great way to…

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Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for teens turning 16, but that freedom can be stressful for parents. Auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers, so moms and dads have good reason to worry. Fortunately, many of these deadly accidents can be prevented. If your teen is ready to hit the road, here are five tips to keep them safe. Take a Safe Driving Course Whether taken at school or from a private company, a safe driving course is a must for new drivers. Don’t rely on yourself to teach your teen everything…

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You’ve probably spent months getting ready for your family Christmas time. There’s something about the crisp air, the mistletoe, and all the lights that make the season so special. This year forget the socially acceptable things to do and give your family a surprise they will never forget. It doesn’t matter how big or small, just make sure you keep in the spirit of Christmas. If you need a few ideas, here are five ways to surprise your family this holiday season. Take the Family to Cut Down a Christmas Tree Gone are the days when people wander through the…

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Is your dream home becoming cramped as your family continues to grow? Perhaps, adding an extension to your abode will make things better. You can get the best job done by doing your homework and finding a reputable contractor who is focused on customer satisfaction. Here are some tips on finding the best contractor for the job. Ask Friends and Family Members One of the best ways to find a good contractor is through word-of-mouth advertising. Have any of your friends recently added an addition on to their homes? Did they have a remodel job handled by a local crew?…

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It is important to keep your children as healthy as possible. While your children’s friends are eating junk foods, you can offer nutritious foods that are cooked at home. Here are five ways to ensure that your children eat healthier than their friends do. Have a Family Garden Plant a family garden with your children so that you have fresh fruits and vegetables during the summer and autumn. If you have children who don’t want to eat vegetables and fruits, then picking produce on their own is a way to encourage them. Cook Meals Together Your children should know how…

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Being a parent is no easy job. It requires constant reflection and self-improvement along the way. As a parent, you always want what is best for your child. However, what exactly is best can be difficult to see as your child grows up. As your child begins to become more independent, they will develop hobbies and interests of their own. Keeping up with those hobbies can be tedious, overwhelming, and downright exhausting at times. Especially, if they differ widely from your own. However, knowing how to cultivate a genuine interest in your child’s hobbies can help them to remain passionate.…

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Protecting your teeth is important. Preserving your teeth can make you life far easier especially in your later years. There are many things you can do to protect your teeth. This includes brushing, rinsing and flossing. The food you eat is also important. Certain foods, such as sugary snacks, can lead to tooth decay and other serious problems. What may surprise you is that there are some snack foods that are actually good for your teeth. Below is a short list. Cheese Unless you are lactose intolerant, there’s probably a really great chance you love cheese. Cheese, whether it is…

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If you’ve volunteered to cook for a large group of people, your normal kitchen supplies aren’t going to be quite enough. Get the tools you need before the day that you plan to prepare the meal. Large Pots and Mixing Bowls Large quantities of food require large vessels. Choose a pot, frying pan, or casserole dish big enough for the meal you intend to create. You may want additional pots and pans to cook other parts of your recipe. Select a mixing bowl that has enough room for your ingredients and extra room for you to comfortably stir. A good…

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If you’re the parent of an autistic child, there are effective ways to help your son or daughter learn social cues. Learning these social cues can help your child connect more with people. It can also help establish better personal and professional relationships as they get older. Following these four tips can give your child the right guidance to learn better social cues. Practice Making Eye Contact Maintain good eye contact when interacting with a person is one of the best ways to learn social cues. You should encourage your son or daughter to look at you continuously when the…

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Do you have feline pets? Is fresh air something your cats enjoy? Transforming your patio into a space where you and the kitties can sunbathe, catch a few winks, or watch the butterflies and birds play is a great way to make your home more fun for indoor or outdoor cats. Here are just four great ways that you can make your patio a perfect cat lounge. Climbing Places The number one thing to put in any cat space is something to climb. Cats are climbers by nature, and having an outlet to claw and climb will make them less…

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Family reunions can be a great way to get everyone together in order to create special memories that can last a lifetime. Often, many families can drift apart over the years. This could be for many different reasons, including everyone living in different locations. Planning a family reunion will give everyone an incentive to travel and make the extra time in order to spend the day together talking, eating, and enjoying each other’s company. However, effectively planning a family reunion can often be quite the task, and there are many factors you will need to consider. The following information provides…

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If your home is looking a little cluttered these days, you shouldn’t feel bad. After all, many homeowners struggle with clutter in their homes. However, you shouldn’t ignore your household clutter, either. Instead, when you tackle your annual spring cleaning, make decluttering a priority for these four reasons. Make Your Home Look Bigger First of all, unless you have a lot of space in your home, each room in your home can look a whole lot smaller if there is a lot of clutter. If you feel as if your space is starting to get a little cramped, getting rid…

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It’s one of the biggest challenges parents face. How do I get my child to eat healthy foods? If you are struggling to get your toddler to eat a balanced diet, you aren’t alone. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can help your child enjoy their fruits and veggies. Don’t Keep Junk in the House If you don’t keep cookies in the cupboard, you won’t be able to cave in when your toddler is pulling on your pant leg begging for cookies. No chips in the pantry? No problem. If you don’t keep junk in stock, it won’t be…

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Being married to an addict can pose all kinds of interesting challenges. One of the most difficult things to experience is a relapse. Even if your spouse has been staying clean, all kinds of circumstances could lead to them using again. This is how to respond effectively to an addict’s relapse. Make Sure They’re Okay A relapse can have serious adverse health effects. Many have lost their lives because they couldn’t handle their previous dosage. You want to make sure your spouse is okay and that they get any necessary medical attention. Follow any instructions given by their doctor. There…

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If it seems as though your teens always have a death grip on their phones, then it can take some creativity to persuade them to turn loose of it. Rest assured that it is possible, if you provide them with the right opportunities. Consider doing one or more of these four outdoor activities with your teen. Doing so will help them disconnect from technology and experience the benefits of fresh air. Rafting There is something thrilling for people of all ages about riding down a river in a raft. As they rush with you down whitewater rapids, your teens will…

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It can be difficult to get through to a child who is struggling with drugs, alcohol or other problems. The good news is that there are ways that you can help you child overcome those issues and live a healthier life. Let’s take a look at a few specific tips that you can try to help your teen cope with life’s challenges. Get Your Teen to Counseling It may be best to get a licensed professional to talk with your teen about his or her struggles. In many cases, teens are more at ease expressing their feelings talking to a…

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Approximately one in four children need glasses. Usually, the first to suspect the need is the parent’s because they know their child best. Sometimes, however, the child’s teacher may be the first to suspect a problem. Here are five signs that your child needs an eye exam. Medical Issues There are several medical issues that may alert parents that they need to take their child to see an eye doctor. One of the earliest signs that a parent may notice is a cloudy pupil. The child’s eyes may not seem to work together properly with one eye turning in or…

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If you feel like your cooking is becoming boring and everything tastes the same, don’t worry. Most moms have been there. You can take steps to up your cooking game so your kids will love what you make once again! Don’t Forget the Salt Salt your food! Salt is a key ingredient that most chefs use in every single dish. It can be the difference between a bland dish that tastes like nothing and a flavor explosion. Learn the right way to salt your food and always taste it as your cooking. Even just a pinch of salt can go…

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