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Family Travel Must-Haves

Holy week is fast approaching and once again we are given an opportunity to reflect on both the good and bad things that we’ve done this past year. Although Holy Week is a period of contemplation, it’s also a time to relax and take some time off from our busy schedules, a chance for us to be with our family and friends. What better way to spend time with them than to take a trip. When you’re traveling with kids, it’s important to pack carefully. So as not to forget anything, try to make a list first of the must-haves and take it from there.
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Clothes should be sufficient. Bring patterned clothes and dark colors instead of whites and dress in layers rather than bring bulky sweaters. Also bring pajamas for the children, jackets, socks, thermal pants, hats, sunglasses, and shoes. Bring soap, toothpaste, lotion, and sunscreen. Unilab, the biggest pharmaceutical and healthcare company in the Philippines, with its portfolio comprising some of the biggest prescription and consumer healthcare brands, has the practical Celeteque Dermoscience Hydration Travel Kit which includes facial wash, toner, and moisturizer. For those traveling with a baby, don’t forget extra diapers, wipes, and baby wash such as Unilab’s TriSoPure – a mild gentle cleanser formulated with pH 5.
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It’s a given to bring food, water, and essential vitamins and minerals like Conzace, and other medicines. Never forget a first aid kit which includes bandages, plasters, thermometer, insect repellant, painkillers, sterile gauze, and Calamine lotion. Medicine for headache, fever, and flu like Biogesic, should also be brought. Aside from those, an emergency kit containing items like flashlight, extra batteries, blanket, and plastic bin should always be present. To counter the long hours traveling by land, air, and sea, bring gadgets like laptop with a DVD drive, portable DVD player, tablets, MP3 player, and game console. Add to that some books and magazines. Don’t forget your adaptors and of course your camera.

Coping with Challenges as a Single Parent

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Nearly 14 percent of the children aged up to 15 are raised by a single parent, an international study shows. Most of the single parents are moms and they face some unique challenges. If you’re trying to be everything that your child needs and you’re alone, you know these challenges really well.

It’s a fact that the children of single parents may have bigger struggles than others. Some studies, however, show that they usually grow up to be more responsible than their peers. Being a great single parent is possible but it can be draining. Providing for the family, being there for your child, dealing with stress and loneliness will definitely get to be too much on occasions. This is why you need to familiarize yourself with the best techniques for coping with the challenges of being a single parent.

The Most Common Challenges that Single Parents Face

Single moms and dads have to deal with various issues that couples raising children don’t experience.

  • Scheduling: as a single parent, you’ll have to be in five different places at the same time. Even if you have one child, you know that scheduling can be a big issue. Being a parent, working and finding the time to eventually date (dating, what was that?) will probably seem impossible at least until your kids turn 18.
  • Dealing with the financials: as the only adult in the household, you’re the sole breadwinner. Raising kids and providing for them on a single income will require a lot of imagination and many extra hours of work.
  • Being there for your child: in every sense that a parent should be there. Helping for homework writing, attending school plays, playing sports together, meeting with teachers to discuss problems, working on crafts projects – you get the picture.
  • Dealing with loneliness and loss: the loss of a partner and the desire to have a significant other will always be your companions. While you’re feeling lonely, however, you’ll always feel obliged to be strong for your kids.
  • Societal prejudices: these can make the life of a single parent much more difficult. Only single moms and dads know just how devastating prejudices and negative attitudes can be.
  • Dealing with the rest of the family: your mom and dad, your siblings and extended family could be helpful but they could also add to the challenges of being a single parent. The same applies to your former spouse.
  • Self-confidence issues: many single parents struggle with inadequacies and low self-esteem that prevent them from dating and enjoying romantic experiences with a potential significant other.

Changing Your Mindset

The first step towards being a successful parent and a happy person involves changing your mindset.

For a start, determine what your priorities are. These are the things you should be focusing on. Everything else is secondary. Don’t spend your time and don’t waste your energy on things that don’t matter in the long run. You’ll find yourself to be a happier person, once you set your priorities straight.

Boundaries come right after priorities when it comes to changing your mindset. These are the ones that you should work on together with your kids. You deserve some “me time” to be a functional parent. Let kids know about your responsibilities and about theirs. Everybody in the household should have a role. Working on happiness and growth together is the best way to make it happen – you can’t handle everything on your own.

The final and probably the most important thing to remember is that you deserve happiness. Don’t turn yourself into a martyr. Your kids will turn out just fine, even if you give yourself a break now and then or you go on a date. The sooner you start believing in those things, the happier and more productive you’re going to be.

Seven Tips for Overcoming the Challenges

A changed mindset isn’t sufficient to address all of the challenges you’re going to face as a single parent. You can come up with a couple of additional coping strategies:

 

  • A support system: connect with other single parents. They are the only people who understand the challenges you’re facing and can give you adequate suggestions for making things better.
  • Understand that you can’t do the work of two people: chores, work, helping kids – you can’t handle everything that two parents can. Once you understand that you can’t get everything done, you’ll start prioritizing the most important things.
  • Consider a more flexible work schedule: the world is changing and you don’t need the nine to five routine. Many people are opting for telecommuting opportunities or a home-based business. By making this kind of change, you can continue earning enough while enjoying some flexibility.
  • Slow down and relax: close your eyes, count to 10, do some deep breathing exercises. Relaxation techniques are essential for dealing with the stress when it gets to be too much.
  • Celebrate the successes: give yourself a pat on the back every now and then, you deserve it.
  • Allow your parents to help you: we’ve already talked about super-parent syndrome. You don’t have to be strong and efficient all the time. Let your parents know that you’re struggling, they’ll probably love to help you.
  • Discipline is essential: you may feel tempted to address every wish that your children have in an attempt to compensate for the lack of two parents. Don’t underestimate the importance of discipline. Set house rules and stick to them strictly. Discipline will make everybody’s life a whole lot easier.

These shortcuts will definitely take some of the stress away. We have to be honest – it’s not going to get easy. Still, by focusing on change and structure, you can enjoy a happier life. Both you and your children deserve it.

About the author:

By the Couple Clinic, a company of Winnipeg marriage therapists (www.winnipegcouplesclinic.ca).

Learn to eat right

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Human digestive system follows the movement of the sun. It kindles at morning, becomes severe at midday, and lightens at sunset. By noon the body losses its energy it gains and it needs proper food for further energy supply. These foods keep people active for the rest part of the day. So eating healthy diet at noon is very important for the body.

Healthy diet does not mean eating rich and heavy food only. Nutritious foods which contain enough protein, carbohydrate, fat, and salt which are daily essential for body must be included in the lunch diet. Tasty and spicy foods like Dolmas Wrap, Mediterranean Wrap, Roast Beef and Horseradish Wrap, Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap, and many others contain many vegetable items in its preparation and they also provide enough protein to the body. Fast foods like Burger, Sandwich, and Snacks can be prepared in a healthy way so that they fulfill stomach and also the mind. Salad is a very healthy diet. Salad items like Chicken and Fruit Salad, Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken, Egg Salad, Melon and Chicken Pasta Salad contain both protein and vegetables so they become top class healthy item. These food items are much healthier when they are home-made food. So people must look for nutritious food not only something that passes the day.

Cordell & Cordell: Divorce for Men

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Two of the Most Important Divorce Considerations for Men

In an ideal world, marriages last until one or both spouses pass away. Realistically, however, all marriages do not allow a couple to still be together in their golden years. They may find it necessary to part ways peacefully. In the best scenarios, both spouses keep a level head and consider the compromises that focus on everyone’s best interests. If escalating tensions prevent smooth concessions, it is always best to find a legal team that specializes in family law. For men who are divorcing and have children, choosing a firm like Cordell & Cordell, which advocates for father’s rights, is a sound way to get through the process of ending the marriage.

Visitation and Custody
Men who have been equal caretakers during a marriage sometimes must jump difficult hurdles to maintain the same loving relationships they have always had with their children. In some cases, divorcing spouses may tend to use children as pawns against one another to have leverage in a divorce. This practice is unfair to everyone involved. Husbands who may no longer have any legal obligations to a wife never stop being fathers, when there are children involved.

The most rational thing that can happen is for both spouses to jointly agree on what kind of visitation and custody arrangement is best for the children. The goal is to reassure them that they will not lose the affection and support of either parent and that they will always have access to both parents when they need them. Of course, matters of custody and visitation are not always negotiated this easily. It may take several rounds of coming back to the discussion table with compromises. Click here if these discussions have already reached a stalemate for you.

Child Support
The laws that govern financial support of children differ from state to state. Typically, the amount that the parent with visitation will have to pay will be based on a set percentage of both parents’ incomes, the amount of time the child spends at each residence and who pays for other expenses like school tuition and health care. At the time of the divorce, both spouses submit official financial records so that attorneys can calculate the minimum required child support. Laws are equally variable when it comes to alimony.

No matter how much negotiation it takes to get to a final agreement, it is important to try to make any new relationship with a divorcing spouse one of advocacy. As parents, you are charged to continue nurturing and rearing children. As humans who once shared a loving bond, it is ideal for you both to wish each other good lives and good lifestyles. Anything less cheats you both and the children.

Summer Camps For Artistic Children

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There are many summer camps that your children can go to. However, finding one that is right for your child and fits into your schedule and budget can be quite challenging. But the importance of letting your child attend a summer camp should not be overlooked because it is an opportunity to learn and make new friends. Aside from learning, going to a summer camp will be fun and memorable. There are some kids who are not too keen on going but in my opinion, most of them would welcome this experience. It is likewise essential to let your child go to a camp that will nurture his talents and interests.

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We were looking for summer camps for creative arts for the kids and came across some really interesting ones. If your child is artistic, let them try their hand at singing, dancing, acting, film making, learning to play a musical instrument, sewing, photography, sculpting, and painting. There are many that offer summer art programs which run from two to six weeks where children can pick their own areas of interest, whether it is fine arts, theater, music, dance, or a combination. Choose the right summer art program to suit your child’s needs. There are art lessons by age or grade (early childhood, primary, junior, middle school, highschool) or by medium, discipline, and theme.

There are a number of things to consider though. Search for summer camps that are not too far away from where you live. Do your research and compare prices, activities, sleeping conditions, and parental ratings. If you are having a hard time looking for one, ask your child’s teachers and school administrators since most of them have this information. It is also important to check the total camp program, like for instance whether the activities the children will do are structured. Be aware of the rules and requirements for what your child needs to bring. Last but not the least, check the credentials of the staff and the type of supervision they provide.

“The information in this post was provided by tipsontripsandcamps.com

Renting Books From Campus Book Rentals and Helping Children

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It’s only natural to go to college after graduating from high school but they’re young people who decide not to go and instead work. Others would save money first and would enroll later when they’ve saved enough money for their tuition fee. Going to college indeed is difficult when you don’t have money. You can probably attend a less reputable school but of course it’s better if you get your education from an established college/university. Aside from the tuition fee, you’ll have to pay for books and other school fees. There’s one way to save on books and this is to rent them instead of buying them. Campus Book Rentals is a website where students can do just that. Hailed as one of America’s most promising companies by Forbes Magazine, they pioneered this business and anyone can rent books even non-students.

Head on over to their website and sign up for a free account. Doing so has a lot of perks, not only will you save a lot of money (save 40-90% off of bookstore prices), you’ll be able to have the chance to own the books by simply paying the difference. Campus Book Rentals has a variety of flexible rental periods to choose from (130/85/55 days) with a grace period of 15 days. Renters can also highlight in their rented textbooks. Furthermore, shipping is free when you receive and return the books.

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Renting books in Campus Book Rentals also enable you to help other people. They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented. This is an organization that performs reconstructive cleft lip surgeries on children from poor families. Operation Smile really does make a big difference in children’s lives. Aside from the charity work, they likewise have the RentBack program where students can rent out their textbooks to other students and make as much as 2-4x more money compared to what they’d make through buyback options. Every time your books get rented, you’ll get paid. All you have to do is to ship your books for free to Campus Book Rentals.

Fitness for Elderly

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A healthy lifestyle is a valuable resource for reducing the incidence and impact of health problem, for recovering, for coping with life challenges, and for promoting the quality of life. No matter young or old, keeping yourself fit is the essential toward a healthy lifestyle.

Some thought that the elderly should not practice fitness; in fact, consistent exercise is beneficial for them. Many older adults don’t want to be a waste of space. In such case, regular exercise can keep and improve their strength and enable them to stay independent. Furthermore, these activities help to improve their body’s balance and provide more energy to enjoy whatever activities they want to carry out. With a strong body, now they can travel anywhere as long as it is affordable even for those past seventy or eighty.

Human’s antibody start to weaken when turn into the stage of elderly. In this stage, health is getting fragile and easy to get infected with contagious diseases. Keeping their body fit to fight against these diseases and prevent or delay cardio related diseases, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, urinary incontinence, and more.

Keeping yourself fit doesn’t mean to practice gym or weightlifting. Simple physical activities are good enough, as long as it keeps you moving and extra point for activities that make you sweat and involve cardiovascular activities. Dance, jogging, swim, or riding bicycle is some of the great exercises for the elderly. If these are too extreme, try to take a walk every morning at the park, gardening or involve in community activities. Remember, the key is to keep moving.

The right amount of physical activities is helpful for the elderly, but it is not always the best idea. In some cases, they are not allowed to carry out the exercise. For those suffering from breathing problem, chest pain blood clot foot or ankle sores that won’t heal, joint swelling, or anyone that in a recovering period after a surgery should not carry out extreme activities. Refer to the doctor or physician for more advice and guidance. Once you have the permission to carry out physical activities from the professional, you can now feel free to enjoy the exercise.

Moreover, safety always comes first for the seniors who practice exercise. As mentioned above, their body are fragile especially the frame itself. A tiny crack or simple facture will take a long period to complete recover. So, keep the words “Safety First” in their mind while doing physical training. Start the exercise slowly is strongly recommended, especially for those who have on the stage of inactive for some time. Proper warm up should be carried out before every exercise to decrease the chance of injury. Besides that, control the breathing well and never hold the breath during the physical activities as it cause changes in the blood pressure, which may lead to the blood pressure problem or feel dizzy. Breathe out when the muscle contract (lift up the weight object) and breathe in when relax.

Finally, using safety equipment is even fitting. Use the suitable or proper running shoes for jogging, which able to reduce the shock of the impact from the ground to the leg. Running shoes have built-in features that enable you to run day after day more comfortably and with less chance of over-use injury. The elderly have a very sensitive knee, which required extra care.

 

Make your Home a Better Place for Your Child

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Children are naturally born with curiosity and adventurous. These natural characteristics could be excellent for a growing child to discover and learn new stuff around. Unfortunately, this curiosity often results in injury or accident. As a parent, you probably want your child to be safe and have greater freedom to explore in the house. So, here are some simple and affordable ways for you to protect your little one from unwanted injuries.

Securing furniture around your home is the first step to go. Children are often being hurt by falling furniture when they try to climb on them, including dresser, closet, and tables. In order to prevent this tragedy accident, secure the furniture by installing furniture anchors. Not all furniture is necessary for that like a heavier closet that is too heavy to move, or chairs and table. Instead, you can try to avoid your children from climbing them.

Besides that, dangerous gear should be stored somewhere your children are not easy to access. Scissors, knives and tools can be fatal when hold or play by children, so keep them away from your babies. Furthermore, small pieces items can be dangerous for babies to swallow them accidentally and chock. Always keep your accessories and any small pieces stuff in somewhere they can’t reach.

Another hidden danger for your little one is the door. A door which seems to be safe and secure can hurt your children by getting their fingers caught in a door. Installing a door holder will block the door from closing all the way when your little one’s fingers are still in a jam.

Turning your Home into a Resort , Is Possible?

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Next, classic country – side home typically feature wooden furniture and wicker furniture. Wicker is a general classification of woven furniture and accents, not a specific material. The term is used broadly for any item woven from natural or synthetic hard fibres such as rattan, cane, bamboo, sea grass, even synthetic vinyl’s and resins which give you the view of natural in your home. Furthermore, wicker furniture is cheaper and easy to purchase from any furniture retailer. Therefore, if you really want your home to look a part of the country – side resort, move out the some of the old furniture and replace them with some natural material furniture to make your home a new look. On the plus side, the wooden furniture is also strong and last long makes a pleasant benefit for owners to keep it. We can leave the outdoor set out there, and termite and fungus will not damage it at all.

Moreover, change the home’s fabric colour. Along the furniture, the fabric colour should also feature in a natural colour like light brown, light blue or green. Floral fabrics in the same colour vein are popular choices for country – side home and curtain should always be willowy, light and flowing.

Lastly, there are still some little tricks to make your home more like a resort – the flower and candle. Give your home the power of scent by placing flowers in the living room and light up some candle during the night for a candlelight dinner or before you fall asleep.

Turning your Home into a Resort

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Do you still remember the last time you visit a countryside resort? Try to recall those beautiful landscapes and the relaxing – experience, the beautiful interior design of the resort that sells the image of the all family vacation. From cool fabric to sun – bleached furniture and the must – have collection of wood – made furniture, everything about the home’s design say “country – side relaxation”. But these lovely resorts are usually costly and you don’t really have time to visit them that often, so why don’t you just makeover your home to a country – side resort and enjoy the relaxing and charming experience without stepping out the door.

All you need is a little effort and some inspiration, luckily, you can only have to worry about the first part because you’re about to get inspiration and idea for transforming your home by reading this article.

Wallpaper is the largest pieces in the room which catch almost everyone’s attention when you have a really great one, so changing the wallpaper will be the first thing to consider about. Change your wall into a grass or light green colour wallpaper will make your home more like a country – side home. The calm and charming sense brings your home into another stage of relaxation. If you think these wallpapers are out of your budget, then just try covering the wall with grass cloth painting which will give your home the appearance of a classic Hawaiian hut, but of course, this process requires some technique to complete. Try to ask for assistance from the painting experts.