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Teaching Your Child to Resist Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is when your child is influenced by others. They may feel like they have to ‘follow the crowd’ in order to fit in. This can make them behave differently or change their appearance.

We all understand the desire to be included and this is especially important for children at school. Many children fear that they will be excluded or bullied for not being like their friends.

To help your child avoid peer pressure and feel confident to be themselves, here is some great advice from an independent girl’s school in London

Talk about peer pressure

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To help your child combat peer pressure, they will need to be able to notice when it is happening. Talk to your child about possible situations where they might experience peer pressure and role play some examples. Teach your child to be sensible and confident in their decision making and reassure them that they can always talk to you if someone is making them feel uncomfortable.

Teach your child to say No!

Teach your child to say ‘no’ when something feels wrong. It can be extremely hard for your child to say no to their friends, but it is important to explain that true friends will not pressure them to do something they are unhappy to do. You could teach your child to offer an alternative suggestion in response to peer pressure. For example if they feel that an activity is unsafe, they could suggest a fun activity to do instead.

Watch out for bullies

Spend time getting to know your child’s friends and their families. If your child seems upset by a classmate or tries to avoid someone at school, you should ask their teacher for advice. They will be able to keep an eye on your child and look out for any signs of bullying. It can also help to encourage extra-curricular activities, as this will allow your child to form many social circles.

Encourage individuality

Finally, teach your child to be proud of their individuality and to be accepting of others. This will help them to feel less worried by peer pressure. Peer pressure works by making an individual feel wrong or unaccepted for not following along. Explain to your child that we do not all need to be the same, or do the same things in order to fit in.

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The Importance of Music Lessons in Schools

Music is such an important part of a child’s education. This is because it can be used to improve concentration, develop listening skills and boost creativity. 

Music will not only benefit your child academically, but it can also help to relieve stress and support your child’s mental health. 

To help you learn more, I have teamed up with a music school in Hertfordshire to put together this list of musical benefits…

Music enhances memory

Music is a great way to improve your child’s memory. In fact, studies have shown that music can help to enhance many cognitive abilities. This is because when playing an instrument; a child needs to read music; remember melodies and then repeat them.

Music improves coordination

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Playing an instrument can also help to improve coordination and motor skills. The piano is an excellent example of this. When playing the piano a child needs to use both hands to play different keys, read music and press the foot pedal all at the same time!

Music boosts confidence

Learning music at school or as an extra-curricular activity provides many levels of learning and accomplishments. These levels can be extremely motivational and confidence boosting for children, especially if they go on to study music or perform on stage.

Music aids relaxation

Music can be very beneficial for children’s mental health because it can be used to relax and de-stress. Playing an instrument can also have a calming effect on children because they need to focus on timing and notes. This focus allows children to take a break from any daily stresses or worries they may have.

Music teaches perseverance

Children who learn how to play a musical instrument at an early age will develop the skills required to move into the music industry professionally. This practice and dedication will teach them how to reach their goals throughout life, through hard work and perseverance.

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Tips for Breastfeeding after Birth

Breastfeeding comes with plenty of benefits for both the mother and her newborn child. Breast milk contains antibodies and nutrients that aid in protecting the baby against infections, stomach problems, viruses, and even obesity. Mothers too can benefit from breastfeeding, as the process has been clinically proven to lower risks of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and hypertension. According to breastfeeding and lactation specialists, you should breastfeed your newborn as soon as you can after delivery. However, breastfeeding after birth is easy said than done for most mothers. So, how do you ensure that your breastfeeding gets off to a good start? This post highlights tips for breastfeeding after birth.

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Breastfeed within the First Hour of Birth

Ideally, you should breastfeed your baby immediately after delivery. Within the first hour of giving birth, a healthy baby should be alert to latch a breast. The baby is also likely to spontaneously seek the breast within the first hour of birth, especially when in skin-to-skin contact with the mother. Breastfeeding immediately after birth, particularly within the one-hour window, enhances the immediate mother-to-child bond. The baby is also able to enjoy the immunological benefits of colostrum.

Maintain a Skin-to-Skin Contact When Breastfeeding

 Skin-to-skin contact between a mother and child has been scientifically proven to offer wide-ranging benefits when done correctly. Such benefits include improved brain development, strengthened bonding, and enhanced sleep. In the case of breastfeeding after birth, skin-to-skin contact goes a long way in facilitating more successful breastfeeding. This is because such close contacts make it easy for babies to cue for breastfeeding regularly, enhancing what is known as responsive feeding. This is a practice where you breastfeed every time the baby demands until they get satisfied. Again, it is easier for your baby to get a good latch when in close contact with your skin.

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What Are The Home Upgrade Projects That Cannot Afford To Wait?

Home improvement is an ongoing commitment. After all, changing trends and evolving technologies ensure that there will always be a handful of jobs on your list. Consequently, then, learning to prioritize your projects is essential.

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While many tasks can be completed when they feel convenient or when you enjoy a cash injection, some steps cannot wait. If any of the following home upgrades need to be completed in your property, you must take action ASAP.

Home Security

Your home is your castle, and is the place where you should feel at peace. Sadly, it’ll be impossible to achieve this goal if the property is vulnerable to intruders. Now is the time to correct the issues for the sake of your mindset, family, and possessions.

Increased home security should begin with the addition of surveillance cameras. This should be supported further by ample lighting as well as better window and door locks. Creating better visibility of the garden through smarter landscape designs can work too.

Putting insurance coverage in place can increase your sense of emotional security. Nevertheless, prevention is the best form of protection. Financially, logistically, and mentally. 

Internal Safety

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While keeping intruders out of the home is your big fear, the truth is that internal threats are far more likely. Only a receptive approach will allow you to stay on top of the process. For starters, any parents must childproof their homes with items like power outlet covers.

Additional sources of danger include fireplaces, sharp furniture, glass doors, and steep staircases. Meanwhile, all households should invest in fire alarm installations and carbon monoxide detectors. The risks associated with missing those items are too vast.

Meanwhile, if you spot signs of damp, it’s vital to get this checked by an expert. Again, you may also need an electrician if moisture has penetrated walls and got to the wires or cabling.

Appliance Faults

When looking at home upgrade projects, it’s easy to focus your attention on luxuries like swimming pools and home cinemas. While those upgrades can come at some stage, they must not take priority over fixing appliances and other small faults.

The effective performance of those products will add convenience to your daily life, saving time and money. Whether you require an electrician or a plumber, repair jobs are often cheaper and easier than replacements. And you’ll still be familiar with the products.

Power outlet faults or running new lines to meet changing requirements are common tasks. However, there are plenty of others. If you don’t fix them, those issues will keep bugging you.

Energy Loss

If you want the home to remain comfortable, maintaining a consistent temperature should play a central role. An efficient boiler and the installation of a Smart room thermostat will establish a solid platform to build upon. But you must still fight heat loss.

Heat is lost primarily through the roof and windows. So, increased roof insulation and thicker glass should be considered essential steps for 2021. Further steps may include draft excluders around internal door frames, as well as thicker drapes and carpets.

While you are in the process of completing eco-friendly upgrades, it’s worth adding LED lights and water-efficient toilets too. Those investments pay for themselves.

Storage Additions

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Storage shortages are a major problem for many modern homes. Most families now possess a greater number of products than ever before. Likewise, the growth of house prices over the past few decades have left many families with smaller homes than they’d ideally like.

Thankfully, there are ways to fight back against this issue. From using geometric shelving to make alcoves more useful to adding hooks behind doors, little steps make a big impact. Organizing drawers and cabinets more efficiently will unlock even greater results.

This is the perfect time to think about decluttering too. A combination of selling unwanted goods and losing bulky units in favor of items like TV wall brackets will serve you well.

Bedding Upgrades

It’s not always the most exciting approach to home upgrades, but function must take precedence over luxury. However, there is one clear exception where splashing out on extra comfort is one of the smartest things you can do. Your bedding.

The value of a good sleep pattern cannot be emphasized enough. Choosing a mattress that carries a firmness level matched to your needs is vital. Meanwhile, organic bedding can significantly enhance your comfort and ease you into a deep sleep. 

Blocking out the light with blackout blinds is another simple upgrade that can change your daily life. The rewards include improved looks, energy levels, and mental health. Perfect.

Home Office

If you now work from home as a repercussion of the pandemic, building a designated space to work from is vital. Given that a home office is one of the transformations that boosts property value, the cost of the upgrade should not deter you.

As well as financial rewards, it is a great way to boost productivity. It also helps you maintain a work-life balance in difficult circumstances. It’s likely that this way of working will become the norm for the long haul. Therefore, delaying the inevitable project is counterproductive.

The great thing about the home office is that you can decorate it to suit your tastes and preferences. A little personality will go a long way to maximizing the project results.

Curb Appeal

Now more than ever, you may feel that curb appeal can wait. After all, it’s likely that you leave the home far less frequently than pre-covid. On the contrary, though, this should give you an even greater incentive. Entering the property in a happy mood will pay dividends.

Besides, many of the external upgrades are cost-effective solutions that can be completed on a DIY basis. From adding a new mailbox to painting the external walls or planting flowers, the results are grand. Not least because you can look out of the home to see them.

If nothing else, a little time completing jobs gives you a break from the same four walls and gives you a little light exercise. That should inspire you to embrace the project ASAP.

 

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3 Unique Hobbies Your Kid Will Love

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As a parent, you’re probably always on the lookout for the next great activity your child can be a part of. Maybe they’re already into sports, or maybe they’re going to be the next Michelle Dipp and work in life sciences.

Whether your child is artistic, athletic, academically gifted, or a combination of everything, finding new things for them to enjoy and be a part of is always exciting. 

So, if you’re looking for unique hobbies that might be different from some of the “standards”, look no further! Let’s cover three interesting hobbies your child will love. You’ll also love watching them explore and learn something new while growing as an individual. 

  1. Geocaching

Do you have a little treasure hunter on your hands? If so, your child will love geocaching. There are over 3 million geocaches across the globe, and they are all just waiting for adventurers to find them. 

To get your child involved in geocaching, all you need to do is download the official Geocaching app on your phone (or theirs, if they have one). A map will show up with all of the caches near you. Some are easier to get to than others, but a treasure awaits when you do find them. You’ll leave another ‘prize’ in the cache’s place so someone else can go exploring, too. 

  1. Baking

If you have a child that always loves watching you in the kitchen, teaching them how to bake is a great way to introduce them to some important life skills. Baking requires a lot of science, measurements, and accuracy. So, your child will be learning a lot, but it will be disguised as something they enjoy doing!

Turn baking into a regular routine with your child by letting them pick out a recipe each week, and tackling it together. When they see that they can create something that looks and tastes great, they’ll be motivated to keep going, and they’ll feel an incredible sense of accomplishment. 

  1. Story Writing

Does your child have a vivid imagination? Do they always seem to be looking for something creative to do? 

Story writing could be a great, affordable hobby for them. You can provide them with a notebook, a pen, and a prompt every day and let their imagination go to work, coming up with stories that go along with your question or prompt. Not only will it help their imagination to grow, but you’ll end up with notebook after notebook of wonderful stories from your little one. You’ll love reading them back later, and handing those notebooks off to them when they get older. 

As you can see, thinking outside of the box, even a little, can make a big difference in the uniqueness of your child’s hobbies. Give these a try with your little one, and you might just help them discover something they love. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to do more things with them or guide them along the way, so don’t be afraid to use these hobbies as learning experiences as you go. 

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Should I Encourage My Child to Learn an Instrument?

Music is incredibly beneficial for children’s development, so it is really important to encourage singing and playing instruments from an early age.

Music can help to reduce stress, increase productivity and even help to build a child’s confidence. 

To help you learn more, a boy’s school in Hertfordshire have put together a list of key benefits associated with learning a musical instrument…

Coordination

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Playing a musical instrument can help to develop a child’s coordination and motor skills. The piano is an excellent example of this. When playing the piano a child needs to use both hands to play different keys, press the foot pedal and read music – all at the same time! It really is quite a remarkable skill.

Perseverance

Children who learn how to play a musical instrument at an early age have a great chance to develop their skills into a professional career. This practice and dedication will help to teach them how to reach their goals throughout life, through hard work and perseverance.

Memory

Music is a great way to expand your child’s memory. In fact, studies have shown that music can help to enhance many cognitive abilities. This is because when playing an instrument; a child must read music; remember melodies and then replicate them. 

Confidence

Playing an instrument provides many levels of learning and accomplishments. This can be an enormously motivational and confidence boosting lesson for a child, especially if they go on to study music or perform in public.

Relaxation

Music is great for children’s mental health because it can be used to relax and de-stress. Playing an instrument can also have a calming effect on children because they need to focus on timing and notes. This focus allows children to take a break from any daily stresses or worries they may have.

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Tips to Keeping A Business Relationship Focused

No matter what side you are one, partnering to grow successful can be tough. The future may be a blur or depending on as if. And, supporting one through hardships can seem overwhelming. 

Help yourself, and your business relationship flourish. Keep these tips in mind to protect yourself and push your partnership in the right direction.

Set Up Meetings

Make time to meet up with one another regularly. Keeping each other informed about the pros and cons of the business is important to understand. Choose an appropriate location and bring along any resources that are necessary to the discussion. Everything should be set out on the table to keep both parties on the same page. 

Discuss the good, the bad, and the goal. It’s always nice to hear the pros, but discussing the cons can be tough. It’s important to note what’s working and build improvements to meet a business partner’s ultimate goal. 

Develop A Written Contract

It’s always great to have everything discussed on record. Writing a contract in the presence of all parties with the goals, limitations, boundaries, and other important things to note within the business relationship is important. 

It’s nice to have a witness or legal individual to look over and agree with that the contract is greatly written. Satisfying both parties for a business partnership is extremely important to moving forward and working together. 

Protect Your Side of The Business

Sometimes, a business partnership won’t always go towards the goal that was agreed on. It’s important to keep your money safe and not get stuck in a partnership for years when it’s not going anywhere. Consider searching for a reliable business law attorney help you out with ease. 

Having help with protecting your money is necessary. Finances are highly essential to have considering it’s a key item to having a stable living. Don’t risk losing any more money than you’ve already put in. 

Make Every Day Count

Have you heard of the saying “time is money”? With a business, one is on the clock every day. Make each day count staying focused and making each day count towards the business goal. 

Keeping a professional and hardworking mindset each day will make it easier to accomplish your business goal. Whether it’s your day off or you’re on the job, give the business partnership your full potential. 

Conclusion

Committing yourself into a business relationship can be a decision that one may need to think about thoroughly. It’s an ongoing process and one that will need to participate in for years. Moreover, it will have its ups and downs, leading to the judgment of what is too much of a low and ideal up. Success and growth should be the main key. 

If you are interested in finding a business relationship and need more information about how one goes, consider finding a consultant. Get insight and see if being a part of a business relationship is right for you. This is another way to grow your finances by working with and as a team. 

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Helping to Prepare Your Kids for the Future

In a world of blockbuster video games, social media and infinitely enticing television shows that capture the attention of your kids, it can be incredibly difficult to talk to them about what their future might have in store. 

Thinking about the future might be the last thing on their minds, especially in today’s particularly tempestuous climate. 

The question does not have to be uncomfortable however, as many future opportunities and possibilities emanate with the promise of excitement and reward. Wanting whatever is best for your children is simply a part of being a parent, so here are some tips to help you prepare your loved ones for the future. 

Encourage Creativity

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Creativity is an important aspect of life and it can take many profound forms. Creativity can be the driving force behind any great idea and helps people to develop both personally and professionally. 

Embracing your child’s knack for art, writing, sports, or anything they show an interest in can help them develop transferrable skills in later life, such as problem solving and attention to detail. 

You can help to encourage this by paying close attention to your child’s interests and directing them to insightful reading materials and information platforms to engage with. Apps are also good for this as they can offer a balance between being fun and informative. 

It might also be worth remembering that allowing your child the free space and time to be creative can help to strengthen their independent way of approaching situations. You may wish to designate a specific area in your home for your child to practice their passions.

Growth and Independence

There will come a time when your child requires the space to grow independently, which can be a tough realization for any parent. 

If you have the means, you may wish to look further afield for independent growth opportunities, such as the fantastic Soccer to Football international youth training camp, who provide coaching services for talented young players. 

Career Opportunities

The age-old question of, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ appears to be somewhat paradoxical in nature, as many of the prestigious roles available today simply did not exist even a few years ago. 

In this regard, it can be important to nurture a love of learning and curiosity. Furthermore, not knowing what you want your career to be when you get older is perfectly normal. 

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You may find it beneficial to promote the use of questions by encouraging your child to ask questions of why and how. 

Learning Methods

It can be vital to remember that the efficiency of various learning methods differ widely between individuals. For example, a kinetic learner may have a harder time retaining information from a textbook when compared to a visual learner. 

You might find it helpful to encourage whichever particular style of learning that your child finds easiest. This way you can help to support them for the future, as knowing which method best suits them in terms of learning can be just as important as the information itself.  

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Top Tips to Get Kids into Sports

One of your most important responsibilities as a parent is to ensure that your child is physically active. Not only does this help to prevent damaging conditions such as obesity, but it also forges a stronger connection between the body and mind. One of the best ways of ensuring your kids get the exercise they need is by getting them interested in sports. There are several techniques that you can use to boost your kids’ enjoyment of sports, and here are a few of them that you can put into practice. 

Lead by Example 

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Kids are like sponges who tend to absorb their external influences to a great extent. As a parent, you are their number one role model. So, if they grow up in a house in which playing sport is a central component, it is more likely that this will rub off on them. The first few times that you introduce a sport to your child, it may be just the two of you. Show plenty of enthusiasm and your kids are likely to get excited as a result of this. 

Sign Them Up to a Club 

When you are done with playing just with the family and you want your kid to experience the sport with other children, you can sign them up to a basketball academy or football club, but be sure to choose one that is suitable for their age range and ability level. If they can go along with a friend or schoolmate, this helps to provide them with confidence and a friendly face. As a parent, you should get into the habit of speaking with the instructor on a regular basis to find out how your child is doing and whether you can help out with anything. The act of getting your kids to go to sports clubs should be one of gentle encouragement rather than one that involves pushing them too hard. 

Go Along to Matches and Spectator Events 

When your child has been taking part in a sports club for a while, it is likely that there will be a match or other spectator event that you can go along to. When you are there, don’t be one of those parents who yells and generally puts too much pressure on their kids. Instead, you should be positive and enthusiastic. If you act angry and disappointed, this is more likely to rub off on your kids. Get into the habit of going on a regular basis to show your kids that you enjoy watching them. 

Try Out Different Games and Activities 

Kids tend to have short attention spans – and these have reduced even more in recent years with the widespread availability of technology. Therefore, it is worth trying out different games and activities. If your kid starts to lose interest in one sport, another one may help to get their enthusiasm levels up once again. Speak to your children about what they are enjoying and would like to do more of. This is better than trying to force them into a sport that you always used to enjoy when you were a kid. Remember, your interests are different and it is inevitable that you won’t like all the same activities. 

Watch Sports on TV

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A great way of introducing your kids to a range of different sports is to watch them together on TV. For younger kids, it may be a sports-based cartoon or movie that sparks off their interest and enthusiasm. When they are a little bit older, you could take them along to live sporting events. The roar of the crowd and the general hubbub of the event may make them even more excited about the sport. These days, there are plenty of sporting icons around, so seeing them on a regular basis may give your kid an idol who they can look up to. 

Always Encourage Rather Than Force 

The process of getting your kids into sports should be one of continuous encouragement. Nobody likes to feel as if they are being forced into doing an activity that they are not keen on; and this will only result in them having a negative reaction and going off the sport entirely. Of course, sometimes gentle encouragement can be useful. For example, on those early mornings when your child doesn’t feel like getting up, ensuring that they make it to their sports club practice session is often worthwhile. A lot of the time, they will be happy when they arrive and get their body moving! 

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3 Tips for Getting Your Life More Organised, without Needing Lots of Discipline

There are all sorts of benefits to having your life relatively well organised – ranging from the fact you will be able to avoid the stress of rushing to meet deadlines, to the fact that you will be better able to invest time and energy in your hobbies of choice.

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Of course, wanting to get your life a bit more organised is one thing, but actually making it happen is something else altogether. Too much organisation can be a stressful and stifling thing, and trying to get your life more organised using sheer discipline is often a losing proposition.

If you have ever worked in the hospitality industry, you might have noticed that it was significantly easier to serve up meals to strangers than to do it at home, at times.

The trick is that there are things other than discipline that are involved in getting things done.

Here are some tips for getting your life more organised, without needing lots of discipline.

Get yourself connected to external “accountability mechanisms”

The reason why you might find it easier to be organised, and to get things done, in a job context, has a lot to do with the external “accountability mechanisms” that are present in that context, which may be missing in your personal life.

In order to get your life more organised in general, figure out ways to implement accountability mechanisms that you don’t have direct control over. This might be an accountability buddy who expects regular check ins from you, or might even mean putting money on the line with a service such as StickK.

It’s easy to be consistent when there are external pressures, rewards, and punishments involved.

Listen to your intuition, and, to the best of your ability, try to only do things that feel meaningful to you

If you’re trying to structure your life in a way that you don’t intrinsically find meaningful or positive, you are bound to fail – and if you don’t, you will certainly be miserable at the very least.

Take some time to listen to your intuition, and to try to restructure your life to the best of your ability so that you are only doing things that feel meaningful to you.

The more meaningful something feels, in general, the easier it will be to do and stick with.

Develop the habit of getting started more quickly, and thinking about the process less

Paralysis analysis” is a very real thing, and it can certainly apply to maintaining structure in your life, and performing your daily routines, just as it can apply to everything else.

Perhaps the best and most consistent way of circumventing this issue, is to do what you can to develop the habit of getting started on things more quickly, and thinking about the process less, as a rule.

If you sit around and reflect on how much you’re going to dislike doing a particular chore, for example, it will be much harder for you to actually do it.

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