Ways to Entertain Your Kids during the School Holidays

kids on holidays

School holidays are a great time for some parent-child bonding time. But kids easily get bored, and it is ideal for you to give them something to do to help them be entertained. There are a lot of ways to entertain your kids during the school holidays when they are at home.

Building a Fort

One of the best activities that will surely keep your kids well entertained is by letting them build their own fort. If you are lucky enough to have a decent size backyard, then let your kids do it there or inside the house if it’s during winter. You can begin by setting up a safe area where they can start to build the fort for themselves. You can help them by using a bed sheet to hang over a tree maybe, and make sure to create an opening where they can enter. Kids usually prefer crawling so a small opening will definitely do.

Bake or Cooking

Another good thing is to let them cook with you. You can bake some very tempting treats together, which they don’t usually get to enjoy when they are busy with school. This is actually a good way to bond with your kids because they will learn how to prepare the food that they will eat themselves. But just make sure they don’t cut themselves with sharp kitchen utensils. If they are very young letting them mix the bowl and give them tasks that are safe for them is sufficient.

Board Games

There are a lot of board games today and there are also the traditional ones, such as chess and cards. This is a good way to keep their brains active while not in school. You can also give them puzzles as most kids love working things out.

Other Languages

You can also entertain them by teaching them different languages. Kids soak up a lot of knowledge when they are young so it is a good time to try different languages, especially if you are going overseas and it will motivate them to learn. However, don’t put too much pressure of them when you start teaching them because your goal here is to entertain them while they are learning.

Creating Artwork

The type of artwork that you will create will depend on the current season. If it’s the Christmas season, you can let them design decorations. Give them prizes once they get to finish, to encourage them to finish their work.



Another thing that you can do with your kids is to let them give you a hand in the garden. If you don’t have a garden yet, you can start planting something in your backyard and let your kids pick the flowers or the plants that they would like to see there. You can teach them the right ways of planting and how they can take good care of them, so they can have the pleasure knowing they did the planting when the garden grows.

A hard lesson in life is one well earned

Having children who haven’t quite reached the teenage years yet, I am usually somewhat apprehensive when my friends complain and moan about their own children who have indeed reached this milestone. For instance, one friend emailed me to say that her 18 year old son who is studying Accounting at College insisted it wasn’t for him and decided that he now wanted to be a police officer. They of course agreed he should check out this new vocation but not leave College yet, and perhaps attend an information session. So when the day finally arrived, their son forgot to go and didn’t think anything more of it. “He has no understanding of the real world..” my friend complained. He is now talking about joining the army…..

My niece did a 4 year drama degree at College (with honours) and now can’t get a job except working at the local hardware store. She’s left home, renting and marrying a guy who makes pizzas for a living. He however is trying to better himself and decided to do a week’s massage course. I guess a massager makes more money than a pizza maker. They have no money, and have no saving goals for their future. But they do have a new car given to them from my sister and brother-in-law. My sister pays for all the insurance and registration. They buy her new clothes when she needs them too. My niece is also planning on buying the new iPhone 6 which cost about $1000 despite her iphone5 still working perfectly well.

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I guess what I am trying to say here is that this new generation can’t seem to see much past the next day. I know there are a lot of great kids out there working hard, and this is just a couple of isolated incidents but I am hearing more about this Gen Y group in the media who are being brought up thinking they are special with inflated egos. I also heard a story recently that a teacher at a school graduation decided to be honest and explain to the kids at the ceremony that despite what they have been told by their parents, friends and family they are NOT special, and making their way in the world will be difficult.

Another friend of mine who works in the recruitment industry has said that Gen Y are a nightmare in the workplace – they never seem to do what you want, always have one foot out the door, are scheming and ambitious, never wanting to start at the bottom of the ladder. Some have even been known to use their cell phones during an interview.

We all want the best for our children and hope they end up making the right decisions in life, but it’s a hell of a long journey for us parents to know if we and they are doing the right thing or not. Me, I take one day at a time. I have no hesitation in telling my children they have done something wrong, but I also think they should be allowed to learn from their mistakes. To be honest I’m still learning as they grow older. My friend who has the 18 year old has said it can sometimes take several mistakes for her son to realize that the decision he chose was not the correct one – like parking illegally at college. Yes, despite getting several parking tickets I think he finally learnt his lesson after receiving the 6th one. An expensive lesson but one he hopes to not make again.

Has anyone else got similar stories? I’m happy to hear of them!

STDs Leading Cause of Infertility in Women

STDs Leading Cause of Infertility in Women

STDs or sexually transmitted diseases are conditions in the body where the infection rapidly spreads from one person to another in different ways. There are a lot of complications that sexually transmitted diseases have especially for women, and one of this is infertility. According to a recent report STD’s are the leading cause of infertility in women and this is because women who have STDs also develop PID or the pelvic inflammatory disease.

About Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PID or the pelvic inflammatory disease is caused by the infection wherein the body starts overreacting to it. The woman’s immune system will then try to fight the bacteria invading the body, which in return will cause local scarring and inflammation. Most of the time the body’s response to this invasion becomes successful, but the downside is that it has the ability to damage certain organs in the body. This disease can scar the pelvic cavity, fallopian tubes, and the uterus, and is also one of the reasons why women experience chronic pain in the pelvic area. When there are scars in these areas, the chances of infertility increase.

STD and Infertility

As mentioned, PID which is associated with STD, the number one cause of infertility. One or even both the fallopian tubes can occlude during the process and this can even be a worse for women who are older and smoke. Women known to be using IUDs are also prone to deterioration in their fallopian tubes that leads to infertility. The consequences are that the sperm has difficulty reaching the egg. But when the sperm finally get through the egg, the egg on the other hand might not be able to reach the uterus.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

One of the most common pains that you should watch out for if you already have a sexually transmitted disease is the pain in your pelvis and the lower part of your abdomen. Periods that are irregular are also a sign of pelvic inflammatory disease caused by STD. Pain while urinating and while having sex are also known symptoms, while lower back pain can also be included though this can also be a symptom of other underlying causes. Discharge in the vagina that is excessive and has an odor that is foul is a clear sign of an infection. Some of the general signs of an infection are vomiting, diarrhea, exhaustion and fever. If these symptoms are present, then it is strongly advisable to visit your doctor to check your condition. This might help save you from infertility.


STD Infection Treatment

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are two of the most known type of sexually transmitted diseases, and are the main causes why women develop pelvic inflammatory disease. Doctors’ tend to advise their patients to take antibiotics for the infection. There are some cases where an abscess has already ruptured, or on the brink of rupturing. This will require immediate surgery to avoid causing too much infection.

But remember the main thing you can do to prevent STDs is to avoid unprotected sexual intercourse.

Essential Oil Diffusers

As it was my father’s birthday on the weekend (happy birthday Dad) we celebrated the occasion at my sister’s house. My sister is a wonderful cook so we were expecting some pleasant cooking aromas when we walked through the front door. However, upon arriving we smelt something different. While it wasn’t her usual cooking prowess on display it did come from an essential oil diffuser she had running in the kitchen area. The smell was powerful, yet light and relaxing.

So I decided to take the plunge and see what all the hype was about for myself, and found that these diffusers have many wonderful health uses. Basically all you do is add a few drops of an essential oil and water into a diffuser and it will disperse in the air you breathe as vapor.

Firstly, what are essential oils? They are just highly concentrated plant extracts, yet they possess strong medicinal and cosmetic qualities. Depending on what benefit you are hoping to achieve, choosing the right essential oil is important. Here is a quick list of some anticipated health benefits you may get from using essential oils:

relieving colds; improving your skin; treating allergies and asthma; easing headaches; combating arthritis and rheumatism, and they can even be used for treating anxiety and depression. The top 5 essential oils are Lavender, Tea tree oil, Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil and Helichrysum oil. Each essential oil comes with many different health benefits that can be diffused regularly.

Essential oils function best when they aren’t heated, as high temperatures can ruin some of the beneficial aspects of the oil. Cold air diffusers tend to be the best type and they can be reasonably priced.

So what is the best type of oil diffuser? Some of the best essential oil diffusers come in many different shapes but the most common types are generally ultrasonic and nebulizing diffusers.

Ultrasonic diffusers use electrical frequencies to create vibrations that carry to the top where the oils are floating. The vibrations evaporate the oil and diffuse them into the air.

Nebulizing diffusers atomize the essential oil into very fine droplets which are then sent into the atmosphere by using a cold air pump or jet-style atomizer.

So I thought I would bite the bullet and ended up buying the Smiley Daisy Ultrasonic Diffuser.

smiley daisy

I use it a lot now, especially when I’m working in my study. I have tried mixing Lavender and Roman Chamomile together to get a blend for creating a relaxing mood while I work. Maybe it will even inspire me to write more! Or maybe there is an essential oil that encourages children to clean their rooms. Now that would be some powerful essential oil.

Travelling (surviving) on road trips with kids

travelling in car with kids

Most families prefer travelling with their children by car, mainly to avoid having problems with other people getting annoyed by the behavior of their kids. If you want to avoid the road trip from hell then some tips are in order. Travelling with children can be fun and difficult at times especially if you are not well prepared for a long ride. As you all know children can get a little bored when it comes to being confined in the car for a long period of time. They whine, cry, and even have fights with you and will in turn ruin your trip. Fortunately, there are things that you can do when taking small children on long journeys without them getting too bored. Below are some of the tips that you can do to ensure that they will enjoy their ride.

Packing Drinks and Food

Children can get hungry and thirsty often and they need to have something to eat or drink NOW. Instead of stopping at the convenience store on your way, you can pack drinks and food that you and your children can eat while on the road. Packing is more ideal than purchasing on the road since it tends to be more expensive.

Bring Toys and Stuff

You can let your children bring their most precious toys with them, while some may prefer bringing their favorite stuffed toy or their blanket. These things can help them be entertained or stay asleep while you are still on the road. Just make sure though you have enough room for all their toys. Lastly, make sure that these toys are within your reach so you can easily hand them over.

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Portable Player

Entertain your children by letting them watch their favorite shows or movies through your portable player. You can also bring along the CDs, for them to be able to listen and sing. These things will surely keep them entertained – at least for a while.


Another thing that you can do is to prepare some surprises for them, which you know they will like. You can prepare a small bag where you can store a surprise book, toy, or a treat for them. Choose a surprise that they will surely love to have and they can use easily while you are still on the road.

Stop Overs

If the ride is too long, you can go to stop overs to have a bit of a rest and stretch. You can try stopping over at a nice park or a roadhouse. Have a map with you showing places where you can stop. You can also throw away some trash at the same time, and check on the car.


For them to be able to fully enjoy the long ride, you need to make sure that the kids are all comfortably dressed. You can let them wear sweat pants or their favorite clothing, for as long as they feel comfortable in it. You may even want to start travelling early morning when your children will most probably asleep at that time.

How to Soothe a Teething Baby

teething babyIt can be frustrating soothing a teething baby especially if you have already exhausted all your options. Some parents’ think that they have done and tried everything, but there is hope out there.

Soothing a teething baby can be a difficult task for parents, but there are some effective tips. If you are one of the many parents who are struggling with this problem, then the information below will definitely help you.

Gums Numbing

One of the most effective ways is allowing the gums of your baby to feel numb for a while. The reason behind this is because the numbness of the gum will let your baby not feel any pain for a while. Since babies love chewing when they are teething, you can let her chew a clean cloth that is chilled. You may also use a teething ring and chill it in the fridge for a while, but make sure that it is not frozen because the coldness can cause more pain. You can also use gels for numbing. Of course just make sure to apply the right amount and avoid putting on too much as this will make your baby more annoyed.

Massaging the Gums

You can try to help your baby by massaging the gums with a clean finger. By massaging them firmly you will create a soothing effect for your baby. You can do this once in a while and just make sure not overdo it, and don’t get bitten!

Taking Medicines

OK, sometimes when all other avenues have been tried, and your baby is crying constantly from pain and your own head is spinning, a small dose of acetaminophen or an ibuprofen may be in order. Of course always consult your baby’s doctor or pharmacist first before letting your baby take anything.


Yes patience IS a virtue! At least that’s what they tell us. A teething baby requires a lot of patience by the parent. If your baby is in pain and awake all night, chances are so are you. If you feel annoyed or irritated, your baby will surely feel it too, which will only make them feel more uncomfortable. Playing some nice soothing music for him and for you just might calm you both down. Providing your baby a loving and warm environment will help with the pain that he is currently feeling at the moment.

But you should always remember that this is an essential part of parenthood and while this period will not last forever, just remember all the other parents experiencing the same issue.

Do Postpartum Girdles really help?

You have to admit that the word ‘girdle’ springs to mind something for an elderly person, but having looked at some of these contraptions on the marketplace they are definitely something to consider. There is a lot of pressure on women these days to get their pre-baby body back after having a baby. The tabloids’ reactions to Kate Middleton’s bump hours after she gave birth, and Kim Kardashian hiding away after having North put added speculation that she was waiting until she had her old body back.

postpartum girdlePostpartum girdles, or belly wraps help to keep your abdominal muscles back in place after having a baby. You still need to exercise, but for the first 6-8 weeks after birth you won’t be feeling like too much exercise, so one of these girdles may give your body time to heal naturally and rest. You will notice a difference to your body.

They are especially useful for women who have had c-sections, and help reduce back pain, water retention and speed up the healing process. A girdle will also help you to achieve a better posture and provide support to those areas that had been through a lot of pressure and stretching. Some mothers may wear them for a few weeks, while others close to a year.

The elastic bands are designed to be “abdominal compression binders” which apply pressure to the abdominal area after delivery. They can take the pressure off your legs and back and actually help reduce that uncomfortable uterine swelling and bloating so many moms experience post-delivery. They are said to help with diastasis recti. Other claims include lessening post-partum bleeding, alleviating cramping, and allowing your uterus to its return to normal size and location quicker. Most come with adjustable Velcro closures that can help you get back into your pre-pregnancy shape. While it does sound uncomfortable, they come in a variety of lightweight, comfortable, and even organic materials. They can also be worn underneath your normal clothes so others wouldn’t know you are wearing one. One of these girdles can also make a woman feel not only healthy, but more confident about her appearance in this transitional time after childbirth. While we can’t promise that they will melt away the pounds (diet and exercise, anyone?), they will help “tighten and shrink your tummy post pregnancy.” While it’s impossible to know how much of an effect one of these girdles will have on getting your pre-baby body back it’s important to remember so many other factors including diet, exercise, breastfeeding, and genetics that play a role, too.

The postpartum girdles are available in larger retail stores, but also a number of online stores will stock them. They are relatively inexpensive and cost anywhere between $20-$100 depending on the make and model.

If you’re looking for a simpler, gentler style of support than the post-partum girdling, a band-style post-partum support belt may be just what the doctor (or stylist) ordered. Though the support offered by a post-partum support band is generally less than that of a full-coverage medical-grade girdle, these belts will definitely flatten your tummy some and still promote good posture while nursing.

Maternity Support Belts

maternity support belt

It is tough work carrying a baby inside a human body. This can cause a lot of straining and produce side effects in pregnant women.

As the baby grows it puts a lot of pressure on the bladder and sometimes causes varicose veins. In some cases it leads to chronic back pain. These are some of the reasons that make it necessary for some women to use support garments. These devices create extra support for pregnant women.

The most common support belt is called the maternity belt. This is one of the most essential products used during pregnancy. The support belt is very good for relieving lower back pain. A support belt can be a solution for stomach and pelvic support, lower back and leg pain. The belt is also suitable for wearing when doing exercises.

There are many types of maternity support belts. The simplest being the one made from elastic which can be adjusted to fit different sizes. These belts are mostly wound around the back and underneath the breasts. The compression is important in significantly reducing back pain. There is also a chance that it will increase blood flow to the pelvis. This creates a good environment for the bladder by relieving the pressure from it.

There are other types of maternity belts that provide more cover and support of the lower back. Others are just made up of a strap that supports the lower part of the stomach. Some of these support belts have straps that get more support from the shoulders. This provides extra support and the weight is redistributed all over the body making it comfortable carrying the extra weight of the growing baby.

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Maternity belts can also help women in the post pregnancy period to recover quickly from natural birth or caesarean-section. There are many health benefits associated with it and in addition to that, it helps you get back to your pregnancy shape faster.

This is not just a belt to assist you in hiding your post baby body. The product has additional medical benefits and can hence they are used to shorten the time required for the uterus to return to its original size before pregnancy.

After any type of abdominal procedure such as the C-section, this support belt will increase your confidence to walk, sit and resume your daily activities. The belt provides back compression, relieves pain and helps muscles recover from pregnancy trauma after child birth.

The kind of reinforcement provided at the abdominal level is good in reducing any form of deformity and the formation of excess fatty skin. This happens through the provision of anatomic compression which is adjustable. This is the source of not only faster recovery but also re-shaping of your figure.

10 ways to bully-proof your kid

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Bullying has always been identified as beginning right from preschool. It is estimated that between 40 to 80 percent of middle school children have at one point or another reported being bullied. In the current times, bullying has been very dangerous and leading to accidents where some children have been beaten to death and others commit suicide.

That is real a real concern for parents. Despite that, there is still some good news because bullying can be prevented. You can easily bully-proof your child and try to keep them safe from bullies.

  • Grow respectful and compassionate relationship starting from the time when your child is very young.

When children grow-up in loving relationships, they are more likely to be safe from becoming or being bullied. Never expose the child to relationships where force or power is used to control them. Children who are smacked learn that physical violence is a solution for interpersonal problems. In your disciplinary actions, never use power because those children will practice using power over others as well. In other cases they will allow others to use power over them. It becomes a routine for them. There are many methods that involve the use of compassionate disciplinary methods and it works miracles.

Maintain the connection between you and your children at all times

The kids who are always seen to be lonely and withdrawn are more likely to be bullied. Always bear in mind that parenting is 90 per cent connection. Guide is the remaining 10 per cent. Guidance should always be supported with warm relationships. Always have open communication with your children no matter what happens.

Practice Confidence when dealing other people

When dealing with other people, practice confident behavior. Never back down and then later on feel like you are being pushed around. Children always watch their parents to learn how to handle situations. Start with asserting your own needs or rights while maintaining your respect for the other person. Always learn not to let yourself or your child down. You child will do exactly that because you are their role model.

Take time to teach your child respectful self-assertion

Children need to understand that they can maintain respect as they make their needs met by other people. Teach your kid to use words such as:

“Hands off my body” or

“It is my turn now”

Teach your child how to avoid bullies

Bullies always operate where parents are not present. That is why you should teach your kid to avoid unattended bathrooms, hallways and playgrounds. Your children should learn to sit in front of the school bus as well as sit at a lunch table near any teachers to avoid being bullied.

Impart social skills in your child

Bullies have a tendency to bully kids who are seen as being vulnerable as well as children who are desperate for peer acceptance. Practice with your child on how to join other kids at the playground. Introduce your kid to other kids at the party. Make games that teach your child some social skills and practice them at home.

Always teach your child that there is no shame in walking away from a bully or asking for help from an adult. This is because bullying situations have a tendency to escalate.

Teach your kids to help other kids who are being bullied. There are several approaches of doing this. They can stand with the victim and physically remove them from the bully by walking them away from danger towards adult assistance.

Tell your kids to seek for help from other kids. Let the kid wave other kids to their side by calling them “We need your help”. Then let them confront the bully and walk away.





How to earn an income from home

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Nowadays jobs are becoming extremely scarce and wages are stagnating. That is why people are finding it necessary to create multiple streams of income in order to attain some financial security. This is a very smart strategy but if you have a problem leaving your primary job to do another job then you will get stressed.

Earning income from home is also very suitable for people who are raising kids and are committed not to use the services of a daycare. On the other hand, there are people who are too old to hold a day-job. There are other people who are disabled or injured which makes it hard for them to leave their homes every day. These people will therefore find it appropriate working from home.

The good news for such people is that there are numerous ways of making money from home. Some of the ways of earning money is through starting your own business while other people work for someone else using their home as an office.

There are numerous challenges though that needs to be overcome. This includes the presence of scams. This should be avoided as much as possible.

Design graphics and websites

There are sites such as elance which work as an online marketplace where clients can post jobs of varying tasks. There are numerous programmers and graphic designers that provide services which are on high demand by companies. Freelancers bid on such jobs by creating a profile where they list their job experiences and portfolio. The price that they charge is clearly indicated on the profile. The owners of the website charge 6 per cent of your total earning as commission for maintaining the website.

Writing, editing and proofreading

There are numerous reliable websites such as ODesk and People Per Hour where you can be hired as a writer, website design, editor or filmmaker to work on projects for clients and sites such as You Tube to develop content. These type of assignments pays between $10 to $100 per hour. In case you have the right requirements, you can qualify for long-term contracts.

On ODesk, there are two types of payments. The first one is payment for fixed work and the second one is payment for hourly jobs. In the case of fixed jobs you get paid when the job is completed. Hourly jobs are more reliable because an hour worked is an hour paid.

Party planning

There are many opportunities to make money by hosting parties in which you demonstrate items for sale. Since you are self-employed, you can work as much as you can.

An important tip for you to succeed is to choose items for sale which you are so passionate about. This will be more enjoyable for you and you will make more sales that way.

This job is commission based and what you will earn largely depends on your ability to sale. The sales will assist you to cover the set up costs for your first parties.

Internet Research

There are many research companies out there which are always searching for researchers.

Customers send random questions to their websites and researchers find the right answers to those questions. It is important to note that you as a researcher can always choose the type of questions that you will be answering. The same is true with the number of hours that you will work.