It’s Saturday afternoon, the kids are home from school and you and your partner have the day off work. What are you guys up to? For most families, everyone is doing something different, with one going swimming, the other playing football and the parents stretched out between them. It’s important for families to do things together. It helps strengthen your relationship and is easily way more fun to do things together. If you don’t have a family hobby, don’t be afraid to try something different.
Here are some ideas to help you and your family enjoy spending time together.
It’s likely that your family has already got one car. They’re becoming a necessity in this day and age, where the commute is a very real struggle and trying to lug more than one child onto public transport is almost impossible. You might use it as a family at weekends to go out and about, see your family and do the school runs (and fight for a legal parking space).
But there might come to a time where you need to consider getting a second car… just like we did. We work at two very different places and now we have a toddler to get to and from nursery every day. With just the one car, that simply wasn’t possible. However, a second family car is an expense that lots of families might struggle to afford. I know that we had to do a lot of digging down the back of sofas when we got ours last year and that’s what this post is about.
If you’re thinking of a second car, here are a couple of ways that might become a reality sooner than you think.
It can be hard enough managing your kids and keeping them happy when you’re fit and healthy. So what happens if you’re unwell for a few days? We’ve all been there after all. You want nothing more than to lie in bed or on the couch to relax, but your kids simply don’t understand why you can’t play with them. Because it’s not socially acceptable to lock yourself locked in the one room to avoid infecting the entire neighbourhood, you will be forced to show your face at some point.
Of course, normally, when you explain to your kids that you need to rest because you’re tired and sick, they will respond with warmth and sympathy, and will even quiet down for a while to help you nap. Not Short Rib, mind, he’s a bit too young to understand what illness even is, despite his recent bout of the pox. With the younger ones (and sometimes even the older ones) even the heaviest colds won’t put them off and they’ll soon come to you hoping for fun and games. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to respond with something other than a groan and rolling over on the sofa.
The average cost of raising a child in the United States to the age of 18 is more than $245,000. Presumably here in the UK, the price is probably around the same… maybe more if you have to fork out for childcare like we do! This is a staggering sum of money, but don’t despair because there are lots of things you can do to keep more of your money in your purse as a parent.
Try these simple tips for saving money as a parent and watch your savings grow!
It’s summer time! The sun is starting to make its presence known, the dark afternoons are a thing of the past and everybody is in a far better mood than they were two months ago. For most people, that means we can finally venture outdoors again and for me, it means that I’ve now got to find more ways of keeping Short Rib entertained. So I’ve looked where any non-crafty, artistically inept Mum would go for inspiration. Pinterest. I’ve saved you the trouble and found five awesome (and relatively simple looking) summer crafts for you and your kids.
Please note, I’ve not tried any of these yet, but even I’m pretty confident I could pull these off with a decent level of competence…
Weaning is a journey unlike any other – one full of trepidation, excitement and sometimes utter chaos. It should just be instinct, we should just be born with the ability and in-built knowledge to be able to eat a chip without choking on it. But these are babies we’re talking about and no such instinct exists. You start introducing your tiny one to new and exciting things and you open up the door to a whole heap of trouble.
We are now very much at the end of the weaning journey – we have a toddler who will eat pretty much anything you put in front of him, so long as he’s in the mood and I’ve even got to a stage where I might even turn my back on him whilst he eats his tea. Not for very long, mind. It wasn’t always like that though. Weaning was a tremendous pain in the arse and a process I found a bind almost from start to finish.