Being at the head of a family can be an expensive duty. It’s not cheap at all, and that doesn’t seem fair! It’s hard work being a parent, and when you’re a parent, you have more reasons to save than ever before. You want to save to give your kids the best future possible. You want to save to give yourself an opportunity for a well-earned break. It’s ironic that one of the more expensive roles in life can come with a lot more reasons to want to save. Life’s like that though.
Saving for our kids? Yeah! It’s fairly selfless, isn’t it? But every parent will want to do it. Can they do it? Are they capable? It’s a different question. While we might not have enough cash to buy a house for our kids straight up (let’s get one for ourselves first), we can certainly do our best to give them at least a little something as a platform for their dreams. Something to help them with University. Something to help them move. Something to help them do what they want to do. It’s only fair, right?
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!
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.
Our post title is kind of misleading. There’s no way on earth to determine the best formula for newborns (or indeed any baby) and we all know that – in the UK especially, the contents of them are largely the same, heavily regulated and they all taste rank. No seriously, have you ever tried formula milk as an adult? Yuck. This guide is more about the best baby formula for your circumstances and needs, if this is how you choose to feed your child.
I posted on this subject last week and frankly it took a lot out of me. This post, however, is more of an informative piece about what to look out for when choosing baby formula. Every newborn and every parent is totally different and it can be a bit daunting that when you’ve decided to formula feed your newborn, there are still a tonne of different brands and products to choose from.
So a post went up on another site about the fact that they’ve decided not to promote formula milk on their blog. Of course, that’s their choice as to what they do and do not want to place on their part of the internet. I love that, I love that a blog gives you the freedom to talk about what you want and refuse to talk about what you don’t. I won’t be promoting dummies for example (not that I’ve been asked) – but way more blogs will, because they like them. Totally cool. This is not a “refusing to promote formula is incorrect” post. It’s really, really not.
However, I felt compelled to write something on the subject. An alternative viewpoint from someone who has decided to (and would totally continue to) promote formula feeding. One that I feel quite passionately about, because it explores the one part of my pregnancy experience that left a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t normally do these type of in-depth posts… I’m not really into baring my soul to the internet but this is an exception.
Parenting is a pain in the arse sometimes. It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a steep learning curve for you and your other half. In the fog of night feeds, early mornings and fretting about what’s best for your little one it’s really easy for both parents to just stop talking to each other. Enter Barefoot Coaching and their wonderful Coaching Cards for New Parents.
We’re not new parents, but Short Rib is only one, so we’re still getting used to this being in charge of a tiny human thing. The cards are designed to help new parents have an open and frank discussion about the new adventure. The good and the bad. To find the answers for them and not what their mother in law, best mate or former midwife neighbour think is best (because we’ve all had stupid parenting advice before, right?).
You can get them over at Barefoot Coaching when they launch tomorrow, September 1st 2016 where they retail for £15.00 per pack. They make a wonderful gift to expecting parents, or as a tool for you and your partner to boss this parenting malarkey together. We were really kindly sent a pack to look at before they went on sale for the purpose of this blog post.