No matter the age of your children finding productive and budget friendly things to do can be quite challenging. Below are 7 ways to keep the kids busy (that won’t cost a fortune) you can use on any day of the week to ensure your kids don’t go stir crazy.
Childproofing needn’t be expensive and can be done quickly and easily. Start by getting down on all fours and look up at the world from the point of view of a crawling child. It’s amazing the hidden dangers you will immediately identify such as dropped coins (a choking hazard) and medicines (a poison and choking hazard). Pick up anything you see on the floor and regularly sweep and vacuum your floors. Move sharp objects, knives and poisons including medicines out of the reach of children. Keep them up high where they can’t be reached and in secured cupboards. That includes cleaning materials which are often stored under the sink.Continue Reading →
Chances are, you’ve recently heard or read something about the importance of your kids having more outside time. And you don’t disagree. But have you had the chance to look at the research behind it all? And do you have a practical plan to make it happen?
Because even though giving your kids more time outside can seem like a simple change (with a big impact), sometimes the right knowledge can really help to motivate us to do things better.
So, let’s jump in and look at why kids should play outside more… and then how we can make that a reality in practical terms.
Most parents choose to book their kids into childcare for any of the following reasons:
- They can’t be in two places at once (at work and at home with kids)
- They want to invest in their child’s development and social skills
- They need time to themselves to rest or run errands without kids around
- They might need to focus on a smaller sibling (often a new baby) without the older child around
- There’s not always family/friends available who can help out
Fortunately, there are lots of wonderful childcare option here in Australia for parents to choose from. So, you can usually find the right childcare solution for your situation. But the problem with lots of options is that it can be a little overwhelming at first. It’s just not practical to look into every possible option.
Here in Australia, we have plenty of childcare options to choose from, with excellent programs, facilities, and regulations. For many of us, choosing a childcare comes down to proximity – what centres are closest to home and work? But for parents whose children suffer from allergies, the choice of where to send their child for day care can be a little more complicated.
Allergy symptoms can range from mild digestive discomfort to more immediate and serious concerns, like anaphylaxis. This can be especially concerning for parents when their little one is too young to communicate how they are feeling.
Become a work at home mum they said, it will be easy. You can save money on childcare, raise your children, spend time with your children, go to appointments all whilst earning money! What more could you ask for, right? WRONG!
For anyone that is considering becoming a work at home mum for the reasons above or even if you are a stay at home mum and need something to keep your brain stimulated, then read about my experience so far!
Becoming a work at home mum is bloody hard work! Especially if you are starting up a brand-new business.Continue Reading →
As we all know, toys can be expensive and the more children you have it can really add up! If your children are anything like mine, they love toy shops and want to buy every toy, and then when you bring home a new toy they lose interest after 5 minutes! That is why I have recently started getting rid of unused toys and letting them explore their imaginations.
If you have a child who has ever been in childcare, I am sure you understand the crazy costs involved! Sometimes it’s difficult to manage these costs on your own, which is why the Government offers two subsidies to help families cover their childcare fees. Currently, these subsidies are the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the Child Care Rebate (CCR).
It was recently announced that the current subsidies will be changing as of July 2nd 2018. Instead of the the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate, eligible families will now receive Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy.Continue Reading →
This week Melanie from Life Is For Living shares a delicious and simple dish that all little tummies will love! In January this year Melanie and her family made the big decision to pack up their suburban life and move to a more peaceful life in Victoria’s, Yarra Valley. For her this change has been a long awaited dream come true. Her goal now is to live as sustainably as possible and create a better living environment for her children and herself. Their country life is filled with a lovely big green block, chooks, vegetable patches and fruit trees.They are learning more about how their actions effect the environment around them every day and for this Melanie will always be thankful they made the change. She is the owner of the wonderful Life Is For Living. You can follow Melanie on Facebook ,Instagram or visit her site here
Today I’d like to share with you a recipe from an amazing friend of mine and fully qualified Naturopath. We are both always striving to fill our tummies and our children’s tummies with nutritious goodies and love trying new recipes with locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy.
I’ve been a daycare mum for almost 7 years. After all that time I should be a pro – after all, my family is part of the furniture at the centre. However, drop offs are still an absolute nightmare for me. I actually think that they’re worse now than they were right back in the beginning.Continue Reading →