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HOW TO USE NATURE TO MAKE KIDS THRIVE 

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While technology is speeding ahead at breakneck speed, the human race is going backwards in some respects.

Think about it. The open spaces and natural foods and hobbies our ancestors enjoyed have been replaced with solid walls, preservative filled foods and hobbies that often include sitting in front of some kind of screen.

Sure, our lives are more comfortable. We are living longer and I daresay with less physical pain than our ancestors endured.

However, the incidence of mental health problems such as depression is skyrocketing, as are physical health issues such as obesity. And many of us are out of touch with the world that hosts us.

The very need to write an article about reconnecting kids with nature shows just how far we have slumped.

It’s not all bad news, though.

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HOW TO DISPLAY KIDS’ ART, AND WHY YOU SHOULD

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesdays project – how to display kids’ art.

I have some fun ideas for dealing with the mountains of art your little creators will give you.

But first, let me tell you why it is so important to display their artworks.

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GRAND DESIGNS – HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR GRANDKIDS

 

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Just when you think it is safe to reclaim your home, along come the grandkids.

It’s not always easy for us grandparents, who have not had to think about safety locks on cupboards, or the dangers of low-lying glass ornaments, for years.

We may have been revelling in the enjoyment of being able to put things where we want to without these concerns. Not to mention the absolute joy of a house that stays clean for longer than 24 hours.

It can be easy to overlook the dangers, to our property and tiny hands and feet, of carelessly placed treasures.

The thing about grandkids is that they come to you having learned a different set of rules.

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN MORE THROUGH CREATIVITY

 

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Our children are becoming less creative and it could be affecting their ability to learn.

Isn’t that a horrifying thought?

Studies have shown that children’s creativity tends to decrease with age. Most notably from kindergarten to grade three.

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SECRETS TO PLANNING A STRESS-FREE CHILDREN’S PARTY  

 

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Planning a party for the little ones? What can possibly go wrong?

The comedian, W.C. Fields knew what he was talking about when he advised; “Never work with children or animals”.

Why? Because they’re unpredictable and you can never be certain of outcomes when they’re involved.

That being said, it is possible to host a stress-free children’s party and these tips will show you how.

 

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HOW PLANNING AHEAD CAN SAVE YOU FROM DEPRESSION

 

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A constant theme among the grandmothers in my circle has been a feeling of contentment – a sense that their life has come full circle and is complete.

There is no argument this is a wonderful feeling, but what if I told you that the contentment you’re feeling now could lead to depression?

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GRAND CRIMES – AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

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“Please, will you just shut up,” I pleaded/yelled as all chaos broke out with four Goddesses all vying for my attention.

This was my Grand crime. I imagined how my reputation with the neighbours as a dedicated Grandy had just gone down the gurgler.

The Goddesses looked at me in shock. Grandy doesn’t usually speak to them this way.

The outburst served to keep them all quiet for seconds until the next drama erupted.

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TAMURIA’S A – Z OF MANNERS – A HAPPY GUIDE

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I could feel my mood darkening along with the skies as I sat in the grandstand watching my favourite football team play.

Well, actually I was trying to watch but it was a challenge as a group of spectators had decided to stop in the aisle, right in front of my view of the field, and have a conversation.

I had already been hit in the head by some woman’s handbag as she squeezed past the row of seats behind on a mission to buy food.

There were wet patches on my jeans where my drink had slurped over the top of my glass as someone in my row jostled past me.

I’m pretty sure our row contained the world’s hungriest and thirstiest people. Or maybe they just had weak bladders. Either way, sitting at the end of the row meant there was no respite and the action inevitably coincided with action on the field that I missed in an effort to move and avoid having my feet squashed. Wasn’t anyone here to actually watch the game?

Somehow I managed to hold my tongue, keep a (near) smile (maybe it was more a grimace) on my face and go on to watch my team make a stunning win.

It had me thinking, though. How easily we can get fed up and angry when people are so thoughtless and how different the world would be if more people followed  the simple rules of good manners.

 

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WHY I GAVE MY GRANDDAUGHTER THE GIFT OF SADNESS

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It’s not something we want for our loved ones. It’s not something we want for anyone.

When people are sad, our first urge is to take their sadness away, make them happy again.

When the people around us are happy they are giving out positive energy, which we benefit from. Our consciousness is not tormented with the feelings of helplessness, guilt, and frustration that sadness inspires.

There are countless books, courses, and articles celebrating happiness while sadness gets hidden away in the dark corner – something to be ashamed of, something to deny and never share.

It is what makes talking openly about mental illnesses associated with sadness so difficult. It is why so many suffer alone.

What if we celebrated sadness?

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HOW TO BURST THE BUBBLE AND EMBRACE THE SCRAPES

 

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Parenting with moderation seems to be one of the biggest problems for mums and dads these days.

We are constantly fed a diet of fear. Fear our kids will succumb to the latest germ. Fear our kids will be kidnapped or abused. Fear about how they eat, how they sleep, how they walk and talk.

This feeling is reinforced with government regulations about child proof bottle lids to keep them safe from poison and gates, designed to keep kids in. There are even some schools that forbid kids to do cartwheels and handstands for fear of injuries.

With all this fear comes the urge to wrap those precious people in bubble wrap to protect them from all the possible dangers.

The problem with bubble wrap is you can’t spread your wings.

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