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Gift Ideas For Kids & Teens With Disabilities

The holidays are such a magical time of year! Most people enjoy spending time with families, hearing the Christmas music playing in the stores and the general happiness and positive energy people are tossing around like confetti. For some parents the holidays can be a bit more of a challenge and not because of our grinch attitudes or dislike of the season. The holidays are different for some parents because the holidays are different for our kids. As a mother of three beautiful kids, a girl and two boys (both boys have disabilities) I know how unusual it can be to help your kids enjoy the season as much as others. Our oldest boy has ADHD and struggles to complete tasks or enjoy quiet, calm activities like others his age. Our youngest has Asperger’s which makes it a struggle for him to enjoy the wide range of emotions so many kids express this time of year. The holidays are not always easy for them simply because they experience things differently and don’t enjoy the same activities. Th
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Daycare Staff Photo Shoot Game

Childcare is a pretty serious job, we are raising other people’s children and it takes a lot out of you. It’s really nice to get the opportunity to relax and unwind, and have a super fun time when your staff gets together for a celebration.  This holiday season many daycare centres will be having holiday parties and get together a to celebrate and show appreciation for all that the daycare staff does throughout the year. To make things more interesting you can have a scavenger hunt type game where staff takes photos of themselves doing certain tasks throughout the week (not including children) to win a prize. The prize can be a small bonus, a gift basket, a paid day off, and anything else you can think of that your staff may enjoy.  Naming the winner and having a brag board available for all to see in the staff area or newsletter is always a great idea as well.  To get the best and silliest photos you need to think outside the box so I have compiled a list of activities your staff coul

What Moms Should Do When Their Relationships Are Getting Serious

If you are a single mom whose relationship is becoming more serious by the day, you may be both excited and worried about what the future holds. If you are at a loss on what possible next steps are or how to ease the changing nature of your relationship and the effect that this might have on your child, here are some of the steps that you should take when your relationship is starting to get more serious.  Plan Your Wedding Day  If you and your partner want to get married, you should consider planning your wedding day as early as possible so that it can be everything that you want it to be. For instance, you might decide to look for the perfect venue, set a date, and invite the people that you want there. However, although your upcoming nuptials may be exciting, you might also be worried about how you are going to look on the big day. Moms can often feel as if they do not have the time that they need to look after their appearance in the chaos of caring for a child. This can impact you

How Much Should You Spend For Flowers

Sending flowers is a common way to express one’s well wishes, congratulations, and even condolences. In Singapore where the cost of living is high, this translates to high prices for flowers as well. Not to mention the other charges that can also stack up, such as flower delivery, addition of gifts, and even customised flower gifts. Hence, choosing where to spend your budget will help you go in the long run. Below $30 If you’re looking to go really budget, you can consider cone bouquets which are smaller than the regular bouquet. You may also check with your neighbourhood florist if they have a style of the week to save on customisation costs. With a budget below $30, you will be surprised to find that some florists even offer flower delivery for them.  At Fav Florist, they sell handmade mini-bouquets which are air-flown in daily and have surprise weekly bouquets where you can just pick from, without thinking too much about hte flower combinations.     At another shop, FARM florist, yo

Top Tips to Prevent Unexpected Costs

When you have a family, any unexpected costs that you are confronted with can be extremely worrying. However, you do not have to simply sit and wait for these costs to be thrown at you. Instead, there are many ways of cutting down and preventing unexpected costs in the future, and here are just some of them.  Look After Your Pet’s Teeth Although most pet owners would do anything for their furry friends, it can sometimes be difficult to stay proactive about caring for your pet’s health outside of feeding them. This is especially the case if you have a hectic lifestyle. However, neglecting your pet’s health can leave you with extortionate vet bills, especially if you do not have the right pet insurance policy . In this case, you should make sure that you do not forget to care for any part of your pet’s health, such as their teeth. Caring for their teeth can be difficult as many pets will be reluctant to let you near them. However, dental work can be expensive and yet is necessary if your

4 Advantages of Having a Family Dentist

If you are like most people who spent most of their lives without prioritizing dental care, you know the price you had to pay for it. In fact, in the U.S, more than 90% of people have cavities in their permanent teeth. Hence, it’s a no-brainer that oral health is highly important. Other than giving you a great smile, taking care of your oral health reduces the risk of infections, heart disease, and cancer and even lowers the chances of diabetes. Thus, oral hygiene is a vital part of you and your family’s overall health.  Hence, families should have a qualified family dentist who can take care of their oral health. One of the major benefits of having is the convenience of scheduling quick checkups. Here are a few more benefits of having a family dentist.  Comprehensive Oral Care Family dentists are qualified professionals in various dental fields for people of different ages. Children need special dental care as their teeth are still in the development stage. A dentist can teach them ab

How to Have a More Peaceful Home

Having a peaceful and quiet home is a dream for many. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to truly relax and feel comfortable away from the noise and chaos outside?  The problem is, you might feel this is impossible; your home is just always noisy, and whether that’s from external noises or it’s the people you live with – or even the house itself – making noise, it’s not conducive to a great night’s sleep or a relaxing moment or two away from work. With that in mind, here are some ways to help you have a more peaceful home that will enable you to truly relax properly at last.    External Noise Let’s consider the problem of external noise first. Perhaps you live on a busy street or maybe it’s just that your neighbors happen to have a loud  car,  or they love to mow their lawn early in the morning. Ideally, you’ll want none of that external noise pollution to enter your home, meaning you can enjoy the peace and quiet  without  whatever else might be happening outside.    The best thing t

What Should Parents Do in December?

As a parent, you may feel you have an endless number of bullet points on your to-do list when you reach December, and you might be struggling to remember all the actions you need to take. If you want to ensure that you do not leave any item out of your schedule, here is what parents should do in December.  Buy Gifts  Although spending time with your family and friends is much more important over the festive season, it is unlikely that you will avoid gift-giving entirely, especially if you love celebrating one of the major holidays, such as Christmas. You should make a list of all the people that you want to buy for and look across the internet to get inspiration for a perfect gift. For instance, if you have decided that you want to spread the festive cheer and buy your neighbors a gift for putting up with you all year long, you should look around for cool holiday gifts for neighbors . These will then ensure that you are able to get them a gift that they will love and use often rather t

4 Perfect Christmas Gifts to Buy Your Teenage Son

Being a single dad of a teenage boy can present several obstacles and challenges requiring you to think on your feet and come up with solutions. With Christmas right around the corner, one of those challenges may be occurring now and that is the question of what to buy them for Christmas. Teenage boys can be notoriously difficult to buy for and if you don’t have a lot of extra time to browse and shop, then it can seem like a very stressful task. However, we’ve got four perfect Christmas gift ideas that will put a smile on your teenage son’s face. Give Him a Mini Fridge for His Room If your teenage son is like many other teenagers then he probably spends a fair amount of time hanging out in his room. If this is the case, why not make it a cool space with a mini fridge ? He can keep a variety of beverages and even some snacks in there. You can find basic colours such as white, black or stainless steel or choose something retro like a bright red. Just be sure it’s compact enough to fit i

Christmas Activities To Keep The Kids Busy

As a daycare owner I know how hard it can be to keep little ones busy and learning all through the cold months of winter. I have been doing research and creating with my little ones for over 10 years now so we are always welcoming new ideas and fun activities into our schedule. I have found that keeping a very thought out and well planned routine helps get through each and every day without any issues.  Take a look at these great  free printables  you can use to create some Christmas magic!! We learn through play here so adding fine motor, sensory, reading, and discovery to our days is a must. Creating age appropriate activities is always a challenge if you have a large group of different ages. Keep it simple and encourage the big kids to help the little kids with their activities and they will have a lot more fun!  This week we did the 5 senses with pasta and it was a huge hit.  See   Watch how the pasta changes when it is cooked and how the ingredients turn into a dough, then a noodl

4 Savings Tips for Working Moms

[Free Hero Image Download] Being a working mom isn’t easy. Sometimes you can find yourself in a whirlwind of busyness that leaves you almost no breathing room. When you’re spending every moment taking care of the kids, working your day job and doing chores, there can be little time to think about your finances. However, when you’re proactive about saving money , it can save you from extra stress and improve your family’s quality of life. To get you started, we’ve outlined our favorite money saving tips for working moms below. Take Advantage of Sales It goes without saying that when it comes to saving, sales are a mom’s best friend. But to take it a step further, you should look out for opportunities to buy things on sale in bulk.  For example, there are items such as paper towels, toothpaste and shampoo that your household could go through at a fast pace. When you see items such as these on sale, it’s a good idea to stock up and save money in the long run. Automate Your Savings Saving