Dealing With Your Toddler

It’s a basic parenting fact that toddlers behave the best when they are given limits that they can understand. For example, a 2/3 year old may understand that drawing on paper and colouring books is a good thing, but that if they take that pen to the nearest wall they’re likely to witness a vein popping out of their parents’ head while they try not to yell. Rules provide stability and predictability and when if you have ever participated in a course for nanny training, you will know that you are often told to establish rules very early on. Nurseries and schools should have a policy for dealing with inconsiderate behaviour. Children are beautiful creatures in their nature. They are pure, innocent and so inquisitive to the world they have been brought into that they are constantly trying to find something new to love. The trouble is that children are also basically pint sized dictators who run a house with an iron fist. They do not have a concept to be told no and understand why they are being told no, and to that end they spend a lot of time upset over their situation.

Children tend to show a natural aggression during the “terrible twos” when they want to have control over their surroundings and engage in aggressive outbursts when they can’t. Tiredness and frustration are also triggers for this aggression and while it sounds like a strong word to use for a toddler, it is correct as they have little control over their reactions to situations. There’s no rationale just yet and rightly so; they’re still babies and still learning to explore the world. children often do this by putting everything and anything into their mouths. Biters often tend to be the youngest child in a family because they feel small and powerless compared to older siblings who seem stronger, can communicate better and are more able to get what they want. Most problems tend to occur during outside play when children get over-excited. If after two warnings, a child continues to bite/kick/hit, having them sit for two minutes can really help them to calm down. Seeing all the other children playing happily and not being able to join in is usually enough.

We go through life knowing our actions have consequences and the younger a child learns this, the easier enforcing those consequences can be. Sometimes, and it’s to be expected really, toddlers do not behave as we expect. Of course they don’t! They are small versions of us who have no understanding of danger and only understand what they want and that they must get it. Even if what they want is to stick tiny fingers into open plug sockets. If you raise a voice and say ‘no’ then that is essentially taking from them the thing they want to do. The chain reaction from this is crying, screaming and a wonderful toddler tantrum. The best thing to do with tantrums is let them burn out and perhaps sit the child in a safe space they can kick and scream. Oh, and ignore them. By reacting to the tantrum you are essentially giving them attention and bad behaviour should not attract any attention.

By allowing the tantrum to burn itself down into a calm, you can then talk to your child in a calm voice and use that time to gently explain the dangers of sticking fingers into plug holes. Of course, this won’t always work, but the only way to communicate to a toddler is with rationality and calm. Yes they should react angrily, you’ve just taken from them what they want, if it was the other way around you’d be angry too! But that doesn’t mean a tantrum is acceptable and learning that at a young age will always stand them in good stead.


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The Shortages Of Construction Labourers

The construction workforce is changing rapidly, and the impact it will have on our industry and country is a topic of frequent debate. For many of our construction clients, the shortage of skilled labour is a major concern for their organizations now and in the future. Finding great Dartmouth contracting service is getting harder, and with the job shortages on the rise, it can be impossible to find the right employees for your labour job.

An important but less publicised issue is the potential long-term impact of the skilled worker shortage. We need qualified, skilled workers to repair our country’s ageing infrastructure and build our schools, streets, roads, hospitals and bridges. If these skilled workers are not available, what is the cost to the U.S. economy and our country’s overall health and well-being? While technological advances have made it possible to build more effectively and efficiently with fewer people, the technology has yet to replace the need for skilled labour.

The most recent recession put an end to many of the training and apprenticeship programs that had previously taught the construction industry’s next generation. High schools in the U.S. have increasingly focused their curriculum on preparing students for success at four year colleges rather than vocational schools. The industry needs more firms to sponsor training and apprenticeship programs. We also need to encourage construction companies to utilize the training that is available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other sources. In the last few years, there have been an alarming number of deaths on sites that have not utilized available safety training.

The thrill of being part of the team to build and rebuild America can be intoxicating. Watching a new ballpark or skyscraper rise in our cities and knowing that we helped to build it is exciting. Being able to tell our children or grandchildren that we worked on a particular project is a source of pride. Contractors who take the lead in training future workers will help ensure that promising candidates gain the skills and experience they need to be safe and successful in rebuilding America.

Much of the conversation about the construction workforce lately has focused on inexperienced workers and an ageing workforce – and for good reason. Less experienced workers are more likely to be injured and older workers are likely to have fewer, but more severe injuries.

Ageing workers are also more likely to have muscle and back strains, arthritis and joint problems, or hearing and vision problems than their younger counterparts. These older, more experienced workers often bring a lot of knowledge to the job site, but their injuries can be more costly to their employers.


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Top Five Tips for Securing Your House While on Holiday

Don’t let the anticipation of a much deserved holiday blind you to the risks of your home being unprotected while you’re gone. A lot of people go away of course but there are certain things you need to remember to do before you go otherwise you could be coming home to a burgled property. Having your house given a once over by yourselves, a security company that install alarms and even double glazing Tonbridge are the best things you can do before you travel. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and a little extra vigilance will help keep your belongings safer while you’re not there. We’ve put together some tips for you to keep vigilant!

  • House sitters: consider hiring a house or even a pet sitter if you need one to stay at your house while you’re gone. You may well have had the best double glazing in Tonbridge install your windows but the best protection for your home is to have someone living in it. They’ll be pretty conscientious and water the plants, feed the pets and make sure you have fresh milk in for when you arrive home.
  • Lights! Make your home look lived in by setting timers on the inside and outside house lights. Having them come on at night will let people know someone is home – well, at least give the illusion there is someone home. If you have someone staying at the house you won’t need to worry about it but it’s still a good to have!
  • Locks! Have you bolted your back gates? Have you locked the front doors up properly? And how about the windows? I know it sounds daft but the excitement of going on holiday can actually make you forget the basic of things! Investing in a proper windows in Tonbridge means your double glazed windows will have that extra protection for your piece of mind. Locking the house and even the cat flap can make it less attractive to unsavoury characters lurking around the house.
  • Social Media! Don’t broadcast your holiday on social media. It is one thing sharing it with your friends on Facebook but if you start posting public photos on Instagram or twitter you’re effectively hanging a sign over the house stating it’s empty and ready to be robbed. Don’t be too careful with what you put on the internet.
  • Not just from social media, but the plugs around the house. Turn off the boilers and plugs to appliances that don’t require it like the fridge or freezer. Everything else can be switched off and this would mean that you save money on your energy bills while away. Your house will be looked after and secure and you can be happy knowing you’ve just saved the electric bill a little.

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Cruise VS Holiday Resort

If you’ve been abroad on a fabulous holiday abroad at a great resort or on a cruise sailing across the Mediterranean, you’ll know the absolute joy and peace time away can bring. Choosing a holiday however, can actually be stressful! Booking a holiday is now something of a difficulty given the sheer choice available now so we’ve divided it down between the two most popular holiday choices, a cruise or a holiday resort.

Holiday resorts have a distinct advantage in that they give you the choice from self-catering to all-inclusive and everything is in one place. If you’re looking to stay in one place and explore one region then a holiday resort holiday can be easier. Travelling with small children is also a consideration as after a flight the last thing most want to do is then travel even further than their destination. Are you interested in a geographic range of choices? Then a cruise is likely the best option for you as it’s practically a floating holiday resort given the sheer size of the ship and what it has to offer. Travelling across different areas of the world full board and with many activities on board you get to have your entire holiday and everything you could want right at your fingertips.

The sheer design of holiday resorts today mean that hotels and apartments are far more attractive than they used to be. Being able to have the choice of a suite versus a room on a resort can mean the difference as to whether you have a balcony or not with your room. While wrought iron railings along balconies are a feature in old hotels and country manors, most holiday resorts have upgraded themselves to glass balconies and balustrades. Unparalleled when it comes to style and chicness, glass balconies offer an uninterrupted view. Companies like capitalinteriors.co.uk offer anti-scratch glass or decorative glass designs and planners who use these on hotel or cruise ship balconies can quite clearly see the market that they are designing for.

When sailing on a cruise ships, the outdoor cabins and suites generally have balconies with sheer glass to allow for an excellent view and is strong enough to resist impact and stresses and is highly aesthetic. A lot of older hotels and resorts are complimented by the standard wrought iron railing balconies but people tend to prefer the cleaner, more modern look of glass and the structural glass offers a frameless look.

When choosing a holiday, people are attracted by the ‘packaging’ in the same way Marks and Spencer package differently to other supermarkets to be more aesthetically pleasing. Most holiday makers are looking for hotels or cruise ships that look attractive. No one wants to pay for a holiday with no decent windows or painted bright pink with purple spots. Companies online supply toughened glass and this is used and designed on things like frameless balconies to withstand the weather and the play of toddlers.


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Things To Consider Before Moving Abroad

Last year around 320,000 people left the UK to live abroad, according to the Office of National Statistics, with Spain, the US, France and Australia among the expat hot spots. If you’re thinking of working or retiring overseas, there are a number of practical considerations to take into account before you go for an international property finder online.

Visa

British citizens don’t need a visa to move to a country in the European Union but getting the right paperwork can be difficult if you’re going further afield, for instance to America or Australia. For those going for work, you often need to be sponsored by your workplace or have a skill which is needed. Outside the EU, those looking to retire abroad usually have to prove that they are wealthy enough to support themselves or be sponsored by a local resident and finding overseas property deals online is a good place to get an idea of what you can afford.

Health

While a warmer climate may be better for your health, the cost of health care can be significant, especially in North America. In the European Union, you will need to apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive emergency treatment at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. In Australia, Medicare is the publicly funded scheme which exists alongside a private health system.

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Having health insurance is often a condition of being granted a visa. It also pays to be aware of the rules and regulations for individual countries – for example, tough new regulations in Spain mean that some expats taking early retirement there have been blocked from free medical treatment.

Property taxes

When buying a new home overseas, check the cost of tax and legal fees which can often add 6-10 per cent to the purchase price. There are also ongoing taxes which vary depending on the region.

The tax may differ for residents too. For example, taking Italian residency means you’ll pay 3 per cent purchase tax and lower ongoing property taxes, but second home owners pay 9 per cent when buying and higher ongoing taxes. 

Foreign exchange

Not only will you need to change a lump sum into your new local currency, but you may need to transfer money regularly between the two countries, perhaps for education fees or a pension. Foreign currency brokers charge lower fees and offer better exchange rates than using your UK bank

Cost of living

Look into the living costs before deciding which country to settle in. Although property prices abroad are often cheaper than in the UK, day-to-day living may be the same or more expensive. Check out the cost of food, petrol, entertainment and energy. Remember that living in a tourist area will be pricier than less popular areas. And don’t assume the exchange rate will stay the same. The pound has risen strongly against the South African rand and the US dollar in the last year. You can protect yourself against currency fluctuations by fixing the rate you’ll receive with a forward contract for up to 24 months ahead.


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Packing Tips When Moving House

Not many people like the slog of packing. It’s all about throwing most of it out and packing as little as possible really, but the worst part is actually packing everything into the right boxes and packing only as much as each box needs.The process of packing up your house when moving can sometimes be a nightmare. Finding the time to prepare your house for sale in between work and possibly looking after children can be stressful and very difficult. Packing at an earlier stage can make your house more desirable for potential buyers and certainly can help reduce stress levels.

It is common for packing to be left until the last minute as most people just really can’t find the time to pack around their existing commitments. Granbury Moving Company can actually offer a packing service with their moving services but if you haven’t got the budget to pay another person to pack for you, then here are some packing tips for you to be able to do it yourself with as little stress as possible.

Don’t leave it until the last minute if you can absolutely help it. Life can get in the way but your move should be a good priority of yours. Sounds like an obvious tip but if you are looking at a relocation company, you should find that they will say to start packing before your For Sale sign goes up and throw out belongings that you no longer need. You could also consider selling or donating your items that may still have some value to charity. Getting rid of things you won’t be taking with you will make unpacking easier and making more space available for buyers to see. If you start with rooms you use the least, you should be able to get a good idea of how much you don’t actually use and therefore don’t need. These days a lot of homes don’t have an external garage for storage therefore once you have cleared out a room this can then be the best place to store items out of the way. There are moving companies that can give you excellent advice on packing and how to filter your things out with car boot sales.

Handle with care. Set aside the fragile items in your home for extra bubble wrap and make sure you mark boxes that need to be handled carefully. It’s worth remembering that not everyone who will be moving your boxes will know of the precious contents inside. Don’t overload those boxes. You are going to be doing an awful lot of carrying therefore it is important to use smaller boxes for heavier items and larger boxes for lighter items. Label carefully. Ensuring you label correctly with the contents and room destination can save a lot of time and effort when unpacking, especially if you use a moving company. Documentation. Make sure all documentation doesn’t get lost. This can be prevented by keeping all paperwork together and separate so that when you arrive it can be put in a safe place.

If you have young children it is worth packing a box with essential items such as toys and bedding so that you can keep them occupied as quickly as possible when moving home. It’s an unsettling time for children as much as the grownups coordinating everything. They can feel overlooked and so ensuring they settle properly requires their own things around them.


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