10 Fun Things to do with Kids during a Blackout

“Power cuts, also known as power outages, blackouts or power failures, occur when an area is cut off from its electricity source. They can take place for a number of reasons, including network faults and damage caused by extreme weather. If you experience a power outage there are a couple of things you can do which may solve the problem right away. First have a look at your fuse box to make sure one of your fuses hasn’t tripped. If that doesn’t seem to be the issue then have a look at your neighbor’s homes. Are their lights off as well? If so it’s likely to be a network related problem and you will have to contact your Local Distribution Company (LDC).”

coloring during a blackout

No power? No problem. Wait a second, that means no Wii, no Xbox, no iPad, no DVD player? And you have two cranky kids? Run for it!

Parenting young children is difficult on any day. When boredom sets in and parents or caregivers need to finish chores, electronics sometimes become a temporary babysitter to keep kids busy. (Admit it, you’ve done it.) But when the lights go out, tantrums begin, as the electronic “nanny” vanishes.

But power outages are the perfect opportunity to have fun in an old-fashioned way and to encourage kids to amuse themselves using their creative abilities and minds. Along with the flashlights, batteries and candles, be prepared with fun activities and supplies that will keep the kids and family having fun when the lights go out. Share them with your nanny too, in case she’s watching your kids when a blackout hits.

Read more: https://www.care.com/a/10-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-during-a-blackout-1302220153

My friends & family don’t like my partner – what now?

You can’t always change your parents’ hearts and minds, and not all couples experience a blissful, stress-free family integration, especially in the early stages of a relationship. But who knows? Maybe everyone will come around in due time. For now, try these strategies to keep the peace while you find the balance between your new boyfriend and your own family’s expectations.No matter what the reason, where do you go from here when all hope of a happy, non-confrontational dating life that includes both boyfriend and family seems lost? Follow these four steps to get to the bottom of the conflict and heal the rift as best you can.”

So, you’ve found the partner of your dreams! You want this person to be a part of your future, the two of you have big plans for your lives together and naturally, you want to introduce this wonderful human being to your friends and family. The only problem is that your nearest and dearest don’t exactly share your fond views of your partner. What’re you to do?

Before you can work out how to handle the situation, you need to assess how serious it is.

Do your friends/family:

  1. Simply give off a strange vibe as if something is a little out of place when your partner is around?
    If so, read Situation 1.
  1. Express concerns/make negative comments about your partner to you?
    If so, read Situation 2.
  1. Make negative, passive-aggressive or undermining comments while your partner is in the room or to their face?
    If so, read Situation 3.
  1. Completely refuse to have anything to do with your partner, including making negative comments about them, issuing you ultimatums or deliberately excluding them from parties/events etc.?
    If so, read Situation 4.

Read more: http://www.eharmony.com.au/dating-advice/dating/my-friends-family-dont-like-my-partner-what-now#.VyV0zeIrLDc

How to get rid of mice without poisons or traps

“Mice are not fussy eaters, happily seeking out leftovers on worktops, tables and cupboards – potentially spreading pathogens and diseases such as Salmonella, Leptospirosis or Hantavirus, as they search for food. Mice will look for easy access to properties for food and shelter, any tiny gap will do. They search for easy, abundant sources of food and undisturbed areas to nest. By removing any easily available food sources, your property will be less attractive to them. You will also help to reduce possible food contamination risks and the spread of disease from a mouse infestation.”

mouse eating bread

Let’s say you’ve found some holes in your cereal boxes that appear to have been made by tiny teeth. Or you’ve seen some other telltale … evidence that critters have been around. Yep, you’ve got mice. How in the world are you supposed to get rid of them?

First let’s get the old-school methods out of the way, the spring-loaded traps, poison and glue traps. They can be dangerous to you (think about your finger throbbing for days “Animaniacs”-style if you accidentally set one off), unnecessarily cruel (have you ever seen anything die of poison?) and leave you a mess to deal with (in the case of a critter dying in the walls behind your pantry).

If you’ve got a queasy stomach, though (or you’d rather not kill the mouse that’s been eating its way through your breakfast cereals), fear not. There are more Earth-friendly (and mouse-friendly) alternatives, which are also definitely a better option if you’ve got kids or pets at home.

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/questions/how-to-get-rid-of-mice-without-poisons-or-traps

The Effect of a Broken Family on Development

“A family can consist of a father, mother, and children. They all live in the same house until they are old enough to leave. Broken Family is a family with children involved where parents are legally or illegally separated whose parents have decided to go and live their lives separately for several reasons/problems. A broken family is one where the parents (mother and father) of a child or children have split up and no longer share a single family home as a family unit. This is also known as a broken home. Have you ever heard the expression “A family who’s eats together stays together”? Well, that is true, but and emotionally broken up family means that the family has grown apart, fights all the time, doesn’t get along. It doesn’t just take a toll on the family, it takes a toll on the family members. No one wants a broken home. Even if they say they do.”

A broken family can negatively affect all domains of your child's development.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension explains that the effects of a broken family on a child’s development depends on numerous factors, including her age when her parents separation, and on her personality and family relationships. Although infants and young children may experience few negative developmental effects, older children and teenagers may experience some problems in their social, emotional and educational functioning.

Emotional

After a divorce, children from pre-school through late adolescence can experience deficits in emotional development. Children of all ages may seem tearful or depressed, which is a state that can last several years after a child’s parents’ have separated, explains psychologist Lori Rappaport. Additionally, some older children may show very little emotional reaction to their parents’ divorce. Rappaport explains that this may not be developmentally beneficial. Some children who show little emotional response are actually bottling up their negative feelings. This emotional suppression makes it difficult for parents, teachers and therapists to help the child process her feelings in developmentally appropriate ways.

Educational

Slowed academic development is another common way that divorce affects children. The emotional stress of a divorce alone can be enough to stunt your child’s academic progress, but the lifestyle changes and instability of a broken family can contribute to poor educational outcomes. This poor academic progress can stem from a number of factors, including instability in the home environment, inadequate financial resources and inconsistent routines.

Read more: http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/effect-broken-family-development-5183.html