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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

How To Have The Bad News Conversation With Kids

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As we are heading on many journeys in life it can mean that we will invariably start to go through tough times with our children. As much as we try to protect our children and look after ourselves, there will be moments in life when we have to break bad news or we need to find out something about them that may not seem quite right. And this is why it's important that you learn to talk and have a good method of communication with them. But what does it really take to talk to your children about the big issues?

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Create The Right Situation
Whatever you need to discuss you have to create the right environment so your children will listen. The first thing you need to consider is the time of day. You may not want to have a discussion in the evening but of course, it depends on the situation. If you are breaking bad news such as someone's death you have to remember that you may wish to protect them, especially if it was someone really close, but it's important to remember that when you are starting a serious conversation to not be too forceful and take a subtle approach.

Making The Conversation Relevant
Sometimes this approach can help when we are trying to speak to really young children. Sometimes when you're watching TV you may be able to immediately relate to a situation going on and use it as a way to start the conversation. When you are talking about something like death, it's not an easy thing to bring up especially if you are trying to break the bad news about something that's really affecting you. This is why you have to be relevant but also age-appropriate. Sometimes we may think about lightening the load in some way but the fact is that if you are going through the grieving process yourself you may subconsciously try to make things lighter for your sake, but making anything like this “breezy” is not beneficial. You could very well be going through the grieving process, planning the funeral, and find that the little things can set you off. So rather than making the process of purchasing cremation urns for two people something that you need to protect your child from, having the conversation is so important.

Having Realistic Expectations
Something like death is not an easy thing to discuss, which is why you may want to give them space and provide bitesize conversations over a long period of time as this allows them to process what you've been talking about and allows them to deal with the situation and ask more questions. This is a very difficult situation but you also have to remember that if you are going through the grieving process yourself and you are trying to find a funeral service and deal with the estate side of things you may not be in your best frame of mind either. And it's important to remember that you allow yourself space as well.

It's not easy to discuss difficult topics with our kids, especially ones as heavy as death, but we have to remember that in life these things will happen so it's not about protecting our children but about ensuring that they are able to deal with these things in the right way, openly and effectively.

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Monday, 10 January 2022

Making Your Kids Bedroom As Comfortable As Possible

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One of the things that you have got to do as a parent is ensure that your kids have a comfortable room. 

A little space to call their own, that makes them feel safe and secure. Their room is their personal space, and you need to make sure that it is the best that it can possibly be. 

Here are a few things to consider when decorating your child''s bedroom and making it homely for them. 

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Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Valencia ~ Reasons Why It Should Be On Your Travel List

Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, is a delicious combination of modern architecture and medieval sanctuary! A mixture of old and new buildings, giving it an extraordinary, unique feeling. These are the reasons that will make you want to visit it!!!

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4 Perks To Buying A Brand New Home

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If you’re a home buyer then chances are you may be torn between buying an older property or something new such as a house that is currently in development. Over the last few years new builds have risen in popularity, sometimes you’ll even find that apartment-style homes are being sold out before they’re even finished being built! There are a lot of questions and concerns for homebuyers about getting a brand new home. 

Will it look good? Can it stand the tests of time? Are they safe? Are they even eco-friendly?

There are a whole array of questions that are being asked and it’s completely understandable too! Newer built homes are coming out at a much faster rate so of course there will be questions about it. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, last-time buyer or anything in between, this post will get you the answers you need!

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Saturday, 25 December 2021

12 Budget Friendly Ways To Treat Yourself This Christmas

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According to research, Christmas shopping in the UK started as early as October 2021. Many people look forward to this season as it is an opportunity to wrap up the year on a joyful note. You may have gotten gifts for everyone else but yourself. You may also be occupied with last minute plans and family traditions, forgetting to include yourself in your plans. However, you can pamper yourself without breaking the bank. 

Here are some easy ideas to help you treat yourself this season.

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Thursday, 23 December 2021

3 Ways To Learn New Things In 2022

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As Christmas creeps ever closer, the New Year is almost upon us.

And with it, an onslaught of New Year’s Resolutions. Losing weight, quitting smoking and saving money are amongst the most common, whilst others may direct their efforts towards finding a new job or moving house.

You might have your sights set on growing new skills to take your career to the next level. Or you may simply be looking to learn something new for your own enjoyment.

Whatever your goals for 2022, the benefits of mastering a new skill, whether for professional growth or a personal hobby, are many. With that in mind, these are just five fantastic opportunities to learn something new this New Year.

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