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With the holiday season in full force, most of us have been focusing on putting together the best Christmas decorations that we can manage, the most delicious menu we could imagine, and the most exciting gifts that we can purchase.

We do all of this just to see a smile on the faces of our loved ones, and seeing them being so happy makes us forget about all the turmoil and the grueling tasks that we go through to achieve that picture perfect holiday.

However, while having a holiday plans discussion with a friend the other day, both of us realized that no matter how much focus we put on our family during the holiday season, we forget about a key member as well as their wellbeing and health in the process.

We were, of course, talking about ourselves: the mothers and the showrunners of the family who put their needs on the backburner even without realizing it.

And that is where I started thinking about all those times I advised another mom about what she should be doing for self-care and why it is important, while very subconsciously yet clearly refraining myself from taking my own advice.

That discussion led me to talk to other mommy-friends in my circle, and we all came to a stark realization: we look at ourselves through a lens that often tends to ignore us.

In order to not let that perspective take the better of you and make sure that you receive the best self-care just so you could be at your best for your family, here are a few tips that I gathered from those discussions.

Do Not Overwork Yourself

Whether it is the holidays or just any other part of the year, you like any other human being or any other member of your family need to have a balance between work and relaxation. Make sure that you are making a conscious effort to maintain a healthy balance between these aspects and not pushing yourself to exhaustion. Take some time out to rest, just like how you would advise your kid to do in their everyday life.

Do Not Ignore Your Health

Another thing I noticed in those personal discussions is how often we ignore our health and the precautionary measures associated with them. While we get our partners and our kids to regular health screenings, doing so ourselves is often pushed back with to the old “I’ll do it later” ideology. This behavior isn’t just restricted to mommies with a big family either, but also to single moms who push back crucial appointments such as those with a testing clinic. Whatever you do, make sure not to overlook this aspect.

Do Not Prioritize Yourself Too Low

While it is the sign of a good parent to put their children’s needs first before they do anything for themselves, there has to come a point where the line is drawn.

For instance, if you have been working with a problematic car for years in the hopes that you will change it one day while having your partner and kids get newer models year after year, then it is a sign that you are prioritizing yourself too low on the family chain.

Be kind to yourself and make sure that you get equal treatment within the other members of your family.

Do Not Feel Guilty About Working

The thought of being judged about not giving my best to my work while doing so for my family, and not being a good mom to my kids while I exceled at work always nagged me.

It was only recently that I discovered that it wasn’t just me who had gone through a few personal situations on these fronts, but almost all of us do so on a frequent basis – while dads are never held to that standard.

Keep a clear head on your shoulders in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and if you have to work hard to achieve a certain place in your career without neglecting your kids even if you cannot be there with them every moment of the day, then do not feel guilty in doing so.

Don’t Be Afraid of Asking for Help

For a surprising number of moms, the thought of being independent in raising their children is so overwhelming that they often tend to refrain themselves from reaching out for help from friends and family. This feeling can often cause us to feel alone, even when we are not alone in doing so. Make sure that you trust your ability to parent your child but also be confident in yourself enough to know exactly when to ask for help.

These easy yet profound approaches could very well go a long way into helping you take care of the one person who needs to take care of others: you. If you are not at your best, then your family gets disrupted. Make sure to exercise some much needed self-love from time to time.

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Given the myriad of options to choose from, one such product which is sure to attract the attention of your toddler is a Storm Husky or a giant stuffed elephant. With a gentle disposition and a great reputation, the stuffed animals can certainly become a great company for your kids. The manufacturers have added very beautiful life lifelike details and the ears of the animals is cocked forward to pay attention, which calls for some extra love.

The products have been made with high quality materials and soft furry fabrics, which seems completely ready for a loving home. As it is said that every animal comes with its own story the husky too has something more to tell. Its soft plus fabric is securely sewn from the best available quality of polyester fabrics and has been stuffed with white polypropylene plush filling which is a very new material in the market.

Extra care has been taken that the wires have no sharp points and is surrounded with plush fabric which also helps the cute animal to maintain its posture. To give the toys a realistic appearance its head has been filled with an ultra-light rigid foam making it even more adorable.

All of the products listed on Souq are tested for compliance with the European Toy Safety Standards and are free from harmful elements like Phthalates, lead, BPA, and heavy metal. Therefore, it is completely safe for your child to snuggle with the toys and play with them. Items like a giant baby bunny or a giant teddy bear comes in a huggable size for toddlers and can certainly be a great companion during good night sleep.

If you find your child an admirer of cartoon and animated movies then the stuffed toys from and Disney and Marvel are sure to grab their attention. You can purchase small little Groot or Spiderman for your little boy/girl. There is sure to have a great time while playing with it. You can even purchase these items and use it as a decorative item in your home or maybe make it a perfect gifting item for kids on birthday!

Souq is offering heavy discounts on them. So hurry, visit the website and get amazing deals on all kinds of stuffed toys for you child.

The pre-parent life

The life of a parent is difficult, they have to adjust to a whole different lifestyle. Most parents in a nuclear family only have to take care of a couple of things. Depending on the relationship of the parents, one of them goes to work and the other one stays at the home. They may both choose to work and be professionals.

Prior to becoming parents the couple will have goals of their own for their professional and personal lives. They will have time to eat, sleep, go to parties, do yoga and follow their other hobbies as well.

Then the respective parents of the couple get involved. They might inquire about the notion of the grandchildren. They might go as far as to suggest the possibility of looking into that option sooner than later.

Before you know it, a couple of conversations are had. Different events take place and lives change forever.

The post parent life

The young couple becomes parents. Everyone is happy with their sweet bundle of joy.

Then the real fun begins.  The couple has to adjust their lives to take care of the baby, especially in its early stages. They must make sure that they are caring for the child to the best of their ability.

They say goodbye to sleep, and they say hello to more expenses or investments into the life of the child. Some estimates state that there might be more than a million dollars worth of value that is spent on a child.

Parents understand that they are helping to invest in the next generation. They can help their child to be the best that they can be. So they read up on the best tips to rear a child, they buy their children the best food, the best children’s clothes and the best toys and appliances that money can buy. They do whatever they can to be the best that they can be as parents to create a great environment for their new child.

Their life becomes less about them and more about this blessing. They sacrifice and go to work to make sure that their child lives a great life.

They do all of this because they are now seeking to do the best for their sweet child. The best for this part of them that will be a part of their legacy. A part of them that will represent them and their past for the next century or so.

Here’s to parents everywhere who help to create a better world for both their children and for others as well.

For those of you reading who were teachers before or are teachers now, the thought of going into a classroom full of kids was frightening to say the least. You didn’t have any class management experience and although you were taught many strategies, by the time you got to the door of the room, you had forgotten them all. Parents have the same issues when trying to control their kids and there are times when you are not sure what is appropriate and what is not.

Most of us learned how to manage the class as we went along, but those first few months were a nightmare. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be like that anymore and if it is your intention to get yourself involved in child care in Canberra then you should read on, to get some invaluable tips on how to instill discipline when you are dealing with sensitive children.

Try To Use Your Normal Voice

This is easier said than done, as we need to raise our voices to get above the din that is children screaming and running around the classroom. At some point, we will lose our voices due to this and it isn’t the best way to get your student’s attention. If you want your student to talk in low, soft tones, then you, too, need to talk like that. You should use different tones when you are asking about different things. If you want the students to put away their toys and return to the mat, then use a matter of fact tone. If you want to ask them questions and would like responses, then use an inviting tone. Check out more articles for tips on how to adjust your voice in the classroom.

 Only Talk When The Students Are Quiet

It’s difficult and you have to fight the real temptation to talk. After all, you are there to educate and to impart knowledge and you should be talking, but only when they are quiet and they are listening to you. Wait for them to be quiet and if they aren’t, then wait a little longer. After a while, the students will notice and will tell the others to be quiet also. Just be patient and the kids will eventually stop talking and begin to listen. 

Use Body Language And Hand Signals

Little things like raising your hand and establishing eye contact with your students helps to calm down a rowdy classroom and it may take a while for them to catch on to this, but it will happen. Turning the lights on and off is a sure way to get their attention and it can also be used as a countdown to the end of a test or an assignment. Clapping your hands also works.

More importantly, make sure that your lesson is planned and is fun. There is nothing worse than a bored student and having thirty of them in one place is even harder to handle. Talk less and allow your students to talk more.