5 Ways to Survive Hot Summer Nights (without air conditioning)

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Summer days are some of the most pleasant of any season. In contrast, winter days are gray, cold, and dreary with the sun rising late and setting early. However, while summer does arrive every year, the nights can be a bit more difficult to handle due to the humidity. This is especially true if you do not have an air conditioning unit in your home.
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Everyone Needs to Own a Weekly Planner, and Here’s Why

In this digital age, it might seem like paper planners are no longer necessary. Everything can be added to your email calendar or the calendar app on your smartphone. While digital planners are extremely useful with their reminder features and quick accessibility, many people take them for granted and fail to use them. Paper planners can be just as useful, but only if actually used. If you don’t own a weekly planner yet, digital or paper, here are a few reasons why you should start using one today.

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Why Dogs are great for Kids

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You just have to look at the way kids are with dogs to realise that they are a great combination. When was the last time you saw a child looking miserable when playing with a pet? The chances are the answer is never.

There is a synergy between children and animals that is a joy to behold, so it is fairly obvious that pets are good for kids. But, did you know that science backs that feeling up?

Well it does. Over the past few decades, there has been quite a bit of research carried out into how owning animals affects humans. The results are both interesting, and revealing. Pets benefit people in many different ways, especially kids.

A better immune system

Researchers from the Nordic countries carried one of the most interesting studies available on the subject. The mixed discipline group of researchers followed 397 babies from birth. They tracked the health issues each child had during their formative years. The aim was to work out if exposure to pets and/or farm animals was good or bad for their health.

Surprisingly, the kids that lived in pet and animal free households were nowhere near as healthy as those who were exposed to animals during the first few years of their lives. Kids in homes where animals were a part of daily life had a far lower risk of asthma, they also contracted fewer ear infections.

Learning to read faster

Kids love to chat with their dogs, and to read to them. Researchers in the US noticed this behaviour, and wondered what impact that had on a child’s ability to learn to read. The answer was that children that regularly read to their pets were better readers than those that did not get the chance to do so. Dogs are attentive listeners, so kids love to read to them, which means that they practice their reading skills more often. As a result, they make faster progress than those who only have their parents or older siblings to read to.

Improves confidence and socialisation skills

Recent research carried out by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine showed that children who had been raised with a dog in the home often became adults that are more confident. They found this out after studying 500 18 to 26 year olds, and testing their socialisation skills.

As you can see making a dog a part of your child’s life brings many potential benefits. If you do decide that you want a puppy, for your family, I suggest that you have a look at the Douglas Hall Kennels website. There you will find great information that will help you to decide whether getting a dog is a good idea for your family, and decide which type to buy.

Always buy from a registered breeder

Key to finding a healthy dog, that will fit in well with family life is buying from a good breeder. The last thing you want is a dog from a puppy farm. Puppies from these sources are far more likely to have health and behavioural problems. Not to the mention the fact that you really do not want to be providing people that are cruel to animals with an income, by buying from them.

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I Want to Do It Myself: Quick Tips and Top Apps to Help Independent Kids Get Ready Faster in the Morning

As your kids get older, they start wanting to do everything themselves. This is great, and it should be encouraged because it will help them to become more independent.  But it can also slow things down, which isn’t ideal when you need to get everyone ready and out of the house in the morning.

Here are some useful apps and tips that can help your kids to get ready quicker in the morning even when they want to do everything themselves.
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Is Wheatgrass Safe for Pregnant Women?

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Wheatgrass beverages, which you can purchase from places like this website, offer a host of health benefits to individuals of all ages. The chlorophyll and nutrients that are packed into this plant will provide your body with a boost of oxygen, and they’ll also help protect the body from a variety of diseases. But if you’re pregnant, is wheatgrass safe to consume? Continue reading →

Clear Braces -The Answer for Children and Adults

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The way your teeth and smile look is important to everyone, even from an early age. You may find that if your children, as teenagers, are struggling with crooked teeth or teeth that are misaligned, that they tend to smile less and less. That same feeling can easily have a similar effect on adults that may be embarrassed by the way that their teeth look. There has long been the option of getting braces to help with proper alignment to allow the teeth to get back into place and look at the way they should but many people shy away from traditional braces. Today, the use of invisible braces or clear braces such as Invisalign can be the ideal answer for adults and teenagers alike.
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Learning to Improve Your Memory

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It is not uncommon at all to find that there are days where you may have forgotten about a doctor’s appointment, cannot remember to pick up the dog food that you need for your pet that night missed a homework assignment or meeting or even left your keys on the counter instead of taking them with you. Things like this happen to everyone at some point; however, if you find that you are having regular troubles with remembering tasks, it is only natural that you might become concerned. As people get older, your memory and brain function begin to change and slow down. You will find that you may have difficulty recalling names, dates or places more regularly. Even though you may struggle with something like this, there is still a way you can change your path and learn to improve your memory with the help of some simple tips.
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How To Potty Train Your Child Over The Weekend

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Having a child is perhaps the biggest milestone in any couple’s life. Parents will never forget the day their child was born or when it first opened its eyes, and they’ll certainly never forget when it took its first steps and uttered its first words. They’ll probably also never forget just how challenging raising their toddler was, and one of the biggest difficulties with children at a young age is teaching them how to use the potty.
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