Is a One-Year-Old Too Young to Be Disciplined?

Many parents believe that disciplining a one-year-old toddler is more trouble than it’s worth. Moreover, countless parents actually think that one-year-olds shouldn’t be disciplined at all, because of how young they are. Remember, toddlers of this age are incredibly fragile beings, and shouldn’t be treated the same way that you might treat a toddler that’s a few years older.

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With that being said, toddlers aren’t perfect, and there’s a very large chance that they’ll do something that requires some type of discipline. The question then becomes, what exactly should you do to discipline them? How do you know if you’re taking it too far? What’s the appropriate level of discipline to use?

These are all incredibly common questions, mostly shared by first-time parents. Being a first-time parent comes with its own set of unique challenges, and one of them is figuring out how to properly discipline your toddler (without going too far). This is something that many parents worry about, and most simply give up to the fact that they won’t be able to discipline their child until a certain age.

Disciplining Toddlers: What’s Appropriate and What’s Not

When it comes to disciplining a toddler, and especially a toddler who’s only a year old, you need to be very careful and intentional with the way you go about doing it. Discipline at this early age should be more in the form of teaching them about proper boundaries, and learning how to be social like a normal child. Of course, not everything will work with your child, because every toddler has a different temperament, attitude, personality, etc.

With that being said, there are so many variables that can go into deciding which type of discipline needs to be used/employed, that it can be difficult to know what one should be doing. That’s why we’ve written this blog, to help you learn how you can set your little toddler up for success later in life, by instilling proper social boundaries in them now.

As you probably already know, toddler’s brains are like little sponges. Everything they see, hear, and witness is soaked up and retained. That means it’s essential to teach them proper boundaries and social etiquette (as much as what’s possible with a toddler, anyways).

Discipline Isn’t What You Think It Is

Many parents make the mistake of conflating “punishment” with “discipline.” The two really couldn’t be any further from each other. Discipline for one year old children is all about teaching your toddler the error of their mistakes, until they learn to not repeat those mistakes. Punishment doesn’t provide any sort of teaching for the toddler, which doesn’t really have the desired effect (that discipline does). So, if you were on the fence about disciplining your toddler, that should clear things up quite nicely.

Basic Ways to Engage With Your Toddler and Instill Some Discipline

Anybody who has a toddler, or has had one in the past, knows just how much they like exploring their environments. Some toddlers might be more prone to exploration than others, but nearly all of them enjoy doing it (to a point).

One of the best ways to guide them during this phase is by doing some basic word association. This can be done by using a simple term like “yes” or “no” in regards to different items that they may touch. Doing this instills some basic social guidelines into them, and also develops basic boundaries that they can use later.

Another strategy to employ when caring for your toddler is to take a look at the world through their POV. For example, let’s say you just came home from a long day at work, and you see that your toddler has made a mess with all of their toys strewn about the room. What’s the first thing that you would do? Maybe let out a sigh and complain about what they did? What about looking at it from their POV?

This is the healthier option here (looking at the situation from the toddler’s POV). Not only will that give you a deeper level of insight into the way they look at places, situations, and things, but it will also develop your own patience as well (which as we all know is vitally important when dealing with toddlers). Toddlers can be difficult, basically everybody knows this (even people who’ve never had kids). But that doesn’t mean dealing with them, caring for them, and teaching them needs to be difficult. By using some basic strategies (and a lot of patience), you can guide your toddler to becoming a healthy, socially-conscious child.

Five Rare Fruits That Taste Good

Have you heard of all the fruits that are found in the world? Most likely you have not. We live on a huge planet with so much to be seen and discovered. The following rare fruits are rich in many nutrients and benefits. They can help those who are trying to lose their baby bump or just lose weight in general. They are also very tasty.

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Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit was first found in Central and South America. The fruit was introduced to Vietnam by the French more than one hundred years ago, and it is now shipped and sold all over the world sharing its many benefits. Dragon fruit is known for its many nutritional benefits. It is low in calories and is an excellent source of dietary fiber, magnesium, and riboflavin. Eating dragon fruit is a great way to improve your immune system. Since it is packed with flavonoids and vitamin C, it will help you fight off infections and germs that can be found in common colds and the flu. Dragon fruit also helps with regulating your digestive system. The oligosaccharides found in dragon fruit work as a probiotic which improves your digestive system, and the fiber found in dragon fruit promotes a healthy heart while stabilizing your blood pressure.

Dragon fruit can be eaten raw or you can spice up your smoothies, milkshakes, and cocktails by adding dragon fruit syrup.

Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a tropical fruit that originated in Asia. It is also the largest tree-bearing fruit in the world. It is known for fighting cancer, helping people lose weight, reducing blood pressure, improving the digestive system, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Jackfruit is packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, and phytonutrient properties that are used for treating cancer. Since it is fat-free and low in calories, it can help people lose weight. Dragon fruit is high in potassium, which helps maintain and control blood pressure. Its fiber content helps improve the digestive system when consumed regularly.

Jackfruit can be eaten raw, or it can be boiled or roasted. It can also be prepared in a tasty dish such as a salad.

Cherimoya

Cherimoya is a tropical fruit that originated in Southern Ecuador and Northern Peru, and it still grows there today. Cherimoya is loaded with antioxidants that are known to fight cancer and heart disease. Cherimoya contains compounds such as kaurenoic acid, flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamin C. These compounds also help with improving your eyesight. It also contains vitamin B6 which is essential to the development of neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine. Consuming cherimoya is a great way to improve your mood and fight depression.

Cherimoya can be eaten raw, or you can freeze it for about two hours and eat it like ice cream.

Jabuticaba

The jabuticaba tree is a tree that is a part of the Myrtaceae family, and it is native to Minas Gerais, Goiás and São Paulo states in Brazil. The jabuticaba tree grows tropical fruit known as jabuticaba or Brazilian grapes. One of the benefits of jabuticaba is that it is rich in antioxidants and it is also anti-inflammatory. It can also open up the bronchial airways which is very helpful for those who suffer from asthma. Jabuticaba also works as an anti-aging fruit with health benefits similar to cranberries. It is a great fruit to eat after a workout. It contains a significant amount of protein. It is low in carbs and high in iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B, and phosphorus. It also helps those who suffer from arthritis and cancer while preventing many skin diseases and hair loss.

Jabuticaba can be eaten like grapes. They are great if eaten raw, or they can be tasty if eaten in yogurt. Another great way to eat them is in a smoothie or salad.

Red Bananas

Most people are aware of yellow bananas, but did you know there are red bananas too? Red bananas, also called red Spanish or Cuban bananas, Colorado bananas, or Lal Kela, can be found all over Central America, originating in Costa Rica. Red bananas are known for increasing the immune system, boosting energy levels, improving the digestive system, treating heartburn, improving eyesight, boosting metabolism, treating anemia, and helping those lose weight. Red bananas are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. It also contains natural sugars such as fructose, sucrose, and glucose that can be broken down quickly.

Red bananas can, of course, be eaten like yellow bananas. They can be cut up and covered with peanut butter or chocolate. They can also be made into a tasty smoothie.  Now that you know of some amazing new fruits, which fruit are you going to try?

4 Ways to Support Wildlife Conservation

Every creature on this planet, no matter how big or small, has a distinct and invaluable role in the ecosystem that it lives in. Each species is dependent on the existence and contributions of another. It’s a delicate balance that, if disrupted, can cause chaos. This is why some people are so passionate about wildlife conservation and protecting endangered species and their habitats.  


If you’re looking to get started and support wildlife conservation, there are some unbelievably easy ways to make an impact! From staying informed about conservation trends to organizing a beach cleanup, here are the four best ways to do it. 

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1. Stay informed about endangered species

You’ve probably heard the expression “knowledge is power,” and it’s so true. In order to protect wildlife and their habitats, you need to learn which species are endangered as well as learn about what’s threatening them. It’s difficult to help if you don’t know where to start, but by researching and learning about the wildlife in your local area, you can find a good place to begin your efforts. 

Not sure where to start learning? You can do some research online, or you can go straight to the source by visiting a national wildlife refuge or park. Some zoos that participate in wildlife conservation efforts are a good source of information too. Visiting in person allows you the opportunity to ask the experts directly, as well as observe some of the animals that are affected by habitat destruction. 

One zoo that has made great strides is the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Florida. Its CEO, Eric Mogensen, has initiated a number of wildlife conservation efforts. You can read all about his contributions here: https://www.gbzoo.com/eric-mogensen. Eric’s story is proof that if you care about a cause,  you can to help make a difference worldwide. 

2. Support businesses that donate and support wildlife conservation efforts

If you are able to donate to an organization that supports wildlife conservation, you can make a huge impact on their reach. Donating directly will provide the biggest impact, but you can also make a difference by choosing to support businesses that donate a portion of their profits to conservation efforts. 

Check the business’ website and social media profiles to see if they advertise that they support conservation organizations. Sometimes businesses will also match direct donations, so that is another thing to watch out for to maximize your contributions.

3. Protect the environment around you

One of the best and easiest ways to help with wildlife preservation is to actively work to preserve the environment that those animals live in. Always work to reduce your environmental impact and footprint, whether you’re at home, school, or work. 

You can help protect the environment by:

  • Reducing your overall waste by consuming less and using less plastic
  • Reusing whatever products you still can
  • Buying from secondhand shops instead of buying new
  • Recycling whatever you can
  • Avoiding disposable products or products with a lot of wasteful packaging that cannot be recycled

You can also do your part by conserving energy. When you’re not home or in a room of your home, turn the lights off. Unplug kitchen appliances and electronics when they aren’t in use or plug them into power bars that can switch off when you aren’t using them. If you have a car, try to drive less, or only when completely necessary, to avoid extra pollution into the atmosphere. 

Try and conserve the amount of water you use every day as well. You can turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, have quicker showers instead of baths, and use a dishwasher instead of handwashing dishes

If you have a lawn or backyard, a good way to help your local habitats is to plant flowers, trees and shrubbery that are native to your area. It helps feed the local wildlife, gives them a place to nest and raise families, and offers them shelter during poor weather. Whatever you do, stay away from chemical pesticides. 

4. Organize community initiatives

Take the initiative in your community and hold your own environmental activities to help get others involved in protecting the environment. You could make posters and promote your community event on social media to help get the message out, plus ask your friends and family to join you and help spread the word. Some ideas for community initiatives could include:

  • A local garbage clean-up /beach clean up
  • Tree planting
  • Starting a community garden to grow fruits and vegetables

How to Be an Effective Role Model for Your Kids

Whether you like it or not, you are your children’s first role model and educator. It is through their upbringing and your actions that they learn a lot about themselves and the world around them. Though life is filled with ups and downs, poor choices and mistakes, your job is to essentially show them how to be a great person. You can do this essentially by being a great example in your own life. 

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Maintain Good Health

Too many people these days are being diagnosed with preventable diseases that are altering their lives (and even cutting them short). Though there are a number of causes for conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, lifestyle choices such as a poor diet and low physical activity contribute a lot. As old habits can be hard to break when you’re an adult, it would be wise for you to teach your children how to maintain their health. This includes eating nutritious meals at least 3 times a day, getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and exercising for 30 minutes to an hour at least 5 times a week. Your children should not only hear lectures about the importance of a good diet and exercise but should see you completing these activities on a regular basis. 

Your Emotional Well-Being Matters Too

Mental illness is also at an all-time high in the country. Again, there are several underlying causes, but many people are diagnosed with mental disorders including chronic stress, anxiety, and depression because they don’t know how to cope in overwhelming situations nor do they know how to care for their emotional health on a regular basis. You can show your children differently by learning how to reduce stress, managing conflict maturely, simplifying your life, doing things you enjoy, and even getting help from friends, family, doctors, therapists, or facilities like Mission Harbor when things get out of hand. 

Manage Your Finances Responsibly

There is not a lot of financial education provided in school, yet money and credit make the world go around. Without the proper management of finances and your credit, everything from obtaining a job, car, or home can be complicated. Not to mention, the mismanagement of your finances can lead to serious amounts of debt which can cause conflict with your health and your personal relationships. Be a great example to your children by getting serious about your finances. When they are of age, allow them to see you do things like balance the checkbook, put money in savings, create the household budget, pay bills, and invest. 

Be Kind to Others

If people were to be kinder and support one another, the world would be a better place. No good deed is too small, and doing good in the world means good will come back to you. Your children need to see that you do more than just care for and support your immediate family, but that you’re also willing to go the extra mile to help your fellow man. Volunteer some of your time to the community by cleaning parks or reading to elementary students, give back by providing financial donations to your favorite charities, and even use your skills and talents to provide service those in need. Even small gestures like helping someone put their belongings in the car or allowing someone with fewer items to cut you in a long line can show your children what it means to look beyond themselves. 

Be Unapologetically You

In a society where everyone strives for perfection or to meet the standards and expectations the world has on them, it is important now, more than ever, to be comfortable in the skin you’re in. Too many people suffer from mental illness or feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled in life simply because they’re trying to impress others or live up to someone else’s expectations. Show your children how to be confident in who they are and where they fit into the world by being unapologetically you. Own your strengths, work on your weaknesses, support causes you stand behind, rock fashions that make you feel confident, and never let the opinions of others to stop you from accomplishing your dreams. 

There are a lot of negative examples of how to live life. There are also a lot of mediums that easily expose your children to such influences. The only way to override the bad is to show your children more good. Start today with suggestions such as those provided above to turn your life around for the better. The future and well-being of your children depend on it.  

Getting Ahead of Spring Cleaning — Get Organized Now!

Spring is around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start teaching your children the importance of cleanliness and organization. You might want to teach them how to clean out their closets to make room for new items. 

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Regardless of what kind of spring-cleaning tricks and tips you have up your sleeve, the best time to get prepared is now, since winter is more than half over. Here are some helpful ways to get your children involved in spring-cleaning, so you’re all well-prepared when the time comes to start whipping your house into shape.

Make Sure Everything Has a Place

Making sure everything you (and your children) own is tucked away in a specific place makes it easier to clean and allows for less clutter. If you can’t determine where certain pieces of clothing should live, consider items that will make it easier to keep things organized like bins, baskets and shelves, and perhaps labels. 

That way, your children will be able to easily help you clean with purpose on cleaning day. Additionally, they also won’t have the opportunity to be lazy about it by just dumping things anywhere they see fit. So, make sure every toy, book and article of clothing has a home.

Separate Items into Piles 

One of the best ways to make room for new items during spring cleaning is to throw away what you don’t need or donate it to charity. If the items you no longer need aren’t of use to you or anyone else, throw them away. But if someone else could benefit from their use, it’s better to donate them.

Thus, when sorting through your belongings, make “keep,” “trash” and “donate piles.” That way, while you’re sorting through items in your children’s room, you can easily get through the day without wasting time worrying about which items should be kept and which should be thrown or given away.

Put Year-Round Items in the Front of the Closet 

Once you’ve decided what’s going and what’s staying, teach your children to put year-round items in the front of their closets, so they don’t have to go searching for clothing they wear most often. This includes items like flannel shirts, which are the perfect article of clothing to stay warm in the winter. These styles of shirts are a worthwhile investment and definitely worth getting front and center closet space, along with undershirts and light sweaters.

Make it Fun for Everyone 

Before spring-cleaning day, try to come up with ways to make it fun for everyone. Whether you decide to put on your favorite music while you clean, turn it into a game or offer your children rewards for a job well done, make sure that it’s well worth it by the time you’re finished. 

To turn spring cleaning into a game, hide Easter eggs in your children’s rooms, so that they have to pick up their clothes before finding their treasure. For older children, a financial reward might be more appropriate, so why not try offering them gift cards to their favorite stores or even cold hard cash? Both are always crowd-pleasers.

Getting Started

Getting ahead of spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Using the above tips, you can be well on your way to a successful day of spring cleaning and teaching your children the value and importance of getting the house clean and organized for the coming seasons. It just takes a little bit of planning and preparation ahead of time. So, get what you need, whether it’s baskets, bins or shelves (or that new label maker), to make cleaning day a little bit easier.

4 Rooms That May Need to Be Adapted for Kids

It’s important that your home is a safe environment for the youngest ones in your family, so you aren’t constantly worrying about accidents and injuries. Making your home safer for children means they can play happily and enjoy the house, with any dangerous hazards removed. Here are some ways you can adapt different rooms to be safer and easier for kids to use.

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Bedrooms

Your child’s bedroom is their sanctuary, whether they are playing, sleeping or studying, so your aim should be to create a calming kid’s bedroom. While design is important, there are also ways you can ensure your child’s bedroom is a safe space:

  • Keep blind cords out of the way
  • Ensure your child’s bed is safe, for example, don’t put young children in bunk beds where they can roll out
  • Tether heavy furniture to the wall
  • Ensure you have socket covers and other child-proofing measures in place

When you have added these safety measures, you’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing your children are safe in their bedroom.

Bathrooms

Using the bathroom may be tricky for younger children, so if you want them to be independent, you should make some adaptions. Many children need steps to be able to reach sinks, or smaller toilet seats so they can sit in comfort. If your children have their own bathroom, it may be worth working with a bespoke bathroom designer who can create lower counter tops and other features to make the room child-friendly.

Kitchens

While your children may not be cooking in the kitchen, it’s important to adapt this room to be safe for kids, so you aren’t constantly worrying when they are near the kitchen. You may want to start by putting child-proof handles on all your cupboards, so your children can’t get hold of anything harmful, and making sure your oven has a heatproof door. You’ll obviously need to keep sharp objects and chemicals in high places too.

If you aren’t sure whether your kitchen is safe, get on your knees and crawl around at your child’s level. See what you can grab and what potential harm you could do, then adjust things accordingly.

Playrooms

Children often play unsupervised in playrooms, so it’s important that safety is number one. As with their bedrooms, you should make sure you look out for the most common hazards, such as items that they can fall from, trip over, or pull on top of themselves.

Playrooms need to be practical, with plenty of storage so kids can do their own tidying, and features such as child-sized furniture so they can be comfortable and feel like they have their own space. There’s plenty of design inspiration for playrooms that you can find online, so you can finally give them their own space to do what they like. If you have young children, you’ll often need to make adaptions to your home to not only make it safe for them, but also comfortable. Many things that adults use simply aren’t designed for little people, so a few minor changes can make a big difference.

4 Ways to Beat the Summer Boredom Complaints

Summer break is often met with excitement from students and sighs from parents. Even though the days will be filled with sun, water, extra sleep, and memorable vacations, there is always that nagging concern about making the most of the time off. While students do not want to see another textbook or math problem until September, many parents worry that their children will be at a disadvantage when school starts, having forgotten everything they learned the prior year. If you want to keep your kids sharp and ready for the next school year, here are some ways you can keep the students in your house engaged over the summer break. 

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Head to the Library

One of the best things you can encourage your child to do over the summer is read. You don’t have to stick a textbook under their nose to create a learning experience. Head to your local library and check out comic books, novels, sports magazines, or any other genre or book that piques your child’s interest. Many libraries and school systems offer summer reading programs, using different incentives to keep kids excited about learning and reading. You could set your own goal for your family, with a pizza party, movie, or theme park trip as a bonus incentive for really big accomplishments.

Go Digital

Many schools now incorporate tablets and Chromebooks into the classroom, so kids are already familiar with a lot of the websites and apps that can teach them learning throughout the summer break. Frequenting websites such as i-Ready Math and i-Ready Reading over the summer can help students be ready for an i-Ready test or grade-level assessment during the school year. It is very easy to forget things like spelling words and math facts when you aren’t drilling them every day, so adding some content-specific gaming apps to their tablets or devices can make it easier for students to practice without realizing it. You can also set a mandate with screen time, that requires a certain amount of practice time before you allow other activities on gaming consoles or other devices.

Keep Up the Routine

Even though it is great to get in some extra sleep during the summer, keeping your kids on a schedule can help with the transition back into the classroom. Don’t let your children sleep all morning, then spend all day indoors watching television or playing video games. Create opportunities with summer camps or local programs that still require order, self-control, and cognitive engagement. Have your children keep a journal, making notes or drawing pictures in it a few times a week about their experiences. Encourage your children to set fitness or activity goals, as well as personal interest goals like learning to cook or practice their soccer a few times a week. Keeping your children in a routine prevents boredom and promotes feelings of fulfillment and accomplishment in your children.

Take Educational Trips

There are probably several museums or state parks in your area that can give your kids a new learning experience without screaming “boring” at them. Taking your children to reenactments with time-period costumes and displays can open their eyes to learning beyond what you can find in a book. Visit an art museum, aquarium, or theatre to expose your kids to a more organic education, combining fun and knowledge in the same experience. Not only are you giving their brain something to process and grasp, but you are also creating family memories that could last a lifetime. Plan your vacation in a way that hits some historical or significant cultural highlights. 

Your kids don’t have to mope about all summer complaining that they are bored, and you don’t have to worry that they aren’t working hard enough. With some creative planning, you can fill their summer with activities that are both fun and educational.

4 Ways You Can Set Your Kid Up for the Future

The biggest responsibility that you have as a parent is setting your kids up for the future. Not only should you love and care for their children, but a parent’s job is also to give their kids the skills, resources and opportunities that they need to have a successful and exciting life. If you want to find out more about future-proofing your children, here are some top tips to teach your kids the ropes.

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1.   Give Them a Great Education

Giving your kids the best education possible can prevent barriers against future possibilities, such as opportunities within their career. Your child’s schooling can also affect their subsequent finances, mental and physical health, and social connections. You should encourage your child to learn by getting involved with homework and creating fun educational opportunities, such as reading together or going on field trips. As they get older, you should look into the tertiary education options that are on offer, from college degrees to higher apprenticeships. Although you may not believe that you can afford college or university for your child, sports scholarships allow every young adult to get the degree that they need to follow their dreams, no matter what they excel in.

2.   Move to a Successful Area

Your neighbourhood can also have a large impact on your child’s success. Moving to one of the best areas in your county means that your child will attend a high-quality school and college. This can provide them with the education, as well as the welcoming atmosphere, that they need to get top grades. Due to factors such as pollution and violence, your area can also affect your child’s behavior, as well as their health and future prospects. You should look to raise your children in a safe neighborhood that can provide the facilities that they need to thrive, such as a community center, high-ranking schools, and excellent healthcare.

3.   Invest for Your Kids

A great way to set your kids up for the future is to invest financially on their behalf, such as creating a children’s savings account. Setting up a monthly direct debit to this account can help you to donate little and often, eventually building up the funds to support your child through college or to make a big investment in the future, such as buying a house. You could also consider opening a trust fund, which locks money away until your child is a legal adult, protecting it from unforeseen circumstances, such as divorce or debt.

4.   Teach Them Healthy Habits

However, the most important lesson that you can teach your kids is how to stay healthy, and this can increase their chances of living a long and illness-free life. To do this, you should instill healthy habits in them from a young age, such as the importance of eating a balanced diet containing each of the five food groups, and of a regular exercise regime. You should also teach them how to look after their teeth and to keep a regular sleep pattern.

5 Ways To Make More Living Space Inside Your Home

Adding more usable space inside your home is a great way to give your family more room for independence.  Live comfortably alongside the ones you love most, and find new ways to make more space in your house. 

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Start by doing a little research online.  Here is a brief look into some of the most efficient ways to make more living space inside of your home.  Read through, and consider what your home might be missing.  

Get the excess stuff out

You can easily make more space in your floor plan by getting the excess stuff out of your home.  It doesn’t cost much to procure a safe self-storage space close to your home to store the stuff you don’t always need to access. 

Take one day every six months or so, and have everyone in the house take a moment to minimize the stuff they have taking up space.  If you haven’t used an item in your home within six months, it can probably be stored without trouble.  

Finish the attic/basement

The attic or basement space in your home doesn’t have to be a scary dark place that everyone is afraid to occupy.  Investing in what it takes to finish your attic/basement will leave you on top when all is said and done.

Adding another room will boost your equity.  You’ll enjoy extra space while still living in the home, and you’ll get a boost in value when you sell the home.  

Build more storage inside your home

You can likely make more room in your home by taking the time to build more storage areas.  Build a safe space to store things in your dining room.

Consider adding an ottoman with hidden storage for blankets and other living room clutter.  Get creative with your storage additions, and you’ll find there’s more space in your home than you may have once thought.  

Consider the arrangement of your furniture

The way in which you choose to arrange the furniture in your home will make a difference in how much actual living space you have to utilize.  

Delve into some research on what makes a couch look bulky and what makes a couch fit nicely into the designated room.  Placement is everything.  

Clean out the garage space

If your home has a garage packed with lots of stuff, you could be using that space to enhance your living areas.  Clean out the garage, and let your minds collaborate on how to use all of the free space you just opened up. You may even want to consider weatherizing the garage, so someone could use the space as a bedroom or den.

4 Family Home Must-Haves

When you have kids, everything will change — particularly your life at home. Living with kids means that you’ll have a lot more responsibilities than you would if you were living alone.  

Creating a family space requires a few must-haves to make the job easier and also be able to enjoy your children even more.

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Although everyone has different points of view about what makes a family house a home, there are some items that are critical for any family regardless of whether you have a luxury home or live in a tiny apartment. Here are some of the most critical home essentials that every family home should come equipped with.

A Washing Machine

If you thought you had a lot of laundry when you were single and in your twenties, you have no idea what laundry is until you have kids. There’s no more waiting until the end of the week to do a big load of laundry all at once. Even skipping one day of laundry with kids in the family can result in a mountain of clothes.

A washing machine is a critical part of being able to keep up with the demands of juice spills, toilet accidents, and paint splatters that kids create. Who knows how people used to do in the old days with a washboard without going nuts!

Private Rooms

Regardless of how much you may love your spouse or children, there are times when you need to have some quiet time alone. When you’re living with multiple people, and some of those people are kids, you need to be able to shut the door and have some quiet time alone once in a while.

A private room can be anything from a study to a lounge where family members can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the family madness once in a while. This can be especially helpful when you have younger children in the household and need a breather every now and then!

A Tub

 Although it’s possible to put younger children in a sink during the first few months, it’s not realistic once they reach a certain age. It’s difficult for kids to shower themselves without making a mess or burning themselves with hot water. Therefore, baths are the best bathing solution for kids.

A tub makes it possible for kids to really soak off the dirt and grime of the day and have fun entertaining themselves while they’re at it.

Separate Beds

There’s something to be said for co-sleeping, and it can be a beautiful way to bond with your family. However, most relationship experts recommend transitioning to separate sleeping arrangements eventually. As a couple, it’s essential to have your own space where you can be intimate without having to worry about kids interrupting! 

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