Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Setting The Right Example For Your Children: Why Your Actions Will Help Them In The Long Run.

Being a good parent extends well beyond providing your child’s needs in life. Aside from showering your child with love and care, it’s also important to impart the necessary values in life that would help shape them into a good person. By setting the right example, your child will be able to act accordingly within the society.

A well-raised child will also speak volumes about the character of their parents. The concept of good parenting varies from the preferred approach of a person. While setting a good example to your child may go through certain failures and missteps, there are several resources such as textbook guidelines and online sites that can help this cause.

Parenting experts recommend that you should foster yourself as a good role model through plenty of small gestures. For instance, it’s easier to show your child about the importance of expressing gratitude by saying ‘thank you’ each time they accomplish a favourable deed. In this way, parents are not being too authoritative. And by picking up on your example, your kid will naturally say the same when others do something nice to them. There’s no need to instruct them on what to say each time somebody says or does a good thing to your child

Apologies are an important thing to do as well. When admitting to a mistake and saying they’re sorry, parents are showing their kid that committing errors is a natural occurrence. Explain to them the reason behind the apology. When you provide a simple explanation for the things you do, children will understand that there is a logical factor for your action.

According to psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore, the idea of explaining the reason for your actions focuses on the "modeling plus" strategy. This technique allows your child to process the validity of your actions. Children don’t always respond effectively to body language and non-verbal cues, said Kennedy-Moore, who is also the author of Smart Parenting for Smart Kids. But be careful on the language that you choose in explaining your actions to them. Children, especially teenagers, tend to detach themselves quickly when they feel they are being scolded or put under criticism.

Children are natural imitators. You may not be aware of it, but the way you carry yourself at home and even outside will have a considerable impact on your child’ behavior. At times when they witness bad behavior from you such as language laced with expletives, learn to accept this a form of bad judgment. But don’t let it stick to their minds that admitting to their mistakes is already a good example in itself. A proactive approach remains the better solution. They may readily admit that they did something wrong, but it’s useless when they have done it for the 10th or 20th time.

A good role model to children does not involve seeking to become the perfect do-gooder. Lift the pressure off from them by reminding that it’s not always about being right and good, but being able to take responsibility for their mistakes and using them as a learning experience.

Until Next Time,
Jada x

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bedroom Makeover Thoughts For Fall

Yesterday was the first official day of Autumn here in the UK, otherwise known as falls to some. Autumn is the time when leaves fall from the tree's, when the slow cooker becomes a permanent piece on your kitchen worktop and when the heating starts getting used more and more!

Finding any excuse to have a makeover, and especially one in my bedroom, I've been contemplating about having a new look for a while. Now Autumn is here, one of my favourite seasons of the year, I figured that this would be the perfect excuse to give one of my favourite places in my home a little makeover!

As I mentioned above, leaves fall from the tree's, the heating goes on and out comes the slow cookers. The only thing I don't like about the Autumn is the coldness! I'm just getting over a chest infection as I type now, I'm on antibiotics which are thankfully working but along with my asthma is causes havoc!

However, when it is cold, you get to wear UGG boots, thick cosy cardigans and enjoy a hot home made stew for dinner. You get to cosy up on the sofa with extra thick socks on your feet and a throw to keep your body warm. The kettle is never turned off, as you make tea after tea, or in my case hot chocolate.

I work in my bedroom, I don't have a television in my bedroom which I love, and that's why I don't work anywhere else in the home because of the distractions in place. All I have in my bedroom is my wardrobe, my chest of draws, my dresser and my writing bureau. Then I have photo's; mainly of Spud and my nephews, covering the walls, sweet nothings and my accessories.

It's my most favourite place, and I do like to show it the love my having makeover's a few times a year! Not doing anything to it this year at all, apart from buying a new furniture set, I think it's time for that makeover!

Electric Fires:
I don't have a real fireplace as we live in a flat, but I love electric fires after falling in love with one my friend has, and she also lives in a flat! They really do set the scene and make a home look nice and cosy! This one is available to purchase from Dimplex.

Thick Duvet's and Bedding:
With the colder month's appearing, it's time to store the thin summer quilt away and bring out a thicker quilt. My Autumn/Winter quilt is a few years old now, I binned it whilst having my summer clear out and so I need a new one! The duvet pictured along with the beautiful duvet set is from Yorkshire Linen Harrogate.

Wall Feature:
If you've been in my home, you know how much I love a feature wall and a bit of sweet nothings wall art! To set the perfect scene, this giant whole wall sticker pictured would look wonderful in my bedroom found on Dali Decals.

When I first moved into my flat, I had a brown and cream themed room, after wanting to change my mind just a few months after decorating, I decided that I would paint my bedroom walls white - all four of them. Now I can change my theme whenever and however I like!

Do you have any ideas on how to make the perfect autumn bedroom? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time,
Jada x

Friday, 26 September 2014

Peppa Pig's Big Splash!

With Christmas just around the corner, it's time to start looking into booking our annual Christmas pantomime trip. Each year I take Spud to the theatre to watch a child related show which is normally Christmas themed of some sort, even if the characters just have a Christmas tree!

As many of you know, I love my nephews, all five of them equally, I just spend more time with Paula's two children - Baby Boo and Little Big Man both of whom are Autistic (Little Big Man has his diagnoses, whilst Baby Boo is currently going through the process of being diagnosed as we speak). I don't only help my sister out whenever I can, but I also ask to have the boys, they're Spud's closest cousins, and although they squabble they get along really well most of the time.

I've done lots with Little Big Man and Spud this year, including trips to the fun-fair, cinema and town, however I've not done as much as I'd like to of done with Baby Boo. Baby Boo is a big Peppa Pig fan so I'm so pleased that right before the Christmas rush (and because I'm not sure I could watch two children's theatre shows in one month) Peppa Pig's Big Splash is touring around the UK this upcoming October.

The Show:
The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it - quick! As they set up a fete to raise the money for the repairs, they'll need your help to make sure everything goes smoothly. Join Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, as well as Danny Dog, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep as they have fun putting up bunting, running stalls and organising a great day out. There's also a Champion Puddle Jumping competition judged by Mr Potato where everyone gets wet and Peppa needs to find her Golden Boots!

The Venues:
Woking -- 1st - 2nd October.
Bristol -- 7th-8th October.
Southampton -- 10th-11th October.
Bournemouth -- 15th-16th October.
Clacton-On-Sea -- 18th-19th October.
Nottingham -- 25th-26th October.

The Accommodation:

Sometimes, we have to travel a little way or a big way from home to get to see one of these excellent shows, therefore, I suggest maybe sorting out a hotel for the night. If you're visiting Woking ((which is the closest to me, but not close enough to travel there and home all in one day!) there's the Holiday Inn Farnborough, and if you visit the Southampton venue, you're quite spoilt for choice really with Holiday Inn Southampton, Holiday Inn Eastleigh and Holiday Inn Fareham just a stones throw (not literally) away. 

The Price:

Ticket prices vary depending on the venue you wish to visit, tickets start at as little as just £13.50 with discounts available for families.

The Final Result:

A few pounds lighter, or maybe a bit more, however you're small children will have a fantastic time interacting and singing along with Peppa and the rest of the cast! You're child/children will most probably not stop talking about it for a few days after, will wish to go again and will also say you're the best person ever! Here's me hoping Baby Boo says I'm his favourite auntie!

Have you been to a recent Peppa Pig show? I'd love to hear any tips you have ahead of the big auntie and nephew day!

Until next time,
Jada x

How to Make a Fun Filled Bedroom for Your Child

Sometimes decorating your child’s room can be real headache. Juggling practicality, creativity and outright fun is a difficult task, and one that many parents find difficult. Although having your child’s input into the decorating process can be enlightening, the fun, open ended and wonderful minds that we love and adore can often throw forth some rather impractical ideas, especially if you’ve only got a small budget. To help out the process of decorating, here are some fun, interesting ideas you can employ in your next diddy DIY project!

Image Credit: - Flickr

When it comes to furniture, it’s not difficult to balance the fun with the practical. Lots of children love bunk beds; having a high up point of view is something children usually lack, so perhaps this is why bunk beds, allowing kids to sleep and hang out in more vertical surroundings, are high up on kids’ lists when it comes to decorating. With these, you can either go for the traditional wooden, flat pack bunk beds, easy and often cheap, especially from online bed specialists; or go all out, crafting a bespoke bunk bed that is built into the room itself. Both former and latter have the potential to allow you to inject style into the room, whilst keeping your child very happy indeed!

Image Credit: Phil Manker - Flickr
Having ‘centerpieces’ within your children’s rooms that can act as modes of play, or as general furnishings, can also make rooms fun and sensible. Take the above image, where a climbing ladder, affixed to heavy duty fixtures running across the ceiling, brings physical fun, plus a style and colour scheme that works great with the surrounding room and d├ęcor. If you want to encourage your child to read, or they already have the reading bug, a suspended hanging chair can be a great bedroom addition, both modern and allowing for educational development.

Image Credit: Clarkston SCAMP - Flickr

Decorating the walls of your child’s room is an aspect of design where practicality really needs to shine through; they’re not going to be that young forever, and as such gaudy, incredibly child friendly colours and designs will come back to haunt you when you have to redecorate for your teenager in the future. In the above image, vibrancy and fun is created using bedspreads, furnishings and posters, leaving the modern and rather subdued tan walls acting as more of a canvas for continual, piecemeal change that need not signal a huge redecoration in the future. Whites, tans, greys and pastels will all work great for your child’s room.