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4 Plans for setting up games for your kids

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Being a working parent is not an easy thing for you, it’s more than normal to need some extra time during the day to spend with your kids. On the other hand, the kids can’t wait for the weekend to spend some fun time with you. The weekends are normally, the days that the family gathers together and does enjoyable activities.

 Every weekend is special, one of them you are going to have a family trip, the other you will have a barbeque in the backyard and there is another one that you are setting up games for you and your kids. There are many games that you can choose to play with your whole family and have the best weekend ever!

If you are looking for new ideas for fun and exciting games for you and your kids, you are in the right place.

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Here you will find the 4 most enjoyable games for this weekend.

  1.  Musical chairs

The most famous and fun game of all time is musical chairs, for the equipment you will need some chairs (one less than the players) and something that plays music (a laptop, a radio, etc.). The first thing that you have to do is arrange the chairs into a circle, the rules of the game are simple and clear. The music starts to play, and the players have to dance around the chairs when the music stops all the players must find a chair to sit, and the player who doesn’t find a chair to sit, the player is out. This game is better if you have a big family.

  •  Design your own minigolf course

If you are living in London, then you are very lucky because you can design your own mini-golf course in Plonk Mini-Golf. This is a really creative activity that you can enjoy with your children because you can design your own minigolf course using many imaginative and colourful objects and at the same time you can have fun playing mini-golf. This will be a remarkable experience for your kids that they will never forget.

  •    Simon Says

This game is one of the cosy nights around the fireplace. The plot is simple: one person in the family, named Simon, is going to tell the other players what to do but he must use the phrase “Simon says…” The players must follow the instructions which Simos says to them. In the case that Simon says, “Touch your leg”, without starting the phrase with “Simon says” and the player follows the instruction, he is out. The last one that stays in the game is the winner

  • Hot potato

This is a brilliant game to play with your children outdoors. The rules are simple, you and your kids have to sit in a circle, with a ball. While the music is playing you have to throw the ball to each other if someone drops the ball he is out of the game, if the music stops and you are still grabbing the ball you are losing the game.

Staying in Shape With a Family

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Maintaining your appearance alongside raising a family can be a tricky journey. Between packing lunches, school runs, and trying to have a social life, we can often feel like we don’t have enough time to look after ourselves.

Implementing small changes into your regular routine can make all the difference to your appearance. From changing your diet to getting cosmetic treatment, there are many ways to ensure aesthetic happiness as a parent, which includes teaching kids about self-confidence.

Healthy Diet

Staying fit and healthy whilst parenting can be easily managed through a balanced diet for both you and the kids. It’s vital to remind kids of the importance of eating healthy, so you should try to incorporate each food group into your meals. Vegetable-based meals are a great way to get full and absorb vitamins and minerals while keeping the calories low.

Diets with high protein are a must, as it repairs your cells and strengthens your body, which is particularly important for children who are still growing. Minimising carbs and sugars will keep you strong yet slim and toned without the fear of gaining troublesome weight.

Cosmetic Treatments

It can be okay to admit that sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to exercise and keep the body in shape while trying to raise a family. Perhaps you don’t have the time to commit to the gym to shift some stubborn weight, and even if you do, sometimes it isn’t enough in a busy schedule, which is where cosmetic surgery comes in. Sometimes insecurities can’t be shifted with natural means, so you might consider taking matters into your own hands. Insecurities in parents can often translate into their children, which is not what any mother or father wants for their kids.

In fact, there are certain conditions that look like excess fat, but are actually a consequence of genetic or hormonal imbalance. One of these is gynecomastia, also known as ‘man boobs,’ which are a common feature of what is known as the ‘dad bod.’ Gynecomastia is untreated by exercise as it is a growth of excess tissue rather than burnable fat.

Similarly, heavier people who lose a lot of weight may notice loose, sagging skin. In cases like these, those people often seek out tummy tucks and procedures that address excess skin tissue. These surgeries from a reputable clinic will give you very natural-looking results, which will allow you to embrace your body and boost your self-confidence.

Other cosmetic treatments that can greatly change how you look at your post-child body, whether you’re a mum or dad, include liposuction, fillers, and other enhancements.  It can be a way of showing your children that your happiness is important.

Exercise

Another way to maintain your appearance with children is to incorporate exercise into your life. Going on walks with the kids is a great way to get the heart rate up but make a day of it with the family. There are also other forms of cardio that you can do with the kids, such as swimming. Laps in a pool or at the beach is a fun activity for kids to get involved in as well as a way for you to relax. Adults can burn up to 200 calories from a light swim in just half an hour.

Taking up a sport is also a great option for parents, whether you get the children involved or not. Tennis, badminton, netball, or even dance/Zumba are pleasurable yet sweat-breaking activities to do alongside other responsibilities.

Keeping on top of your appearance doesn’t have to be impossible just because you decided to have children. From surgery to diet, to exercise, there are many ways to feel like your best self even as a parent.

About the author

Jennifer Bell

Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.

5 Parenting Tips to Follow

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There are many things you will have to learn as a parent, since every child is different, and you aren’t offered a manual once you have a child. In other words, you will likely learn about the parenting process as you go through it, and as your children grow up. Here is a look at 5 tips you may want to follow or incorporate into your household.

Be Active in Their Life

One of the most important aspects of raising kids is to be present in their lives. This means more than providing for them. They need to see you and be able to talk to you when they require support.

Some other places where it may be beneficial to be active are when it comes to their school or extracurriculars. When you are helping them with their homework, meeting with teachers, or attending their games, this can let your children know that you care, and it will also give you an opportunity to spot problems when they come up.

You can read even more parenting tips on this site, which may help parents of kids of all ages.

Enact Rules

Another technique to consider is having clear rules for your children to follow. Within your household, a child should understand what they are expected to do and how they should behave. If you have not explained the rules to your offspring, it might be time to do just that.

Together with your mate, you can determine what rules you wish to set forth. Be sure to include consequences that will be applicable when these rules are broken as well. Once your kids know how they should behave, this can provide them with the proper structure they need.

Listen to Them

It may also come in handy if you listen to your kids whenever they want to talk to you. If your son or daughter is trying to get your attention because they have an issue they need advice on, take a few minutes to provide them with your full attention.

You might be able to solve their problem and put them at ease. This will also allow your little ones to understand that you can be counted on when they need support, which means they won’t feel like they must fend for themselves.

Let Them Make Their Own Choices

As your children grow up, they will learn and think more effectively. Once they are able to make their own choices and decisions, it is necessary to let them from time to time. For example, if your daughter shows interest in picking out her own clothes and dressing herself, you should do your best to allow her to do this.

You can still provide feedback, but when she does a good job with her wardrobe, this can allow her to feel better about herself and give her a sense of self-esteem.

On the other hand, when a child is able to make their own decisions, at times, they will make a mistake. This isn’t the end of the world. You can talk to them about trying harder next time, or what changes they should have made. This can help them learn how to endure and solve problems.

Remember They Are Watching

You should always keep in mind that your children are watching you. They might notice everything you do. For this reason, you must pay attention to how you are acting and the things you say. After all, you are likely your child’s first teacher and role model.

Of course, you don’t have to be perfect, but you do need to watch what you do when they are around and might decide they want to mimic your words or behaviour.

Conclusion

When you are trying to do your best as a parent, it may be overwhelming. However, once you consider these tips and incorporate them into your life, you can become more confident with your parenting. Take it one day at a time and remember that it is okay to mess up sometimes.

Yoga Teacher Training For Pregnancy

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Pregnancy for most women is a unique and exceptional experience. It is a time that conveys the message of unconditional love, and it presents an opportunity to enjoy the many benefits offered by Yoga practice, including deep serenity. Pregnancy yoga teacher training helps you as a teacher, to create a nurturing and positive environment for your expectant mothers and the unborn babies in their womb.

The connections developed during Pregnancy yoga are usually fourfold– mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. This deep connection helps women deal with the challenges (psychological, physical, and emotional) of pregnancy while naturally preparing for labour and Childbirth. Yoga helps pregnant women stay fit and relaxed, helping to keep the health of mother and baby optimal.

Yoga involves moving and exercising the body in a physical, spiritual, and mental practice. Yoga aims to allow mothers to take control of their minds in an atmosphere of serenity and stillness detached from outside surroundings and pressures. The main focus of Yoga is to achieve balance and union between mother and the universe through the following means; physical exercises or postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), relaxation, and meditation.

This article provides you with some vital information to start your journey to Pregnancy yoga teacher training and becoming a qualified prenatal yoga teacher.

Benefits of Pregnancy yoga training for mum

Pregnancy yoga teacher training cover several aspects of a prenatal yoga practice. The training involves learning about focused breathing suitable for pregnancy, mental concentration in the form of meditation, and stretching and alignment through Asana. Some of the benefits afforded pregnant women include;

  • It helps pregnant women sleep better and avoid insomnia
  • Reduces anxiety, depression, and stress levels in pregnant women
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improved Flexibility and strengthening of the main muscles used in childbirth with a strong focus on the BAPs (back, abs and pelvic floor)
  • Reduced pain, headaches, and shortness of breath

What happens during a typical Pregnancy yoga teacher training?

With its multifaceted approach, Pregnancy yoga teacher training involves several areas of study and covers all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, including:

  • Breathing. This ensures that when teaching, you focus on slowly and deeply breathing in and out. Pregnancy yoga training breathing techniques and practices will help reduce and manage shortness of breath throughout pregnancy and during labour contractions or surges.
  • Postures. During training, each participant is encouraged to guide their body into different positions while lying, standing, or sitting. The physical aspect of yoga gives benefits such as developing your balance, flexibility, and strength. To provide support and comfort to participants, cushions, blankets, and belts can be used as a prop.
  • Relaxation and Being Calm. At the end of each Pregnancy yoga teacher training session, we finish with a pregnancy SLEEP or savasana session which brings relaxation to the muscles and helps calm down your breathing rhythm and heart rate. Participants are encouraged to listen to their breathing patterns and be sensitive to thoughts, mental states, and emotions. This result is a state of self-awareness and calm, which we can pass on to our pregnant students.
  • Gentle stretching. Each student is taught to gently stretch different body parts during the classes, including the neck and arms, and go through their entire motion range. Postures should be suitable for the various stages of pregnancy, being both safe and therapeutic. This helps to increase muscle flexibility which is vital during the birthing process. 

You will be best served to avoid performing Pregnancy yoga in a high-temperature environment (such as hot yoga) as this can result in hypothermia.

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Safety guidelines for pregnancy yoga?

Practising Yoga during pregnancy is super beneficial for both mother and fetus, as we know. However, following the below-listed safety guidelines is vital for optimal results, protection, and safety for mum and baby. These guidelines include;

  • Discuss with your health care provider. You should explain to mum that she should be engaging her midwife or healthcare provider to get an OK before starting a pregnancy yoga session. Their health service provider should advise them of any limitations to your practice and other cautionary signs you should watch out for. Also, persons with a high risk of preterm labour or certain pregnancy-related medical conditions (including heart disease or back problems) are not allowed to participate in Pregnancy yoga classes. Providing a health questionnaire for all students before they come to class helps keep you aware of everything you need to know.
  • Set reasonable targets. Setting achievable and reasonable targets for your pregnancy yoga class, not exceeding your pregnant ladies’ exercise ability. For pregnant women, 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days weekly are acceptable. Shorter and fewer workouts session can still help keep mum in shape and to prepare for a healthy and active childbirth.
  • Maintain a Steady Pace. Mum should not over-exert herself while doing pregnancy yoga. If normal speaking becomes difficult while practising pregnancy yoga, mum probably needs to take to break.
  • Stay hydrated and cool. You will require a properly ventilated and cool but not cold room to perform pregnancy yoga to avoid hypothermia. Also, it is essential for mum to drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated, so remember to make water available.
  • Avoid certain postures. To maintain optimal alignment during pregnancy, it is required that you bend from your hips and not from your back. Also, when practising sequences that involve (open) twisting, do not lie on your back or belly so that you can avoid putting pressure on your abdomen. Use cushions, blankets, and belts to provide extra support and comfort for mum.
  • Be Careful. Do not push your body during pregnancy. You should encourage your pregnant students to be attentive and sensitive to how their body feels. Take small and slow steps. Avoid painful or uncomfortable positions and keep within your stretching limits.

Decreased fetal movement and vaginal bleeding are red flags, and when experienced, you are required to stop your pregnancy yoga class and see your health care provider immediately.

Choosing a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Pregnancy yoga teacher training programmes are available globally, both online and offline. Before enrolling for one, here is a quick checklist to be considered before making your final choice.  

  • Observe a class or training session before you start. Observing a yoga training session before you start lets you have a first-hand view of what to expect. You will be able to see which activities that you are comfortable with and others you are not.
  • Instructor Training and Accreditation. Ensure that the Yoga Teacher Trainer is a certified pregnancy yoga trainer from a reputable accrediting body such as Yoga Alliance International.
  • The instructor’s style. The instructor’s teaching and group leadership style will help you get the best result and experience from your training. Always ensure you are comfortable with the training methods and techniques used by the lead instructor before choosing a yoga teacher training. You should resonate with the lead teacher’s methods and message.
  • Class size and the environment. The class size and environment (online or offline) will play a massive role in the results obtained from the yoga teacher training. Selecting a training program with an appropriate class size and lots of 1-2-1 interaction will benefit your learning and create a welcoming environment for the best possible results.

When Can Your Students Start Pregnancy Yoga?

One of the reasons your students are advised to contact their health provider before commencing your pregnancy yoga class is so you can decide the best time for them, to start your yoga class. Their gynaecologist can approve their start from later in the first semester (10-12 weeks) if there aren’t signs of exhaustion or anything else that would stop them from attending class. Starting your Yoga from the first semester can help reduce pregnancy symptoms such as backache and nausea, although the practice should be gentle and focused on breathing and meditation at this stage.

Following the safety guidelines highlighted in this article with proper care and practice throughout your pregnancy will help your pregnant students prepare for Childbirth and help them and their baby be healthy.

What Kinds of Gifts Are Best Suited for Housewarming Parties?

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How exciting is it to move into a new home? It doesn’t matter if it’s just a rented flat or a home that’s been bought after working so hard to save for the down payment, it is going to be a place to find comfort from the outside world. It is going to be a place to find shelter when everything outside seems to be spinning out of control and it is going to be a place to enjoy the company of family and friends.

Maybe you are throwing a housewarming party for a friend who is about to take possession of a new home, but everyone is wondering what they should bring as a gift. In fact, some are even asking if gifts are really traditional and if so, how much should they spend? What kinds of items make the perfect gifts and then, where to find them? It can be confusing, but there are simple solutions.

You Could Always Ask Them What They Need

Although it may sound a bit tacky, you really could ask them if there is anything they need. Most people know that they will receive gifts at a housewarming party so that they won’t be taken aback if asked about their needs. If you’d rather not approach them directly, you could ask the host or hostess if they know what is needed or perhaps about wants.

Gifts With Special Meaning

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Sometimes there are friends or family members who have special interests or religious leanings. When it comes to a Catholic household, any statue or sacred icon or artwork would make a fantastic housewarming gift. You could choose one with special significance for blessing the home. Check out a site like holyart.co.uk that specialises in Catholic and Orthodox religious items. Any item that speaks to their faith and your sincere effort to support them in their move and their religious affiliation will show them that you care. Housewarming blessings of this kind will be remembered for years to come.

Choosing Between Useful vs. Décor

While they may need a few useful items unless you ask you may not know. However, you do know that they like things like candles, scented wax melts, and other little items they buy sparingly because of cost. You could put together a little basket of those kinds of items so that they will have an assortment of those smell-good, feel-good trinkets.

Wine and Cheese Basket

When all else fails, you could put together a DIY wine and cheese basket that comes with a variety of meats, sausages, cheese, and perhaps a few biscuits. A bottle of sparkling wine or champagne would be nice as well. Just be advised that they might not open it at the housewarming party but that’s alright as well. It is for them, after all!

Sometimes it’s not how much you spend or even what you buy as much as it is the thought that you are happy for them in their new home. Just the fact that you care enough to wish them well speaks of a special friendship that is often hard to find. In the end, it’s up to you to choose which direction to take when buying housewarming gifts. Just know that whatever you buy from a religious blessing to a basket of goodies, it will be forever remembered as a gift from the heart.

5 Tips To Take Care of Senior Adults

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Are you worried about how to take care of your ageing loved ones? It can be troubling, especially if you still have a full-time job to go to. However, it doesn’t have to be too complicated. First, identify the best help and care for them; perhaps it could be getting them through their daily activities or medical care. These days, you’ll come across exemplary and well-trained caregivers who can provide them with the best care they need right from home. Here are tips to help you take care of your seniors:

1.   Create a Safe Environment

Since seniors are mostly indoors, it’s essential to eliminate any safety hazard that could potentially harm them in their day-to-day household movements. You don’t have to make significant modifications all at once.

Start with simple changes like; decluttering, getting anti-skid mats for the bathroom and kitchen, getting rid of loose cables on the floors. Later on, you could progress to major modifications like;

  • installing grab bars in the toilet, stairs, and shower
  • raising the toilet seat, bed, and seats
  • installing smoke detectors
  • installing a ramp for wheelchairs or walkers
  • installing suitable lighting

2.   Enable Social Inclusivity

No matter your age, social interactions are necessary to keep you healthier, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Though our seniors will mainly be indoors, it’s wise to encourage them to expand their social network from activities with other seniors that enable them to stay active.

Encourage them to reconnect with friends or make new friends by being part of community events or joining clubs that align with their hobbies. Doing this will make them feel that they still have their independence under control. In the midst of all that, once in a while, organize a family visit where they can interact with their grandkids and set up activities that help them interact even further by reading books, playing games, or going out for a local picnic together.

3.   Hire Extra Help

In most cases, seniors will need help with housekeeping, outdoor errands, showering, but they won’t say it. They may want a family member to do it, but in some cases, that may be hard, especially if they need a specialized kind of caregiving expertise that involves memory care. Such care is selective for people suffering from the many forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, etc.

Have a sit-down with your loved one and help them understand why they need a caregiver to care for them. That also prevents them from being hostile to them or feeling like their personal space is being invaded. A caregiver will be fast in taking care of emergencies, ensure that they take their medication as they should, engage them to avoid loneliness, do laundry, clean the house, etc.

Every senior has different needs, so before hiring that caregiver, ensure that you hire the most suited one who willfully takes care of their needs.

4.   Emphasize the Need for Self-Care

Despite having a caregiver to take care of them, seniors must understand why they need to practice self-care habits. You can encourage them to:

  • Practice personal hygiene
  • Exercise regularly at least 30 minutes per day to keep their health in check
  • Do relaxation activities- meditation, aromatherapy, taking a nature walk, listening to music,
  • Eat healthily
  • Pursue a hobby and get creative
  • Have a healthy sleep routine
  • Eat healthily
  • Read a new book
  • Ask for help if they need it

5.   Talk To them About Money Management

The money talk is one topic that people are uncomfortable openly speaking about. In the era of online banking and doing online transactions, seniors are at a higher risk of getting tricked, especially if they’re not so conversant with technology. Therefore, it’s necessary to engage them on how to transact online safely, and you can also set up measures to protect them from fraud.

Due to the high cost of living, it can also be costly to take care of everything, especially if your senior needs constant medical attention. If they were previously employed, they likely have pension money, insurance covers, or retirement savings which could help cover most of these recurring expenses.

You wouldn’t want to be financially strained or in debt as you genuinely care for them. If you don’t know where to start, have a trustworthy financial expert to guide you all this and the best advice on how seniors can manage their money, live within their means, and avoid debts at all costs.

Remember that you must be healthy if you have to take care of another person. Take breaks if you need to and if you’ve hired a caregiver, ensure that the environment is conducive enough for them to stay in. In whichever way to choose to take care of your seniors, you will be proud that you helped them age gracefully and happily.

About the Author

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.

Confidence and Academic Performance: How Confidence Leads You to Success in College

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Students often have to perform under pressure and deal with stressful exams, tests, and presentations. No matter how long and thoroughly you prepare, the actual process may be unpredictable. Confidence is that large piece of the puzzle that helps you perform well even when pressure, doubt, and high expectations become paralyzing.

Confidence allows you to trust yourself and your abilities. It impacts your performance in a myriad of different ways. You become more willing to take risks, experiment, and embrace challenges. When you feel sure of yourself, you can stay calm in a harsh environment and do not let pressure or doubt creep in and impede your progress. Confidence is also your key to obtaining your educational objectives and goals beyond college. Let’s take a closer look at how confidence influences your performance as a student.

Confidence Helps to Overcome Challenges

Challenges are an important part of learning that encourage you to grow and develop your skills. The level of confidence determines students’ behavior in situations when they have to face problems. Self-assured students know their strengths and approach challenges without fear or self-doubt. At the same time, challenges may have a crippling effect on people with low self-esteem and cause them to underperform even when they are well-prepared.

Confidence is a major source of motivation and enthusiasm. When you believe in yourself and your abilities, challenges are easier to handle. You become more resilient to stress and thus more prepared to overcome problems, academic and otherwise.

Confidence grows as you deal with challenges. Sometimes it involves spending an extra hour in the library, getting academic help from an essay writing service, or asking peers for assistance. In any case, solving a challenge is always a rewarding experience, even when you need to go above and beyond to get the result. It gives you a sense of achievement and builds your confidence.

Confidence Determines Academic Outcomes

Believing in your abilities is crucial. Confidence plays a major part in forming a student’s mindset. This is the attitude with which they approach their learning objectives and progress. A study published in Current Research in Social Psychology found that the induced level of confidence helped students perform better. The study participants were divided into two groups. Students from Group 1 were told they would take a high-school level test, while students in Group 2 were assured that the test was designed for Ivy League students. Predictably, Group 1 outperformed Group 2 by 10% as its students were more confident in their ability to succeed.

The level of confidence also impacts the accuracy with which people take tests. In the study on the sex difference in mental rotation performance, Zachary Estes and Sydney Felker found that there was no difference in ability between males and females, and the results of participants depended on confidence rather than any other factors.

The studies prove that a student’s attitude toward an academic assignment affects their performance. In a situation when a student is expected to succeed (or fail), they are likely to confirm the expectations. Therefore, your perception of the abilities you have determines your success. Confidence will help you thrive, while the lack thereof may add additional challenges that could be avoided otherwise.

Confidence Supports Creativity

Confident students are more likely to step outside their comfort zone and take risks. Going beyond a familiar environment is often scary. Students fear failure and critique. At the same time, challenging conventional views is part of the creative process. It allows you to experiment and make unexpected decisions.

Creative confidence encourages you to develop original ideas for your papers, presentations, and academic projects. If you are not comfortable with creative expression, you can find paper writing help from best writers and broaden your exposure to new perspectives. Getting help from your instructors and academic writing experts is that little push that you need to start individual exploration and improve your performance.

Exploration is the key driver of your performance in college. With its help, you enlarge your worldview, build skills, and discover perspectives you couldn’t even imagine existing. Confidence fuels your creative impulses. In addition to discovering new ideas, it also gives you the strength and motivation to try them out. It helps to overcome the fear and discomfort of the unknown to grow your talents.

Confidence Affects Goal Setting

Goal setting is one of the primary pillars of successful performance. In college, workplace, or personal life, you need to have clear objectives to know where you are now and what you want to achieve. This supports your motivation to succeed and gives your activity a direction.

What does confidence have to do with goal setting? Confidence allows students to dream big and set ambitious aims. Self-assured students can cast away doubt and work towards their goals even if they do not seem realistic at first.

In contrast, those people who have low self-esteem often doubt their abilities and have difficulty accepting accomplishments. They feel unworthy of accolades or achieving big goals. Low self-confidence forces them to avoid unfamiliar situations, and thus, they often miss opportunities.

To Sum Up

Confidence and performance go hand in hand. Nobody denies the importance of learning and proper preparation, but confidence helps you reach your full potential. It makes challenges more manageable and allows you to overcome fears and doubts. By building your confidence, you open yourself a way to more ambitious goals, a stronger mindset, and creativity to set yourself up for success in college and beyond.

5 Features of Choosing a Car for the Whole Family: Safety and Comfort

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When children appear in the family, parents have to give up the two-door sports cars that they like so much. Now the needs, comfort, and safety of the whole family come to the fore, and a supercar can hardly be called a car that will be convenient for transporting children.

Among the huge number of models and brands of cars, it is also difficult to make a choice that will fit all the criteria. However, it is one thing to choose a rental car when you are travelling with the whole family when you only need a car for a couple of weeks. In different countries, you can find many car rentals that offer roomy car models which are budget-friendly. One of these companies is Evolve in Dubai, where you can rent a safe and spacious car from a huge number of offered cars for hire. It is quite another thing when you want to find a car that will be a true friend of your family for a long time.

In this article, we will discuss the features of the choice that parents should pay attention to when choosing a car for the family.

Features of choice

Number of passenger seats

When there are several children in our family, it is necessary to choose a car taking into account how many people can fit in the cabin. Even if the car can fit 5 people, then the roomy interior plays a huge role, since children need more space. It is especially worth paying attention to the fact that if your family has a toddler, then it will be necessary to install a child safety seat. Such seats occupy a little more space than one passenger seat, and therefore it is important to take into account the capacity of the car so that all family members feel comfortable.

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Upholstery

Before buying a car, you need to think about how easily the interior can be cleaned of dirt. We’re talking about a family with kids, and the interior can easily become dirty because of food crumbs, drinks, dirty shoes, etc.

That is why it is necessary to study the characteristics of each type of upholstery for the cabin. You can choose from fabric, velour, or leather upholstery. However, each of them has its advantages and disadvantages.

Reliability

Every family needs to have a car that will be reliable in use so that there is no need to go to a car service every week. That is why before choosing a car, you should read reviews of popular car brands that have proven themselves among all car models.

Comfort

In a family car, everyone should be comfortable, both the driver and other passengers. Parents are usually in the front seats, while children get extra space in the rear seats. In this regard, so that children do not get bored during trips, you can pay attention to a car with an infotainment system. For the driver, the presence of an advanced onboard computer and a multifunction steering wheel can provide special comfort.

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Fuel efficiency

In addition to family expenses, you have to spend a lot of money on gasoline. In this regard, it is important to choose a car with an economical engine, because, in addition to fuel, you will have to spend money on car insurance, taxes and take into account the cost of repairs in case of a breakdown.

Conclusion

Choosing a family car is quite difficult because you need to take into account not only your wishes but also the comfort and safety of all family members. First of all, it is worth thinking about setting aside a budget for the purchase of a car and then selecting a car according to various characteristics.

More Christmas 2021 Photos

I’m very late in doing my Christmas posts this year because of one thing and another. I like to get them done so we can easily look back at them, otherwise, they’d end up in a folder on the server and forgotten about!

These are a few random photos from Christmas and New Year 2022.

I was informed by Ella that no, she definitely was not too old for North Pole Breakfast this year and also, she would never be too old for it!

I enjoyed my usual tradition of looking through the tv guide and circling everything I wanted to watch.

I watched It’s A Wonderful Life while wrapping Christmas presents; another of my favourite traditions!

I also made sure I watched One Magic Christmas. I think I’ve watched this movie every year since the early 90s. I love it.

We didn’t get the chance to watch Elf this year or play a board game. It’s getting harder to get everyone in the house at the same time what with school, work and college.

New Year

New year’s eve was a quiet one. Aiden was working, KayCee and Ella went to parties with friends while Ant and I settled down to watch tv!
We’ve never been new year’s eve party people so watching tv with a glass of Baileys was totally fine with us!

Ant cooked a roast beef dinner on New Year’s Day for us all except KayCee. She was still at a friend’s house. We missed her but it was nice to see Jerome again. We don’t get to see him much because he works a lot.

Christmas Day Photos 2021

Ant’s mum and dad and 2 of his children that don’t live with us came for dinner this year and as usual, Ant did all the cooking 🙂
However, it didn’t all go quite to plan as the cook got a little bit too merry too early in the day and forgot to turn up the Brussel sprouts so they didn’t actually cook!

His children found his drunken antics very amusing and this year will forever be known as the year of the Brussel sprouts!

Everyone had a good time and got thoroughly spoilt 🙂

Christmas Dinner

Ant’s Presents

My Presents

Aiden’s Presents

KayCee’s Presents

Ella’s Presents

Family Presents

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