Are Dogs Good for Kids?



Kids have boundless energy. Sometimes it seems that the more they do the more energetic they get. It is great to see your children running around and enjoying themselves, but keeping up with them is exhausting. It is always a relief when someone else takes them out and runs around the park with them.

Studies show that pets are goods for kids

Getting a dog helps a lot. Young dogs love to play, and providing you choose the right type can match your kid’s energy levels.

Most of us realise this, but did you know that a dog could help your children in many other ways, as well? Well they can, recent research has shown that kids that are bought up in homes with a dog grow into more confident, well-adjusted adults.

Living with a dog means that your children have to learn important social skills at an early age. They need to accommodate the dog and his or her needs. For example, leaving your pet alone when they are asleep teaches a young child that they have to respect boundaries, and be mindful of how animals and others are feeling.

Studies also show that children who have pets are more confident, and suffer from fewer emotional issues. If a child is having problems at school coming home to a dog that bounds into their arms, and wants to spend time with them provides much needed relief. It gives them a much-needed chance to smile, and forget the problems of the day.

It may seem strange, but many kids talk to their pets about their problems. The fact that the dog, cat or hamster does not ask a stream of questions, or judge them, means that the child can be 100% honest about how they are feeling. Being able to talk freely to someone about a problem is a great relief, and has been shown to help children to work through difficult issues.

If you would like to learn more about the different ways dogs could help kids to manage psychological problems, you can do so by reading this page.

Getting a puppy

If, after reading this, you do think getting a puppy is a good idea you need to be careful about where you buy it. It is especially important to buy your puppy from a proper breeder. You need to find one that is registered, and keeps their dogs in the right conditions. If you do not do so, there is a strong chance that you will discover that your new puppy has health or behavioural problems once you get him or her home, by which point it is too late to do anything about it.

Therefore, if you see a puppies for sale in Glasgow sign my advice is that you pause for a moment, and check that breeders credentials before buying from them. Doing that is the best way to make sure that you end up with the right puppy for you and your kids.

Trampolines Don’t Have To Be Dangerous




When the thought of a trampoline enters a parent’s mind, the onset of images like trips to the emergency room immediately turn them off from the idea of purchasing one for their family. They imagine children flying off of the sides and snapping their necks in the process. Parents think of toes and hands getting stuck in between the springs of the trampoline, which to their credit – are often a major cause for painful injuries.

However, trampolines don’t have to be dangerous – many new backyard trampoline developments are emerging, such as a net that has bounce to it, cushioning jumpers back to the mat, making the net more reliable for fall prevention. There are brands out there attempting to bury the springs to prevent injury, or looking for ways to remove springs completely.

If you’re looking for a safe trampoline alternative, consider Springfree Trampoline, where the solution is in the name itself. It uses flexible, composite rods instead of springs that are underneath the jumping surface, preventing users from ever touching the support system, and eliminating the chance of getting those little toes and fingers caught. Without any springs at all, this substantially reduces the risk of injury. The rods also help to support a flexible net (FlexiNet), which actively guides jumpers inwards to safety.

Furthermore, the frame of the Springfree trampoline is also situated beneath the jumping surface, no more bangs, bruises or sprains because users will never come into contact with the trampoline frame. This will further reduce the risk of injury, while the SoftEdge mat will make for a more comfortable and safer jumping experience, as it is highly shock absorbent.

What’s more is that this trampoline manufacturer has introduced what is known as the tgoma digital game system, bringing the latest in technology to the trampoline market — making it the world’s first smart trampoline.The games and apps available for installation are meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages, and offer a substantial health benefit because of the physical workout users will receive when playing. This latest technology brings a completely unique, outdoor digital game experience that will also help get kids to opt out of watching television and opt into playing interactive games on their outdoor trampoline. With games like “Whatzat?” – encouraging jumpers to create their own games — outdoor screen time can now kick-start the imaginations of children and adults. The tgoma digital game system also encourages families to enjoy some down time together by shooting for high scores with tgomaFit; spending time together while also getting a good workout.

Finally, these trampolines undergorigorous testing to ensure quality control, safety, and reliability. Springfreehas been the recipient of countless awards and accolades including the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, the International Design Award, and the US Family Choice Award. With so many organizations approving of the design, this is an ideal item for even the hesitant parent to try out, and it is perfect for people of all ages. With so many quality and safety benefits added to this trampoline system, it’s no wonder that smart trampoline has become so popular.

What is a prepaid funeral plan?



You might find it difficult or a touch grim to think about planning for your funeral – let alone paying for it in advance. But with death as one of the very few certainties in life, there is every reason to plan for just how you want to be remembered. Just as importantly, perhaps, you and your loved ones are likely to spend considerably less money when making the arrangements you have chosen.

Making and paying for those arrangements in advance is the essence of prepaid funeral plans, so let’s see how one works – you might find the economic arguments compelling.

The cost of a funeral

According to information published by insurers Sun Life on the 14th of September 2016, the average cost of dying in the UK at the moment is £8,802 – this includes the cost of the funeral itself, your send-off (flowers, gravestone, venue for a wake or reception) and the administration of probate.

This increase represents more than 16 times the rate of inflation, explains Sun Life, with the cost of the basic funeral alone having risen by 5% since the last time the company conducted a survey of costs in 2015.

Beating inflation

The way to beating at least part of those costs is to freeze what you need to pay for the funeral itself. That is the idea behind a prepaid funeral plan.

You make the arrangements you want to be respected, but pay for them in advance, at today’s prices, rather than those which are likely to have escalated considerably when the time eventually comes. The sooner you make the arrangements for a prepaid funeral plan, in other words, the greater the savings are likely to be.

Funeral directors’ plans

You might be wondering what is so novel about prepaid funeral plans – after all many funeral directors offer the chance to pay for their services in advance and, so, help you stave off their increased prices in future.

How safe is that money you might have paid over, though? What if the firm goes out of business before your time comes? There is a risk that you might seriously lose out.

Prepaid funeral plans

With a prepaid funeral plan from a national provider, however, you may be certain of your money being safe until it is needed to pay your chosen funeral director – especially when that national provider is also a registered member of the Funeral Planning Authority (the industry’s self-regulator).

In that case, whatever you pay is kept safely and securely, either in a trust created specifically for that purpose, or applied to the purchase of a whole of life insurance policy, which pays out the guaranteed insured cash benefit to your designated beneficiaries whenever you die.

If your chosen funeral director does go out of business during the interim, your funeral plan provider is typically able to divert the relevant funds to another firm in your area.

In this way, a prepaid funeral plan may give you the reassurance and confidence of knowing whatever amount you have paid remains protected, yet serves to help ward off the financially painful effects of inflation.

Marriage Advice from Celebrity Couples

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Private lives of rich and famous are extremely exposed, so we often hear about scandals, disputes, outrageous statements, and of course – rumors about new couples that emerged or the hottest news about luxurious celebrity weddings. Hollywood is filled with short term marriages and sometimes – love is put aside in favor of publicity. But what about those stars who tied the knot and have been married for years, even decades? There must be some secret to their success since they managed to resist the pressures of living in the public eye: it’s not that easy to protect your private love life from nosy paparazzi and fans. You surely can learn a few things from them: here are the best pieces of marriage advices to treasure.

Respect and reciprocity are crucial

In order to nurture a healthy relationship, you have to fully respect your spouse and accept them without holding back. As the star of Grey’s Anatomy Patrick Dempsey says – you mustn’t strive to change the other person according to your own desires. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had to put an effort to accepting each other: as Kanye said – his wife lets him say a lot of things most wives wouldn’t allow; but also – Kanye tolerates Kim’s daring photos and open sexuality on social media.

 Spicing your sex life

The most common thing that happens when you’re married for a long time is monotony. The spark gets lost and you’re left with a person you care about, although you feel no passion. Many couples reach a boredom rot, while their sex life becomes a routine or they stop having sex completely. The boring bedroom syndrome is real, but don’t wave your white flag just yet. Learn a thing of two from Beyonce and Jay Z: although they’ve been through some rocky paths, they’ve been married for over eight years now. A couple of years ago, they were caught buying sex toys in the amount of $6000! Victoria and David Beckham are also known for playing in the bedroom, while Hugh Jackman decided to buy sex toys in Australia to experiment a bit while on vacation: what’s stopping you from spicing things up? There’s no shame in having a bit fun!

Showing affection every day

In long-term relationships, people get used to having that special someone by their side, but they forget to show just how important that person is to them. You need to show affection on a daily basis. When asked about her secret to a lasting marriage, Julia Roberts simply replied: “Probably kissing.” Another great tip comes from the musician Luke Bryan: he said he gives his wife foot massages before bed – how cute! Take another piece of advice from Tony Goldwyn, too: he loves making Sunday waffles for his wife and to prepare her yummy meals. You have to try a bit to make it work, right?

Open communication is everything

So many married couples fall into a rut, so eventually – they stop having meaningful conversations. In the worst case scenario, spouses stop communicating completely, so they may resent each other, but don’t talk it out. This can lead to worse problems, such as cheating or even divorce. However, celebrity couples such as Emily Blunt and John Krasinski underlined the importance of talking to each other and being forever generous. Neil Patrick Harris and his other half, David Burtka, are on the same page with one thing: you cannot have a great marriage if you stay quiet. Conflicts can be healthy as they push your relationship forward.

Make a decision to be there – in sickness and in health

American singer Faith Hill made a really great point about the essence of a strong marriage. There are no secrets to it. You simply have to decide every day you’re going to be there for the person you love, through ups and downs, and try to laugh as much as you can, while cherishing each other.

Cherish and respect your partner. The bottom line is this: love evolves and you have to put a bit of effort to it.

Become a master of entertaining kids

Some people just have that knack of entertaining groups of kids. They know how to talk to them, can predict what they’ll find entertaining and can get down on the carpet and play with them without inhibition. If you’re not one of these people you’ll no doubt be impressed, and also mildly confused. How DO they do that? It’s no mean feat to be able to walk into a room full of four year olds and start telling a story, including doing the voices as easily as they can walk into a room full of adolescents and not embarrass themselves by talking about a teenage sensation whose star waned not more than twenty minutes ago.

If you’re not one of these people blessed with a natural child affinity, it’s possible to learn how to bluff it. And here’s how.

It’s all about preparation. If you’re facing a situation where you’ll be dealing with children, babysitting nephews or nieces, attending a wedding where kids will be in attendance, doesn’t matter. The key is preparation. First of all, learn a story you can tell them. Not one of the standard skits but one they won’t have heard before. If you can do the voices and go on a freestyle riff, so much the better. And make it scary. Kids love that stuff.

If the kids aren’t in the mood for listening, you could come prepared by looking for entertaining toys and gadgets from the likes of Toddlers Stuff. Be sure to read their product reviews.

If all else fails, you could do worse than encouraging them to play a new game. One with simple rules that doesn’t take any preparation or need any kit beyond what you’ll find around the room.


Choose a hider and give them a napkin. The rest of the group leave the room and the hider hides the napkin somewhere with just a corner showing. The seekers have to find the napkin somewhere in the room, but they’re not allowed to touch anything. Once you see the napkin, you say “Rumplestiltskin” but don’t let on where you saw it. Once everyone has said Rumplestiltskin, the first person to see the napkin is the hider for the next round.

Who Said What Now?

This game is completely pointless but it passes time. It’s a mash-up of word association and Chinese Whispers. Sit the kids in a circle, and have to first one whisper a word to the child next to them, that child then has to whisper the first word that they think of to the next child. After each round ask the children to tell you what they said to get a unique insight into the workings of their minds.

Ming Mang Mong

Again, sit in a circle. Pick someone to start. They point at someone and say ‘Ming’. Ming must now point at someone and say ‘Mang’. Mang points to someone and says ‘Mong’. It doesn’t sound hard but it gets faster and faster. If anyone says the wrong name they’re out, but they are allowed to try to distract the players who are left. Utter chaos ensues.

Smile For Me

Tell one of the children “Honey, if you really loved me, you’d give me a smile!” They have to say “Honey, I love you, but I just can’t give you a smile!” without smiling. If they say it without smiling do whatever it takes to make them smile or laugh. Once they crack, it’s their go to tell someone “Honey, if you really loved me, you’d give me a smile!”

Wanna Buy a Donkey?

One child has to be the Donkey. You also need a Salesman. The rest of the kids sit in a circle around the donkey and salesman and the salesman selects a potential buyer. The salesman asks “Wanna buy a donkey?” Of course the child doesn’t and says so. So the salesman starts in with the pitch. They say something like “But this donkey can stand on its hands and bark like a dog!” Naturally the donkey has to do what the salesman says it can and when the prospective buyer laughs, they become the donkey and the donkey becomes the salesman.



Teaching kids about their environment


As the inheritors of our planet, kids have the biggest stake of all in preserving local and global habitats. They tend to respond better to playful, absorbing learning methods rather than lecture-style teaching, so making planet-friendly choices part of your life can have a huge impact!

Here are a few simple yet absorbing ways to teach them about their environment; from waste prevention to global warming for kids.

Get stuck in

Kids tend to learn most about the environment by interacting with it, so get out to your local park or woodland and enjoy those muddy puddles! Activities like spotting woodlice, birds or bats (best tried at twilight) make for a great day out, along with simple sensory experiences like the feel of different bark on the trees. Bring along a magnifying glass so that they can investigate up close for themselves.

While you’re outdoors, you can talk about what you’re seeing: robins are especially curious animals, for example, while ants can lift 20 times their own bodyweight. Then, they can draw or write a story about what they remember once you get home. Going on a local nature walk lead by someone who’s devoted their life to studying wildlife is another hugely enlightening option, and not just for kids!

Reuse, recycle

Learning the basics of waste prevention can start at a very young age. Ever noticed how kids are often more excited by playing with a cardboard box than the toy inside? Encourage this love of creative play by saving (clean) food and drink containers, loo rolls and even old scraps of curtain or carpet. These materials can be transformed again and again into spaceships, ancient tombs, jungles; their imagination is the limit! Ask older kids to help you sort through anything they don’t use for the recycling, giving them an idea of how recycling works practically.

Planting edible plants and herbs in the back garden is another easy (and delicious) way to prevent waste and bring food to the table with zero air miles and no packaging! To nurture their fledgling plants, challenge kids to collect scraps like vegetable peelings and coffee grounds to make a compost heap, which will miraculously convert kitchen waste to spongy soil!

Open discussion

Although a frequently contested topic, NASA’s latest figures show temperatures rising and arctic ice decreasing by 13.4% each decade, impacting habitats across the world. Most kids will have heard about global warming from one source or another, but they could be confused about what it actually is.

Talk the issue through with them, with the help of a global warming for kids guide or just your own knowledge. When it comes to talking through global warming for kids, it can help to focus on positive actions like deciding to walk or cycle more often. You may even want to involve them in big discussions about your own lifestyle choices, whether you’re thinking of buying a greener car or taking a train rather than a plane for your next holiday

5 Ways to Increase Your Family’s Bond Without Electronics

image1Our hectic lifestyles have caused families to drift apart. The need to increase the family bond continues to grow. Even when families are in the same room, the chances are that they are interacting with electronic devices instead of each other. Today’s technologies have improved our lives but are contributing to the downfall of the family units. With this being so finding ways to bond is very important. There are numerous ways of trying to accomplish this. The following are five ways to work on increasing the family bond without electronics.

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  1. Exercising Together. Whether the family goes to the gym or works out together at home, exercise can increase the family bond. Each family member can set individual goals or family goals can be set. The process of working together to reach those goals helps to tighten that family bond. The family is showing each other support.
  1. A Weekly Help Sessions. Scheduling a day to sit together and talk about individual and family problems is therapeutic and bonding for the family. The problems can be homework, chores, individual problems, or family issues. Working together strengthens the bonds and teaches that the individuals that they can depend on the family when in need.
  1. Car rides. A simple car ride can be fun and bonding. There are several things that can be done during a car ride to make it fun, educational and challenging. The family can come up with a list of different things to look for on the ride. For example one time they can drive around looking for purple vehicles. Another time looking for a particular style of architecture. The family can have contest on who can find the most of these items.
  1. Taking family walks can improve the family’s health and their bond. Having a set day and time period will help teach responsibility as well. These walk can be time to chit chat, talk about issues, or just have fun looking at what is around.
  1. Date Night. With kids or without a scheduled date night it very bonding. It is a scheduled time period that the family know that no matter how busy life is that the family will get to spend time together. This time can be spent talking about life events going on. Planning activities, discussing chores planning trips or just relaxing and eating a quiet dinner together.

Most of these activities can be done for little to no cost. Activities such as eating out and going to a gym are going to cost the family some money. The activities themselves may be free of electronics but the internet can save the family money on the activities that do cost them. For example, those families that live in Boston they can go to websites such as and get discounts for various gyms in Boston. No matter what activity or activities the family chooses to do, their time together will provide them with quality memories to bond over throughout their lives.

How Your Newborn Can Enjoy Country Life Too

There are lots of hazards for small children and babies when you live in the country. You might have an open fire. A fire guard can prevent small children from reaching into the fire, but it won’t stop the smoke from wafting into the room. Smokey rooms can make it difficult for newborns to breathe well, especially if they are more sensitive to it. Country living is often colder too. And there tend to be more animals around. So how can your newborn be safe enough to enjoy country life?

Just a few precautions can reduce any risks substantially. Start with the fire. As your baby starts to drift off to sleep, simply lay him down in a room that is not as smokey. Some extra air circulating in the room could be enough from an open window. Usually, the smoke will only bother a child if he already has a cough or sensitivity.

In colder climates or at cooler times of the year, add an extra blanket and a newborn bonnet to keep your baby warm enough. As he starts to move more, he will be able to keep warm in his own way. We all tend to get used to temperatures fairly quickly. Avoid scarves and other clothing that could get too tight.

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If you handle pets or other animals, be sure to wash and cleanse your hands thoroughly afterwards. This should be repeated if you have changed your baby’s diaper. To avoid nosy pets disturbing or harming the baby, keep them away from the room your baby is in. It’s important to introduce the baby to your pets, but this isn’t necessary for outdoor animals.

Now you have taken some precautions, it’s time for your baby to make the most of his environment. Country life gives you plenty of opportunities to explore landscapes that city-born children don’t have. Go for long walks together. If you have a harness, this may be easier to carry your baby. It’s also a really great way to bond and spend quality time together.

You can also enjoy park walks if you have a good pushchair. And with pushchair raincovers, you can enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather. It’s good for your baby to experience the sights and smells of the environment. Watching the animals can be quite intriguing for your little one too. Don’t encourage animals to come over to you while you have your baby with you, though.

While you are out and about, talk to your little one about the things you can see and the sounds you hear. It helps build up your baby’s vocabulary and understanding of the world around her. Pack a change bag, some boiled water for you both, and plenty of baby wipes for when you are out. You may also want some travel hand cleanser. Tissues are handy for a runny nose too!

Life can be so different in the country for a new baby. Of course, the experience of lots of different environments and noises is good for a developing child. Enjoy yours with your new baby.

Is an eco-friendly home a perfect fit for your family?


At varying points, we’ll all wish we could contribute more towards saving the planet. Whether it’s being more mindful of our energy usage, installing solar panels, walking to work, or recycling, there are numerous ways that you can become the eco-warrior you’ve always wanted to be. Have you ever considered building your family an eco-friendly home, though?

Key features for your eco-friendly home

Solar panels are an excellent way of creating energy for your home without harming the environment – plus unused electricity can be sold back to the energy board for a profit. A water storage system is also a great idea; trap and use rainwater, reuse your home’s own water supply, and turn water into an energy supply. If you’re worried about keeping your home warm in the winter, or cool in the summer, think about your walls – insulation in your attic and walls will greatly reduce energy bills, save the environment, and keep you comfortable, while walls that store and convert thermal energy into power will form an integral part of future eco homes.

What are the pros and cons of creating an eco-friendly home for your family? For starters, you’ll be helping to save the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, saving a bundle on your energy bills, and creating a safe and happy home for your family, as well as enabling you to become a part of the future of home ownership. On the flip side, creating and building your own property can be incredibly stressful, forcing you to overcome planning issues, logistical nightmares, and architectural errors along the way. In addition, the task of building a house, especially to such exact specifications, can be hugely costly. If you’re still up for the challenge, though, read on.

Planning and building an eco-friendly house

Eco-friendly homes are incredibly fashionable at the moment, and inspiration can be found everywhere. Take a look at the types of building material being used in properties around you; insulated materials, specialist glazing and steel are all commonly used, and you’ll notice large windows to make the most of natural light, as well as solar panels to harness the sun’s rays. Furnishing your home needn’t be an end to the eco-friendliness of your new pad; upcycled, or vintage, furniture, items made from recycled goods, and those sourced responsibly, will make your new house a home.

It’s essential to entrust the building of your home to a firm that understands just how important every detail is to you, as well as a company that is able to source environmentally responsible items. Certified experts such as M1 Building Group are assets to any eco-friendly build. The company, which is owned by Middle Eastern investment holdings firm M1 Group, has recently introduced eco-friendly design into its real estate builds worldwide. If you’ve never considered what may be involved in building your own eco house, M1 Group’s expertise will be invaluable.

Building an eco-friendly home for your family may be one of the most rewarding projects you ever undertake; how else will you ensure that your house is everything that your family needs, as well as helping to save the environment?

Styling Tips for Fine Hair as a Mom

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You’re chasing after the kids, functioning as the family chauffeur and the go-to person for the spouse and kids. Or you hold down a job and come home to the role of chief cook and bottlewasher. Who has time to style her hair?

If you feel like wearing a bag over your head most days, if bad hair days are routine, or if high hair fashion is a rubber band, here’s help. These are salon-tested tips and tricks to make the most of fine, thinning hair for busy moms on the go.

What Makes Hair Fine and Thin?

Many women are born with hair that is naturally fine. Marie Claire Magazine points out its many advantages:

  • manageable
  • versatile
  • holds many shapes

If that doesn’t describe yours, it’s probably due to changes in your naturally fine hair due to:

  • heredity
  • hormones, especially around menopause
  • age
  • too many products, too much coloring, too many permanents

Treat Your Hair with Kindness

What to do with fine, thin hair is one of the most common problems that women bring to their hair stylists. These experts can help you make the most of your delicate locks.

According to the stylists at Philip Pelusi, the first thing a professional will recommend is to use natural, volumizing shampoos and conditioners. These are made with fewer chemicals that can add to the damage that has already affected your hair.

These specialty products can be hard to find at your local grocery or drug store. Most salons carry at least one line that is kind to fine, thin hair. Your stylist can recommend other brands that are available online.

He will also recommend using the 70/30 dry rule, which is guaranteed to add fullness to fine hair. This means taking the time to air dry your hair after shampooing. This can be frustrating for a time-strapped mom, but it is an investment in volume and a full look.

This is simple to do: squeeze the water out of your hair and let it dry naturally. This lets each strand of hair separate and lift, which increases volume.

How to Style Fine Hair

Here are four tips that will help make the most of your fine, thinning hair.

Get a good cut. It is essential to have your stylist cut your hair in a shape that flatters your face and makes the most of the hair you have. She has the training and experience to understand your hair’s particular texture and needs. Let her know what you would like, and she will tell you what is possible. Then work together from there.

Lift the roots. When it comes time to give shape to your newly cleaned hair, your aim is to give lift to each strand of hair right at the roots. This immediately provides an illusion of thicker hair.

Do this by adding a small amount of a volumizing product to your roots. These come in the form of mousses, gels, sprays, or lotions. Don’t use waxes, thick and heavy serums, or molding muds. You want a product that is light.

Change the location of your part. This can be disconcerting when you first look in the mirror, but it has a very practical effect. The switch lifts up hair in a different way than normal, and away from your scalp. This gives the hair on top a more voluminous look.

Use the right brush. Avoid round metal brushes and those with hard plastic bristles. Both can snag and damage strands of hair. Instead, use brushes made of natural boar bristle or those made from nylon, which is very flexible. Another nice feature is a cushioned base.

Busy moms can have full looking, well-shaped hair when they get the right cut and then treat their hair gently. The small investment of time required results in great-looking hair, even when it is thin and fine.