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Separating from a partner can result in many raw emotions for both parties, which could lead to much conflict and tension. However, if you have a child together, you must find ways to effectively communicate with each other.
A separation can be upsetting for children, which is why you must put their well-being ahead of your own feelings. To make the transition as smooth as possible, read the following advice on how to maintain an amicable relationship for your kids.
Set an Example
It might make it difficult to maintain an amicable relationship with your ex-partner if they are awkward or cruel when you meet. However, rising to their bait will only amplify the problem. Whenever they test your patience, take a deep breath and aim to maintain a mature, calm demeanor, which will set an example to both your children and your ex-spouse.
If you and your ex are experiencing a breakdown in communication, and cannot come to any form of truce, it might be worthwhile undertaking mediation. An objective onlooker could help you to reach an agreement on the best course of action for moving forward, which will allow your children to enjoy a happy childhood and a positive relationship with both parents.
Avoid the Blame Game
Children are more in tune with their environment than you might think. For this reason, you must avoid playing the blame game in front of your kids, or they might believe they need to pick a side.
Even if you’re upset or angry with your ex-partner, you must bite your tongue and avoid saying negative comments to your son or daughter. If you have strong feelings you need to get off your chest, confide in your trusted friends, family members or a therapist, as they could help you to work through the negative emotions.
Remain in Close Contact with Your Children
While you might no longer be in a romantic relationship with your children’s mother or father, this shouldn’t come at the cost of your relationship with your kids. Your parental duties will remain the same, which is why you must regularly see and communicate with your children, and financially support your partner if you no longer live inside the family home. If you don’t, you could receive a message similar to this TSR IG parent.
Never Ask Your Child About Your Ex
While it is perfectly acceptable to ask your children how they spend their time with a parent, you should avoid asking personal questions regarding your ex’s life. Not only might they misinterpret your questions, which can cause unnecessary confusion, but they could relay the information back to your ex-partner, which can lead to additional conflict or tension.
Remaining amicable with an ex-spouse might not always feel easy, but it is necessary for your children’s wellbeing. So, work through your emotions away from your kids, maintain a calm, mature demeanor and avoid interfering with your ex’s personal life, which will ensure your children have a healthy, happy childhood.
Kids can quickly become bored and restless when cooped up inside on a rainy day. Rather than allowing them to climb the walls, you should encourage them to have a little fun within the home.
You’ll be glad to know there are many activities that can occupy your children when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Check out the six ways to entertain your kids on a rainy day.
1. Build a Fort
If your children want to escape the home but can’t go outside, allow them to create a brand-new environment by building a fort in their bedroom. Grab a blanket, cushions, and maybe even a large cardboard box and create a unique den where they can go to watch movies or play games.
2. Bake Together
Spending the day inside doesn’t need to be dull. All you need to do is find fun baking recipes, gather up your ingredients and create some delicious treats together in the kitchen. Your kids will love getting their hands sticky and decorating cookies and cakes, and they’ll forget all about playing in the outdoors.
3. Watch Fun YouTube Videos
The internet is filled with many videos your kids are bound to love. The hours will quickly pass by when watching a fun YouTube Channel, such as Shawn Toy Car. Plus, as they’re immersing themselves in a fun video, you can enjoy a little downtime or clean the home without disruption.
4. Create a Family Magazine
Grab some pencils and paper and encourage your kids to create a family magazine. They’ll not only need to decide on what stories to feature, but they’ll need to write the articles and draw pictures.
Maybe they could interview a grandparent over the phone for a story, or they could glue photos of the family into their first edition. They could even add in a fun puzzle or a joke. It’s a great way to occupy your child’s time while sparking their creativity.
5. Host an Indoor Picnic
The rain doesn’t have to stand in the way of a fun picnic. Pull out some blankets, set out dishes and fill the space with drinks, snacks, and napkins. You could even ask your kids to bring along their favorite toy as a guest, so you might need to set out a few extra plates!
6. Enjoy a Disco
Turn down the lights, push back the furniture, turn on the disco ball and dance the rainy day away. Every family member should pick five songs they love to add into a playlist, which you should put on shuffle before busting a move. You could even get everyone to try limbo dancing, the tango, or the can-can – and you can then hand out awards for the best and worst dancer.
As you can see, there are many ways to entertain your kids when the weather is a little miserable outside, from finding fun videos for them to watch alone on a tablet computer to enjoying a disco with all the family.
Even with outside childcare available, there is going to come a time when you are going to have your kids home while you need to study. Perhaps one of your children will be home sick with the flu. What are you going to do when you have dueling responsibilities? At best-dentalassistantschools.com, aspiring students can locate schools with the dental assisting education programs they desire to attend. You can study while still caring for kids, but you have to be mindful of the time you have available. Read below to learn how to manage educational and study needs along with the needs of growing and developing children.
Studying with a Baby in the Home
Just when you go to crack open your textbook, you will probably hear your infant begin to stir through the baby monitor. Caring for children under 12 months of age is hard work. They need their diapers changed, you have to warm up bottles several times a day, and most of all they need lots of love and attention. The best thing you can do when you have a baby at home is study when they’re sound asleep. This can be easily accomplished by putting your baby on a schedule.
Distracting Toddlers While You Hit the Books
Toddlers are slightly less needy than infants, but they are also prone to get into mischief if they aren’t watched carefully. You won’t get much studying done when your toddler wants to play, eat, or has a tantrum. Thankfully, toddlers take long naps in the middle of the day, which should leave you with at least one hour of interrupted time to study during daylight hours. At night, when your toddler is fast asleep you can hit the books once again.
Working with Elementary School Age Children While in College
By the time your kids are ready to enter elementary school, going to college becomes much easier. From around 8 or 9 a.m. until at least 2 p.m. you can be sure to have loads of time available for studying. Children in this age group generally need help with homework after school, so you might find yourselves studying together at the kitchen table.
Making It Work in Middle School
In middle school, your child should be old enough to get him or herself ready in the morning. Your child might also be able to get to school independently or report to the bus stop on time without any assistance from an adult. You’re going to want to get the bulk of your studying done while your middle schooler is away as your child will want to monopolize your time on the weekends and whenever you are available.
Studying Together with High Schoolers
When your child gets to the point of attending high school, you will start to see a real change in behavior. This will be a strange and beautiful time for you both as your child blossoms, develops a social life, and a definitive identity. At this age, your child will know that you need time to study for your dental assistance program.
It will be harder for a person with kids to complete dental assisting school than a single person, but it is doable. In addition, you will have a household with kids who look up to you because of your dedication. Don’t feel bad about making time for yourself to study - it’s what has to be done to achieve greatness.
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Fall is almost here! I can feel it in the air, I can see the leaves are changing. Although I am crazy about summertime, Fall has its perks, too. One of them is having my kids go back-to-school! Flipeez is helping me get my son, Braxton out the door in style with their adorable backpacks.
I received a darling elephant and a sharp-looking shark backpack to review. What makes these backpacks stand out is that each one has a special feature that makes it unique. You simply squeeze the hidden pump on one of the shoulder straps and the backpack comes to life! So much fun!
This precious little elephant moves its trunk up and down! I gave this one as a gift to my nephew for his second birthday. I didn't get a picture of him wearing it, but here is a photo of the backpack itself. How cute is this little elephant with it's tiny tuft of blue fluffy hair?
Braxton loves his Flipeez Shark Backpack. It is very durable, the perfect size to carry his lunch and school supplies, and has extra pockets for odds and ends.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post.
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