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Taking Your Baby Home

Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taking Your Baby Home

Having a baby is a big adventure. When you’re pregnant for the first time, every feeling and symptom is brand new and exciting. If you’re not working, you can cope with the exhaustion by having long and luxurious naps during the day, you can visit the gym and gently work out. If you want to take a stroll outside in the park you can, one hand on the ever growing and moving bump. Labour is ahead but you believe you will be breathing that little sucker out and glitter shall rain down upon you all. Having a second baby… still an adventure but it does have its difficulties. Depending on the age gap of your children, you may be heavily pregnant with a toddler at your feet. Trying to deal with the overwhelming exhaustion with a small child at your knees demanding attention and nappy changes is not easy to cope with. We all do, of course, but what happens when you go to bring your second little prodigy home? How does your older child cope? This is something you didn’t have to panic about the first time around so this time you’ve got new situations to cope with while pregnant; never easy!

Bringing a new baby home from the hospital is exciting and your toddler or older child will have known you are having a baby. If your child is over the age of five, getting them involved and excited throughout the pregnancy itself is the best way to prepare them to meet their new sibling. When the baby comes, ensuring you keep up time one on one just for them and for you is important so you haven’t allowed them to feel forgotten or second best against the squidgy little baby in their lives. If you have a toddler they have less of an understanding. Be prepared for your little pre-schooler to perhaps resent you a little and maybe have feelings of being replaced even though that isn’t true, they won’t be able to understand that unless you make it very clear even when baby arrives that no one could replace them. There are cases where existing toddlers are uninterested in their new sibling for a few months. The baby doesn’t become interesting to them until it is crawling or being more active and able to play with them and that is okay! Keep trying to get them involved with their care: bringing nappies or helping you hold a bottle, but don’t push.

If you are looking into foster children then there are many ways find fostering agencies in Kent that will be able to counsel you through bringing another child into the home and how to help your existing children deal with the changes that come with a foster brother or sister. Being able to cope with the changes as a family is something you all have to deal with.

Terrible Twos, Threenagers and Fournados – Your Preschool Moods

Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Terrible Twos, Threenagers and Fournados – Your Preschool Moods

Everyone knows about the terrible twos. The time of a child’s life where they are learning to communicate but the skills don’t come fast enough, thus everything in the world is unfair they absolutely kick off all the time. Screaming, shouting, throwing themselves onto the ground: all of these are familiar signs of those twoligan years. The thing is, once you’ve got through the twoligan stage you hit the threenage years and after that you’re blessed with a beautiful fournado. Yep all these names sound ridiculous but if you’ve lived through it you know exactly how appropriate they are!

It is crazy how fast behaviours change and just as you get through one stage another hits you like a brick and if you are reading this and hoping to be involved in child fostering London then you should understand what you have ahead of you if you’ve not been through this before. A four year old has massive emotions and a lot of drama going along with them and it’s confusing. They have one foot planted firmly in the land of the big kids and one foot planted in toddlerhood. Big enough to tell you so, repeatedly, but small enough to still occasionally need a nap! Here are some signs that you are living with a fournado in the house:

  • Independence: if the war cry of your house is ‘I can do it by myself’ you’re well on your way. If they want to try new things like pouring their own juice then let them. Grab those paper towels and be ready to mop a spill. They may not be able to do everything but they’ll go for it and try!
  • Fear: they may shriek and stomp and scream for independence but they’re big scaredy-cats sometimes. All of a sudden your child is fully aware of the biggest clouds and the tiniest bugs and everything requires shrinking away and getting upset.
  • Picky eating: it may be a phase you got over a couple of years ago but it’s back. Tastes change all the time and that’s no different for children. Foods they happily ate yesterday all of sudden are yucky and taste like mud.
  • Jokes: The best bit about having a four year old is the fact they have a cracking sense of humour. They can tell jokes, they can play easy board games and their general conversational skills are out and out hilarious.

If you are hoping to know where to find fostering agencies in essex then you know that you’ll soon be deciding an age range to go for in the children in your care and going for age four is fantastic. Yes there are testing times but this way you get all the joy of the cuddles and love as well as the humour, the independence and the blessed ability to use a potty and wash their hands without your help. Thank goodness!

Tackling Terrible Toddler Tantrums

Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tackling Terrible Toddler Tantrums

Children are beautiful creatures in their nature. They are pure, innocent and so inquisitive to the world they have been brought into that they are constantly trying to find something new to love. The trouble is that children are also basically pint sized dictators who run a house with an iron fist. They do not have a concept to be told no and understand why they are being told no, and to that end they spend a lot of time upset over their situation.

Children tend to show a natural aggression during the “terrible twos” when they want to have control over their surroundings and engage in aggressive outbursts when they can’t. Tiredness and frustration are also triggers for this aggression and while it sounds like a strong word to use for a toddler, it is correct as they have little control over their reactions to situations. There’s no rationale just yet and rightly so; they’re still babies and still learning to explore the world. children often do this by putting everything and anything into their mouths. Biters often tend to be the youngest child in a family because they feel small and powerless compared to older siblings who seem stronger, can communicate better and are more able to get what they want.

It’s a basic parenting fact that toddlers behave the best when they are given limits that they can understand. For example, a 2/3 year old may understand that drawing on paper and colouring books is a good thing, but that if they take that pen to the nearest wall they’re likely to witness a vein popping out of their parents’ head while they try not to yell. Rules provide stability and predictability and when if you have ever participated in courses for childcare, you will know that you are often told to establish rules very early on. Nurseries and schools should have a policy for dealing with inconsiderate behaviour. Most problems tend to occur during outside play when children get over-excited. If after two warnings, a child continues to bite/kick/hit, having them sit for two minutes can really help them to calm down. Seeing all the other children playing happily and not being able to join in is usually enough.

We go through life knowing our actions have consequences and the younger a child learns this, the easier enforcing those consequences can be. Sometimes, and it’s to be expected really, toddlers do not behave as we expect. Of course they don’t! They are small versions of us who have no understanding of danger and only understand what they want and that they must get it. Even if what they want is to stick tiny fingers into open plug sockets. If you raise a voice and say ‘no’ then that is essentially taking from them the thing they want to do. The chain reaction from this is crying, screaming and a wonderful toddler tantrum. The best thing to do with tantrums is let them burn out and perhaps sit the child in a safe space they can kick and scream. Oh, and ignore them. By reacting to the tantrum you are essentially giving them attention and bad behaviour should not attract any attention.

By allowing the tantrum to burn itself down into a calm, you can then talk to your child in a calm voice and use that time to gently explain the dangers of sticking fingers into plug holes. Of course, this won’t always work, but the only way to communicate to a toddler is with rationality and calm. Yes they should react angrily, you’ve just taken from them what they want, if it was the other way around you’d be angry too! But that doesn’t mean a tantrum is acceptable and learning that at a young age will always stand them in good stead.

Writing A Wicked Wedding Invite

Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Writing A Wicked Wedding Invite

Writing A Wicked Wedding InviteYou don’t have to have a huge budget to throw an amazingly elegant wedding, never forget that. You can have the most beautiful invitations on a budget and there are many kinds of invitations to consider for your day. It’s an exciting time, choosing your wedding invitations with your new husband to be and these have absolutely got to stand out. The announcing of the ceremony via a save the date followed by a set of invites made by wedding invitation creators online is the way you’re to tell the world the type of wedding you’re going to have. Usually by now the most exciting parts of the wedding such as the church and venue for the reception have been booked or outlined and your colour scheme has been chosen and this is great as this is going to pave the way for choosing the type of invite you would like. For more hand-made wedding invites, a great idea are handwritten invites as these are classic and simply graceful. Did you know you can get handwritten invitations done by professional calligraphers? Or if you’re on more of a budget for your wedding, you can learn to write calligraphy yourself and write them yourself at home. Engraved wedding invitations are always a consideration and that tells the world that you are going to have rather a formal affair. Doing it yourself can cut a budget right down to the bone and your invitations can still be beautiful and look expensive even if they’re not.

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Finding a bespoke order of service supplier can generally be a great idea and can be, as above, engraved or handwritten. Engraved order of services are part of the expensive crowd and can be impressive and used later in frames as souvenirs or keepsakes from your big day which usually the mothers of the bride and groom would love as a keepsake. Handwritten order of service templates are again not really for formal weddings, but are personal and more intimate for a smaller wedding.

The biggest day of your life can be the most stressful but it doesn’t have to be if you delegate everything to the bridesmaids you carefully chose or the groomsmen that your husband-to-be chose. Every bride wants to do everything themselves but whatever your budget, it doesn’t mean you absolutely have to look after everything yourself. For the wealthier couples, allowing a company to both design and create your invitation can really take the strain out of that part of organising a wedding and you can actually find wedding planners that offer this service. For those who aren’t able to pay a company to do the entire process for them, delegating jobs to those trusty bridesmaids of yours can again, take the strain from you. Why think about the wedding invitations if you don’t have to? Ask for help where you can and allow others to help if they offer. don’t forget! Send out your invites with plenty of time to spare so you get your RSVP back early enough to arrange your seating plans and inform your venue!

 

Understanding Why Metal Finishing is Important

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Industrial & Commercial | Comments Off on Understanding Why Metal Finishing is Important

If you are into metal manufacturing, you will want to make sure that the products that you will end up producing are going to be properly protected and strengthened to help improve the overall durability. You have to understand that while metal is a pretty strong material, it is not going to be safe against wear and tear and corrosion, it would be up to you to ensure that your products get the necessary treatment with the help of the right Metal Finishing Company.

You will need to get a good understanding of the role of these companies first before you will decide to pursue one that you can possibly enlist the help of. You need to remember that there are specific reasons why it is that you need your metal products to undergo metal finishing procedures. This is also the reason why the role of a metal finishing company towards the success of your manufacturing operation is going to be a very crucial one.

Metal finishing has something to do with placing certain coating and other substances on the surface of metals which is referred to as a substrate. The term may also have something to do with getting the surface cleaned, polished, or improved. It is often consisting of electroplating or getting metal ions deposited onto the surface, or it may have something to do with metal plating too. The whole industry does encompass a whole lot of processes, and each of these processes offer their very own benefit to the users taking advantage of them.

There are a number of benefits that can be expected out of getting metal parts to undergo finishing. For instance, it is usually very helpful at lessening the impact of corrosion. It is a fact that over time, metal can corrode. Exposure to the elements, moisture, and air can sometimes cause its surface to start to corrode. To prevent this from happening prematurely, what manufacturers usually do is get the metal parts to undergo finishing procedures.

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It is effective at strengthening the substrate of the material as well- something that is very crucial if one wants to improve the wear resistance of these items. This is a very important procedure to consider since metals are expected to last long unless they are properly finished, though, one cannot expect them to last for a long time. Which is why it makes it more pressing for metal manufacturers to find the best finishing companies to partner with in order to successfully accomplish this.

It is also a fact that finishing is helpful at improving the overall look of a part. If you have metal parts that do not look very pleasing to the eyes, then all you need to do is get them to undergo a finishing job, and you can expect that their aesthetics are going to improve tremendously.

Do find the best metal finishing company that is available out there. Check their body of work and their reputation before you will decide to enlist them. See to it too that they have been in the field for a long time so you can trust that what they will offer is a service which quality you will not be left wanting.

 

How To Avoid Rogue Building Traders

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Avoid Rogue Building Traders

In life, there are always people who will try it on to take advantage of you. Karma will take care of them, but in the mean time you have to be vigilant about those who seem genuine but are actually the worst kinds of scammers. When your concrete driveway starts to crack, you have two options. You can wait for the damage to spread or you can call a concrete driveway contractor. There are fantastic and genuine companies out there like http://www.southeastgroundworks.co.uk but then there are others that could be ‘rogue’ traders. If all you have is a hairline crack in the concrete, then your driveway is likely the victim of time and weather and an immediate fix may not be needed. If your crack in concrete changes widths along its length, and has high and low points, though you should call a professional in. There are unfortunately some unscrupulous contractors that count on homeowners’ desperation to fix their concrete. There are some things you should know before you go ahead with someone who approaches you for a fix so never agree to any kind of concrete work before getting at least three estimates from different companies. A company to look for should be a genuine company to help but others out there need to be compared against as you just never know.

Get references and referrals and if you can see some of the work a contractor has done before you go ahead and book them, then all the better. For france-82239_640many homeowners, you’ll be enjoying a properly repaired driveway while someone less diligent has to search for a second repair contractor in as many months. Getting a good quote for your concrete issues means setting up a system. So call a company and ask when they can take a look – never accept an over the phone quote as they haven’t seen the job. When they arrive, ask what the quote covers and how they budget for any extras. If the contractor becomes defensive or says anything along the lines of ‘that’s just how it is’ get another quote immediately. Second opinions are invaluable in the business so if you ensure you get that extra opinion you can have a better idea of how a company works.

Companies uses a mix of cement and chemical binding agents to fill the cracks in your driveway or patio and minimise the chance of further breakage. Your concrete will never look as perfect as it did the day it was poured, and any company that tries to sell you otherwise is lying. It’s easy for the lie to come off as professional as you yourself will likely not be an expert! Real concrete professionals should be able to tell you what kind of crack you have – shrinkage, expansion, heaving, settling, overloading and premature drying are all common causes. A reputable contractor will also be able to tell you if your cement cracks are necessary and whether they occur along purposeful joints in the slab.

Don’t Get Scammed!

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Get Scammed!

In life, there are always people who will try it on to take advantage of you. Karma will take care of them, but in the mean time you have to be vigilant about those who seem genuine but are actually the worst kinds of scammers. When your concrete driveway starts to crack, you have two options. You can wait for the damage to spread or you can call a concrete driveway contractor.

There are fantastic and genuine companies out there like http://www.southeastgroundworks.co.uk but then there are others that could be ‘rogue’ traders. If all you have is a hairline crack in the concrete, then your driveway is likely the victim of time and weather and an immediate fix may not be needed. If your crack in concrete changes widths along its length, and has high and low points, though you should call a professional in. There are unfortunately some unscrupulous contractors that count on homeowners’ desperation to fix their concrete. There are some things you should know before you go ahead with someone who approaches you for a fix so never agree to any kind of concrete work before getting at least three estimates from different companies.

A company like http://www.southeastgroundworks.co.uk would be a genuine company to help but others out there need to be compared against as you just never know. Get references and referrals and if you can see some of the work a contractor has done before you go ahead and book them, then all the better. For many homeowners, you’ll be enjoying a properly repaired driveway while someone less diligent has to search for a second repair contractor in as many months. Getting a good quote for your concrete issues means setting up a system. So call a company and ask when they can take a look – never accept an over the phone quote as they haven’t seen the job. When they arrive, ask what the quote covers and how they budget for any extras. If the contractor becomes defensive or says anything along the lines of ‘that’s just how it is’ get another quote immediately. Second opinions are invaluable in the business so if you ensure you get that extra opinion you can have a better idea of how a company works.

Companies uses a mix of cement and chemical binding agents to fill the cracks in your driveway or patio and minimise the chance of further breakage. Your concrete will never look as perfect as it did the day it was poured, and any company that tries to sell you otherwise is lying. It’s easy for the lie to come off as professional as you yourself will likely not be an expert! Real concrete professionals should be able to tell you what kind of crack you have – shrinkage, expansion, heaving, settling, overloading and premature drying are all common causes. A reputable contractor will also be able to tell you if your cement cracks are necessary and whether they occur along purposeful joints in the slab.

Hand Holding On The First Day Of School

Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hand Holding On The First Day Of School

Starting school is a huge change for a four year old. They get to be at home with us for the most part unless they’re in full or part time nursery and then we send them off for a full day of fun and learning 9am-3pm. It’s a big change for a child but a big change for a parent as well; we all know we have a little cry as soon as we are out of sight of the school gates!

There’s a lot you can do to help you prepare your little ones for their first day at school and it starts with how you cope with the idea yourself. A lot of children will be starting school from those who are essex fostering and their school can be temporary which causes a lot of upheaval for foster children so teaching your child about those from diverse backgrounds is a bonus.

  • Play schools: you know that game you played growing up with your teddies where you would line them up and pretend they were at school and you were the teacher? That’s the game you’ll need to play. Reverse the roles and let them be the teacher too for experience sake!
  • Play dress up: it’s likely your little one will have a uniform for school so have a special shopping trip and go to the school shops and the supermarkets and pick up everything you need for their special day. Have a little fashion show and if you have girls, play around with school hairstyles and get to know what they like. While you’re doing that, give them some independence and let them dress themselves the best they can. Help them and encourage them and be patient when they get stuck.
  • Simon Says: If your child hasn’t had any time in a nursery then taking direction from other people may be difficult for them. They need to be able to follow directions and playing kid games like Simon Says will help them learn how to follow simple instructions. Get them to repeat the instructions back to you and praise them highly when they get it right.
  • Toilet training: Before school starts make sure your child understands how to wipe those number ones and number twos themselves!
  • The name game: Even if by now your child cannot write their name, help them learn to recognise their name for things like book bags and coat pegs. This will really help on that first day as they will easily identify their own space.

Ultimately you want to prepare your little one as much as you can especially if you are looking for fostering agencies in london and your new addition is headed to a new school and new school year. Being the new kid is not an easy prospect but as long as your child is well prepared and well looked after they will be sunny as ever!

 

How To Sort Sleeping Arrangements At Home

Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Sort Sleeping Arrangements At Home

There are a lot of things prospective parents consider when they are planning a family. One of these things is whether their children should share a bedroom or whether they should have their own space. Most people prefer their children to have separate bedrooms if their home allows for it but not all families have the space to accommodate individual rooms. Some children actually prefer to share! There are children who sneak into each other’s beds in the night because the idea of sleeping alone is scary and having children who are happy to share can actually free up a bedroom.

Generally the guidelines state that boys and girls can only share up to a certain age – puberty – where the need for privacy becomes greater than the need to save space. Having individual bedrooms can give children a small haven just for themselves where they are surrounded by their own things and they are then responsible for their own room and keeping it clean and tidy. Being lucky enough to have a house with spare bedrooms can mean that even if your children don’t have to share, there may be another room spare. You could always look into foster care or adoption if you want to expand your family without physically having another child.

Websites like http://www.nextstepfostering.org can assist you with everything you need to know on how to foster and who can be a foster carer. Foster caring generally requires you to have a spare bedroom for children to stay in. you may choose to only have under 2 year olds in your care therefore a nursery that is gender neutral but still suitable for very young children is ideal. If you are looking for fostering teenagers, then having neutral but more grown up decoration in the room is perfect.

If you are fostering in the long term as http://www.nextstepfostering.org mentions you can do, you can take your charge out to choose decorations for their new bedroom. Foster children will need a bedroom for themselves and their own space separate from the children already in your home. Not only does this allow your current children not to feel invaded as such, but it gives the new resident in your home some space to be alone should they wish to be. You as a foster carer should make sure that when you choose to foster it doesn’t disrupt the lives of the children already in your home while making sure your new charge feels comfortable and welcome. By that, I mean don’t make your current children share if that hasn’t been the arrangement thus far! You want to ensure everyone in the household is welcoming to any new arrival and the new arrival is also happy in their new space.

Foster caring is something so important for children who need a lot of love and care and stability and if you are able to offer that in your home then you have changed the life of a child, even in the smallest way.

Keeping Safe While Around Asbestos

Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Safe While Around Asbestos

Asbestos is the single biggest cause of work related deaths in the UK and on average, 20 tradesmen die per week from asbestos related illness. Asbestos was used extensively as a building material for a number of years, especially from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Any buildings made before 2000, either commercial or residential can contain asbestos and it’s important to be aware of the dangers of the fibres of asbestos. Building works and rebuilds can cause exposure to asbestos and any building works can cause this to happen. There are three main types of asbestos: blue, brown and white. Asbestos has been widely used about the home and some of the common areas to find asbestos are listed below:

  • Cold water cisterns
  • Window boxes
  • Roof and wall cladding
  • Flat roof decking
  • Flue pipes
  • Gutters
  • Rainwater down pipes
  • Roof slates and roofing tiles
  • Thermoplastic and vinyl floor tiles
  • Boiler flues
  • Wall plugging compounds

If you doubt whether asbestos is present or if advice is required before working on a product known to contain asbestos, then leave it alone and seek advice. A licensed asbestos removal company such as envaffairs.com are who to call before you go ahead with a whole new product. Your local environmental health department can also be a valuable source of information before you go ahead and start building. Asbestos and asbestos products which are not liable to be damaged should, as a short term measure be sealed and left in place. Removal may cause more problems by releasing fibres. This can be done by painting but do not rub down surfaces. Do not drill, sand, cut or in any way disturb the integrity of any asbestos products.

Companies like envaffairs.com can tell you that if there are any asbestos products in the home which are damages or can easily be dismantles without damaged, it is advisable to have a professional remove them. Any dust that may contain asbestos fibres should only ever be removed with an industrial vacuum cleaner and not a household Henry hoover. These have high efficiency filters and make it easier to get rid of fibres. Some consumer products containing asbestos may be marked with a warning label or sticker to assist recognition. As a guide, any person working with asbestos should wear the proper safety clothing so as not to allow any fibres into the clothing or the lungs, by wearing a mask.

As an extreme, breathing in asbestos fibres can cause a number of diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma and cancer of the lungs. Asbestos is not a joke so don’t try and tackle it for yourself. As many as 4,000 people a year die as a result from any one of the related diseases and this is down to exposure. Trying to tackle it yourself can result in incorrect disposal and incorrect handling of the fibres.

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