16 May 2016

How To Turn Your Backyard Garden Into An Outdoor Getaway For The Whole Family

Many children love the summer for the fact the weather is such that they can play and enjoy the outdoors much more than in other seasons. Parents who would see their children gain the full benefit of this outdoor opportunity might consider turning their backyard into an exciting playground.

It is a fairly easy task to include the kids in the activities of transforming the yard into an enjoyable playground. Chalkboard walls can be a great alternative to children drawing on walkways and driveways.

Creating such walls gives children a way of expressing themselves while preserving areas such as major walkways. If you have a fence in the backyard, that will be the easiest way of installing it.

Zip line is an activity many families might experience while on vacation, but there is no reason not to bring the vacation to the backyard. It is important to make this safe, but with a little care, it is not difficult.

Your home will become among the favorites for friends to spend there summer days. This can often make children feel special, as they are at the center of where their friends want to spend time.

Add to the fun with a backyard tent. It is a great way for children to think they are on holiday while simply being in the backyard. Your children and their friends will feel they have a getaway space right in the back of your home. Many would feel it is a true adventure.

When playing during summer days, even children need to rest and relax. You can easily make resting part of the adventure by installing hanging or swinging chairs. Not only will the children love them, but the whole family can enjoy spending time in the backyard with hanging chairs and hammocks.

Similarly, you may even wish to include a swing. Often for children, the swing is more fun than a simple hanging chair. It is as easy as taking an old chair and some strong rope to have a swing up in no time at all. You could consider painting it an attractive and bold color to make it more exciting.

Such a project can most often be done on a weekend. Along the same lines, would be to make a tire swing. Not only will it be great fun for the children, but you will be helping to recycle an old tire.

A sturdy tree and chain along with the tire and you can have a swing the children will enjoy for years. As usual, take care to ensure it is safely hung and can handle the weight of those who will be swinging on it. Alternatively, items like this also work well.

Another addition you might consider for great fun is a sand box. Children love playing in the sand, and a sand box is easy to install. Sandboxes fit well even if the backyard is small, making it a great addition for almost anyone.

The tree-house is a fixture in backyard fun. It is a place away from home for the children, while the parents have them close by in the backyard. It is a place many children will have fun playing, holding their own special meetings and so on. Take some time to work with your children to make the tree-house a very special place.

Something you may not of thought of is a music fence. To make this you will need a panel for the fence and any objects that can make musical sounds when hit. Wooden spoons, pans, along with any other objects you feel would work well.

Finally is the climbing wall. Something that has become popular in recent years. It's something that can be great fun for the entire family. It not only gives an activity that is great fun, but it is also great exercise. Consider having a mattress or cushion on the ground for added safety and comfort should a fall occur.

14 May 2016

North Carolina Domestic Violence Shelter Locator

If you or someone that you love is experiencing domestic violence it is important to get immediate help to remove yourself or the people involved as soon as possible.  Seeking temporary shelter to get out of an abusive situation can be difficult.  They may be isolated due to their partner cutting them off from friends or family, or they may feel hopeless about their own situation.  Financial burden can also play an important role in factoring how oneself views how they will be able to leave an abusive situation.  However one may be feeling in this circumstance, reaching out for help is key.

If you are in North Carolina, Charles Ullman has a wonderful resource put together that provides a list of temporary shelters by location.  They also provide information on divorce and family law, as well as a list of reputable attorneys that can help you in your situation.  If you know someone who could use this information please pass this link along, as it can save lives.  Also, if you are outside of North Carolina you can always access your local women's shelter or by visiting the website domesticshelters.org.

When Is The Appropriate Age To Start Weaning Your Child

If you're currently breastfeeding or maybe considering breastfeeding you may have some questions regarding baby led weaning and and what age to start the transition from breast to bottle or cup.  The first thing to do when approaching this topic is to look at some facts.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.  They also recommend solid foods becoming introduced around the six month mark for nutritional value combined with breastfeeding at least until the one year mark (www.aap.org).  If you have questions on how to introduce solid foods your pediatrician should have some great information on this topic!

Weaning itself is going to depend on a variety of different factors.  Your child may initiate the process with changes in behavior.  Circumstances surrounding your schedule and needs may come into play.  The one thing to remember is that every family and situation is different and that comparing yourself to another mother's weaning choices is not necessarily going to be the best case for you.  Only you know as a mother what is going to work best for your child and your situation.
I touched briefly on changes in your child's behavior that may initiate the weaning process, and I would like to go into that a bit more.  As your child nears the one year mark and is transitioning to solid foods they may also be learning how to use a cup.  As they explore these new ways of gaining access to food, as well as being able to sit independently, this can cause changes in the breastfeeding pattern.  If you notice this you may find yourself ready to start the weaning process.  Weaning your toddler doesn't have to be stressful or shameful.  Follow each others lead and remember to ask for help from friends, family, and your pediatrician when needed.