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Benefits of Choosing Wooden Toys

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When it comes to buying toys for children, there is a vast choice of products available.
One of the most common materials from which modern toys are produced is plastic. However, there are many benefits to choosing wooden toys as an alternative.

Quality

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Toys made from wood are often of better quality than their counterparts produced using plastics. It means they are a particularly good choice if you are buying the toys as a gift. Many wood products are handcrafted, but even those that are machine manufactured are still better quality than most plastic toys.

Timeless Appeal

Toys often follow trends and come in and out of fashion. However, wooden toys have a timeless quality about them. If a toy is made from wood, it is usually something that you can pass from one generation to the next and the toy will still appeal regardless of the latest fads.

Attractive

What each person finds aesthetically pleasing comes down to personal preference but, in most cases, toys crafted from wood are usually beautiful pieces. Larger toys, such as a rocking horse or a dollhouse, can even make an interesting feature in your child’s bedroom rather than simply clutter that is confined to the toybox.

Durability

One of the major benefits of using wood as a material to create toys is that it is durable. A problem that many parents experience when buying their children plastic toys is they are easily damaged or broken. If you opt for toys made from wood instead, you will not have this issue. Wood is unlikely to snap in the way that plastic does. It means that the toy will last for many years despite regular rough play. This can save parent money in the long-run as they do not have to replace toys regularly.

Safe

Plastic toys that break are a common safety concern for parents.

Once the toy is broken, a sharp edge is often exposed. Parents then must dispose of the toy to prevent their child hurting themselves. A parent does not have this worry when their child is playing with a wooden toy. As it is less likely to break and will not have sharp edges, there is no risk posed to the child.

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Encouraging Imagination and Interaction

Many plastic toys have added extras, such as sounds, working parts and buttons. While these have educational value, they do not necessarily encourage your child to use their imagination.

Wood-crafted items can get your child to imagine how they will play with the pieces and create their scenarios with the toys by adding voices, devising situations and interacting with each piece in a different way. Good examples of toys that encourage this type of role play are tools, food, dollhouse furniture and animals that are made from wood.

These examples show that there are many benefits to choosing wooden toys instead of plastic toys. While a plastic toy may seem the obvious choice when you are buying new toys, toys made using wood are more durable, safer, better quality, attractive, timeless and encourage your child to play in a different way.

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How to Manage Parenting While Working

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Parenting is a difficult task and so is working. Imagine what it would be like if these two had to be managed simultaneously. It undoubtedly becomes very difficult and sometimes very hard to manage but if it’s something which needs to be done then do it in a way that you have to make a minimal compromise in the upbringing of your children.

Know Your Priority

If you have children, you must know that you hold a great deal of responsibility from the day you brought another life into this world. You are their guardian and the duty to fulfill all their requirements both emotional and physical lies on your shoulders. You must also realize that you are no longer free to think of yourself only, you have lives linked with yours and before taking any decision in your life, you need to consider its effects on yourself and those on your children. Your job should be something you are passionate about but when it comes to choosing between your job and your children, KNOW that your children are your priority.

Make Time for Them No Matter What

Your children require your time more than they require your money. Make sure that you are there for them in times of need. You should be there at each and every significant moment of their lives no matter how hard it is for you to cut down on your working hours. You need to work that is something they should understand but your son needs you to be there at his final football game and your little daughter wants you to come to her dance performance, that’s something that you should understand.
Working mothers are supposed to cook their children meals at home every once in a while just like working dads are supposed to drive their children around every now and then. Despite the fact that your day was busy and tiring and by the end of the day you have all your energy drained but make sure that at the dinner table you all sit together and you listen to EVERYTHING be it lame or smart, that your children have to say about how their day went. Always make such an impression on them that you are the people who are most interested in their lives.

Never Take Out Your Frustration on Your Children

Working parents have hectic lives. They have to manage job and home at the same time and that can exhaust them quite often. They are humans too and so they also get frustrated at times. It is very hard to keep yourself from fighting with each other or scolding your kids for the smallest of reasons but that is what you are supposed to do as good parents. Never shout at your children and never fight with each other before them and most importantly never make them feel as objects you love taking all your frustration out on.

Parenting Tips for Young Parents

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Young parents are the ones who find it hardest to bring up children in an effective manner such that they blossom. Here are a few tips for new and young parents which would help them set their goals straight as parents.

Be Grateful

You should always consider yourself lucky and privileged that this child has come through you into the house. It is something which should be taken as a blessing, only then you will realize your duties as a parent and all the responsibilities that parenthood brings with it.

Let Them Be

Young people are often rebellious and stubborn but when they become parents they must realize that this thing about them now needs to be changed. They can no longer impose their decisions on the new little ones that now are a part of their lives. You should always let your children “just be”.
This is the first step to raising happy children.

Provide a Supportive Atmosphere

Provide a supportive environment to your children. Encourage them and buck them up in what they do and never criticize their efforts to do something positive. If you provide them with such an environment, they’d grow up to be smart people with great leadership skills.

Make Yourself Attractive

Children look up to their parents as their first guides. Make sure that you are a reflection of what you want your children to be in the future. Make yourselves the people they admire and idealize and not the ones they hate and despise. Adopt good habits so that they can follow you and make sure that you NEVER drink, smoke or fight in front of them.

Seek Love Not Respect

Always expect love from your children, respect will follow. If you demand respect from them, they might get annoyed by this direct demand and start considering you as someone they should fear or forcefully bring respect for.

Maintain a Friendly Relationship

Always be your children’s best friend. You should be the first person your children come to when they need to confide in someone. This is something which is much more important than it seems. Because sometimes when you have a formal relationship with your children, they might confide into wrong people who could possibly misguide them. Never let that happen.

 

Parenting Tips for Single Parents

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Being a parent is never an easy job. Bringing up your children by providing them with more than just the basic needs and education so they grow up to be healthy individuals is what parents are always aspired to do. Both mother and father are equally important in the life of a child and the responsibility is shared between the both parents to bring up a child that is fit to enter the world on his own. Parenting is a struggle and when you are a single parent the struggle is actually doubled.

Single parents take over the whole responsibility of their child single-handedly depending on their situation. Either a single mother or single father ends up with the loss of their significant other thus ending up being a single parent or is divorced/separated who opts for the adoption of their children and chooses to become a single parent. Although in all of this, there are support groups and agencies that provide a helping hand to single parents. If you are a single parent looking for ways to make your life easier here are a few tips to help you out:

Communication is the key

A single parent means you have to be both a friend and a guardian to your child. Communication is the key to keeping the balance; talk to your child and not at him/her. Share your feelings with your child so he/she feels comfortable to reciprocate the same. This way your child won’t look for friends outside and you will share a strong and lasting bond with him/her.

Prioritize your kids ahead of your job

It is quite difficult for single parents to manage financially so most of them end up in more than one job or work overtime. This makes parents preoccupied with work and chores leaving kids feeling lonely and left out. It is important to understand that being emotionally available for your kids is equally important as providing them financially. Prioritize your time with your children and be available for them. Opt for flexible job options and organizations that provide flexibility to single parents.

Work like a family

You are a family so don’t take every little chore upon yourself. Divide chores among kids and ask for their help in cleaning up, folding the laundry, and making breakfast. By doing this, you will feel a positive difference in the ambiance of your home.

Take care of yourself

With all the hustle of working and taking care of the children single parents often ignore the fact that they too need to be taken care of. Without sound mental and physical health you will end up drained and won’t be able to provide for your kids with ill health. Take time off kids and work and invest in things that charge you up so you can return being refreshed.

Don’t be obsessive about being perfect

Most often single parents tend to become obsessive over perfection as a parent to bring up well-mannered children. Don’t be hard on yourself and your child; enjoy your time with the little ones before they grow up and step into adulthood.