5 Tips To Make Living With Your College Graduate Easier

 

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Today, college graduates are facing several factors that make coming back to the nest an ideal option.  Some factors include,  student loan debt, job unavailability and sky-high rents.  And for the first time in modern history, living with parents is the most common living arrangement for 18-34-year-olds.

However, before you freak out when your college graduate decides they want to move back home, read these tips on how to make it work:

1. Treat your child like an adult

That means, not doing their laundry for them or giving them money for a movie. Don’t fall back into the same parental role you played when they were little. A college graduate should not expect the babying treatment.

Also, let them grow their independence. If you let them, they will be more prepared for life.  And word to the wise; stay out of their personal relationships.

2. Insist that your child get a job

After four or more years of basically job-preparation, your college graduate may be expecting their dream job to land in front of them like it’s complementary of a degree.

But you know the real world doesn’t work like that.  So should your child. It isn’t healthy for your child to be dependent on you financially while they search for their “dream job.” They’ll be more prepared and confident for life if they can pay for their own expenses.

If your college graduate is binge-watching Netflix and swiping on Tinder all day, that’s a red flag that the living arrangement is not working.

3. Consider charging rent

Next, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. So, this is something your college graduate needs to know. Most importantly, this strategy works best if you have a plan for why you’re charging rent.

One idea is to collect the money and build a nest egg for your child.  They can access the money when they’re ready to move out. Or, you can use the rent money toward your graduate’s student loans.

4. Have your child plan to pay off student debt

So, one of the biggest reasons college graduates fly back to the nest is money.  They can save money by living with you. Expect them to live within their means.  Encourage them to save their money and pay off their student debt.

5. Set a reasonable goal for when it’s time for your child to move out

Most importantly, don’t allow your college graduate to get stuck in the comforts of home. That’s why they need to set goals.  Therefore, helping them set goals will help them spread their wings and fly.

Talk with your child about what will work for both of you. For example, when will the time to leave be? Will it be when loans are paid off, or in one year after they’ve saved x amount of money?  Make sure your college graduation understands the plan. 

Also, ask yourself how much support you can afford. Therefore, you can’t take care of your child if you aren’t taking care of yourself first.

Finally, it does not have to be a problem when your child wants to live at home after graduation.  As a matter of fact, help them get better prepared for their future. Just follow these tips to make living with your college graduate easier. 

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Introduce Children To These Ethnic Cuisines

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Food is love, and love is food. Families make food to feed one another and bond over the daily ritual of eating together. Everyone has a favorite dish and it’s often a pleasure to cook family favorites, but over time, eating the same style of food can get dull. That’s when it’s time to mix things up and make some ethnic food for the family! Children especially benefit from having their palates broadened by new flavor combinations and foods while they also gain precious memories from the time mom or dad made this special dish. Following are three ethnic cuisines worth introducing to your children.

 

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican jerk chicken is a BBQ-style meal that brings the taste of the tropics to the home. But be forewarned before you embark on making some: it is known for its heat, which usually comes from scotch bonnet peppers. If your children aren’t ready for hot foods, you can use milder peppers such as sport or jalapeno in place of the scotch bonnets. This is a great meal to make in the summer on the grill, or get really authentic and smoke it over wood instead of coals or gas. You can also pair it with an authentic Jamaican snack.

Sushi

Sushi refers to the vinegared rice that acts as a container for the ingredients inside this classic Japanese cuisine. It’s possible to dispense with the vinegar for kids who find it too tart. The beauty of sushi is that any ingredient can go into the roll. Make it with fruit, hot dogs, or even Spam, for kids who aren’t quite ready for the more adult taste of certain types of fish.

There is no end to the combinations of ingredients that can go into sushi. The basics of the dish are the rice and the wrapper. Anything that goes in is fair game. Use sushi as a spring board for creating savory meals while introducing your kids to a uniquely Japanese cuisine.

Beef Bourguignon

Famous chef Julia Child brought French cooking to American tables and made it accessible for all. Countless adults have enjoyed her beef bourguignon paired with a glass of wine. But it’s also a good meal for introducing kids to the concept of French cuisine. It uses beef, bacon, carrots, potatoes, and onions along with red wine. Don’t worry about the alcohol content; it gets burned off in the cooking and helps to create a wonderful sauce. If the alcohol is still a concern, use an alcohol-free version to get the same flavor.

Much of French cooking uses farm-to-table ingredients and is great for showing kids how to make a delicious dinner out of seemingly basic foods.

These three ethnic cuisines are from different cultures.  However, it helps your children experience world cuisines in your own kitchen. Make it an opportunity to learn and have fun with meals. It changes things up for everyone, expands young palates, and opens the minds of your children to the idea that there’s a big world out there with unique foods.

We hope that you enjoyed our suggestions for ethnic cuisines that you can introduce to your children.

 

18 Character Building Books for Children

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First, building character is essential when raising children.  Character helps define who we are.  Most importantly, it guides our perspective on how we see the world and how we operate in the world.  Our character will define whether we’re trustworthy, fair, responsible and caring.  Also, character is built over the course of years, but it starts in childhood.  We must teach our children that stealing, lying, being rude or not having empathy for others is unacceptable.  It’s imperative that we be examples for our children, and we teach them right from wrong.

Next, I put together a roundup of character building books that will help teach children life lessons.  Furthermore, they will help build their character:

Cell Phoney– Next, this book teaches children the six rules of cell phone usage. The rules teach them how to stay safe, but it also teaches them not to hurt others.

Cheaters Never Prosper – Noodle decides to cheat so he can win.  He has decided that everyone has to cheat once in a while.  What’s the harm?  Children will learn a lesson about cheating.  Ages 5 – 9.

Cliques Just Don’t Make Cents – Penny tries to hang with the Coin Clique, but sometimes feels left out. Quarter and Half Dollars are best friends. So, they do everything together.  But they tell Penny she isn’t worth much.  However, Dollar helps Penny see her value.  Penny learns to feel beauty on the inside and out.  Ages 4 – 8.

Hygiene… You Stink– Jean the fork hates taking a bath in the sink or in the dishwasher.  She doesn’t understand why the other forks are being used and not her.  The other forks, knives and spoons don’t want to be around her. She talks to the can opener, and he explains the importance of hygiene.  Ages 4 – 7.

Well, I Can Top That  – Brad loves to one up people. For example, a student wins a contest.  Brad tells how he won a bigger contest.  Another student breaks his arm.  Brad said he broke both arms and both legs.  This book teaches the importance of pulling people up, not one upping them.  Ages 5 – 8.

Sorry, I Forgot to Ask – RJ has to sit in the time-out chair a lot.  Without asking permission, he walks home instead of taking the bus. Later he gets on his dad’s computer without asking.  His dad teaches RJ the importance of asking permission.  This leads to less time in the time out chair. Ages 4 – 11.

Market Street– Every Sunday CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town to church.  CJ wonders why they don’t own a car, why he doesn’t have an iPod, and why they get off in the dirty part of town.  His grandma helps him see the beauty in their trip and everything around them.

Baditude! – Noodle thinks life stinks. Homework, practice and family pictures stinks.  His negative attitude is alienating everyone.  Noodle learns to turn his have tos into get tos.  Ages 5 – 8.

Lying Up a Storm– A Storm is Brewing.  Levi doesn’t tell the truth.  He just makes up stuff.  His mother explains that each lie that he tell starts a storm inside. She explains that telling lies damages trust.  Ages 4 – 8.

My Mouth Is a Volcano! – Louis has a hard time not interrupting. It seems his words wiggle and jiggle, he erupts and than interrupts others. He mouth is like a volcano.  This book teaches children to hold their words and wait for their turn to talk.  Ages 5 – 8.

Rude Cakes– This book is about a cake that’s not so sweet.  As a result, this cake never says please, thank you or listens to its parents. A lesson about manners and bullying is taught.  Even the rudest cake can change.  Ages 3 – 5.

Ricky Sticky Fingers – Ricky steals. He takes things that don’t belong to him.  But he learns how it feels when he has something stolen.  Ricky learns to use the good in him to return the items that he stole.  The book teaches empathy.  Ages 5 – 8.

Table Talk– Another one of our character building books teaches children to understand that table manners are about more than what fork to use.  Table manners also include being respectful, considerate of others and sharing feelings. Ages 8 – 12.

Teamwork Isn’t My Thing – RJ’s having another bad day. His teacher wants him to work with bossy Bernice, messy Frankie, and Norma (who just sits and picks her nose) on a report about Egyptian mummies. After a frustrating school day with his “team,” RJ goes home to find only one cookie left in the jar. And his mom makes him share it with his sister! With the help of his coach, RJ learns that working as a team and sharing are skills needed not just on the soccer field, but in school and at home too!  Ages 5 – 12.

Those Shoes– So, everyone at school is wearing a pair of the latest shoes.  Jeremy wants a pair, but his grandmother tells him they can only afford what they need.  Jeremy soon realizes that his grandmother is right. He has warm boots, a loving grandma and a good friend.  They’re worth more than the latest shoes. he wants.  Ages 5 – 8.

Bully B.E.A.N.S. – Our character building books include Bully B.E.A.N.S. It is a fun story that teaches people of all ages to become proactive when it comes to bullying. This book can help children and adults understand why bullying happens and what they can do to stop it.  Ages 5 – 8.

Soda Pop Head– Lester has a funny name.  His nickname is Soda Pop Head. But, when Soda Pop Head gets upset his ears get hot, his face turns red and he blows his top.  Fortunately, Lester’s dad teaches him to cool down before he blows his top. Soda Pop Head learns to control his anger and manage stress.

Tease Monster– Unfortunately, One-of-a-Kind” is laughed at by Purple. Purple thinks One-of-a-Kind is weird.  Green playfully calls One a klutz after tripping on the stairs.  Is he Tease Monster to blame?  Mom teaches about the Tease Monster.  Not all teasing is the same.  Mom teaches that laughing at someone (mean teasing) is hurtful, but laughing with someone is alright.

Last, we hope you enjoyed our roundup of character building books for kids.  As parents, we can all use a little guidance in teaching our children.  Therefore, these books will provide a little inspiration and will help to instill life lessons.  You may also like 24 Books for African American Girls.

 

 

Ideas for Organizing Board Games

 

 

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You’ve collected a number of games because of your recent interest in old and new titles. However, it’s beginning to look like an episode of Hoarders at your home. Therefore, a bit of structure and organization has become a challenge.  Will you be declared the winner and once again the owner of your space? Here’s how to win with organization.  We also have a few tips on organizing board games:

Rolling Cart

Rolling carts are great for walking a few blocks with groceries or other items.  It’s also used to carry chairs, coolers and toys on the beach.  Also, a rolling cart is convenient for storing your board games. You can clearly see titles while neatly stacking them.

Soap Containers

Losing one card from a deck could mean spoiling the entire game forever. Seems like a major punishment for such a trivial thing as losing a small piece of paper. However, you won’t have to worry when you wrap a rubber band around the deck before placing it in a soap container. It’s an orderly, waterproof, and bend-proof way to maintain your card games.

Large Zip Lock

Likewise, it’s crucial to keep all game pieces in one spot. The game box was designed for this task, but mysterious things happen to pieces. Therefore, be proactive, ensure all pieces are kept together in a zip lock bag. Also, make sure the box maintains its integrity.

Toy Box

Moms and dads have been maintaining kids’ goodies in boxes and chests for years. Shell out some money and invest in a medium to large sized toy chest. With a bit of selection and an eye for interior decorating, you could buy a piece that looks great in your family or living room while it houses your tabletop games.

Closet Organizer

You can grab a closet organizer from your local Walmart or online at Amazon. It’s an easy fix for those who have too many shoes…or games. Rather than hang it in your bedroom closet, utilize your hall closet and store a plethora of board games.

Bookcase

How serious are you about board games? Serious enough to amass an entire library of titles? If so, rather than a place to house books use shelving to house your board game collection.  You can take the economical route, and build DIY shelves or you could hire a carpenter to build  something custom and more suitable for board games.

Milk Crates

They’re durable and great for storage.  Even better, you can stack them and place them beside one another. There’s no limit to how many games you can conveniently store in milk crates.

Wooden Ladder

Old, rustic looking ladders are chic at the moment and you can find them in kitchens, bedrooms, family rooms, etc. Decorators hang blankets over them, place books on top of rungs, or just paint them to match the interior. You can use one to arrange and start organizing board games in your home too.

We hope you like our tips on organizing board games, and will implement one or two in your home.

Simple Tips For Families To Consider For Studying Abroad

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Graduation is an exciting time in a young adult’s life.  Many head into the next stage of their life, college. While some decide whether to go to college, attend a junior college, or wait and save money, there are other options. For example, you can decide to devote one or more semesters studying abroad.  Here’s a few things that families should consider and discuss when considering studying abroad:

 You Can Make Connections

 While some parents may look at a semester away as an opportunity for a child to goof off, there are opportunities for the child to make potential business and career connections while overseas. There is no reason why the student can’t start networking abroad, and start building partnerships and relationships.

 The Time Is Now

Getting an opportunity to travel can be a once in a lifetime opportunity.  You may think that your child will have a life time to travel. Yet things happen and some never again get the opportunities they had when they were young.  Graduation, a job, marriage, and children become priorities.  Seize the moment and opportunity. It could be decades before your child gets to travel again if ever.  When it comes to studying abroad, remember that now is as good a time as ever.

 Some Things Books Can’t Teach

As parents, there are insights only gained through experience.  They cannot be found in a book or teacher lecture. Studying abroad will place your child in another land and culture.  It will take your child out of their comfort zone.  They will learn to be more independent, how to respect other people and cultures.  Additionally, they will realize that the world is a lot larger than the city and environment they are used to.  Read about what awaits them at Cambridge summer school.

 Who Will Pay Tuition

Cost is likely to be a top reason that parents won’t be receptive to their child studying abroad.  Make an agreement that the child help pay for the tuition or part of the trip.  Furthermore, some universities have work and study programs to help students balance their life while making an income. Discuss expectations of the student helping to pay for the experience.

 Show Interest in a Place

Consider how many wants and interests your child has had since they were very young.  They have grow interested and then quickly disinterested in a few things.  Have them research universities with foreign study programs, the foreign exchange rate, the language and culture of the place they where they want to study.

 Prove the Destination is Safe

There is a lot of unsettling news stemming from areas all of the globe. As parents, you may not like the idea of your child going overseas or to a certain place.  Research the intended destination, and consider if it’s safe for students to live, study, and prosper there.  Also, contact the school and ask if their is a way to contact current or previous teachers and students who have studied abroad.  They will be able to offer insight into studying abroad.

 

 

Child Safety Tips All Parents Should Implement

 

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Especially for first-time parents, there are a lot of fears and worries that can arise both during pregnancy and when your baby is born. But, it’s important to remember that a baby is an amazing and rewarding experience.  Don’t allow quality time with your child to be tainted by panic.

However, there are many parental safety tips many either ignore or aren’t aware about. And it’s these tips that could possibly eliminate your worry or anxiety. Here are a few sensible safety tips you should implement:

Cover all electrical outlets

 Electrical outlets are solely for appliances, but to the curious eyes of a toddler they are just another thing to touch and explore.  Installed at easy-to-reach heights for most children, electrical outlets are often appealing.  Therefore, it gives them easy access to stick things into the openings.  In some cases, causing serious electrical burns.

Therefore, cover all electrical outlets throughout your home.  Outlet caps are widely available both in stores or online.  Using electrical covers will help safeguard against electrical harm.

Use the correct car seat and install it properly

With the huge range of car seats available, it can be difficult to make a decision on which one is right for you. The most important rule regarding any car seat is when to use a rear-facing or front facing seat.  It’s important to remember, to use a rear-facing seat until your baby is at least one year old and weights over 20 pounds.

In terms of installation, make sure all seat belts and straps are routed correctly.  Most importantly, make sure everything is in ‘lock mode’ when your child is seated and before you start driving. If you have a large family-friendly vehicle like the Dodge Grand Caravan, your installation experience will be much easier.  You’ll have more space and room to move around.

Make sure your crib is up-to-date 

Crib safety regulations change very frequently.  It’s likely it will need to be upgraded if it’s over 5 years old.

Today’s current standards state that the slats of a crib should be no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart to ensure your child’s body can’t slip through. It’s also important to remove any fluffy blankets or toys from the crib when your baby is in there.

It’s natural to experience fear and worry when you become a parent. But if you adhere to the above safety tips and ensure your child’s bed is as up-to-date as possible and assembled correctly, you’ll have no reason to question your baby’s safety!

Shopping Tips for Infant Car Seats and Strollers

 

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Taking baby on the road? There are a number of things to keep in mind when you are shopping for strollers and car seats. First, consider the age of the child.  Furthermore, how will you be using the stroller or car seat before you buy.

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First, you will start with a portable infant car seat. It will also double as a carrier and a rocking chair in a pinch.  Infant seats are designed to be rear-facing (the safest seating for a baby) and it snaps into a base. You will find all-in-one car seats on the market.  They are a tempting choice because they could potentially save you money. However, the one-size-fits-all design may not work for smaller babies or smaller cars.  For example, this car seat is big and bulky.  It is built to last and could be a good backup car seat for a caregiver. One car that can accommodate any kind of car seat is the Jeep Compass. Make sure the seat you are buying will actually fit in your vehicle.

Traveling with a toddler

Your next car seat will be a convertible model when your baby is about a year old. Experts advise you to keep the seat rear-facing until your child is at least two years old.  So, the seat has to be able to accommodate the extra leg room while facing backward. When your child has passed the 40 to 50lb. mark, you will want to change the seat to a forward-facing installation.

Toddler booster seats are also available, and they are cheaper than convertible seats.  However, they are only safe for a child who has reached the recommended front-facing age of two years old.  Next, basic booster seats are designed to “boost” your child up to the proper level for seatbelt coverage.  High-back versions are recommended as a safer and more comfortable option.  Be sure to check your state’s car seat regulations.  They could vary from state to state. 

Let’s go for a stroll

Before you buy a stroller, consider how you will be using it.  Will you be walking through the city or down a country road? You will need a durable, comfortable stroller with strong wheels and a safety harness. Some strollers collapse down into a lying position so baby can nap comfortably and safely.  This is perfect for trips to the mall or other events.

If you are moving baby from car to stroller for your walks, you may appreciate the kind where you can strap the car seat right into the frame. As baby grows and is able to sit up, walk and toddle away, you may want to switch to a lightweight, collapsible stroller that is easy to pack when not in use.

As with any baby equipment, it is important to take your time.  Most importantly, do your research and invest in a car seat or stroller that you feel good about. Once you do, pack up baby and hit the road.

How To Eliminate Stress As a Parent

 

 

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You’re probably used to feelings of stress and pressure as a parent. There is always something that needs to be taken care of, and everyone looks for you to sort it out.  And then there are the specific occasions that seem inevitably and unavoidably stressful whenever they arise. Here’s how to turn those stressful days into positive and memorable days instead:

Make Special Days Memorable

For many parents special days are filled with stress. The perfect example of this is your children’s birthday parties.  Kids need to be entertained and kept safe.  At times, this can be a nightmare.  Turn your nightmare into a dream, find the right kid’s birthday party place, schedule the day, and have fun.  Once you have that accomplished, then make the day memorable by making the party room unique and special.  It will become an  unforgettable day for your child and you.

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Plan for Your Party Guests and Chaperones 

Any situation in which you have to deal with lots of children can be stressful. You can address this by making sure that you have enough adults around to keep the kids in line.  Having chaperones to assist with the children will certainly make the day a lot less stressful for you.  Enlist assistants whether it’s for a birthday party, play date or a sleepover.  Remember, there is no shame in asking for some help.

Always Plan Ahead

Planning will help when you’re trying to enjoy time with your kids.  It will also help avoid stress.  Managing kids is always easier when there is structure in place.  You should know what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. That way, you will remain in control of the situation.  And your kids won’t take advantage of the chaos by causing even more trouble for you. You’ll then be able to make sure that you all enjoy the day.

Accompany Something Rough with Something Smooth

Trying to get your kids to do something they don’t want to do is always a struggle. For example, taking them to the dentist or even simply getting them to school in the morning can be difficult at times. When there is something rough that you have to put your children through, counter it with something smooth afterwards. By this I mean you should do something positive for your kids.  They will remember it fondly after they have to do something they don’t like. When they’re young, this can be really helpful. So, give it a try.

We hope that you have found our tips on how to eliminate stress as a parent helpful. Try implementing a few at your next event or into your daily routines when possible.

Get Your Kids Involved in Creating Clean Air

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Kids usually don’t want much to do with cleaning the house. They’d rather be outside playing, and who can blame them? But the lessons they learn in childhood last a lifetime.  So, teaching children lessons in house cleaning can include the importance of creating clean air in the home.  You can teach them this lesson through different tasks.

For example, turning a chore into a fun activity can help eliminate the perceived boredom that comes with cleaning. Here are a few activities to teach kids about creating clean air in the home and keeping it clean:

Changing the Air Filters

Air filters are easy to change. Most are located in a safe and accessible spot.  This makes it safe in getting teens involved in removing and replacing them. They’re also a perfect teaching tool to show just how dirty the air filters can get.  Dirt caught in the filters is dirt that doesn’t make it into the rest of the home.  Change filters regularly.

While you may not want your children actually doing the task on their own, you can write the date of installation on the filter.  Additionally, mark the replacement date on the calendar. When the due date arrives, the kids can remind you to change the filter.  Furthermore, they can accompany you to see how much dirt was collected. It’s a simple, yet important task that gets everyone in on the action.

Turn off the Lights

Lights by themselves don’t do much in the way of generating pollution. It’s at the power generation level where the pollution occurs. The act of turning on a light bulb creates a power demand from the power plant. That demand requires fuel to generate the electricity. Encourage the kids to turn off the light when they leave a room for any length of time. It’s a great way to instill the idea of keeping the air clean without nagging. When kids are shown that their lack of action has a greater consequence to their world, they’re more likely to turn out the lights.

Energy producers are turning more and more to renewable sources instead of burning coal and wood. But this doesn’t change the need to turn out the lights. The less energy needed from any source, the better.

Open Windows at Night in Warm Weather

Air conditioning during the warmer months helps keep the home comfortable, but it also traps dust and other air pollutants inside.  Open windows at night and use fans to circulate the air. Air is cooler at night and helps the home exhaust the heat. If the AC gets turned on during the day, it won’t work as hard to cool down the home because the internal temperature is already low.

These are some of the ways you can get your family to participate in tasks that keep the air clean in the home and atmosphere. Teaching kids to become energy and pollutant aware when they’re young helps them turn into responsible adults.

We hope that you found our tips on creating clean air beneficial, and you will implement a few ideas.

 

 

Chores to Prepare for a Child’s Birthday Party

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Preparing for a child’s birthday party can take a lot of hard work. In addition to putting up decorations, planning games, and picking up the birthday cake, you also need to prepare your house. After all, it’s about to get invaded by a bunch of sugar-crazed kids. Before you host another birthday party, make sure you do these four chores:

Lock Away Potentially Dangerous Items

It’s easy to lose track of one or two kids when you have a dozen or more of them running around your home. Even a few minutes of unsupervised play can turn into a disaster.  Especially, when children encounter potentially dangerous items like household cleaners, weapons, and medications.

You can keep your young guests safe by locking away items that may hurt them. Putting items in the master bedroom won’t get the job done. You may think of your bedroom as a safe place where no one else goes, but kids don’t always follow your expectations. Find a place that you can secure with a lock and key.

Block Off Certain Parts of Your House

Even if your home is safe, you don’t necessarily want people wandering throughout it. Blocking off certain areas tells people that you don’t want them to enter.

It doesn’t take much effort to block off areas of your house. You can use a baby gate to prevent people from walking down hallways or lock doors to rooms that you want left alone.

Eliminate Bad Odors

Your house probably smells fine to you. Newcomers, however, may have a different experience. Over time, you get used to the way your house smells. Even if there’s a funk in the air, you may not notice it.  So, you can eliminate bad odors from your home by:

  • Locating and removing any mold or mildew
  • Running your HVAC system to filter out annoying particles in the air
  • Putting baking soda on your carpet before vacuuming
  • Cleaning your refrigerator to get rid of old food odors

Make Healthy Snacks

You probably plan to serve cake or some other confection to celebrate your child’s birthday. Considering how much sugar and fat cakes contain, you should make some healthy snacks that guests can enjoy during the party as well.

You can take the simple route by simply cutting up carrot and celery sticks. If you have time to get more involved in food preparation, consider making some yogurt popsicles, fruit kebabs, and low-sugar baked goods.

Remember that some kids have food allergies that can cause serious health problems. The most common allergies among children involve:

 

  • Soy
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Wheat

You can avoid problematic ingredients by asking parents to tell you about any food sensitivities when they RSVP for your child’s birthday party. If anyone has an allergy to an ingredient, don’t use it in any of your party’s foods.

Finally, hosting a child’s birthday party in your home is a great way to have fun, save money, and make your child feel special.  As long as you do the right chores beforehand, you can host a successful event where everyone feels welcome and safe.