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With summer on the way, I have been thinking a lot about how I can get my little ones to spend more time outside. If you are struggling to get your kids to spend time outside, don’t worry you aren’t alone. With hundreds of TV channels to choose from, encouraging your children to spend time outside can be tough. However, according to a friend of mine, the key to getting the kids outside more is giving the garden a revamp. Your yard should be a fun area that your kids are happy...

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Choosing a pet for your family will probably be quite difficult. You have a lot of choice, but it all boils down to what suits you best. You need to be able to take care of this pet the best you possibly can so that everybody involved is happy. If you don’t choose a pet suitable for your situation, you could end up having to give the pet away – this isn’t fair on anybody. Put in the ground work first to make sure you have the right pet. How Much Time Do You Have? Some...

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As a single Dad, I know how tough it can be helping your children to cope with the absence of their mother. Whether that absence is because of divorce, death or military deployment, it’s never easy for kids to adjust. How each child will react to the absence of one of their parents depends on their personality – no two kids behave the same. Of all the single fathers, I have met, one of the most common reasons for being a lone parent is having your spouse called for...

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Image: Personal Creations I believe every home needs a “family room”. This is the heart of your home; the area that brings the whole family together to chat, to play, to eat or just to enjoy each others company. Your version of the family room might be in the living room, the kitchen or the dining room. But I don’t think it matters where in the home it is. What’s important is that it is a place that you are your children want to spend time together in. There are a few...

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Like so many other fathers nowadays, because of the busy and irregular working hours I have (the sad life of a self-employed plasterer bring out the mini-violins!), I am not able to spend as much time with my kids as I would love to. So I try to use every free moment to spend some quality time with them. As a father of four children, Christopher (7), Suzanne (6), Anthony (4) and baby Crystal (1), it gets harder to keep their attention equally and I need more energy to follow tempo,...

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Revamping your bathroom doesn’t have to mean gutting it and starting all over again. A Bank Holiday is the perfect time to spruce up your bathroom and give it a refresh. Fortunately, even if you’re on a tight budget there are still many things you can do to rethink your bathroom for the better. Image Source A Simple Refresh Many people have given their bathrooms a whole new lease of life by simply changing the colour scheme. Even changing the bath or basin doesn’t need...

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The thought of living in a more spacious and uncluttered environment is appealing to most of us. So, to make the dream a reality, follow these 5 tips! Be Ruthless If you’re a bit of a hoarder and you find it hard to part with possessions, however unneeded they are, you need to force yourself to be ruthless. It’s not easy, but it needs to be done. View the situation objectively and try to be as rational as possible when you’re having a clear out. It can help to have a...

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There are all kinds of problems at home that no one wants to deal with. Apart from the ones that involve cleaning up after the kids, there’s also a range of issues from damp to burst pipes. But one of the things no one ever wants to hear they have to tackle is a pest problem. There are so many unwanted creatures that could invade your home, and putting in the effort to get rid of them is annoying. Mice, and sometimes rats, are a particularly frequent visitor for a lot of...

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All of us are pretty conscious of the damage we could be doing to the environment if we are wasteful. Most of us are also aware of how expensive it can be to be wasteful as well. Food, electricity, gas and water have never been so expensive. It seems like an endless battle trying to keep these costs down, yet month on month we can find ourselves going over budget. If you have ever reached the point of tearing your hair out in despair at the cost of keeping everyone warm and fed,...

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Not sure whether renting is right for your family? It can be a great next step for a lot of families, but it’s not for everyone. Here’s what you should think about before making your decision. What Are the Benefits of Renting for Families? We seem to be focused on home ownership, but, in fact, there are huge benefits attached to renting a home. Firstly, you don’t get tied down to one single property. This means you have the freedom to move about at will, and that’s something...

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