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Celebrate Your Child!

May 17, 2012

Cool Father's Day ideas your dad will love

Father’s day is a special time of the year when you can do something really special to express your love for your dear Dad. Most of the kids around the world would buy a tie or a greeting card for their Dads. However, how about doing something really special and new for your Father? There are several types of things that you can do on Father’s Day to make your Dad feel really proud and special.
If you Dad like to play ballgames then you can enjoy playing the activities such as racing, hockey or any other type of sports. Get tickets for his favorite sports when his team is playing. You can both enjoy a great day out watching the sports and cheering for your favorite team. You can also go to a golf course, bowling alley, or the batting cages.

Is your father a lover of movies? You can catch up with him and watch some really good movies together. You can get some popcorn for him and a rent a bunch of his favorite movies. Sit together on the couch with just the remote and have a nice time watching movies together. You can also get him a subscription for his favorite Hollywood blockbusters and he will never have to leave home to catch a movie.
Arrange for a get together for your Dad with his old buddies for a night of movies, poker, or sports. Whip up the fun with some nice snacks such as guacamole, chips and dip, tacos, or pizzas. Remember to carry all the stuff that you might need. Things such as cards and poker chips, and DVDs are must-haves.
The best thing to do would be to become a genie for your Dad and tell him to make wishes that he would like to get fulfilled. Give him what he wants and see his face glow.

May 6, 2012

Ideas for Day Trips with Kids

Sometimes, a day trip is just the thing you and your kids need. Day trips are usually less expensive than overnight trips, and you don't have to worry about packing a lot. Day trips are also a great addition to your kids' education. Depending on the age and number of kids, there is bound to be a day trip that works for your family.

Here are some ideas.


Going to the zoo is often an unforgettable experience for children. They can see animals "in real life" that they may have only seen in pictures or on TV. Some children have a particular animal they really like, and a zoo trip can bring that alive. Other variations on the zoo theme are wildlife refuges and petting zoos. Some wildlife refuges have picnic tables and other accommodations, and you can see the animals that inhabit your local area. Petting zoos are also a fun and interactive way for kids to touch and interact with animals they might otherwise never get close to.

Water Parks

Once your kids learn to swim, a water park is a grand idea. If someone in your family is not a swimmer, look for a water park that has a playground, wading pool, or similar alternatives to swimming. From water slides to wave pools, a water park is a fun outing for children.


A day at an aquarium is fun for everyone. Kids can see ocean life from all over the world collected in one place. Another great thing about aquariums is that all ages can enjoy them - even toddlers and babies enjoy the beautiful, unusual sights, sounds, and colors.


When you think of museums, does it conjure up images of a stuffy collection of untouchable displays? Think again - museums in this day and age are often kid-friendly, with interactive exhibits and other features. Some museums have programs and activities designed for children.


You don't have to spend the night in a tent for it to be camping! You can camp during the day with kids, and many children love it. Bring food and equipment to your nearest campsite, and set up camp. You can even pitch a tent. Build a fire and cook your food over it, and let the kids run around in the woods or enjoy an on-site playground. If there is a creek or stream, the kids will enjoy wading and so forth.

Horseback Riding This is a fun outing for kids. A professional stable will be able to accommodate most age and experience levels. Very young kids can enjoy a slow walk with an adult leading the horse, and older kids might like a trail ride. It makes for a memorable day trip.

Feb 28, 2012

The Dilemma Facing Most Young Families

In our modern society most families have both parents working. In single parent families the lone parent has no option but to work. But...who looks after the kids?

Parents looking for day care for their children have very few options;

1.) Stay at home and look after the kids

2.) Work when your partner is home to look after the kids (Now there's a recipe for a short relationship!)

3.) Put the children into a crèche, kindergarten or playgroup during working hours

4.) Find a live-in Nanny

5.) Find a childminder

6.) Hit on brothers, sisters and parents to look after the children

Staying at home with the kids sounds a good idea at first, but then you soon find that you can't afford the most basic luxury items that your kids want. "Other kids have them why can't I?" is the usual refrain. Adults also need other adult conversation that is not about kids, and work is the place where this is most easily found.

Nanny at GroovefestNanny at Groovefest (Photo credit: AvaJune)

I know people who have tried option 2, with one partner working days and the other nights. Don't even go there. Love life? Forget it, your relationship will soon be in tatters.

Crèche, kindergarten and playgroup child supervision is very expensive. Many parents find that over half of their wages go in paying the childcare fees for the week. Governments are increasingly coming to realise that they have to do something to give tax breaks to parents to go some way to paying their child day care fees. Otherwise nobody will have kids and who is going to pay the pensions of all those retired government employees and politicians.

Live-in Nanny? Well au pair then. Au pairs can still be found, but are notoriously unreliable, and with bad cases in the press this option is fading away to zero for most parents.

Childminders look after your kids in the childminder's home. All you have to do is drop them off and pick them up again. Finding a childminder with a similar outlook to your own on child rearing is difficult.

Problems also arise when the childminder is sick or wants to have a vacation. The largest childminder problems come to the fore when your child is ill. "She's ill is she? Sorry you can't leave her here then until she's better again" is basically what you will hear.

Finding relatives to look after your kids may be difficult, unless you have a turn and turn about arrangement that allows both sets of parents the opportunity for paid employment.

To sum up - Don't have kids until you have ten years' of pay in the bank to live on until you can go out to work again. :p

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