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  • The Value of a Herb Garden | Best Parenting Advice: Savers

    MONEY SAVERS The Real Value of a Herb Garden It doesn’t matter how little space you have available; you can have a fresh supply of herbs all year round. Because I initially didn't want the expense of an automated drip system I found self-watering pots terrific because it gave me a back up for when I was time challenged. But I later put in a drip system linked to a timer, which helped ensure all my plants survived well during dry weather. And this really improved my results. In hindsight, I'd set this system up earlier than later, as now my herbs basically look after themselves. And if you have a patio area such a system would be ideal. If you have limited space, pots or vertical walls, may work for you. Or you might have a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden where herbs suitable for Mediterranean foods grow well. Fresh Italian parsley, mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, coriander, thyme, sage and chilli are staples and are used in a large number of recipes. I also regularly use leaves from a bay tree in soups and stews. ​ Sweet Basil likes morning sun and moderate amounts of water. (Snails seem to love it so you may need to use a safe snail repellent.) I regularly use large amounts of Basil in Italian cooking so I try to have multiple plants. It's relatively easy to grow from cuttings in warm weather but it's almost impossible to keep alive during winter except during early winter in really sheltered positions. I often buy a sweet basil at the beginning of spring to get some basil in again, then use it for cuttings. ​ Oregano does best with morning sun and moderate amounts of water. I again use large amounts of oregano in stews, casseroles and a variety of Italian cuisine. ​ Coriander can be fickle and you need to continually plant more slow bolting seeds to keep up a ready supply. I find giving seeds a rub between two sheets of sandpaper, then soaking them for an hour or two before planting helps with germination. Or if ever I buy coriander from the store in a sleeve, I cut the bottom 2-3 inches of the stalk and replant it. Coriander likes morning sun, moderate watering but hates drafts. I use coriander in many different types of cuisine from Asian through to Mexican. It's wonderful in fresh salads, Asian style soups, corn fritters, risottos and salsas. ​ Sage seems to like well drained soils, but a reasonable amount of water and morning sun. It is terrific with chicken. When I began growing herbs convenience was the most important factor for me. Prior to having my own herb garden I was often frustrated if I planned to make a meal and then couldn't access the fresh herbs I needed. I began with one parsley plant over ten years ago (which I grew in the dirt.) And because I let it self sow I still get parsley, every year, at not cost. The same with a selection of chillies. I planted a small rosemary hedge in the dirt in a dry area against a north facing wall which flourished in the Mediterranean like conditions. And I've since struck many, many plants and given them away to friends and family from the original two. I put a mass of spring onions in right near the back door. I put oregano, sage and thyme into 12 inch (30 cm) pots and other than watering them, they pretty much look after themselves. Although I do feed them at the beginning of spring with an organic pelleted fertiliser. Basil is seasonal and I've grown it successfully in the dirt for years. But every spring I need to put new basil seeds into seed raising mix, then transplant seedlings into the dirt, or 30 cm (12 inch) pots, as basil will not live the whole way through winter. To keep a good supply of coriander, you need to keep planting new lots of seeds into seed raising mix, every couple of months as coriander is inclined to bolt (goes to seed.) Keeping it trimmed can extend its life. Make sure you choose slow bolting varieties of coriander seed to reduce this annoying tendency. To keep a ready supply of fresh herbs year round you can: Collect seeds, Succession plant (e.g. coriander) Take cuttings and Replant according to seasons ​ And if you do all of these things, you'll likely be like me. Fresh herbs will cost you very little, or nothing at all. On a dollar per gram basis, one of the most expensive fresh foods are herbs ​ Accessing fresh herbs at home is convenient and foods will likely taste better ​ Once established, herbs can be free, often self sowing (e.g. chillies, parsley, coriander) or you can grow them from cuttings (e.g. rosemary, mint) ​ The quality of the softer herbs like basil, mint or coriander is better if picked fresh ​ An automated self-watering system is worth the investment, as it will greatly increase your chances of success ​ While I grow lots of herbs in the dirt in the garden, I grow most in potting mix in 30 cm (12 inch) round pots, or in large self-watering troughs (if not linked to an automatic watering system.) I keep them close to the back door so it's convenient. And I position herbs next to a wall to protect them from the most common winds. This is what I've learnt about the herbs I use most. ​ Mint likes moist, semi-shady areas and needs to be kept in a contained garden or pot to prevent it spreading throughout your garden. Mint grows well from cuttings. It is wonderful for adding a freshness to foods. E.g. rice paper rolls, fruit punch, tabbouleh. ​ Rosemary loves dry conditions in full sun up against a north facing wall and flourishes on neglect. I use it for lamb, stews, soups and for roast vegetables. It also grows well from cuttings. ​ Parsley also likes good sun but needs plenty of water to flourish. I use it mostly for risottos, stews and casseroles. I let some of it go to seed as it self sows easily. Dill is a herb snails and slugs seem to love. I found it does best in morning sun, in a reasonably well-drained soil with moderate amounts of water. It is wonderful with fish and in mayonnaise. ​ Thyme does well in a well drained pot in morning sun and is useful to give a freshness to stews, pastas, risottos and lamb dishes. ​ We also have a Bay tree and I use its leaves to give a sweetness to soups and stews. It does well with morning sun and I keep it in a pot near the back door. ​ And I have a number of Chilli plants ranging in levels of hotness which I use to give a kick to meals ranging across a range of cuisines. I grow many herbs in pots especially mint, as it is very invasive. And for mint I have two different pots as I use a lot of it. And I have a variety of spring onions growing just outside my back door because I use them all the time. ​ ​ Attaching an automated watering system made all the difference to my herb growing success. Here you can see the thin black tubing which supplies water. The drip end put near the centre of the pot and is held into position with a an inverted U shaped piece of wire clamped over it and pegging it into the dirt. (An old wire coat hanger corner bent into position would work, if you don't have wire.) ​ The reason you keep drippers held in position is, they can fall out, and you don't realise until your plant starts to die that it's happened. Below is the garden we planted during the pandemic. And regardless of initial food shortages, we always had access to fresh vegetables. ​ I love to grow vegetables you can't buy at the shop. If you're interested in finding more ways to support your family... Follow me on Instagram: best_parenting_advice.com ​ Or if you're looking for great ways to make your life simpler, less expensive and time efficient the following link shows you my free system for saving heaps of time and money. Making Family Life Easy 1: Next Share this page with a friend For ways to use fresh herbs in cooking you may find the following links useful: Easy Healthy Recipes Easy Healthy Recipes. Quick & easy family dinners and breakfasts Timesavers for Healthy Meals Meals on the Table in Minutes Show More Back to Top Best Parenting Advice.com is a high quality parenting website designed with child and family success in mind. It highlights what successful parents do differently to those who struggle. Best Parenting advice.com provides free online resources for busy parents who want the best practical advice on: how to give kids a best start in life, better tips for parenting toddlers, effective child rearing strategies, behaviour management tips, successful goal setting and organizational strategies for successful families, easy family dinner recipes, self-care tips for time-poor parents and free kids learning games. The aim of Best Parenting Advice.com is to provide quality practical parenting tips and advice to best help children and families succeed, using the convenience of a website. ​ This website provides examples of what worked for me over decades and you are welcome to use these ideas as you see fit but you do so at your own risk. Best Parenting Advice.com does not provide any guarantee that this information will work in every circumstance with every family or with every child. It is your responsibility as a user of this website to ensure that you adhere to any recommended safety suggestions either implicit or explicit on this site and supervise your children while playing any games suggested. Similarly users of this website are advised to follow any recommendations for seeking professional advice as all information on this site is generic. Best Parenting Advice.com is an independent website and is not affiliated with any other groups, clubs, religious organizations or educational systems. Best parenting takes time. The best parenting advice ever is simple: Do your best, don't give up and love your children, no matter what.

  • When Bad Stuff Happens | Best Parenting Advice: what to do tips

    BEST IDEAS AND BETTER TIPS When Bad Stuff Happens Our life was destroyed in one moment. old And just like everybody else... We never thought it would happen to us. ​ We'd just returned from a wet camping holiday. Our tent was sprawled, drying across the driveway. I was making piles of dirty clothes from opened suitcases on the floor ready to wash. The place was a mess. And we had no bread, milk or fresh food in the house for the kids to eat. ​ Then in amongst the chaos, a mate brought my husband home from the surf. He'd been injured. When the ambulance took us, I had no idea we were beginning a terrifying life journey and my husband and I would be tested to beyond what I ever thought possible. ​ We went from a double income, to no income at all. Me being taken out of the work force to care for him. ​ My husband was deemed legally blind and remained so for many years. ​ And then it got worse... At a time when our finances dwindled, our medical bills soared. Just the gap for one specialist visit every week was more than we were bringing in. And we visited him, every week, over months. We had private health insurance but the gap for just one specialist for one surgery was over $3000 (which was huge 19 years ago) and that didn't include anaesthetist fees. And I was told my husband was facing multiple surgeries over many, many months. We were financially haemorraging. I was afraid we'd lose our house, unless I could somehow, pull a golden rabbit, out of a non-existent hat. And like some of you are going through at the moment, for the first time, I lined up in the Centrelink queue. I still can't explain how desperate I felt. After being in phone cues for over an hour and a half and then standing in line with other desperate people I was told they couldn't help us. I recall weeks later, after numerous frustrating attempts to gain help, how I stood at the counter late one afternoon and teared up. I asked 'Isn't there someone in this whole place that can help us?' ​ The girl looked at me, then at the clock, then back at me. She shrugged."You can see the social worker if you like. There's an appointment available in three weeks." ​ 'I'll take it,' I said. Then going forward many months we experienced cruelty, deception and bullying because of my husband's disability. It was a shock. And although I thought I'd been bullied a few times in my life, I'd never experienced prejudice before. It's like there was a clear perspex box around us, now limiting what we could do. And it's so hard to break through. e.g. I was told I was overlooked for a position because my husband was blind and it would be too hard for me to do it. real They made the decision for me... And they really thought they were being kind. I was crushed by ignorance and unfairness. ​ But I reminded myself, sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you get a whammy you never ever expected, or deserved. And I'm sorry if that's what you're experiencing at the moment because it hurts, a lot. ...And I get the fear. I was terrified. I was so scared that I might not be able to keep it all together. ​ But somewhere, in amongst it all, I learned to let my fear drive me... I never knew what I was really capable of achieving because I'd never given 100% before. But when I did, my life transformed. ​ And now its my experience that I offer, because I've been there. I was a young mum with two kids, a huge mortgage, no money and a newly disabled husband. I simply didn't have the luxury to fall in a heap. But with time not only did we survive, we learnt to flourish. It was my own bad experiences that inspired this website, purely so others don't feel so alone, abandoned and helpless. ​ And although I know it's hard trying to get a job when there's a pandemic looming and so many are unemployed, I get it. (It's a bit like trying to get a job at any time... if you're blind. Seriously!) ​ But what did I learn that worked? 1. Act today to do at least one thing to improve the situation ​ 2. Find what assets can be redeemed ​ 3. Analyse your current marketable skill sets & follow up any leads ​ 4. Accept help ​ 5. Conserve energy by: planning together, being cooperative and supportive ​ 6. Accept this time will pass ​ 7. View hardship as an opportunity for growth ​ 8. Let adults deal with the adult issues and let kids be kids ​ 9. Live within your reduced means 10. Love one another I Learned I Still Had Choices. I chose to: ​ Act today to do at least one thing to improve the situation, rather than focus on the problem. E.g. What alternative income sources can be created when we live in a society obsessed with funny cats, our life's maddest edges, obscene levels of wealth and COVID 19. Be creative. What is your skill set? What did I have that I could immediately sell? (I sold my car for $2000 and our old caravan for $1000.) What do you have that others may want? ​ Look at what I could still do to earn or save money? e.g. currently: mowing lawns, cleaning, stacking supermarket shelves, delivering groceries for older people, driving trucks to keep food supply chains working, technical positions testing for COVID 19 etc. I believed the situation I was experiencing would pass and with time we'd be back on our feet. And I did every thing I could to ensure this happened. ​ My husband and I planned together and worked as a team. Disagreeing wasted our very valuable energy and it was a luxury we couldn't afford ​ Being kind and thoughtful with others cost me nothing but made a huge difference to our world. We had one rule in our house and that was cooperate. It may sound cheezy but we genuinely worked together for the good of all of us. I tried as much as possible to filter what our children were privy to. It broke my youngest son's heart that his dad had been blinded. He began to read the same book to my husband as my husband had previously read to him... And it still makes me tear up as I remember it. ​ I began to use money very sparingly, living off between $40 to $70 a week to feed a family of four. And I used everything I already had in my pantry sparingly (Go to the recurrent menu planning section to see what strategies I put in place. This seriously saved us heaps of money over years.) ​ Know s ome will advise you out of ignorance and some will be apathetic about your situation. You can either learn from your experience (what not to do to others in the future) or let it hurt you. Choose wisely what you focus on. If others haven't been through it, maybe they really don't know what it's like to be you. Now is the time to learn what you're really made of. It's possible adversity can build your character. Let adversity feed you. You can come through this as a kinder, yet stronger person. After this is over you'll likely have greater depth of character. And I know in my case, I couldn't voluntarily go back to the levels of ignorance I operated at prior to my husband's accident. I now can't walk past people living on the street and not give them money, because I know how easy it is to get there. ​ Know you can get through this... Share this page with a friend Learn more: Click on any of the image links to learn more. I know this information could change your life because it changed mine: When Bad Stuff Happens 2: Next Finding Money During a Crisis Finding money during a crisis When More Bad Stuff Happens When More Bad Stuff Happens 6 Tips for Home Schooling Tips for Home Schooling Money Saving Tips During Pandemic Ways of Saving Money During Pandemic Best Free Links For Self-Isolating With Kids Free links while self isolating with kids Tips on Explaining COVID 19 to Kids Kids and Covid 19 Kids and Covid 19 Unusual Tips: Giving Up Smoking Giving up smoking to improve your child's life chances Tips: Timesavers for Healthy Meals Timesavers for Healthy Meals Show More Back to Top Best Parenting Advice.com is a high quality parenting website designed with child and family success in mind. It highlights what successful parents do differently to those who struggle. Best Parenting advice.com provides free online resources for busy parents who want the best practical advice on: how to give kids a best start in life, better tips for parenting toddlers, effective child rearing strategies, behaviour management tips, successful goal setting and organizational strategies for successful families, easy family dinner recipes, self-care tips for time-poor parents and free kids learning games. The aim of Best Parenting Advice.com is to provide quality practical parenting tips and advice to best help children and families succeed, using the convenience of a website. ​ This website provides examples of what worked for me over decades and you are welcome to use these ideas as you see fit but you do so at your own risk. Best Parenting Advice.com does not provide any guarantee that this information will work in every circumstance with every family or with every child. It is your responsibility as a user of this website to ensure that you adhere to any recommended safety suggestions either implicit or explicit on this site and supervise your children while playing any games suggested. Similarly users of this website are advised to follow any recommendations for seeking professional advice as all information on this site is generic. Best Parenting Advice.com is an independent website and is not affiliated with any other groups, clubs, religious organizations or educational systems. Best parenting takes time. The best parenting advice ever is simple: Do your best, don't give up and love your children, no matter what.

  • Help: Finding Money During a Crisis | Best Parenting Advice, simple money saving

    PARENT SELF-CARE Help: Finding Money During a Crisis If you're experiencing financial difficulties beyond being redeployed or accessing financial assistance from Centrelink, you may benefit from reducing your costs. ​ Simple Tips That Can Make the Biggest Differences During Crisis Times ​ Work out exactly what your financial situation is. And work out how you can live on your reduced income or welfare payments. You may have a financial cushion: e.g. severance pay, leave entitlements or savings you can access. Try to spin any monies out as far as possible. ​ You may have accrued loyalty points or credit points. Now could be a great time to use them. ​ You could cancel any non-essential subscriptions and club memberships for a time ​ Some utilities offer price reductions if you pay your bills by the due date. If you can't afford to pay your bills you could approach one of the many charities for a cash payment, otherwise ask to pay it off over time ​ You may be able to access advice from one of the financial counselors available through many major charities. They're used to advising people who's finances are meager ​ Eating at home is a great way of saving money. Check out the money saving tips We are living in extraordinary times at the moment. If others offer assistance, take it. Sometimes relatives or friends may feel it's a privilege to assist you, because they love you. And one day, when you're back on your feet you can repay it, or pay it forward to another. ​ An elderly aunt gave us $500 when we were going through a major crisis. And as our situation improved we gave that same gift, repeatedly to others, to help them through. You too can get through this. ​ When I was in a real crisis situation I didn't go to a shopping centre (or onto any online shopping site for six months.) What I didn't see I didn't miss buying. ​ I paid off credit cards as they fell due. Many have interest rates around 20+% ​ Renegotiating your housing loan so you're paying less interest could assist. If you're unable to make loan repayments you could see if your bank will let you use any excess payments you've already made to cover your loan. They are likely to have other offers that also may suit you. But read the fine print. Money Saving Tips During a Pandemic Share this page with a friend DISCLAIMER: N.B. This is what I would do but it may not necessarily work for you in your current circumstance. All information provided is generic only and you are recommended to seek advice from a registered financial advisor. ​ ​ I highly recommend checking out Time savers for Healthy Meals. And for more Parent Self-Care ideas go to: Back to Top What is Most Important in Life What is most important in life 16 Ways to Feel Better in Minutes 16 ways to feel better in minutes Time Savers for Healthy Meals Setting Boundaries Show More Best Parenting Advice.com is a high quality parenting website designed with child and family success in mind. It highlights what successful parents do differently to those who struggle. Best Parenting advice.com provides free online resources for busy parents who want the best practical advice on: how to give kids a best start in life, better tips for parenting toddlers, effective child rearing strategies, behaviour management tips, successful goal setting and organizational strategies for successful families, easy family dinner recipes, self-care tips for time-poor parents and free kids learning games. The aim of Best Parenting Advice.com is to provide quality practical parenting tips and advice to best help children and families succeed, using the convenience of a website. ​ This website provides examples of what worked for me over decades and you are welcome to use these ideas as you see fit but you do so at your own risk. Best Parenting Advice.com does not provide any guarantee that this information will work in every circumstance with every family or with every child. It is your responsibility as a user of this website to ensure that you adhere to any recommended safety suggestions either implicit or explicit on this site and supervise your children while playing any games suggested. Similarly users of this website are advised to follow any recommendations for seeking professional advice as all information on this site is generic. Best Parenting Advice.com is an independent website and is not affiliated with any other groups, clubs, religious organizations or educational systems. Best parenting takes time. The best parenting advice ever is simple: Do your best, don't give up and love your children, no matter what.

  • Money Saving Tips During a Pandemic | Best Parenting Advice, money saving tips

    PARENT SELF-CARE Money Saving Tips During a Pandemic ​ Transport is another major cost. Some savings could be made by: Using a bike along cycle ways or walk where possible (while staying away from others and maintaining social distances) Having only one vehicle if possible until your situation improves Using your vehicle the least amount possible. e.g. Go to the shop for one large trip rather than three smaller shopping trips or qualify for free home delivery Refueling on the cheapest day of the week N.B. I'd normally suggest using public transport or car pooling but during a pandemic I wouldn't do either. You know the level of risk you're willing to take. I'm not going out so that saves money but you may not have that option Hygiene Ideas Saving Scarce Resources If there is currently a toilet paper shortage, do number 2s just before you have your shower. That way you don't have to use as much paper to be as fussy as you would be normally. And encourage other family members to do the same... Gross but practical Educate children about saving scarce resources. e.g. Allocate three squares of toilet paper for a wee for your kids. Become folders rather than scrunchers Save sanitizer to use for if you have to leave the house When you use soap leave it on a draining rack rather than in a soap dish so it lasts longer Squash the remains of the old soap onto the new soap, as soap has been difficult to access at times Use soap rather than hand wash as it lasts longer and is less expensive If you shave put the used razor blade end into a small container with enough cooking oil to cover the blades as it prevents them from rusting, and they last longer Buy hair products in bulk pump packs as it often works out much cheaper. You often get a better quality product for the same price If you're not leaving the house, you could save on using deodorant Wear clothes more than once Wash in cold water and dry clothing outside on a line, or on a clothes hoist inside, rather than use the dryer If surgical masks are unavailable make fabric masks for family members to wear, if they must leave the home. New research is indicating that countries who require residents to wear masks when they leave their homes (plus employ correct hand-washing regimens and social-distancing) have lower rates of virus spread. ​ Reduce Costs ​ Housing is a major ongoing cost and although moving to cheaper accommodation is an obvious choice for those renting under normal circumstances, it could be foolhardy during a pandemic. If this is a possibility and can be done safely, it could create a larger saving than just about anything else you could do ​ Food Savings Ideas That Have Worked For Me Shop from a well prepared list linked to a menu Buy only the items on the list Reduce the amount of meat you may normally eat as it's expensive. Try using lentils, beans or mushrooms to increase the volume of recipes. Or substitute chicken Whole foods are much better value than high sugar, high fat, high carb foods Avoid convenience foods as they're often geared to a premium working lifestyle. You could feed a family for what you might pay for just one meal Buy non-perishables in bulk if possible as they're often half the price of smaller amounts Buy on special, and a sk for a raincheck if the items on special have already sold out Don't shop if you're hungry as it's so much harder to stick to your list Buy the most important items first and stick to a budget. Rice, pasta, unprocessed cereals, dried beans, lentils, breads are usually inexpensive staples and can form the basis of many delicious, healthy family meals Buy only the fruits and vegetables that are below your preset amount (that you can afford) per kilo. Potatoes and carrots are usually fairly cheap compared to many other vegetables ​ Setting Up a Menu & Linked Shopping List Share this page with a friend DISCLAIMER: N.B. This is what I would do or am currently doing but it may not necessarily work for you in your current circumstance. All information provided is generic only and you are recommended to seek advice from a registered financial advisor or health professional. Six Tips For Successful Home Schooling Best Free Links: Self Isolating With Kids How to Thrive in Self Isolation Show More Back to Top Best Parenting Advice.com is a high quality parenting website designed with child and family success in mind. It highlights what successful parents do differently to those who struggle. Best Parenting advice.com provides free online resources for busy parents who want the best practical advice on: how to give kids a best start in life, better tips for parenting toddlers, effective child rearing strategies, behaviour management tips, successful goal setting and organizational strategies for successful families, easy family dinner recipes, self-care tips for time-poor parents and free kids learning games. The aim of Best Parenting Advice.com is to provide quality practical parenting tips and advice to best help children and families succeed, using the convenience of a website. ​ This website provides examples of what worked for me over decades and you are welcome to use these ideas as you see fit but you do so at your own risk. Best Parenting Advice.com does not provide any guarantee that this information will work in every circumstance with every family or with every child. It is your responsibility as a user of this website to ensure that you adhere to any recommended safety suggestions either implicit or explicit on this site and supervise your children while playing any games suggested. Similarly users of this website are advised to follow any recommendations for seeking professional advice as all information on this site is generic. Best Parenting Advice.com is an independent website and is not affiliated with any other groups, clubs, religious organizations or educational systems. Best parenting takes time. The best parenting advice ever is simple: Do your best, don't give up and love your children, no matter what.

  • What To Do When Bad Stuff Happens 2 | Best Parenting Advice tips to cope

    PARENT SELF-CARE What To Do When Bad Stuff Happens: 2 When you pare everything back, you really only need shelter, food & water. If you can notice & appreciate the simple things of life: Love, family, friends, comfort you'll feel better. Over time you may even begin to question a consumer driven lifestyle, and learn to live happily with less. ​ 1. Take some time to process what's happened. Do one thing, each day, to improve your situation. I sat and thought about what options were available. Then I did the one thing that created the biggest immediate improvement in our financial situation for the least amount of time expended. It reduced the feeling of the wolf at my door. For you that could be: ringing a family member for short term financial assistance, asking friends with businesses if they can employ you short-term (or part-time,) selling something to supply cash for food and necessities, following up job opportunities, lodging an intention to access welfare payments, etc 3. Then I did what would create the biggest improvement to our medium term-financial situation: You could consider accessing some of your superannuation if you're really, really desperate (although this can have major long term repercussions and may affect sickness and death benefits for some.) In our case we cashed in our kid's scholarships (worth $6000) which helped with our medical bills. Sometimes, you may have assets you've forgotten about you can cash in. And we set up retraining for my husband as soon as he had some independence to return him to the workforce. ​ Long term we chose education that would make both of us more marketable. 4. I filtered my experiences: I was very careful to notice the good things in our life and feel genuine appreciation for them. I made much more of the simple things. And I increased the weighting of time on the things that enriched me. And every day I made sure I set goals for myself and achieved them. ​ Teaching had always been my passion so I continued to learn and build my craft. Parenting was another passion so I tried to be the best at it I could be. And over time I succeeded at both. ​ I filtered the experiences I had, so that I could focus on every positive thing that came my way. And as a part of that, I reevaluated some of my relationships. I knew I didn't have the emotional energy to spare. ​ There are people in your life who have your back. And they're the people you need in your life right now. Seek out relationships with those who help build you, or see the best in you... Those who see your potential. Not where you are, but where you can be, with time and a plan. You can get through this... I know because I've done it (and there's nothing remarkable about me.) Share this page with a friend When you feel like your life is spiraling out of control: Know it's okay to grieve losing your 'old life' Realize you can get through just about anything, one day at a time Work out what will give you the greatest return for any time expended Look for ways of eating more cheaply Identify a plan to make the biggest difference to your medium term situation. This could involve retraining Set daily goals and keep them Seek out those that have been supportive of you in the past for assistance Risk being told 'No' Realize everything isn't perfect at the moment, but income can assist in the short term. And upskilling can assist in the long term some Know all things are possible, with time and a plan Dust off your dreams and think big. 2. I trialed for the purchase of food that made the best use of my time and very limited money. repeating menus ​ As I said previously, our food budget was between $40 and $70 a week for a family of four. And this went on for about six months, only being supplemented with fruit and vegetables others gave me. Although I did have some non-perishable food in the pantry and the freezer at the outset which helped a bit. Go to the link ' 'Managing Money in a Crisis to learn the principles. 5. I also took many more risks. And I'm still willing to fail, as many times as it takes, to get something right. I really stretched myself. It didn't matter if I couldn't do something, I gave it the best go I could. And even if I wasn't terrific at it, with time I got better. Sometimes I really surprised myself with what I was capable of. And it'll be the same for you if you give it 100%. Give yourself permission to give 100%. It'll change your life. ​ e.g. I've built this free website, with no technical knowledge because I truly believe if parents know the information on this site, the chances of their child having a successful life are greatly increased. What is your dream to drive you... ​ Managing Money in a Crisis: Next ​ ​F or more Tips on Surviving a Crisis go to the following links: When Bad Stuff Happens When Bad Stuff Happens 6 Tips for Home Schooling Tips for Home Schooling Finding Money During a Crisis Finding money during a crisis Money Saving Tips During Pandemic Ways of Saving Money During Pandemic BLOG: Thriving With Kids Thriving With Kids Best Free Links For Self-Isolating With Kids Free links while self isolating with kids Tips on Explaining COVID 19 to Kids Kids and Covid 19 Kids and Covid 19 Unusual Tips: Giving Up Smoking Giving up smoking to improve your child's life chances Show More Back to Top Best Parenting Advice.com is a high quality parenting website designed with child and family success in mind. It highlights what successful parents do differently to those who struggle. Best Parenting advice.com provides free online resources for busy parents who want the best practical advice on: how to give kids a best start in life, better tips for parenting toddlers, effective child rearing strategies, behaviour management tips, successful goal setting and organizational strategies for successful families, easy family dinner recipes, self-care tips for time-poor parents and free kids learning games. The aim of Best Parenting Advice.com is to provide quality practical parenting tips and advice to best help children and families succeed, using the convenience of a website. ​ This website provides examples of what worked for me over decades and you are welcome to use these ideas as you see fit but you do so at your own risk. Best Parenting Advice.com does not provide any guarantee that this information will work in every circumstance with every family or with every child. It is your responsibility as a user of this website to ensure that you adhere to any recommended safety suggestions either implicit or explicit on this site and supervise your children while playing any games suggested. Similarly users of this website are advised to follow any recommendations for seeking professional advice as all information on this site is generic. Best Parenting Advice.com is an independent website and is not affiliated with any other groups, clubs, religious organizations or educational systems. Best parenting takes time. The best parenting advice ever is simple: Do your best, don't give up and love your children, no matter what.

  • 4 Ways to Help Develop Co-operative Kids | Best Parenting Advice & Better Tips

    BEST STARTS FOR KIDS 4 Ways to Develop Cooperative Kids 1. Catch Kids Being Good I've taught thousands of children over decades from babies through to thirteen year olds and I found there was one constant across all age groups. What I gave attention to, I got more of. ​ When I noticed children being good I experienced less behaviour problems. There was simply more in it for them by being co-operative. ​ I'm still surprised when, if two young kids are playing well together, a parent will say nothing until they begin to argue. ​ ​ If there's no attention for being good, but instant attention received for doing something wrong, what's being reinforced? ​ Children crave your attention and will do what they can to get it. Positive attention builds your relationship, negative attention damages it. 3. Model Cooperative Behaviour Yourself When my kids were young we had one rule in the family and that was 'cooperate.' And it applied equally to the adults. But from when our children were very young we did a lot of every day things together, so we learned to help each other out. Our kids learnt cooperation made it easier for all of us. ​ Then when any chores were done, we got to have fun together. And I made sure we did have fun. ​ We talked about the importance of doing what was asked properly, first time as it saved time in the long run. And out kids learnt it was good to know you had people in your family you could rely on to make life easier. Sometimes we did things that had some risk associated with them, for example surfing and I needed to be able to trust my children. ​ Trust was built upon by increasing responsibilities and privileges, as they were earned. ​ If you build your relationship with a child you have credit points to fall back on if you can't do or give them something they want. It's a great idea to build those credits up while your kids are young. ​ For more ideas on developing positive learning opportunities visit the following links below: Step by Step Parenting Tips 4 (Follow the blue text for tips) Behaviour can improve markedly if you consistently do the following: ​ Watch for your kids 'being good' and comment on exactly what they're doing right. Then they learn what being good actually means ​ Make children aware of boundaries ahead of time, preferably before a negative incident occurs ​ Model cooperative behaviour yourself ​ Spend time building the relationship, by being interested in what your kids are interested in ​ 2. Make Expectations Clear Ahead of Time (Boundaries) e.g. Prior to going into a shopping centre I didn't ever just say "be good." Instead I made it clear (ahead of time) what was expected. Some simple useful rules for shopping: ​ (so only those with you can hear you) Keep your voices low Keep your hands to yourself Stay near me. (Within two steps of me) Explain the better behaved they were the quicker I'd be ​ ​ Set things up for kids to succeed by: ​ Having kids where they can see something interesting. e.g. In the shopping centre a mirror works a treat, toy catalogues also work well Noticing and acknowledging positive behaviours immediately Giving a reward linked to positive behaviour at the end. But by linking it to behaviour, kidslearn there's something in it for them, for being good. Whenever possible, I later addressed each one independently and told them what they'd done to help me and why I appreciated it. And that helped build our relationship. ​ 4. Build Your Relationship ​ Another thing that's really important in encouraging co-operation is paying attention to what's important to a child. ​ I recall a boy I taught who'd had many behaviour problems with previous teachers, and often at home with his mum. But one day I had the good fortune to see him with his little brother; how kind and gentle he was with him. I could tell he adored him. So every morning I asked this often initially sullen boy how his little brother was going... And his face lit up. ​ ​It took probably ten to twenty seconds every day but it transformed this boy's world because he knew someone 'saw him,' and knew what was important to him. His attitude to school and his education improved. And he became a really good kid. ​ We all like to feel somebody notices us. ​ Step 5: Why Proximal Development is so Important for learning ​ Step by Step 5: Next Share this page with a friend Creating Strength Based Kids Creating Strength Based Learners. Girls involved in science and technology. 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The aim of Best Parenting Advice.com is to provide quality practical parenting tips and advice to best help children and families succeed, using the convenience of a website. ​ This website provides examples of what worked for me over decades and you are welcome to use these ideas as you see fit but you do so at your own risk. Best Parenting Advice.com does not provide any guarantee that this information will work in every circumstance with every family or with every child. It is your responsibility as a user of this website to ensure that you adhere to any recommended safety suggestions either implicit or explicit on this site and supervise your children while playing any games suggested. Similarly users of this website are advised to follow any recommendations for seeking professional advice as all information on this site is generic. 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    YOUR STORIES Cute Stories About Little Kids 'I'm Not a... ' My two-and-a-half year old son and I were sitting in the park together, watching different vehicles pass us by. ​ My son pointed at one vehicle and said, 'Look mummy. It's a car truck!' ​ I looked to where he was pointing and said 'It's called a tility. I emphasized the first sound so it might help him to remember it. u- ​ But his brow furrowed. He looked me straight in the eye and said 'But I'm not a tillity.' Pre School News Time ​ Shakeela: 'Good morning children.' Class: 'Good morning Shakeela.' Shakeela: 'My mummy got a new bed.' Teacher: 'That's nice.' Shakeela:' Yeh, she got a new bed cause she got a new boyfriend.' Nothing But the Truth ​ I'd always prided myself on explaining things truthfully and fully to my kids, according to their level of understanding. ​ But on this particular day my three year old and I got to discussing how babies were made. ​ After answering every question honestly about where mummy's eggs were stored in her tummy, it progressed. I explained conception by saying 'Daddy fertilizes mummy's eggs with a special part of his body and that makes the egg grow into a baby.' ​ 'Oh.' he said. 'But what's daddy's special part?' ​ I visualised preschool news and him explaining how babies are conceived. I choked. 'Awwwh... you'll have to ask Daddy.' Clever Mr Fox ​ I'd been trying to get my three year old son to pick up his toys by using a number of different strategies from: 'I wonder how long it'll take you to pick up your toys. You start and I'll count,' through to 'I'll see if I can pack away faster than you...' ​ After my few attempts and he still hadn't budged he turned and looked at me. He said in a calm voice, 'You're just trying to manipulate me Mum!' ​ After I picked my jaw up off the floor I said, 'Yes I am trying to manipulate you. I'm trying to manipulate you to be good.' ​ 'Oh!' he said. He nodded. Then went to pick up his toys. ​ Go figure... Seems it's okay to manipulate him, as long as I'm honest about it. Good to know. But as I was congratulating myself on finally achieving some success, a thought gripped my heart with icy fingers, and squeezed. Awwwh... What's parenting him going to be like when he's a teenager. New and Amazing My twelve month old stood on the lounge next to me and looked out through the window into the darkened sky outside. He pointed upwards and said, 'Ball...Sky...Mummy.' ​ And I saw through his eyes what it was like to see the moon for the first time... Oh Wonder... ​ ​I left my toddler on the potty near rolls of toilet paper. He unrolled three or four rolls completely and then proceeded to rip them into tiny pieces. ​ What I saw looked something like this ... ...But what he saw, was this. Hello Sam ​ Our car had broken down in Goondiwindi and the only place we could find to stay was next to the highway. Every time yet another semi-trailer roared through, dust swirled around us. ​ So I took the kids to stay in our caravan and tried to amuse them while my husband went for a walk. ​ While checking the place out he came across a cockatoo. 'Hello Sam... Hello Sam,' it went. ​ My husband started to laugh. He rushed back to get us. ​ 'And when we saw the cockatoo it started up again.' 'Hello Sam... Hello Sam.' ​ My four year old gasped and clasped his hands to his face. 'But how does he know my name?' DISCLAIMER: Any similarities in the stories on this page, to people living or deceased, are purely co-incidental... 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    BEST STARTS FOR KIDS Animal Fur Inspired Artworks ​ ​ Some of the skills they will likely develop are: increased hand eye coordination increased hand strength and technique mathematical language linked to colour mixing and shades: lighter and darker increased knowledge of colour blending (making grey) creativity and the joy associated with creativity perseverance refining & trial and error processes the ability to plan then create or not plan and create self-esteem & confidence building ​ Some Mathematical Language: blend light lighter lightest dark darker darkest white black primary colour secondary colour Some Language Linked to Materials and Technique collage: paste, stick, piece, cut, trim, straight, curved paint: line, solid, swish, press, hold, acrylic, oil, water pastels: blend, rub, shade Share this page with a friend Refer to Google Images to see different types of animal fur to inspire artworks. ​ ​ Draw attention to and discuss different patterns on animal fur Discuss lines as opposed to blocks of colour Discuss colours in patterns and how to create them Substitute different colours yet maintain the same patterns Repeat portions of the pattern to create yet another different pattern ​ N.B. This activity can be done either with acrylic paints and brushes onto any surface or using paper to cut and collage a design ​ Go Back to Activities Gallery Back to Top Best Parenting Advice.com is a high quality parenting website designed with child and family success in mind. It highlights what successful parents do differently to those who struggle. Best Parenting advice.com provides free online resources for busy parents who want the best practical advice on: how to give kids a best start in life, better tips for parenting toddlers, effective child rearing strategies, behaviour management tips, successful goal setting and organizational strategies for successful families, easy family dinner recipes, self-care tips for time-poor parents and free kids learning games. The aim of Best Parenting Advice.com is to provide quality practical parenting tips and advice to best help children and families succeed, using the convenience of a website. ​ This website provides examples of what worked for me over decades and you are welcome to use these ideas as you see fit but you do so at your own risk. Best Parenting Advice.com does not provide any guarantee that this information will work in every circumstance with every family or with every child. It is your responsibility as a user of this website to ensure that you adhere to any recommended safety suggestions either implicit or explicit on this site and supervise your children while playing any games suggested. Similarly users of this website are advised to follow any recommendations for seeking professional advice as all information on this site is generic. Best Parenting Advice.com is an independent website and is not affiliated with any other groups, clubs, religious organizations or educational systems. Best parenting takes time. The best parenting advice ever is simple: Do your best, don't give up and love your children, no matter what.

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    YOUR STORIES Spaghetti Fingers ... A Laugh My colleague Nathaniel was young, childless and handsome. I suppose I could best describe him as thin, neat and ambitious. But he made the mistake of calling in at my home, unannounced, around meal time to discuss how he could improve his chances of promotion. I was his assigned mentor so he assumed it was okay to do so. ​ As usual he was impeccably dressed: pale blue linen jacket, white pressed T-shirt, designer denim jeans and Italian loafers. This guy had the lightest blue eyes I've ever seen. All the younger women on the staff were in love with him. He smelled of sandalwood and Old Spice. But unfortunately, when he arrived, I was already feeding my son. So he had no choice but to stay near me, if he wanted to chat. ​ With the power of hindsight I should have been up front and said it wasn't a good time. But being a typical mum I thought I could handle it all. Big mistake. Now at the time I was allowing my eight month old to feed himself. About one mouthful in three of the spaghetti was actually making it into his mouth. Most ended up in his hair, his lap, on his chest. Some even made it up the wall. He continually reached out towards my 'clean' visitor trying to touch him with his fingers. But Nathaniel wasn't having any part of it. spaghetti His already large blue eyes were becoming wider and wider by the minute. He continually calculated the distance between himself and the mucky child... Basically his chances of getting out unscathed. He flinched every time my son's cast offs came even close. But when my son upended his bowl on his own head Nathaniel's eyes began to look hunted... Like they wanted to escape what they were being forced by circumstance, to see. To his credit, Nathaniel stayed focused talking about his goals (in a somewhat distracted fashion.) And I listened, adding comment where I thought appropriate. ​ But then my son began to cough and splutter... And choke. If the guy thought it had been bad up until then, he was in for a horror show. My son's eyes bulged. His face reddened. Then he exploded. If you have a story you'd like to share about kids (from a child's, parent's or teacher's perspective) send it to the address below. Please ensure no real names are used. The best written ones will be published: ​ Contact@best-parenting-advice.com ​ ​ DISCLAIMER: Any similarities in the stories on this page, to people living or deceased, are purely co-incidental... After all, you never let the truth spoil a good story. Now because I'd been through this experience many times before, I was prepared. I leapt forward like a Ninja, and caught my son's 'geyser' in my hands, without spilling a drop. ​ I rushed to the sink, tipped the vomit in, scrubbed my hands with the strongest-smelling hand wash I could find and returned with a beaming smile. ​ But Nathaniel's eyes had bugged out of his head. He shut down. Mumbled something about needing to go. Grabbed his leather satchel and disappeared. ​I thought: 'It wasn't that bad. Really, was it? But to be fair, when even the animals disappear... "Having kids is like living in a frat house - nobody sleeps, everything's broken and there's a lot of throwing up." Ray Romano For more funny stories check out the following links: Share As You Age Life Gets Funnier As you age life gets funnier: How Old are You What's Funny? Tough Schools What's funny about teaching in tough schools. Drug dealer counting money Cute Stories About Little Kids Cute stories about little kids. 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