Inspiring Your Children

Do you remember being five or six years old, and daydreaming about climbing mountains or heading into space as an astronaut? That free spirit you once had is probably dampened down by life, responsibilities and stress. However, you can probably now see that same free spirit in your children.

They believe in magic and fairies and the ability to have wishes come true on stars and eyelashes. It’s easy to be jealous of their unwavering faith in everything beautiful in the world when you’re an adult. When you are working full-time and raising a family as well as keeping a house, finding time to feel anything but exhausted is difficult. Children are resilient creatures, but they’re also little sponges. So, if they see you are struggling for any reasons, they will pick up on it and your behaviours get mirrored.

Smiling girl is inspired

Ways to inspire your kids as a parent. Watch for smiles like this one! Pexels, CC0 License.

Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if we still saw it for its wonder in the way that children do? The thing is, this is still possible. The world is a better place when we encourage our children to keep seeing the world the way it always has been; beautiful and magical. You want to be able to inspire your children to keep seeing things as real as possible, but see the beauty in it all.

Inspiring your children is so much more than the décor in their bedrooms. It’s more than the Hamilton Selway artwork that you commission for the home, full of inspiring quotes to fill their day. Children are passionate people, just like adults are, but they have the advantage in that they have the time to change the world where grown-ups are simply running out! If you are a parent that is struggling to find ways to nurture and inspire your children, then you’ll love these four helpful ways to keep your children seeing stars in your eyes.

Kids make wishes when we inspire them

This girl blows on a dandelion and makes a wish. Let’s help her dream to come true! By Pero l (Own work) (CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Children need a role model. As a parent, you are the natural person that they will look up to and emulate. Your moods become their moods. Your anxieties become their anxieties. Children need to have a role model they can feel inspiration from and as a parent, it’s up to you to encourage them to dream as big as possible. If they see you living your life as the great adventure that it is, they will live their lives in the same way. It’s good for children to witness their parents working; seeing you achieve will encourage the same behavior in life.

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Want to Save Money? These DIY Skills are Essential

Women can stay on budget with DIY projects

She’s doing these repairs to save money. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Being able to do things yourself without the help of experts can save you a lot of money in the long run. Here are the areas where you should consider boosting your DIY skills!

Home repair

When most people think about DIY, they think about home repairs. And there are loads of areas to consider here; plumbing, electricity, roofing, breaks in walls and tiles, painting, etc.

The problem here comes when you get a little too eager to save money. While there are some simple jobs you should take on – and there are plenty of good guides online that will show you how – you should also acknowledge when a job is a little too dangerous for you, or requires skill you don’t have. Only the simplest plumbing jobs should be DIY’d, and electrical and roof work should just be left to the experts.

Car maintenance

Car repairs are another matter entirely; what we’re talking about here is the basic maintenance tasks you should be completing fairly often. Checking tire pressure, changing oil, checking coolant, testing brakes – these aren’t things you need to leave to the professionals.

Getting car maintenance done by others can become very expensive – and this generally means that you don’t end up doing it as often as you need to, anyway! Learn how to grasp some of the basics yourself.

Cooking at home is often cheaper than dining out

Woman cutting vegetables and staying within her budget by home cooking. Max pixel, CC0 Public Domain.

Food growth and cooking

Home cooking is often seen as the most expensive way to get your daily food. We’re fairly convinced this myth was started by companies who make pre-prepared foods! The fact is that home cooking, when done correctly and efficiently, can save your hundreds of dollars every year. Continue reading

Honesty Starts at Home

The majority of us surround ourselves with honest people. No one likes to be lied to. If a friend or family member does start lying, or stretching the truth, it can cause major disruptions. And, rightly so. You don’t deserve to be treated like that. But, when putting import on truthful relationships, most of us could do with looking inwards. You may not realize it, but most of us lie to ourselves at some stage. We do so to protect ourselves, or to stop ourselves having to make major changes. But, even lies with the best intentions can be harmful. If we refuse to put up with such treatment from others, why should we stand the same from ourselves?

Lies, Truth. Is it black and white?

Are you being true to yourself? Or, are you caught in a lie? Pixabay Canada image.

To understand the nature of the problem, you need to understand under what circumstances we lie to ourselves. These vary from person to person, but, there are some common factors. For the most part, self denial comes about through an attempt at self preservation.

With that in mind, it’s easier to separate lies from truth. It may be that you’re lying to yourself about your relationship. Many people suffering domestic violence refuse to admit it’s happening. Instead, they convince themselves, and the people around them, that their relationship is a happy one. A lie like this can be damaging for a variety of reasons. For one, it means you stay stuck in a relationship that isn’t good for you. For another, it stops anyone else realizing that you need help. Continue reading