3 Things That Happen When You Have Children

3 Things That Happen When You Have Children

When you become a parent, you suddenly enter a new world of responsibilities. For most families, it is a lifestyle change. Not only does it mean that you need to look after a child on top of yourself – and more often than not before you look after yourself –  but it also means that you are a role model. In other words, if you were looking for an excuse to reduce binge eating or drinking, now is the right time for it. However, parenthood means that you adopt new habits that will redefine your family and your house. Do you remember the time you used to be a trendy couple? While you can still be trendy, your friends and relatives will begin to see you as parents. You will be judged on your parenting abilities – which is unfair, but so is life. Additionally, your parenting head means that you think of your house in different terms. It has to be safe and practical for the family. Décor is less of a priority. Finally, raising children is expensive. Consequently, your parent’s abilities also include saving tips.

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Home Improvement Projects Give You Some Breathing Space

You can say goodbye to your house as you knew it when you have children. Indeed, you will be looking at home improvement projects to improve everybody’s life at home. This means at first working in the nursery room, as you want your child to have his or her own bedroom. The next room to go through the improvement list will be the bathroom, as it will need to be safe for a young child – which means that if you don’t have a bathtub, you will need to get one for baby bath routine –, practical for the whole family – even your child needs a bathroom shelf – and offering the latest bathroom tech. Most families choose to research bathrooms online to find affordable options and DIY tips. The next child-related room that you will consider is the lounge. Sharp corners, precious decorative items and white carpet will need to disappear for a few years’ time.

You Join A Parenting School

You may not be aware of it, but there are a variety of parenting schools. In truth, it defines how other parents or friends perceive you. Whether you are a parent who is aware of the traps of bad parenting, or an anxious parent who has a pharmacy full of first-aids and various medicines, your parent’s personality is reflected in every room of your house. The boho parent is not afraid of a little chaos and rarely has the necessary baby gear at a given time. The nervous parent has wipes in every room and a dozen of baby vitamins in the bathroom. The perfectionist parent has already lowered most pieces of furniture to teach their baby to walk early.

You Know All The Saving Tricks

Last, but not least, as a parent, you know that you can benefit from discounted offers with your baby. But you also know all the tricks to save money throughout the year. You suddenly develop a knowledge of child taxes that you didn’t know you had. You collect childcare vouchers and school vouchers too, to save as much as you can. You even have a keen interest in energy bills, and you know that switching provider can save you hundreds of pounds at

Two Under Two? Here’s How You Can Make Life Easier

Two Under Two? Here’s How You Can Make Life Easier

 

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Looking after one baby is difficult enough, but when you have two little ones, it is likely to be one of the most demanding times of your life. Maybe you have twins, or perhaps you just had your babies close together- either way, two under two is no walk in the park. Not that it doesn’t come with a plus side, instead of starting again with another baby in a few years you get all of the hardest part out of the way all at once and within a couple of years can settle into a much more laid back lifestyle! But for now, here’s how you can make life easier with two kids under two.

Get The Right Stroller

The right stroller is essential when you have two little ones under the age of two. What exactly you will need will depend on whether your children are twins or varying ages. Check out the Caboose Sit and Stand stroller by Joovy for example, something like this would be ideal if you have a new baby and a fussy toddler who you’re taking out together! Plenty of space for the essentials that you need with two babies is also a must.

Sync Up Naps

If both babies are sleeping at separate times, it will leave you no time to get anything done. As soon as one is going down, the other will be waking up. Syncing up naptimes can make life much easier, this can be done once your younger child reaches around six months.

Hire Some Help

Two young kids mean double the laundry, double the dishes, double the toys. As a busy parent with a million and one things to do already, keeping on top of the house too can be a bit of a struggle. One or two days a week, how about hiring a cleaner or someone to help with laundry? It can take a huge weight off your mind and check off a couple of things off your never-ending checklist.

Make Some Time For You

While this might seem like an impossible task with two little ones, it’s so important to avoid burnout. Even just an hour or two for a hot bath and pamper session can make you feel a lot more relaxed and like yourself again. You could go out for a meal with your partner or even just put your feet up and have a takeaway without having to worry about the kids for an evening. You could hire a babysitter, or ask friends and family to help. If you and your partner are lucky enough to both sets of parents, how about them looking after one child each? Perfect if two young kids at a time is a bit too much for them. While it might only be a once in a blue moon situation if the chance does come up grab it with both hands and don’t feel guilty. You deserve some time off every now and again.

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