There are two big misconceptions about foster parenting. One, it is believed that foster parenting is inferior somehow to adoption.  Another one is that foster care is only meaningful when it is done for the long term.

Adoption and foster parenting are two different functions. There are special considerations and qualities required for fostering. For those who are not good enough to adopt, it is not considered as an alternate option. Foster care is more challenging than adoption. Continue reading

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Do you have issues with your child’s bad behavior?  Family counseling may help.  Family counseling is a type of psychotherapy that may help promote better understanding of relationships within a family. Family counseling may be used because of a specific incident such as a bad divorce or the approaching death of a family member.  It may address the needs of the family when one family member suffers from a mental or physical illness that alters his or her behavior or habits in negative ways.
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Sometimes, we see moms carry their children in the grocery on cute baskets while pushing grocery carts and grabbing what’s on their list. Sometimes, we see moms having fun with other moms in coffee shops while their kids play on the side or munch on cakes. On the outside, motherhood may seem easy and effortless. But when you sum up everything that moms do every day, you can definitely say it’s a role that requires extreme preparation.

I just want to rip myself into two! Or maybe three…

This is one line most moms say every single day of their lives. Little man has a soccer game, princess has a ballet performance, grocery list waiting on the fridge door – man! Mummy tasks surely multiply non-stop. Lucky are those who are great at juggling tasks and house chores, as well as those who can afford to hire a nanny or a house helper. But if you prefer to do everything on your own, you’ll surely need to have talent on being an octopus and you must have enough energy to get through the day.

All the whines and the wails

Aside from the mummy tasks laid on mom’s red carpet, dealing with wails and whines and groans is yet another aspect of motherhood that makes it far from easy. When your child throws tantrum at the park and you can pacify him immediately, other parents will look at you as if you have no idea what shoes you’re wearing. If your baby keeps on crying at home and you can’t take control immediately, your other children might yell at you for keeping the kid noisy while they’re studying.

Coping up

To cope up with everything that’s going on, it’s a great reward to visit a physical therapy Irvine based clinic or reliable websites on physical therapy to keep those bones and muscles strong and healthy. If not, you can consider treating yourself to dinner dates with your girlfriends and chitchat the night away when the kids are already asleep and when hubby is already at home. No matter how tiring your day might be, at the end of everything you’re still a mother who cares and deeply loves her family.

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The Internet, apparently, has been empowering people all around the world to become more self-contained by tackling all kinds of DIY projects. Nevertheless, when it comes to performing your own home repairs, you need to identify the thin line between being foolish and fearless. We are not looking to shatter your DIY dreams, but there are a few home-repair chores that need to be left for the pros. Such jobs often require hard-earned skills and special tools, while some are just plain dangerous and can result in a complete disaster. Here are a few jobs you should stay away from:

1. Electrical Work

If you need to install a new dimmer switch or replace a damaged ceiling light, go right ahead. Upgrading on hand fixtures and devices is relatively safe and simple, given that you do not forget to turn the electricity off beforehand. On the other hand, it is not a good idea to try to extend your existing circuits or adding a new one. Always call in a professional, licensed electrician to do the job for you. When you start messing around with the electric circuits in your house, there are two possible outcomes that are both potentially lethal: fire and electric shock. Every aspect of electric work, from cable connectors to wire nuts, is managed by very stern codes. If you violate even a single one of those codes, you are welcoming trouble.

2. Plumbing Work

Just like electrical work, there are a few plumbing jobs that you can tackle as a competent DIYer, such as installing toilets, replacing shower heads and faucets, hooking up sinks and linking up washing machines. However, there are other jobs that need to be handled by certified, proven plumbers. If you are finding it difficult to opt for a suitable plumbing service, you might want to check out Proven Plumbers at

As a common homeowner, you should never try to modify or expand the hot-water heating system or water-supply lines of your house. If you think you are competent enough to handle such tasks, it is fine to try. However, if you have no idea what you are doing, a small mistake can result in fire or flood. Even a tiny leak is capable of causing tremendous damage to your property if it does unnoticed for some time.

3. Roofing

There is no other better way to meet an undertaker or an orthopedic surgeon than by spending a lot of time on the roof. All it needs is a small misstep or slip, and you would be tumbling a long way down. In spite of every horrific that can happen, every year countless perfectly sane people decide to test their good luck and the gravity by climbing onto their huge houses in an attempt to nail down a fresh roof. Although the process doesn’t seem very difficult, particularly when you see professionals using nail guns, climbing up the ladders with tools and supplies in your hands is not a very safe way to do things. Not to mention, installing a roof requires skills and experience. Therefore, it is advisable to leave such tasks to the pros.  In a nut shell, never hesitate to seek professional help when needed!

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According to statistics, over 30,000 non-fatal accidents related to electric shocks happen every year. There is also an increase in the number of children ages 14 years old and below who were brought to the emergency room to treat burns caused by electrical appliances. As a mother, this is very bothering. With the presence of appliances and electrical devices at home, kids could possibly receive electric shocks any time. Therefore, to ensure that kids are safe whether you are there to watch them or not, here are some tips that you should follow:

• It is easy to tell when your appliances may pose risks. Just check for broken wires or scorch marks. As soon as you see these problems, you have to fix them right away.

• Sockets are designed in such a way that kids could not just stick their fingers into it. However, they might still try to do it using smaller items. Worse, they could even do role playing games and use your electrical appliances at home. Thus, sockets should have covers or should be located at a certain height that children can’t reach.

• Don’t plug in a lot of appliances into the socket as it might cause fire. You should also check what kind of appliances are currently in use since some may consume power more than the others.

• Always teach your kids about the danger of electricity. Constantly remind them to stay away from electrical appliances. If they need to use something, tell them to seek for help from an adult in the family. If this becomes a habit, then they won’t dare do things on their own.

• Find a way so that the electric cords are hidden from children’s sight. Make sure they are tucked away properly. Otherwise, children will find them and play with them.

• When playing a kite with your kids, make sure that you stay away from power lines. Don’t let them play on their own. You need to ensure the safety of the place first before allowing them to fly a kite.

• A lot of electrical accidents happen near a water source. Therefore, you have to make sure that the electrical appliances are kept away from water. If used in the kitchen, make sure the appliances totally dry before and after use.

Seek for Help from Electrical Repair Experts

One of the reasons why more accidents take place is because simple electrical repairs are not given attention. Most moms wait for the problem to get worse before asking for help. There are also those who just rely on their husband to do the job even if they are not really licensed to do what an electrician does. Therefore, to be sure, you need to ask help from the pros at Proven Electricians. They will see to it that the problem will be fixed in no time. Since they are licensed and experienced, they know exactly what to do.

Once these issues are over, you will feel more relaxed as a mother since you know that your children are safe.

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Summer is fast approaching and you may already have your travel plans laid out.  If traveling to your destination involves several hours of driving and you have small children with you, then you need to make more than the usual preparations. Kids can easily get bored while being cooped up in a car for long periods of time and a long road trip can easily become an ordeal if they are not kept from boredom. Hence, you need to take steps to keep them occupied and happy while on a long drive with you.

First and foremost, plan properly for the trip. Make a checklist of the things that are needed for the long drive so you will not forget them. Better yet, prepare a bag to put them all in, so you will know in one glance which items are yet to be included. The bag should contain toys, books, water bottles, snacks, medicines, diapers, wipes and other essentials.

Preparation also involves making your children understand that they need to behave while on a trip. You can set down certain rules like letting them bring along two or three of their favorite toys and letting them know that you will take away the toys if they misbehave and reward them if they behave well. Of course, this can be on a case to case basis but it does help to talk to your kids what is expected of them during the trip.

Picture books and toys are a great help during long drives. You can bring along puzzles, dolls, stuffed animals, tablets or other electronic gadgets that can help keep your children preoccupied. Also, don’t forget to bring along a football and soccer ball, or even a Frisbee, which your children can play with during stops.

Even though you might want to reach your destination as the soonest possible time, you have to make a stop every two or three hours to give you and your kids some time to stretch your legs and take a break from the monotony of the long drive. Naturally, you also need to take toilet breaks. Do not expect public restrooms to be as clean as the toilet in your home, so bring along wipes and sanitizers. On one road trip though, we chanced upon a clean portable toilet near a camping site which included a sink and liquid soap dispenser. I inquired about this unique portable toilet and was informed by the camp manager that they were able to rent the unit by going to the company website of Portable Toilet Co. If only all portable toilets were as clean as theirs, then long drives would be so much easier for everybody.

Listening to music can seem a long drive much shorter. However, since you have your children with you, don’t expect to listen to your kind of music because more than likely, your car stereo will be playing children’s music. Bring along your kids’ favorite CD’s that they love to sing along with and you can sing with them too.

Have patience, especially if your kid is a toddler. Kids at this age range can be cranky when their regular routine is disrupted and you might need to comfort him several times during the trip. Sometimes, even with the best of plans, setbacks do happen on a long trip. You can prepare for emergencies but don’t expect everything to go one hundred percent smoothly. If you prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for such situations, you will be more capable of dealing with them.

Going on a long drive with small children and toddlers can be a trying and exhausting experience for parents; but with proper preparation, it doesn't have to be.

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socks-for-diabeticsI have family members that are diabetics and it can be a difficult disease to manage.  Diabetes can be defined as a serious medical condition that needs to be carefully managed throughout the lifespan of the affected individual.  In other words, once you find out that you have diabetes, you will have to deal with this disease at all times. Diabetes comes with its own list of health problems and out of these some of them are very common and serious. Diabetics are always advised time and again to take care of their feet because of a couple of reasons: nerve damage or neuropathy that causes poor circulation of blood. The first reason, neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves starts to deteriorate, thus leading to a loss of sensation in one’s feet, legs, arms and hands and hence diabetics do not come to know about the extent of any kind of foot injuries. In other words, a diabetic does not realize that he or she has bruises, cuts, or blisters. If these problems are ignored for a considerable amount of time then it can very likely cause fatal problems to one’s health.

The other reason is poor circulation of blood which blocks the arteries present in the heart and turn them hard. Therefore, it is not possible for the blood to get circulated properly. This in turn causes the right nutrients, oxygen, and blood to be unavailable for the body due to poor transportation of blood even though it has need or demand for such important elements. Moreover, whenever one experiences an injury, the body would not be able to heal the damage very fast.

As a patient of diabetes, one must have heard of stores such as selling diabetic socks for men and women.  When worn regularly, they can improve one’s overall foot health. Needless to mention, these are very different from regular socks and they cannot be found in many retail stores. Regular use of conventional socks, such as those constructed from cotton or wool is not advisable as they can be too tight, thus prevent proper circulation in the foot and leg area. Moreover, the coarse seams of these socks can rub against the foot and give rise to formation of calluses and blisters. Since walking barefoot is not the solution, it is better to switch to diabetic socks.

There are different types of diabetic socks available. These are usually made from elastic fibers or nylon material. If you do not wish to go for diabetic socks then you can wear white socks instead that have comfortable cuffs and the right fit. Regular socks can lead to more moisture and sweat than normal. If the excess moisture is ignored then he or she can develop bacterial infection and other types of problems. However, this is not the case with white socks because the color white does not retain a lot of heat. Therefore, if you are a diabetic go for the specialized socks. They do not cost much more than regular ones and the added comfort and protection for your feet is well worth the price.

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texasTexas is a very popular state. Millions visit the state every year. A large number of those visitors decide to purchase property in the Lone Star State. People are attracted to Texas for numerous reasons. Certainly, the great weather and fun activities attract people who like the outdoors. Of course, budget minded people like the fact that the state has plenty of affordable land for sale while others find that living in Texas is less expensive. Texas also has plenty of diversified properties that are up for sale. Let us take a closer look.
Contact a Texas Realtor and you will quickly discover that the real estate in the state ranges from very affordable to expensive. Of course, this depends heavily on the location that you select to purchase property. There are single family homes, condos, lots, new homes, and townhouses.

Young families with a few kids would love the family homes or residential homes that are currently available across Texas. Condominiums are perfect for singles or the smaller family that would like to enjoy living in a low maintenance home. Lots are a good choice for those interested in building their own home. New homes are also on the market at a very affordable price. Townhouses are the choice for the older adult single or couple looking to downsize to a modest home.

It is a fact that Texas is a big state that attracts millions every year. It is also a great state to live in and enjoy the true beauty of nature and friendly inhabitants. All of the communities across the state have their individual benefits. Explore them today.

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As parents we quickly learn that children are not born with a sense of responsibility (in fact it seems like the opposite at times). I am always looking for alternative ways to teach my children responsibility and recently my friend suggested trying video games. I was shocked at this suggestion, in fact video games are part of the problem as far as I am concerned, but she explained that virtual pet games can be a great way to teach responsibility (without having to buy a real pet). I decided to test this with my kids and the results were quite remarkable.

Choosing an Appropriate Game

The hardest part of this process, after getting my head around using a video game to teach responsibility, was choosing a virtual pet game. Firstly, I had to wade through the thousands (well it fell like thousands) of games available on a number of platforms. I was surprised to find that besides the games made for consoles and computers that there are also a number of virtual pet games made for cell phones and tablets. In fact, there are thousands of such games in the App Store on both iOS and Android. I decided on a Nintendogs, a virtual pet game for the Nintendo DS, because my children already own this console. I also chose this game because it had many good reviews and had a number of elements of caring for an animal.

My Children Make Their Own Virtual Pet

My kids were so excited about receiving a new game (I didn’t tell them they were meant to learn responsibility from playing).The game allowed them to create their own pet and begin to learn the “skills” they would need to care for it. I discovered that it is best to try to choose a game that allows the child to pick a name for the animal (and even choose its looks and characteristics if possible) because it helps engage them with the game and gives them the feel that it is a “real” animal that needs care and attention. You can find heaps of information about making your own virtual pet at and this is a great resource for parents.

What my Kids Learned

So you are probably wondering if this game taught my kids responsibility? I can’t give a definitive answer on this, but I can say that it made them aware of issues that surround responsibility. Caring for an animal is hard work and this game delivered beautifully on this understanding for my children. My daughter actually told me that she didn’t want a pet yet because it was too hard to look after an animal all the time! Talking to them later, and explaining my little experiment, they were also surprised just how quickly the fun element of the game diminished and it felt more like a chore to care for their animal (just like in real life). This provided a great opportunity to talk with my kids more about responsibility and what it means to be responsible.

So, would I recommend virtual pet games to parents looking to instil a responsible attitude in their kids? Overall, there are probably better ways to do it, but if you looking for an additional resource and your children enjoy video games then it is definitely worth trying.

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Prices seem to be inflating sharply each and every day. It is difficult to manage the expenses for everyone, especially, for parents with school age kids. It seems as if new expenses keep on cropping up. It is very difficult to manage the school expenses for a single child. Imagine my plight – a single mother of three children from primary grades to high school.

My little one is in the primary school. She entered school in the current academic year. I was shocked to see the rise in fees when compared to my other two elder ones. The prices of all types of school supplies have shot up. Luckily, I found a second-hand store for uniforms. I heaved a sigh of relief when I found a set of uniform looking new and unworn. It was compulsory in my little daughter’s school to buy fresh set of books and notebooks and other supplies from the school. There was no way other than to pay the full amount.

The cost incurred for primary school was high enough to burn holes in my pockets. I was worried how I was going to manage the expenses for the other two children in middle school and high school. Apart from tuition fees the schools have started to charge disguised fees like art fees, technology fees, lab fees, band fees, sports fees, book pack fees (fees for covering exercise books) and many more. I had to break my bank and withdraw all money from my savings account I had in reserve meet emergency expenses. Anyway, I was happy I didn’t need not buy textbooks for the eldest one because the school loaned textbooks. The rented ones are to be returned in good condition at the end of the semester. This was a blessing in disguise.

The school started after the winter holidays. With the good weather, the field trips also started. I have to pay for the field trips for the three children. They are not compulsory but I do not want my children to miss the fun of going to field trips with their friends. Then there is the money for the pizza lunch days, the extra supplies like Algebra workbook, dissection box and geometry tools etc. I was anticipating all the extra expenses and was prepared to meet them all but I was not prepared to meet a severe blow.

I was shell shocked when I received a note from the school informing me that my eldest daughter had not returned two science textbooks at the end of the previous semester. My daughter was sure she returned the books. It was highly annoying. Textbooks for high schools are so expensive these days and I couldn’t dream of paying for two text books because all my reserves were almost empty. Suddenly I remembered that the school used an asset tracking system from IntelliTrack to keep track of textbooks loaned to the students. I insisted the school secretary check their database. To my immense relief the records showed the books have been returned. The school secretary misread a name in the report which led to all confusion.

Thanks to technology, I was saved from a major expense. If not, I would have been forced to borrow money from my colleagues or friends or ask for a loan in the office. Who said asset tracking software is beneficial to companies and business owners alone? It can save a desperate mother to manage school supply expenses of her loved ones. Yes, technology in the name of asset tracking software came to my rescue.

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With the summer approaching fast, I, as a mother of two toddlers, am bracing myself for the popular phrase shot at me by each of my kids more than dozen times a day, “I’m bored and there is nothing to do”. I firmly believe summers to be the time when my kids shall be exploring the nature and creating their own unique imaginary worlds.

Having grown up myself in a suburban bungalow I realize what role a well landscaped backyard plays in contributing to making a child’s playtime constructive. The presence of shrubbery or shade, a patio for push toys and plenty of green space fuels the sense of imagination and with a customized play system installed, no fun is left indoors anymore.

According to a number of research studies, playgrounds not only develop a child’s physical strength but also contribute to mental wellbeing. The kids who have had a chance to sweat it out in the backyards have displayed better problem solving skills, cognitive reasoning and use of imagination.

When setting up a backyard which would be amusing enough for our kids, most parents clutter the entire space with swings and slides but believe me, leaving some land unused is very important. Open land enables your child to run around freely and exercise in the bargain. A simple fence erected around the backyard is sufficient to maintain some control over the extent of the play area, but still allow the freedom of movement every child craves.

Though swings and slides are necessary for amusement, I feel it is equally important for your backyard to have some space left for kids to play right in the soil. Mud is not only therapeutic as a wrap in a spa it works wonders for your children in the backyard. Playing in dirt makes my kids happy and on browsing the internet, I did come across a reason for such a phenomenon. Mud contains bacteria which activate serotonin producing neurons, thereby making the person happy.

However, one factor to pay due attention to while letting your kids get down and dirty in the backyard is the drainage of the area. This is especially important if there are pets running around. One surefire way to have good backyard drainage is to install a good system with the assistance of a reputable landscaping company. A backyard with standing water will do more harm than good to your kids and becomes nothing more than a place for mud holes and soaked wood chips.

The expertise and equipment with a landscaping company are certain to convert your backyard into an ideal playground for your kids. I personally hired a landscaping company which employed high flow capacity sheets and drainage gravel to drain out excess water. Drainage gravel is a real help in making sure the wet area dries out quickly.

I am sure you are convinced firstly of the importance of a backyard playground for your kids and secondly of the importance of a proper drainage system to make your kids comfortable and safe their place space. Mud and dust does good to the body and soul. So let your kids connect with the mother Earth in your well designed backyard.

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I just wanted to offer up a quick blog post today on how my jailbroken iPhone 5 has helped me loads recently. I know all you mom’s out there are stressed out enough (I am as well) so I don’t want to go too in depth for you today.

Basically I went for lunch with a friend the other day (you know the deal, trying to have a nice conversation with screaming kids in a café) and she told me about Apple iPhone jailbreaking. Yeah, I looked at my Apple iPhone then I looked at her with a blank expression on my face. Anyway, she told me all about iPhone jailbreaking and how it has benefited her.

She can now access the Cydia App Store which, from what I have gathered, is even more popular for iPhone users than the Apple App Store. I decided to jailbreak iOS 7 and I found an iOS 7 jailbreak online that did the whole process for me.

But what about us, I hear you ask? Well below are some fantastic parenting apps I have found for jailbroken iPhone’s and I have already seen the benefits of them.

Coupon Mobile

You know what I didn’t know before I had my firstborn? How expensive kids are. Seriously, I was going to the shops every day (and still do a lot of the time) so coupons are a godsend for me. This app for jailbroken and default iPhone’s lets you find coupons (the nappy ones were the best) and scan them electronically at the store.

Ace Budget

Ah, how we long for those days where we could actually spend money on ourselves. So much of our budget goes on the kids and bills now but with this Apple iPhone app we can see exactly where our money is going in little charts and graphs. It is really good to keep on top of your finances and budget for that new toy that your child inevitably wants.

College Save

This is actually like Ace Budget but with this app for my jailbroken Apple iPhone I can see how much money we are saving for college. We have money issues like everyone but I want my children to have a good education hence why this app helps a lot. It shows us how much we are putting away every month and we really enjoy seeing that college fund rise.

These are the three best apps and latest software available for jailbroken iPhone’s that I can recommend to you as mothers. My device is really helping me since it was jailbroken (I think it is like hacking?) and I can guarantee that they will make your life easier.

My Apple iPhone used to be great for taking images of the kids (it still is) but with these apps from the Apple App Store and the Cydia App Store it has so much more potential. I only found out about these apps when my friend told me about iPhone jailbreaking the other day.

Anyway, I said this would be a quick post and it is so I hope this advice helps you.

Until next time!

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