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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Going back to work after being on Maternity Leave



Returning to work after a spell of maternity leave can be a little bit stressful for many mums. It’s easy to feel uncertain about the situation, and even those of us who’ve been in the same job for years can feel as though we might have forgotten how to do it after just a few month’s break.

Different mothers react to this problem in different ways. Some will be keen to hit the ground running and make up for lost time. Others might prefer to ease themselves back into things gradually. Here are a few tried-and-tested tips that’ll help you to make the transition less overwhelming whichever camp you're in!

Planning 
Inevitably, things are going to be a little different now that you’ve had a baby. You’ll need to adapt your routine so that it’s fit for your new circumstances. That might mean leaving the house slightly earlier so that you have time to drop them off at nursery. While you’re dealing with all of this, you don’t want to have to think about all of the smaller items you need to take to work; treat yourself to invest in a quality work-bag, and you’ll get that little bit of peace of mind you’ve been craving.

To avoid stress in the mornings, it makes sense to do as much preparation as possible. Every evening, you can make a point of getting yours and your childrens' clothes and lunches prepared for the next day. Learn a few easy recipes that won’t require too much attention in the kitchen. It’s important that you find time to eat properly; if you don’t then you’ll end up feeling fatigued. The same applies to sleep; don’t stay up late on social media.... you’re going to need all of the rest you can get!

What if my child gets ill? 
You should come to terms with the likelihood that your child will pick up an illness of some kind during the first few weeks – nurseries are rife with them. This isn’t a bad thing, per se; in the long term, their immune system is likely to benefit. But it will make fitting work in a little bit more awkward. Try to come to some arrangement with your spouse, friends or family so that you don’t have to surprise them by asking for a favour at the last minute. If you’re having trouble deciding whether to keep your child out of nursery, you can check the NHS’s advice.

I’m scared! 
It’s perfectly natural to be nervous about going back to work. You’ve got a point to prove, after all: that you’re a valuable member of the team, and everyone’s going to appreciate having you back. For best results, it’s worth allowing yourself time to reacquaint yourself with the nuts and bolts of the job before you tax yourself too much. Make a note of any changes that have been made in your absence, reacquaint yourself with the things that have stayed the same, and avoid taking on any major responsibilities to begin with. Ideally, you’ll want to return to work in the middle of the week, so that you have just a few days before the weekend hits and then you’re free.
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Thursday, 12 September 2019

5 Ways To Help Your Kids Use Computers Safely


There’s no escaping the fact that kids these days want - and need - to use computers on a regular basis. As well as digital communications with their friends, tech plays a central role in their academic growth and also prepares them for the modern business world. Nevertheless, no parent wants to put their child in a potentially vulnerable position. Here are five simple steps to ensuring your tweens and teens are safe online.

#1. Help Them Play The Right Games 
Most kids will use their computers to play games. But some of the web-based titles can pose risks such as downloading viruses or being bullied by other players. Teach them how to play games on Mac through Stream and other platforms for far greater results. When your children are under 10, finding age-appropriate educational titles can be very useful too. When games actively support the development of key computer skills, the results are far greater. This can extend to programs that ease children into things like graphic design or music production.

#2. Find Alternatives To Social Media & Gaming 
Social media and gaming are the primary leisure activities enjoyed by youngsters on their computers and devices. However, these are the only options at their disposal. Whether it’s watching films on Amazon Prime, editing home videos, or another solution doesn’t matter. Mixing things up is a key step to helping children get the most out of their time on tech devices. They’ll develop various skills and passions rather than limiting themselves to one aspect.

#3. Monitor What They Do
As a parent, you have to place some trust in your child. Still, the dangers lurking on the internet are far too grand to ignore. Most broadband providers will offer parental controls. These allow you monitor what has been downloaded as well as activities. It’s even possible to have these developments sent to your smartphone as a notification, enabling real-time control even when you’re not at home. As a parent, this is arguably the best tool of all, not least for your peace of mind.

#4. Set A Computer Curfew 
The dangers of using computers aren’t limited to fraud, bullying, or bribery. Screen addiction has become a very common problem in modern society and harming children at younger ages than ever before. Therefore, it’s important to establish barriers at an early age too. Using computers right before bed can lead to damaged sleep patterns, so setting an early evening curfew is advised. The final hour or two before sleep should be dedicated to other tasks that help us prepare for bed. This could mean relaxing on the sofa, reading books or packing tomorrow’s school bag.

#5. Be In Control 
Letting your child use the computer is almost a necessity in modern life. However, this shouldn’t make you cave in to their demands. If you’re not comfortable with your child using Snapchat, don’t be afraid to say no. Your son or daughter needs to respect your decisions and rules while also feeling grateful for the computer time they are allowed. Only then will they truly maintain a positive relationship with computers and other forms of technology. Stay switched on at all times.


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Monday, 9 September 2019

HOME // five ways to warm up your home this winter without spending a fortune


The modern trend for clean and uncluttered design has made a lot of homes feel more contemporary but it has also left them feeling a little cold. This is particularly true in open-plan spaces where there is so much space to fill. It’s nowhere near as difficult or as complicated as you might think, however, to transform those spaces and make them feel warm and cosy this winter. So, here are 5 easy and affordable decorative tips for warming up your home this year.

Rugs - It’s common in more modern spaces for hard-surfaces such a vinyl flooring and laminate flooring to take precedence over traditional carpets. While these floors are easier to clean and can lend a contemporary flair to your home, they can also be a little cold underfoot and lack the warmth and comfort of carpeting. A good shaggy or sheepskin rug could act as a perfect middle ground, softening the edges and giving the room an extra dimension.

Curtains - In the summer months, it might seem tempting to swap out those long billowy curtains for thinner blinds but once the summer gives way to winter, you’re going to be longing for those soft and cushiony curtains.

Lighting - Soft lighting has been proven to make a space feel warmer and more ‘lived in’ so if your lighting is a little harsh, consider installing a dimmer switch or perhaps even going a step further with smart lighting that allows you to set lighting levels based on the weather and time of year or day. 

Colour - Changing the colour of a room can not only affect the aesthetics but could also warm up a room if you go for more earthy colours (reds and browns) over ‘cleaner’ colours like blue and beige. White and grey might make your space look bigger and more like a show home but in the winter when you’re spending hours curled up in front of the TV, you don’t want bigger and posher, you want warmer and safer.

Furniture - Swapping out your furniture is perhaps the most obvious way to change up your living space without causing a major disruption. Add a layer of homely sophistication by changing up the pieces of furniture that can easily be replaced. Move the glass and metal coffee table into the conservatory and put a nice, upcycled wooden table in its place or put some woven baskets in the corners of the room to store firewood. Natural textures will do wonders when it comes to bringing warmth to your living space.


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