5 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

When the winter season rolls around, you are much more likely to catch a cold or flu. You are inside more and surrounded by a lot of people. Being sick does not just make you feel lousy; it’s also inconvenient. Having to take off a couple of days of work due to illness just makes you fall behind. That is why you have to do everything you can to avoid getting sick this winter.

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If you have to be around someone who is sick,
remember to wash your hands a lot.

Here are five ways to avoid getting sick in the winter.

Wash Your Hands Often

One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands often. Make sure to wash your hands after you use the bathroom and before you eat something. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water for at least 20 seconds. If you make a habit of washing your hands often, you are much less likely to catch the cold or flu.

Get a Flu Shot

It is a smart idea to get a flu shot every year. Getting this vaccine is especially important if you are pregnant, over the age of 65 or have a chronic health condition. The flu shot doesn’t cost much money and only takes a few seconds.

Don’t Cough Or Sneeze Into Your Hands

If you are like a lot of people, you probably cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Unfortunately, doing this will only put the germs on your hands, making you more vulnerable to catching the cold or flu. Instead, sneeze or cough into your arm. If you sneeze into your arm, you will not spread the germs to other people.

Start Exercising

One of the easiest ways to avoid sickness is to exercise regularly. Exercising doesn’t just speed up your metabolism and boost your mood; it also improves your immune system. Don’t be afraid to walk or jog outside when it is cold. If you wear the appropriate clothes, the cold will not bother you while you are working out. There are also plenty of exercises you can do in your living room including lunges, squats, crunches and pushups.

Get Plenty of Rest

If you want to avoid getting sick, you have to get enough rest. When you don’t get the amount of sleep you need, your body doesn’t have a chance to recuperate, which will make your immune system weaker. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

If you follow these helpful tips, you are much less likely to get sick this winter and you might be able to avoid taking strong cough syrup. Try to stay away from friends and family members who are sick. If you have to be around someone who is sick, remember to wash your hands a lot.

Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.

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Parental Communications: Apologizing to Kids

Kids are adventurous, they are rowdy and they tend to act on things before they think about the outcome. Kids makes mistakes and they hurt people and so are parents. When parents make mistakes or do something wrong, especially to their children, they too should apologize.

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Learning to apologize to your kids also teaches them essential life lessons that will mold their personality as they grow.

Do You Apologize to Your Kids?

Some parents think that apologizing to kids for something that they did wrong only shows their weakness and exposes their imperfections as parents. Some believe that being totally transparent with children can help bring about a clear understanding of reality. These two approaches communicate a lesson and should have their place according what parents think they should apply.

Before you set forth and apologize, you have to realize that an apology is not an acceptance of shame, self-loathing or blame. An apology is about the recognition of the fact that “to err is human.” You apologize when you acknowledge that you have hurt someone accidentally or intentionally. You apologize to show compassion, to make amends, to learn and to grow.

Apologizing to Kids Teaches Them 

Parents are not only the one who make rules that kids bend and break, parents are also role models that their children look up to. Learning to apologize to your kids also communicates with them essential life lessons that will mold their personality as they grow.

Apologizing to kids shows your humility, the importance of acknowledging your mistakes and being responsible to your shortcomings. It teaches kids what compassion and forgiveness means. Parents effectively communicate the feeling of being forgiven and forgiving to repair injured feelings. Being able to say you are sorry depicts a realistic outlook of relationships – the ups and downs and everything else.

Come to terms with your imperfections and let your child know. Let them learn that relationship repairs involve being human, making mistakes and acknowledging them and learning life’s lessons. So, when you find yourself in the wrong, don’t hesitate to apologize to your kids. Apologizing to kids does not only draw you closer together, you also learn to value your relationship and work around these imperfections to make your family ties even stronger.

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Shopping for Next Generation Cleaning Technologies

Next generation cleaning technologies like robotic vacuum cleaners make life a lot easier for you. You will find that with the right types of products, your home can look cleaner and brighter than ever before. What’s more, these types of technologies focus on ease of use and energy efficiency. Shopping for these types of machines can sometimes be difficult, but there are some tips that you can make use of.

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The right types of machines can make your life
a lot easier and help to improve the energy
efficiency of your entire home.

Know the Price and Shop Around

Knowing the price for the type of machine and cleaning technology you want is going to help you save ultimately. For instance, if you want a washing machine, you should definitely know what its base price is going to be so that you know how much you should be paying for it. From that point on, you are going to be able to tell which type of store to buy the machine from and what you need to know when it comes to making the final purchase.

Another thing that you should consider doing would be to shop around and compare prices. You might find that one store is overpricing one of their cleaning machines while another one has it on sale. Take advantage of sales, discounts and specials going on in certain stores. This is going to help you save a lot of money in the long run while still allowing you to buy exactly what you want.

Look for Energy Efficiency

One thing that is very popular nowadays would be energy efficient machines. You might notice that using this type of machine is going to help you in terms of saving on electricity each month. This is why it is a good idea to compare electrical wattage from one machine to the next. Look for things that are either battery-powered or run on a charge. You will notice that these are ultimately a lot cheaper to run than anything that you would keep plugged in all the time.

Consider Buying Machines and Products Used

If you are making plans to buy a very large machines or cleaning technology, you might want to think of ways that you can save money on it. Obviously there is nothing quite like buying a brand new machine right from the manufacturer, but buying a machine used can also be beneficial to you and your wallet. Many used machines also work just as well as anything new you would buy from an actual store. You should definitely take a close look at where you are buying the machine from so that you know you are going to be getting one that is ideal for your needs.

The right types of machines can make your life a lot easier and help to improve the energy efficiency of your entire home. Because of this, it really does pay off to look for things that are going to fit your needs well and help you to save a lot of money in the process.

Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.

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Keeping Children Active in Mind and Body with Games for Kids

It is so convenient for parents nowadays just to let their kids sit in front of their computer or television screens to give them something to do. Child studies and researches have found that this is detrimental to the child’s development. There are other more worthwhile games for kids that they can engage in for fun and entertainment. These games would depend on the age of the children. Of course, it would be a lot better if parents also take part in the activities.

Educational board games like Scrabble might be a great game for learning new words, but they can also be boring for younger kids. You can actually modify the rules to make it more interesting for your little ones. This game can teach your kids both reading and math skills.

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Other games that have been around for a long time like dominoes, pickup sticks, and barrel of monkeys are also fun games for kids that parents can also enjoy. Your children’s motor skills will be developed through these games. A game of charades or Pictionary can also stimulate creativity. Just like Scrabble, however, you have to scale these games down to a level that your kids can successfully manage. Not knowing what the words are or having difficulties drawing their clues could make the games frustrating for young ones.

More active alternatives help improve your child’s physical development. You can actually engage in a sport that both you and your child love. A father and son tandem can throw some hoops or go out to the football field to practice their tosses and tackles. Playing team games is also a great way for bigger families to share quality bonding time. A game of tag in the backyard is also a fun and simple way for kids and parents to get some exercise.

There are also games for kids that you can play on the road. Singing games and guessing games are great for keeping your kids from getting bored during longer road trips. Play a game of movie trivia by thinking of famous lines and having your kids guess the character who said those lines and the movie where it was taken from. Take your cues from your children. Be creative and be ready to switch things up to keep them interested. Active minds and bodies will have less time for mischief or tantrums.

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