How to Choose the Perfect Sidekick (Pet) For Your Family

Bringing home a new pet affects all members of the household, so everybody, even the kids should be included in the discussion. The animal you decide to bring home, or in my case ‘sidekick’, will become a loving member of the family, so it’s essential that everybody is on the same page. You need to use common sense too; you shouldn’t buy a cat if you already have a pet mouse or gerbil in the home! Let’s take a look at ways you can choose the perfect pet for your family:

How Much Time Does Your Family Have to Care for a Pet?

You need to consider how much time your family has to care for a pet. If both adults are working and you don’t have time to give the pet round the clock care, you need to be careful as certain pets will be unsuitable. Some animals are lower maintenance than others, so you’re probably better off getting one of those if you don’t have much time.

Some good low maintenance animals include; goldfish, rabbits, cats, and geckos. Chinchillas, dogs, horses, and macaws take more work. Bear in mind that dogs can live for 10-15 years, while cats can live for 20. Rodents can last about 5 years, horses can last about 30, and large birds should be included in your will, just incase.

Take Your Living Situation Into Account

Where you live could play a part in the kind of pet you get. If you live in an apartment for example, it probably isn’t a great idea to get a dog. If you have lots of land or a huge garden, then a dog would be suitable.

How Old Are Your Family Members?

If your family members are too young to help take care of the new pet, you’ll be looking after it all on your own, so it’ll be hard work.

Does Your Family Have Any Allergies?

If a family member has a certain allergy, this should play a part in your decision.

Are Your Family Members Scared of Any Kind of Animal?

If one of your kids is afraid of snakes or lizards, it’s obviously not a good idea to get one of those. Discuss the animals your family don’t like.

Hold a Meeting

Is your family ready for a new member of the family? Discuss whether you think you’re ready, and take your family’s opinion into account.

Take Your Time

This is a big decision. There’s no reason you should rush into it. Choosing your new pet is a big commitment, and they could live for a very long time. Take everything into account when deciding.

How Much Money Do You Have to Commit to Your Pet

Dogs and cat can take more money to care for than a hamster or gerbil. You may need to purchase different kinds of treatment from You should be prepared to spend whatever it takes on your pet in order to keep it in good health; if you’re not, you need to reconsider getting a pet.

Good luck!


Why Is My Child Snoring?! Reasons and Solutions

You thought things were bad when your partner started snoring, but now those vibrating rattling noises are coming from your precious child – just how can a person so cute and tiny make such loud, annoying noises? Snoring happens when there is a blockage of airflow through your toddler’s nose and throat. The sound you can hear is the vibration of certain structures in the mouth and throat rubbing against one another. 10% of kids snore, according to the National Sleep Foundation, and there are many different reasons for it. However, you’ll want to get this issue sorted, especially if your toddler’s night time rattlings are causing vibrations and getting on your nerves. Here’s how to find a solution:

Colds, The Flu, and Allergies

Upper respiratory infections are common culprits found behind snoring children. This happens when your child’s nose gets stuffed up and mucus blocks their airway. This creates turbulence in their airflow as it goes through the throat. Since allergies are known for causing congestion, they also might be the reason your child had started snoring.

Enlarged Adenoids or Tonsils

The adenoids are a bumpy lymph tissue located where the nose meets the throat. The tonsils are two lumps of lymph tissue located at the back of the throat. Both of these things protect your child from infections by trapping inhaled viruses and bacteria. In the process, they sometimes become infected and swollen. This means they get in the way of airflow and cause your toddler to snore.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If the loud snoring is interrupted by pauses in breathing, your little one might have something called obstructive sleep apnea. This is a serious conditions where are can’t get through to the lungs. The pauses in breathing can sometimes last for more than 10 seconds, and this can happen many times throughout the night. This can be dangerous, break up your toddler’s sleep, and be very worrying for you. Your child can be very grumpy due to this, experience extreme fatigue, have difficulty concentrating, headaches, and growth problems. This is usually caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids, being overweight, or having a certain facial feature like a receding chin. Usually, your child will need to stay overnight in a sleep lab to work out whether they really have this condition.


If you’ve noticed snoring paired with breathing problems, it’s a good idea to take them to a pediatrician. Here are some possible solutions:

  • Elevate your child’s head while they sleep with an extra pillow. If your child is still in a cot, place a pillow under the mattress.

  • Cpap masks and accessories are great for adults who snore, so you may be able to find the solution for your child with them too.

  • If allergies are a trigger, you’ll need to remove all allergy triggers from their room. Medication is also an option.

  • A doctor might suggest your child has their tonsils/adenoids removed surgically.

It’s important that you work out why your child is snoring and find a solution to it – don’t just ignore it!


7 Easter DIY Decoration Ideas to Make with the Kids

The easter holidays will be upon us in a matter of weeks and our children will be off school again. A two week break raises the possibility that the younger kids will become bored and need a little help with activities. The teenagers tend to keep themselves occupied with friends and video games as they are too ashamed to be seen interacting with us wrinkleys. The weather may not be good enough to play outside so the tension begins to build indoors. The kids need something to do.

What can I do to keep my young children occupied?, you may ask. Well here are a few craft ideas that you can use to hold their attention for an hour or two and pass the time a little more peacefully.

Tree of Eggs

Going with the Easter theme, how about building a tree from eggs? Is is a very simple project. All you will need is a cone, some mini eggs, a glue gun, and some hot melt glue sticks. The craft shops will be full of Easter crafting materials now so you will have no trouble finding coloured eggs. The cone can be made from cardboard. Simply glue the eggs onto the cone. Start with a ring at the bottom and work your way up. Fill any gaps by gluing in wrinkled crepe paper.

Egg Stand

This project is really cool. You will need:

  • Plastic dish
  • Large plastic plate
  • Small plastic plate
  • Cardboard tube
  1. Place the dish, upside down, on the table and glue the large plate onto the top of it.
  2. Cut a piece of tube 4 inches long and glue it vertically in the centre of the plate.
  3. Glue the small plate on top of the tube.
  4. Cut a further three inches of tube and glue it vertically in the centre of the small plate.
  5. Now you have your own stand that resembles a cake stand. Paint eggs and lay them on a bed of shredded paper, on the stand, to finish off your table centrepiece.

Egg Painting

Use acrylic paints for the children to decorate their own hard boiled eggs. The kids love doing this and come up with some fantastic designs that will amaze you.

Eggshell Vases

This is a very simple project. It involves making a hole in the pointed end of the egg big enough to place a few short flower stems in. It is a delicate procedure so make sure you have plenty of eggs to allow for breakages. Simply make the hole and empty the egg contents out. The empty shell will need to be washed out under the tap. It can then be painted. Paint an egg box to hold a few vases and send the kids out to pick flowers.

Egg Garland

The kids may need a little help with the egg garland. Using the same plastic eggs you used for the tree, make a hole through them at the fat end of the egg. Using a darning needle and some wool, the children can thread the eggs until they end up with an attractive garland. Knott the wool at each end to prevent the eggs coming off and the garland can be either hung or simply placed on a table as a great work of art.

Easter Chick

Using yellow wool and two rings of cardboard, make two pom-poms, one larger than the other, in the traditional way. Sew them together to act as the chick’s head and body. Now the kids can glue on cardboard eyes and a beak. Set the chicks in a nest of crepe paper.

Rabbit Garland

Use decorative paper or card to cut out bunny shapes. These can then be threaded through holes on their ears, onto a ribbon. This is a very quick project. The garland can be strung wherever you choose in your house.

There are hundreds of projects you can undertake with the kids over Easter, these are only a few. Hopefully the holidays will fly by and your sanity will prevail, but get some wine in just in case. We all need a little help sometimes.


Fun Ways to Teach Your Kiddies German

If you’ve wanted your children to learn a new language for a long time, but you haven’t known how to go about teaching them, this article is exactly what you’ve been looking for. You see; being a supermom or superdad is great when you’re playing and having fun, but you need to carry that enthusiasm over to the field of education. Unfortunately, most schools don’t start with language classes until your kids are over the age of eleven. Although they probably will learn a few words and phrases at that time, their minds are much more likely to understand new information when they’re younger.

With that in mind, this post has been constructed with a view to assisting you when teaching foreign languages from an early age. Thankfully, you aren’t going to need your superpowers for this one, so put those x-ray specs down, remove that invisibility cloak and call your children into the room. Today, you’re going to hear about a couple of techniques that might help them to learn German. Excited? You should be.

Use Modern Technology

These days, there are a number of computer games aimed at teaching language to kids, and as they spend so much time on the PC, PS4 or Xbox anyway, you might as well encourage them to use an educational game. Don’t worry though, most of those products tend to teach via slightly underhand means, so the little ones probably won’t even realise they’re learning another language. Alternatively, websites like can be a great place to start.

Hold Competitions (with prizes)

Most kids are terribly competitive, and so turning learning into a competition could be one of the best ways of making them learn. How about this? Every morning, give your children five new German words or phrases to learn. If they manage to recite them perfectly to you after dinner, you let them have ice cream for dessert. Although some parents find using psychology on their children to be a little unfair, in truth, this is a proven technique, almost guaranteed to produce the kind of results you’re after.

Book A Trip To Germany

It can be difficult for children to even understand the concept of foreign languages, so taking them to the country in question to explore is usually a good way of helping them to gain some perspective on their education. Also, this will make learning become more straightforward and fun. Whilst you’re over in Germany, be sure to visit all the sights. There are some pretty amazing museums, and stunning restaurants you really must try. Incidentally, encouraging your child to order meals and deal with entrance fees at museums could also improve their skills.

If all else fails, and you really want your kids to become fluent speakers, just refuse to speak any English at home until they understand.  Also, you’d be surprised how quickly children learn when you switch all their computer language settings to German. Call of Duty won’t be the same until they pick up the lingo.

Good luck!