4 Family-Friendly Tips for Summer Vacations with Your Kids

Summertime is the perfect time for some family bonding. Many parents choose to take their kids away for a few days in summer. Going on family summer vacations is a great way not only to strengthen your family bonds, but also to teach your children why traveling is good.

Still, family vacations can take different courses, which don’t always turn out great for both parents and children. In the next few paragraphs we’ll show you some family-friendly tips that will make your summer vacations a real treat.

 

1)    Adjust your routines to the trip

 

Everybody who has children knows that successfully established routines are the backbone of every well-organized family. If you all go to bed and get up at the same time, you’re already coping well with time management. Additionally, if your kids have their meals in accordance with your schedule, it means that you’re running their routines quite well.

However, sleeping and eating habits might change when you’re on vacations. Therefore, check with the accommodation service where you’re going to stay when they serve meals. If these times differ from your regular routine, think about changing your in-house eating schedule a few days before your set off for your trip. This might help your kids to get used to the eating schedule in the facility you stay in.

When it comes to sleeping routines, older kids usually don’t have too many problems to get accustomed to new circumstances. Babies, on the other hand, are more demanding, so read more about some tricks when it comes to their sleeping habits in our e-book. It will also help you adjust their sleeping schedule to your vacations.

 

2)    Choose shorter trips

 

Children could find longer trips boring and exhausting. Because of that, it’s always better to go for shorter trips. Here are three most efficient ways to travel on family vacations.

The first one is going by car, but choosing a destination that’s not too far away. This means that your trip shouldn’t last more than six or seven hours, including the breaks. Of course, this will also depend on the age of your children. If they’re still toddlers, that’s the maximum amount of time you should spend in your car. Also, check out this checklist of items you should bring along on a family road trip.

The second option is to break a longer car trip into two shorter chunks. For instance, you can book a hotel along the way and spend the night there, to take some rest from driving, and to show your kids something else during your vacations. However, with smaller kids, the entire unpacking and re-packing hassle just for one night might be a bit stressful.

Finally, you can travel by plane. It will be a real adventure for your children. The only drawback of this means of transportation is the price. For a four-member family it could be a bit pricey. Still, you can look for some affordable tickets on Skyscanner.

 

3)    Avoid too many events and people

 

Traveling with children is much more different than traveling as a couple. This is something you should always bear in mind not only you’re booking your trip, but also when you’re making a vacation plan for your stay.

First and foremost, don’t pack your vacations with too many events. This might turn your entire holiday effort into a stress-inducing nightmare. Mother, father and kids together make a large number of variables. More often than not, these variables don’t match. Because of that, it’s better to select a smaller number of things to do and see. That way you’ll have more time to commit to your kids, rather than run from one event to another.

Further, make sure that you don’t waste your time on other people. While grown-ups have their social needs, it’s not imperative to chitchat with every couple you come across. Remember that you’re here to spend time with your children and not with strangers. Still, if your kids click with other children, let them play together and have their freedom. In that case, you can spend time with other parents, as well. This might sound a bit harsh, bit it’s important to focus on your own family, especially your children.

 

4)    Invite grandparents to come with you

 

Sometimes family vacations can include more relatives. Logically, your choice here will depend on the level of closeness you have with your own parents, siblings, and other relatives. People who get along well with their folks are happy to take them on family vacations. When you all spend time together, you make some great memories for your kids. They’re going to remember their vacations with their parents and grandparents when they grow up.

However, in some families this isn’t possible, out of many reasons. In that case, you can go on vacations with some friends of yours. Again, this is an even better scenario if your children like spending time together. Whatever you do, make sure that you always pay attention to their wishes, since you’re trying to organize a family-bonding trip.

Also, if you have an in-house nanny, you can invite them to come on vacations with you. Your children might be delighted with that idea, especially if they spend a lot of time with that person.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Organizing a family trip or family vacations isn’t easy, but that’s the beauty of it – you put an effort into making your children happy. You should make that trip pleasant for both you and your kids. That’s why you should prepare for the vacations beforehand. This means adjusting your family habits to the vacations and getting everything ready for the stay. If youfollow our tips, you’ll spend wonderful summer vacations with your family.

 

 

AuthorBio: Anne Harris is an HR specialist working for londongoverness.com. She recruits nannies, governesses and other childcare professionals, ensuring top-notch services for parents worldwide. In her free time she likes reading about education, and children’s welfare, as well as visiting sports events.

 

 

 

 

6 tips to help baby sleep better and longer

Today we have a guest post from Emmerey Rose. 

Proper sleep is one of the most important things for baby’s development. At the same time, it is something that people don’t know enough about.

As you might have noticed, newborns tend to sleep a lot. On average, a newborn will sleep around 16 hours per day. Unfortunately, they only sleep for about 2 to 4 hours, after which they wake up and, usually, instantly start crying. This behavior worries new parents as some of them think that it’s unnatural. However, you shouldn’t worry – this is very normal for babies.

When it comes to newborns’ sleep cycles, they differ a lot from those of adults. This is connected with brain’s development. For most parents, this initial period of baby’s life is very tiring as they cannot get enough sleep themselves. When a baby reaches its 6th or 8th week of life, this will change so you just have to soldier through this initial period.

Here are some tips that will help you do it:

  1. Put your baby down frequently

As mentioned, newborn babies will sleep during most of the day. However, they are still able to stay awake for longer periods of time. It is your duty as a parent to put the baby down frequently. If a baby stays awake for more than 2 hours at a time, she will have trouble sleeping afterward. So, make sure to create a good routine.

  1. The baby has to learn the difference between day and night

Certain babies find it hard to sleep during the night, and this is not uncommon. You have to help your baby create natural habits. The best way to do this is by teaching the baby the difference between day and night. During the day, make sure your apartment or house gets enough light. Play with your baby if she starts falling asleep during feeding time. On the flipside, you have to minimize interaction during the night and make sure your newborn is not stimulated in any way.

  1. Make sure to avoid toys during the initial period

Toys above the crib can definitely help a baby fall to sleep. But make sure not to give her any stuffed toys or comforters until she’s at least 6 months old. Modern toys like reborn baby dolls shouldn’t be given before your child turns 2 years old.

  1. Learn to recognize situations when your baby is fatigued

As your baby cannot talk, it’s necessary to read her body language. When it comes to sleeping, this will be pretty easy. Your little one will start rubbing her eyes or become nervous when she’s sleepy. As soon as you notice one of these signs, make sure to put her in the crib. Reading these signs will become easier as you get more experienced as a parent.

  1. Create routine actions

Every baby needs to feel calm prior to sleeping. You can help out by signing a lullaby, rocking in a crib or gently stroking her forehead. Although these actions are calming by itself, your newborn will also get used to them and the more frequently you do them, the easier and quicker it will be for baby to fall asleep.

  1. Learn to dictate the rules

Waiting for your baby to feel sleepy is not good enough. You are the one who has to dictate the terms and make sure that your little one falls asleep at a particular time. So, whenever the time comes, make sure to pick up your baby and put her in the crib. This is much better than simply waiting for a baby to fall asleep and is especially important for babies who cannot develop a proper routine. As with everything else, the baby has to recognize that when she’s put to bed, she needs to sleep. Help her out the first few times by comforting your baby. As time goes by, sleep will become more habitual. Simply by putting her to bed, you will increase the odds that your child will fall asleep instantly.

There you go!

Just by following these 6 simple tips you will ensure that your baby has much better, more frequent sleep. Make sure that you’re the one dictating the terms and don’t allow yourself to be swayed by baby’s cuteness or by parental weaknesses.

How do LED lights impact our sleep

Today’s guest post comes from Arthur Smith. Arthur  is a solar energy and LED lighting enthusiast with years of experience working in these fields. For the last few years, he has been running www.ledwatcher.com, a blog about all things solar and LED lighting. You can contact him either on his website or on Twitter & Facebook @LEDwatcher.

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How does light affect your body?

First a bit of background though! Your body has it’s very own ‘biological clock’ called the Circadian Rhythm, which in other words means all the physical, mental and behavioral changes in our body are based upon a 24 hours cycle, that is influenced both by changes in your body and by external factors – the main one of which is, yes, light! Light acts as a stimulus that prompts your body clock to turn on and off particular genes which control things like your sleeping pattern, hormones, body temperature and various other functions. So light is indeed capable of influencing our sleep-waking cycle: by turning the external lights off or down before bed-time, this will influence your body to initiate the production of melatonin, a hormone makes us want to sleep; on the other hand, if you leave the lights turned on before going to sleep for the evening, melatonin production will be suppressed, leaving you feeling alert and awake.

Blue-toned LED lighting

So, yes, light does impact your sleep. But why the controversy over LED lighting, in particular blue toned LED lighting? It all comes back to the sleep cycle discussed above and how it is affected by external lighting conditions. Your body registers the amount of light in the outside environment through the eyes, and your eyes are especially sensitive to blue-toned light – so the greater the amount of blue toned light in the environment, the more your sleep-waking cycle will be effected. How do LED lights relate to this? LED Lamps emit more blue, cool-toned wavelengths of light than the older incandescent and even fluorescent lights, therefore they have greater potential to interfere with our sleep than any other light source out there. (By the same token though, greater exposure to blue-toned light from your computer or other light sources during the morning hours will help you become more alert and awake).

Do you need to turn off the LED lighting before going to sleep?

The current consensus appears to be that we should turn off our LED lights – including tablet and smartphone screens – at least one hour before going to sleep; this will help us get a better, more unbroken sleep overnight. But what do we do if our overhead and bedside lights are also equipped with LED bulbs? We don’t want to ditch them entirely – after all, the whole reason we switched over to LED bulbs is because of their greater efficiency and longevity compared to older, incandescent and fluorescent lights. We merely need to find a way to not get exposed to as much blue light from them.

Here are a few of the things you can do:

  • When buying LED bulbs, choose those that have a warmer color temperature – they produce far fewer blue wavelengths, and are therefore a lot easier on your eyes and sleeping habits
  • For your tablet and smartphone devices, try and get a blue light filtering application or program that will put over your screen a red-toned overlay which will make it emit fewer blue light wavelengths.
  • For those of you who like to watch television late into the evening hours, look at getting yourself some special TV glasses which have yellow tinted lenses, that again will filter the blue light and limit the amount of it received by your eyes.

Do you tend to suffer through restless nights full of broken sleep? You may have heard the claim that being exposed to too much LED lighting throughout the evening hours – whether it’s from your lamps, television, computer or smartphone screen – negatively impacts your sleep. But is it true? We’re here to separate fact from fiction, myth from reality, and examine what effect LED lights REALLY have on your sleep cycle. Read on to find out! And find more information here.

 

Bizarre sleeping habits of famous people

So it turns out that famous people sleep too! And guess what? Some of them are weird about sleep, just like some of us. Part of the price they pay for being rich and famous is that we hoi-polloi get to metaphorically peer into their window while they sleep and take note of their several sheep-counting devices. Such is fame. It turns out that celebjury has mastered the art of laying out all that is cool and weird about our idols. It’s a good site. Go check it out!