Keeping Up With Your Kids and Being a Healthier Dad

They say that age is just a number, and while that can be very true, we are all getting older (which is never more obvious than when you are a parent and can see your kids growing at an alarming rate). If you are feeling your age, though, then no could be the time to do something about it. When you are taking care of yourself you are much more likely to feel fresher, younger, and have more energy for doing all that you need to do as a parent. So here are some tips and ideas to help you navigate life as parent, and fitting in taking care of yourself as well.

Practice Gratitude

Part of being healthy and well is all about feeling good both physically and mentally. Which is why something that can make a difference is practicing gratitude, expressing thanks, and being more mindful. When you have a lot on your mind you can internalize a lot of stress, but this can help. Express these things verbally or perhaps in something like a gratitude journal.

Develop Coping Strategies

There will be a whole range of emotions that you will go through as a parent, and just when living everyday life. Sometimes we can be overwhelmed and others we can be overjoyed with joy. So developing some coping strategies is a really good idea. It could be taking some time out to exercise, deep breaths, or just dropping everything to be fully-immersed with your  kids and just playing. Ways to cope will be different for everyone, so find something that works for you.

Stay Active

Depending on the age of your children, you are likely to be pretty active anyway. And unless you have had a vasectomy, then you never know if there may be more little ones to chase around on the cards. But if you aren’t, or your only activity is walking to and from school with the kids, then it could be time to do something more. When you move more, it can be beneficial to your mental health, physical health, weight maintenance, as well as keeping you healthy from the inside out. Of course, time is a must, and you need to find something that you enjoy so that you are motivated to keep doing it.

Develop Deep Bonds with Your Children

When you spend time with your children and develop deep bonds with them, then it can help you and your health, particularly your mental health, as well as helping your child and their emotional health as well. There has even been studies that have looked into this and have found that a man’s work-related stress is much easier to cope with and deal with when they have emotional involvement with their children. Plus, the more that a dad is engaged with their children and fully involved, the more satisfied he is with his life. So it makes complete sense to get fully involved with your family, as it is good for everyone.

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The Benefits of a Lifted Jeep vs a Stock Jeep 

Sometimes I wish I had a jeep. They are cool and if the commercials are correct, they can drive through just about anything. But if I am getting a jeep I think the biggest question I would be asking myself is… Lifted or stock?

Search online and you find a contentious battle between lifted vs stock. Which is better, etc, etc. Well if my opinion matters, which in this household it does, then I would say that lifted is better. Why you ask?

Because of the awesome stuff you can purchase to customize it of course!

Let’s start with the rims. Sure you can with the biggest stock rims you can get, but what if you could go bigger? That would be amazing! You could set yourself up with a nice set of jeep rims that won’t leave you struggling to get over a few pebbles.

Or maybe you want something a little different on that jeep, don’t ya think it would be amazing to have an awesome set of pro comp wheels? I know what you’re thinking. How can some wheels on a lifted jeep be more beneficial than the stock? Just think of the possibilities. Snow, you’re getting through it. Mud, you’re getting through it. Sand, you got this! Now think of everything else? Forest, yup you can cruise through some trails. Mountains, hah, Mount Doom doesn’t even stand a chance.

And don’t think just because you got big tires you won’t need a way to climb in. That’s where truck steps are a handy little addition.  I may not be an evil genius but I know that I would need a way to get into the drivers seat. So definitely add those to my cart.

There is also lights, covers, and more parts you can handle when it comes to customizing your jeep, but first things first, get it lifted.

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OEM Buying Guide for Your Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS OEM & Aftermarket Parts

Keeping your bike at peak performance requires attention and consistent maintenance. However, finding the right replacement parts can be stressful. To get the best fit, consult your manufacturer’s guide to identify the correct OEM motorcycle fairings for your Ninja. When looking for the parts to replace, here are some areas to pay close attention to.

Braking System

Brakes are essential. They need to be responsive at a moment’s notice and provide consistent stopping power. Every year, be sure to inspect the components most susceptible to wear

  • Brake pads
  • Rotors
  • Master cylinder
  • Cables
  • Discs

There are plenty of aftermarket options, such as performance brake pads, that have higher resiliency than stock pads.

Tires

When you need traction on wet roads, old tires do not keep up. To keep both wheels on the road, invest in new aftermarket tires. Find tires from leading performance manufacturers like Michelin and Pirelli to add more stability and handling control to your riding experience. Always consult the manufacturer’s guide for the correct OEM specifications before trying new tire dimensions.

Engine Components

Underneath the saddle lay dozens of essential components working in unison. When something fails in the engine, you feel it. Before you crank your bike after the off-season, check your cylinder heads, valves, and exhaust system for signs of wear or leaks. You can find cheap Kawasaki parts online and repair the issues yourself. Always use a reputable distributor that carries certified OEM replacement parts.

Aftermarket Accessories

No bike is complete without flare. Mount aftermarket accessories to improve your riding experience and give unique look to your Ninja. Choose from windshields, saddle bags, decals, fender guards, custom body kits and more. When you want to build the ultimate bike, find the accessories that take to the next level.

Shop online for the best deals in OEM and aftermarket Kawasaki parts and install everything you need to get your bike running at its best.

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When Is It Time To Trust Your Kids With Technology

When you are a parent, it is important that you find the right balance between caring for your kids and giving them space to grow. Today, we can see small kids playing with tablets, mobile phones, and there is a lot of peer pressure out there. You will need to use your own judgment when it comes to when to get your child a mobile phone and computer. You don’t want them to be left behind, but you will also have to ensure they are safe online and offline. Below you will find a few tips to help you decide.

Their Age

The first thing you will have to think about whether or not they are old enough to make the most out of technology. If they only want to use the device for playing games, you might be better off helping them on your home computer or laptop first. You can try to monitor your children’s technology use at home before you trust them with their own device. You can create them their own account where they can install their own games and apps, so you can ensure they are safe and responsible.

How Responsible They Are

It is also important that you check how responsible and streetwise your kids are when it comes to looking after their own things and devices they borrow from you. No matter how careful kids are, you might still need to have the contact details of iFixYouri Smart Device Repair handy, just in case they happen to drop a phone or tablet, or you need to remove malware or other unwanted software.

Staying In Touch

If you would like your kids to stay in touch when they are at a sleepover or a school trip, it might be a good idea to get them a phone. No matter how much pressure they put on you to get the latest model, you should know better. Explain to them that it is expensive to get a phone and a contract, and tell them that as soon as they get a small weekend job or a paper round, they can start saving up. It is better to make them appreciate the value of items at an early age.

Security Features and Parent Control

There are some devices that can simply kill your family life. If you want your kids to stay healthy and exercise, you might want to delay buying a gaming console. It can be very addictive for small kids, not to mention that their posture will suffer. There are some tech gifts you should simply avoid if you don’t want to deal with the negative consequences.

Cost

It is also important that you monitor the cost associated with your child’s technology use. Make sure that you can add a cap to their phone contract or get a pay as you go phone, so you don’t end up with nasty surprises and excessive bills.

Deciding when your child is ready for a phone or tablet is one of the most challenging things a parent needs to do. Use the above tips to make the right choice.

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