Using Your Phone as a Source of Entertainment for Your Kids

We tend to associate smartphones with adults. The majority of over eighteens own one of their own and chances are that you are either reading this article on one right now, or have one in your pocket or nearby. While we may use our phones for professional purposes (responding to emails), social purposes (catching up with friends), or sheer procrastination (scrolling through the explore page of our Instagram feeds), it’s important to remember that smartphones can prove extremely beneficial for little ones too! While you might not want to purchase one of these expensive devices for your little ones to use independently quite yet,

Ensuring It Is Always Connected

Phones aren’t much use if they constantly lose signal or are unable to make use of mobile data. So make sure that you sign up to a reliable provider like Freedompop phones, who will be able to ensure that your little ones can engage with any of the following recommendations as and when they grow bored throughout the day!

Online Videos

The web is awash with media that is appropriate for your little ones. Whether they want to watch their favourite cartoons, sing along to the latest kids’ chart song, or – you will be able to find the content online through some sort of video streaming service. Perhaps the most popular is Youtube. This can be accessed easily through your web browser, but you’re generally better off downloading the app, so that everything can be accessed more readily and easily. If you’re willing to pay a small sum of money monthly, you can even skip its notorious pre-video ads. Just remember to make use of parental controls, which can prevent your little ones from accessing unsuitable or age inappropriate content.

Photographs

Once kids can recognise themselves in the mirror, they are likely to become increasingly interested in taking pictures of themselves with you, siblings, pets, and pretty much anyone or anything else they adore. They’re growing up as part of the selfie generation! They’re bound to find hours of fun using your phone’s camera. Consider allowing them to use fun apps like snapchat to take and save pictures too! They’re bound to enjoy the different novelty filters they can try out. Just make sure they don’t send pictures around to your whole contact list!

Games

Phones have had games for a long time. But we have come a long way from simple classics like Tetris and Snake. Nowadays, there are seemingly endless different games down there that can be downloaded for your little ones to try out and play. Again, be a little cautious. Some will allow you to carry out in-app purchases and may charge your card directly. Ensure that protective settings are on or that your card is not connected to your account when letting your kids play games on your phone.

As you can see, your smartphone can provide your children with a whole lot of entertainment!

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How To Be A Good Dad After A Relationship Breakdown

A relationship breakdown is difficult, and is made even harder to deal with when there are children involved. Your beautiful, innocent children are now going to have to live without their parents being together and for some children, it’s a really difficult transition. The worst thing about your breakup is that you will no longer be able to see your children every single day. You may miss large milestones in their lives and that’s heartbreaking. However, it’s important to remember that they are the most important thing to think about right now, so here are some tips on how to be a good Dad after a relationship breakdown so that they have the best life possible.

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Call them every day

Some Fathers think that if they shower their children with gifts and material things that they can get away with not calling their children every day. A simple fact is, your children want you in their lives and while they might love gifts, a simple phone call each day will make the world of difference. Chatting to them (and their mother) about their day and asking if there’s any way that you can help will show your children that nothing has changed apart from the fact that their parents no longer live together. It will also help you stay in the loop of your child’s life!

Know your rights

With relationship breakdowns come resentment, and sometimes Mothers stop contact between their children and their Fathers. It’s important to make sure that you know what your rights are as a Father so that you’re not missing out on precious time with your children. If you’re not sure where to seek this information, it might be a good idea to hire a Father’s rights lawyer to help walk you through the steps you should be taking. Remember that there’s a difference between being stopped contact completely and simply having to negotiate the days you see your children.

Keep your promises

One extremely important thing to remember is that if you promise to do something for your children and don’t come through, they will remember. It’s imperative to make sure that you don’t give your children false hope. If you can’t make it to their school play, tell them! Don’t leave them thinking that you’ll be there if you know full well that you won’t be. Keeping your promises will also help your parenting relationship with their mother and may result in you seeing your children more.

Keep any discrepancies away from the children

Finally, and possibly most importantly, make sure that you keep any arguments or disagreements away from your children. They simply want to see their parents and at times you will argue with their Mother, but protect them from seeing anything like that by discussing matters in private. If they can see that their parents are able to be civil they will find the breakup a much easier situation to deal with.

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Dealing With a Breakup When Children are Involved

A relationship coming to an end is rarely a happy and positive situation. There tend to be all sorts of negative emotions flung about. You may experience upset, hurt, jealousy, anger, and other undesirable feelings. You are also likely to have arguments and heated debates in the lead up to calling things quits. It’s a generally unpleasant situation to find yourself in. However, things can become even more difficult and complicated when there are children involved. If you and your partner have children and are considering bringing your relationship to an end, you’re going to have a whole lot more responsibility on your plate than the average couple without children do. After all, you need to put your little ones’ needs first and foremost and ensure that they are okay throughout the entire process. Here are just a few pieces of advice that you should bear in mind when it comes to dealing with a breakup when there are kids involved!

Remain Civil

If you are sharing custody of your children, you’re going to have to remain relatively civil with your partner. No matter what water has passed beneath the bridge in your relationship, you’re likely to have to maintain some form of contact in order to share responsibility over raising your children. You need to set a good example to your children – constantly arguing and nitpicking can create a hostile environment and encourage negative behavioural traits in them should they decide to copy you.

Request Legal Help

If your partner refuses to remain civil and is trying to claim full custody over the kids and is trying to completely cut you out of the equation, you may need to consult father’s rights help. This will help to put you in touch with legal professionals who can ensure that you aren’t removed from the picture of your little ones’ lives.

Seek Support

This entire process can be emotionally challenging and draining. Remember that you are not alone! There are plenty of different sources of support out there that can help you to pull through this difficult time. Friends and family can provide a shoulder to lean on, but also bear in mind that there are specialist support groups as well as helplines should you want to talk to a neutral individual who isn’t involved in your life in any other way. Never feel that you are being weak by reaching out for emotional support and help – we all need it during hard times in our lives.

Sure, dealing with any breakup in life is going to be relatively difficult. But having children in the mix can add a whole new dimension to the process. But try not to worry too much. The above advice should help you to deal with the situation as well as possible!

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Ten Life Hacks for an Easier Morning with Kids

Ten Life Hacks for an Easier Morning with Kids

School days can be exhausting right? From hurrying to get the kids ready and off to school in time, weekdays can be very stressful. The following hacks will make your mornings’ less stressful. You might even find that morning before school becomes enjoyable with these routines.

  1. Rest and Rise at the same time

One life hack for a less stressful morning is to get your kids on a regular schedule. If you put them to bed and wake them up at the same time every day then mornings will be pretty much a smooth ride. If they are still hesitant to wake up in the morning then it may be worth investing in cute alarm clocks for kids.

  1. Play some music

To help smooth the waking up process, try playing your kids’ favorite songs. Choose a playlist with all their favorite songs ranging from quiet songs to songs that are more energetic and play it while they get dressed and perform other grooming activities. The music will help motivate them and ensure it remains as part of your morning routine.

  1. Establish a routine

Establishing a routine means doing all the activities on your routine in the same order every day. This ensures that your kids can adapt to it quickly and will put up less resistance with time. A visual checklist is a big help and it will help your kids check off their tasks with enthusiasm.

  1. Organize the Bathroom

Disorganized bathrooms lead to a waste of time in searching for the toiletries you need in the morning. To avoid time wastage, ensure your kids’ bathroom is organized so that they know exactly where their toiletries are. This blog has helpful tips on how to organize your kids’ bathroom.

  1. Make a healthy and quick breakfast

Making breakfast does not need to take up an hour of your time. Look at these recipes for easy and healthy breakfasts that you can make for your kids. After making a quick breakfast, there will be enough time left over to handle other tasks and your kids will be full until lunch.

  1. Pack Lunches the previous night

Making breakfast and lunches at the same time in the morning can make your kids run late. Instead, try packing school lunches the previous night. Read these tips for simplifying the process of packing school lunches.

  1. Arrange school outfits the night before

You can have an easier morning by letting your kids help pick out the outfits they want to wear the next day. Lay them out so that your kids can dress immediately after showers saving time. If your kids are still too young to eat without dirtying their clothes, you can wait until after breakfast to change them but having outfits already picked out lightens your burden.

  1. Organize your mudroom

Another life hack is to organize your kids’ backpacks, shoes and books neatly to avoid the confusing and time-consuming search in the morning. If you do not have a mudroom then create an area to organize these essentials to prevent those “I can’t find this” moments from your children with storage solutions from stores like Costco or Target.

  1. Incentives

You may call it incentives but it is bribery regardless of how you look at it. Incentivize your kids to finish their morning routine early by offering a reward such as ice cream after school or a glass of chocolate milk. Kids are different and you should use their likes to motivate them. They will be motivated and you will spend less time micromanaging them.

  1. Wake up Earlier

While these hacks may smooth your mornings, there is no magic that allows you more hours in the morning. If you are regularly late, confused and stressed out, try waking up even half an hour earlier. Use the extra time to prepare for a school day without the kids or wake up everyone earlier to get an early start on the day.

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