angies-list-tips-kids-roomThere are certainly a lot of ways to spice-up and redecorate your kid’s room without going beyond the budget. According to home improvement site HomeownersLife.com, your kids will love it when they see you making some changes to their room. In fact, get them involved so that they will be very enthusiastic and excited with the changes that you will be doing.

Home service review site Angie’s List has a lot of great tips on how to go about redecorating your kid’s room. Below are some simple and easy to follow tips that you might like to consider when redecorating your kid’s room:

  • Consider a fresh coat of paint: So true, nothing can beat a fresh coat of paint: With a fresh coat of paint, my room can look more energizing. The change in color and clean walls are like empty  canvases waiting for a masterpiece. Paint alone can make for an entire make-over. This very inexpensive change renews the feel of the room, becoming more inviting and restful.
  • Dress up the windows: By hanging new curtains, blinds, or draperies; my room can feel and look new. Curtain prices vary however by going through thrift stores or bazaars, it is easy to find a good deal.
  • Use clean and fresh bed linens and add decorative pillows: A new bed cover that can complement the wall paint can really light up my room. Adding a few decorative throw pillows of different shapes and sizes on top of the bed gives a relaxing and inviting feel to the bedroom.
  • Add lighting: Some reviews on Angie’s List suggest adding a corner lamp with soft lights or a unique reading lamp on my side table can add sophistication to the room. Lighting makes a difference in any room more so in a bedroom where an atmosphere of calmness is a necessity.
  • Add bright colors. One of the simplest ways to make a room more fun and lively is to add decors or accents that are bright and colorful. Kids love to see colors in their rooms. Colors such as orange, red, sky blue, avocado green, yellow, and purple bring about happy moods and are therefore recommended as accents.
  • Add a nice looking floor rug: If the flooring has seen better days, then it is best to cover it up with an affordable area rug. Not all area rugs are expensive and you can get savings on Angie’s List promo on the site. There are some that are reasonably priced. All in the matter of taste; make sure the design will not clash with the bedroom theme.
  • Keep it real, keep it clean: Of all the make-over tips, I must start with this number rule. A spick-and-span room with freshly washed bed linens and draperies can actually do the trick for your kid‘s room.

By following all these helpful tips, I am sure you can redecorate your kid’s rooms without denting your household budget.

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kid-enjoying-homeworkParents must take interest in the schoolwork of their children. Regardless of the busy schedule, parents should always find time to sit with their children and to study. This is true most especially for children in the elementary years.

As a busy working mother, I do my best to sit with my kids after school. I see to it that when I get home after work, they can rely on me for their homework. Although, they try to do it by themselves, I make sure to check everything before they go to bed.

Through time I have learned several techniques to ease homework time. I try to make homework time fun so as to not to stress or even bore the kids.

First, I set aside a place for us to do his homework. It is our special homework nook, no distractions from television. Our study area is complete with all their study materials.

Second, we have a regular homework time. By creating a regular schedule, the kids can plan their play time. The regular schedule also means that homework is the priority over play and tv time.

Third, we take breaks if the homework is too long. For a few minutes we would share some healthy snacks and talk about other things. It is actually a good bonding moment. Some parents usually try to finish everything by bombarding the children all the questions. Take note that kids can only concentrate for about 15 minutes, anything over that is information over load. Hence, it is wise to have a good and comfortable pace in doing homework.

Most importantly, I never forget to praise my kids. There is never a shortage of words praise during homework time. I always make them feel that I am so proud of them. This really motivates them to do their best.

Unfortunately, there are times when I get too busy to help them. So a few times I rely on an experienced babysitter who can patiently sit with them. Nonetheless, I make sure to check everything before I go to bed.

Homework time should really be fun for the kids. Making the atmosphere light but conducive for studying is very important. Soon as the kids are able to integrate homework time in their everyday activities, they can eventually be left alone.

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We all know how important sleep is. It energizes our body and mind. However, we, sometimes, take it for granted. Jessica Payne, a psychologist at the University of Notre Dame, says:

“It’s terrifying because we just don’t give sleep the respect that it deserves. We don’t treat it as if it’s an essential process, just as important as eating and breathing and getting exercise. But it is.”

We have all been guilty, at some point, of depriving ourselves of decent sleep. There are millions of reasons why we do it.

While parenthood is one of the good reasons as to why we don’t really think about the serious repercussions of sleep deprivation, it’s still a must to get enough sleep.

As much as we need to get enough sleep, so do our kids. Hence, one of our major tasks is to instill a regular sleeping pattern for our kids. With a regular sleeping pattern, our kids can have enough sleep.

How Sleep Affects Kids

The sleeping time of our kids is not just a quiet time for us, parents. While we look forward to the silence and tranquility, our kids are undergoing an important process as they sleep. Jessica Payne describes it further.

“Sleeping allows you to take what you’ve learned, especially new things that you’ve learned and to recombine those bits and pieces of information in new and novel ways that allow you to have creative insights.”

This is the reason why sleeping is very important for our growing kids. Sleep is also a time when all the things learned are processed.

“Sleep is also a protected time where we, rather than taking in new and enormous amount of information, we process it, we sort through it, we connect it up, we look for distance connections.”

All these things are important aspects in creativity. To me, it makes perfect sense. Our minds can only think better once they’re well-rested. A well-rested mind is only possible after a good night’s sleep. This clearly shows how sleep can affect our kids.

The Findings: Kids Aren’t Sleeping Enough

Unfortunately, kids are not sleeping enough these days. With all the gadgets they’re engrossed in, they’re sleeping late at night.

“So kids aren’t sleeping enough … which means, potentially we’re going to produce a nation of less creative kids at the time when innovation and creativity is so important for society and particularly for the business world.”

And that’s why, as parents, it’s our responsibility to instill a regular sleeping pattern for our kids. Of course, this is always a challenge. With so many external factors getting in the way, there is always a reason why our kids are not sleeping enough.

“We have them up playing with computers where, not only are they stimulated by the content on their computer screen, but there’s also the issue of the light.”

Apparently, even the low level of light that beams out of the computer screen can affect the circadian rhythm. This can make our kids stay up later than they should. So with more and more kids spending time on the computer, there is no doubt that sleep deprivation is a serious issue these days.

“It goes to reason that if children aren’t sleeping enough, not only are they having problems learning, but they’re unlikely to be as creative …”

This is should be enough reason for us, parents, to make sure that our kids are getting enough sleep.

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