Calm Your Kids Before Their First Big Game

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Kids love playing sports, and many love playing on their school’s soccer, basketball, or baseball team. I’m sure that yours will be no different! It gives them the chance to make new friends and learn how to be a team player. Not only that, but it also gives them a set of skills to work on outside the classroom. Training with the team will be heaps of fun for them, but things might change suddenly as they are just about to head onto the pitch or court for their very first big game competing. They could potentially get very nervous and start to worry about their ability. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can calm them down. Read on to find out all about them.

 

Start A Lucky Ritual

Lots of professional sports players have lucky rituals that they always do in the changing room before they go out to play a game or match. They might need to do some warm-up stretches in their custom soccer uniforms or listen to a certain song or playlist. Doing this same thing before each game is a way of bringing luck. So, you might want to introduce a kind of lucky ritual for your child. Get them to do something that they think might bring them a good fortune when out on the pitch.

 

Get Them To Do Some Visualization

Another great tip that many professional sports players use is visualization. In order to do this, you just need to encourage your child to think about playing the sport and a positive outcome. This can help to boost their confidence and banish any pre-game nerves that might be sneaking up. Visualization can also help show them exactly what they need to do to perform well out on the field or court.

 

Show Them Positive Videos

If you take a look on YouTube, you will see that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of motivational videos that each have their very own positive message. If you show a couple of these to your child, then they will start to feel a lot better about the upcoming game. They might even get them excited for it! A similar idea to this one is to play them some motivational music. Music has been scientifically proven to calm the nerves, and playing something like the theme tune to Rocky is sure to get them in the mood to play!

 

Don’t Worry Them

Did you know that parents can often stress out their children without meaning to? If you are worried about the game, for instance, then your child could quickly pick up on this and it could cause them to be stressed. So, try and calm your own nerves before trying to tackle your child’s. You could always try some deep breathing or any of the tips already mentioned in this post!

Do you have any other methods that you use to try to calm your child down before a big sports game? If so, I’d love to hear them!

 

Special Memories: Making A Little One’s Birthday Magical

When it comes to your kids birthdays; the most important thing is to make some lasting family memories and to ensure that they feel special. If you’re thinking of throwing your little one a birthday party, there are several areas that can help them enjoy their day. You might feel a little daunted by everything there is to organize, but don’t; simply check out the following tips and ideas to help you plan the perfect celebration for your child. Get your notepad and pen ready to make a list, and let’s get going.

Lighted Happy Birthday Candles

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Make It Personal To Them

If your children love a particular character, movie, book, or story at the moment; you already have an awesome theme to run with for their special day. The theme may influence the venue, the food, and who, or what, the kids arrive dressed as, so it’s worth putting some thought into. Whether it’s superheroes, Disney princesses, or Lego, that your child wants the party to revolve around; if you’re making it fancy dress, you’ll need to send out the invites in good time and write what’s expected clearly. You could always provide a box of masks and costumes for the children to grab, especially if you don’t want to put any pressure on the party guests, or it’s a last-minute decision to run with a zoo animal theme.

 

Keeping Memories

It’s always a treat to take home a treat or a prize from a party, whether it’s for winning a game or simply for attending, so start thinking about those little things that you can hand out. This is an area that doesn’t require loads of money and you can be creative with what you give to guests. Party bags are a lovely memento to take away from the party, and kids will be excited to open them up in the car on the way home. You can fill them will edible treats, personalized birthday party favors, small bags of candy or raisins, or maybe a selection of what you’ve been serving throughout the day (a great way to save money). As for small games and toys; there are always options to buy little party bag fillers in bulk to save money, and kids are usually just excited to grab what’s inside their bag, so don’t put too much stress into your decision.

 

Tasty Treats

The party guests will all need some sustenance if they’re running around and enjoying the fun of the day. Therefore it’s important that there’s plenty of options for little hands to grab and nibble on. Whether you’re making everything yourself, buying food from the grocery store, or hiring in caterers, you’ll need to provide a variety of options. Firstly; check that there’s the right balance of sweet and savory edibles and a good mixture of healthy nibbles and naughty treats (it is a party after all). Cupcakes, lollies, ice cream, and cookies are all classic delights that will appeal to everyone, young and old. You don’t have to provide the whole lot; however, you can serve a variety upon paper plates around the table, or venue so that guests can pick up a pretty cake or iced cookies whenever they feel.

How To Enjoy Life From Home This Winter

Winter can be a depressing time, but the cold weather doesn’t have to mean that you can’t do anything fun. If you’ve re-watched every episode of Friends, and you’re really stuck when it comes to how to spend the winter months, then look no further! We’ve put together this guide, so that you can still have fun, without leaving the comfort of your home. Of course, you’re still going to want to go out and make a snowman. But don’t let the rest of your days be boring this winter.

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Have a pizza party

Ok, we can all agree that having some warm, fulfilling food when it’s cold outside is the best antidote to those winter blues, and the good news is that you won’t have to go out and buy ingredients, or even leave the house, to get the best cuisine in town. With modern technology comes a new world of food, so check out some of the best meal prep services on https://budgetboost.co/best-meal-prep-home-delivery-service-review/ if you don’t want to move from the couch to get the best ingredients. Yes please!

 

Try some new recipes

Winter is the perfect time to try out that new recipe you’ve been thinking about for a while. There are plenty of winter warmers to try your hand at if you’re looking to make something delicious for your family, so don’t fret when it comes to what you could cook up. Not only will you have a great time making it, but your family and friends will love to do the taste test afterwards. Win-win!

 

Get creative

Ok, so not all of these are food-based, we promise. You can also spend some of your spare time in winter making some new home interiors, if you want to bring a new lease of life to your home and exercise your creativity. You can make your own cushion covers if you want to change up your living room or bedroom, and this cheap and easy idea could really make a difference in your house. Everybody will be asking where you got them from, and you’ll have a great, and unique, item.

 

Check out some new series

Winter is the perfect time to catch up on some Netflix series, or start binge-watching something new. Game of Thrones is perfect to set the winter mood, but there are so many new and exciting things to watch, you won’t be able to choose. Get the family together, get some popcorn, and get into some interesting TV. Losing yourself in a different world is a perfect way to get rid of those winter blues, and if you don’t fancy a series, you can always go with a classic Christmas film (we love The Grinch).

 

So, there are many ways to have a great time this winter, without having to leave the comfort of your home. Get yourself a fluffy throw, and your freshly made winter food, and watch something amazing with your family and friends. Have fun!

No Carve Pumpkin Contest

My son started Pre-K in August and his school is having a no-carve pumpkin contest tomorrow. Here are some ideas we are considering. I’m not very creative so we have been looking on Pinterest for ideas.

Oscar the grouch pumpkin. Pumpkin decorating contest. Ping pong ball eyes and painted flower pot trash can.

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For the ones who love movies and popcorn!

These are very cute and do not look like they require too much creativity. We will be making one tonight hope it comes out cute!

Family Time!

I’ve been trying to find some ways to spend more quality time with my boys as a family. On my husband’s days off we usually do Charlie’s favorite thing, get ice-cream and go to the park. The park is fun, but I would like to have a variety thing to do while daddy is home with us. I found some great ideas Charlie may enjoy doing as a family and especially on days when daddy can join us. Some of these could easily become family traditions for us. Charlie looks forward to spending time with daddy on his days off, so I know he will enjoy doing any of these just as long as daddy is there to play with him.

 

 

  1. Go camping and let him pick out the snacks and games
  2. Take him to his favorite restaurant then laser tag
  3. Build a paper boat and let it sail in the pound
  4. Go see a movie at the theater
  5. Pajama party. Eat junk food and stay up late watching a movie in your jammies.
  6. Find a local park or pond where you can go fishing.
  7. After dark, head outside with binoculars and look at the stars
  8. Have a water gun battle in the backyard.
  9. Pack a picnic lunch and walk the trail at the park
  10. Pick out his favorite toy or something to build and go home and play with it together