Summer vacation can be rough if you’re a parent who also has to work while keeping your kids out of trouble and entertained. However, there’s no need to sweat it out, you can have help right at hand on your mobile device. Here are some simple strategies and apps to help make each day special, because the school buses will start rolling before you know it.
Here are some parenting survival tips to get you through the long summer holidays.
- Join forces: Team up with other parents in your neighborhood so that you can take turns keeping an eye on the kids while juggling work hours.
It’s been 8 months since I first went back to work after having baby girl. Don’t ask me where that time has gone. It’s flown by! Now I slog it out as a working mum 5 days a week. Our daily routine when I’m at work during the week starts very early 4:45am in fact, but on my days off we treasure a little lie in… well until 7am anyway!
On our days off we love to go down to our local park and play on the swings and have a run about. It’s gorgeous in the Summer with lots of different play areas plus picnic and walking areas.
There’s no way that anyone could deny that we now live in the digital age. From the internet to smartphones, digital technology has now taken over just about every single aspect of most people’s everyday lives. Of course, as the world changes, businesses inevitably change with it. One of the biggest mistakes that many businesses make in the modern age is that they assume that they don’t need to move with the times.
A lot of business owners seem to be under the impression that, as long as they stick with the things that have always worked in the past, their business will continue to flourish. Sadly that is not the case, and many business owners find that their business is left behind by the competition and, in some cases, fails entirely. If you want your business to stay competitive in the digital age, then you’re going to need to embrace it.
Here are a few benefits to going digital with your business.
Increasing your business’s presence
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I’m sure as you know from all my Instagram posts that we are moving house. One of the first things I want to get sorted is baby girl’s bedroom. I want the move to go as easy as possible for her without too much disruption. So I’m on the look out for soft furnishings and lights to help her ease into a new house. Of course she will have her old toys and what not around her, but I want to make her bedroom her special place.
People may have expected blogs to have dropped in popularity in favour of YouTube commentaries, but the truth is that we’re reading blogs more than ever. Of course, if you’re looking to start your own blog, or want to improve one you’ve already started, then you need to think about why people are still visiting blogs so regularly. Well, it’s the same reason that most people read anything; because they want to be informed.
The more you enjoy your hobbies and pastimes, the better you become at them. When your hobby is something creative; whether it’s baking, illustration, or perhaps your photography skills have reached new levels after the new camera you received for Christmas, your expertise and passion will grow the more you do it. If friends and family are starting to compliment your work (without being prompted), then maybe it’s time to consider the possibility that you could make some money from doing what you love. You could try blogging, like I have and find an SEO expert to help you to get to the top of your game.
It may seem a little scary; but the only way you’ll know if people will pay for what you’re making is to get your stuff out there for the public to see, try and, fingers crossed, buy. A friendly place to start is local markets and fayres; maybe your child’s school is throwing a summer fete, or there’s a weekly street market in your hometown. Don’t be afraid to enquire about the cost of a stall, and sign up (it’s now or never). Charity bake sales (presuming you bake) are another way to serve up your delights to the public to gauge a reaction and to introduce people to whom you are and what you do.
It’s always a good idea to be set up on at least one social media account, so that anyone who’s interested in finding out more about what you’re selling has a point of contact. Image-based social media, like Instagram and Pinterest, are perfect for showing off your craft, especially if you’re an illustrator or seamstress. You’ll also find a (mostly) friendly community of people on social media who are creating similar things to you; start talking to them, you might be surprised how much help you can gain. If a “meetup” is being organised, try and make it; they are an excellent way to network and, if you’re able to get a babysitter, it’ll be a child-free day for you.
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