Why Do Kids Love Play Tents?


There’s something palpably exciting for children about being inside a tent. The feeling of being enclosed in a small space with nothing but fabric between them and the outside world combined with the feeling of being invisible is something that most kids savor, and the memory lasts into adult life. Making do with a cushion and blanket fort or hiding underneath the kitchen or dining room table is no comparison to the feeling of actually being in a tent.

A play tent allows kids to run wild with their imagination. It comes with a feeling of danger and excitement that can give them the experience of living in the wild, defending their makeshift home against wild animals or other intruders, and enjoying being closer to nature. Since the majority of families are not able to get away to camping spots very often, having a play tent is an excellent way for a child to pretend to be camping and to relive past camping trips.

For children who are living in the city or suburbs, having a play tent means being able to experience being a little bit closer to nature since it can easily conjure up the feeling of being in nature. Although children’s imaginations are extremely creative and vivid, a play tent can go a long way to adding that extra bit of tangible reality to a game of pretending to be in the wilderness fending for themselves.

One of the joys of playing in a play tent is fitting it out with various items that make it more cozy, snug and comfortable. Setting out cushions, pillows and blankets inside the tent result in a delicious combination of “roughing it” and luxury. There is a very specific feeling to making the outdoors comfortable. Making the inside of the play tent as close to a little house as possible is something that most kids will get a kick out of. This new site about play tents shows you how fun and easy this can be.

While boys may like to pretend to be under attack, and perhaps have some of their toys move into the tent with them to boost their defenses, girls may prefer to have tea parties inside their tent. A lovely way for a child to use a play tent is to make themselves comfortable with various furnishings, some healthy snacks, and a good book. Lying back, reading a favorite book, feeling the warmth of the sun through the walls of the tent is one of the happiest ways to spend a lazy afternoon.

For kids who each have their own tent, it is a lot of fun visiting each other’s tents and playing host in their own. Making the interior comfortable for their guests and taking little gifts or snacks over to each other’s tents is a fun way to play grown-ups. Being able to sleep in a play tent – even if it is just an afternoon nap rather than through the night – is one of the most fun and exciting ways to enjoy safely sleeping outdoors and feeling closer to nature.

Tips To Help Mothers Bond With Their Sons


Having trouble understanding why your son is blocking you from his life even though you have tried all you can? Or maybe you are expectant with a babyboy and have no clue how to establish a healthy relationship with your son when he comes of age. Worry not, many mothers have at one time had no perfect answer to their many questions. This article will attempt to explain some of them and hopefully quench a bit of your curiosity.

1. Teach him the Virtue of Love
Most mothers with sons make the mistake of letting their sons learn about love from their friends or their dads. And dads, am not implying that you can teach about love but it is such a complex aspect of mankind that I believe women understand more. Moms, teach your sons at a tender age how to love passionately and freely. This will shape him into a man who can courageously love and be proud of it openly.

2. Don’t be too overprotective
Stop ‘clinging’ to your sons and let them get to explore the world in their own terms. Boys will always be boys, accept this sooner so that he doesn’t create a barrier between the two of you full of lies and deceit. He needs to learn from his mistakes and determine his destiny. You just have to be there when he ‘falls’ and needs someone to ‘lift’ him up.

3. Don’t Hide your Emotions from Him
Going through a heartbreak or facing a difficult situation at work? Your son is there for you as much as your daughters are. Don’t hide your tears from him, let him give you comfort. This will shape him into a compassionate man who can empathize with others feelings. In this way, he can also confide in you if the world becomes too harsh on him.

4. Be Available
Moms, stop pushing away your sons by having their dads be there for them for every important moment of their life. Accompany him to a football match every once in a while. Visit him at school and see how he is fairing on with the other kids. Organize a party for him and his friends. You will find that you are as significant to him as his dad.

5. Have “the talk” with Him
Don’t shy away from having to talk about sex with your son. This is a very critical point in his life, and he needs a woman’s perspective on the matter. He will learn to respect women and have a responsible sex life. You don’t want him to learn about sex from his peers or some website. He will also not feel ashamed if he has to talk about sex to his kids.

6. Don’t be Scared to Pamper Him
Don’t deny your boy affection because he is a “man”. Your babyboy needs as much love and attention as your daughter. Have a cuddly time with them and spoil them once in a while.

You can be assured of a stronger bond with your sons if you implement some of these tips. Enjoy your mother-son time.

The Best Educational Toys For Toddlers And Babies

Humans stay with their parents longer than any other animal. Matter of fact humans have the longest childhood than any other animal too. Why is this the case? The reason behind all of this is that more so than any other animal on this planet, humans depend on their ability to think and learn to survive in the world. Or world is very complex, our language is the most complex and the skills needed to make it in the world are every changing and are becoming more complex. Although this is about feeding your baby’s healthy mind and helping toddlers learn, one thing is true is that adolescence is lasting a longer time. Some say it is because of the economy, because of how technology and high skilled the working world has become but what matter most is that you must feed your child’s mind and put them in the best position to compete in the world. Sure this might seem a bit premature but the neuro networks and conditioning a child receives while young will influence their ability to learn new skills throughout their lives.

What Do Babies Need To Know?

A baby’s world is all tactile: food, sleep, touch and comfort. Since this is a baby’s world, their educational toys should match what they do. For babies their toys should be all about building physical dexterity, using their body, the toys should be bright and even noisy to stimulate different parts of their brain and that uses as many sub-modalities as possible. This is how you hold a baby’s attention and if you ever notice this is how the best educational shows for children and even cartoons hold a child’s attention. Everything is colorful, loud and there is plenty of action. At this stage, your baby should just be engaged with the physical world in as many ways as a baby can engage the world. This also means physical touch and reading to your child.

What Do Toddlers Need

Toddlers can do more and have more mastery over their body and over their world than do babies. At this age you can start using educational tools that help your child learn their numbers, learn sight worlds and that start to help them learn to read. It is never to early to start the reading process. Toys that can do all of the above and in an entertaining way will give your child the best results.

As you can see education should start early and it begins with the toys that you give your child. Educational toys should match the child’s age, child’s play and stage of development. Toys for young kids should engage them on many different levels. Toys that are visually pleasing and engaging and that provide audio work great. Toys that a child can touch and manipulate are great too and children should be able to move, grab things and toss them around, that really is a part of building their body and their mind. It is all connected.

4 Reasons You Should Fire Your Daycare and Hire a Nanny


Let’s face it, dragging your kid to daycare five days a week gets old fast. They don’t want to go, you feel guilty about leaving them, but as a working parent you don’t really have a choice. Because of the hassle, many parents are skipping the daycare and instead hiring a nanny. Here are four convincing reasons to fire the daycare and hop on the nanny wagon.

Hello Easy Breezy Mornings

How much time do you spend getting the kids up, dressed, fed, and packed for daycare? Many busy moms and dads spend more time getting the kiddos ready then they do for themselves. After everyone is in the car, you still have to drive them across town, take them in, drop them off in their busy classroom, and pry them off your leg so you can try to make it to work on time.

Having a nanny means the childcare comes to you. You can let your little angel sleep longer, kiss them goodbye as they eat their breakfast, and make it to work without having to pack up diapers, wipes, formula, snacks, extra clothes, their favorite toys… Can you imagine how different your morning could be if you weren’t making the daily daycare trip?

Your Child is the Center of Attention

How many children are in your child’s daycare class? Every state or providence has a set amount of children that can be in a class for each adult, but sometimes even that number can feel overwhelming. Are there four kids per adult? If so, you’re lucky. Some classes or age groups have six, eight, or even more. With that many kids in one setting, it is easy for your kiddo to get lost in the crowd.

With a nanny, your child is a star. They get all of the adult’s attention, the atmosphere is less chaotic, and much quieter. When it comes to learning, your kid’s caregiver can work with them one on one. That doesn’t happen in a daycare setting. Your child will love the attention, and you may find them learning new skills, letters, shapes, and more much faster than they did in their previous childcare setting.

Not All Kiddos Fit the Daycare Mold

Some kiddos have a hard time fitting into the daycare mold. Your kiddo may be more energetic than the typical child, they may have a hard time adjusting to the busy classrooms, or they may be special needs. There are a million reasons kids may not fit into this setting, and some kiddos may even get the daycare boot.

Many moms and dads choose a nanny over daycare because they don’t want their kids to have to conform to traditional standards. Maybe they know their kiddo is hyper and they don’t want to have their child labeled as “bad” at the age of three.

A nanny can help your child’s care fit their needs. Everything can be personalized to your kiddo. Having a nanny means your kiddo can be themselves. If they need a quiet place, your home provides that. If your child is a bundle of energy, your nanny can wear them out through play and let them be their fun little selves without labels and unfair time-outs.

A Dollar Saved is a Dollar Earned

One sneaky secret is that a nanny can cost the same or even less than traditional daycare, especially if you have multiple children. How much do you spend on daycare? Some parents report paying more than $550 PER WEEK for infant care. If you have an infant and a toddler, you may be going in the hole. Check with your state or providence to find out the wage for household employee or nanny, it’s probably less then you imagine. If your child’s caregiver resides in your home, you may also be able to deduct set amounts for room and board plus meals.


About the Author:

Deborah Shure is the owner and founder of NannyTax, the premier nanny payroll service in Canada. With over 25 years of combined financial experience, Deborah and her team are the most trusted source of nanny payroll information. When she isn’t busy providing “nanny tax frustration relief”, Deborah is spending time with her 3 kids doing all the things that supermoms do!


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