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6 Cheap But Fun Family Ideas

January 29, 2013 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Healthy Living, Just for Fun No Comments →

With the economy suffering, and most people finding it harder than ever to make ends meet, keeping the kids entertained isn’t always easy. Whether your kids are young or well into their teens, they’ll often turn to you for ways to be entertained. If you’re running out of ideas, here are 6 cheap but fun ideas to keep you going.

Family Games: Games are some of the best sources of fun for the whole family. Board games are an excellent example. If you’ve got any board games lying around, get them out and give them a whirl. Games like these encourage interaction between family members and help with bonding, which we often find ourselves doing too little of these days.

Apart from board games, other alternatives include card games (cards are readily available and cheap to get hold of. If you don’t know any good card games, it’s also easy to find the rules for some on the internet) and activities like charades. Family games are great for children of all ages – even teenagers will often take part (with a bit of resistance to begin with!)

Build Camps: For younger kids, something fun to do is building indoor camps. Get some clothes pegs, some strings, and some bed sheets and you can help your kids build their own bedroom camp. Once built, kids will often play in these for hours. Many kids also love to sleep over in their own home-built camp.

Arts And Crafts: This is a classic, but it’s a great option because arts and crafts can be really cheap. Why not go on a walk with your kids and get them to collect interesting sticks, stones, shells, feathers etc. Once home, you can get them to string them together to form hanging ornaments, or use them to decorate home-made picture frames and so on.

Playing Ball: Another classic, ball games are great when the weather is good. Balls are cheap, and generally provide a lot of entertainment, as well as giving kids (including teenagers) a chance to blow off steam, use up energy and get some exercise all at once.

Invite Friends Round: Let your kids invite a few friends over for the day. It’s true that sometimes a group of kids can end up causing a riot, but generally things don’t get out of hand and your kids will always have a lot of fun with a few friends around. The more friends there are, the more easily they come up with their own (usually free) entertainment. It’s a winning solution. And, if you really want to make the most of the opportunity, why not let your kids plan a feast and have their friends each bring something along to eat?

Get Cooking: Some kids will be more resilient to this idea than others, but many kids enjoy cooking once they get started. So why not try and teach your kids a bit about cooking? Make it fun for them in the process and they’ll love it. Pizzas are a great option as kids can decorate them any way they wish with the ingredients you’re using.

Valentine’s Day On a Budget

January 18, 2013 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Just for Fun No Comments →

Nobody wants to scrimp on Valentine’s day and give their partner less than they deserve, but when you just don’t have the money you really don’t have a choice. Many of us are currently experiencing the effects of the poor economy, and even if we have jobs most of us are still keeping our costs down to the bare minimum. But that doesn’t mean Valentine’s day has to be a disappointment. Here are some great tips for ways to celebrate Valentine’s day on a budget.

Make Something: This isn’t just for the creative types, anyone can go for a home made gift – and it doesn’t have to be a load of rubbish! The time and effort that you put into a truly heartfelt homemade gift will definitely go down a storm.

Why not buy a nice book of paper, get some photos printed and make a little picture album? Or you could write a poem on some high quality card and decorate it, or simply draw a picture. Some dismiss ideas like these as stupid, but if you put a bit of time into making the gift, you’ll get good results. Don’t rush it, give yourself a couple of weeks to finish and you’ll have a gift worth giving – and sure to warm your partners heart.

Take A Romantic Walk: Romantic walks are great – they can take you to some nice scenic places, give you a chance to have some meaningful conversation and spend some quality time together – all for free! If you can’t think of a romantic walk to take in your area then ask around and see if anyone can suggest a place that you don’t know about.

Of course, taking a romantic walk is just a stand in for doing anything that’s free. You could visit a local village, fly a kite, go hiking, have a picnic in the park and many other things besides. Any of these things can make for a great romantic Valentine’s date – just use your imagination.

Prepare A Special Home Cooked Meal: Save yourself on the expense of dining out by preparing an extra special home cooked meal. Ditch those ready meals and regular easy dishes that you make all the time and do some research.

Either pick a recipe from a book that you own, or do a bit of research on the internet – there’s a whole world of great recipes out there waiting to be found. Many of them are even reviewed by people who’ve tested them out for themselves. Not only is this cheaper than eating out, but it’s more meaningful to your partner who will see that you care about them and want to do something nice for them yourself.

Look Out For Deals: Many places offer Valentine’s dining deals. However, sometimes these are more costly than a regular meal. But if you have vouchers for a particular restaurant, or find a 2 for 1 coupon at a nice eatery near you then you can cut your costs significantly. Just keep your eyes open, or even search the web for coupon deals valid at restaurants in your area.

Get Them A Gift You Know They Want: Not all gifts of equal price are of equal value. This means that spending a lot of money on something doesn’t always make it a better gift. Go and buy your partner something they want – it doesn’t have to be useful or boring like a pair of socks, although it can be. But pay attention to what your partner says they need, and buy one of those things if it doesn’t cost too much money. That way you’re guaranteed to please your partner with their present, and you can make the day extra special with a home cooked meal and a nice box of chocolates.

Beauty Tips for Summer

July 16, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Pamper Yourself No Comments →

This summer, you can expect the heat and humidity that always comes along with all the fun the season offers. It can be hard to feel beautiful when you’re dripping sweat under a head of frizzy hair! Here are some beauty tips for summer so help you keep a glowing, vibrant look despite the heat.

Hydration

It’s pretty amazing how much thirstier you are in the summer than in the winter, and there’s a reason for that. You’re losing a lot of water in the form of sweat, and daylight hours are long, meaning more exposure to heat and the consequent sweat. Keeping yourself hydrated in important. It helps prevent heat stroke, dry skin, and other health issues. Healthy is beautiful! So keep water handy wherever you are, and take it with you whenever you leave the house. You can also eat lots of hydrating fruits like peaches, plums, and melons. These are good for you, too, supplying lots of healthful nutrients.

Go Light on the Make-Up

Thick, opaque make-up can run and streak in summer, and frankly, it just looks stifling in the heat! Dark, thick eye make-up may streak and run when you sweat, too. Soft colors and light coverage are key. If you have blemishes, go with a concealer and a light, low-pigment base with sunscreen.

Avoid Sun Damage

In the old days, a tan was considered “healthy.” But now we know that it’s anything but! Tanning is sun damage, plain and simple, and the possibility of developing skin cancer is raised exponentially with each sunburn. Bad sunburns also peel and even blister, which doesn’t help your make-up efforts or your facial skin’s health and beauty. So wear light sunscreen daily – in fact, you can use a lightly pigmented sunscreen daily in lieu of base make-up.

Up-Dos

Summer is a great time to experiment with up-dos. Your hair can look frizzy or stringy in the humid, sweaty days of summer. Wearing your hair up also looks and feels cooler. Light clips and pins can keep hair up without a lot of accoutrements.

Speaking of hair, those with curly hair can avoid frizz by using gel (for thick hair) or mousse (for thin hair).

Long and Flowy

When it’s hot, no one wants to wear long pants and sleeves. But if you aren’t comfortable exposing these areas, go for the flowy look. It can be very beautiful and comfortable at the same time. Long skirts and light, flowy shirts can be quite flattering and still allow for ample air circulation.

Tips for Organizing Your Family Vacation

June 05, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Organization No Comments →

We all hope our family vacations become a treasured source of togetherness and memories. But the reality is often far less lovely: getting an entire household out the door with every needful thing can be an overwhelming task. With some good organizational strategies, you can make planning less stressful, and vacations more meaningful!

1. Decide Your Budget

Stay-cation, state park camping, regional or national parks, domestic or international travel: where you go and what you do depends on what budget works best for your family.

Decide how you will divide your budget…set a limit for travel expenses and break out a daily amount for all activities, meals and souvenirs. Knowing your funds are spread appropriately over the entire span of the vacation provides security and freedom.

2. Grab a Notebook, or Binder, or Computer

Most important, stash all or your vacation information in one place, be it a notebook, binder, or saved on your computer. Consider organizing your files into sections,like: lodging, attractions, activities, meals, maps and packing plans.

Next, create a packing list for each member of your family,and give them ownership of preparing their suitcase and determining what other necessities they may need.

3. Get Family Input

Find out what vacation aspects are the most emotionally important to each family member. When you know that one person enjoys trying off-the-beaten-path restaurants,another likes having a bit of cash for small souvenirs, and another wants to fit in hiking or swimming, you can plan destinations and days that help your family form positive memories along the way.

Family input also helps avoid vacation ruts. If you’ve been going camping because it’s tradition, but solicit family input and find out no one actually enjoys the camping tradition, you’re primed to change paths and make a new tradition that meets your family’s needs.

If you have big dreamers in your family, guide the brainstorming session with topics like ‘Things to do while camping’, ‘Things to do in the car’, or ‘Fun stops along our route’. This cuts down on suggestions like para-sailing and surfing on your drive to a land-locked state.

4. Surf the Web

‘Google’ your proposed destinations, to learn about: local attractions, restaurants and reviews, printable maps of the area–along with driving directions, schedules, and discounts to the activities your family most enjoys.Knowing which activities are free, which have a low cost,and which are more expensive, helps you maximize the budget you set in step one. Additionally, you can order event and activity tickets before leaving home. This could save you time and the frustration of waiting in line for tickets.

Online research can also help you save money on hotel accommodations. Compare amenities, rates, room combinations, and discount options. Look for mid-week specials, area attraction passes, free meals with room reservations, and other perks that add value to your hotel spending.

With that information in hand, make a call to your favorites, and see about additional deals or available discounts. Many can be had just by politely asking. For example, one family found a seaside suite motel that looked like a great home base for exploration up and down the coastal highway. A quick call to the manager secured a much lower weekly rate on their stay. Extending that leg of the vacation plan by one day saved over $150!

Another family discovered it would be more cost-effective to rent a beach side cottage, versus taking multiple rooms in a chain motel further from the water. With self-catering and in-cottage laundry machines, the family saved an average of $120 a night, compared to the original motel plans.

On-line research and pre-planning give you a ready stock of options, and let you tailor your vacation days to suit your family’s energy. Plan for some high energy days, and some low energy days, and no matter what happens, you’ll have options. Be sure to have a few options for lousy weather,and a few very open activities (such as pick-up deli chicken and have a picnic) that can be tossed into the mix at a moment’s notice should the family’s needs change.

5. Spread Out the Work

There may be many pre-vacation tasks that can be delegated to family members. Share the load. Print out individual packing lists, a countdown to-do list, and other organizational aides to display in a central area of your home, and keep everyone motivated and working together toward your vacation.

Even small children can be given some tasks. They could choose three books or a favorite toy to take in their amusement bag, or decide which five shirts they most want to bring along. Older children might be assigned packing buddy status with a younger child.

Teen and adult members might do well with full responsibility for mapping rest stops, planning layover activities for flights, or packing nutritious snacks. If you have one or two members who enjoy photography or blogging, assign them to document your adventure, and put them in charge of creating a family photo book from the images or blog entries later. Give younger family members disposable or inexpensive digital cameras for a very unique look at the vacation from an entirely new perspective. Let everyone take ownership of some aspect of the vacation.

Taking the time to plan with all your family’s needs in mind is a commitment, but the pay-off is a great, low-stress vacation everyone will remember for years!

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Vacation Money Saving Tips For Families

February 13, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Just for Fun, Pamper Yourself No Comments →

When it comes to family travel — many are on the lookout for vacation money saving tips for families.  
 
(ARA) – The slow economy hasn’t hindered travel plans for most families. Family travelers take an average of 4.5 trips each year, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Savvy families are able to travel and build lasting memories by making trips more affordable with the help of simple money-saving solutions.

Here are five vacation money saving tips for families:

Tip 1: Plan ahead of time  – Once you decide where your family will go, it’s time to research what to do. From visiting theme parks and museums to spending relaxing days at the park or beach, it is smart to do your research. Some places will give deals for advanced purchases or allow you to combine several activities into one discounted price. Your research might also help you discover some fun free activities in the area.

Tip 2: Seek out inclusive activities – Food, rides, shows and souvenirs, a day at the theme park – vacation expenses add up pretty quickly. Consider seeking out options where one price includes everything. All-in-one activities are great for families on a budget. Does the water park include free lunch with your ticket? Does your amusement park pass include a ticket to the music show they present? How about free child care for mom and dad while they’re at the restaurant? Activities that include extras can make for a hassle-free day where you never have to take out your wallet.

Tip 3: Book a hotel with all the amenities – and perks  – A nice hotel with many amenities can make all the difference after busy days of sightseeing or visiting friends and family. Home2 Suites by Hilton, for example, have comfortable suites for the family to stretch out and sleep soundly each night. Cook a meal in the suite’s kitchen for a relaxing night in and a money-saving alternative to nightly dinner outings. Make a day of hanging out at the outdoor patio where you can grill lunch or simply relax and catch up with the family in the Oasis, the hotel’s common hub for social gathering. The saline-based pool, maintained with natural chemicals, is also a fun spot for the family to enjoy. Bringing the family pet? Enjoy time with your furry family member on the outdoor green area for pets at this pet-friendly hotel.

Tip 4: Cut your food costs - By eliminating eating out for one meal a day during your trip, you can save a lot of money. A family of four can spend $40 a day on breakfast at a restaurant – that’s $280 for a week’s vacation! By choosing a hotel that provides a complimentary breakfast, you can pocket that money for a fun activity, or save it for paying down the credit card bill when you get home. Not all hotel breakfasts are equal – look for options like the ones from Home2 Suites that provide a variety of tasty options to please everyone: hot breakfast sandwiches, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal and a variety of bakery products.

Tip 5: Pack light when flying -  With most airline carriers charging for luggage these days, your family can rack up fees quickly if everyone has a full bag to check. For example, at $25 per bag per flight, it costs a family of four $200 extra round trip. If you can cut down on the amount of clothes and supplies you bring, you can save a ton. Check only a couple bags or just use carry-on luggage. Then, look for accommodations that offer on-site guest laundry. If you stay with Home2 Suites, you can easily do laundry on-site and either relax in the outdoor common space, or grab a quick workout in the adjacent gym.

Family travel is quality time you spend together creating memories that will last a lifetime. With these strategies, your next trip will not only be memorable, but it will be affordable too.

By using any or all of the above vacation money saving tips for families, you will be well on your way to saving money AND having a great time with your family.

The Secret to Successful Dating

February 07, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Just for Fun No Comments →

The secret to successful dating is to get to know know yourself !  Many adults really don’t know themselves and therefore they end up selling themselves short when it comes to relationships.
 
(ARA) – Do you really need studies and statistics to convince you that you want to be in love? Probably not. It’s no surprise that research supports what you likely already know – that people in happy, committed relationships, on average, live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives than their unattached peers.Even if you dated through high school and college, entering the dating world as a single, independent adult can be daunting. The rules and objectives seem to change when you’re out in the working world. Instead of just having fun, your dating priorities may shift toward finding that special someone whom you’ll want to be with long-term.When it comes to dating, knowing who you are and what you have to offer another person is every bit as important as knowing what you want. Here are some tips for learning about yourself, and how to parlay that self-knowledge into positive dating experiences.

Build your confidence

Self-assurance is communicated in so many ways. Whether it’s the willingness to take the next step in a relationship or simply knowing what you want to order for that romantic meal together, confidence is appealing on many levels. Take steps to build your self-confidence in your daily life, and it will spread to your dating life. Simple things like dressing neatly and well, standing and sitting tall, and even knowing your credit can help you feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer another person.

Know your own value

Think about what you expect from the person you want to date. Do you want someone who takes care of him or herself emotionally and physically? Someone who is financially stable? Do you match that image? Take stock of what you have to offer another person, and consider every aspect of your life that could affect a long-term relationship. Consider your diet and exercise habits. Are they the kind that will help you live a healthy, long life? Check your credit on a site like freecreditscore.com. Do you manage your credit well or are financial problems something you – and a potential partner – will have to deal with in the future?

Keep it real

It’s important to be honest with others in all your relationships, but it’s even more important that you’re honest with yourself. If your self-assessment uncovers things you don’t like about who you are or where your life is going, you need to acknowledge and address those things. Ignoring issues will not make them go away. Just as an untreated wound can turn infected, character issues or life situations that you don’t like will only worsen over time if you don’t take steps to deal with them.

Face your fears and challenges head on

Nelson Mandela once said the brave person is not someone who feels no fear, but someone who conquers that fear. Knowing your greatest fears and being able to face them is an important part of knowing yourself. It’s not always easy to get to the root of your fears; you may even think you have none. The truth is, everyone has a worst-case scenario they hope never happens, whether it’s losing their job, facing a life-threatening illness, or even never finding that special someone. The useful part of knowing what you’re afraid of is that you can take steps toward preventing it from happening, or toward being prepared in case it ever does.

Fun and Educational Toddler Activities

October 06, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Just for Fun No Comments →

Toddlers are full of energy. For them the whole world is just one big adventure. So just how do you keep these little explores busy?

Here are a few fun and educational activities you can share with your toddler:

Draw a Giant Picture – Buy a large piece of cardboard (poster size) at your local arts supply shop and have fun drawing a huge picture with your toddler. You can use finger paints, crayons or markers. If your toddler is young just let him scribble or dab paint onto the poster board. Talk about the different colors as your drawing, for example say “Wow, your orange tree looks really nice. Mommy’s going to draw a red balloon now”

You can even take turns lying on the sidewalk and draw a body outline of each other using chalk. Once you have the outline draw in the face and features.

Make a Mask – Using paper plates help your toddler cut out eyes, nose and mouth and paint in the colors of your toddler’s favorite animal. He can be a cat, tiger or even a mouse. Once you finish with your masks, put them on and pretend to be animals. Toddlers love pretend games and this activity will help build their creativity.

Go on a Field Trip – Nothing fancy, just go to the local pet shop and show your toddler all the different types of animals or fishes. You can also go on field trip to look for bugs around your neighborhood. A field trip to the supermarket is great fun too. I’m not talking about your weekly shop but just a special field trip where you buy only a few items but your toddler can help you choose, weigh and even pay for them. This usually works great with fruit and vegetables since there are so many different types.

Show your toddler the different types of fruits and name them. Talk about the different colors and textures. Let them be just like you and place the items in your shopping cart and on the checkout counter. This is a great way for even young toddlers to start learning about their environment and the foods we eat. You can even make a special fruit salad when you get home.

Fun Autumn Activities for Kids

September 19, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Freebies, Just for Fun No Comments →

If you are looking for some fun Autumn activities for kids, you’ve come to the right place.  Fall winds blow and leaves make their decent from tree limbs. It is the perfect time for fun autumn activities for kids.

Here are some fun Autumn activities and craft ideas that you can do with your kids: 

Create an autumn yard collage

This is a great way to get your kids involved in beautifying your front lawn for the fall season. Materials you will need to create your autumn yard collage include hay bales, pumpkins (all sizes), scarecrows, witches, cornucopias, etc. Anything related to fall will look wonderful. Stack your hay bales to create a backdrop. Next, place a huge scarecrow (or witch) on the center of the stack. Then add other complimentary fall accessories like cornucopias, corn stacks, ghosts, etc.

Make a haunted tree

Making a haunted tree is a fun activity for everyone. It is especially great to do right after raking leaves. First, pick the biggest, best tree in your front yard; preferably one with many long, crooked limbs. Next, take small white trash bags and stuff the top half with leaves from your yard. Twist and tie the bag into a knot, or use a twist-tie to close the end where the leaves stop. Turn upside down and you have a ghost! Make as many of these ghosts as you can, then tie them to tree limbs. As the fall winds blow, your ghosts will haunt your tree.

Happy Autumn Cards

Supply each kid with markers, paper, glue, glitter, stickers, etc. Let them make several autumn cards and write a special message on the inside of each one. After any wet appliqués are dried, gather the cards and take them to your local nursing home to distribute among patients.

Leaf Tracings

Fold 10 sheets of copy paper in half and crease in the center. Bind the booklet by punching two holes in the spine, threading yarn through the holes, and tying the ends. Take your kids to the park. Challenge them to find and trace as many unique leaves as possible.

Book of Leaves

Make a booklet, as described above. This time, have your child search for odd-looking leaves to collect and place in their book. Then give them an encyclopedia and let them research their leaves. Have them write down the name of each leaf and three interesting facts about the leaf.

Leaf Characters

Draw and copy different types of leaves onto thick construction paper. Let your kids cut out the leaves and apply glitter to add sparkle. Next, have them create leaf characters by gluing leaves together to create a face, body, and limbs. After the glue dries, they can draw faces on the leaves with markers.

Leaf Collage

Gather as many types of leaves as you can find. Glue the leaves in any kind of arrangement onto a piece of construction paper or cardboard. Alternatively, spread white school glue across an entire sheet of paper or piece of cardboard. Crumble leaves at random over the glue. When the glue dries, you will have an awesome leaf collage.
 

Using one or more of the fun Autumn activites for kids ideas above, will be sure to add some smiles on the kids faces.

Vision Boards For Children

July 18, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Goals, Just for Fun, Organization No Comments →

When children or teens are depressed they often have a lack of hope for the future.

Teenage suicide and suicidal ideation is a profound expression of hopelessness. It is often experienced as an overwhelming feeling that what they do is never good enough and inside, they are never good enough.

A vision board helps depressed children or adolescents to start imagining their dreams and goals for the future. The very process of making the vision board together will open a door for your child or adolescent to talk about their experiences and to start to address the negative thoughts that are in their head. Some teens may prefer to do it completely on their own, but you will have plenty of grist for the mill to talk about when you see their finished board.

Below I will share some tips on how to create vision boards for children:

The vision board can be a bulletin board or simply a white Styrofoam board. The process is to make collages of photos, magazine clippings, written affirmations, lines from poetry, and quotes which all represent their “outcomes”. They can also include special cards, letters, and certificates, written by others that say positive things.

In the centre of the vision board should be a photo or picture of your child or teen. It needs to show through their facial and body language that they are feeling happy. We suggest the most recent photo if possible. This reminds then where they were and they can be and feel happy again. Revolving around this centre-piece are visual images of goals that the child wants to achieve that will contribute to feeling happy again. For example, feeling happy at school, having a closer inner circle of friends, feeling joy and creativity, a special project they want to be involved in, or their dream job or career in the future.

It can also include other goals such as working somewhere, learning to play an instrument, getting back to playing tennis again or another sport, submitting their poems to magazines or designs to companies, showing their artwork at exhibitions. It therefore is a mixture of inner and outer manifestations that the child wants to create and new beliefs that they want to install in their brain.

Help them to set their sights high; dream a little, but also be realistic. They will need to show the visual manifestations of what they want in each of these four areas:

1. School
2. Sports/activities
3. Family life
4. Social life

Examples include making new friends, improving their sport or getting something they really want.

They think about what they want to achieve in the next five years from now. For a younger person it might be 1) obtaining GCSEs or 2) going on a special trip or adventure.

For adolescents, it might be: 1) what kind of person they want to be as an adult, such as a loyal and honest friend or a hard worker, and 2) what kind of job they would like to have.

Encourage them to imagine what sort of qualities they want to have in the next five, and then ten years. Since the dominating thoughts of a child with depression have been disempowering, hurtful, painful and negative, it is important to write very strong affirmations which will eventually eclipse the irrational destructive and toxic beliefs and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, helping the childs mood to become more on an even keel again.

The positive statements on the vision board should reflect the opposite of the negative thought patterns that they have. For instance, if your child has low self-esteem and suffers from a lack of confidence, then the statement could be something like “I am becoming more confident” or “my confidence is growing each day”. Another example is “I am” or “I am becoming” more… joyful, self-assured, positive in my thinking. These are important statements to help your child think of and write down.

It is very powerful to sit with your child and in a quiet place with beautiful peaceful music, and say “lets just try this exercise, nothing to lose. Imagine yourself already feeling as though your dreams have become a reality, your prayers are answered, or you have already reached your goals. This lifts one to a much more elevated mood.

Explain to your child that an affirmation can become even more powerful when it is turned into a song or chant. This is called an incantation because it is said with a focused purposefulness accompanied by body movement. Sometimes people proclaim this loudly when drumming, dancing or whatever movement they prefer.

Children and adolescents also can find and use quotes of their favourite person in history, current day celebrities or great role models in their life. Usually these great people have been resilient through trials, tribulations and adversity. They can choose their role models who are celebrities or famous people from both past and present who also suffered from depression (e.g. Mandela, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Einstein, Mother Theresa, Mozart, Abraham Lincoln, and Melanie C of the Spice Girls, Princess Diana, etc.).

Using the information above will help you to create vision boards for children that they will be happy to look at and aspire to.

Be sure to visit ‘How To Help Your Child Beat Depression. is a great resource that gives practical advice on recognizing depression in children/teenagers and offers essential tips on how you can cope with the challenges.

Free Summer Fun Ideas

July 05, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Just for Fun No Comments →

Summer is here and families everywhere are planning out some fun vacations to celebrate the beautiful weather. Amusement parks and renting cabins are popular ways to spend your summer, but not everyone can afford them.

Here are some no-cost ways to spend your summer with the whole family throughout the season:

Start a book club- Pick a spot in the backyard, and lay down a blanket large enough to fit the whole family. Have some cookies, lemonade and whatever snacks you choose to have. Use a book from the library and take turns reading it out loud. You can even discuss some things that occur in the book. Consider making it a weekly event and invite your neighbors and friends to participate as well.

Treasure Hunt- Some kids are into anything to do with pirates. You could plan a treasure hunt with their help. Scour your backyard, local beach or park and find things you could put into a treasure chest. The kids could also make some of their own items to place in the chest too. Spend some time searching for pirate information on the internet and use what you find to make up your very own treasure map. Then bury the chest or hide it in the house and let the kids try out the map they created.

Gardening- Make up a small garden or use a small portion of your existing garden. Let each of your children have a row or small area to use to grow whatever they choose to. Each child is responsible for taking care of their own crops. Help them research the item they chose to grow so they can see how to best care for it. When their crop is ready to harvest, they can reap from the hard work they put into growing it.

Help your child’s interests to grow- Find out what interests your child and help them research it. If your child is into sports, you can research their favorite team or print images off the net and start a scrapbook of their team. If your child is into crafts, you can research craft projects on the net and find some that are no-cost and interest the child. Teenagers may be more interested in playing a game of basketball, baseball or visiting a zoo.

Movie night- Some libraries have movies you can rent. Pick a night each week and watch a movie the whole family could enjoy. The children can take turns picking out what they want to watch for that week. Have your bowl of popcorn or whatever snack you choose, and sit back with your family in your own “home theater”.

There are plenty of ways to spend some fun time during the summer that doesn’t cost you money. Use your creativity, imagination, and get ideas from your children on what they would like to do. Plan some of those activities as a family and enjoy your summer.

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