Kids are expensive, how to save money

Dear Readers,

As time has past this year I have truly realized the fact that kids are expensive. Now don’t get me wrong, I would not change the fact that I have a child. I love being a parent. This still doesn’t change the fact that a child is expensive. I have been trying to save money and figure out ways to decrease the costs and here is what I have come up with so far

– Cutting cable – I bought a apple TV and stream everything from that or my laptop to the TV using the apple TV. It is saving me about $120.00 a month

– Bulk buying – I use Amazon, Costco, and Diapers.com to buy bulk baby and toddler items and this saves me around $40 a month.

– Coupons and grocery store perks – Using a grocery store that I can get all my regular groceries and receive money off for gas is a great way to save. This helps a lot! I save around $54.00 a month on gas alone. Plus don’t hesitate to use coupons for groceries.

Overall it is hard to save money and can take some time to find the best deals. If you know of any other ways feel free to add to my list!

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Safety kit supplies list

Dear Readers,

Do you have a emergency kit? Are you prepared for inclement weather? In light of the past few days weather it made me think of my emergency kit and being prepared for Hurricane Sandy. I searched through my emergency kit to see what I had and looked in the pantry to see what food was needed. As I was going through everything I realized I did not have a checklist to go off of in order to make sure I was prepared.  Here is a list of items that you need to have at a minimum.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Extra baby food if it pertains to you

This is a good way to make sure that you are prepared. Always keep track of the local weather conditions and news for updates on the inclement weather. As well make sure you and your family have a disaster plan so that each person know what to do in case of separation. Athomedadtalk logging out.

Bus stop safety

The bus stop can be a fun and exciting time. The bad part is that it can be a scary time for the parents. Bus Safety Tips for Parents and Students:

Walking to the Bus Stop:
Walk your young child to the bus stop and have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
Practice good pedestrian behavior. Your children should walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, they should stay out of the street.
If they must walk in the street, they should walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as they can.
Tell you child to stop and look left, right and then left again if they must cross the street. They should do the same thing at driveways and alleys.

Waiting at the Bus Stop
Don’t let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop. It is dangerous near traffic.
Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road while waiting for the bus. The child will then be out of the way of traffic.

Getting On and Off the Bus

Warn children that if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop. Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by busses on the right. Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting. Give your child a note or follow the school’s procedures if you would like for the child to get off at a stop other than the one they are assigned. The driver isn’t allowed to let a child off at another stop without written permission.

If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

Tips for Students When Exiting the Bus
If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you come back and she may begin moving the bus.
Respect the “Danger Zone” which surrounds all sides of the bus. The “Danger Zone” is ten feet wide on all sides of the bus. Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the “Danger Zone” and where the driver can see you. Always cross the street in front of the bus. Never go behind the bus. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so they will know where you are. Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Always go straight home and tell you parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up

Staying healthy for your child – (Try Crossfit)

Dear Readers,
One thing that I have been trying to do is to stay health for my child. I read a few books when my wife was pregnant and all of them mentioned that you should start to at least getting some type of exercise in three days a week to preserve your health. So I thought long and hard about this. In high school and most of college I was very healthy and in shape. I worked out, played soccer, and ran. I enjoyed being outside! As I made my way up the corporate ladder so did my weight. I took a long look at my eating habits and they were not that bad. I could make a few adjustments that would help but it was the lack of exercise that was making my weight increase.

I decided that I needed to do something. The question was what and how would I get back in shape. After looking into gym memberships, exercise groups, and a few other options I decided on Crossfit! I will tell you. Since I have started I have lost 15 pounds in 4 weeks. It is a tough workout but it is always changing and a great way to get back in shape. I was sore for about 2 weeks of the workouts but now I am feeling great and almost addicted to crossfit. If you have a crossfit group in your area I recommend that you try it! I want to be around as long as possible in order to see my little girl grow up. Being healthy is a good way to make sure that happens.
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Fall bucket lists for stay at home dads and their kids!

Dear Readers,

Every day and every season is another time to make memories with your children. As kids get older they don’t want to leave the house and only want to site in front of the TV! Well this fall lets change that by crossing things of the fall bucket list. Lori Garcia listed Things every kid should experience this fall at yahoo.com.

Bucket list:

1. Visit a farm stand or farmers market Enjoy the bountiful harvest of the season with the freshest and most colorful produce to be found! Your kids will love choosing farm-fresh veggies for your family’s table.

2. Visit a pumpkin patch! It is great for family photos and it is a lot of fun for the kids

3. Carve pumpkins! Since you have visited the pumpkin patch and picked the best pumpkin let your kids show their creativity and carve scary faces on your pumpkins. If you do not want the mess just use paint instead!

4. Jump in a pile of leaves. Do you remember when you were a kid and you had to help your parents rake leaves all day Saturday? If so it made it all worth it when you jumped in the huge pile once you were done. It is great fun!

5. Visit a corn maze. a lot of times these are at the pumpkin patches so you can kill to birds with one stone.

6. Pick apples! Go to an apple orchard to pick apples for a apple pie or some apple cider.

7. Family football! There is nothing wrong with a little family exercise and friendly competition. I bet you kids will always remember the fun you had playing.

8. Drink apple cider. Once you are done playing in the crisp air drink some of the apple cider to warm up from the cold.

9. Take a hike to take in the fall colors. The fall is a unique time to experience all the colors of the leaves changing as well as the weather.

10. Make some pumpkin bread! Fill the kitchen with the aromas of fall!

11. Get crafty! Have your kids make turkeys from construction paper, paint things for Thanksgiving, or what ever your favorite fall activity might be.

12. Plant flower bulbs Fall’s the perfect time to plant tulips, daffodil, and hyacinth bulbs to bloom next spring!

All of these are great ideas to help make great memories with your kids.See how many of these you can check off your list this year. Athomedadtalk logging out.

The full article is here http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/15-things-every-kid-should-experience-this-fall-slideshow/

Child Milestones from baby to age 3.

Babies grow in such unique ways: The baby who sits up weeks before her peers might be one of the last to learn how to crawl. Or the 18-month-old who’s still communicating with grunts and gestures suddenly bursts forth with prepositional phrases at 2 years. That’s why we created this series of charts.

Since babies aren’t identical — thank goodness! — the charts allow for variations in stages of development. Use them to gain insight into what you’re observing in your baby today and to preview what you can look forward to in the months ahead.

Milestones

Record the moments that matter in your baby’s amazing development.

One thing you shouldn’t use the charts for, however, is grist for the worry mill. Each chart is meant as a guide, not as a source of concern.

For information about particular milestones, click on the links below or head to the baby, toddler, or preschooler development pages.

Click on the link below to see the charts:

http://www.babycenter.com/milestone-charts-birth-to-age-3

Does your kid scream in the car seat?

Dear Readers,
Does your kid or kids scream in the car seat? Do you hate to go anywhere because your baby screams until they are out of the seat? Well if your baby does, then you are not alone.The second we put her in the car seat she would start wailing and wouldn’t stop until we got her out. I had friends whose babies would sleep under tables in their car seat or sleep in it all night. Not my daughter. I wanted to write to say that it GETS BETTER! She started to change around 9 months and for the past few months he has LOVED being in the car. The turning point began when she could play with her hands. Eventually we could give her a toy to play with. When we switched to the “big girl” car seat things got even better. Then once we turned the convertible car seat around at 14 months and 21 pounds there was a complete change. It either made her sick from looking backwards, was too cramped, or just wanted to see what was going on. Overall all things get better with change.

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Stay at home dad!

Dear Readers,

I am a stay at home dad that wants to reach out to people and share my experiences.
I also want to know more about your thoughts on being stay at home dads. Before my daughter was born my wife and I had the discussion on whether if she would stay at home or if we would put our daughter in daycare. We decided for her to work part time and take care of out daughter 4 days a week. Once our daughter was born my wife received a call from a company two states away near her family. The company was offering her enough money to cover both of our salaries but we would have to move.

I had never even considered staying at home with my daughter. I was a little timid at first. I would have to give up my promising career, family, and the only place that I had ever lived. We talked about it for a week or so and the decision was made. I would become a stay at home dad. We have now relocated and I have been a stay at home dad for a year now. I am enjoying every moment! I am hoping to share my stories, questions, my journey, and frustrations with you.

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