Monthly Archives: June 2013

Helping children deal with the stress of moving

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Kids, moving and stressA couple of months before we were supposed to move, we noticed a change in our children’s behaviour. We’d brought the kids along for the house-hunting and they were excited, exploring all the different houses, possible new bedrooms and fun back yards. It was a fun family adventure – we were moving!

Of course, we were stressed! Even good changes are stressful, what with all the planning and packing, and meetings with lawyers and banks and real estate agents – we were busy! So at first, we didn’t notice the little signs that our kids were not just excited but stressed out too. Being 4 and 6 years old, they didn’t really understand what it all meant.

Our son …

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Top ten tips for planning a family vacation on a budget

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Family vacation on a budgetIf you’re like many of us, this is the time of year you spend thinking about how to enjoy a great family vacation without breaking the bank. Here are our top ten ideas to help get both the adventurous and pragmatic juices flowing!

  1. Budget for your vacation. Regardless of whether or not you already have a formal budget, you should create one for your vacation. This is because the expenses that most of us incur during the holidays are very different from the rest of the year and if we don’t manage them properly we can end up in financial difficulty. Even smaller ticket items such as souvenirs can add up.
  2. Take a stay-cation. Consider exploring an amazing country visited
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Beat the newlywed blues

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newlywed bluesAfter all the celebrations have subsided and the last of the confetti has been swept away, there comes a lull that can land you in the dumps. Newlywed blues is a common phenomenon that can affect anyone. The trick is to nip it in the bud before it tarnishes the polish on your marriage.

Post-wedding blues is normal and should subside fairly quickly, much like that depressed feeling you get after you come back from a great vacation. But if you notice that this feeling of disillusionment just won’t go away, it could be a sign that your marriage needs a little help.

Studies on the early years of marriage have shown that the first two years of marriage are …

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