6 Ways to Fix a Sexless Marriage Before It's Too Late

When you first meet someone and pass the courting stage you will probably enter a period where you enjoy sex at every opportunity you get, this could be daily or twice daily.  However, every couple experiences a reduced need for sex as the relationship becomes more comfortable.  This does not mean the love has gone, rather that the time available has reduced.  Commitments at work and at home will often drain you physically and emotionally leaving very little time Read more

What to Do if Your Teenager or Young Adult Has a Drug Problem

Drug addiction can happen at any age, and nobody is exempt from the risk of becoming an addict. Teenagers may become addicted to drugs for a number of different reasons, whether they started trying a drug simply to experiment or have fun or as a result of more serious underlying issues such as depression, anxiety or chronic stress. If your teenager is using drugs and continues to use them despite the real risks of harmful consequences, you may need Read more

8 Surprising Reasons Why You Wake Up Tired

We humans need our sleep. Most of us feel at our best when we have had around seven hours of uninterrupted sleep. We then wake up full of the joys of life, ready to face the world. It is a different story if you haven’t slept well. You wake up feeling like death, hollow-eyed and groggy, and then spend the rest of the day fighting to stay awake. Everyone has a few bad nights here are there, usually when kids Read more

Women’s Guide to Anti-Aging Skin

You can never start too early to prevent your skin from showing signs of ageing. What you need is the right skincare and lifestyle tips to send them packing. Here are some tips to help you save face. Pack Your Moisturizer No matter what moisturizer you use, anything that will soften your skin will go the distance to giving you supple skin that is less likely to show wrinkles. However, there are some ingredients that will make your skin even softer, Read more

10 Easy-to-Make Dog Treats that Your Kids Can Help With

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Teaching kids how to cook is an essential part of parenting. It is an exciting activity that can distract them from their iPads and tablets. Easy to make dog treats are an excellent way to let your kids help with cooking. Before getting started, let kiddos know to stay away from the oven at all times, as even the door may get hot. Also, cool all the treats before sharing with your pup and always place them in air-tight containers.

Ready? Here are ten dog treat recipes that are super quick and simple: Read more

Control iPhone of your Child as Mother: iOS Parenting Guide

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Mother, to curb your kid’s phone usage, you may no longer need to hold their chargers hostage, yell out nightly countdowns (“Three more minutes!”) or draft up elaborate tech contracts that you’ll look at exactly once. At least, if you’re on Apple devices. The new iOS 12 parental controls are here, and they allow you to manage your children’s screen time—set app time limits, block off chunks of “downtime” and track their daily habits—all from your own phone. Here’s what you can do, and how to do it.

How to access the Screen Time feature for your child using your own device:

1) Make sure both of your devices are on iOS 12.
2) Set up Family Sharing if you haven’t already.
3) Go to Settings > Screen Time.
4) Scroll down to the names of those in your Family Sharing plan. Choose the child for which you’d like to set up parental controls.
5) Enter a four-digit Screen Time passcode. Choose one that you can remember and your kid can’t guess. You’ll need it to approve requests for more screen time.

Now, here’s a look at what you can do with Screen Time.

Lock Your Kid Out of Their Phone During Family Dinner or Bedtime

The feature: Downtime

How it works: Remotely schedule a block of time in which your kid’s device cannot be used, such as during family dinner or his little sister’s flute recital. During this stretch, an icon will appear on all his apps indicating that they are not allowed to be used. (Phone, Messages, FaceTime, Alarm and some other functions will still work by default, but you can shut those down, too, if you wish.) If there are apps that you do want your kid to have access to during the scheduled downtime—say, bedtime meditations or white noise—you can make them Aways Allowed.

Tip: It might help to talk about your limits with other parents in your neighborhood. If you all plan to block your kids out of their apps at the same time, perhaps they can—gasp—call each other on the phone or even hang out IRL.

Put Time Limits on Fortnite (or Any App)

The feature: App Limits

How it works: Set a specific amount of time that your kid can be on certain apps each day. You can create limits for either specific categories, such as Social Networking or Gaming, or all apps. (It’s a little frustrating, however, as you don’t get to determine which apps go in which categories.) A warning will appear five minutes before the time is up, preventing screams of shock and despair. Once the allotted limit has been reached, your child can send you a request for more time, and you can either approve it or not.

See How Your Kid Is Really Spending Her Time On Her Phone
The feature: Activity Reports

How it works: On your own device, you can check out daily and weekly activity reports showing you how much time your kid is spending in each app (or across categories of apps), along with the number of notifications he’s receiving and how often he’s picking up his phone. It’s a way to know if he’s sneaking in games during third-period math or playing Roblox when he’s supposed to be in his room reading.

The reports can also be a good place to start a conversation with your kids about screen time, especially if you’re tracking your own phone usage. (I am, and it’s slightly horrifying.) You can ask your children how much time they think they’re spending on their phones, and then compare that to the actual data. As Tommy Sobel, the founder and CEO of Brick, writes: “Most people use their phones twice as much as they think they do, so seeing your actual minutes spent can be an incredibly powerful impetus to get real with yourself and get motivated about the need to take control of your phone habits.”

Block Content and Turn Off In-App Purchases and Location Services

The feature: Content & Privacy Restrictions

How it works: We’ve long been able to limit kids’ access to music, movies and other content on Apple devices, but with iOS 12, we can now do all of this remotely. Under iTunes and App Store Purchases, you can choose whether your child may install new apps, delete apps or make in-app purchases. Under Content Restrictions, you can set content ratings for books, music, TV shows, movies and apps. (I like how specific you can get—for instance, you may want to block “explicit” TV shows while giving your kid unfiltered access to books.) If you don’t want any app to know your kid’s location, you can indicate that, too.

As your kids get older and show that they can use their phones responsibly, you’ll want adjust their Screen Time settings in a way that makes sense. Let it be an ongoing conversation. If you need some talking points, check out our age-by-age guide to setting smartphone limits for your kids.

What are the long-term effects of meningitis on a child’s brain?

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Meningitis is the name for an infection of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, known as the meninges. Meningitis causes these membranes to become inflamed, which can result in serious damage to the central nervous system.

The disease is very serious with a high mortality rate, especially if the infection is not identified and treated promptly. There are various different types of meningitis, including viral, bacterial and fungal, and correctly recognizing the types of infection so the right treatment can be provided is essential. Read more

Cord Blood Banking 101

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Shortly after announcing you were pregnant, you may have had a friend or family member ask if you were going to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood after giving birth. Whether you had already heard of this procedure or were unaware that such an option exists, you are definitely intrigued by the idea and want to learn as much about it as you can prior to delivery.

With this in mind, if you are expecting and interested in cord blood banking for your baby, take the following into consideration: Read more

Four Proactive Steps to Protect Your Child’s Identity

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You already worry about so much when it comes to your kid, should you really be worrying about someone stealing their identity, too? The answer is, unfortunately, yes. In the fall of 2017, Equifax revealed that from mid-May through July, 145 million consumers’ social security numbers and other personal data had been accessed in a major security breach. This massive hack put the issue of identity theft at the forefront of many parents’ minds, leaving them to wonder how this breach could affect the security of their identity and the identity of their children. While Equifax has said that none of the known victims were minors, children are certainly at risk for identity theft. According to the Center for Identity at The University of Texas, kids are actually up to 35 times more likely to have their identity stolen. Many thieves will target children because their theft can often go undetected for years, until, for example, the child applies for a driver’s license or a student loan. Instead of waiting until something happens, here are proactive measures you can take to protect your child’s identity. Read more

How to Prepare a Child for a New Sibling

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One particularly hilarious scene in the recent DreamWorks animated comedy, Baby Boss would have resonated with many of the parents who had taken their children along to see the film. The father and heavily pregnant mother of the main character ask him how he would feel about having a baby brother. “No thanks,” the child cheerfully replies, “we’re fine as we are.” Read more

Separation Support: 3 Strategies to Help Ease Your Child’s Transition Into Your New Home

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Your life has been turned upside down since your separation, but you’ve hardly had time to notice because you’ve been preoccupied trying to make your kids feel at ease amidst all of the radical changes. They are splitting time between you and your ex, and you are doing your best to keep things as normal as possible. To help ease the transition during this trying time, here are a few simple ways you can make your new place feel like home for your children. Read more

Kitchen Safety Tips for Aging Parents

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If your parents or grandparents are reaching advanced age, it may be time to implement safety precautions around the kitchen. Doing so can help prevent injury, provide for a safe working environment, and accommodate their unique needs. In some circumstances, implementing the kitchen safety tips discussed below may even save a loved one’s life. Get started today. Read more

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