Finding Time for Yourself in a House Full of People




For many of us the holidays are a time for family. The in-laws come to visit, family members come from all over and everyone stays for a while. While this can all be wonderful, it can also be stressful, especially if you already have a crowded home. How can you find time to recharge your batteries and stay calm this holiday season? Here are some tips:

  1. Get Out – One of the easiest things to do when you are feeling a bit squeezed is to get out. Go to the store to pick up something for dinner, go to the mall for a last minute gift, or even just go hang out at the coffee shop for half an hour to recharge. You don’t need to tell anyone why you are going. Just say you have to pick up something and you will be back soon.
  2. Shut the Door – Although some of us feel it is rude to leave guests unattended, when it comes to family or long term guests it is a must. You have to have time to yourself or you will quickly grow tired of your guests. It is okay to retreat to your room and shut the door. Taking a long, hot bubble bath, reading a book, or just taking a nap are great ways to get away from everyone for a while so that you can return refreshed.
  3. Plan Activities –Another thing to do that your guests will enjoy also is to plan outings. These outings should be of the nature that you can all scatter and do what you wish. Trips to a local park or sightseeing location, a large museum or zoo, or even a trip to the movie theatre or arcade can allow everyone to be together without being on top of each other. If you don’t have a lot of money everyone can pay for themselves or you can find great affordable options like free or discount days to plan your visit around.

As you can see it is very important to set aside time for yourself when you have a house full of people. Even if your house full is not just there for the holidays, and especially if they are not, you need to set strong boundaries and make sure you get the time you need to recharge. We all have different comfort levels when it comes to being around others. Some of us, extraverts, love it and can handle long periods together. However others, introverts, can’t handle too much together time and need a lot of isolation to regain their balance. If you are a guest be respectful of the needs of others and give them some time to get away without feeling pressured.

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Setting Limits on Technology for your Children

kid on computer While iPads, smartphones, and other devices can conceivably be educational, they often hinder children’s ability to learn how to read, write, and spell. Young children often learn how to use smartphones and touchpad devices before they are able to learn how to write with a pencil. Some parents don’t spend time reading to their children and use technology as a way to distract and entertain their kids. Technology can be a welcome addition to the home, but it should be used in moderation.


Watch Your Behaviors


It’s important to remember that children will mimic their parents’ behavior. If you are always on your smartphone or playing on the iPad, your kids will want to do the same thing. Be mindful of your technology behaviors and make it a priority to spend quality time with your kids. To show your kids that they are more important than technology, do not use your phone or other devices during dinner or when you are outside playing with your kids. Be mindful of them watching you, and make sure you are focused on engaging with them.


Set Rules


If you have school-aged children that know how to read and write, there is a good chance they already play video games and enjoy watching movies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children spend less than 2 hours watching television each day. You need to make sure you are setting limits on how much time your kids can watch TV and play with their devices. There are some apps and other programs that do help children learn, but you want to minimize how long your kids use computers.


Set rules on their use of technology and focus on engaging with your kids. Several devices come with timer programs that allow children to know when they need to stop using them. This can help parents avoid a frustrating struggle to get their kids to put down the iPad and go outside to play. If you have kids that fight you or whine about stopping their playing time, it might be a good idea to consider taking away all technology for a week to show them how much fun they can have without being dependent upon technology.


Learning to Think


Sometimes, the hardest kids to talk to are teenagers. They love to use their smartphones, which can be an expensive problem for parents. It is important that you understand what your teen is doing on social media and other sites. You need to remind them of the importance of privacy and discretion. Teach your teen to learn how to think about social media by talking about their texting behaviors: Have they ever sent out a message they regretted? Did they ever become bullied or offended by text messages and social media posts? The goal is to help teens learn how to establish socially appropriate behaviors when they use their phone. Teens still look towards their parents for social guidelines, so if you are texting during dinner, or if you keep your phone on during a movie, they are likely to do the same.


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Winter Cleaning: Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Involved

child sweeping It’s fast approaching Christmas and it’s also time for that dreaded big winter clean-up. There’s no getting
away from it; every season seems to bring about a quarterly review of the household, and that could also mean that you have a big clean to do, every three months. The question is: are you resigned to this job to undertake yourself? Maybe it’s time to put your cunning to the test and rope the whole
family in on this winter’s clean. And here some basic tips on how to do it without creating more chaos.

The best way to do things is to try your best to make them fun. This is no easy task – brain surgery might actually be easier in most cases (we all know that tidying is rarely fun), so you’ll have to think outside of the box, and tailor the fun and potential rewards to you would-be team of cleaners.

You need to do a quick inventory of what the job will actually involve. Here’s a quick checklist to aid your initial task:

Are you utilizing storage and cupboard space well?
Is the house full of clutter?
As a household, are we guilty of hoarding?
What are our plans over the winter period?

You might be able to guess what I’m about to say, but here goes: clutter is the route of all messy households. There’s a distinct possibility that Christmas will create allot more need for extra storage space. That means out with the unused to make space for the new. Your old clothes and items would make someone very happy so give as much as you can to your local charity shop.

Now it’s time to lure them in.  It’s important to appeal to your children’s – and spouse’s – sensibilities. Bribery might work but ensure that this doesn’t involve anything that will cost you money. Make sure that everyone is free and get your plan underway. Like most things in life, tasks are much easier if you make the people involved feel like they have some ownership of the task. Give your little one’s elaborate titles, and put them in charge of their own rooms. Entertain the idea that they need to make space for potential new toys, and that giving older, unused toys would help other children out this Christmas.

A sweet and treat allowance could be suggested, but ultimately approved by them. A larger treat for the end of the task might be an idea as it gives them a goal to work towards. Put their favourite music on to keep their spirits high and a few breaks to keep the energy levels up; remember – you’ll also need a rest-bite here and there.

Most of all – try to enjoy the process. A chore is only a chore if it is done in a negative way. After the big tidy comes the best part: decorating the tree. Hopefully you won’t have started this until you’ve had the big clean-up!

Getting everyone involved will help to speed up the process, and in a strange way, have fun with the whole family. I wish you luck in your task ahead.

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Hysteria or Common Sense? Closings Caused by Bed Bugs

bed bug Bed bug infestations have become a growing concern throughout the U.S. in recent years.  The reason why these infestations have become so common is because they are so easy to go unnoticed.  Bed bugs are tiny pests that are difficult to spot and even harder to kill.  Even if only a few bed bugs are in your home they can breed very quickly, turning a small problem into an infestation.


This is why an emergency room in New Port Richey shut down their entire facility for a day after a patient came in crawling in bed bugs.  You might ask yourself, was this really necessary since only one person came in with bed bugs?  The answer is an astounding yes because without proactive treatment bed bugs can quickly infest an entire facility leaving others in harms way.  No matter if its a hospital or your own home, not treating the situation promptly can lead to a much bigger problem that can become both expensive and unhealthy for those who live there.  The key to avoiding an infestation is to understand what causes bed bugs to enter your home and what you can do to prevent an infestation from growing.


Causes of Bed Bug Infestations

The reason why bed bug infestations have become so common is because the bed bugs themselves are very small and difficult to spot. Most bed bug infestations also go unnoticed because bed bugs leave few signs of their presence to the untrained eye.  Able to fit into spaces that are no wider than the edge of a credit card, bed bugs will hide until they need to feed, which is only once every three days.  Baby bed bugs, or nymphs, will need to eat more frequently but they are so small you can hardly see them with the naked eye.  When a bed bug eats, it usually sucks blood from a human when they are most vulnerable which is when they are sleeping.  What makes them so hard to detect is that most people will not feel the feeding process.  The only traces they will leave behind are small bite marks on a person’s body.  Over time, even a small amount of bed bugs will grow into an infestation if gone undetected.

Detecting Bed Bug Infestations

The good news is there are some distinct signs that reveal the presence of bed bugs in your home.  When bed bugs feed, they leave a pattern of bite marks on their victims in the form of a line.  Although not everyone will have severe reactions to the bites, you can still spot the bites if you look carefully.  Another sign to look out for is bed bug excretion. After a bed bug feeds it will excrete small black dots which you can spot on your bed or infected furniture.  These small dots will be easy to spot if you take a moment to do a full examination of your mattress.  Also be sure to look our for the distinct musty odor they excrete and the spot of blood they leave behind when crushed.  If you feel you have witnessed any of these signs you should contact a professional for an assessment in order to avoid an infestation from growing.


Treatments for Bed Bug Infestations

If you think you have a bed bug infestation after conducting a thorough inspection, there are many ways to exterminate them.  Although home remedies are an option, it is recommended to contact a professional bed bug exterminator to ensure procedures are done correctly.  Professionals will use a number treatments to eradicate the bed bugs from your home.  The first and easiest is to remove all infested items.  Although this can be the easiest, it is often unnecessary and can be costly.  Another common treatment is chemical spray.  Chemical spray will fill a room with toxic gas that can kill most all of the bed bugs and has been a standard in the industry for decades.  The third and most modern treatment is using heat.  A bed bug exterminator will use special heating machines that raise the temperature of a home to around 140 degrees.  Once set, they will maintain that heat for up to three hours to ensure all bed bugs either flee the property or die due to the heat.  This option is a very effective solution to kill bed bugs and provides the least amount of health risk as well.  No matter what method you find to be the most effective, it is key to attack the problem as quickly as possible, because even a few small bed bugs can turn into an infestation in no time.


Bed bugs can effect anyone, and without proactive detection can grow to an infestation in no time.  In order to keep your home bed bug free be sure to look out for the key signs these small pests leave behind.  If you notice any suspicious signs of bed bugs, contact a professional exterminator immediately to ensure they are removed from your home and don’t grow into a frustrating and expensive problem.


About the Author:


Daniel Mackie, owner of The Bed Bug Tracker, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.