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Landscaping tips for your beautiful yard

mulchPlan before you get.
If you’re likely to pass on topsoil over a big area, remember that an individual cubic backyard of topsoil weighs over quite a bit. It will maximize sense to possess your materials delivered probably. If you do intend to transport your scenery supplies from the store to your home, be sure to work with a truck or even SUV of a compact hatchback instead.
Know how a lot of each landscaping materials you’ll need.
A cubic backyard of mulch or topsoil that's spread two inches heavy addresses about 120 square ft (or around 80 square ft at a depth of three ins). Flower beds need four to five ins of mulch, while mulching around bushes and trees requirements between three and four ins in depth.
Prepare the plot before a person mulch your yard.
Don’t mulch prematurily in the spring; your soil might not be warm enough, and the mulch shall keep the ground cool. Plus, you need to weed your water and beds any vegetation before spreading the mulch.
In case you are mulching around trees (or vegetation with wooded stems).
Leave an area between your mulch and the bottom of the trunks. This can assist in preventing rotting of the bark and get rid of hiding locations for plant-consuming pests like slugs or rodents. The very best mulch you could find on mulch Columbus, Ohio website.
For an open up area, consider setting up some flagstones in the mulch.
You can either create a walking route through the mulch or even place flagstones collectively for a square or even rectangular surface to produce a sitting area or even potted plant screen space. Landscape lighting could be a great choice for accenting highlights of one's landscape area at night.
For sloping areas, a rock backyard works quite well.
Rock Gardens protect from erosion and anchor your vegetation. Choose randomly-sized rocks over the sloped region and dig holes which are slightly bigger than each rock so that they are usually “planted” in the bottom. You can complete the gaps with mulch then, alpine vegetation, grasses, or some other flora.

Training the Fussy Eater

Toddlers can be fussy eaters who refuse to try a new food at least half of the time. Approximately half of all toddlers fit this description, so it is no wonder that food issues are a source of stress for parents. Establishing healthy eating patterns is important to avoid problems such as obesity and eating disorders […]

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Productive and Positive Potty Training

Your child’s showing all the signs of being ready to potty train. That’s great! But now where do you start? Explain to your toddler that going potty is a normal process of life and everyone does it, even animals. Talk with them about the toilet, a special place where they can potty just like the […]

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Timeouts Help Reinforce Positive Behavior and Discourage Misbehaving

Disciplining a young child using the time out method can be very effective, and will work with children as young as 18-24 months old. By using this method of discipline, parents are giving the child time to sit quietly and alone after misbehaving without becoming angry or agitated with the child. Designate an appropriate area […]

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5 Ways to Build a Successful Marriage

Marriage almost always brings two completely different people together. Unsurprisingly, conflicts can happen, but implementing small, simple steps can help strengthen your marriage. These  tips will help you to promote a happy, healthy marriage. 1. Learn to deal with problems Challenges arise in the happiest marriages, and disagreements can strain relationships. Learn to handle problems […]

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Creating Boundaries for Teens

  By Gail Fero   Children of all ages need boundaries, but teens need them most of all. Though it’s tempting, and may seem logical, to give your teen fewer restrictions, this will create more problems further down the line for them and for you. Teenagers are still not adults yet, and though it is […]

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Biosocial Development in the First Two Years

From birth to age 2, your child will display traits that seem simple on the surface yet, for some reason, amaze you and fill you with a sense of pride. This is normal. Otherwise, the field of developmental psychology wouldn’t be so interested in understanding how these mental and behavioral changes take place. Though the […]

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Preschool Activities You Can Do At Home

  Once your young child begins attending preschool, he or she will begin to ask to do some of their favorite activities at home. Here are a few of the most common types of preschool activities that engage children’s interest and helps them to learn new skills. Collecting Souvenirs A simple walk around the block […]

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3 Things to Do on Your Family Staycation

The economy may finally be on the road to recovery, but a lot of people are still feeling the squeeze. Sadly, one of the first things that gets dropped from a family budget is vacations. This is understandable, as they tend to be expensive and short-term. But it is also unfortunate because they are some […]

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Self Esteem and Your Child’s Motivation

  Have you ever thought about your child’s future and said something like, “I don’t mind if they’re never rich and famous so long as they’re happy”? Some parents want their children to feel good about themselves first; some adults will teach their children that self-worth comes from reaching goals. In fact, a good sense […]

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How to Spot Injuries in Young Kids

Young children often cannot communicate when they have been hurt, but there are physical cues parents can look for in their children.  Here are some common types of injuries and signs that a child may need emergency medical care. Head injuries Parents should seek medical attention immediately if a child seems much more cranky than […]

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4 Reasons to Keep Your Daughter Out of Children’s Beauty Pageants

If you’ve ever watched Toddlers & Tiaras on The Learning Channel, you’ve probably seen some the horrendous behavior displayed by parents and children in the world of children’s pageants. If you think the antics of these parents and kids who frequent the pageant arena is a rarity, however, think again. In general, child pageants bring […]

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Why You Should Encourage Listening Skills

You might think listening is an automatic response, and it’s true it can be hard to shut out the noise of the world around you, but effective listening is about processing the sounds and responding appropriately to the cues. Effective listening is an essential skill for learning and it’s something you can help your child […]

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How to Teach Your Child to Be More Responsible

Teaching children responsibility is one of the jobs you have as a parent. It’s daunting to think about but necessary. Many adults don’t understand responsibility, not for themselves, their finances or for anyone else. But teaching your child about accountability doesn’t have to be impossible. It doesn’t even have to be hard. Children who grow […]

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The Benefits of Outdoor Play For Preschoolers

In the modern world of games consoles and interactive toys, it’s easy to overlook the importance of outdoor play. It’s a big world outside of the classroom, and playing outdoors has a lot of offer. With the current trend of rising obesity rates in children, it has never been more important to teach young children […]

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5 Springtime Activities for the Whole Family

It’s finally here! Celebrate Spring with your kids with these five family activities. 1. Take the time to enjoy the outside and have fun at the same time. Let your inner child out as you and your children blow bubbles with home-made bubble solution. Hereís how you make it: Put º cup of corn syrup […]

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Football Brain Damage: Should Parents Worry?

With recent stories in the news about ex-football players succumbing to dementia and suicide, brain damage from playing football over a period of years has come into the public eye. For years, the NFL denied that players were sustaining brain injuries from the game, but autopsies on the brains of a number of players clearly […]

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5 Signs That Your Baby is Ready for Solid Food

It’s generally accepted that you wait until you baby is around six months old before you try to give them solid foods. Babies should only be given milk for the first six months and then at around six months old, they should naturally develop a desire to eat solid food. Before this point, your child’s […]

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6 Reasons to Take the Car Keys Away from Your Teen

When teens begin to drive, the event signals another step toward independence. It can also be a time of great stress for parents. The common hazards of driving, combined with normal teen immaturity, can make the early driving years a time of constant concern and worry for the child’s well-being. Parents can take an active […]

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3 Wholesome Snack Ideas Your Preschooler Will Love

Every preschooler looks forward to snack time! While the convenience of packaged, processed snack foods is tempting, these junk food choices are generally loaded with empty calories. To boost your child’s energy level in between meals and to encourage healthy eating habits from a young age, try out some of these fun, homemade treats. 1. […]

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How to Help Your Child Learn Appropriate Behavior

Children don’t always behave; in fact, it takes time to learn the social rules for different situations. Parents play a key role in helping their child navigate their way through the often unspoken rules about how to behave towards others. Research has shown there are certain conditions that need to be in place for a […]

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High Food Insecurity for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

A new study conducted by researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) has found that low-income families with children that have special healthcare needs have a high likelihood of food insecurity. This is the case even when they receive aid such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

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The Biggest Contribution of Parenting to Humanity

The definition of humanity is the state of being human; more specifically, of being kind to others. When we think of humanity, we think of marches or movements or platforms that further the case of equality. These have been a great way to bring attention to issues and be a catalyst for change. But what […]

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4 Entertaining Card Games for Family Game Night

Just about everyone keeps a tabletop game or two on hand for those rainy days at the cabin or a game night with the kids. But if that ancient Monopoly set finally had to be retired, and no one wants to play Scrabble this weekend, consider livening things up a bit with one of these […]

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3 Easy Snacks to Encourage Children to Eat Their Vegetables

As youngsters, many of us were admonished to sit up straight at the dinner table, put our napkins in our laps, and not play with our food. However, in this day and age, playing with food may be a good way to encourage children to eat the vegetables they used to push to the sides […]

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Moving Onwards: Your 12-Year-Old

You’ve supported your child for over a decade and he’s fast heading for his teenage years. What can you expect in the last year before teenhood and how can you help your son through it? Physically, your son is growing quickly and may gain up to 4 inches in height this year; this might make […]

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Moving Onwards: Your 11-Year-Old’s Development

Your daughter is facing some huge changes in her life: a new school, approaching teenhood and a body that’s changing in ways that may feel scary can make life challenging for her. She still needs your support and, though it’s trickier to help her, it’s worth all the effort. Physically, your daughter is fast approaching […]

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Encouraging Independence in Your Toddler

Whether you are a first-time parent or a more experienced one, the toddler years are sure to be a time of excitement. Those helpless baby days are long gone, and now your toddler is up and moving around the house. The amount of energy your child has seems almost supernatural at times, and you may […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Be More Physically Active

According to a June 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17 percent of children in the U.S. are obese. The CDC recommends that children engage in an hour of physical activity per day to fight against obesity and to maintain good health, but according to 2013 data, only 27 percent of […]

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7 Ways to Survive Another Snow Day

  Remember last winter, with its record-setting snow? And the 82 snow days your kids had? Well, this winter is predicted to be even snowier, so get prepared now. After all, we all know that feeling. You hear the words “school cancelled,” and a familiar sense of dread and annoyance settles in your stomach. Maybe you’ve […]

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Reducing Screen Time May Improve Kids’ Behavior & Focus – A Book Review

According to a new book, Reset Your Child’s Brain – A Four-Week Plan To End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing The Effects of Electronic Screen Time by child psychiatrist, Victoria Dunckley, M.D., excessive screen time can lead to impaired brain function and interfere with a child’s development. Dr. Dunckley reviews the […]

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3 Ways to Handle a Bad Report Card

Every parent wants to know that their child is smart. Whether your child is a bubbly first grader or a moody teenager, you want what’s best for your child. When your youngster brings home a report card, it’s natural to hope that your little one’s grades are good. Unfortunately, for many families, this isn’t the […]

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5 Ways Eating Well Can Boost Your Baby’s Brain Development

  The future may be hard to predict, but one thing is certain – intelligence and quick thinking will always give your child an advantage. If you want your child to succeed in school, college and work, many factors are involved, but there is one thing that any mother can control: what she eats during […]

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How to Talk to Your Teen About Sexting

  “Sexting” – sending or receiving sexually explicit messages, images, or video – is becoming an increasingly common part of modern life. A 2015 survey found that 65% of parents worried that their child would use a smartphone to send or receive explicit content. However, in the same survey, fewer than half of the parents […]

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Tech Tips for Parents: 5 iOS Apps for Busy Moms & Dads

Are you a parent with a serious love for mobile technology? Do you take your iPhone or iPad with you everywhere you go? If you are almost as obsessed with your mobile device as you are with your children, it might be time to combine your two passions. There are numerous iOS apps specifically for […]

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Moving Onwards: Your Ten-Year-Old’s Development

Your son is now officially in his second decade and, while he no longer needs you to hold his hand as much, you still have a valuable role in helping him negotiate the path to adulthood. His physical skills are now well developed and he might be interested in activities that require coordination, balance, strength […]

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Getting Your Preschooler to Stay in Bed in 4 Easy Steps

While all parents expect their child to have the occasional restless night, a preschooler who won’t stay in bed can be a serious issue. Some children don’t want to stay in bed, while others refuse to even go. Luckily, there are several tried and tested methods for getting a preschool aged child to stay in […]

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Moving On: Your Nine-Year-Old’s Development

  You’ve been a parent for nine years and you’ve seen your son progress from a helpless infant to an increasingly independent child with his own personality, but don’t worry, he still needs your help to grow into a healthy, happy adult. His physical skills have developed to the point where he has good body […]

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5 Reasons Your Kids Should Be Playing Minecraft

    In November of 2011, Mojang officially released Minecraft, a sandbox-style building game with an adventure and creative mode. It allowed its players to build almost anything, anywhere, and challenged them to build bigger and better. The game has since been adapted to multiple platforms, including online multiplayer. What Does This Have to do […]

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4 Ways to Spot and Nurture Talent In Your Child

What does your child do well? All children have abilities of one sort or another, though they don’t always reflect those of their parents. Your youngster might be the first in the family to have a knack for gymnastics or a penchant for the piano, or she might have a unique ability to make people […]

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