Guest Post - The Five Most Annoying Thing Kids Do With Doors

~ Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM ~

Children are a lovely thing, all adorable in their tiny clothes, with minds still unsullied by the wide world that surrounds them. Sure, they can be a handful at times (a lot of times) but we still love them, even if sometimes it’s just because we have to (!). One of their more notable traits is the desire to explore everything around them in every possible way and to push the limits of their surroundings, just to see how far they can go, often leading to things getting more than a little messy. Bizarrely, I’ve noticed my kids –and those of my friends-  have a strange attraction to the doors in my home, taking every opportunity to see what they can do with them, so without further ado, the five most annoying things that kids do with doors:
 

#5 “We don’t live in a barn”
It’s a simple one, but gosh does it get annoying over time – Yes, it’s the classic leaving-the-door-open-when-you-come-in-a-room trick. As soon as kids learn how to walk, they’re want to explore places of the house previously thought unreachable, this is a pretty understandable trait in amongst itself but do they have to leave the doors open everywhere they go!? 
 

#4 “Don’t swing from there!”
Here’s another one for you – count the number of times you’ve walked into a room to see your child swinging from the door handle, weighing the entire thing down and generally being a nuisance. It’s likely been a good number of times, but here’s a horror story for you; one day, as I entered the living room to finally sit down, my son hung from the back of the door handle giggling cheekily to himself before a large cracking noise erupted and the door handle ripped straight from the wood, sending my son tumbling down and me to B&Q to replace the darned thing – all whilst reassuring my child that it was fine, but he mustn’t do it again.

#3 “It’s very nice, but what’s wrong with good old fashioned paper?”
Kids are an artistic bunch, with mile wide smiles when given the opportunity to draw what’s going on in their heads and see it come to fruition in front of their eyes. It’s usually for that reason that homes with children are usually littered with pens, crayons and all manners of paints, something that kids will always find use for. Cue spending the next couple of hours scrubbing as hard as you can, trying to get the pig drawing of mummy and daddy from the door before dinner.

#2 “I warned you about standing behind the door”
You can tell them and tell them, but children seem incapable of standing anywhere in the room but directly behind a door, meaning you either tentatively open every single door in your home, or your kid is getting a gentle nudge out of the way. Incredibly annoying and yet so simple! Genius, really.

#1 “Don’t slam the do-“.. “Oh, you did”.
Tantrums, tantrums, tantrums, an everyday occurrence in most households and apparently built in to every child is the desire to prove their levels of upset by slamming as many doors as possible. It’s by far the most annoying thing a kid can do with your doors, and gosh do they know it. Interestingly, this phenomenon has been noted back a long way in history, so it’s comforting to know the parents of yesteryear had to deal with the same nonsense.

 

Jakk Ogden writes for http://www.homesecureshop.co.uk/, a home security specialist helping consumers secure their homes with products such as home security locks and UPVC window restrictors.

Fancy a Short Break?

~ Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM ~

I wrote before that being a SAHM, one of the things I look forward to is taking a short break from home, to be away with my family on a holiday. Just in case you don't know, beign a SAHM is a hectic and tiring job, being stuck at home all day, 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days a year and now that I've begun teaching my 3.5 years old boy makes it even more appealing to take short breaks more often!

Currently, we normally go to family-friendly and near to the places of interests particularly beach area and with lots of good places with delicious food to eat! But we are planning to look for forest area for our next short break, possibly sometime after the new year since our latest family trip is just 2 weeks ago. Yeah, some kind of new year breaks would be awesome.

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Why forest area? If you have been following my blog, you would remember I bought a survival kit for my hubby's birthday this year. He is very into survival preparation and readiness and would really love to try it out in as close scenario and environment as possible, hence the forest / jungle area. So I have been checking out websites locally on family-friendly camping areas which are comfortable for our 2 kids to be in while still be able to allow my husband to try out his knowledge and tools. Will update you guys more often if this plan materialises.

What about you? Do you want to take a short break too?

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Covering Up Your Boat

~ Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM ~

A few months ago, we went on a weekend holiday with our brother and sister in law and their family members. We stayed for a night at Avillion Resort Hotel Port Dickson and it was the first time my kids get to see so many boats at close-up range.

I remembered thinking to myself that all these boats were harbored at the jetty and most of them are not being used, heck, I think most likely these boats are being used only when the owners are available to take holidays or rest days to use them...

Now I don't think I'm qualified to advice much since I don't own a boat but I think if you are not using your boat, the owner or caretakers should at least cover up their boat right? In Malaysia, we get sunshine and rain all year long so I think the benefits of getting your boat covered up is to prevent mold and mildew which can be damaging to the boat's interior and decreasing the overall value of the boat as well. And also salt water is corrosive so long-term exposure to the boat can also result in serious damage to the boat's motor.

I was just browing around and came across the EmpireCovers website and noticed the many selections on EmpireCovers which one can look through before deciding to purchase a boat cover to protect their boat. I think this is a cool website as you can actually shop for the boat covers by the model, make, year and so on.

Do you have any tips to share on this topic?

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