Why Children Need Grandparents

Grandparents are very important in children’s lives. Because people are living longer, more people have grandparents now, and studies are showing all the good that involved, caring, open-minded grandparents offer their children and grandchildren. Grandparents are good for grandkids if they understand their place and don’t try to replace the parents or spoil the kids in the wrong way. Grandparents Have Influence Most adult children who were lucky enough to have grandparents involved in their lives appreciate it, and are thankful they had that opportunity. They often quote the things their grandparents taught them and instilled in them. It’s not unusual hearing adults say that their most admired person in their life is a grandparent. The amazing thing is that without being pushy, grandparents are very much responsible for instilling values into their grandkids. This is true even when parents do things a little differently. Grandparents Reduce Parental Stress Grandparents...
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Why Is the Assessed Value Different Than What the Realtor Says My Home Is Worth?

Assessing the value of a home when putting it on the market with a realtor is affected by a number of factors. There are two numbers to consider when selling your home: assessed value versus market value. In some cases, assessed value and market value may be similar. But in general, the assessed value will be lower than the market value. Each of these two numbers will be used in different ways throughout the course of the selling process. Knowing the difference can help you get a great deal. Assessed Value Understanding assessed value starts with understanding who is assessing the property and why. Counties employ assessors to place a value on a home in order to levy property taxes on it. The assessor looks at what similar properties in the area are selling for. They also assess the value of any recent improvements, any income you may be making...
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Ten Tips for New Grandparents

If you’ve got the news that you’re going to be a grandparent, these tips will help you stay a favorite for many years to come. 1. Show Your Excitement When your children give you the announcement that they’re expecting, no matter what else is going on, show your excitement. Don’t think about finances, their relationship, or anything else but the positive news that you’re going to be a grandparent. Your child is probably excited, nervous, and even scared to tell you, because it’s going to make it all very real for them once the word is out. They need you to be happy and positive about it. 2. Tell Positive Stories It can be tempting the moment you find out about your daughter or daughter-in-law’s pregnancy to start sharing stories of your own. If you do, try to tell only positive stories right now, unless they ask. You don’t want...
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Which Vitamins Are Best for Skin and Coat?

Pets sometimes have issues with their skin and coat. Just like us humans, they can get dry hair, dry and itchy skin, and for some it’s worse than others. If your pet is having issues with their skin and coat, you may want to look for an appropriate vitamin that will help them based on the type of pet it is and their problem. Here are some alternatives. For Dogs Is your dog’s coat dull, greasy, or thin? Is their skin itchy, and are they scratching a lot? If they don’t have an underlying condition such as a food allergy or illness that needs mediation or vet care, there are options that you can try. * B Vitamins – These are important for a healthy coat. The most important B vitamin for a healthy coat is biotin. If you can get your dog to eat green veggies, peas, or nutritional...
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Why Am I Being Asked to Make Repairs?

Most people eager to sell their home want to do so as is, with as little effort involved as possible. However, if you are in any way handy with home repairs, or have a family member or good local handyman, making repairs could mean the difference between your house selling right away or staying on the market for months, and between a high sale price and a low one. Making repairs might also be a legal requirement before the sale of the house goes through. The mortgage lender will want to make sure the house is a valuable property with as few problems as possible. Here are a few of the main areas to fix up so you can cash in. Exterior The exterior, garden, driveway and garage will all be the first things people see when they come to view your home. You never get a second chance to...
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Seven Reasons Grandparent Relationships Are Important

Grandparents are parents without the discipline. As a parent, you have no choice but to use every single moment as a teaching point and a lesson. Parents can’t let up the same as grandparents can, because they’re responsible for how their kids turn out. That’s why grandparents are not the same now that they’re grandparents instead of parents. Instead, they complement the parents. Here are seven reasons why grandparent relationships are so important. 1. They Teach Family History The best way to learn family history, including what your parents were like as children, is to talk to a grandparent. Grandparents are the savers of history and all the funny stories from “the olden days”. Nothing is quite like hearing about your mom’s first date from Grandma’s perspective. It humanizes parents and connects children with their heritage. 2. Grandparents Are Fun It’s been mentioned that parents must parent. Grandparents may sometimes...
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Which Vitamin Format Is Best for Absorption – Liquid, Powders or Chews?

There are a lot of choices today for pet supplements. They have liquid, powders, pills, chews, and even sublingual (fast dissolving) varieties for pets. Your options are many, but some may absorb better than others. * Liquids – Often this is a great choice because if the pet will take it (either with a dropper or directly on their food), they will get it all inside their digestive tract faster without too much digestive work. But some people believe that since it’s a liquid form, the highly acidic process that happens through digestion destroys a lot of the benefit. * Powders – The good thing about powders is that they can be mixed into food and hidden. However, some pets, just like with liquids, are wise to it and don’t like the taste and will refuse to eat it. And you can’t do anything else with powders except to put...
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When Is the Best Time to Sell My Home?

Many factors come into play when putting your home on the market, but a study conducted by Zillow in 2016 has revealed that May is the best month to try to sell your home – and in particular early May. The Statistics The Zillow research discovered that homes listed between May 1 through May 15 sold around 18.5 days faster than homes that weren’t listed during that time frame. They also found that homes sold in that time frame were also purchased for about 1% more than the average listing, which translates to a bonus of around $1,700. The Joys of Spring A lot of people want to buy a new house in order to make a fresh start. It’s the ultimate in spring cleaning. In recent years, the number of homes available for purchase has been down, while the number of sales has been up, leading to a shortage...
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Is It OK to Indulge Your Grandchildren?

Everyone loves to say that the grandparents’ job is to spoil their grandchildren. But, what if you really are spoiling them in a way that will harm them, without meaning to? Stories have been coming out lately stressing that grandparents can be responsible for making their grandkids more susceptible to cancer because of junk food and “spoiling” them. But, there are ways to indulge your grandchildren in a healthy way that feels good and is not dangerous. Plan for Visits By their nature young children (and teenagers) can get bored easily. Boredom can feed into the spoiled child syndrome and cause meltdowns and lack of enthusiasm for visiting. Instead, make plans for the visit that they will look forward to, such as movie night, baking, hiking – whatever activities that will make the visit more fun for all of you. Turn Off Distractions When your grandkids are visiting, avoid the...
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Should I Give My Pet Their Vitamins before, during or after Meals?

Most animal medications have instructions regarding when to give them to your pet, but vitamins sometimes don’t offer help. In general, you will want to give your pet their supplements with food, based on the instructions on the package. Here are some tips on how to give vitamins and supplements to your pets. Read the Label The label will have a lot of information about when and how to give the vitamins to your pet. Some will say with food, some will say between meals, and some will say how many hours before or after meals to give it to them. One thing you do want to ensure is that they have fresh water. Ditch the People Food Some people like to put pills in hot dogs for their dog. The problem is, hot dogs are highly processed with lots of salt and other ingredients that your dog does not...
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