Five Ways to Make Your Visit Special

When you live a long distance from your grandkids, you probably don’t get to see them very often. Today, most grandparents still work, so they’re lucky to get to see the grandchildren during vacations and holidays. Having such a short time together can make it hard to know what to do to make each visit special. 1. Let Mom and Dad Lead the Way It doesn’t matter if you did it “that way” and all turned out fine. Your child has made a choice with their spouse to do things a certain way: their way, not yours. It’s not a critique of your parenting skills when children do things their own way. Try to remember what it was like when your parents or in-laws didn’t comply with your wishes with your kids, and don’t do the same thing. You don’t have control over this situation and no amount of fighting...
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Do’s and Don’ts for Grandparents

Being a new grandparent is a whole new world. Sometimes you can feel as if you have no control over the experience and in a lot of ways you don’t. Your children oversee their kids and you oversee yourself. That’s how it should be. Your job as a grandparent is to love deeply and not judge, while being a soft place for both your children and your grandchildren to fall if needed. * Don’t Talk Bad about the Parents – This can be hard if you dislike the in-law that your child chose as your grandchildren’s other parent. But, it is necessary that you keep your opinions, facial expressions, and thoughts to yourself. The only time you should interfere is if there is abuse going on, and that should be directly with the other adults, leaving the kids out of it. * Don’t Talk Bad about the Other Grandparents –...
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Bonding with Long-Distance Grandparents

Today with all the wonderful technology, there is no reason why long-distance grandparents need to be out of the loop. Children can bond with grandparents long distance if you make them part of your daily life using the technology available. Don’t think that Granny can’t learn new technology – dangle more time with grandkids in her way and she will learn. And, most grandparents today are actually pretty tech savvy. After all, the internet has now been here as we know it for more than 20 years. Here are some great bonding tips for keeping the relationship close in spite of the distance. * Read Stories – Send your kids an iPad, then use the technology such as Facetime, Skype, Facebook or Zoom.us to connect with sound and picture to your grandchild live at story time. Try to do it at least weekly. They can watch you read to them...
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How to Choose the Best Joint Supplements for Older Dogs?

Just like humans, older dogs often have bone issues like arthritis in their joints, which causes them pain and limits their ability to play and have fun. There are many different types of products being marketed to the older dog, so it can be hard to decipher what, if anything, you really need when choosing the best joint supplements for them. The main supplement offered both humans and dogs with joint issues, and that shows some promise in studies, is glucosamine. The Benefits of Glucosamine for Dogs There are several benefits of adding glucosamine joint supplement to your older dog’s diet. * Pain relief * Lowers inflammation * Rebuilds lost cartilage * Improved joint function * Easier joint movement * Improved energy In addition, glucosamine is inexpensive, has fewer risk than pain medication, and usually doesn’t react with other supplements, food, or medications other than blood thinners. The Drawbacks of...
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How Long Does It Take before I Start to See a Difference in My Pet?

When you change anything about your pet’s diet, including providing supplementation, the changes won’t happen overnight. Like with humans, it can sometimes take weeks to find out if a medication is working or not. Therefore, understand that although nutrition, supplements, and vitamins can sometimes help your pet, it’s not an overnight solution. Glucosamine This is a supplement given to pets to help with arthritis and joint pain. It can be purchased over the counter and some veterinarians will also stock it and give it to their patients for treating arthritis. While the evidence is not strong right now that it works, some people swear by it. Most vets say to give it at least six weeks before deciding if it’s working or not. Fish Oil Many people give their pets fish oil because they want them to have a nice coat and fewer skin allergies. Dogs and cats don’t have...
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Can My Pet Safely Take Supplements in Conjunction with Other Vitamins or Medications?

Just like many people today are learning that their bodies are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, we are also concerned about whether our pets are getting enough in their diets to keep them happy and healthy. Therefore, pet parents often introduce various supplements, vitamins, and medications to their pets without thinking of the long-term consequences. Our best friend, our vet, or someone else said that it was good for the pet, so we buy it and use it – not realizing that things we add to our pet’s body can interact together and cause problems, just like in people. What’s worse is that pets cannot tell us about their side effects, so we may be completely unaware of a problem until it’s too late. The Supplement Industry The supplement industry is a 15-billion-dollar industry which has very powerful advertising and marketing that affects our choices. As many as 30...
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Are Holistic Pet Care Products Good or a Waste of Time and Money?

Holistic pet care products may be very good for your pet, or they might not be. It depends on the company. One thing to remember is that a lot of words that are used to market products are just the words that the audience is attracted to when searching for products. Therefore, if being holistic is important to you, that’s the type of product you’ll search for, find, and buy for your pet. What Are “Holistic” Pet Care Products? Let’s start by talking about what holistic pet care products mean to the consumer. First we need to backtrack and talk about how commercial pet food was even invented. Grain mills needed to find a way to use up the waste from the process, and someone smart came up with the idea of using it in pet food since the rules for making pet food were very lax. Pet owners are...
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What Are Closing Expenses and Am I Responsible for Paying Them?

Closing expenses, or closings costs, are part of the process of finalizing the sale of a house. In some cases, the closing costs might be paid by the seller, and in other cases by the buyer. It will depend on the nature of the fees, and how good a deal the parties negotiate with one another. Seller Closing Costs If you have used a realtor, one of your biggest expenses will be the commission on the final price of the property. This will usually be 5% or more of the value of the home. The other fees vary depending on where you live, but anticipate 6% to 10% of additional costs. Other charges will be itemized on the HUD-1 Settlement Statement, for both sellers and buyers. https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-is-a-hud-1-settlement-statement-en-178/ These fees will not have to be paid in cash, but rather, out of the price of the house. However, it is important...
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How Long Does the Realtor Listing Agreement Last, and Are the Commissions Negotiable?

A realtor listing agreement is a written, binding legal document between you as the seller of your property and a real estate agent who will help handle the sale of your home and earn a commission from it once the sale is made. The realtor earns their commission through marketing your home in a range of ways and handling a lot of the important paperwork involved. It is up to you to decide how long you would like to list your home with that particular realtor. You can negotiate with the realtor in terms of duration and payment of commissions. For example, they may list it for you, but you might be the person who finds the buyer in the end – in which case, they would not get the commission. The Average Duration The average duration of most contracts is six months. If the house does not sell by...
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How Does the Inspection Phase Work?

The inspection phase of a home will vary from county to county, but in general, all inspections will involve evaluating certain aspects of the home before a seller can sell their home to a prospective buyer. Health and safety are important considerations. Basic amenities expected of a modern building should also be in place and functioning properly. Inspections are crucial to help arrive at a final sale price as well. If there are any serious issues, the bank may determine the seller needs to fix them before the sale can go ahead. In some cases, the prospective buyer might agree to make the repairs, but would also expect to get the house for a lower price in consideration for the work and money they will be putting in. The Required Areas of Inspection The usual areas of inspection are: * Structure * Exterior * Roofing system * Plumbing system *...
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