Showing posts with label #fatherhood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #fatherhood. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Should You Get Your Child Christened?

Having your child christened is something that a lot of parents decide to do without really knowing why. 
It is one of those traditions that people follow because they think it’s expected, even if they don’t necessarily believe in the religious aspect of the whole process.
For some parents, it’s not a difficult decision to make; if you’re strongly religious then you’ll likely want your children baptised but if you are not as strict with your religious beliefs then it might be a bit more difficult to decide whether you want to go through with it or not.
If you’re struggling to make a decision, here are a few things to consider.

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It Doesn’t Have To Be Religious

One of the main things that puts people off having their baby christened is the fact that they aren’t religious.
It seems odd to officially induct your new child into a religion that you don’t follow yourself. However, the religious aspect is only one part of it. 
In general, a christening is a way to officially name the child and celebrate their birth with your friends and family. 
Lots of people these days are opting to have what is called a naming day instead. All of the celebrations are still there, but without any of the religious elements. 
So you can still have a big party and get lots of great christening presents from places like Saffron Bells. That way you can still enjoy the process without feeling strange about it. It will also be a lot cheaper because you have more choice over the venue, rather than being limited to an expensive church.

The Child Doesn’t Have A Choice

Perhaps the biggest reason to decide against a religious christening is the fact that the child doesn’t get a say in the matter. Deciding on a religion is a very big choice to make. It isn’t just as simple as getting christened. 
When you choose to follow a religion, you are making serious decisions about your lifestyle that will affect you forever. 
If you have your child christened, they may feel as though they are being pushed in a certain direction and that unnecessary pressure may cause tension. As they get older, if they decide that they don’t want to follow a religion, they could end up resenting you for having them christened because they have that label even though they aren’t religious.

It Can Help With Schooling

It’s a sad reality, but finding good school places these days often takes some pretty drastic measures. 
It isn’t uncommon for people to move house to be nearer to a good school and improve their chances of getting in.
Religious schools are often some of the best ones out there, but they have strict rules about who can and can’t get in. 
Most of the time your child will need to be christened before they’re even considered so it might be worth having it done, if only for completely practical reasons.
Some parents feel uneasy about this because they feel like it devalues the whole thing, but if you can put those concerns aside, it can really give your child a head start in life.  

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Struggling To Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer?

We’ve all been there, but when you are looking for something both original and exciting to do with your children over the summer it can be extremely frustrating. 
No matter what you might have tried before, you probably want to try and introduce your children to something brand new - and that is where it can get difficult. 

Something that always works well is to make it vaguely educational, even if only a little. This means that you are happy as the parent, and they are happy at having found something new to do with the summer holidays. 
Let’s have a look at a few examples of the kind of activity you can carry out which suits these particular parameters.

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Crafts

If you think your children have something of a creative streak, you might want to try and bring it out and make the most of ity possible. 
This is a great thing to do at any time of year, summer included, and it will also mean that you are encouraging in your vkids something which can see them through the rest of their life. If you haven't done this before, think about what kind of art or craft your children are likely to enjoy. Whatever you think that is, you are bound to find something that works, and it is well worth doing. To make it more effective, consider getting involved yourself - this is something you could even just do at home if you wanted to, it’s that easy to get into.




Sports

Summer is the ideal time for getting your kids into sport, but one of the hardest decisions here is which sport to get them into. If you are bored of the old favorites, why not think about trying something new with the kids? 
You could take them on some kids golf lessons, for example, or you could try and get them into a game like cricket or tennis. It really doesn’t matter what the sport is, as long as you think it is something they will be able to enjoy and which you can easily get them into in your local area. Make sure you are happy with it, too - some sports might be too dangerous for kids of a certain age or disposition.
If you successfully get your children into a sport, you will probably more likely consider it a summer well spent, so this is definitely worth thinking about.




Classes

It might be that you want to make the most of the holiday by continuing the education - albeit in an extra-curricular sense.
This is not the ideal option for all children, but for some it just might be. 
If you think your child has a particular gift for something or other, then there is nothing wrong with encouraging them to learn more about that subject over the summer holidays. 
Just make sure that they genuinely want to do it and that they do not feel as though they are pushed into it in any sense.


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Friday, 14 July 2017

The Long Road To Leaving A Legacy

Most parents hate the idea of their kids being left with nothing when they eventually pass away. Instead, you want the money you have worked hard for to go straight into their hands, be it in the form of cash or assets. 
But, with taxes and other fees, it can be very hard to see this happening with your funds. Unfortunately, to ensure that your kids get the most they possibly can, you have to do some work. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the best ways to leave a legacy for your kids. It’s best to start as early as possible with something like. 
In some cases, people will start long before they even have children.

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  • Property

One of the best options you have regarding a legacy for your kids is property. Unlike cash, it’s very difficult for a home to be chopped up by the taxman. Instead, your kids will only have to pay a little bit towards their new home
Of course, a home isn’t exactly cheap. But, this shouldn’t matter. Most people will want to own their own property by the time they have a family, anyway. 
So, this will probably fall in-line with your normal goals. 
If not, you can look into other options to give your kids something physical when you pass. Other high-value items include gold and other precious metals or gems. But, these won’t be anywhere near as secure as property or the other options on this list.

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  • Investments

Along with investing in property, you could also consider some other investments. There are loads of methods to store your money which will result in passive income generation.
For example, if you invest in the shares for a business, you will be able to take a slice of their revenue once they’re making money.
Or, if you invest in stocks, they could be sold at a later date for a lot more than they were bought for. Bonds also make great investments to pass down to your children, as they are almost entirely risk-free. These sorts of investments don’t only benefit your kids, though. 
Along with leaving a good legacy, they could also help you to make a little bit of extra cash each month. This will help you to save even more, or spend something on yourself once in awhile.

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  • Life Insurance

This next option is arguably the very best for leaving a legacy for your children because it’s designed to be used in this way. Life insurance is built from payments which are made throughout your life. Then, when you pass, the money will be given to your kids. 
This will be entirely tax-free, ensuring that they get every penny of it. And, it can be a great way to give them more than you’ve saved. 500k life cover will rarely ever cost you half a million, even after years of putting money into it. 
But, through investing your money, the company providing it to you will be able to guarantee that your kids will get the full amount.
It’s best to start this sort of policy early, as you will be expected to contribute a large percentage of the funds. So, the earlier you start, the smaller the monthly payments will be.

  • Teaching

A lot of young people struggle with money. The skills required to balance a bank account aren’t taught in schools. 
So, people have to learn these skills for themselves. This is alright for some. But, for others, more help will be required. From an early age, your kids can be exposed to money and the decisions that come with it. 
You can teach them to look after the small amount of money they have. And, you can help them to be responsible with it when they have more. Very few kids have a true understanding of the value of money. But, this is something which can be taught quite early on. 
A lot of parents encourage their kids to get a weekend job once they’re in their early teens. This will teach them what it takes to earn money, and what money is worth regarding hard work.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working hard on the legacy you leave your kids. A lot of parents don’t put this sort of effort in. But, it can be an excellent way to give you kids a great start in life. And, it means you can rest assured that they’ll be looked after when you’re gone.


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