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Adrenaline fuelled days out for fathers and sons

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It’s a well-known fact that friendships form in adversity and nothing promotes human bonding quite like danger. That’s just as true when it comes to strengthening existing relationships, like those between fathers and sons. So if you’re looking for an exciting challenge to help bring you closer together, what should you choose? This article outlines some of the best.

Conquer a mountain

You don’t need to go to Everest to become a mountaineer. If you’re on a modest budget there are some great options closer to home, with both Wales and Scotland possessing peaks that are thrilling to climb and offer stunning views from the summit. Make sure you have good gear, go at the right time of year and pick the right challenge for your ability level and general health. Climbing isn’t all about sheer rock faces; there are many paths to the peaks that require nothing more than honest toil and decent kit. Nothing beats the feeling when you’re standing together at the top.

The drive of your life

If you’re the kind of guys who have framed pictures of Ferraris on his wall and a shelf full of books by Max Mosley, a day at the races could be just the thing for you. Just as Moseley reinvented Formula 1 and made it one of the world’s most exciting spectator sports, Thruxton Racing have reinvented the driving experience for those who want to enjoy a few laps on the track themselves. Pick your vehicle from a range that includes the latest Lamborghinis and classic Aston Martins, then go for a lesson and test yourselves against the clock to see if you can beat each other’s times.

Take the plunge

Want to do something really daring together? Then reach for the skies – and come straight back down again without the plane. Skydiving might be more affordable than it used to be, but nothing makes the first step into nothingness more exciting than knowing that you’ve committed to the challenge together. You can go through your training as a team and meet up again after the big jump to go for some well deserved refreshment.

Mess about in boats

There’s always something fun to do on the water; from the electric buzz of tandem jet skiing to the rather less demanding but still exciting business of manning a dinghy together. Canoeing lessons can be great fun and Britain’s rivers offer some surprisingly tough challenges, whilst kayaking is a fantastic way to explore parts of the coast together. Boating makes a relatively inexpensive day out even if you’re hiring all your gear and it provides you with a lot of space to enjoy those all important father-son conversations that it can be hard to find time for elsewhere.

Whatever kind of challenge you choose to undertake, make sure you go properly equipped, with good sturdy footwear and suitably warm clothing. When the adrenaline rush is over, sharing some sandwiches and a flask of tea can be a great bonding experience too.

Home Disaster Prevention Essentials: Recognize the Risks

Besides providing you with the basic shelter and being the storage to all your stuff, your home needs to be a place where you feel safe and sound. You will feel even safer and you will sleep much better if you know that you have done everything that you can to prevent different disasters that may happen in your home. Here are just some of the most critical issues you need to pay attention to in order to ensure maximum safety at any point.

Alarm Systems and Locks

Safety systems are probably the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think about the safety of their home. Having an alarm system is a good precaution, especially considering the fact that today’s home systems come in different sizes and levels of security, which makes it easy to choose the proper one. They can range from those that simply make some noise to those that automatically call the police station or private security company. Based on your needs, you should choose the one that will give you peace of mind about everything that can go wrong in your home.

Preventing Fire Hazards

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The first step in fighting even the remote possibility of having fire in your home is to install the fire alarms and to make sure that they are working properly. You need to have them all over your home and you need to check their batteries every month. In order to prevent the fire altogether, it is necessary that you make sure that your electric installations are all in order, that there are no open flames in your homes at any moment and that the stove is free of any flammable material around it. Firefighters also recommend making an escape plan in case of fire.

Preventing Piping Accidents

While some water on your bathroom floor may not seem like something that should alarm you, it just might not be so naïve. Constant water puddles on your floor may be the sign of a burst pipe and that will result in a big water bill, ruined foundations of your home and even some pretty serious issues with electricity if the insulation is damaged. If you’ve noticed issues like these, it makes sense to consult professional plumbers to help you understand the root of the problem, fix you pipes and prevent any accidents in future. This is especially important for families that live in regions where winter can get quite harsh, since this can cause different problems that may not even be as easy to identify at first.

Pests and Vermin

Not only do pests and vermin represent potential financial debacle, but they are also a great health hazard, especially rats, mice and cockroaches. Rattling noises during the night and similar things, such as dark specks in your kitchen cabinets are sure signs that you need to call exterminators. Check for vermin and pest signs like this and make sure your home is free. You can try with some home remedies for pests, but have pest control number handy.

Healthy and safe environment are very important for your life quality. If you have children, then this goes double as their home really needs to be perfect. If you feel you are not up for the task, you can always find professionals do these things for you. It may be pricey at first, but it will save you a lot of money that you will pay otherwise to manage the disasters that happened in your home just because the prevention failed.

Starting and Managing a Family Business

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Going into business with someone you have a close personal relationship with can be challenging in the best of circumstances. According to New Century Financial (http://www.newcenturyfinancial.com), whether it’s a sibling, adult child, parent, or your best friend, you have different relationships with these people at work and outside of work. This often leads to conflict, especially in the early days of your business venture.

It’s important for all people involved to establish firm boundaries immediately after going into business together. While you may not think this is necessary, it only gets harder to do if you wait. Discuss your expectations of each other early and be willing to shift gears when things aren’t working or there are frequent misunderstandings.

Avoid Playing Favorites

Tensions can run especially high when you manage employees who are family members as well as those who are not. Whether it’s legitimate or not, non-family member may see favoritism in nearly every interaction. When one member of the family is in a position of authority over another, it’s especially important to treat everyone the same. That means no laughing it off when your brother is 10 minutes late while another employee gets written up for it.

At the opposite extreme is the manager who is overly critical of his or her family member to avoid looking like that person is receiving special treatment. If you find it difficult to strike a balance, ask for feedback from all of your employees.

Make Sure You Hire Employees Based on Merit Alone

No matter what your mother says, you’re under no obligation to hire your unreliable sister who hasn’t held a job in years. In fact, there are many more risks involved with doing so than upsetting your parents. An employee who is regularly undependable at work does not put your company in a favorable light. It’s also a safety hazard. The last thing you want is your other employees looking at your wayward family member for clues on the type of behavior they can get away with on the job. Every person you bring on should have the skills, education, and experience necessary to succeed in his or her new role.

Keep Home and Business Completely Separate

If you don’t share the same last name as the family members you mange or work with, others don’t necessarily have to know that you’re related. You can certainly share this if you wish, but try to conduct your business in such a way that customers, suppliers, and other employees wouldn’t guess that you share genetics as well as a workspace. This can be challenging, but it’s not impossible when you keep your conversations during the day focused on business. If you’re the manager, don’t ask the rest of your staff to do special favors for your family member during the workday or outside of it.

Agree on Financial Management if You’re Equals

The rules change a bit if you start a family business as partners or a corporation. In this case, it’s important to see each other as equals and not revert to any roles you may have assumed during childhood. This is especially true when it comes to managing business finances. Whether you are considering company invoicing services or giving an employee a raise, it should only happen when all family members at the management level agree.

Benefits of Pre-School

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As parents, you want what is best for your child – especially when it comes to their development and education. There has always been great debate over the various benefits of pre-school and whether children are better off going, or simply holding off until kindergarten. While ultimately, the decision to send your child to preschool is up to you, there are key benefits that your child can receive, benefits that they may not have otherwise received by staying home or with a sitter.

Prepares Young Children for Kindergarten

Pre-school, as the name implies, is the first step before entering elementary school. As the academic requirements for kindergarten continue to advance, the need for children to begin learning at an early age is paramount. Most kindergarten programs require that students have some basic math skills and literacy comprehension. They also prefer children to have some social skills and independence before entering into kindergarten. Pre-school can help provide the necessary foundation to jumpstart their educational success.

Promotes Social/Emotional Development

When a child has only been under the care of a parent, close relative, and/or sitter, it can be hard for them to develop a trusting and lasting relationships with educators once they reach kindergarten. Pre-school, in essence, helps them to develop the social and emotional connection with teachers, making it easier for children to find the balance between home and school. Not to mention, children learn to socialize and develop relationships with a group of peers. This helps to create open dialogue, and introduces the concept of sharing and working together.

Provides Structure

If your child is not used to being on a set schedule or having much structure in their lives, upon entering kindergarten, getting through the day can be rough. Pre-schools on the other hand provide highly structured environments that are obvious to parents but invisible to the children. The classrooms and curriculum are designed in a manner that encourages social interaction while also minimizing the amount of chaos and conflict to an unstructured day.

Develops a Sense of Independence

Children get such joy out of being able to do things for themselves. Pre-school helps to lay the foundation for independence, which carries on into their educational career. When children are allowed to use the bathroom on their own, hand out paperwork, or even put things in their “cubby”, they feel confident in themselves and their ability to do things on their own.

Promotes Language and Cognitive Skills

Did you know that between the ages of three and five, a child’s vocabulary could grow from 900 to 2500 words? Pre-school can help to define their language skills through general conversations, various assignments, and other activities. Even pre-schools that encourage learning through play create many opportunities for children to develop language skills; reading books, acting out certain characters, and even through music.

Develops Motor Skills

Pittsburgh preschools utilize what is known as Creative Curriculum, which is a well-researched curriculum that is used to help further develop children’s learning abilities. Through various learning centers placed throughout the classroom, children are able to focus on various skills including pre-math, literacy, motor skills, and more.

Allowing your child to attend a pre-school program, for even half the day, can provide a world of benefits that they may not have otherwise received. While parents are often regarded as the first teachers to their children, it only benefits them more to allow them to be in a structural learning environment amongst a group of their peers. If you’re contemplating entering your child into preschool, be sure to review various programs in the area to determine which will best meet your child’s personality and learning style.

My Favourite Workout Playlists

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As a working mum of young children, I find my time at the gym the few days I can manage it to be very important for my mental as well as physical well being.  It’s my time during the week to unwind and do something just for me.  I have always found it harder to concentrate and work out to the best of my ability relying on the music that is played at gyms.  No offence, it works for some people, but over the years I have found that there are certain styles of music and certain songs that help encourage and motivate me better during a session.

If you are struggling for ideas of what to listen or just want to be able to switch your playlist up a notch the next time you head to the gym or are planning on starting to go to a place like this Fitness First , then in the following article you will find some of my favourite tracks for different kinds of training.

For The Gym – Cardio

Generally when I go to the gym, I work out on the cardio machines such as the treadmill, cross trainer and rowing machine; so I like to have a good mixture of slow build up songs at the start like, and this is going to sound cheesy but I love it, Don’t Stop Believing by Journey and Roar by Katy Perry.  Then I usually like to listen to some up-tempo dance, rock and hip hop tracks like Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters, Starships by Nicki Minaj and The Rockerfellar Skank by Fatboy Slim.  Towards the end of a session I like to have slower paced and more mellow songs, especially if I am doing some stretches on the mat so anything by D’Angelo, No Matter What by Boyzone (yes I realise that is sad) and More Than Words by Extreme.

For The Gym – Resistance Machine Training

Although sometimes I like to just get on and concentrate with the resisitance machines, if I am in the mood then music helps to push me harder.  I like any sort of songs with a good bit of oomph to them.  Heavy metal and hard rock are usually my preference.  So anything by Metallica, Megadeth or Anthrax is what I like to blast to give me that push to achieve more than I did the previous time.

For Running

When I am running, I normally only do short sprints and keep to a steady pace for most of the time.  Therefore, my playlist normally includes songs that I really enjoy that will help distract me from how my legs are feeling as I progress.  I actually find that songs that are well suited for driving to, work well for running.  As I have quite a diverse taste in music, thanks to my old rocker dad, I like a good mix of songs like Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, Get This Parted Started by Pink, No Diggity by Blackstreet and 99 Luftballoons by Nena.