Maya’s Big Scene | Book Review

Maya’s Big Scene sets the stage for the biggest production that Clark Alley has ever seen. A must read story for young readers!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Maya is a playwright with lots of ideas and BIG ambition, and the kids in her Mile End neighborhood are excited to bring her newest drama to life. It’s a play about freedom, equality and respect for all. But as her friends try to express ideas of their own, Maya demands complete obedience and loyalty. This is HER queendom after all! When Maya makes a scene, will her subjects revolt?

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Maya’s Big Scene sets the stage for the biggest production that Clark Alley has ever seen. Maya is a drama queen and wants the best production for the neighbourhood. However, when she makes a big scene on getting things done her way she realizes the importance of having others contribute to the production.

The children’s story is fantastic as it opens up conversations with kids on freedom, equality, respect and working together. Nikki and I spoke about how it is important for us to respect other people and the importance of working together.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! We have loved this story so much that Nikki has said, “Encore” a few times and we had to read it again. This story has a comic style to it which made it fun to read and Nikki enjoyed trying to read this story too!

“My favorite part is when Maya realizes that she isn’t being very nice to her friends and that they should work together. It isn’t nice to be bossy!” – Nikki, Age 6

This book is great for children between the ages of four and eight. If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here.

About the Author

Isabelle Arsenault is a Quebec illustrator whose passion for illustrated books has earned her an impressive number of awards and distinctions. She has achieved international recognition and has won Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literacy Award for Children’s Literature three times. She received a BolognaRagazzi Award in 2017 and was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018 and 2020. Three of her picture books have been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year. Isabelle lives with her family in Montreal.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review and we do not make commission off of book sales. All opinions expressed are our own.

3 Valentine’s Day At-Home Party Ideas for Kids

For some, Valentine’s Day was strictly an adult holiday. The parents went out for dinner, leaving the kids at home with a babysitter. Maybe you had a card exchange at school, but not much beyond that.

For others, Valentine’s Day was another special occasion that now floods the holiday with special memories. 

Life is too short; why not do both?

Have your romantic evening, but throw a party for the kids, too. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a memorable occasion.

1. Decorate Cookies

I know, I know—not particularly original, but kids love decorating heart cookies. And eating them. And (sigh) making huge messes.

If the thought of baking makes you shudder, and no judgment here, you can drop a load of cash at Etsy or online bakeries for the real deal, but remember we said you didn’t have to spend a fortune, right?

Many local grocery stores have undecorated heart cookies, but if not you can always go with Pillsbury and their cut-out and ready-to-bake cookies at Target and other locations. A wonderful option to simplify.

If you want to make your own, you’ll save money and they’ll probably taste better. Growing up, you probably had the big soft cookies made with butter or margarine or the crisp cookies made with Crisco. If you want the best of both, make crisp cookies with butter frosting so you get the taste of butter. 

Yes, you can get fancier with fondant or royal icing, but these are kids. The cookies are not going to be that pretty, anyway. You might as well have an icing that actually tastes good.

If you do decide to make your own, make the cookies ahead of time and stick them in the freezer baked and ready to go. If you try to do everything on the same day, you will be too tired to enjoy an evening out with your partner.

Make the frosting ahead of time too. Pick the food colorings you want and have it ready to go in pastry bags or plastic baggies with tiny holes cut in the corner. Trust me, you don’t want the kids’ help when it involves food coloring.

Cover your children in aprons or garbage bags with holes cut out for their arms and heads.

Then take a lot of pictures as they decorate! These are precious memories in the making. 

2. Disney-fy Your Valentines’ Day Party

Of course, Disney has a recipe for Heart-Shaped Pizza with Mickey Mouse Pepperoni. And why not?

Have the kids help with the assembly part and make this festive meal while you watch your favorite Disney flic—or one that you think is particularly appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Lady and the Tramp? Tangled? Frozen 2? What is your go-to romance when it comes to Disney? 

OR pick one that emphasizes love, friendship, and family—like Lilo and Stitch.

Play a Disney-centric game like charades based on Disney movies, name that Disney tune, or set up a Zoom meeting with family/friends and play Disney Scavenger Hunt! You can use this online resource or make your own list of items based on the age of the children playing.

Finally, an inexpensive gift to give your children that they’ll go crazy for are these Mickey Mouse ears at Presley Couture. They’ve got every style you can possibly imagine, with a nod to your child’s favorite characters. 

We mean it. OODLES of ears that are well-made and exceptionally priced. If you end up going to the Magic Kingdom, you can take them with you and already be all Mickey-ed out before you get into the park.

3. Ding-Dong Without Ditching

Have the children make each other cards, leave them on the porch for their siblings, ring the bell, and run away.  A time-honored tradition. Even you can participate with a cute card and stickers or candy for your kids. 

Then, box up some of those cookie masterpieces you made and choose a deserving neighbor. In the end, giving makes the best memories.

No matter what you choose to do, you can start new Valentine’s Day traditions with your children to help them practice showing their love to others.

Valentine’s Unicorn

The era of crafts has been in full bloom in our home as we look for ways to stay creative and active. With Valentine’s Day approaching, we decide to embrace love more now then ever before. As we all know the world needs a lot more of it.

We of course searched for some ideas on Pinterest that never seems to fail us. We found a few ideas that we love and will be sharing a new one on our blog as we create them. Therefore, you should stop by or subscribe to our blog to not miss any. 😉

Here is the Valentine’s Day Unicorn craft that is absolutely adorable!

Valentine’s Unicorn

Materials Needed
  • Paper Plate
  • Black Marker
  • Yellow/Gold, Pink, Red and White Construction Paper (or any color of your choosing)
  • Hearts (got sticker hearts at my local dollar store)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors (We recommend parents do the cutting for younger children)
Instructions
  • First draw and pre-cut the unicorn horn (gold or yellow construction paper), ears (white construction paper), strips of construction paper for the mane and nose heart (pink construction paper) to make it easier for little ones.
  • Glue the nose heart at the bottom of the plate and add two small heart stickers as the nostrils and a bigger heart at the bottom as the mouth.
  • With a black marker create the unicorn eyes. We used the famous closed eyelids with eyelashes. It is a classic look that Nikki loves.
  • Then, add the horn at the top but in the middle of the eyes (as best as your little one can). It doesn’t need to be perfect as long as everyone is having fun!
  • Next, you can add heart stickers in front of the unicorn horn. You can use any design or colors that you would like. Make it your own. 🙂
  • Then, glue the ears near the horn. You can then place a heart sticker in the inside. We did ours as an upside down heart.
  • Lastly, add the mane by gluing it to the back of the plate. Nikki picked the colors red and pink for the mane but you can use any color. I was hoping to do rainbow colors but Nikki wanted to keep it Valentine theme.

There you have it! Your very own Valentine’s Day Unicorn to brighten anyone’s day. We have posted it on our wall that we are calling our “Nikki’s Art Gallery.”

We would love to see your Valentine’s Day Unicorn and share them with us! Use hashtag #MelAndNikkiCrafts.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

The Aquanaut | Book Review

“When I was young the world seemed too dangerous. Everything was too hard. Places were too far away. I was too young. But that was okay because I had a big imagination…”

Synopsis

Jill Heinerth is an underwater explorer, a cave diver, and someone who has faced fear and felt the excitement of discovering new worlds. Inspired by her childhood memories. Jill tells a story about a girl who feels too young, too little and too far away from her dreams. In spite of this, the little girl finds creative ways to explore, meet new friends and have big adventures.

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The Aquanaut is an inspiring story of how you can be anything that you want to be. It is about building your self-esteem and know your own possibilities. You can’t help but feel empower and the illustrations transport you between childhood and then the reality of this child. It was so beautiful to see the comparison of her words and then showing it applied to her adult reality. It shows that dreams can come true.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview we give this book 10 starfishes out of 5! Absolutely love the back and forth between childhood and adulthood. The illustrations are breathtaking and really helps transition the back and forth beautifully. We also loved the bonus at the end with the Author’s note and photos from her grand adventures under the sea.

After the story, you can discuss with your children what dream they have and explore their imagination. We did that and it was amazing to hear all the dreams that Nikki has for herself.

“I love how the character thought she was too young to do anything. But she did so much. Now she does what she loves by exploring the world in the sea. My favorite part was when she said she wanted to fly and she does. Swimming in the water is liking flying.” – Nikki, Age 6

Let your imagination expand and let it lead you to your possibilities!

This book is great for children ages three to seven. If you would like to purchase this book, click here.

About the Author

Jill Heinerth is a cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and filmmaker. More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill has explored on Earth. She has written a memoir entitled Into the Planet; made TV series for the CBC, the National Geographic channel and the BBC; consulted on movies for directors like James Cameron; and produced documentaries, including We Are Water and Ben’s Vortex. Jill was inducted into The Explorers Club and the inaugural class of the Women Drivers Hall of Fame. She is also the inaugural Explorer-in-Residence for The Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the NOGI award, the diving world’s highest honor from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. When not traveling, she lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

About the Illustrator

Jaime Kim was born and raised in South Korea and now lives in North Carolina. Although she was a timid child who was afraid of just about everything, she discovered a sense of serenity in drawing. As a grown-up, Jaime finally stopped being afraid of everything but kept on drawing and painting. She works with gouache, watercolors and acrylics to create nostalgic and dreamlike illustrations inspired by childhood memories of her family, as well as movies, art and the outside world. Her favorite things are the sun, the moon, the sky and stars – which is why they always creep into her artwork. Her debut picture book, Take Heart, My Child, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for a honest review and we do not make commission off of book sales. All opinions expressed are our own.

We Adopted A Baby Lamb | Book Review

We Adopted A Baby Lamb will have you going awe! It is hard not to fall in love with Albert the lamb and we love the message of responsibility on owning a pet. Bravo!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Ila and her family have lots of pets, but they knew nothing about caring for a baby lamb. It’s a lot of work! Ila loves wrapping Albert up for blankie time cuddles. He’s so cute…but he’s also a troublemaker. Albert gets into EVERYTHING!

Can Ila keep her baby lamb safe and happy?

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We Adopted A Baby Lamb is an adorable book based on a true story of a lamb named Albert. It isn’t difficult to fall in love with Albert as he adapts to life with his new family and country life.

As a parent I love the message of the importance for caring and owning a pet. It is a big responsibility and this story reflects that beautifully to help children understand. We saw how much work it was to care for a lamb and even though caring for any pet is. The love is there and they do become part of your family.

That was Nikki’s favorite part! When Ilha realizes that her family is now Albert’s flock and they all loved him. We both went awe at the same time. 🙂

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 BAAAAAs out of 5! Illustrations and storyline were adorable. The message was perfect and we love being able to see the real Albert featured in the book too. You just have to see it! Nikki and I had a great conversation after reading the story about the responsibilities of owing a pet. It was a great discussion and exercise to do. We recommend to do this fun exercise once you finish reading the story.

This book is great for children aged three to seven. If you would like to purchase this adorable book, click here.

About the Author

LORI JOY SMITH is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared on greeting cards and in ChirpAmerican GirlTeen and Today’s Parent magazines, among other places. Lori has illustrated several picture books including Count Your Chickens by Jo Ellen Bogart, Run Salmon Run by Bobs & LoLo and My Canada by Katherine Dearlove. She has written and illustrated The Goodnight Book and The Good Morning Book. Lori enjoys knitting, drawing and sewing. She lives with her family in Prince Edward Island, along with a growing menagerie of pets — 3 cats, 2 bunnies, 1 dog and 2 sheep including Albert.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review and we do not make commission off of book sales. All opinions expressed are our own.

Roasted Chicken Recipe

Chicken is always my go to dish as that is the one meat that is best for my health. At times it can get tiring making grilled chicken; therefore, I shake it up a bit by making roasted chicken.

This dish is not an every day meal since it takes a really long time to cook but worth every minute!

Here is my recipe on roasted chicken and it is absolutely delicious!

Roasted Chicken

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash the whole chicken and cut the tail of the chicken.
    • Place washed chicken in roast pan.
    • Add your ingredients: salt, black pepper, chopped garlic cloves, paprika, Half cup of red wine and half cup of water. Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Remember to add ingredients on top and bottom of the chicken.

  • Cut the onions into rings and spread them on the chicken and within the roasting pan. It will float in the wine and water that was used.
  • Pre-heat the oven (475 Fahrenheit) and once oven is ready place the roasting pan in the oven.
  • Place timer for 45 minutes (oven times may vary depending on your oven). Once the time is up, turn the oven chicken over to cook the back side.
  • Place timer for another 45 minutes. Once the time is up, flip it again and add another 30 minutes.
  • Always double check to make sure the chicken is fully cooked before removing. Usually I do a cut in the chicken to check (make sure to wear your oven mittens).
  • Once complete you can remove from the oven. Once cooled, cut the chicken to your liking and serve with a side of your choice.
  • Optional – we made some chicken gravy to add over and depending on what we are feeling, we have used homemade stuffing (recipe coming soon), roasted potatoes or rice. Of course we always have a side of salad! 😉

And there you have it, Momma Braga’s Roasted Chicken! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

 

A Story of Immigration and Inspiration | Watch Me

“Watch Me is an inspiring children’s story about how immigration has made a country great. The diverse skills and cultures that we are surrounded by is what makes us all great!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Joe came to America from Africa when he was young. He worked hard in school, made friends, and embraced his new home. Like so many immigrants before and after him, Joe succeeded when many thought he would fail.

In telling the story of how his father came to America, Doyin Richards tells the story of many immigrants, and opens the experience up to readers of all backgrounds. Here is a moving and empowering story of how many different people, from different places, make us great. Acclaimed artist Joe Cepeda brings the story to life with beautiful paintings, full of heart.

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Watch Me truly encompasses what many people of all backgrounds faced when immigrating to another country. As a daughter of immigrants, I saw the struggle to create new roots in a new country and to work twice as hard to succeed for your family.

My parents came to Canada with nothing and built a life here. I am incredibly proud that they did it and they never lost faith that they could. This is why this story really grasped at my heart strings as to see Joe succeed when everyone thought he couldn’t is a great message.

The author, Doyin, describes his own father’s journey in this captivating story with simple text and breathtaking illustrations. Joe came to America and worked really hard even when people doubted him. He became a doctor and creating roots that you can see his family is very proud of.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! 

“This land is your land. This land is our land. There is enough for everyone.”

If you would like to purchase this great book, click here.

About the Author

Doyin Richards is the author of the pictures books I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin’ Work, and What’s the Difference? Being Different Is Amazing as well as a book for adults, Daddy Doin’ Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood. He’s been interviewed by Today (and is a charter member of Today’s parenting team), NPR, USA Today, The New York Times, and CNN, among others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.

About the Illustrator

Joe Cepeda is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty books for children. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, he lives in LA, where he is also the president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review and we do not make commission off of book sales. All opinions expressed are our own.

Easy Oven Roast Beef Recipe

Our recipes have been very popular on our blog and I want to thank everyone for taking the time to show us the love! In today’s post, I am sharing an easy over roast beef recipe that I created by taking what I liked best from my mom and sister’s recipe.

I am a very simple person and like keeping ingredients as simple as possible. After going on Pinterest almost daily for two weeks straight to look at roast beef recipes, I just got deflated. I didn’t think I could make it as it all seemed hard and complicated. Even the ones that said, “Easy.” I combined my usual ingredients and added a little extra to really bring this recipe to the delicious level that had everyone wanting more.

Oven Roast Beef

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your oven roast a day prior to let the meat soak in the ingredients for best taste.
    • Wash roast well.
    • Then make cuts in the meat on top. I sliced a bit into the meat but not all the way through. This way the ingredients can get into the meat and the juices will flow while cooking.
    • Place the roast in a roasting pan.
    • Add your ingredients: salt, black pepper, chopped garlic cloves, paprika, Half cup of red wine and half cup of water. Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Remember to add ingredients on top and bottom of the roast. Then massage it into the roast all over. This was fun!
  • Cut the onions into rings and spread them on the roast and within the roasting pan. It will float in the wine and water that was used.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter, one bay leaf into the roasting pan and drizzle olive oil on roast an in the pan.
  • Place it in the fridge with a tin foil covering it until you are ready to cook the next day.
  • The next day remove the pan from the fridge and after the oven is pre-heated (475 Fahrenheit), place it in the oven with the tin foil still wrapped.
  • Place timer for 60 minutes. Once the time is up, turn the oven roast over to cook the bottom side.
  • Place timer for another 60 minutes. Once the time is up, remove it from the oven.
  • Let it cool it down so it is safe to cut. Once it is, you can slice the roast beef all the way through. This is a great way to determine if you need to cook more to ensure that it cooked to your liking.
  • We like it well done so once it was sliced, I placed it back in the oven for another 30 minutes on one side and then flipped them for another 20 minutes (All timing can vary depend on ovens).
  • Once complete you can remove from the oven and it can be ready to serve with a side of your choice. I kept some of the sauce from the pan and onions onto the tray to keep the flavor. 😉
  • Optional – we made some gravy to add over the roast beef and I used roasted potatoes as the side for my family. This was a great hit!

And there you have it, Momma Braga’s Oven Roast Beef! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

 

5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Health

For any parent, your children are the most important part of your life. You no doubt want to protect them from harm and ensure they lead as healthy a lifestyle as possible.

Children are increasingly leading unhealthy lifestyles, consuming junk food, indulging in sedentary habits, and spending too much time on their smartphones. The effects of these behaviors are being seen in rising levels of obesity, illness, and mental health problems in young people. 

Our physical and mental health plays a huge part in almost all aspects of our lives, from eating to sleeping to how we entertain ourselves. And as a parent, it is up to you to ensure your child maintains healthy habits and behaviors. A young child might not have the best understanding of how their actions will affect their minds and bodies in the short and long term. 

So what can you do to help? Here are five excellent ways to improve your child’s health.

Set a good example

Your child looks up to you and is likely to see your behavior as something to emulate. If you smoke, drink, and spend your weekends scrolling through Instagram in front of the TV, your little one will not see this as bad behavior. It will be the norm. Make sure that none of your bad habits rub off on your children by taking extra special care to avoid them. The best solution would be to eradicate your bad habits entirely, by quitting cigarettes, reducing your alcohol intake, and deleting your social media apps. But at the very minimum, you should ensure you don’t indulge in any of these behaviors in front of your child. Set an example by exercising, eating healthily, and engaging in more wholesome activities like reading.

Cook healthy meals

What you put into your body plays a tremendous part in your overall health. If your child eats chicken nuggets and fries every single night, they are going to be unhealthy and have an increased likelihood of obesity and sickness. Cooking healthily can be both cheap and delicious, and is easy if you follow some of the many nutritious recipes you can find online. Many parents worry that their child won’t eat fruit and vegetables, but dietary preferences are generally learned rather than innate. If you raise your child to eat good food, they will grow up enjoying it and will adopt this behavior into adulthood. If you struggle to get your kids eating well, try to involve them in the cooking process to make eating healthily more exciting and interactive.

Limit their device use

Children these days spend an excessive amount of time staring at their phones and playing video games. This can have enormous effects on their physical and mental health, leading to issues such as obesity, impaired academic performance, postural problems, anxiety, and depression. One of the most effective steps you can take to improve your child’s health is to limit the amount of time they spend on their phones. Set dedicated times such as meals and before bed, when phones are not allowed, and encourage them to spend their free time with more productive hobbies like reading and playing board games. When they go off to school, there’s little you can do to stop them from feeding their screen addiction, but there are numerous monitoring apps you can install on their phones that will tell you what they’re getting up to. Read more on Family Orbit’s official blog.

Encourage physical activity

Every child should have a physical hobby, whether it’s football, dance, gymnastics or running. It doesn’t matter whether your child is a star on the soccer pitch or lacks coordination; there will be numerous forms of exercise you can do together as a family. Try out a Saturday morning parkrun, go for long weekend walks. or find a local sports club for them to join. Just a few hours of exercise a week is enough to build good habits and make them stronger, fitter, and healthier.

Set a sleep routine

Sleep is one of the most underrated aspects of good health, and it is essential for everything from academic performance to physical health to mental wellness. If your child doesn’t get enough sleep, they might do badly in school and be more susceptible to illness, stress, and obesity. Set a sleep routine to ensure they go to bed and wake up at a similar time every day. This way, you know they are getting their eight hours a night and will feel much more rested and healthy in the morning. 

5 Rules for Helping Your Child Deal With Divorce

Every year, thousands of marriages end in divorce, and while the experience is painful for partners, the emotional pain can also be incredibly damaging to those who don’t have a say in this life-changing decision – the children.

It is the role of the parents, both of them, to try to minimize the damage that’s often a part of the process, and help their children cope with divorce more effectively. Below, a couple of steps you can take to help your children through this difficult period in life.

Let your child know they’re loved

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From anxiety and depression to frustration and anger, there are a lot of negative feelings that surround the process of separation and divorce. Different kids will interpret them in different ways depending on their age and personality. Some may learn how to cope better with stress and become more tolerant individuals later on. Others, however, may start to blame themselves for their parents’ divorce, which can be detrimental to their self-esteem.

Regardless of your child’s initial reaction to the news, you need to make it clear to them that your decision to go separate ways does not change the way you feel about them. Let them know they’re loved, and provide reassurance if the other parent doesn’t show the same level of commitment.

Keep the lines of communication open

As a parent, you want to keep the lines of communication open during this difficult period and encourage your kids to talk. Let your children know that they can rely on you whenever they feel like talking to you, feel sad or confused, or simply need to ask you something.

They will be disappointed, angry, and sad, and they will probably wish for their parents to reunite. Your job is to allow your children to express their feelings, whatever they may be. Giving them the option to voice their emotions will help ease their frustration and help them feel empowered. Whatever you do, don’t downplay their emotions – it shows that they shouldn’t feel the way they do. Instead, let them know that their feelings matter. It’ll help teach your children to confront any negative feelings they have instead of avoiding them, which will only help them later in life.

Seek help to deal with your own painful feelings more easily

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Separation and divorce are just as stressful for the parents, and things such as custody, property, and financial problems only make the already overwhelming process even more challenging and painful. Finding effective ways to cope with divorce stress is essential during these difficult times, and keeping yourself healthy, both physically and emotionally, is important now more than ever.

If you know someone who went through this, consider talking to them. It can help you adjust to the situation and provide you with some valuable insights. You can also look for support groups, seek help from friends and family, and visit a therapist or a counselor. By dealing with your own painful feelings in a healthy way, you’ll set an example for your kids, and they’ll follow suit and adjust to this big change in the same way.

Make the transition as peaceful as possible

Despite the efforts to maintain their marriage, more couples are choosing to go their separate ways, and the divorce rates around the world are increasing. While the number of divorces involving children has dropped significantly over the years in places such as Australia (from 67.6% in 1975 to 47.1% in 2017), there are still thousands of marriages that end each year.

When ending a marriage seems like the only option, finding a trustworthy legal professional such as a reputable family lawyer in Brisbane can aid couples in navigating divorce-related matters and help them achieve a fair outcome. With a reliable professional by your side, you can deal with challenges more calmly and effectively while also being able to focus on the bigger picture and look to the future, thus making the transition as peaceful as possible.

Do your best to maintain your daily routines

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Divorce is a life-changing event and it can really make the children feel like their life has turned around 180 degrees. This is why remaining consistent with routines is so essential during this difficult period.

Having a routine to follow provides a sense of security, familiarity, and comfort – things that children desperately need when dealing with such a major life change. Therefore, do your best to maintain your daily routines – stick to your schedules, minimize abrupt changes, and keep things predictable. Doing so will reduce the risk of negative behavioral changes and help your kids overcome this particularly sensitive period.

Wrapping up

Getting divorced is a decision that inevitably creates a lot of stress and tension, especially when it comes to ending a marriage with children. It is during these times that children need their parents’ love, support, and understanding the most. If you follow these five rules, you can help your kids adjust to the new situation, overcome negative emotions, and look forward to the future after the divorce.

 

About the Author

Claire Adams is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. She enjoys life to the fullest in the healthiest way possible and loves to share her insights into parenting, education, and entrepreneurship. She is a regular author for Ripped.me and you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.