Family Matters: Musings From A Rural Pastor

3 Ways To Reduce The Anxiety Of Those First Few Weeks Of Being A Parent

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Reduce The Anxiety Of Those First Few Weeks Of Being A Parent

Becoming a parent for the first time is often a confusing mix of joy and anxiety. You probably can’t wait to meet your precious baby, but there’s also the worry of whether you’re up to the job. You may feel weary from the weight of the responsibility that comes with being a parent, but don’t let this new challenge overshadow one of the happiest events in your life. Doing what you can to prepare for your transition to parenthood before your baby is born can help you feel more confident and settled in those early weeks in your new role. Here are three ways to reduce anxiety associated with bringing your little bundle home: Educate Yourself On SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is likely one of your biggest worries right now. There’s posters warning you about it in your obstetrician’s office and your midwife seems intent on bringing it up as often as possible, but just thinking about it happening to your child can feel overwhelming. Reading up on the causes and annual cases of SIDS is probably the last thing you feel like doing, but knowledge trumps fear. SIDS and Kids, a national not-for-profit organisation, provides a range of free resources on their website including a Fast Facts information sheet and advice on how to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby. Tips for reducing the risk of SIDS include the following: Keep your baby away from cigarette smoke before and after birth Keep your baby in the same room as you for at least the first six months Don’t cover their head when putting them down to sleep Position your baby with their feet at the foot of the cot to prevent them from wriggling down under the blankets Keep cot bumpers, pillows and soft toys out of their cot Always place your baby on their back Make Some Healthy Freezer Meals Are you worried about how you’ll cope and keep your home functioning when you’re getting little to no sleep? A little planning and preparation can go a long way to ensuring you don’t burn out during those first few chaotic weeks. Making and freezing some meals is a great way to ensure you continue to eat a healthy diet when you’re too exhausted to cook and it’ll save you valuable time when you’re adjusting to a new routine. The following meals freeze well: Lentil soup Lasagne Beef stew Chicken curry French toast Quiche Bean casserole Have The Car Seat Professionally Fitted The car seat being incorrectly fitted is another common concern for new parents, so avoid tension building between you and your partner by having it professionally fitted. This will give you reassurance that your baby will be safe and secure on their way home from the hospital, and the person who fits it will be happy to show you how to do it should you have to remove it from the car for any reason. Here are a few car seat safety tips to keep in mind: Your baby’s car seat should be labelled as suitable and approved under the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754 Airbags that could come into contact with the car seat should be deactivated before your child travels in the car Check the car seat straps aren’t twisted, which...

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3 Simple Ways of Making Funerals More Eco-Friendly

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You may not think of funeral services as being damaging to the environment, but today’s funeral homes and funeral services providers are offering more eco-friendly options than ever before. If you’re very eco-conscious and are pre-planning your own funeral service, or are planning the service for someone else who was very concerned about the environment, note a few ways of making that service more eco-friendly overall and the services and products you might choose. 1. Choose a green casket A green casket doesn’t refer to the color green but to one made with materials that are less harmful to the environment than most caskets. A green casket may be one made of natural bamboo or other sustainable wood, or one made with woven grasses. It will be unpainted and natural without any chemicals added; paints and varnishes added to many caskets allow chemicals and pollutants to seep into the surrounding soil as they break down. Green caskets are one common feature of eco-friendly funeral services that many funeral homes are offering today, so ask about a green casket during the planning process. 2. Plant trees Rather than having flowers delivered for the funeral, ask that guests have trees planted instead. There are many companies that will plant a tree in someone’s name in exchange for a small donation, and the money someone would spend on flowers can instead help to sustain the environment with these trees. Research beforehand the companies that do this and have the information available for potential guests. 3. Carpool A funeral often involves several limousines or large sedans for each part of the family and honored guests at a funeral, but consider how much fuel this uses and the emissions created. Multiply that by the number of funerals that happen all over the world every day, and you can see why funerals are not very friendly to the environment. While a large funeral procession may seem very grand, it’s also very eco-unfriendly. For your own funeral, or one you’re planning, arrange for carpooling or cut down on the use of cars otherwise. You might ask that everyone share rides from the church or other religious building to the cemetery and back, or rent minivans rather than limousines so you can fit a larger number of people into one vehicle. Whatever you can do to cut down on the use of cars for a funeral, the fewer emissions will be created for the funeral procession and the better it will be for the environment overall. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Chapel of the Holy...

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