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Ideas for Good Child Safety Award

ideas for good child safety award

Here at Ideas For Good, we take pride and joy in the safety devices that have been developed with your family’s security in mind every step of the way. There are so many intimate details that are involved when it comes to raising your child in a safe environment. Our smart, hardworking team of safety experts have worked long and hard to find the most reliable products that are geared towards your precious child’s safety. whether looking for anything from locks and latches, child safety gates and barriers to electrical and corner protectors. Each of these devices will bring more peace of mind through these growing years and allow your child to explore the world around them safely. That’s why we are glad to announce the Ideas For Good Child Safety Award for 2018 which goes to Perma Child Safety!

Locks and LatchesLocks-and-Latches

The variety of devices that are designed to secure drawers, cabinets, doors, and refrigerators and freezers is unmatched by any other baby proofing company. There are even models available that securely keep a faucet handle in the closed position. There is no more need to worry about pinched fingers, falling pots and pans, or through-the-roof water bills as your child runs through your home in search of something to play with or simply feed their curiosity with how things function. With over thirteen different styles available there is no doubt that you will find the most suitable design for every area that you wish to secure in your home.

Safety Gates and BarriersSafety-Gates-and-Barriers

Your home may be fairly safe as it naturally is, however, there are still some areas that would be even safer if properly secured by a gate or a sturdy barrier. The two primary designs of gates are either pressure mounted or hardware mounted models. Pressure mounted gates are best for traveling, quick changes of location, or simply using in areas that you prefer not to make marks on the walls or banisters. The hardware mounted child safety gates are manufactured with sturdy steel that is designed to not even budge an inch from the place you originally attach it to. These can be put up in an area that will accept the process of drilling screws and remain strong if pressure is applied to the gate. There are safety gates designed specifically to prevent your child from falling down the stairs, entering a kitchen, office, or even the deck as they play out in the yard. The specialty barriers are geared towards protecting your little one from fireplaces, flower gardens, or even act as a playpen in the Livingroom or in the middle of your yard as you do outdoor chores. All of these safety gates and barrier models are approved by the child safety requirements and will protect your growing family for many years to come.

Electrical and Corner ProtectorsElectrical-and-Corner-Protectors

The precious little fingers of your child can get into many more unwanted spaces than you may ever think possible. There are also table corners and countertop edges that your baby’s knee, elbow, or even head may encounter before you even imagine it to be an issue of their safety. Each of these up-to-date protectors will help prevent your child from accidentally electrocuting themselves or from bumping their heads or limbs on any open pointy counter and table edges. The 50 Piece Home Safety Kit contains locks & latches, corner protectors and electric outlet covers of multiple styles, shapes, and sizes. There are also three other models of electrical socket covers available for your specified taste. With this kind of variety at your disposal you are sure to find the right fit when it comes to properly childproofing your home.

These innovative child safety products will not only exceed your expectations when it comes to your child’s safety but will bring peace to the environment that your child is growing up in. Safety is one of the most important key components when it comes to raising your child. There is nothing better than having peace of mind with the safekeeping of your beloved children. By winning this award for the best ideas in child home safety, you can have utmost certainty that Perma Child Safety is a company that you can count on when it comes to securing your home and keeping your family safe with the latest technology in child safety.

Developementally Appropriate Toys

There are always a plethora of exciting gadgets and playthings on sale at any children’s toy store. It’s always tempting to buy the latest, in-fashion products with the newest technology or attention grabbing features. In some instances however, “more” doesn’t necessarily mean “better”. When buying toys for a baby or young child, it is important to first identify if the toy caters to the learning abilities that they need at that particular stage of their growth and development.

baby skill developement toyThe easiest way to do this is to base it on their age. If the child is a typical learner, then their mental age will be the same as their biological age. Children that are gifted or those with special needs will have a different mental age to their biological age, and toy purchases should be made accordingly. Once you have an idea of the child’s mental abilities it will be easier to pick an appropriate toy for them.

As babies, the developmental areas or skills that every parent should focus on are their gross and fine motor skills. This is especially true for the newborn children who are transitioning towards toddler stage. For babies, gross motor skills include the crawling, rolling, raising of the head, and tilting it from side-to-side. Rolling is the first skill that is learned, followed by crawling, walking and then running.

Children usually learn rolling and crawling by themselves, however, if a child shows signs of difficulty in performing these tasks, colorful mats from tummy time can be useful. They are visually appealing to the child and encourage them to flip over in a comfortable setting. Placing a plastic mirror in front of the child can also help promote their receptive and social skills. Numerous health benefits have also been given that encourage parents to engage their children in tummy time activities.
Fine motor skills can also be improved through the use of tummy time mats that have their own arch/gym. These will encourage the baby to touch the dangling items and reach out and grab the toys. These toys usually light up or shake which engages the child in the learning experience.

Djeco Doll House for Girls

A Doll House from Djeco

Other items that are perfect for fine motor skill development are rattles and soft books. If you want to inspire creative play for your baby, soft toys like some of these from Colette Bream are perfect. For slightly older children more advanced and complex toys such as the range of doll houses and accessories from Djeco are a good option. If you have a boy, some wooden toys might be more appropriate, take a look at the range of wooden toy cars here from Automoblox.

Having the right toys is just one part of the learning process. The most important aspect of any toy would be how it facilitates interaction between parent and child. It is always more fun and meaningful when the parent or caregiver plays with the baby. Match the sounds made by the object by identifying what object or animal usually makes that sound. Use hand-over-hand prompts to help the child manipulate the object properly. All of these seemingly small actions are the parts which really help the child grow and learn. No toy can every replace genuine guidance.

Tips on Picking the Right Tenants for your Rental Property

We’ve all heard horror stories about the tenants from hell. A Current Affair would have been culled from the Nine Network’s lineup years ago were it not for these stories of trash-filled, squalid homes and tenants who refuse to leave.

While these epic battles between landlords and their tenants might be extreme cases, disputes like these but on a smaller scale are a regular occurrence all around the country. Spending a bit of extra time selecting the right tenant for your property from the get-go is the best way to ensure you don’t end up in one of these sticky situations further down the track.

Generally speaking the majority of tenants are well behaved and clean people, however there are a small percentage of people who increase the risk of renting out your investment property. We spoke with Andrew a Brisbane property management expert about how you can ensure you don’t get stuck with a tenant from hell. Here is what he has to say:

Meet the Potential Tenant in Person

meeting with property managerYou can usually get a vibe about a person from meeting them in person. They might seem shifty, or you might just not feel comfortable around them, which is a good enough reason to not let them move onto your property. As a property manager I meet a lot of renters and I can usually tell which ones are clean and well-behaved and which ones are going to be a hassle to deal with.

Ensure you meet any potential tenant in person before signing anything. That way you’ll have a better idea of what they are like and how you expect they will behave.

Check their History

Generally prospective tenants will give you references. Make sure you get in contact with all of them to see what they have to say. People won’t usually add people to their reference list unless they expect a positive review, but you may be able to “read-between-the-lines” or even get some stories out of the referee that may give you a better idea about the personalities of the prospective tenants.

Also make sure you do a background check on them the make sure they do not have any serious criminal history. This could save you from some major hassles in the long run.

Ask for the Maximum Bond Allowed

There are legal restrictions on how much bond is allowed to be, but why ask for any less than the maximum. In Queensland the landlords and property managers are restricted to taking a maximum of 4 times the weekly rent as bond. Why take any less? If your tenants are responsible they will get it all back when they move out again anyway.

Take these steps and you are much more likely to get a responsible, decent tenant in your rental property. If you are not a good judge of character, get someone you trust; a friend or someone from your local property management agency to speak with the applicants on your behalf. A little bit of extra effort when choosing a tenant can save you a lot of money, time and stress in the long run, so don’t be lazy!

If you’d like more tips like these, check out the Rental Guardians blog or click these links to follow Andrew on Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter.


Giving Children The Best Start In Life

The world has changed a lot since we were children. Back in our day we didn’t have video game consoles, iPads, mobile phone apps, or even just mobile phones for that matter! Our toys were all real, usually educational, and often handmade. We certainly didn’t spend 24 hours a day sitting and staring at a screen on a TV or computer, either. You probably remember getting a lot of fresh air and sunshine playing in the great outdoors as a child. Unfortunately the youth of today are not so lucky and seem to have their face in their computer or phone all day, or at the very least with their earphones in listening to some manufactured bands’ latest hit.

Toddler with Educational ToysIt’s nonsensical to get caught up in the nostalgia of the past, but many parents of young children are concerned that the way their kids are being brought up and educated is not the healthiest. Conditioned by a barrage of clever and borderline unethical marketing and advertising, our youth are unaware that they are being manipulated on a daily basis to desire things they do not have. We are all affected by constant advertising but the youth who are not aware of the manipulative effects of repetitive exposure, are the most at risk.

Because of this, many parents are trying to get their kids away from all the high-tech toys and gadgets they have become accustomed to. Instead of letting their toddlers play with their iPads or cell phones, clever parents who want to help their children develop their mental abilities from a younger age are shunning technology for old-school educational toys. While some of the toys may seem a little archaic, the motivations behind them are far from it. Building a solid grounding in problem solving and logic is best developed through training and experience in real-world situations. Real educational games and toys have been shown to be far more beneficial to the mental growth and development in children, when compared to computer games.

One online Australian toy store is leading the way in helping toddlers and children develop their cognitive abilities. Renowned for their selection of toys and games with an emphasis on the growth of specific areas of mental maturity and quality, Educational Toys have brightened the lives of thousands of lucky children and parents across this great nation of ours. The founder of the company, Simone, has spend months searching the globe for the most educational and fun to use kids toys, while ensuring that quality standard were always met. Inspired by her desire to maintain an advanced learning platform for her own son, she has chosen only to sell toys that compliment her very high standards.

In a recent interview with the team here at Ideas For Good, she spoke of her love for educational games and toys and their benefits for children: “Children, especially young toddlers and babies are constantly learning through their interactions with the world. By playing computer games they are learning from an artificial environment, not getting an education from real life experiences. It doesn’t take a genius to see how this may negatively affect their cognitive growth and development. I love toys that promote intellectuality, I can watch my own child developing problem solving abilities as he plays. I can see him getting smarter, and this excited me.”

While we have discussed only one Australian online educational toy store in the above paragraphs, there are numerous other toy shops online and in a city near you. Doing a search online will yield a plethora of results in your local area, so take a look next time you are considering buying your child a new Xbox console or PS3 game. It may be hard to get your child to make the switch initially, but once you get them back into the great outdoors with the combination of some fresh air and a few new real toys for them to play with, (there’s no need to mention to them that they’re educational!) you may just have trouble getting them to come back inside for dinner.

Using Cakes to Analyse Family Structure in Melbourne

Families have long been seen as the glue that harnesses people’s welfare in today’s society. The family unit has changed quite dramatically over recent years, shifting away from the traditionally viewed perfect family of a married couple and their children to something that is much harder to define. For many members of the community, this change is strongly positive, signalling better care, safety, and support of those in need. But not everyone agrees that these changes are a step forward with some people taking the position that a break away from traditional family structure is actually societal regression. One thing that both groups agree on however is that the easiest way to bring your family together, be it traditional or otherwise is over food, especially cake!

Although couple families with no children were the most common type of family in Melbourne in 2006, cake sales were still up on the previous census. This may be because couple families with dependent children were just as common, meaning more birthday cakes, christening cakes and twice as many wedding cakes! The demand for cakes Melbourne wide was so large that cake shops were hiring new staff to deal with the spike in cake orders. The cake shop spike was not limited to wedding cakes, dramatic increases in birthday cake orders were also noticed. Analysts have suggest that the cake increase can once again be the result of the changing family structure.

Divorce has become much more commonplace in today’s society meaning single parent families with dependents has also been on the rise. It is possible to suggest that children in a single parent family will still be in contact with both their mother and father in some way, leading to the assumption that on their birthday they will receive two birthday cakes, one from each parent. Of course not every single parent in Melbourne is going to buy their child a cake, but the data presented highlighting the change in family structure does suggest that it may be a key influencer in the recent success of cakes shops in Melbourne.

Another interesting statistic which offers a counter argument to the rise in cake sales being attributed to the changing family structure is the number of people living alone. In 2006 there were 1.9 million people living alone in Australia, with that number set to rise to 3.6 million by 2031. This trend suggests that cake sales may in fact reach a peak and start to steadily decline as we move into the sad lonely future. What do you think? Are we going to be lucky enough to share our birthday cake in the parks of Melbourne for many years to come or are we going to be sitting in a dark room singing happy birthday to ourselves?