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4 Simple Ways to Support New Parents Who Are Struggling

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4 Simple Ways to Support New Parents Who Are Struggling

Do you have any new parents in your life? Perhaps you have friends who just had a baby, or perhaps a family member or coworker recently became a parent?

If someone in your life is just starting their journey of parenthood, they’re going to need more support than they might feel comfortable asking for. If you want to help them, but don’t know how, here are some of the biggest struggles they’ll face and ways you can provide your support.

1. They’ll have low energy for basic tasks

New parents will naturally be low on energy, whether it’s from staying up all night soothing a crying baby, feeding every few hours, or stress. This lack of energy will make it hard for them to accomplish even the most basic tasks like doing the dishes and setting appointments.

One of the best ways to help a new parent is to manage the tasks they don’t have the energy for. Granted, this is easier to do when you live with them or if they’re a family member you see often.

The most important task you can take on is handling their appointments. Find out their schedule of availability and once you know their schedule, you can make all of their appointments for them. For instance, if they need lactation support from a professional, schedule their consultation so they don’t need to make the phone call or deal with the logistics.

In addition to managing their appointments, consider doing household chores like laundry and dishes. You’d be surprised to learn how the smallest tasks can help the most. Here are some more ideas for small tasks you can take on to help:

  • Basic yard work
  • Making school lunches for their older kids
  • Picking up and dropping off older kids for school, sports, and appointments
  • Coming over for dinner and cooking for the whole family
  • Grocery shopping
  • Run random errands like going to the hardware store
  • Anything else that would alleviate stress and/or save time

2. They might struggle with breastfeeding

Many new mothers face unexpected challenges with breastfeeding. Sometimes they can’t breastfeed for health reasons or they struggle to produce enough milk. Depending on how close you are, you might be able to help with some breastfeeding challenges.

While it’s not always recommended, in some circumstances it makes sense to have a wet nursing arrangement where you feed someone else’s baby. You’ll definitely want to be safe about it since some infectious diseases can be transmitted through breast milk.

If you both decide you’ll feed the baby, you can also consider pumping and pasteurizing the breast milk to kill any harmful viruses and bacteria that may be present.

Being a wet nurse for your friend or family member may not be the right option, or it might not be possible. However, it is an option to consider.

3. They might need emotional support

Chances are, the new parent in your life will need your emotional support. The stress of being a parent can be extremely taxing and a little emotional support can go a long way.

You can spend time with them, share meals with them, or just make them a cup of coffee and talk. It also helps to simply be an ear or a shoulder. It never hurts to ask your friend or family member exactly how you can support them. If they know what they need, they’ll tell you.

Supporting someone emotionally is sometimes even more important than supporting them with money or taking over their household duties. New parents are going to be exhausted, and emotional support can sometimes be the magic pill needed to reduce stress and help them feel more rested and relaxed.

4. Ask what you can do for them

The number one way to support anyone is to ask what you can do for them. Most people know what they need and will tell you if you ask, even if they wouldn’t normally offer the information.

Ask the new parent in your life what you can do to help them while they figure out their new routines and get settled into parenthood. Let them know that no request is too small and if they don’t have any ideas in the moment, make sure they know they can reach out to you at any time.

Every ounce of support makes a difference

It doesn’t matter how much or how little you can offer the new parents in your life. Being a new parent is challenging, and every ounce of support will be appreciated.

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Giving Back While On Vacation

  

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There are actually extremely simple ways to give back to the country you are visiting so that you can help save lives while still enriching your own.

Traveling is mostly about you getting away from the stress of your everyday life. You also get to experience new cultures, buy excellent moments and just get a better sense of how the world around you operates. All-in-all, for the most part traveling, is all about you. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. There are actually extremely simple ways to give back to the country you are visiting so that you can help save lives while still enriching your own. That doesn’t mean you have to spend your whole vacation volunteering, you can spend all of your time on yourself while still giving to the less fortunate. So next time you consider heading out on a journey try some of these easy tips so you can not just enrich your life but you can enrich plenty of others as well.

 

 

If you search online you can easily find plenty of groups that make it easy for you to volunteer. These groups take donations from hospitals, clinics, medical suppliers and good samaritans that are packed in a suitcase and all you have to do is bring the bag along with you on your journey. Volunteers take all of these awesome donations and pack them into a bag that is passed on to you and all you have to do is deliver the bag.

 

Of course, before you head out to the airport with your bag you should always unpack the suitcase and check everything in the bag to make sure that they meet security requirements. However, the groups usually help by putting a letter in the bag that lets customs know what the supplies are for and where exactly they are headed inside the country that is also signed by a healthcare professional.

 

You won’t have to take any actual medicine with you, these are just supplied that other countries are in desperate need for so the everything packed in the bags is completely legal and classified as a humanitarian aid. You might be worried that checking bags gets kinda pricey, but most airlines will let you check these bags for free once they know that it’s filled with medical supplies.

 

These life-saving donations are only really useful when you travel to a developing country. London or Tokyo don’t really need medical supplies delivered, but if you’re traveling to Cuba or Honduras or somewhere like that then your donations will be very much appreciated and you will very likely save at least one person’s life. This may be a tough task for the beginner tourist, this is the type of endeavor that only people who are comfortable doing should try and do. They have never had a security incident the entire time people have been delivering medical supplies but a lot of people have gotten freaked out while trying to make the drop-off.

A lot of these remote places see people working incredibly hard just to get the medical supplies they need which we take for granted, like latex gloves or insulin syringes. So if you want your trip to make a very real difference then consider helping these remote areas in need by delivering them with some much needed medical supplies.


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Better Safe Than Sorry When Traveling In Mexico

  

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     Mexico is a beautiful country with plenty of amazing cities that are certainly worthy of a vacation. And, for the most part, it’s actually a much safer country than some people may think. But unfortunately, it still has it’s dangerous elements. And there are certainly things you need to know about before you head there. So if you’re planning on checking out Mexico anytime soon, make sure you read through this article first and are properly prepared.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

Of course! You already know this. That’s why you’re reading this article!

But more specifically, you should make sure to research the specific area in Mexico you’re going to visit. And there are certain places that need to be outright avoided altogether. Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas are all states that have a been hit with a Level 4 do-not-travel warning. This is because they have higher than average rates of carjacking, armed robbery, kidnapping, and even murder.

But there are plenty of other areas that have lower level do-not-travel warnings or none at all. So make sure you’re going to the safer spots!

WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK

This one has been around for a while, but it’s still just as important today. Food and water safety is still a major concern in many parts of Mexico. So be sure to take bottled water with you everywhere you go, avoid tap water altogether, and when eating street food (which, honestly, you have to do. It’s Mexico!) stick to the places with big lines of both locals and tourists. If everyone’s eating there, there’s a much better chance the food is safe!

SPEAKING OF DRINKING… DO IT IN MODERATION!

Look… this is Mexico we’re talking about. It’s almost not worth it if you’re not going to drink at least a little! But just be careful. It’s best to never drink too much, and it’s especially best to not take alcohol from anyone you don’t know.

It’s also important to be very careful where and when (if at all) you’re at at night. The crooks come out at night so you’re much more vulnerable to any number of crimes when you find yourself on the streets of Mexico at night. And if you’re drunk… well, you get the idea.

 

KEEP LISTS AND MAKE COPIES

No matter where you go on our next vacation, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. And that, of course, goes for Mexico. So be sure to bring a list of important contacts should something happen. And you’re definitely going to want to make copies of any and all important documents just in case any of them get lost or stolen. Just be cautious and cover all your bases!

ONLY USE REGISTERED TAXIS

There are plenty of people just waiting to scam tourists in Mexico. And cabs are a perfect opportunity to do just that. So if you need to take a cab while you’re there, only use registers cabs or, hopefully, use transportation offered by your hotel. Sure, you could save some money by using unregister cabs. But the chances the driver might try to rip you off are just too high. So only travel with drivers you know you can trust!

ONLY STAY AT POPULAR HOTELS AND RESORTS

What better way to decrease your odds of ending up around untrustworthy people than staying at the most popular hotels and resorts?! They’re popular for a reason, after all. So you can be sure they offer the best service, including security. If a given hotel or resort had a bunch of instances of robbery or worse, you can be sure they would not be popular options. So when it comes to accommodations, just go where everyone else is!

INVEST IN A MONEY BELT

This one is huge. There are all kinds of pickpockets in Mexico just waiting to steal some foolish tourist’s wallet. So carrying around a wallet is the last thing you want to do! Especially considering it’s best to carry plenty of cash anywhere you go. A money belt will protect your cash and cards from getting stolen as they’re much more difficult to get (or get inside of).

And while we’re at it, leave the expensive watches and jewelry at home! You’re on vacation to relax, not look your absolute best. You’ll thank me when you make it back home and nothing you care about was stolen.


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What You Should Know If You Drive Constantly For Your Job

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Driving for a job can be a part of life for some people in positions like that of sales or shipping. Driving constantly for work is something that you can make what you want out of it. Long drives can be full of learning a new language or even becoming updated on what is going on in the world. There are some that find a podcast that helps them get through a drive that takes a few hours or longer. The world of driving long distances is far easier as you have a smartphone to help you navigate, entertain you, and allow you to track expenses/mileage. Below are the things that you should know about constantly driving for your job. 

Tracking Your Mileage

Tracking mileage can be done easily with certain apps. This is especially important if you are paid by the mile or if you need to be reimbursed for your mileage. You want to keep track of this for tax purposes if self-employed as this will be tax-deductible. Figuring out stops during your trips can also be important if trying to save money on fuel. Gas prices have stabilized a bit but getting into a routine of stopping at certain places can make a long drive seem far better. 

Weather-Related Issues/Damages

The weather could be something that you cannot avoid in some circumstances. Getting an early start can be imperative in some cases when there are expected major weather events. Driving out of some states like Florida can be a nightmare when there are evacuation plans. Your employer will likely cancel this leg of a trip or schedule for a time outside of hurricane season which can be eventful for the southeastern portion of the United States. 

Damage can occur from things like hail which can be enormous. Sunroof repair is something that you can look into online to find a company that can help. Windshield issues are also prevalent as a look piece of gravel can lead to a crack in the windshield. It is illegal nearly everywhere to drive with a cracked windshield as it impedes the vision of the driver. 

Try To Opt For Healthier Meals

Driving on a constant basis might result in you resorting to fast food establishments every single day that you work. Meal prepping can be something that is such a useful tool. Eating on the road can be unhealthy and is not very budget-friendly unless you are given a per diem daily for food. There are containers that you can keep your food hot in for hours on end. Do not make excuses that something just doesn’t taste the same after stopping for a burger for the 5th time during the week. This doesn’t mean you cannot opt for fast food but you want to keep your health and energy levels high. 

Driving for your job is something that is a reality for so many professionals around the world. Use the tips above to make the most out of driving quite a bit for professional reasons.

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