Getting Ready for the Inevitable: How to Care for Aging Friends and Family

Sooner or later, the people that we’ve grown used to will stop being themselves. Our parents that used to drive may no longer be able to, the uncle that handled DIY projects like a pro will retire, and the neighbour that watched us grow might not be able to climb stairs. It’s a painful thought, but it’s inevitable. Sooner or later, we’ll be stripped of the actions that we currently take for granted. However, let’s not think that far ahead, and let’s focus on the now.

 

Caring for the elderly shouldn’t be seen as a job, although it might end up feeling like that at times. However, they need support both physically and mentally, so here are some tips on getting closer to your loved ones and how to support them.

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Speak with Them

 

The worst thing you can do is cut contact. People don’t realise they’re growing old overnight—it’s a process that slowly eats away at their enthusiasm and health over many years. Don’t be overbearing and scream or mock them for being unable to do tasks they used to. We sometimes take interaction with our loved ones for granted, and we should never let a short temper get the best of us.

 

If you live far away, then consider calling them at least a few times each week. Teach them to use social media and other internet services so you can keep in touch with “new” technology and not just the phone. Despite their age, elderly usually love to discover modern technology keep in touch using newer methods. For example, there’s an elderly woman that keeps her brain active using a Nintendo DS!

 

If you live close by, then make sure to visit them on a regular basis. Pass by their place on your way home with some treats that they love. Perhaps some food, some groceries, or maybe offer to help to pick up their medication from the pharmacy. Do what you can to keep them in the loop and keep them connected to family members and friends.

 

Ensure they Have Support

 

Not everyone’s got the support they need. Make sure that your elderly friend or family member has a life insurance plan. Learn more at seniorlifeinsuranceplans.com/senior-life-insurance/guaranteed-issue/. They also might be eligible for extra benefit and income, such as winter fuel payments to help keep their home warm for the cold season.

 

It’s not always possible to keep an eye on them especially if they live on their own. You can hire professional carers that’ll look after your elderly friend or family member for a price. You might be able to cut the costs with some benefits, so be sure to contact your local medical services and discuss what options there are.

 

If they don’t like external help, then consider moving them into the family home together with you. Seniors are great with children, and their wisdom and experience make great bedtime stories to tell the children. If they’re still capable of acting on their own without external help, they also make great babysitters, and it allows them to keep in touch with the family and stay social.

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Keep them Occupied

 

Introduce a new hobby to your senior friend or family member, or perhaps sign them up for local clubs and communities to help keep them active. Don’t expect them to jog around and work out at the gym (unless they’re still very healthy!) but make sure they have friends to keep in touch with and something to keep themselves occupied.

 

The internet is a great way to give them endless amounts of entertainment. Sign them up for an IT course that’s specifically designed for seniors and they’ll be sending you tweets and Facebook messages in no time. Learning a new skill or hobby is crucial to keeping their minds busy, and it can also be achieved with other forms of modern technology such as video games. They can watch films, participate in online discussions, share their wisdom via a blog, or even relax with online video games.

 

There are also traditional forms of entertainment such as bingo, scenic walks with neighbours and friends, and of course morning exercises with other seniors at the park. Try your best to get them involved with a like-minded community and you’ll find that you won’t need to stress about keeping an eye on them when they have friends to socialise with.

 

Look after Yourself

 

Don’t stress yourself out when you look after seniors. It can quickly become a job, and you might find yourself making sacrifices with your other friends or family members, or waking up in the middle of the night worried if they’re alright. Share the load with other friends and family members, get them involved and rotate yourselves on a loose schedule—make sure everyone does their part.

 

Living together with them can be emotionally taxing. You’ve spent much of your life working to move away and gain independence, and suddenly you’ll be living with seniors and looking after them most of the time. It can be a real shock to most people, and you have to support them with the same love and care that they did for you. You’ll see their quality of life deteriorate, you’ll notice they forget things, and you’ll have to help them with basic tasks like bathing and cooking.

 

Make sure you relax now and then. Never put the entire burden on your shoulders, and speak to people to let your thoughts out instead of bottling them up.

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Take it Easy

 

The key to looking after ageing friends and family is to take it slow. Never rush to conclusions, never over-prepare, and look on the brighter side of everything. You might find yourself screaming internally while taking care of them, or you might want to throw in the towel and hire a professional carer—but never give up! Growing old is an inevitability, and one day you’ll be in the same position they are. Treat them how you’d like to be treated when you grow older.

 

Easy Ways To Keep The Spark Alive When You’ve Been Together For Years

It’s perfectly natural for the dynamic of your relationship to change over time. Like most couples, when you first met, you were probably completely and utterly smitten with each other. You didn’t fight. Nothing about the other person irritated you. Fast forward a few years, and the chances are that the relationship you have now is very different to the one that you had then.

What it’s important to understand is that it’s perfectly natural for your relationship to change over time. When you’ve been with someone for a long time, the way that you see each other begins to change. The good news is that although the dynamic of your relationship will change over time, there are plenty of ways you can ensure that the spark is kept alive.

For some suggestions for keeping the chemistry good between the two of you, even after you’ve been together for years, keep reading.

 

Keep the TV off and talk

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A mistake that a lot of couples makes when it comes to their relationship is spending most of their time together in front of the TV. When you sit in front of the TV, you stop talking to each other. So it’s important to keep the TV off sometimes, to ensure that you continue to talk to each other. Perhaps you could make a rule that for an hour each night you’ll sit down together with a glass of wine and talk about your day and what you’ve been up to? Stock up on your favorite wine – to find a wine you love, resources like WithMyWine can be useful – and sit down with a glass each night and have a chat with your partner.

 

Go out once a week

 

As well as making time to chat together at home, it’s also a good idea to make an effort to go out with your partner once a week. It’s far too easy to get into a rut with your relationship, so it’s important to mix things up by going out on a date once a week. This could be to your favorite restaurant, to the movies, or to a bar for drinks. It doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you get out of the house.

 

Make an effort to be intimate with each other

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The chances are that when you were first together, you couldn’t keep your hands off each other. However, now that you’ve been together for a while, you most probably aren’t as intimate with each other as you once were. Make an effort to show your partner affection by holding their hand, cuddling them, and kissing them. These might only be little things, but you’d be amazed at how much difference they can make to your relationship.

 

Have a laugh together

 

It’s easy to get into a habit of moaning at each other more than you have fun together. So it’s important to make having a laugh together a priority. Watch comedy films, go for days out at theme parks, try a new sport together. There are plenty of ways that you can have fun together; it’s just a case of making time to do so.

Believe it or not, even after being together for years, you can still keep the spark alive.

 

 

Tying The Knot? Easy Ways To Make Your Kids Feel Part Of Your Special Day

When you are preparing for your big day, it’s so important to think about the kids. After all, it’s going to be a big change for them to have a new step-dad. And you don’t want them to feel pushed out of your wedding day. Therefore, it’s so vital to include them in the wedding planning. Here are some easy ways to make your kids feel part of your special day.
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Give them a special role

One way you can ensure your kid feels part of your big day is by giving them a unique role. You might want to make them a bridesmaid or an usher. Or you could ask them to be a ring bearer who brings the wedding rings to you and your hubby to be. Also, you could ask them if they would like to read a poem or a prayer at the ceremony. It’s an excellent way to ensure they feel part of the big day.

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Ask them to assist in making decorations

There is so much to do when wedding planning. Therefore, a small pair of helping hands can help you in ensuring the day goes to plan. And if your child does help you when it comes to decorations, they will feel part of your big day. Therefore, you could get them to help make table decorations. Or they could assist you in creating the invites. It might be just as simple as looking online for ideas for your big day. For example, they could help you to choose ceremony essentials. You can see more ideas online to make your big day extra special.

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Make sure they are in the photos

It’s so important that you include your kids in the pictures. After all, you want some new family shots which include their new step-dad. Therefore, make sure you write a list for the photographer and ask the kids to be in as many shots as possible. That way, they will feel part of the big day!

Ask them to walk you down the aisle

Although it’s tradition to get your father to walk you down the aisle, it’s becoming more popular to get your kids to do it instead. After all, it makes them feel incredibly special and proud if they can give you away. And it will make for lovely photographs if your son or daughter does walk you down the aisle.

Make them part of the vows

So many people are including their kids in their vows. As it says in this article, blended families make vows to each other’s children. And it can make for a heartwarming part of the day. Therefore, get your new husband to make a promise to your kids, and you can do the same to his children. It helps to ensure the kids all feel part of your family. And if they are old enough, you might ask them to do a speech!

And you might even want to consider taking your children on honeymoon with you. After all, you are celebrating being a new family, so it makes sense for them to be there!

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How Do You Help A Loved One Who Gets Seriously Ill?

No family is without its troubles. What makes a great family is the ability to help one another through those troubles. One of the hardest to face is serious illness. If someone becomes chronically ill, their whole life changes. Especially if they are becoming less able than they once were. As a loved one, however, there is a lot you can do to help. It takes a lot of courage to step up, but you’re not alone. Here are some ways you can get help.

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Broaching the topic

Even addressing a chronic illness can be hard for the one suffering from it. They may feel embarrassed, ashamed or angry. That they tell you is a big step. You can then help them broach the topic with others. Make sure that you’re not defying their wishes and discuss who they would like to know. Help them be aware that if members of the family know, they may be able to offer more help.

Fight for their entitlements

The shame some people feel from getting seriously ill can make it hard to see the steps they have to take to look after themselves. But those steps aren’t always easy. For instance, things like social security disability can involve long waiting periods and hard appeals. Help them understand that the process isn’t always going to work in their favor. And how help from people like a social security attorney can be essential.

Adapting their environment

A lot of illnesses can bring with them widespread changes the mobility and physical ability of a person. These changes have to be addressed, especially if your loved one wants to continue living as independently as possible. To that end, changes in the home might have to be made. These changes can be expensive, but it’s worth noting that there exist grants for home modification that your loved one could be eligible for. Otherwise, you may have to consider broaching the topic of having to move home.

Finding them the help they need

Your loved one may have trouble with a lot of day-to-day tasks. Using the bed or the bathroom, cooking, cleaning their home. You and your family should be willing to offer assistance as they may be too embarrassed to ask first. If you are unable to handle all the responsibility yourself, ask if they would like you to help them find a caregiver.

Be there for them

There’s a lot of practical advice you can use to help your loved one. But it’s important to realize they may need help with more than the practical side of things. Chronic illness can be a hard thing to even talk about, but there guides to help you know what to say. Emotional support and listening are vital. Don’t take any steps without talking about them first and don’t push constantly even if you’re trying to help. Being present and willing to help is most important of all.

Being there for your loved one is the most valuable thing you can offer. Ask them what they need and see if any of the advice above can help you fulfill it.

 

On the Breakdown of the Family: What Does This Portend?

There has been much literature published on the breakdown of the family unit but in recent years a renewed interest in the subject has been stirred by the controversial nature of same-sex marriages and all the press they have gotten. This has reopened the debate on whether or not the breakdown of the family unit is responsible for crime and poverty and as time goes on, it appears as though it does.

However, validation comes not from a religious perspective as many would like to claim when denying the possibility that a two parent household is important in the development of children, but from a purely socioeconomic perspective. As time goes on, it does appear that the breakdown of the family unit is largely, or at least in part, responsible for a rising crime rate and a life of poverty.

How Same Sex Marriages Can Mirror Traditional Benefits for Children

In a recent study undertaken by the combined efforts of two professors from Harvard University, it was their findings that children from two parent households fared better in the long run than those coming from single parent families. Their findings were not biased by overtones of religion but rather stemming from purely socioeconomic factors.

It is extremely difficult to be a single mother/father and raise a family while giving adequate attention to both children and jobs. Whether it is a same-sex marriage or a traditional marriage, having two parents in the household offered better hope for the future. Children from two parent households went, for the most part, optimistically forward into adulthood getting both a degree and a living wage.

Two Parent Households Provide Better Focus on the Kids

There are few, if any, studies that indicate that it is as easy to give your children the attention they need in a single parent household as would be possible in a two-parent household. By the time you have worked enough hours to pay the bills and have done all the household chores, there is little time or energy left to devote to the children.

Again, the thesis that two parent families offer hope to our youth isn’t based on Judeo-Christian precepts. Yes, you can explore sites like OnFaith, a site for all religions to find that all religions commend family life for offering the greatest opportunities for children but you can also see the implicit understanding that economics has a great deal to do with that hope as well.

General Conclusions:

Rather than blame one group or another for this breakdown of the family unit, maybe a good place to start would be to look at some of the facts and figures that have become available due to these recent studies. Across the board in almost every community studies of all racial and cultural demographics, children from two parent homes fared better in adulthood than those of single parent homes.

This is not to say there won’t be exceptions to the rule, it is just to indicate that as the family unit continues to erode, the prospects for the future of society look grim unless another paradigm is found and developed – that of the extended family in the community at large representing multiple father or mother images to take the place of the missing parent. It’s a thought provoking concept that should be explored.

Marriage Blues: What to do if Matrimony isn’t Working For You

We don’t get married thinking the marriage is going to end at some point. This is often the way of things, and, if it happens, we have to make sure we deal with divorce like an adult. But, the idea is to make sure we don’t get to that stage, so we need to make sure try to salvage our marriages. What do you do if matrimony isn’t working out for you? Well, here are a few things you could try in order to work on your marriage.

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Try Counseling

A sensible and important early step in the process is to try marriage counseling. If you are having problems with your relationship, you sometimes need an expert to help with that. And this is why you need to make sure you try counseling. Of course, this can be tricky if your partner is opposed to it. But, you probably both want to make your marriage work, and this is the best way to facilitate that. A few counseling sessions can help you iron out the creases, and talk through problems you might have.

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Keep Your Personal Life Off Social Media

What is it with our social media obsession these days?! It might not surprise you to know that couples who air their relationship on social media are less likely to stay together than those who don’t. So please, just avoid Facebook and Twitter. Stop posting about your personal life and problems online. It just turns into a game of ‘he said she said’ and this never works out well. Keep your relationship private, and talk to one another about issues you have, as opposed to raging to the world about them.

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Work on Problems

Too many people these days don’t want to work on the marriage problems they have. They are too quick to make snap decisions about things. The trouble is we live in a culture where more and more people decide they want things, but they don’t want to put in the effort required to get them. And this is why it’s important to make sure you try to work on your marriage problems. There are many problems and issues that present themselves in marriage. You just need to think about working on them and figuring out how to make them better. And counseling, as mentioned before, can go a long way toward helping with that.

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Consider a Divorce

When you reach the end of the road, there are not many options left. And divorce is one of the only paths available. Now, this is often messy, and it’s not going to go down well with your spouse. But, sometimes it is the right thing to do, and you have to do it. The fact that around 50% of marriages in the US end in divorce is a scary statistic. And, these days it’s probably a lot easier to meet new people, which can be a contributing factor. If you want to file for divorce, you need to hire a divorce lawyer. Just make sure you are certain about your decision first. This can be an ugly and stressful business, so you need to be sure it’s the right move for everyone.

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Marriage isn’t for everyone, but a lot of people don’t find that out until they tie the knot. If you have reached a point where you feel like your marriage is no longer working it’s time to take action. This post details just a few of the things you might decide to do if you are struggling in your marriage.

Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

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As one year comes to an end, another rises from the ashes like a phoenix. A new year gives us a new clean slate, the opportunity to start fresh and the motivation we need to get to where we want to be. But don’t just make meaningless resolutions, take steps to ensure 2017 is your best year yet.

 

Reflect on Your Goals

To know where you’re going in life, and to make sure you’re on the right path, it’s important to reflect on your goals. Each new year is a fantastic opportunity to do this. Tick off any short-term goals you have managed to achieve, and write down new ones which will get you closer to your long-term goals. If anything has changed, you’ve adjusted your sails and want to do something different to what you originally thought then write it down. Work out manageable steps that you can take throughout the year to get there, this gives you something to focus on and prevents you from going off track.

 

Get Healthy

Few things in life are more important than health. Make 2017 the year where you kick your bad habits once and for all, and embrace a healthier lifestyle. You could quit smoking, reduce your alcohol consumption and eat a balanced diet filled with fresh produce. You could drink more water, sort out your sleeping pattern and discover an exercise routine which you actually enjoy doing. It could be a sport, a class or working out with a friend. Either way, these are all things which will hugely improve and benefit your life.

Spend More Time With Loved Ones

Friends and family are so important, but when we lead busy lives, you might find you’re not in contact with them as much as you’d like. Have a chat and arrange to do something that suits you all. For example, you could arrange to get the whole family together once a month for food and drinks to keep in contact. Or you could organize a bi-weekly coffee break or shopping trip with a friend. Having a plan in place means you can organize your schedule around these visits and you’re more likely to keep to them. Other commitments can mean time is tricky, we never seem to have enough of it. But it’s important to make the time for our nearest and dearest. For friends and relatives who live far away, be sure to keep in touch via Skype or by phone. The internet makes it so easy to stay in contact these days, but ensure that it’s real communication rather than just a like or favorite on social media.

 

Speak to a Psychic

Talking to a psychic can give you clues as to what 2017 may have in store. Psychics are highly intuitive so are able to give you guidance, and also objective advice on any issues that you might have. If you don’t have time to visit a psychic for a phone reading, phone psychics are a convenient way to get a reading. Psychics can offer insights into careers, finance, relationships and more. Having hints about the future means you can adjust your sails accordingly.

 

Learn Something New

Learning something new is good for your mental health, boosts confidence and could lead to all kinds of other opportunities. For example, an evening class learning about a new subject will introduce you to like-minded people, and if it’s a craft of some kind you could even set up a business and make some extra cash. Learning new skills stops life from becoming stagnant, just because you’ve reached adulthood doesn’t mean there’s not a whole world of things out there to be learned and enjoyed. You could take a class, an online course, read books or just wing it and teach yourself something new.

 

Stress Less

Life can be stressful at times, but if you let stress consume your life then it passes you by, and you love the enjoyment from it. If you’re a chronic worrier and it’s affecting your health, consider speaking to your GP. Otherwise, develop ways of de-stressing which help you to wind down. Things are never going to be perfect, so it’s important to know how to deal with worries when they crop up. It could be through exercise, meditation or just taking a long soak in the bath. Writing a ‘worry journal’ is useful for some people too. This is where you designate a few minutes a day to worrying and write it all down. After that, you have to put your worries out of your head until the next session. This can prevent you from worrying about and dwelling on things all day.

 

Knowing where you want to be in your life and taking steps to get there is how you can make 2017 your best year yet. So enjoy it, have fun and embrace changes and challenges.

 

Are you excited about the new year?

 

Long Distance Relationships Are Challenging But Not Impossible

With an increasingly global world, sometimes, life takes people who love one another far apart. The idea of a long-distance relationship can be daunting. The sitcom Modern Family parodied this, with Alex deciding long-distance can’t possibly work. She subsequently decided that she would not even try. With examples like this in pop culture, and the intake of breath at the idea, it’s no wonder that as a society we see these relationships as doomed.

However, sometimes, life forces us into circumstances that are outside of our control. Geography might make a relationship easier, but it doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed to work. At the end of the day, all relationships are a risk, and all require work to be success. It just means that for those in love with someone overseas, they might have to work a bit harder.

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It’s hard when your loved one is overseas.

It doesn’t matter if your relationship is new, and you are struggling with the realities of getting used to one another. You can have an established relationship where circumstances have led you to need to live apart. The circumstances don’t matter, because the guide to surviving and flourishing stays the same. Every relationship is unique, but we all need the tools to cope with unusual and stressful situations.

Communication Is Vital: Talk About Everything

It goes without saying that when you’re long distance, the biggest tool in your arsenal is talking to one another. It’s your primary method of communication, and it’s how you find a way to touch base with one another and know you are in each other’s thoughts. It’s pretty obvious that you need to talk about the big things, decisions you have to make and major large events. As time goes on, through open and frank conversations, a time may come to talk to an immigration lawyer. It’s a process, it takes time – but it’s something you need to talk about to see that you’re on the same page.

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Communication is essential, and more so in a long distance relationship

What some couples who are trying to close the miles between them forget to do is talk about the small things. Think about the thousand and one conversations that couples who live close to one another have on an average week. They will talk about the things that have irritated them at work, the weather, the little things they saw that made them laugh. It’s these small, seemingly trivial things that make us who we are and give a proper account of our lives.

If you don’t bring these up to our long-distance partner, it can lead to a feeling of separation. You feel like you are living separately, divorced from the reality of one another. Say what you had for lunch; find ways to incorporate your life on both the big things and the small. It might sound a little dull to go over things in such detail, but it helps complete a full picture that skipping over them denies you.

Don’t End A Conversation Angry

There comes a point in all relationships where you get annoyed with each other. Frustrations boil over and neither of you seem to be getting what you want, or you’re just in plain old bad moods. If you live near one another, these matters are easily settled with the passage of time and a quick apology. It’s even easier if you’re in the same house, as no one wants to live in an uncomfortable situation.
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Cross words with someone you love can make you feel furstrated

If you don’t have that luxury, then arguments have even more of a potential to cause a problem. At times, you will inevitably get annoyed – that’s one of the signs you care. What are only small disagreements or problems can quickly become magnified, because you don’t have access to the quick fixes. Instead, the distance between you seems to become even bigger, as the silence magnifies when one of you hangs up.

If things are getting stressful, then you both have to agree you need to take a bit of time to calm down. Agree this tactic before you are even having an argument, so neither of you finds it passive-aggressive in the heat of the moment. Then, after an hour, get back in touch when you’re calmer and try to work through the issue.

Don’t end a call angry, and don’t give someone the silent treatment. It might be a reasonable thing to do if you live together, but it can be fatal across the miles. Make sure you’re both aware of this, and while you can take time to calm down, don’t let it go for too long.

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If you don’t get much time together, letting an argument sit is damaging.

On the upside, all of this practice is going to lead to an open and frank relationship. Your union is going to be healthier in the long run. It will be worth talking about the possibility of moving your relationship on at some stage, with one of you moving to be with the other.

You Can Still Do Things Together – But You Have To Improvise

Sometimes, you want to bond with your significant other in a way that doesn’t involve just talking. It might seem like you don’t have much option but to just talk, but that’s not the case at all.

For a start, you can play games together in real time thanks to the internet. Use the chat section of apps to talk as you do, just like you would chat and needle one another during a game in person.

 

Furthermore, you can use video chat to do household chores with each other. Cooking is particularly good for this, as you both prepare a meal while using the video function. This gives you an element of involvement with one another’s lives, as you can show what you’re doing rather than just talking to each other.

Respect Time Zones – Always

If you’re living in different time zones, there is another layer of difficulty adding on to the issue. It can also quickly become a bone of contention, particularly if one of you doesn’t respect the time difference.
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Is your lunchtime their bedtime? Think before you call!

Say you have a bad day at work; it’s only natural to want to talk to your partner about it. Don’t think you can call them at 4am “just this once” though – because they still have a life to lead, and you’d be disturbing that. It’s also rarely “just the once”; when you do it once, it doesn’t seem so bad to do it again. There are exceptions to this rule – such as family emergencies – but generally, you both have to agree to stick to the time zones.

It’s all about respect for one another, the need for good communication and being honest. It’s not ideal, but keep that in mind, and you’ll manage it – no matter what society and pop culture says.

How to Choose the Perfect-Shaped Wedding Ring

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When it comes to trying on wedding rings, you’ll find that every shape and style looks as good on your finger as it does on the display case.

But don’t worry. There is a ring shape and style to flatter every finger and every hand. Here is our guide to choosing shaped wedding rings.

 

The Wedding Band Equation

 If you want to find the perfect match, consider this: finger width x finger length + wedding band style + ring shape = perfection. Before you start, visit Serendipity Diamond’s shaped wedding rings for more ideas.

When it comes to looking at different rings, start by considering the width and length of your finger. Also factor in the overall size of your hand. Take these factors into consideration, along with:

 

  • The style and width of the ring you like
  • The size and shape of the main stone

 

Another consideration is your usual nail shape and length. Do you keep your nails trimmed short, or do you prefer them shaped and long? Longer nails usually lengthen the appearance of your fingers- becoming part of the equation.

 

The Different Lengths

Long Fingers

Most styles tend to work well on rings for thin, long fingers. But consider these points when choosing a ring:

  • Round and princess-cut stones are particularly flattering
  • Wider bands will complement length
  • Long fingers can pull off bold styles

 

Slender Fingers

When choosing a ring for slender fingers, you don’t want to overpower the fingers:

  • Thicker bands will widen the look of your fingers
  • Smaller stones can make thing fingers look wider

 

Short Fingers

Rings for short fingers should make fingers look longer, no matter what width:

  • Narrow, slender-width bands can create the illusion of length
  • Pear, oval and marquise stones will lengthen the appearance of fingers
  • Rectangular-shaped stones lengthen short fingers- provided they aren’t so big that they overwhelm

 

Wide Fingers

When it comes to choosing rings for wide fingers, try to find a style that doesn’t show off too much skin on each side of the ring, or make fingers look wider. Consider the following styles:

  • Medium to thick bands
  • Round stones and cluster styles that are set in larger settings tend to flatter wider fingers
  • Choose marquise, wide oval, emerald or rectangular shapes. The narrow stones will make wider fingers look even wider.
  • Asymmetrical designs and angular shapes will minimize the width of fingers

 

Larger Knuckles

If you’re not particularly fond of your knuckles, the right ring can work to draw attention away from them:

  • Consider heavier, thicker bands which draw attention to the ring instead of the centre of your finger.

When choosing your wedding band, keep the bigger picture in mind – it’s not just about your finger, but you also need to consider your hand.

 

Smaller Hands

If you have smaller hands, try to keep the overall proportion of the ring small.  Princess-cut, small round, heart-shaped and oval stones tend to work especially well.

 

Larger Hands

  • Larger hands can get away with chunky, bulky styles of bands
  • Larger rings should suit your personality – there’s a lot more room to get creative

The Three Main Shapes of Wedding Rings

Wedding rings come in three main shaped:

  1. Shaped
  2. Court shaped
  3. D shaped

Take the above tips into consideration, and you will easily find the perfect pair of wedding bands.

 

4 Benefits Parents Could Get from Making a Will

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One of the things most parents usually put off is writing a will. Apparently, there is a large number of parents from across the globe these days who do not have a will yet. It is something they don’t pay much attention to, but is really essential for the entire family.

A will is an important legal document that every parent needs to draft. We don’t want this to happen, but if you die, and you don’t have a will prepared for the court to see, then the law of intestacy will decide on what’s going to happen to your properties and money. Since a will ensures proper arrangements for your dependents, you won’t be worrying about the distribution of your possessions anymore. It can also aid you in organising your affairs after your death.

Moreover, it is highly recommended that you keep the list of your assets up-to-date. This is to ensure that you are aware of all your properties and you can trace them as well.

Here are some of the benefits you can get from making a last will and testament:

A will provides financial security for your family, especially your children

One of the most effective ways to guarantee the financial security of your entire family even when you are gone is by writing a will. This gives you greater peace of mind because you are assured that they will still live adequately after your death. Most importantly, your children’s future is already secured.

A will reduces stress for your loved ones

If people decide to challenge a will, NSW, BC, Scotland and New York have the best competent lawyers to help them. But this does not mean the process won’t be stressful and emotionally difficult for the people involved. That is why these lawyers encourage families to talk first before proceeding with the case. For sure you do not want their family relationship to be tarnished just because you decided not to make a will! Avoid this. Draft a will now and keep your family’s relationship strong

A will saves you money and quicken the whole legal process

A valid will assists your family with settling an estate quickly at a lesser cost. By drafting your will carefully with the aid of an experienced legal advisor, you can reduce the inheritance tax that needs to be paid. Additionally, you can save more from it and the value of your properties will also be secured.

A will specifies your funeral wishes

Whether you want to be cremated or buried the traditional way, your will can do the talking for you. You can actually write every funeral wish you might have when you die and include them in your will. Specifying your funeral wishes ensures that your body will be treated the way you want it to when you are gone.

The bottom line here is that creating a will should also be prioritised by parents. You might think it’s difficult and costly to draft one, but it’s not. Writing a will is simple and all you need is to carefully decide on who to pass on your possessions. You and your family can obtain all the benefits mentioned above once you have written a will accordingly.