Category Archives: Advice for Fathers
It’s been a long, hard day at work. You want to come home and just relax and have fun with your kids. You don’t want to deal with discipline. But Mom has had the children for most of the day and she’s tired of the fighting and bickering. So she starts to discipline and wants you to help. This is not your idea of unwinding.
So what do you do? Support her. Absolutely. Children need a unified front from parents, and when Dad is viewed as the Softie, it makes Mom look like the Bad Guy and makes her job so much more difficult. And marital tension increases dramatically. If you have an issue with the way Mom is disciplining, wait to talk to her about it after the children go to bed. Short term, backing up your wife will be extra work. But long term it will be well worth it as your children will be unable to pit Mom and Dad against each other. The softer you are on discipline now, the harder it will be for your family.
Bored of the lame ringtones on your phone or the same old “novelty” ringtones that are making the rounds in your office? Go for something different – yes! When everyone “zigs” you “zag”. So here are five ringtones that your kid will love and are guaranteed to get you some attention at work (in mp3 format – see below for instructions on how to turn these into iPhone ringtones):
- Mahna Mahna – pretty much says it all
- Hi Ho – get some work done!
- Wot Wots – you may not know this but your kids will
- Be like you – change to this ringtone if you are having “one of these days”
- Thomas and friends – ideal for trainspotters
How to turn any MP3 into an iPhone ringtone (.m4r file)
1. Start iTunes and right-click on the mp3 file, choose Get Info.
2. Click the Options tab.
3. Check the Start Time and Stop Time boxes, then enter times for each (e.g. 0:00 and 0:30) – on some older iOS version you might have to limit this period to 30s (max allowed)
4. Click OK, then right-click the song again and choose Create AAC Version. You should immediately see a new version of the song.
5. Drag that version out of iTunes and into a folder on your desktop
6. Delete the (original and updated) sound file from iTunes
7. Open the folder containing the AAC file you dragged out of iTunes, change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r. Double-click it and it should appear in your iTunes lirbary
8. Finally, drag your soundfile from the lirbary to your phone or sync your iPhone.
9. Once its on your phone, go into “settings”, “sounds” and select your new ringtone
NB: DIYFather does not own the rights to any of the original music these ringtone files are based on.
Did you know that four in five British adults experience back pain at some point in their life and that it is the most common reason to visit a doctor? We always have the impression that back pain occurs suddenly but the truth is that the stress and strain on the spine might have been building for some time and then have been triggered suddenly. Although it is often difficult to find the exact cause of stress on the spine, this is often due to a poor posture while sleeping and more likely due to a bad mattress.
Considering that we spend around a third of our lives lying down in bed, investing in a new and better quality mattress seems to be a relatively fair compromise that can considerably improve the quality of our sleep and health. According to the British Sleep Council, the British only sleep an average of 6.6 hours a night instead of the recommended 8 hours, but if we all treat ourselves to a better bed and mattress we will get an extra 42 minutes of sleep per night. A quite small outlay that can bring major results in terms of sleep.
Orthopaedic mattresses are considered the best mattress type to prevent and get rid of back pain due to bad posture in bed. These mattresses are specifically designed to provide better support for people suffering from a bad back. Like any other mattress types, an orthopaedic mattress supports the back, the neck, the joints and the overall body but also offers targeted support for the spine and the joints where the stress causing aches is built.
Orthopaedic mattresses have special pressure-relieving properties which are able to provide extra support to those parts of your body which require it the most. Orthopedic mattresses come in a variety of different types. Some are made with latex or memory foam that will allow you to sink into the mattress while helping to keep your spine aligned and your body in a good posture. Others feature either an open coil or pocket sprung support base system.
Traditionally orthopaedic mattresses are constructed with a firm open coil spring system. In order to provide adequate ortho support, the gauge of the springs will need to be low as this will create a firmer mattress. Memory foam has also become a popular option for orthopaedic mattresses as this material reacts to pressure and moulds to the contour of the body. The type of orthopedic mattress you chose to take care of your bad back will be more a matter of personal preferences as any orthopaedic mattress type will provide you with this extra support for your spine and joints.
For more information about orthopaedic mattresses, visit Wedo Mattresses UK.
Guest post by Wedo Mattresses
Sponsored article by Fibond.com
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Successful Online Start-Ups For Dummies
By DIYFather co-founder Stefan Korn
The how-to guide to starting, funding, running, and exiting a successful online business in less than three months.
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About the Book
Getting a thriving online enterprise up and running takes more than just a good idea. It involves building a website, developing it into a viable business, maintaining cash flow, hiring staff, and much more. The task can seem daunting, but Successful Online Start-Ups For Dummies is here to help, showing prospective entrepreneurs how to develop a sound business plan, set up a proper company structure, and attract investment/funding in less than three months.
Many entrepreneurs have a great idea and the technical know-how to get a website up and running, but forget that it’s a business that requires capital, management and continual growth. Successful Online Start-Ups For Dummies teaches new start-ups how to get “investment ready” and attract the right backers in a very competitive market, giving readers the specific know-how to keep their business running—or how to turn it over quickly and profitably so they can move onto their next start-up or retire.
- Gives budding entrepreneurs everything they need to build and sell a profitable online business
- Topics covered include “bootstrapping,” common mistakes and missed opportunities at every step of the start-up business cycle, achieving rapid but sustainable growth, attracting the attention of investors and mentors, market validation, and much more
- Includes content specially tailored for readers in Australia and New Zealand, including details on all the major incubator events and start-up workshops in both countries
A great idea isn’t enough to achieve real business success, making Successful Online Start-Ups For Dummies the potential difference between personal financial disaster and a comfortable early retirement.
With spring on it’s way, it’s time to start thinking about date ideas that will help you and your partner to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. “Spring fever” got it’s name for good reason, as love is truly in the air during this time of the year. Dates don’t have to be expensive to be impressive; sometimes the best dates are those which don’t cost a dollar to go on. Here are a few suggestions for spring dates:
There’s no better time of the year to go out on a picnic lunch with someone. Spring weather is perfect for dining outside in practically every part of the country. Try to think up some easy lunch ideas for your picnic date. You might want to pack the lunch yourself, or you could go to a specialty store and pick up some prepared foods. Find a location that is romantic or has some kind of special meaning that you and your date might associate with it. This is the perfect date for working professionals who have little time outside of the office, but can usually steal away for a nice lunch.
If you really want to enjoy the outdoors with your date this spring, you should consider going on a hike. Hiking can be a great deal of fun, and is also one of the healthier activities that one can engage in. It doesn’t matter if you or your date have never been on a hike before; there are plenty of different difficulty levels to choose from. You might find that this date turns into a mutual love for a shared activity, as getting out and exercising together can be great for a relationship.
Those who live near the ocean or a lake have a lot to love about the spring. Going for a day cruise can be the perfect way to enjoy the spring weather, and allows you and your date to relax and unwind. You can take a simple trip around the harbor for lunch, for example, or if you’re feeling up to it you could do a more luxurious evening dinner cruise. As far as dates go, it’s difficult to find one that is more romantic than getting out on the water.
By Alex Summers
Pretty much says it all – got this from a recent VPNinja newsletter. Nice.
For many movie buff dads watching the latest offering from the James Bond franchise has become a much loved ritual. For many of us James Bond has been around for many decades (albeit in different guises) … but watching a James Bond movie is like coming home after a long trip abroad. The straight forward plots, established characters and slightly cheesy jokes provide a much appreciated sense of comfort. So when’s the right age to introduce your kids to the grand old lady (or gentleman?) of cinemtography?
The classic bond films appear rather tame by today’s stanadards … so probably no harm showing them to toddlers (although they might get bored after 30s). However the more recent flicks like Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and of course Skyfall have gotten darker and more violent … so parents should probably respect the PG13 rating. There are 23 bond films (including Skyfall) in total … so here’s our suggestion: start watching them with your children when they turn 11 and watch one every month.
To get you in the mood check out three of the all time best James Bond movie theme songs.
Paul McCartney – Live And Let Die
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Adele – Skyfall
Here’s a really simple way to manage situations where children find out about swear words and ask you what they mean – simply use the phrase “it’s a toilet word”. Rather than go into detail about the word itself or fumble around for an explanation the “toilet word” phrase gives you an easy out. That way you can also deal with the situation quickly and without embarrassment – this sends a signal to your child that the word is really not important and chances are they will forget about it (for a while … ).
Of course it’s only delaying the inevitable but it’s just not a great look to have a 5 year old who swears like the proverbial drunken sailor.
If you can’t be bothered with all the “unusual” and novel gift idea suggestions for your wife/partner and just want to rely on a sure-fire present – check out the following classic gifts for Christmas:
Yup – it’s the all time favorite for girls and a complete nightmare for guys. Buying a good dress for your wife this holiday season certainly takes the cake (in terms of wife appreciation). However, you can’t just go out there and buy any piece of clothing (yeah – we know … it’s a shocker). First off, don’t buy the wrong size! Check some clothes tags of recent stuff your wife/partner has bought.
Secondly look for particular brands she really likes (i.e. the ones that she has several item of). Finally – if you are really brave – enrol one of her girl friends as your personal shopping assistant. Good luck!
Let’s face it most women like bling … so you might as well just get on with it and get her a nice bit of jewelry. It’s one of those presents that never go out of fashion no matter what. Even if the gift box is small, your wife/partner’s face will lighten up when she sees what you got her. BTW most common items happen to be a gold/pearl necklace, a silver/platinum bracelet or the good ol’ diamond studded earrings. If you want to make it really specially, then go for a pricey diamond ring.
3: Home Appliances
BEWARE – this could go really really bad … or it could be fantastic. Know your wife/partner for this one! Obviously the range of applicances and kitchen aids is endless. Perhaps go for something a bit more classy like a nice belgium waffle maker or pasta cutter. Either way when it comes to buying appliances, you can easily order it from an online appliance shop and get the best price while you’re at it.
Have a fabulous Christmas break and good luck with selecting a suitable gift!
By Alex Summers