How To Make The Home A Safe Place

How to Make the Home a Safe Place?

The surrounding atmosphere is a vital part of the human environment. Why does breathing come much more easily and freely in the forest? The answer is obvious – the air is clean! The quality of the body’s life is largely determined by the type of air we breathe. Moreover, without oxygen, in certain proportions contained in the air, cellular energy exchange of the body is impossible. Clean air is much more necessary for people than even water or food. Despite its great importance to humans, it is the air environment that is exposed to increasing pollution during economic activity.

What Are the Main Sources of Indoor Air Pollution?

Furniture, building and decoration materials, and household chemicals are serious sources of indoor air pollution. Many of the substances released from furniture and building materials are very toxic and are carcinogens. At the same time, it is not at all easy to determine an environmentally friendly material and such materials are more likely an exception than the norm.

In addition to chemical air pollution, bacteriological pollution also occurs. In one cubic meter of air surrounding us more than 1000 units of bacteria are contained. However, not all bacteria in the air are harmful to health.

When it comes to indoor pollution, you should check every corner for the presence of mold and mildew, including the bottom side of your carpets. If you have tried to perform carpet cleaning service yourself, and you haven’t dried the carpet well before placing it again on the floor in the living room, then you may sense bad odor from your carpet.

What to do to make your home safe and breathe clean air?

Here are some useful tips:

  • Regular ventilation. Try to make it a rule to ventilate the room daily. It is enough to leave the window open so that the air temperature inside drops by 1-2 degrees. It is best to do this late in the evening or early in the morning with minimal traffic on adjacent streets.
  • Installation of an air purification system. When carrying out repairs, install a ventilation system with a filter or use home air filters. It is best to install filters on those substances that pollute the air most in your situation.
  • Degassing. From time to time, clean air from harmful substances in the room by spraying aerosol sorbents. Alternatively, use certain home plants in the right amount.
  • Air disinfection using ultraviolet radiation. If for one reason or another (decreased immunity, recovery after surgery or illness), the requirements for sanitary conditions have increased, install bacteriological irradiators that will destroy almost all the microbes and viruses known today. The effectiveness of air disinfection using such installations reaches 99.9%.
  • Turn to professionals. Consult a specialist at the stage of choosing housing, building materials or furniture. A professional will help to make your home safe at the first stage and will tell you specific ways to maintain clean air in the future. If the house is already furnished, and health is deteriorating, it is better to invite a laboratory to analyze the air and determine the source of pollution. However, it should be borne in mind that treatment is always more complicated and more expensive than prevention.
  • Use professional carpet cleaning services once or twice a year. For improving the air quality inside your home, you should make sure that the carpets inside the house are clean. They collect great amount of dust and are one of the favorite places for harmful bacteria to grow. As we mentioned above, the bottom side of your carpets may be covered in mold, so you must be very careful how you maintain the condition of your carpeted floorings. If carpets are dirty, or if they are covered in mold, then for sure it will be difficult for you to breath easily in that room.
  • By turning to Prolux Cleaning experts, you can stay calm your home is protected with quality carpet cleaning services. In their work, Prolux cleaners are applying only eco-friendly cleaning products that are odorless. They will leave your carpets completely clean, safe and fresh in order to enjoy a pleasant atmosphere in your home.

Should I Home Educate My Children?

Home Education is a taboo subject. Frowned upon, misunderstood. People envision home educated children to be feral, with no social skills outside their own home and no understanding of the world. But in all honesty that’s a load of rubbish.

Home education isn’t for everyone and that’s ok, but it’s definitely for us. We are only a few months into it and the only regret I have is not doing it sooner!

The UK education system is a one-size-fits-all suffocating institution with more and more pressure added onto teachers daily. Teachers who once loved their roles are now leaving the education platform defeated and stressed. Paperwork and grades are deemed more important than mental health and a love for learning is no longer the goal. Where will it end?

Schools are full of standardised tests but yet there are no standardised children. You can’t teach a fish to walk!

I’m a big advocate of promoting mental health awareness, and it starts with the young. If we can teach our children to take care of their mental health then as adults they will have the tools to recognise when they need a rest or intervention from their doctor. It’s as important as literacy and numeracy. Even more so infact.

My boys love exploring, being free to jump in mud and climb trees. They enjoy playing in streams and trying to catch fish. They love collecting rocks and sticks. They enjoy being creative and using their imagination. They can turn a simple stick into a game that lasts hours. They love rope swings and slides. They love the beach. They love swimming. They love painting and chalking. They love cooking. They love story writing. They love junk modelling and clay modelling. They love reading. They love Lego and building cities. They love castles and historic facts. They love sensory trays and treasure hunts. They love running free. They love papercrafting and sewing. None of which they did at school other than rare occasions, but was never their choosing or ideas. But they were losing their love for their life. They were always tired, exhausted, anxious. Anxiety is crippling. My one child suffers immensely and the school environment was the majority of his anxiety. It was painful watching. I was handing over my two babies for the majority of their day to an institution I knew stifled everything about them.

In school they are a number, a statistic. They are above expected, expected, or below expected. But only in the things school taught. Things that didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of living a happy life. And in the end that’s all that matters: happiness. These grades test your memory and your memory alone. They don’t measure kindness, respect, manners, emotional regulation, befriending the lonely, how helpful you are, your creativity. They simply test your memory.

I’ve thought about home education since my boys were born but school is the ‘norm’ here in the UK so we carried on with the rest of society. Until this year. I finally had enough of my boys going with the flow and being drowned in the process. I researched home education and a light bulb switched on. It wasn’t about replicating the classroom at home, it was about a life of learning. And in July I de-registered my children after a few fiascos regarding school policies that were detrimental to their well being. We took the plunge. And freedom reigned. It was a breath of fresh air. Anxiety went away within weeks. The kids were relieved.

Our plan is to take our first year slow and find our feet. We are going to loosely follow a curriculum for english, maths and science but with a hands on approach. Children learn most when they are the ones doing. The world is our oyster and our home is not a prison.

People always ask about socialisation. The way I see it is my boys are no longer confined to the same classroom with the same 30 people every day. They are not hermits. They are not locked in a cupboard. They are free. Free to be themselves and nurture their interests and talents.

It has been the most nerve wracking decision to make but it has been the best decision I’ve ever made. We love our new life. It was the right decision for us as a family.

So, if anybody is considering home schooling the only advice I’ll give you is go for it! You will not regret it!

What a Child Should Know By Age Seven

There are so many lists of child expectations by ages: the age they should be potty trained by, the age they should settle on their own, the age they should know how to write their name, the age they should know their times tables, the age they should be able to read, the age they should be able to dress themselves. The lists are endless. Endless in their expectations. What these lists don’t allow for is individuality. Which is quite heartbreaking in reality.

From day one they’re compared. Compared to books, to standards of learning, to Barbara’s little Brian down the street. But the only standard a child should have to live up to is the standard of being themselves.

I have two boys. Two very different boys. Very close in age. It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap, even with siblings but it’s so important not to. They are different because they’re different! And that’s ok. More than ok.

At age seven alot of the milestones are academic in nature: reading, punctuation, timetables, fractions, division etc. But our milestones in this house are different.

By age seven I believe a child should;

…know that’s it’s ok to feel sad and have a adult who will sit through and hug through the sadness. Emotional regulation is one of the most valuable lessons to learn. We cannot feel happy all of the time and that’s ok.

…understand that kindness is a necessity and can change the world. Teach them to sit with the lonely, to befriend the friendless.

…always look for the helpers in tragic events. It will restore their faith in people.

…look for the magic and wonder in everyday life. Rocks are treasure. Sticks are magic wands. Imagination can last a lifetime if nurtured.

…learn to look uncomfortable situations head on and not walk away. When they see a homeless person let their first thought be “where can I go buy some food and a drink?” and not walk on by.

…learn it is ok to have an opinion that is not of the majority and that respect is a two way thing.

…know where to go for a cuddle any time of day or night. A safe place will provide a steady heart and mind.

…know that manners are not optional.

…look forward to their bedtime story with the people they love.

…know how to relax and take care of their mental health. It’s ok to slow down with them.

…understand that everybody is different and that is ok. Inside and out.

…have time to be bored. Being bored lets their imaginations flourish. It’s ok for your child to be bored. In fact, it’s good for them.

…have a lot of free play. Even at age seven play is a necessity. It’s still when they learn the most!

It’s ok for your child to need help in areas you think they should have mastered by society’s standards. You don’t need to compare them. Just nurture them as people. Don’t pressure them. Praise them. In the big and the small. Your voice becomes their inner voice. Make it a good one!