• Gardening

    Choosing the right patio set in UK

    Each year Jenny and I try to buy something new for our home garden and backyard. We have already added a couple of raised bed gardens, planted a new rhubarb patch and two strawberry patches. Now we’re checking out new patio set to beautify the patio area. The patio set we’ve had forever has chairs with arm rests, which can be great but I like having my buddies over for a couple of drinks and some guitar jammin’. The thing is we can’t use the chairs with our old patio set because of the arm rests. So the first thing our new patio set has to have is chairs without them. Jenny never liked us taking her kitchen chairs out to the patio anyways.

    The first patio set I saw that caught my attention was a cast aluminum set that looks just like cast iron. It brought back some great childhood memories but it only had two chairs and we need a set with at least four chairs.  Jenny didn’t have those same childhood memories so she has other ideas. We had no idea there is such a wide variety of patio sets. We would like to avoid buy any plastic, even if it has been recycled and haven’t found any wooden patio sets without arm rests but we have only just started looking.

    Finding the right patio set for you in 2018

    Since every individual has their own tastes and preferences, there’s no “one size fits all” patio set, but we will in this article discuss the  variety of different patio furniture that you can choose to beautify your patio. Combining different patio stones, brick pavers and stone steps is a great way to create a custom landscape design and add value to your exterior landscaping. Keep the various materials in the same color range for a continuous, free flowing, expansive look.

    This sunken patio with a conversation area off of the main patio has great appeal. You could also incorporate these landscape ideas to make a nice brick driveway design that transitions to a patio area off of the house. The combination of paver stones and curving brick pavers helps to define the areas. And doesn’t this conversation set with red cushions look perfect! Bright contrasting cushions give the seating area lots of pizazz.

    Apart from furniture you will also need heaters to keep yourself warm in cold winters. You can opt for nice design patio heaters to beautify your  backyard along with providing necessary heat to keep you and your surroundings warm.  There are different types of patio  heaters available in UK, for a detailed guide check this article. For indoor heating you can opt for oil filled radiators that are more economical and efficient. Oil filled radiators are also environmental friendly.

  • Fitness

    Red Fruit Juice That You Should Drink For Health and Fitness

    When we’re out to buy something new we always want to know that we buy the best that’s available. That’s also true for juicers. If you want to purchase the best juicer of 2018 there is then the easiest approach is to look through juicer reviews. This will give you the confidence that you purchase the right juice extractor. Nobody can be an expert in everything so if you can’t invest the time to become a juicer expert then it’s best if you check out what others have to say about specific juicers. This will be of tremendous help to find the top quality juicing machine you can get.

    Once you had bought a top quality juicer, then here the some of the healthiest fruit juice you can have.

    Strawberry Juice

    I love fresh local strawberries in the summertime and fresh frozen in the wintertime. For some reason I don’t use them in cooking. My favorite sundae is a strawberry sundae but I’m not that fond of strawberry ice cream. Go figure! A favorite family summertime dessert is angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whipping cream. Of course, it’s easy to have the same tasty dessert in wintertime with fresh frozen strawberries that have been thawed.

    We have a small strawberry bed on the side of our house but we usually buy our strawberries from a local farm or grocery store. The first strawberries of the season are imported from California and then they are available from local Vancouver Island farms in the late summer months. I don’t think I’ve ever seen organic strawberries either locally or imported or know if there is such a thing.

    When I was growing up we ate a lot of strawberries, as there is always a plentiful supply in the summertime. My parents always had a strawberry patch or grew strawberries in containers. They still have a few strawberry plants but they often travel to a farm in Cumberland on Vancouver Island. This local farm has the most delicious and tasty large strawberries I have ever tasted.

    Red Raspberries Juice

    I have a thing for raspberry everything except fresh raspberries. I actually prefer fresh strawberries to fresh raspberries. I have raspberry bushes along our back fence that the previous owners of our home planted. I usually mix the fresh raspberries with strawberries or freeze them for winter to have with angel food cake and whipping cream.

    If we have a bumper crop of raspberries, I always make my favorite Raspberry Cream Pie. Our company always loves it and it’s a good way to use up our raspberries. The Raspberry Cream Pie doesn’t last long as it’s made of delicious Cool Whip, raspberry jello, and raspberries folded into a pressed graham wafer pie crust.

    I absolutely love raspberry jam and use it in many recipes and at one time I made my own raspberry jam. My hubby loves strawberry jam but my children always preferred raspberry jam. Now that my children have moved out to their own homes, I don’t have to worry about any of my favorite raspberry jam disappearing. I very seldom buy raspberries as they are very expensive and the quality is often poor. We can buy raspberries by the basket or the case like strawberries locally. Occasionally, imported raspberries are available by the basket.

  • Fitness

    What are the top benefits of essential oil

    There are many essential oils uses that people have found when mixing various fragrance oils together. In fact essential oils have been used for thousands of years until now. Over time people have discovered more and more uses for these oils, both for healing purposes as well as for enjoying the lovely scents that various essential oil mixes could create.

    Essential oils for Massage

    One of the most popular uses of essential oils is in massage due to three main reasons:

    • As they enter the skin pores with ease, they leaving behind their therapeutic properties of each oil, which are only enhanced when several relevant oils are mixed in a powerful blend. Once they entered the skin tissue, the oils spread through the entire system.
    • Added to this is the great benefit that massage offers by itself. For example faster strokes by the masseuse will invigorate, while slower movements relax the body and calm the mind.
    • Yet another benefit is the inhalation of these oils, which invariably happens during the massage session.

    When making your essential oil blends for massage, always mix the oils with carrier oils, since the pure oils are very potent. Never use essential oils on the skin by themselves. Personally I only use lavender oil on small places on my skin on small cuts, scratches, burns or mosquito bites. If you are not a massage practitioner, you can still enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy massage by using the essential oils for rubbing on various place of the body. Some of the most popular areas are: face massage for anti-aging properties, head, neck and shoulder massage for stress relief, foot massage, back massage (to a partner) and hands massage to rejuvenate tired hands.

    For Inhalation

    Maybe the easiest and most widespread essential oils uses are those that involve inhalation in one way or another. Very popular are the various aromatic diffusers and oil burners. Diffusers are a bit more expensive, but they last longer. I initially started with a cheap oil burner.

    The way burners work is by filling the bowl on the top with water and adding to it a few drops of your favorite essential oil or blend of oils. Underneath the bowl there is a small place for adding a tea-light candle. As the candle burns, the water in the bowl gets warm, evaporates and the oil starts diffusing in the air as well.

    When it comes to diffusers, there are many different types of the market, with the most popular ones being electrical diffusers. Currently my favorite one (which is quite cheap compared to some others on the market) is the Mony Aroma/Essntial Oil Diffuser (I have the pink one). You can learn more about essential oil diffusers here: http://www.bestthermometers.co.uk/best-essential-oil-diffusers-in-uk/

    When Meditating

    essential oil diffusers UKAromatherapy meditation is a great way to relax, unwind and de-stress after a hard day at work. It is not difficult to get started, especially if you have already tried meditation. All you need is the right atmosphere, which can be easily done with essential oils, an oil burner and a soft meditation cushion on which to sit down for your meditation session.

    You can also sit on a comfortable chair, but make sure that your spine is erect, your legs are straight with the feet on the floor and you don’t cross your legs. That is not only bad for circulation, but it’s not helping in meditation.

  • Fitness

    Lower Ab Workout – The Dangers of Fad Dieting for Lower Abs

    Okay, so maybe you were watching an infomercial because you couldn’t sleep last night and you came across one for this miracle diet to help you get flat abs, and you’re thinking about going for it. Before you dial that one eight hundred number, you should think about things first, however. These diets are called “fad” diets because they are usually quickly made up and quickly lost to the next one, and there are some real dangers involved with using fad dieting for obtaining lower abs.

    Puffy Midsection
    Fad diets often require you to cut several hundred calories a day, or eat only one or two certain types of foods a day for several weeks in order to get the flat lower abs you’ve always wanted (according to them). What is dangerous about this is that cutting calories that significantly can be harmful to the body. Also, eating the same food for days will not only get boring to you so that you will likely end up dropping it, but it can also be unhealthy, in that a lack of fiber and water can cause your midsection to be puffy, not sculpted. If you are doing wrong heavy exercise then this may also cause problem. You don’t need lot of equipment for building a good lower abs, all you need is an ab wheel roller and a good diet. In this article we will also be discussing how you can choose best ab wheel roller in 2018.

    Cutting your calorie count significantly can not only cause you to look puffy, but also to be very weak. This weakness can be due to loss of muscle because the body cannot distinguish from burning off fat or calories when calories are cut to a certain extent. It can also be due to numerous other health problems that can be a result of fad dieting. If you feel weak, you will be both less willing to work out to build muscle for your abs and unable to continue with your diet because you will feel so ill.

    Lower Muscle Build
    There is one very important thing that using fad dieting to build lower abs muscles and lose midsection weight can do against your efforts, and this is causing you to build less muscle that you always have. If you intend to exercise and work out your lower abs muscles, you need to be well fed and nutritiously. Otherwise, the body may consume your muscles to make up for the drastic calorie cutting and you won’t have the energy required to build them back up again. It is very important that you cut fad dieting out of your life if you wish to build lower abs muscles.

    Unhealthy Overall
    Fad dieting can cause bad health overall in your body as well, which is completely counter-productive to gaining the sexy set of lower abs you’ve always wanted. The puffy midsection we mentioned earlier can be due to too much salt and not enough water or fiber to help move it out. A diet that is lacking in fiber means constipation and any number of digestive problems. Some fad diets have even been known to lead to severe dehydration, or malnutrition because liquids are the only things that are allowed. It is so important to use your common sense and stay away from fad dieting to get lower abs.

  • Family

    When to Leave Household Chores to Others – Tips for Seniors

    After my father retired many years ago, I noticed how much more he was helping Mom with household chores. Quite often he would vacuum the carpet and mop the kitchen floor, at the very least. When it came time for their yearly Spring cleaning, he took an active part in that as well. Over the years since that time, he has often tried to help around the house, even after I moved in with him. He still continued to do his own laundry and often cleaned up after a meal and did the dishes well into his eighties.

    Unfortunately, we all grow older. That is just a part of life. For some, it is easy to just let go and settle into letting others take care of the household. It hasn’t been that easy for my father. He doesn’t realize there are limitations to what he can and cannot do.

    Today he found that out the hard way.

    He is now using a walker almost all the time even inside our home – or at least he should be. He still gets his own breakfast as has long been his practice. We have also bought a bath lifts from UK, so that he can comfortably take shower without anyone’s help. Should you also buy a bath lift for your elders? We will discuss that later in this article. What I have noticed is how much he tries to carry at one time while also using his walker. I’ve commented on the practice, but he continues to do what he wants to and is used to doing.

    Tonight he got a rude awakening. Depending on circumstances, we don’t always eat together. After a light supper, he was clearing the table before I could get there to help, a task he usually leaves for me. Unfortunately, he again tried to carry too much. He dropped a jar of dill pickles on the kitchen floor and it shattered. What a mess!

    Then, he was going to try to help clean it up. He can’t even bend over without toppling onto the floor! I heard the crash and quickly came out of my office work area to see what happened.  I let him know it was just an accident and that I would clean it up – which I did. He felt bad, but it was a harsh reminder that he is still trying to do too much.

    When is it time to let others do the household chores?

    In my opinion the answer varies as to one’s physical and mental capacity. Age is often not a factor, but ability is. Each individual’s circumstances and situation is different. There are many factors to be considered when judging what the elderly can do, especially in their own home. There are limitations at 70, 80 or 90 that were not there when they were in their earlier years. What is difficult for the elderly is to understand they may no longer be able to perform even the simplest tasks they have been used to most of their life.

    Here are a few things to consider when deciding what your senior can do:

    Living space. Depending on the size of their home, they may still be able to perform light duties such as dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping floors. However, if they have issues with dizziness when bending over, even sweeping a floor may be too much for them.

    General maintenance. Many men who were active in working around their home and yard have a very difficult time giving that up. Not only was it something that needed to be done, most men got pleasure out of the physical work they did to help maintain their home. However, in their senior years they should not be climbing ladders, let alone carrying the ladder if it is of any size and length other than a step ladder. If there are balance issues they should not climb even the shortest of ladders or step stools.

    Lawn care. The same goes for mowing lawn, raking leaves, and shoveling snow. Many men don’t know when it is time to quit and let someone else take on those chores. For most, those tasks are related to feeling like the man of the house – that was always their responsibility while their wife took care of the inside of the house. I understand that concept. Unfortunately, ageing has a way of no longer letting a man perform the duties, tasks, and jobs that were a part of his domain.

    Fixing meals. There comes a time when seniors may no longer be able to fix their own meals, especially if cooking is involved. There have been numerous times over the years when stoves and ovens have been left on or other home conveniences such as electric coffee pots, crockpots or waffle irons have been left plugged in. If your loved one can no longer cook their own meals or remember to unplug small electric appliances, you will need to come up with alternative choices such as in-home care or meals on wheels, for example.

    Personal care. When they are no longer able to do their own laundry, a laundry service might be of help or someone else will need to take care of the task. Taking a bath or shower can also become difficult for the elderly. It is imperative that they stay clean and continue to wear clean clothing no matter how old they are. Getting help in keeping their body and clothing clean should be of utmost importance.

  • Fitness

    Why You Must Buy a Rowing Machine For Body Fitness

    If you are looking for a full body workout, one which will blast your upper and lower body and have you losing fat and toning up your body quickly then it’s got to be a rowing machines. A good rowing machine provides an efficient, effective, low-impact workout that utilizes all the major muscle groups, including the back, legs, arms, abdominals and buttocks. It is also one of the best exercises for building a strong back, as well as one of the most effective low-impact aerobic exercises for increasing your metabolism. As a result, you can efficiently burn calories and fat without impacting your joints.

    Rowing machines provide a great all encompassing workout for your body. The great thing about rowing machines is that they will enable you to tackle two objectives in one workout. The first would be the fat burning, cardiovascular, aerobic workout. It may surprise you to learn that rowing is the number one exercise for those people who wish to increase aerobic fitness. Not only that, if you workout with Indoor Rowing Machines or ergometers, not only will you have increased cardiovascular fitness, but you’ll benefit, too, from increased muscle mass in the upper, as well as lower body.

    Because rowing machine is an impact-free activity, it can be a lifelong form of exercise. It is always best to exercise in your target heart rate zone (70 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate). There are many good brands of rowing machines available in UK including bodycraft rowing machine,ACT,AFP,Cardio Kids rowing machine,Concept2 rowing machine, Kettler Rowing Machine, Phoenix rowing machine, ProForm rowing machine, Stamina rowing machine,Tunturi rowing machine and Water rowing machine. If you are looking for the top rowing machines in UK, then continue reading this article. We will be discussing in details as how you can choose the right rowing machine for you fitness routine.


    What is a Rowing Machine

    rowing machine 2018A rowing machine also known as indoor rower is an fitness equipment that stimulate the action of watercraft rowing. A rowing machine can be said to your body’s best friend. It is a particularly balanced form of training which exercises all the main muscle groups and increases personal stamina and endurance. Rowing machines engage all the muscles of the body and is often cited as the most effective full body cardio training movement. With little pressure on the joints, rowers work the legs, hips and glutes with each stroke.

    Rowing machines can seem like a very punishing elliptical workout but it is worth your effort. While other cardiovascular equipment solely focuses on a number of areas of your body, a rowing machine builds your muscles happening all areas. This includes your arms, legs, back and torso. It moreover lessens your blow on your joints unlike approximately other forms of aerobic and cardiovascular routines.

    Choosing the best rowing machine in 2018

    All indoor rowing machines are ready for home use, but not all indoor rowing machines are ready to be used commercially in gyms, health clubs, and boathouses. Rowing machines come in different types of resistance systems that include air, magnetic, hydraulic piston and water. All these types of rowing machine have unique benefits and features that individual who row will find useful, depending on their individual requirements.

    The air rowing machine uses a fan for resistance that is completely variable to how much effort you are putting into it. While effective and realistic to actual rowing, the downside to air machines is that they can get very noisy.

    The reason for increased upper body development is due to the demands made purely by the physical action that rowing entails, unlike treadmills, stair-climbing equipment and exercise bikes, all of which concentrate to a greater extent on the lower body, as well as the cardiovascular system. Typically, the work-load distribution of using indoor rowing machines is 75% leg-work and 25% upper body.

    One of the greatest benefits of indoor rowing machines is the distinct advantage of an all-over aerobic work-out using only one piece of equipment minus, of course, the skeletal trauma inflicted by running outdoors and treadmills. Thankfully, however, this is not the case with indoor rowing machines.

    If you’re considering purchasing an indoor rowing machine, here’s a quick breakdown of the kinds of indoor rowing machines you can expect to find in the shops and online, together with the price you might expect to pay.

    Basically, there are four categories of indoor rowing machine.

    These are:

    • Piston (hydraulic) or cylinder-based rowing machines
    • Flywheel rowing machines
    • Magnetic resistance indoor rowing machines
    • Water rowing machines

    Hydraulic Rowing Machines

    A hydraulic rowing machine is an excellent option for those with limited space, or where budget is a concern. These rowers are tensioned by air or fluid contained within a cylinder or piston that can be adjusted to increase the degree of resistance. The disadvantage of hydraulic rowing machines is that the exercise position does not allow you to assume a natural rowing stance. Therefore, syncronization between arms and legs is somewhat unnatural.

    Flywheel Rowing Machines

    The Concept 2 indoor rowing machines (or Concept II) is probably the most popular flywheel air rowing machine as used by fitness enthusiasts and health clubs thoughout the world. The Concept 2 is also used in rowing competitions all over the world, including the Worlds’ Indoor Rowing Championships and European Indoor Championships.

    Flywheel or air Indoor Rowing Machines offers the closest simulation to outdoor rowing. With these rowers, resistance comes from the pulling motion. To increase the resistance you simply pull harder and greater wind resistance is provided from the fan blades. Compared to hydraulic rowing machines, flywheel or air rowers provide a smoother rowing stroke.

  • Vintage

    Why Vintage Items Are Still Popular – Tips for choosing vintage items

    There are many of us who enjoy having vintage items, clothing, accessories, decorating items, and collectibles which make fabulous gifts. If you are looking for great vintage gifts then you will find this article useful. We will share plenty of ideas and items to choose from so you can return again and again. The women who loves vintage gifts is more common than we ever realized before. The key to buying vintage is to decide if you are going to buy authentic vintage or replica.

    The decision is often different depending on the meaning of the item you are buying. If you want an heirloom quality item then always choose authentic vintage gifts. If you are looking for a look and feel of something (style, color, decorative quality) then a replica will work and will be most often more affordable. Here are some of my favorite vintage items that you can gift to your loved ones.

    Vintage Table Lamps
    Vintage table Lamp are fabulous for lighting any room of the house, as gifts, and for a special girl’s hope chest gift. You can find adorable Vintage lamp to decorate a guest bathroom, a bookshelf, an entry hall table, or for your favorite reading light when you are curled up with a book. You can find some of the best table lamps in UK on Amazon or at local store in affordable price. They will make beautiful bed side table lights, a buffet table centerpiece in the dining room, or put one on a covered porch with your favorite vintage chair and end table. One of the best ways to give a Vintage Lamp Shade as a gift is with a lamp as well.

    But, they are so precious you can give them without a lamp and your friend will be just as delighted to receive it. Handmade oriental style vintage lamp shades make great accent lighting for parties and evenings in with the family. How about the candlelight dinner you are planning or a cozy movie night with friends. This is also a great lamp to give as a gift for teens and women.

    Vintage Home Decor Gifts for Women
    I still remember the living room, dining room and kitchen at my grandmother’s house. Small trinkets cross my mind from time to time and I remember the things she cherished. The most vivid memories I have are of her guest bedroom. I remember being able to stay in that room ‘by myself’ several times when we would go to visit overnight. I have no idea where my siblings slept…

    I have often found myself gravitating toward items from that room, from her house, and feeling as if I can keep a little piece of ‘her’ by adding them to my home over time. The memories are there without the trinkets, but, somehow uncovering something of ‘hers’ in my travels gives me a sense she is somehow helping me to hold on to the most precious memories I have of childhood.

    Decorating the home with Vintage Home Decor is another way to keep vintage style close at hand. Bring back nostalgic times and remember days gone by with vintage home decorating items that fit into today’s daily life with classic charm.

    Vintage jewellery
    Vintage jewelry and vintage inspired jewelry designs for women are always a great addition to any outfit. If you like to add a touch of vintage style to a modern outfit or like to go vintage all the way you are going to love vintage jewelry for women. There are so many vintage jewelry items to choose from and one of the best places to find them is at an eBay auction. You never know what you might find and what a great deal you may get on it. Keep this page bookmarked and check back often for new and unique vintage gifts and jewelry.

    Vintage glass bottle
    Pair this pink vintage glass bottle vase with your favorite flowers or use as an infuser to bring a fragrance into the home. Dowels and fragrance oils sold separately. Vintage glass was so remarkable in colour choices. Adding a colourful collection of bottles or any glassware gives a vintage decorating plan another element of light as well as function This bottle, for example, could be a flower vase or you can use it to put a beautiful collection of vintage buttons.

    How to find vintage items

    I’m not good at many things, but I can find treasures among the junk at thrift stores. And sometimes I resell the collectibles I find. Most thrift stores get their inventory donated by people who figure that the stuff is still useful, to someone else. They drop off bags or boxes of stuff, and the workers at the thrift store stick a price tag on it and put it on the shelf for customers to buy.

    Some of the donated inventory is better than others. Like most stuff that gets donated, vintage items are a dime a dozen, but there are treasures to be found. I bought this 1960’s pillowcase with all the mod colors of the day and sold it within 2 weeks. Here are a few of my tricks for finding vintage items at thrift stores to resell.

    Go to any thrift store and most of the time you’ll see rack after rack (or shelf after shelf) of vintage linens. This can include dresser scarves, doilies, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, tea towels, potholders, pillowcases, sheets, wash cloths, hand towels, bath towels, quilts, and more. When checking out vintage linens, look for clues to “date” items like the tag shown above on this hand towel from the 1970s. Many young people (in their 20s and 30s) love the “mod” look of this style of bath linens, and I’ve sold more than a few towels in the tones of the 1970s like avocado green, orange, yellow, etc. Cool, man.

    The pillowcase shown in the introduction sold almost immediately after I listed it for sale. Sometimes people use the fabric from these retro linens to make tote bags, pillows for the sofa, or curtains, so don’t overlook a good piece of funky fabric in whatever form.

    When I am checking out stuff on thrift store shelves, I often have no idea what things are. Take this vintage butter curler shown here. When I saw it in the tub of other cooking utensils at a Goodwill, I just liked it. The black and blue paint sang to me! But what was it, I wondered. I got home and looked it up online. I now know what a butter curler looks like and would buy another in a heartbeat, but I listed this guy and sold him.

  • Family

    What is Considered Reasonable in Different Cultures?

    For many American families, the focus has switched from the 60s view of family at home spending time together to now where we try to pack as much into our lives as possible. In the same manner, when we host a foreign exchange student, we want to give them every possible experience, opportunity, participation in activities, travel, etc. Where is the appropriate place to draw the line? That is a key question that you must consider when planning your year with your new exchange student!

    Balance is key. America is about family, so time spent together eating meals or playing games is very important for the true “American” experience that these kids are seeking. Drawing the line of what you are doing, willing to do, want to do, are able to do is going to be different to every family, as lifestyles vary so much. The thing is that you should not expect to, or think that it is expected of you, to add extra travels, events, or time/financial burdens just because you are hosting a student from abroad! Live your life! The expectations in our agency for extracurricular activity travel provisions or extras of any kind are “reasonable”. You will quickly become burnt out if you try to overdo things to make your student’s experience the best time in their lives. It already is an amazing experience! Having you open your home and allow them the opportunity to live a dream, and having the freedom from parents and their normal lives. Being here is a privilege, and yes, I do more than is expected, but that is my choice and I am okay with that. These wonderful kids are supposed to be treated as a member of your family, not a special guest! Keep that in mind when face with the “can I” or “can you take me” questions. Consider how you would handle that situation with your own child.

    Prior to arriving, and at the initial orientation with their area coordinator, they are told the host family responsibilities. It should be made crystal clear that while you are willing to support them in extracurricular activities, if travel requirements are excessive, they have to share the burden and find another option such as car pooling or finding rides with teammates. Grades are often a good way to balance activities as well. Foreign exchange students are expected to maintain a certain grade average in order to stay in their program. These are government standards, and are not taken lightly. If your student is struggling to maintain that GPA, consider cutting back or questioning their ability to handle the added burden of an activity.

    Again, being here is a huge honor. This is American life, which is what they want to experience. You do not have to try to make it better or over the top to impress the exchange students. Our natural children do not have the freedom or liberties that many foreign children have for several reasons. We typically live in more suburban areas that do not have public transportation that many of these kids utilize as their main source of transportation. Also, we tend to be more cautious when parenting, while many other countries afford much more independence to their kids. Their schools operate completely differently than ours do, and this in and of itself can create issues. (Honestly, I like the schedules that the European students follow as well as their teaching methods.) The family dynamics are different as well. Always look into the cultural norms from the country in which you choose a student. Look at their application closely to get a glimpse or idea of what they are used to at home. Trying to match the student that lives a lifestyle more similar to yours may help make things easier.

    I cannot say it enough. Balance, patience, and being yourself are the best things that you can do for your exchange student. Communicate what you are willing to do, and remind your student that when you have reached the limit you set, finding additional rides is their responsibility. Flexibility is key for everyone involved, but it is the adult’s responsibility to set the tone of the relationship, the boundaries of the home, and to enforce the rules. Teens, even more-so than toddlers are desperate for boundaries, no matter how hard they try to push or defy them. Boundaries and rules equal security and a sense of safety! Be firm, but loving, and take care of you during the process!