Sunday 20 January 2019

Three Household Problems That You Can Teach Children to Look For.

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Whether you’re a stay at home parent or not, it can be a struggle keeping up with the needs of the house or finding time to start any home improvements. You probably don’t need to be told this but being a parent is tough! You spend 90% of the time helping the children out, whether you’re dropping them at school, picking them up, preparing their food, cleaning up after them, washing their clothes… the list goes on. Being so busy all the time makes the more discreet home issues difficult to notice and deal with, so, it seems like a great idea to have the children help you out in identifying any problems!

Whilst you can’t deny that little ones can get very absorbed in what they’re doing, they also spend most of their time relaxed (whilst we’re busy chasing after them). Being so relaxed, it’s much easier for children to take in their surroundings and pick up on things that have changed or are different. You’ve probably noticed your own child ask you questions completely out of the blue about things you’ve never noticed before in your own home, which is exactly what we want to use.

So, without further ado, here are three household problems that you can teach your children to look out for, helping you notice issues and look after your home more easily.

Damp and Mould
As home damage and concerns go, damp and moulds are some of the ugliest and most notable issues you can come across. The black mould that thrives in damp areas of the home has actually been proven to lead to a variety of respiratory issues like asthma which means that, particularly if you have young children in the home, it becomes even more important to deal with mould before it can settle in.

To stop mould from becoming a problem in your home, you need to stop it at the source – the damp. Damp is also quite easy to notice because of the way it stains the walls and ceilings. If you encourage your little one to let you know whenever they see and stains on the walls, they should be able to notice the damp before it starts welcoming mould growth. From there, you can organise a survey and get it sorted!

This is really important if you have a slightly older child with a room of their own because you probably won’t be spending much time in there, so it’ll be their job to notice any problems like damp and mould.
Woodworm is the name of multiple different beetle larvae that live inside of damp wood and eat it. Woodworm is one of those home issues that is really obvious when you look for it, which makes it perfect for teaching your little ones how to look after the home. The most noticeable signs of woodworm are the small tunnels and holes in the surface of the wood, which are made when the adult beetles emerge. Whilst you might wonder if woodworm is damaging to health, it’s definitely a threat to your home and can cause all sorts of structural instability if left alone.

It’s not particularly nice to think that beetles could be living inside your furniture, but that’s why we have to keep a look out for the signs! Other than the small holes in the timber, crumbling wood or tunnels inside the wood are other big indicators. Show your little ones some pictures and they should be able to point out any woodworm concerns for you, after which, treatment is usually quick and easy.

Damaged Window Seals

Finally, damaged window seals can make your home really uncomfortable or chilly. Plus, heat loss through windows is a major part of your heating costs, so it’s important they’re as efficient as possible. The two main signs of broken window seals are cracks in the rubber sealed edges and a breeze or draft coming out from underneath the window. It’s easy to encourage children to be curious about their surroundings, so asking them to check their windows if they start feeling cold is a good way of bringing up any sealing concerns.

Hopefully, this post will have given you some ideas for how to stay on top of your home improvements or problems! With any luck, this will save you hassle in the future. 


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  1. We struggle with damaged window sills that have made some rooms very cold! My husband has tried to fill them in, but we do need to get new windows soon :)

  2. We have a flat roof and are starting to suffer with mould, so I know it needs looking at

  3. Our first home had such bad condensation on the windows which led to the frames rotting

  4. I avoid all this by always buying new-build houses and 'disposable' flat pack furniture ... well, that's how my life seems to have gone for the last 18 years (it was never the plan!)

  5. I've noticed some mould around the bottom of our windows but only in winter. I clean it regularly and open windows every day to reduce it. We've no problem in summer with the hot temperatures here in Portugal. But they're great ideas for getting kids to help spot potential problems in the home.

  6. Do you know I have never thought about getting my daughter to look for these things but kids are so good at noticing what you don’t - it’s a great idea!

  7. Scavenger hunt for mould. Why didn't I think of that ;) Good tips!

  8. We had awful mould problems at our old house, was such a relief to move so the kids didn't have to suffer it! It's a good idea to get the kids involved tho as they get in places I wouldn't think of!

  9. Great tips here! I never thought about getting my children in on this! They would enjoy it too!

  10. These are great tips, it’s such a good idea to get your children aware of this for when they eventually get their own place