Leaving Melbourne for the First Time – 6 Common Fears and How to Fight Them

You spend years bringing up children knowing one day they’ll be leaving home. Some can’t wait, while others might be more reluctant. However they feel about it, they’re likely to have some concerns; after all, it’s a major life change. Here are six common fears and how you can help your child face them.

Missing Family and Friends It can be hard waking up in a new place without familiar faces, and while there may riot be a queue for the bathroom, there won’t be the same early-morning banter either. Neither is it as easy to drop in on friends or make a spontaneous decision to go out together. Regular contact through telephone, text or video link, and setting reunion dates will help your child keep in touch with the people they’ve left behind. This is particularly important in the early days.

Being Lonely It’s often difficult to make a whole new set of friends. In an environment like university, where everyone is in a similar position, it can be as simple as linking up with people who share interests. It’s slightly more difficult where everyone already has established groups of friends, and this is where it pays to look at how to find people to connect with. Clubs and societies are good sources of new contacts. The best tactic is to make first contact and start conversations with different people; a friendly conversation in passing can often lead to a more lasting relationship. It’s worth remembering it only takes one (friend to stop someone feeling lonely, and one friend often leads to another.

leaving_melbourneLooking After Themselves A parent can do their child a great service by making sure they know how to cook, clean and do the laundry. Don’t forget some skills such as cooking should extend beyond basic food preparation into areas such as hygiene and safe food storage.

Coping With Emergencies The ones who cope best with emergencies are those who’ve thought about what to do before the problem arises. Thinking about fire escape routes, how to deal with gas leaks or what to do if the washing machine floods — having checklists and practice runs if necessary, means more immediate, effective action and less panicking. A first-aid course could also prove useful in case of any injuries.

Maintaining a Home It’s important your child knows how to carry out basic maintenance, such as changing light bulbs safely, replacing tap washers or putting up shelves, and you can give them practice before they move out. They need to ensure they understand their rights and responsibilities if they’re moving into rented property, including any restrictions on work they can do, for example drilling holes in walls, and any expectations such as regular redecorating. And yeah, the most improtant thing while moving is that you rent the best fragile movers.

Managing Money This is an often neglected area and a surprising number of teenagers leave home without understanding basic concepts such as credit cards and loans, interest payments and the penalties of defaulting, especially when it comes to payday loans. Teaching them to set a realistic budget is vital. You can give them some practice on your grocery budget, so they can learn to better manage their money. It’s helpful to get them into the habit of saving; rainy days seem to come more often when you’ve your own home to manage.

A child leaving home is a big event, and while it’s inevitable, it can be an emotional time. Its good to know it can be made a little easier with some forethought, and you can take solace in the thought you’ve helped them grow and develop into independent adults

Gabriel Evans

I have a cat named Napoleon. I love spicy foods and beautiful pictures.

Dealing with Plumbing Emergencies in Arizona

You never know when something might go wrong with your plumbing system. This may seem very scary and it will probably make you feel uncomfortable, but the most important thing is not to panic. It is not uncommon to experience water leakage or something similar that can easily endanger your property and make you worry about your home, in that case you should immediately call the plumber because only professionals can properly handle your plumbing problems and solve them for good.


It is very common for the citizens of Sahuarita to experience a broken toilet and clogged drains. First symptoms of a broken toilet are the murmuring sounds that are often just being ignored until a bigger problem comes up like water leaking, unable to flush, slow filling etc. If your toilet or other parts of plumbing system aren’t functioning well, you should call the plumber to examine it. You should always try to control the situation and prevent further damage and development of the problem. If you occasionally check and take care of your plumbing, you won’t have to deal with plumbing emergencies. Also if you solve your plumbing problems as soon as you notice them, you’ll certainly pay less.


As we said, you mustn’t panic! Panic won’t bring you anything good. As soon as you can, contact Swanson Plumbing Services (the most reliable plumbers in Arizona) and use the following tips to minimize the damage:

First you need to turn off the water supply. You probably know where the main water valve is located in your apartment or house and you should shut it off in order to repress the water from making further damage. Almost all valves all shut off when turned clockwise. If you’re not dealing with a major leakage, you can fix it easily. It is good to always have plumber’s tape at home. You can wrap this tape around the leaking pipe and fix minor leakage. If you don’t have this tape at home, try wrapping a towel around it or an old rag and put a bucket under the leaking area. This way the water won’t spread and spill everywhere. After you’ve done this, it should be safe to call the plumbers. Drain the water out of the pipe after you have the valve is turned off. If you think your drain is clogged, you should try unclogging it and direct the water out of the flooded area. Do this only if you’re certain in what you’re doing. If you feel unconfident or you have no idea what are you doing, you can just make more damage to the pipes in the process. Do not use strong chemicals like hydrochloric acid, nor extensive and massive tools that aren’t meant to be used for plumbing.


If you have problems with your water heater, you shouldn’t try repairing it on your own. Leakage from a boiler can be very dangerous and it can cause a major flood in your home. The problem can also be in electrical malfunction and that is very dangerous for you to try fixing it. In this case you can only turn off the water supply, call the plumber and wait for him. Clogged drains are also a common problem which can cause a major flood in the house. In this case you should use a plunger to let it breathe. Don’t put chemicals in the drain nor more water if you’re not sure what is causing the problem. For clogged toilet also use a plunger and if that doesn’t help, seek for professional help. Always have some tools at home, to be able to deal with emergencies.

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