Daily Archives April 1, 2015

Games To Encourage Thinking Skills

Games To Encourage Thinking Skills

by: Steve Hall

There is no doubt about it, using computer games is a great way to encourage children to expand their realm of thinking. Your options for entertaining your child may seem numbered. Many people allow their children to spend quite a bit of time in front of the television. But, what good does that do? If you want them to learn something while they are zoned out, you are completely lost. But, if you flip on the computer, download a great game, you may actually be able to encourage them to learn more and you will encourage good thinking skills as well.
Thinking is not something that everyone can do well. Now, we are referring here to the thought process that goes along with solving problems...

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Family Night on a Budget!

Family Night on a Budget!

by: Cyndi Roberts

When you and your family are on a tight budget, sometimes one of the first things to be cut out is money for entertainment.
When our 3 children were small, my husband and I always tried to find fun things to do as a family that didn’t make a huge dent in our budget.
One thing we recommend is setting aside one night a week for “Family Fun Night”. Turn off the TV and the phone and do something together. It doesn’t have to be an expensive outing, but do plan ahead and let the children have some input into your plan.
Here are some ideas for ‘family fun on a budget’.
1. Take a walk through your neighborhood. Say hello to everyone you meet, whether you know them or not...

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How To Stop Bullying

How To Stop Bullying

by: News Canada

(NC)—According to Family Services Canada, approximately 12% of children are bullies. Additional research confirms that bullying occurs frequently: once every seven minutes on the playground and once every twenty-five minutes in class (Craig and Pepler, 1997).
To prevent bullying, it is important to consider not only the bully and victim, but also peers, school staff, parents, and the broader community. The best approach at school, is to develop a clearly stated code of behaviour with consistent follow-through.
All school staff should participate in educational sessions, together with parent and student representatives. Once adults learn to recognize problem behaviour and how to stop it, they can supervise and intervene more successfully.
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A Dangerous Environment

A Dangerous Environment

by: Richard Lowe, Jr.

The internet is a dangerous place for your children. Don’t even begin to believe that your child is safe. There are more dangers than you can possibly imagine waiting to lure children to their doom. You had better be aware of what’s happening and take steps to shield them from the danger … if you don’t, your child’s sanity and safety are at serious risk.
Does this sound alarmist? Actually, I cannot stress this fact enough … you have to be just as careful with your five year old on the internet as you would in the worst red-light district back alley in the darkest part of town...

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Most Parents Are Not Idiots Or Negligent — So Why

Most Parents Are Not Idiots Or Negligent — So Why Do We Need Compulsory-Attendance Laws?

by: Joel Turtel

Why do we need compulsory-attendance laws? Why compel parents to send their children to public schools? Wouldn’t parents naturally educate their children without compulsion? Human nature and history prove this to be the case. All over the world, parents push to educate their children, with or without public schools.
In Japan, school is compulsory only up to the equivalent of junior high school (ninth-grade level). High schools in Japan, like colleges in America, are privately owned and charge tuition. Middle-school students compete fiercely for a place in high schools even though their parents must pay to get them in...

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Moms – Get More Energy Now

Moms – Get More Energy Now

by: Frank McGinty

Let’s be honest! When it comes to parenting, men expect their wives or partners to do the lion’s share.
There are signs that we’re moving toward a more enlightened age in which ALL parents play their part.
But in the meantime, let’s concentrate on some help for tired moms.
Apparently the number one question mothers ask their doctors is, “How can I get more energy?”
Fatigue is a serious problem when it robs us of our happiness, our sense of balance, and even our effective parenting skills.
So what’s the answer?
Ironically, the best way to overcome the energy crisis is to first of all spend just a little bit more time and energy. But hang in there! It will pay great dividends in a short time.
The first area to tackle is managing the household...

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Breastfeeding – Breast is Best

Breastfeeding – Breast is Best

by: Declan Tobin

Women have been feeding their children this way from the beginning, and it is of course natures intended food, therefore the best nourishment for your child. The decision to breast-feed is entirely up to you and each woman should make up her own mind, it is an individual choice.
There are a number of reasons why a mother would decide not to breastfeed, including infection e.g. hepatitis or HIV this can be passed onto the baby through the breast milk, or if the mother is on long-term medication for an illness, in this situation it is advised to bottle feed instead. Some mothers can’t produce enough milk and others just do not like the idea at all, either way it’s a personal decision.
In the 40s and 50s it was very unfashionable to breastfe...

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The Best Blue Christmas

The Best Blue Christmas

by: Ed Williams

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a few days away, isn’t it? Santa will soon be making his yearly run around the globe, delighting both children and adults alike. Christmas is the most magical holiday of them all, and it holds very deep and special meanings for all of us who celebrate it.
It certainly did for my family back when I was growing up in Juliette. Ever notice how a certain Christmas will just stick in your mind? The one when I was an eight year old boy certainly did. I can remember being so impatient for it to arrive, each day was like the equivalent of ten, and I was starting to wonder if Santa would ever get a chance to bring me all of the goodies I wanted...

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Slash Your Grocery Prices with Coupons

Slash Your Grocery Prices with Coupons

by: GranMamma

Coupons save consumers hundreds of dollars a year. Smart shoppers take the time to look for, cut out, file, and use coupons on a regular basis. You may be surprised how much money you can save in the long run.
Coupons are easy to use when organized efficiently. Coupons should be put into groups such as cereals, fruit, pizzas, paper goods, pet food, baby needs, and anything else that you need frequently. With this strategy, you can easily plan to save money each time you make your grocery list. Simple rules for smart shopping:
1. Always check the prices of similar brands. Another brand may be less expensive even with the coupon. Don’t buy the brand-name item just to use the coupon.
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Baby’s First Year – What to Expect

Baby’s First Year – What to Expect

by: Adriana Copaceanu

You’ve been anxiously waiting for the arrival of your new-born baby for the last 9 months. Watching your new baby grow and change is one of the most exciting times in your lifelife – and truly makes one aware of the miracle that life is!
As a new Mom, you are probably wondering about many things:

how will he react to his new surroundings?
when will she sleep for more than 2 hours?
what can I expect in the following year?
an so many other questions…..

Each baby is different. Your baby’s rate of growth, appearance, and personality, will all be unique to him or her. As you embark on this journey with your new baby, take time to enjoy their presence in your life.
Here are some of the milestones to watch for in the first year of y...

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