Daily Archives April 2, 2015

Cell Phones for Kids – How Young is Too Young?

Cell Phones for Kids – How Young is Too Young?

by: Barry Nagassar

Take a random tween, age 8-12, place them in front of a rotary phone and observe at the blank stare of bewilderment. Yes, gone are the days of the landline, pushed aside by the next wave of technological advancement. Mobile phones are fast displacing landlines in many homes; accompanying this movement is the fact kids regularly use and know how to use these cell phones. The mobility of cell phones means you can be anywhere and have the necessity, or should I say the convenience, of a phone.
Cellular service providers and manufacturers would enjoy nothing more than exploiting the vastly untapped tween market...

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6 Tried & True Fun Ways to Educate and Entertain Y

6 Tried & True Fun Ways to Educate and Entertain Your Preschooler

by: Myranda Morgan

1. New Word of the Day
Introduce your preschooler to a new word each morning at breakfast and define it for him. Keep it simple by using synonyms for words he already knows. Example: vehicle can be another word for car, truck, van, etc. Make a game of using the word as many times as possible each day. This is a fun way to build your child’s vocabulary.
2. Create a Reading Hide-Away
A large cardboard box can become anything your child wants it to be. Spend a fun-filled afternoon fashioning a reading hide-away with your child. A miniature house, a castle, or a cave are just a few possibilities...

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Tips For Parents On How To Deal With Bullying

Tips For Parents On How To Deal With Bullying

by: News Canada

(NC)—Bullying behaviour may seem rather insignificant compared to the trouble that some kids can get into. Many dismiss it as just another part of “growing up.” But we can’t anymore. Statistics show that one in four children who bully will have a criminal record before the age of thirty. Teasing on playgrounds and at bus stops, taking other children’s lunch money, insults and threats, kicking and punching — it’s all fair game to the bully.
On the flip side, fear of bullies causes many kids to avoid school or, in the extreme, carry and even use weapons for protection. While everyone is a potential bullying target, victims typically tend to be shy, sensitive, anxious, or insecure...

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Let’s Read! The Benefits of Reading to Your Childr

Let’s Read! The Benefits of Reading to Your Children

by: Nicole Niemiec

Parents, when you help your children learn to read, you help them open the door to a big, exciting world. As a parent, you can begin an endless learning chain like this: You read to your children, they develop a love of stories and poems, they want to read on their own, they practice reading, and finally, they read for their own information or pleasure. When children become readers, their world is forever wider and richer.
Studies have shown that children that are read to on a consistent basis begin to develop both communication and thinking skills at a much younger age than children that aren’t read to on a consistent basis...

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Your Newborn and Reflexes

Your Newborn and Reflexes

by: Rosslyn Vroom

Newborn and Reflexes

(General Information for new parents – always consult your Health Care Professional if you have concerns about your baby)
The most magical part of your baby is watching them – watching them watching you!!! and responding to you, as you teach them about their new world!!!
This is so special … as you and your baby learn to communicate …. as you respond to you baby and re-enforce what they do … this is the basis of developing their self esteem.
You wonder about your newborn and reflexes … are they behaving as they “should” and there are so many variables!!!
Your newborn baby is born with a number of reflexes which may only be present for a few days: reflexes like a “stepping” reflex sometimes referred to as a ‘wa...

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Responsible Fatherhood – A Unique And Irreplaceabl

Responsible Fatherhood – A Unique And Irreplaceable Role

by: Frank McGinty

Something happened the other day that made me feel uneasy. Yet I shouldn’t have felt that way!
My wife had left for work and I was hanging the washing out to dry. A neighbour from down the way was in his backyard doing the same. ‘Good day for drying’, he called. ‘Let’s hope the rain stays away.’
I had to think about what made me uneasy. Then it hit me. Two men hanging out the washing!
When I was a kid that would never have happened. That was women’s work, after all!
And that made me think about the changing role of men and fatherhood.
Change is seldom easy, hence the deeply buried sense of unease – even in someone like me who considers himself an enlightened individual!
The image of fatherhood has changed very ...

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Pregnancy Planner – A Quick Guide

Pregnancy Planner – A Quick Guide

by: Declan Tobin

Weeks 1 to 3 are the first weeks of pregnancy. Week 1 begins on the first day of your last menstrual period. You will have no pregnancy symptoms yet, it’s too early right now. By week 4 nearly all of the organs and structure of the fetus have formed, you will start to feel the first pregnancy symptoms which will feel a bit like period symptoms such as tiredness and tender breasts.
Weeks 5/6/7. By now mother’s breast have swelled and are sensitive as milk glands multiply. Morning sickness will kick in and your appetite will increase. The embryo has developed the heart and primitive circulatory system. The first heartbeats begin and facial features begin to develop...

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Baby Safety Checklist – Protecting Your Baby

Baby Safety Checklist – Protecting Your Baby

by: Alli Ross

When bringing home your new baby, there are so many things to do in order to get ready. Making your home a safe haven for your new little one is one of the most important things you will do to get ready. Each room contains its own set of dangers. Below is a baby safety checklist to ensure that every room in your house is baby friendly.
General Safety Tips:

Place child-resistant covers on all electrical outlets.
Install safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Don’t use baby walkers because they have been known to have caused serious injuries to babies. Use stationary exercisers instead.
Keep all dangerous chemicals out of the reach of children.
Shorten curtain and blind cords.
Install smoke detectors on each floor o...

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Neverland Chronicle (Feb 15)

Neverland Chronicle (Feb 15)

by: Gary Whittaker

Is Bashir the Man in the Mirror?
It seems that the weekly so-called news magazine 20/20 is now grooming Martin Bashir to be the next Barbara Walters. How is that relevant? Well, the Disney owned ABC has lured Mr. Bashir from the BBC with both 1 million dollar salary, and an agenda to go after Michael Jackson. Mr. Bashir has started his hard-hitting investigative journalism by interviewing Corey Feldman about his upcoming testimony in the Jackson Trial. If I was on the Jackson defense team, I would have been very concerned over the damaging affect this would have against my client right before the trial of his life. But that would have been BEFORE the interview. AFTER the interview, I would be salivating at the chance to cross-examine Corey...

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Temporary Internet Files – the Good, the Bad, and

Temporary Internet Files – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by: Nick Smith

A little bit of time invested into learning about internet security can go a long way in preventing mishaps on your computer. Temporary internet files are not something we should be afraid of, but we should certainly be careful in how much we trust them and how we deal with them.
Temporary internet files are image, text, and formatting files that are stored on your hard drive by the websites that you visit. They are placed there by the websites without your having to do anything...

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