Daily Archives April 7, 2015

How to Conduct Personal Background Checks

How to Conduct Personal Background Checks

by: Jasmine Ong

You want to conduct a personal background check on a colleague, maybe even a prospective mate, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it? Before you spend a fortune on private investigators, you might want to try a little gumshoeing of your own.
The net is teeming with search engines and public records just waiting to be explored. You might have to do a little digging (or perhaps a lot), but there’s a great chance that the information you’re after is just floating around cyberspace at no cost.
Be careful which sites you choose to rely on for help. Some of them will charge you fees for information you can get elsewhere for free. Some will even charge you for wrong or useless information...

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The Seven Keys to Child Obedience

The Seven Keys to Child Obedience

by: Anthony Kane, MD

Learning obedience is an important part of child development. This is the tool that allows you as parents to train your child. Through obedience your child will learn self-control and develop other positive character traits that he will need as an adult.
However, obedience cannot be forced upon the child. Parents who simply command their children will foster resentment, which will eventually lead to rebellion. In fact, some researchers feel that poor parenting techniques contribute to the development of oppositional defiant disorderin some children. Although you can punish a child for not obeying, this will not foster any long-term obedience...

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Oh Baby! You Can Make It Happen

Oh Baby! You Can Make It Happen

by: News Canada

(NC)—Right from the beginning, a baby learns that certain actions within his or her environment can bring desired results. Typically the first sign of reinforcement comes from the baby’s parents. For example, a baby learns early on in the development stage that crying will result in a parent picking him up, feeding him or changing his diaper.
Throughout this learning process it is important for parents to provide constant stimulation for their baby. Providing a baby with a selection of well-chosen toys that encourage activity and exploration is a step in the right direction.
According to the parents...

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When Time Out Don’t Work

When Time Out Don’t Work

by: Jennifer L Gove

Joey steps away from his time out chair “I won’t sit!” His mother is frustrated and throws her hands in the air..Time out is just not working for this mom. Many kids do not respond to time out so what do parents do???
– Let the discipline reflect the behavior
Some children respond well to discipline that is structured around what they did wrong. An example of this is a child that draws on the wall is asked to help with the clean up. There for they understand that what they did creates work for them self and there is a consequence for what they did.
– Point out what’s good
Many children respond to being told when they are doing well and being praised for it...

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What You Need to Know about Baby Monitors

What You Need to Know about Baby Monitors

by: Eric & Lisa Koshinsky

Baby monitors are an essential part of baby gear. When you have the baby asleep in the crib, you don’t have to keep constantly checking to make sure that he/she is all right when you have a baby monitor. You have one part of the monitor in the nursery and the other in the same room of the house where you are. Every move and sound that the baby makes come through the speaker so it is almost like you are in the same room.
The transmitters in the monitors work best when they are within 10 feet of the baby. This is why you should have the monitor on a nightstand near the crib, but yet you don’t need to have them so close that when the baby gets older, he/she can reach out and touch it...

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Teaching Kids to Value Books and Reading

Teaching Kids to Value Books and Reading

by: Connie Leyendi

Joys and Importance of Reading

Recent research indicates that seventy percent of high
school graduates are unable to read at the twelfth grade
level. In many cases, reading is subordinated to other
actvities in children’s lives. Is that what you want for
your child? If not, get your kids interested in books at
an early age.

Your voice is your baby’s most beloved sound. Take
advantage of your baby’s natural inclination to focus
on the sound of your voice and read aloud to him. When
your baby fatigues or becomes distracted by other
stimuli, stop reading and resume at a time when you and
your child are ready to return to it. Preschool children
whose parents read aloud to them an average of twenty
minutes daily scored significantl...

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Dads Are Heroes

Dads Are Heroes

by: Alvah Parker

My friend, Dovid Grossman, who is the father of nine children, told me he intended to have a website and teleclass series dedicated to the Hero’s Journey for Dads. He wanted to use the framework of a Hero’s Journey to engage in a discussion with fathers on parenting.
I was somewhat aware of the idea of the Hero’s Journey from the PBS series The Power of Myth with Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. Still I couldn’t see how he would use the model with Fathers. “What is it about the Hero’s Journey that interests and excites you?” I asked him.
He told me he had just read Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, in which Vogler says, “I came to believe that the Hero’s Journey is nothing less than a handbook for life, a complete instruction manua...

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5 Steps to Organized Writing

5 Steps to Organized Writing

by: Lorraine Curry

After your children are writing sentences, teach them about paragraphs. Paragraphs are the key to organized writing. Each paragraph should contain one main idea or thought, and a topic sentence that sums up that thought in a nutshell. The paragraph should also contain supporting sentences that explain or supplement the leading idea in the topic sentence.
Here is how you could do this with your children:

Tell your students to write a rough draft composition (about one or two pages long). Emphasize that their work will be rewritten after they learn a new writing technique. This composition can be about a book read, an experience, a trip or perhaps even be an original piece of fiction...

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Stopping Young Risk Takers

Stopping Young Risk Takers

by: News Canada

(NC)-In Canada, more child deaths are due to unintentional injuries than to all other causes combined. Furthermore, injuries are a primary cause of children’s hospitalizations and visits to emergency rooms. But we don’t really understand why children take risks that could lead to injury. Dr. Barbara Morrongiello and her team at the University of Guelph are studying the way emotion-based factors influence children’s risk-taking decisions. They predict that children who feel exhilarated by risk taking, as opposed to fearful, will be more likely to take dangerous risks. This research could help health care professionals prevent childhood injuries.
Dr. Morrongiello’s research is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)...

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Baby Names – Choosing Trendy or Traditional

Baby Names – Choosing Trendy or Traditional

by: Barbara Freedman-De Vito

Lists of baby names are always fun to look at, whether you’re seeking a name for your soon-to-be-born baby boy or baby girl, wondering about the popularity of your own first name, or just curious about what baby names are currently hot.
What I find particularly interesting is tracking the popularity of baby names over the decades. In looking through U.S. government baby name lists from 1880 to the present, some amusing patterns emerge, particularly in regards to baby names for girls.
For example, in Victorian times Biblical names, such as Mary, Sarah and Ruth were very popular for baby girls...

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