Daily Archives April 8, 2015

A Step-By-Step Plan to a Healthy Pregnancy

A Step-By-Step Plan to a Healthy Pregnancy

by: Nicky Pilkington

Having a baby is an exciting moment. However, the nine months leading up to the experience can be a bit unnerving. Most women worry throughout their pregnancy about the health of their baby. To alleviate the stress and worry that often creep up during pregnancy, plan instead to have a healthy pregnancy and you can rest assured that you have done your very best to have a healthy baby.
1. Get in Shape Early. When you find out that you’re pregnant is not the time to start a new diet or exercise program. If you are planning to become pregnant, make sure you are at a healthy weight and in the best physical activity. Doing this will help you during your pregnancy and can help you to have a problem-free delivery...

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Spelling Success for Back to School

Spelling Success for Back to School

by: Kayla Fay

Back to school. Whether you approach this time of year with anticipation or dread, it’s about to happen. Your child will have new teachers and classes, different rules and expectations. Children and parents can easily be overwhelmed with excitement and anxiety. Below are six ways to send your child back to school with success.
S – Supplies – Most schools provide a list of essentials for each child to bring on the first day of class. Make sure your child has exactly what is requested, and save enough cash for those supply needs that crop up the first week of class. Stock up on all types of paper, writing utensils, art supplies, notebooks and folders during the back to school sales. Gather an assortment of calculators and reference books...

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14 Ways To Boost Customer Response In A Tough Econ

14 Ways To Boost Customer Response In A Tough Economy

by: David Coyne

Things are rough today for online businesses. The economy is struggling to get back on track. Spam is clogging up the inboxes of everyone, making email marketing less effective. And anti-spam software seems delighted to target legitimate email as junk.
Today, you must step up your tactics to keep your customers buying and away from the competition next door on the cyberspace highway.
Study your competitor’s marketing and advertising. Sign up to their email list. Can you offer more than they can? Does your competitor have a weakness that you can exploit? Use it as your main selling point.
Previous customers are 5 to 10 times more responsive to your marketing than people who have never done business with you...

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Parents Dealing with Worry and Fear

Parents Dealing with Worry and Fear

by: Lawrence Vijay Girard

This column offers solutions to people who write in questions about how they can solve their life challenges through the formula described in the books, Way of the Positive Flow and Positive Flow Parenting, by Lawrence Vijay Girard
Please send your questions to Submissions@FruitgardenPublishing.Com
Parents Dealing with Worry and Fear by Lawrence Vijay Girard
Dear Vijay,

I worry about not being a good parent. My daughter Tracy is six and my son Michael is four. They seem happy. Our family does things together. It is just that with so much that seems to be going wrong in the world, I fear that something will go wrong at home.
Hope you can help me, M.J.
Dear M.J.,
This really isn’t a parenting question...

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Counter the Effects of Media Violence on Children

Counter the Effects of Media Violence on Children

by: Brent Sitton

Despite the fact that their own ratings systems found the material appropriate only for adults, the motion picture, music, and video game industries practice “pervasive and aggressive marketing” of violent movies, music, and electronic games to children. – Federal Trade Commission finding regarding child entertainment
The values depicted on TV and movie screens are a far cry from the values you want your children exposed to in their formative years. For example, the average American child will have watched 100,000 acts of televised violence, including 8,000 depictions of murder, by the time he or she finishes the sixth grade...

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Home And School Education – Your Kids Can Benefit

Home And School Education – Your Kids Can Benefit From Both!

by: Frank McGinty

Once, as a Learning Support Teacher, I made my way down to the annexe that housed the school’s History Department.
The annexe was about 100 metres from the main school building, down an attractive, leafy hill.
On the way I was irked by two girls in front of me complaining about the hill, the wind ruffling their hair, the distance from one classroom to another, and so on.
I joined the History class with the moans and groans still ringing in my ears. However, the topic of the lesson soon gripped me:
Life in Thirteenth Century Scotland.
The ordinary people in those days lived in squalid huts, unlike the nobles with their heavily fortified castles. But even they faced many challenges...

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If You’d Like To Know Why Reading Matters

If You’d Like To Know Why Reading Matters

by: Barbara Freedman-De Vito

Here Are Some of the Reasons Why Reading Is So Important for Children
Why Do We Tell Children to Read ?
We’re always telling children that books and reading are good for them, but have we ever really thought about why that’s true ? Exactly what do older children get out of reading novels ? What do younger kids get from reading children’s stories and being read to ? Does reading matter ?
The purpose of this article is to say that, yes, it’s true, reading really is important, and that there are some solid reasons why that is so. Let’s begin with the practical benefits and then move on to the less tangible rewards of a life filled with reading.
Books Help Children Develop Vital Language Skills
Reading is an important skill...

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Creative Potty Training

Creative Potty Training

by: Valerie Garner

When I was potty training my two young boys, I discovered this method of potty training that made it an enjoyable, yet very effective way to potty train toddlers.
First, make sure your child is ready for potty training, shows interest, wants “big kids pants” etc. If they show no signs of readiness, it may be best to let them mature a bit more.
Make this a game, make it fun and you will not run into stubborn opposition (after all it is the child’s body). Go out and buy or find around the house items you don’t normally let your child play with. Some examples might be toys that can be used in water (3 or 4 things), like little plastic pitchers, balls, tiny cups, whatever, but make them SPECIAL...

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What is Your Hobby

What is Your Hobby

by: Kimberly Chastain

When you saw the title of this article, what was your reaction? Did you groan? Did you get excited? Did you say, “Who has time for a hobby”? I use to hate when people asked me that question, especially when my children were infants to preschoolers. I remember saying, “I don’t have a hobby, I have children.”
I think God wants us to play and relax. Even though hobby is not specifically listed in the Bible. Remember Ecclesiastes 3:1; “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” Does a time for everything include hobbies? The Bible did say everything, which sounds pretty inclusive to me.
As a little girl, what did you enjoy doing with your free time? What did you do to relax or just to have fun? As a...

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Sports Psychology Guidelines for Sports Parents

Sports Psychology Guidelines for Sports Parents

by: Dr. Patrick J. Cohn

Sports parents have a big impact on their young superstars. A healthy and successful sports experience will depend on sports parents’ ability to instill confidence and self-esteem in athletes. Read sports psychology expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn’s view on how to make sports a successful and fun experience.
Youth sports are huge in today’s society. Coaches and parents have a tremendous impact on how children will engage in sports. I get several emails a month from concerned sports parents asking me how they should help their child superstar win at and enjoy sports...

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