Daily Archives April 18, 2015

Improving Spelling With Games

Improving Spelling With Games

by: Steve Hall

You got it! You can do just about any type of learning for a child or an individual learning a second language through the use of various computer games. You are sure to find something that will fit with their needs. You are also able to find a game that will keep them interested. Let’s take spelling as an example.
Many kids struggle each and every year at school with that dreaded Friday spelling test. It doesn’t get any easier because chances are good that the words just keep getting harder. For many parents, spelling is often a challenge to teach as well. The English language is nothing simple. But, what if you could teach them through the use of a PC game? That would be excellent, wouldn’t it?
Think about this...

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10 Simple Ways to Say, “I Love You”

10 Simple Ways to Say, “I Love You”

by: Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes

We’re teaching our kids to be consumers at an early age. Look at the number of superhero and product endorsement Valentines on the store shelves.
We, as parents, are sucked in by the media to believe that we need the latest, greatest gadget or fad for our kids.
Share your love by giving of your time, not your pocketbook. What can you give your kids instead?
Here are 10 simple suggestions:
1. Slip a handmade valentine or a simple note into your child’s lunch box.
2. Take a walk together in the woods or your favorite park.
3. Jot down a line from your favorite poem. Share it with family members.
4. Kiss your kids goodnight.
5. Read a chapter book together.
6. Have family dinnertime together.
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Where Do Your Priorities Fit?

Where Do Your Priorities Fit?

by: Don Schmitz

An expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students when he decided to do an experiment. He pulled out a large mason jar, a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one by one, into the jar. When no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.”
He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. The instructor then poured gravel in the jar, shook it and asked, “Is this jar full? ” By this time the class was on to him. They replied: “Probably not,”
Next, he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar until all the space between the rocks was filled. Once more, he asked the question...

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Five Reasons For Preparing Your Own Baby Food

Five Reasons For Preparing Your Own Baby Food

by: Nancy Miller

Are you unsure whether you should make your own baby food at home or just buy it from the store? If so, then take a look at these five good reasons for doing it yourself – they may help you make up your mind…
1. Home-made Baby Food is Healthier and More Nutritious
Commercial baby foods contain additional fat, salt, sugar, fillers or other ingredients that are completely unnecessary (and often inappropriate) to your baby’s diet. These additives are an attempt to add flavor, texture and bulk to poor-quality products. They contribute nothing at all to your baby’s health or well-being. By preparing the food yourself, you can be sure that your baby is getting exactly what his/her little body needs – and nothing that it doesn’t.
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How to Choose a Baby Bathtub

How to Choose a Baby Bathtub

by: Jackie G. Maxwell

Choosing a baby bathtub is likely one of the easiest decisions you’ll have to make when it comes to acquiring supplies for the new arrival. Basically, if it holds water, you’re all set.
There is little in the way of advantages to baby bathtub designs. Your basic tub shape, made of sturdy plastic, preferably with a drain plug in the bottom, will do you for quite a while. About the only essential differences, are whether the tub comes with one end that is built up so you can lay an infant back against the elevation, while washing them with water from lower down in the tub.
This style of baby bathtub, may come with a non-slip padded surface that doesn’t mildew with use, but which may take a while to dry afterwards...

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From Children’s Stories to Study Skills: Help Your

From Children’s Stories to Study Skills: Help Your Children Succeed in School

by: Barbara Freedman-De Vito

Introduction
As a parent who wants the best for your children, there are undoubtedly many things that you already do every day to help your children succeed in school. The purpose of this article is to provide some practical ideas for you to try. Some of these suggestions may be new to you, many will be familiar, and some are just plain common sense but, hopefully, they will all serve as reminders of the many simple steps you can take that are too often taken for granted or forgotten about, due to the hectic pace of everyday living.
Read to your kids, whatever their ages
First of all, read to your children...

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Parenting Success

Parenting Success

by: Alvah Parker

At a Women’s Bar Association lunch one of the attorneys ordered a diet soda and then explained to the rest of us that her children were doing a “healthy living” program so she stopped buying diet soda to drink at home. She said having this diet soda was a real treat for her.
She then confided in us that the real difficulty her kids were having with their “healthy living” was eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day. The topic for the day was marketing and it seemed to me that she had just displayed a couple of marketing principles even though the topic hadn’t come up yet!
First of all the woman was trying very hard to model to her children the behavior she was encouraging...

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Tools to Find Family-Friendly Content

Tools to Find Family-Friendly Content

by: Andrew Malek

The Internet, is magnificent in its resources for families. Educational resources abound. Kids can easily find help for their homework blues without venturing to the library. Kids can chat with friends from far away for free; friends who, probably just a few years ago, they would never hear from again. And, of course, there’s plenty of entertainment to satisfy the whole family once the chores and homework are complete.
However, the Internet can often be an inappropriate place for kids to surf unsupervised. Plenty of content is only appropriate for mature audiences. And, sadly, there are ‘bad seeds’, those who the children never should talk to.
Help keep your children away from these unsuitable materials...

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8 Tips To Save On Child Care Costs

8 Tips To Save On Child Care Costs

by: Jeffrey Strain

Child care costs are are one of the most expensive costs associated with going back to work. Finding ways to cut down on child care costs without sacrificing quality child care is a top priority for all working parents. Here are a few ideas that can help trim your child care costs without sacrificing child care quality:
See if your employer has a child care flexible spending account. This is a special account that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – http://www.irs.gov/faqs/faq-kw87.html – created that allows you to set aside money for child care expenses with pre-tax dollars. You ask your employer to take out a certain amount of money each month from your paycheck and you can use this money tax free for child care related expenses.
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Is Mothering Wearing You Out?

Is Mothering Wearing You Out?

by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

I always wanted to have children and I was completely thrilled when I had my first child. Nothing, however, prepares a mother for what it’s like to be responsible for a child 24/7.
Before my son was born, I had time – time to read, to be creative, to spend time with friends, to take long baths, to spend time with my husband, to breathe. Suddenly there was no time for me. And, of course, after two more children, having any time for me became even more challenging.
That’s when I started getting sick. Not sick in the way you could name it – just sick in the way of being fatigued all the time. As much as I loved being a mother as well as continuing my practice as a psychotherapist, I was wearing out. Something had to change.
The re...

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