Daily Archives April 30, 2015

Discover More About The Importance of Early Childh

Discover More About The Importance of Early Childhood Education

by: Steve Bishop

Were you or your children ready for Kindergarten at the age of five years old? Most students pass the physical, emotional, and academic criteria to enter Kindergarten. However, some students have trouble transitioning from preschool to Kindergarten in their early childhood education. These children can benefit from early childhood education programs such as Head Start.
There is a constant debate as to why some students are not ready for Kindergarten like their peers. There are varying circumstances that can cause this to happen. The student may not be emotionally or developmentally ready. Their experiences at home or a physical disability may have impaired their psychological and physical development.
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Fighting the Pregnancy Blahs

Fighting the Pregnancy Blahs

by: Lee-Anne Robert

Every pregnant woman has experienced the pregnancy blahs. I can remember feeling so big and unattractive throughout my two pregnancies, and secretly wishing for the pregnancy to be over so that I could have my body back and fit into my normal clothes. It’s sad to say, really, because pregnancy is such a beautiful experience and the fact that you created this little human being that is developing in your body should make you feel wonderful through every step of the way.
Oh, but those pregnancy blahs kick in! Your stomach is growing, you cannot fit into your normal clothes, you can’t see your feet, you waddle when you walk, your feet and legs are swollen, and other additional physical changes make you feel, well, blah! Sometime during your p...

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Pay Attention! It’s Your Most Important Job

Pay Attention! It’s Your Most Important Job

by: Audrey Burton

Anyone can become a parent; there are no tests or interviews to pass. Children can become parents, mentally disabled people – it’s even possible to become a parent while in a coma!
When my mother, who is a truly great parent still, became a mom the first time, she was 19 and had very little experience with children. The hospital gave her 1 piece of paper with instructions and sent her on her way. Dolls come with more instructions than that!
We sometimes take for granted all the information at our fingertips today that didn’t exist as recently as 30 years ago. When I was a baby, if it wasn’t in Dr. Spock’s book, Mom was on her own...

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Time for Sleep..A Guide for First Time Parents

Time for Sleep..A Guide for First Time Parents

by: Ryan Sorensen

If you don’t want to fight your two year old for space in your own bed, you must start early in establishing good bedtime habits. Good bedtime habits will allow your child the comfort that he or she needs to fall asleep in their own room by themselves. Good bedtime habits for your child are the gift that keeps giving because it pays off with better sleep and more comfort for you as parents.
First time parents always have anxieties about putting their child to bed in their own bedroom for the first time. Mothers may be anxious about their baby growing up so quickly and leaving the comfort of the bassinette that is right next to the bed. Both parents may feel uneasy about the baby being alone in a big dark room...

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Homeschooling — Is It Worth It?

Homeschooling — Is It Worth It?

by: Joel Turtel

Suppose that you rearrange your life to homeschool your child and the experiment fails? You may feel that you’ve disrupted your life and wasted a year of your child’s time. Your child may even be kept back a grade by the local public school.
The answer to this concern is, can you risk not trying? Isn’t your child’s future worth the risk? If you see that your child is getting a bad education in public school, the worst thing to do is nothing. Then there is no chance of improvement. If you leave your children in public school, chances are great that their ability to read, self-esteem, and love of learning may be damaged, and they can waste twelve years of their lives...

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Parenting Confidence – Who Needs It?

Parenting Confidence – Who Needs It?

by: Frank McGinty

It used to strike me as odd – but really, it makes perfect sense.
If you are a regular flier, or have flown recently, you’ll know what I mean. The ‘plane is taxiing along for take off and the cabin crew are going through the pre-flight safety routine.
The odd bit I’m referring to is when they tell you what to do with the oxygen masks in the event of the cabin losing pressure. Now, all decent parents would feel the urge to see to their children first. It’s a natural instinct.
After all, you regularly hear of adults throwing themselves down to push a child out of the way of an oncoming truck, with no heed for their own safety.
So what advice are parents given?
See to your own oxygen mask first...

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A Shift in Focus

A Shift in Focus

by: Gene Simmons

It’s a pretty well established fact that our genetics combined with the influences of our family and environment provide the foundation for how we think and act in our adult years. I call it programming. Not necessarily in a bad sense – it frequently works to our advantage too. It’s just the way it is.
It should be apparent that our children – and all of us – benefit most from a positively oriented childhood. One that is filled with a combination of love and discipline. One that gives us a logical perception of right and wrong, an appreciation for learning and questioning, and a respect for those older and more experienced than ourselves...

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Balancing Your Goodness Account

Balancing Your Goodness Account

by: Ed Williams

Have y’all ever noticed that there are lots of things in life that you get now and use later? Stuff like money, food, water, light bulbs, lottery tickets, aspirin, razors, and breath mints? Stuff that you know you’ll need somewhere down the road, and stuff that you’ll always need to keep a good supply of? People have done this throughout the ages, and it just makes good, common sense. Even a Perry Como fan could reason it out.
Y’all might find it interesting to learn that physical items aren’t the only thing you can apply this “get now, use later” concept to. I learned as a young fellow growing up in Juliette that it can also be applied to non physical things. The following will illustrate my point…
When I was growing up in Juli...

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Is Education Tax Deductible?

Is Education Tax Deductible?

by: GranMamma

Families with children already in college may qualify for tax deductions for educational expenses. The maximum Hope credit is available for the first two years of undergraduate school. It allows for $1500 of credit. The credit is based upon the first $1000 in qualified tuition and related expenses, and 50 percent of the next $1000 in expenses.
The maximum Lifetime Learning credit is $2000 for each household return. This credit is available for undergraduate and graduate students. It is calculated on 20 percent of the first $10,000 in qualified expenses.
The income phaseout for both credits is $83,000-$103,000 for married couples, filing jointly, and $41,000- $51,000 for everyone else.
However, if your income is too high to qualify for the Hope or ...

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Protecting Your Child’s Innocence

Protecting Your Child’s Innocence

by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

We love our children and we want them to be safe – safe from people who could harm them and destroy their innocence. At the same time we don’t want to scare them and perhaps create timidity or nightmares. How can we protect them without harming them?
Obviously, we need to educate our children regarding the fact that there are people who want to do them harm. We need to teach them not to speak to strangers, even when the strangers appear to be nice, never accept rides from people without previous arrangements, never allow people to touch them inappropriately, and so on. We need to teach them the facts of safety. We can also teach them self-defense...

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