Category Parenting

A Minute Can Turn into Hours for the Child of a Wo

A Minute Can Turn into Hours for the Child of a Work-at-Home Mom

by: Patricia Gatto

In theory, working at home is an ideal situation. But in reality, it’s difficult to balance the needs of your family with the needs of your clients.
Phones, fax machines and e-mails have no common courtesy, nor does your client really care about your personal situation. You are simply a means to an end consisting of a telephone number, an e-mail address and a 1099 at the end of the year. For the most part, you are not afforded special considerations and must respond to their needs or your business will suffer.
Long before I began my career as a writer, I was already a work-at-home mom...

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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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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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Five Ways To Turbo-Boost Your Parenting Skills

Five Ways To Turbo-Boost Your Parenting Skills

by: Frank McGinty

The ‘phone conversation had nothing at all to do with parenting – but it made me think . . .
‘Hello, Eastbank Football Club. Can I help you?’
‘Good morning, may I speak with the Assistant Coach, please?’
‘Oh, I’m sorry. He’s still on vacation.’
‘I see. Is anyone on the coaching staff there?’
‘No, they’re all away right now. The club’s closed for another week yet. I’m only the Groundsman.’
‘Well, thanks anyway. And hey, why say you’re only the Groundsman? If it wasn’t for you, there wouldn’t be a football club. They’d have nowhere to play!’
(Pause) ‘Yeah, I’d never really thought of it like that. (Laughter) Thanks a lot, pal, you’ve made my day!’
So often we do ourselves down, don’t we? We devalue our own contribution or servi...

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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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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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Math or Magic?

Math or Magic?

by: Kenneth Williams

As someone once said: “There’s an easy way to do something, and an unlimited number of difficult ways”.
Take simple division, for example:
Suppose you need to divide 43 by 9.
The answer is 4 (the first figure of 43) and the remainder is 7 (4 + 3).
Similarly 35 divided by 9 is 3 remainder 8.
In the Vedic system we use the natural properties of numbers.
The number 9 has the property that it is 1 below 10. So every 10 contains one 9 and one remainder.
Therefore, in 40, there will be 4 nines and 4 remainder. and so in 43 there must be 4 nines and 7 remainder.
This can be developed in many ways. For example to divide 123 by 9 the answer is 13 remainder 6.

The first figure of the answer (1 in the 13) is the first figure of 123.
The second figure of the ans...

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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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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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Help! My Kids are Overweight!

Help! My Kids are Overweight!

by: Diana Keuilian

Identify the Problem and Find a Solution to your Child’s Weight Gain.
If you have recently found yourself fretting over your child’s waistline, you are not alone. The youth of today are fatter than ever before, and parents are starting to panic. Why are our kids so big, and what should we do about it?
Childhood obesity has been described as an epidemic. It puts our children’s health at risk, making them more susceptible to problems involving their cardiovascular systems, endocrine systems, and even their mental health. Type 2 diabetes mellitus, depression, and low self-esteem are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems looming over the heads of our overweight children.
It is ironic that both the problem and the soluti...

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