Category Parenting

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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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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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.
Th...

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Caretaking Parents, Entitled Kids

Caretaking Parents, Entitled Kids

by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Demanding children – children who have entitlement issues – seem to be common these days. Like the obnoxious child, Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, who was constantly demanding that her father get her whatever she wanted (“I want an Umpa Lumpa! Get it for me NOW!”), we hear many children today uttering the fairly constant refrain, “I want ….! Give it to me! Get it for me, now!” They seem to be masters at instilling guilt in their parents through phrases such as “It’s not fair!” or “You don’t love me!” or “What about what I want?”, or by getting angry, shutting down or crying piteously.
Why are there so many demanding children?
Olivia grew up with a self-centered demanding critical...

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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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