Articles from: June 2017

A Reading Child is a Growing Child

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A lot of parents are wary of allowing their children to learn on the internet – and with good reason. The internet is entirely unmoderated, and there are many dangers for the child, even if your goals are home learning. Child safe websites are easily available, but the number of websites that are not safe for your children is far greater. Apart from pornography and other internet hazards, a lot of the material on the internet is not always beneficial for home learning.

Child friendly websites do not always have good info on them! For general school research projects, www.wikipedia.org is a great place for home learning. Child friendly, informative and rich in content, Wikipedia has loads of information on just about anything. But beware – Wikipedia is peer-moderated and so not all of the information on it is guaranteed to be accurate. If you want to use the internet to facilitate home learning, child safe websites don’t get much better than this. The number one rule on the internet is that if you want good, informative content, you have to pay for it. A lot of sites simply put up content for the sake of having content. This content is not always informative or accurate, and may not be your best bet for home learning. Child educational games can also be found online, and most of these you do not have to pay for. These games typically teach about concepts in literature, science, mathematics and economics at a basic level. One such site where there are excellent games is the Nobel Prize home page, www.nobelprize.org. This is an excellent place to start home learning. Child games in various fields are available, and there is loads of information on all of the recent developments in science, technology, economics and literature that is presented in a way that is easy for your child to learn and comprehend. If you’re using the internet for home learning, child friendly websites are essential. Always check out what websites your children are browsing, because often they will not be able to tell if the information is of a high quality. You can usually trust university online encyclopedias, but beware of any site that has more ads than content, as these sites are simply out to make money without giving you anything beneficial to aid with home learning. Child friendly websites might have a lot of information, but it is up to you to decide whether or not this information is good for your children.

Things You Must Know To Parent Better

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Remember that you were a kid once and that its never easy trying to adjust to new things like a different school, a new home, etc, so its always important that youre supportive if your child seems hesitant to adjust. Good parents are supportive parents willing to communicate. Parents who ignore and/or force the adjustment are in danger of losing their childs respect.

Although it can be difficult, try not to discipline your child when you are angry. When you are emotionally charged, you might not be able to discipline your child fairly, and you might risk saying hurtful things to him that you might regret later. Give yourself a few moments to cool off before talking to your child.

Get your kids in the kitchen. Asking them to help, even in small ways, with meal time will get them more interested in the meal youre preparing. Theyre likely to eat better if they are more interested. In addition, it keeps your children from becoming bored while youre trying to cook.

When training your child to use the potty, buy them underwear with their favorite cartoon character on it. Children always do better with encouragement. By letting them wear these kind of underwear, they will feel better about using the potty because they do not want to have an accident in their “special” underwear.

It is important to make sure that your child is not watching too much violence on television. Children learn by what they see and if they see too much violence it could make them think that it is acceptable or lose a sense of what is real violence and what is not.

To instill the value of social graces in your toddler, start early. Encourage him to wave hello and goodbye and to actually say hello and goodbye once he is able to speak. Also lead by example and greet your spouse, family, and friends with a cheerful greeting upon seeing them.

We all know that parenting can be a stressful job, especially in todays hectic world. Its hard to know what is the right (or wrong) way to do things. Try out the suggestions in this article to benefit from the experience of other parents who are raising successful, happy children.

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Mothers Day Gifts- the right gift to present your mom

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Whether you celebrate it in a Greek style to pay homage to the holy mother Cybele, whether you respect women in the Roman form to mark the existence of Matronalia or you stand with your chin down in UK to exhibit Motherly Sunday in your heart, in any way you will be noted as getting involved in Mothers Day celebrations.

We often recite that motherhood is special as it sights its significance from bringing a new life on earth to making it adjust in a new world. Hence, motherhood should be celebrated and the best possible way to do this honor is to celebrate Mothers Day by presenting your mom with a gift that she will treasure forever.

A mothers love and care starts before you open your eyes in the world and never ends for you. So, is it alright to end those precious 24 hours with an ordinary Mothers Day gift to express your gratefulness?

Well, not many think this way and try hard to make the day special for their mothers by gifting something which she can cherish the whole of her life.

In the process of selecting a gift for our mothers we have to analyze some facts we dont usually look into. First, ask yourself that do you know what your mother likes to do most of the times. Well, if you have an answer then it would be like making a home beautiful, becoming a centre spot in parties, achieving success in corporate or business world or leading a peaceful life with a lot of worshipping.

For the home maker mom

Lets take up the gifting idea for a home maker mother. One can easily zero upon the option of a shoulder bag, a gold or silver plated branded watch, a beautiful showpiece to enhance the grace of your home or a traditional dress to make her feel gorgeous from heart.

For the socially active mom

Mothers who are involved in social activities and are regular party goers are in fact super moms who can keep a fine balance between socializing and motherhood. So, what are the options available? Not one or two but you can choose from a trendy party dress, a voguish diamond set, a classy watch or a stylish showpiece for home decor.

For the office going mom

To gift your working mother, you can rely upon beautiful and expensive jewellery like a diamond bracelet or a diamond necklace which make superb gifts items.

Expressing your thankful emotions to your mother on Mothers Day is not an easy job but, the right gift for her can prove to be a big help in the process.

Covers Making the Best Choice with Children Bed

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Decorating a childs room is always an exciting time for all involved and can mean a great deal to your child. Buying children bed covers to match this decoration is only the first step in making a wise decision when it comes to childrens bed linen. Although, admittedly it is important for your child if their bedding matches everything in their room, they may fail to look at things like allergens and comfort when choosing which children bed covers to buy. This is where you, as the adult in the situation will have to lay down some ground rules. But what factors do you really need to keep in mind when buying bed linen?

Take into account that the most likely person to have to clean these children bed covers is going to be you. Now, while cottons are sometimes more difficult to get clean when compared to man-made fibers, the extra life span of the material is well worth the effort. Cotton is very resilient and can withstand a lot of rough and tumble from your kids while also being extremely absorbent, so it can save any accidents during the night causing extra damage to the mattress and the duvet.

Cotton also has the extra feature of being extremely breathable which will allow your child to remain far more comfortable during the night. If you decide you really want to push the boat out you, should look at getting children bed covers that are not only cotton, but also have a high thread count. The higher the thread count, the more comfortable the material tends to be. This is actually why hotel bedding is so comfortable and makes you want to spend all day in bed.

In the end, the comfort of your child should always be your top priority, and as such making sure that you purchase a top quality set of children bed covers is very important. While there are huge selections of luxury bedding for children available in stores, it is well worth remembering that some of the more budget bedding options can be just as good. Remember that buying more than one set of linen is also important, as you will want to be able to make up your childs bed while the other set is being washed. A few variations will also keep your child excited about changing the bedding, and they may even start doing it themselves one day.

Crib Safety Regulations and Your Child Care Cribs

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If youre in the child care business, youre probably already well aware of the newest federal crib safety regulations that were approved in December 2010. What you may not be completely aware of is how it impacts your child care center. Here, we break down what the new regulations mean to your child care business.

Child Care Cribs and Safety Regulations

In the last few years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled millions of drop-side cribs due to suffocation, entrapment and fall risks. The CPSC has now taken a firm stand in crib safety.

On June 28, 2011, the new CPSC crib safety regulations that impose stricter guidelines for crib manufacturing, took effect that prohibit the manufacture, sale and resale of non-compliant cribs. Additionally in an unprecedented action the CPSC also banned all non-compliant in places of public accommodation as of December 28, 2012. These new standards have been approved since December 2010 and are just now going into effect to ensure that hotel cribs, child care cribs, and all other commercially used cribs are safe for use.

A common misconception is that the new safety standard only affects drop-side cribs. The new law is much farther reaching, encompassing almost every component of the crib including: improved labeling, more severe vertical impact testing, elimination of wood screws, reduction of toe hold exposure, and enhanced structural integrity of the slats.

With the new safety regulations in effect now, child care centers, hotels and furniture rental companies that offer cribs must begin making plans to have compliant cribs in their facilities by December 28, 2012. Yet, the bottom line is that all publicly used, non-compliant cribs currently being used, including child care cribs, must be replaced by cribs that have been tested to meet the newest crib safety standards by the deadline.

For a child care center purchasing a new crib it is critical to make sure the new cribs pass the new standards set forth by the CPSC. The most effective way to ensure this is to request from the manufacturer a certificate of compliance confirming a passing test to the new 16 CFR 1219 for full-size cribs and 16 CFR 1220 for non full-size cribs.

Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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Searching for a truly unique and special way to celebrate your mom on mother’s day this year? Here are some tips for the most special ways to honor this most special person in your life.

Go Big

She’s been there for you through thick and thin, taken care of you for as long as you can remember, so why not celebrate her in a big way? Think about what your mom loves most, and now add a dash of HUGE to the mix. Your clever surprise might involve anything from an oversized mylar balloon bouquet to a massive feast to a one week cruise for her and a companion. Sure, she’ll say “you shouldn’t have” but deep down inside, she’ll be really glad you did!

Make It Personal

Mothers everywhere love when they are appreciated and honored in personal, special ways, from hand made cards and gifts to personalized stationery to memory books and photo keepsakes. What better way to celebrate mom than with a photo montage of her life? Be sure to include baby photos of yourself and your siblings, pictures of dad, her wedding photo, memorable vacations and outings, and family milestones together. Set it to music (her favorite songs, for bonus points) and watch the waterworks begin as she shows her appreciation with emotional impact for all your thoughtfulness. This is a one-way ticket to golden child status!

Gifts that Keep on Giving

Another unique way to give to your mother is with a gift that keeps on giving. After all, the sacrifices she’s made and the gifts of love, wisdom and nurturing support she’s given you will surely last you a lifetime, so why not reciprocate to some degree? Gifts that keep on giving can include: “of the month” clubs (fruit, jelly, flower, etc.), magazine subscriptions, perennial plants, calendars, paid subscriptions (for whatever she wants or needs: DVD rental services, cable, cellular service, etc.) and the like will remind her month after month of your thoughtful consideration.

Quality Time Together

Few things are as priceless to mom as spending time with the people she loves, and what better way to do that than with a rental projector and family movie marathon? Rent a projector for a whole weekend for one low price and celebrate mom with a combination of her favorite classic films, new releases, a film version of her favorite book, and home movies of the family.

Whatever gift you choose, be sure to make this a mother’s day she’ll never forget–she certainly deserves it!

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Helpful Tips For Finding The Perfect Pregnancy Bra

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Just as pregnancy bras differ in various ways from your regular bra, so too does the way it should be fitted. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect pregnancy bra.

Having been frustrated by inferior bras fit on many occasions during my first pregnancy, I decided to launch my own maternity lingerie company and I do believe I solved the problem! One important factor in determining the right pregnancy bra for you is to take the time to visit your nearest specialty lingerie store to be measured. After being properly measured by a professional bra fitter, it is now time to fit the bra.

Every pregnancy bra will fit slightly differently and not every bra will suit every bust shape, so do ask to try a few different styles of nursing or pregnancy bras. Before fitting the bra, lengthen the shoulder straps out right to the end. Slip the straps over your shoulders and whilst holding both ends of the bra, lean forward into the bra so your bust will fall naturally into the cups. This is particularly important when fitting your pregnancy bra as your breasts will be a different shape than they were pre-pregnancy and by doing this, you will ensure you are fully in the cup.

Straighten your posture and fasten the back closure to the second tightest set of eyes. All well designed pregnancy bras have six rows of hooks and eyes to provide room for expansion in the diaphragm, which will allow for the bra to be loosened (on average) one set of eyes per month during pregnancy.

Note: If you are seven to eight months pregnant when you are being fitted, the bra should be secured on one of the looser set of eyes.

Pull the bra down firmly to position the back fastening underneath the shoulder blades. Now lift the bust into the bra cups by using the opposite hand to the breast. It is important that your breast is correctly positioned in the cup and is not sitting under the band or spilling over the top of the underarm.

Note: There should be enough room in the cup to allow you to slide your hand into the upper cup of the pregnancy bra for expansion when the milk flow arrives.

Lastly adjust the shoulder straps so they give a firm but comfortable uplift to your bust. Your pregnancy bra should give you the same beautiful silhouette and support you experience from your regular lingerie. To see this for yourself before you purchase your new lingerie, make sure you try your own clothes over the top and observe yourself in the mirror. Gorgeous!

Effective Shortcuts To Getting Pregnant Tips For Pregnancy

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Many people find getting pregnant to be a challenge. However, this should not be the case. This is because there are various ways through which a woman can maximize her chances of having a baby. The following tips for pregnancy will be useful in helping you to get pregnant faster.

Tracking Your Ovulation Is A Sure Step To Pregnancy

Many women who have been trying to get pregnant with no success always make the mistake of ignoring their menstrual cycle. It is important for you to understand that getting pregnant requires more than having sexual intercourse with your partner. To maximize your chances of having a baby, it is imperative that you watch your menstrual cycle with a pregnancy calculator and ovulation kits which are readily available in the market. Tracking your ovulation is important when trying to conceive because fertilization can only occur during this period. This is so because it is only during ovulation that a woman releases the egg.

Effective Sex Strategy When Trying To Conceive

Having sexual intercourse during the days leading to ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant. However, the mistake that most couples make is to try to make things overly perfect as far as sexual intercourse is concerned. This is a mistake because having sex when the woman is ovulating will do little good as far as your efforts of trying to get pregnant go. This is because studies show that sperms need some time before becoming active and thus having sex within the five days immediately before ovulation is the best move.

Although studies are not conclusive as to the best sexual position for pregnancy, there is evidence that certain sexual habits and positions may increase the chances of a woman getting pregnant. The missionary and rear-entry sexual positions are likely to increase one’s chances of conceiving. Another tip for pregnancy that you should definitely take advantage of is lying in a horizontal position immediately after having sex. This is important as it helps the sperms to move deep inside the reproductive system of the woman. It also makes sure that gravity does not work against the movement of sperms and thus increasing the chances of conception.

A Healthy Lifestyle And Becoming Pregnant

People who are trying to get pregnant should never forget to eat healthy meals. They should also make sure that they keep away from harmful substances such as caffeine which ruin their chances of getting pregnant. A diet which is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is always ideal for any woman who wishes to become pregnant. Regular exercises will also play a significant role in boosting your chances of having a healthy baby.

Make This Christmas Beautiful For Needy Children by Adopting Operation Santa Program

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Christmas is a festival of love, care and happiness. It is actually one of the most awaited and loved festival across the globe. For kids the festival is even more important. It is the day when they would receive their impeding gift from the big man. Yes the Santa Claus who brings the kids the gifts they have written for. How can we forget those innocent letters that kids write to Santa every year demanding their special gift items? In their innocence they don’t realize that it is actually their parents who provide them with things they have wished for. Writing letters to Santa is actually the most loved tradition in this festival that promotes the belief of love. Have you ever wondered that there might be kids who won’t receive their Christmas present? Yes actually there are millions of them who keep waiting for their present to come. Their families are financially inadequate to provide their kids what they have requested for.

Can we do something to help such kids? Again, yes absolutely. The United postal services have come up with a unique program known as Operation Santa. It is very noble opportunity through which you can help the needy children. Through this you can adopt the Christmas letters to Santa There are millions of Santa letters received by the postal department every year. Through this program you can adopt any one of them by answering it. Here you can send the kid the gift the kid has requested for. Don’t worry such children never demand expensive luxury items, their wish list is generally limited to basic essentials such as clothes, woolens, shoes, toys etc. You can easily pay for such items without any kind of financial stress. The postal department sends the gifts on your behalf. Earlier you could also get the contact details of the concerned family but now due to privacy concerns such details are not provided. So won’t you feel satisfied if some eagerly waiting kid receives his due present?nt?

To be the volunteer for Operation Santa program you can contact your nearest post office and get all the necessary details. Otherwise there are specific websites too that provides the concerned details. You can search for such sites on the internet and get all the necessary information such as participating post offices etc. If the nearest postal office to you doesn’t support this program then there are other mediums too to do charity for needy kids. You can donate to specific NGO’s that work for such causes or can also donate to orphanages, church etc.

Be an elf is a nonprofit organization that supports the United States Postal Services Christmas letters to Santa program.

Housing for single mothers

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Sometimes It is hard to find housing for single mothers. The housing should be affordable. Most bigger towns often do not have affordable housing. A single mother looking for housing must also take into account commuting distance to her job. If the housing found makes the commute too far to be feasible, or increases the cost of the commute by an unreasonable amount, then, no matter what the rent, the housing really cannot be said to be affordable. Housing for single mothers must also be close to daycare.

HUD and local Housing Authorities can help with housing for single mothers. Unfortunately, there are waiting lists for public housing and the lists are often closed when they get so long that there is no chance of filling them within a reasonable amount of time. Depending on the mothers income, it may well be worth getting on a waiting list for public housing. The average cost of public housing is 30% of the mothers income. This equates to less than $500 per month for a single mother making $10.00 per hour. However, with a set fee like this, if the mothers income goes up, her rent will also go up. A single mother making $15.00 per hour would pay $720 per month for the same apartment that costs less than $500 a month for a woman making $10.00 per hour.

Many single mothers looking for housing try to find a place near their family, so that they can have their familys support. In order to afford housing near their families, they will often rent one-bedroom, or studio apartments, instead of the two or three bedroom apartments that the family needs.

Housing for single mothers is not just a question of a roof over the familys head. The family needs furniture and laundry facilities, phone service and utilities. If the family qualifies for public housing for single mothers, they often qualify for assistance on their utilities bills. If the family finds non-public housing, the mother will need to put down deposits and pay connection fees for gas, electricity and, sometimes, water. Many times the single mother will have to do without telephone service.

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